Ice Cometh!

5pm addendum

Two images captured by Jen Booker, from a flight to the mainland, show ice on Lake Erie between the SBI State Park and the mainland.

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Put in Bay winterPut-in-Bay’s recent below-freezing air temperatures and strong winds have contributed to intricate ice formations along the shoreline.  Minor ice floes are also visible on the waters surrounding the Bass Islands.  At 3pm the South Bass Island weather station reported 26 knots out of the WNW; the air temperature was 27°F  with a wind chill value of 11°F.  Photos by Donna SteinbachPut in Bay winter

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REEL BAR Welcomes Community Support for Panther Basketball


Put in Bay SchoolPut-in-BPut in Bay Pantheray School’s Panther Basketball teams will receive solid community support at the first-ever community pep rally at the REEL BAR tonight at 7:30pm.  All are welcome to join the Put-in-Bay School Cheerleaders help the Panthers rebound from an away-game loss at Clyde, and to prepare for Saturday’s games against the Bowling Green Christian Lions.

Snowfall Amplifies Island Winter Scenes

Put in Bay snowPut-in-Bay received roughly four inches of snow between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening.  While roads have been plowed, sidewalks shoveled, and windshields cleared, the beauty of the season urges all toward a bright and cheerful Christmas.  At 10am the South Bass Island Lighthouse reported 22°F and 12 knot winds out of the WNW.

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Put-in-Bay Senior Center Supports Good Island Life

Christine Joyce, PiB Senior Center Manager

Put in Bay Senior CenterPut-in-Bay senior citizens were treated to a Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday.  Senior Center site manager Christine Joyce organized a a festive and welcoming event Put in Bay Senior Centerwhich featured a fine meal (Chicken Cordon Bleu catered by Sue Thwaite!), caroling, and bountiful gift bags prepared by the Put-in-Bay Girl Scouts.  Annie Parker presented a touching German rendition of Silent Night, accompanied on the piano by Mary Steunenberg.  Laughter and good fellowship filled the inside as a two inches of snow draped South Bass Island.

Put in Bay Senior CenterChristine Joyce shared the following informative summary of the Senior Center’s exciting and active year:

“We had a great turn out for the bus trip to Toledo’s National Museum of the Great Lakes.  We toured the museum and the freighter Schoonmaker, and finished the day with lunch at Tony Packo’s.  A trip to Cirque du Soleil at the Huntington Center, Kentucky Derby Day Social, travel to Gibraltar Island for the historic tour during Island Green Week, a Solar Eclipse program, Toledo Mud Hens game, Antique Road Race picnic, Winter & Fall Barn Parties, Wii Bowling tournaments, and OSU tailgate parties filled the  2017 calendar.

Kentucky Derby Day SocialSpecial events are always a big hit, but the regular exercise program on M/W/F’s at 9am followed by coffee social is still the most attended activity–averaging 30 people in the summer and 15 in the winter.  Another free service is provided by the Ottawa County Health Department.  It is the 60+ Clinic.  A nurse comes to the island every 4th Thursday of the month and provides a blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, and other assessments.

I am so blessed to work with such a great group of people who are always coming up with fresh ideas and are willing to help orchestrate them and volunteer whenever needed.  My wish for 2018 is that it will be a year fulled with new adventures, friendships, laughter, and good health for everyone!”

Happy and thankful faces abounded!

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Special Service Coming to Catholic Church


Corrected Edition!  Apologies for misrepresenting the day of the Penance Service in the previous version.

Put in Bay ChurchMother of Sorrows Catholic Church has scheduled a Penance Service at 3:30pm on Tuesday, 19 December 2017.  The Catholic Liturgical Library explains as follows:   “Penitential services are gatherings of the people of God to hear God’s word as an invitation to conversion and renewal of life and as the message of our liberation from sin through Christ’s death and resurrection . . .  Penitential services, moreover, are very useful in places where no priest is available to give sacramental absolution. They offer help in reaching that perfect contrition that comes from charity and that enables the faithful to receive God’s grace through a desire for the sacrament of penance in the future.”