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Water Rate Increase
Put-in-Bay Village Council will more than likely at its June meeting to vote on raising Put-in-Bay water rates from 5 to 10 percent. The increase is needed because the utility department has to be subsidized with money from the General Fund to break even.
Parking on Delaware Ave.
The Put-in-Bay Village Council passed a new ordinance in May which has traffic on Delaware Ave. running one way in an easterly direction from Catawba Ave. to Hartford Ave. Parking for golf carts would change to angle parking (heading in a northeast. There’s no word on exactly when all this will begin.
Ribbon Cutting At Bayshore Hotel
You are invited to join the new owners for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Bayshore Hotel by Arriva on Put-in-Bay. The opening ceremony will be on Friday, June 3rd, from 6 to 10 p.m. Food and beverages will be provided by Saucy Brew Works with entertainment by DJ Reckless.
Lake Erie Island Historical Society Opening Potluck
The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society will be holding its Opening Potluck and Party at the Museum on Friday, June 24th, from 4 to 7 p.m.. Bring a dish, dessert or just yourself and find out what the museum is all about and meet people interested in the preservation of Lake Erie Island history. The museum is always looking for new members. While there, please enjoy the wonderful E&K Winery exhibit curator Dan Savage has put together for this summer. If you have any questions, please call the Museum at (419) 285-2804.
Notice To Members Of Put-in-Bay Community Swim Sail
If you would like to receive text message notifications about important reminders to parents and weather updates this year through Remind.com please send a text message to the number 81010 with the message @pibcss22 .
Pyrate Fest June 24th to 26th
Put-in-Bay’s annual Pyrate Fest will take place the weekend of June 24th through 26th downtown in DeRivera Park. This family-friendly event features a swashbuckling pirate costume contest, canon fire galore and vendors and entertainment. Everyone is welcome, so plan on attending.
On Saturday, June 11th, and Sunday, June 12th, Dan Savage will be conducting an estate sale at the Aveni home at 2201 Laura Dr. on the lake at High Shores. Laura Dr. is just west of Maple Leaf Cemetery on Put-in-Bay Rd. Watch for direction signs. The contents (furniture, tools, PIB stuff and miscellaneous items) of the house, guesthouse and large garage will be sold between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on both days. All items must be removed by the end of the sale on Sunday. The sale will benefit the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society. For more information, please contact the LEIHS Museum at (419) 285-2804.
Surprise Birthday Party For Mark Kirsch
The first day Das Lokal, the Biergarten at the Goat, opened for business, Scott Jackson decided he and his customers would throw a surprise birthday party for longtime friend and Chapman Rd. resident Mark Kirsch.
There was only one problem, Mark was in Cleveland. The joke, however, was not only on Mark. After learning of the party, Mark sent a text saying he would be there shortly after six, so everyone ordered another drink thinking he would soon turn up. They waited and waited and eventually found out Mark had sent the text to them by mistake.
So much for those surprise birthday parties!
Middle Bass Island Music Festival Volunteers Wanted!
The Middle Bass Island Music Festival to benefit the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy will be Saturday, July 16, 2022, and we need you to volunteer! Many of you volunteered in the past and found it to be a very rewarding experience. Once again we will be needing gatekeepers, tee shirt and raffle ticket sellers and table cleaners. The festival will be Saturday, July 16th, from noon to 7 p.m. If you are interested and can donate two hours of your time, please let Festival Volunteer Manager Ann Hicks know by emailing her at hicksagma@gmail or calling her at (614) 595-2917.
Thank you in advance. We’re looking forward to another successful and fun festival!
If you are interested in having a vendor or artist table at the Music Festival, please contact Lisa Brohl at 419-366-2087 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Native Plants Sale
The Lake Erie Islands Conservancy still has some native perennial plants for sale for your island yard! Please call Lisa Brohl at (419) 366-2087 if you would like to purchase some. She will also be at Founders Day in the Park on June 11th, and at the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center on June 12th with the plants for sale. Beautify your yard and provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators and food for caterpillars and birds at the same time!
There are a lot of questions swirling around about what is going on over here at 451 Catawba Ave. The owners want to explain was going on. At the end of November, right before the boats stopped for the winter, there was a massive flood from the top floor of the building that was left to do damage for hours while the building was closed.
Over the winter, they were able to do much of the demo and completely remodel the upstairs housing. The main floor has been a little more challenging, finding more damage with every area they demo-ed. The project wasn’t able to fully start until boats started running again. Couple that with supply chain issues and staffing shortages everywhere and voilà, you have the perfect storm.
This is going to be the tenth year that owners Mike, Gina and Marc have been in business together, and while this is a mountain of a project, they believe that they remain a formidable team.
Things are finally starting to come together and The Forge will be open again at some point this summer, with a much-needed 10th-year anniversary update. As soon as they have a reliable opening date, they will pass that information along to all our great customers.
Until then, they thank you for your continued support and patience. After the last two years, this is the real cherry on top, but your support is the force keeping them going and they appreciate you all.
Mills Trophy Race
If all goes well, sailboats participating in the Mills Trophy Race will begin to arrive at the DeRivera Park dock (B-Dock) sometime after midnight on Saturday, June 11th.
This will be the 98th Mills race. This unusual race starts on Friday evening at 5 p.m. from the Toledo Yacht Club. The race continues overnight to Put-in-Bay. Depending on wind and weather racers have been known to start arriving by 2 a.m., but also have been known to come in as late as 11 a.m.
It is interesting to see the dock empty when you go to bed at night and then come down in the morning to find 90 beautiful sailboats on the dock.
The festivities continue all day and wrap up by noon on Sunday, June 12th.
South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous
Kayakers will be in abundance on South Bass Island on June 10th through 12th for this year’s Kayak Rendezvous. This is the premier kayaking and camping experience on Lake Erie.
Many paddle over from the mainland for a weekend of paddling, camping, socializing and exploring the Lake Erie Islands over a long weekend. There are water trails all around and through the Lake Erie Islands, plus areas with ramps where they can pull in for a little break.
Paddlers will enjoy exploring the islands, as long as they keep an eye on the wind, weather and boat traffic. Lake Erie can be unpredictable. To sign up for the South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous visit: www.sbikayakrendezvous.com
Golf Cart Driving Rules
Ordinance 858.02 of the Put-in-Bay Village Ordinances states among other things that all golf carts must have seatbelts and each person on a golf cart is required to fasten and wear a seatbelt while the vehicle is in operation on public streets.
Plus, pursuant to Ohio law, a golf cart is a motor vehicle and when operated on public streets and highways is subject to all traffic laws governing the operation of a motor vehicle.
Children are also not allowed to drive golf carts!
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