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    A presidential election is almost upon us. But if you have young children or grandchildren, you know what’s really important this week is Butterfingers, not ballots, and Pop Rocks, not the popular vote.


Telltales by John Schaffner

 Next Tuesday is Election Day. We have a number of important local races as well as several State Issues. But for most of us political junkies, it’s all about the Presidential race and the US Senate Race.


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    It is really going to be a “Special Event” when famed Nashville songwriter and artist Richard Leigh comes to The Listening Room in Port Clinton this coming weekend, Oct. 19 and 20.


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.


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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.


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