Our first Coffee with the Editor session at Common Grounds was kind of sparsely attended. We did have a nice conversation with Catawba Island resident Bill O’Donnell, a semi-retired insurance executive, who was given a history lesson on the trials and tribulations of Port Clinton and Waterworks Park. We also had drop-bys from Drew and B.J. Surovjak and their daughter Kami as well as Chris Galvin from United Way. Don’t forget, every Wednesday at Common Grounds at 9 a.m. They are offering their gourmet coffee for just 99-cents with one refill.
My son Mark, who works here as a graphic designer, celebrated his 31st birthday on Monday. He was actually born 3 days before we published our first Beacon. It was called the Port Clinton Beacon back then. Volume 1–Number 1 was published and distributed on February 20, 1983, 31 years ago today. Doesn’t time go by in a blink? So many memories, so many friends. We took Mark and his fiancée Dionne out for dinner at Ciao Bella on Sunday evening and bumped into Phil and Gretchen Treuhaft while we were there. Gretchen is now living in Albany, New York. It was a great meal.
Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Jeff Hendrickson, who was one of 175 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Bassett’s Market on page 3A in last week’s Beacon. Jeff 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.
The public is invited to a delicious free dinner at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on E. Second Street in Port Clinton this evening, Thursday, Feb. 20, starting at 5 p.m. On the menu will be ham with scalloped cheesy potatoes, a vegetable and a variety of homemade deserts. These meals are provided by the members of St. Thomas and Peace Lutheran Churches in Port Clinton. The two Port Clinton congregations share a Pastor as well as a mission to help their neighbors.
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be making two stops in Ottawa County this week and weekend. Friday, Feb. 21, you have the opportunity to save a life at Magruder Hospital from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Bloodmobile will be back on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Zion United Methodist Church in Graytown. Here are two magnificent opportunities for you to give the gift of life to a complete stranger.
Speaking of Magruder Hospital, this is the last call for tickets for the 60th Annual Magruder Hospital Foundation Charity Ball at Catawba Island Club this Saturday, Feb. 22. This year’s theme is “Prom Night–A Night to Remember”. It’s always been the adult prom this time of year, and always a night to remember. Money raised is used to fund projects through the Magruder Hospital Foundation. 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.
The Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus Council 1944 will be sponsoring an all you can eat Pancake and Sausage Family Breakfast at St. Boniface Catholic Church on Sunday, Feb. 23, beginning at 9 a.m. The menu includes homemade rolls, homemade applesauce, coffee, hot chocolate and juice. The donation is $6 for adults, $5 for “seasoned” citizens and $3 for youngsters under 12. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Heartbeat Pregnancy Center of Ottawa County. They will also be holding a Big Hearts for Little Hearts baby shower to benefit Heartbeat.
Otterbein North Shore is having two big events this week. First is a Healthy Heart Lunch & Learn session on Friday, Feb. 21, at noon. February, as you remember, is Heart Month. Remember the Heartline Radiothons we used to have at WRWR back in the 70s? At the Otterbein event you can learn about foods that are both tasty and good for you. Chef Ron will prepare a lunch that features such food items. Then, next Wednesday, Feb. 26, is the Breakfast of Champions at Otterbein, near the North Shore Boulevard entrance to Lakeside. The program will feature Shirley Stary, Vice President of Programming at Lakeside-Chautauqua, who will fill attendees in on all the activities at Lakeside this summer. For either event, call Kristen at Otterbein at 419-798-8250.
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.