BY JOHN SCHAFFNER
New Port Clinton residents and newlyweds Lee and Baily Samaritoni, who live on Harrison Street in Port Clinton, have donated a very large pine tree from their front yard which will serve as the official Port Clinton Christmas Tree that will stand at the corner of Perry and Madison intersection for the Christmas season.
Mayor Mike Snider said the tree is significantly larger than in previous years. The city is looking for more lights to decorate the new tree this year. Donations can be dropped off at City Hall.
The Port Clinton Kiwanis Club is bringing back their popular Evening at the Races starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 at the Port Clinton Elks Lodge. Tickets are $25 each (not $30 as indicated last week) and are available from any Kiwanis member (including myself) or can be purchased at Our Guest Inn, E. Perry St., Port Clinton from Mayor Snider. They will also be available at the door the night of the event.
Kelly Baranowski was selected from 179 entries who found Wylie Walleye in the ad for Ohler & Holzhauer on Page 2A in last week’s Beacon. So, Kelly wins our weekly $25 gas card graciously donated by Friendship Stores.
Each week we hide Wylie in an ad for our readers to find. If you find him, log onto our website, www.thebeacon.net, and let us know where he is. You might be our next winner!
The men of Immaculate Conception Church in Port Clinton will be once again host their Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 5 in the school gym starting at 5:30 p.m. As one of the official tasters from years past, I can tell you from personal experience . . . It’s really good!
Joyce Kessler has accepted the position of Director of Support Services and Transitional Housing for Ottawa County Transitional Housing Inc. (OCTHI). Joyce started on Oct. 4. She is a graduate of Port Clinton High School. She received her Associate of Arts Degree from Lorain County Community College and her Bachelor’s from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Studies at Cleveland State University.
Joyce comes with 20 years of experience in management, training and testing, recruitment, and supervision, working with federal and state public dollars, customer service delivery, program compliance training and technical assistance, and curriculum design and implementation. Joyce also takes pride in having the ability to think outside the box, especially in customer service delivery. Welcome home Joyce!
Looks like Port Cinton Mayor Mike Snyder has to wear an Oak Harbor Jersey after the Rockets edged the Redskins last Friday, in what was a tremendous game. Both teams are in the State Playoffs. Oak Harbor hosts Genoa on Friday night, while Port Clinton heads to No. 1-seeded Liberty Center.
I really enjoyed being “The Announcer” for the recent Playmakers one night event re-creating a radio murder mystery program titled “Broadway is my Beat.” I listened to it on the radio broadcast later, and the radio production was terrific. It transported me back to my childhood with a transistor radio under my pillow.
Oak Harbor and Port Clinton girls soccer players dominated the SBC Bay Division All Conference teams. First team honors went to Kenzie Henry, Camdyn Fauver, Lily DeTray and Hollie Robinson of Oak Harbor, along with Gracie Rohrer, Makaila Webb and Gladys Wiechman of Port Clinton. Second Team honors went to Kaitlyn Meloche, Effie Schulte and Kaitlyn Risch of Oak Harbor along with Olivia Perry, Reagan Barth and Jodie Mitchell of Port Clinton. On the boys side, First Team honors went to Logan Dale, Landon Witte and Christian Kolodziejczyk of Port Clinton and Nacho Diez of Oak Harbor. Joe Judge and Isaac McHale made Second Team honors.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, Nov. 13 from 2-5 p.m. for the annual Big Band Dance honoring local veterans at the Port Clinton High School Cafeteria. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door to hear the “Night Session Big Band.” Advance tickets can be purchased at Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in downtown Port Clinton.
The event is sponsored by Veterans Dance Committee, American Legion Post 113 and the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office. For more information, call John at 419-967-0516.
What better time to give blood than on Halloween? The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be visiting the Holiday Inn Express on SR 53 just north or SR 163 on Halloween Day, Monday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. One unit of donated blood saves three lives.
Oak Harbor schools’ Fall parent meeting for anyone in a 7-12 winter sport will be 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14 in the High School cafeteria. Also, Fall Sports Awards will be Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Athletes are asked to dress appropriately with respect for the event, with no shorts, jeans or hats allowed.
Please bring a dessert to share.