Looking forward to a nice, quiet Labor Day weekend here in good ol’ Port Clinton! Not much happening! Only the arrival of 16 Tall Ships in the western basin of Lake Erie, two of which will dock in Port Clinton (Playfair and Pathfinder), another will dock at CIC. Then there is the concert of the Ohio State University Marching Band on Sunday morning at the Tall Ships Festival site at Waterworks Park. Oh, let’s not forget the concert given by the U.S. Navy Band on Saturday evening. Did I forget to mention the Peach, Perch, Pierogi and Polka Festival at the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall on E. Perry Street all weekend long? If you get bored…there is always the “Rise Above” exhibit at Carl Keller Airfield east of Port Clinton on State Road, a traveling exhibit telling the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, one of whom actually lives among us, Harold Brown. Then, there is the small item of the Annual Green Island Race at Port Clinton Yacht Club. Boats arrive on Saturday afternoon and will leave for the race early Sunday morning, hopefully led out of the mouth of the Portage River by the two visiting Tall Ships which should create a bit of a boat parade. A good viewing spot to watch the start of the Green Island Race would be on the beaches just west of Port Clinton on W. Lakeshore Drive. The entire weekend schedule of events can be found on page 3B in our Coastlines special section this week. What a weekend!
Speaking of docks, there is a new boating destination in Ottawa County. It is Oak Harbor. The new floating docks are just part of recent improvements in downtown Oak Harbor that have been accomplished through the Downtown Revitalization Committee. Future downtown and riverfront developments are being planned at their bi-weekly meetings. Their goal is to complete the projects without using taxpayer dollars and donations have funded the projects thus far. The Committee is conducting a survey of the community and those will be available at various locations throughout Oak Harbor in the coming weeks. For more information, contact Committee Chairman Mike Shadoan at 419-706-6034.
Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Sandy Sesher of Port Clinton who was one of 237 individuals who found our friendly fish in the ad for Jack Bradley Realty on page 4C in last week’s Beacon. Sandy 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.
Playmakers Civic Theatre, 604 W. Sixth Street in Port Clinton, will present a pre-season fund raiser tonight and again on Saturday night, Aug. 29 and 31. It is a production of the play “Mom’s Gift”, a brand-new play by award winning playwright Phil Olson. The storyline goes like this…Mom dies, but shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost on a mission. Like the Angel in “It’s a Wonderful Life”, she has to accomplish a special task to earn her wings. The cast includes Matt Parker, Brenda Hensley, Katherine Gauthier, Mara Mossman, Louise Retzer, Todd Puckett and Sylvia Chappell. Tickets for the show are $15 per person, but free to anyone who has purchased a Playmakers season ticket for 2013-14. Curtain time is 8 p.m. both evenings. For reservations, call 419-734-5044 or go online at www.pcplaymakers.org.
The Humane Society of Ottawa County is happy to announce that they have received a grand from the Ottawa County Community Foundation in the amount of $1,000 to help low income families have their pets spayed or neutered. To find out if you qualify, contact the Humane Society at 419-734-5191 or stop by the shelter at 2424 E. Sand Rd. east of Port Clinton.
I received a note from Janett Calland of Catawba who is a member of the Ohio Daughters of 1812. She had actual ancestors who fought in the War of 1812. She told us that the president of the National Society of United States Daughters of 1812 may be in attendance this weekend for the official observances.
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be making another visit to our area on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Catawba Township Community Hall on Northwest Catawba Rd. They will be there from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and walk-ins are always welcome.
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.
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 have our annual Football Preview Section in Section C of The Beacon this week.
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 Mariann that she would normally come home to celebrate but because of her health, travelling 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.
One final note…school has started, which means the youngsters will be walking to and from school and darting from in front of school buses. Please take car to drive extra careful around schools and buses. Let’s keep our kids safe!