Put-in-Bay Diary January 2018 Day By Day What Happened At Put-in-Bay
Put-in-Bay Diary Monday, Jan.1st While many islanders are just getting up and enjoying a cup of coffee, one of the Crew’s Nest workers checks the bubblers on the docks to keep the ice from heaving them.
Put-in-Bay Diary Tues., Jan. 2nd – In the morning, the temperature is 5 degrees with wind speed at 25 mph out of the southwest. That translates to a windchill of -20 degrees. At 11 a.m., the real temperature was -1.7 degrees. On this date in 2006, airline and airboat service was curtailed due to low visibility and lake conditions.
Put-in-Bay Diary Wed., Jan. 3rd – Tip Boyles is sworn in as its newest member at the beginning of the first Village Council meeting of 2018. Forty-five minutes are spent discussing an ordinance that would permit golf carts to be driven on village streets.
Put-in-Bay Diary Fri., Jan. 5th – Put-in-Bay School is closed due to weather conditions. All weekend basketball games are also canceled. The windchill factor out on the ice is -27 degrees. Barbara Cooper returns to the island after attending the gift show in Atlanta. WPIB’s Patrick Myers is airing a one-hour LIVE TV program talking about life on the islands in winter.
Put-in-Bay Diary Sat., Jan. 6th – A Browns Backers group riding ATVs and snowmobiles leaves Tipper’s and heads to J.F. Walleye’s on Middle Bass shortly after noon to watch the game. There are about 50 people from Put-in-Bay there. Today is the last day of single-digit and below-zero temperatures for the island. The first snowmobilers from the mainland show up at Tippers.
The long-term forecast for the rest of January is about average January temperatures. Tom Thanasiu is attempting to ice boat with Barry and Piper Koehler, but the conditions aren’t the best. Ice skaters ate on the frozen rink in Squaw Harbor. Mark Wilhelm and his son Doug plant a shanty and report the ice is nearly 16 inches thick.
Put-in-Bay Diary Sun., Jan. 7th – Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-20s during the day, breaking a string of 13 days for readings below 20. The Stonerook brothers, Dale and Sheldon Stonerook, come from North Bass to have lunch at Put-in-Bay. Also showing up on the island is a cut-down Model A driven all the way from Marblehead.
Put-in-Bay Diary Mon., Jan. 8th – Due to weather conditions, Put-in-Bay School is on a two-hour delay today and starts at 10 a.m. Put-in-Bay’s firemen are toned out at 10:25 a.m. after a fire sprinkler at Put-in-Bay Resort goes off. Marie Schroeder, who runs the kitchen at Hooligans, catches a nice 12.2-pound walleye. Brian Roche is Life Flighted off the island.
Put-in-Bay Diary Tues., Jan. 9th – Scott Ferrell is fishing with his brother-in-law Robbie LaPlante. The catch is walleye, yellow perch, and white bass.
Put-in-Bay Diary Wed., Jan. 10th – Fishermen are starting to pull their shanties due to forecast weather of 23 mph-north wind, freezing rain, and sleet. Matt Fuchs and Jeremy Koebel begin with some renovation work at the former Schnoor/Knabusch home on Bayview Ave.
Thus., Jan. 11th – The temperature hits 54 degrees. Up on North Bass Island, Dale Burris spends the morning working on the snow plow, preparing it for the big snow that’s coming. Tim and Jeanette Luecke take down their Christmas decorations. The ones around the Gazebo in DeRivera Park also come down.
Fri., Jan. 12th The weather changes from rain to snow. The hospitality room opens at 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Westlake. Where the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club Winter Doldrums party is being held. This year’s Commodore from the West Shore, Gina Trebilcock, heads up the fun weekend. Put-in-Bay School’s Senior class has a Put-in-Bay pizza fundraiser to raise money for their class trip later this spring. There’s a rowdy group at Topsy Turvey’s! Someone mentioned “The Sheriff” and that the Iotts were on the island.
Sat., Jan. 13th – The storm is barely over, and the ice fishermen are already replanting their shanties. There’s even one lone hut on the ice off the south side of East Point. There are a few open water holes near where fishing has gone on.
Sun., Jan. 14th – It’s a beautiful sunny day, and Islanders are out ice fishing, sledding, and snowmobiling. There are several fish shanties between Middle Bass and Ballast Islands.
Mon., Jan. 15th – The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce holds its first meeting of 2018 at the Town Hall. It is the beginning of Spirit Week at Put-in-Bay School, and students are encouraged to wear school colors. The theme at the library storytime is “Snow.”
Tues., Jan. 16th – Joan Booker and Judy Berry are cleaning at Mother of Sorrows church on this snowy morning.
Wed., Jan. 17th – If you were on the last Griffing flight off Put-in-Bay heading for the mainland, you would have first had to fly to Middle Bass to drop off the school kids.
Thurs., Jan. 18th – Put-in-Bay’s Crew’s Nest, Boardwalk, The Keys, Chamber of Commerce, Banyan Cove II, and the Sunglass Ladies have booths at the Cleveland Boat Show from today through the weekend.
Fri., Jan. 19th – Among those flying to Put-in-Bay is Skip Morrisson, heading to the Caribbean for a bit of sailing later in February on a 40-ft. catamaran with his wife, Kim, and other island friends.
Sat., Jan. 20th – Rob Hard from the Island Bike Shop and Black Squirrel B&B has an “ice cafe” hut on the ice off the West Shore and sells snacks to the ice fishermen. Among those enjoying the fun on the ice is Kevin Cody driving his golf cart. Jeff Bykowski catches two walleye, and Karen Klein catches a perch. Both the boys’ and girl’s Panther basketball teams have a great day. Both teams beat the Woodward Polar Bears in exciting games. Put-in-Bay students hold their homecoming dance in the evening.
Sun., Jan. 21st – If you were planning to fly over to the island to attend the Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Dept.’s fundraiser pancake breakfast, you would have been disappointed. The fog is too thick to fly. St. Pauls Church Annual Meeting after church services. It is followed by a potluck in the Undercroft. Bill and Lois Jellison’s great-grandson, Hunter Petro, catches his first fish through the ice.
Mon., Jan. 22nd – The fog lifts, and flights to and from the island resume. Rain in the afternoon, strong thunder and lightning storms before midnight, and above-freezing temperatures smooth the ice.
Tues., Jan. 23rd – The temperature is gradually dropping and the winds are blowing 25 miles per hour, and fishermen are out trying their luck in their shanties. The “Burger Ladies,” as Patty Bauer calls them, have lunch at Tippers.
Wed., Jan. 24th – The Safety/ Streets and Rules/Ordinances Committees of the Village of Put-in-Bay meet to discuss categorizing various types of vehicles, ATVs, 4-wheelers, golf carts, under-speed cars, mini utility trucks, snowmobiles, all-purpose vehicles, etc. Put-in-Bay Twp Trustees Matt Miller and Eric Engel attend to discuss island-wide under-speed vehicle usage, regulations, and inspections. Patrick Myers broadcasts the Put-in-Bay Panther basketball team’s away game at St. Joseph
Central Catholic High School in Fremont for WPIB.com. Put-in-Bay Vol. Firemen are training on their airboat after dark on the lake.
Thurs., Jan. 25th – Island astronomy expert Gene Zajac presents a “Red Super Blue Moon Program” in the evening at the Town Hall. He explains the different names for moons – Super, Red, Blue, New, Black, etc. The full moon each month has different names. Some are based on Native American names, and others on Colonial America. Gene predicts there will be a Blue Moon on January 31st, which will cause a total lunar eclipse.
Fri., Jan. 26th – The Village Council holds a special meeting to discuss staffing and litigation issues with its solicitor, Susan Anderson, on speakerphone for almost an hour and a half. Three ice boaters take advantage of the mid-40s temperature, bright sunshine, and smooth ice on the Bay. Ice fishermen are bucket fishing off the West Shore. There are no shanties to speak of on the ice.
Sat., Jan. 27th -Tom Thanasiu is ice boating on the wet ice in the Bay before rain arrives. For the afternoon. Mark Mathys is in Costa Rica competing in Leg One of the Los Suenos Billfish Tournament.
Sun., Jan. 28th – Anyone interested in seeing a national TV show featuring the Put-in-Bay islands is glued to their sets to watch the HGTV segment which was filmed on the islands last September. Island Realtor Rudy Cooks from Howard Hanna Realty shows a Michigan couple who were married on the island and had several homes so they could fulfill their hopes of relocating to the islands. The couple wants a home with outdoor space and water views of Lake Erie.
Mon., Jan. 29th – It’s dockmaster Jim Drushel’s birthday. On this date in 2011, a party was on the ice off the Boardwalk. No party this year!
Tues., Jan. 30th – The National Honor Society at Put-in-Bay School is scheduled to meet.
Wed., Jan. 31st – Put-in-Bay School is dismissed at noon so parents and teachers can get together for conferences