Conestoga group holds first potluck of the season

One of Port Clinton’s top success stories is the Conestoga Neighborhood on the City’s east end. Since the neighbors joined together to make that part of Port Clinton a better place, crime rates and police calls have dropped dramatically. The first meeting/potluck of the year for the group will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday, May 10). The meeting will be held at John Schaffnerthe Lakeview Park shelter house. Mayor Vince Leone will be the featured speaker and Charlene Watkins from WSOS will also be on hand to discuss the Chip Program.


For your entertainment enjoyment this weekend, may I suggest Mon Ami where your favorite local band, the Travelin’ Lounge Lizards, will be “Rocking the House” both Friday and Saturday nights.

Our Find Wylie winner this week is Steve Monak, of Marblehead, who was among 131 contestants who found Wylie in the ad for First Federal Savings  on page 9A in last week’s Beacon. Steve 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,

Lakeside United Methodist Women will hold their famous Recycling Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 11 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the South Auditorium in Lakeside (across from the Church). Saturday, there will be a $1.50 bag sale starting at noon. There is no entrance fee to get into Lakeside this time of year.

This Saturday, May 12, marks the 20th anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. When your letter carrier comes by on Saturday, he/she will hopefully pick up a bag of non-perishable food. All you have to do is place it next to your mailbox Saturday morning and your postal workers will deliver it to a local food bank.

This Sunday afternoon, a pair of historic Piper Cub airplanes land at the Port Clinton Airport. Two pilots, Joe Murray and Ron Siwik will be leaving Kent State to fly their way across the northern part of Ohio to spend the afternoon and evening in Port Clinton. The pair is attempting to set a record of flying to and landing in every county in the State of Ohio, all 88 of them. Their goal is to land in 10 or so airports a day as they zigzag their way, eventually ending up in, where else, Dayton. Thanks to Dave Hirt for the tip.

Bob Clemons Boats in Bayview will be giving folks free boat rides all this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Public Library. Peggy Lauritzen will speak on making the best use of the genealogy website, Family Search. All members and individuals interested in doing family research are invited.

Jay and Margaret Mann will be involved in their last concert next Saturday, May 19, after 10 years serving on the coordinating committee of the Firelands Musical Arts Series. Michael Shirtz and his Jazz Quartet will perform in concert that evening at 7:30 p.m. at Firelands Presbyterian Church. The couple is moving to Colorado. Jay was one of the founding members of the group and holds a Ph.D. in Music from Heidelberg. He has chaired the organizing committee since its inception. Margaret has been a Music Teacher in local schools also for the past 10 years.

On Sunday, May 20, from 8 a.m. to noon, the Port Clinton Elks Lodge will kick off their Sunday Breakfasts with a special fundraiser for Gene Holcomb, who was a longtime Service Manager at Gordon Cooper Motor Sales. Gene has fallen on some difficult times, losing the use of his right arm and has had both legs amputated due to diabetes. They will be serving an all-you-can-eat buffet that Sunday for just $10 with proceeds earmarked to help Gene get along just a little better in his battle with diabetes.
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The DeMars Game Feed will be held on Thursday, May 17, at the clubhouse on Ohio 53 and Muddy Creek Road. It is open to the public and many of the duck hunters from our area are usually there. Tickets are $20 per person. For information, contact Rick Nemecek at 419-732-3624.

The Ottawa County Republican Women host “Republican’s Night Out” on Thursday, May 24, at Mon Ami. The mixer starts at 5:30 p.m. and the big speaker for the evening will be “Joe the Plumber” whose real name is Joe Wurzelbacher. He is running against Marcy Kaptur for the 9th District Congressional Seat. Reservations need to be in by Friday, May 18, and are $20 per person. For information, call Joyce Murphy at 419-734-3459.

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