All the buzz about the 4th of July; Port Clinton councilwoman may shave head for fireworks

May 21, 2024 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

For nearly 20 years, a group of about a dozen Port Clinton area residents have been planning Independence Day activities in Port Clinton. Finding the funds for fireworks has been their biggest hurdle. On May 18, Port Clinton councilwoman and former Port Clinton High School English teacher, Margaret Phillips, agreed on a post on social media to shave her head if the organizers can raise $20,000 for the fireworks between now and June 25.

“I give Margaret a lot of credit for stepping up,” said Port Clinton Mayor and 4th of July Chairman, Mike Snider. “A few years ago, a local car dealer paid $6,600 to shave my head for the same purpose. However, with nearly 50 years in the classroom, we all agreed that Ms. Phillips has a considerably larger following of admirers, and the goal should be reflected in the amount. Hopefully, someone she encountered in class or the hallway during those years has deep pockets and would like to show their appreciation towards Margaret with a large check, a giant smile and electric clippers.”

When asked if she was afraid the money would be raised and her head would be shaved, Phillips said no.

“I’m the daughter of immigrants,” Phillips said. “Growing up, my parents stressed the freedoms, liberties and opportunities offered in America compared to life in the old country. I’d be proud to do it if it meant Port Clinton could have a 4th of July celebration worthy of the freedoms my parents stressed to me. I not only hope the money is raised; I encourage everyone to step up for freedom.”

Jan Gluth, current Port Clinton City Schools Director of Student, Staff and Community Development and PCHS Alumni Association, hopes the news of Phillips’ challenge will reach a willing alumnus donor.

“Many PCHS Alumni will remember Ms. Phillips. She was a long-time educator at the high school and was instrumental in helping to establish the PCHS Alumni Association,” Gluth said. “There just may be an alumnus out there willing to make this happen to help our community.”

Phillips has set Tuesday, June 25, as the deadline to raise the funds.

“This gives the planning committee sufficient time to look for alternative ways to raise the funds,” she said. “Plus, I have a hair appointment that afternoon and want to give my beautician notice if I’m not going to show up.”

Anyone considering donating to the cause can make checks payable to the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce Foundation with the memo “Fireworks.” Send checks to 110 Madison Street, Port Clinton, OH 43452.

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