By John Schaffner
It was 36 years ago that the first copy of The Beacon hit the streets in Ottawa County. That’s 1,872 consecutive editions of YOUR community newspaper!
A lot has changed since 1983, a time when the first condominium projects were showing up. Ben Richmond was just beginning to make a name for himself in Marblehead, Catawba’s marinas were full and Oak Harbor High School’s wrestling program still dominated while Dave Christy’s sons led the Rocket basketball team to State.
WOSE radio was still located on Route 53, Davis-Besse had only been operating for six years and The Winterfest was the big cold weather event. We are still happy to receive story ideas, because, from the beginning, The Beacon is and always will be YOUR newspaper! Thank you for your support over the years and thanks for the memories.
We lost two good friends this past week or so. Rusty Jack and Ron Mainous both passed away this week. Rusty was a stand-up guy and past Commodore of Port Clinton Yacht Club. Ron, who worked as a boy at the old A&P store located where the Hershberger Building is today, was the consummate Kiwanian, having sponsored a very large number of members into that organization. He went away for his career in Toledo, but came home. We were very close friends. Both Rusty and Ron will be greatly missed.
Doris Kubinski of Catawba is our winner this week in our “Find Wylie” contest. She was chosen from among 70 contestants who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Playmakers Civic Theatre on page 5 in last week’s Beacon. So Doris 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 Port Clinton Rotary Club hosts its 7th annual Winter Wine Festival this Saturday, Feb. 23 from 2-6 p.m. at Port Clinton Yacht Club. There will be six area wineries sharing their best, with entertainment provided by Gary Cover. Tickets are $20, which includes five wine tastings. Food is available for purchase. All proceeds go to Rotary Scholarships for Danbury and Port Clinton.
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 are seeking donations 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 email@example.com.
The Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the Danbury Athletic Boosters and the Danbury Parent Teacher Community Organization are combining to sponsor the Marblehead Purse Bingo event on Saturday, March 9 at St. Mary’s Social Hall. Tickets are $40 each, which includes 16 games of bingo and a buffet dinner provided by 1812 Restaurant.
Tables will be reserved for tickets purchased in groups of eight only. They can be purchased at the Chamber office, Genoa Bank and Holiday Inn Express.
Joshua Brown of Port Clinton, was named to the Fall 2018 Dean’s List at Cedarville University, a Baptist College between Dayton and Columbus.
Magruder Hospital’s monthly Cancer Support Group will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 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, Feb. 25. 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.
There will be a free hip screening at the Magruder Orthopedic Clinic on Friday, March 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. The screening will include an x-ray, consultation with Orthopedic Surgeons Dr. J. Andrew Huddleston or Dr. Gary Kresge, a chance to meet with a Physical Therapist and have other questions answered about post-surgical needs participants might have.
Don’t forget “An Evening with the Songwriters” at John and Diana Davenport’s converted church called HALO at 805 Wayne St., Sandusky this Friday, Feb. 22 starting at 7 p.m. They will feature turkey chili, beer and cornbread for sale and donations at the door would be welcomed.
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