I found Wiley!!! No, not Wylie Walleye, Larry Wiley, the star running back of the undefeated Port Clinton football team of 1962. I had a Publishers Business Summit in Las Vegas last Saturday. I couldn’t get a flight out until late Sunday, so I made arrangements to spend some time with Larry Wiley who lives in Vegas with his lovely wife Catherine (Coleman) who graduated from PCHS in 1965. They hope to come “home” in July for the Class of 1963’s 50 year reunion and a special reunion of the ’62 football team in September. I learned all about the football teams of the early 1960’s. Larry picked me up at the hotel and took me to his home. Catherine, an avid LA Laker fan, also served me a steak dinner topped off by a delicious slice of Apple Pie. They couldn’t have been more hospitable. I can tell you, Larry still can’t get over the only blemish on the record of that team, a 6-6 tie with Perrysburg that cost them a perfect season and the outright Northern Lakes League championship.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, the community helped to raise money for United Way in Ottawa County by shopping at Bassett’s Market in an effort to meet Tom Bohlander’s challenge to match the $7,500 he donated in honor of his longtime friend and business partner, Ron Case. Bassett’s reported 259 transactions of $50 or more that day with Mike donating $5 for each, and that total was $1,295. Today is the deadline for Tom’s challenge, and according to M.J. Siewert, they are still a little shy of reaching the $15,000 challenge goal. You can drop off a donation at the United Way office located in the Sutton Center, or you can call in a pledge by phone at 419-734-6645.
Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Nancy Wolfe of Marblehead. She was one of 138 entries who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Community Markets on page 5A in last week’s Beacon. Nancy 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.
Good luck to the Oak Harbor High School wrestlers headed to Columbus this weekend for the State Championships. They will be led by returning state placer Luke Kramer. Luke’s Mom, Danelle, a former B-C-S School Bus Driver, now lives in Columbus and no doubt will be on hand. No doubt Luke wants to add his name to the distinguished list of Rocket wrestlers who have won state titles. Also, good luck to the Port Clinton High School girls’ basketball team who notched their unprecedented 20th win of the season last Saturday in a thrilling sectional championship win over their rivals from Oak Harbor.
The Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Unit serving Ottawa County is extending their Winter Coats Program, due to the increasing needs and the generosity of the community. The Salvation Army’s Warm Winter Coats program usually runs from Nov. 1-Jan. 31. This year the program has been extended to run through February. This program is based on donations from the general public of gently used and new coats to be cleaned and redistributed cost-free to local families in need of a winter coat. Executive Cleaners had provided cleaning for all donated coats. This is the 17th year this program has been providing coats to the residents of Ottawa County. Residents in need of a warm winter coat can come to The Sutton Center and pick up coats for their families. Last year, they collected and distributed over 1,100 coats to local families. This year over 1,200 coats have been distributed. If you are in need of a warm winter coat, stop by The Salvation Army in The Sutton Center or call Director Maureen Saponari at 419-732-2769.
This Sunday, March 3, the Oak Harbor K of C will be sponsoring an “all you can eat” French Toast and Sausage Family Breakfast at St. Boniface Catholic Church from 9-10 a.m. They are asking a donation of $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for youngsters under 12 years of age.
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be making another visit to Ottawa County this Monday, March 4, at the Port Clinton Moose Lodge, 1105 W. Lakeshore Drive, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This is just another great opportunity to give the gift of life to a total stranger.
Friends of Lynn Zibert Domokos are hosting a series of fundraisers to help with the massive medical expenses for Lynn’s rare autoimmune disease. She went into cardiopulmonary arrest the day after New Years and is still receiving medical care. They are planning a Reverse Raffle on May 19 along with a Pancake Breakfast that day as well. They are also going to have a Burgers, Brownies and Beer Benefit at Our Guest Inn in downtown Port Clinton on Saturday, March 23, from 3-6 p.m. For more information, call the Our Guest Inn at 419-734-7111.
It’s Port Clinton Youth Baseball and Softball signup time. Registrations have been sent home via the schools. If your child would like to play baseball or softball this spring and summer, you are asked to visit their Facebook Page or their Web Site at www.pcybsa.org to print a registration form. The league is also looking for volunteers. If interested, you can go to a meeting this Monday, March 4 at 7 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Public Library. For further information contact Melissa Hanson at 440-315-0747. The signup deadline is March 11.
Don’t forget the Friday night fish-lovers meals during Lent. The Port Clinton Knights of Columbus and the folks at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Oak Harbor will be hosting fish fries every Friday during Lent. The Port Clinton K of C holds theirs from 5 to 7:30 at Denny Bergeman Hall, 109 E Perry Street featuring Lake Erie Perch, shrimp and ALL YOU CAN EAT Pollock Dinners with all the fixings. Desserts are also available. At St. Boniface, the dinners will be from 4-7 p.m. featuring fried or baked fish, and all the fixings. Price for adults is $8, children ages 6-12 are $5, and kids under 5 eat free! Carryouts are available. The St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus will have Perch and Pierogis on Fridays March 8 and March 22 from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Joseph Church Hall, 822 Barclay Street. Dinners are $11 and sandwiches are $6.
The Erie-Ottawa-Sandusky Chapter of Pheasants Forever would like to invite individual sportsmen and couples to their 22nd Annual Fundraising Banquet on Saturday, March 9, at the Camp Perry Clubhouse. They will have both a live and silent auction, raffles and door prizes along with a dinner catered by Messenburg’s that will include smoked beef brisket, roasted Chicken, side dishes and dessert. Beer and soft drinks will be provided, with a cash bar for mixed drinks. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6:45. Seating is limited to 325 people. For tickets contact Chapter Habitat Chairman Joe Uhinck at the Ottawa County Agricultural Office in Oak Harbor at 419-898-1595 or visit their website www.ottawaswcd.com.