Planes, Boats, and Dock Action Paint the Day

“Oh, what fun it is!”
Flight plan check at 3w2
Early season visitors at public docks.
Enthusiasm abounds!
dock work
Lime Kiln dock extension nears completion.
Miller Ferry
Departing for Middle Bass Island
Miller Catawba Dock
Morning line-up at Catawba Dock
Selfie on a stick
lake action
Not everyone had a good day :-(
Middle Bass Ferry
The Sonny-S gets new paint.
Lake Erie fishing
Western basin of Lake Erie draws a crowd.

Lonz Estate Home to be Razed

Lonz Porch
The iconic porch of the Lonz Winery estate on Middle Bass Island. Photo by Roman Sapecki

The state of Ohio purchased the 124 acres of Lonz Winery in 2001 with intentions to develop the property and encourage tourism.  In 2014, a pavilion was constructed and some refurbishment took place; however, major changes remain to be seen.

On 6 June 2014, James Zehringer, ODNR Director, posted this statement on the director’s blog:  “To show our commitment to revitalizing the Lonz Winery property, we have completed environmental remediation and corrected structural deficiencies. We intend to host open houses for the public and potential investors, and I’m hopeful that people will offer great ideas for the future of the property. We’re open to hearing ideas, and I am looking forward to seeing this project come to fruition. Our work has only begun in revitalizing this rugged and weather-beaten structure, but the potential contained within this opportunity leaves me eager to see what we can create as we move forward, together.”

At a public meeting held on Middle Bass Island earlier this week, the Ohio Division of Natural Resources announced plans to level the old estate home.  Public response on Facebook has been voluminous.  In effort to preserve history, professional photographer Roman Sapecki reports a “request to fully document the existing structures has been formally submitted.”Lonz Winery Estate House on Wednesday, 11 June 2014