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Put-in-Bay News January 2020 What’s New At The Bay!

The Put-in-Bay High School Girl’s Basketball Team returned victorious after playing in the Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament on Mackinac Island. The ladies defeated three teams from other islands in the Great Lakes, Washington Island, Wisconsin; Beaver Island, Michigan and Mackinac Island, Michigan. In the game against Beaver Island, Hannah Lentz shot a three-pointer with 30+ seconds left to tie the game. Then, Kate Byrnes shot a two-pointer at the buzzer for a win of 27 to 25. In the match against Mackinac,

Hannah Lentz shot a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game. In overtime, with 10 seconds left on the clock, Elena Schroeder hit a two-pointer from the high post to win the game 24 to 22. Left to right are the back-to-back champions: Nora Ladd, Lyla Steidl, Ava Heineman, Lilian Frederick, Lucy Schneider, Elora Hubner, Elena Schroeder, Cecilia Glauser, Kate Byrnes, Hannah Lentz (holding trophy), McKenna Stacy (back), Alice Lentz, and Coach Schuffenecker.

Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser – January 11th The Put-in-Bay Fire Department will be holding a Spaghetti Dinner at the fire station on Saturday, January 11th, from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner will include spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread, and salad. Please come check out the trucks and equipment and see what the department offers in an emergency. All proceeds will go towards new equipment to better serve the community. Everyone is welcome!

Progressive Insurance Cleveland Boat Show – Jan. 16th – 20th

Put-in-Bay will be well-represented at this year’s Progressive Cleveland Boat Show from Thursday, January 16th, through Monday, January 20th, at the IX Center at Hopkins Airport. New this year is the Fishing Expo, so everyone who loves the Boardwalk’s lobster bisque, boats, and fishing should put at least one of these dates aside on your calendar. Besides your favorite island folks from the Boardwalk, you’ll see island volunteers at the Put-in-Bay Ohio booth, some of the Keys and the Crew’s Nest staff, and representatives from Stone Lab, among others.

We are looking for a few volunteers to help manage the tables. The event dates are Thursday, January 16th, from noon to 9 p.m. on “Island Night;” Friday, January 17th, from noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, January 18th, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, January 19th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Monday, January 20th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Three to four-hour shifts would be much appreciated. They will create a schedule and have tickets for volunteers available at the IX Centers Ticket Booth (unless other arrangements are made).

PIBYC Winter Doldrums – Jan. 15th & 16th

Put-in-Bay Yacht Club members will meet at the Holiday Inn Express in Westlake, Ohio, on Friday, January 15th, and Saturday, January 16th, for their annual Winder Doldrums Weekend. News January 2020 reports it starts with a Friday BYOB cocktail party at 5 p.m.. The next day, it gets a bit more serious when a board meeting starts at 9:45 a.m. to conduct club business. Lunch is at 11 a.m. with a Put-in-Bay Community Swim/Sail meeting at 2 p.m. and a Women’s Auxiliary Meeting at 3 p.m. Winding up the day will be cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Kurt Rohrbacher Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament – January 31st & February 1st

Start thinking ice for the Kurt Rohrbacher Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament, which will begin with a sign-up party on Friday, January 31st, at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at The Forge. If you can sign up at The Forge, don’t hesitate to contact Dan Petro at (419) 341-2274. The next on Saturday, February 1st, at 7:30 a.m., fishing will take place, followed by the weigh-in at Topsy Turvey’s between 3 and 4 p.m. The banquet will be held at Topsy Turvey’s at 6 p.m. At the banquet, there will be a 50/50 and Chinese raffle, plus a gun raffle. All proceeds will be going to support the scholarship in Kurt’s name.

On Sunday morning, the Put-in-Bay Fire will host a pancake breakfast as in years past. If you would like to donate or be a sponsor for the event, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dan Petro, Lindsay Petro, Barb Rohrbacher, Jeff Rohrbacher, Kiel Rohrbacher, or Katie Wertenbach. Commodore Resort Hotel will have rooms available for those wanting to stay the entire weekend or the night! Please call (419) 285-3101 direct to book.

It’s a Birthday Party! – February 2nd

Everyone is welcome to come to Topsy Turvey’s on Ground Hog Day, Sunday, February 2nd, to celebrate Lisa Wrobbel’s 30th Birthday. Lisa’s father, Chef John, says the celebration will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. and will feature lots of great food. Please stop by for a good old island afternoon of winter fun! If you have any questions, please call John at (419) 967-0425.

Conservancy Potluck

The Lake Erie Islands Conservancy held its annual Christmas potluck at the South Bass Island Lighthouse on December 10th, 2019. It was a windy evening as usual at the point, but delicious food was brought and enjoyed by all. A toast was made to the many land protection successes over the past year by Conservancy Chair Lisa Brohl and Put-in-Bay Township Park District Chair Kelly Faris. Thanks to our hosts, the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, for using the Lighthouse.

Lisa and Russ Brohl, Marty and Kelly Faris, Bob and Dianne Smith, John and Paula Ladd, Sue Seaberg, Karen Burris, Julene Market, Susan and Mike Byrnes, Pinky Batt, Tom Thanasiu, Valerie Chornyak, Dustin Heineman, Kristin Stanford, Doraine Thoms, Jill, and Steve Cooks, Marsha Parker, Jeff Koehler, Jackie, and Glenn Cooper, Renee Fultz, Linda Parker attended.

Cooper’s Woods Update

It was hoped that the sale of Cooper’s Woods from the DeRivera Park Trust to the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy would have been completed by the end of the year. That didn’t happen, but the purchase contract has been modified with a new closing date at the end of March. If you have time, visit Cooper’s Woods. As part of the requirements for one of the grants, all cans, bottles, and other garbage must be removed from the Woods. Send the Conservancy photos of your work to leiconservancy@gmail.com if you do go out and help with this effort!

Islanders Traveling

Islanders Traveling Gwena Market ( Put-in-Bay High School Class of 2018) spent part of her winter break from Kent State with her mother, Susan, to Italy, where they visited Venice and Rome. Richard Warren got back from China right before the holidays. He was there attending the first International Cigar Exhibit. The Hristovski family, Miyo, Maria, Max, and Mia, were in London, England, in December, seeing all the historical places, according to News January 2020.

Danny Drake from The Getaway Inn at Cooper’s Woods traveled to Croatia. Eric Engel (Put-in-Bay High School Class of 1986) and his two daughters, Anna Put-in-Bay High SchoolClass of 2012) and Meredith (Put-in-Bay High School Class of 2016), were in Germany and Austria, where they hooked up with former island resident Joe Suttmann. Adam Riley from Island Bike Rental and his bride Acka from the Goat spent some time visiting Lake Tahoe and Napa Valley. Barry (PIBHS Class of 2000), Phoebe Koehler, and their three children, Piper, Teddy, and Greta, flew west to visit family in California over the holidays.

Tim and Tina Myers and their two boys, Rider and Jacob, traveled to Manila, Philippines, and got caught in a typhoon! We heard it through the Grapevine that Annie Parker was planning a trip to Port Clinton in mid-December. However, we cannot confirm if she made it or not. Shaena Kowalski (Put-in-Bay Class of 2004) traveled to Georgia, where she used to live. Crew’s Nest chef Mike Catey spend time in Rocky Gap, Maryland. Jody and Bob Frimel from Pinky’s Pond spent time visiting remote areas of Slovakia and Hungary

Mark Mathys was in Frankfort, Germany, for several days to meet with Manthey Racing, a division of Porsche Motorsports, to purchase a new race car. The car will be delivered in late February, and he will be racing the car in the 2020 season at various tracks across the United States. That’s for News January 2020!


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