Island Diary December 2009

Tues., Dec. 1st – The wind chill at the Lime Kiln Dock when the first Miller ferry left for Catawba was in the high 20 degrees.
Wed., Dec. 2nd – Mike Catey, the chef at the Skyway, learns he picked enough horse race winners in an Internet game to win $16,000. He was one happy camper to say the least.
Thurs., Dec. 3rd – Put-in-Bay School Principal Steve Poe has meetings on the mainland all day and then coaches the girls’ basketball team game on the mainland that evening.
Fri., Dec. 4th – The staff at Put-in-Bay School enjoys their Christmas party at the home of Principal Steve and Dawn Poe. About 5 a.m. the temp hits 32 degrees for the first time this season.
Sat., Dec. 5th – Islanders attend Ken Turvey’s funeral. We see the first snowflakes of the season. Temps are below freezing for a 24-hour period.
Sun. Dec. 6th – The French Club holds a brunch for about 55 customers at the Senior Center.
Mon. Dec. 7th – Put-in-Bay Village Council and the Putin- Bay Planning Commission meet in Council Chambers at the Town Hall. The heat is not working and the first light snow of the season is falling outside.
Tues., Dec. 8th – Joe Byrnes is out with his mother and sister delivering fruit baskets to seniors. Jane Market and daughter Caiti celebrate their birthdays (Jane’s the 8th and Caiti’s the 11th) with dinner at the Skyway.
Wed., Dec. 9th – There’s only one ferry in the morning. Winds from the west-southwest increase considerably during the afternoon and the water in the Bay starts falling. Monument Superintendent Blanca Alvarez Stransky hosts a Christmas party at her home at the Monument. After dinner at the Ramsbottoms, Rosi and Don Stephens return home to find their driveway completely blocked by a downed tree.
Thurs., Dec. 10th – Winds from the west-southwest blow at more than 30 knots the entire day. There are no ferries. Ice coats the Lime Kiln dock. Temperatures are in the mid-teens. Elizabeth Heineman is getting things ready at Tony’s for the Christmas Bazaar.
Fri., Dec. 11th – The Mackinac Island basketball teams are flown over to the island because there are no ferries. It’s a special birthday for Mike Byrnes.
Sat., Dec. 12th – The Christmas Bazaar is going on at Tony’s and the Town Hall.
Sun., Dec. 13th – Several people put wreaths on the graves of the veterans at Maple Leaf Cemetery as part of the Wreaths Across America program. The Community Holiday Dinner is catered by The Butler Did It at the school gym.
Mon. Dec. 14th – Lisa Brohl celebrates her 50th at the Skyway. Louis Heineman enjoyed watching the crew at the Lime Kiln Dock as they dealt with a freight truck that ran out of fuel while the ferry was being loaded. The last ferry to the mainland was delayed more than a half hour.
Tues., Dec. 15th – The Lake Erie Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy potluck takes place at the South Bass Island Lighthouse.
Wed., Dec. 16th – The Ladies Tea and Cookie Exchange takes place at the Skyway. If you were out driving in a golf cart, you had to be chilled to the bone.
Thurs., Dec. 17th – There’s skim ice in the Bay. Candy Pucci, Mary Lou Ramsbottom, Maisie Cox, Annie Parker, Jean Burgess and Al Ruchala judged the Christmas lights on the island. A young man on Middle Bass was a cause of concern when he threatened to kill himself.
Fri., Dec. 18th – With above freezing temps, it was a fairly pleasant day at Put-in-Bay. The little bit of ice in the Bay melts away. The Paul Ladd family left the island for a Florida vacation over the holiday break. Island Resorts has its annual Christmas party at the Winterbar at the Park Hotel.
Sat., Dec. 19th – Bob Schmidt was on the island for the day. The kids who made cookies with Mrs. Claus at the Skyway sure had fun. Barb and Doug Mehling had an afternoon holiday party at their lake front home. There were many tasty treats to enjoy. Sometime during Saturday night, the Gemstone Mining cart at the entrance to Perry’s Cave somehow crashes into a red van and does extensive damage.
Sun., Dec. 20th – Frieda Baer invites guests to her home for a winter solstice dinner. Among the delicious fare is an absolutely wonderful walleye dish. Ask her for the recipe!
Mon., Dec. 21st – PIB postmaster JR Domer was slammed between 8 and 9 a.m. as people came in to mail letters and packages. We’ve never seen the lobby so crowded with customers waiting in line. There’s a thin coat of snow everywhere and it makes for slippery driving.
Tues., Dec. 22nd – Alyssa Rose, Linda Ostrander and Steph Thompson were making the rounds on the island passing out gift baskets from the Boardwalk.
Wed, Dec. 23rd – Todd Blumensaadt’s crew from Putin- Bay Investments is working on water and sewer lines at the new little subdivision on Put-in-Bay Rd. across from the Island Club.
Thurs., Dec. 24th – Amy Thwaite (PIBHS Class of 1995) arrives on Put-in-Bay from California to spend the holidays with her family.
Fri., Dec. 25th – A cute show on the Internet is the 2009 Village dockmasters from A & C docks dressed as elves doing a dance on JibJab. There’s one mid-day ferry trip to the mainland and back.
Sat. Dec. 26th – Posted on the Internet is an extended schedule for Miller Boat Line which goes through the New Year’s weekend and into January.
Sun., Dec. 27th – The Cellar CacheĀ“ is celebrating the beginning of its 27th season with a second day of sales. Snow whitens island roads by dinner time.
Mon., Dec. 28th – With winds from the southwest at 30 miles per hour and temperatures in the low 20s, Billy Market announces on Facebook there will be no ferry service today. It wasn’t for another ten minutes that the same info was available on the Miller Boat Line web site. Sounds like you’d better have Facebook on your computer.
Tues., Dec. 29th – Shortly after 9 a.m., the Miller ferry rounds Gibraltar Island breaking ice in the Bay and heads to its winter berth at Miller’s downtown dock. By 9:25, fireworks are being set off at the dock to signal the end of the 2009 season. Julene Market hosts a holiday party at her new home near the Lime Kiln.
Wed., Dec. 30th – About a dozen people woke up this morning realizing they had cars stuck on the island they wanted to be on the mainland for the winter.
Thurs., Dec. 31st – Islanders Larry and Tammy Knaser are in Southern California sightseeing and planning to attend the Rose Bowl parade and game in Pasadena.

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