Changes are coming!

All of us here at The Beacon are working on updating our page design, trying very hard to keep things fresh and pleasing to the eye. As Ottawa County’s Largest Circulated Newspaper, we take our obligations here very seriously. But, as most of you know, the world of newspapers has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. It was nearly 10 years ago when we decided to host a website ( that updated daily, not just once a week. We have had a number of visual updates in the paper, but, with a focus on continuous improvement, we are looking at it again. If you have any ideas, please share them with us.


That familiar drone of the Ford Tri-Motor will once again be heard in the skies above our area again this weekend as the City of Port Clinton, the 1928 plane purchased by the folks at Liberty Air Museum, will be taking passengers on scheduled sightseeing trips. The plane will be on display at Put-in-Bay airport this Saturday from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 419-732-0234.

Congratulations to Carol Cooksey of Catawba who was chosen from among 151 entries as the winner in our Find Wylie Contest in this week’s Beacon.  She found Wylie hiding in the ad for First Federal Savings on page 8A in last week’s Beacon. Carol 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

We were shocked to learn of the untimely passing of an old friend, Roger Basil, last weekend. We went on many boat and ski trips with Roger and Gloria (Hern) over the years, and happily bumped into them at a bar in Fort Myers Beach last winter when The Gaitlins were performing. Roger’s favorite name for me was “Schaf-ulator”. I’m not sure how he came up with that, but to Roger, I was John Schaf-ulator! Gonna miss him.

You are ALL invited to dinner tonight (Thursday, October 15) from 5-6 p.m. in the St. Thomas' Guild Hall at 214 E 2nd St. in Port Clinton. This is a free public dinner open to all. Take-out meals are available.

Also tonight, the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is hosting its monthly Business After Hours at Baumann Auto on SR 53 from 5-7 p.m. There will be lots of appetizers and other refreshments. All Chamber members and their guests are invited.

The Danbury Senior Center is holding an indoor flea market on Saturday, October 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A variety of items will be on display. The Danbury Senior Center is located at 8470 E. Harbor Rd., Maerblehead.

All young ghouls and goblins are invited to come downtown to trick or treat on Saturday, October 31, from 1-3 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 6th Annual Port Clinton Rotary Club Pizza Challenge will be held this Tuesday, October 20, at The Mon Ami Restaurant and Winery. It will be from 4-7 p.m. and the cost to enter is only $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12 years of age. Proceeds will go to the Flagship Collaborative Playplace as well as scholarships.

Mark Friday, November 13, down on your calendar for the Annual Kiwanis Club of Port Clinton Evening at the Races to be held this year at the Elks Lodge on Buckeye Blvd. starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 each which includes lots of appetizers and betting opportunities. Two horses to bet on this year will be Beacon’s Pride and Mean Mary Alice. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis service projects and scholarships. You can buy your tickets from any Kiwanian or at The Beacon.

The Immaculate Conception Youth Connection Ministry, which includes students from Middle School and the High School, will be holding a special Trick or Treat on Sunday, October 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Port Clinton on Jackson Drive, Glendale Drive and Alice Street. They will be asking for can goods to be donated to the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

The Go-Getter’s group at The Vineyard on Catawba is holding a Fall Pumpkin Roll sale to help support resident activities there. They are $10 each and they are DELICIOUS! To order yours, call Shirley at 567-395-3510. Orders must be placed by October 30.

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.

Congrats to the Port Clinton Chapter of the Eastern Star who was named an Outstanding Chapter for the second year in a row at the statewide meeting in Dayton last month. Only 25 chapters out of 230 in the state are recognized for charity and community service, chapter social activities, performance of chapter officers and communication.

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 this coming Wednesday, July 1. Join us for our next “Coffee with the Editor” session at 1812 held every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

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