Kelley Island News

Kelley Island News
13 Jan, 2019

-By Leslie Korenko   VFW Potlucks started on December 9 there is a new face behind the bar, Erica Pogalies Poston. We bid a sad goodbye to Patti Fresch who brought some new faces into the VFW (particularly in the winter!). The Kelleys Island Board of Education announced that they will not collect eight mills of real estate taxes for 2019. This results in a savings to Island property owners of about $627,160. This is the 19th consecutive year property owners have realized a savings. The Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line said thanks to Islanders with a free trip the...

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Do Rabbits Get Poison Ivy

Do Rabbits Get Poison Ivy
12 Jan, 2019

-By Gordy Barr   Twelve billion years ago, a giant star exploded. Stuff was flung everywhere. Among the ruin of debris, a molten chunk began to cool as it spun and took on a circular shape. 1) The Earth was formed! Meadow Lark Lemon would later use this same technique to spin a basketball on his index finger when the Harlem Globetrotters played the hapless Washington Generals. 2) Some might argue that God (substitute your choice of higher being if Christianity is not to your liking) created the earth (and stocked it with interesting creatures) in seven days. Clearly a...

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PIBIO

PIBIO
11 Jan, 2019

PACE, not too good to be true – By Peter Huston     Imagine if you just happened to attend a Lake Erie Shores and Islands Lodging Partner meeting and some guy gets up to talk and explains that he want to had you a quarter of a million dollars? $250k! Obviously the guy is in concussion protocol or is about to explain how he got rich taking out small ads in the newspaper across America. You think, “I have seen this infomercial”!   This fellow’s name is Jerry Arkebauer and he is with the Erie County Port Authority. I...

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Lake Erie Islands Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Lake Erie Islands Audubon Christmas Bird Count
10 Jan, 2019

– By lisa Brohl   The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count was held on the Lake Erie Islands on Sunday, December 16, 2018. The day was unusually warm with a little drizzle in the morning but the sun came out occasionally making for mild winter weather. With the open water and unfrozen marshes on the mainland, there were few waterfowl compared to past years. It was a relatively quiet day in the woods and feeders as well with pockets of bird activity when the sun came out.   The South Bass count started with a great horned owl on a...

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Milestones

Milestones
9 Jan, 2019

Graduated   Cody Porche Congratulations to Cody Porche (PIBHS Class of 2014) who graduated from Kent State University in December with a degree in Middle Childhood Education. Cody, who works summers as a dock master at the Crew’s Nest, believes he is the first person in his immediate family to graduate form a University. Cody is Dusty Dykeman’s grandson.   Obituaries   Doris Drake Doris Katharine McKenzie Drake (March 15th, 1930 – November 23rd, 2018), a member of the Put-in-Bay community for over thirty years, passed on from this world after 88 years of living her best life on her...

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Vice-Commander…Ahoy

Vice-Commander…Ahoy
8 Jan, 2019

Put-in-Bay Maritime Academy (Part 2) By Paul Bolden, Flotilla Vice-Commander for the Auxiliary Unit at Coast Guard Station Marblehead   First, I have a special thanks to Coast Guard Auxiliarist Phil Steinle for his clarification for question 1 of last month’s quiz which was appreciated. This is part 2 of our PIB Maritime Academy. During our second off-season mariner class we are going to focus on “ Aids to Navigation” (Atons) encountered in and around South Bass Island. This is not a complete list of aids, rather common ones seen in the waters around the island. No cheating.   Quiz...

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St. Paul’s is Ready for a New Year

St. Paul’s is Ready for a New Year
7 Jan, 2019

St. Paul’s has improved and fixed many things in the past year. The final “upgrade” is making the bathrooms brighter and a little more accessible. Bob White was the Project coordinator. Jennie Burgess was given the honor of doing the ribbon cutting since she was one of the first to suggest the upgrades. Olivia Christensen and Harper Scarpelli had a close-up view of the ribbon cutting. The bathroom and a recent necessary re-roofing of the bell tower were possible due to our five year “Planting for Tomorrow” Campaign.   In addition, an anonymous donor provided St. Paul’s with a complete...

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A boat ride to Pelee

A boat ride to Pelee
6 Jan, 2019

It couldn’t have been a better day. The lonely, flat gray lake at the end of November, was just perfect for the group of questionable islanders to head to Pelee Island in two boats for lunch. It was a convincing story if there were stopped crossing the border this late in the season.   The group consisted of the “Gray Ghost” running his boat and the “Captain” running the second and faster boat. On board the first boat with Ghost were a (re)tired old captain who we will call “Cap,” his wife the “Island Tree Lady,” the “Diplomat,” and one...

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The Famous Town Hall on Put-in-Bay

The Famous Town Hall on Put-in-Bay
4 Jan, 2019

The famous town hall on Put-in-Bay (or South Bass Island) is an iconic landmark. Like Perry’s Victory Monument that commemorates the War of 1812, tourists come from all around the world to experience its majesty. As many travelers have discovered, Put-in-Bay is the crown jewel of the Lake Erie Islands, and it’s no surprise that countless guests are thrilled to book their stays at first-rate island resorts like the Put-in-Bay Hotels, Put-in-Bay Cabins, Put-in-Bay Condos, and the Island Club so they can explore the town hall and the rest of the island’s wonders. The Town Hall: A Need in the...

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