We had a lot of local folks as well as folks with local ties perform well in last weekend’s Mills Trophy Yacht Race. Jim Fredericks and his crew got first place in the multi hull class sailing Big Storm. My nephew Chip Schaffner was tactician aboard the J-122 First Tracks took first in class and second overall on the long course —72 miles. Dave Caracci of Catawba sailed his 24-foot Cracker Jack to first place in JAM D. Also Rob Kyle, a member of Port Clinton Yacht Club, sailed Sally Jo to second place in his class.
The Ottawa County Commissioners will mark the 200th Anniversary of the Declaration of War marking the beginning of the War of 1812 this Monday, June 18, at 11:45 a.m. at the flagpole area on the west side of the courthouse. The current U.S. flag will be replaced by the 15-star, 15-stripe flag which will fly periodically from that date until Feb. 17, 2015. At noon, churches countywide will ring their bells to tie in with similar events happening Statewide. The public is encouraged to participate.
Old Friend and entrepreneur, Bill Yuhasz, who owns Great Lakes Popcorn and Kokomo Bay down on North Madison, has decided to “go for it” with big time entertainment this summer at Mango Mama’s, a great bar tucked in behind the two front stores. On Wednesday evenings, he is having comedians in for a bunch of laughs. On Thursday nights, Ronnie Howard and Richie Saponari are bringing back the popular Island Idol Karaoke competition. Then he is bringing in live bands and video DJs for Friday and Saturday nights. Check it out!
Our Find Wylie winner this week is Kathy Krzynowek of Cleveland (maybe Parma?) who was among the more than 180 contestants who found Wylie in the ad for Firelands Symphony on page 9A in last week’s Beacon. Kathy 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 “Family Fun Day” will be held this Saturday, June 16, in the parking lot of Community Markets in Port Clinton from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will feature the Stir Crazy Band, a Fishbowl Auction and a bunch of cool items being raffled. You can buy your raffle tickets at the store on Thursday and Friday, and they will be on sale outside the store at the event. There will also be kids games, a cookout, family craft area, root beer floats and lots of vendors. All proceeds raised will go to the Walleye Madness at Midnight to help continue the tradition of the New Year’s Walleye Drop in downtown Port Clinton.
Bring your dog to the Humane Society of Ottawa County’s first “Dog Wash” of the summer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Dubbert’s Marine on East Harbor Road. Only $8 gets your dog a fine flea bath and a doggie treat! Bring two dogs and the cost is $15, and just $20 for three dogs. The Humane Society is still accepting items for their “Upscale Garage Sale” to be held June 22-24 at Harbor Light Landing. To donate, call 419-734-5191 or bring your donation to the shelter on Sand Rd.
Tournament of Roses time … congratulations to John and Carolyn Spieldenner who will be celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss this Saturday, June 16. John purchased Young’s Floor Covering back in the 1980s, and established an outstanding business that his children Pete and Lisa carry on today. They are truly two of the nicest people you could ever know.
Matt Bockbrader, a Port Clinton High School graduate from 1988, is featured on Fox8.com in an article titled “Amputee Cyclist Tries for Paralympics.” Matt lost his leg in an accident while working on one of the ferry boats.
The Conestoga Neighborhood Group will have a meeting/pot luck from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, June 14, at the Shelter House in Lakeview Park. Everyone is welcome.
The VFW Post 7572 in Marblehead is holding special meals three days a week. On Mondays it’s Wing Night from 5 to 7 p.m. On Wednesday it’s Burger Basket Night and on Fridays you can choose from their regular menu. All meals are open to the public.
American Legion Post 113 in Port Clinton is hosting its annual Garage Sale this Saturday, June 16. The hours of the sale are 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Mondays in June, Steve and Lisa Gilliland at Underwood’s Grill in Port Clinton will be donating 30 percent of their food sales between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m. to the Friends of Port Clinton Parks. That group is $1,500 short of obtaining a plaque to re-name the Pavilion in honor of Bob Underwood. They also have Bob Underwood Cookbooks on sale there also.