Ottawa County loses philanthropist, pioneer

John SchaffnerOne of Ottawa County’s true pioneers and philanthropists, Jack Schiller, passed away recently.
Schiller was truly an accomplished individual having served as a delegate of President Eisenhower for the People to People program and also served on trade missions to Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and China for Ohio Gov. Jim Rhodes.
About a year ago, he was named a Trustee Emeritus for the Ottawa County Community Foundation. He started his own Agri-business, Hayward and Company, in 1932. Jack was 103.

We officially broke a record on our website, In January, we had more than 83,000 visitors.
I would like to thank Roberta Redfern for coming in a couple of days a week the last month or so helping to edit The Beacon while Angie Zam was out on maternity leave. It was absolutely great though having Angie back at her desk today (Tuesday), even if it’s only for a little while. Her son, Gavin, is a real cutie!!!

Joan R. Jones of Catawba was selected as our “Find Wylie” winner last week. She found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for GSE Jewelers on page 2B last week. Joan wins a $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this 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

Wishing a Happy 50th wedding anniversary to Bob and Carol Mortus who celebrate tomorrow, Feb. 10. They are the paternal grandparents of 13 kids, including Caitlyn, the young lady recently featured in a national Women’s Magazine article. Caitlyn started the organization “Keeping Kids Connected” for young cancer patients around the world via laptop computers. The couple also had five children.

The “Have a Heart” Bake Sale for the Humane Society of Ottawa County is this Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Port Clinton Ace Hardware Store in the Port Clinton Plaza Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. With Valentine’s Day coming up there will be plenty of “sweets for your sweet” homemade by the Humane Society volunteers. While you are there you can do some hardware shopping also!

Spring tryouts for the boys’ Northern Ohio Buckeye Baseball Youth League will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Port Clinton High School Gymnasium from 1 to 4 p.m. These tryouts are for boys ages 13 and 14 as of April 30, for the spring league only. Their season runs from mid-April to early June. Forms are available at the Port Clinton Middle School Office or you can contact Sean Kelly at 419-304-7412 or e-mail Sean at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church has a very ambitions schedule of events with the Lenten season approaching. It begins on Sunday, Feb. 19, with Cheesefare/Forgiveness Sunday. They will have Regular Saturday and Sunday Services along with a Forgiveness Sunday Meatless Potluck Luncheon. On Monday, Feb. 20, there will be an Evening Prayer and Healing Service at 7 p.m. Each Wednesday evening during Lent, starting with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 22, there will be a Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts, a Lenten Supper and a Liturgy of Life Class. Finally, Sunday, Feb. 26, will be The Sunday of Orthodoxy — The Restoration of Holy Icons. The procession begins at 11:30 a.m. following the 10 a.m. Liturgy.

Speaking of Lent, the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus will once again be hosting their Lenten Fish Fry Dinners starting Friday, Feb. 24, through Friday, March 30, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Pollock Dinn n n n

As you can imagine after 29 years of publishing The Beacon, I have personally accumulated a lot of special recognition plaques. However, one of my proudest is my lifetime membership plaque from the PCHS National Championship DECA class of 1977. The Port Clinton High School DECA is hosting a special Alumni Dinner at Port Clinton Yacht Club on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. If you are a past PC DECA member and have not received an invitation, or need information, contact Brooke Rodwancy, Chapter President, at 419-376-9193. RSVPs are required by next Wednesday, Feb. 15.

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.

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