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Sandy Funtal from the Perry Holiday was out over the Christmas holidays and spotted and photographed a beaver in Pinky’s Pond. Beavers have also been spotted on Middle Bass and Kelleys Islands.

Check out the new building next to the blue hangar at the airport. It’s going to be used as an office and for the freight that Dustin Shaffer from Island Air Taxi flies to the island.

The temporary cell phone tower that was used during the painting of the Village’s water tower is gone and all the cell phone equipment has been reinstalled on the tower.

ES Wagner, the company that has been putting the new seawall around the Monument property has pretty much wrapped things up for the winter. They will be completing the project first thing in the spring.

AI (artificial intelligence) has come to Put-in-Bay! Students in Mrs. Carol Cerny’s computer class at the high school fed information about her into the computer and asked AI to come up with a song about her. It came out as a rap-style song, but the lyrics suited her to a T.

It was interesting watching the work being done on the east side ramp at the Lime Kiln Dock. On some of the windy days, it caused some changes in the extended ferry schedule.

Put-in-Bay was first on an internet list of ten unforgettable small towns to visit in Ohio. Our island also made a list of 12 Small Towns in Ohio to Visit for a Weekend Getaway.

Students in PIB’s EMT class participated in a mock motor vehicle accident incident. Nate Jones and Bree Reynolds were preceptors for the students who had to treat victims Kelly Mohn, Deacon Jim O’Donnell and Geoffrey Luecke.

In the most recent trawl in Lake Erie’s Western Basin, which includes the Lake Erie Islands area and roughly all of the waters west of Huron, the walleye hatch index was 132 fish per hectare (a standard measure of catch per area — a hectare is about 2.5 acres). This showed a 2023 walleye hatch that is significantly higher than the average of 56 young-of-year walleye.

The Sheriff is offering free house check service for the residents of Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass. It’s a great way to have your house/cottage checked while you are away. Call them at (419) 734-4404 for more information and to get on their list.

Join Heather Durdil from East Point, creator of the “Spins a Yarn” podcast and knitter extraordinaire, on the first Thursday of each month at the library to work on your yarn project. Knit, crochet, needlepoint, counted cross-stitch,..any project is acceptable! No need to register. Check the library article for more information.

Join the fun at the Cleveland Boat Show at the I-X Center on January 18th through 21st. Several businesses from the island will be there with their booths. Use promo code PIBOH to get an additional $3 off your online ticket purchase. Get your tickets now at http://tixr.com/pr/putinbay/83006.

What’s on your mind? Do you have any comments, letters to the editor or concerns about the island you’d like to let us know about? Please email them to the Put-in-Bay Gazette at pibgazette@frontier.com.

Wreaths Across America

On Saturday, December 16th, in conjunction with the nation-wide observance of Wreaths Across America Day, 19 local volunteers at Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Islands placed wreaths on the graves of 180 veterans. Each fresh evergreen wreath was composed of ten balsam bouquets, representing ten special qualities our veterans embody. The evergreen represents longevity and endurance; the forest scent evokes purity and simplicity; the red bow symbolizes sacrifice and the circular shape – eternity. The name of the serviceman was spoken as the local volunteer laid the wreath.

Contributors to the 2023 Put-in-Bay Wreaths Across America program were the Ameriprise Financial, American Legion Scheible-Downing Post, The Boardwalk, Sandra Brausch, Richard Gump Builders, The Jet Express, John and Amy Murphy, Doug and Barbara Mehling, Lake Disposal, Middle Bass Dock Company, Middle Bass Town Hall, Mossbacks, Northern Exposure, PIB Investments, Put-in-Bay School, The Reel Bar, Put-in-Bay Township, and the Goat Soup &Whiskey. Miller Boat Line brought the wreaths to Put-in-Bay, and Griffing Flying Service transported wreaths from the Put-in-Bay Airport to Middle Bass Island.

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