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The weatherman comes through with the perfect fall weekend

I just wanted everybody to know that I was honored to be placed in charge of the weather last weekend for the Oak Harbor Apple Festival and the Marblehead Lighthouse Festival. How did I do???

The E.L.M.s Community Meal will be held tonight (Thursday, October 17) hosted by St. Thomas Episcopal and Peace Lutheran Church in Port Clinton. It will be held at the St. Thomas Fellowship Hall, 214 E. Second Street from 5 until 6 p.m. This month’s menu features spaghetti and meatballs with all the trimmings.

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Brian Molnar of Put-in-Bay who was one of 273 individuals who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Bassett’s Market on page 5A in last week’s Beacon. Brian 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 Port Clinton Business and Professional Women’s Celebrity Server evening will be held next Thursday, Oct. 24, at 1812 Food and Spirits from 6 to 8 p.m. My old friend Mike “Mad Dog” Adams will provide the entertainment. Proceeds help support the BPW’s Women’s Scholarship Program.

Who has the best Pizza in Ottawa County? This coming Tuesday, Oct. 22, is the 4th Annual Port Clinton Rotary Pizza Challenge to be held at the Moose Club on West Lakeshore Drive. It’s “all you can eat” pizza from 13 local pizza places all for just $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 65 and over and kids under 12. Doors open at 4 p.m. 

The Oak Harbor Athletic Boosters are holding their Fall Raffle. First place is a 39” Sony TV, second place is a 40,000 BTU Char Broil gas grill and third place is a $200 gift certificate to Tanks Meats in Elmore. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and can be purchased at Oak Harbor Hardware, Priesman Printers, Family Hair Center in Oak Harbor or by calling 419-8707-1342. The drawing will be held at halftime of Oak Harbor’s last home football game on Nov. 1.

The Port Clinton VFW Post 2480 will be holding their Reverse Raffle and Roast Beef Dinner this Saturday, Oct. 19. Just $25 gets you the dinner, one beverage, a raffle ticket and cover charge for the Ottawa County Bluegrass Band that will play starting at 9 p.m. Only 100 tickets will be sold with a $500 top prize as well as other prizes. You need not be a VFW member to participate. The raffle begins at 7 p.m.

“Pinot for Paws” will be held this Sunday from 5-7 p.m. to benefit the Humane Society of Ottawa County. This private wine tasting will be held at Firelands Winery, 917 Bardshar Rd. in Sandusky. Tickets are $15 which entitles you to 5 tastings, light refreshments and a silent auction. 

Port Clinton High School will conduct the OHSAA Mandated Winter Sports Parent Meeting tonight, Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at the High School. Parents and athletes of a winter sport are required to attend this meeting. 

The Walleye Madness Committee is holding a special fundraiser at Mango Mama’s, 40 N. Madison Street in downtown Port Clinton this Saturday, Oct. 19, beginning at 8 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is “Conga for the Cause” with entertainment provided by the Island Doctor. Author Bob Adamov will also be on hand for a book signing. Admission is $10 and each ticket is entered into the Grand Prize Raffle valued at over $600. There will also be a separate raffle for a 40” TV. This year’s Walleye Madness Slogan is in keeping with the Battle of Lake Erie Bi-Centennial: “We have met the Walleye and they are Ours”! 

James D’Leon, an incredible pianist, will be the featured artist for the first of this season’s Firelands Musical Arts Series. His concert begins at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 19 at Firelands Presbyterian Church on East Harbor Rd. east of Port Clinton. Tickets are $15 at the door. Children and students are admitted free. 

I received a note from Dean Rothaar, PCHS Graduate from the class of 1968. He recently visited with classmate Jackie Robinson who is a resident at the Arizona Veterans Home. Jackie suffered a stroke some time ago which has affected his speech and mobility. He also lost a leg to diabetes. However, according to Dean, he still has that great smile and infectious laugh that many of his classmates will remember. Jackie didn’t graduate from PCHS, as he moved to Arizona after the Erie Army Depot closed in 1966. He went on to become a 3-sport star for Yuma High School. He no doubt would love to hear from old friends. His address is: Jackie Robinson-D233/B, C/O Arizona State Veterans Home, 4141 North S. Herrera Way, Phoenix, AZ 85012-1832. 

This Sunday, Oct. 20, is the Annual German Fest at Otterbein North Shore Retirement Community. It will be held from Noon to 2 p.m. The entry fee is $8 for a full meal or $6 for a half meal, dine in or carry out. They will also have entertainment by the Polka Pirates German Band, tours and golf cart rides and patio home tours. For more information, call 419-798-8203.

The Port Clinton Kiwanis Club will hold their second annual Night at the Races on Friday evening, Nov. 15, at Lock, Dock and Barrel on Buckeye Blvd. Tickets and horses are available from any Kiwanian you may see or can be purchased at The Beacon office at 205 SE Catawba Rd. Suite G. Save the date for a night of great fun!

Tickets are now available for the St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus Clam Bake and Chicken Dinner to be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph’s Church Hall on Barclay St. in Marblehead. This year’s Clam Bake will benefit the Danbury Food Pantry. Tickets are $9.95 for a chicken dinner only and $19.95 for the Clam Bake which includes a dozen clams, a half-chicken dinner, sweet potato, corn on the cob and beverage. Extra clams will be available for $10 a dozen. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased by calling Bob Wisniewski at 419-734-5018 or Rich Kulaga at 419-732-7014.

The Port Clinton Athletic Boosters have set the date for their Annual Reverse Raffle. It will be Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Port Clinton Elks Lodge. This is their ONLY fundraiser of the year. The Grand Prize will be $7,500. Tickets are $100 each which includes one Prime Rib/Chicken buffet dinner. Additional dinner tickets may be purchased for $20 each. They may be purchased from any Booster Club officer or by contacting Rich Kokinda (419-734-5231) or John Gluth, Jr. (419-732-8826). If you would like to donate an item for the live or silent auctions, contact Missy Cross (419-341-3656).

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