Gem Beach, Warbirds and Tall Ships, oh my!

I would like to echo the sentiments expressed by Kathy Jo Schweitzer in her Sound Off letter of last week. For one week, could all of Port Clinton’s residents take down their signs regarding Waterworks Park? It is just for 5 days, Aug. 29 through Sept. 2. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that we will be entertaining literally thousands of visitors who will be coming to see the Tall Ships docked at Waterworks Park. They will be coming through Port Clinton from the Sutton Center parking lot mainly, therefore what they need to see is all of the beautiful homes along Perry Street without cluttering up the view with political signs.

The second of three big weekends has arrived at Carl Keller Field otherwise known as the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can witness some of the most incredible electronically controlled airplanes flying over the airfield. The event is titled “Warbirds Over Port Clinton” with many of the model airplanes having been modeled after the great airplanes of World War I and II as well as newer…yes, even jets! Admission is $7, with kids 14 and under and WWII vets getting in for free. Your admission will also gain you access to the Liberty Aviation Museum. Of Course, next weekend, the traveling museum for the Tuskegee Airmen will be at the airport from Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 29-Sept. 1. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Karen Terry of Marblehead who was one of 166 individuals who found our friendly fish in the ad for Bassett’s Market on page 3A in last week’s Beacon. Karen 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, 

I recently wrote the text of a promotion ad for The Beacon. Here it is: With the Cleveland Plain Dealer pulling back newspaper distribution to 3 days per week, and rumors abounding in regards to several area publications, I feel somebody ought to speak up on behalf of newspapers, at least community newspapers like ours. Over the last 15 years, since the proliferation of the internet, paid circulation newspapers have seen their subscriptions drop dramatically, up to 8% per year. That is why you hear people say “Newspapers are dead”! That’s the bad news. The good news is FREE community newspapers like ours have had ZERO reduction in circulation and readership. Our latest audit just completed shows that nearly 80% of the households who get The Beacon READ The Beacon…AND is read by over 2 people per household. Meanwhile, our website just keeps getting better and better, updated every day, sometimes several times a day with new and fresh community news items. The Beacon was “hyper-local” before the term was coined. So when you hear “Newspapers are dead” … don’t believe it. Free community papers like The Beacon are alive and well, thank you…and we don’t have to worry about losing readership to our own website. OK…time to step off my soap box!

We sure had a good time at Gem Beach Rocks VI last Saturday. They had another great crowd, sold lots of 50/50 tickets, T-Shirts and lots of beer. The four bands all did a great job and deserve a lot of credit. It has become such a big event, they need 200 volunteers to pull it all off. Congratulations to the new Ottawa County United Way Development Director Lisa Dubbert and her team for putting it all together. We have a great photo gallery of the event up on our website,

Madge Davids, former Catawba Island resident, is turning 90 a month from now on Sept. 22. I am told by her son Jeff and his wife Marianne that she would normally come home to celebrate but because of her health, traveling has become an issue. I am certain she would love to hear from many of her friends back home. Her address is: Madge Davids, 5195 Williams Drive, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931. 

Next Thursday will be another special “Lunch and Learn” program at Otterbein North Shore. Clinton Mauk, lecturer, author and historian, will present an entertaining overview of The Battle of Lake Erie and the impact it made on the formation of this part of America. They request RSVPs by Monday, Aug. 26, by calling 419-798-8250. 

It’s hard to believe that the fall sports season has already begun. Girls tennis and boys soccer have started having matches and high school football starts next week. We will have our annual Football Preview Section next Thursday in our Aug. 29th edition. We will also feature the arrival of the Tall Ships to western Lake Erie with a special “Coastlines” edition. 

The Port Clinton High School Class of 1973 is having their 40th reunion this Saturday, Aug. 24, at Catawba Island Club. If you were a grad that year and would like to learn more about the reunion this weekend, contact Angie Zeis Dale at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the Semi-Annual Village-wide Garage Sale for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23 & 24. A complete list of sales will be available at the Oak Harbor Chamber office and at the Oak Harbor Public Library. You can also download a list by logging on to starting this Wednesday. If you want to participate with a sale, there is a $3 minimum donation. For more information call Valerie Winterfield at 419-898-0479.

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