Tell Tales 6-25-20

Jun 24, 2020 | Tell Tales | 0 comments

Four old friends died last week who will be familiar names to many folks here. Teri Winchester, who was the manager of the Roundhouse on Put-in-Bay for many years, will no longer be with us. I first met her back in the 70s when she crewed for her husband Gene on an Interlake. My favorite memory was on a Sunday morning when the Lounge Lizards were tearing down from a gig the night before. Teri opened the door to the ladies’ room, looked inside, stepped back, closed her eyes and said “I love my job, I love my job.”

Also passing was legendary Port Clinton High School athlete Tom Payne, who lived in Key West. He quarterbacked the 1968 Redskins to the Great Lakes League championship and a 9-1 record. His older brother Bob, who lived in Gypsum, died just five days before Tom.

One of our quieter business legends, Eugene Miesler of Catawba, died last week. Maybe we should call him “The Milkman,” as he spent most of his adult life as CEO of the Toft Dairy. He and his family have also been very active with local and area charities over the years. Eugene was a quiet man, but a very friendly man. He will be missed.

Finally, Ron Powell who was very active in area Knights of Columbus charity affairs, passed away late last weekend. His wife, Sheila, was the longtime Director of Joyful Connections.

Duane Frankart was chosen from among 136 entries who found Wylie in the ad for Soul Stretch Cycle on Page 6A in last week’s Beacon. So, Frank 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 … … and let us know where he is, thus entering, and possibly winning our weekly contest.

Port Clinton High School’s Commencement ceremony will take place at True-Lay Stadium on Saturday, June 27. Working with the Ottawa County Health Department, Principal Gary Steyer and school administration worked to develop a plan that will follow strict social distancing guidelines. Due to the precautions, guests will be limited for each graduate. Thanks to the partnership of Greg Peiffer and WPCR, the ceremony will be live-streamed so anyone wishing to join in the ceremony may view online at, Port Clinton City School District Facebook Page beginning at 10 a.m.

New artwork is decorating the walls of R.C. Waters Elementary School in the B-C-S School District in Oak Harbor, reports Superintendent Guy Parmigian. Sandy Young and Mary Woods are responsible for the bright, awesome wall patterns that will greet students and teachers.

Port Clinton’s response to the 2020 Census has bumped up to 54.6%, but Ottawa County is still only 47.2%. Around Ohio, the census response is 66.2%. For the first time, you can choose to respond online, by phone, or by mail. Respond today. The census questionnaire is secure, quick, and easy. today. Support Your Community. Your Response Is Required. Everyone Is Counted. Your Response Matters.

The Ottawa County Community Foundation has again made a difference in the community it serves, handing out more than $40,000 to 26 local non-profit organizations through its 2020 community grants program. In a unique round of giving in response to the challenges of COVID-19 through its new Rapid Response Effort, which began in April, The Foundation has also awarded more than $15,000 to 11 organizations on the front lines.

Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island in Lake Erie and Ohio Sea Grant at The Ohio State University will host a live web event for NOAA’s annual HABs Forecast for Western Lake Erie on July 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. In addition to the official forecast, the event will feature spring nutrient loading and projections along with expert commentary and highlights of recent research efforts and successes. Sign up for the online session at to better understand the noxious blooms, and what is being done to prevent them.

Annie Quisno of Port Clinton, a graduate of Oak Harbor High School, graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Science: Exercise Science. Meghan Gallogly of Port Clinton, was named to the Cedarville University Dean’s List for Spring 2020. Ithaca College student Conor Cadigan of Port Clinton was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester. Conor is a Film, Photo & Visual Arts major.

Otterbein resident, Rosemary Hilfer is enjoying getting her hair styled by Carmen. The salon is now open at Otterbein!

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