I have had a difficult couple of weeks since March 31 when my wife, Mary Alice, had a stroke. She was life flighted to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo where she has received excellent care. I am happy to report she has been released from there and begins her rehabilitation at Otterbein North Shore this week. I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support.
What a beautiful Easter Sunday we had here. I found it interesting that we had much better weather here than they had at the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga.
I understand that there will be an Ohio Ballot Initiative coming up that is designed to add language to the Ohio Constitution on abortion rights since Roe v. Wade sent the issue back to the states. On the pro-life side, there will be a Town Hall at the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall in Port Clinton on Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
Congratulations to Evie Briggs of Powell, Ohio, who was selected from 175 entries who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for the Slater’s on Page 10A in last week’s Beacon. Evie wins our weekly prize of a $25 gas gift card provided us by the Friendship Stores throughout the area.
We will continue to hide Wylie each week in an ad. To enter the contest, look for the link on our website, www.thebeacon.net.
There will be a special BBQ Chicken Dinner fundraiser for “Wreaths Across America” this Saturday, April 15 at the Port Clinton Elks Lodge starting at 5 p.m. Each dinner purchased will provide a remembrance wreath to be placed at the final resting place of an Ottawa County veteran. They will serve until they are out! Dine in or carryout.
The official start of the Put-in-Bay tourist season begins with the Whiskey Light Celebration at the Round House Bar on Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. The Master of Ceremonies will be the venerable Ray Fogg, who will put on a show. Fogg’s Opening Night at the Reel Bar, his own digs for the summer, will make its debut on Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. But Reel Bar is already serving drinks and lunch and dinner.
The April Fool’s Edition of the Put-in-Bay Gazette is a real hoot throughout, with good friends Editor Kendra Koehler and Associate Editor Jeff Koehler printing some sincerely off the wall news events. Don’t miss the cover story on Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. Could the iconic fisheries research laboratory possibly turn blue?
It is officially “Haul-In” season, which means the boats are going in the water and the docks are filling up. Also, the annual Catawba Island Club Boat Show is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, April 28-30.
The Port Clinton Lions Club will be sponsoring a bus trip to Ohio Amish Country on Thursday, June 22. The cost is $75 per person. Call Lorna Garber at 630-881-8230 for details.
Last Monday, Bistro 163 held its monthly community meal in honor of the memory of Bob Snyder, whose vision created the Sutton Center, Portage Resale Center and many other gifts to the community. Brian and Jana Snyder were hosts and provided a fine meal.
During the Lenten season, Friends of Immaculate Conception School held a raffle for a giant chocolate rabbit that Father Jon named “Harvey.” Anyway, Cheryl Chapman was the winner and got to take Harvey home! Also, don’t forget the 35th annual FICS Auction is Saturday, April 22.
Oak Harbor High School will be hosting a very special breakfast with a Super Hero or a Princess this Saturday, April 15. The event is free and open to any B-C-S resident and students from Kindergarten to 5th grade. There will be a photo booth, face painting and a family dance. Any donations will be applied to the R.C. Waters School playground equipment fund.