Port Clinton lost two of its most precious citizens this past week and I will miss them both very much. Dick Wolf passed away last Friday. He literally gave his life to the Port Clinton Yacht Club as the caretaker there for 34 years. The title “caretaker”, as Past Commodore Lock Zeis pointed out at the funeral, doesn’t quite cover what Dick did in his years at PCYC. The room was filled with Past Commodores for whom he served, literally taking care of every inch of that facility. On Monday morning, “The other Mary Alice”, otherwise known as Myrt Streeter, also passed away. She was a character in the best sense of that term. She and her late husband Clarence raised a family of beautiful and successful children, and they will forever be her legacy.
A couple of comments about last week’s Beacon. First, our printer in Tiffin got pages 2A and 4A mixed up. Second, I got a lot of friendly comments about last week’s “Swami” predictions. Just remember, it was all in fun!
Our Find Wylie winners for the last two weeks are Dave Christiansen of Marblehead for the Dec. 27 issue and Barbara Bowen of Oak Harbor for the Jan. 3 issue. Dave was one of 105 entries who found Wylie in the ad for the Frederick Agency on page 11A while Barbara was among 64 folks who found Wylie in the ad for Portage Resale Center on page 8A of last week’s issue. We had to wait a week because it all got bumped thanks to the “Great Swami”. Both win 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.
I had a great time giving blood at the Red Cross Bloodmobile at Catawba Community Hall last Saturday morning. I did a “double red” this time. The Bloodmobile will be back in our area this coming Monday, Jan. 14 at St. Paul Lutheran Church on South Church Rd. in Marblehead from noon to 5 p.m. I can tell you from personal experience that it gives me a great deal of satisfaction giving blood to perhaps help save the life of a total stranger.
All are welcome to attend the annual membership meeting of the Humane Society of Ottawa County tonight (Thursday, Jan. 10) starting at 6 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton. There are four board positions to be filled. To qualify as a candidate for the board, one must be a member for at least six months, complete an application and be willing to answer questions on how their influence can help the animals that pass through the shelter. Applications are available at the shelter and must be completed and submitted prior to the meeting. Nominations will also be taken from the floor during the meeting. All 2012 members are eligible to vote for new board members.
Oak Harbor United Methodist Church is collecting blankets for the Cherry St. Mission in Toledo. A dedication will be held this Sunday, Jan. 13. Blankets can be dropped off at the church through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. A potluck will be held after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. For more information, contact Darlene at 419-898-0659.
The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will hold its January meeting this Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa County Historical Museum at 120 W. Third Street in Port Clinton. Curator Peggy Debien will present the program on the Museum’s genealogical materials. For more information, contact Janet Stephenson at 419-798-9307.
The Oliver H. Perry Masonic Lodge in Port Clinton will once again host their Saturday Pancake Breakfasts this year. The first one is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19 starting at 9 a.m. They will feature pancakes and bacon along with fresh hot cinnamon buns. All donations for breakfast will benefit Ohio Special Olympics. Breakfasts will be served until 11:30 a.m. at the lodge located at 118 Monroe Street in Port Clinton (the former American Legion). They will have more Pancake Breakfasts scheduled for Feb. 2 and Feb. 23.
The Kiwanians are joining forces with the PCHS Key Club and PCMS Builders Club for a Pancake and Sausage Dinner. Pancakes for Devin will be held in the PCHS cafeteria before the game. All proceeds from that event will go to helping Devin’s family with their enormous medical expenses for his chemotherapy treatments and travel. The dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. and is only $5 per person. The Kiwanis International “defining statement” reads: “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.” Perhaps we can help change the world for Devin Kohlman.
Speaking of that, Devin’s sister Leigh got her hand accidentally caught in a meat grinder last week, and lost two fingers. She was life-flighted to Toledo and her fingers were re-attached. In text language, OMG. How much more can this family deal with?
Mark Saturday, Feb. 2 down on your calendar for a brand new event to help raise money for the Humane Society of Ottawa County. It’s “Mardi Paws 2013” from 7-11 p.m. at the Catawba Community Hall. There will be live entertainment, a cash bar, pizza and munchies along with a reverse raffle, silent auction, door prizes and a whole lot more. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Bassett’s Market, The Beacon, Minuteman Press and Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in downtown Port Clinton.
Heartbeat of Ottawa County will be holding an International Food Festival at the Immaculate Conception Church School Gym on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 6-8 p.m. The event is a benefit dinner for Heartbeat.