I got to fly the Ford Tri-Motor last Friday. Not THE Ford Tri-Motor, but the flight simulator at the Liberty Air Museum. I got the plane up and down safely from Carl Keller field to the Put-in-Bay airport. However, we did a hop to Kelleys Island and my landing there wasn’t so smooth. As they say, any landing you walk away from is a good landing!!! The simulators, including one for the P-51 Mustang, will be at the Museum through this coming weekend. Check ‘em out!
Want to win a $500 gas card? The Port Clinton 4th of July Committee is partnering with Friendship Food Stores for the month of April at both their stations in the PC area, 1810 E. Perry Street and 3800 State Road. They will be selling raffle tickets with the winner getting a grand prize of $500 gas card. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the 2013 4th of July celebration in Port Clinton. You can purchase your tickets for $1 each of 6 for $5 at any of the stores or you can contact Mike and Mary Ann Snider or Debbie Hymore Tester. The drawing will be May 1. Good luck.
Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Wendy Cortez of Erie Township. She was one of 102 entries who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Treva’s Pet Grooming on page 11A in last week’s Beacon. Wendy 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.
Last week, we also lost another good friend. R. Neil Merckens, the longtime publisher of the Peninsula News and Republican Political Activist, passed away last week. Neil and Rosemary were fixtures on the peninsula. We spoke many times about the publishing business over the years. His ideas on community publishing and mine have always been very similar. I will miss him.
Don’t forget the benefit for local troubadour Ronnie Howard this Sunday at Cleats in Marblehead. Ronnie, the lead singer for the band Cruisin’ lost his van and all of his equipment in a fire several weeks ago. The benefit will be this 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!
It’s “Quarter Mania”, an afternoon of fun, food and raffles at the Bay Township Fire Hall, 4471 W. Fremont Rd., this Sunday, April 7. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. with the “Mania” getting started at 2 p.m. $5 gets you 1 paddle to bid on items. Additional paddles will be available for $1 each. Bring your quarters! For more information, contact Tina Veverka at 419-704-3335.
Interested in gardening but you don’t have the space? Come to the Beech Street Park Community Garden at 3rd and Beech Streets on Port Clinton’s east side on Thursday, April 25, at 10 a.m. to learn about organic gardening. If you can’t make it, call Dave Mehl at 419-206-0482 for more information about a 4’ x 8’ raised bed for 2013. Beds are available to any Port Clinton City resident.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will speak on Voter Fraud next Thursday evening, April 11, at Anjulina’s Banquet Hall, 2270 W. Hayes Ave. (Rt. 6). This event is co-sponsored by the Ottawa and Sandusky County Women’s Clubs. Social Hour starts at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $30 per person. Reservations must be made by this Friday, April 5, by calling Karen Crall at 419-797-9099.
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.