The biggest event in Ottawa County isn’t even in Ottawa County! It is in Cleveland. The Annual 5-day Mid American Boat Show opens this Thursday afternoon at the I-X Center near Hopkins Airport in Cleveland and runs through next Monday, Jan. 20 (Martin Luther King Day). Since eastern Ottawa County is a major hub for recreational boating in Ohio, this event is extremely important for the local economy. When boat dealers have a good week at the boat show, it trickles down to just about every economic segment in Ottawa County, same for manufacturing. So, those who are attending the Cleveland Boat Show, we wish you luck.
Congratulations and best wishes to Andy and Melissa (Twarek) Schlotterer who were married by my old friend Fr. Dan Ring at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marblehead last Saturday. Andy has become one of the leading Young Lions of Ottawa County as the owner of Bayside Comfort. We wish them all the happiness we can muster.
Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Jenn Warnke of Erie Township who was one of 167 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Erie Islands Resort on page 12 in last week’s Beacon. Jenn wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, so 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.
Main Street Port Clinton invites downtown building owners and business owners to their next quarterly round-table this evening, (Thursday, Jan. 16). They will be meeting upstairs at Slater’s Madison St. Pub with networking beginning at 5 p.m. and the meeting starting at 5:30 p.m.
Tonight is also the first ELMS Free Community Meal of the year starting at 5 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal on East Second Street, just east of Jefferson. The congregations of St. Thomas and Peace Lutheran will once again be teaming up to serve a delicious hot meal of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and a choice of desserts. The public is welcome. The meal is free of charge and carryouts are available.
The Port Clinton Recreation Department would like announce the resumption of open swim/open gym at the high school every Sunday from now through March 2. Doors open at 1 p.m. and they will remain open until 4 p.m. The fee is $3 per person and $7 per family.
The 2013-2014 Firelands Musical Arts Series continues this Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. They will feature the guitar styling of Robert Gruca, a regular featured artist with the Cleveland Symphony. Tickets are $15 at the door or you can still call and purchase season tickets.
I got a nice note this week from Denny Hammond at the Humane Society of Ottawa County, who wanted us to recognize Chase Cortez of Port Clinton who donated cat food, dog food and kitty litter to the shelter recently. The shelter is always in need of such donations. You can just drop them off at the shelter located at the corner of Sand and Christy Chapel just east of Port Clinton.
Otterbein North Shore is holding their next Breakfast of Champions this Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. Each month, their chef prepares a tasty breakfast followed by a speaker or other pre-arranged entertainment. You will be out of there by 10:30 a.m. Call Otterbein at 419-798-8250 for more information.
The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Ida Rupp Public Library at 7 p.m. Connie Cedoz, of the Ida Rupp Library staff, will present the program, Researching Ohio Newspapers. Guests are welcome.
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will once again be making a stop in Ottawa County next Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Community Markets VFW Hall on W. Main Street in Oak Harbor from 12-6 p.m. Liven up your winter and give the gift of life to a total stranger. The food is good too!
President and CEO of Magruder Hospital, Todd Almendinger, will give a report on the State of the Hospital on Monday, Jan. 20 at 12 p.m. in the Conference Center. If you want lunch, the price will be $6. They are requesting RSVP by Friday, Jan. 17 by calling the hospital at 419-732-4061. Magruder Hospital, as you all know, is a major staple for our community. It is important for all of us that they continue to service the health needs of Ottawa County.