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A Photo of the Main Dock Building - December 16, 2010

A Tour of Island Mysteries - Michael Gora, who operates the Middle Bass Island website, has written the lead article in the Fall, 2010 Mystery Readers Journal. A quarterly magazine, this edition focuses on mystery novels set on islands. Mike's article, "A Tour of Island Mysteries", is a comprehensive survey of the genre that lists more island mysteries than you have ever seen covered in one spot before. There are also 33 other articles and several columns about island mysteries in this issue. It can be bought as a paperback for $11 or as a PDF for $6.50 from Mike has also written several books on the history of the Lake Erie Islands that can be purchased at - November 17, 2010

Stacey's Pleasure Hall on Middle Bass Island in the 1880s - Another experiment in blowing up tiny old images using fractal software produced some interesting results. - Originally posted October 23, 2010. Two more pictures added Nov. 7, 2010 showing the view of Wehrle's/Stacey's from Put-in-Bay including the dock buildings.

In the Middle Bass Local School District, a Referendum Petition to Decrease Two 5-mill Levies to 0.5 Mills Passed. - November 3, 2010

Middle Bass Voters will consider a referendum to reduce two 5-mill levies to 0.5 mill each - October 23, 2010

Middle Bass Island Autumn Photo Gallery - October 18, 2010

Middle Bass Island Sunrise Photos - October 17, 2010

East Point Preserve Dedication - October 16, 2010

Youth Group Hosting Fundraiser in Oak Harbor on Oct. 10 for the Middle Bass Island East Point Preserve - October 1, 2010

Take a Look at the New Middle Bass Island Bulletin Board - We had several requests recently to start a bulletin board again. In the four years since we shut down our last board, board technology has made the boards much more secure against spambots. The new board is at and has an interesting post in the General Discussions section about Middle Bass Island school taxes. Please register with the board and contribute to the discussions. If you would like a section added, such as one for island classified ads, please post an item to tell us. - September 23, 2010

Pelee Caught in Water Standoff - September 17, 2010

Boat Run Aground on Lost Ballast Island - if you have more information about this accident please send it to us. Photos taken Sept. 12, 2010 - posted September 13, 2010

The House Where Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Was Born in 1785 - Photos taken Sept. 8, 2010 - posted September 9, 2010

Perry Group Starting Preparations for Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial in Sept., 2013 - September 4, 2010

Wisconsin Kayaker on 5,300 Mile Tour Encounters Coast Guard Off Middle Bass Island - And read more detail on the blog entries for July 13 and 14. - September 3, 2010

Photos of the Teardown of the Shop at the Dock, and of an Unusual Visitor to Schoolhouse Bay - September 2, 2010

Middle Bass Island Art Show on Saturday, Sept. 4 - At the Middle Bass Island Town Hall, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. A Wine, Cheese & Jazz reception from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm will offer Middle Bass Island residents an opportunity to mingle with their local artists. - September 1, 2010

Middle Bass Island Realtime News and Comments- Mostly on Facebook and Twitter. This is a new Google service. We added this link permanently to the Middle Bass Island links. - August 30, 2010

Middle Bass Island Dock News - The old dock building is being torn down and will be replaced by November. - August 27, 2010

Put-in-Bay and North Bass School Districts Each Receive $100,000 - August 27, 2010

Great Photos of the Repair Work at Perry's Monument - August 27, 2010

The Final Toast to Doug Cartledge - August 23, 2010

New 7.8 Acre Nature Preserve on East Point - August 23, 2010

The Middle Bass Island Website is 10 Years Old - The Middle Bass Island website is almost exactly ten years old as of sometime this fall. So it was overdue for some fresh design. We replaced the menu design and the page header and will be using this design on all new pages and will be adding it to a few more key old pages. Most existing pages will not be changed. - August 21, 2010

Blaze Tears Through Kelleys Island Businesses - August 19, 2010

Video of Actual Plane Crash at Put-in-Bay on August 13 just released - Also see the other video we posted on Aug. 13 below. - August 17, 2010

Middle Sister Island For Sale for $675K - August 14, 2010

Miller Ferry Rescues 4 From Lake Erie Plane Crash Near Lime Kiln Dock - The best video footage of this is here. Also see the OSHP crash report and the Toledo Blade article. - August 13 and 14, 2010

2010 North Bass Island Tour Photos - August 12, 2010

Important Town Hall Meeting on Aug. 21 at 9AM - The Annual Middle Bass Town Hall meeting will be held at 9AM on Saturday, August 21st. Items to be discussed will include budget, levy expiration/renewal, election of board members, maintenance needs and estimates, etc. It is very important for islanders to get involved with the Town Hall. If they do not, the building and its operation may get turned over to Put-In-Bay. - August 10, 2010

The Origin of the Name "Isle St. George" - August 10, 2010

Middle Bass Island Art Show on Sept. 4 - Call for Art and Artists - August 10, 2010

J.F. Walleyes Annual 5K Race Photos - August 7, 2010

Barbershoppers to Play at Middle Bass Island Town Hall at 7PM on Aug. 14 - August 5, 2010

Lake Erie Watercolor Exhibit by Jim Siemer of Middle Bass - See for more info. Note from Jim Siemer - "I am honored to continue my exhibit of my Lake Erie watercolors during the month of August at the Lake Erie Shores & Island Welcome Center - West. I hope that my Lake Erie watercolors motivate people from all across Ohio to visit the Lake Erie Shores & Islands and explore one of the most beautiful and fun destinations in the world. My wife Larisa, who specializes in creating nautical jewelry, and I are looking forward to exhibit our art at the Port Clinton Arts in the Park on August 7 and 8" . - July 30, 2010

Middle Bass Island Sunrise Over East Point - Photos from July 22, 2010

New Internet Shortcut for Middle Bass Island - The new short domain name will now take you to the Middle Bass Island directory on our Lake Erie Islands Links page. As before, is still a shortcut for the Middle Bass Island home page at - July 20, 2010

Middle Bass Island Art Camp Children's Performance - Photos from July 17, 2010

Middle Bass Island Volunteer Fire Department Open House - Photos taken by Margie Kasser on May 29, 2010 - July 17, 2010

New Book by Middle Bass Island Author - Stan Gebhardt of Middle Bass Island has written a wonderful new book The Mistress: Poems of Life, Love & Beyond. It is available at J.F. Walleyes and St. Hazard's on Middle Bass and at the Country Store, Wharfside, Boardwalk and LEIHS at Put-in-Bay. - July 14, 2010.

Island Airlines Ford Tri-Motor N7584 Landing on the Ice in the Lake at Middle Bass Island, 1976 - July 12, 2010. 2nd picture added July 13, 2010

Middle Bass Island Sunset Cruise - Annual Fundraiser for the Middle Bass Island Volunteer Fire Department, including some evening pictures of Put-in-Bay harbor. - July 10, 2010

Middle Bass Island State Park Marina Dedication- July 9, 2010

Video of the Put-in-Bay Fireworks Finale on July 4 - July 6, 2010

Life on the Water at Middle Bass Island - Schoolhouse Bay Photos from July 4-5. - July 6, 2010

When The Problem Comes Home - Plain Dealer story about what bighead carp could do to Lake Erie. - July 4, 2010

U.S. Releases $130,000 for Middle Bass and North Bass Island Airport Projects - July 3, 2010

Middle Bass Island Yacht Club Groundbreaking Today - July 3, 2010

The Church of Middle Bass Annual Picnic - The picnic will be Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 5:30 PM in the town hall. The Church provides roast BBQ beast/beef, Honey Baked Ham, our famous BBQ pulled pork, and beverages. Bring your favorite dish to share with your friends and neighbors. Please try to remember your personal table service. Obed Shelton, his wife Wendy, and possibly Owen their son will be attending the Church Picnic Saturday, August 7. Obed will be sharing a very moving violin concert at the picnic and again at the church service on Sunday morning, August 8 at 10:00 AM. The Saturday concert will begin after everyone is served supper. - July 1, 2010

Tenth Anniversary of the Lonz Disaster Today is Covered in Area Newspapers - See the article in the Toledo Blade and the first of a 4-part article in the Sandusky Register, plus a description of the coming articles here.The complete set of Sandusky Register articles is available here. Also see our picture. And download the Ottawa County EMA report on the Lonz disaster with many pictures. Also, the Fremont Messenger has a photo gallery "Lonz Winery: Then and Now"- July 1, 2010, updated July 3, 2010

Dedication Ceremony at the Middle Bass Island State Park on Friday, July 9 at 2:30PM - The public is invited to the dedication of recent renovations to the marina and associated facilities at Middle Bass Island State Park. The dedication will be held on Friday, July 9 at 2:30 PM at the marina. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be followed by special recognition of former ODNR Director Sam Speck. - June 30, 2010

Middle Bass East Point Preserve Watersnake Habitat Restoration - The Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy was awarded $13,875 for habitat restoration - June 26, 2010

The "Lonz of Middle Bass" Book is Now Available at the New Boutique at J.F. Walleyes' Restaurant - The copies are all signed. Other island books are also available. - June 25, 2010

The 10th Anniversary of the Lonz Disaster Will Be on July 1 - And the Sandusky Register will be writing a feature about it. Watch for it. - June 22, 2010

U.S. Brig Niagara on her Way to Put-in-Bay - Series of photos taken from Middle Bass Island, starting with the Niagara's first appearance near the Canadian border and ending with her arrival at Put-in-Bay, furling her sails as she is going. - June 17, 2010

Photos of a Young Island Eagle - June 17, 2010

2010 Put-in-Bay Summer Jazz Concerts - June 9, 2010

Federal Funds are Granted for North Bass Island Trees - June 9, 2010

Middle Bass Island Colors: Photos of Peacocks and a Rainbow - June 7, 2010

The Oldest Picture Yet of Wehrle's Hall, from the 1860s - June 7, 2010

Put-in-Bay 1870s Panorama - June 4, 2010

The Middle Bass Island General Store Re-Opened This Past Weekend - The store is now operated by Joe Hart and Eddie Sheller. It will have uncertain hours this week (Mon-Fri) while summer hours and staffing are worked out, but will be open regular hours every day starting on Saturday 6/6 at the latest. - May 31, 2010

2010 Sunset Cruise is on July 10 - The Sunset Cruise and Pig Roast fundraiser for the Middle Bass Volunteer Fire Dept. is at 7:30PM on July 12. The MBVFD is also holding its annual pancake breakfast at the Town Hall on June 12 - May 29, 2010

2010 Arts Camp & Nature Camp Flyers Now Available - Click for the Arts Week Flyer, Nature Camp Flyer, Nature Camp Schedule, or Nature Camp Registration Forms. - May 25, 2010

Nice 1891 Drawing of the Toledo & Lake Erie Boating and Fishing Association Club Building - May 22, 2010

Lake Erie Islands Property Maps from 1863 - If you thought the oldest property ownership maps were the 1874 Hardesty maps and the 1900 Goodman maps, you haven't seen these 1863 maps. - May 10, 2010

Back Issues of Catawba Island Magazine - are now online and available for free. - May 10, 2010

Rainbow Over Ballast Island - May 5, 2010

Blessing of the Fleet at Put-in-Bay - Including the blessing of the new stretched ferry "Put-in-Bay" and Stan Gebhart's "Great Escape". - May 4, 2010

Poster with Historic Images of Catawba Island to be Available in Early May - April 19, 2010

North Bass Article from 1872 - This is a wonderful old article for which the title "The Devil in the North Bass Island School Board" might be appropriate. - April 19, 2010

If Middle Bass Island Isn't Quiet Enough for You - Read Embracing a Life of Solitude - April 15, 2010

Island History: Orange and Minnie Bird of Put-in-Bay - On this day in history, 97 years ago. Minnie Bird made a sensational appearance in court in Muscatine, Iowa. - April 9, 2010

Middle Bass Island Spring Photo Gallery - Contributed by Margie Kasser - April 8, 2010

New School Boat for Middle Bass Island - April 1, 2010

Photos of/from Burgundy Bay on March 4, 2010 - Contributed by Rick Hacker- March 21, 2010

Photos of Island Ice in March, 2010 - Contributed by Joe Hart - March 18, 2010

Put-in-Bay in Winter- Awesome Video, plus links to more videos - March 5, 2010

Decision Yesterday on Appeal of 2002 Mouse Island Manslaughter Case - March 4, 2010

The Dates for the Middle Bass Island School Board Summer Activities Have Been Released - Also see other new entries on the 2010 Middle Bass Island calendar. - March 2, 2010

Burgundy Bay Homeowner Frank J. D'Amico Passed Away - His funeral is at 6PM on Feb. 26. - February 26, 2010

Doug Cartledge of Middle Bass Island Passed Away on February 17 - HIs funeral is at 11AM on Feb. 20 at the Roberts Funeral Home, Hillcrest Chapel, Wadsworth. Here is a link to his obituary and guestbook. - February 19, 2009

Middle Bass property owners unpleasantly surprised by real estate tax bills - Article from the Feb., 2010 Put-in-Bay Gazette, published on our editorial page to allow reader comments - February 9, 2010

Letter from Dairy Air Bob About Lake Ice- January 11, 2010

J.F. Walleyes is Open- J.F. Walleyes on Middle Bass will maintain a regular schedule as long as the ice is passable. Starting this week, they wil be open Wed-Sun from noon to 5. See you for some winter libations! - January 10, 2010

Tales of the Islands' Air Lifeline - Nice article about winter air service to the islands. - Sandusky Register, January 10, 2010

North Bass Ice Party is on Jan. 31 - It starts at 12:30PM with a wind/snow alternate date of Feb. 6th - January 7, 2010

New: Still-Image webcam on the west shore of Middle Bass Island - The most recent images are on the last page and you can click on an image to enlarge it and read the date and time more clearly. You can see the gradual growth of the ice formations over the last two weeks very clearly.- January 7, 2010

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Middle Bass Island bookstore



My Sweetest Libbie

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


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. MORE INFO





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


Country Cottage, 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.










The Middle Bass Island State Park Site can fill you in on the status of the new park.



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