San Antonio river walk

Mary Alice and I spent a good deal of time last week in San Antonio, Texas at the annual Conference of the Independent Free Papers Association. The back door of the hotel led right to the stairway that led to the magnificent river walk there. I know a river walk has been discussed in both Port Clinton and Oak Harbor. I would highly recommend it. What a neat attraction!


Following the Conference in San Antonio, we spent the weekend in Houston with my old best friend Tom DeBauche; the man who helped me survive puberty. Tom is a Cardiologist and put me on the treadmill, along with numerous other tests to make sure my ticker was in top-notch shape. Tom’s dad, Louis DeBauche, owned Ottawa Rubber Company, and invented magnetized rubber, the stuff now being used to put all that stuff on your refrigerator. He sold the patent for “a song” in the 60s. All the DeBauche kids were PCHS grads save for his older sister, who became a Franciscan Nun and now lives in Elmore. Yes, old friends are the best.

Tina Burris was in Philadelphia last weekend for the visit of Pope Francis. She and her mom reported to me that they got up close and personal with the Pope, and even to show him a copy of The Beacon while on a golf cart! Wow, maybe I can score an audience and a trip to Rome!

Congratulations to Bobbi Hughes who was chosen from among 152 entries as the winner in our Find Wylie Contest in this week’s Beacon.  She found Wylie hiding in the ad for Storage Condos on page 4B in last week’s Beacon. Bobbi wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We will hide Wylie again this week, so if you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website

A very special event will be taking place at the Catawba Island Brewing Company this Saturday for Kiwanis International’s Project Eliminate to help stamp out Maternal Neonatal Tetanus around the world. John and Jerry Davenport will be entertaining that evening from 6-11 p.m. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, 15 silent auction baskets and every $10 donation made to ELIMINATE you will get a raffle ticket for the grand prize, which is John Davenport singing and playing for your private party. PRICELESS!

Port Clinton’s American Legion Post 113 is still alive and active. Some people think that since they sold their building they were defunct. Not so! They meet on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Moose. Meetings are open to all veterans and we are always looking for new members. They still carry on many of the functions we did before like flag program at the cemeteries, honor guards for veteran funerals.  Only thing we do not do now is offer meals.

Reservations can now be made for the 2015 St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus Clam Bake and Chicken Dinner to be held Saturday, October 17, from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Joseph's Church Hall on Barclay St. in Marblehead. This year’s clambake once again will benefit The Danbury Food Pantry. Tickets are $10.95 for a chicken dinner only and $21.95 for the clambake which includes:1 dozen clams, 1/2 chicken, sweet potato, corn on the cob, dessert and beverage. Extra clams will be available for purchase as well for $11 a dozen. The chicken dinner includes everything included in the clambake, less the clams. Tickets are available by reservation only, and can be purchased through October 12 by calling 419-307-7689 or 419-798-4327.

The Cleveland Clinic Cancer Centers – North Coast Cancer will present the 9th annual North Coast Breast Cancer Conference on Saturday, October 10, at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky. The conference is an educational event for healthcare professionals, caregivers and breast cancer survivors. Nurses, Radiologic Technologists and Social Workers can receive continuing education credit. Visit for details on this event.

Don’t forget our Wednesday morning Coffee with the Editor at the 1812 Restaurant at the Island House each week. Each Wednesday we have a small group that discusses local issues and we get good ideas about community news stories to cover. Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone will be our special guest to answer constituent questions the last Wednesday of each month. Join us for our next Coffee with the Editor session at 1812 held every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

The Port Clinton Rotary Club is making plans for their 6th annual Rotary Pizza Challenge to be held on Tuesday, October 20, this year is a change of venue to The Mon Ami Restaurant and Winery.  The Rotary Club is soliciting pizza vendors to participate. If you're a pizza maker, give Duane Waite a call 419-797-9006 to be included in this great community event with proceeds funding the new Collaborative Park and student scholarships.

Early reservations are recommended for PC Seniors' 12th Annual Big Band Dance. This year’s theme is The Day After Halloween Dance.  The dance will be held on Sunday, November 1, from 2-5 p.m., at the Moose Lodge Hall, 1105 W. Lakeshore Drive, and Port Clinton. Admission is $10 advance/reservation or $12 at the door and includes a hors d’oeuvres buffet, door prizes, and 50/50 raffles. Sponsored by Moose Lodge 1610 and Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices North Shore, the event features the 17-piece big band Night Session; and is open to the public 21 years of age and older. Dress is nice casual or costume. Tickets can be purchased at the Port Clinton Senior Center, 320 E. Third St., (T, Th, Fri 10 a.m. – 1 pm) or at Mary’s Blossom Shoppe 125 Madison St., PC or by calling Juanita Mills-Persely at 419-341-1080 for reservations or information.

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