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Ely visits the B-17

It was quite a weekend at the Liberty Air Museum and Carl Keller Field. Remote Control airplanes, plus a visit by several vintage World War II vintage aircraft. My grandson Ely wanted to climb in the B-17 and take a look. Even though he is only 2 1/2, he was excited to see these airplanes up close. You can kind of get the scale of the size of the B-17 as Ely stands in front of one of its propellers.  

I took personal interest in an item from a recent Oak Harbor Village Council Meeting. There was discussion about the delivery of The Beacon in the Village. We have always felt that Oak Harbor was an important part of our marketplace and therefore, we want to do the best job we can on delivery. We recently lost our walk carriers, so we are currently filling in with rural route drivers. We would definitely want some walk carriers, for just a couple of hours of work. Please call our Circulation Manager, Bruce Dinse at 419-732-2154 if you are interested.

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Brent Neidler who was one of 196 people to find our friendly fish hiding the ad for Fitzgerald Auto on page 6C in last week’s Beacon. So, Brent wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores as well as a free floor mat from our friend Tom McIntire at Captain’s Carpets, the customized carpet place at Fort Firelands. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, so if you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website thebeacon.net. 

It is Labor Day weekend, and there is, of course, a lot going on. One of the great traditions is the annual Green Island Race hosted by Port Clinton Yacht Club this Sunday, August 31. The starts begin rolling around 9:30 in the morning. The starting line is just north and west of the mouth of the Portage River. Last time I checked, they were expecting south winds, so the spinnakers will be flying.

Ava’s Labor of Love Benefit event, originally scheduled for August 29 and August 30, has been changed to a one day event to be held Saturday, August 30 only.  The venue has also changed to Waterworks Park, at the corner of Perry and Jefferson Streets, in Port Clinton.  The public is invited to this free event being held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on August 30. Event activities include a classic car show, kid’s tent, music, raffles and a 50/50 drawing.  Food will be available for purchase on site and monetary donations will be accepted throughout the day.  The Arnold, Jones and Fritz families thank the City of Port Clinton for providing a location for this benefit. Ava’s Labor of Love Benefit was organized to raise money to offset the expenses associated with Ava Arnold’s treatment for Alper’s-Huttenlocher Syndrome, a very rare neuro-degenerative disorder.  This syndrome has no known cure and causes liver failure, dementia, severe seizures and all over regression in muscle tone. Tragically, 18-month old Ava Arnold passed away while preparations for this event were being made. This event now serves the dual purpose of raising money and celebrating the beautiful, but all too short, life of baby Ava. For additional information call Carmen at 419-341-2154.

A Star Spangled Banner Year has been planned for Perry’s Victory Heritage Festival sponsored by The Perry Group, the folks who brought us the Tall Ship Festival and Battle of Lake Erie reenactment last year. Most of the events will be at Put-in-Bay on Saturday, September 6 starting with a wreath laying ceremony at the battle site. There will be a 12 noon reception at The Keys Restaurant, a special Historic Weekend Parade starting at 2:15, a military reenactment at 3 p.m., a special roundtable conversation about the War of 1812, a concert by the Toledo Symphony at the monument at 6 p.m., and a Harbor Illumination at dusk sponsored by the Perry Group. 

A reminder that Trinity United Methodist Church in Port Clinton is continuing to host Lifetree Café, a unique ministry featuring DVDs and discussion groups every Sunday at 6 p.m. The presentation this Sunday, August 31 is titled “Simplify Your Life” … how a Hollywood millionaire walked away from it all. 

Stein Hospice is hosting the PK 5K Run themed “This Run’s for You, Mom” in honor of Patricia King Munn who passed away on September 30 last year. She was a frequent visitor to Lakeside and moved there permanently a few years ago. They owned and operated the Shade Tree and Paper Chase in Lakeside. She was also very active on a number of local committees and helped out at the Danbury Senior Center. The race will be held on Sunday, October 12. I got a nice note from Patricia’s daughter Katie Hamann, letting me know that they are very interested in obtaining sponsors for this event. To help sponsor the event, contact Amy Skolnik at Stein Hospice, 419-625-5269. Her e-mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information, contact Katie and Sandy Hamann at 419-797-6243. 

Don’t forget our “Coffee with the Editor” session at Common Grounds every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. Lot’s of interesting local topics are discussed. We have arranged to turn the meeting into a “Town Hall” session once a month featuring Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone. He is anxious to “correct the record” responding to the rumors on the proposed improvement projects downtown and in Waterworks Park. Also don’t forget that Common Grounds offers their gourmet coffee for just 99-cents with one refill or you can also get 10% off your order on Wednesday mornings.  

The Port Clinton Harvest Festival will be held in downtown Port Clinton September 26-28. The committee is seeking vendors for their new Family Fun-zone area where there will be inflatables, pony rides, crafts, games, food and more. Churches, local businesses and organizations along with school clubs are encouraged to participate. For more information contact Amy Kelly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 419-304-7297. 

The 9th Annual Terry Heise Scholarship Golf Classic will be held again this year at Oak Harbor Golf Course on Saturday, September 20. Terry was a local business owner (Port Clinton Glass, still run by his family) who was also very active in the community and served many years as a football and baseball coach. For more information or to register, contact Terry’s son Eric at 614-738-4957 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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