The Tall Ships are just a few weeks away

The P.O.R.T.S. Committee has been working tirelessly in Port Clinton on the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial, which is approaching very quickly. Volunteers are needed to make this a successful “Event to Remember”. Kim Boyle gave me a copy of the Port Clinton Herald from September of 1962 when the local Jaycees promoted the Sesquicentennial of the Battle. With two tall ships coming to Port Clinton and one going to Catawba, and several at Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass, the number of people visiting our neck of the woods on Labor Day weekend will be huge! If you would like to volunteer, contact Mike Snider at 419-734-0515 e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Debbie Hymore-Tester at 419-341-0378 e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This Friday, July 26, Otterbein North Shore Lifestyle Community will host a free “Happy Hour” concert on the front lawn at their facility on North Shore Blvd. just outside the west gate of Lakeside. The public is invited to come and enjoy the groovin’ tunes of Ron Howard. The concert will be held rain or shine from 4:30 to 6 p.m. so bring your lawn chair and enjoy. Appetizers will be served while they last. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Jeanne Smith of Port Clinton who was one of 281 individuals who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Ohler & Holzhauer on page 2A in last week’s Beacon. Jeanne wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores as well as 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 web Site,

The Bloodmobile will be back in Ottawa County for a number of upcoming visits. On Tuesday, July 30, they will be at the Put-in-Bay Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Next Thursday, Aug. 1, they will be at the Community Market VFW Hall in Oak Harbor from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Also that same day they will be at the Port Clinton Schools Summer Pint-Size Heroes at the Holiday Inn Express on SR 53 just north of SR 163. 

The Marblehead Bank is featuring The Twisted Sister Gallery with displays in the lobby of their branch office located on Bridge Road during regular business hours now through Aug. 2. The Twisted Sister Gallery is a collaboration of Donna Schoonmaker and Sheri Warner and is located at 318 W. Main Street in Marblehead. The Marblehead Bank has established this marketing program to provide opportunity for area businesses to promote their business and display their wares. Neat idea! Interested businesses can call Marblehead Bank’s Lori Fletcher or Sheila Carr at 419-732-6263. There is no charge for this unique display service. 

The next downtown Oak Harbor Farmers’ Market will be held this Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Log Cabin Park on North Church Street. Along with farm fresh produce, farm market vendors can also provide quality poultry products, fresh baked goods, herbs, fresh cut flowers, all types of plants, fruit, cider, hand-made crafts, garden décor, antiques, art, music, jewelry and gourmet food items. If you are interested in being a vendor, call the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce at 419-8898-0479 or visit their website for an application at 

The Second Annual Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary Poker Run will be held this 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. 

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 this weekend, 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, 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. 

Oh yes, it is class reunion time again. The Port Clinton High School class of 1978 will be holding its 35 year reunion on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 & 11. Friday night they will be gathering at Dock’s Beach House while the official reunion will be at Port Clinton Yacht Club on Saturday evening. Contact information on class members can be e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Danbury High School Class of 1988 will be holding its 25 year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 17. They are, of course, looking for classmates they have lost track of over the years. Any member of that class who wants more info on the reunion, contact Robert Lenthe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Speaking of Reunions, it’s hard to believe that the Standard Products plant in Port Clinton has been closed for 20 years. The annual reunion for all past union and salary personnel of Standard Products will be held on Saturday, Aug. 31 starting at 1 p.m. at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton. Participants can bring a covered dish to share. Meat, utensils and some beverages are provided. No alcoholic beverages are allowed at the park. For more information, call Arlene at 419-732-2375.

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