I sure hope the Good Lord has turned off the spigot for a while! Over 7 inches of rain fell in June and at least 2-3 inches fell the first 10 days of July! We need some nice weather! The competitors at Camp Perry I am sure would appreciate it as well. I attended another impressive First Shot ceremony out there on Monday morning, always impressive and with the added presence of the B-25 owned by the Aviation Museum doing fly-bys. Camp Perry is a treasure. It was also great news to hear that those awful huts are going to be torn down and replaced with something much nicer. I was 16 when I worked for the summer there, and cleaned every one of those huts. Two cots on a concrete floor! $3-million ought to help that situation out a lot!
For you Garage Sale mavens, this weekend is for you, and Marblehead is the place to be. The Marblehead Merchants Group is sponsoring Yard Sales this Saturday, July 13. Many of the merchants there will be setting up a great shopping experience outside along Main Street. If you would like to get a space, call Connie at PC Antiques at 419-798-1400. If you get there early, stop in at the new Victory Café, Marblehead’s new coffee shop at 724 Main Street. Then head over to Johnson’s Island for their Annual All Island Garage Sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be household items, marine items, clothing, tools and more. About 40 family locations are participating. You really can’t go wrong!
Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Lila Hohenfeld of Marblehead who was one of 188 individuals who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport on page 5A in last week’s Beacon. Lila wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores as well as a new prize, a beautiful decorative nautical floor mat from “Capn’s Custom Carpets” at Fort Firelands. 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.
The Great Ottawa County Fair opens Monday at the Fairgrounds on SR 163 between Oak Harbor and Port Clinton. Mike Libben called to let us know that State Senator Randy Gardner will be visiting the Fair on Monday, July 16, at the Lions Club Shelter beginning at 6 p.m. to talk informally to his constituents. The Fair will run through Sunday, July 21.
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring the bell for their “Christmas in July” Red Kettle Campaign. This community event will take place on July 19, 20 and 21 as well as July 26, 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be several kettle sites set up with volunteers needed for each site. The participating sites are Community Market in Port Clinton, Bassett’s Market and the Jet Express at both Port Clinton and Put-in-Bay locations. All proceeds help support the mission of the Port Clinton Salvation Army Service Unit. If you are interested or would like to make a donation, call Maureen Saponari at 419-732-2769. Their office is located at the Sutton Center on the east edge of Port Clinton.
As we have stated before, we have a lot of new businesses opening up this summer. I stopped in for a visit the other day to the Victory Café, 724 Main Street in Marblehead. Great coffee and pastries! They are getting ready to introduce a lot of really different Panini sandwich offerings. They are open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day with coffee, lattes, mochas, smoothies, sodas, tea, lemonade, juices, as well as bagels, muffins, cookies and croissants. Stop in and check ‘em out!
The Beacon is the Signature Sponsor for a brand new Golf Tournament event. We are sponsoring the 2013 Ottawa County Open, which will be held over two days, July 20 and 21, at Catawba Island Club and Oak Harbor Golf Club. Participants must live, work, or be a member of a golf course/Club in Ottawa County. Net division participants must have a USGA Ghin Handicap. There will be flights for Men, Senior Men, and Ladies. The first round is Saturday morning, July 20 at Oak Harbor. The second round will be Sunday afternoon at CIC followed by an Awards Banquet. The entry fee is $125 per player which includes golf, cart, range balls each day, Saturday lunch, Sunday Awards dinner, a tee gift and trophies for all winners and runner-ups. Deadline for entry is July 17. For more information, call either golf course. There is a signup sheet located in Section B of The Beacon again this week.
The Second Annual Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary Poker Run will be held on Saturday, July 27. The ride begins at Mad River Harley Davidson with registration beginning at 10 a.m. It’s $15 per person or $25 per couple to participate. The ride ends at Excuses Lounge in Sandusky. Cars and trucks are also welcome. The event benefits ISHAS and the Erie County Humane Society.
Amateur Performers are needed for the Marblehead International Festival on August 17. For more information, call Tomi Johnson at 419-798-5132.