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Put-in-Bay News August 2018

As Usual, There Was Quite A Bit Happening In News August 2018!

BACK FROM THAILAND Sara Booker Sheehan was in Thailand traveling with her daughter Josie early this past month. Knowing
Sara, we’re sure she got a lot of exciting ideas to feed her creative talents. You can see some of her work at Local Color at the Keys.

#1 BUS DRIVER ON PUT-IN-BAY In other News August 2018 Final results are from the island bus rider poll taken over the past two or three months. The overall choice for the title of “Best Bus Driver on South Bass Island” is Pamela Gruetter from Island Transportation. The poll asked riders to rate their bus riding experience here on the island from 1 to 10. Pam had an overall average of 9.5 out of 10. The next closest bus driver scored 7.5. Pam took top scores for service, safety, courtesy, and bus cleanliness.

Her patrons also said she was more regularly “on time” than any of the other drivers. More than one rider commented that her driving skills were impeccable. The only negative comment she had in the entire polling was one rider wrote he liked the cigar aroma in one of the other busses he had ridden in. When the other drivers were notified about Pam winning her honor, no one was surprised at the results and even agreed she deserved the top honor. Congratulations, Pam! Job well done!

YOGA CLASSES If you’re into Yoga, Beth Rickenbaugh offers Tuesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Put-in-Bay Town Hall. For more information, give her a call at (440) 241-5485, or email her at elizabethrickenbaugh@yahoo.com .

SUCCESSFUL! Siblings Erika Suttmann Crossley (Put-in-Bay High School Class of 2001) and Louis Suttmann
(Put-in-Bay High School Class of 2005) finished the 100km ultra-marathon we featured in a Put-in-Bay Gazette story recently. The 26+ hour
adventure challenged them in ways they did not expect. They would like to thank all those who supported their adventure. Erika lives in
England and Louis lives in Austria.

NEW BOOK Long-time island summer resident John Briggle has released a book titled “Why Am I Here?” available on Amazon.com. It is
an important book for everyone to read, then pass on, as we struggle in this broken world in which we live. An easy read but deep in context,
it covers such topical issues like evil in this world, why bad things happen to good people, bullying, suicide, and eventually finding one’s personal identity. The book offers insight into some very basic questions that we have all asked at one time or another, including the namesake of the book, Why Am I Here? It may be a life-changing read for you or someone else in your life.

We’d like to credit Peter Huston for his photo of Jimmy Glauser dressed at Jose de Rivera on last month’s first page of the Put-in-Bay Gazette. Jimmy sure looked the part! Thanks, Peter.

We made a few mistakes in last month’s Put-in-Bay News issue that should be noted. First, one of the photos in Milestones was a photo of Harry Blumensaadt who we identified as Harry Schillumeit, his great-great-grandfather who lived here on the island. The second goof was that we identified Jane Hauck Brausch in a photo of her celebrating her 50th graduation year from Put-in-Bay High School as her sister Sandy. Sorry, Jane.

We’ve only known the two of you since you were children. That’s a big DUH on our part. The third mistake will have historians looking back and asking what the heck happened since we had Section B of the July 2018 issue identified as June 2018, a repeat of the month before. Maybe it’s time to get some new blood on our staff!

At the end of June, a young man visiting from India was drowned after he fell of the dock at the State Park. The man was no match for the big waves coming from the southwest. A few days earlier, a man drowned after falling from his boat at one of the marinas downtown. The family of a man traumatically injured in a fight at the Jet Express Dock in September 2016 is suing the owner of the Jet Express, his son, and the Jet Express. The family is alleging a variety of claims. The case was investigated, but according to reports, witnesses that night tell various stories, and no one has ever been charged.

Jim and Jan Anteau became grandparents again in July. Middy and Dave Church became great-grandparents in July. Congrats to
you all! The Middle Bass Island Forested Wetland Preserve dedication will be at Fox Rd. Location at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 5th, with
cake reception following at the Middle Bass Island State Park Pavilion.

Our prediction for one year from now is that everyone is happy about “Christmas in July 2019” because of the numerous law enforcement
officers on the island this year scared everyone from coming back again. We will stick with just one Christmas at Put-in-Bay from now on!

Be part of Art in the Park. Our annual “Art in the Park” events focus on providing an accessible, well-attended, and attractive venue to promote artists and help them sell all types of original arts and crafts to the thousands of visitors that come to Put-in-Bay over our Historic Weekend. Regardless of your medium, if you created it we want you to be a part of our event. We are also seeking people who wish to volunteer at Put-in-Bay. Space is limited, and registration is accepted on a first-come basis. Contact the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce (pibcc.coordinator@gmail.com) for registration and fee information. The deadline for registration is August 20th. Bay Lodging Resort will be offering reduced room rates for the event.

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