Put-in-Bay Snow Arrives, Miller Ferry Suspends Extended Service

Only the second day of 2022 and two benchmarks to report from Put-in-Bay.  First, an overnight freezing rain mixed with sleet and snow to create the first winter wonderland–albeit faintly so.  Second, Miller Boat Line suspended the extended service schedule to South Bass Island with a simple declaration on their home page.

Of course, Island Air Taxi fired up the Piper Cherokee Six and flew several round-trips to Port Clinton!

Happy New Year!

Photo by Amanda Downey

“Day of a coming year promising change,
Yet full of promises, we need but watch
And pray for guardianship to come
Over caprices and all foolish ways!
So shall bright sunshine in advancing days
And starry invitations lead to Heavenly praise.”

–Walt Whitman

Thoughts for Year’s End


Kaleidoscope, by Berni Steinbach

The gray light of early winter wraps itself around every limb, wave, and structure on South Bass Island on this second to last day of December 2021.  Fog, drizzle, and mushy terrain challenge the soul to keep the inner brightness aflame; still, the hours can present astonishing awakenings.  The news headlines promote anxiety, and life concerns (health, finances, relationships, responsibilities) streak through our days like a mad painter’s brush.  Nonetheless, we can realize encouragement and uplifting moments if we pause and delve into the actual forces which shape our sensibility.

OSU Gibraltar Classcam on 30 December 2021

What is it that forms our complexity?  Whence comes our joy?  How does one fuel the cheer which nurtures confidence, self-esteem, and contentment?  These are questions not readily answered without honest self-assessment.  A measure of happiness must start with basic considerations:  do I have safety? do I have physical and spiritual nourishment?  do I have supportive relationships? do I have fiscal resources? do I have personal integrity?  The extent to which we answer yea or nay is not binary; rather, it lives on a sliding scale akin to a thermometer.  Therein we can discover the entrance points to change, if necessary, or continuation if deemed appropriate!

Critical to our self-assessment is the ability to recognize the sublime items that color our moods.  Music, environment, success, personal interactions, food, and communication rank highly in each day’s passing.  The degree to which we allow each one of these to influence us can determine how satisfactory we feel.

My prayer for all is this:  Hold fast to your sense of self.  Recall the enlivening moments which have fostered well-being. Celebrate the blessings you know.  Move forward into a new year with great expectations!

Put-in-Bay Trashes 2021

Put-in-Bay has a long-standing tradition of burning an effigy to help bring on winter ice.  This year, instead of a sacrificial cow or pig, Billy Market opted to put 2021 in its proper place–a trash can–and help the community enact a fresh renewal of things hoped for.

Prior to the burn, Mr. Market explained the new approach, and a prayer of reflection was offered by Rev. Mary Staley of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Put-in-Bay.

A healthy attendance by Put-in-Bay residents and closing fireworks created a true spectacle for all to enjoy.