Delightful spring days have arrived

Performing their last recital as students of The Ballet School are seniors (Left to Right): Allison Long, Katelyn Apple, Laura Masimore, Caitlin Behrens, and Mary Margaret Young. Performing their last recital as students of The Ballet School are seniors (Left to Right): Allison Long, Katelyn Apple, Laura Masimore, Caitlin Behrens, and Mary Margaret Young.


The Ballet School, under the direction of Mary Ann Snider, presents The Wizard of Oz at the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center this Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Mary Ann’s dance students perform this beloved story of a young girl from Kansas that gets caught in a tornado and ends up “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in the Land of Oz. The dancers are age 3 through high school. Tickets are $8 and will be available for purchase at the door.


After a cold and rainy early spring season, the weather this week has been nothing short of delightful. I hope you have enjoyed it, because I know that I certainly have! 

Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Chuck Kurtz who was one of 125 entries who found our friendly fish hiding in Destination Designs ad on page 4A in last week’s Beacon. Chuck 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, 

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly “Business After Hours” networking event this evening (Thursday, May 2) at the Ottawa County Water Treatment Plant on W. Fremont Road from 5-7. 

We sure seem to be getting a lot of info coming out of Oak Harbor, which I really appreciate. First, the Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus will conduct their annual Measure Up Campaign at Oak Harbor Community Market this weekend, raising funds that will provide programs and services for folks with developmental disabilities. This is the flagship charity for the Knights of Columbus. 

The Oak Harbor Apple Festival Royalty will be hosting a “Quartermania” fundraiser this Sunday, May 5 at the VFW/Community Market Hall, 251 W. Main Street in Oak Harbor. Doors open at 12:15 and admission is $5 and includes 2 paddles. Over 20 direct sales vendors will be on hand for this fun-filled afternoon. Food and beverages will be serviced. 

Finally, St Paul United Church of Christ, 165 Toussaint St. in Oak Harbor, will host a Rummage Sale this Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everything will be half price after 1 p.m. They will have food for purchase including Papa Murphy’s Pizza. For more information, call Jackie Timmons at 419-898-2045, especially if you have items to donate. 

From Wall Street to Main Street: Myths, Miscues and Investment Fundamentals will be a program presented this coming Tuesday, May 7, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton. Alison Falls, a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the CFA Institute will conduct the program. Alison will demystify the financial pundits and, in plain language, highlight investment fundamentals such as: Asset Allocation, Diversification, Risk and Return and Market Volatility. For more information, call the Library at 419-732-3221. 

The Catawba Island Garden Club will hold their annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at John Braun Park located just north of Cemetery Rd. off State Route 53 (NE Catawba Rd.). There will be perennials from members’ gardens along with annuals, bulbs, gardening items for children and adults, assorted raffle items and the sale of home baked goods. Proceeds from the sale go toward community projects. 

The Lake Plaines Barbershop Chorus, who has a good number of its members hailing from Ottawa County, is planning an open house this Monday evening, May 6, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 1200 Van Buren Street in Fostoria from 7:30 to 9:30. Ladies are also welcome to come and hear them sing. 

I enjoy bringing you truly joyous news. Jeremy Miller, son of Ron and Debbie Miller, Marblehead residents and owners of Our Guest Inn and Suites in Port Clinton, will be ordained a Catholic Priest on Saturday, June 22. He will celebrate his first Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marblehead the next day on Sunday, June 23. Jeremy is another “Son of Xavier”!

Vicky Avery lost her husband, Richard “Corky” Avery, her home and all her possessions last week in a fire. Her friends have set up an account on her behalf at Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union. To make a contribution to The Avery Family Fund, stop in at either the Port Clinton branch at 1711 W. Fremont Rd. or the Oak Harbor branch at 1016 State Route 19. 

The friendly folks at Salvation Army’s Ottawa County Service Unit are looking for Bell Ringers for Christmas in July. There are openings on Friday through Sunday, July 19-21 and again Friday through Sunday, July 26-28. To volunteer, call Maureen Saponari at 419-732-2769 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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