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Week brings sad losses for Ottawa County

We had some very sad losses this past week.John Schaffner
First, Port Clinton Yacht Club has lost two of its Past Commodores: Kells Pugh and Bill Benedict. Both were absolutely outstanding gentlemen. Geoff Bailey told me a story about Kells and Joan Pugh, about how when they first joined PCYC, they were singled out for a warm welcome, a greeting whose memory has lasted through the years. Their daughter Jan is the owner of Packer Creek Pottery in Genoa whose artistic items have become famous throughout the world.

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It's spaghetti dinner time!

Don’t forget the Kiwanis Spaghetti Lunch/Dinner this Friday, April 20. They will be serving at St. John’s Lutheran Church Hall from noon to 7 p.m. If you have never tasted Mark Giaco’s Schaffnerspectacular spaghetti sauce, you are really missing out! You get a full dinner with a large meatball (no, Mark is NOT the “meatball”) for only $8. (Well, maybe he is kind of a meatball!!!)


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Never forget

Ida MercurioThanks to Irene Minier who sent us a letter this week with a reminder that April 9 was the 70th Anniversary of the fall of Bataan and Corregidor in the early days of World War II. We have long documented the heroics of the men of the 192nd Tank Battalion, Company C, all of whom were from Ottawa County. They mustered from the Armory on West Perry Street and marched to the train station in November of 1941. Only about half of them made it home. The last living member of Company C, Joe Hrupcho, died just last year. Once again, we honor these brave men who either died in defense of their county or suffered horrific captivity at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army. It all took place 70 years ago this week.



And while we are on the topic … the Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission has announced the selection of Harold J. Fillmore, a U.S. Navy Veteran, as the County’s Veteran of the Year for 2011. The presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. this Monday, April 16, at the Oak Harbor VFW Hall, 251 W. Main St. The public is invited.



Another letter we received this week came from Ida Mercurio, one of our area’s favorite and most friendly bartenders. She has been plying her craft at Nagoya the past several years, and is remaining with Mel and Barb Ayers in an administrative capacity. They will have a special farewell party for Ida at Nagoya on Monday, April 23. So it won’t be “Goodbye Ida” but rather “See you on the other side of the bar!!!”

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Easter offers a time for reflection — no matter your faith

John SchaffnerIn the Christian tradition, this week is Holy Week. It commemorates the horrific death and ultimate resurrection of a man named Jesus who lived in what we now know as Israel.
Of course, not all faiths are Christian faiths. However, the tenants of many faiths, as they regard human behavior, are similar — one God — and treat others as you would like to be treated. It is a strong family time — a time for reflection, whatever your faith.
I would ask all to honor their traditions of this weekend and enjoy.



A gentleman who adopted our area as his home several years ago, passed away last week following a long bout with cancer. Jim Zaremba was my brother’s neighbor on Catawba. As such, I had a number of opportunities to interact with him. He was truly a very nice, soft-spoken gentleman.
We also lost Dick Spicer last week, former president of the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce. Dick worked tirelessly to grow the Chamber during his tenure, and he was extremely successful.



Our Find Wylie winner this week is Tom Keller from Marblehead who found Wylie in the ad for the Bassett’s Market on page 3A in last week’s Beacon. Tom wins a $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, 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 www.thebeacon.net.



The City of Port Clinton will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, on the Ottawa County Courthouse lawn. Donations of candy and prizes for the children. Donations can be dropped off at City Hall.



St. Paul United Church of Christ in Oak Harbor is hosting a Community Sale/Rummage Sale/Vendor Gala from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m Saturday, April 21, at the Church located at 165 Toussaint St. There will be great deals galore on household items, electronics, toys and much more. Some of the vendors represented will be Avon, Celebrating Home, Premier Jewelry, Body by Vi, Miche, Pampered Chef and a whole lot more. The Oak Harbor Relay for Life team will be serving refreshments. If you are interested in donating to the rummage sale, contact Jackie at 419-898-2045 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



The Annual Ottawa County Ducks Unlimited Banquet and Auction will be held on Saturday, April 14, at the Camp Perry Clubhouse. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling John Valentine at 419-656-9000.



On Saturday, April 21, the Oak Harbor High School Choirs will hold the semi-annual Community Service Auction. Pre-sale tickets are $10 which provides the buyer with a lasagna dinner and the ability to bid on all of the Silent and Grand Auction items. The High School students themselves will be the Grand Auction items. They include: cut and deliver firewood, house and garage cleaning, lawn work, maintenance, and much more. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. The Grand Auction starts at 7 p.m. For tickets or further information, call the High School at 419-898-6216, extension 334.



Mark Friday, April 20 down on your calendar for the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner. It will be held again at St. John Lutheran Church in Port Clinton from noon to 7 p.m., so you get your choice of having your spaghetti for lunch or dinner. Proceeds, of course, go to the Kiwanis Club, which spends all of it giving back to the community.

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Easter is upon us

Kurt BorowsThis Sunday there will be people worshiping in the chilly outdoors as the sun rises over the lake, the large attendance for the Sunday services, the family dinner and all the other activities that are a part of our Easter observance.
After Supper one Easter evening, Lars Tharp led the family in prayer — as he did every evening — and then he opened The Holy Bible for their daily reading and discussion. The reading for the day was JOHN 20:19-31 — a reading about one of Jesus’ Post-Resurrection appearances.

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Coaching burnout

Karen CoffinIn today’s climate of overemphasis on winning, burnout of kids and coaches is at an epidemic level. “Burnout” happens when a person has so much stress from working too long and too hard under too much pressure that they give up doing the job entirely. It is no longer worth the cost to the person’s mental, emotional and physical health.
I’ve written a lot about the risk to kids. Today, let’s look at coaches.

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Friday is last chance for Lenten fish fries

John SchaffnerThis Friday night will be the last of the Lenten fish fries hosted by the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus at the Denny Bergeman Memorial K. of C. Hall at 109 E. Perry St. They serve from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Pollack dinners are $10, while Lake Erie Perch or shrimp dinners are $13.50. Also, St. Boniface Church in Oak Harbor will hold its all-you-can-eat Lenten Fish Fry this Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 while kids 5 and under eat for FREE!

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OSU alumni auction Friday at Nick’s Roadhouse

John SchaffnerThe Ohio State University Alumni Club of Ottawa County is holding their 19th Annual Scholarship Auction at Nick’s Roadhouse this Friday, March 23. Doors will open at 6 p.m. To highlight the event, the OSU Marching Band will provide a pep band to raise the spirits of the Buckeye faithful! Since 1991, this event has raised over $100,000 in scholarships to Ottawa County students attending THE Ohio State University. Advance tickets may be ordered by contacting Mike Libben at 419-898-8400 or Mike Snider at 419-734-0515. There will also be tickets available at the door. Everybody is invited to attend, even Michigan fans!!! Donation at the door is $10 per person.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

John SchaffnerHappy St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday!!! We have a bunch of local establishments doing special things to celebrate “the wearin’ of the green” in this week’s issue. So, go on through and check out which one you would like to attend. Erin Go Braugh!

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Congratulations (again) to local athletes!

John SchaffnerCongratulations to several local sports teams and athletes … again! First, Oak Harbor’s Luke Cramer and Alex Bergman both finished fourth in their respective weight classes at the state wrestling tournament in Columbus last weekend. Alex was in what was regarded as the toughest weight class at the tournament! Luke will be back next year to try again. Also, the Port Clinton boys’ bowling team finished 11th at the state tournament last weekend in Columbus.

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