November 2023 Gazette - Moss on the Rock

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Nature Center’s Clothing Swap Shop

Are you doing a big fall clean out of your closet? Don’t take your unwanted clothes to the mainland, instead bring them to the Nature & Wildlife Center’s Clothing Swap Shop! Starting Wednesday, November 1st, we will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday throughout the winter for people to bring and sort their CLEAN and gently used clothing and to come and shop for new-to-you items! We are not charging for clothes, but donations are strongly encouraged! Please only bring in clothes during our open times, do NOT leave bags on the porch. We need your help to make this work! We are very excited to provide this service to the community over the winter and we hope many of you participate!

PIB EMS EMT Course This Winter!

If you are interested in taking an EMT class this winter, please call (419) 285-2401 and ask for Bernice, or message the “Put-In-Bay EMS” Facebook page. Classes will be held Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is an orientation on November 11th for a few hours in the morning and the class will start the following week on November 17th.

Property Owners Choose Gravity Sewers

Residents of Shore Villas (East Point Blvd.) and Ibis Street are very fortunate to be able to take advantage of a grant that will substantially reduce the cost of public sewers in their neighborhoods. Residents were given the choice of gravity sewers or low pressure systems that required underground pumps in every yard. Although a bit more expensive to install, the residents choose to go with gravity sewers. There’s still a lot of work to be done before the project starts, and at this time there is no timeline on the projects.

Thank You

Thank you Kristin Stanford for your years of service on our Lake Erie Islands Conservancy Board. We will miss you but will still be seeing you in your new role as Wildlife Diversity coordinator with the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Conservancy members brought tokens of our appreciation to Kristin at the recent Woody’s Harvest Fest at the Goat Biergarten.

PIBVFD Chili Cook-Off!

Fire up your tastebuds, the Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department chili cook-off is back! Join the PIB Fire Department’s volunteers at the PIB fire station on Saturday, November 11th at the fire station for a chili cook-off while you watch the OSU vs MSU football game! For those who want to have an entry, the fee is $20, and the tasting fee is donation based. The winner will split the proceeds with the fire department for a much-needed fire department vehicle. If you’re interested in signing up, please sign up on one of sign up sheets at the Island General Store, Post Office, Hardware Store, or contact Chief Dobos at 419-960-9886 by November 5th!

Traveling Season Begins

Dave and Kat Kaiser-Holscott from the Biergarten at the Goat left October 1st for an extended cruise and have already been in Alaska, Japan, Taiwan and Korea.

Michael and Jean Gora from Middle Bass visited Drummond Island, MI. Jacqueline Taylor and Glenn Cooper also visited an island to the north, Sugar Island (not to be confused with the Bass Islands’ Sugar Island).

Amanda Singh and Jason Buttrey from Subway traveled to Italy and Slovenia.

Dave Schafer from Ashley’s Island House was in Seattle.

PIB’s American Legion Commander Ed Hubner and Robert Skul from Middle Bass were in Las Vegas where they enjoyed some NASCAR racing.

PIB’s Ohio Edison man Terry Jenkins and his wife Lesa Jenkins were at Sting Ray City in the Cayman Islands. Bernadette Hineline and Chondra Richwine from Fox’s Den, Tracy Fenton from the West Shore and PIB Mayor Judy Berry were in California.


After reading last month’s PIB Gazette Patty LoPresti had a correction. Russ Brohl did the cooking at the Lake Erie Island Conservancy’s annual meeting at Heineman Winery. She and Carl only donated burgers and dogs! Russ needs to be given accolades for all his hard work that day.

PIBYC Membership Renewals

Put-in-Bay Yacht Club members are asked to keep a lookout in your mailbox for the 2024 dues renewal letters. They should be arriving soon via the postal service. 2024 membership dues will need to be paid by November 30th to avoid a late fee.

Trash Collection for Middle Bass Residents

Allied Waste has notified Put-in-Bay Township that effective Wednesday, November 1st, they will no longer provide trash service to Middle Bass. In the meantime, the township will be providing a collection area at the airport beginning on Sunday, November 5th. The Township is still in the process of finding a permanent solution. Here are the hours to drop off your trash: Thursdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Attention PIB Chamber Members

The staff at the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce is busy with membership renewal and ad submissions for the 2024 Island Guide. Wendy Chambers and Patty Sulesky will be reaching out to members. Important Deadlines are November 17th for renewal commitments and December 1st for ad submissions. Feel free to reach out to Patty or Wendy with any questions or decisions on your 2024 Membership: Patty Sulesky – or (330) 808-3271 or Wendy Chambers – or (419) 575-9619

2024 Put-in-Palooza in Key West

SAVE THE DATES! Put-in-Bay Days in Key West will be Feb. 14th to 17th, 2024 (it may extend into Feb. 18th as well). From our opening event that Wednesday afternoon through the end of the weekend, plans are to bring you lots of entertainment and fun with your island fiends! More details will be announced soon. You can expect many of the same acts that appeared at last year’s event, as well as a few new faces. Shows will be held in a number of venues throughout Key West. Make your plans now!

Free Firewood at SBI State Park

Firewood collection will be open to local residents again this year at the South Bass Island State Park now through January 4th, 2024. With it being winter and the campground closed to campers, this is an opportunity to give local residents access to this firewood for heating their buildings on the island. This firewood is for personal use only. Those who want firewood can use chainsaws on fallen and downed trees. For more information go to “South Bass Island State Park Campground” on Facebook.


At Put-in-Bay Yacht Club’s Change of Watch, 2024 Commodore Connie Miller was presented with the Betty Neff award for outstanding volunteer contributions and Raymond Arth was presented with the Jim Crain award for enduring volunteer contributions. Congratulations to both of them.


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