'Last shot' story prompts look at facility's first shot

Paul KrofftLast week we ran the story about “The Last Shot” at the Port Clinton Middle School Gym/Auditorium. That got local historian Lock Zeis going and he went back into the archives of the Ottawa County Museum and pulled out an article in the Port Clinton Herald from Dec. 16, 1937, highlighting the FIRST GAME at what was then the brand new high school gym/auditorium! It was a 22-8 Port Clinton victory over Oak Harbor and drew a crowd of nearly 1,000 people. The player of the game was Gene Bolte, who replaced “Big Jim Sims” at center and was a rebounding machine.

“On nearly every play he was taking the ball from the backboards to help break up an intended Oak Harbor offense or aid in the taking possession of the ball for Port Clinton.”
That team was coached by Art Burholt, who was one of the men of Tank Company C who didn’t return from the Philippines in World War II. That first game was played nearly 55 years ago.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Paul Krofft who celebrated his 94th birthday recently with family and friends at Edgewood Manor. Paul had several pieces of his favorite angel food cake, and received cards from as far away as Hawaii. Paul was a longtime servant of the people of Port Clinton, having served many years on City Council. He also did an extensive stint as President of Council.

Absolutely mark down next Friday, Feb. 24, on your calendar! The Port Clinton Kiwanis Club is hosting a Friday Night Fever Disco Night at Nick’s Roadhouse. Dig it? They’ll bring back all those far out tunes and threads of the 1970s (I can’t find my leisure suit) as a fundraiser for the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund to help those groovy PC and Danbury high school students with their college costs. The price is $10 (adults only). So put on your “boogie shoes” and DJ Ice will play the music that will make you “Do the Hustle” all night long … actually from 7 to 11 p.m. Everybody is invited!

The Port Clinton Elk’s Lodge is holding a special Italian dinner this Saturday evening. They are asking Lodge members to bring in their Ohio Elks Association Cerebral Palsy boxes full of money, and receive a free meal! One box per meal! It is from 5 to 9 p.m. this Saturday.

The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton. The program led by Maryanne Laubner will be a review of internet sites which are most helpful for family searches. Those who would like to begin their family search are especially invited. For information, call 419-798-9307.

Spring tryouts for the boys’ Northern Ohio Buckeye Baseball Youth League will be held this 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, 2012, 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 the Lenten Fish Fry Dinners starting Friday, Feb. 24, through Friday, March 30, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Pollock Dinners are $10 per person and the Lake Erie Perch or Shrimp Dinners are $13.50.

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, February 25 from 4-7 p.m. If you are a past PC DECA member and have not received an invitation, or need more information, please contact Brooke Rodwancy, Chapter President, at 419-376-9193. RSVPs are required by next Wednesday, Feb. 15.

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