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Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary Gets Assistance

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PUT-IN-BAY – People often think of Put-In-Bay for the partying and weekend revelry, but there is another side to island life that most don’t usually get to see – the local and community philanthropy. Thanks to 11-year-old McKenna Stacy of Put-in-Bay, the Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary in Port Clinton was able to provide medical care for a few more dogs after Stacy donated $1,290 to the sanctuary.

“She said we could use the money for what we wanted, so we used it for vet bills,” said the sanctuary’s CEO and president, Nancy Benevento-Brown. “We have so many infirm dogs here. It’s really the second chance ranch.” read more

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Put in Bay Ferries and Fishing

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The ferries are running, the ferries are running!!! Make sure you have all your lodging sorted out and then head on over to the island for a memorable time! There is always an event or activity to add to the fun on the island, but make sure you plan out the weekend you wan ahead of time because they fill up fast in the summer!

Every year we play the guessing game of when the Miller Ferry will start running from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay. This year, the guessing is over early! The Miller Ferry started running last Friday, March 4th, and has begun a regular schedule for the season (weather permitting). For this first week, trips will leave Put in Bay at 8:30AM, 9:30AM, 10:30AM & 2:00PM, 3:00PM, 4:00PM. Trips leaving Catawba will be at 9:00AM, 10:00AM, 11:00AM & 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM. read more

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Put-in-Bay friends, the Roeder family, on ‘American Pickers’

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Put-in-Bay friends, the Roeder family, on ‘American Pickers’

The Roeder family owned Tony’s Garage bar on the island for a few years when it was transitioning from Tony’s Place to the Reel Bar currently. They also have owned Harley dealerships over on the mainland.

‘American Pickers’ found a jackpot at Roeder Racing & Service in Monroeville.

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the professional duo, who scour the earth for antiques and treasures covered in rust and dirt as “American Pickers” for the History Channel were at the Roeder family home and business in September. read more

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Put-In-Bay – A Tiny Town For A Cozy, Low-Key Vacation

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Put-in-Bay, OH
Population: 137

No, that number is no typo. This Lake Erie island — nicknamed the “Key West of the Midwest” — may be small, but it lays claim to one of best nightlife and foodie scenes in the Midwest. Packed with waterfront restaurants, taverns, and brewpubs serving local Lake Erie flavor, there’s plenty for Put-in-Bay visitors to see, do, and taste. For outdoorsy types, there’s kayaking through limestone cliffs, stand-up paddle-boarding, parasailing, guided fishing trips, and camping galore.

(For More Info: http://www.refinery29.com/small-town-vacation-ideas?utm_source=thrillist&utm_medium=syndication#slide-7) read more

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Put-In-Bay History, Mystery, and Scandal!

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The Hotel Victory at Put-in-Bay, once gained fame as the largest hotel in the world (or at least the largest in America at the time).

Today it is nothing more than a few sad ruins tucked away behind an Ohio State Park campground on South Bass Island, plus memorabilia scattered throughout places like the Lake Erie Islands historical museum and the forgotten corners of various attics spread throughout the region.

What happened?

Ottawa and Huron tribes lived in the Lake Erie Islands region prior to the late 1700s, but things began to change as the Connecticut Land Company deeded South Bass Island to John Pierpont Edwards in 1807, and his son John Stark Edwards settled the area and cleared 100 acres to raise a crop of wheat. read more

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Possible Perry’s Monument Fee Increase

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Possible Perry’s Monument Fee Increase – The National Park Service is proposing a fee increase that would more than double the cost to ride up to the top of the 352-foot-tall Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, the iconic Lake Erie islands monument that offers views of Canada, Michigan and Ohio.

Entrance fees would increase to $7 in 2016, up from $3, in a recently announced park proposal. The current $3 fee has been in place since 1997. In 2007, the park postponed a planned increase to $5, after the memorial was forced to shut down for repairs. Reopened since 2012, the top of the monument is accessible via an elevator ride. Children 15 and under will remain free. read more

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Dueling Pianos at Mr. Ed’s Bar

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Next Weekend is a special event at Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille. The only catch is that it is at the Port Clinton location! So if you are up on the island, you can pop over on the Jet Express to hear the Dueling Pianos and pop back on the last ferry to the island to catch some great late night Put-In-Bay bands as well!

Dueling Pianos new time is from 6-9pm, this coming Sunday August 9! You don’t want to miss this show. Outside this weekend, Mr. Ed’s will be having acoustic shows from 2-6pm every Sunday in August. Stop in and enjoy some great food, drink specials, and entertainment! read more

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Put-In-Bay is on Another List, Esquire Magazine’s 50 Coolest!

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One tiny village on a small island in the north end of Ottawa County near the Canadian border continues to get quite a lot of attention, especially as the tourism season ramps up.

Put-in-Bay has found its way into yet another list of top vacation destinations. Most recently, this humble little community on South Bass Island was named one of “The 50 Coolest Small Towns in America” by Esquire magazine. (http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/g2227/best-small-towns-america/?slide=35)

“This island on Lake Erie got its name from 18th century schooners that would ‘put in’ on the bay to wait out bad weather,” the article reads. read more

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Put-In-Bay Perrys Monument National Park site keeps its own staff

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The National Park Service plans on keeping a full-time superintendent and staff at a Lake Erie island landmark monument.

Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur says the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on South Bass Island will remain a separate unit of the park system.

The park service had been looking at combining the staff overseeing the Perry’s monument site and the River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe, Mich.

The 350-foot tall monument in Ohio honors a key victory in the War of 1812; while River Raisin National Battlefield Park recalls the Battles of the River Raisin that were also a milestone point in that war. read more

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Put-In-Bay is a Top 10 Most Beautiful Town in Ohio

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Brimming with history, Midwest charm and beautiful landscapes, Ohio is the place to be for quintessential American small towns. From arty Yellow Springs – one of the nation’s coolest small towns – to the picturesque island community of Put-in-Bay, The Culture Trip rounds up some of the prettiest places in the Buckeye State.

Located on tiny South Bass Island around five miles from the Ohio mainland, Put-in-Bay is a picturesque island town and popular summer tourist destination when thousands flock to enjoy the town’s quaint restaurants, lively pubs and recreational activities like walleye and perch fishing – no wonder Put-in-Bay is often nicknamed the “Key West of the North”. History buffs will delight in its historic homes and pivotal role in the War of 1812: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument – a 352 foot high Doric column and one of the USA’s tallest monuments – towers over Put-in-Bay’s harbor and commemorates Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory over British forces in the waters off the island. read more

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