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Put-in-Bay Diary September 2017 Everything That Happened & You Missed!

Put-in-Bay Diary-Fri., Sept. 1st – The Toby Keith concert at the Put-in-Bay Airport is over. Clean-up and take-down crews work all night, and by morning, those passing by the airport saw no sign of a concert. Put-in-Bay Ferry Boats ran most of the night to get all the passengers, trucks, and equipment off the island. Louis Heineman got a haircut.

The wind is strong out of the northeast, so the Sonny S Ferry stops running between Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass. The good news is the Put-in-Bay Docks are pretty much complete. Lake Erie Islands Water Trail guide partners met with Lisa Brohl and visited some of the access sites for kayakers and the like. They discuss additional printings of the water trail guide.

Put-in-Bay Diary-Sat., Sept. 2nd – The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club holds its Annual Meeting, where an election of the trustees takes place, plus members could raise issues and suggestions.

Put-in-Bay Diary  Sun., Sept. 3rd – It’s a beautiful day at the Bay with lots of visitors. Jeff Bringardner has his team of senior citizens and a recovering softball player helping frame his new house at the entrance to Shore Villas. The marina at North Bass is almost full.

Put-in-Bay Diary -Mon., Sept. 4th – Normally, there is a Village Council meeting on the first Monday of the month, even when it’s a holiday, but there is no meeting today. Once again, Billy Market, on a first name basis with Weather Gods that the rest of us have only read about in mythology, has called it right and canceled the last boat dock party. Put-in-Bay Restaurants Reel Bar takes up the slack and holds its Labor Night Island Song show earlier than normal.

The annual taffy tasting test is at the Duck In on the West Shore. Put-in-Bay’s Candy Bar wins hands down. A rather large pleasure boat hits the rocks during the evening thunderstorms. Bob Bahney on Peach Point clocked winds up to 69 miles per hour during the evening storm.

Put-in-Bay Diary -Tues., Sept. 5th – Put-in-Bay mayor Mack McCann goes before a visiting judge on the mainland for his charges of driving without a license.

Put-in-Bay Diary-Wed., Sept. 6th – Funeral services are held for Stan Snider, Sr. at Maple Leaf Cemetery.

Put-in-Bay Diary -Thurs., Sept. 7th – Agents from the Attorney General’s Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are in force executing search warrants on the island. They take documents from the Put-in-Bay Town Hall, police department, and water plant, plus the offices of Mayor McCann and Todd Blumensaadt. Advance crews set up the canteen tent for the Boy Scouts camping on the Monument grounds for the weekend.

Put-in-Bay Diary -Fri., Sept. 8th – The Boy Scouts set up camp at Monument with tents galore. No rain for a change!

Put-in-Bay Diary- Sat., Sept. 9th – Around 850 Boy Scouts are on the island. That’s fewer than in years past. The Anthony Wayne Marching Generals from Whitehouse, Ohio, might have been the most prominent high school band ever to march and play in a Historical Weekend grand parade. Stone Lab on Gibraltar Island holds an open house.

Put-in-Bay Diary- Sun., Sept. 10th – The Put-in-Bay Mossbacks play the Muffins in an old-fashion baseball game in the afternoon. Those who attended the last boat send-off party at the Lime Kiln (postponed from the week before) put a little over $1900 into the buckets that were passed around. The money is earmarked for the relief efforts underway for Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Miller Boat Line matches this money.

Mon., Sept. 11th- The Put-in-Bay Chamber meets at Frosty Bar. The beautiful yacht “Enticer” docks at Fox’s Dock. She is 85 ft long and was built in Camden, ME, by Mathis Yachts in 1935!

Tues., Sept. 12th- St. Paul’s is holding an open house highlighting its rich island history. Fantasy Football League players meet at Frosty’s in the evening.

Wed., Sept. 13th- The grape pickers for Heineman Winery are picking Concord and Ives grapes.

Thurs., Sept. 14th-Tom and Paula Bartlett will be banding birds at Barnhill’s Vineyard Bed and Breakfast. Anyone interested
is always invited to see how they do it. Several Middle hours at the Middle Bass General Store.

Fri., Sept. 15th – School pictures are being taken at the school. Besides the students, photos of all the island’s preschool children and newborns are taken so they can be in the yearbook, too. Sally Duffy and Chris Miller are out on a Put-in-Bay Golf Cart delivering shirts to the Miller Ferry Boat Line 5K sponsors. The lineup of cars at the Catawba ferry dock calls for an extra boat that arrives at Put-in-Bay after dark.

Sat… Sept. 16th – Put-in-Bay High School 9th grader Blake Booker comes in 3rd overall in the Miller Boat Line 5K in the morning
and sets a new Put-in-Bay record. Grape stomping and a pig roast over at JF Walleyes on Middle Bass.

Sun., Sept. 17th – The day is lovely; many boaters and visitors linger into the evening before returning to the mainland.

Mon., Sept 18th – The island is pelted with a nice rain in the morning. At the Senior Center, they are painting bowls donated by the Butterfly House while enjoying some pizza from Frosty Bar and beverages from the Island Beverage Center. The painted bowls are part of a fundraiser to feed the hungry.

Tues., Sept. 19th – Mark and Monk Nemec help Marsha Baumhart load a dumpster full of huge items that couldn’t be sold at the Resale Shop for love or money. The furniture building and the area alongside the museum are cleared out. Miller Boat Line holds its employee party at the Boardwalk’s Upper Deck. The theme of the party was “Cops and Robbers.”

Wed., Sept. 20th – Put-in-Bay Gazette columnist Larry Schrader is stretched out in his old green chair by the lake, dodging the acorns falling from the big oak and finishing writing his October column. Mother Mary Staley visited Bob Ramsbottom at Stein Hospice. She is also the American Legion Chaplain and took him prayers and greetings from Post 542. The Put-in-Bay High School freshman girls have a volleyball game.

Thurs., Sept. 21st – There’s a beach clean-up in the morning. The island’s American Legion members meet at the  Put-in-Bay Senior Center and then head to Tipper’s for lunch.

Fri., Sept. 22nd – The weather looks excellent again for the weekend, and the mooring buoys in the harbor and docks are beginning to fill up just like the weekend before.

Sat., Sept. 23rd – Put-in-Bay Property Owners Assoc. members meet at the Senior Center to hear guest speakers from the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio Investigative Unit (Drug and Alcohol): Eric Wolfe, Enforcement Commander and Shawn Tatter, Toledo Office. Ottawa County Sheriff Stephen Levorchick also discussed support for the island during “Christmas in July.”

The Clambake at the Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Dept. filled many stomachs of those longing for those great-tasting clams. Hooligans’ big halfway to St. Patrick’s Day parade helped raise funds for the Red Cross in its efforts to help with hurricane relief.

Sun., Sept. 24th – The weather is July-like. It’s a repeat of last Sunday. The Put-in-Bay harbor is filled most of the day with boats, and people aren’t leaving until they absolutely have to. Bird banding is happening at the Middle Bass Island East Point Preserve.

Mon., Sept. 25th – The Village Council votes to hire an ozone consultant to guide and assist with the treatment in its water plant by the lake. Ozone reduces health problems associated with the algae blooms in the lake.

Tues., Sept. 26th – Mother Mary at St. Paul’s reports five island visitors were walking on the labyrinth between 8 and 9 a.m. She sees people out there fairly often and tries to talk with them when she can. Over fifty people laying the foundation for a Great Lakes Coalition at Beaver Island from Put-in-Bay are Island Ambassador Peter Huston from the Chamber of Commerce and his wife Amy, Snake Lady Kristin Stanford, Steve Poe, and Capt. Russ and Lisa Brohl, Jean and Mike Gora from Middle Bass.

Wed., Sept. 27th -Put-in-Bay High School’s cross country team stops for ice cream during their afternoon practice.

Thurs, Sept. 28th- Island business owners meet at the Boardwalk’s Upper Deck for an educational bunch and a presentation
from Booking to discuss increasing tourism and how Booking.com supports local accommodations. Retired
Cargo Net owners Bill Timmerman and Bob Stone Visit Put-in-Bay for the day.

Fri. Sept. 29th – The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society holds its members meeting to elect officers and new board members.

Sat., Sept. 30th – Middle Bass Island Yacht Club at the MBI State Park Marina closes for the season. The Crew’s Nest holds its close-down party and is packed despite the chill in the air.


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