Congratulations and good luck go out to several local sports teams and athletes. First, Luke Cramer, Alex Bergman and Jared Chambers are on their way to the state wrestling tournament this weekend. Also, MacKenzie Stewart finished her stellar swimming career at Port Clinton High School taking third place in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 IM at the state swimming meet in Canton last weekend. Also, Cheyenne Meek, who really came on strong at the end of the season, took third in the 50 freestyle at state, and just missed out on a podium spot in the 100 freestyle. She’ll be back for more next year.
I am particularly sad to see the closing of Richmond Gallery in Marblehead. Ben and Wendy accomplished so much in their 30 years here. Ben’s paintings became a sensation in the 1980s and his art has become timeless. Their little gallery became such a magnet, that many small retail entrepreneurs followed them to the Village of Marblehead, which became a very successful artistic and retail conclave. We wish Ben and Wendy nothing but the best in retirement.
Ed Lagrou of Port Clinton found Wylie in the ad for Howard Hanna on page 5B in last week’s Beacon. Ed wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll 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 Red Cross Bloodmobile will be making a couple of visits to our area next week. Actually, they will be in two places at one time, both in Ottawa County on Monday, March 5. They will be at the Port Clinton Moose Lodge from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and at St. John United Church of Christ in Genoa from Noon to 6 p.m. They come right back on Tuesday, March 6 to St. Paul Lutheran, 541 S. Church Road in Marblehead from Noon to 5 p.m. One of those locations ought to suit you, so why not roll up your sleeves and give the gift of life.
With the Primary Election drawing near (next Tuesday, March 6), things are getting pretty heated up politically around Ohio. Some 20 local Republicans will be making the trek to Bowling Green Saturday night for a Lincoln Day Dinner at the BGSU Student Union led by new County Chairwoman Carolyn Adams.
A couple of weeks ago, we ran a story on the financial crisis at St. Boniface School in Oak Harbor. Well, mark your calendar for Sunday, March 11, when it will be Pizza and Wings for St. Boniface School at the Happy Hour Inn, 124 W. Water St., in Oak Harbor from noon to 8 p.m. They will feature special guest Johnny Rodriguez from 4 to 8 p.m. All proceeds from the sales of pizza and wings will be donated directly to St. Boniface School.
The Ida Rupp Public Library will host Mike Romine of the Warren Rupp Observatory at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10. He will discuss the best objects to observe in the night sky and what type of binoculars or telescopes to use in viewing them. Youngsters ages 8 and up are highly encouraged to attend this program. Call 419-732-3221 to register.