It's spaghetti dinner time!

Don’t forget the Kiwanis Spaghetti Lunch/Dinner this Friday, April 20. They will be serving at St. John’s Lutheran Church Hall from noon to 7 p.m. If you have never tasted Mark Giaco’s Schaffnerspectacular spaghetti sauce, you are really missing out! You get a full dinner with a large meatball (no, Mark is NOT the “meatball”) for only $8. (Well, maybe he is kind of a meatball!!!)

The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce announces the rededication of the improvements to Veterans Park on Monroe Street in downtown Port Clinton. The project was a joint venture between the City of Port Clinton and the American Legion. The ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. this Friday, April 20, at the new gateway to Veterans Park.

Our Find Wylie winner this week is Don Lewis, of Marblehead, who found Wylie in the ad for Fourth of July Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament on page 6A in last week’s Beacon. Don wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, 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,

I had a nice chat with Mellissa Rose at the Port Clinton Rite Aid store last week. They are doing a variety of fundraisers for the Children’s Miracle Network in the weeks to come. The first one is a Bake Sale this Saturday and Sunday, followed by a yard sale on April 27-29. They will also be sponsoring a Safety Town and Pet Parade on May 5, a Car and Bike Show on May 12, with food, music, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. If it rains that day, it will be held on May 19.

The second annual dinner to benefit the Kathryn Cobbledick Art Scholarship will be held this Saturday, April 21, at Avery’s. The event honors the memory of the young lady who passed away way too soon from cancer. She used to annually lead first lap at the Relay for Life, which was extremely inspirational, to say the least. This year, two Danbury seniors, Allison Hohman and Dalton Chapman will receive $1,000 scholarships from this event. At the dinner, hosted by Josie and Scott Kluding, there will be an art raffle and entertainment. For reservations, call Avery’s at 419-798-1700.

The Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary is holding a special Donations Open House from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the shelter, 3620 E. State Road near the intersection of Ohio 2 and 53. There will be music, food and fun. They will also feature professional dog training. All of the donations go to the care of the animals there.

Also this Saturday, April 21, the Oak Harbor High School Choirs will hold the semi-annual Community Service Auction. Pre-sale tickets are $10, which provides the buyer with a lasagna dinner and the ability to bid on all of the Silent and Grand Auction items. The High School students themselves will be the Grand Auction items. They include: cut and deliver firewood, house and garage cleaning, lawn work, maintenance and much more. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. The Grand Auction starts at 7 p.m. For tickets or information, call the high school at 419-898-6216, ext. 334.

St. Paul United Church of Christ in Oak Harbor is hosting a Community Sale/Rummage Sale/Vendor Gala from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the church, 165 Toussaint St. There will be great deals galore on household items, electronics, toys and much more. Some of the vendors represented will be Avon, Celebrating Home, Premier Jewelry, Body by Vi, Miche, Pampered Chef and a whole lot more. The Oak Harbor Relay for Life team will be serving refreshments. If you are interested in donating to the rummage sale, contact Jackie at 419-898-2045 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We are getting close to launch day. There are a lot of boats that are already in the water, thanks to our unusually warm spring. Anyway, I wanted to give a “shout-out” to Jeff and Ann Scott and their crew at Mirror Image Boat Detailers. They put a new paint job on my boat this year, and it looks like brand new!!! Excellent work!!! I highly recommend them!!!

Patty Kirsch sent me a note to thank all of the volunteers and patrons of the St. Boniface Fish Fries during Lent. OK … I did it!

Friday, April 27, is the Texas Hold’em Tournament at the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus Hall, 109 E. Perry St. The event benefits the Fourth of July Fireworks in Port Clinton. It is a $60 buy-in that includes food and beverages. The doors open at 5 p.m. with a table draw at 5:45. The first deal is at 6 p.m. It is open to everyone 21 years of age and older. Pre-registration is recommended by calling Debbie Tester at 419-732-3102.

The Friends of Port Clinton Parks has a new treasurer. Sharon Mefford, who has been performing that function for several years now, decided to step down and turn over the checkbook to Dave Mehl. The group has several projects on its list for 2012, including replacing the wall and sidewalk around the Lakeview Park garden rebuilt by Masonry Construction. Also, the City has a small statue of a little girl walking her dog which will be placed in the garden. They are also planning several small concrete pads just south of the north parking lot so that the trash containers don’t have to be put on the sidewalk. They also would like to purchase some new picnic tables. To complete these projects, they need to raise about $2,500 this year. If you can help, send your check to Friends of Port Clinton Parks, 105 Hayes Ave., Port Clinton, OH 43452.

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