Safe Island Task Force Implementing Creative Solutions

Put in Bay Safe Island Task Force
Mr. Hicks

Put-in-Bay Safe Island Task Force presented a comprehensive outline about island imaging to more than fifty residents of the South Bass Island community on Tuesday evening at the Put-in-Bay Senior Center.  Brad Ohlemacher, chairman, provided a brief overview of the task force origination and 360 hours of meeting time since July 2018.  He then introduced Joe Hicks from Thunder Tech marketing agency, who explained the strategy the task force decided to follow is a “repositioning goal to change public opinions and perceptions about Put-in-Bay.”  Mr. Hicks identified the following target audiences:  Family, Party Crowd, Seasoned Travelers, Group Travelers, Media, Seasonal Island Employees, and the Island Community.

Put in Bay Safe Island Task Force
Michael Bell, Toledo Mayor 2010-2014

The communications plan will address issues that arise, as task force member Patrick Put in Bay Safe Island Task ForceMyers put it, “When we go from a small island to a big city environment.”  Member Kim Stoiber added, “It is important to talk in a positive manner about the efforts the community is making to create a safe and pleasant environment for all.”  Michael Bell, former Toledo Mayor, task force member and island visitor for over thirty years, pointed out, “It’s not about what you look like, it’s about behavior.  The task force came at it with diverse eyes so there would not be any blind spots.  There were behaviors happening years before that you weren’t paying attention to.”  Task force member Aaron Walker, former Ohio State Trooper, emphasized South Bass Island is a welcoming and beautiful environment deserving of mutual respect.

Put in Bay Safe Island Task ForcePut in Bay Safe Island Task ForceNew island signage is intended to reinforce the “dos and don’ts” and island expectations which provide a secure atmosphere for residents and visitors alike.  Patrick Put in Bay Safe Island Task ForcePut in Bay Safe Island Task ForceMyers explained the idea is to “communicate the principles of public island spaces.”  Put-in-Bay Police Chief Steve Riddle said the department will strictly enforce rules governing proper golf cart use, consumption of alcohol in public, and crowd control.  Five officers have been sent to specialty training, and the police department budget has increased to “assure citizens will be safe.”

Put in Bay Safe Island Task ForceCaptain Billy Market, co-owner of Miller Boat Line and task force member, reiterated the “Need to focus on any large weekend!  There is no magic fix, but there are a number of steps to take to eliminate what the island experienced in July 2018.”  He added, “Miller Ferry and Jet Express have established communications with known tour operators to coordinate arrival and stagger transport to Put-in-Bay.”

Thunder Tech Creative Director Craig Israel indicated the media campaign will include two phases.  The first will “caution troublemakers, reassure past and future visitors, and help islanders take a stand.” “Enjoy a Getaway, Don’t Get Put Away” is one thematic element.  Phase two is designed “to inspire new or lapsed visitors, re-imagine what you think you know about Put-in-Bay, and motivate people to visit.”  The meeting closed with a question/answer opportunity during which twelve residents expressed concerns and opinions.


Quiz Bowl Students Keep Focus on Academics

quiz bowlColumbian High School wins 30th annual high school Quiz Bowl League tournament

Members of what is now the 18-school Seneca / Wyandot / Put-in-Bay / Sandusky / Crawford High School Quiz Bowl League met on Thursday, December 10, 2015, at Heidelberg University for its 30th annual double-elimination tournament.

Thirty years ago Susan Hubay, Gifted / Talented Coordinator from the Educational Service Center of that time, invited high schools from Seneca and surrounding counties to a Quiz Bowl tournament, the first ever in the area. The winner, Calvert High School, went to state, and area teams, under her leadership, organized into a league with a regular season that ended with an annual tournament. Quiz Bowl in the state has become so popular that now League and tournament winners advance to one of the six regionals across the state instead of immediately going to state.

The day at Heidelberg for the teams started with the presentation of trophies to the three top schools in each of the local League’s three divisions. In the North Division, St. Joseph Central Catholic (7-2), Calvert (also 7-2), and Ross (5-4), were the top three trophy winners. Clyde, Old Fort, and Put-in-Bay complete the roster of North Division teams. In the Central Division, the top three winners were St. Wendelin (9-0), Seneca East (8-1), and Hopewell-Loudon (6-3). The other Central Division teams are Bridges Community Academy, Fostoria, and North Central Academy. Columbian (9-0), Mohawk (7-2), and Upper Sandusky (4-5) led the South Division schools. Buckeye Central, Carey, and New Riegel finish the roster of South Division teams.

In the tournament, wins were fairly widespread with 13 of the 18 teams winning at least one match. Columbian had come out on top in all its matches this year. That did not change in the tournament. They were the only team to remain in the top bracket and handily won the tournament. North Division teams, Ross and Clyde, third and fourth respectively in their Division, both played strongly through the consolation bracket, but in the semi-final match, Clyde won over Ross. Ross was the winner of third place of both the tournament and their Division and Clyde was the winner of the trophy for second place in the tournament.

Columbian, with its double titles; St. Joseph Central Catholic, a first time trophy winner since they joined the League, winner of the North Division; and St. Wendelin, winner of the Central Division, will participate in the Northwest Ohio Academic Regional Competition (O.A.C.) on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Findlay High School. Regional winners and runners-up advance to the state championship in Columbus Saturday, May 7, 2016.

For more information, contact Kendra Nelson, League co-coordinator:

Kendra Nelson
NCOESC Gifted Education Coordinator
928 West Market Street, Suite A.
Tiffin, Ohio 44883