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Airmail to the Islands - Nice article describing how mail gets to the islands. From today's Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. - December 31, 2006


2007 Ferry Schedule Available - the new 2007 Middle Bass Island Miller Boat Line ferry schedule is posted for download/print on the Miller Boat Line web site. - December 21, 2006


Home Page Reaches 300,000 Hits - On Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, one day before this site's 6th anniversary on Dec. 3, the home page of this site recorded 300,000 hits. - December 2, 2006


Rattlesnake Island First Day Covers 2006 - The ones pictured here went through the U.S. Mail in mid-November with real Middle Bass Island Stamps - December 1, 2006


Article and Picture: MB'er Jay Musson, a Purple Heart Veteran - Cleveland.com is featuring Jay Musson, who has a home in the former Middle Bass Club, in their Road Scholars series this week. Jay has a Purple Heart from his Vietnam days and has the license plate "SHOT4U". - November 29, 2006


See Our Kristin Stanford, the  Snake Lady, on the Discovery Channel - Everything you've ever wanted to know about the Lake Erie Water Snake (plus some other Put-in-Bay tidbits) on the Discovery Channel at the following dates and times:


11/28   9 PM


11/29   1 AM


12/1     7 PM


12/2   11 AM

 - November 28, 2006


Rattlesnake Island Local Post Celebrates 40th Anniversary - Get your stamp orders in!

On November 17, 2006, Rattlesnake Island will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the issue of its first local post stamps.  The 2006 stamps feature An Island Home – 25˘, Griffing Air Service delivers the mail to the RI PMG – 50˘, and a 1928 Model A Ford with the island postmaster - $1.00.  In addition, a 40th Anniversary stamp will feature The 1928 Ford Tri-Motor delivering the mail - $2.00.  The 2006 stamps feature photographs taken on the island while the 40th Anniversary stamp features a still from a Huntley-Brinkley TV report on the island and its battle with the POD over its local post stamps.  The Tri-Motor is delivering the first local post stamped mail to Charles Busch, the island caretaker. - October 12, 2006


Ohio EPA OKs Destruction of Wetlands for Middle Bass Boat Slips - State regulators yesterday authorized the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to destroy 4.25 acres of wetlands so it can increase the number of boat slips at the island’s marina. When completed, the marina — which now has 130 boat slips — will have 360.- October 6, 2006

Ash Borer Quarantine Extended to Middle Bass Island - Ohio’s emerald ash borer quarantine was expanded recently to include the Lake Erie islands. The state Department of Agriculture said the Asian pest was discovered recently on Kelleys and Middle Bass islands as well as in Seneca, Cuyahoga, and Warren counties. - October 4, 2006

Ottawa County Indicts Middle Bass Man on Arson Charges - An Ottawa County grand jury has handed up an indictment of one count each of aggravated arson and arson against a 57-year-old man, David E. Sovol , who allegedly started a fire at a home near his summer house on Middle Bass Island. - October 3, 2006


2 New State Park Articles in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon Journal - But the Plain Dealer misquoted me. I didn't say anything like "the plan dooms the island from a tourist perspective". What I said was that the main dock area (which is all I was talking about) was the center of island tourism from the 1880s to 2000, and it's a shame that the dock area will now never have tourist shops, restaurants, etc. except perhaps one if and when the state re-opens the Lonz Winery building. - September 7, 2006


Gov. Taft Visits Middle Bass and North Bass Islands on Aug. 24 - Mr. Taft and about 25 state employees, along with his wife, Hope Taft, explored the beauty of remote North Bass Island first as they pedaled bicycles with a group of reporters yesterday. Later in the day, the entourage was shuttled by boat to nearby Middle Bass Island for an afternoon hike. - Aug. 26, 2006


3rd Annual North Bass Island Tour, August 10, 2006 - Great pictures. - August 23, 2006


Perry's Monument to Reopen Saturday, August 26, 2006 - August 22, 2006


State Park Update - This ODNR newsletter just appeared in the press wire this week, but seems to be from last January. - August 16, 2006


Arson suspected in Middle Bass Island house fire - The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office suspects arson might be the cause of a Saturday house fire on Middle Bass Island, Sheriff Robert Bratton said. The fire engulfed a vacant house at 450 Lake Road, he said. It is the second fire at the house over an unspecified period of time. August 1, 2006


Man arrested for allegedly beating up a woman - A man was arrested early Saturday morning at St. Hazards resort on Middle Bass Island for allegedly beating up a woman, according to a Put-in-Bay police report. - July 27, 2006

P-I-B officers disciplined for incident involving underage girl in OSU Calendar Shoot - July 27, 2006

Pictures of the July, 2006 Art Week - The Sunset Cruise on July 15 to benefit the island EMS and the Children's Art & Music Events from July 17-22. July 24, 2006


Indian Claim to North Bass Island Land Not Dismissed - A request from the state of Ohio to dismiss the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma's claim to fishing and hunting rights to Lake Erie was denied yesterday in U.S. District Court in Toledo. - July 14, 2006


Artists on the Porch Weekend July 22-23 - The 3rd annual artist's weekend at My Aunt Irma's is coming up. I'll be there again selling the 3 island books in the right column of this page. I'll also be selling Chad Waffen's wonderful new picture book, Ohio's Lake Erie Islands, which has many pages of great Middle Bass pictures. I'll also have some Middle Bass stamps, reprints of the 1977 Middle Bass Centennial book, an East Point poster, and a new Wehrle's Hall (Lonz) poster for sale. Other artists will be offering photos, paintings, jewelry and many other great items. - July 12, 2006

Middle Bass Island 2006 Annual Benefit is on Saturday, July 15, 2006 - Featuring...

·      Sunset cruise aboard Miller Boat Line

·     The Jazz sounds of our own Ernie Rickard and band.

·     Wine & cheese, sparkling cider and a dessert buffet.

Benefit proceeds go toward the purchase of an AED (automatic external defibrillator) to be used by the Middle Bass EMS.


The contact person is Katie Schneider 419-285-2810 or you can make a check payable to Middle Bass Board of Education Benefit Gala and drop it off at the generalstore with Eddie.  Tickets are $40.00 per person. 
The boat will leave at 8:00 p.m. and we are asking all to arrive by 7:45 and park at the parking lot near the state park marina.  The cruise will end at 10:00. - July 12, 2006

Water Lovers' Video and Slide Shows for Fun and Dreams - July 10, 2006

OSU Calendar Shoot at St. Hazards  - Click above to see video and all 13 calendar pictures on the WKYC site. Also see the July 13 article 'Women of OSU' pose for calendar to be released in fall. July 7, 2006; updated July 13, 2006


Boat Crashes into/onto Mouse Island - The Ohio Division of Watercraft charged Keith Brown, 54, of Fort Lauderdale after his 41-foot Tiara cabin cruiser struck the west side of Mouse Island, went onto the beach, and landed in a clump of trees Monday night. Posted July 4, 2006; revised July 7 and 11, 2006


Monument Shut After Granite Falls - Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial at Put-in-Bay is closed indefinitely while National Park Service officials determine whether the 352-foot monument is structurally sound. Toledo Blade 6/24/06 - Posted June 29, 2006


Walleyes, Eaglets and Turtles - Photos from May & June, 2006 - June 28, 2006


Middle Bass Island Town Meeting Notes, June, 2006 - June 21, 2006


Middle Bass Students Mentioned in Kelleys Island School Article Toledo Blade - June 4, 2006


4 New Pictures of Eagles on Middle Bass - June 1, 2006


Watch For an Article About Jim Bretz Next Month - The June, 2006 edition of the Black Swamp Trader, a free magazine available in many locations around the islands, will feature an article about Jim Bretz using some of the pictures from this web site. - May 18, 2006


For All Boat Fans: The World's Largest Privately Owned Yacht, the "Octopus" - PPS file, 3MB - May 4, 2006


Aircraft Incident on Middle Bass - Coast Guard Search & Rescue Operation focuses on the East Point runway. - May 1, 2006


First Vehicle Tunnel on the Lake Erie Islands - Construction Pictures from April 12 - April 30, 2006


Lake Erie Islands shed their junk cars - A roundup of junk vehicles on Middle Bass will take place next month.  About a dozen vehicles are scheduled to be removed. The South Bass roundup was yesterday, and about 30 cars were removed. See the Plain Dealer and wkyc.com articles.- April 26, 2006


Middle Bass Cleanup Day is May 6 - Once again My Aunt Irma's and Walleyes will be sponsoring a clean-up day, May 6th from 9AM-3PM. Pick up your assignment and garbage bags at Irma's. Hot dogs and beverages follow at Walleyes for those participating. - April 15, 2006


April Nature Pictures: Owlets, Eagles and Vultures - April 9, 2006


Former Middle Bass Summer Resident John Hugh Virgil Evans, Jr Passes Away At Age 91 - John Evans, a well-known Toledo architect and summer resident of Middle Bass Island , was the original chairman of the Burgundy Bay architectural committee on Middle Bass Island in the 1960s and 1970s. His good taste was unquestionable. His plan was for family oriented green space, unrestricted sight lines, and restrictions on building styles and height. John played a key role in Middle Bass Island development, and is remembered with great affection by those who knew him.  - April 4, 2006


Vessel Measures Record Ocean Swells - Not on Lake Erie, fortunately, but it's still an interesting article. -April 2, 2006


ODNR's Response to the article "Hang on for the Ride, Middle Bass" - March 23, 2006


Ford Tri-Motor for Sale on eBay - Fans of the former Island Airlines Tri-Motor (and others) should see the listing for stunning pictures. - March 18, 2006


FWS Report on Reducing Cormorant Damage in Ohio - March 18, 2006


Schedule for Children's Art Festival and Other Middle Bass School Board Summer Events - March 16, 2006

 June 26-29 Nature Camp
 July 15 (Sat) School Board Annual Benefit
 July 17-22 Children's Art Festival


Speed Reduced on Erie Islands - Gov. Bob Taft yesterday signed a bill applying the brakes to motorists in unincorporated parts of South Bass, Middle Bass, and North Bass islands. The bill establishes a maximum 35-mph speed limit. The lower speed limit will take effect in 90 days, i.e., June 11. - March 14, 2006.


Hang on for the Ride, Middle Bass - Article from the Put-in-Bay Gazette, March, 2006, about ODNR's plans for the Middle Bass Island State Park. - March 10, 2006 (Also see ODNR's Response from March 23, 2006)


The Western Lake Erie Conference is being held March 30, 2006 at Maumee Bay State Park Resort. - March 10, 2006


Green Island History and New Photos Available - The new history includes two old postcard images and nine new pictures from 2005 that have all never been published before. (PDF, 1.4MB) - Originally published 3/9/06 and revised March 10, 2006


"Fishing Around the Bass Islands" on TV this Week. If you get the Sportsman Channel on cable, or any of several other stations,  the "Angling the Great Lakes" series is about the Bass islands this week. It is being shown on Sunday 3/5, Monday, Thursday and Saturday on the Sportsman Channel. If one of you can tape this for me, please contact Mike Gora using the info on the contact page. March 5, 2006


Jack's Lake Erie Islands Humor - Jack Qualman is a friend who sends me occasional cartoons or other island humor he has created, so I decided to start publishing his creations. - March 3, 2006


This Month in History - February Ice Fatalities of the Past - A review of six that we know about. Originally posted Feb. 19, 2006. Updated with an article about the 1986 Middle Bass accident on February 27, 2006.


Middle Bass Folks at the 2nd Annual Put-in-Bay Days in Key West, Florida, February 18, 2006 - posted February 25, 2006


Dredging Plan will be Focus of EPA Hearing in Port Clinton on March 9 - The Ohio DNR wants credit from its wetlands restoration work at Middle Harbor on the Marblehead peninsula to fulfill its offset requirements for a marina and campground expansion project it has planned for Middle Bass Island. - February 24, 2006


Middle Bass Club DVD (1928-31) and Newsletters Available - Lisa Fine, who owns a cottage in the Middle Bass Club together with her husband, has discovered and restored some wonderful old Middle Bass Club videos and is making them available.  Lisa's club newsletters also contain some previously unpublished historic pictures. February 21, 2006


On Great Lakes, Winter Is Served Straight Up - How the warm weather this winter is affecting Put-in-Bay and the islands. NY Times, February 19,2006


Lake Erie Islands Live News Page - We finally figured out how to consolidate a few live news feeds into a single page, and the result is the first ever Lake Erie Islands live news page on any website. Also see the separate page for the rest of Ottawa County Live News - Feb. 15, 2006, updated February 16, 2006


House Passes Speed Limit Bill for the Islands - The House yesterday voted unanimously to set a 35-mph speed limit in all unincorporated areas of North Bass, Middle Bass, and South Bass islands. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Randy Gardner (R., Bowling Green), is headed for Gov. Bob Taft's desk. Toledo Blade - February 15, 2006.


New Ice Rescue Policy - Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton implemented an ice-rescue policy this month that calls for arresting anyone who goes back onto a frozen waterway after being rescued. It also calls for anyone rescued from the ice three times in the same season to be sued in small-claims court to recover rescue costs. Toledo Blade, Jan. 26, 2006 posted February 6, 2006


Western Lake Erie Waterkeepers Urge Protest of Marina Expansion - The group has distributed a letter (PDF, 800kb) to all Middle Bass property owners asking them to protest against the marina expansion. The full plans for the expansion can be viewed here (PDF, 1800kb). - February 3, 2006


Miller Ferry Ran to Middle Bass Today - The Miller Ferry made a single round trip to Middle Bass today. This is the earliest that the ferry has run to Middle Bass in many years. There were 6 vehicles on the trip to the mainland. On the 4PM return trip, there were 8 vehicles. The Miller Ferry had asked for a minimum three car commitment to make the trip. Like everyone from Put-in-Bay who has been riding the ferry this winter, the passengers all had big smiles. - February 2, 2006


Beer Ad - Earlier today, I put a video of a beer ad (3MB) with the title So Your Son Wants To Be a Ballet Dancer on the site so a friend could access it. It had been blocked by her email filters. It has nothing to do with the islands, but if you are on a high-speed link, you may enjoy it. February 2, 2006


Middle Bass and North Bass Unaffected by Precinct Cuts - In Ottawa County, the number of precincts will drop from 78 to 47 this May, but the islands will be unaffected. That will save at least $11,000 in payments to poll workers. Middle Bass Island has 91 voters in its precinct and North Bass Island is left with just 11. "There's nothing we could do about that," the deputy director of the elections board said. - January 27, 2006. There is also a later version of this article in the Toledo Blade on January 31, 2006


Middle Bass Island Website Guestbook has been turned off for new entries. - The guestbook had been in operation for over five years but spambots had been putting in a lot of junk entries with undesirable links. We replaced it with a different design last summer in attempt to cut down on the spambots, but it didn't work. We did leave all the valid old entries in the archives, however. - January 21, 2005


The Miller Ferry to Put-in-Bay is running because the ice has melted - video clip at Cleveland.com. But the Middle Bass ferry is not running, and the Put-in-Bay ferry may stop again at any time. On the first trip of the "mid-winter" last Sunday, when they took the Put-in-Bay out its dock downtown, they slowllllllllly made way through the bay. The northerly wind the night before had pushed the remaining slush ice back into the bay. With the overnight cold, the slush knitted into about a foot to foot and a half of ice. When David Bianchi (the Captain) was asked if they pushed  or broke through (like an icebreaker), he said they broke through, and that the boat actually rode on top of the ice. With good weather trips run into the Lime Kiln dock. - January 17, 2006, updated January 19, 2006


Middle Bass Marina Project Tied to Middle Harbor Project in Marblehead - A public comment period on Middle Harbor restoration, which is tied to a parks’ division campground-marina project on neighboring Middle Bass Island, is open through Jan. 28. -Toledo Blade - January 15, 2006

Pictures of Middle Bass and Put-in-Bay in Ohio Magazine - The January, 2006 edition of Ohio Magazine has a great pictorial article on "The Best of Ohio". Winner of "Best Place to See for Miles and Miles" is Perry's Monument. The article has two pictures from the monument, one of Put-in-Bay, and one of Middle Bass showing the Lonz Winery in the distance. - January 14, 2006


Wehrle's Dance Hall, 1888 - This is the best picture of Wehrle's Hall that I have seen. It is also the picture in my book  Lake Erie Islands: Sketches and Stories. To make all the detail visible, we left the image fairly large and you will have to scroll it.- January 11, 2005


The Ultimate Pleasure Boat? - This is a dream boat I won't have at Middle Bass. So the web is the only way I could bring it to you. - January 7, 2005


New Pictures of the North Bass Wedding in 1919 - 2 new pictures of the wedding couple and the wedding party at the North Bass Island wedding of Chester Allen and Helen Cullen on September 6, 1919. I didn't realize I had these when I posted the original pictures. - January 4, 2006


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My Sweetest Libbie

A heart-warming true story of island life in 1886-87, never published before. NOW AVAILABLE


The limited edition Middle Bass Postcard Poster that was available at the artist's fair at Aunt Irma's at the beginning of August, 2004 is still available, by special order only.






Lake Erie Islands: Sketches and Stories


Major book about Lake Erie Islands History NOW AVAILABLE





Lonz of Middle Bass - Reprint/Update of 1982 book.

All books are available at

My Aunt Irma's, Middle Bass


Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, Put-in-Bay


Maritime Museum, Vermilion


Maritime Museum, Sandusky


Border's stores in the Cleveland area


Ottawa City General Store, Catawba Island


Ex Libris book store, Marblehead


and at a number of other retail locations.


Or click on the link to order on the web.




Four Other Books in the Middle Bass Web Store - When did you last have the opportunity to buy 3 different books with "Middle Bass" in the original historical title (in addition to the Lonz of Middle Bass book mentioned above)? All 3 are reprints and have great pictures, but none of these has ever been reprinted before. The 4th is a Port Clinton reprint, but with a full-page ad for Wehrle's on Middle Bass that we have touched up and put on the back cover. Three of the books have LOTS of Put-in-Bay pictures. The books are also available at the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society on Put-in-Bay.


"Middle Bass, Ohio 1877-1977" Centennial Booklet from 1977.


"Lake Erie Islands: Put-in-Bay, Gibraltar, Middle Bass, Kelley's Etc." 1886 picture book.


"Nichol's Handy Guide Book to Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass and Kelley's Island", a delightful tourist guide from 1888, newly typeset.


"Illustrated Port Clinton and Environs" with sections on Port Clinton, Catawba and Put-in-Bay, and a full page ad for Wehrle's Hall. From 1898.









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