Put-in-Bay Diary June 2019

Sat., June 1st – A group enjoys yoga exercises at the Overhang at the Ohlemacher home on the West Shore. A storm in the afternoon brings gusts over 40 mph, a half-inch of rain and hail the size of a quarter in some parts of Put-in-Bay. This rain brings the total rainfall to more than five inches in the past four days.

Sun., June 2nd – The antique car paraders stop at Frosty Bar after the parade. There are 29 cars in the parade today.

Mon., June 3rd – The museum board has a meeting at 5 p.m. Work is starting on a new front walkway at Christie Ontko’s Freshwater Retreat.

Tues., June 4th – Students from Thailand, Russia, Montenegro, Mexico, Columbia, Russia who are working on the island this summer enjoy a soup supper in the Undercroft at St. Paul’s Church.

Wed., June 5th – The Put-in-Bay Village Council holds a two-plus-hourlong workshop meeting in the morning. There’s rain in the morning and more rain in the afternoon. The second soup supper for island workers takes place at St. Paul’s.

Thurs., June 6th – There’s media program at the Town Hall which addresses how to use social media to your business’s advantage. Along with that is how to address bad Put-in-Bay social media posts. An ice truck rolls into one of Mike Cooper’s new Put-in-Bay Taxi cabs at the Lime Kiln and does a lot of damage to the front left fender. It’s burger night at the yacht club.

Fri., June 7th – The Chamber of Commerce posts that they have an immediate opening for a community-oriented person to fill on its executive board.  The Mills Cup Race sailboats arrive at the DeRivera Park Dock.

Sat., June 8th – The Put-in-Bay Music Festival takes place on the lot across from the Dairy Isle. This year’s line-up is full of outstanding entertainment plus there are a couple of food trucks, a ukulele workshop, and activities for the kids. There are more than 100 people divided up into teams who are on the island taking part in the Amazing Raise, an event that benefits Joyful Connections and CASA, two great
child-focused agencies in Ottawa County that advocate for children, providing safe and home-like environments and advocating
for children in the juvenile courts. Bobbi Dobos posts that her kids, Braylee and Beckett, who opened a pop stand on Trenton Ave., got a $110 tip from a couple who stopped.

Sun., June 9th – Renee Market enjoys breakfast at Topsy Turvey’s. In the early afternoon, Put-in-Bay mystery author Bob Adamov hosts a Coconut Commando party upstairs at Hemingway’s at the Keys. The party is an opportunity for his readers to meet some of the characters in his books. There are some giveaways like caps, t-shirts and some of Bob’s old book signing banners. The Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock places the lighted buoy off Peach Point for the season.

Mon., June 10th – At the Park Place Boat Club at the Keys, some of the new dock cribs for the new break wall are being moved around. The June Chamber of Commerce meeting takes place at the Put-in-Bay Brewery. In the afternoon, there’s a celebration of Terry Heidenreich’s life on the front lawn of the Put-in-Bay Winery at the Doller Estate. In the evening, the always popular Drag Show takes place at the Round
House Bar with Ray Fogg and Tyler Whidden emceeing.

Tues., June 11th – If you’re out and about you would have seen a golf cart parked off to the side of Airport road wrapped in toilet paper with at for sale sign on it. On Concord Ave. by the ball diamond, there’s a shiny black Nissan Altima parked to the side of the road. Looks like telephone pole one, the Nissan zero. The grill is gone from the front end and is leaning up against a nearby tree. Jackie Taylor heads to Sandusky to finish up classes for a Safe Food Service certification. There’s tree work being done in DeRivera Park, and islanders are given the opportunity to come get hickory and oak firewood. The water temperature of Lake Erie is below normal for this time of year. The fireworks that are shot off about dark on the waterfront in front of the Doller Estate are in memory of Terry Heidenreich, not to honor Scott Jackson who closes the Goat an hour early so staff and friends can celebrate his birthday with plenty of sushi and other food from Nagoya on the mainland.

Wed., June 12th – Family and friends gather at Heineman Winery in the afternoon to remember Louis Heineman. There are lots of Louis stories! The family gathers around the new Sauterne wine bottle stump carving for photos as the event comes to a close.

Thurs., June 13th – The Put-in-Bay Garden Club has a successful plant exchange at its late-afternoon meeting at the Put-in-Bay Yacht
Club. No one brings poison ivy to exchange. Winds out of the northwest force water over the seawall at the Monument and flood the road just like winds from the northeast do. It’s a bouncy night for boaters. Graveside services for George Johoske, the husband of Marge Kindt Johoske (Put-in-Bay High School Class of 1948) are held at Maple Leaf Cemetery.

Fri., June 14th – Graveside Service for Charles Huff are held at Maple Leaf Cemetery in the late morning. The Brig Niagara pulls into the Jet Dock for the night. The decision is made to move the Founder’s Day booths into the Town Hall. Down at the Putin- Bay Yacht Club, the SwimSail Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner and Raffle takes place. With nice weather, the event is well-attended and the crowd enjoys the outside seating on the front lawn as well as watching those who brave enough to be dunked in the dunk tank.

Sat., June 15th – At the Senior Center, the Put-in-Bay Property Owners Association’s members get a chance to listen to and ask questions of Put-in-Bay Police Chief Steve Riddle and Village Councilman Jeff Koehler. With rainy weather threatening, the Pooch Parade takes place in the park with only 17 entries. David and Connie Kniffen’s dog Charley wins the cutest dog prize at the Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade. The Put-in-Bay Founder’s Day events are taking place in the Town Hall Assembly Room. A group from St. Paul’s is selling strawberry shortcake in front of Misty Bay in spite of the rainy weather. In the late afternoon, the opening party at the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum takes place. Among those who stop by is Susie Cooper, the former director who is on the island for the day. There’s a graduation party for Max Schneider (PIBHS Class of 2019) at the Middle Bass Town Hall.

Sun., June 16th – The island is treated to a little more rain for Father’s Day Weekend. It’s cold, windy and cloudy in the afternoon, but the antique car parade with about 20 cars takes place. Three motorcyclists take part. The Sunday night softball games are canceled.

June 17th – Jessie Greene is teaching a jewelry making class at the Keys. There are reports of Mayflies starting to come in. The Monday night softball games are canceled due to the wet field conditions.

Tues., June 18th – David Holscott gives magic lessons at the Put-in-Bay Senior Center. There is a “nozzles and flow training” for the volunteers at the Put-in-Bay fire department in the evening.

Wed., June 19th – Kathe Haslauer, the niece of Joe Suttmann’s lady friend in Steyr, Austria, Ute Wiesmayr, leaves the island after a seven-day whirlwind visit to Put-in-Bay and flies home to Austria. While here she enjoyed getting to know Joe’s island home.

Thurs., June 20th – Let’s start the day with a little more rain! State auditors working at the Town Hall on the Village books from last year meet with officials to discuss items in the audit. The first Island Artisan Fair of the season takes place at the Town Hall. Kerry Burris from North Bass is at the Put-in-Bay Library conducting a Beach Glass Art class with a dozen creative participants.

Fri., June 21st – In the evening, visitors at Perry’s Monument go up to the observation deck and view the Summer Solstice sunset. Island resident and NASA Solar System Ambassador Gene Zajac gives a program and is available for questions during the tour.

Sat., June 22nd -It’s a gorgeous day for the 11th Annual Pirate Fest. Instead of the large American flag flying over the Boardwalk, there is a skull & crossbones pirate flag. There are plenty of boats around to fill the public docks. The Put-in-Bay sailing team heads off the island to its second regatta of the season at North Cape Yacht Club in Michigan. The recycling center on Middle Bass is closed.

Sun., June 23rd – Good Lord! It’s another gorgeous day to fire off the cannons for Pyrate Fest in DeRivera Park. A man drives right past
the ticket booth at Miller’s Catawba Dock and gets in line on the dock. Dock personnel have him get out of line so he can return to the ticket
booth to buy ferry tickets. There’s a graduation party for Matthew Stacy.

Mon., June 24th – Middle Bass Island Nature Camp begins. It’s Martini Monday at the Goat for some 19 ladies in attendance. The Upscale Wine Club in on the mainland. Among the stops in the Orchard on Catawba Island and the Canoe Wine Bar and the Red Fern Inn on Marblehead. A group of islanders took a boat over to North Bass Island to take a look at a couple of old houses there. Island jewelry maker Jessie Greene holds an opening at her studio on Sybil Blvd.

Tues., June 25th – The Cleveland Monsters are having a corporate event on the island and Cameo Pizza is catering their group for
lunch at the Island Club pavilion. Peter Dante, from many Adam Sandler movies and the movie Grandma’s Boy, was on the island playing with his band, Tunnel Vision, at The Boathouse. Dave Warga, part-time taxi driver, from East Point takes a dip off his boat in School House Bay. A crane on a barge is dropping large new steel dock cribs in the lake at The Keys. Ladies are at the PIBYC celebrating the 70th birthday of Put-in-Bay Yacht Club’s Ladies Auxiliary. Rich Loroff and dhis wife Kathy, the former owner of Subway at the Commodore Resort, are in Cleveland celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.

Wed,, June 26th – The exercise class at the Senior Center is followed by hot coffee to cool everyone down. There are exercise classes
at the center in the morning every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It’s busy down at the Put-in-Bay Village Water Treatment Plant where workers are tackling the Ozone improvement project.

Thurs., June 27th – A severe thunder, lightning and rain storm goes through the island area at 3 a.m. Islanders were cleaning up mayflies
all morning, they have arrived in full force! Skydive Put-in-Bay was featured on the 13abc nightly news. The online video got over 20,000 views in the first 12 hours! The M/V Mary Ann, Miller Boat Line’s new ferry being built at Fraser Shipyard in Superior, Wisconsin, gets the engine room module lifted into place in the dry dock. A 19-year old man is killed on the West Shore when a utility vehicle flips over.

Fri., June 28th – A group of volunteers are at the Bathing Beach at the end of Delaware Ave. getting the area tidied up a bit. A big thanks to
Craig Cox for providing a couple of Bobcats and Larry Knaser a truck. The beach looks great! More than a dozen small sailboats are sailing on
this beautiful summer day just northwest of the harbor. The maintenance staff at Perry’s Victory readies the new “No Wake” signs to put out on the road that goes past the Monument. There’s a Haunted Put-in-Bay Ghost Walk around the village in the evening. The island is shocked when hearing of the passing of Bob Wolford, a longtime employee of the Jet Express and a frequent guest on WPIB radio.

Sat., June 29th – A heatwave hit the island with temperatures into the mid 80’s. The pool bars are enjoying the weather as most are packed with thirsty patrons. Adam Bommer and Miranda Riddle, daughter of Chief Steve Riddle, get married in Ellicottville, New York. The Sandusky Register posts an article featuring Pat and Theresa Finney of Put-in-Bay Road. Sun., June 30th – Sponsors of today’s Put-in-
Bay Antique Car Parade are Jim and Judy Burgess and Dick and Betty A. Wells Bliss from Fox’s Den and Tipper’s. Kate Ptak is at the Wine, Paint & Book Signing at the Nature Center signing her children’s book about a turtle called “Don’t Box Me In.” The Put-in-Bay Gazette News
is sent off to print, with an attempt at the first “errorless” edition!