My wife Mary Alice’s brother Dick Kollmann lives in Hudson. We visit there quite often, especially during the holidays. He always saves me a copy of the Hudson Hub, a community weekly newspaper similar to The Beacon. Dick showed me a promotion they do, and suggested perhaps we try the same thing. They have a weekly “Coffee with the Editor” session at a local coffee shop. So The Beacon is teaming up with Common Grounds in the Sutton Center to start a community discussion group at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays. We would like to hear story ideas, photo suggestions, or anything related to the content of The Beacon or www.thebeacon.net. Common Grounds is offering small coffees (with one refill) for 99 cents. Our first session will be this Wednesday, Feb. 5. See you there.
I was reminded this morning by “Blizzard Bill” Spencer on 13ABC that Tuesday’s low temperature tied a record of 10 below that was set in 1977. We are getting all kinds of stories coming in from the 35th Anniversary of the Blizzard of ’78. I recall that the winter of 1977 was extremely cold as well. This weather is certainly great for the ice fishermen.
Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Cheryl Katynski, who was one of 157 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Howard Hanna on page 2B in last week’s Beacon. Cheryl 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.
Registration forms for the Oak Harbor Soccer League are now available at BCS Schools, the Oak Harbor Public Library or by logging in to www.oakharborsoccer.com. Registration forms are due by Feb. 15.
Last year’s Oak Harbor Wrestling State Champion, Luke Cramer, is now wrestling for Ashland University. The AU Wrestling Team is ranked 16th in the Country in Division II. Another local Ashland Student, Macy Caldwell of Port Clinton, is a member of their Women’s Track and Field team. Macy is a 2010 graduate of Port Clinton High School. The Women’s Track & Field team at Ashland is also one of the top teams in the Country.
Another iPad Class is scheduled for Otterbein North Shore on Friday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. Each time they meet, they start from the beginning and quickly get everyone in attendance up to speed. There are a couple of other events at Otterbein of note. They are having a Shingles Vaccine Seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Otterbein is also having a special Valentine’s Day Harp Dinner to be prepared by Chef Ron LaPointe. The Surf & Turf dinner will feature prime rib and shrimp scampi. Harpist Karen Westgate will perform during dinner. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information call Jo Ann or Kirsten at 419-798-8250.
I have said it many times…Ottawa County’s biggest need is JOBS! We need JOBS! I have spoken to the folks at the Job Store at the Resource Center many times. There are many cases locally where good local jobs are available, but businesses have trouble finding folks with the proper skills. There are also many cases where the skills may be there, but no jobs. We at the Beacon want to bridge the gap between good jobs and good people. Therefore, starting with our Feb. 5 edition, we intend to begin posting help wanted ads on page 2A, right up front, taking them out of the classifieds. If your business has a job that needs filled, call us at 419-732-2154.
Main Street Port Clinton is looking for new or used fishing poles for the Kids Fishing Derby held each year at the Walleye Festival. Over 200 youngsters participate and many children that come do not have their own fishing poles. For more information on how to donate, call the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce office at 419-734-5503.
Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County is currently accepting applications for those interested in applying for a Habitat for Humanity home. They are planning on building a home in Port Clinton for a qualifying family. To find out if you qualify, contact the Habitat for Humanity office at 419-734-7074.