Put-in-Bay Diary March 2017-Events and happenings in the Island!

Put-in-Bay Diary– Wed March 1st – There is an Ash Wednesday service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the morning. Dale Burris has the North Bass boat “Cold Duck” is in the water. 50+ mile per hour winds brings down a tree in Don and Rosi Stephens yard.

Put-in-Bay Diary -Thurs March 2nd – Tammy Niese reports her father Tip Niese is doing much better and in rehab at Firelands in Sandusky.

Put-in-Bay Diary- Fri March 3rd – A light snow on the island belies the fact spring is right around the corner. The newest member of the Frosty’s family is born to Ryan and Jennifer Stoiber. Her name is Skyler.

Sat March 4th – There’s a surprise party for Tony Joyce from the Put-in-Bay Utility Dept. and Chris Strobel, the Senior Center manager, who got married a few days later at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. at the party Keri Canicorn Jeanne Burgess, Susan Duff, Dorraine Toms, Denny Naylon. Sue Seaberg, Linda Frederick, Mo Mary Staley, Tom Thanasiu, Dan Skoufos and Annie Parker among others. Put-in-Bay Yacht Club Manager Barb Chrysler visits the Pensacola Yacht Club.

Sun March 5th- Nick Deardurff from Duff’s Subdivision, Bob and Dianne Smith from the South Shore, Put-in-Bay Village Councilman Kelly Faris and his wife, Martha, Ed and Paula Hubner from Put-in-Bay Road., and Marv Booker and Pat Thwaite are among the islanders who are all in Florida

Mon March 6th- Put-in-Bay’s students return to class after the week-long mid-winter school break.

Tues March 7th – Sandy Funtal and Patty Bauer from tippers have a nice visit with Tipper Niese who is in rehab in Sandusky. He says to tell everyone hi and he misses them. The ferries are temporarily on hold due in part to the Lime Kiln Dock is unusable due to the wind direction. Bud Stonerook from North Bass spots five deer on the beach there.

Wed March 8th – IT’s a busy day for the Put-in-Bay Diary! A couple of part-time mainland staff members at Put-in-Bay School couldn’t make to the island due to the high winds. There is fear the strong winds will blow some of the Ohio islands into Canadian waters before the day is over. Heidi Ladd moves her car filled with Girl Scout cookies just before a large tree is blown down at her house by the high winds. There was no damage to her house, but she does have to find a new tree to hang her clothesline on. There was also tree down at Freshwater Sensations. Bobbi Dobos reports their trampoline just blew away.

Thurs March 9th – Ray Fogg from the Reel Bar is entertaining at the Tropical Isle Original in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Put-in-Bay Village Council’s Water/ Sewer Utilities Committee holds a committee meeting to discuss rates for extra services and schedule of fees.

Fri March 10th – Students wrap up math teacher Dan Kowalski’s week-long murder mystery activity with a trial.

Sat March 11th – There’s a birthday party for Vince Scarpelli upstairs in the Town Hall. He celebrates with many of his other playgroup friends. Among those in attendance is his grandmother, former Put-in-Bay Mayor Ruth Scarpelli.

Sun March 12th – Kenny and Diana Kartheiser visit Tip Niese at Firelands in Sandusky where he is doing rehab after being Lifeflighted off the island. Kelly Mohn from the island’s Browns Backers drops off two checks to Lisa Brohl for the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy and the Put-in-Bay Park District. The wind is blowing from the northwest at with temperatures in the low 20s. The wind chill is 11 degrees. Lisa Brohl posts “enjoy a walk at the Scheeff East Point Preserve.” A rumor a bit later has it that the EMS rushes to the end of East Point to attend someone suffering from hypothermia. It turns out the rumor is not true, but many Put-in-Bay Residents turn up heat anyway.

Mon March 13th – Put-in-Bay Village Council meets and approves the hiring of two new police officers. Ed Hubner and Richard Warren meet one of the island’s new police officers in the afternoon. The DeRivera Park Trust meeting at the Town Hall does not take place, having been canceled a few days before. The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce meets at the Town Hall to share the great news with its members.

Tues March 14th – Billy Market’s Put-in-Bay Morning Commute video on the Put-in-Bay Facebook Page is classic. If you don’t have Facebook, you’re missing some great Billy posts about Put-in-Bay. Put-in-Bay School opens after a two-hour delay due to weather. Ferry service is suspended for the day.

Wed March 15th – With northwest winds blowing at 30 knots and temperatures in the low 20’s all Put-in-Bay Ferry trips are canceled for the day. Doris Drake celebrates her 87th birthday.

Thurs March 16th – The ice formations along the West shore of Put-in-Bay after the northwest blow of 35-40 mph and temperatures in the 20s are spectacular. Madeline Pugh celebrates her 21st birthday. Put-in-Bay School science teacher Missi Kowalski is at Bowling Green State University with students Tatyana Kowalski, Alexandra Knauer and Sophia Schroeder for the Ohio Junior Science & Humanities Symposium. The Village Council’s Property/Projects/Town Hall Committee meets to discuss what to do with the Frederick property it recently purchased on Erie St. The Lake Erie Islands Conservancy has another “STARRY” night program with Gene Zajac in the evening at the Town Hall. Gene explores the history of select constellation names, how to find them, and other celestial objects in the sky.

Fri March 17th – At Put-in-Bay School, the 7th and 8th graders hold a bake sale. Following an island tradition several St. Patrick’s Day-celebrating party animals jump off the shoreline at Topsy Turvey’s into the frigid water waters of Lake Erie.

Sat March 18th – Elizabeth Heineman photographs what might be Ross’s goose at Perry’s Monument. Although rare, quite a few have been popping up lately in Ohio. Pam Stephens and her parents, Don and Rosi Stephens enjoy dinner at Mary Ann McCann’s home, The Anchorage. The Put-in-Bay shoreline is covered with beautiful natural ice sculptures. Friends help “Gilly” celebrate his birthday at Tipper’s.

Sun March 19th – The Put-in-Bay Vol. Fire Dept. holds its last and final breakfast of the season at the fire station.

Mon March 20th – Brooke Wertenbach and Simona Michael celebrate their birthdays.

Tues March 21st – There’s enough fog around the island for one island official to proclaim March 21st as Ray Fogg Day.

Wed March 22nd – The Niese brothers selling a trash compactor that’s at the rear of their T&J’s Smokehouse on Delaware Ave. It works fine according to the social media post on the Put-in-Bay Facebook Page.

Thurs March 23rd – If you have a season pass for the Put-in-Bay Ferry boat, this is the day you’ve been waiting for to start using it.

Fri March 24th – If you looked out on the lake, you might have seen one of the Jet Express boats on a shakedown cruise. In the evening, the annual Talent Show takes place at the Put-in-Bay school gym. There was some interesting talent to say the least. Meredith Cooper, the daughter of Chris and Joy Cooper recited the entire first “Madeline” book from memory. Put-in-Bay Gazette columnist, McKenna Stacy played the flute, and the youngest entrant ever to grace the talent show stage, Liam Market, did a harmonica solo.

Sat March 25th – There’s a bridal shower at the Park Hotel for Caiti Market. A pretty slow day for the Put-in-Bay Diary March 2017

Sun March 26th – It’s one of those days when the wind has the Lake Erie jumping with 30 knots out of the northeast at midnight and low single-digit winds by noon with the lake just shy of flat. There’s rain in the afternoon. It’s wet.

Mon., March 27th – Tip Niese returns home to Put-in-Bay Island after several weeks in the hospital and rehab in Sandusky.

Tues March 28th – Reel Bar owner and island entertainer Ray Fogg is performing at Rick’s in Key West. Islanders are having problems with email and cell service.

Wed March 29th – Work begins on the Victory Ave. waterline.

Thurs., March 30th – At the Put-in-Bay School the Student Council meets shortly after school.

Fri March 31st – It’s Report Card day at Put-in-Bay School. Blu Luna, the restaurant at Harbor Square, closes for a couple of weeks to get ready for the coming season.

That’s it for the Put-in-Bay Diary March 2017 stay tuned for next months updates!