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    It is really going to be a “Special Event” when famed Nashville songwriter and artist Richard Leigh comes to The Listening Room in Port Clinton this coming weekend, Oct. 19 and 20.

He is a three-time Grammy winner who penned the Crystal Gayle song “Don’t it make my Brown Eyes Blue” along with many other famous hit tunes. He has had 8 #1 singles and his songs have sold over 50 million recordings. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. There will be two shows nightly and reservations are recommended by calling 419-734-7050.

Get your tickets for Friday night’s “An Evening at the Races” hosted by the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club at the Port Clinton K of C Hall at 109 E. Perry Street in Port Clinton. It is going to be a fun night, and I hope you are all pulling for my horse, which I named “Mean Mary Alice”. There will be 10 races and an 11th “Race of Champions”. It all starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 which includes dinner, one drink ticket and lots of wagering opportunities. I have tickets at The Beacon for anybody who needs them.

Our Find Wylie winner is Joel Prucha from Port Clinton who was among 207 contestants who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Catawba Inn on page 10A in last week’s Beacon. Joel wins our weekly $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 our website, www.thebeacon.net.

We lost a really great guy and sailor last week. Joe Henry from Milan was an avid sailor and very popular member at Catawba Island Club. His C&C 38 “Solitude” was one of the prettiest sailboats on Lake Erie. But, above all of that, Joe Henry was just a very nice man. We who know him will miss him a lot.

The 2nd Annual Port Clinton Rotary Pizza Challenge is this Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Port Clinton Moose Lodge starting at 5 p.m. They will have just about all of the local pizza places bringing out their best for the judges and everybody else to taste and decide on the best pizza in Ottawa County.

Tonight (Thursday, Oct.18) is the monthly Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours to be held at Waldo Peppers in the Knoll Crest Shopping Center. It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Call the Chamber if you can to RSVP. Also, Judy Balsom at the Chamber reports that the Lighthouse Festival last weekend was a HUGE success!

Well, I guess now that the trees are turning colors and the calendar reads mid October, it is time to start thinking of Christmas. Well, here’s a neat idea. Why not ask Santa Claus to come visit your house? Santa has agreed to make private home visits here while his elves are busy. What a great idea for your kids and grandkids. Or your neighbor kids. Or your kids’ school or pre-school. Or your church group or office party. To schedule a time or date for a visit (adult parents and grandparents only please) please call 419-734-0515. The cost of a visit is $50 per half hour with $10 of each visit going to the Port Clinton Area 4th of July Celebration.

The Danbury PTCO food and pet food drive will be holding a collection at Friday night’s Laker football game. You can help the Danbury food pantry and the Danbury PAWS organization by bringing non-perishable foods or bags of dog or cat food or cat litter to Biro Field Friday night at 7 p.m.

Tickets are now available for the St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus Clam Bake and Chicken Dinner to be held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5- 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church Hall on Barclay St. in Marblehead. This year’s Clambake will benefit The Danbury Food Pantry. The pantry provides monthly supplemental groceries for low income families in Danbury Township, and also emergency groceries as needed. Distribution is held on the third Saturday of the month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Hall. This year the pantry has served an average of 52 families per month (up from last year). Tickets are $9.95 for a chicken dinner only, and $19.95 for the clambake which includes: 1 dozen clams, 1/2 chicken, sweet potato, corn on the cob and beverage. Extra clams will be available for purchase as well for $10 a dozen. The chicken dinner includes everything included in the clambake, less the clams.

Port Clinton senior bowler Sean Black traveled to Columbus a week back for the Isaly’s Open. Sean rolled games of 202-191-193-212-219-221 and qualified for sixth place. He lost the first two games of elimination matches to a bowler from Michigan and finally finished 11th out of 57 boys. Congratulations, Sean.

A Dog Pack Walk for Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary hosted by Elite K-911 is taking place this Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. at Bradley Woods Reservation in Westlake. The walk lasts about an hour and is an excellent way to physically and mentally exercise your dog. The only rules are: NO retractable or flexi-leashes and only one dog per handler. The price is $10 per dog and all proceeds go to the Sanctuary that helps and houses special needs dogs and cats. For more information call the Sanctuary at 419-960-7487.











































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