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Put-in-Bay October News 2018

Water Snake Fungus

The once-threatened Lake Erie water snake now faces a new foe. It is a snake fungal disease characterized by scabs or crusty scales, premature separation of a snake’s outermost skin layer, white opaque cloudiness of the eyes, thickening of the skin, swelling of the face, skin ulcers, lesions, and other problems.

While the disease appears unlikely to throw those snakes back on the threatened or endangered species list, the fungus has the potential to sicken them and slow down their progress. Snake fungal disease is not limited to the Lake Erie water snake: According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it is emerging among several groups of wild snakes in the East, South, and Midwest. Dreaming of Snakes Margot Prymas from the end of Ibis Dr. says she woke up from a nightmare about a HUGE anaconda snake in the woods at Put-in-Bay.

She and another person were walking on her road and saw it in the woods. Of course, it started chasing them, and they just made it to the house, and it attacked the door, trying to get to them. Then it made its way into the house to the second floor, and they had to crawl out the upstairs window. She said it was probably 2 feet in diameter and 100-200 feet long. Margot, who hates water, lives on the water where lots of water snakes live in the rocks.

Prescriptions from Walmart

Many islanders learned in October News 2018 that their prescriptions filled at Walmart and taken to the plane for delivery to Put-in-Bay or the other islands would no longer be offered. According to one source, the decision was corporate so much for customer service.

Yummy Chocolate Wine!

We certainly enjoyed Valentine’s Chocolate, a new wine named after Valentine Doller and sold at the home he built a century ago, which now houses the Put-in-Bay Wine Co. It tastes just like liquid chocolate and finishes with a nice kick! You can take home a bottle on your next visit or get it shipped to your door from their website. Mix and match with any of their other delicious wines and take home six bottles
to get 10% off, or 12 bottles to get 20% off!

Worth Mentioning In October News 2018

Someone tore up the ball field on Concord Ave. with a golf cart. If you have info on this, contact the police department. Audrey Sheehan, the daughter of Trey and Sara Sheehan, received her 100-ton captain’s license in September. Traveling Abroad Bob and Jodie Frimel from Pinky’s Pond spent time in Iceland in September. Jim and Judy Burgess were on a Danube cruise and spent time in Germany and Austria.

Speaking of Austria, Max Leicher (Put-in-Bay High School Class of 2011) has returned to Salzburg to work his second year at the International School of Salzburg with Joe Suttmann and his son Louis (Put-in-Bay High School Class of 2005). Brad and Angie, Ohlemacher from the West Shore, headed to Germany to enjoy Oktoberfest.

Gabriela Kaplan from the Airport was in Kenya and Lithuania in September. Mike and Pat Mans from Peach Point were in South Africa. Paul and Nancy Kohrs from the Reibel House visited the Cathedral of Salamanca in Spain. Scott and Susan Market spent several days in England enjoying the Goodwood Revival in Chichester. Although they didn’t travel abroad, Russ and Lisa Brohl did visit the Porcupine Mountains on the south shore of Lake Superior.

Let’s hope the October News 2018 events this month will make up for the disappointment of the Historic Weekend blowout last month.

20th Annual Fall Ball

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Put-in-Bay Fall Ball, which will take place on Friday, October 5th, and Saturday, October 6th, at the Put-in-Bay Resort. Island residents and workers are invited to join this weekend as guests to enjoy the end-of-season celebration. DJ ADubb will perform from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday with food from Put-in-Bay Pizza. The fun continues on Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. with entertainment. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and cold beer are provided (must be 21). Just wear your work shirt or have some way for our security to identify you as a resident or a cottage owner. a

Island Wine Festival

The Island Wine Festival is on Saturday, October 6th, at the Put-in-Bay Winery at the Doller Estate on Bayview Ave. It runs from 11 a.m. until
5 p.m. There will be a tremendous wine-tasting event with an island spin. Sample foreign and domestic wines, including island wines, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of good food and excellent wine.

Admission includes a souvenir wine glass. Sample tickets are $1, and most samples are in the $2-$5 range. Purchase a whole bottle to take home. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Put-in-Bay Winery at the Doller Estate on Bay View Avenue downtown. Some activities include Winery tours and a large silent auction that benefits the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society.


The second weekend of October is the Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest on both Saturday, the 13th, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, the 14th, from noon to 5 p.m. Stop by the big tents in the Village Park across from the Boathouse. There will be German and ethnic food, beer, and live entertainment. Many island restaurants serve a large variety of German food, including brats, Wienerschnitzel, sauerkraut, potato pancakes, spaetzle, apple dumplings, German Chocolate cake, cabbage rolls, and sauerkraut balls.

The festival also includes a selection of island wines from Put-in Bay’s Heineman Winery, German beers, and German music. Get a discount when you buy the 2-day pass.

Lighthouse Tours

If you didn’t get a chance to tour the South Bass Island Lighthouse yet, you could do it for free on Saturday, October 13th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can climb the stairs to take in a great view of Put-in-Bay from the top of the tower, which is listed on the National Register
of Historic Places. The grounds are open to the public from dawn to dusk most days but are occasionally closed for private events.

Browns Backer Tailgate Parties

Now that the Browns have tasted victory, fans will surely want to attend the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers Tailgate Parties in October. They will be on Oct. 7th at 1 p.m. at Joe’s Bar, Oct 14th at 1 p.m. at a place to be announced, Oct. 21st at 1 p.m. at the Goat Soup & Whiskey, and Oct. 28th at 1 p.m. at Mr. Ed’s.

Alumni Homecoming Weekend

The Put-in-Bay Alumni Homecoming Reunion is scheduled for Saturday, October 20th. Join the bar crawl with past island employees. There will be fun, old friends and new, live music and prizes!

Halloween at the Bay

Last in the events category for October News 2018. What has become the last big event of the season is Halloween at Put-in-Bay! It’s on Saturday, October 27th. Join the people who are wearing their costumes and enjoy a spooky stroll through downtown Put-in-Bay. This costume party designates the end of the season. Oktgoaterfest at the Goat’s Biergarten, Das Lokal On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 20th, from 1 to 6 p.m., the Deutscher Musik Verein polka band will be playing at the Goat’s Biergarten (Das Lokal) again. Enjoy some imported beer and a free Austrian-style buffet. Everyone welcome!

Ryte Spyder Nyte at the Goat

Ryte Spyder Nyte at the Goat is on Sunday, October 28th (Halloween at the Bay Weekend), from 7 p.m. to ??? Beer, wine and well drinks are all $3. Free food. Whyte Spyders is available. Drew LaPlante will entertain. Everyone Welcome!

Kids Halloween Party at Tipper’s

This last event in October is the Kids Halloween Party at Tipper’s on Halloween, October 31st, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Come in costume! Trick or
treats! Free food buffet!

Heineman Winery Closedown Party

This last event is not in October, but on the first Saturday in November, it’s the closedown party at Heineman Winery from 1 p.m. to ???. There will be deep-fried turkeys, too many to count, plus loads of food to pair with all that Heineman Wine.

The Put-in-Bay Murder

It’s incredible what’s out there on the Internet! We came across a website called Pod- Bean has a series called Great Lakes True Crime. Episode six is The Put-in-Bay Murder, and it’s all about the death of Phil Masterson at the Island Club several years ago.

Put-in-Bay Car Parade

The antique Put-in-Bay car parade count was mixed this past month due in part to the weather. There were 61 cars on Sept. 2nd, 60 on the 3rd, 5 on the 9th, and 26 on the 16th. Don’t forget those hours for the library and bank change this month, plus keep in mind the ferry schedule is more abbreviated, too.

Gail McCracken and Sally Stuckey are the new Put-in-Bay Property Owners Association board members. Did you see the four A10 Thunderbolt jets (aka Warthogs) that did a flyover of Put-in-Bay harbor one afternoon in September? They were really low!

Pelee Island Ferry

That new ferry for Pelee Island has run into problems, according to October News 2018. Apparently, the docks where its supposed to load and unload have to be modified before the ferry can go into full operation. Someone should have checked into this before the boat was even designed. Senate Spares Great Lakes Program from Cuts

For the second year, the U.S. Senate has voted to restore Great Lakes funding slated for drastic cuts in President Trump’s budget recommendation. President Trump’s proposed budget sought to cut the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million to about $30 million. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative helps protect the lakes from invasive species and water contamination.

Just As We Start A Diet

Who would ever think Amanda Goaziou from the Candy Bar would make us angry? She did when she posted this online, just as we went on a diet. “It’s that time of year again. We have slowed down so much at the Put-in-Bay Candy Bar that I have to stop scooping ice cream…so I will be selling my excess 3-gallon tubs of ice cream at or below cost ($25) to anyone who wants to stop in and pick some up.

Sadly without any boy scouts last weekend, I have plenty left. Flavors are chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mint choc chip, cookie dough, buckeye bites, caveman chocolate, birthday cake, coconut almond, salty caramel fudge truffle, cookies and cream, double choc almond, rainbow sherbet, lemon ice, butter pecan, super duper, and caramel espresso chip.” Our favorites are cookie dough, cookies and cream, and rainbow sherbert.

PIB Owners Association

Billy Market stopped by the Put-in-Bay Owners Association meeting on Saturday, Sept. 22nd, to talk about what’s being done concerning “CIJ.” He told those present he will be called Christmas in July CIJ from now on for his distaste for that weekend.

Road Race Reunion a Big Success

The Road Race Reunion, the last week in September, was undoubtedly a great event for Put-in-Bay. You would have thought the Put-in-Bay Airport was a mini-Le Mans with all the old sports cars racing around the field. The weather was a bit iffy on Monday and Tuesday, but by Wednesday, it was stellar. The event change from August to September didn’t deter anyone from having fun.

We look forward to the Road Race Reunion coming back to the island for many years to come so island fans have another great island event to enjoy.

October News 2018 Village Council Notes

At the September meeting of the Put-in-Bay Village Council, Anne Auger was appointed acting Village Administrator. Anne had worked for the Village for more than ten years and assisted former Village Administrator Dough Knauer when he held the position. The move came after some members of the Village Council became frustrated with recently-hired Doug Blessing, who was hired as village administrator and operator of the Village’s water plant earlier this summer.

EPA officials weren’t pleased that Blessing held both positions, plus his repeated absence from the job due to medical reasons and numerous violations from the EPA under his tenure at the water plant was part of the decision.

The day after Anne was appointed, she met with the EPA and learned of a grant that Put-in-Bay could apply for to possibly run an underwater waterline from the mainland to Put-in-Bay. Such a line was estimated to cost about 12 million dollars, quite an expense for the island. The good news is the grant would cover 75% of the cost of the line, plus the remaining balance could be financed at 0% interest. This is undoubtedly an opportunity to be investigated, as the island’s water plant is aging and requires more and more maintenance, plus expensive replacement down the road.

One of the interesting visitors at the meeting was John Pleva, a former taxi operator on the island who now does business in China. He presented a presentation about the eBikes approved by Ohio legislators. These bikes have an electric motor assist that can be driven without a driver’s license or license plate on public streets.

One of the models looks like a typical bicycle, and another looks like a motor scooter. They meet all requirements for street use yet are silent and pollution-free. They can go about 20 miles per hour, and we can attest firsthand that they are zippy and fun to ride. A few days after the meeting, John sold one to Mayor McCann, who has been seen riding his scooter-style model around town.


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