By John Schaffner
My good friend Dr. John Davenport and his lovely wife Dr. Diana Davenport have adopted the country of Guatemala. Diana is a dentist by profession and the two make frequent trips there to provide free dental care, especially for the children. To support their effort, they are having a very special fundraiser, “An Evening with the Songwriters” at their converted church called HALO at 805 Wayne Street in Sandusky on Friday, Feb. 22 starting at 7 p.m. They will be featuring turkey chili, beer and cornbread for sale and donations at the door would be welcomed.
The Port Clinton Rotary Club will host its 7th Annual Winter Wine Festival on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 2-6 p.m. at Port Clinton Yacht Club. There will be six area wineries in attendance with entertainment provided by Gary Cover. Tickets are $20 per person which includes five wine tastings. There will be food available for purchase as well. All proceeds go to Rotary Scholarships for Danbury and Port Clinton.
Bev Shenkel of Port Clinton is our winner this week in our “Find Wylie” contest. Bev was chosen from among 72 contestants who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Wistinghausen Florist and Greenhouse on Page 5A in last week’s Beacon. So Bev is the winner of 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.
The Leadership Ottawa County Class of 2019 will be holding an Indoor Rummage Sale Fundraiser at Trinity United Methodist Church in Port Clinton on Saturday, March 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will begin accepting donations on Feb. 22, such as gently used toys, furniture, kitchen and housewares, holiday decor, books, clothing, sports and outdoor equipment. They cannot accept computers, mattresses or car seats. To learn more about how and where to donate items, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Port Clinton City School District, Magruder Hospital, the City of Port Clinton, and the Port Clinton Area Chamber teamed together to create the 2019 Guide to Local Activities. Guides are now available at the Chamber office located at 110 Madison Street in downtown Port Clinton. This Guide is a community resource outlining activities, summer camps, support groups and events in our community.
Bataan School is ready to welcome a new class of kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year. Registration is now taking place for the March 7 Kindergarten Kick-off event. Port Clinton Schools are looking for any child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1 so they can be registered for the event, which will be held on Thursday, March 7, in the evening and is required for any child attending kindergarten next year.
On Monday, Feb. 18, at noon, Magruder Hospital will host an educational luncheon in the Conference Center with the topic “The Role of a Nurse Practitioner” with Michelle Buehrer, CNP; Lisa Ebert, FNP-BC; and Stephanie Gonya, CNP. Learn about the training Nurse Practitioners receive and how they work with Physicians, as well as tips on healthy living and how to interact with your healthcare provider.
This luncheon is part of a monthly education series in the hospital’s conference center, which features a different topic and speaker each month. The luncheon series is open to the public and the cost is $6. The program is free if you do not wish to have lunch. An RSVP is required by noon on Friday, Feb. 15, by calling 419-732-4061.
The Magruder Hospital Nutrition Department is offering monthly Diabetes Get-Togethers on the third Thursday each month at Noon in the Conference Center. There will be a different topic and speaker each month. For the Feb. 21 get together, Magruder Pharmacist Meagan Markovich will present “Medications: Why are there so many”. The group meets from September through May and is for anyone dealing with Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes, including family and friends. Light refreshments will be provided and no RSVP is necessary. For more information, call 419-732-4027.