Sue Duff’s Aunt Joan has a subscription to the Put-in-Bay Gazette. She lives on the mainland and turned 98 on January 4th. Joan reports seeing her mailman scanning the Gazette before he puts it in her mailbox.
Anna Rence, Madeline Pugh, Molly Domer, Miranda Riddle and Patrick McCann from the French Club brought a little holiday cheer to the Providence Care Center in Sandusky on Dec. 13th. The Panther Pride students made and delivered over 90 Christmas cards to the residents.
There was an article in the Sandusky Register about Cecil Weatherspoon wanting to put a sewer line from the village to his property across from the airport on Langram Rd. The estimated cost of the $2.5 million project would be split based on usage among the developer, residents and other businesses along the line who want to tap into the system. After a meeting with Ottawa County officials in December, there are still issues over who will pay what before ground is broken.
Bob Gatewood and Calabash recently went off the island for a show in their old hometown, Cleveland, at Brother’s Music Hall. It was SRO and many friends from Lakewood, Put-in-Bay, and the old Flats party district in Cleveland were reunited. Gatewood says the even went so well, they have already committed to doing it again next year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The band did 56 shows at the Round House Bar last summer and this upcoming season will be their 25th year of bringing people together on the island.
by Peter Huston
As the holiday season flashes by us again, Santa’s helpers everywhere, bell ringers in the malls, stupid TV ads with dancing girls selling jeans to a rap music sound track, we are inundated, completely saturated with circulars, catalogs and requests for donations. The month of December can become overwhelming, especially in a recession, bah humbug. But as the New Year rolls in we can start anew with hopes of a prosperous year ahead and renewed optimism. As Francis Church wrote back in his famous 1897 New York Sun editorial, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias.” How dreary indeed the world would be if we had no Virginias. The truth is we need Virginias now more than ever, men, women, and children willing to believe in an important cause or needful organization. We can give the gift that keeps giving, not just a donation of money but our time and most importantly our infectious unfettered belief in doing good for others. And it starts again this New Year in our own minds. This past year was one of the worst ever for charities. According to a November 18th article in the New York Times, large foundations hit hard, some by the Ponzi schemes which undermined our nations financial investment world, are going out of business. This has created a ripple effect. These foundations provided the seed money for many small community non-profits like Veggie U over in Milan, Ohio, which helps young school kids learn about better food choices. In 2009 many non-profits that do wonderful things had to shutter their doors or severely cut back their efforts. With fund raising down and grant money drying up we need to create the “ripple back effect” that becomes the wave of care in 2010. In 2009 the island made collective efforts to help the Salvation Army and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research, but more importantly, we gave to our local fire department, EMS, Senior Center, veterans, 4-H and Arts Council. We dug deep to help out members of our community needing food, medical treatment, even housing. It is important to make a pledge of financial support to a group or organization, and please be sure to support your favorite group again. But in this time of economic uncertainty, we need your sincere belief in what these amazing organizations do, and we need to help them make it through these tough times. We need your belief we can cure cancer, hunger and improve our quality of life as we age. We need the devotional spirit of a child’s pure love and generosity directed towards what inspires us. We need to make sure those we love and the things we believe in survive and prosper this New Year. We need Virginias now more than ever.
Dear Residents and Island Businesses, The Put-in-Bay Garden Club invites you to sponsor one or more of our projects to add beauty to our island for the 2010 season. To sponsor a complete, live flowering basket on a DeRivera Lamppost will cost $150.00. Local volunteer gardeners will plant, water and fertilize your basket throughout the summer season. There are 42 available lampposts. The second project in DeRivera Park you may sponsor is restoring and landscaping around the fountain. Funds donated to this project will allow us to focus on the historical beauty of our downtown landmark. Projected cost is $900. Through local input, it was decided The Putin- Bay Garden Club will also seek sponsors and volunteers to transform the Bathing Beach to a usable venue. We plan to clean up the debris on the beach, extend the grassy area towards the Monument, purchase two picnic tables and a grill, as well as landscape along the present galvanized fence to soften and naturalize the look. In May, a committee and PIB school will spearhead the work and we also will work with city officials and the Monument to maintain the beach area throughout the summer. $1500 is our budget for this project. Winter is a great time to plan next spring/summer’s garden and we encourage you to push your garden designs “up a notch” for 2010 to show island-wide support for our community. It seems the recession is on the downswing; remember the Victory Gardens from history? In August, a committee will judge and award recognition to residents and local businesses who have gone above and beyond to beautify their areas. Throughout the summer, our club hopes to feature garden photos in The Gazette of decorated spots around the island. We’d love to feature your home or business! Please join us and send your monetary contribution with a note as to how you want your sponsorship or contribution used to: Put-in-Bay Garden Club, P. O. Box 815, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
By Candace Pucci & Jessie Green
“EMBRACING WELLNESS IN OUR LIVES AND LIVING EACH DAY WITH PASSION!” is our Goal and Philosophy for the New Year. Wellness plays such a strategic role in your vitality and quality of life. And for this reason, we have designed a community-wide program focusing on not only physical wellness, but also mental wellbeing. We scheduled a wide variety of fun and exciting activities for you, creating wellness at all levels, regardless of limitations. Since January is the month for welcoming in the New Year, why not try something new and join us at the Town Hall and start your year off on a healthy, positive note. We guarantee you’ll love it! The “Let’s Get Moving” programs will take place every week in January, Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. at the Town Hall. There is no charge for the program and you can attend all or any of the sessions according to your time and interest. The weekly schedules for “Let’s Get Moving” have something new for everybody. Mondays will be Dance Away & Get Fit With The 60’s; Tuesdays – Yoga Play; Wednesday – Sweatin’ To The Oldies; Thursdays – Tai Chi; and Fridays – Dance Mix (Swing, Cha Cha, Country Line Dancing, Nia, Latin). Each month we will spotlight the latest Health and Fitness News along with Nutrition Advice, Healthy Recipes, Positive Energy & Motivation, and an all-around uplifting outlook on life! Start 2010 off on the right foot, and let’s have some fun and let’s get moving!
Chocolate Pudding Heaven – A Let’s Get Moving Recipe
1 ripe avocado
1/2 c honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar
1/4 c cocoa powder
1/4 c water
2 T vanilla extract
1/4 t sea salt
Combine avocado, sweetener, cocoa powder, vanilla, and sea salt in a food processor or blender and gradually add water until desired consistency and enjoy!