Halupki Festival and International Days coming to Marblehead

In Marblehead folks will soon smell the cabbage rolls a-cookin’ and hear the lively sounds of polka music at the 57th Annual Halupki Festival. The Festival, a celebration of Carpatho-Russian foods and culture, is presented each year on the third Sunday of August by Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 114 East Main Street (Route 163), in Marblehead. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, August 18th. 

The day’s activities begin with Divine Liturgy in the beautiful, historic church at 9:30 am. The choir of SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Lorain will sing at Liturgy. The parish family extends an invitation to one and all to join with them in worship.



From Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, May 19, 2013:

Michael Bloom of Port Clinton, Master of Science in Civil Engineering 

Ottawa County graduates from Terra State Community College, Class of 2013: 

* cum laude, ** magna cum laude, *** summa cum laude, + veteran


Uebbing 50th anniversary

Ron and Helen Uebbing, long time residence of Catawba Island, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married in Baltimore, MD, on Saturday, July 6, 1963. Although they spent 20 years in the Navy traveling, they settled on Catawba Island in 1981 and still reside there during the summer months. Ron and Helen had two children, Ronald Jr. (deceased) and Noreen Mullens.


St. John Lutheran Fall Festival being planned

The women of St. John Lutheran Church, 207 Adams St. in Port Clinton, are currently planning their annual Fall Festival. An invitation is extended to artists, crafters and businesses to participate. The festival will feature the vendors and the church women’s lunch and bake sale. The event will be held Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each space includes one table and two chairs and may be rented for $20. Artists, crafters and businesses are welcome, but no flea market or garage sale type items will be allowed. All merchandise must be new or crafted. Spaces will be rented by a first-come first-served process since space is limited. 

Interested vendors wanting more information or a renter’s contract should email or call the festival’s Exhibitor-Vendor Chair, Monette Garn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-635-5863. 


Parade of Homes thank you

A big Thank you to The Beacon, Mon Ami, sponsors of the Catawba Parade of Homes, Bill & Gayle Worley and all of those who came out to support The Salvation Army by attending The Catawba Parade of Homes Kick off Celebration on Thursday, June 20, at Mon Ami. $1,290 was raised for The Salvation Army – Port Clinton Service Unit. 

The Salvation Army – Port Clinton Service Unit provides financial assistance to residents of Ottawa County in times of need throughout the year. They also provide many programs, such as Camp NEOSA, Tools for School and Christmas Toy Program, Food and Clothing Pantries, as well as disaster services in Ottawa County.

Currently, we are accepting applications for our Tools for School Program and looking for Volunteers to “ring the bell” for Christmas in July , July 19, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28.

The Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Unit is located at 1854 E. Perry Street #800, Port Clinton.

To donate, volunteer or for more information, contact Director, Maureen Saponari at 419-732-2769 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Maureen Saponari


Perry’s Victory to host Masonic Centennial cornerstone laying reenactment, 122nd Army Concert Band performance and more on July 4th

This 4th of July will be full of activity at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial as annual patriotic activities are joined with the Park’s centennial celebration. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the building of the International Peace Memorial, an historic national monument and local treasure. In 1913, 5,000 Masons from nine states and Canada formed a procession and marched to the site of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial to witness the laying of the monument’s cornerstone. This procession and laying of the stone will be re-enacted at the monument this 4th of July, in honor of the structure’s centennial anniversary. 

The procession will be preceded by a grand parade beginning at 2 p.m., progressing through downtown Put-in-Bay to the memorial. The parade will include a number of participants from near and far, and will be led by Put-in-Bay’s traditional antique car parade and local American legion chapter representatives. The parade will conclude at the Memorial itself, shortly before the beginning of the 3 p.m. Cornerstone Ceremony. Joining both the parade and ceremony will be the 122nd Army Concert Band, who will also provide a free public concert at the Perry’s Victory Visitor Center at 7:30 p.m. 

On the 4th, Perry’s Victory will also be hosting the biennial naturalization ceremony for 10 area residents who will be taking the oath of new citizenship. The patriotic scope of this year’s ceremony will be even greater than usual, as the naturalization will be accompanied by a Delayed Enlistment Program in which 200 men and woman from three branches of the military will be taking their oath of service. The naturalization ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on the memorial lower plaza and will be followed immediately by the delayed enlistment. The patriotic festivities on the day will conclude with a public fireworks display over the bay at dusk. The fireworks are provided by the Put-in-Bay Business Owners and Friends of the Bay. Please be aware that parking is limited and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on park grounds. For more information on any of these events, call Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at 419-285-2184 or visit


Jodie McCallum’s coloring book and print at Lighthouse Museum Gift Shop

Local artist and illustrator Jodie McCallum’s coloring book and print are now available at the Lighthouse Museum Gift Shop in Marblehead. The coloring book features many of Marblehead\'s family attractions as well as the entire area, known as the Lake Erie Shores & Islands. It is an interactive book as it allows parents to assist the child with the puzzles, dot to dot\'s, hidden pictures and many other activities. The book also includes a map of the various communities that include directions and contact information to each attraction. The books have been signed by the Illustrator for this museum series of books.

The 11\" X 14\" Matted Print celebrates the many weddings that take place annually at the Marblehead Lighthouse, and is a popular gift for the weddings that take place on the grounds. This print is also signed by the artist and it is a stock size that eliminates expensive custom framing.

The Museum Gift Shop is open Monday-Friday, Noon to 4 p.m. For other times, call 419-734-4424 Ext. 2.


PC 4th of July Firecracker Cutie contest applications available

Port Clinton’s Firecracker Cutie contest is open to all boys and girls that are Ottawa County Residents age 0-12 years old and will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2nd & Adams Streets at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th. Participants are asked to don their Red, White & Blue for the occassion.

An optional “Most Photogenic” contest, which will be judged based on photographs sent in with the applications, will also be held. These will be judged separately prior to July 4th, and awards will be given at the evening ceremonies. Registration deadline for the “Most Photogenic” contest is June 30th, and Firecracker Cutie contest applications are due the day of the event.

Awards will be presented prior to the Choir Concert at Trinity Church at 5:30 p.m. on July 4th.

Applications for the Firecracker Cutie Contest can be picked up at Perfect Color Hair & Tan on North Madison Street in Port Clinton, the Port Clinton Area 4th of July Celebration Facebook Page, or by emailing Mary Ann Snider at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Wyland to debut new art

Wyland wields his paint brush as he creates a new image

Marine life artist and environmentalist Wyland will appear at Put-in-Bay’s Wyland Gallery during the July 4 holiday weekend in an art showcase expected to be the highlight of the gallery’s 2013 summer season.

Wyland will be on hand to debut his latest images and meet art lovers from 2-6 p.m. Friday, July 5, and from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the 495 Catawba Ave. gallery.

During Wyland’s appearance in the “Year of the Original,” as he defines it, the artist plans to introduce a unique series of museum-framed original drawings on acid-free paper, as well as brilliant paintings and sculptures. He will also create new pieces each day as show attendees watch, and offer insights into his ongoing conservation initiatives.

There is a twofold reason for celebration during Wyland’s Put-in-Bay visit. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Wyland Galleries and July 9 is Wyland’s birthday, a birth date he shares with actor Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks probably won’t be around for the weekend’s events, but attendees will find a wide variety of star-quality art. 

The gallery is open throughout the season and features images by Wyland and other leading American artists. 

For more information, call (419) 285-2233 or visit Information can also be found at

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