Put-in-Bay News and events happening on South Bass Island this month!
GRADUATED-Congratulations to Elizabeth McCann (Put-in-Bay High School Class of 2011) who graduated Cum Laude last May from Cleveland State with a BS in Health Care Administration. Elizabeth is one of Michael and Anita McCann’s triplets.
ENGAGED-Oliver Thwaite & Ashley Burwell Oliver Thwaite (Put-in-Bay High School Class of 2008) and Ashley Burwell became engaged to be married on December 23rd. Oliver, the son of Don and Susan Thwaite, owns and operates All Sports FUNdamentals, a company which puts on numerous sports events including races on the Lake Erie Islands. Ashley is a teacher at Highland High School in Sparta, OH.
CELEBRATING- Put-in-Bay News reports Griffing Flying Service has reached the milestone of 80 years of service. Harry Thomas Grifﬁng, Sr. and his wife Sue founded Grifﬁng Flying Service in 1937 at the Sandusky Airport in Sandusky, Ohio. The company launched primarily as a ﬂight training school but quickly began offering charter ﬂights to the Kelleys Island and Pelee Island due to customer demand. In 1945, operations were moved to another airport on the south side of Sandusky. In 1962, an opportunity to purchase the original Sandusky Airport arose, and Harry and Sue jumped at the chance to move operations back to the original airport, which later became the Grifﬁng Sandusky Airport. In 2013, the Grifﬁng Sandusky Airport was sold and operations were moved to the Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton, Ohio, where they currently reside. In 1991, Grifﬁng Flying Service purchased its island competitor, Island Airlines, and expanded service to all Lake Erie Islands, including the United States Mail contract to serve South Bass, Middle Bass, North Bass, and Kelleys Island. Over the years the charter ﬂeet expanded and took the shape of many different aircraft until the current ﬂeet of Piper Archers, Piper Saratogas, the Britten-Norman Islander, and the Raytheon King Air B200 aircraft was established in 2007. Grifﬁng Flying Service is proud to have such strong history in the north-central Ohio area, and they look forward to serving Put-in-Bay the Islands for many years to come. Our longevity is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the Grifﬁng Family and their employees past and present, and to all of our customers for their continued support.
OBITUARY- Evelyn Fay Manter was born October 29, 1920, to William E. and Erma Marks in the Vroman family homestead at Put-in-Bay, OH, in the same room as was her mother. She left this life on December 19, 2016, at Otterbein Evelyn Manter North Shore assisted living Lakeside-Marble-head, Ohio where she had been a resident since late September 2015. She grew up in Marion, Ohio, and spent time in the summer at Put-in-Bay as a child. On December 18, 1942, she married Earl W. Manter, who preceded her in death. They resided at Green Camp, Ohio, during their children’s childhoods, and later moved to Prospect, Ohio. They bought property on South Bass Island which served as a summer retreat and later in retirement became their home. Evelyn attended Ohio University at Athens, Ohio, where she met her husband, Earl. Besides being a mother, she spent some time as an elementary school teacher, her later teaching years being at Green Camp, Ohio. Evelyn enjoyed Girl Scouts as both a Girl Scout and leader. She was connected with that organization for at least 73 years. On South Bass Island she was a charter member of the OWLS book club. [Old Women’s Literary Society] She had a great love of nature and was knowledgeable of various kinds of birds. She loved South Bass Island and to Visit Put-in-Bay Ohio. She had been a member of the Green Camp United Methodist Church and had in retirement years participated in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at Put-in-Bay. She enjoyed singing in the church choirs. She is survived by three children: Robert [Mary] Manter of Lakeside-Marblehead, OH; E. Frederick [Joan] Manter of Delaware, OH; Gwendolyn Manter of Ingleside, IL; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be set at a later date with burial on South Bass Island. Donations may be made to Otterbein North Shore, 9400 North Shore Blvd., Lakeside-Marblehead. OH, 43440 and Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870. Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Port Clinton, and Lakeside-Marblehead are handling the arrangements.
Norman E. “Norm” Hines age 64 of Put-in-Bay, died peacefully at his home on Christmas morning. Born November 26, 1952, in Detroit, MI to Victor and Lilly (nee: Rogers) Hines, he grew up in Detroit, moved to Cleveland in 1977 and then to Put-in-Bay in 1990. Norm was the Co-Owner of the Leather Stallion Saloon in Cleveland for more than 30 years. He has been a board member of Lake Erie Islands Historical Society and served as its Secretary for 20 years. He also helped set up the museum’s Resale Shop. For several years, Norm volunteered for the Village of Put-in-Bay Mayors Court and processed local parking tickets. He was the founder and president of the Monday Night “Upscale” Wine Club that meets at the Put-in-Bay Winery, the “Buddy & Ruth Fan Club” that meets at the Crew’s Nest, and he acted as their photographer and historian. Norm had an infectious smile and a devilish wit. He will be missed by all of his friends. He is survived by his mother Lilly of Detroit and his partner of 40 years, Brian Molnar. He was preceded in death by his father and younger brother, Victor. A Celebration of Norm’s life will be held in the spring and Put-in-Bay News will announce when details are available. Information and condolences online at www.burrservice. com. Arrangements are being handled by the Burr Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Chardon.
Put-in-Bay News Reports Joe Cerny was elected President of Council when Melinda McCann resigned from the Put-in-Bay Village Council, the group was left without a President Pro Tempore. Council voted unanimously at its December meeting to let Joe Cerny have the pleasure of the job.
Cooper’s Woods Update– At the December meeting of the Put-in-Bay DeRivera Park Trustees, trustee George Stoiber made a motion that DeRivera Park Trust does not sell Cooper’s Woods to the Park District and that no conservation easement be placed on the property. Second by Don Thwaite. Faris abstained. DeRivera Park Trustee meetings are posted at the Put-in-Bay Post Ofﬁce bulletin board and in the Island Calendar in the Put-in-Bay News Reports.