Week brings sad losses for Ottawa County

We had some very sad losses this past week.John Schaffner
First, Port Clinton Yacht Club has lost two of its Past Commodores: Kells Pugh and Bill Benedict. Both were absolutely outstanding gentlemen. Geoff Bailey told me a story about Kells and Joan Pugh, about how when they first joined PCYC, they were singled out for a warm welcome, a greeting whose memory has lasted through the years. Their daughter Jan is the owner of Packer Creek Pottery in Genoa whose artistic items have become famous throughout the world.

Bill Benedict was one of the first people my father came to know when we moved to Catawba in 1962. He helped with the remodeling of our home.

Also, I want to send my condolences to Al and Carol Riznikove and family of Port Clinton. We are sadly carrying the obituary for their son, Sean, who was only 41. Port Clinton has no two finer people than Al and Carol. My prayers are with them.

Our Find Wylie winner this week is Mary Louise Rice, of Port Clinton, who found Wylie in the ad for Ace Hardware on page 1B in last week’s Beacon. Mary Louise wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, 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

This Friday, April 27, is the Texas Hold’em Tournament at the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus Hall, 109 E. Perry St. The event benefits the Fourth of July Fireworks in Port Clinton. It is a $60 buy-in that includes food and beverages. The doors open at 5 p.m. with a table draw at 5:45. The first deal is at 6 p.m. It is open to everyone 21 years of age and older. Pre-registration is recommended by calling Debbie Hymore-Tester at 419-732-3102.

Don’t forget that this Saturday night is the Friends of Immaculate Conception School Auction in the School Gym. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. According to Michelle Coon, they will have lots of “fun stuff” with a wide variety of auctions with prizes like an iPad and an X-Box! WPCR’s Greg Peiffer will handle the Grand Auction. And speaking of ICS, it was announced last week that Connie Snyder will become the new school principal. So, congratulations to Connie!

I have been asked by “Meatball Mark” Giaco to straighten out a miscommunication in our item about the Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner last week. The sauce was from Marconi’s in Huron, not a Giaco special family recipe. What was a special family recipe were the “meatballs”… thus, the new nickname for my longtime friend and Kiwanian.

I have a busy week this week. The Ottawa County Improvement Corp.’s Annual Awards dinner is Wednesday night at the Camp Perry Clubhouse facility. Then tonight (Thursday), the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton Awards dinner will also be held. Both events are at Catawba Island Club. We should be able to post photos of the award winners on our Web Site, by the weekend.

Speaking of CIC, United Way in Ottawa County will host its second annual golf tournament at the beautiful CIC links on Friday, May 4. The entry fee for the four-person scramble event is $100 per golfer.

When someone we love dies, grief begins. Although this is a normal, natural response it can be a very lonely and difficult time. Neidecker, LeVeck and Crosser Funeral Homes and Stein Hospice invite you to attend a six-week support group, share the journey and discover you are not alone. The “Serenity Seekers” Group will meet on Tuesdays at Magruder Hospital Conference Center Room B from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 1 through June 5. It is free of charge and open to everyone. Registration is required and full attendance is encouraged. To register or for information, contact Michelle at Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Homes at 419-732-0909 or 419-732-3141.

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