The field is getting crowded for the various Congressional races this coming November. Actually, there will be an important Primary election in March, just a month away. We received word that a Put-in-Bay woman, Donna Glisman, has thrown her hat in the ring to run for the United States Senate. She is holding a “Meet & Greet” on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Carroll Township Hall, 11080 W. Toussaint East Road north of Oak Harbor. I have no idea if she is an “R” or a “D”!
Congratulations to Barbara Monak of Marblehead. Her last day on the job at Ottawa County Job and Family Services was Tuesday, Jan. 31 after 20 years on the job.
Melanie Carrisales of Port Clinton was selected as our “Find Wylie” winner this week. She found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for WPCR on page 3B last week. Melanie 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 www.thebeacon.net.
Trinity United Church of Christ in Elliston is celebrating their 150th year of worship throughout the year of 2012. The church will be honored during the “Country Church Salute” segment of the weekly Saturday morning agricultural program, “U.S. Farm Report” this weekend, Feb. 4 & 5. The program airs locally on Saturday mornings at 5 a.m. on Channel 13 in Toledo.
The Red Cross Bloodmobile makes a return engagement in Ottawa County this coming Monday, Feb. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 122 W. Ottawa St. in Oak Harbor. So, take a little time out of your day on Monday and give the gift of life to a total stranger. You’ll feel better when you do!
Two weeks ago, in my story about world renowned sailor Gary Jobson coming to speak at Catawba Island Club, I noted that he had worked with Jim Kelly (a.k.a. Jim Scroggs), who began his career here in Port Clinton at WRWR. First, Jim Kelly is now semi-retired and was meeting up with Jobson in San Diego this weekend. Kelly lives in Park City, Utah now. I also got a call last week from Frank Kekes, who was on the staff at WRWR back in the mid 1960s, along with Mike Kellogg.
Danbury Elementary School is holding its annual Scholastic Book Fair starting this Monday, Feb. 6 through Friday, Feb. 10. They have a Hawaiian theme this year, “Book Fair Luau! It’s A Reading Celebration!” The community is invited to visit and experience the event that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encouraging kids to read every day so they can lead better lives! Shopping hours are from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be special Family Nights on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
We have a couple of Middle School basketball teams from our area who are doing quite well right now. First, the Oak Harbor girls 7th grade team is 14-0 at last report after wins over Edison and Huron. Their top players are Emma Barney, Madison Rathbun, Emma Bergman, Alexa Weis, Ema Barton, Taylor Dunn, Barb Redfern, Savannah Cervantez, Mackenzie Auger and Faith Konieczny. Also, the Port Clinton boys 7th and 8th grade teams have both gone through their seasons with only one loss, so look out varsity for the seasons 2015-16-17! However, the Port Clinton girls 7th grade team, under the direction of Greg Hedden, has struggled mightily this year. None of their players ever played in 5th or 6th grade, so Greg had to start from scratch! They have had some pretty one-sided games this year, but are getting better with every game!
The Ida Rupp Library has cancelled the movie Mr. Popper’s Penguins which was to be shown this 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!
Elizabeth “Betty” Hrupcho will be celebrating her 95th birthday on Friday, Feb. 17 at Edgewood Manor in Port Clinton. Her niece, Annie Chimo, is asking all of her friends to send her special birthday cards for the occasion. A nice card shower would make this a very special birthday celebration.
Also celebrating a birthday soon is Paul N. Krofft, of Port Clinton, who will turn 94 on Feb. 4. Paul, a former city councilman who was heavily involved with the police and sheriff’s departments, is now living at Edgewood Nursing Home on Fulton Street, and wanted everyone in his lifelong city to know where he is!
Ida Rupp Library is now taking appointments for Thursdays and Fridays from now 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 ware from the AARP Foundation in conjunction with the IRS. For an appointment, call 419-732-3212. All tax returns will be electronically filed.
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.