Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

By John Schaffner

Of course, everybody wants to know when the various fireworks displays are…so here you go. First up is Catawba Island off the Catawba Island Club pier. They go off at dusk on Thursday (tonight), July 3, as are Oak Harbor’s along the Portage River downtown. Gates open in Oak Harbor at 5 p.m. with food, entertainment, giant inflatables, the royal duck race, 50/50 drawings and a beer tent. Port Clinton, Lakeside and Put-in-Bay go off on Friday, July 4. Port Clinton is having a full day of events, starting with a Squirt Gun Run/Walk 5K with registration at 8 a.m. at the foot of Jefferson Street. They will also have a Firecracker Cutie Contest at 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, along with an Ice Cream, Apple Pie & Hot Dog Social from 3-8 p.m. There will be a Classic Car show on the 200 block of Adams Street from 3-7 p.m., a Voices of Freedom Concert at 7 p.m. followed by a Family Dance Party from 8-10 p.m. at Waterworks Park. Cedar Point will have fireworks both July 4 & 5, while Bay Point will hold a special fireworks show on Saturday, July 5. 

This is 4th of July Weekend. As of Tuesday, the weather forecast for the weekend was darn near perfect! So what does this mean? Let’s start out with a “Statement of the Obvious” … the traffic in our local area is going to be horrendous! Be sure to allow yourself some extra time to get to where you are going and don’t get frustrated. Be patient! Enjoy the long weekend. Most of all, remember that the 4th of July is Independence Day; a great time to reflect on the many freedoms we enjoy and the many sacrifices made by those who defended those many freedoms over the years, from our founding fathers right on to today. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Vickie Kozak from Marblehead who was one of 178 people to find our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Stein Hospice on page 9A in last week’s Beacon. Vickie wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores as well as a free doormat from our friend Tom McIntire at Captain’s Carpets, the customized carpet place at Fort Firelands. 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

The annual migration of participants to the National Rifle and Pistol Matches begins next week with the First Shot Ceremony at Camp Perry this coming Monday, July 7, at 10 a.m. The longtime director of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, Gary Anderson, has the well-deserved honor of firing the first shot to open the matches. They will also dedicate the Gary Anderson CMP Competitive Center at 11 a.m. at Camp Perry. Gary was instrumental in helping to keep the National Matches at Camp Perry when the CMP was privatized several years ago. He helped make the CMP a private entity that thrived under his leadership. 

The Catawba-Marblehead Parade of Homes was once again a HUGE SUCCESS. Once again, we had literally hundreds of folks following the Parade of Homes trail on Catawba and Marblehead. Our Salvation Army Fund-raising Party at Mon Ami was also a big success, raising over $1,000 for Salvation Army locally. 

Otterbein North Shore will host an all-day open house and concert on the lawn on Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the open house, you can enter to win a flat screen TV and tour their model patio home and apartment. At 4 p.m. there will be music in the air featuring Tim Blake and Michele, talented musicians and entertainers from the Cleveland area. It will be an outdoor concert so bring your lawn chairs. Appetizers and cold beverages will be provided. 

You have an opportunity to experience the art form of “Impressionism” presented by artist Sean Crum. It all starts this evening at 7 p.m., at the Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton, on Madison Street just south of the train viaduct. 

The Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus invites kids of all ages to help kick off their 4th of July Holiday Weekend by participating in their indoors Independence Day Parade. It will take place today (Thursday, July 3) starting at 2 p.m. Kids are asked to decorate their bikes, trikes and wagons while the adults can bring their noise-makers and smiles. There will be refreshments and prizes after the parade in their multi-purpose room. 

Bill VanderGiessen and Ron Miller have come together to offer a new entertainment venue in Port Clinton. Thanks in large measure to the success of the Listening Room at Our Guest Inn and Suites, there will now be a new local talent Listening Room on Thursdays, beginning July 17 at 7 p.m., in the loft above Cielo Grande. The host each Thursday will be Port Clinton’s own Ron Nisch. There will be no cover charge, however they do ask that guest purchase a minimum of 2 drinks or 1 menu item/plate of tapas. 

Mark your calendars for the annual Catawba Volunteer Fire Department’s Chicken Barbecue on Saturday, July 12, at the Fire Station on Cemetery Road. It all starts at 3:30 and ends at 7:30. They will also have a reverse raffle that day as well. It seems just about every resident of Catawba Island goes, or at least picks up a carryout chicken dinner. They have plenty of parking just west of the fire station. 

The next iPad class at Otterbein North Shore near Lakeside is Friday, July 11, starting at 10 a.m. for beginners while the intermediate class starts at 11 a.m. The second class will feature how to store your photos, documents and music files. 

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.  

The 6th Annual Howard Hanna Choo Choo Chow Chow Golf outing benefiting the Children’s Free Care Fund will be held on Monday, August 11, at Catawba Island Club. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $125 which includes a continental breakfast, a snack and lunch. You can pre-register by contacting the Howard Hanna Catawba Office at 419-734-5751.

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