Vickie from Toledo wins Chicken Patio prize

Vickie G. from Toledo, OH was this week’s winner in the 2015 Put-in-Bay Calendar Raffle. Vickie won a $50 Gift Certificate to the Chicken Patio here at Put-in-Bay. We thank Vickie for her support of the Chamber by purchasing a Calendar and a big thank you to the Chicken Patio who provided the prize!
You can still get in on the action. Lots of prizes left to win, one drawn every week through the last full week in December 2015. All prizes are worth a minimum of $50. You can check out the prize list by clicking on the Calendar Raffle Prize List link.

South Passage is open

The South Passage is open right now and a good sign the Miller Ferry will soon be running again between Put-in-Bay and Catawba Island. There is still ice downtown and we’ll have to wait until the ferries can get out of the Bay and to the Lime Kiln Dock.

We’ll keep you posted on when the Miller Ferries are running this spring.

Beverly from Temperance, MI is this week’s winner

Beverly L., from Temperance, MI. was this week’s winner in the 2015 Put-in-Bay Calendar Raffle. Beverly won a $50 Gif Card from the Island Surf Shop at Put-in-Bay! Thank you, Beverly, for your support of the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, and to Island Surf Shop who donated the Gift Card.

Hot sun melting snow and ice on islands

With the unusually cold February we had, the ice fishing season was extended this year. We urge you, however, to be safety conscious now that we are well into March and the temperatures are well above freezing for extended periods of time.
The sun’s rise over the horizon in February is always a concern when on the ice because the sun’s rays are more intense as it ascends in the sky and starts making the lake ice “punky” and unstable.
We may have gotten through the shortest month of year still able to travel across the lake but that time is gone. And now that were in mid-March, the sun is even higher and stronger and we can see puddles of water on the surface of the lake ice as it melts.
Most locals have pulled their ice shanties for the season. Some are still “bucket fishing” but please remember, if you go through the ice, the frigid lake water will cause hypothermia quickly.
Are a few fish, or a few hours spent on the island worth risking your life?
Probably not.
We’ll hope for an exceptional winter of fun next year, and right now prepare for the resort season ahead. Ride your jet ski, bring your boat, fly in by plane, ride the ferry, etc. but get here safe.

Another Calendar winner drawn!

Jean H. from Put-in-Bay was Friday’s winner in the Put-in-Bay 2015 Calendar Raffle. Jean won two large three-item pizzas from Cameo Pizza at Put-in-Bay! Congratulations, Jean!
You can still get in on the fun by purchasing a Raffle Calendar at the Island Hardware Store on the island or at WPCR studios and the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau in Port Clinton. Just $10 each, the calendar lists all Put-in-Bay Chamber sponsored events. A prize with a minimum value of $50 is drawn each week in 2015.
Our 2016 Raffle Calendar will be on sale this summer on the island.
Thank you everyone who has supported this fundraiser that benefits the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Island employers at March 28 Job Fair in Port Clinton

Put-in-Bay businesses will interview perspective employees at a Job Fair on Saturday, March 28, from 10am until 4pm at the Ottawa County Visitor Bureau in Port Clinton. The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Job Fair for its members.
The Job Fair is open to the public and various island businesses will be hiring a range of jobs, including retail clerks, bartenders, wait staff, security, tour guides, and kitchen staff. You can also check the Job Listings section of our website. Jobs are updated as new information is submitted by Chamber members.

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.