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Missing Packages? This May Be Why!
If you are waiting for a package that hasn’t arrived on the island, it might be because it was shipped by FedEx Ground. The problem is not with FedEx Express. Apparently, FedEx Ground will not leave packages at the Port Clinton airport because of restrictions on what can and can’t be shipped by air. Because they don’t know what’s in packages, they just don’t drop any of them off for shipment to island addresses. In December, Griffing Flying Service was in touch with FedEx Ground to solve the problem, but wasn’t having much luck. In the meantime if you have the option of another carrier for your package deliveries, exercise it.
PIB Twp. Recycling Notice
Starting January 1st, 2023, the cost for Commercial Cardboard Recycling Vouchers will be $18 each. If you do not present a voucher, you will be charged $20 cash only.
To purchase Commercial Cardboard Vouchers, please call the Put-in-Bay Township Office at 419-285-2292 or stop by during normal office hours which are Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Put-in-Bay will be invading Key West in February from the 15th to the 18th! Put-in-Bay music will fill the air including Hey Monea, Ray Fogg, Reese Dailey Duo, Nick Brownell, Kari Wolf, Jack Wolf, Pete Jarvis & Sloppy Seconds. You will be able to catch these great acts at Ricks, Hanks, Smokin’ Tuna and other clubs around the island, along with one show including them all at Durty Harry’s the afternoon of Feb. 18th! Make your travel plans now to meet up with your island friends and party in paradise! Keep your eyes open for more details. Help spread the word by sharing this event.
Thank You For Your Support!
Here’s a big shout out to the Reel Bar, Roundhouse Bar, Frosty’s, Mr. Ed’s Bar, The Keys, Boardwalk, Mojito Bay and Surf Shop, and the Boathouse for providing refreshments, giveaways and all the supplies needed for the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau sponsored hospitality room at the I-LYA Winter Meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Westlake early in December. Thanks to Bryan Gilles and Jordan Jenkins for setting up and entertaining everyone at the event!
Port Authority Gets Grant
The Put-in-Bay Township Port Authority recently obtained a grant for $37,200 for a comprehensive mental health and wellness program for first responders and four visits annually with a licensed clinician, including one major event session.
The village and school are presently in preliminary negotiations to hire a police officer who would also serve as a school resource officer. It has come to their attention that housing may be an issue. They are reaching out to the community in hopes that if someone has something they would be willing to rent long term to please contact Jake Market at 440-781-7391 and start a conversation.
From The Mainland
In December, Griffing Flying Service began picking up and transporting Kroger groceries to the islands. This will continue through the “winter” months. If you have any questions or concerns for Kroger, please contact Kara Theis (Pick-up Supervisor) at (419) 734-7911. If you have any questions or concerns for Griffing Flying Service, please contact our office at (419) 734-5400 ext. 1.
First National Bank’s
2023 Scholarship Program
First National Bank is pleased to announce that applications for its 2023 Customer Scholarship Program are now available. The applicant or the applicant’s parents, legal guardians, or grandparents must be an established customer who has had a relationship with First National Bank for at least 1 year. The $1,000 scholarships are for a graduating senior who attends a school in the bank’s local market area and plans to attend a post-secondary accredited school for a 2-year or 4-year degree in the immediate school year following graduation. The deadline to submit the completed application is February 24, 2023. For more information and to download an application, please visit https://www.fnblifetime.com/2022/12/05/first-national-bank-announces-2023-scholarship/ or stop by any of our local branches. First National Bank is an independent Community Bank formed in 1875 and is located in Bellevue, Clyde, Fremont, Norwalk, Perkins, Port Clinton, Catawba, Put-in-Bay, and Sandusky.
Bryan Kasper says he toiled over this formula for three years until he made the best tasting vodka he’s ever had! It’s six times distilled and ten times filtered. What is interesting is that it comes in a bottle shaped like his shiphouse on the West Shore. It keeps selling out so check the OHLQ.com website and type in Shiphouse to see where in Ohio you can buy it. Always drink responsibly and Don’t give up the Ship!
Ginger Bread House Contest Winners!
Winners of the ginger bread house contest in December were: Preschool – Skylar Stoiber; Elementary – Meredith & Rachel Cooper; Teens – Jaylyn Schulkers; Adults – Dianne Smith. Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who participated and to the Library, Rec Committee, School, and volunteers for all the help with this fun event!
Food Pantry Open 24/7
The St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s Food Pantry is open 24/7, 7 days a week for those who need it or to make donations. We may also be able to order other food that may be needed, or to provide other financial support as well. Feel free to call or text Fr. Bob Solon, our Priest-in-charge, at 419-285-6809 for any questions or requests. All conversations remain completely confidential.
Update from Island Air Taxi
Flying season is here and Chontel and Dustin Shaffer from Island Air Taxi have few updates for island residents. First, they hired another pilot last spring. Kenan Lorentz is a skilled pilot and great flight instructor that will be helping out on weekends all winter. Second, Chontel is getting an assistant, Nick Valore, to help with the phone calls, texts and scheduling. Dustin and Chontel are very excited and grateful to expand their operation and look forward to loading your luggage. Lastly, there will be a slight increase in airfare prices. Prices have held strong for ten years, but insurance and gas prices have risen and overhead is getting too high to keep pricing down. Adult one-way is now $45 for 13 years old and up, Child one-way is $25 for 2-12 years old. Dogs, Cats and Babies under two years old still fly free, but be prepared to hold them. They’d like thank each and every one of you for your support these last 10 years and look forward to more decades to come! Here’s to good ice and blue skies this winter! Check out their new website for more info www.islandairtaxi.com.
Legal Sports Betting on the Island
As of Jan. 1st, sports gambling is legal in the State of Ohio. Topsy Turvey’s will soon feature bet placement using the Sports Bet Ohio mobile phone app and their Ohio Lottery kiosk. Users simply download the app, place their bets and then scan the betcard QR code on the lottery kiosk. Unlike popular platforms like FanDuel and Draftkings, bets can be placed in cash so no bank accounts or credit cards need to be associated with the wager.
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