Nature and nautical items and volunteers needed for MLHS

The Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society members are planning their annual Nature and Nautical sale for July 13. The sale has always been very popular and a good source of income for the MLHS. 

The MLHS is asking for help this year in collecting nature and/or nautical items for the sale. Any handcrafted items would be greatly appreciated, as are any items of a nature or nautical theme that are nearly new. Call Mary at 419-798-4877 to arrange pick-up of items.


Main Street Port Clinton announces Scavenger Hunt winners

Second Place team The Roadrunners

Third Place team the Sedlak-Murray Team

The first annual Main Street Port Clinton Scavenger Hunt was held on April 6.  Families and friends created teams to participate in this family-friendly event.  The teams had to visit 32 downtown businesses and correctly photograph the item based upon the clues.  Prizes donated from downtown businesses were awarded for first, second and third place. All competing teams were also entered to win Chamber gift certificates.


Kelsey K. concert headlines Ottawa County Fairgrounds Arena Fundraiser

On May 3-5 country music's Kelsey K. and the Buffalo Ridge Band will be at the Ottawa County fairgrounds in Oak Harbor to headline the Arena Fundraiser. 

The arena at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds has a heavy clay mixture. The footing for horses and riders has been dependent on the weather conditions. On a hot day, the footing becomes loose and the dust kicked up causes decreased visibility and the horses, riders and spectators inhale the dust. When the arena is watered, the relief is temporary because the bottom layers of the arena are not properly irrigated. When it rains, which seems to often happen during Fair Week, the water pools and the footing becomes slick and dangerous. A properly irrigated and prepared arena can help solve all these problems.


Boat haul-in season has arrived on the north coast

The Port Clinton Knights of Columbus will start their Summer Fish Fry schedule this Friday, April 12. They will be held the second Friday of every month this summer from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Denny Bergeman K of C Hall, 109 E. Perry Street. Your avorite Lake Erie Perch, Shrimp and “All You Can Eat” Pollock Dinners will be available. Also served are french fries, baked potato, Pierogi, cole slaw, macaroni & cheese, a dinner roll and all the fixings. Sandwich platters and desserts will also be available.

Congratulations to Dave Franck and his team at Tri Motor Sales in Oak Harbor. They were recently presented with the 2012 President’s Award from the Ford Motor Company for excellent customer service and satisfaction. This was the fifth time the dealership located on Rt. 19 South of Oak Harbor has received this award. 

Our Find Wylie winner for this week is Tom Russell of Fremont. He was one of 31 entries who figured out that our friendly fish wasn’t hiding ANYWHERE in last week’s Beacon. Tom 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, 

Mark Giaco and family will be back in the kitchen again on Friday, April 19, for the Annual Kiwanis Genuine Italian Spaghetti Dinner that serves from 12 Noon to 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Tickets are available from any Kiwanian, and you can enjoy lunch or dinner that day. All proceeds go to the many community projects supported by the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club. 

Now that Spring has finally sprung, take some time this weekend to head west to Genoa for the Spring Open House at Packer Creek Pottery. Jan and Joan Pugh will be there with some spectacular decorative pottery and accessories that you won’t believe, including an 8-inch Limited Edition Mother’s Day Plate, numbered and signed. You won’t be disappointed.

It is exciting to see so many local entrepreneurial adventures happening all around us. Next Tuesday, April 16, Mel and Barbara Ayers, who already own and operate two Nagoya restaurants, one here and one in Perrysburg, will open the new Italian cuisine Restaurant, Ciao Bella. With the Catawba Island Brewing Company and the Marbletucky Inn, I can see there will be lots of great new places to dine in our area this coming season. Congratulations to all, and good luck!

Haul-In Season is here! We are beginning to see our local marinas filling up their docks with boats. Also, the boatyards are humming with activity with boaters finally getting a chance to sand their boat’s bottom and polish the hull. Welcome back boaters!

The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting this Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Library in Port Clinton. The program will be presented by Derek Davey, a professional and certified genealogist and consultant from Toledo. He will talk on “Breaking Brick Walls, A-Z”. 

The Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society will hold its General Meeting on Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the Otterbein North Shore Retirement Center Activity Room. All folks interested in history and preservation of the Marblehead Lighthouse are encouraged to attend. 

The Friends of Immaculate Conception Catholic School will host the “Run for the Roses…Kentucky Derby” on Saturday, April 20, at the ICS Gym. This is their 27th Annual Benefit Auction, and the cost is just $25 per person, which includes admission, six drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres. Since seating is limited, you should make your reservations early. 

Attention Golfers! Mark down Friday, May 3, for the 2013 United Way Golf Invitational at Catawba Island Club. They will have shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 12 noon. The cost is $100 per golfer which includes brunch and a BBQ luncheon. Space is limited so register your foursome by April 19. To RSVP, call 419-734-6645 or email MJ Siewert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Port Clinton High School Class of 1978 is holding their 35-year reunion the weekend of August 9-11. Friday night they will be at Dock’s Beach House and Saturday they will hold their formal reunion event at Port Clinton Yacht Club. For more information, leave a message at 419-734-1168 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Want to win a $500 gas card? The Port Clinton 4th of July Committee is partnering with Friendship Food Stores for the month of April at both their stations in the PC area, 1810 E. Perry Street and 3800 State Road. They will be selling raffle tickets with the winner getting a grand prize of $500 gas card. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the 2013 4th of July celebration in Port Clinton. You can purchase your tickets for $1 each of 6 for $5 at any of the stores or you can contact Mike and Mary Ann Snider or Debbie Hymore-Tester. The drawing will be May 1. Good luck!

Interested in gardening but you don’t have the space? Come to the Beech Street Park Community Garden at 3rd and Beech Streets on Port Clinton’s east side on Thursday, April 25, at 10 a.m. to learn about organic gardening. If you can’t make it, call Dave Mehl at 419-206-0482 for more information about a 4’ x 8’ raised bed for 2013. Beds are available to any Port Clinton City resident. 

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