Put-in-Bay News August 2018


Sara Booker Sheehan was in Thailand traveling with her daughter Josie early this past month. Knowing
Sara, we’re sure she got a lot of interesting ideas to feed her creative talents. You can see some of her work at Local Color at the Keys.


Final results are in from the island bus rider poll taken over the past two or three months. The overall choice for the title of “Best Bus
Driver on South Bass Island” is Pamela Gruetter from Island Transportation. The poll asked riders to rate their bus riding experience here on the island from 1 to 10. Pam had an overall average of 9.5 out of 10. The next closest bus driver scored 7.5. Pam took top scores for service, safety, courtesy and bus cleanliness. Her patrons also said she was more regularly “on time” than any of the other drivers. More than one rider commented that her driving skills were impeccable. The only negative comment she had in the entire polling was one rider wrote he
liked the cigar aroma in one of the other busses he had ridden in. When the other drivers were notified about Pam winning her honor, not
a single one was surprised at the results and even agreed she deserved the top honor. Congratulations, Pam! Job well done!


If you’re into Yoga, Beth Rickenbaugh is offering classes on Tuesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Put-in-Bay Town Hall. For more information, give her a call at (440) 241-5485, or email her at elizabethrickenbaugh@yahoo.com .


Siblings Erika Suttmann Crossley (Put-in-Bay High School Class of 2001) and Louis Suttmann (Put-in-Bay High School Class of 2005) finished the 100km ultra-marathon we featured in a Put-in-Bay Gazette story recently. The 26+ hour adventure challenged them in ways they did not expect. They would like to thank all those who supported their adventure. Erika lives in England and Louis lives in Austria.


Long-time island summer resident John Briggle has released a book titled “Why Am I Here?” available on Amazon.com. It is
an important book for everyone to read, then pass on, as we struggle in this broken world in which we live. An easy read but deep in context,
it covers such topical issues like evil in this world, why bad things happen to good people, bullying, suicide, and eventually finding one’s personal identity. The book offers insight into some very basic questions that we have all asked at one time or another, including the namesake of the book, Why Am I Here? It may be a life-changing read for you or someone else in your life.


At the end of June, a young man visiting from India was drowned after he fell of the dock at the Put-in-Bay State Park. The man was no match for the big waves coming from the southwest. A few days earlier, a man drowns after falling from his boat at one of the Put-in-Bay Docks downtown. The family of a man traumatically injured in a fight at the Jet Express Dock in September 2016 is suing the owner of the Jet Express, his son and the Jet Express. The family is alleging a variety of claims. The case was investigated, but according to reports, witnesses that night tell a variety of stories and no one has ever been charged.

Jim and Jan Anteau became grandparents again in July. Middy and Dave Church became great-grandparents in July. Congrats to
you all! The Middle Bass Island Forested Wetland Preserve dedication will be at the Fox Rd. location at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 5th, with
cake reception following at the Middle Bass Island State Park Pavilion.

Our Put-in-Bay News prediction for one year from now is that everyone is happy about “Christmas in July 2019 Canceled” because of the numerous law enforcement officers on the island this year scared everyone from coming back again.