​Kelleys Life 2020 & 2019

Kelleys Life November-December 2020 - Jan Wermuth is the new Editor of Kelleys Life as Lisa Klonaris passes the torch. The Mayor thanks: Ted Klonaris and the West Bay Inn for donating over $6,000 to the EMS Assoc (from the Queen of Hearts raffle); McKay Bros. (the cell tower people) contributed $30,000 for the paving of the transfer station road; and thanks to the chamber for the fireworks on Labor Day; road resurfacing  completed on McGettigan, Memory, Fernwood and the transfer station. Christmas pot luck cancelled. The Make-a-Wish swim (Cindra Mielke and Jeni Hammond) finally happened on August 22 after several delays. Council voted to change Life flight providers moving from St. Vincent Medical Center to MetroHealth. TeleHealth will be offered (so you don’t have to take a trip off-island); Erie co. will work to coordinate clinic services; plans to combine EMS and Fire Depts. The Erie Co. Health clinics to restart; hopefully the Island library will be reopening. The KI History Museum share some of its newly donated artifacts. Pastor Ginny Park recognized as an Upstanding citizen as she retires. KI chamber officers are: President-Todd Hanes, VP Dawn Soldner, Secretary-Janet Wermuth. Korenko write about the history of the Island’s stone fences. KILA board elections: Jim Coleman, Frank Dodson, Janet Killam, Jennifer Pieratt, Todd Hanes, Melanie Bates and Chris Kipfer. KI Audubon recaps banding results and Field Station. Obituaries: Caroline DeBoard, Thomas Voltz, Violet Feyedelem. The KI field Station reports on KI Pollinators and Partnerships network. Camp Patmos plans to open in 2021.

Kelleys Life Sept-October 2020 – Make a wish swim delayed. Mayors Desk: COVID 19 update, Steve Wermuth is the new Village Administrator, paving is underway on McGettigan, Memory, Fernwood and the Transfer Station road. Nature Camp adapts. High water along E. Lakeshore is still a problem. Reports: Chamber (KIs Got Talent); Audubon (hikes replace meetings and pot lucks, three eagle nests are productive on the Island), KI Historical Assoc (update on events and displays); KI Landowners; Library to host puzzle exchange. A bat survey us underway. There is a history of the KI Library. Obituaries for Lawrence Raphael Sennish (1926-2020) and Benjamin Tuler Brower (age 42). The KI Field Station hosts Science Saturdays.

Kelleys Life August 2020 – Teddy’s big adventure. A little girl gets her teddy back along with photos of his big Island adventure. Updates from St. Michael’s Church includes plans to construct a new 5,000’ event hall. KILA orders signs and passes out face masks to keep Kelleys safe. Cindra and Jeni had to cancel the Golf Cart Poker Run but will still do their swim. The KI museum received artifacts for their collection. The Chamber laments cancellation of Island Fest and other events, the (movie) show goes on, KI’s Got Talent gets a makeover and the fireworks are rescheduled for Sept. 5. Treasure Island day is still on. Chuck & Cindy Herndon celebrate her birthday with a face mask kiss. Leslie Korenko tells the story of that big building at the State Park. There is a Serving Our Seniors survey on page 10. Ray Arnold is remembered. Geo Caching is popular. KI Audubon talks about the Fall migration. What to do if you catch a tagged fish. Safe boating for dogs.

​Kelleys Life July 2020 - The Mayor reports on violent storms, damage and power outages (there are photos). News from the 4-H Camp (75th anniversary on the Island). The KIPD reflects on the tragedy of George Floyd in Minn., building relationships and keeping our Island safe. KILA distributed reusable cloth masks to the community. KIHA displays feature Woman’s Suffrage in 1867 and Island Doctors and announces new History Blog. Make-a-Wish swim still on (the first one was in 1995). KICC has a new website and announces event rescheduling. Serving our Seniors discuss changes in Sr. lunch program and give health tips. The history of the Island’s Telegraph Cable (part 2) “The Longest Fresh Water Sub-Marine Telegraph Cable in the World.” Obituary for Marian Goldner. KIAC updates events and news. Lake Erie Island bird census and Tom Bartlett reports on the Island’s spring bird banding. Camp Patmos updates. KI Pollinators and Partnerships – what got planted and who helped make it possible.

Kelleys Life May-June 2020
Meet the new Kelleys Life publisher - Sharon Leidheiser. News from the last few months pretty much centers around the COVID-19 impact. There are updates from the Landowners Assoc, Historical Assoc, State Park, Audubon Club, Police Dept., EMS, and Chamber. Jack Wade marries. Obits for Joanne Golias and Leo Goldner. a little history about The Island Telegraph Cable (1875) part 1.

Kelleys Life March-Apr 2020
​Drain repair on Division St., KI School Board honors Kelleys Life, Serving our Seniors and KI Landowners Assoc. work on reimbursement program for senior travel. Reports from the chamber, EMS, VFW, Historical Assoc. Nature Camp planned, Seed Library (for sharing seeds) established, the Junior Naturalist Program is explained. Great Lakes Island Alliance plans a summer for October. Obits for James T. Murray and Howard "Bill" Koenigseker. Pollinator Partnership explain and The Inn celebrates 30 years.​

Kelleys Life Jan-Feb 2020
Annual Park Decorating Party, photos of Thanksgiving weekend and the Christmas potluck. Mike Feyedelem's name goes up on VFW pavilion. Seed Library is coming, Matt & Mandy Stock married. Serving our Seniors and KI Landowners Assoc. work on a transportation project and survey of senior needs. Bald Eagle update, owl fest pics and a bird banding update. Obituary for Roger Williams Jr. Updates from the Mayor, EMS, Chamber and the Zion church looks back.


2019 November/December - KI Running Club kids finish season. The Mayor remembers Jay Johnson and the Dairy Delight. Make-A-Wish Swim and Golf Cart poker run generated second largest donation to MAW (every year). KILA recounts 2019 activities. People names: Wally Christy, Tom Behlen, Laura Jean Pohorence, Elyria High School marching band, Vicky Finnegan, Caroline Jorski, Frank Dodson, Drew Algase, Elliott Algase, Leslie Algase, Tim Arnold. KILA has 243 active members. Jessica Wolf and Steen Imholt wedding in October. Harvest was cancelled but decorations still went up. People mentioned: Patty Fresch, Kelleys Island Fire Dept., Dave Marko-Captain’s Corner, Military Kids Camp, August Palladino. An additional picnic table added and playground equipment repaired. EMS news: Gee and Jason-Peepers Pumpkin Carving event with 100 children and families. Papa T provided ice cream. Island Market donated change jar (Kim & Rob Watkins). Park Board accomplishments this year: two preserve signs, restriped tennis court, upgraded the electric service at the pavilion from 40 to 200 amp. Serving our Seniors sends out survey. Obituaries for Carmen Lee Palladino, Michael C. Babin, William P (Jay) Johnson, Carol B. Turner. Chamber reports on various Fall activities, the trip to Mackinac Island (Great Lakes Islands Alliance) – names mentioned: Cindy Holmes, Kim & Julie Valentine, Jackie Taylor, Pat Ahner, Deb Haig. KI Audubon Club and the Owl Fest. Website to be revamped. Chamber donated to Camp Patmos for diving boards.

2019 September/October​ - Laura Jean Pohorence, 90 years old was Grand Parade Marshal for Homecoming and later in the issues some great parade float photos. The Mayor’s column. Police Dept. report. Camp Patmos has weekend retreats and a men’s retreat. KI Brewery News. Kelleys Life is for sale. Update from Chamber of Commerce. EMS news. Make-a-Wish results generating $30,000 to grant 4 wishes. Nature Camp 2019 (Scales & Slime). KI History Museum announced winners of quilt and GEM car. Audubon schedule. Red Hat Society (Red Mums Royal Jesters Chapter) visits the Island.

2019 August - The Kelleys Island School running club; Island Singers Annual Performance; Islandfest parade picture; Mayor’s Report (recap of island events, Town Hall meeting, Hancock-Wood feasibility study for fiber optics, new electric cable installed at $5.2 million); Donna & Drew visit Portland Oregon; 25th Anniversary of Make-A-Wish swims; photos from 3 on 3 Russ Wilson basket ball tournament; EMS and dehydration; Zion United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School; recipe for Bow Tie Pasta with chick and sun-dried tomatoes & cheesy biscuits. Obituary for Madonna M. Mediola. KI Landowners News; photos of Kelleys Island Nature.

2019 July - Ohio Bike Week, the annual 5 & 10 K, Financial tips for home improvements, obituary for Pat Haig, Police capture rogue bird. Columns by the Mayor, the KI Brewery, EMS, Chamber, KI Historical Assoc., Park Board, Landowners Assoc., Audubon Club.

2019 June - Reports from the KI Police Dept, Historical Assoc, EMS, Chamber, and Parsonage Resale Shop.  The Mayor writes about the Referendum of the Fiscal Officer ordinance. KI Audubon reports that since 1996: 15, 011 individuals and 118 species were banded. KI Landowners host welcome back pot luck, Jack Wade drives to Texas, and Delores Cole passes away.

2019 May - Mayor reports Claudia Brown to retire. Reports from EMS, Police, Chamber, Audubon and Serving our Seniors. KI Brewer announces 4th annual bioblitz. KI Historical Assoc. showcases new gift shop, Charles Herndon steps down from Board and Cindy Herndon is elected President. New floor completed in church. Herndon’s host Summer Soltice Soiree. KI’s Got Talent is new event. Lake Erie Islands International Consortium meets at Kelleys Island. OSU Stone Lab comes to the KI field station. The school receives a $3000 grant from Erie County Community Foundation for microscopes. Cindra Mielke and Jeni Hammond do another benefit swim (25 years now).

2019 Mar-Apr

2019 Jan-Feb