Customer hits lotto at Dean's

Did you hear??? When Lisa and Steve Gilliland bought Dean’s Store in downtown Port Clinton a little more than a month ago, they needed to go through the process of re-applying for the rights to sell Ohio Lottery Tickets. Schaffner

They hadn’t had that license for more than a week when somebody busted a big one! $140,000! I hope they go back to Dean’s and say “thank you” by buying a bunch of stuff with the winnings!

The Gathering at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port Clinton will be held tonight, Thursday, Jan. 26, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. It is a community meal gathering for a nice, hot dinner and all the meals are free. Enjoy!

Joe Herevia of Port Clinton was selected as our “Find Wylie” winner this week out of more than 80 entries. He found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Ohler and Holzhauer on page 9A last week. Joe 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

The Oak Harbor Chamber’s Annual Dinner Meeting will be held this Friday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Community Markets VFW Memorial Hall on West Main Street. Following social time and a short meeting to elect officers, there will be video horse racing, a Chinese Auction and door prizes throughout the night. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased by calling the Chamber at 419-898-0479.

The Oliver H. Perry Masonic Lodge 341 will be hosting a nice big breakfast this Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. They will feature pancakes, omelets, hash brown potatoes, bacon, toast and cinnamon rolls. The lodge is located in the old American Legion Hall at 118 Monroe St. in Port Clinton. Cost of the breakfast is a donation.

And if you are still hungry on Sunday morning, you might want to join the Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus for their “all you can eat” Pancake and Sausage Family Breakfast at St. Boniface Catholic Church. They will also have a “Big Hearts for Little Hearts” baby shower. It all gets under way at 9 a.m. They ask a donation of $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for kids under 12 with all proceeds benefitting the Heartbeat Pregnancy Center of Ottawa County.

Ida Rupp Library is now taking appointments for Thursdays and Fridays from Feb. 2 to April 6 for Free Tax Help. Specialists will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on those days to assist local taxpayers with their federal, state and local tax returns with special attention to those ages 60 and older. The volunteers are from the AARP Foundation in conjunction with the IRS. For an appointment, call 419-732-3212. All tax returns will be electronically filed.

The Ida Rupp Library has also cancelled the movie Mr. Popper’s Penguins to be shown on Friday, Feb. 3 because that is the night scheduled for the Harry Potter Universe Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! There will be authorized instructors to demonstrate the magic of Harry Potter to the “Muggles” of Ottawa County. The classes may include some interesting topics such as Herbology, Charms, Defense against the Black Arts, Wand Making, Potions and Astronomy. So, I guess … apologies go out to fans of Mr. Popper and his Penguins!

The United Way in Ottawa County is hosting their second annual Volleyball Challenge … a Family Fun Event that won’t be played by standard rules! It features OCTA and the OC Board of DD playing against Ottawa Residential Services, Inc. (hmmm, that means Bill Lowe is on the opposite side of the net from Stephanie Lowe). The “Match of the Century” is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. with a bad weather date of Feb. 16, also at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Port Clinton Middle School, 110 E. 4th St. They will have hot dogs, beverages, freshly popped popcorn and cookies! For more information contact Bobbi Beck at 567-262-3100.

You are invited to join the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council for a bus excursion to the Detroit Institute of Art to view the exhibit of Dutch Master Rembrandt’s finest paintings, prints and drawings that portray Jesus and events described in the New Testament of the Bible. The trip is Sunday, Feb. 5 leaving at 8 a.m. from the parking lot of Bassett’s Market. Cost of the trip is $48. For more information or to make reservations, contact Connie Peiffer at 419-345-5654 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thanks to a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation, the Musical Arts Series at Firelands Presbyterian Church will present the Terra Jazz Combo this Saturday, Jan. 28 at two senior communities in Ottawa County. At 1:30 p.m.they will perform at Edgewood Manor Nursing Care Center on Fulton Street in Port Clinton. Then at 3:15 they will perform at Otterbein North Shore Retirement Community on North Shore Blvd. just outside the gates of Lakeside. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

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