OH flag football team flying south

A hearty congratulations and good luck to Head Coach Jake Jacobs and the members of the Oak Harbor Rocket 3rd grade flag football team headed to the National Championships this weekend in Kissimmee, Florida. They are flying out tonight. Schaffner

They play two seeding games on Saturday and then the first tournament game on Sunday. The event is single elimination. The Oak Harbor team took first place at a regional to8urnament hid in Mentor, Ohio in November. Way to go kids! We have a special salute to these young men on page 9A in this week’s Beacon.

The Cleveland Boat Show opens on Friday at the IX Center near the airport. I can note for you that there will be much at stake at this event for our local economy. We will have several Real Estate companies, developers and, of course, yacht sales businesses who annually count on the attendees at the Boat Show to fuel their sales in the early part of the year. Let us wish them all the best for the event that goes from this Friday, Jan.13 through Sunday, Jan. 22.

Adele Kreutzfeld of Port Clinton was selected as our “Find Wylie” winner this week out of over 80 entries. She found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Magruder Hospital on page 9 last week. Adele wins a $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again next week. If you find him, just drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center, or hit the Find Wylie icon at

This Sunday will be the 15th Annual Gun Show & Swap Meet at the Oak Harbor Conservation Club’s clubhouse, 975 S. Gordon Road. Admission is $3. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the event closes at 3 p.m. They will have all kinds of hunting and fishing equipment, guns, decoys, lures along with other sporting goods and collectables. Lunch of venison chili or beef chili will be available for $5.

The Humane Society of Ottawa County is holding its annual membership meeting tonight starting at 6 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Public Library. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the membership to consider and add qualified board members seeking seats. For more information, contact the Humane Society shelter at 419-734-5191.

The Annual Port Clinton Knights of Columbus basketball Hoop Shoot will be held this Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Immaculate Conception school gym. All boys and girls between the ages of 10 & 14 are eligible to compete. Age eligibility is determined by the age of the contestant as of Jan. 1. All entry forms and score sheets must include a parent’s signature. Proof of age must accompany all registration forms. There is no entry fee. Winners at all age levels move on to compete at District competition. For more information, call Jim Snyder at 419-797-2705.

The next scheduled Conestoga monthly meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the PC Bus Garage off of McKinley Avenue on the west side. Maureen Saponari from the Salvation Army will be the speaker.

The Ottawa County Genealogical Society meets at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton. The program will be a workshop with helpful hinds and a demonstration of family search processes. For more information, contact Janet Stephenson at 419-798-9307.

There will be volunteer training class for those wishing to help with animal care at the Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, 3620 E. State Road. The first one is at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18 and the second will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. You need only attend one session to qualify. They are asking only individuals with animal care experience to participate.

It seems every time I go out of town to attend a Newspaper conference, something happens that makes national news! This time it was the rescue of my old sailing friend Tom Corogin in the South Pacific, about 520 miles south of Easter Island. He was rescued by the Chilean Navy after dismasting last week. Tom is 84 and continues to pursue his dream of rounding Cape Horn!

Caitlyn Mortus, granddaughter of Bob and Carol Mortus of Port Clinton and Bob and Mitzi Christiansen of Marblehead, will be featured in an upcoming article to be published in Woman’s World magazine. Caitlyn is a cancer survivor who started an organization called “Keep Kids Connected” that raises money to buy child cancer patients laptop computers to stay in touch with their friends. To date, her organization has given away over 100!

Congratulations to Ceinwin and Tom Price, our neighbors here in Beacon Place, who are celebrating their 6th anniversary in business with Home Instead Senior Care. They serve clients in Erie, Ottawa, Huron and Sandusky Counties. The company just announced the “Salute to Senior Service” program to honor senior volunteers for the tireless contributions they make to their local communities. If you know any who might qualify, nominate them by submitting their story at from Jan. 15 to March 15.

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