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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, Inc. tells us he will be on the island this spring to check on your pavement needs. Pavement Maintenance has been doing asphalt work, repair, crack filling, sealing and striping for 40 years, including many years on the island. Give Mike a call at (419) 937-5659 for a free estimate.
Browns Backers Draft Day 5k
The Put-in-Bay Browns Backers Draft Day 5k will be on Sunday, May 2, 2021. The race will be both in person and virtual. More information, including the registration link, can be found on the race website: https://draftday5k.itsyourrace.com/
Lake Erie Water Levels Decline After Record Highs
Lake Erie water levels are heading down after two years of broken records. In March, the water level was 15 inches lower than March 2020. The water level is expected to go up 5 inches this month. Lake Erie is normally at its lowest level during December and January and highest in June and July, so Lake Erie water levels should continue to go up until June/July, but will remain about a foot lower than last year on the same date. The water levels projected for Lake Erie are still much higher than the long-term average. Below average precipitation in the Great lakes region is one of the causes.
Indications Look Good for Return of J-1 Workers
Last season, international students working on the island under the J-1 visa program were about as hard to find as a needle in a haystack. This year with the change of administration in Washington, plus more people getting Covid vaccine shots, indications are that things will start returning to normal. We’re not sure how many J-1 workers there are during any particular season, but the numbers are significant.
Garden Club Starts Season
Spring has officially arrived for the Put-in-Bay Garden Club, and with Spring, a dues renewal should have arrived via email. Remember, this can be completed online at https://www.putinbaygardenclub.com/membershipdonate.html or by mail or PayPal with specifics on the form. We are still working on dates and finalizing the topics of our 2021 programs. In May, the season will begin with the prep and planting of the baskets for the DeRivera lamp post baskets on May 18th and 19th. Please contact Val Chornyak at (419) 285-4030 if you would like to help. – Barb Hunter, President PIB Garden Club
Contents of Stevens’ House to be Sold in May
Chan and Boo Stevens’ century home just east of Perry’s Monument has been sold to some people from California, and many of the contents are going to be sold the weekend of May 21st and 22nd. Dan Savage from the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society will be conducting the sale, as he did for the Buttrey home next door to Chan’s a few years ago and the one at Kay Drake’s home on the West Shore last season. There will be a preview on the eve of the sale, plus a portion of the proceeds of the sale will go to the LEI Historical Society. Watch for more information about the sale in the May issue.
Resale Shop to Open First Week in April
The Resale Shop at the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum will open the first weekend in April. This is now the time to rid yourself of all the stuff you found in your home this past winter and donate it to a good cause.
Easter Egg Hunt to be Different
Due to the current global pandemic, the Recreation Committee is unable to host the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, as in previous years. Instead, the Rec. Committee will be hosting a bunny hop trail Saturday, April 3rd, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., allowing for island residents’ children ages birth-sixth grade to make stops at five designated locations to receive goodies and then an additional stop to have a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny!
Free Rapid COVID-19 Tests Available
The Ottawa County Health Department and The Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Center have collaborated together to provide free Rapid COVID test kits.
These tests are available by appointment only at The Salvation Army by calling 419-732-2769.
In order to access the test, you will need to first download the app and proceed with the step by step instructions that will be provided in the test kits. Results are available within 15 minutes. (Instructions are included with the test.) The Salvation Army will distribute the test kits and not provide Medical Advice.
For more information call The Salvation Army 419-732-2769 and speak with Director, Maureen Saponari.
Port Authority Events Calendar
The Put-in-Bay Port Authority has decided to place on the calendar for 2021 two popular island events. The Bash on the Bay Concert is scheduled for two days on August 25th and 26th. The Put-in-Bay Road Race is scheduled for September 22nd and 23rd. Both events will be held at the Put-in-Bay Airport. These two outdoor events have long lead times for planning and logistics and are being placed on the 2021 calendar with the hope that we will continue our progress in defeating the Covid-19 virus and that current restrictions will be lifted in the coming months.
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