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Spring is here!

It is official! It’s spring! Today, Thursday, March 20, 2014, is the spring equinox. That means as the earth travels around the sun, spinning on its axis, the equator is centered on the sun, and daylight is equalized with nighttime. From now until the autumn equinox, the northern hemisphere will receive more direct sunlight than the southern hemisphere. So, I would like to politely ask the piles of snow and the ice on Lake Erie to remove themselves. Thank you.

An old friend of Port Clinton and the area passed away last Thursday. Don Young, who many will remember as a bartender at the Paul Revere Inn (now Lock, Dock & Barrel), was also a musician. His business expertise focused on acquiring the land necessary for placement of hotels. He married Trudy Baumbarger, a former PC City Councilwoman, who survives. Don was a regular at Mayhew’s back in the 80s and 90s. He always wore a very familiar and warm smile, and always had nice things to say about The Beacon when he saw me. We shall miss him.

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Dolly Neff of Port Clinton, who was one of 132 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Magruder Hospital on page 7A in last week’s Beacon. I think we fooled some folks by putting Wylie in a black & white ad. Anyway, Dolly 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 Firelands Musical Arts Series continues this Saturday at 7:30 p.m., featuring the Arianna String Quartet. Their chamber music concert will include selections from Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Van Wyck. Following the performance, the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council will host a reception to meet the musicians. Tickets are available at the door for $15. Students are admitted free. Firelands Presbyterian Church is located at 2626 E. Harbor Rd. (SR 163) east of Port Clinton. 

An old family favorite, chicken and rice dinner, is on the menu this month for the ELMS Community Meal at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Guild Hall on East Second Street in Port Clinton. It is tonight, Thursday, March 20, starting at 5 p.m. Debbie Barnes is serving as head chef. Members of St. Thomas and Peace Lutheran Church will be serving up the free meals, complete with homemade desserts. Carry-outs are available and the public is welcome to enjoy lots of good food and fellowship. Did I mention that it is all free? 

The Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is holding their monthly Business After Hours tonight (Thursday, March 20) from 5-7 p.m. at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Center on SR 53. The event is hosted by the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau, Grande Maison, and the Chamber. RSVP by calling 419-734-9777. 

Mary Alice and I enjoyed last Friday’s Port Clinton Knights of Columbus weekly Lenten Fish Fry. The Fish Fry is held each Friday during Lent, from 5-7:30 p.m. It was very good (except for having to pay Carl Koebel at the entrance). This year the Knights are offering a new menu, featuring all you can eat meals for $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. The menu features hand breaded fish, French fries, coleslaw, mac & cheese, applesauce, lemonade, coffee and a variety of desserts, all included in the all you can eat price. The meals are served at the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall at 109 E. Perry Street in downtown Port Clinton.

The St. Joseph/Marblehead Knights of Columbus will serve Perch & Pierogis on the following Fridays during Lent: March 28 and April 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the St Joseph Church Hall, located at 822 Barclay St. in Marblehead. Dinners are $11 and sandwiches are $6. Sides will be available as well. 

Obviously, we had to cancel last Wednesday’s “Coffee with the Editor” session at Common Grounds, due to the unwelcome snowstorm. However, we should be back on track every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Lots of interesting local topics are discussed. It is our opportunity to have a sit-down with our readers and learn about what you want to see in The Beacon as we enter our 32nd year of community publishing. Also, don’t forget that Common Grounds offers their gourmet coffee for just 99-cents with one refill. 

“How to protect yourself from Identity Theft” is the theme of the next “Breakfast of Champions” at Otterbein North Shore Retirement Community next Wednesday, March 26, starting at 9 a.m. Bill Tuttamore, President of the Marblehead Bank, will be the featured speaker, following a complimentary buffet breakfast prepared by Chef Ron. RSVP is requested by calling Kirsten at 419-798-8250.

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