There she is, Mrs. Ohio America

Cynthia Rumball of Port Clinton sent me a note this week to announce that her niece, Shaylyn (Tewers) Ford of Columbus was recently crowned “Mrs. Ohio America 2014”. She is the daughter of former Port Clinton resident Mark Tewers and granddaughter of Carolyn and the late Ron Tewers. Doesn’t she look a lot like Cynthia? She will be competing in the Mrs. America 2014 Pageant in Tucson, Arizona on August 29. 

We have received several very nice commendations, along with our friends at Suburban and Metro Press on the west end of Ottawa County, for Free Community Newspaper Month. In addition to resolutions from Port Clinton City Council and the Ottawa County Commissioners, we received notification of resolutions from Ohio Legislature, compliments of State Senator Randy Gardner, and also from Ohio Governor John Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor. For over 31 years (and a lot longer for Suburban Press) The Beacon has served an important function providing timely local information to our readers, with the emphasis on positive local news. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Rick Bernard who was one of 219 people to find our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Terra State Community College on page 4A in last week’s Beacon. Rick 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 

Last weekend was a whirlwind! Friday night we attended the German “Hofbrau Haus” themed Club Red Extravaganza at CIC. Then on Saturday it was the Twarek Memorial Golf Tournament at Oak Harbor Golf Course, followed by the Tuscan Spaghetti Dinner at Port Clinton Yacht Club, followed by attending the performance of Blood, Sweat and Tears with Bo Bice at Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside. We saw a lot of old friends prior to the show, including several members of the Port Clinton High School Class of 1984 along with John and Cheryl Cooper. My very first “8-Track” was of Blood, Sweat and Tears. It was tremendous!

This weekend is Christmas in July! It has become a huge event on Put-in-Bay. So, the Salvation Army will have bunches of volunteers “ringing the bell” for their Christmas in July Red Kettle Campaign Friday through Sunday, July 25-27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be several kettle sites, including Bassett’s Market (that’s where I will be from 2-4 p.m. on Friday), the Jet Express along with five locations on Put-in-Bay. All proceeds help the Ottawa County Salvation Army Service Unit. Please be generous!

Pastor Bruce Bachelor-Glader at Trinity United Methodist Church in Port Clinton has begun a very interesting program, and it is NOT an extra church service! They have hooked up with a program titled “Lifetree” which features the playing of a DVD on an interesting topic of public importance. This Sunday, the program is titled “Miracles or Mere Coincidences?” It is at 6 p.m. at the Church located at 135 Adams Street in Port Clinton. Other topics coming up in August are “Overcoming Childhood Pain” (August 3); “Why do they Hate Us…Understanding Radical Islam” (August 10); along with three more scheduled for following three weeks of August. 

The Friends of Ida Rupp Public Library will hold their annual used book sale from July 31 to August 2 at the Library located at 310 S. Madison Street in Port Clinton. The pre-sale for Friends of the Library member sill take place from 5-7 p.m. on July 31. Memberships will be available at the door or in advance at the library circulation desk. The sale to the general public will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 1 and 9:30 a.m. to Noon on August 2.

The 9th Annual Terry Heise Scholarship Golf Classic will be held again this year at Oak Harbor Golf Course on Saturday, September 20. Terry was a local business owner (Port Clinton Glass, still run by his family) who was also very active in the community and served many years as a football and baseball coach. For more information or to register, contact Terry’s son Eric at 614-738-4957 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Next Wednesday, July 30, Otterbein North Shore Retirement Center is hosting a “Pinterest Party” from noon to 2 p.m. Pinterest is an online phenomena targeted to women and features lots of neat recipes. But, it is kind of like Facebook. Call to RSVP at 419-798-8250.

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. We have arranged to turn the meeting into a “Town Hall” session once a month featuring Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone. He will appear on Wednesday, July 30 from 9-10 a.m. He is anxious to “correct the record” responding to the rumors on the proposed improvement projects downtown and in Waterworks Park. 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 Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the 5th Semi-Annual Village Wide Garage Sale Days scheduled for August 22 & 23. If you would like to place your sale on their list, there is a $3 minimum donation and must be received by Monday, August 18. For more information, call the Chamber office at 419-898-0479. 

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their 21st Annual Jerry Lippus Memorial Classic Car Show on Saturday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown. For more information, contact the Chamber office at 419-734-5503 or go to their website at

The PC Chamber and Main Street Port Clinton are holding a Reverse Raffle Beach Party at Dock’s Beach House on W. Lakeshore Drive on September 20. Tickets are $100 each which includes dinner. Tickets are available at the Chamber office at 110 Madison Street, downtown; as well as Perfect Color Hair & Tan, Huntington Bank (downtown), AAA, First National Bank, or from any Chamber of Main Street Board Member.

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