Memorial Day weekend a spectacular start to summer

Memorial Day weekend a spectacular start to summer

What a weekend it was! The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. They had very moving Memorial Day ceremonies all over the area. Sunday there was a very special program at Catawba Island Club. A local resident and retired U.S. Navy Commander who spent a career as a Navy Nurse gave a program saluting Tank Company C, the Ottawa County unit that got caught up in the Philippines at the start of World War II. Ceremonies were also held in Oak Harbor, Port Clinton and Marblehead. A reminder, the big Bike Week event in our area starts Friday, May 30. So, while you are driving, be sure to look twice before turning so we keep our visiting bikers safe. 

There is going to be an open Casting Call for “The Amazing Race” on Put-in-Bay on Thursday, June 19, from 1-8 p.m. The event is being sponsored by Cleveland Channel 19 along with the Miller Boat Line, Mist, Island Bike & Cart Rental and Mojito Bay. For more details, log onto 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Joel Prucha, who was one of 217 people who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Catawba Bay in last week’s Beacon. Joel 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, 

On June 11, the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation is hosting an interactive Executive Briefing titled “The Game Plan: Building & Sustaining Business Success”, focusing on the “5-step closed loop process” approach to producing positive results, revenues and bottom line profits. Topics include HR, Sales, Marketing, Motivation, Leadership, Production and Customer Satisfaction. It will be presented by North Coast Business Journal columnist Roger Bostdorff. The program will be from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Ottawa County Resource Center, 8043 W. State Route 163, between Port Clinton and Oak Harbor. Breakfast will be provided. RSVP to Jessica Kowalski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-898-6242.

There will also be a Small Business Basics seminar on Wednesday, June 4, hosted by Terra State Community College and the Small Business Development Centers of Ohio. They will be hosting the program at the County Resource Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The class is a free 2 hour seminar designed to take the confusion out of a small entrepreneur’s efforts and to help avoid costly mistakes. To register, or for more information, call Bill Auxter, Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra toll free at 1-800-826-2431 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Congratulations to everybody at Common Grounds Café in the Sutton Center who are celebrating their first anniversary. They will have free samples of food and coffee, 10% off all food orders, and door prizes every hour. 

The Gathering, a free community meal open to the public, will be held tonight (Thursday, May 29) at St. John Lutheran Church at the corner of Adams and 2nd Streets from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The Gathering began in 2002 as part of the Community Health Ministry sponsored by a group of local churches and community organizations. The meal is held the last Thursday of each month from January through October. For more information, contact Diann Crosser at 404-735-7604 or Marcia Hattan at 419-732-6532. 

This Friday and Saturday, May 30 & 31, the Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus will be at Oak Harbor Community Market conducting their annual Measure Up Campaign for people with developmental disabilities, which is the Knights’ “flagship” charity. So, when you go get groceries, please be generous. 

Firelands Presbyterian Church invites women of all denominations to a 48 hour retreat at Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center in Fremont to be held June 1-3. The program is titled “Wonder and Wisdom from the Wilderness” and will be led by Pastor Jeanne Gay. For more information or to register, call Firelands Church at 419-734-6211. 

Stein Hospice will host the 15th Perch Derby at Kelleys Island this coming Monday, June 2. The fishing tournament will begin at 8 a.m. at the Casino dock. Boat registration is $100. The fish fry will begin around 6 p.m. Monday evening at the Caddy Shack. There will be raffles and a 50/50 as well as prizes for the winning fishing team. 

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the 5th Annual Village-wide Garage Sale Days on June 6 & 7. A complete list of sales will be available at the Oak Harbor Chamber office and the Oak Harbor Public Library and also on their website, If you would like to place your sale on the list, there is a minimum $3 minimum donation and they will need to receive your info by this Monday, June 2. Any questions, call the Chamber at 419-898-0479.

Don’t forget our “Coffee with the Editor” session at Common Grounds every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. Lots 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.  

Marblehead Bank is featuring the Victory Café in their Lobby on Bridge Rd. during business hours starting next Monday, June 2, through Friday, June 13. 

Two great golf tournaments for charity are coming up soon. The 25th Annual Chick Schaffner Memorial Charity Golf Classic will be held at CIC on Monday, June 16. This event annually benefits Stein Hospice and the American Heart Association. To get a team into this great event, call Amy Skolnik at Stein at 419-625-5269 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Tom Bloom at Materion at 419-862-4233 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Then there is the Father’s Day event for Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County, their 8th Annual at Hidden Hills Golf Club, also sponsored by Materion. Call 419-734-7074 to enter your team. The entry deadline is June 11. 

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I got a note from Jim Cahill a while back, and he let me know about something that could have a significant impact on boaters in our immediate area. The US Coast Guard is studying the idea of removing the Catawba Marker Buoy off the northeast corner of Catawba Island. I know I use that green can a lot in my boating. I am certain many of you boaters do as well. The person to contact at the Coast Guard is a gentleman named Doug Sharp at the Ninth Coast Guard District in Cleveland. As of a few weeks ago, the only person he had heard from was Jim Cahill. The address is 1240 E. Ninth St., Cleveland, Ohio 44199-2060.

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