I noted last week that Laurie Eberly had passed away. She was the prime secretary of the City of Port Clinton for many years, serving as gatekeeper for former Safety Service Director Max McLaurey. I remember calling City Hall many times over those years, and the sexiest voice in the city would answer the phone. She was a wonderful person.
We also lost John Cerbus, the originator of the Talk of Port Clinton Facebook page. I understand that he died from the COVID-19 virus. Finally, I lost a close friend and fellow sailor, Rob Kyle, with whom I shared many wonderful moments when he was a crew member on my sailboat. I will miss all three very much.
With all the focus on our local response to the caronavirus, I almost forgot one of our favorite traditions here at The Beacon. We have placed a mini version of our annual Mitten Tree in our foyer entrance. We annually receive donations galore of gloves, scarves, mittens and caps to help keep heads, hands and hearts warm during the winter.
We’ll be accepting your donations through most of next week. You don’t need to go further than our front door and foyer. As always, thank you!
Matt Wieland of Marblehead was chosen from among 92 entries who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Spa Catawba on Page 6A in last week’s Beacon. So, Matt 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.
With Ottawa County at a “Level 3” for COVID-19, both the Oak Harbor and Port Clinton Area Chambers of Commerce have been provided face masks to provide to local businesses. They can be picked up at their respective offices.
Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools is holding a canned food drive through this coming Tuesday, Dec. 15. Parents are being asked to send a non-perishable food item or toiletry item with their children and give them to their individual teacher. Students will receive a raffle ticket for each item donated. There will be a drawing for prizes. Collected items will be donated to the BCS Food Pantry.
The Catawba Island Township Volunteer Fire Department is also conducting a food drive to assist area residents in need. If you would like to extend a holiday season helping hand, please bring non-perishable food items to the Catawba Island Township Administration Building on Cemetery Road until this Saturday, Dec. 12. Donations will then be delivered to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry for distribution.
Father Andrew Bartek, the Rector at Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 110 E. Main St., Marblehead, wants to make sure all of the folks in the Marblehead area will celebrate Christmas Day with a delicious free hot meal.
“We can’t welcome them into Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, as much as we’d like to be able to provide much-needed company on the special day, because of social distancing mandates due to COVID-19. But we can make sure everyone can enjoy a special ham dinner with all of the fixings, including desert.”
Everyone must pre-order a meal by Sunday, Dec. 20 at 419-798-4591. The meals will be available for pick-up on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25, from 1-3 p.m. For those lacking mobility, local deliveries will be made after 3 p.m.
Who let the dogs out? Port Clinton Councilman Gabe Below thinks the city needs a dog park, and proposed a little-used section of Waterworks Park. The dog park would be a half-acre fenced area adjacent to the park’s baseball field, where there used to be volleyball courts.
Outgoing Councilman Brian Hild, an avid baseball player, pointed out that sluggers could hit home runs that would fall in the dog park area. But he still liked the dog park idea. Council member Beth Gillman pointed out that the Danbury Township Dog Park on Bridge Street has been popular. It even hosts a dog show as its annual fundraiser.
Otterbein SeniorLife residents, Doris and Maureen do chair aerobics with Otterbein partner Danelle.