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You may have noticed there is no longer a gift shop at the Catawba Dock. Plans call for an expansion of the restrooms in the building.

You will soon be able to order food online for pickup and delivery from Cameo Pizza. They are planning to launch their online ordering platform in mid-May.

If you are going to take part in the Island Wide Garage Sale on May 14th, you will want to contact the PIB Chamber of Commerce and get on the map that will be passed out to potential customers that day. If you are want to go yard saling that day, you may want to pick up a yard sale location map at the Chamber office so you don’t waste any time looking for them.

Christie Ontko has changed her marketing strategy a bit. Instead of OntkOrganix & Freshwater Remedies Holistic Shoppe, she has renamed her fine products “Only Earth.”

If you like a good perch dinner, you will find this interesting. Trawl surveys done in the western basin of Lake Erie last summer found 380 spring-hatched yellow perch per hectare, a measure equal to 2.47 acres. Results fell just below the 34-year average of 398 perch.

What do Chontel and Dustin Shaffer and their boys Donovan and Jaxson from Lakeview Ave., Barry and Phoebe Koehler from Chapman Rd. and Brian and Lynn Kezur from West Shore all have in common? They all enjoyed a little axe throwing this past month.

The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society & Museum will be opening the Museum on Friday, May 13th. Hours will be seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. unless otherwise stated. Stop by and see what’s new, plus find out about joining the historical society to help preserve island history.

There is no camping permitted in the islands’ park preserves.

PIB High School senior Kate Byrnes has decided to attend DePaul University in Chicago this fall.

John Fisher from Put-in-Bay Rd. posted something on social media this past month about how to pick up women by putting a couple of cases of good wine in your cart and wandering the aisles at Costco. He claimed he got two offers from women to follow him home to help him drink them. It got us to thinking that this might be a great idea here on the island at the Beverage Center on a busy Saturday night.

At this time Catawba Vet Hospital is not planning on coming over to the island this year for their pet clinics. They will let their customers know if things change.

We were sad to hear about the passing of Ty Burgess’s beagle, Barney. He can now chase every scent with gusto and run free to his heart’s content.

Muscle Bay Fitness will open for its sixth season on May 9th.

If you’re a “sandwich artist,” you might want to contact Amanda Singh and Jason Buttrey, the new owners of the Subway in the lobby of the Commodore Hotel.

Our wishes for speedy recoveries go out to some of those who were hospitalized the past few months or who are not recovering from falls, replacements and other health issues. Among those we know of are Larry Knaser, Mary Ann Myers, Marv Booker, Kendra Koehler, Andy Christiansen, Don Thwaite, Tim Luecke and Anne Dailey.

We’re wondering if anyone out there has photos taken from the top of Perry’s Monument on Friday of Memorial Day weekend in 1988 when the old Colonial burned. Please let us know by emailing pibgazette@frontier.com .

After all the hubbub about beach glass hunting, it got us wondering about the strangest things you’ve ever found on a Lake Erie island beach. Email us at pibgazette@frontier.com.

Put-in-Bay star basketball player Blake Booker was a freshman at John Carroll University this past season. He scored a career-high 14 points against Otterbein in January, but played less than a quarter of the game.

Put-in-Bay’s Ship House honored the proud people of Ukraine by lighting up Blue and Yellow in April. Learn more about this unique part of Put in Bay at https://putinbay.com/put-in-bays-benson-ford-house/ .

We hear Amanda Goaziou hit a jackpot recently.

The Middle Bass Music Festival could use some volunteers to help plan or help on July 16th. Contact Middle Bass Music Festival on Facebook if you are interested in volunteering. Sponsorships or service donations are welcome, too!

Put-in-Bay Yacht Club is getting a new playground and its location is being moved.

Wild Tuesday programs will start in June at the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center. We will have a schedule of the programs starting in next month’s issue.

Marc Wright from the Forge tells us no re-opening date has been set for the popular restaurant on Catawba Ave. It is currently undergoing remodeling after a water leak caused major damage to the interior just before last Christmas.

Ottawa County was recently named the number one best county to retire in the state of Ohio. There was mention of Port Clinton, Oak Harbor and Curtice, but no mention of Put-in-Bay.

The gift shop at the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society has some interesting soaps for sale. The soaps, made by the Marblehead Soap Co., have names like Hotel Victory, Kelley’s Island, Lake Erie Striper, North Bass Island, Mayfly Sunshine, Lake Erie Beach Glass, Walleye Wash and more. There is even one to repel bugs.


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