Now that all of the celebration of the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial is finally over, somebody gave me a thought. Many certainly noticed the proliferation of “DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP” flags flying throughout Port Clinton. How about we replace those flags with the red “PC” flags and fly them in the windows of all of the businesses in town! Cindy Bolte of Bolte Real Estate and Insurance told me that she would buy them. The idea is that when visitors come through town, they will see a lot of PC flags flying indicating a significant amount of community pride. Good idea???
I received a lot of comments about the photos of the Battle reenactment on the front page of last week’s Beacon. As you know, we are limited by space in the paper. We have unlimited space on our website, www.thebeacon.net. Our editor Donna Lueke indicated that the photo galleries online will remain up for a while. If you would like keep the Battle of Lake Erie in your memory forever and want to purchase copies of any of the photographs, just call the office at 419-732-2154. We will be selling 8’ x 10” prints for $8 each. Donna and Jasmine Cupp were on different boats taking pictures of the battle, and did an absolutely tremendous job.
Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Kenny Sass of Port Clinton who was one of 276 individuals who found our friendly fish in the ad for Otterbein North Shore on page 4A in last week’s Beacon. Kenny 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.
Mark the weekend of Sept. 28 & 29 down on your calendar. In conjunction with our sister paper, the Huron Hometown News, The Beacon is hosting a special Open House Weekend titled Erie-Ottawa County Home Tour. Be looking for a special tab to come out on Sept. 26.
We received word from the Ohio Department of Transportation that State Route 2 between State Routes 53 and 163 will be reduced to just one lane of traffic from now until May of 2014 for mine remediation. The project is not scheduled to be completed until May of 2016.
The Port Clinton High School Class of 1954 will hold their annual Fish Fry at the McAtee home, 1371 NW Catawba Rd., this Saturday, Sept. 14. Gathering time starts at 3 p.m. and the fish fry and potluck begin around 5 p.m. Any class members who have not been notified are invited to attend.
Otterbein North Shore is holding a Bridge Players Gathering this Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 1-3 p.m. Ann Chimera, Club Director, is the host. Bring your group if you love to play bridge, or bring yourself if you’d like to learn how to play bridge. Social games and “duplicate” style games will be played with prizes awarded. They will also feature delicious appetizers. RSVP to Kirsten at Otterbein North Shore by calling 419-798-8203.
The Humane Society of Ottawa County is setting up a speaker’s bureau. Any school or community organization who would like a talk from the Humane Officers or staff members to learn more about animal care, how to treat animals, volunteering at the shelter can contact Denny Hammond at 419-260-3105.
The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet this Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton. The speaker for the evening will be John Liske of the Oak Harbor Public Library’s Local History room. He will discuss the genealogical materials available at the Oak Harbor Library.
St. Paul United Church of Christ in Oak Harbor is hosting a community sale and vendor table sale at the church located at 165 Toussaint Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 14. The sale will have garages sale tables featuring household items, clothing, toys, baby gear, electronics, sports equipment, books, paintings, bikes and more! Vendors will include Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Rock-it-Out Nutrition, Xabee and others. They have over 20 tables sold for the event. A concession stand will also be open for food and snacks. For more information, call Jackie Timmons at 419-898-2045.