There is good news and bad news on the Covid-19 front in Ottawa County. Our death total is now up to 72 deaths, up five from last week. However, there were only a total of 41 additional cases in the County in the same time frame. The incidence of the virus is considerably lower here than in the rest of Ohio.
The Ottawa County Health Department is moving forward with distributing the vaccine. They have received a shipment of the Johnson & Johnson “one shot” vaccines and are scheduling people to be vaccinated with it at Camp Perry this week. Over 5,000 local residents have been vaccinated. For up-to-date information on Covid-19 in Ottawa County, check out their website ottawahealth.org.
We lost two terrific people last week, Eva Castillo and Tom Hetzel. Eva was everybody’s friend. I’m not kidding! Eva knew everybody in Port Clinton and everybody who knew her, loved her! Tom was a retired local dentist for many years here and was a genuinely nice person. Both will be very much missed.
Donna Jameson of Marblehead was chosen from among 115 entries who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Bassett’s Markets on Page 3A in last week’s Beacon. So, congratulations Donna. You are 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.
Congratulations go out to a pair of Port Clinton Yacht Club members. Tom Thorp is the recipient of the Oliver True Memorial Trophy for 2020. He put in a whole bunch of extra work there while the facility was closed due to the pandemic. Jade Nickel is the recipient of the George Schade Memorial Trophy as the 2020 Junior Sailor of the year. Jade has been involved in the Junior Sailing program at PCYC for 10 years.
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be making another visit to the area next Thursday, March 18, once again at the Holiday Inn Express off State Route 53, just north of State Route 163. They will be there from Noon to 6 p.m. Also, the blood drive at Magruder Hospital scheduled for Friday, March 19 has been moved to the Elks Lodge on Buckeye Blvd for that day.
It’s always a big deal in Northeast Ohio when, on March 15, the buzzards return to Hinckley. Well, they have nothing over Catawba Island. I can tell you by personal observation that the buzzards are already here!
The Portage Fire District is currently in the process of updating their contact and pre-planning information for commercial properties in Salem Township. This information is stored in their records for reference only in the event of an incident. The information can be updated online by visiting: www.portagefiredistrict.org/propertysurvey.
Birders are raving about the huge numbers of waterfowl to be seen in our area, including trumpeter swans, bald eagles and flocks of colorful ducks. The harbor areas are humming with migrating birds and the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge north of Oak Harbor will have its Wildlife Drive open for vehicle tours of the 7-mile route on March 20-21, April 17-18 and April 30-May 1-6.
Gates open at sunrise and close one hour prior to sunset. Bring binoculars!
We have told you about the Lenten Fish Fries at St. Mary’s in Marblehead and at the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall in Port Clinton. We wanted you to know that St. Boniface in Oak Harbor is also holding weekly Friday Fish Fries.