Great Lakes Islands Alliance Meets on South Bass Island

The 2021 Great Lakes Islands Alliance summit host committee, with representatives from Kelleys, Middle Bass, Pelee, and South Bass Islands, seeks sponsors and donors to support the 4th Annual Great Lakes Islands Summit.

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The Alliance meeting takes place on October 3-6 on South Bass Island.  It will include visits to Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island, and Pelee Island.

The Great Lakes Islands Alliance encourages relationship building, fosters information exchange, and leverages resources to address shared challenges and to embrace opportunities to benefit islands.

National Park Service Seeks Comments on Visitor Experience Plan

Nancy Tanner keeps Perry’s Victory beautiful near the empty NPS lot.

Put-in-Bay, Ohio – The National Park Service (NPS) at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (Park) seeks public comments on a draft Visitor Experience Plan (PEPC 77366). This plan considers existing conditions and recommendations in other guiding documents and seeks to better define appropriate visitor experiences in the Peace Garden and around the Visitor Center.

The Visitor Experience Plan defines the design for the empty lot west of the Visitor Center and the street-scape in front of the Visitor Center, extending along the east side of Toledo Avenue from its intersection with Bayview and Delaware Avenues.

This project will enhance visitor experience and way-finding by designing a more formalized Peace Garden to link the town of Put-in-Bay to the park Visitor Center. The Peace Garden will serve as the park’s First Amendment space and create a setting for programs that are more appropriately held off the Memorial grounds. The main elements of the design consist of a central talking circle surrounded by a stone seat wall and native prairie plantings. To welcome visitors is an entrance plaza with park identification sign and a formal walk with rows of street trees along Bayview Avenue that lead directly to the Memorial column. Seat walls provide ample space for people to rest and enjoy the views. Art sculptures will be incorporated into the Peace Garden and engravings in the pavement will include quotes that communicate stories related to peace. Plantings and interpretive signage will be kept low to not obscure views to the Memorial column. Improvements along Toledo Avenue include additional way-finding, plantings that frame views to the Visitor Center and access improvements for pedestrians.

Public comment to support this planning effort is currently open and will be accepted through August 7, 2021. The public can submit comments and find more information about the project at the Park’s website at The NPS will also be accepting written comments by mail at:


Superintendent Barbara Rowles

Attn: PEVI Visitor Experience Plan
P.O. Box 549
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456

The Park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. For more information, visit or call (419) 285-2184.

Sailors Tackle Small Craft Advisory Winds

Sailors in the Community Swim-Sail program venture out to confront 20mph west wind on Monday morning!  National Weather Service issued an advisory earlier.

Small Craft Advisory

MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Cleveland OH 956 AM EDT Mon Jun 21 2021


Northwest winds 15 to 25 knots and waves 3 to 6 feet.

The nearshore waters of Lake Erie from Maumee Bay OH to Ripley NY.

Until 6 AM EDT Tuesday.

Conditions will be hazardous to small craft.


Put-in-Bay Garden Club in Action

Garden Club Put in Bay

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Put-in-Bay Garden Club will host two special events in the coming weeks.  Don’t miss the opportunity to share your appreciation of beautiful island landscapes!

Garden Club Gardens Review
Tuesday, June 29th, 10:00 am, DeRivera Park Boathouse Garden
Join us for a short tutorial on each of the 6 gardens located in DeRivera Park.
Wine and Roses Tour
Wednesday, July 14th, 3:00 pm
Four local business will host, provide libations, small appetizers, and tips on how they keep their grounds and gardens looking spectacular.  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED  – SPACE IS LIMITED

Contact Sheri Murphy 419-348-0383



Happy Gardening!
Kathi Spayde
Garden Club Media Director