Put-in-Bay Township Opens Lottery for Cemetery Plots

The Put-in-Bay Township is holding an open lottery for spaces in Crown Hill Cemetery. Completing the form enters your name into the Crown Hill Cemetery space lottery. Completing this form does not guarantee a space within Crown Hill Cemetery. All applications must be turned in to the Put-in-Bay Township Office by May 1st, 2019. Applicants will be notified in order of the drawing.  If your name is chosen, you must have your space paid-in-full to Put-in-Bay Township within 30 days of being notified of your eligibility.  After this time, your application will be deemed ineligible for this lottery.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant must be or have been a property owner on South Bass Island or a full-time resident of the island for at least 10 years. Property owner includes Condo, Land, Home, Cottage, Business, or Mobile Home. Proof of residency must be made available upon request of the Township. All other circumstances must be approved by the Township Trustees.

If chosen in the lottery, applicant must pay in full the $1000 per full burial space (plot) to the Put-in-Bay Township within 30 days of being notified.

Put-in-Bay EMS Serves with Professional Resolve

Put in Bay EMS

“I have your health at heart!”–Patrick Rogers

Put-in-Bay EMS serves a unique and remote island community with professional expertise and resources one would expect to find on the mainland.  Established in Put in Bay EMS1977, the service operates under the guidance of full-time Manager Patrick Rogers and Assistant Manager Bernice Walton.  There are nine EMT Basic volunteers; members ten and eleven will finish the required 150 hours of EMT School in the near future.  Put-in-Bay Township also funds paramedics and EMT’s who rotate through a dedicated duty schedule.  The station’s connection to Mercy Health–Saint Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, provides the professional backing of a complete medical system.


EMS Put in BayPut-in-Bay EMS, on call 24/7, 365 days per year, runs two trucks May through October on weekends at Put-in-Bay.   Middle Bass Island has an EMS truck on Thursday through Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Calls for assistance should be made via 911, said Mr. Rogers emphatically.  When asked about guidelines for when to call or not call EMS, Mr. Rogers answered, “If you feel you need us, do not hesitate to call.  We will find ways to aid you.  Our community does not inconvenience us!”


Put-in-Bay EMS is an emergency service, but the operation also offers a clinic.  The clinic draws blood on doctor’s orders on Thursday mornings from 8-8:30am.  The vials are shipped to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton for analysis.  Vital signs are also read by Rescue Squad truckthe clinic.  Due to a recent change in Ohio law, EMT’s can make house calls for initial medical assessments. Tele-medicine is already in use.  Mr. Rogers anticipates full-scale Community Paramedicine to be a reality in the not-to-distant future.  Since Ohio state law governs and limits the EMS “scope of practice,” the clinic does not stock antibiotics or long-term care medicine; only emergency medication is on hand.  This mandates that EMS staff apply strong critical thinking skills.  “Our primary decision is how to get you what you need and where you need to go,” reports Mr. Rogers.


Put in Bay EMSEMS Put in BayIn addition to dedicated staff, professional resources make outstanding emergency treatment possible at Put-in-Bay.  For example, a state-of-the-art communications system; access to USCG assistance via Marblehead Station; Sandusky Fire Department Dive Team; St. Vincent Hospital and Cleveland’s Metro Health System Life Flight; and Put-in-Bay Police and Fire Departments.  Put-in-Bay EMS maintains excellent work relationships with each of the above.  Emergency communications rely on an 800 digital network, UHF primary, and digital MARCS (Multi-Agency Radio Communication System).

Emergency Medical ServiceFinally, one area in which Mr. Rogers asks for community support is the placement of address signs.  Currently, less than 50% of the island community has posted address signs.  These assist first-responders and reduce response time to emergency locations.  “To get us to you is a huge goal,” says Mr. Rogers.  Put-in-Bay EMS can provide address signs.  Call 419.285.2401 for information.

Put-in-Bay VFD Rescues Two Persons from Lake Erie Ice

Put in Bay ice boatPut-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department launched the ice boat “Freedom” to retrieve two persons from the ice late Sunday afternoon.  A large and growing crack, approximately ten feet wide, runs the stretch from Green Island northward to Rattlesnake Island.  The rescued individuals Lake Erie ice crackwere on the far, west side of the separated ice.  After returning the stranded individuals to shore, the ice boat team returned to determine whether other individuals remained in stranded shanties.  There were none.  Chief Doug Wilhelm reports, “No injury or immersion in the water.  Ice boat rescueThe boat handled well; the ice is 7-8 inches thick.  Blowing snow in 25 mph wind created some visibility issues.”

Lake Erie iceAfter the incident, many anglers pulled shanties back to shore.ice boat rescueIce fishingLake Erie ice rescuePut in Bay ice boat Freedom


Get a Clue!

Put in Bay theater

Image courtesy Playscripts.

Put-in-Bay Dramatic Society will hold auditions for CLUE, February 6, 2019 at 7pm–8pm in the Put-in-Bay Town Hall.

It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well . . . dead. So whodunnit?  Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.