Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas

First of all, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas. This is always a fun time for me because of all the young people we have gotten to know over the years who return home for the John Schaffnerholidays. It is always a big kick to say hello and catch up.

At last report, the Salvation Army was running a bit short on its goal of garnering $55,000 for this holiday season. So, Mayor Debbie Hymore-Tester rolled up her sleeves and challenged Toledo Mayor Mike Bell to a fundraising challenge. It takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Thursday, Dec. 22) at Bassett’s Market! We already know that Mayor Bell raised $167 in two hours of ringing the bell. So, our challenge is to beat that with Mayor Debbie!

Sharon Sanger, of Oak Harbor, was selected as our “Find Wylie” winner. She found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Bruno’s Pizza on page 8A last week. Sharon wins a $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week. If you find him, just drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center, or hit the Find Wylie icon at

Now that The Beacon is legally able to carry “Legal Notice Advertising” — i.e. sheriff’s sales, municipal bid advertising and the like — we have determined to “spread our wings” just a bit into Western Ottawa County. So, The Beacon can now be found on newsstands in the following locations: Red White & Brew, Pills and Packages, Portage Inn, The Village Restaurant, Tina’s Drive-Thru and Tanks Meats in Elmore and Ernestos, R. Café, Rayz Café, Miller’s Market and McDonald’s in Genoa. The Beacon can also be picked up at the Country Keg in Graytown and at Rob’s Limestone Tavern in Rocky Ridge.

Things are getting exciting around the Port Clinton High School Band Room as the band and orchestra are practicing for their upcoming holiday trip to Florida. The band will perform in the Disney Spectromagic Parade on Thursday, Dec. 29, and the Orchestra plays a concert at the downtown Disney Marketplace Waterslide stage. On Dec. 31, the band marches in the “Fresh from Florida” Parade (formerly known as the Citrus Sports Parade) in downtown Orlando. That parade will be televised at 10 a.m. Jan. 2 on Channel 13 ABC in Toledo.

The American Legion Post 113 on Sand Road east of Port Clinton will be hosting a very special Christmas Morning Breakfast. They will be serving pancakes and sausage along with coffee and juice for $5 per person from 8 a.m. to noon. Enjoy!

We received notification of a vacancy on the Catawba Island Township Zoning Board. If you live on Catawba and would like to serve, call 419-797-4131 or stop by the Catawba Township Administration Office on Cemetery Road between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

I am one of those last-minute Christmas Shoppers. I’m an old fashioned one at that. I hate to shop, so as long as I have to, why not go shopping where at least the people in the store know my name? You know what I mean — SHOP LOCAL when you can!

Cathy Allen will continue her annual gift-wrapping service until Friday, Dec. 23, when she will be at the Ottawa County Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to do last-minute, on-the-spot wrapping for those late shoppers. Cathy will wrap gifts and provide the paper and ribbon in return for a donation to the Ottawa County Museum. Shoppers who have more than 10 gifts to be wrapped should call Cathy ahead of time at 419-260-3949 to make arrangements for pick up and delivery.

Speaking of the museum, it will be open additional hours during the school Christmas vacation: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26, Wednesday, Dec. 28 and Friday, Dec. 30. They can be open anytime by appointment. Just call curator Peggy Debien at 419-732-1039. Children are always welcome to visit the museum with or without parents. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.

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