Moss on the Rock
Put-in-Bay’s Got Talent
Thursday, March 23rd, at 7 p.m. is when islanders will gather at the school gym to enjoy the talents of fellow
islanders. It’s the Annual Talent Show where islanders of all ages can perform for cash prizes. The show is free and
open to all. If you have a talent, there’s still time to rehearse and sign up for the show. To sign-up use the Google
Forms link at: https://tinyurl.com/2pjkj595. The event is sponsored by the Rec Committee.
2023 Nature Camp Registration Is Open
This year’s theme is “Making Sense of Nature: the 5 Senses.” Each day campers will explore a different sense and
how they use them to relate to nature and the outdoors, as well as how animal adaptations are similar or different to our
own senses. Register early to take advantage of the discount!! The center also offers Nature Camp scholarships. Email
them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Registration forms can be found on the “Lake Erie Islands Nature
and Wildlife Center” page on Facebook.
Thanks to all of you who came to Key West to have a little North Coast fun at Put-in-Palooza, Key West. Thanks
to all of the artists: Ray Fogg, Hey Monea, Reese Dailey Duo, Nick Brownell, Kari Wolf, Jack Wolf Music and Pete
Jarvis. Thanks to the participating venues: Rick’s Key West, Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, Hank’s Hair Of The Dog Saloon
and Durty Harry’s. And a very special thanks to Reel Bar for their sponsorship to help make this happen, even though
the event is over 1000 miles away. They just wanted us all to have a good time in Key West hearing these great acts!
What was your favorite part of the week?
Anchor Inn Changes Hands
Joey Wolf announced on Valentine’s Day the sale of the Anchor Inn Boutique Hotel next to the EMS on Catawba
Ave. to Paul and Emily Easterling. Welcome to Put-in-Bay!
No Election in May
Island voters might want to know there is no primary election on May 2nd in Ottawa County. The next election
will be the general election on Nov. 7th.
Free Dockage At Oak Point State Park
Dockage at the Oak Point State Park in Put-in-Bay Harbor will be of no charge for this season, plus the dockage
time will be increased from 4 hours to 12 hours. Dockage is on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are no
reservations. The process is the same as years past: at the registration kiosk fill out your name, number, boat
registration number, arrival time and date, and place it in the drop box. The docks are expected to go in the water in
Free Firewood At SBI State Park
Firewood collection is still open to local residents this year at the South Bass Island State Park this Month.
Collection sites have been designated at the beach and near the glacial grooves. This firewood is for PERSONAL USE
only and is not to be resold for a profit. Current regulations prohibit the driving of a motor vehicle back to the
collection site. Use of a Utility Terrain Vehicle or a golf cart is permissible. Please be mindful of what you are doing
and who is around you when operating a chainsaw and please wear all of the approved personal protective equipment.
Lake Erie Islands In The News
Thanks to Katrina Reed from Miller Boat Line, here ere are some articles about Put-in-Bay that came out in
• These Are The 10 Most Beautiful Towns In Ohio You Should Visit The Travel
• 11 of the Best (and Most Offbeat) Attractions in Ohio! Best Things Ohio
• 2023 Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races to Feature Vintage Japanese Marques Sports Car Digest
• The Best Small Towns In Ohio For A Day Trip Columbus Navigator
• 2023 Put-in-Bay vintage races will honor Japanese marques, offer expanded eligibilities Vintage Motorsport
• 4 Affordable weekend Getaways In Ohio News Break
Renting Pavilion at SBI State Park
Looking for a great place to host a graduation party, wedding reception, or company picnic on the island?? South
Bass Island State Park (SBISP) has a shelter house located in its day-use area. Parking is nearby and the shelter is
ADA compliant. The shelter house reserves for $40 a day plus taxes and fees and has a flush restroom and playground
nearby. Reservations can be made at https://reserveohio.com/OhioCampWeb/Default.aspx
Congratulations to PIBHS student Emma Michael on moving to the district level with her science project on
shampoos & conditioners’ impact on hair depending on natural & chemical ingredients. Last year she placed in the top
3, this year the judges chose multiple students to represent PIB school. She’s excited to go to University of Toledo for
the district competition!
Quote of the Month
“It’s possible there are more deer on the island this year than year-round residents in the Village…”
PIB Twp. Park District Annual Report for 2022
The Annual Report for Put-in-Bay Township Park District for 2022 is now complete. A hard copy is available for
review at the Erie Islands Public Library, and a digital copy can be found on the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy
The 73 page report includes an overview of the preserves maintained and operated by the Park District, and covers
a host of topics from research and bird banding, a chronology of conservation in the Islands, and a comprehensive list
of birds and wildflowers in the preserves.
State of Ohio law requires that an annual report be filed with the Court of Common Pleas in the county in which
the Park District is located. A copy of the Annual Report is also filed with the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office.
Miller Boat Line Awarded EPA Grant
The Ohio EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recently awarded Miller Boat Line ferry company a grant of
$239,339 to cover approximately 40% of the replacement cost for seven (model year 1982-1996) diesel generator sets
with Northern Lights Model M50T13L generators on four ferries. The Ohio EPA estimates this project will result in a
43.3% annual reduction in NOx (nitrogen oxide) emissions and 66.1% reduction in PM 2.5 (particle pollution)
emissions. This grant will be supported with $98,347 in US EPA DERA (Diesel Emissions Reductions Act) funds
awarded to Ohio EPA, matched with $140,992 from the VW Diesel Mitigation Trust, and the Miller Boat Line’s 60%
cost share of $359,009.
The previous piece is published in this month’s Put-in-Bay Gazette. The Gazette has been producing incredible independent Put-in-Bay island news for over 40 years. If you have any interest at all in what is happening on South Bass Island, we urge you strongly to subscribe to the Put-in-Bay Gazette. One-year online subscriptions are only $15, and print subscriptions are available as well. To subscribe please click here.