Last week we told you about the PORTS Committee and their activity preparing the way for the arrival of two Tall Ships on Aug. 29 and the following Labor Day Weekend. It has been my honor to work on this committee planning Port Clinton’s activities for that very special weekend. We had another planning meeting on Monday and the committee’s treasurer, Dave Mehl, announced that, through sponsorships and donations, the Committee has now raised nearly $42,000 for the effort. They just completed the Tall Ships weekend in Duluth, MN, and nearly 100,000 people showed up to view the boats. It is all part of the bi-centennial celebration of the naval victory of the American Fleet led by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry in September of 1813, and 16 tall ships will be visiting a number of ports around the western basin of Lake Erie over Labor Day weekend.
Congratulations to Zach Baugh who will be receiving his Eagle Scout Award this Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Port Clinton at 2 p.m. His project was the new gazebo at the pond by the Catawba Township Building. He built it in honor of his late grandfather, Bob Johnston. Doris Johnston, our former receptionist and next-door neighbor, along with Bob, sent me the info on Zach, the son of Bob’s daughter Chris and Brian Baugh. Also, speaking of the Johnston family, Doris and Bob’s oldest son, Jeff, who lives in the Columbus area, recently sold his business, Definitive Homecare Solutions Ltd. to Mediware. Definitive Homecare Solutions is a specialized software company. Jeff was a 1979 graduate of Port Clinton High School. Bob would be a proud grandfather and papa!!!
Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Joyce Bremyer of Catawba who was one of 97 individuals who confirmed that we forgot to hide our friendly fish in last week’s Beacon. Joyce, therefore, 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 website, www.thebeacon.net.
The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Unit would like to thank our local community, NWO Toledo Salvation Army and “weekenders” for their generosity during the Christmas in July campaign July 19th – 28th. Once again, the staff and volunteers at our ringing sites (Bassett’s, Community Market, Put in Bay and Jet Express) made this campaign a success by helping raise $8,011.23. Thanks to all involved!!! A big thank you to the Jet Express for donating round trip tickets to the volunteers ringing at Put-in-Bay. Catawba Moorings (Dockers with Donations) once again stepped up to the plate as they managed to collect 2 heaping shopping carts full of non-perishable items and collect $1,136 in their kettle! The Port Clinton Salvation Army Service Unit is currently accepting applications for our Tools for School Program. If you would like to make a donation to any of The Salvation Army-Ottawa County Programs, please call Director, Maureen Saponari at 419-732-2769.
The 5th Annual Chemo Pub-Crawl will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10. The “crawl” starts at OurGuest Inn at 220 E. Perry Street and goes to the area’s top pubs, including: The Bait House, McCarthy’s, Madison St. Pub, Rosie’s Kokomo Bay, and the Jet Express Bar. Afterward, they will have a “Celebration of Life” at OurGuest Inn from 8-11. For more information, call OurGuest Inn at 419-734-7111 or go to their Web Site at www.pcchemocrawl.com. Also that day, they will have a Duck Drop starting at 11 a.m. You can purchase a Duck Ticket for $10 each which gives you either a round trip ferry ticket on the Miller Ferry or a day pass to Monsoon Lagoon. You can purchase your tickets at OurGuest Inn or Mutach’s Market.
Reservations for the upcoming Business Over Breakfast Networking Session are due by Friday, August 2. The breakfast will be on Thursday, August 8 at 7:30 a.m. at the VFW Memorial Hall in Oak Harbor. It is a great opportunity to network and learn some interesting information about the business world and issues that affect every small business. The Speaker will be Mani James from the Ohio Attorney Generals Office, speaking on Consumer Law updates and what it means for your business. Member cost for each session is $10 per person. As an added incentive, members who attend 3 of the 4 sessions each calendar year will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the Oak Harbor Chamber Annual Dinner Meeting AND a $10 Oak Harbor Chamber gift certificate!
While we are on the topic of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the next downtown Semi-Annual Village-wide Garage Sale Days will be Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23 and 24. A complete list of sales will be available at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce at the Oak Harbor Public Library or online at www.oakharborohio.net starting Aug. 21. For more information, call Valerie Winterfield at the Chamber at 419-898-0479.
Next Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 12 Noon, Otterbein North Shore retirement community is hosting a special “Lunch and Learn” session. The subject will be “Financial Myth Busters about Senior Living. If you would like to attend this program, RSVP to Otterbein by Friday, Aug. 2, by calling 419-798-8250.