By John Schaffner
Those who know me understand my generally conservative political nature. However, it is my firm belief that when it comes to Lake Erie, we are all Environmentalists! This Saturday, the Ottawa County Earth Day is planned for 9 to 11 a.m. at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton. There will be games, activities, art and more PLUS you can help with the city’s park and beach cleanup.
This weekend is the Catawba Island Boat Show at Catawba Island Club. There will be lots of beautiful boats and nautical stuff to look at and free parking and admission.
Rich Kihlken of Marblehead is our winner this week in our “Find Wylie” contest. He was chosen from among 87 entries who successfully found our friendly fish in the ad for Ohio Metal Roofing on Page 2B in last week’s Beacon. Rich 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.
A very special benefit was held in Marblehead a week or so ago that raised $2,500 to help pay for medical expenses for local pee-wee football coach Daniel “Buzz” Strong. He had a staff infection that became septic. He started his battle at Firelands Hospital in Sandusky and continued it in Columbus at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Just a whole host of Marblehead Businesses helped sponsor the event held at Marblehead Galley. This is just another example of how, when there is a need, the people and businesses in Ottawa County always come through.
The 3rd Annual Veterans Walleye Tournament, hosted by Port Clinton Yacht Club will be held on Friday, April 26. The color guard will raise the flag at the yardarms at PCYC at 6:30 a.m. followed by the departure of the fishing fleet. Registration will be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, April 25) at the Yacht Club where there will be free pizza served along with an introduction to the Captains for the participants. All teams must have at least one member at this meeting. The weigh-in will be Friday at 4 p.m. at The Bait House across the Portage River followed by dinner, door prizes, raffles and awards at PCYC.
The St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry will be changing their food giveaway day starting May 9. The food pantry will continue Saturday giveaways at 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. every other weekend through the end of April. Beginning May 9, food giveaways will be held on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Giveaways will be every other week, at the current location in the Portage Resale complex on Second Street in Port Clinton. Food is available to all Ottawa County residents who live in the Port Clinton School District. Proof of residency is required. In addition, households must meet the maximum income requirements set by the State of Ohio to be eligible. Detailed information is available at the Food Pantry on giveaway days.
A couple of neat activities coming up at Otterbein North Shore in the days and weeks ahead. Friday, April 26 at 2 p.m. they are holding a “Veterans Supporting Veterans” program, a social gathering to bring vets together with their spouses. Snacks and drinks will be served. Monday, April 29 they will host their “Sip & Snack” Art Series at 1:30 p.m.
Participants can learn how to create your own pieces of Art with the guidance of a local artists. The cost is $25 for supplies. RSVP by calling 419-341-0817. Finally, Wednesday, May 1 is their monthly Breakfast Club open to the public serving a complimentary hot buffet breakfast. RSVP for this one by calling 419-798-8203.
The Port Clinton Kiwanis Club is going to be very busy on Friday and Saturday, May 3-4. Friday, May 3 is their annual Spaghetti Dinner at St. John Lutheran Church on Adams Street serving from Noon until 7 p.m. Once again, Mark Giaco and his team will be preparing some of the most delicious spaghetti you have ever tasted. Price is only $9 per person…and as always, carryouts are available. Tickets are available from any Kiwanian.
The following morning is the Kiwanis Health Screening at Magruder Hospital from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. You get a complete blood analysis for just $40. Appointments need to be made by Monday, April 29 by calling the Hospital at 419-734-3131, Ext. 3671.