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Happy Memorial Day!

It is Memorial Day Weekend and the traffic in our area will be crazy, so just take your time and enjoy the ride if you have to get somewhere, especially in the area close to the Walleye John SchaffnerFestival near downtown Port Clinton. Also, remember what this weekend is REALLY all about. It is about honoring the memories of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom. Port Clinton’s Memorial Day services begin at 9 a.m. at Port Clinton Yacht Club to honor those who lost their lives at sea. At 10 a.m. the Memorial Day Parade will form at the Middle School and proceed to the newly refurbished Veterans Park on Monroe Street. Lt. Col. Barbara Herrington-Clemens, Garrison Commander at the Camp Perry Training Center, will give the principal address.



Last Thursday, I was honored along with Dr. Barry Cover to speak at the graveside services for Fredericka Thompson, who passed away last week. She was a speech and history teacher at Port Clinton High School, and even though I only had 12 weeks of speech my senior year, she had a huge impact on me and my life. She made a huge impact on a lot of lives at PCHS. Thanks Freddie! She wanted no obituary, no viewing, only the graveside service, but I know there are a lot of former students out there who would want to know of her passing.



Our Find Wylie winner this week is Connie (Woolley) Hetrick, from Fremont, who was among 126 contestants who found Wylie in the ad for Starcher on page 10A in last week’s Beacon. Connie 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 www.thebeacon.net.



A quick reminder that The Beacon office will be closed Monday or Memorial Day. That means that the cutoff for classified ads will be 4 p.m. Friday, May 25, for our May 31 edition.



This Memorial Day weekend, Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary will be hosting a one-day garage sale to benefit the animals there. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Sanctuary at 3620 E. State Road, just west of the intersection with Ohio 53 and 2.



Congratulations to a couple of new businesses holding Grand Openings this weekend. Sherry Roberts and Lake Erie Boutique Realty are holding one from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 27, in Suite A at 205 SE Catawba Rd. (Beacon Place Business Center). Sumpthin’ Fishy, located across from Marblehead Bank on the Peninsula, is celebrating its grand opening Friday and Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m. They feature Lake Erie Perch, perch sliders, spicy fish tacos and much more.



Riders Unlimited will be hosting an open house of its own from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at the new facility located at 3140 N. Behlman Road near Oak Harbor. You can learn about their community programs. They link handicapped individuals to horses and the combination is magical.



Camp Dylan, a camping and skill training program sponsored by Lake Point Baptist Church in Port Clinton, is hosting a Trap Shoot Fundraiser this Saturday out at Camp Perry. Registration is $35 per person. For information, contact Tom Johnson at 419-266-4978.



Faith United Methodist Women’s Group is hosting a Flea Market at Port Clinton’s City Park on Tuesday, July 31. They are looking for Flea Market and Garage Sale Vendors. If you are interested, call Stacy at 419-635-2257.



The Ken Landon Family Lake Erie Fishing Classic will be held June 14-15 at Catawba Island Club. It is a Redbone Walleye Tournament started 10 years ago by Susan and Ken Landon to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Susan passed away much too soon last year after a long battle with cancer. The event is one of the biggest on Lake Erie. For information, contact Glenda or Len Partin at Jack Bradley Realty, 419-734-5551.



The Port Clinton Lions Club will hold a chicken barbecue on Saturday, June 9, at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton. Chicken dinners will be available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or until they are sold out. Advance tickets are $7.50 and are available from any Lions Club member. They will be $8.50 the day of the event. For information about tickets, call Patti Howell at 419-734-2308.

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