Kelleys Life 2021

Kelleys Life 2021 November-December - Kelleys Island School Running Club wins. Tom Bartlett bands 100,000th bird. Meet Natalia Makarove-Skeans. The KI Brew Pub raised $4,350 for American Cancer Society. Photo of Cindy Herndon, Kim Watkins and Lucy Collins. Updates from the Parsonage Resale Shop, KI School Field Station, Zion Church, Serving Our Seniors, EMS, the Chamber, History Museum (and the rare Steiff bear that was donated). KILA shares hayride photos, Sue Schmidt visits Alaska, an article in Wintering on Kelleys Island. A Blog post about base ball on the Island in 1869. Obits for Patti Fresch and Ruth Ruthsatz.

Kelleys Life 2021 October – Winners of the Kelleys Life photo contest. The Make-A-Wish swim and poker run. Thanks from the VFW Post 9908. Updates from: the Brew Pub, Resale Shop, KI Landowners Assoc., Chamber (winners of Light up KI and October events), Zion Church. Obit for Dennis (Moe) Kaminski. EMS Levy on ballot.

Kelleys Life 2021 September- Nature Camp report, Grace Yako finds Kelley the Mascot bear of Kelleys Life newspaper, the Mayor reports on Island events, Amplex internet, and the upcoming levies. Photos and thank you list from Celebrate KI. Denny (More) Kaminski celebrates his 75th birthday. Articles from the Parsonage Resale Shop, Police Dept., Audubon, KI Historical Assoc., Chamber, the Zion Church, KILA photos and report on Homecoming and their first annual fish fry, Camp Patmos news. KILA co-founder, Bill Coleman, celebrates 92 years.  112 Island friends and fans of Steve Brownell go on a Celebrity cruise. Breakdown of tax levies on the November ballot. Photos of the inside of the new St. Michael’s Hall.

Kelleys Life 2021 AugustExcerpt from the Mayor’s column in Kelleys Life - Today, 07/13/2021, I was informed by Hancock-Wood Board Member Brian Terry that Hancock-Wood has entered into an agreement with Amplex Internet to bring Internet to Kelleys Island. We have been waiting a long time for this service. Below is an excerpt of the notice Brian received from Hancock-Wood: Amplex Internet will begin to  construct a fiber-to-the-home network, which will be capable of providing Kelleys Island residents with reliable high-speed internet up to 1,000Mbps. Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative (HWE) has agreed to terms with Amplex Internet on Kelleys Island, which will allow Amplex to begin hanging fiber on the cooperative’s poles. Amplex expects to begin stringing fiber on HWE poles this fall, with internet service being available to KI residents as fiber is installed near homes and businesses. Amplex is headquartered in Luckey, Ohio and provides internet, video, and telephone services since the 1960s. More information about Amplex can be found at

Kelleys Life 2021 July – School kids honor Veterans on Memorial Day. The Mayor reports on the impact of the Memorial Day storm, roadwork and the new trash cans donated by KILA. A La Chic Salon opens. Chamber updates. KILA shares its news. Danielle Klonaris graduates from OSU. Make-a-Wish swim and golf cart poker run benefit information. Article on blending wines. News from the KI museum and the parsonage resale shop, Zion church, and Camp Patmos. The Erie Co. Health Dept. discusses septic system maintenance. Police Dept. news and some great pictures. The KI museum writes about its ‘creepy doll.’ The library has a seed library for exchanging plant seeds.  The KI Pollinators & Partnerships organization dedicates its signs and receives donations from the community. Tom Bartlett talks about bird banding results (lots of pictures).

Kelleys Life 2021 June – Kelley the teddy bear was first found by Josie Gaither a student at the KI school. KILA supports the community – this year they purchased 13 trash containers for the Village and donated $500 to the VFW for the street flags.  The Mayor’s report-thanks to KILA for their donation, village plans to upgrade the public restrooms, and welcomes 11 new EMS and 8 new Fire Dept. responders. New business open – Meg’s Makeshop. A story about Lois Whitacre Giles. The Zion Community Church to hold Vacation Bible School. Articles from the KI Brew Pub (as they transition to an event center) and the Parsonage resale shop. An update from the Chamber as they move to their new location in an Addison St. house. Jenni and Cindra do another Make-A-Wish Swim and Golf Cart Poker run. Jack Wade shares a story about the big storm that hit Texas while he was there. The new Monarch Winery is open. A story about the Island’s Oldest Inhabitant-Jacob Hayes. Articles about a swarm of bees, the Lakeside Daisy, the rare bird seen on KI 10 years ago, and an update from the KI Audubon Club. The KI History Museum shares photos from a really old photo album that features many Island families. Obit for James ‘Bones’ Bowens.

Kelleys Life 2021 May - New mascot of Kelleys Life – Kelley the teddy bear. The Fire Dept. discusses various ways to get emergency water to outlying areas after a devastating fire on Long Point. Jayne Deer writes about camping on the Island and the Burley Knob Society. Jeni & Cindra plan another Make-A-Wish swim. Chamber Update: Islandfest is cancelled and the reasons why. The Chamber partners with the Pollinators & Partnerships Project. A list of events. Chamber office must move by April 15. Photo contest. Jordan is involved in several other organizations to promote Kelleys Island. Chamber meetings will be virtual. KILA Korner: Activities, events, and projects. Author Zachery Chopchinski selected for Writers on the Moon project. Update from the Parsonage Resale Shop. Abbey and Rodney Rosado added the Monarch Winery to the Butterfly Box. Jack Wade writes about exploring Texas. Donniella Winchell writes about the shapes and colors of wine bottles. Serving Our Seniors explains their handyman program. The KI EMS (with photo) provides an update. KI Police Dept. updates events, K-9 officer Dundee thanks everyone for donating to the K-9 fund and expected enforcement issues. The KI History Museum opens May 15 and shares a recent donation of a vintage photo album. Ben Elfers to be featured on its first oral history display. Camp Patmos prepares for camp. Photos from the Field Station Camp. KI Audubon shares news and the Nature Camp application. Obit for Kenneth Reddinger. A history of this Island’s cemetery. Dale Olson writes about keeping bees.

Kelleys Life 2021 Mar-April - Islanders get COVID shots. Annual Easter Egg Hunt. From the Mayor’s Desk: Thanks to various people. The Parsonage update. The KI Brewery shares updates on their scavenger hunts and products. Chamber update. The Curilla Preserve now has trails and interpretive signs. KI History Museum– Leslie Korenko receives award and history blog has additions. KILA shares event list and info on KILA card for members. Robby Quinn sets up schedule to deliver takeout food to Islanders. Make-a-Wish 2020 swim and Poker run raised $20,200; July 31 is next event. Police Dept 2020 Report, Shawn Craig became Chief in 2014, Community Public-Relations and staffing challenges. Camp Patmos plans to begin summer camps and retreats again, and some major improvements are in the works. Serving Our Seniors has a Handyman Program for seniors. Mid February Ice party held at the West Bay. EMS plans upgrades and new programs and info on Doc2Go. The Field Station receives Hancock-Wood grant for nature camp supplies. Update on the seed and pollinator programs. Nature Camp application form. Update from the Zion Church. Obits: Stuart Humphrey, Richard “Dick” Schwab, Ann Sennish, Nancy Taylor. Life in the Winter on KI – Part 1, Travel over the Ice in 1874.

Kelleys Life 2021 Jan-Feb - The annual park lighting and a photo of those who decorated the park. From the Mayor’s Desk: MetroHealth, Russ Maust selected as EMS Director, the Village secured a $60,000 Cares Act grant. The Carolers: Dave Sellers, Jim Erne, Chuck Poston, Sam Beaty, Bob Maier, Eric Longbrake, Scott Smith, Scott Shaull and Knut Lahrs visited 14 homes. This is the 22nd year for this group originally formed by Bob Behlen. Chamber update and event dates. Report from the KI Brewery. EMS News – looking forward and thanks to Sharon Devine and Bernie Koshla (both now retired) and thanks to Island businesses like the Island Market which raised $3500. KI Landowners Assoc. event dates. Dawn & Chris Gore welcomed grandchild Sydney-parents Kate & Joe Sears. Liam Neu graduated from the KI school. Christmas bird count: Tom Bartlett reported they found 80 species and 40,992 individuals over the four islands (most of those were starlings) and quite a few rare birds. 24 Bald Eagles were observed on the islands. Northern Bartlett also reported 2020, the 18th season of owl research, banding 174 northern saw-whet owls and 7 screech owls over 46 nights. The KI History museum blog featured the Titus Road statue, stone fences, the Influenza epidemic of 1920 and the Island’s telegraph cable. A featured donation was a lovely Free No. 5 treadle sewing machine c1913. The Parsonage Resale Shop plans for an exceptional Valentine’s Day shopping experience. The KI school running club raised money for the Field Station. Obituaries: Joan Chopchinski, Sandra Lee Sun Smith, Shirley Jane (Seeholzer) Schreiner. Read all about a New Year’s celebration and wedding from January 1861.