Cold Temps Come to Put-in-Bay

4:32pm view from Gibraltar Classcam

Cold temperatures are part of winter expectations, and Punxsutawny Phil predicts another six weeks of winter weather just as the National Weather Service broadcasts a Hazardous Weather Outlook:

 

Much colder air will arrive late tonight. Sub-zero wind chills are
anticipated.  Arctic air will remain over the region through Friday night.  In terms of temperatures and wind chills, air temps will plummet into the single digits and low teens behind the front tonight, only recovering into the low/mid teens Friday.

So bundle up, protect the pets, and head into the cold snap with good cheer.  After all, the weather forecast will change before we know it!

Major Conservation Project in Works on South Bass Island

The Lake Erie Islands Conservancy (LEIC)  and Put-in-Bay Township Park District have partnered on a major conservation project on South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay, Ohio). The partnership involves a three-part acquisition program. The total project is over 30 acres.

Part 1: The Duff Woods Preserve has been completed and is open to the public.  The Preserve is 13.5 acres of island forest and karst features (wild cave, sinkholes, rock outcrops) with a trail and small parking area.

Part 2:  The protection of 6.5 acres of property close to downtown Put-in-Bay. This site includes the historic Duff Homestead, approximately 150 feet of natural bay-front property, a mature forestland, and two acres of meadow that will be used for pollinator habitat.  The bay-front is a yellow perch, sunfish, and native minnow nursery area as well as a unique undisturbed submerged plant community supporting remnant populations of bowfin and gar.

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The property is an environment for a host of native resident and migratory species, including Monarch butterfly, bats, songbirds.  The site is also habitat for rare species such as the Lake Erie watersnake, the Eastern Fox Snake, and melanistic Eastern Garter Snake. White-tailed deer, red fox,  and occasional coyote are found here.

The Duff home will be used as a visitor center and park district office. The adjacent woods will be preserved, and the waterfront will be protected.

A Clean Ohio grant of over $1,300,000 has been awarded for the second phase of the project. The Park District has received an additional $500,000 in pledges from the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, Julene M. Market Fund, and others. However, $200,000 is still needed to complete the purchase.  The Park District and the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy seek donations to help restore this historic home site.

Part 3:  The purchase of 11 acres of pristine vineyards, antique outbuildings, orchard, and garden with adjacent current bald eagles nest would allow the creation of a historic farm park. It is the goal of the Park District to protect the vineyard as a working farm with opportunities for classes, workshops, and special events.

The LEIC is working with Edward Jones Financial in Port Clinton, Ohio.  This partnership will provide a smooth process to enable donations of stocks, bonds, and other financial instruments to the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable foundation, for maximum charitable tax deduction. The Edward Jones contact is Bob Candage at (419) 573-6247.

Donations can be sent to the Put-in-Bay Township Park District, P.O. Box 177, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456, with “Duff Homestead” on memo line. For electronic donations, the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy has a Donation button on its website.

The mission of the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy is to encourage conservation and protection of natural and agricultural lands in the Lake Erie Islands for the benefit of future generations.  The Lake Erie Islands Conservancy and the Put-in-Bay Township Park District have preserved, protected, and provided public access to over 155 acres of natural areas on South and Middle Bass Islands.

Sunshine and Blue Sky Make the Difference

Put in Bay SunshineSunshine and blue sky bless the Bass Islands today, and, oh, what a splendid feeling it is!  An afternoon jaunt around Put-in-Bay reveals a brilliant environment that makes up for an unbelievably long stretch of cloudy, gray days.

Put in Bay SunshineThough the high temperature only made it to  20.5°F at 1:35pm, soaking up some vitamin D generates a cheerful, inner warmth.

Everywhere else, lows will fall into the low to
mid teens. Wind chill values will once again drop into the
single digits, negative values across NW OH, overnight tonight. Clear
conditions remain for Wednesday and highs will be in the mid
20s, about 10 degrees below average for early February.
The National Weather Service reports the following:  High pressure continues to build over our region through mid to
late this week. This will provide the bulk of the area with calm and clearing conditions. Radiational cooling will allow lows tonight across NW Ohio to dip down into the single digits.

Everywhere else, lows will fall into the low to
mid teens. Wind chill values will once again drop into the
single digits, negative values across NW OH, overnight tonight. Clear
conditions remain for Wednesday and highs will be in the mid
20s, about 10 degrees below average for early February.
Everywhere else, lows will fall into the low to
mid teens. Wind chill values will once again drop into the
single digits, negative values across NW OH, overnight tonight. Clear
conditions remain for Wednesday and highs will be in the mid
20s, about 10 degrees below average for early February.
Put in Bay weather

Panther All-Stars Basketball Delivers High Energy Competition

Put-in-Bay School Panther All-Stars put on a wonderful performance of friendly and competitive basketball on Monday afternoon.

Coach Danes, Put-in-Bay School Health and Physical Education teacher, prepared the Blue and White teams with careful instructions and positive encouragement.  The players invested considerable energy and effort all throughout the game.  At half-time the White team led the Blue team, 8-6; the final score was 17-10, with a win for the White team.