The interest in our area was once again demonstrated to us this past weekend during the 2012 Parade of Homes. We had literally thousands of folks touring all of the top developments in our area. All of our customers on the Tour of Homes told us that they had incredible traffic over the weekend and will be able to spend the next several weeks just following up on the serious prospects. My thanks to our sponsors and to the developers for helping make the 5th Annual Catawba/Marblehead Parade of Homes a HUGE SUCCESS!!!
An old friend … and an old friend of Ottawa County is leaving us to be closer to his family. Dave “Coach” Martin of Oak Harbor moved to Columbus last Friday. He has been a long-serving member of the Ottawa County Community Foundation Board of Trustees and was probably the world’s foremost authority on the Port Clinton – Oak Harbor football rivalry. Dave was the Head Coach of the Rocket teams back in the early 1960s.
Our Find Wylie winner this week is Rich Bogacki who was among the 162 contestants who found Wylie in the ad for Jamie’s Carpet on page 6A in last week’s Beacon. Rich 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.
The Conestoga Neighborhood will have their potluck/meeting tonight, July 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Shelter House at Lakeview Park. Bring a covered dish to share and chow down!
My old friend Bob Gatewood, lead singer with Calabash, recently received a very special and long overdue honor. The Cleveland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gave the long time Put-in-Bay entertainer an Emmy Gold Certificate in honor of his 2003 Emmy nomination. Bob recently formed a new Country Music group called “Trailer Trash” that is making regular appearances at T&J’s Smokehouse on Put-in-Bay. Congratulations Bobby!
West Harbor Lagoon is holding their 9th Annual one-day community garage sale this Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are located on Ohio 269 across from East Harbor State Park.
If you missed the first dog wash of the season, here’s another chance to help the Humane Society of Ottawa County this weekend. They will be holding another dog wash at the Community Market location in Port Clinton from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The price for one dog is $8, two for $15 and 3 for $20.
A group is holding a special Kayak Demo Day to benefit the Marblehead Library Fund this Sunday, July 15 starting at 11 a.m. The cost is $20 with proceeds going to the Fund. It will be held at Lakeview Marina off North Shore Blvd. on the road to Lakeside. For more information, call 419-798-5221.
They are having a “Local Songwriter’s Night” at the new “Listening Room” at the downtown Port Clinton Our Guest Inn this Monday, July 16. Local featured artists will be Ron Nisch, Jerry Davenport and Ron Miller. Sounds like a fun night and it’s FREE!
Beginning this Monday, July 16, thanks to the Friends of Ida Rupp Public Library, you will be able to sign out an iPad for use inside the Library. Three iPads were purchased for adult use with funding from the Friends and are loaded with apps and ready to be explored. They will also be offering classes on how to use iPads on July 17 and 23. Call to register at 419-732-3212.
There are a couple of special events coming up this month at Harbor Lanes on Buckeye Blvd. in Port Clinton. First will be a Cornhole Tournament this Saturday July 14 with a $100 first prize based on 10 teams. Practice starts at 11 a.m. with the first round beginning at 12:30. The entry fee is $20 per team (pre-registered) and $30 per team for walk-ins. Then, later in the month on Saturday, July 28, there will be an indoor/outdoor Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reserve your spot now with only 15 spaces available inside. For more information about these events, call Sue at 419-734-2695.