A boat ride to Pelee

A boat ride to Pelee
3 Oct, 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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Vice-Commander…Ahoy

Vice-Commander…Ahoy
17 Sep, 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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Do Rabbits Get Poison Ivy

Do Rabbits Get Poison Ivy
1 Sep, 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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Lake Erie Islands Water Trail is Ohio’s 12th

Lake Erie Islands Water Trail is Ohio’s 12th
13 Aug, 2019

The department director of Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources has designated the Lake Erie Islands Water Trail as Ohio’s 12th state water trail. An ODNR department release says the trail comprises five separate sections totaling over 50 miles around North Bass, Middle Bass, and South Bass Islands, Kelleys Island and along the mainland shorelines of Catawba Island and East Harbor State Park. Department Director Mary Mertz made the designation at a ceremony last Tuesday at Put-In-Bay. “The Lake Erie Islands join a diverse set of trails across Ohio that offer exceptional opportunities for Ohioans to see and explore our state...

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PIBIO

PIBIO
20 Jul, 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 named Coolest Lake in Ohio
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Lake Erie named Coolest Lake in Ohio
9 Jul, 2019

Did you know we made the cut? UPROXX recently published their list The Coolest Lake in Every State In America For Summer 2019. The best part? Every state has its own Cool Lake. You don’t even have to leave Ohio! We’ve got you covered.    They acknowledge that you don’t necessarily need a pool or an ocean in the hot summer months to cool you off, you just need a lake. Noting that “going to the lake is the ultimate (and accessible) fun in the sun activity.” We could not agree more! Everyone has awesome memories they have made at...

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The Famous Town Hall on Put-in-Bay

The Famous Town Hall on Put-in-Bay
4 May, 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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Listen To Larry

Listen To Larry
3 Apr, 2019

News, views, and comments from a South Bass cottager   35,000 islands in the Great Lakes I tossed a big log on the fire and settled down into my soft recliner, seemed to be a good day to just sit back and read. As I was catching up on the day’s news, I stumbled across an article about the Great Lakes: I learned there are over 35,000 islands in the Great Lakes, stretching from far-away Lake Superior to the eastern end of Lake Ontario, some just little bumps in the water, others that spread across the water for miles. But...

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Kelley Island News

Kelley Island News
13 Mar, 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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