OSU alumni auction Friday at Nick’s Roadhouse

John SchaffnerThe Ohio State University Alumni Club of Ottawa County is holding their 19th Annual Scholarship Auction at Nick’s Roadhouse this 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.


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.

This week, Bob Pence was selected from nearly 100 contestants who found Wylie in the ad for Nick’s Roadhouse on page 10A in last week’s Beacon. Bob 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 Web Site …

I received a note this week regarding an author named Loreen Niewenhuis who walked around Lake Michigan and then wrote a book about it titled “A 1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach.” Loreen is starting another walk on April 2 from Port Clinton that will take her to the shores of each of the Great Lakes. Interesting eh?

Spring has sprung BIG TIME!!! With green grass, trees and forsythia bushes blooming, robins bouncing around in search of worms, there is only one other true sign of Spring: the Carroll Township Pancake Breakfast! It is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, March 25, at the Township Hall. Call Ed Dewitz at 419-898-1686 if you have any questions.

The United Way in Ottawa County will host an Awards Ceremony this Wednesday, May 28, at the Conference Room at the Sutton Center. Some 32 businesses in Ottawa County will be honored for holding stellar campaigns in 2011. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Those incredible people at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory are gearing up for another huge “Greatest Week in American Birding” when literally thousands of bird watchers, photographers and enthusiasts will descend upon Ottawa County May 4-13. Local business will be given the opportunity to participate in this incredible event. First, The Beacon and the Press Newspapers in Genoa and Oregon are combining again to print 10,000 copies of the official visitors’ guide that will be distributed at hundreds of local businesses prior and during the event. You can also advertise on the BSBO Web Site. Finally, you may provide special offers for the birders that will go in every registration packet for the big week. For information, contact Kim Kaufman at 419-898-4070 or send her an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mark Saturday, April 21, down on your calendar for the second annual dinner to benefit the Kathryn Cobbledick Art Scholarship to be held at Avery’s on the Peninsula. Kathryn was an inspirational young lady who passed away too soon following a courageous battle with cancer. She was always the highlight when she did the opening lap of the local Relay for Life event.

Don’t forget our two local Lenten Fish Fries!!! First St. Boniface Church in Oak Harbor is sponsoring their all-you-can-eat Lenten Fish Fries Friday night at the Church from 4-7 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 while Kids 5 and under eat for free! Also, the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus are also holding their Lenten Fish Fry Dinners until 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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