BY JOHN SCHAFFNER
I don’t attend Mass to get news scoops, but Saturday night’s Mass was full of good news. Father John Miesler is retiring at the end of June, and he announced his replacement pastor is local product…Jonathan Wight! He was a graduate of Port Clinton High School in the late 1970s, and it will be great to welcome him home. His mom, Joanna Wight, was a realtor here for many years.
We had robins everywhere three weeks ago, a harbinger of an early spring. However, last weekend was an even more sure sign that spring is either on the way or already here. The Miller Ferry started its seasonal runs to the Islands last Sunday under sunny skies and 60-degree weather.
Lyn Wanemacher is the winner this week in our “Find Wylie” contest She was chosen from among 92 entries who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Crow’s Nest on Page 6A in last week’s Beacon. So, Lyn 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.
The Port Clinton Knights of Columbus continue their tradition of Friday Lenten Fish Fries, including Good Friday. The fish fries are held at the Denny Bergeman Hall at 109 E. Perry St. in downtown Port Clinton from 4 to 7 pm. The fish fry includes all you can eat hand-breaded fish, French fries, coleslaw, mac and cheese, applesauce, lemonade, coffee and a variety of desserts. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children under 12. For more information visit their website at: www.kofc1750.org.
Also, the St. Joseph/Marblehead K of C will be serving Lake Erie Perch and Pierogis on Fridays at the church hall on March 13, 27 and April 3 from 5-7 p.m.
The Port Clinton K of C will host Pancake Breakfasts at Denny Bergeman Hall on March 15, April 26 and May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Humane Society of Ottawa County will hold a special Spaghetti Dinner this Sunday at Ciao Bella starting at 11 a.m.
Immaculate Conception School’s annual “Escape to Margaritaville” auction will be held on Saturday, March 21 at the ICS school gym. Tickets are $35. For ticket information or to make an auction donation call 419-734-3115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Public Library. The program will be a Member Helping Member. If you have any roadblocks that you need suggestions on where to go next, this would be the meeting to attend. The public is welcome.
The combined Ottawa County Chambers of Commerce will hold a special “Lunch & Learn” event at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry on Wednesday, March 25 starting at 11:30 a.m. Representatives from the Ability Center will be discussing the requirements for small businesses under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is free for Chamber members, but an RSVP is required for the catered lunch, so call your local Chamber to register.
The Magruder Hospital Nutrition Department is offering monthly Diabetes Get-Togethers on the third Thursday each month at Noon in the Conference Center. There will be a different topic and speaker each month. For the March 19, get together, Magruder Pharmacist Meagan Markovitch will present “So many medicines . . . so confusing.”
The group meets from September through May and is for anyone dealing with Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes, including family and friends. Light refreshments will be provided and no RSVP is necessary. For more information, call 419-732-4027.
Magruder Hospital will host an educational luncheon in the Conference Center on Monday, March 16 at noon. Magruder Dietitians Tracy Stadler and Kim Leneghan will present a program on “How to make sense of all the nutrition information overload.” This luncheon is part of a monthly education series in the hospital’s conference center, which features a different topic and speaker each month. The luncheon series is open to the public and the cost is $6. The program is free if you do not wish to have lunch. To make sure they have enough seating, please RSVP for the March program by noon this Friday, March 13, by calling 419-732-4061.