Put-in-Bay News has learned that Island Hardware recently added new lumber storage and display area. The old lumber barn is going to become a new store, although they can’t say just what yet. Jessie Greene-Hill tells us she’s starting NIA classes again on February 12th at 11 a.m. at the Put-in-Bay Town Hall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Anyone is welcome to sign up for the classes.

For all those hard-core anti-Facebook people out there, we’d like to let them know they are really missing some great Put-in-Bay News. Billy Market has been posting old pictures of Put-in-Bay on the popular social media website. We found his pictures make for a great daily dose of island nostalgia. Sign up and see what we mean.

Aaron Wilson (Put-in-Bay Hign School Class of 1999) was recently voted instructor pilot of the year at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Caroline Conrad, Paula Garsteck and Karen and Amanda Goaziou were in Los Angeles in January. While there, the four island ladies took in the Ellen Show, Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal. You might see them on the Price is Right when it airs on February 10th. Check your local listings for time and channel. Tyler Whidden experienced his first flight to the island in January. The comedian didn’t think there was anything particularly funny about the flight, but his fellow passenger, youngster Danger Morrow, enjoyed it immensely.

Frieda Baer hosted another of her very popular dinner parties at her home on East Point on January 10th. Those who
enjoyed her wonderful cooking (walleye, coleslaw, cabbage noodles, peeled asparagus, and a special Angel Food cake) included Marv Booker, Pat Thwaite, Jeff Koehler and Ruth Scarpelli. If you are ever invited for dinner, don’t miss the opportunity.

Julene M. Market and others recently noticed the flock of Snow Buntings in front of the Skyway recently. There were about two dozen, and they were just beautiful as they flew – rolling white flashes against the sky. The Snow Bunting is a bird of the high Arctic and snowy winter fields. Even on a warm day, the mostly white plumage of a bunting flock evokes the image of a snowstorm.

If you’re in Florida, don’t forget the 7th Annual Put-in-Bay Music Fest is February 10 through 12. Key West, Florida welcomes their friends from the north for Put-in-Bay Days at Sloppy Joe’s! Put-in-Bay’s best entertainers perform alongside Key West’s most popular performers. Scheduled to perform this year are Mike “Mad Dog” Adams, the infamous Bob Gatewood, Pete and Wayne, Ray Fogg, the Killer Flamingos, and Patrick Houston Dailey. Be sure to book your Key West hotel reservations early as rooms are hard to find! This event is a great way to put some Put-in-Bay fun into a long winter season. Put-in-Bay News will be reporting from the event.

Annie Parker recently ran across a picture of the International Starve Island Brunch that took place in 1980. She showed the picture to some of the folks at the Senior Center who were enthralled with the event on the little 2-acre island offshore from the Put-in-Bay Airport. Annie suggested the Put-in-Bay Gazette do a story on the event sometime. We’d be happy to, but we need some input from some of those who were there, plus some pictures of the party.

Put-in-Bay News reports Mark Mathys Put-in-Bay Hotel & Resorts Owner and Ed Fitzgerald are planning something new for the island this summer season. Both are in Fort Myers where they reside for the winter.

Nick and Simona Michael, owners of the Ahoy B&B on Doller Ave., and their two children, Emil and Emma, returned in late
January from a seven-week visit to family in Europe. While there they visited England, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Istanbul, Turkey. Speaking of traveling, Put-in-Bay News reports Scott and Susan Market flew to Cairo, Egypt. The couple was there during the anti-government demonstrations that took place. Jesse Spears has taken over as executive chef from Terry Galvin on Rattlesnake Island.

The Resale shop will undergo renovations in March. In March, it will be opened on a very limited basis. Mike and Beth Niese
spent a little time vacationing near Tulum, Mexico, in January. Rental of ice shanties began in the island area in the late 1930s. Gordon Dodge, Walt Smith, and Nate Ladd were among the first islanders to offer this service, After World War II, the ice fishing shanty rental business became the wintertime occupation of many islanders.

Did you know? Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial was established as a National Park 75 years ago. Scott Market has been working with Bob Glauser from Bass Island Supply on his boat, the M/V Restless. There’s lots to be done before he can start running sunset cruises, family excursions and the like. Until he gets a full Coast Guard inspection, he’ll be limited to six people excluding captain and crew. Chris Ladd from the Put-in-Bay Utility Department tells us there is a leak in the water system due to the recent cold snap. The leak may be out in the township, but he’s not quite sure. If you see anything suspicious, please contact Chris at(419) 285-8545. Chris also says he has some of the Nebulus Rescue Devices for sale. These ice rescue flotation devices can be attached to an ATV, snowmobile or airboat, and when deployed, it becomes a floating rescue platform capable of holding two or more people out of the water, while it keeps the tethered vehicle suspended beneath the ice. The Nebulus can potentially save the lives of the rider and passengers and allows for easy recovery of the submerged vehicle. There are twenty of the devices being used around the island so far, and Chris says they are really great. Ask him about them when you see him.

Put-in-Bay News Reports that If you’re into bird watching, you may want to take part in the 14th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. It takes place from February 18th to 21st. In January, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources selected Columbus-based architectural firm Feinknopf, Macioce, Schappa Architects to review potential development options for the Lonz Winery property on Middle Bass. We can hardly wait for what they have to say. The editor ran into Ray and Laura Fogg in Columbus in January. They were on their way to former Boathouse manager Martin Lamp’s Bernard’s Tavern. Ray was in Columbus for a radio appearance on the Wags & Elliott show on QFM 96 the next day, plus a performance in Powell. DJ Parker spend three weeks in Costa Rica recently. While there is studied a little Tibetan meditation.

The Put-in-Bay American Legion Post wants you! This is a personal invitation for you to join the island Post of the American Legion. Our Post 542 is conducting a new membership initiative to solicit eligible veterans. Through our local post and the State, and the National organizations, we do a great deal to honor, give thanks, and extend help and assistance to all veterans, from all the wars, as well as peacetime. Please join the American Legion Post 542, if not for our meetings, or politics, then for the social gatherings, family meals, parades, youth events, memorial services, benefits programs, or just mutual thoughts, camaraderie, or best wishes. No obligation. We need your membership, and we want you to join! Notify any current Legion member.

2011 Swim/Sail Calendar and Classes- Put-in-Bay News reminds you to mark your calendars and make plans now to participate in this summer’s Put-in-Bay Community Swim/Sail Program. Evening Endurance Swim and a One-Week Race Clinic for interested sailors will begin the week of June 13th. Morning swim classes and our four-week Learn-to-Sail Program will begin one week later on June 20th. We will host our Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Raffle Fundraiser on Friday, June 24th and the entire program wraps up with the Annual Award’s Night scheduled for Friday, July 15th. Age requirements and additional program information is available online. Registration materials will be available after March 15th. Returning participants will receive their forms by mail. To be added to our mailing list or for answers to your questions, please email us at pibswimsail@gmail.com. Prefer to call? Contact Swimming Chair Debbie Larson at 440- 835-1558 or Learn-to-Sail Chair Jane O’Brien at 440-227-0626. Registration forms will be due by May 1, 2011.