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Put-in-Bay Diary October 2018

Mon., Oct. 1st – Lisa and Russ Brohl pick grapes from their vines. Neighbors David and Kat Holscott and Monk Nemec help pick the Catawba grapes. After a fall, Barb Cooper is Lifeflighted off the island with a broken shoulder. Get better soon, Barb!

Tues., Oct. 2nd – Dawn Schill from Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center is in Cleveland at the Sysco food show. Earl Parker’s home on Lorain Ave. is torn down by the crew from Fox Stone after being purchased by Mark Mathys from the Put-in-Bay Resort for future development. American Legion Post 542 provides military honors at Larry Parsons’s graveside service at Maple Leaf Cemetery in the morning. There are 24 cars in the antique car parade.

Wed., Oct. 3rd – More talk at the  Village Council meeting about a waterline from the mainland. It’s 70 degrees on the island, but someone reminds us that in 1974 a record low of 23 degrees was recorded. Someone else spots a Mayfly for the first since the Put-in-Bay News August 2018 Issue.

Thursday, Oct. 4th – Secretary Cindy Clausen has a pre-70th birthday party at the museum. A group is putting baskets together for the silent auction at the Put-in-Bay Wine Festival. A north wind makes for a bit cooler weather. An interesting article is published about how to get the best hotel rates at Put-in-Bay.

Diary October 2018  Fri., Oct. 5th – It’s Tanya Burgess Bender’s (Put-in-Bay High School Class of 1985) 50th birthday. Ouch! Rangers from Perry’s Monument take their carronade to Camp Perry for the Ottawa County Career Showcase. They are sharing the jobs of the National Park Service with 9th graders from Ottawa County.

The Internet is alive with reports about the “indictments” (See story page 1). Reporters from the mainland are on the island trying to get info on what islanders think about the indictments, and the Put-in-Bay Mayor Being Charged, Dave Holscott, reports avoiding reporters’ questions. Monument Ranger William G. Krejci conducts a Haunted Put-in-Bay Bar Crawl in the evening. More than 50 people take the tour.

Sat., Oct. 6th – Only 13 of the 350 Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Reverse Raffle tickets are left to sell. Kevin “Dotts” Day’s funeral service at Mother of Sorrows Church is followed by a funeral reception at Boathouse’s Biergarten. At the Put-in-Bay Wine Co. at the Doller Estate, the tents are packed with people wanting to sample all kinds of wines at the wine festival. The Put-in-Bay Spring Fling is well underway at the Put-in-Bay Resort.

Sun., Oct. 7th – There are only seven cars in the first official, unofficial antique car parade of the fall season. The Blessing of the Pets occurs at St. Paul’s in the afternoon.

Mon., Oct. 8th – It’s foggy in the morning. The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce holds its meeting at Hooligans late afternoon. There is a presentation by representatives from AT&T who discuss cell phone service on the island. They say their coverage of Put-in-Bay is superior to that of Verizon. There is also a presentation by representatives from Megabits, a company that wants to bring high-speed, wireless internet to Put-in-Bay.

Tues., Oct. 9th – Cindy Clausen, whose birthday was celebrated at the museum several days before, actually turns 70. The tent for Oktoberfest is going up in the Park. At the Senior Center, they are pressing apples and enjoying a great potluck lunch. There’s an evening picnic at Scott and Caroline Jackson’s stone wine cellar home near the airport. Among those, there are Nick Cartwright from the Blue Marlin Bar, Jill Guseman from Splash and the Goat, and Roberta Scarpelli from Ibis St. As reported to the Diary October 2018

Wed., Oct. 10th – An absolutely wonderful fundraiser for Katrina Spatafore and her family takes place at the Forge and Reel Bar. The two places were packed. Great food was served at the Forge, and the auction took place at the Reel Bar.

Thurs., Oct. 11th – The library-sponsored Words and Wine Book Club meets at Heineman Winery. We’re assuming they are reading books about wine. See more information in our Put-in-Bay Events Section.

Fri., Oct. 12th – You can tell it isn’t summer anymore. There’s a baby shower for Michala Wertenbach (Put-in-Bay High School Class of 2011) at the Fishbowl in the afternoon, and, as is now in vogue, there was a diaper party for the new-father-to-be, Mike Buttrey, at the Goat. The power goes out in the area around St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Bay Lodging House.

There was a loud boom when the power went off. As whenever the power goes off on the island, Edison’s Terry Jenkins goes quickly to work and soon gets it back on. There’s rain in the evening.

Sat., Oct. 13th – There’s plenty of beer to go around in the Oktoberfest tent in the park across from the Boathouse.

Sun., Oct. 14th – Julene Market reports autumn tones on this October morning, a faint aroma of wood smoke and golden bronze leaves along the paths in Cooper’s Woods. A great day for some Put-in-Bay Photography. It’s the second day of the Oktoberfest in the Village Park, plus the Verhoff Scholarship Fundraiser perch dinner takes place at the Boardwalk. The last weekend for some of the Put-in-Bay Attractions.

Mon., Oct. 15th – There is light drizzling rain in the morning. The Put-in-Bay School Senior Class is presented with a $500 check from Great Lake Grillers for helping serve Nathan’s Brats and hotdogs at the Music Festival in June. Several young ladies meet at the Town Hall to begin reactivating a Girl Scout Troop on the island. The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce’s annual Reverse Raffle occurs in the Village Park. Ray Fogg and Duff Spatafore emcee the event.

Tues., Oct. 16th – Put-in-Bay Village’s fiscal officer, Courtney Blumensaadt, was off the island attending a fiscal officer conference in Perrysburg.

Wed., Oct. 17th – Workers have a massive hole in the front yard beneath the Doller house tower. We’ll have to wait and see what it’s all about. Stay tuned to Put-in-Bay News in January 2019 for more details.

Thurs., Oct 18 – Council meets to rehire Dave Dezeeuw and Doug Knauer to help operate the water plant. There’s a Chicken paprikash special at Hooligans where Mark Myers celebrates his birthday with family and friends. The temperature dips below 40 degrees for the first time this fall.

Fri., Oct. 19th – The younger students at Put-in-Bay School head to Toledo, where they enjoy a play. Before coming back to the island, they have lunch at Tony Packo’s, one of Toledo’s famous restaurants.

Sat., Oct. 20th – Christine Ontko and her helper Anne Singler attend Vendor Day at Bassett’s Market. They are selling the products, Christie Makes in her shop, Freshwater Retreat & Remedies. The Put-in-Bay Twp Port Authority’s meeting lasts about four and a half hours. The Reel Bar holds its third annual Southern Boil with clams, shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn. Yum! There is quite a crowd at the Goat for the Oktgoaterfest. Cold strong winds make for some hairy ferry rides.

Sun., Oct. 21st – Jeremy Berman hosts an end-of-season party for his fellow Put-in-Bay Police officers at his home at the airport. Highlights
from body cams videos taken in 2017 and 2018 were fun to watch, but at the same time, show the reality of some of the potentially dangerous situations our island police officers face.

Mon., Oct. 22nd – Heineman Winery has a crew picking grapes in Barnhill’s vineyard on East Point. According to Diane Bianchi, the yield looks pretty good.

Tues., Oct. 23rd – It’s come dressed as a nerd day at Put-in-Bay School. Mary Myers picks up her mail at the post office shortly before it closes at 5 p.m. Uno is the game of choice for the island teens who gathered for Game & Pizza night at the library. This informal game night for teens will be a monthly event through March.

Wed., Oct. 24th – The first Storybook Halloreads Walk takes place in the Dodge Woods Nature Preserve at the Thompson And Airport Rds corner. The event featured the story “Peppa Pig and the Halloween Costume.” There were treats (cupcakes made by Roberta Scarpelli and cookies from Bassetts on the mainland) handed out to the 66 people who walked the trail.

Thurs., Oct. 25th – It’s come dressed as a superhero day at Put-in-Bay School. There’s a 12th birthday party for Ava Heineman at the winery.

Fri., Oct. 26th-  It’s the second day of the Fall Pheasant Hunt #2 on Pelee Island. In spite of the cold and rain, there are already a few costumed people bar-hopping downtown in the evening, celebrating the annual Halloween Bash At Put-in-Bay.

Sat., Oct. 27th -The island kids’ Halloween costume parade and a contest are held at the Town Hall due to cold rainy weather. The event is sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Rec Committee. Kudos to Chontel Shaffer, the Put-in-Bay Rec Committees chairperson for the event, her family, who put the haunted house together behind the stage, and the ladies of the Rec Committee, who all did a bang-up job changing everything over from an outdoor venue to a great event in the Town Hall due to the weather.

Sun., Oct. 29th – Put-in-Bay Resort and Conference Center closes for the season. Cameo Pizza is also done for the season. The Forge has a closedown brunch in the morning. The Whiskey Light at the Round House goes off for the 2018 season. The 25th Annual Pumpkin Bowl is rained out. In the evening, a fundraiser party for the Owen and Danny French Fund and the Put-in-Bay Vol. Fire Dept. at the Boathouse, plus a Ryte Spyder Nyte party at the Goat.

Mon., Oct. 29th – Hooligans has its closedown party. What a spread! No more green and orange until next spring.

Tues., Oct. 30th – Dave and Kathy Holscott have friends and coworkers to their Mitchell Rd. home for some delicious chili, Reuben, and turkey sliders and dessert in the evening. We found out one thing for sure…Kathy likes cheesecake

Wed., Oct. 31st – It’s the last day to get nominations in for the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce Executive Board. Kim Morrisson’s and Dustin Heineman’s terms are up. However, Kim has agreed to continue managing the Chamber’s bills and money. The island kids are out in full force trick or treating. With that and many more treats at Tipper’s annual Halloween party, the island kids will be on a sugar buzz until Thanksgiving. Cantankerous, the fuel boat, comes into the harbor while the kids are out trick or treating.



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