We lost a great community citizen last week, who was also one of my biggest mentors while managing The Beacon. Cal Colston was the president of the Port Clinton Athletic Boosters in the mid-1970s. He asked me to be his vice president and we recruited some great community leaders to help in our efforts, including Bob Johnston and Jim Scalf.
When I left in 1980 to participate in the ownership of a Bowling Green radio station, that leadership group became legend. They all ended up getting elected to the Port Clinton School Board after the teacher strike of 1981. There has been labor peace in the Port Clinton city schools ever since… nearly 40 years.
Cal was also a good early customer of The Beacon when he managed the Port Clinton Lumber Company. In addition, he fathered some of the finest basketball players of the era in Tracy, Tim and DJ. I was proud to vote yes when his name came up for the Port Clinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame. I will miss him.
We also lost two other terrific local individuals last week and weekend. Jeanne Auxter, who worked for Uhlman’s for years in downtown Port Clinton, was a very sweet lady who passed away. Also, Don Conte passed away over the weekend. He was owner and partner for years with Lakecraft Welding on West Lakeshore Drive. He also served on the board of trustees of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation for many years.
The Salvation Army’s Tree A Rama Charity Auction, a fundraiser that has become a local favorite over the years, will have to be held as a virtual event this year. Decorative Christmas trees and other special auction items are still needed. They can be delivered to the Salvation Army Distribution Center, 1854 E. Perry St., Port Clinton. Donations will be accepted from Nov. 30-Dec. 6. The virtual auction will be held Dec. 3-5 by appoint only, and on Facebook or by phone (419-732-2769) on Sunday, Dec. 6 from Noon-4 p.m.
Billy Market of the Miller Ferry Line had to shut down his ferries on a recent Sunday morning after just one trip as gale force winds, hail and rain arrived to strafe Lake Erie. Market noted that water levels around South Bass Island were the lowest he had seen since December 2015. Speaking of the Miller Boat Line, long-time Catawba Dock operations manager, Matt Parker, retired as of last week.
Doug Karshuk was chosen from among 117 entries who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Crow’s Nest on Page 6A in last week’s Beacon. So, Doug wins 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.
Free face masks are available to area businesses in order to help customers comply with Gov. Mike DeWine’s executive order mandating that face masks be worn by all employees and shoppers in a retail setting in Ohio. An initial supply of face masks are at The Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce office in Port Clinton. Contact the chamber at 419-734-5503 to make arrangements to pick up a supply of masks for your establishment. Masks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis with additional supplies expected.
The Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce benefits and communications committee is currently seeking committee members. Led by board member John Stookey of Huntington Bank, they are looking to expand their work on benefits and communication. Projects of this committee include, but are not limited to, Lunch N’ Learns, the Chamber website, member spotlight program, member orientation and branding. The Chamber meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at the Chamber office.
The Port Clinton Lions Club will be holding a Poinsettia Sale until Tuesday, Dec. 1. The 6-1/2 inch pots in red, white, pink or marbled will go for $8.50. 8-1/2 inch pots will sell for $16.50 in red, white or pink. Order from any Lions Club member or call Lorna Garber at 630-881-8230.
Otterbein’s new chef, Patrick Young shows off his cooking skills.
We have all been through a very difficult year since early March. This COVID-19 thing has affected everybody. But, here we are, and we’re still standing strong. As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, I want all of you to know how much I am thankful for your continued loyalty to The Beacon. We’re the last of a dying breed… a community newspaper.