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The PC School Board Forum and Port Clinton Mayoral Debate was highly successful last Thursday, well attended and well done by our moderators Beacon Editor Jasmine Cupp and Bert Fall from WPCR. Prior to the event, I met with Jasmine and Bert along with Laura Schlacter from the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce to make certain that the questions for the candidates were fair and balanced (just like Fox News). I believe they were. I was surprised that the Washington Properties proposal for Waterworks, that is still on the table, was not mentioned. I spoke with an individual who told me that she was “not in favor of condos”. I asked her if she had been to Levis Commons in Perrysburg or Crocker Park in Westlake. She said yes. I asked her if she realized that the floors above the retail stores were condominiums. She admitted that she did not realize that. Folks, that is what has been proposed as far as condominiums are concerned, which means no increase in the footprint of the buildings, just tax paying condominium owners above the retail spaces.

It was with mixed emotions that I learned about Laura Schlacter’s resignation as President of the PC Chamber. Congratulations and best of luck to Laura for her in her new job as Marketing Director for First National Bank. I am sure she will do a great job there. I understand that applications for the position are on the Chamber website, portclintonchamber.com.

Congratulations to Wendy Kolar from Marblehead who was chosen from among 126 entries as the winner in our Find Wylie Contest in this week’s Beacon.  She found Wylie hiding in the ad for Fitzgeralds on page 8B in last week’s Beacon. Wendy 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 thebeacon.net.

The all new Bay Point Yacht Club is holding a special Open House for prospective members this Saturday, October 10, from 1-4 p.m. at their new clubhouse at 11050 E. Bayshore Rd., in Marblehead, just east of the Bay Point entrance. You don’t have to be a member of Bay Point Resort to join BPYC. For more information, contact Jim Kollmann at 440-714-0636.

In an effort to enhance the experiences of groups, sporting events, and conventions coming to the area, the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center is looking for local residents to act as tourism ambassadors. Several different levels of involvement are available. For those who are knowledgeable about the area’s offerings, sign up to be a destination concierge and help attendees discover varied attraction and dining options. Other options are event registration assistance or general event assistance, where you will be on-hand as an extension of the event staff to help with registration or other needs. You may also join the Welcoming Group where they will show Lake Erie Love to attendees by giving them a warm welcome as they arrive to their host hotel! Share the Lake Erie Love and join Lake Erie Shores & Islands as a Tourism Ambassador. For more information and to sign up, visit SHORESandISLANDS.com and click on the “Get Involved” link at the bottom of their home page. Or, contact Lake Erie Shores & Islands’ Group Services Coordinator Brian Shifflet at 419-625-2984 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join Otterbein North Shore for a Breakfast of Champions event on Thursday, October 22, at 9 a.m. Port Clinton attorney Bo Loeffler, will be speaking about relevant updates on wills and estate planning. He’ll share his views on asset protection, and share how one can leave a legacy to loved ones, and give to a favorite charity without impacting finances during their lifetime. Join Otterbein for this presentation and breakfast prepared by Chef Mel and her North Shore culinary staff. RSVP today 419-798-8254.

All young ghouls and goblins are invited to come downtown to trick or treat on Saturday, October 31, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Just look for the orange and black balloons for participating stops. Over 325 children participated in 2014 and we are hoping for even more children and their families this year.  For more information, please contact Main Street Port Clinton at 419-734-5503.

The Port Clinton Rotary Club is making plans for their 6th annual Rotary Pizza Challenge to be held on Tuesday October 20. New this year is a change of locations 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.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Marblehead Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Clambake and Chicken Dinner on Saturday, October 17, from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Joseph Church Hall, 822 Barclay St. in Marblehead. Tickets are PRESALE ONLY, and can be purchased through this Monday, October 12 by calling 419-307-7689 or 419-798-4327. Tickets for the chicken dinner only are $10.95 while the clambake, which includes a dozen clams, a half chicken, sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, beverage and dessert is $21.95. The Clambake benefits the Danbury Food Pantry.

Chateau Tebeau Winery in Helena is holding a Harvest Celebration this Saturday, October 10, starting at 5 p.m. There will be free hot dogs cooked over an open fire, and Paul UnPlugged will perform beginning at 7 p.m. Lots of other activities too!

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.

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