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Gone too soon

Gone too soon

We were so sad to learn of the untimely passing of Laura Young from Catawba. She was only 28, but had accomplished so much in her short life. After graduating from Port Clinton High School, she earned an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. While there, she excelled academically and was at the top of her graduating class. She was also an accomplished racing sailor having participated in a number of national events representing Port Clinton Yacht Club’s Junior Sailing Program. 

We are also sad to learn of the passing of Jeff “D.J. Jeff” Below. He was an extremely talented young man. Also, no doubt you heard about the passing of Julie Quayle, a retired teacher who was an outstanding Language Arts teacher at the Port Clinton Middle School. Former principal Dale Vanlerberghe used to brag on her a lot. All of these accomplished folks will be sorely missed.

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Neil Wilson of Oak Harbor who was one of 216 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Cleats Club Seat Grille on page 10A in last week’s Beacon. Neil 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 thebeacon.net. 

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We here at The Beacon have always struggled with the notion of carrying crossword puzzles and word games in our weekly newspaper. I have personally resisted it because I would not want to have to drop an important local news item to accommodate space for such recreation. I do, however, recognize the popularity of these games. So, when you send us your email address, let us know online if you would like us to add word games to our weekly copy of The Beacon. 

We are so honored to have a living legend among us. Lt. Col. Harold Brown, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen from World War II.  Bassett’s is a sponsor of the traveling Tuskegee Airmen exhibit titled “Rise Above” which will be at the Airport all weekend long through May 17. Don’t miss it. 

The Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will hold their 77th Annual Banquet at Catawba Island Club Tonight, (Thursday, May 15). Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. They will be presenting their traditional awards that evening. 

National Safe Boating Week starts this Saturday, May 17, and runs until next Friday, May 23. This is a good opportunity for the boaters in our area to give their boats a good, comprehensive safety check. Tomorrow, May 16, is “Wear your Life Jacket to Work Day”. We are just a couple of weeks from that terrible boating accident that took 4 lives. That should be incentive enough.

The Firelands Musical Arts Series continues this Saturday, May 17, with the “Sixth Edition” vocal and instrumental jazz show. Tickets are $15 at the door, students are free. The show will be held at Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 E. Harbor Rd. (SR 163) just east of Port Clinton. 

Thank Goodness for Grandparents! That is a new program being put on by the folks at Oak Harbor High School to offer support and information to adults raising grandchildren, nieces, nephews or other related children. Their next sessions will be on May 22 at 10 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. in the Oak Harbor theatre lobby to talk about available services that can offer support when children are visiting with biological parents. They will also discuss plans for their summer sessions. Childcare during the sessions will be provided if you RSVP by May 19. Call Judy Peters, Director of Student Services, at 419-898-3280 or text your name and session choice to Sara Stahl at 419-341-6535.

Don’t forget our “Coffee with the Editor” session at Common Grounds every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. Lot’s of interesting local topics are discussed. Last week we had a very lively conversation on the Waterworks Park issue. Also don’t forget that Common Grounds offers their gourmet coffee for just 99-cents with one refill or you can also get 10% off your order on Wednesday mornings.  

It is a busy month at Otterbein North Shore Retirement Center near Lakeside. The public is invited to attend a special Potluck and hear all about the tremendous programs they have lined up at Lakeside this summer. It is today at noon. They are holding a special program in recognition of the “Biggest Week in American Birding”. It is a special field trip. Come to Otterbein by 9 a.m. for coffee and pastries. Then take the bus and travel east along the coast of Lake Erie. Space is limited. Call Kirsten at 419-798-8250 for reservations.

Homemade macaroni and cheese headlines the menu this month as the congregations of St. Thomas and Peace Lutheran Churches in Port Clinton welcome friends and neighbors to the final community meal of the season tonight at St. Thomas Guild Hall on East Second Street. The meal is free of charge.

Who’s the Top Dog in Ottawa County? We may just find out on Sunday, May 18, at a special “Bark Until Dark” Dog Show to be held at the off-the-leash dog park located at 310 Bridge Road in Danbury Township (next to Bayside Comfort). Everyone is welcome to bring their pup to support the Humane Society of Ottawa County. The Entry fee is $10 per mutt donated to HSOC. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m. with judging starting promptly at 1 p.m. Big Boppers will be on hand to serve a hot dog lunch (what else?) for a $5 donation to HSOC. The whole event is sponsored by the Danbury Township Board of Trustees. I hope they have plenty of pooper-scoopers!

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