May 2022 Gazette - News from Other Islands

May 2022 Gazette – News from Other Islands

News From Other Islands

Middle Bass

Lowest Property Taxes

Eight Ohio counties are home to the 21 places in the state with the lowest property tax rates – all under $980 in taxes per $100,000 of home value. The No. 1 – the lowest – is Middle Bass Island, part of the multi-island Put-in-Bay Township.

Did You Know?

The MBI school board sponsors a portion of the costs for the Middle Bass campers who take part in the Nature Camp program.

Wildlife Report

There are definite signs of beaver(s) on Middle Bass.

Volleyball Tournament

Watch for the Middle Bass Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, June 4th.

Parking Lot Improvements

The parking lot on Fox Rd. near the ferry dock is being improved at this time. The owners are sorry for the inconvenience. Should you have any concerns or questions please contact Jeff Engelsen at 330-205-6874. Thank you for your patience.

Lots Of Interest

Forty individuals are interested in taking the CPR class on July 23rd. At this time enrollment is closed. Interest that the course has generated is appreciated.

Pelee Island

The Dog and Goat Restaurant

May 24th weekend 2022. The Dog and Goat Restaurant, Pelee Island, Ontario will be celebrating its Grand Opening on the southernmost inhabited place in Canada on Friday, May 20th. The new restaurant was formerly the Anchor & Wheel Inn. The new owners also have the Main Station RV Park, Campground & Guesthouse there.

Salamander Night Walk

We found it interesting that a “Salamander Night Walk’ was scheduled on Pelee Island on Saturday night, March 19th. Pelee’s unique salamanders are active in mid-March as they return to their breeding ponds.

What A Deal!

Ontario residents can get a 20% tax credit for accommodations on Pelee Island! Up to $400 for a family…. B&B, motel, cottage and campgrounds are all eligible! Spend $2,000 get $400 tax refund!

Americans Will Be Happy To Know

Pelee Island’s Transfer Station has special hours of operation on both Canadian and American holidays.

Impressive Turn Out

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 403 on Pelee Island held a lunch on Saturday, April 9th. It was an overwhelming success with a record 73 meals sold. A big thank you goes out to all those who support the Legion and help make it an essential part of the PI community. Special thanks goes to volunteers Debbie, Shawnda and Michelle who did an amazing job in the kitchen!

Kelleys Island

Amplex Internet

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative member West Bay was the first Amplex Internet fiber customer on the island this past month! Everything went great and things are go to proceed with additional installations. Fiber optic service on the island was made possible per Amplex’s agreement with Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative. Kelleys Islanders can now schedule installations, which may include a new splitter coax cable, to get improved internet access.

Park Improvements

The Kelleys Island Park Board is looking to upgrade the Community Park Playground. They are asking residents and businesses to sponsor a piece of equipment, and in return, they will put a plaque on the equipment thanking them for their generous gift to the village. The goal is to make the playground more inclusive. If you need more information about this project, let the Village Office know and someone from the Park Board will be glad to talk to you or your group.

Remember When?

On May 30th, 1962, Kelleys Island received Charter Number 1 from the Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction. The school’s 25 students receive instruction via television from a signal that is transmitted from an airplane flying over North-Central Indiana. The school was presented with a plaque and a television in recognition of being the first to become a charter member of the program.

Glacial Grooves Project

There’s a big preservation project going on Kelleys Island at the unique and world famous Glacial Grooves.

The work entails stopping seepage into the grooves, installing new walkways and fencing, more signage and other improvements. The work should be done by August. In the meantime, if you are interested in finding out more about this project, there is a terrific YouTube video that has all the information you’ll want to know. Go to


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