More than 400 items collected on Mitten Tree

We did it — we broke the 400 mark for donations to our Mitten Tree! We collected 182 pairs of gloves and mittens, 130 hats and 101 scarves for a total of 413 items to help keep heads, hands and hearts warm this winter. The John Schaffnergood folks at the Salvation Army picked up the last load last Friday so our tree is now empty. Once again, we had many hand-made items this year so there is no doubt that our donors really put a lot of time and heart into this wonder Christmas tradition. Thanks to one and all.

Tonight there will be a little bit more on the line when Port Clinton plays at Oak Harbor in boys’ basketball. There will be a special drawing during the second quarter and at halftime, some lucky contestant will have a chance to make a lay-up, a free throw, a 3-point shot and a half-court shot to win a free 2-year lease on a Ford Escape from Tri Motor Sales in Oak Harbor. If you get this on Wednesday or early Thursday, you might want to call Tri Motors to register at 1-800-336-2931.

Linda Mulvey from the Lorain area was selected as our “Find Wylie” winner. She found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Nor’Easter Cove on page 5B last week. Linda wins a $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding 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

Cathy Allen will continue her annual gift-wrapping service until Friday, Dec. 23, when she will be at the Ottawa County Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to do last-minute wrapping for those late shoppers. Cathy will wrap gifts and provide the paper and ribbon in return for a donation to the Ottawa County Museum. Shoppers who have more than 10 gifts to be wrapped should call Cathy ahead of time at 419-260-3949 to make arrangements for pick up and delivery.

The Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will have the final Business After Hours tonight (Thursday, Dec. 15) at Bruno’s Pizzeria at 726 N. Main Street in Marblehead. As usual, there will be plenty of refreshments plus lots of prizes.

The Oak Harbor Vocal Music Department will present the annual Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. “Come and See the King” will feature the OHHS Women’s Choir, the Men’s Chorus, Third Inversion Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Mixed Choir as well as several featured soloists.

There will be a benefit for Patty Melchor Albertson this Saturday night at Mango Mamas in downtown Port Clinton. Defy Productions presents FIGHT NIGHT— a fight for Patty to help support her fight with cancer. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to that charity. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 17.

Congratulations to Todd Bickley who was sworn in on Dec. 3 as Commodore of Port Clinton Yacht Club for 2012. Dr. Mike Hablitzel will assume the duties of Rear Commodore.

We received word that Jared Rhode of Port Clinton is currently listed as the top Bass Angler on Lake Erie! An angler must participate in at least two major events in the past 5 years to be eligible. Jared has a total of 971.696 points, more than 50 points more than his nearest competitor.

I am one of those last-minute Christmas shoppers. I’m an old fashioned one at that. I hate to shop, so as long as I have to, why not go shopping where at least the people in the store know my name? You know what I mean — SHOP LOCAL when you can!

Has anybody noticed that the waters of Lake Erie are up considerably since last year at this time? According to the TV meteorologists, if we get just one more inch of rain before Dec. 31, we will set a new all time record for rainfall, more than 4 feet (48”) of rain! That is a lot of precipitation!

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