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To say that she was surprised would be an understatement! My wife Mary Alice has decided to retire, so I contacted a few people to throw her a big surprise party at Port Clinton Yacht Club last Saturday evening. She is also having a birthday on Friday, but I won’t say how old! Anyway, much thanks to Vicki Heinsen, Ann Duez, Connie Roberts, and many others who helped make it happen. She was surprised by many, many of her good friends, the kind of friends you make in a lifetime of living here…which she has! It was a hoot!

As I write this on Tuesday morning, a longtime Catawba resident, Ernie Washington is winging his way to Washington D.C. on an Honor Flight. Ernie is 88 years old and enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 17. Ernie is an experienced diver and used to own a dive shop in Mansfield. We will have a complete report next week from his escort, Tomi Johnson, along with photos of Ernie at the World War II Memorial in Washington. We should also be able to post photos on our website by Wednesday (or by the time you read this in the paper).

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Jean Dietz of Catawba who was one of 233 people to find our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Furniture & Mattress Liquidation on page 7A 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 thebeacon.net. 

The Travelin’ Lounge Lizards will be at Mon Ami this weekend from 8:30 to closing time both Friday and Saturday nights. 

Got a note for you tennis players…the Von Thron Community Tennis Courts at Port Clinton High School will be the site for Open Tennis each Wednesday during the summer starting at 6 p.m. 

The next iPad class at Otterbein North Shore will be held today (Thursday, June 5), with beginners class starting at 10 a.m. and the intermediate class at 11 a.m. They will also feature “Coupons and Money Savers” for beginners at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m. they will explore apps that can save you money and time. 

The annual Major Conferences of the United Methodist Church Leadership in Ohio start this Sunday with the West Ohio Conference. The East Ohio Conference begins the following Sunday, June 15. Welcome!

The now infamous Mike Rose of Washington Properties (proposed developer of downtown Port Clinton and Waterworks) will give a special presentation to the board of trustees of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation on Wednesday, June 18, at Schedel Gardens in Elmore. The board meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. Attendees should RSVP to Jessica Kowalski no later then Wednesday, June 11, by calling 419-898-6242 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Local Hypno-Therapy practitioner David Prudhomme has partnered with Ruth Schneider to author a new self-help book from their “From Stressed to Best” program, which is being used by wellness practitioners in a Fortune 50 company and in nine countries around the world. David and Ruth run the Mederi Wellness Center at 230 Adams Street in Port Clinton. 

The Port Clinton Harbor Patrol will be doing boat safety inspections on Saturday, June 14, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Coastal Marine. They are welcoming all trailered boats to meet at the Coastal Marine Ramp. 

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 oakharborohio.net. If you would like to place your sale on the list, there is a minimum $3 minimum donation. Any questions, call the Chamber at 419-898-0479. The Oak Harbor Chamber is also offering a free sales training seminar on Thursday, June 12, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Ottawa County Resource Center. RSVP by calling the chamber by June 9. 

Stein Hospice will hold a Veteran Health and Information Fair this coming Wednesday, June 11, at the Camp Perry Conference Center. The fair is open to all Military, Veterans, family, friends and the general public. There will be a pinning ceremony to honor Vets at 1 p.m., Health Screenings with Magruder Hospital, Local, State, Federal and Community Exhibits to benefit Vets, door prizes, refreshments and giveaways. For more information contact Stein Hospice at 1-800-625-5269.

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.  

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 from Stein at 419-625-5269 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Tom Bloom at Materion at 419-862-4233 (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. 

Would you be interested in receiving instant messaging on your cell phone or your e-mail with news updates as we get them at The Beacon? If so, send your email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will begin to build a data base of readers who want those instant updates. I know I have mentioned it many times that our website, thebeacon.net is updated maybe a couple of times daily with fresh news and photos. Soon to come: Video. 

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 19actionnews.com. 

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.

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