Did you hear about popular local singer Ron Howard? Ronnie is the lead singer in the band Cruisin’ and does other performance gigs as well. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, his auto caught fire and he lost everything, I mean everything. He lost the car, which also had all of his sound equipment inside of it. Then he found out his wife forgot to update their insurance premium and voila!!! … no insurance! Well, the good folks at Cleats on the way to Marblehead are holding a benefit for Ronnie on Sunday, April 7 from 1-5 p.m. Tickets are $25 for a special buffet meal and are available at Cleats, Minuteman Press and at The Beacon. That afternoon you can hear Cruisin’, Colin Dussault, Smooth Groove and more. Definitely worth the price of admission.
We were saddened to learn of the deaths of a couple of very lovely ladies in our community this week. First, Helen Grummel passed away last week. She was a school teacher for life, and I got to know her quite well back in the 1970s when her son-in-law, Denny Kersten, coached the Oak Harbor Wrestling team, starting the dynasty that we know today. She and her husband bought Gem Beach Marina about that time, which is still owned and operated by the Grummel family, Helen’s son Jack and his wife Ginger. Megan (Jack and Ginger’s daughter) Lovett also works there with her husband Steve. Also, the infamous lady who was a fixture at local Happy Hours, Miss Pat, passed away over the weekend. She was just a wisp of a lady, but always had a hug for me. I know this much, she enjoyed her life right up to the end.
Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Mark Miesler of Port Clinton. He was one of 114 entries who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Baumann’s Auto Center on page 8B in last week’s Beacon. Mark 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.
The Port Clinton Easter Egg Hunt will be held this Saturday, March 30, starting at 10 a.m. on the Courthouse lawn. All youngsters ages 12 months to 10 years are invited to this event sponsored by the Port Clinton Parks and Recreation Department and Champions for Children. For more information, contact Jenn Porter at City Hall at 419-734-5522, Extension 8.
I received a lovely note last week from Mary Monak, a regular contributor for The Beacon, with her dedicated publicity for the Marblehead VFW Post. She said she thought of me during a prayer session recently. I could always use a few extra prayers out there. Anyway, she told me the story of her husband Dan who still holds State records for longest return of a pass interception against Port Clinton almost 60 years ago. The game was one-sided with PC holding a 41-0 lead and driving for a score when they arrived on the 8 yard line and attempted a pass into the end zone. Dan picked it off three yards deep and headed the other way, scoring the Stonecrushers’ only TD of the day. Dan’s 103 yard interception return still ranks in the top 10 in Ohio High School football history. The story made my day. I love it when I learn something I didn’t know before.
Mary Alice and I were able to stop for a short time at the Burgers, Brownies and Beer Benefit for Lynn Domokos, the manager at OurGuest Inn and Suites downtown last Saturday. Lynn has been stricken by a debilitating disease that has eaten up just about all of the family savings. Next up will be a Reverse Raffle for Lynn and family is a Reverse Raffle and tickets are now on sale at OurGuest Inn and Suites for $20 each. The family will get $5,000 and the winners will get $3,000 with a $1,500 first prize, a $1,000 second prize and a $500 third prize. The drawing will be held at the Pancake Breakfast being held for Lynn at the Port Clinton Elks Lodge. For more information, call OurGuest Inn and Suites at 419-734-7111.
Fine Art Creations for Community Causes will hold their Grand Opening at 136 W. Water Street in downtown Oak Harbor this Friday, March 29 at 11 a.m. The new business is owned by Jackie Bodnar and they are currently open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fine Art Creations houses watercolor, oil and photography and they also accept art on consignment. Their ribbon cutting ceremony will be this Friday, March 29, at 11 a.m.
We are fortunate to have several local folks who are members of the Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus. They will hold their annual Concert at Fostoria High School on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and can probably be purchased at Split Winds Gallery on North Madison Street in Port Clinton. Their website is www.lakeplainschorus.com.
The Book Exchange Book Club meets the third Monday of every month at the store located at 136 Madison Street in downtown Port Clinton. April’s selection is Sue Miller’s book, “While I was Gone”, an Oprah Book Club selection.
We have recently updated and upgraded our website, www.thebeacon.net. In the past few weeks, we have worked closely with our webmaster Paul Wallen, our editor Donna Lueke and our graphic design staff to make it a priority to keep our website current, not just once a week, but every day. Every day we are sent or informed about breaking news. Some of it is big news, some of it isn’t. However, it is all local news about local people, places and events. There is no longer a need to wait for your newspaper to arrive in your driveway. You can get local news updates and fresh photos every day, 24/7 on www.thebeacon.net. Check us out. We hope you will be pleasantly surprised.
As you all know, this is Easter Weekend, the most holy of holidays in the Christian world, celebrating the resurrection of a man named Jesus, who was put to death by crucifixion, and rose three days later to prove to the world that he was, in fact, the Son of God. It is also the feast of Passover celebrated in the Jewish world which goes all the way back to the days of Moses in Egypt before he led his people out of slavery. Let us all take the time to worship this weekend. It’s not just about the Easter bunny and Easter eggs. It’s about something more important than that.