By John Schaffner
I really don’t enjoy saying good bye to people here, but I must say some things abut Mike Elias. He was a good friend, a member of the Port Clinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and a wealth of information about coaches. Some I never got to know. Some I knew well, like Doyt Perry at Bowling Green.
Perry played at Miami when the Redskin-Falcon game usually decided the Mid American Conference Champion. He always had a smile on his face and was easily approachable. He was very generous in sharing himself, no matter what the circumstances. He waged a spectacular battle against the cancer that finally took him.
It is now my belief that when the buzzards return to Hinkley, Ohio every March 15, a whole new slew of them have decided to make Catawba and Marblehead their new home. I mean, they are everywhere, and have been since the middle of March!
Vera Ioannoie of Port Clinton is our winner this week in our “Find Wylie” contest. She was chosen from among 82 entries who successfully found our friendly fish in the ad for Buckeye Tech Solutions on Page 1B in last week’s Beacon. Vera 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.
The St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry will be changing their food giveaway day starting May 9. The food pantry will continue Saturday giveaways at 8 to 9:30 a.m. every other weekend through the end of April. Beginning May 9, food giveaways will be held on Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Giveaways will be every other week, at the current location in the Portage Resale complex on Second Street in Port Clinton.
Food is available to all Ottawa County residents who live in the Port Clinton School District. Proof of residency is required. In addition, households must meet the maximum income requirements set by the State of Ohio to be eligible. Detailed information is available at the Food Pantry on giveaway days.
There will be a special Teen Summer Job Fair at Oak Harbor High School this Monday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It is hosted by Ohio Means Jobs and the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Speaking of Oak Harbor, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt for the Village will be this Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. in Adolphus Kraemer Park across from the Post Office. It is open to all children ages 12 and under.
What used to be the annual Red Cross Golf Tournament for 24 years is now a benefit for Habitat for Humanity in Ottawa County. It will be held at Oak Harbor Golf Course at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. The rain date is April 27. Actually, it is their 33rd Annual Scramble and is sponsored by our friends from Materion. For more information, contact Chuck Benes at 419-898-1493 or Debi Heiks at 419-734-7074.
Ottawa County Family & Children First Council will host a county-wide Family Fun Fair this Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held at Bataan Elementary school in Port Clinton. There will be themed activities for the kids and information for families about local services. The theme of the event is Disney’s Toy Story.
On Monday, April 15 at noon, Magruder Hospital will host an educational luncheon in the Conference Center. Rachel Berry, BSN, RN, CDP at Stein Hospice will present “Advanced Care & Directives.” Understand your end of life choices before a crisis develops. Learn the ins and outs of various advance directives, such as a Living Will, Healthcare Power of Attorney and Do Not Resuscitate. 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 for the April program is required by noon this Friday, April 12, by calling 419-732-4061.
Also …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 & speaker each month. For the April 18 get together, Magruder Diabetes Educators will present a program about “Diabetes Complications – Am I Doomed?” 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.
Advance Ride Tickets for the 2019 Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival are now on sale. Each ride ticket is $40 and good for the entire Walleye Festival weekend. The Walleye Festival will run from Thursday, May 23 to Monday, May 27 at Waterworks Park. Each Advance Ride Ticket enters you to win a $100 gift card. Two gift cards will be given away. Deadline to purchase Advance Ride Tickets is Thursday, May 23 at 5 p.m. Make checks payable to Main Street Port Clinton.
You can purchase the Advance Ride Tickets at the Port Clinton Chamber office at 110 Madison Street and Great Lakes Popcorn located at 60 N. Madison Street in downtown Port Clinton.
The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Public Library. The speaker will be Larry Nelson and he will talk about adoption and his experience in finding his birth parents. The public is welcome to attend.
The annual Lenten Fish Fries hosted by the Port Clinton K of C is each Friday during Lent at Denny Bergeman Hall on West Perry Street. The Knights of St. Joseph/Marblehead will be serving Lake Erie Perch and Perogies on April 12 from 5-7 p.m. in the St. Joseph Church Hall at 822 Barclay St. in Marblehead. Dinners are $14 and sandwiches are $7.50.