Fog Caresses Bass Islands

National Weather Service Cleveland OH
154 PM EST Sat Dec 18 2021

North to northwesterly winds return and increase 10 to 15 mph on the back side of the exiting low pressure system this evening. High-res forecast models some scattered light lake effect snow showers developing this evening  through Sunday morning. The overall lake effect setup is marginal and we are not expecting overall organized or heavy. We could see a light dusting to up to 1 inch in a few spots of the Snowbelt. High pressure moves in later on Sunday with clearing skies by Sunday evening. Highs temperatures will be feeling a little more winter in the 30s.

Put-in-Bay School Students Return to Classes After Covid Outbreak

Students are to Return to School on Monday, December 13.

Put-in-Bay School Superintendent Steve Poe reports the following:

Students should return to school if they meet ALL the following criteria:

          No symptoms of Covid, a flu or cold
          Have either been fully vaccinated or will wear a mask
          Do not live in a household with someone who has tested positive for Covid.

If you do live in a household with someone who has tested positive, you have remained quarantined for 7 days, have tested negative, and show no symptoms.

After testing positive for Covid, you have met the required 10 days of isolation, have tested negative, and show no symptoms.

Students not able to return to school due to one of more of the above criteria, will be ‘excused’ from school and given the opportunity to make up their school work and/or participate in class via Zoom (if they feel well enough). 

When absent, students/parents are to communicate with each of their teachers for assignments and due dates by checking Progress Book and school email daily.  All school work should be turned in electronically or may be dropped off in the school foyer.


All after-school activities during the week of Dec. 13 through Dec. 17 are cancelled.

The Holiday Concert will be postponed to a later date.

Weekend Gale Warning up for Put-in-Bay

1028 AM EST Fri Dec 10 2021


* WHAT…For the Gale Warning, west winds 25 to 35 knots with gusts up to  45 knots and waves 4 to 7 feet expected. For the Low Water Advisory, abnormally low water levels expected.

* WHERE…The nearshore waters of Lake Erie from Maumee Bay to
Vermilion OH, and the open waters of Lake Erie from Maumee Bay
to Vermilion OH.

* WHEN…For the Gale Warning, from 10 AM to 10 PM EST Saturday.
For the Low Water Advisory, from 10 AM Saturday to 7 PM EST

* IMPACTS…Strong winds will cause hazardous waves which could
capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility. Below normal
water levels will result in hazardous navigating conditions.

Kaptur Announces $1.77 Million Great Lakes Harmful Algal Bloom Research

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, announced $1,777,440 in federal funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support five Great Lakes harmful algal bloom (HAB) research projects.

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences and Integrated Ocean Observing System Office have awarded funding to initiate one new HAB research project, and continue four existing research projects. These research projects will provide a better understanding of the causes and impacts of HABs, enhance HAB monitoring and response, and improve technologies for preventing, controlling, and mitigating HAB events.

“Addressing the health, economic, and environmental impacts wrought by Harmful Algal Blooms is essential for the long-term wellbeing of our Great Lakes region, said Rep. Kaptur. “This mission requires an all of government, community-wide response commensurate with the size and scope of the challenge – and we are grateful to be able to deliver this federal funding for the benefit of our region.”

“Continued support of NOAA and NOAA-funded projects to address the human health impacts of harmful algal blooms is essential for our ability to translate research findings into real-world applications,” said Dr. Jason Huntley, Associate Professor in the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Sciences. “We previously found that native freshwater bacteria from Lake Erie can destroy toxins produced during harmful algal blooms. It takes time and grant support to prove that this technology can be safely and cost effectively used for water filtration to protect human health.”

A breakdown of the NOAA funding awards is below.

Continuing Awards

  • $715,992 for the University of Toledo to develop and test the use of microcystin degrading bacteria to remove and degrade HAB toxins from drinking water.
  • $323,191 for the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Ohio State University, University of Michigan Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, LimnoTech, Inc., and MBio Diagnostics, Inc. to create portable cyanotoxin detection technology for use by citizen scientists and decision makers.
  • $200k for the Great Lakes Observing System to upgrade existing instrumentation in the Great Lakes to improve telemetry and HAB data integration.
  • $303,503 for Bowling Green State University, State University of New York, and MBio Diagnostics to enhance existing technology for rapid, portable, multiplexed detection of harmful algal toxins in the Great Lakes.

New Award

$234,754 for the University of Michigan Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, Louisiana State University, and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to enhance the capabilities of the 3rd generation Environmental Sample Processor for HAB toxin detection through integration with an Autonomous Surface Vehicle.

Put-in-Bay School Logs Active Start to New School Year

Put-in-Bay School News – by Steve Poe, Superintendent

Time has been flying by.  It is hard to believe we have already completed a quarter of the school year.   We are so proud of our students.  They have made the best of another year of temperature tablets, face masks, sanitation stations, and social distancing . . . . .  all, with no complaints!  Their attitudes have been outstanding!

NOTE:   The “Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament” is right around the corner!  On Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4 Put-in-Bay will be hosting a boys and girls varsity basketball tournament with schools from Mackinac Island, Michigan; Beaver Island, Michigan, and Washington Island, Wisconsin.    A complete schedule and details about the tournament will be forthcoming.

The end of the first nine weeks was October 29.  Report cards will go home on Friday, November 5.  Parents should contact their child’s teachers if they have any questions.  If a conference is necessary, we can arrange for a parent/teacher conference on a date/time convenient to all parties.   Please contact the school office if you need to meet with more than one teacher, and we can arrange for a small group parent/teacher meeting.

This time of year our sophomores and juniors have the opportunity to apply for the O’Brian Youth Leadership program and the Buckeye Girls State / Buckeye Boys State program. Each of these programs provide students a chance to learn leadership skills in a fun, hands-on environment.   Good luck to all students applying for these programs that will take place next summer.

The Northwest Ohio District cross-country meet took place October 23.  Representing Put-in-Bay at this event were freshman, Jacob Seaman and senior, Kate  Byrnes.   Junior, Macy Ladd was unable to participate due to a scheduling conflict with the ACT Test.   Even though this meet was only for high schoolers, our junior high runners continued to run and train, offering support and encouragement.  Put-in-Bay school is very proud of these hard-working student athletes and wish them the best of luck.

Congratulations to the Quiz Bowl team who defeated Hopewell-Louden and Old Fort on October 12.  The third match against Clyde ended in a tie. Our two top players were Emil Michael scoring 110 points and Alice Lentz scoring 80 points. Way to go Panthers!!

On October 5, thirty students and staff showed up to bring awareness to hunger.  “Empty Bowls” is a grassroots effort to raise awareness to hunger.  Everyone in attendance was given a bowl to paint.  A huge thank you to The Butterfly House for donating the bowls, Dan Dee’s Snack Shack for donating snacks, and to Frostys for donating pizza!

Put-in-Bay School lost a dear friend last month.  Woody Widmar supported a number of school related activities, including the annual Harvest Dinner.  It was Woody who spent three days preparing for this event each November.  He made the turkey, stuffing, gravy, and trimmings.  Money from the Harvest Dinner supported the Gustav Heineman Scholarship Fund.  Thanks for everything Woody.  The students and staff at Put-in-Bay School will miss you!

In place of the annual Harvest Dinner this year, the students of Put-in-Bay School will conduct a fund-raiser that will benefit both the Heineman Scholarship and the Jeffrey Verhoff Scholarship.   Students will be raffling tickets for FREE GAS from Erie Islands Petroleum.  See any high school student for tickets or stop by the school to purchase.   We will draw five one-hundred dollar winners on Thursday, December 16.

On October 16 Scottie Jackson and his staff at The Goat Soup and Whiskey organized a fund raiser that will support a new “Woody – Harvest-Fest Scholarship.”  Good food and a good time were had by all.  Thanks to everyone who came out for this event.

The Boardwalk held its annual end of the season dinner, with part of the proceeds supporting the Patrick Myers Scholarship.  Thanks to all who enjoyed an evening out, while supporting this scholarship and thanks to the Booker family!

The Put-in-Bay Panthers completed another successful volleyball season. The girls finished with seven wins & eight losses.  The team was lead by senior Kate Byrnes.  The other team members included Macy Ladd, Lilian Frederick, El Kostura, Elora Hubner, & Ava Heineman.  The team battled everyday and really improved to become a well rounded team.  Coach Schuffenecker said of his team, “We had to replace three strong leaders from last year’s team, it took awhile for everyone to get together, but when it did, the girls could play with the best.”  With continued improvement in the off-season the ladies have the potential to have another successful season!

Morning madness is the traditional start to the panther basketball season and will continued this year on October 28th.  The teams will look to get into shape and build team chemistry as they look to have a successful season.  Put-in-Bay will host the third Great Lakes Island Tournament this year December 4th & 5th.  The boys look to win their first title and the girls look to three peat.  Look online for the schedule, stop by the gym to cheer on the Panthers . . . and “get your growl on!”

Put-in-Bay School would like to thank all island veterans for the sacrifices you have made to secure our freedoms.  Your service to our country is greatly appreciated.