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Put-in-Bay Police Find Human Remains on Put-in-Bay

Put-in-Bay Police

Put in Bay Police Department

News Release

On Sept 1st, 2017 the Put in Bay Police were notified of possible human remains discovered at a construction site in Put in Bay Township, South Bass island.

Below is a news release relating to this incident.

A follow up to previous articles…

September 9, 2017, Fox News article by Lindsay Buckingham

September 9, 2017, Sandusky Herald article by Patrick Pfanner patrickpfanner@sanduskyregister.com

September 13, 2017, News Herald article by Craig Shoup

Put-in-Bay Gazette – Jeff Koehler

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will offer a burial service for three unknown residents of the island who resided at South Bass Island over 100 years ago. They are believed to be an infant, a teen and an adult. The service at Maple Leaf Cemetery on October 22nd will use prayers which would have been used in the period when they lived. The funeral procession will begin at St. Paul’s Church at 1:00pm and proceed through the village giving these unknown residents the same respect current residents receive. read more

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Lonz Winery on Middle Bass Island reopens to the public!

Lonz Winery

It seems like just yesterday, but it’s actually been sixteen years since the deadly porch collapse which closed the Lonz Winery on Middle Bass Island. Now, the historic beauty is ready for her next chapter: as the centerpiece of a state park with terrific waterfront views. The historic Lonz Winery has been rehabbed and renovated on Lake Erie’s Middle Bass Island. It will become the centerpiece of Middle Bass Island State Park.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Friday hosted a grand opening celebration at the park, accessible by ferry from Catawba Island. The event ran all afternoon, and there was a great turnout from the general public who was invited. The state completed work this spring on the historic winery, which dates back to the late 19th century. The iconic Lonz tower, built in the 1930s and easily seen from approaching boats, has been restored, as has the main building facade. The building, however, has been converted into an open-air plaza. read more

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Put-in-Bay Loses Beloved Community Member

st pauls episcopal church

PUT-IN-BAY: Eugene H. “Tipper” Niese, 79, of Put-in-Bay, OH died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, OH. He was born May 13, 1937 in Ottawa, OH the son of Walter and Marcella (Weis) Niese. He married Carol Hoersten on March 4, 1957 and she preceded him in death on August 6, 1984. He graduated from Ottawa Glandorf High School where he was vice-president of his class. He was previously the Ottawa Fire Chief and he coached basketball and had several businesses in Ottawa.

Tip moved to Put-in-Bay in 1975 and took over the Island General Store. In 1979 he bought The Colonial which housed The Beer Barrel and Tippers. The Colonial was leveled by a fire in 1988. Tipper rebuilt the Beer Barrel and Tippers and was currently the President of The Colonial, Inc. He was a member of Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church. Tipper loved Put-in-Bay and was always giving back to the community. He was a generous contributor to many charities and events. He enjoyed talking with Islanders and Tourists. read more

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Put-in-Bay Grand Opening 2017

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The long hard winter is behind us and Put-In-Bay officially opens for the season this weekend! The Miller Ferry left the dock at 7am this morning with great fanfare, making it’s maiden 2017 journey for the new schedule which starts today. Islanders and visitors alike rejoiced. We are expecting another incredible summer at Put-In-Bay and welcome you to make your summer reservations now before everything books up! Visit our Lodging Page and check out what is available, or visit our online Calendar of Events to choose a theme weekend for you and your family or group.

Pretty soon, the trees will be filled with leaves, the pools will be filled with fresh water, and the island will be filled with the joyful sounds of children and adults alike. Come join us. Have a great day… and we’ll see YOU at the Bay! read more

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Put-in-Bay Record Walleye Fishing Expected in 2017!

Walleye Fishing Put-in-Bay

This could be a banner year for walleye on Lake Erie. Walleye numbers are increasing, and that should improve fishing on what is already considered the greatest walleye fishery in the world.

“The 2016 estimate is around 33 million, nearly half of which were the large 2014 year class,” says Travis Hartman, Lake Erie Program Administrator at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Sandusky Fish Research Unit. “This year we will add the 2015 year class as 2-year olds that seems to be even larger than 2014. The combination of large fish remaining from 2003 and an influx of two large year classes of young fish will give us incredible fishing for the foreseeable future.” read more

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What is Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial?

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Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial National Monument

A 352 foot monument – the world’s most massive Doric column – was constructed in Put-in-Bay, Ohio by a multi-state commission from 1912 to 1915 “to inculcate the lessons of international peace by arbitration and disarmament.” Beneath the stone floor of the monument lie the remains of three American officers and three British officers. It is among the tallest monuments in the United States (the Gateway Arch, San Jacinto Monument, and the Washington Monument are taller). Although substantially completed in 1915, funding problems prevented the proper completion of a fully realized memorial complex. In 1919 the federal government assumed control of the monument and provided additional funding. The official dedication was celebrated on July 31, 1931. In 2002, 2.4 million dollars was spent on a new visitor center. The memorial is visited by 200,000 people each year. read more

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Local Brewery on Put-in-Bay? Yes!

put-in-bay brewery

The Put-in-Bay Brewery & Distillery, located on South Bass Island in Lake Erie, underwent a massive remodeling over last winter. The changes were so dramatic that many returning guests admitted that they were confused.

Co-owner and brewer Carl Krueger shared that the brewpub, which opened in 1996 and is in a former firehouse, was in line for a much-needed update, especially to keep up with other bars on the island that have done significant face-lifts over the last several years.

The 8.5-barrel Price-Schonstrom brewing system was moved upstairs and out of sight, while the bar was extended, new booths and furniture were added, a tin ceiling was installed. Stones now form an attractive wall behind the bar. Krueger estimated that they invested anywhere from $400,000 to $500,000 in the remodeling. read more

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Making Your Way to Put in Bay

put in Bay Overhead View

If you start your Lake Erie vacation in Sandusky, you will be very close to some excellent dining, gardens, and lakefront scenery. Fine dining (not really child appropriate) includes J Bistro, Crush Winebar, and Zinc Brasserie. Small City Taphouse (Asian fusion and craft beers), Water Street Bar & Grill (good pub food, fine for families before 8pm), and Dockside Café (outside dining only, simple foods from a service window) are all family appropriate. Also great in downtown Sandusky is the New Sandusky Fish Co, which is right next to Shoreline Park (east of where you’re staying). Also carryout/outside dining only, but the best Lake Erie fish you will ever taste. Port Sandusky family restaurant is new-ish, and I’ve not yet tried it but have heard good things. The Lunch Box is a well established place for breakfast and lunch. Mr. Smith’s Coffee is a good downtown place for breakfast and coffee in the AM. I’ve also never been to Hot Dog Tony’s because I don’t like hot dogs, but is very convenient to where you’ll be staying. read more

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Press Release: Put-In-Bay Condos

New Put-in-bay Waterfront Condos

PRESS RELEASE: Put-in-Bay-area luxury condo community exceeds expectations with exceptional sales, escrow and reservations to date

Put-in-Bay, OH – September  6, 2016 – PUT-IN-BAY CONDOS, a luxury condominium community in Put-in-Bay, OH has generated more than $5 million in sales since Fall 2015, outpacing the sales activity in the Ottawa County market and triggering the release of the condominium project’s newest collection of rental inventory sooner than projected.

With a target Grand Opening date of July 1st already met, the project is currently on pace to fill all weekend rental slots this season, with an average condo sale price of more than $350,000 for the 26 units being sold and an average weekend rental price of $2,100. The Island Club Home Rentals, a Cleveland-based vacation home rental management company, began accepting reservations for the Condos on January 1st of this year. read more

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Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary Gets Assistance

pooch parade

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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