It was a great weekend to remember those who gave their last full measure of devotion to provide for us the freedoms we all enjoy today. I was able to attend two of them, one at Catawba Island Club and the other at Port Clinton Yacht Club. It all began on Friday with the remembrance for Tank Company C at Bataan Elementary School in Port Clinton.
This coming Fourth of July will be the 50th anniversary of the incredible storm of 1969 that hit just around dusk that day. It caused huge damage across the area and we would like to do a story on it for our Fourth of July issue. If any of you have any photos from that storm, please send them to us or bring them into our office next to Goodwill. We would love to share them.
Erica Bachorik of Toledo is our winner this week in our “Find Wylie” contest. She was chosen from among 86 entries who successfully found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Moonwycks on Page 6A in last week’s Beacon. Erica wins a $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 the contest.
Memorial Day reminded us of the incredible fire on that holiday in 1988 that destroyed the landmark Colonial building at Put-in-Bay. My good friend Jeff Koehler, of the Put-in-Bay Gazette, was there taking photos and videos of the event that was started by a propane tank at the rear of the building. Joann Sutton, an island native, was working for me at the time, and told me the biggest fear on the Island was that one big fire could destroy the entire strip along DeRiviera Park.
The Ottawa County Museum resumes summer hours this week until Labor Day and will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. Appointments for other times or for groups may be made with Curator Peggy Debien at 419-732-1039. The museum is located at 216 W. Third St., Port Clinton. Admission is free. The museum is accessible for all.
Congratulations to newlywed Corrine Creeden who was the winner of the April Showers event held as a fundraiser for Joyful Connections at Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in downtown Port Clinton.
The Port Clinton Friends of the Cemeteries is holding as raffle-fundraiser. First prize is a 6-person fishing charter courtesy of Sea Breeze Charters. Second Prize is four tickets to Cedar Point and Third Prize is a one-night stay at Our Guest Inn & Suites, plus a $50 certificate to Rosie’s Bar and Grill. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be had by calling 419-732-3074.
Joshua Brown, a Finance major from Port Clinton, was named to the Dean’s List at Cedarville University. This recognition required Brown to maintain a 3.5 minimum GPA and carry at least 12 credit hours for the spring 2019 semester. Also, Lauren Wheeler of Port Clinton was named to the President’s List at Mercy College in Toledo.
University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Physicians at Magruder Hospital, The Magruder Foundation and The Listening Room in Port Clinton are partnering for a special event. Anita Cochran Music’s “The Love Anchors” Breast Cancer Benefit will be held at the Listening Room on Sunday, June 16. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Cost is $25 (plus a 2-drink minimum), and 100% of ticket sales will go toward cancer patients in need. There are only 100 tickets available. Call the box office at 419-734-7050, or get your tickets online at http://thelisteningroompc.com/contact.html. The Listening Room also has a special for an on-site hotel room and two show tickets for $119.99.
The Madison Street Dance Company will hold their first Dance Recital on Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center. Their theme is “Oldies but Goodies” with all the musical dance numbers from before 1999. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the dance studio on Madison Street or at the door the day of the show.
Schedel Aboretum and Gardens will host “Bronze in the Landscape 2019” featuring the work of Andy Sacksteder this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit in the Trellis Gallery will run through Oct. 31.
Your new Mobile App is available for you use! It is called “Lake Erie Coastlines” and it’s FREE! Just download it on your iPhone or Android device from the App Store. It is chock full of useful information on local events, things to do and places to go. “Lake Erie Coastlines” … enjoy!