Tell Tales 7-6-23

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The Ottawa County Historical Society has announced its summer schedule for the Wolcott Keeper’s House, the 1820’s home of the Marblehead Lighthouse’s first keeper, Benajah Wolcott. The authentically restored House at 9999 E. Bayshore Road, Marblehead will be open for docent guided tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m., now through Aug. 26. The Wolcott family cemetery will be available for self-guided tours.

Special events at the house include a visit by the Rotary Perch Wagon on Saturday, July 8, from 11-3 p.m. offering perch dinners, sandwiches and sides. Balladeers Steve and Lisa Ball will serenade diners seeking a laid back summer afternoon.

The adjacent Museum and Gift Shop displays photos of the Wolcott family, and tools and artifacts like those used on homesteads in the early 19th Century. The gift shop offers a variety of gifts and souvenirs, as well as books about local history and by local authors.

One of Catawba’s biggest events of the summer is the annual Volunteer Fire Department Chicken Barbecue and Reverse Raffle on Saturday, July 8 at the Fire Station on Cemetery Road. The chicken dinners, which always get rave reviews, will be available by carry out only from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. or until sold out.

Speaking of Catawba, Port Clinton High School football coach Eric Leuthold, brought 11 of his players on June 12 to provide community service at the Catawba Island Union Chapel Museum. The 9th through 12th graders spent an hour and a half weeding and cleaning windows. Their efforts earned them credit points in the Redskin squad’s Accountability Team Program which encourages education and good citizenship.

The 2nd annual ICSJ Respect Life Ministry “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere”  Fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, July 20 on the beautiful waterside at St Mary Byzantine Hall in Marblehead. Tickets are on line at, IC and SJ parish offices, and Mary’s Blossom Shop.

Playmakers’ final show of the season, “When Did You Last See Your Trousers?” Is on stage July 14,15, 21, 22 at 8 p.m. and July 16 and 23 at 2 p.m The director is Peg McConnell.

The Park District of Ottawa County has been awarded a Destination Development Grant, presented recently by Shores & Islands Ohio, the destination marketing organization for Erie and Ottawa counties. More than $460,000 in grants were awarded to 51 different recipients in Erie and Ottawa Counties under this program, a major component of Shores & Islands Ohio’s strategic plan that focuses on supporting efforts to enhance the destination for visitors and residents alike.

The Park District of Ottawa County received a grant in the amount of $6,459 to assist in the development of the Marblehead Peninsula Trail Feasibility Study.

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Sunset Cruise aboard the Jet Express next Thursday, July 13 leaving at 7:30 p.m. Call the Chamber office at 419-734-5503 for more information.

Magruder’s next monthly community lab screening will be Thursday, July 13, between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., at the Magruder Community Clinic, 730 Jefferson St., Port Clinton. The main lab test is a CBC, CMP & Lipid Profile, which includes liver and kidney function, fasting blood sugar, cholesterol, HDL/LDL, Triglycerides and a complete blood count (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in the blood) for $50.

Magruder also offers add-ons to the testing, or request a Lipid Profile: $20 Hemoglobin A1C: $20 PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen): $30 TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone): $25 Vitamin D: $35. This lab screening is held on the second Thursday each month. Appointments are required . Call 419-301-4304. Participants are asked to fast for 12 hours prior to their appointment time, but can have water. No insurance accepted. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card (no American Express).

The Humane Society of Ottawa County needs donated items for their upcoming yard sale which will be held on Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 at the shelter, 2424 E. Sand Rd., Port Clinton. Items to be donated can be dropped off at the shelter during office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No televisions or books. Volunteers are need to set up the yard sale and to sort items. To help, contact the Humane Society of Ottawa County at 419-734-5191 or

This Saturday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. stop out at 1119 Lee St., Port Clinton, and support The Friends of Port Clinton Cemetery! Donations are welcome and appreciated.

A Girls Fast Pitch Softball Camp grades 5 thru 9, will be held July 10-13. Hitting, fielding, base run, pitch and catch – work on your position or learn a new one! High end instruction by noted travel tournament, college players, guest coaches, and our varsity staff.

Participants will be divided by age and skill level from noon-3 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. T-Shirts provided. Register at:

Congratulations to Elena Kessler of Port Clinton, who has been named to the Dean’s List at John Carroll University for the spring 2023 semester.

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