I attended the Mid Atlantic Community Papers Association annual conference over the weekend in Harrisburg, PA. It was a great time and I learned a lot. I am happy to report that the Beacon won several awards: second place for General Excellence for community papers, first place for Website Community Involvement and first place for Website Overall Marketing and Advertising. MACPA is a regional organization based in Pennsylvania covering the states of New York, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia as well as Ohio; a grand total of over 50 community newspapers. We are very proud to be recognized for the hard work we do here at the Beacon…emphasis on the word WE!
The date has been set for the annual Port Clinton Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner. It will be held on Friday, April 25, AFTER Easter Sunday so we Catholics can enjoy Mark Giaco’s incredible meatballs! It is an all day event, as the Kiwanians will be serving lunch and dinner starting at noon and going all the way to 7 p.m. It will be held at St. John Lutheran Church on Adams Street in Port Clinton. Carryouts and free delivery are both available. To order ahead, call 419-734-1325 after 9 a.m. on April 25.
Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Dick Baker of Catawba who was one of 194 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Bassett’s Market on page 1A in last week’s Beacon. Dick wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding 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 www.thebeacon.net.
Taste the finest soups and chili on the Marblehead Peninsula and vote your choice this Sunday, March 30, at St. Joseph Church’s Seventh Annual Soup and Chili Cook-off this Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The dinner fee for adults is $6 and $4 for children under 12. It includes unlimited tasting of over 25 soups and bowls of chili, a beverage and desert. If you would like to enter, the fee is $10 which includes one ticket. Call the church office at 419-798-4177. All proceeds are used for the St. Joseph Youth Retreat to Franciscan University in Steubenville. Carryouts will also be available.
Speaking of St. Joseph’s, the St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus will serve perch and pierogis on Friday March 28 and Friday April 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the St Joseph Church Hall located at 822 Barclay St. in Marblehead. Dinners are $11 and sandwiches are $6. Sides will be available as well.
And while we are out on the peninsula, the Danbury Laker Levy Committee is holding a fundraiser at Cleats this coming Thursday, April 3. Bring one of their fliers with you, or just mention you are there for the “Dine to Donate” evening, and Cleats will donate 10% of the meal cost to the cause.
They are having a special “Bucket List Book Club” session at Otterbein North Shore tomorrow, Friday, March 28 starting at 1:30 p.m. This is a new group of book readers for the area. The books are chosen from the Time Magazine 100 Best Novels. Once a month, they have lively discussion of the assigned books. You can join anytime and the books and materials are furnished. To join, call Jo Ann or Kirsten at 419-798-8520.
The Lake Plains Chorus of Fostoria will hold their annual Concert on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Fostoria High School. They are a fabulous Barbershop choir of men, many of whom travel there every week for rehearsals from Ottawa County. They always have a featured quartet, and this year, they will feature “Vocal Spectrum”, the 2006 International Champions. I have attended several of their concerts and they are always outstanding.
The Leadership Ottawa County class of 2014 is hosting a very special “Pop-Up Talent” night at the Port Clinton Elk’s Lodge on Saturday, April 26. They will be featuring local celebrity talent for the event, including the Naked Bacon Band. Tickets are $40 per person and $70 per couple which includes dinner and the entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in Port Clinton; the Danbury Zoning Department in Marblehead, the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and The Crafty Needle in Elmore. The fundraiser supports United Way’s Pop-Up Adventure Play Program.
Don’t forget Friday’s Port Clinton Knights of Columbus weekly Lenten Fish Fry held each Friday during the Lent from 5-7:30 p.m. This year, the Knights are offering a new menu featuring ALL YOU CAN EAT meals for $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. The menu features hand breaded fish, French fries, coleslaw, mac and cheese, applesauce, lemonade, coffee and a variety of desserts…all included in the ALL YOU CAN EAT price. The meals will be served at the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall at 109 E. Perry Street in downtown Port Clinton.
And also don’t forget our “Coffee with the Editor” session at Common Grounds every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. Lots of interesting local topics are discussed. It is our opportunity to have a sit-down with our readers and learn about what YOU want to see in the Beacon as we enter our 32nd year of community publishing. Also don’t forget that Common Grounds offers their gourmet coffee for just 99-cents with one refill.