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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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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A History of South Bass Island’s Wine Culture

A History of South Bass Island’s Wine Culture
1 Feb, 2019

If you’ve always wanted to visit California to tour some of its famous vineyards, perhaps you should consider vacationing to the crown jewel of the Lake Erie Islands. Believe it or not, Put-in-Bay, which is also known as South Bass Island, is home to two of America’s best vineyards. The island’s flavorful wine history pairs well with a spectacular assortment of tourist attractions, like two world-renowned caves, Perry’s Victory Monument, and dazzling waterfront scenery. So, let’s toast as we explore the history surrounding South Bass Island’s wine culture. 1858: South Bass Island’s “Year of the Grape” Many people know of...

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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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