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June 2021 Gazette – Kelleys Island News (and other islands)

June 2021 Gazette – Kelleys Island News (and other islands)
3 Jun, 2021

Kelleys Island News By Leslie Korenko Summer came on so suddenly, as I write this it is already pushing the high 80s. Looks like it will be a warm summer. The best part, the forecast for the algae bloom looks good with only a small impact this year. Midges (muffleheads) suddenly appeared and are everywhere. Next to come? The Mayflies. Parking at the Marblehead ferry dock has gone up to $15 and the ferry fees increased too. On the 20th, orange notices appeared on car windows notifying vehicle owners of the need for a KI parking permit. The school gym...

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May 2021, In the News…

May 2021, In the News…
14 May, 2021

In the News…   Kimble Hired as Full-time Chief At a special meeting in April, the Put-in-Bay Village Council confirmed James Kimble as Put-in-Bay’s Chief of Police. Chief Kimble has served in an interim capacity since June 2020, and brings decades of law enforcement experience to the job. Applause broke out from the public attending the meeting when the vote was announced. Mayor Dress recommended Kimble for the police chief job and council members Judith Berry, Kelly Faris, Jacob Market and Jeff Koehler voted “yes” to hire him. Council member Michael McCann recused himself from the vote and council member...

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May 2021 Gazette – Stories from the Island

May 2021 Gazette – Stories from the Island
7 May, 2021

Rock of Ages By Gordy Barr On the west point of Middle Bass Island there is a black granite boulder that is split in half. In 1965, it was solid, and in my child’s view nothing in the world could ever break that rock. It was dragged here from the upper Canadian shield (1,000 miles away) by glaciers 10,000 years ago. The mile high glaciers melted. The glaciers carved out the Great Lakes. Boulders like this one littered the beaches of the western basin of Lake Erie. The beauty of Middle Bass is that it has grown slowly over the...

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May 2021 Gazette – Kelleys Island News (and other islands)

May 2021 Gazette – Kelleys Island News (and other islands)
1 May, 2021

Kelleys Island News By Leslie Korenko   April was a wild ride weather-wise. Temps ranged from the 70s to the low 30s, lots of wind and a light snow and almost freezing temps on the 21st. We have already seen the arrival of the Red Wing Blackbirds, while daffodils and snow drops have faded away. Now we look forward to Orioles, Hummingbirds and lilacs. Spring is absolutely spectacular here. Parking lots are filled with boat trailers from Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, S. Dakota and more. It was sad news on April 1, when a major fire destroyed a beautiful home on...

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April 2021, In the News…

April 2021, In the News…
15 Apr, 2021

In the News…   Island Police Department PIBPD Police Chief Update Put-in-Bay Mayor Jessica Dress presented her choice of a permanent police chief for the Village at the Village Council meeting in March. The mayor and her committee had to make their choice from about 50 applicants for the position. A majority vote of Council is needed to approve the hiring of a police chief, but Council, rather than taking a vote, decided that a background check was needed for the Mayor’s recommendation, Interim Chief James Kimble. At press time, the background check had not been received by Council for...

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April 2021 Gazette – Kelleys Island News (and other islands)

April 2021 Gazette – Kelleys Island News (and other islands)
2 Apr, 2021

Kelleys Island News By Leslie Korenko   It’s April and signs of spring are everywhere. The Island is waking up. Looking back, about 40 people attended the (no) ice party at the West Bay Inn. The second round of Covid shots was administered on the Island and a few additional one-shot doses were also available. At least one bar has opened by now with more to come. The ferry made its first run on March 15th, and just a few days later had to shut down because of high winds. Our library is open again, after being closed for most...

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March 2021 Gazette -Kelleys Island News

March 2021 Gazette -Kelleys Island News
15 Mar, 2021

Kelleys Island News By Leslie Korenko   Snow and more snow – we finally got our wish in abundance. At the end of January there was finally ice on the lake, but not enough to venture out to ice fish until mid-February. Snow fell mid-month and is still hanging around as I write this. Drifts reached close to three feet in some places, but mostly we got about 6 inches of the white stuff. It is always interesting to see how much wildlife walks around our houses and alongside the roads. Some even venture onto front porches. Of course, that...

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March 2021, In the News…

March 2021, In the News…
6 Mar, 2021

In the News…   Back in the Day John Ladd (PIBHS Class of 1950) has plenty of island memories. One year when he was in high school in the late 40s, John tells how he was out ice fishing with his twin brother, Jim, off Rattlesnake Island. Nearby, John Nissen and Walt Wiese were fishing, too. John remembers the two older men each filling two potato sacks with walleye before calling it quits. John and Jim each had a sack three quarters full. To bring the fish to shore, they loaded a wooden sled which they pushed all the way...

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February 2021, In the News…

February 2021, In the News…
1 Feb, 2021

In the News…   30 Years Ago – February 1991 Chris Ladd was the Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Dept. chief. The Perry’s Group was a new island organization. A small plane crashed off Rattlesnake attempting to take off. The pilot swam to shore, but his passenger went down with the plane. The State Fish Hatchery at the west end of PIB harbor ceased operations. The members of the PIBHS Class of 1991 were Paul Riddle, Kristin Altoff, Christine Ontko, Tom Yost and Shawn Evans. The five took their class trip to Disney World and the Bahamas. Stuart Baldwin was the head...

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