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Spring is here... kinda, sorta

We have officially moved to the sunny side of the Spring Equinox. From now on the daylight hours are longer than the dark hours. Now, if we could only get Mother Nature to cooperate! 


We have recently updated and upgraded our website, www.thebeacon.net. In the past few weeks, we have worked closely with our webmaster Paul Wallen, our editor Donna Lueke and our graphic design staff to make it a priority to keep our website current, not just once a week, but every day. Every day we are sent or informed about breaking news. Some of it is big news, some of it isn’t. However, it is all local news about local people, places and events. There is no longer a need to wait for your newspaper to arrive in your driveway. You can get local news updates and fresh photos every day, 24/7 on www.thebeacon.net. Check us out. We hope you will be pleasantly surprised. 


Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Karl Busby of Port Clinton. He was one of 131 entries who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Bassett’s Market on page 3A in last week’s Beacon. Karl 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, www.thebeacon.net. 


The singing nuns of “Nunsense” are back and heading to Hollywood in the next Playmakers’ musical “Nunsense Boulevard” which opens at the West Sixth Street Theater on April 4. The storyline goes that the nuns think they have been invited to sing at the Hollywood Bowl, and then find out it’s the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama. The five nuns will be portrayed by Sylvia Chappell, Karen Abbott, Angela Fishburn, Louise Retzer and Donielle Yates. 


There will be a very special event held this Saturday, March 23, from Noon to 6 p.m. at the Our Guest Inn and Suites in downtown Port Clinton. It’s Burgers, Brownies and Beer, a special benefit for Lynn Domokos, the manager there, who has been stricken by a debilitating disease that has eaten up just about all of the family savings. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and under. The menu includes grilled burgers with all the fixings (vegan too), chips, brownie and a soft drink. They will also feature a full bar open that day along with entertainment from the new band Lake Erie Local from 3-6 p.m. Lake Erie Local is a collection of musicians and songwriters including Ron Nisch, Jerry Davenport, Frankie Bickell, Larry Fletcher, Slate Kessler and Ron Miller. Sounds like a fun time.


It’s the annual “all you can eat” Pancake & Sausage Breakfast this Sunday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carroll Township Service Complex, 11080 W. Toussaint-East Rd. north of Oak Harbor. They will feature pancakes, bacon, sausage, OJ, milk and coffee for just $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children under 12. Youngsters 4 and under eat free. Carryouts will also be available. The whole meal is prepared and served by Carroll Township Fire and EMS. 


The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. in Adolphus Kraemer Park at the Log Cabin. The Easter Egg Hunt will be followed by a Candy Hunt in downtown Oak Harbor and then to the Portage Fire Station on Water Street where the kids can visit with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny and take photos with the Bunny Family. This event is open to all youngsters aged 12 and under. For more information, call the chamber office at 419-898-0479. 


Don’t forget the benefit for Devin Kohlman, the Port Clinton Middle School Student diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He has been through several surgeries, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The benefit will be Wednesday, March 27 from 6-9 p.m. at Rosie’s Bar and Grill located at the Old Island House at the corner of Second and Madison Streets in downtown Port Clinton. There will be entertainment by Corduroy Road, food and refreshments will be served. They are asking a donation of $20 per person with 100% of the proceeds going to Devin and his mother.  


The Oak Harbor Athletic Boosters hold their 25th Annual Reverse Raffle at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed this Saturday, March 23. The fun-filled night will consist of dinner, drinks, games, silent auction items and the raffle with a $5,000 grand prize. Tickets are $75 each which includes dinner. Doors open at 5:30. All money earned support the Oak Harbor Rockets. That means all 18 programs for both boys and girls. For more information or to donate to their Silent Auction, call Becci Petersen or Lisa Morgan at the Rocket Shop, 419-898-7909 or e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Fine Art Creations for Community Causes announces their Grand Opening at 136 W. Water Street in downtown Oak Harbor on Friday, March 29, at 11 a.m. The new business is owned by Jackie Bodnar. They are currently open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fine Art Creations houses watercolor, oil and photography and they also accept art on consignment. Their ribbon cutting ceremony will be on Friday, March 29, at 11 a.m. 


Don’t forget the Lenten Fish Fries. The Port Clinton Knights of Columbus and the folks at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Oak Harbor are hosting fish fries every Friday during Lent. The Port Clinton K of C holds theirs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Denny Bergeman Hall, 109 E Perry Street featuring Lake Erie Perch, shrimp and all you can eat pollock dinners with all the fixings. Desserts are also available. At St. Boniface, the dinners will be from 4-7 p.m. featuring fried or baked fish, and all the fixings. Price for adults is $8, children ages 6-12 are $5, and kids under 5 eat free.  Carryouts are available. The St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus will have Perch and Pierogis this Friday, March 22, from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Joseph Church Hall, 822 Barclay Street. Dinners are $11 and sandwiches are $6.


An Easter Candy Hunt and Easter Bunny visit will be held on Saturday, March 23, in downtown Oak Harbor. The Candy Hunt will begin at 2 p.m. at the Log Cabin at Adolphus Kraemer Park, across from the post office. After the hunt, the Easter Bunny will be available at the Fire Station. The event, sponsored by the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, is open to all children ages 12 and under. Bring your own basket and camera. 


The Port Clinton Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 30, starting at 10 a.m. on the Courthouse lawn. All youngsters ages 12 months to 10 years are invited to this event sponsored by the Port Clinton Parks and Recreation Department and Champions for Children. For more information, contact Jenn Porter at City Hall at 419-734-5522, Extension 8.


The third annual Easter Egg Hunt at East Harbor, sponsored by the Friends of East Harbor,  will be held on Saturday, March 30, beginning at 2 p.m. It will begin in front of the Camp Store. In case of inclement weather it will be held at Lockwood Shelter House.  The hunt is open to children ages 0-12, who will be hunting in one of four age groups. Special prizes will be awarded in each age group. There will be a visit from the Easter Bunny and his helper. There is no fee but donations will be accepted. Bring your own baskets. For details, call the park at 419-734-4424, ext. 2.

 

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Retirement, succession plans: "Must Haves" for business owners

If you own a business, you may well follow a “do it now” philosophy — which is, of course, necessary to keep things running smoothly. Still, you also need to think about tomorrow — which means you’ll want to take action on your own retirement and business succession plans. 

Fortunately, you’ve got some attractive options in these areas. For example, you could choose a retirement plan that offers at least two key advantages: potential tax-deferred earnings and a wide array of investment options. Plus, some retirement plans allow you to make tax-deductible contributions.

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Get your green on

A sign of spring surer than robins in the back yard--the Miller Boat Line begins service from Catawba to South Bass Island on Friday, March 15. That’s tomorrow folks! They also begin service to Middle Bass on Friday, March 29.

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March madness, sadness and gladness

More infrastructure work is being done in Port Clinton. Waterline replacement work on Maple Street started on Monday. Ed Burdue is the subcontractor for this work. Due to the age of the water-main infrastructure in the area, it is possible for sudden water loss due to depressurization of the water mains as crews connect existing lines to the new water mains being installed. The City may have to issue boil water advisories to the homes and businesses affected. They will be lifted as soon as testing results allow. Questions can be directed to City Hall at 419-734-5522.

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Finding Wiley in Las Vegas, Nevada

I found Wiley!!! No, not Wylie Walleye, Larry Wiley, the star running back of the undefeated Port Clinton football team of 1962. I had a Publishers Business Summit in Las Vegas last Saturday. I couldn’t get a flight out until late Sunday, so I made arrangements to spend some time with Larry Wiley who lives in Vegas with his lovely wife Catherine (Coleman) who graduated from PCHS in 1965. They hope to come “home” in July for the Class of 1963’s 50 year reunion and a special reunion of the ’62 football team in September. I learned all about the football teams of the early 1960’s. Larry picked me up at the hotel and took me to his home. Catherine, an avid LA Laker fan, also served me a steak dinner topped off by a delicious slice of Apple Pie. They couldn’t have been more hospitable. I can tell you, Larry still can’t get over the only blemish on the record of that team, a 6-6 tie with Perrysburg that cost them a perfect season and the outright Northern Lakes League championship.

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Fish Fry Fridays celebrate Lenten season

Another busy weekend is ahead, in spite of the weather. Saturday night is the annual Magruder Hospital Charity Ball at Catawba Island Club. It is always a grand affair. Mike Schenk at CIC told me that they are trying something different this year. The Charity Ball will be a “Strolling Supper” with five food stations and lots of open seating. However, if you wish to reserve a table, call CIC TODAY to do so. They will be serving carved meat, mashed potatoes, perch and salmon along with a salad bar and dessert bar. Enjoy the Ball. We will have photos as usual next week.

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Take advantage of higher IRA contribution limits

 

 

For the first time since 2008, contribution limits have risen for one of the most popular retirement savings vehicles available: the IRA. This means you’ve got a greater opportunity to put more money away for your “golden years.”

Effective Jan. 1, you can now put in up to $5,500 (up from $5,000 in 2012) to a traditional or Roth IRA when you make your 2013 contribution. And if you’re 50 or older, you can put in an additional $1,000 above the new contribution limit.

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PC Chamber celebrates Beacon’s 30th year

My personal thanks to all who turned out, or wanted to, for last Thursday’s PC Chamber Business After Hours at the 1812 Restaurant in the Island House. According to Laura Schlachter at the Chamber, they counted 110 business cards turned in for registration, but the estimate of the number attending was well over that. The event was our official observance of the 30th Anniversary of The Beacon. As I said in my little speech that night, “every face is a memory”. We won’t officially observe our 30th until next week.

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