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4th of July is next Thursday, so we have some early deadlines at The Beacon for next week’s edition. We pretty much have to have all material by Friday at 4 p.m. Information for our Coastlines supplement needs to be to us today, Thursday, June 27.

You will have to excuse me if I sound a little tired! We just executed a spectacular Catawba/Marblehead Parade of Homes Tour on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, we had 25 teams participate in the Materion Chick Schaffner Memorial Charity Golf Classic…an all day event which we sponsor also. However, both events came off like clockwork and we had over 200 people tour just about every home on the Tour. Great Job to all involved!

For those of you on Facebook (which is probably just about everybody reading this) The Beacon is now posting updates there three times a day. Please “Like” us on Facebook when you see our updates, or “friend” us. We are also updating our website, www.thebeacon.net just about as often. Reading The Beacon online is like getting a daily “all local” newspaper. It is also an easy way for our “part time” residents to stay in touch with what is happening in our local area during the week, prior to coming up for the weekend. Stay connected…get the latest news at www.thebeacon.net.

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Jerry Rooney of Rocky River who was one of 132 individuals who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for The Catawba/Marblehead Parade of Homes on page 8C in last week’s Beacon. Jerry wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll definitely 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. 

Our new intern, Jasmine Cupp, is giving a presentation on photography this evening (Thursday, June 27) at 7 p.m. at Ida Rupp Public Library. Jasmine’s presentation is part of the Greater Port Clinton Area Artists’ Art Walk. 

The Erie Township Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their 45th Annual Chicken & Ribs Barbecue this Sunday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fire Hall in LaCarne, between Port Clinton and Oak Harbor on State Route 163. A chicken dinner is just $8, while a Ribs dinner is $12. We believe that any time we can help out ANY of Ottawa County’s dedicated 1st Responders, we ought to do it!

Congratulations to a couple of new businesses opening up in Downtown Port Clinton. First, congratulations go out to Kelley Rigoni and her Hot Shots Photgraphic Studios on Madison Street. Another new business on Madison Street is Cakery’s Bakery, where “Life is Sweet”! Their official grand opening and ribbon cutting at 109 Madison Street is this Monday, July 1, at Noon. They will have free samples and a gift certificate drawing. 

That familiar drone of the Ford Tri-Motor will once again be heard overhead from July 4-10 when we can all take a step back in time in one of the world’s first mass produced airliners. The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has two Ford Tri-Motors touring the country, one of which will once again call the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport on State Rd. east of Port Clinton home for a week. Rides will be available daily…$75 for adults and $50 for children. Discounts are available by booking in advance. Call 1-877-952-1247 or go online to www.flytheford.org. 

Port Clinton High School is hosting the 2013 Port Clinton Open Tennis Tournament this weekend, June 29 and 30. Cost of the Tournament is $15 per player, plus one can of tennis balls for one event or $25 per player for two events plus one can of tennis balls. There is a 2-match guarantee. A registration form can be picked up at the main office at Port Clinton High School or downloaded at www.leaguelineup.com/pcopen. Deadline for entering is this Monday, June 24. For more information call 419-202-2671. 

Friday, July 5, the Peninsula CCL is having a fundraiser featuring Barbecue Traveler’s Chicken Dinners. It will be at Jamestown Tavern in Marblehead from 4-7 p.m. Half Chicken Dinners are $9 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. They have a limited number of tickets, so get yours in advance by calling Jennifer Newman at 419-341-9825 or Julie Oglesbee at 419-340-0827. 

Congratulations to Jessica Warns of Oak Harbor who was named to the Dean’s List at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. 

The 7th Annual Magruder Hospital Auxiliary Golf Classic “Golfing for the Goal” will be held on Monday, July 15, at Catawba Island Club’s spectacular links. The event is a 4-person scramble with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at the course from 11:30 to 12:45. Dinner and awards will be held following golf that day. The fee is just $130 per person for the 4-person scramble, which includes 2 drink tickets. Magruder is using the funds raised at the golf outing this year to help fund the current renovations in “1-South”. This area mainly serves cancer patients, creating a better overall environment for them to receive care and for family members who wait during extended treatment times. For more information call the Hospital at 419-734-3131 and ask for Lis Brand. 

Amateur Performers are needed for the Marblehead International Festival on August 17. For more information, call Tomi Johnson at 419-798-5132.

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