Tell Tales 8-11-22

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Mary Alice and I attended the M.O.M. on Saturday evening. A couple of observations: It was impressive to see so much activity taking place in downtown Port Clinton. Every picnic table was occupied. The cornhole beanbag game was continuously engaged. There was a wide variety of people there . . . not just tourists and visitors, but lots of locals as well. I wanted to hear Miss Kitty and the Litter, and I was not disappointed. They are a local band, and they are GOOD!

While there, Carol Riznikove came up to us and reintroduced me to her daughter Lisa, who was a DECA student employee at The Beacon in 1984-85! Lisa handled our classified ads back then, and went on to a highly successful career as an executive in an ad agency in Columbus. Another prodigy!

E.A.A. Chapter 1247 will host a “Restore the Ford” fundraising Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Liberty Aviation Museum Hangar on State Road, east of Port Clinton. All of the funds raised will go to the restoration efforts of the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airplane that used to fly the skies above us transporting mail, goods and people to the Islands.

Breakfast includes pancakes and sausage along with orange juice and coffee. Adults are $8, youngsters are $5 while kids 5 and under eat for free! Lisa Benjamin of South Bass Island is the event coordinator. She can be reached at 419-366-0951.

Olga Ebert was selected from among 168 entries who found Wylie Walleye hiding in the ad for Magruder Hospital on Page 8A in last week’s Beacon. So, Olga wins our weekly $25 gas card graciously donated by Friendship Stores.

Each week we hide Wylie in an ad for our readers to find. When one does, they can either bring in a contest entry cut out of the paper, or log onto our website, and let us know where he is!

Also, Wylie Walleye is eager to answer our community’s questions, keep sending them in to P.O. Box 176 or emailing them to He has a wonderful time swimming around Lake Erie Shores here in Ottawa County getting information for you all.

Don’t forget about Memory Lane, featuring historical photographs of our area. If you’d like to submit your own, please send them with a written explanation to or mail to P.O. Box 176.

The Beacon has always been residential delivery, but with fuel prices as they are we are doing a research of the area on who wants the paper and who does not. Please take the time to cut out the subscription form on page 5A this week and mail it back to The Beacon, P.O. Box 176, Port Clinton, OH 43452. We would greatly appreciate it.

Dennis Burke of Marblehead found out that I was once involved in the radio station that broadcast Bowling Green State University Hockey back in the early ‘80s. He told me that his grandson, Nathan Burke, was now a member of the Falcon hockey team and was their leading scorer last season. Even better, Nathan recently became the eighth Academic All-American in Bowling Green’s storied program history. He’ll be back on the ice there for his second season in a few months.

I have been a Kiwanis member since the mid-1970s and I was delighted to learn that the current leadership recently engaged Carrie Sanchez to lead them in examining where they are and what they want to see happen in the future. The focused on five areas: Improve Communication; re-evaluate their committee structure; take a hard look at the club’s business model; plan one community project per quarter; and promote members wearing Kiwanis Gear.

Congratulations to Doug, Tammy, Drew and Farin Blackburn for their participation in both Mackinac Races last month. Their Thomas 35 “Kinsail” took second place in their division in the Chicago to Mackinac race.

The women of St. John and St Paul Lutheran Churches on the Marblehead Peninsula will hold their annual Peach Dessert Social this Saturday, Aug. 13 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall at St. Paul on Church Rd. In addition to homemade peach pie and other desserts, they will also have ice cream, hot dogs and lots of other good stuff to eat. Enjoy!

The Port Clinton Firefighters Association Annual Chicken BBQ is to be held this Sunday, Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dine-In/Drive-Thru at the fire station, 1755 E State St. Cost is $15 for a meal and tickets are available from any firefighter or by calling 419-734-3430 and leaving a message. A very limited number of walk-up tickets are available day of event.

Join us in congratulating the most recent Port Clinton Lions Club recipients of the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, Lawrence Montowski and Mary Kozlok. Lions Clubs International recognizes outstanding individuals by bestowing on them an award named for its founder, Melvin Jones. This Fellowship Award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. The recipients of this ward become models because of their exemplary service to their club and the community for which it serves. The award was presented by District Governor Cindy Beat on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County is holding its annual HHOC Golf Scramble on Friday, Aug. 26, sponsored by Materion at Hidden Hills Golf Course in Woodville. They are in the process of building a home in Elmore for a family of five. Building costs have gone way up the past few months, so all of the money raised will go to that new home. The entry fee is $260 per team with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. To register, contact Executive Director Debi Heiks at 419-734-7074.

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  1. Scott Gresser

    Thanks again John.


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