With the start of the New Year, everyone will be looking forward to what’s going to happen on the island this season. Indeed, there will be some changes. Here are some of the changes for 2010 as the New Year rings in. Three shops at Harbor Square will no longer be there. South Bass Bessie’s has moved to the mainland. Puddle Duck is closing down, and the Blue Cottage Gallery is moving to the airport terminal. Dan and Tamar Levine from Lovella are planning a small shop between themselves and Frosty Bar. The Put-in-Bay Resort and Conference Center Villas, now under construction, will be up and running. The Rechtenwalds and Bodenbenders are in the process of building accommodations on Erie St. between Catawba Ave. and the old post office. We’re also hearing rumors about a new bar and a new pizza shop on Catawba Ave. which already has several bars and a couple of pizza places. On Bayview Ave., work is underway on the new business Paul and Cindra Lipke-Benn will be opening at John and Sis Nissen’s old house behind Mossbacks. There are big plans in the works for a motorcycle “Rally on the Rock”13 in June, something Lee Miller would have never believed possible on Put-in-Bay. Tim Niese has been working on this project for several months, and things are progressing nicely. Islanders and visitors will also be enjoying a newly extended Miller ferry which will accommodate more vehicles and passengers. Down at the public docks, there are some changes being made. Mayor Berry has decided to put the Village’s A and C docks under the management of the police department. They will also be in charge of the public rest rooms in the park. Work should also be beginning on the Monument. It’s important the repair work there is completed in time for the Monument’s 100th anniversary. So here’s to 2010! Stay tuned for further developments.