Fourth fireworks are fully funded

Great News…the Port Clinton Fourth of July Fireworks will be the “Full Monty” this year, thanks to the generosity of Ken and Gerri Gill. After the $500 gas card raffle hosted by Friendship Stores, the fund still came up short of their $8,000 goal by almost $1,300. Well, Ken and Gerri wrote them a check for $1,500 to cover the shortfall.

Usually in springtime, we all await the arrival of the robins, or even the buzzards. However, in Ottawa County, we await the arrival of the Mayflies! Some call them June Bugs, some call them Canadian Soldiers, but the “official” name is Mayflies. And Jeff Bugbee reported the first sighting of Mayflies on the porch of his home on E. Perry Street in Port Clinton.

Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Robert Hartman who was one of 125 entries who found our friendly fish hiding in Young’s Carpet One ad on page 7A in last week’s Beacon. Robert 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,

This Wednesday Mon Ami Restaurant and Winery is hosting a unique event. It’s “Seniors Gone Wild” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. They are bringing in an incredible “Doo-Wop” band to help folks relive the great music of the 1950s and early 1960s. There is a $5 cover charge. However, if you mention at the door that you read this in The Beacon, you get in FREE! Sounds like a lot of fun!

We have made some really interesting changes to our Website, Our editor, Donna Lueke, is updating it continually. We have also added some interesting new pages in our “Marketplace” section. You can personally check out the local inventory of both homes and vehicles of our advertising customers. On the Real Estate page, under the Marketplace tab, just click on any of the ad banners and it will take you straight to their websites with virtual tours of every home. Neat, eh?

The Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will hold their 76th Annual Banquet at Catawba Island Club next Thursday, May 16, with social hour starting at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. Call or e-mail the Chamber office to make reservations.

The folks at Rite Aid are hosting a very special Mother’s Day Spaghetti Dinner this Saturday, May 11, from 4-7 p.m. at Catawba Island Community Hall, 3307 Northwest Catawba Rd. They will be serving salad, spaghetti, bread, deserts and drinks. Adults may dine for just $8, and children 12 and under for just $6. There will be a big door prize and a silent auction. All the money raised goes to the Children’s Miracle Network.

I got a call this week from Pat True, who now lives in Aiken, South Carolina. Her husband Bud True passed away over the winter months, and they have scheduled a special Memorial Service for Bud on Saturday, May 18, at Firelands Presbyterian Church on East Harbor Rd. east of Port Clinton at 11 a.m.

Lakevue Marina off North Shore Blvd in Marblehead is holding a Kayak Demo Day to benefit the Humane Society of Ottawa County on Sunday, June 2, starting at 11 a.m. It will be a fun day to try every kayak in their fleet. You can peddle, paddle, sail and fish with their kayaks. Representatives from Hobie Kayak will be on hand to answer questions. They will also be serving brats and hot dogs. For more information, call Jodie at 419-297-6477 or Tony at 419-798-5221.

The Port Clinton Lions Club will be holding a chicken Barbecue with Barbecue Traveler on Saturday, May 18 at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton at the front parking lot. They will serve from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or until they are sold out. Advance tickets are $7.50 or $8.50 at the park on Chicken Day. For an advance ticket see any Lions Club member or call Lion Patty Howell at 419-734-2308.

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.

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