Mitten tree is up and ready for donations

Our Mitten Tree is now up and ready to accept decorations. Every year for the past 25 years (at least), we have collected gloves, mittens, scarves, hats and anything else we can fit on our tree to help keep needy heads, hands and hearts warm this winter. The Holiday Bureau will pick them up in early December for distribution. So, please bring in your contributions to our Mitten Tree to our office in the Beacon Place Business Center on Ohio 53 near the Goodwill Store.

The Holiday Bureau is holding “Giving Sundays” the next two weeks at local schools and churches. Some of the items most severely needed are soap, hygiene products, toiletry items, paper products, cleaning items, non perishable foods and, of course, cash donations. For information, contact Judy Just, president of the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau at 419-798-4163 or your local area chairperson.

Kenny Sass, of Port Clinton, was selected as our “Find Wylie” winner this week. He was chosen from among 87 contestants who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Sweet Home Eatery on page 5A last week. Kenny wins a $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again next 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

A relatively new Holiday Tradition is happening this Saturday at Mr. Ed’s on West Lakeshore Drive. It’s their Kids for Christmas event and the doors open at 10 a.m. There will be raffles and prizes along with their Free Hobo Stew. There will also be a special auction to raise money for Christmas presents for kids in the area. Of course, the OSU-Michigan game will be on all their TVs. After the game, my old friend Mike “Mad Dog” Adams entertains until 8 p.m.

There was another instant hit that went viral this past weekend on Facebook. It is a 9-minute video featuring the Port Clinton High School band’s pre-game on Senior Night in 1983! It was hard to pick up all the names of the senior band members from public address announcer Tom Brown, but I did remember hearing the name of Deb Benko (now a Port Clinton City Councilwoman). It also featured the late, great Earl Warnke directing the band. Late in the video I spotted former Walleye Festival Queen Sandy Shiko Jesse in her cheerleader’s outfit. Sandy is now a home health nurse for Firelands Hospital and lives in Oak Harbor.

Along with the big Community Thanksgiving Feast at Trinity United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., there will also be special Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday evening at Resurrection Lutheran Church on Catawba. Following the Service there will be refreshments and an opportunity for fellowship. They will also have a basket available for those wishing to donate to the Holiday Bureau. The folks at Trinity are still in need of donations, so if you can help, call Ginna at 419-967-0185. The e-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Best Damn Band in the Land — THE Ohio State University Marching Band — will be performing a special concert at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. They are stopping in Toledo on their way to Ann Arbor for the annual tussle with the “team up north.” Admission is $25 and tickets can be purchased by calling 866-381-SHOW (7469) or from TicketMaster at 800-745-3000.

Here’s a great idea for a special gift: blood! Next Thursday, Dec. 1, the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be making a stop at the Community Market VFW Hall on Main Street in Oak Harbor from noon to 6 p.m. What a great holiday gift, the gift of life!

The Salvation Army will host the eighth Annual Tree-A-Rama at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Mon Ami Restaurant and Winery. All proceeds go to their toy program. They provided more than 6,000 toys for nearly 2,000 kids last year. If you would like to donate a tree, centerpiece, wreath or gift package, call Maureen Saponari at the Salvation Army at 419-732-2769.
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Congratulations to Jonathan Brown of Port Clinton High School who led the Redskins to the Sandusky Bay Conference Championship this year. Jonathan was named 2nd team All Ohio in Division II.

Bill and Kit Yuhasz of Great Lakes Popcorn have been featured on the Northern Ohio Tourism website, There is nothing like a tin of their specialty popcorn for holiday enjoyment. Bill wrote to let me know he enjoyed the piece we wrote about buying local for Christmas, and purchasing only goods or services made in America. If you go on the website, click on the “Twelve Days of Christmas Ohio Style” section.

“Christmas Trees on Parade” will light up Oak Harbor again this year. Friends, family, businesses and organizations are invited to sponsor a tree as a memorial, an honorary gift or a special seasonal greeting. The trees will be displayed on the light posts in the Village. Donation is $35 per tree and all proceeds go towards the Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration to be held in Oak Harbor on Saturday, Dec. 3. Forms are available online at They can also be picked up at the Chamber office, 161 W. Water St. in Oak Harbor.

Finally, we would like to wish you all a most joyous and safe Thanksgiving. We thank you for your loyal readership. Without you, we don’t exist. We all have gone through some tough times these past four or so years, but I believe they are outweighed by the many blessings we have all shared.

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