By John Schaffner
In an effort to promote Christmas shopping locally, check out page 5A for our special Holiday Free Turkey, Ham or Popcorn Contest (please note that some of the locations are in Sandusky). All you need do drop off each ad to register at any of the 20 businesses each week for the next three weeks and you could be the winner drawn for a free turkey, a free holiday ham, a festive tin of Popcorn from Great Lakes Popcorn, a carton of Toft’s Ice Cream or a Bruno’s Pizza Buffet. Our friends at Bassett’s market will be donating the hams and turkeys, along with JT’s Catawba Café and Mutach’s.
Speaking of shopping locally, this weekend Lakeside Association in coordination with the Marblehead Merchants is promoting its 4thAnnual Village Lights event. Lakeside events begin with a pajama party and the showing of The Polar Express at 7 p.m. on Friday. There will be a North Pole workshop from 12:30–2 p.m. followed by a Christmas dinner and the showing of White Christmas at 8 p.m. Also, that morning at 11 a.m., there will be a very chilly “Jingle Jump” into Lake Erie. On Saturday from Noon to 7 p.m., the Marblehead Merchants will host “Eat, Drink and Shop Local!”
Nora Conley is our winner this week in our “Find Wylie” contest. She was chosen from 81 contestants who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Crow’s Nest on page 10A in last week’s Beacon. So Nora is the winner of 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.
Local businesses and organizations are competing to win the 2018 Gift of Lights for the best-decorated Christmas Trees located on Adams Street Park in downtown historic Port Clinton. The proceeds from the 2018 Gift of Lights goes to the Strength for the Journey as selected by the 2017 winner (The PC Women’s Club). The donations will determine this year’s winner! One vote is a $1 donation! The following groups decorated a tree: City of Port Clinton, Compassionate Friends, PCHS Leadership Council #1, PCHS Leadership Council #2, Oliver H. Perry Lodge 341, Port Clinton Women’s Club, Friends of the Cemetery, TNT Mentoring, Wreaths Across America and First Federal Savings of Lorain. The deadline to vote is Friday, Dec. 14 at noon. Ballot boxes are available at the Main Street PC/Chamber office, City Hall, Coffee Express, Lilly & Gert’s, Slater’s Madison Street Pub and Ala Carte Café.
The Oak Harbor Band Department will be presenting its 11th Annual “A Holiday Celebration!” this Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Oak Harbor High School Auditorium. Featuring over 140 8th grade and high school students, playing in a variety of small and large ensembles, this concert will be presented in a fast-paced format. There will be no announcements or breaks between each piece of music, as music will be performed not only on stage but in many other locations throughout the auditorium as well.
Magruder Hospital will offer its monthly screening on the second Thursday of every month starting at 9 a.m. in the lab. The test is a venipuncture/blood draw rather than a finger stick, and will include a Basic Metabolic Panel (glucose, BUN/Creatinine, calcium, potassium, sodium, chloride, CO2, etc.) and a Lipid profile (Total Cholesterol/LDL/HDL/Triglycerides), as well as a Blood Pressure check. The cost is $16.
The next screening will be Monday, Dec. 10, and appointments can be made by calling 419-734-3131 ext. 3420. Also, Magruder Hospital will host the monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group on Monday, Dec. 10, at 9 a.m. in the Conference Center. Meeting on the second Monday of each month, the group provides helpful tips, education, encouragement and resources to family, friends and caregivers of anyone dealing with dementia and memory loss. For more information on events and screenings, go to Magruder’s website at www.magruderhospital.com.
One of the things we do each year is The Mitten Tree. For over 30 years, we put a Christmas Tree in the foyer of The Beacon office and decorate it with mittens, gloves, hats and scarves donated by our generous readers. We have had up to 300 items on the tree when our friends at Salvation Army come to pick them up for distribution. This way, thanks to you, we can keep hands, heads and hearts warm this coming winter.
The Annual B-C-S Senior Citizen Christmas Luncheon will be held this Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Oak Harbor High School Cafeteria. It all gets started with a performance at 11:30 a.m. by the OHHS Mixed Choir and Band with lunch to follow. Call the Board of Education office at 419-898-6220 for reservations. The cost is only $2 per person.
The Humane Society of Ottawa County is looking for volunteers to bake cookies for their annual Cookie Walk held this Saturday, Dec. 8 at Peace Lutheran Church, 900 Jefferson St., Port Clinton. If you can help, drop off your baked goods at the church by 8 a.m. that Saturday morning or at the Humane Society Shelter, 2424 Sand Rd. from Dec. 4-8.
Otterbein Senior Life in Marblehead has joined with the USO to collect nonperishable items, toys, DVDs, health and wellness items and household goods that will be given directly to our military service members and their families. You can drop off your donations at Otterbein on North Shore Blvd in Marblehead, just outside the gates of Lakeside.
Oak Harbor High School is looking for musical instrument donations, including guitar donations. If you have something to donate, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or just bring your instrument to the high school.
The end of November not only marks the beginning of the Christmas season, it also is the beginning of the “Snowbird Season.” For those of you “Snowbirds” (and you know who your are) we ask you to contact us by email (email@example.com) to put a stop delivery on your paper. We also suggest that you come in and get a subscription for the time you are down south.
It’s back to our semi-monthly Coffee with the Editor sessions at Rosie’s in downtown Port Clinton on Wednesday, Dec. 5. We hold this informal community session the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 9 a.m. at Rosies. Join us!