By John Schaffner
I am so happy and proud to report The Beacon received 1st place awards for General Excellence for Community Papers, 1st place Editorial Photo, 1st place for Best Website, and 2nd place for Editorial Feature story written by D’Arcy Egan.
I am received the Beacon awards from contest judge Ron Burke, publisher of the Washington Informer. Kudos to our team here at The Beacon.
This week, Ash Wednesday marked the start of the Lenten season. Traditional Catholics observe meatless Fridays during Lent, and our area Knights of Columbus will be busy preparing fish fries.
The Port Clinton K of C will be serving perch dinners each Friday during Lent at Denny Bergeman Hall on W. Perry Street. The Knights of St. Joseph in Marblehead will be serving Lake Erie Perch and Perogies on March 15 and April 12 from 5-7 p.m. in the St. Joseph Church Hall at 822 Barclay St. Dinners are $14 and sandwiches are $7.50. The Knights of St. Boniface will be holding fish fries also, from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, March 15 and March 22. Some sacrifice, no meat on Fridays!!!
John Detloff of Port Clinton is our winner this week in our “Find Wylie” contest. He was chosen from among 69 contestants who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Rose Auction on Page 4B in last week’s Beacon. So John 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.
There will be a special Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser this Sunday, March 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ciao Bella in Harbor Lights Landing. For just $10 you can enjoy Spaghetti and Meatballs or Fettuccini Alfredo dinners and help out the Humane Society of Ottawa County. A cash bar will be available and a silent auction will be held at 1 p.m. Mange!
Riders Unlimited will hold Volunteer Training at their facility, 3140 N..Behlman Rd. north of Oak Harbor, on Monday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 13, beginning at 5 p.m. The session should last about 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
Anyone who is interested in working with children, adults and horses should plan to attend. For more information or directions, please call 419-898-6164.
Magruder Hospital will host the monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group on Monday, March 11, at 9 a.m. in the Conference Center. Meeting on the second Monday of each month, the group provides helpful tips, education, encouragement and resources to family, friends and caregivers of anyone dealing with dementia and memory loss. Magruder Hospital will also offer their monthly screening on the second Thursday of every month starting at 9 a.m. in the lab. The test is a venipuncture/blood draw rather than a finger stick, and will include a Basic Metabolic Panel (glucose, BUN/Creatinine, calcium, potassium, sodium, chloride, CO2, etc.) and a Lipid profile (Total Cholesterol/LDL/HDL/Triglycerides), as well as a Blood Pressure check. The cost is $16. The next screening will be March 14 Appointments can be made by calling 419-734-3131 ext. 3420.
March is National Colorectal Awareness Month and every Monday through Friday in March, Magruder Hospital will have free take home colorectal health screening kits available from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the main lobby of the hospital. This is being offered to increase awareness and early detection of disease. The take home kits are a basic screen for blood in the stool, which could be a sign of several colorectal health issues. A colonoscopy, which is an outpatient screening procedure, is more widely accepted as the screening that is most effective for early detection of colorectal polyps and cancer. For more information on the colorectal health screening kits, please call Rachel Fall, Magruder Director of Community Outreach & Physician Recruitment at 419-732-4061.
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 this 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 8 only.
CUTLINE: A group of us attended the annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Community Papers Association. One of the highlights were the annual Ad & Editorial Awards late Saturday.