We got this nice note from Mary Caracci with Bistro 163. Their “Volunteer of the Month” is Debbie Ekleberry, who moved to our area full time in November from Wyandot County. She and her family (two children and five grandchildren) love to fish, and Debbie is an RN with the Ottawa County Health Department. She learned about Bistro 163 from a front page article in The Beacon and was highly motivated to help people and give back to her new community.
We welcome Debbie and thank her for being a volunteer server! When Mary talked with Debbie, she told her that although she worked next door at the Health Department, she didn’t understand Bistro 163 until she read about their mission in The Beacon.
Since my radio days covering Oak Harbor High School wrestling, I have always been a fan. I want to wish congratulations and good luck to Owen Miller, Cade Petersen and Hayden Buhro who will represent the Rockets this weekend at the State Wrestling Tournament. The tradition continues!
Also congratulations to PCHS Sophomore Kali Periat who finished second in her event at the State Swim Meet last weekend.
Joan Copeland of Port Clinton was selected from among 118 entries who found Wylie Walleye hiding in the ad for Arter Home Furnishings on Page 8 in last week’s Beacon. Joan wins our weekly $25 gas card graciously donated by Friendship Stores.
Each week we hide Wylie in an ad for our readers to find. When one does, they 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!
Oak Harbor American Legion Post 114, 221 Park Street will hold Lake Erie Yellow Perch Fish Fries on Fridays during Lent beginning Friday, March 11. Fish Fries will be held March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8 and April 15 from 4-7:30 p.m. or sold out. The public is welcome to eat in or carry out.
The Port Clinton Knights of Columbus began their Lenten tradition last Friday and will continue holding their weekly Fish Fries from 4-7 p.m. at the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall on East Perry Street. Drive-through carryout only again this year.
The 33rd Annual Chick Schaffner Memorial Charity Golf Championship will be held again be held this year on Monday, June 27 at Catawba Island Club’s beautiful 18-hole layout. Over the previous 32 years, thanks in large measure to our signature sponsor Materion, we have raised over $300,000 for Stein Hospice and the American Heart Association. So get your team together and contact either Shelby Brossia at Stein Hospice or Sara Hegerty with the Toledo office of the American Red Cross.
Congratulations to the Lake Erie Walleye Trail for nixing trolling and hosting a drift-and-cast only walleye tournament sponsored by Bays Edge Bait & Tackle Shop & Hook And Drag on Saturday, April 16 on Western Lake Erie. Anglers check in from 5-7 a.m. at Bays Edge Bait & Tackle, 5359 E. Bayshore Rd., Port Clinton. Once you have checked in you can launch your boat from anywhere to avoid the morning congestion at the ramp. Top prize is $5,000. The Lake Erie Walleye Trail tournaments for this year will begin on March 26 at Magee East Marina.
Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge invites local artists and craftsmen to apply for a spot at the Wildlife Stop and Shop at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge on May 14-15. The Wildlife Stop and Shop will be held during the Biggest Week in American Birding on World Migratory Bird Day Weekend. The Friends are looking for unique nature-themed products, artwork, upcycled/recycled items and wood crafters following the theme of birds and wildlife. Those interested can apply on the Friends website through April 15: www.friendsofottawanwr.org/spring-migration. For questions about the event please call the Friends at 419-707-7756.
Drew Kopchak of Port Clinton has been named a Brain Fellow by Baldwin Wallace University’s David and Frances Brain Center for Community Engagement. Kopchak, a graduate of Port Clinton High School majoring in physics, shared the honor with seven other students. Brain Fellows are student leaders addressing today’s most complex and challenging social issues while working to educate and empower the community to take action.
During the year-long program, Brain Fellows explore the nuances related to social change and leadership during weekly meetings, community events and discussions with community leaders. They also engage with social change agents in the greater community and attend a state-wide leadership conference and multiple local events.