Mr. Washington goes to Washington

One of Catawba Island’s more “infamous” residents is Ernie Washington, seen here on the right with Congressman Bob Latta and local realtor Tomi Johnson. Ernie and Tomi took the Honor Flight from Toledo to Washington D.C. last week. Ernie enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and served in the Pacific during World War II. Ernie is an avid diver and used to own a dive shop in Mansfield. He has been responsible for the salvaging of several large and interesting objects in Lake Erie, including the one in front of Wendy’s as well as the ones at the Jet Express dock and Museum on Put-in-Bay. Steve Levorchick told me that he helped out with a recent dive on the Rt. 53 causeway searching for a murder weapon from a December Sandusky homicide. He has long been a member of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Team. It looks like Ernie enjoyed himself.

I had a chance to chat with Lesha Cuttaia who was the source for our story on the severe local heroin problem. She told me that nine local individuals are now in Florida in a specialized rehabilitation center who sought help directly as a result from the article that appeared in The Beacon a few weeks back. Sheriff Steve Levorchick also informed me that his office has received medicine that can be carried by every deputy that serves to reverse the affects of an opiate overdose. It is a big problem locally, but solutions are being sought and found.

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Tom Bryant of Marblehead who was one of 213 people to find our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Adventure Travel on page 6A in last week’s Beacon. Tom 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 

This Sunday, June 15, the Oak Harbor Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a Father’s Day “all you can eat” Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at St. Boniface Catholic Church starting at 9 a.m. The menu also includes homemade rolls, applesauce, coffee, hot chocolate and Juice. They are asking for a $6 donation for adults, with children under 12 eating for just $3. 

Congratulations to the following local students who earned Dean’s List status at Terra Community College in Fremont for the spring semester. Oak Harbor: Emily Bast, Timothy Delp, Ann Marie Detray, Jessica Dotson, Payson Galway, Jessica Lipstraw, Clark Miller, Aaron Smith, Ethan Valdez, and Samantha Wilkins. Port Clinton: Shelly Gambino, Ariel Gresh, Jessica Guerra, John Jadwisiak, Christine Minney, Brittany Mintum, Ambera Palmer, Roger Pean, Gabriel Reyna, Amanda Riznikove and Amber Wuersig. Marblehead: Michael Kirkpatrick. 

Speaking of successful local students, Brenna Peterson of Port Clinton made the Dean’s List at Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware, Ohio. Also, Erin Bryant of Oak Harbor was recognized at Baldwin Wallace University’s “Ovation 2014” which is the University’s premier capstone celebration of student achievement. She received the Chemistry Department’s Memorial Scholarship. Erin is a Chemistry major.

On May 27 at the Lakeside-Marblehead Post Office, a woman went into the post office with a large stack of letters to mail. She purchased stamps and moved over at the counter so the next person could be helped. She put the stamps on her letters and put them in the mail slot. When she went to her car, she found that she had left her keys on the counter, but when she went back inside, they were gone. Hopefully somebody accidentally picked them up. They can be returned to the Lakeside-Marblehead Post Office, no questions asked. 

Vacation Bible School for Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Port Clinton will begin this coming Monday, June 16, through Friday, June 20, from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration forms are available on the Church’s Website at, on Facebook, or at the Church office at 414 S. Madison Street. VBS is for children ages 3-11. Greg Fox is coordinator for this year’s VBS.

The 5th Annual 100 vendor Fabulous Flea Market, Artist and Craft Show will be held at Port Clinton’s Lakeview Park on Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are sold out for vendors now, but if you would like more information, call Stacey at 419-635-2257

This Wednesday June 18, Otterbein North Shore will host a complimentary lunch at Dianna’s Deli. After lunch, they will have a program about living at the popular Retirement and senior Lifestyle community. Those who do the tour afterward will be eligible for a drawing for a flat screen TV. For more information and reservations, call Jo Ann at 419-798-8250.

The Port Clinton Harbor Patrol will be doing boat safety inspections this 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. 

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 at Stein 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. 

Happy Father’s Day this Sunday! My friend Chuck Allendorf at the Port Clinton Ace Hardware Store is running an ad this week for a number of nice items on sale there. He also included a $5 coupon. Great timing just before Father’s Day.

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