What a week and weekend it was for Dr. Darrel “Hab” Hablitzel last week.
This Saturday is THE BIG DAY. As Gem Beach Rocks Again! four great bands will be playing for eight continuous hours near the site of the original Gem Beach Dance Hall that was so popular back in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll. We are bringing it all back, The Cage, the music, the fun and laughter, Saturday, Noon to 8 p.m.
Beginning Sept. 10, Danbury Township will have new recycling containers, more frequent pickups and will be located at 419 S. Bridge Rd., which is also the site of the Police Station. This service is available 7 days a week during daylight hours and is only for residential use, not for businesses. They accept glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel cans, plastics stamped #1 and #2 as well as plastic containers stamped #3 through #7, flattened cardboard boxes and cartons (including soy milk cartons), junk mail, office paper, phone books, magazines and newspapers, including inserts. Bottles, jars, cans and cartons must be rinsed and the lids need to be removed. All containers that hold liquid must be emptied.
We made Wylie Walleye very hard to find last week. Our Find Wylie winner is Frances Szabo, who was among only 78 contestants who found Wylie hiding on the shoulder of one of the entertainers in the ad for The Listening Room on page 12A in last week’s Beacon. Frances wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores PLUS 2 tickets to Gem Beach Rocks Again on September 8. 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.
Three Red Cross Bloodmobiles are coming to our area this weekend. On Friday, Sept. 7, the Bloodmobile will be at Magruder Hospital from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, they will be at Catawba Township Hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Finally, The Bloodmobile will be making a visit to St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Marblehead on Wednesday, Sept. 12 from Noon to 5 p.m. Please take one of these opportunities to give the gift of life to a total stranger by giving blood.
The non-profit program, Riders Unlimited, is seeking hay. The therapeutic horseback riding program that really does wonderful things for handicapped individuals needs hay donated or offered at a reasonable price so their horses have plenty for the winter. For more information, contact Rebekah Recker at 419-898-6164 or 419-307-0222.
Congratulations to my old friend Bryan Huntley from Sandusky Sailing Club who was the winner of the coveted Green Jacket, emblematic of victory in PHRF Overall in last weekend’s Green Island Race. Also congrats to the team of Thomas and Park McRitchie of Port Clinton Yacht Club who won first place honors in PHRF A Division.
The Port Clinton Artists Club had new signs created this year for their Arts in the Park event. One of their big signs was stolen. They cost the club $565 each and they planned on changing the date on the sign for the upcoming events each year. To say the least, they would like the sign returned. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the sign, call Barbara Radebaugh at 419-341-0390.
The Port Clinton High School Class of 1967 is holding their 45th year Class Reunion the weekend of Sept. 8 and 9. They will meet up on Friday night, Sept. 7 at Bell Mell’s at 7 p.m. On Saturday they will have a table reserved at the Gem Beach Rocks Again event before heading to the Elks Lodge for dinner.
Once again, the more than 250 American Flags you saw lining E. Perry Street and Fremont Road in Port Clinton over the weekend didn’t get there by accident. They were placed there by the Ottawa County Republican Women’s Club.
The 2012 Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Golf Outing on Monday, Sept. 10 at the CIC golf links. Registration is $110 per player for the four person scramble. Interested players can sign up at the Chamber office at 110 Madison Street in downtown Port Clinton. They are also hosting a “Mini Golf” event at Island Adventures for just $40 per player. For more information, call the Chamber at 419-734-5503.
We’re just one week away from the biggest party of the year…the Gem Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion. It was about 20 years ago when Bob Hille and I first spoke about doing an all-day Woodstock-style rock concert out at Gem Beach to commemorate the place where he and I, along with thousands of other baby boomers, misspent so many hours of our youthful adolescence.
When I served as Chairman for United Way five years ago, I asked the question: “How do other resort-market United Way agencies raise funds?”
Chris Galvin told me directly, “Events!”
“Well,” I said, “I have an idea for a fundraising event.”
Thus the Gem Beach Rock ‘n Roll Reunion was born, and so it continues today…or at least on Saturday, Sept. 8 from noon to 8 p.m. Four bands playing all those oldies! What a party!!!
CORRECTION: In the story about the Tall Ships organizers last week, we made a slight error, well maybe not so slight! We reported that the Ohio State University Marching Band would be leading a parade on Sept. 1, 2012. Whoops! They will be here for the Tall Ships Celebration on Sept. 1, 2013, not this coming Labor Day weekend. They will be at the Port Clinton-Margaretta football game on Friday, Sept. 28, at True Lay Stadium. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
The American Cancer Society of Northwest Ohio is making it “5 o’clock in Port Clinton” all weekend long. Events include: “Island Doctor” at Kokomo Bay from 8 to midnight; the second annual Duck Drop at Monsoon Lagoon Saturday starting at 11 a.m.; the fourth annual Chemo Crawl from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday starting at Our Guest Inn and Suites in downtown Port Clinton; a reverse raffle at Mango Mamas at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and music with DJ Dale from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday night. For more information on how to participate, call 419-734-7111.
Our Find Wylie winner this week is Mike Freeh, of Fremont, who was among the 164 contestants who found Wylie hiding in the gutter in the ad for Gutter Topper on page 4B in last week’s Beacon. Mike wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores plus two tickets to Gem Beach Rocks Again on Sept. 8. 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.
St. Paul Lutheran Women will host their annual Peach Social this Saturday, Aug. 18, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the church Fellowship Hall at 541 S. Church Road in Danbury Township. They will feature homemade chicken noodle soup, sandwiches, homemade pie, ice cream, locally grown peaches, salads and beverages.
The Danbury High School Class of 1987 is holding its 25-year class reunion this weekend. They will meet up at 7 p.m. Friday night, Aug. 17, at Jamestown Tavern. Saturday they will have a tour of the school at 11 a.m. and then head to the beach at Bay Point afterward. They will enjoy refreshments at the pavilion there followed by even more frivolity at the Shores Club. The plan is to include any individual that was in the class at anytime throughout grades K-12.
The Port Clinton Elks Lodge is bringing back its famous Stag-er-oo, only now the name has been changed to the “Stag-er-oo & Ladies Too.” It will all take place at the lodge on Buckeye Boulevard starting at 11 a.m. and goes all the way until 10 p.m. There will be raffles, blackjack, the big six wheel, bingo and a Cornhole Tournament. Entry is $20 which gets you admittance, lunch and dinner! Lunch will be wings, sandwiches and the works. Dinner is a repeat of the lunch menu plus a big serving of Lake Erie Yellow Perch! Tickets are available at the Lodge, as well as Danbury Hardware, Port Clinton Ford, Frederick Insurance, Dublin Commercial Services, Lakeland Auto and Marine and National Bank of Ohio.
Don’t forget The Friends of Port Clinton Parks Annual Flea Market/Garage Sale at Lakeview Park this Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In response to popular demand, the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce has decided to add a second Village Wide Garage Sale this year. The sale dates will be Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25. If you would like to be added to the list of sales, call the Chamber at 419-898-0479. The lists, when completed, will be available at the Chamber office and at the Oak Harbor Public Library.
The Port Clinton Kiwanis Club is launching a brand new fundraising event … “An Evening at the Races” on Friday, Oct. 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Knight’s of Columbus Hall on Perry Street in downtown Port Clinton. Tickets are on sale for $25 per person, which includes dinner, one drink ticket and lots of betting opportunities. It should be a lot of fun, so put it on your calendar right now! I have tickets available at The Beacon.