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Thank you, Devin, for bringing us together

I have had many conversations the last few weeks about how Port Clinton has stepped up for PC Middle School student Devin Kohlman. Mary Alice and I attended the fundraiser at Lock, Dock and Barrel last Thursday night. What a turnout, and they raised nearly $20,000 for Devin’s family. When I was there, I walked up to PC Police Chief Rob Hickman and thanked him for his leadership that got the community focused on a sick young man, rather than all the political in-fighting we have seen over the past few years. Somebody had to lead the way, and Rob, along with his wife Roseann, stepped up big time. I promised him I wouldn’t write anything…but I lied!

The Bassett’s flier is not in The Beacon this week. Their fliers are available at the store. They do however have two pages of ads in this week’s paper, one on page 3A and another on page 7A. The Bassett’s fliers will be back next week. A special 16-page Holiday Coupon Book will be inserted in The Beacon this week, offering hundreds of $$$ in savings. 

The Port Clinton Firefighters Association Inc. is hosting their annual Feather Party this Saturday starting at 6 p.m. at the Fire Station on State Street. A donation is $1, or you can get 6 for $5. First place wins $250, second place wins $150, third place gets $100, and 4th place gets a smoke detector and fire extinguisher donated by S& D Industrial Supply. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Peggy Walko from Marblehead who was one of 201 people who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Ace Hardware on page 7A in last week’s Beacon. Peggy 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. 

State Representative Chris Redfern will host a Town Hall discussion at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton this Monday, November 11, at 9:45 a.m. Chris holds Town Hall meetings throughout Ottawa and Erie Counties. He will also provide a brief overview of actions in the legislature for area residents to learn about and discuss. The event is free and open to the public. 

Magruder Hospital will be hosting a special Community Diabetes Event, “Celebrating the Seasons” today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in their Conference Center. Laura Tyson, a certified personal trainer will talk about Physical Fitness & Diabetes. The cost is $8.50 and you can RSVP today at the Fulton Street Café.

Get your tickets for the “Evening at the Races” event hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Port Clinton on Friday, Nov. 15, at Lock, Dock & Barrel on Buckeye Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchase from any Kiwanian or at The Beacon office, next to Goodwill in the Beacon Place Business Center on State Route 53 North. Tickets are $25 per person which includes appetizers, betting opportunities and a guaranteed good time! 

Veterans Day is Monday. Many of our local Veterans groups will be doing something to observe this special day. The Port Clinton American Legion is having their annual Veterans Stew on Monday starting at 12 Noon. They will serve until they run out. The Port Clinton VFW Post 2480 is holding a Food Drive/Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, Nov. 16. They are looking for teams of 4 people. Each team will be given a food drive scavenger hunt packet with a map of the city and a check list of items collected. They will be going door-to-door asking for donations of non-perishable food items. Every year, the VFW receives a list of the Port Clinton Area Veterans in need from the County Veterans office. That is who will receive these food items…a great way to help thank our Vets for their service in protecting the freedoms that we hold so dear. For further information, contact Teresa Sloan at 419-734-1360.

The Ida Rupp Library will host Chris Verich, a Senior Outreach Specialist of the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel this afternoon (Thursday, Nov. 7) at 1 p.m. He will speak about energy choices for local residents. 

This Sunday, Nov. 10, the Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring an “all you can eat” Pancake and Sausage Family Breakfast at St. Boniface Catholic Church beginning at 9 a.m. The Knights will be serving a menu including homemade rolls, homemade applesauce, coffee, hot chocolate and juice. Donation is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for kids under 12. 

The Humane Society of Ottawa County’s Poinsettia Sale runs through Nov. 24. They come in 3 different sizes and 4 different colors...white, red, pink and marble. Orders will be ready for pickup on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the shelter during Santa Photos. Order forms will be available at the Shelter. All poinsettias are purchased from Bench’s Greenhouse in Elmore. The Humane Society is also conducting a telephone campaign between the hours of 4 and 9 p.m.

The Port Clinton Athletic Boosters Annual Reverse Raffle 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). 

There will be an informational meeting for the Men’s Rec. Basketball in Port Clinton next Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. at Port Clinton City Hall. There will be a discussion on league fees, starting date, game times and other questions will be answered at this time. If you have any questions concerning this meeting, call the PC Rec. Dept. at 419-734-5522, Extension 6, or Lee Horne at 419-573-9432.

Friday, Nov. 8, bring your I-Pad and lots of questions for a special I-Pad Workshop hosted by Otterbein North Shore Retirement center starting at 10 a.m. No RSVP necessary…just show up. Otterbein will also be holding a special Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. this Monday, Nov. 11. All veterans and the general public are invited.

The Port Clinton High School Hall Walking Program starts this Tuesday, Nov. 12. Community members interested in walking the high school should arrive between 8:15 and 8:30 every Tuesday and Thursday morning when school is in session. Doors of the PCHS Performing Arts Center open at 8:15 a.m. Walking ends at 9:30 a.m. Parking is available adjacent to the Performing Arts Center off Tenth Street. For the first session, physical therapists from Edgewood Manor will be present to offer stretching tips to participants. For more information, contact Jan Gluth at 419-732-2102, ext. 8.

The members of the Terra Choral Society will be holding a “Stage Door Canteen Dinner/Dance fundraiser at the Bierkeller Pub, 600 Southwest Street in Bellevue on Saturday, Nov. 9. They will feature the big band sounds of the Terra State Jazz Band, and a chicken or meat loaf dinner. Proceeds will be used for the Terra Choral Society’s travel to the 2014 National Memorial Day Choral Festival in Washington D.C. Tickets are $25 per person.

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