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Tired of winter?

Tired of winter by now? Me too. I got a great email last week from an old friend, Randy Carson. Yes…THAT Randy Carson, former News and Sports Director at WRWR back in the late 1970s. He actually does read The Beacon online and wanted to share his amazing experience while working at WRWR during the blizzard of ’78. 

“It changed from rain to a blizzard in a matter of moments,” Randy told me. “All I remember is being stranded at the Radio Station for a few days with Tim (Adkins) and Bill (Beinke) using the airtime to pass along messages to people in between playing summertime music, napping under the desk when the power went out…being fed and cared for by neighbors of the radio station…ahhh…good times.” 

Randy is now working in Tampa, Florida for a Research Company.

As expected, our first Coffee with the Editor session at Common Grounds was snowed out last Wednesday. So, we will try it again this week. The plan is that every Wednesday at 9 a.m. we hope you will join Beacon Editor Jasmine Cupp and me for this casual gathering to discuss new story ideas, photo opportunities and community happenings. Common Grounds is offering small coffees (with one refill) for 99 cents. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Kathy Kast who was one of 159 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for OCTA page 4A in last week’s Beacon. Kathy 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. 

A limited number of tickets are still available for the 60th Annual Magruder Hospital Foundation Charity Ball at Catawba Island Club on Saturday, Feb. 22. This year’s theme is Prom Night – A Night to Remember. Money raised is used to fund projects through the Magruder Hospital Foundation. Hors d’oeuvres will be served starting at 6 p.m. followed by dinner. The featured artists for the evening are the popular local band, The Junk. Tickets are $120 per couple or $60 per individual and can be purchased at Bassett’s Market, Mary’s Blossom Shoppe, the Magruder Hospital Gift Shop and Croghan Colonial Bank in Oak Harbor. For more information, contact Kerryn Lockhart at Magruder at 419-734-3131, extension 3105.

We picked up an interesting information piece on the internet that very much supports our PIND (Print is not Dead) campaign. Research now shows that newspaper media content and advertising rate as the most trusted, most valuable and most engaging. 158 million U.S. adults read content from newspaper media each week, more than radio, the internet and television! The Beacon’s numbers locally are even more impressive, thanks to you, our loyal readers. Nearly 8 of every 10 households from Marblehead to Catawba to Port Clinton to Oak Harbor has somebody read through The Beacon every week, and the average number of people who do so averages over 2 per household. Like I said, PIND!!!

Speaking of economics, I attended a special program featuring world-renowned economist Ken Mayland, who spent an hour last Thursday at Kalahari clarifying the vagaries of Macro-Economics. Overall, he was quite bullish on the national economy for 2014. Even with the change of leadership at the Federal Reserve, no major policy changes are expected this year. Much of the drama that filled up 2013, such as “Obama Care”, the Fiscal Cliff, the soaring stock market, international problems like Syria, China, Japan and Iran, seem to be subsiding. The basis for his optimism is that inflation remains under control, at least for now. The value of assets, such as homes and stocks are up. The example he used is the comparative value of a Big Mac compared to the Consumer Price Index. The Big Mac’s value has soared higher than the CPI! Mayland believes that fewer uncertainties in the economy will help the economy rise significantly in 2014. Yeah, but what does he know?

Otterbein North Shore is having a special Valentine’s Day “Harp Dinner” to be prepared by their 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. They are also having a Shingles Vaccine Seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

The State of Ohio Mobile Computer Lab is coming to Danbury! They will be holding a full range of computer classes from Feb. 26 through March 3 at Danbury High School. Classes include: iPad Basics, Tablet Tryouts, eBook Basics, Photoshop I, Pinterest, and One-on-One Help. Call the Ida Rupp Public Library at 419-732-3212 for a full list of classes and times. Registration is required. 

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.

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.

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