Greg Deerhake, a son of the Marblehead Peninsula, and Magruder Hospital were honored Thursday evening at the 75th annual meeting of the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce at Catawba Island Club.
Deerhake was honored with the D.S. Kirkpatrick Award named for one of the original founders of the Chamber and former publisher of the Peninsula News. The award is to honor the dedication and unselfish devotion to the principles of service to the community through the Chamber of Commerce.
Magruder Hospital was named Business of the Year. Chamber President Al Stoss noted the more than 60 years of history and service provided by Ottawa County’s community hospital that opened in 1940. Magruder’s Chief Executive Officer, Mike Long, accepted the award on behalf of the Hospital and staff.
Peter Huston of Put-in-Bay and The Perry Group outlined the upcoming promotions planned for the Bicentennial Celebration of the Battle of Lake Erie coming up in 2013. He noted that a number of events will actually take place this summer, including a mock “Declaration of War” ceremony and the appearance of a U.S. Navy Frigate (Perry Class) that will be making a trek in August from Toledo to Cleveland. A U.S. Navy Band is scheduled to play during the Historic Weekend at Put-in-Bay the second weekend in September. More than 10 tall ships will be on hand in September of 2013 to re-enact the battle and will be staying at different ports throughout our area.