April 2021 Gazette – Bash, Passports, Taxes & More

Bash on the Bay 2021 Country music lovers are going to love this year’s two, yes, two, Bash on the Bay Concerts at the Put-in-Bay Airport on Wednesday, August 25th, and Thursday, August 26fh. The headliners were announced on March 22nd. The lineup for the first concert will feature Runaway June, Cale Dodd, John King, Cumberland Run and wrap up with headliner Blake Shelton ending the evening. Shelton is currently starring in his 20th Season on “The Voice.” Four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban will star in the second concert which... View More

Moss on the Rock April 2021

Moss on the Rock   Put-in-Bay to Receive $30K from COVID Relief Bill Put-in-Bay is set to receive $30,000 from the recently-passed COVID-19 relief bill, also known as the American Rescue Plan. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s (D-OH) office announced funding amounts for local cities and counties across her district. According to Kaptur’s office, the American Rescue Plan will provide $30,000 for Put-in-Bay and $60,000 for Kelleys Island. Why such different amounts for the two island communities is unclear. Asphalt Mike Now Scheduling for Spring Work Asphalt Mike Maiberger from Pavement Maintenance,... View More

March 2021 Gazette – A Rose by Any Other Name

PHotoOp – A Rose by Any Other Name   Let’s all give a rose to Meredith “MJ” Snyder. Reality TV is not real. Not for one minute. The laughs and tears come at a great price for the entertainment of others. But make no mistake, MJ’s a real winner in my book. What an amazing life experience to be on “ABC’s The Bachelor.” We were all rooting for her. We still are. Let’s hope that bachelor Matt James finds his true love. And perhaps, thanks to Meredith, Put-in-Bay was a... View More

Moss on the Rock March 2021

Moss on the Rock   PIB Named Tree City US Once again, Put-in-Bay, Ohio, has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to the goals and principles of the Arbor Day Foundation. Put-in-Bay‘s Arbor Day Celebration will take place April 23, 2021. Trees will be planted at the village Arbor Day site adjacent to the Put-in-Bay Post Office. More details to come. Search for Police Chief At the end of January the Village of Put-in-Bay announced it was searching for a... View More

Moss on the Rock February 2021

Moss on the Rock Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center Readies for 2021 Season The Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center is so excited to welcome you to the newly expanded Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center this Spring!! Construction is complete on the remodel and 900-square-foot building addition! The LEIN&WC will be bringing you several new displays including a wildlife viewing window, a geology display and live animal exhibits! They hope you will join them this 2021 season for a fun adventure learning about the nature,... View More

Moss on the Rock January 2021

Moss on the Rock Gora Goes Virtual with Island History The Stewardship Network’s guest speaker this past December 9th was Mike Gora from Middle Bass. Mike gave an hour-long virtual presentation about the islands in Lake Erie that was extremely interesting. Mike is a long-time summer resident of Middle Bass Island and its historian for the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society at Put-in-Bay. Mike enjoys writing about local history and finding buried facts and stories. His most recent book, “Early Adventures at Put-in-Bay…” provides new evidence that the original Put-in-Bay... View More

February 2021 Gazette – Sports Car Races

Registration Opens for 2021 Sports Car Races Registration is now open for the 2021 edition of modern-day vintage racing at Ohio’s historic Put-in-Bay. Following the cancelation of the 2020 event due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, a large percentage of entrants carried over their registration to 2021. Since then excitement has continued to mount for this fun-filled and relaxed event. Beginning with a small “reunion” in 2009, today’s racing- and non-racing entrants at Put-in-Bay enjoy several days of sports-car enjoyment in a relaxed and nostalgic setting where small-bore sports cars raced... View More

January 2021 Gazette – Ray’s Truck

P.H.oto Op – Ray’s Truck By Peter Huston It’s a new year with new hopes and a renewed mission, at least for me, to share inspiring stories and unusual insights into life on this unbridged island we call South Bass. As Bonnie Raitt once reminded us, “Let’s give them something to talk about.” I don’t know about you, but I am pretty much done with giving time and credence to people who rant about our island and the folks that live here on “uncensored” Facebook pages and other dubious public... View More

February 2021 Gazette

P.H.oto Op – She Blinded Me with Science… Fiction By Peter Huston In the December 2020 Gazette there was a short article from Put-in-Bay School about a local student winning an award for her writing. I took a double take and read further about Ella Kostura, child of a multigenerational island family, prize-winning writer for her science fiction story called, “Percy and the Plague.” Alana Magrum, librarian at Ida Rupp Library in Port Clinton had posted a notice “Teen Spooky Sagas Writing Contest, Teens in grades 6-12 looking to fright,... View More