Last week we told you about the PORTS Committee and their activity preparing the way for the arrival of two Tall Ships on Aug. 29 and the following Labor Day Weekend. It has been my honor to work on this committee planning Port Clinton’s activities for that very special weekend. We had another planning meeting on Monday and the committee’s treasurer, Dave Mehl, announced that, through sponsorships and donations, the Committee has now raised nearly $42,000 for the effort. They just completed the Tall Ships weekend in Duluth, MN, and nearly 100,000 people showed up to view the boats. It is all part of the bi-centennial celebration of the naval victory of the American Fleet led by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry in September of 1813, and 16 tall ships will be visiting a number of ports around the western basin of Lake Erie over Labor Day weekend.
Congratulations to Zach Baugh who will be receiving his Eagle Scout Award this Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Port Clinton at 2 p.m. His project was the new gazebo at the pond by the Catawba Township Building. He built it in honor of his late grandfather, Bob Johnston. Doris Johnston, our former receptionist and next-door neighbor, along with Bob, sent me the info on Zach, the son of Bob’s daughter Chris and Brian Baugh. Also, speaking of the Johnston family, Doris and Bob’s oldest son, Jeff, who lives in the Columbus area, recently sold his business, Definitive Homecare Solutions Ltd. to Mediware. Definitive Homecare Solutions is a specialized software company. Jeff was a 1979 graduate of Port Clinton High School. Bob would be a proud grandfather and papa!!!