I’ve been covering the local sports scene for nearly 50 years. The only thing close to what we are seeing today has to be the 1983 run of the Oak Harbor basketball team and the Port Clinton basketball team in 2010. Never in the history of Port Clinton High School football have we seen a team win more than 11 games in a season . . . until now!
Last Friday, the Redskins rolled over Van Wert, last year’s Division IV State Champions. Now they are in the State Semi-Finals and will play Youngstown Ursuline at Euclid Community Stadium Friday evening. Congratulations to Coach Beau Carman and his staff. Congratulations especially to the players, who are executing at an extremely high level. Let’s keep it going!
We’ve had a bit of a spike in reported Covid 19 cases in Ottawa County. There were 104 cases reported in the week ending last Thursday, Nov. 19. There was one death reported and four people were hospitalized.
I admit to having some computer problems last week while writing this column. Somehow, much of what I wrote didn’t get transferred properly. I definitely wanted to mention the passing of Jimmie Webb, the legendary mixmaster and everybody’s favorite bartender. I got to know him when he was the regular bartender for Catawba Island Club. He owned “Jimmie’s Gotcha” on Marblehead for many years. He knew just about everybody in town and will be missed by all.
Jessica Dotson was selected from among 119 entries who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Playmakers Civic Theater on Page 4A in last week’s Beacon. So, congratulations to Jessica, the winner of our weekly $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 our weekly contest.
All are welcome! Bistro 163 is holding a FREE Community Drive-Thru Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 24, serving from 4-6 p.m. Sponsored by the generosity of Phil Steinle, Jr., the traditional Thanksgiving meal includes turkey and all the trimmings! And pumpkin pie!
It is officially the Christmas shopping season. Let’s make this a great season for local business by shopping local.
And speaking of that, the annual Gift of Lights decorations of Christmas Trees for charity will be fired up this week, and businesses and organizations may purchase a tree for a $35 donation, a check made payable to the Port Clinton Recreation Department. The trees will be located at Adams Street Park in downtown Port Clinton.
People will vote for their favorite or best-decorated tree for a $1 donation. Organizations and businesses must complete their trees by Friday, Dec. 3. Voting begins on Saturday, Dec. 4. Ballot boxes will be available at the Main Street Port Clinton and Port Clinton Chamber office, City Hall, Coffee Express, Lilly & Gerts, Slater’s Madison Street Pub, and the Ala Carte Café. The deadline to vote is Friday, Dec. 17 at noon.
Free tickets are running low for the Burning River Brass Christmas concert at the Port Clinton High School’s Performing Arts Center on Dec. 20 at 3 p.m., but many are still available for 7 p.m. Tickets can be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Christmas Concert c/o Peggy Debien, 668 E. Rohde Drive, Port Clinton, OH 43452. Indicate how many tickets are wanted, up to a limit of four, and which performance you are requesting, the 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. show. Ticket requests should be postmarked by Wednesday, Dec. 1.
The Friends of Magee Marsh will host their 14th annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Migratory Bird Center at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, featuring 12 vendors, including artists, woodworking, ceramics, jewelry and craftsmen who will have unique items for sale and the gift shop will be open. There will also be live music, a warm fire refreshments and activities for the kids. It’s all FREE!
Port Clinton’s Adam Wells and The Ohio State University Marching Band will be performing at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky this Friday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Playing trumpet, Wells is in his fifth and final year with the OSU band. It was also very cool to watch Rod Miller and the Port Clinton High School Marching Band performing at St. John Arena for the Skull Session before the OSU-Purdue football game. Rod has announced his retirement at the end of the school year.
Congratulations to Jeff Dornbush of Oak Harbor, who has been appointed to the State of Ohio’s Federally Subsidized Housing Study Committee for a term that began on Nov. 12.
Wishing all a very happy Thanksgiving holiday. I can’t say thank you enough to you, our loyal readers, who have made The Beacon a successful endeavor for more than 38 years.