Happy St. Patrick's Day!

John SchaffnerHappy St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday!!! We have a bunch of local establishments doing special things to celebrate “the wearin’ of the green” in this week’s issue. So, go on through and check out which one you would like to attend. Erin Go Braugh!


Mary Alice and I, along with Connie Roberts and Angie Zam, traveled to the Annual Mid Atlantic Community Papers Association Conference in Harrisburg, Pa. The Beacon went home with more awards again this year, including two for our website … It was a long but fun trip.

This week, Tom Bryant, of Marblehead, was selected from more than 100 contestants who found Wylie in the ad for Ohler & Holzhauer on page 5A in last week’s Beacon. Tom 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 …

Port Clinton’s cemetery cleanup is scheduled to start today, March 15. Families with gravesites are asked to make sure all items are removed. Any items not removed will be disposed of by the city. Any legal items may be returned to the gravesites on Monday.

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be making a special stop Friday, March 16, at Immaculate Conception School from 3 to 8 p.m. To schedule an appointment visit and enter the sponsor code: IMMACCONCEPTPINT.

The “Air for Paws” organization has donated Animal Resuscitation Kits to the Humane Society of Ottawa County to be donated to Ottawa County Fire and EMS units. When disaster strikes, family pets can become victims too. It is estimated that over 40,000 pets die in fires each year from smoke asphyxiation.

My long-time friend, the Rev. Dan Ring from St. Joseph’s Marblehead, will lead the 12:30 p.m. worship service at The Vineyard on Catawba Community Center next Wednesday, March 21. The popular Bible Study session starts at 10:30 led by Pastor Kurt Borows of Resurrection Lutheran Church. A catered lunch is served at noon at a cost of $6. The worship service with Ring follows at 12:30 p.m. Dan and I served together for many years on the Catholic Chronicle Board of Trustees.

The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet this Tuesday, March 20, at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton. Thomas Neel, Director of the Ohio Genealogical Society Library will present the program “Using Church Records in your Family Search.” The Society is also planning a field trip to the OGS Library on Thursday, April 26. For information, contact Linda Kolinko at 419-797-2800 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 1.

A group of local folks is planning a special “Port Clinton Shopping Expo” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 109 E. Perry St. There will be a large number of craft vendors and home-based businesses showcasing their items. Sounds like a very interesting event.

The Ohio State University Ottawa County Alumni Club is holding its 19th annual Scholarship Auction at Nick’s Roadhouse on Friday, March 23. Doors will open at 6 p.m. To highlight the event, the OSU Marching Band will provide a pep band to raise the spirits of the Buckeye faithful! Since 1991, this event has raised over $100,000 in scholarships to Ottawa County students attending THE Ohio State University. Advance tickets may be ordered by contacting Mike Libben at 419-898-8400 or Mike Snider at 419-734-0515. There will also be tickets available at the door. Everybody is invited to attend, even Michigan fans!!! Donation at the door is $10 per person.

St. Boniface Church is sponsoring its all-you-can-eat Lenten fish fries every Friday night at the Church from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 while kids 5 and under eat for free! Meanwhile, the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus is also holding their Lenten Fish Fry Dinners through Friday, March 30, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The pollock dinners are $10 per person and the Lake Erie perch or shrimp dinners are $13.50.

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