The Beacon’s annual Mitten Tree is beginning to fill up with Christmas decorations. Every year for the past 25 years (at least), we have collected gloves, mittens, scarves, hats and anything else we can fit on our tree to help keep needy heads, hands and hearts warm this winter. The Holiday Bureau will pick them up in early December for distribution. So, please bring contributions to the Mitten Tree to our office in the Beacon Place Business Center on Ohio 53 near the Goodwill Store.
Ryan Francis, the brother of local Chiropractor Dr. Kevin Francis, is in the military in Afghanistan. He is training Afghan troops there. He tells us that the Afghan soldiers are in need of clean socks, underwear and T-shirts. They are only issued one per person. They are also required to provide their own footwear. So, Dr. Francis has set up a collection box at his office at 122 W. Second St. in downtown Port Clinton across from the Post Office.
Hubert Mussehl was selected as our “Find Wylie” winner this week. He found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Sweet Home Eatery on page 6A last week. Hubert wins a $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ve hidden Wylie again this week. If you find him, just drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center, or hit the Find Wylie icon at www.thebeacon.net.
The Christmas Parade sponsored by the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton is Saturday at Noon. A Doggie Costume Contest is on the agenda and registration for decorated pooches starts after the parade in front of The Island House. A donation to the Humane Society of Ottawa County is all that is required to show off your canine family member for the holidays. The winner gets a trophy and other “goodies.”
And while you are downtown and doing a little shopping, Cathy Allen and friends will be wrapping gifts at the Ottawa County Museum on West Third Street from noon to 5 p.m. The cost is a donation to the museum. There will be homemade cookies, cocoa and tea and guest may visit the museum while their gifts are being wrapped. Donations of gift wrap and ribbons are also welcome. For nformation, call Museum Curator Peggy Debien at 419-732-1039.
The Marblehead Volunteer Fire Department is having its annual Children’s Christmas Party from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Station on Main Street. Santa will be there plus they will have games, cookies and punch.
There will be a Conestoga Neighborhood meeting and potluck in Port Clinton from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Sutton Center. Everyone is welcome.
Attention Seniors: Ida Rupp Public Library is bring back a favorite holiday event. Their Holiday Tea will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. You are asked to make reservations by calling 419-732-3212. Tea and cookies will be served. There will be Christmas Caroling from a local preschool class and a visit from Ida Rupp herself!
Last Friday, Nov. 25, First National Bank and its employees celebrated the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry by wearing team colors in exchange for donations to area food pantries. When all was said and done, approximately $800 worth of food was donated.
I got a note last week from old friend Rod Gale, who still hosts a local Cable TV show on high school athletics. He told me about a remarkable student athlete at Port Clinton High School, sophomore Abby Pitts, who earned All-Sandusky Bay Conference honors in TWO different sports: soccer and cross country! This is the first time I think I have ever heard of such a feat of athleticism. The girls cross country team finished first in the SBC, while the girls’ soccer team finished second — all with Abby’s help. I understand that there are more young athletes out there who are participating in two sports in a season and Abby’s coaches (Del Culver in cross country and Paco Romero in soccer) are working together to make it happen.