Memorial Day Service at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Perry's Visitor CenterPut-in-Bay, Ohio – Park Rangers, volunteers, special guests, and the Put-in-Bay community will honor the fallen at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial during a Memorial Day Service at 11am on Monday, May 30. The Memorial column will open immediately following the ceremony at approximately 12pm.

“After two years of marking this solemn occasion with a simple wreath laying, we will once again all come together on Memorial Day to honor the men who died in the Battle of Lake Erie and all service members who lost their lives in service to our country” said Superintendent Barbara Rowles.

The service will begin at 10:55am with a procession from the Visitor Center to the Memorial plaza where a brief service will take place starting at 11am. A wreath will be placed in the Memorial’s rotunda over the spot marking the location where the three American and three British naval officers who died in the Battle of Lake Erie are interred together. As has been the tradition in recent years, Park Rangers will hand out red carnations with the name of an Ohioan who has died in the line of duty. This year Dan Polk will be our special guest leading us in singing the National Anthem at the beginning of the service. He is well known to Ohioan’s for leading the National Anthem for the Guardians, Browns, and Bengals.

Superintendent Rowles said Park Rangers and volunteers will also attend the American Legion’s Memorial Day Service starting at 12pm at Maple Leaf Cemetery. All are encouraged to attend both services and to observe a moment of silence in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm.

Ohio Turnpike & State Highway Patrol Host Event Timed for Bike Week

Ohio Turnpike to Host Customer Appreciation Event at Commodore Perry Service Plaza on Friday, May 27th.  The Ohio Turnpike and the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) are teaming up ahead of Memorial Day to host a customer appreciation event at the turnpike’s Commodore Perry Service Plaza in Clyde, Ohio, on Friday, May 27.

Everyone is invited to attend the event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service plaza on the Ohio Turnpike is located at milepost 100 eastbound in Sandusky County.

The event coincides with National Motorcycle Awareness Month and the kickoff of Ohio Bike Week in Sandusky, Ohio.

“Our customer appreciation events provide travelers and local residents and their families with a fun, almost carnival-like atmosphere to meet with turnpike staff and participating service plaza partners as well as discuss traffic safety issues with OSHP troopers,” said Adam Greenslade, director of marketing and communications for the Ohio Turnpike.

The OSHP will display a patrol car inside the service plaza for the public to see a cruiser up close. The Ohio Turnpike and OSHP also want to remind motorists to drive safe as the 100 deadliest days of summer begin from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

Miss Ohio Bike Week 2022, Rachel / Image by Mad River

With Ohio Bike Week kicking off on May 27, there will be an increase in the number of motorcycles traveling on Ohio roadways and in the Sandusky area.

“Motorcycle safety is a shared responsibility among all on our roadways,” said Lieutenant Brett Gockstetter, Milan Post commander. “We encourage motorcyclists to wear their protective gear, ride trained and sober, and have a motorcycle endorsement. All simple steps to keep themselves and others safe on our roadways.”

The turnpike’s service plaza partners, AVI Foodsystems will provide $1 hot dogs and other items for lunch, and Applegreen USA Welcome Centers will provide complimentary samples from Starbucks and Auntie Anne’s. Kona Ice will provide complimentary flavored ice cones, courtesy of the Ohio Turnpike.

Grizzly, a radio host with 94.5 WXKR Classic Rock in Toledo, will broadcast live at the event. Cumulus Broadcasting and the Ohio Turnpike are hosting prize contest giveaways that include chances to win tickets to a Toledo Mudhens’ game and Jet Express, and gift cards for Alan Miller Jewelers and Forest View Recreation Bar and Grill. No purchase is necessary. Click here to enter and for contest details.


Charles Cyrill
Public Information OfficerOhio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission

Cell: 440.821.3399 / charles.cyrill “at”

Sergeant Ryan E. Purpura

Public Information Officer (Northwest/Southwest Region)

Public Affairs Unit

Ohio State Highway Patrol

Office: 419.352.2481

Cell: 419.619.0329

repurpura “at”

Sunday Wedding and Environs at Put-in-Bay

“Going fishin’!”

Newlyweds Gab & Corey Connor

The Village of Put-in-Bay settles into a calm and relaxing morning on a Sunday.  People mill about with coffee cups, fishers head to the Lake, and boaters prepare for outbound travel.  Golf carts line Delaware Street, where post-breakfast shopping takes place. Time to board the Tour Train! And one especially cheerful couple celebrates marriage at the Historic Park Hotel!

“Gone fishin’!”

Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab Offer Summer Tours at Put-in-Bay

Put-in-Bay, Ohio–Visitors to South Bass Island once again have the chance to explore Lake Erie science and history summer tours at the South Bass Island Lighthouse, the Aquatic Visitors Center and on Gibraltar Island.

The South Bass Island Lighthouse, which was completed in 1897, is located at the southwest tip of the island and was in operation until 1962. The lighthouse grounds are open to the public dawn to dusk free of charge unless otherwise posted. Free tours will be offered from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10 and October 8, 2022. Visitors can climb the lighthouse stairs to take in the view from the top of the tower. Tours for groups of 10 or more may be scheduled April through November by calling 419-285-1800.

The Aquatic Visitors Center on South Bass Island

Put in BayThe Aquatic Visitors Center is an educational facility, giving visitors of all ages the chance to explore Lake Erie’s complex ecosystem through hands-on activities and aquaria containing live Lake Erie fish. Children ages 15 and younger can borrow fishing gear and fish for free off the 100-foot pier. A limited number of free life jackets, provided by the BoatUs Foundation, are available for loan.  AVC tours are free and open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays June 15 through August 20, 2022. Group tour reservations are available mid-May through October at a cost of $5 per person by calling 419-285-1800.

Stone LaboratoryTwo science and history tours of Gibraltar Island are offered each Thursday from June 16 through August 18, 2022 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Groups tour the island, including Perry’s Lookout and the glacial Gibraltar Island, Ohiogrooves and see the outside of Cooke Castle before learning more about Stone Lab research. Tours can accommodate up to 70 people and are first-come, first-served. To attend, meet at 9:45 a.m. or 12:45 p.m. at the Boardwalk Restaurant dock, 341 Bayview Ave. in Put-in-Bay. Tours are $10 per person, $5 for children, plus $8 for round-trip fare to Gibraltar Island, payable to the water taxi driver.

Gibraltar Island and the South Bass Island Lighthouse are owned by The Ohio State University, and all three attractions are managed by Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory. For more information on scheduling your trip, visit

Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie and the research, education, and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. The Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 34 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For information on Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, visit

Text courtesy of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab