Rally for the Kids!

The Knoll Crest Shopping Center parking lot will be the site for a very special event this Saturday, May 19. It is a Rally for Kids in support of CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — and Joyful Connections. There will be gobs of activities for young and old alike. All of the activities for the kids will be free. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s office will be there for child Schaffnerfingerprinting. There will also be a 5K run/walk, a Cornhole Tournament, a sidewalk sale with 20 vendors, basket raffles, food and a Grocery Run Raffle for a 3-minute shopping spree at Bassett’s Market. So, make it a point to stop by and join in the fun this Saturday.


Also, this Saturday, the Marblehead Peninsula Lions Club will sponsor a pancake breakfast at the Marblehead VFW from 8 to 11 a.m. The money raised will be given to Jack Mutach to assist him financially with installing a handicap ramp and possibly a lift chair. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

Our Find Wylie winner this week is Jack Caudill of somewhere with an area code of 937! He was among 133 contestants who found Wylie in the ad for Lakeside Association’s Orchestra Hall on page 6A in last week’s Beacon. Jack wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. Interestingly, about two-thirds of the entries are being sent to us via the icon on our website,! 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

The annual Gardner’s Plant Sale will be held this Saturday, May 19, at John Braun Park on Catawba just off Northeast Catawba Road. They will have perennials, annuals and a whole lot more from the gardens and garages of the folks who belong to the Catawba Garden Club. They will also have tools and accessories, a kid’s corner and a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May I suggest you arrive early.
Also Saturday will be the Lake Erie Herb Society’s annual plant sale at Lakeview Park on Perry Street, Port Clinton. Annuals, perennials and more will be available for purchase from 9 a.m. to noon.

This Sunday, May 20, from 8 a.m. to noon, the Port Clinton Elks Lodge will kick off their Sunday Breakfast series 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.

Speaking of Catawba, the Township’s Recycling Bins have been moved from behind the fire station to the Township Compost and brush collection area just east of the Township Hall on Cemetery Road. I had to find it on Monday taking our plastic cans and collection of old newspapers for recycling.

A new rising star among Ohio Republicans, Josh Mandel, candidate for the U.S. Senate, has been added as one of the speakers for the “Republican’s Night Out” on Thursday, May 24, at Mon Ami. Mandel joins “Joe the Plumber” otherwise known as Joe Wurzelbacher, as a featured speaker. Wurzelbacher is running against Marcy Kaptur for the 9th District Congressional Seat. The event, hosted by the Ottawa County Republican Women, starts at 5:30 p.m. with a mixer. Reservations need to be in by Friday, May 18, and are $20 per person. For information, call Joyce Murphy at 419-734-3459.

Jay and Margaret Mann will be involved in their last concert this 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 last 10 years.

Enjoy a “Room with a View” at the Catawba Island Club on Thursday, May 24, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Otterbein Homes. That same Michael Shirtz Quartet will entertain before, during and after when the sun sets off CIC that evening. There will be hors d’oeuvres and special raffles to go along with the view. Auction items include a one-week stay at a cottage in Lakeside and many more. Tickets are $60 per person and are available by calling 419-798-8203.

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