Kelleys Life Newspaper

Our Island Newspaper is called Kelleys Life. the Pilot Edition came out in  October 1999 and has been around since then.

While scanned issues are hard to find, we will post them as they come to our attention. Remember, we have a COMPLETE collection of Kelleys Life newspapers in our Museum Library if you want to read something.

These complete issues are presented in PDF format.


2020 March/April - The Mayor talks about drainage on Division St. Our new Clerk Treasurer, Lisa Klonaris, is training for her new position as Claudia Brown prepares to leave office. Kelleys Life staff named to the Ohio School Boards Assoc. 2019 Media Honor Roll. Serving Our Seniors and Kelleys Island Landowners Assoc. partner on test program for transportation for seniors with medical issues. The KI Historical Assoc. plans a Vegas style event in August. Registration is open for the Junior Naturalist Program for ages 11-18, designed to assist the State Park at events, projects and programs. The Great Lakes Island Alliance (GLIA) summit will be hosted by the Lake Erie Islands (S. Bass, Middle Bass, Kelleys and Pelee), October 4-7. Science Saturdays at the State Park Pavilion from 1-3 during the summer. Adult Nature Camp will be August 3-7 and includes hands-on adventures. The kids Nature Camp will be July 29-Aug 1 and the theme is Bugs. The Chamber reports that the new Island map is available, a report on the Boat Show, the launch of their new website and this year’s events. The KI library is now a Seed Library where you can pick up or drop off extra seeds. Obits for James Terrence Murray and  Howard ‘Bill” Koenigseker. A report on the Pollinators & partnerships. Program. A report from the Catawba Island Historical Society. Lake Erie Fish Ohio Report. 

2020 January/February - From the Mayor’s Desk; Photos from Thanksgiving lighting ceremony and decorating; Village Pump tailgate party; Anne Sennish and Caroline Deorard-3rd generation of Datus Kelley; Matt & Mandy Stock married on the Island; Fredo Policy and Erin Phinney travel to New Orleans; Four Generations-Nicole Haggerty, Karol Kucis, Bree Justin and baby Leo DeFransisco; Christmas at the Zion Community Church (and another article later on); Kelleys Island Christmas Carolers visit several businesses and homes. VFW dedicates pavilion to Michael Feyedelem. KI Library hosts seed library where you can bring your extra deeds and/or browse for seeds already there. The EMS share safety tips. SOS-Serving our Seniors partners with the KI Landowners Assoc. in transportation needs for medically stable and recurring care seniors. Start Planning-Calendar of Events. Tom Bartlett provides an update on the Bald Eagles-their failed nests and some new ones. Chamber update – New website coming, December events (Party at the Parsonage Resale shop; Book Club, Knitting group, exercise classes and art classes, wii bowling at the VFW). Islandfest 2020 theme to be Summer Olympics. The great Lakes Islands Alliance (GLIA) 2020 Islands Summit to be held in Lake Erie. 7th Annual KI Own Festival-photos and results. The Community Christmas Party – lots of photos. Obituary for Roger Burton Williams Jr. News from the Catawba Island Historical Society as they partner with the Quintin Smith family and the historic Mon Ami Winery on a display in their new museum. Fishing tips.


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

2019 May

2019 Mar-Apr

2019 Jan-Feb


2018 Nov-Dec

2018 Sept-Oct

2018 August

2018 July

2018 June

2018 May

2018 Mar-Apr

2018 Jan-Feb


2017 Nov-Dec (Missing Sorry)

2017 Sept-Oct (Missing-sorry)

2017 August (Missing, sorry)

2017 July

2017 June

2017 May (Missing, sorry)

2017 Mar-Apr

2017 Jan-Feb (Missing, sorry)


2016 Nov-Dec (Missing, sorry)

2016 Sept-Oct

​2016 May

2016 Mar-Apr

2016 Jan-Feb

2009 - 2013 

We LOVE pack rats and want to thank John Fisher for digging through his files. He is the one who found all these old issues. Thanks John!

Kelleys Life 2013

Kelleys Life 2012

Kelleys Life 2011

Kelleys Life 2010

Kelleys Life 2009