By John Schaffner
We have had a couple of recent deaths of several prominent people who were important in my life. Aric Eschelman, a 1967 Port Clinton High School classmate, passed away recently at his home in Tempe, Ariz. He was one of the great “jokesters” in our class, but I know he had a serious side. He was an Eagle Scout and friend to all.
Bob Wolford passed away a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to especially recognize him. He wasn’t born and raised here, but I think he had more friends than anybody around. He was another friend to all.
Tom Bohlander was the primary developer with Fairway Villas and Fairway Estates on Catawba. Tom was a visionary. He was indirectly responsible for the golf course expansion at Catawba Island Club. He saw what the interior of Catawba Island could be and was instrumental in making it happen. He was always friendly with everyone.
Finally, Dennis Peto passed last week. He’s another who always kept his hometown No. 1 in his heart …right next to Ohio State!
My wife and I recently visited her brother, Dick Kollmann, in Hudson, Ohio on Sunday. We always pick up a copy of the Hudson Hub newspaper. I was interested in a column written by one of their writers saying goodbye to two major publications, the Youngstown Vindicator and Mad Magazine. The Vindicator’s editor was Todd Franko, who many of you might remember was an outstanding editor of the Sandusky Register and lived on Sand Road. The author noted that those of us who have competed for a lifetime with our daily newspaper cousins find no joy with their demise. We realize that all this means is significant loss of livelihoods for these newspaper staffs and the loss of “real news” for their local communities, as people hungry for local news are forced to try to find it on Facebook or other online options. Facebook is not a good “real news” option.
We will continue to try to fill the void in Ottawa County.
Cheri A. Katynski of Port Clinton is our winner this week in our “Find Wylie” contest. She was chosen from among 101 entries who successfully figured out that we forgot to hide our friendly fish in The Beacon last week. Cheri wins a $25 gas card graciously donated by Friendship Stores.
Each week we hide Wylie Walleye in an ad and our readers, when one of them finds him, can either bring in a contest entry cut out of the paper or log onto our website … www.thebeacon.net … and let us know where he is, thus entering, and possibly winning the contest.
Bon Voyage to former Ottawa County Commissioner and State Representative Steve Arndt as he and his wife embark on a long-term sailing cruise.
There will be several community informational meetings hosted by the Benton Carroll Salem School District on Thursday, July 25 regarding the special school levy that will be on the ballot Aug. 6. They are: *Coffee Connections at Blackberry Corners 10 a.m.; *Facebook Live on District Facebook Page: at 5:30 p.m.; *Community Meeting: at 6:15 p.m. at the OHHS Auditorium.
If you would like a Board member to come to your home to talk with you about the levy, please call the Board Office at 419-898-6210 to arrange it. You can also call or email your questions at anytime to Superintendent Guy Parmigian … firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 419-898-6210. Also, Treasurer Cajon Keeton: email@example.com, or 419-898-6210.
The American Legion Auxiliary in Oak Harbor is hosting a Greektown Casino Trip on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The cost is $40 per person for five hours at the casino. Registration and payment can be made at American Legion Post 114, 221 Park St., Oak Harbor or call the Post at 419-898-5888 on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays after 4 p.m.
It’s Salvation Army’s “Christmas in July” Red Kettle Campaign on Friday and Saturday, July 26-27 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The kettle sites are: Twin Oast and Friendship Food Stores (both Port Clinton and Catawba locations).
Join in the fun this Friday, July 19 at 6 p.m. for Riverfront Live! Performing this week is Jerry Davenport. This week the concert will be moving to Adams Street Park at the Gazebo. Riverfront Live! is a free summer concert series held on Friday evenings in downtown Port Clinton. Grab a lawn chair and join us for some great entertainment.
Magruder Hospital’s monthly Cancer Support Group will be held on Wednesday, July 24, at 12:30 p.m. in the Conference Center. This support group is for anyone who has been impacted by cancer. There is a complimentary light lunch provided, so please RSVP to 419-301-4317 by Monday, July 22 if at all possible. This support group is an excellent way for patients, caregivers and family members to connect with others to share information and resources. For more information about support groups and other events visit www.magruderhospital.com and click on the events calendar.
Congratulations to Alyssa Peto of Port Clinton, a graduate of Port Clinton High School, who graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Arts: English.
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