New Calendar Raffle winner drawn

Kathy P. from Mansfield, OH was our winner this week in the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau 2015 Calendar Raffle. Kathy won $50 in cash provided by the Chamber. Congrates, Kathy!
If you haven’t gotten your 2015 Raffle Calendar yet, you can pick one up for $10 at WPCR studios in the Bassetts Market complex in Port Clinton, and at the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau (Lake Erie Shores & Islands West) in Port Clinton.
We’re drawing a prize every week through the last full week of December 2015. Prizes are a minimum value of $50 and we’ve still many great prizes left in the hopper

New winner in 2015 Calendar Raffle

Vicki M. from Marblehead, OH. was the lucky winner in Friday’s Put-in-Bay 2015 Calendar Raffle drawing. Vicki won a set of eight Bob Adamov novels that feature Put-in-Bay. Bob signed the entire collection and donated them to the Put-in-Bay Chamber to use as a raffle prize. We thank Bob for his generous donation and Vicki for supporting the Chamber by purchasing a calendar.

Snowmobilers take care in crossing lake

With the unseasonably cold weather we’ve had in 2015 it isn’t surprising to see a large number of snowmobiles and ATVs crossing the frozen lake to the islands again this winter.
We love that people want to see what life is like on the Bay during the winter season, but we also want everyone to be safe. We’ve had a number of phone calls this winter asking about the “ice road” to Put-in-Bay. We caution everyone to be safe when traveling to and from the island over the ice.
We urge you to never travel across the ice alone and to travel with someone familiar with the ice cracks and a knowledge of ice conditions. Ice looks the same from the surface but underneath the shoreline, outcroppings and areas with strong currents such as the South Passage have undercut its thickness.
We want you to have fun, but encourage you to always think about your safety and the safety of others.

New winner in 2015 Calendar Raffle!

Friday afternoon we drew another winner from the hopper for the sixth weekly 2015 Put-in-Bay Calendar Raffle. Megan G. from Put-in-Bay was our weekly winner. She won a roundtrip ticket on Griffing Island Airlines and a night’s stay at the Country Inn and Suites in Port Clinton.
Thanks for your continued support. The Put-in-Bay Chamber contributed the prize.

Island Job Listing added to

The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce has added a Job Listing to its website. Just click on the Island Jobs link on the navigation bar.
Each listing will give contact information and how to apply. The Chamber is also hosting a Job Fair for its members to meet and interview potential workers for the 2015 season here at Put-in-Bay on Saturday, March 28, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau in Port Clinton.
Businesses currently scheduled to be at the Job Fair include Frosty Bar and the Round House Bar.

PIBVFD Pancake Breakfast proceeds to buy new equipment

Put-in-Bay’s volunteer firefighters will be up early in two weeks mixing up pancake batter and brewing coffee for an all you can eat Pancake Breakfast that will help raise funds to purchase equipment for the department’s ice rescue airboat.
For $8 you can enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, coffee and milk from 7:30 am to noon on Sunday, February 22, at the fire station on Concord Avenue.
You’ll also get a chance to see the department’s newly acquired $50,000 airboat that will provide immediate ice rescue ability in the islands area, and talk to island firefighters about its use.
Former Fire Chief Mark Wilhelm said the airboat has been paid for through local government funds and private donations. Now, he added, the department is raising funds to pay for needed equipment such as six new Ice Commander dry suits that cost $650 each.
Wilhelm, who currently is an Assistant Chief, knows the importance of the island department having an airboat ready to hit the ice for winter weather rescues. Last winter his ATV broke through thinning ice near Rattlesnake Island. He spent 45 minutes in the water until he was rescued by a private airboat owned and operated by Jet Express owner Todd Blumensaadt.

Fifth winner drawn in Calendar Raffle

Sue D., Put-in-Bay, is this week’s winner in the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Put-in-Bay Calendar Raffle. Sue won a $75 Gift Card donated by the Put-in-Bay Chamber. Congratulations Sue and thank you to Sue and everyone supporting our calendar raffle. You can still purchase a calendar and get in on the action. Click here for more information.
Thank you, also, to our fantastic Put-in-Bay Chamber members for their generous donations, and to our friends in Port Clinton at WPCR and Lake Erie Shores & Islands, and here at Put-in-Bay at the Island Hardware Store, for helping sell calendars this winter.

Perry’s Victory Superintendent gets promotion

Blanca Alvarez Stransky, Superintendent of Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial recently received a promotion and will be leaving the National Park here at Put-in-Bay in mid-March for the George Washington Parkway in Washington, DC.
Supt. Stransky, who has worked for the NPS for nearly 30 years, will be in charge of renovating an historic home within the parkway’s jurisdiction. She arrived at Perry’s Victory in late 2008 and took on the monumental task of repairing an aging and deteriorating 352-foot tall Doric column.
Stransky initially acquired $7 million to repair the memorial column’s elevator motor and the 315-foot observation platform. Additional money funded a physical survey of the memorial with millions more needed to continue repairs and maintenance.
Stransky was the first superintendent to serve here that was not “in training.” She had already served three years as the Superintendent of Agate Fossil Bed in Harrison, NE, and was not under the three years and done rule for trainees.
She was instrumental in developing a laundry list of new programs and events, and elevating the older programs at Perry’s Victory her first year at the park. She also was the leading force for 2013’s Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial and was instrumental in the park adhering to its mission of telling all perspectives of the battle and War of 1812 with an emphasis on the resulting and lasting peace.
Supt. Stransky’s last day in the office will be March 8. She will depart for her new position in Washington about March 18.
During her tenure in NPS she has worked at many parks, including as a Park Ranger at Grand Canyon, Media Chief at the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor during the 50th Anniversary of the attack, and as Chief of Interpretation at Denali national Park in Alaska.

Marilou K. of Port Clinton is our winner!

We have another winner in the Put-in-Bay 2015 Calendar Raffle! Marilou K., Port Clinton, OH, was drawn from the hopper today! She wins a Gift Certificate for a 60-minute massage from New Direction Health & Wellness, located at Sutton Center in Port Clinton. New Direction Owner Judy Paschen, a licensed massage therapist and holistic health practicioner, will become Marilou’s new best friend!
Thank you, Marilou K., for supporting the Put-in-Bay Chamber. Thank you to Angela and Andy Christmensen for helping again this week in pulling the winning prize and ticket.
The Put-in-Bay Chamber provided the prize this week!

Put-in-Bay Chamber to host Job Fair

Looking for a summer job to help pay your college tuition? Need to supplement your income, or want something fun to do this summer?
The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Job Fair at the Lake Erie Shores & Islands (Ottawa County Visitors Bureau) in Port Clinton, OH, on Saturday, March 28. Job seekers can meet and interview for jobs at Put-in-Bay from 10 am to 4 pm.
There are a wide variety of jobs available each season on the island. Some employers may be looking for specific skill sets, but many jobs are available with training. There are jobs available for workers in their teens and older.
Since Put-in-Bay’s main industry is tourism most jobs require working directly with the general public is the hospitality and lodging industries. You do not need an appointment to attend and the Job Fair is open to everyone.