Port Clinton News

PC Chamber Awards dinner


Tonight (Thursday, April 10) is the annual Awards Dinner of the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce at Catawba Island Club. They will be presenting five awards and Main Street Port Clinton will be presenting two awards. For the Chamber, it will be the Lighthouse Award (a business that has made an outstanding contribution it their field); the Outstanding Citizen Award (an individual who has contributed to the citizens and/or well being of the business community; New Business Award (business that opened in 2013); Beautification Award (a business that has significantly contributed to the aesthetic enhancement of the community); and the Business Member of the Year (overall contribution of the business to the Chamber and the community). Main Street has already announced that John Madison of Frederick Insurance is the 2013 Volunteer of the Year winner. The 2013 Main Street Business of the Year is Slater’s Madison Street Pub. 

Terra State Community College’s Brass Choir along with a select group of high school musicians from around the area will be performing in concert Friday night, April 11, at the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center. The performance “Resounding Brass” will include a wide range of music written for brass and percussion. The concert begins at 7:30 and admission is free. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Joe Bires of Oak Harbor who was one of 194 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Packer Creek Pottery on page 8A in last week’s Beacon. Joe wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, so 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 

We are very sorry to report that Richie Saponari, the husband of Salvation Army Ottawa County Director Maureen Saponari, has been stricken with cancer. They are planning a special benefit for Richie on Tuesday, April 22, from 6-10 p.m. at Mon Ami. They are asking a minimum $20 donation at the door with all proceeds going to his medical expenses. Ronnie Howard and his band Cruisin’ along with the Flashback 3 band from Seniors Gone Wild (which Richie organized and got started) will provide the entertainment. Richie also started Island Idol, another popular entertainment venue from past years. He knew how to twist my arm to get me to judge many of those Island Idol events. For more information, contact Mon Ami at 419-797-4445.

The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton. Virginia Park, Ottawa County Recorder, will be the featured speaker. She will present the program “Tracing a house’s history and genealogy”. Guests are welcome.

Stein Hospice is planning a very special program for their 3rd Annual Veteran Health and Information Fair to be held at the Camp Perry Conference Center on Wednesday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dr. John Schupp will speak on the topic “Why Embracing this era of Veterans is Essential to the Country”. He will talk about the three basic characteristics veterans possess which the majority of civilians do not. Sounds interesting! They are seeking exhibitors for this special program day. If you would like to have booth space there, call Stein Veterans Services at 419-6625-5269.

The Ottawa County Republican Party is hosting its first Mother’s Day Luncheon, Fashion Show and fundraiser on Saturday, May 10, at Catawba Island Club. This event includes great food, fabulous fashions and jewelry, raffles and a silent auction. Tickets are on sale for $40 per person and open to the public. Seating is limited so contact Renee Claycomb at 419-960-7371 or visit for more information. Proceeds benefit the Ottawa County Republican Party. 

The Port Clinton Knights of Columbus weekly Lenten Fish Fry held each Friday during the Lent from 5-7:30 p.m. has been extended to include Friday, April 18 (Good Friday). These delicious meals are held at the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall at 109 E. Perry Street in downtown Port Clinton. ALL YOU CAN EAT meals are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. The menu features hand breaded fish, French fries, coleslaw, mac and cheese, applesauce, lemonade, coffee and a variety of desserts…all included in the ALL YOU CAN EAT price. Also, St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus will serve their Perch & Pierogis on April 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the St Joseph Church Hall located at 822 Barclay St. in Marblehead. Dinners are $11 and sandwiches are $6. Sides will be available as well. 

Don’t forget the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Spaghetti Dinner at St. John Lutheran Church on Friday, April 25. You can be served lunch or dinner, as they will be serving from Noon to 7 p.m. The Kiwanians will even deliver. Just phone your order in any time after 9 a.m. to 419-734-1325 that day. Yes, it is once again the famous Giaco family spaghetti and meatballs! 

The Leadership Ottawa County class of 2014 is hosting a very special “Pop-Up Talent” night at the Port Clinton Elk’s Lodge on Saturday, April 26. They will be featuring local celebrity talent for the event, including the Naked Bacon Band. Tickets are $40 per person and $70 per couple which includes dinner and the entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in Port Clinton; the Danbury Zoning Department in Marblehead, the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and The Crafty Needle in Elmore. The fundraiser supports United Way’s Pop-Up Adventure Play Program. 

Congratulations to Barb and Mel Ayers who will be celebrating their First Anniversary of Ciao Bella next Thursday, April 17. ALL pasta dinners that night will be priced at $9.99. They will be holding prize drawings all day and all night. The prizes are pretty neat, ranging from a Spa Package at Salon 53, to a 6-month membership at Bodi ‘n Balance to a magnum bottle of Italian Wine to a $100 gift card to Nagoya and a Private dinner for 8 at Ciao Bella. Barb and Mel have been wonderful additions to the local business community since they opened Nagoya several years ago.  

And also don’t forget our “Coffee with the Editor” session at Common Grounds every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. Lot’s of interesting local topics are discussed. It is our opportunity to have a sit-down with our readers and learn about what YOU want to see in The Beacon as we enter our 32nd year of community publishing. Also don’t forget that Common Grounds offers their gourmet coffee for just 99-cents with one refill. 

The PCHS Class of 1974 is having its 40th class reunion this year on August 23 at the Port Clinton Yacht Club. They are searching for a significant number of classmates, who could be anywhere by now. If you have contact information for anybody who graduated in ’74, you are asked to call 419-734-3644 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


ICS kicks off 90th birthday celebration

Immaculate Conception School posed for an all school picture on Wednesday afternoon as the school prepares for a year of celebrating 90 years of providing children in Port Clinton with a faith based education.

Immaculate Conception School opened its doors in 1924 and continues to strive for excellence in Catholic education each and every day. Many birthday celebration activities are being planned for the upcoming year, but the festivities will be kicked off with the school’s 28th annual FICS Spring Auction which will be held on Saturday, April 26. This year’s auction is a 90th Birthday Party that will feature a birthday dinner; silent, live, and fishbowl auctions; and many other events. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. 

All proceeds from this year’s auction go directly to Immaculate Conception School. ICS wishes to invite anyone who wishes to celebrate the past and future of ICS to make a reservation for this year’s birthday celebration by calling the school office at 419.734.3315. Donations of any kind can be dropped off at the school at 109 W. 4th Street during school hours. Immaculate Conception School is now accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school years for preschool and grades K-5.


BPW Auction held at Catawba Island Club

Countdown to Summer was the theme to this year’s annual Business and Professional Women’s scholarship fundraiser auction that was held Saturday, April 5, at the Catawba Island Club. A silent auction, a live auction and a raffle raised just under $5000. The money will go toward scholarships BPW provides to area women and area women’s organizations.

The speaker invited to the event was Michelle Ish, BPW scholarship recipient and human resource specialist at The HR Department. When she contacted Lori Madison from BPW, Ish already had a four year college degree, but she wanted to do something more. Ish wanted to get her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification, and with the help of the BPW scholarship program she was able to do that. With the SPHR she was able to start The HR Department.

“I couldn’t have done it without the BPW scholarship,” said Ish. “I needed the continual commitment of education to reach my goals and they (the BPW) were able to help me achieve that.”

The money raised at the auction will be added to the money raised at the BPW Celebrity Server event that was held in the fall; $7000 was raised at that event. The money raised will go to 2014 fall scholarship recipients and 2015 spring/summer scholarship recipients. In addition to funding the scholarships, BPW also supports Ruth Ann’s House, Buckeye Girls State, Ohio Business Week, Leadership Ottawa County and BPW members.

For more information about the organization or if you wish to donate, contact Kimberly Leneghan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 216-346-9874.

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