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Holiday events and traditions fill the area

The Mitten Tree, a Beacon Holiday Tradition, is already filling up! We are once again asking for contributions of gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, etc. We ask that you please help us keep hands, heads and hearts warm this winter for needy children in Ottawa County. The Mitten Tree is located at the entrance of The Beacon, 205 SE Catawba Rd. in the Beacon Place Business Center (SR 53 North). Thanks.

Every Christmas has its Angels and its Grinches. Last week, on the opening Friday for Salvation Army Bell Ringers at Wal Mart, two space heaters were stolen from the shelter house outside the entrance. However, the folks at Wal Mart became Angels when they offered to replace them at no charge. 

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The Mitten Tree is here

The Mitten Tree, a Beacon Holiday Tradition, goes up this week. Once again, we are asking for contributions of gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, etc. Our goal is the same every Holiday Season, so please help us keep hands, heads and hearts warm this winter for needy children in Ottawa County. The Mitten Tree is located at the entrance of The Beacon, 205 SE Catawba Rd. in the Beacon Place Business Center (SR 53 North). Thanks.

This Saturday is the annual “Kids for Christmas” fundraiser at Mr. Ed’s on West Lakeshore Drive in Port Clinton. It began back in 2008 as a way for Ed Fitzgerald and his family to give back to the community. 100% of all donations are used to provide families in the area with help with holiday gifts for their children in addition to help with a holiday meal. Last year they raised over $19,000. It all begins at 10 a.m. with the warm-up for the Ohio State-Michigan game. Mike “Mad Dog” Adams follows the game with a special performance in the midst of a live auction. And don’t forget Ed’s famous “Hobo Stew”. 

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Give thanks, give back

Once again this holiday season St. Thomas Episcopal and Peace Lutheran Churches are joining together to provide a free turkey dinner with all the trimmings for the Port Clinton Community. The dinner will be served in the St. Thomas Guild Hall on E. Second Street from 5-6 tonight (Thursday, Nov. 21). The public is invited for some good food and fellowship.

As most of us know by now, Devin Kohlman passed last week. He was a young man who could barely move or speak, but managed to bring an entire community together. Of course, Devin’s family has a tremendous financial load ahead of them, so Barb and Mel Ayers have decided to do a special fundraiser this Monday, Nov. 25, at Ciao Bella Restaurant on State Route 53 in Harbor Lights Landing. They are donating 10% of all their sales that day. They will be open for lunch, dinner or carryout. The food is incredibly good and the cause is a very special one. Their theme is “Give Thanks, Give Back”. 

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Evening at the Races this Friday

Last Call for Tickets for the “Evening at the Races” event hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Port Clinton this Friday, Nov. 15, at Lock, Dock & Barrel on Buckeye Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanian or at The Beacon office, next to Goodwill in the Beacon Place Business Center on State Route 53 North. Tickets are $25 per person which includes appetizers, betting opportunities and a guaranteed good time. 

The Port Clinton VFW’s Food Drive Scavenger Hunt is this Saturday starting at 1 p.m. They need teams of 4 people to canvass the community to collect non perishable food items and toiletries. Each team will get a section of town to go door-to-door and the team with the most points wins some nice prizes. Every year the VFW gets a list of local vets in need. The collected items will go to them. 

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Thank you, Devin, for bringing us together

I have had many conversations the last few weeks about how Port Clinton has stepped up for PC Middle School student Devin Kohlman. Mary Alice and I attended the fundraiser at Lock, Dock and Barrel last Thursday night. What a turnout, and they raised nearly $20,000 for Devin’s family. When I was there, I walked up to PC Police Chief Rob Hickman and thanked him for his leadership that got the community focused on a sick young man, rather than all the political in-fighting we have seen over the past few years. Somebody had to lead the way, and Rob, along with his wife Roseann, stepped up big time. I promised him I wouldn’t write anything…but I lied!

The Bassett’s flier is not in The Beacon this week. Their fliers are available at the store. They do however have two pages of ads in this week’s paper, one on page 3A and another on page 7A. The Bassett’s fliers will be back next week. A special 16-page Holiday Coupon Book will be inserted in The Beacon this week, offering hundreds of $$$ in savings. 

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Christmas for Devin at The Beacon

All of Port Clinton is getting in the act to help support the family of Devin Kohlman, the PC Middle School Student who is waging a courageous battle with cancer. His family has requested that all of Port Clinton get their Christmas decorations up early this year, so we decided to do our part and go with a Christmas holiday theme for our front page flag. Yes, we know it’s Halloween, but that’s ok…we’re bringing Christmas to town a little early this year…for Devin.

This Saturday is the Immaculate Conception Church Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the men of the parish. Doors will open immediately after 5 o’clock mass Saturday evening. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door. Children under 7 eat for free. Carryouts are available.

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Tricks and Treats, Cops and Robbers, Ghouls and Goblins

The Ottawa County FOPA Lodge #34 is sponsoring the first “Cops & Robbers Road Chase 5K this Saturday, Oct. 26. You can run or walk through the streets of Port Clinton to help raise money for the group’s Scholarship Fund. According to Roseann Hickman, you may also feel free to dress up as a cop or a robber! (It is Halloween, you know) Registration is $25. The Run/Walk begins a 9 a.m. and registration opens at the Jefferson Street Pier at 8 a.m. T-Shirts will be given to each participant while they last. FOPA is an affiliate of the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, Inc. 

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The weatherman comes through with the perfect fall weekend

I just wanted everybody to know that I was honored to be placed in charge of the weather last weekend for the Oak Harbor Apple Festival and the Marblehead Lighthouse Festival. How did I do???

The E.L.M.s Community Meal will be held tonight (Thursday, October 17) hosted by St. Thomas Episcopal and Peace Lutheran Church in Port Clinton. It will be held at the St. Thomas Fellowship Hall, 214 E. Second Street from 5 until 6 p.m. This month’s menu features spaghetti and meatballs with all the trimmings.

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Apple and Lighthouse Festival weekend

This is “Festival Weekend” in Ottawa County! First up…the “Grand-daddy” of Ottawa County Festivals, the Oak Harbor Apple Festival. Check out the complete schedule on page 3A in this week’s Beacon. Follow that up with the Lighthouse Festival that we highlighted on the front page last week. Get out and enjoy all that our beautiful area has to offer. You won’t be disappointed!

If you were not able to catch the documentary on the Battle of Lake Erie last Thursday on WGTE, the PBS Channel in Toledo, you can purchase a DVD of it by logging into www.portclintonradio.com/shop. Net proceeds from the sale of the DVDs benefit Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Also, just to correct the record, Peter Huston of Put-in-Bay was the producer and director on the project and his company, FilmAffects was the production company. They worked in collaboration with Nick James of Catawba on the project.

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Browns and Bills and Bicentennial on TV tonight

Sorry to hear about the sudden passing of former Port Clinton Fire Chief, John Drummer. He worked for many years at Clinton Auto Parts with my old friend Jerry Lippus. While Fire Chief, the PC Fire Department grew in skill and stature. He will be missed.

What a tough night to choose what to watch on TV! First, the Browns play the Buffalo Bills on the NFL Network Channel while WGTE, Channel 30, will carry the documentary produced by Catawba Island resident Nick James on the Bi-Centennial Celebration of Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory in the Battle of Lake Erie. If you missed any of the festivities over Labor Day weekend, here is your chance to see what you missed. This special program will be aired at 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday, October 3). 

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