AmeriCorps Intern for the Island–Great Program, Great Experience!

The Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, Put-in-Bay Township Park District, and Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center will be sharing an AmeriCorps intern for the 2022 summer to assist with our land preservation and educational programs. We have had great experiences with our interns bringing new ideas and fresh faces to our programs in the summer. We have had wonderful interns starting with Colleen O’Brien in 2011 and including Leah Bilski, Carmen Levand, Jackie Taylor, Chloe Nostrant, Jenna Prahst, Samantha Newhouse, Emma Young, Olive O-Rourke-Scherf, and Regan Monnett. Each brought their special talents and left us with finished projects we now enjoy! The intern goes back with a new appreciation of our island resources.

We are looking for applicants for this AmeriCorps Environmental Steward Intern for the summer of 2022. It is a ten week program working a minimum of 30 hrs per week. Interns are provided a small stipend biweekly and a Segal Educational Award at the completion of the internship-to be used for qualified student loans or tuition. The intern will work on projects like trail maintenance, invasive plant management, grant writing, design of signs and brochures, social media, wildlife and plant surveys, nest box monitoring, etc. for the Conservancy and the Park District depending on the skill set of the intern. For the LEINWC, the intern can assist with tours, Wild Tuesday, Nature Camp, exhibits, community events and outreach. Applicants must be at least 17 years old. Preference is given to university students but a high school education is all that is required to use the education award. It is preferred to have island housing. If interested, contact Lisa Brohl at leiconservancy@gmail.com or 419-366-2087. To take a look at the Environmental Steward program, go to their website at www.environmentalstewards.org

We are looking for donations toward this great program. If you are interested in donating, contact Lisa or sending a check to LEIC, P.O. Box 461, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456 with AmeriCorps on the memo line. You may also use our PayPal at www.lakeerieislandsconservancy.org but designate for the AmeriCorps intern program. If we are unable to get an intern that has island housing already, we would welcome housing for a ten week intern as well.

 

Lisa Brohl, Chair

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy

PO Box 461

Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456

419-366-2087

www.lakeerieislandsconservancy.org


Skating and Basketball at Put-in-Bay School this Weekend

Sweeping bubbles out of the skating base to the vacuum on right.  Photo by Heidi Ladd

Put-in-Bay students will participate in three scheduled basketball games on Saturday, 15 January 2022.  Pupils also have the chance to ice-skate on the newly formed rink atop the outdoor basketball court.

Panther basketball boys team begins play at 9:15am vs Bowling Green Christian.  The girls play at 10:45, and the junior high team plays Fasset Middle School at noon.

 

 


Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade Set for Saturday, June 11, 2022

The 17th Annual Island Pooch Parade will be held Saturday June 11 at the Gazebo in DeRivera Park. Dogs of all kinds and sizes are encouraged to bring their masters. Registration for this amusing, fun event will open in the Gazebo at 9:30 AM., followed by the traditional doggie stroll around the Park at 10am  (Early registration available at Mossbacks on Friday June 10 from 4 PM to 6 PM)

Judging will immediately follow the parade. Raffle drawing immediately after judging on Saturday, June 11. The $20 entry fee makes your closest friend eligible to receive a “doggie goodie bag,” five raffle tickets to win prizes, plus becoming qualified to compete for prizes in one or more of the following groups. The Judges will look for the best pet in these categories: cutest, smallest, largest, individual best dressed, group best dressed, dog that looks most like its owner, and most unique dog.

This is always an enjoyable and entertaining event for the whole island and particularly the children. Put it on your calendar and we’ll see you there Saturday, June 11th.


Jobs Available at Put-in-Bay National Park Service

Would you like to work at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial this summer?  Click the links to see each full job announcement.

Recreation Fee Clerk

Department: Department of the Interior
Agency:National Park Service
Hiring Organization: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): 6 vacancies – Put-In-Bay, Ohio
Salary: $15.10 to $15.10 / PH
Series and Grade: GS-0503-4
Open Period: Monday, January 3, 2022 to Friday, January 7, 2022
Position Information: – Full-time
Who May Apply: Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL), Open to the public

Lead Recreation Fee Technician

Department: Department of the Interior
Agency:National Park Service
Hiring Organization: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): 1 vacancy – Put-In-Bay, Ohio
Salary: $18.84 to $18.84 / PH
Series and Grade: GS-0503-6
Open Period: Monday, January 3, 2022 to Friday, January 7, 2022
Position Information: – Full-time
Who May Apply: Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL), Open to the public

Park Ranger (Interpretation)

Department: Department of the Interior
Agency:National Park Service
Hiring Organization: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): 2 vacancies – Put-In-Bay, Ohio
Salary: $16.90 to $20.93 / PH
Series and Grade: GS-0025-5/7
Open Period: Monday, January 3, 2022 to Friday, January 7, 2022
Position Information: – Full-time
Who May Apply: Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL), Open to the public


Thoughts for Year’s End

Kaleidoscope

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.