Telltales by John Schaffner

Tickets for the Sept. 28 Port Clinton-Margaretta football game, featuring THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY MARCHING BAND, went on sale yesterday, Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the PCHS main office. Only 6,500 tickets will be sold. The tickets are only $6 each. Get yours while they last.

Don’t go hungry tonight. St. Thomas Episcopal Church on East Second Street in Port Clinton will be holding a Community Meal tonight from 5-6 p.m. They will be serving spaghetti and meatballs along with a salad and garlic bread…all for free.

Our Find Wylie winner is Richard Visocan who was among 215 contestants who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Furniture/Mattress Liquidation on page 4A in last week’s Beacon. Richard, from the 330 area code area, 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,

The Walcott Keeper’s House on Bayshore Road in Marblehead will be the site for the reenactment of the War of 1812 skirmish this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23. It all begins at 7:30 a.m. There will be a War of 1812 encampment, the skirmish reenactment, along with speakers, food and music. The house is located at 9999 E. Bayshore Rd, just 2-1/2 miles west of the Marblehead Lighthouse. For more information, visit their website at

The Oak Harbor Downtown Committee, in conjunction with the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, will be holding their next downtown Farmers’ Market this Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Along with farm fresh produce, the farm market vendors also provide quality poultry products, fresh baked goods, herbs, fresh cut flowers, all types of plants, fruit, cider, handmade crafts, garden décor, antiques and a whole lot more. If you are interested in being a vendor, call the Oak Harbor Chamber office at 419-898-0479. There is also an application on their website at

There will be a Grand Re-Opening for the Country Gentleman Barber/Beauty Salon to be held this Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 5-7 p.m. They are located at 228 East Second Street in Port Clinton just west of Adams Street. There will be refreshments, including Lou Wargo’s famous Walleye Bites. The ribbon cutting ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. Country Gentleman has been in business in downtown Port Clinton for 30 years. Congratulations to former Mayor Debbie Hymore-Tester and her staff.

The Nugent’s Canal Auxiliary will hold their annual card party this Wednesday, Sept. 26, starting at 12 noon at the Yacht Club. $7 will get you in and also get you their spectacular salad buffet. For more information or reservations, call Nell at 419-732-3762 or Bev at 419-732-8853.

The Port Clinton Harvest Festival will take place next weekend, Sept. 28-30. There will be bands, lots of food vendors, and just an all-around great time. On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Port Clinton High School All-Class Reunion will be held again at Mango Mama’s downtown on North Madison Street. I hear that there will be a special PCHS alumni rock ‘n’ roll band playing that evening.

There will be an Indoor Garage Sale and Vendor Gala next Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ on Toussaint Street in Oak Harbor. They will have over 15 garage sale tables along with vendor tables selling all kinds of things from jewelry to arts and crafts. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase as well. For more information, contact Jackie Timmons at 419-898-2045 or send her an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Joyful Connections, Ottawa County’s supervised visitation and exchange agency, is holding their first ever Family Frenzy, a program similar to the Family Feud TV Show, on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. at the banquet hall at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes a dinner of chicken and ribs along with a fun evening of entertainment as six local teams compete for the championship. For tickets or information, call Joyful Connections at 567-262-3181. Tickets are also available to both the Oak Harbor and Port Clinton Area Chambers of Commerce.

Think Pink!!! Riverview Healthcare Campus will be the site for a very special Pink Fashion Show for Breast Cancer Awareness on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. The only criteria is for attendees to wear pink and give a $1 donation for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness fund. Make reservations by calling 419-898-2851.


Tell Tales by John Schaffner


This Saturday is THE BIG DAY. As Gem Beach Rocks Again! four great bands will be playing for eight continuous hours near the site of the original Gem Beach Dance Hall that was so popular back in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll. We are bringing it all back, The Cage, the music, the fun and laughter, Saturday, Noon to 8 p.m.

Beginning Sept. 10, Danbury Township will have new recycling containers, more frequent pickups and will be located at 419 S. Bridge Rd., which is also the site of the Police Station. This service is available 7 days a week during daylight hours and is only for residential use, not for businesses. They accept glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel cans, plastics stamped #1 and #2 as well as plastic containers stamped #3 through #7, flattened cardboard boxes and cartons (including soy milk cartons), junk mail, office paper, phone books, magazines and newspapers, including inserts. Bottles, jars, cans and cartons must be rinsed and the lids need to be removed. All containers that hold liquid must be emptied.

We made Wylie Walleye very hard to find last week. Our Find Wylie winner is Frances Szabo, who was among only 78 contestants who found Wylie hiding on the shoulder of one of the entertainers in the ad for The Listening Room on page 12A in last week’s Beacon. Frances wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores PLUS 2 tickets to Gem Beach Rocks Again on September 8. 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,

Three Red Cross Bloodmobiles are coming to our area this weekend. On Friday, Sept. 7, the Bloodmobile will be at Magruder Hospital from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, they will be at Catawba Township Hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Finally, The Bloodmobile will be making a visit to St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Marblehead on Wednesday, Sept. 12 from Noon to 5 p.m. Please take one of these opportunities to give the gift of life to a total stranger by giving blood.

The non-profit program, Riders Unlimited, is seeking hay. The therapeutic horseback riding program that really does wonderful things for handicapped individuals needs hay donated or offered at a reasonable price so their horses have plenty for the winter. For more information, contact Rebekah Recker at 419-898-6164 or 419-307-0222.

Congratulations to my old friend Bryan Huntley from Sandusky Sailing Club who was the winner of the coveted Green Jacket, emblematic of victory in PHRF Overall in last weekend’s Green Island Race. Also congrats to the team of Thomas and Park McRitchie of Port Clinton Yacht Club who won first place honors in PHRF A Division.

The Port Clinton Artists Club had new signs created this year for their Arts in the Park event. One of their big signs was stolen. They cost the club $565 each and they planned on changing the date on the sign for the upcoming events each year. To say the least, they would like the sign returned. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the sign, call Barbara Radebaugh at 419-341-0390.

The Port Clinton High School Class of 1967 is holding their 45th year Class Reunion the weekend of Sept. 8 and 9. They will meet up on Friday night, Sept. 7 at Bell Mell’s at 7 p.m. On Saturday they will have a table reserved at the Gem Beach Rocks Again event before heading to the Elks Lodge for dinner.

Once again, the more than 250 American Flags you saw lining E. Perry Street and Fremont Road in Port Clinton over the weekend didn’t get there by accident. They were placed there by the Ottawa County Republican Women’s Club.

The 2012 Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Golf Outing on Monday, Sept. 10 at the CIC golf links. Registration is $110 per player for the four person scramble. Interested players can sign up at the Chamber office at 110 Madison Street in downtown Port Clinton. They are also hosting a “Mini Golf” event at Island Adventures for just $40 per player. For more information, call the Chamber at 419-734-5503.



Telltales by John Schaffner

We’re just one week away from the biggest party of the year…the Gem Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion. It was about 20 years ago when Bob Hille and I first spoke about doing an all-day Woodstock-style rock concert out at Gem Beach to commemorate the place where he and I, along with thousands of other baby boomers, misspent so many hours of our youthful adolescence.
When I served as Chairman for United Way five years ago, I asked the question: “How do other resort-market United Way agencies raise funds?”
Chris Galvin told me directly, “Events!”
“Well,” I said, “I have an idea for a fundraising event.”
Thus the Gem Beach Rock ‘n Roll Reunion was born, and so it continues today…or at least on Saturday, Sept. 8 from noon to 8 p.m. Four bands playing all those oldies! What a party!!!


OSU band to be featured in 2013 celebration

CORRECTION: In the story about the Tall Ships organizers last week, we made a slight error, well maybe not so slight! We reported that the Ohio State University Marching Band would be leading a parade on Sept. 1, 2012. Whoops! They will be here for the Tall Ships Celebration on Sept. 1, 2013, not this coming Labor Day weekend. They will be at the Port Clinton-Margaretta football game on Friday, Sept. 28, at True Lay Stadium. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

The American Cancer Society of Northwest Ohio is making it “5 o’clock in Port Clinton” all weekend long. Events include: “Island Doctor” at Kokomo Bay from 8 to midnight; the second annual Duck Drop at Monsoon Lagoon Saturday starting at 11 a.m.; the fourth annual Chemo Crawl from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday starting at Our Guest Inn and Suites in downtown Port Clinton; a reverse raffle at Mango Mamas at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and music with DJ Dale from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday night. For more information on how to participate, call 419-734-7111.

Our Find Wylie winner this week is Mike Freeh, of Fremont, who was among the 164 contestants who found Wylie hiding in the gutter in the ad for Gutter Topper on page 4B in last week’s Beacon. Mike wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores plus two tickets to Gem Beach Rocks Again on Sept. 8. 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

St. Paul Lutheran Women will host their annual Peach Social this Saturday, Aug. 18, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the church Fellowship Hall at 541 S. Church Road in Danbury Township. They will feature homemade chicken noodle soup, sandwiches, homemade pie, ice cream, locally grown peaches, salads and beverages.

The Kelleys Island Homecoming is this Saturday, Aug. 18, in case you needed an excuse to go and visit the island. This year they will have music and a magician, a nature exhibit and show from Mona Rutger and “Back to the Wild.” They will also have plenty of food, beverages, games and a shoppers market, and that doesn’t even touch the surface of what all is going on! The theme this year is “Celebrate Kelleys Island”. For more information, go to their Web Site at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Danbury High School Class of 1987 is holding its 25-year class reunion this weekend. They will meet up at 7 p.m. Friday night, Aug. 17, at Jamestown Tavern. Saturday they will have a tour of the school at 11 a.m. and then head to the beach at Bay Point afterward. They will enjoy refreshments at the pavilion there followed by even more frivolity at the Shores Club. The plan is to include any individual that was in the class at anytime throughout grades K-12.

The Port Clinton Elks Lodge is bringing back its famous Stag-er-oo, only now the name has been changed to the “Stag-er-oo & Ladies Too.” It will all take place at the lodge on Buckeye BoulevardSchaffner starting at 11 a.m. and goes all the way until 10 p.m. There will be raffles, blackjack, the big six wheel, bingo and a Cornhole Tournament. Entry is $20 which gets you admittance, lunch and dinner! Lunch will be wings, sandwiches and the works. Dinner is a repeat of the lunch menu plus a big serving of Lake Erie Yellow Perch! Tickets are available at the Lodge, as well as Danbury Hardware, Port Clinton Ford, Frederick Insurance, Dublin Commercial Services, Lakeland Auto and Marine and National Bank of Ohio.

Don’t forget The Friends of Port Clinton Parks Annual Flea Market/Garage Sale at Lakeview Park this Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In response to popular demand, the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce has decided to add a second Village Wide Garage Sale this year. The sale dates will be Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25. If you would like to be added to the list of sales, call the Chamber at 419-898-0479. The lists, when completed, will be available at the Chamber office and at the Oak Harbor Public Library.

The Port Clinton Kiwanis Club is launching a brand new fundraising event … “An Evening at the Races” on Friday, Oct. 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Knight’s of Columbus Hall on Perry Street in downtown Port Clinton. Tickets are on sale for $25 per person, which includes dinner, one drink ticket and lots of betting opportunities. It should be a lot of fun, so put it on your calendar right now! I have tickets available at The Beacon.


Congrats to new fair king, queen

The Ottawa County Fair is up and running through this Sunday (no wonder it was 100-degrees on Tuesday!). One of the great traditions is to crown the Junior Fair King and Queen on Monday night, the first night of the fair. Congratulations to Anna Johnson and Zachary Estes, the Ottawa County Fair’s 2012 Junior Fair King and Queen. The Fair is located on Ohio 163 between Port Clinton and Oak Harbor.
One of the other plusses about the Ottawa County Fair is the opportunity for local folks to meet and talk to the local candidates who will be running this coming November. Both the Republicans and Democrats have booths there to facilitate that meet and greet idea. Also, the Ottawa County Republicans have opened their new headquarters at the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus Hall at 109 E. Perry St. in Port Clinton. They will hold an open house there from 6 to 8 p.m. this Monday, July 23.

Our Find Wylie winner this week is Vicki Valentine from Catawba who was among the 142 contestants who found Wylie in the ad for Re-Max on page 4B in last week’s Beacon. Vicki 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,

Debi Hahn of Catawba turned 60 last weekend and her husband Steve Hahn made a donation of $800 to the Catawba Volunteer Fire Department in her honor which was matched by a donation from Prudential Financial Services. Steve also bought 55 chicken dinners at the CIVFD’s barbecue last Saturday night for a party for Debi. We also heard that longtime Catawba Island Township worker and former Fire Chief Dan Barlow was stricken while at the barbecue and had to be taken by Life Flight. We hope and pray that he will be OK.

For more than 40 years, Geoff Elliott has studied the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. He is coming to the Ida Rupp Public Library at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, to share his knowledge of this fascinating, complex and even controversial man.

The Ottawa County Humane Society and the Fort Firelands Family Campground are teaming up for a “Potluck for Paws” event at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Admission is free. There will be Bluegrass music to enjoy, 50/50 raffles, a Chinese auction, kids’ games and prizes. And of course, lots of animals! So bring a dish to share and your lawn chairs for a good time this Saturday. Fort Firelands is located at 5650 E. Harbor Road at the junction of Ohio 269 and 163.

The date has been set for the fifth annual Gem Beach Rocks event. It will be held again from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept.8, at Gem Beach. Four bands will be playing for your enjoyment all day long. For information, log onto or call 419-734-6645.

The second annual Conestoga West End 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11. They will start at 10 a.m. and go until the last team wins. The cost is $10 per player for a team of three or four players. A T-shirt and officials will be provided. For information, call Lee Horne at 419-573-9432 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Following the tournament there will be a neighborhood party with hamburgers, hot dogs, a DJ, kids games, prizes, a 50/50 raffle and a dunk tank featuring Mayor Vince Leone and Police Chief Rob Hickman. That ought to be fun to watch!

The Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary is holding a Poker Run starting from the Excuses Lounge at the corner of Columbus Avenue and Strub Road. in Sandusky on Saturday, Aug. 11. The entry fee is $15 per person and $25 per couple which includes a meal at Excuses Lounge. Registration is at 10 a.m. with the first bike out at 11 a.m. For information call the Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary at 419-960-7487.

On Saturday, July 28, there will be an indoor/outdoor Flea Market at Harbor Lanes on Buckeye Boulevard in Port Clinton from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reserve your spot now with only 15 spaces available inside. For information, call Sue at 419-734-2695.


Parade of Homes a huge success!

The interest in our area was once again demonstrated to us this past weekend during the 2012 Parade of Homes. We had literally thousands of folks touring all of the top developments in our area. All of our customers on the Tour of Homes told us that they had incredible traffic over the weekend and will be able to spend the next several weeks just following up on the serious prospects. My thanks to our sponsors and to the developers for helping make the 5th Annual Catawba/Marblehead Parade of Homes a HUGE SUCCESS!!!


Parade of Homes is here!

This is it! The Catawba/Marblehead Parade of Homes is this coming weekend. Be sure to check out our 40-page special section inserted into this week’s Beacon for all the particulars. Extra copies will be available at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitor’s Center and at Bassett’s Market. It all kicks off Thursday night at the Crow’s Nest on Ohio 269 N. on Marblehead from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a special wine tasting and lots of hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. We have a tremendous group of developments in our area that will have some fantastic condos, villas, etc. on display. Hours of the tour are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 on Sunday.

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