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A publication exclusively for the Residents & Businesses of Catawba Island Township

November 2009

Vol. 2 No. 4


On the Cover… The State Park by Bob Danklefsen

2 … Letter from the Press 3… Fall Harvest 4… Lucky Stones 6… Local Interview 7… Legends of Catawba 8… Entertainment 9… The Arts 10… Police Beat 12… Township News 13… Fire Department 14… Real Estate 15… Island Handyman 16… Around Town 18… Island Fun 19… Classifieds 20… Horoscopes

IMPORTANT NUMBERS Catawba Island Township: Police, Non-emergency 419-797-2422 Fire, Non-emergency 419-797-2424 Trustees & Clerks - 419-797-4131 Zoning Office - 419-797-4131 Maintenance - 419-797-2460 Ottawa County: Sheriff - 419-734-4404 Commissioners - 419-734-6790 Auditor - 419-734-6740 Treasurer - 419-734-6750 Building Dept.- 419-734-6767 Prosecutor - 419-734-6845 Recycling - 419-734-6783 Dog Warden - 419-898-1368 Emergency Mgmt - 419-734-6900 Regional Planning - 419-734-6780 Engineer - 419-734-6777 Schools: Board of Education - 419-732-2102 Bataan Elementary 419.734.2815 Middle School - 419-734-4448 High School - 419-734-2147 Bus Garage 419.734.1516 Immaculate Conception School 419.734.3315 Utilities: Sanitary Engineer- 419-734-6725 Time Warner Cable - 888-6831000 Ohio Edison - 800-633-4766 Verizon - 800-555-4833 Columbia Gas - 800-344-4077 Other Numbers: Magruder Hospital - 419-734-3131 Post Office - 419-732-3322 Visitors Bureau - 419-734-4386

November 2009 Dear friends,

My first Catawba sunrise taken from Pebble Beach

Fall has been just beautiful on Catawba… the graceful swans gliding across the bay, the muskrats have begun to build their little cabins, colorful foliage reflecting off the lake…. I saw my first Catawba sunrise this month. An awesome sight as it rose from the lake. I just love Catawba! Soon, most of us will gather around a table to enjoy some turkey with family and friends. This is a wonderful time of year and reminds me of all the things I am thankful for…. Most of which are not things at all. I am really blessed to have a wonderful husband, great family and awesome friends… This time of year can be very difficult for those who may be alone or have recently lost a loved one. Please remember those less fortunate…. There is always room for another chair at the dinner table.

―Mikey Manson‖ won 1st place at the Inn‘s Costume Party on Halloween!

I am also very thankful for our advertisers. They keep our little publication coming to your mailbox every month so be sure to thank them. Tell them you saw them in Catawba Island Magazine! We are excited to announce an event we have been planning…. It‘s ―Christmas on Catawba‖, an art and high-end craft show featuring many local artists and benefits the Humane Society of Ottawa County. It will be held at the Community Hall on Saturday, December 12. Turn to page 16 for more information. Be sure to save the date!

Pretty bad fire on Water Street! Glad everyone was okay.

This month‘s issue is packed with a variety of Catawba information. We do have Pamela Holt‘s story of about Lucky stones we accidentally left out last issue (sorry Chief!). Don Rhodes has an informative two-part article on Catawba grapes and wine making. We have an interview with local Valerie Thayer. Dave has an informative article about raking leaves in his Island Handyman section and there‘s so much more. Set the rake aside, grab a glass of wine and enjoy this month‘s issue of Catawba Island Magazine! Thanks for reading! See you around town.

Dave combing the shores near Pebble Beach.

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Grape Growing and Wine Making Part 1 of 2 The History of Grape Production by Don Rhodes ―Vitis vinifera‖ grapes were used to make wine in Egypt as long ago as 3,000 B. C. It was vinifera wine that Jesus and the Apostles drank at the Last Supper. All of the great wines of the Old World and California are made from species of the vinifera grape.

yards, cultivated by monks, produced wines that to this day, still carry the original names of the areas from which they were produced. For example, in the late 1600s, a Benedictine monk Friar Dom Perignon, was the first to discover a new sparkling wine with takes the name of ―Champagne‖ from that region of France. Early Old World glass blowers blew the first cylinder-shaped bottles, allowing wine to be aged and stored in bottles. To this day, European tradition dictates that wine bottle shapes represent certain areas and varieties.

to be content with wines made from our native wild grapes.

Grape culture in the New World, east of the Mississippi River, commenced in the early 1600s when Virginia colonists planted the imported vinifera stock from European cuttings. Various laws were enacted, which required the planting of vines, with bonuses being offered on their success. It soon became evident that the European grape rootstock was doomed to failure. The colonists had

However, Americans continued to import their familiar Madeira, Port and Burgundy wines from the Old World, to satisfy their thirst for wine. We natives grew up with out characteristic native American lebrusca varieties with their so called ―foxy‘ flavor – Catawba, Concord, Niagara and Delaware.

Thomas Jefferson, in the early 1800s, after much experimenting with the European rootstock, realized the imported vines would not adapt to our soil and climate. He recommended that our native grapes be cultivated and developed for making wines. The colonists thought the native American grapes had a characteristic odor like wild foxes in the forest, hence they said the wines had a strong ―foxy‖ taste. If sweetened heavily, the wines were drinkable.

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The ―Vitis lebrusca‖ was the most common native New World species of bunch grapes found growing wild east of the Mississippi River. The ―Muscadines/scuppernongs‖ species of grapes grew wild from Maryland to Florida. They do not grow in bunches as the Vitis vinifera and lebrusca species do. They have large, marble-sized grapes in very loose clusters. These are the types that grow on our backyard arbor in Florida, which when ripe, we share with the birds. The spread of Christianity introduced the grape to most sections of the world. 2,000 years ago, Romans planted grapes in Continental Europe and England. Records show that wine was in production by the 4th and 5th centuries. The Nobility created a demand for wine during the Middle Ages. Monks were responsible for tending the vineyards and making wines during the Dark Ages. By the 16th century, European vine-

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Lucky Stones by Pamela Holt As an active beachcomber and while searching for colorful beach glass treasures, I‘ve often found small, white, textured circular stones resembling flattened pieces of milk glass. Upon close examination, ridges in the shape of an ―L‖ or a ―C‖ or even a ―J‖ are found on one side of the stone. I have since learned these small stones are fascinating artifacts called ―fish pearls‖ or ―lucky stones,‖ which have been found in ancient archeological sites—as well as on the shores of Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes. A lucky stone is actually a unique ear bone, or ―otolith‖ (OH-toe-lith), of a sheephead fish (also called a common freshwater drum)—a sadfaced, big-eyed fish having ears on each side of its skull. Although found in many species of fish, lucky stones are particularly large in the sheephead, where the otolith assists the fish in balance and hearing similar to the function of the inner ear in humans. The ear stones can range from the size of a small fingernail to that of a quarter and grow larger as the fish ages much in the same way a pearl grows within an oyster— building one layer at a time from a mineral known as aragonite. Otoliths are enduring body parts in fish having been found in layers of sediment up to 155 million years ago. Scientists have learned that reading the rings provide information on the age, health, growth rates, migration paths, and temperature and chemical makeup of their habitat water. Scientists from the University of Minnesota have even used them to provide Great Lakes Region climate information from thousands of years ago. (1) Current otolith microstructure research is generally the most preferred tool for the study of the physical and biological environments of fish. CONTINUED on the Next Page


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The same method of study is used in the Otolith Research Lab at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Nova Scotia and in most fisheries laboratories throughout the world. (2) Lucky stones have been collected, bartered and traded far from their natural fish ranges—having been found in Utah and California, and they have been used as money and jewelry by Native Americans over the ages. The stones are thought to bring good luck to anglers, keep sailors safe from storms, offer an edge during a card game, provide better luck with the ladies, and ward off illness.

tioners and residents who found lucky stones on the beaches of East Harbor State Park. One blogger goes on to say that in one particular outing she found four, her son four also, but her sister gathered even more as she was willing and eager to gouge the ear stones from a decaying sheephead with a stick! The sister is also said to have had to explain to several beachcombers why she was attacking lifeless fish with a stick. Now that you‘re an expert on lucky stones, the next time the little jewel is encountered while beachcombing, pause and think of it as more than just a lucky charm filling a shiny

glass bowl with countless others, the prize of a youthful fisherman, or a stone made into an attractive piece of jewelry, or even as a lucky charm in an angler‘s tackle box. It‘s more similar to a data chip—a chip that holds within it a tremendous amount of scientific data and a charm for those scientists who study its history. Over the generations I suspect no young boy or girl fishing with their grandfather would cast away a departed sheephead without first getting their ―luckies.‖ ∞ (1) (2)

William Hudson, Naturalist Otolith Research Laboratory, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Nova Scotia

During my research, I found numerous blogs posted by Lake Erie vacaPictured Below: “Treasure Painting” by Rosemary Schramm which was inspired by treasures from the Great Lakes including Lucky Stones. See back cover for more info.

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working at The Inn.

Cliffs, and she admits there is a strong ―tom-boy‖ side to her personality.

by Andrea J. Elliott Valerie Thayer, a current resident of Catawba Island who was born and raised here, left the area while in college and returned because she could not stay away. She has a half brother in Akron, Ohio and half sister living in Waterville, Ohio. Valerie was born at Magruder Hospital and at 1½ years of age her parents moved to the Catawba Cliffs where Valerie lived until she attended college in Toledo. During her childhood she fondly recalls so many memories: cleaning fish with her father, skinning deer with a butter knife—again with Dad, swimming the Cliff‘s rocky beaches with her school chums, cliff jumping, riding four-wheelers with Dad and friends, bicycle trips to the Dairy at the Dock with her father after dinner and ordering the ―Walk Away Sundae‖ every time. Valerie says there was never a dull moment living in The


When she was twelve years old, Valerie‘s first job was at Portside Marina on Kelly‘s Island during summer break from Port Clinton Junior High. She went on to graduate from Port Clinton High School in 2003 where she was involved with DECA as a senior, then attended the University of Toledo, graduating in May of 2009 with a degree in Marketing. Her call to Catawba was so great that as a young woman she discontinued living in Toledo while attending college, moved back to Catawba, and commuted for three years to finish her degree. Valerie missed her friends and family and made the decision to move back—costing her an additional year of college because of the commute. She found a charming condo in Colony Club at the age of 20 and loves living there amid friendly neighbors, open sky and priceless sunsets out her window. While working with the wait staff at Mon Ami, they received a call from Chris, the owner of the Catawba Inn, requesting to speak with the girl with ―diabetes.‖ She was thrilled to get the call knowing she would soon be

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Val loves her job at the Inn. She enjoys meeting new friends and listening to great Catawba Island stories. During tourist season, she often puts on a tour guide hat when travelers come to her with maps, asking "Where is Perry's monument?" or "Where is the tunnel or bridge to Put -in-Bay?" She is always happy to assist travelers enjoy their "island experience". Because of the busy tourist season and her heavy work schedule, Val finds little time to relax. However, when she does find time, she hits the local beaches looking for beach glass; takes the ferry to Put-in-Bay for the Wednesday parties; or casually visits the island during the week when it is quieter. Valerie met her boyfriend, Teddy while working at Mon Ami where they both tended bar. Val recalls the first time they went out, ―Our first date was actually at the Inn... funny enough, I think Ky over served us!‖ Valerie loves the Catawba area and anything water-related—boating, jet skiing, swimming, or just sitting on the beach watching the sun go down. Her affection for Catawba Island is life long, and she could not be happier than living here. As far as her future goes, she is not concerned. However, she hopes to remain on Catawba as long as possible. ∞ ―The Watcher”, on the following page, is a poem from the book “Legends of Catawba”. If you are interested in purchasing the version edited and autographed by Don Rhodes, visit ∞

By Frederick E. Lytte When the haze of sunset hovers o‘er A lake of liquid silver spread before The grim stone face of Nabagon A twilight hush enfolds the rustling trees As Night descends with perfume scented breeze To greet the silent Nabagon A trail of stardust out across the lake Illuminates the shadows in its wake Before the eyes of Nabagon And all is silent; even prowling Fate Who knows that savage storms can not abate The vigil kept by Nabagon Eternal watcher of both weak and strong No harm can e‘er befall the Isle so long As stands the face of Nabagon.

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thought it was a new drink! And soon her new recipe was inspired…. Two sweet recipes from two sweet Catawba ladies… Hope you enjoy them as much as I! Quick and Easy Coffee Cake/Rolls Recipe by JoAnn Rhodes

Sweet Treats for Entertaining by Andrea J. Elliott I recently came across two delicious yet very different recipes from two Catawba ladies I just had to share! While visiting the Rhodes‘ residence, I was overcome by the tastiest smell of something good baking in the oven. JoAnn was making some Sweet Rolls for Don. I not only was lucky enough to be offered one but even more so to get the recipe… The next day I was talking with Valerie Thayer who said she was making a German Chocolate Cake for her boyfriend, Teddy. Well, silly me, since Val is a bartender, I


Made using 1 box of Pillsbury ―Hot Roll Mix‖ and the ingredients listed on it. As directed on the Hot Roll Mix box; Mix flour mixture, yeast, and 2 T sugar with hot water, butter and egg. Turn out on a floured surface and knead 3 to 4 times. Place in lightly greased bowl, cover with foil, and let rise in warm oven until dough has doubled in size. While dough is rising, melt a half stick of butter in each of two baking pans. Once melted, cover with; brown sugar, a little granulated sugar, a few chopped walnuts, and sprinkle a little cinnamon. When dough has doubled in the warm oven, cut it in half, place in

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pans and bake at 375° until done. Turn onto a plate and lightly frost with your choice of icing. You can also roll each half on the floured surface, cover lightly with butter and sprinkle on a little cinnamon, brown sugar or granulated sugar. Roll up and slice 1‖ thick or thicker and place on baking pans. Bake as directed. Enjoy. ∞ Val’s German Chocolate Cake Shooter Equal parts Malibu Coconut Rum and Frangelico. Served with a slice of lemon and sugar. Cheers! ∞

Now I Know Why People Paint by Pat Bristley Painting the beauty spots of Ottawa County is a consuming interest of mine. It began with my love for Catawba, Marblehead Peninsula and the Erie Islands. It is also probably due to the fact that at my age, thoughts often return to younger days when so much time was spent ‗at the lake‘. Moreover, as familiar buildings are torn down or landscapes changed by new development, I want to save ‗what used to be‘ in paintings. I returned from Argentina the day before Thanksgiving. Therefore, no plans had been made for the holiday. So I did a painting from drawing to finished watercolor that day. Since I wanted to draw while in Argentina, I took watercolor paper, pencils, ruler and erasers. I often sat on my hosts‘ patio, cup of coffee in hand, and worked on drawings of Lakeside from my photographs. Six drawings were finished. Once home, I was anxious to paint them. However, watercolor paper must be stretched on boards after being soaked in the bathtub for twenty minutes so the paper does not warp when paint is applied. I have three boards, each of which had stretched paper on it. What to do? Of course – do a painting on one of the stretches,

so I could use that board for the paintings of Lakeside. Catawba Cliffs is now a gated community, but you can walk in. So when the trees were at the height of their autumn glory I photographed scenes in Catawba Cliffs to paint. There were three houses, particularly, I admired when my friends and I walked around ‗the Cliffs‘ as teenagers, while staying at Gem and Terrace Beach also on Catawba. They were still there! I had planned to paint them in oils, but thought I will do one in watercolor. The Spanish-type house with a twostory window overlooking Lake Erie was drawn on a stretched paper. And

here is the ‗meat‘ of my story. For the first time I did a watercolor painting the way it is suppose to look – sort of impressionistic. Everything looked misty and half-formed. Perhaps constant painting had led to being able to do it right. The photograph had hard lines. There was a fireplug in the foreground and part of the next house showing. I left out both. There was a white arbor on the right, which was painted brown to match the house trim. Those are just some of the decisions a painter makes when doing a painting. Now I know why people paint! It is the only way to make a good thing look even better. ∞

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October 2 Call received at 8 p.m. for Possible Intoxicated driver on NW Catawba Road reportedly running subjects off road. Officer observed vehicle driving left of center and into the path of police cruiser. While following driver, officer noticed driver nearly striking mailboxes and driving left of center again nearly striking yet another police cruiser. Driver

was stopped near Wehye Road and charged with DUI, Driving Under Suspension, Open Container, No Seat Belt, Fleeing and Eluding. Driver had 5 prior DUI‘s. October 3 At 1:35 a.m. a Honda Civic on Cemetery Road was seen driving on the edge line of roadway. An officer followed vehicle south on RT 53 and pulled the driver

over for driving left of center. Driver emitted odor of an intoxicating beverage and was arrested for OVI and Marked Lanes Violation. Theft of a Boat. A 10 ft Zodiac was taken from Come Sail Away. Boat found floating on opposite side of marina with motor missing. Report made. October 5 Injury Crash call received. A 41-year old female operating a 2004 Harley Davidson on NW Catawba Road failed to navigate a curve near Moore‘s Dock and went off the roadway. Bike Towed. October 7 Call received regarding Adolescents Driving ATVs Recklessly and throwing gravel on Helmsmen. October 9 A Menacing complaint reported at Winecellar Road. Report made. Call received at 10:48 p.m. regarding a possible intoxicated pedestrian near Haven and Porter. Pedestrian transported home. October 10 County advised of a possible Impaired Driver north on RT 53 at 9 p.m. Vehicle observed driving over marked lanes and was pulled over. Driver appeared to be under influence and had a loaded rifle in the vehicle. Driver refused breathalyzer and was arrested for DUI, Marked Lanes Violations and Improper Transport of Fire Arms. CONTINUED on the Next Page

POLICE CALL SUMMARY FOR OCTOBER 2009 Total Count = 209 1 Boat Theft 3 Reported Prowlers 2 Warrant Services 3 Driving Under Suspensions 5 Speeding Tickets 6 DUI’s


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CONTINUED from Previous Page October 16 Hit-Skip Crash reported near the 2800 block of Sand Road. Appeared as though the vehicle hit a utility pole after turning left on W Catawba then went off the roadway hitting a speed limit sign. License plate left behind. Driver later reported they had swerved to miss a deer. At 2:50 a.m. A vehicle on NW Catawba Road near Peachton was observed travelling at a high rate of speed and over marked lines. Driver arrested for DUI and Marked Lanes Violation. October 18 Call received regarding the Theft of a Golf Cart from Carolina Street in Gem Beach. Report made.

Road. Subjects reportedly taking photographs. October 26 Fraud Call. Caller stated they sold a table on Craigslist for $150. The Buyer sent Subject a check for $1,500, was told to keep $80 for their troubles and was to give remainder to the moving company to pick up the table. Subject called the company on the check and learned the check was fraudulent. Report made. October 28 Private Property Crash call received at 9:54 p.m. on Cliff Road near Grove Drive. A vehicle was found off the roadway on top of large rock near the cliff. Vehicle towed by Don‘s Towing. Vehicle owner later found and charged with Driving Under Suspension. ∞

Officer Todd Parkison maintaining traffic control at the November 1 Fire Call on Water Street. AJE

October 20 Non-Injury Crash Call. At 11 a.m. an 81 year old Driver travelling on Cemetery passed out at the wheel and struck a split rail fence on the golf course. Driver transported to Magruder. Illegal Dumping reported at township yard waste center. A truck marked as belonging to a landscape company was unloading yard debris at the township yard waste center. Subjects reported that the debris was from a Catawba Island residence but could not provide name or address. Warning issued. October 21 DUI. At 1:11 a.m. while patrolling in the State Park an officer observed a van leaving Catawba Cliffs making an abrupt stop at the stop sign and then make a wide turn onto Moore‘s Dock Road. Driver pulled over and charged with DUI and Marked Lanes Violation. October 24 Theft Call received regarding a boat at Catawba Moorings. Boat had been previously shrink-wrapped. Owner noticed 10 ft boat dingy, boat box, fishing rod and reels missing. Shrink-wrappers indicated boat dingy wasn‘t there when they shrink-wrapped it. Missing boat and items last seen six weeks prior. Report made. Complaint Call received regarding kids climbing on old Lime Kiln on Cliff

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should hire outside council for zoning issues.

Catawba Island Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes September 22, 2009 The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance. Present were William Rofkar, Robert Schroeder, Gary Mortus, Pat Cerny, Matt Montowski, and James Stouffer. Meeting Minutes from September 8, 2009 were approved and bills in the amount of $240,470.68 were approved. Robert Schroeder stated the surrounding townships use outside council for zoning issues. He said he thinks that in the future Catawba

Pat Cerny presented the resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor. Gary Mortus moved the adoption of the resolution. Williams Rofkar seconded the resolution and the role being called upon its adoption the vote resulted as follows: All voted aye. The motion was adopted. Pat Cerny asked the trustees opinion on setbacks for air-conditioners due to receiving a complaint in regard to an air-conditioner that does not meet a side yard setback. In the past we have never required air-conditioners to be drawn on site plans and have never required a setback. After some discussion if was decided to continue zoning requirements as currently in place.

Meeting adjourned.

Catawba Island Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes October 13, 2009 The meeting was called to order 7:30 p.m. beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance. Present were William Rofkar, Robert Schroeder, Gary Mortus, Pat Cerny, Matt Montowski, Michelle Mueller, Jack Devore and Dave Belden. Meeting Minutes from September 22, 2009 were approved and bills in the amount of $25,883.90 were approved. Correspondence included: Copy of correspondence addressed to the Catawba Cliffs Association in regard to concerns over the placement of an air conditioning unit on the west side of a new home. Correspondence from Jolene Kuzma in regard to a headstone found in her family‘s plot with an unknown person buried in one of the graves. Ohio EPA citizen advisory regarding Catawba Island Club Shoreline work. Gary Mortus made a motion to purchase a portable police radio for $390.00 and an additional $1000.00 for equipment for the new cruiser seconded by Robert Schroeder. All voted aye. William Rofkar would like to express his appreciation to Bob Rogers and the Police Department and the Fire Department for their care and thoughtfulness at the scene of the accident involving a member of his family. Meeting adjourned.

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From the Fire Chief…. I would like to thank Don Rhodes for many things personally and professionally. There is not enough space here to suitably recognize his six decade commitment to the residents and visitors of Catawba Island through his service on the CIVFD. It is a true honor to serve with him. I very much enjoyed Don‘s article in the October magazine touching on some of the department‘s history in our first sixty years. In June I was appointed as Catawba‘s eighth Fire Chief. The following is a list the former Chiefs‘ names and the years that they served Catawba Island.

Wilson Snyder 1949-1960 Floyd Herl 1960-1965 Arthur Carstensen 1965-1966 Richard Petersen 1966-1968 George K. Owen 1969-1977 Ronald Kochensparger 1977-1986 Daniel Barlow 1987-2009 Anyone who has had the good fortune to call Catawba Island home for any length of time are probably familiar with some or all of these men. I am privileged to have known most and served beside some. It humbles me to be included in a list of men whom I respect and that have contributed so much to their community. The current members of the CIVFD are a smart, hard working, dedicated

November 1 Fire Call on Water Street. AJE

and fun group of men and women. We provide fire and EMS service to residents or visitors alike at no charge. With the approach of Thanksgiving, one of the many things I give thanks for are these men and women who volunteer in service to others. May you all have a safe and happy month. Chief John F. Gangway

CIVFD Food Bank Drive The Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department in conjunction with the Ottawa County Fire and EMS Chiefs Association is sponsoring a food drive to help augment the Port Clinton Area Food Banks. The food drive has begun and continues though November 20. This beneficial food drive will help insure that the local food banks have the resources needed to lend a hand during their very busy holiday season. Please drop off all non-perishable food items in the lobby of the Township Administration Building at 4822 Cemetery Road between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Thank you for helping the CIVFD help our local community in their time of need. ∞

CIVFD Call Summary for OCTOBER 2009 FIRE 1 EMS 16 2 motor vehicle accidents

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Catawba Island Township Board of Zoning Appeals September 2, 2009

Catawba’s Shore Author Unknown If life originated in the sea, as the scientists so often tell us, the almost universal love of the shore is perhaps a natural human inheritance. Be that as it may, men have for ages settled where land and water meet. There is an extra contentment to the eye in a prospect that includes both land and water; there is a complacency of mind that disappears when either of these terrestrial elements is withdrawn.

Flat, sandy beaches at their best are unclean with debris, uncertain for boating, and a continuous care. Beaches do not lend themselves to landscaping, nor can sand support a worthwhile garden or grove. Catawba‘s high cliffs are rich with flowers and shrubs. Catawba‘s water is always clear, clean and refreshing. Here are summer homes, not sandtracked cottages. ∞

Catawba‘s shore is rich in interest and inspiration. These raggy, waveembroidered cliffs of limestone, and the water at their feet, are still enacting a drama ages old and yet far from ended.


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CASE #543473 – Gregory and Linda Peiffer – 1310 N. Orchard Beach Dr. The request is for an area variance to move an existing structure to another parcel with a second floor of living space being 560 sq. ft. instead of the required 750 sq. ft. Greg Peiffer said he began discussing the project with Pat Cerny back in March when the property was resurveyed and given its own parcel number. He obtained the permit to move the home and do the construction. The Building Inspector approved everything as well. Greg Peiffer said the structure‘s interior square footage would not make an impact on the area or neighborhood since it was being moved such a short distance. Mr. Yackee lives directly behind Greg Peiffer and is the current owner of the property. Greg Peiffer purchased the structure from Mr. Yackee and agreed to move it to his property. Dale VanLerberghe closed the case to the floor. Bryan Baugh stated he is not even sure there is a need for a variance according to the way he interprets the zoning regulations and therefore has no objections to the request. Jack DeVore made a motion to approve case #543473 as presented. Bryan Baugh seconded the motion. Bryan Baugh, yes; Sandy Erwin, yes; Jack DeVore, yes; and Dale VanLerberghe, no. Case #543473 is approved. Meeting adjourned. ∞ Please Note: Zoning Minutes contained herewith are edited for space. Full version available through the township administration. ∞

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raking and snow shoveling services to the community to raise money for a camp outing. Contact Larry Kline at 419-654-0639 for more information. Have any home improvement tips or advice? Or even if you have a question to ask Dave, you can email him at ∞

by Dave Elliott The autumn leaves may create a scenic backdrop for your fall photographs but they are also a formidable opponent to getting our homes ready for winter. Clogged gutters reek havoc on our homes when the Spring thaw and rains come. Backed up gutters can cause ice damming in the winter while allowing water to get behind our homes siding causing structural damage. Worse yet clogged drainage pipes can cause water to build up and eventually force its way into our basements. Cleaning gutters is not always a do-it-yourself job but a must-do job nonetheless. Making sure your gutters and storm water

system are in top order can save on big money repairs later. What about the leaves that escaped the gutters? A seemingly more formidable foe. The falling leaves threaten to ugly up your yard, clog your swales and kill your grass during the off season. The leaves must be dealt with and the best advice for doing it yourself is to rake often. Plan to rake three to four times this fall. The work is excellent exercise and great for the grass as well. Need some help with your yard cleanup? Catawba Island Magazine knows how to get a small army to assist in your quest. Boy Scout Troop 316 of the Port Clinton area is offering fair pricing on quality leaf

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In October, the Erie Island Single Malt Society met to taste the Cragganmore 12yr along with the Distiller's Edition. Cragganmore 12yr is a classic Speyside Single Malt and, for a few of us, an old friend. The Distiller's Edition is a Second Fill Port Finish Cask.

flavour and finish really allows the Portwood Cask to shine through. The verdict of the October Tasting... If you ever encounter a bottle of Cragganmore's Distiller's Edition you would be wise to adopt it into your collection immediately as it is rather difficult to find and you will not be let down by the rich fruity finish that lingers on and on.

The 12yr is a little smokey, a little spicy, and a little fruity, but with nothing really overpowering and that is what we all love about the 12yr. With the Distiller's Edition, that even

If you are interested in more information contact The Erie Island Single Malt Society at Cheers Denny.

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Winter Coats for Families The Salvation Army‘s ―Coats for Families‖ program will run from November 1st - December 31st, 2009. The Salvation Army in Ottawa County has partnered with the News Herald, Executive Cleaners and Howard Hanna to provide warm winter coats for local families in need. This program is based on donations from the general public of new and gently used coats to be cleaned by Executive Cleaners, at no charge and redistributed, cost free to local families in need of a winter coat. Last year, The Salvation Army collected and distributed over 500 coats to local families in Ottawa County. This is the 14th year this program has been providing coats to the local residents. Collection areas for coats are the News Herald, Executive Cleaners, Howard Hanna and The Salvation Army. Anyone needing a warm winter coat can stop by The Salvation Army at The Sutton Center and pick one out. If you would like to donate gently used coats, please drop them off at one of the collection sites listed or call The Salvation Army at 419-7322769 and speak with Maureen Saponari. ∞


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Thank You from BPW On behalf of the Port Clinton Area Business and Professional Women‘s Club, we thank all who made our Fifth Annual Celebrity Server Night at Mon Ami a great success. Through the kindness of John and Peggy Kronberg of Mon Ami and managers Jonni Myers, Angela Gandee and Hostess Cindy Burks, we had a wonderful venue. Their wait staff, hostesses and bartenders could not have been more welcoming or helpful. A special thank you to our ―celebrity‖ servers, who worked hard, were good sports, and dressed in silly costumes to make the evening a lot of fun. Our celebrity servers were Chris Galvin of United Way, Scott Street of Street Sotheby Realty, Bill Rofkar, candidate for Catawba Township Trustee, Matt Montowski, candidate for Catawba Island Township Trustee, Joan Bryden of Talk at Ten on WPCR, Jeff Bryden, Greg Peiffer of WPCR, Andrea J. Elliott of Catawba Island Magazine & Howard Hanna Real Estate, Donna Schoonmaker of Howard Hanna, Dr. David George, O.D., Bob Kyle, Pat Adkins of Port Clinton City Schools, Vince Leone, candidate for Port Clinton City Council, Shirley Stary of Lakeside Association, Mayor Debbie Hymore-Tester, John Folger, candidate for Port Clinton City Auditor, Jeanne Gay of Firelands Presbyterian Church, Peggy Debien of Port Clinton Area Business and Professional Women, and Lori Madison of Frederick‘s Agency. Tom Fitt donated his ex-

ceptional talent playing the keyboard to add to the festivity. His wonderful talent was a nice addition to the evening. And finally, thank you to all the generous diners, donors and BPW members who made the event a great fundraiser for BPW scholarships and all BPW programs. ∞

Catawba Holiday Bureau The Catawba Island Holiday Bureau is once again offering assistance to Catawba Township families and individuals in need of assistance during this coming Holiday Season. Assistance typically includes a variety of food items, paper goods, cleaning supplies, and personal items such as shampoo and soap. Also included are special gifts for children age 18 and under, which are provided by the Salvation Army. Applications can be obtained at the following locations: The Vineyard on Catawba; Resurrection Lutheran Church on N.E. Catawba Road; and the Catawba Township Administration Building on Cemetery Road.

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November 3, 2009 the Miller Ferry, Put-inBay, took a 5 hour journey to the Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland to undergo its 40 foot mid-body extension. Photo by Billy Market.

Eligibility criteria are also available at all three locations. Deadline for submitting applications is December 1, 2009. They should be sent to Helen Frye, Treasurer, Catawba Island Holiday Bureau, 3691 N.E. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton, OH 43452. Monetary donations can be sent to the Treasurer of the Catawba Island Holiday Bureau. Additional information can be obtained by calling her at 419-797-4642. ∞

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CONTINUED from Page 3 Grape Growing and Wine Making In the 1800s, a pale, purple wild grape was found growing along the Catawba River in North Carolina. This grape was much different and sweeter than the wild, sour, high acid native grapes found east of the Mississippi. This grape was given the name ―Catawba‖ after the river. Horticulturists established the Catawba grape in the District of Columbia area, and cuttings were planted on the banks of the Ohio River in the Cincinnati area by Nicholas Longworth, lawyer and amateur horticulturist. By the 1820s, Longworth had established the first profitable commercial winery in the country. By the 1840s, he was producing a ―Sparkling Catawba‖, the first American champagne. By the middle 1860s, the ―Queen City‖ vineyards suffered from diseases brought on by the hot, humid summers, and were just about wiped out. ∞ Got a clue where on Catawba this is? We didn‘t think so! Time to go hunting around the island to see if you can find it! Send your best guess to along with your name or fill out this form or a copy and mail it to us at Catawba Island Press, 9841 State Road, North Royalton, Ohio 44133. Deadline is November 30. If you're correct we'll publish your name in November's issue along with the correct answer. Good Luck!

Name____________________________________ Phone/Email______________________________ Address__________________________________ Your Guess: ______________________________ Everyone‘s answer was different but all were correct... its at the point where W Catawba and Water meet. There‘s a good amount of you that sneak over to that spot to eat ice cream, beach comb, watch boats and ….. (thanks for those little stories! ha)…. Congrats to Steve Bender, Missy Legan, George Krejci, Bob Danklefsen, Marlene Gulas, Josh Smith, Jude Flegle, Jeff Hickman, Jeanie Miller, John Rick … and the many of you who told me in person. :o) Try again this month!






















Congrats to Last Month’s Winner, Phyllis Budinger! See Stacy at the Inn for your $20 GC. NAME:__________________________________




To WIN, solve this ISLAND HUT SUDOKU puzzle and mail it to: Catawba Island Press, 9841 State Road, North Royalton, Ohio 44133 by 11/30/09. Winner will be drawn randomly from correct entries received and announced in the next issue. To solve “Island Hut Sudoku”, every letter in the phrase “ISLAND HUT” must appear within each of the nine columns and nine rows AND in each of the nine boxes. Good Luck! ∞


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CATAWBA ISLAND - Waterview with Marina. 2744 sq ft 4 yr old. 3 BDs, basement, spacious 1st flr: Kitch, din rm, family room & master bedrm. 2nd flr: guest fam rm., 2 BR, BA, office, 2.5 garage. Prof. Decorated, like new, Association Pool & clubhouse. Was $429,900. Save $40K By Owner $389,000. Call 440-522-8796 HELP WANTED - Have fun meeting new people and selling Ads for Catawba Island Magazine! Call Andrea for more information at 440-724-8382

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Reach 3,700+ Catawba area Addresses with the For more Info call 440-724-8382

Classified Ads for Real Estate are 50 ツ「 a word. Free Garage Sale and Local Employment Ads. We must receive these by the last day of the month. Please send ads to: 9841 State Road, North Royalton, Ohio 44133 or

FOR SALE or WANTED Catawba Island Bargain Listings... FOR SALE Two Kerosene Heaters, one 5 gal Can. Good Condition. All $25 OBO. 419-797-4295 or 330-283-6600 FOR SALE 12" Dewalt Heavy Duty Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw $500 (new), 15'5" Holsclaw Boat Trailer $225 OBO. 419-797-7463 leave message. CATAWBA FREE HOUSE 100yr old Victorian Farm House 3 br/2 ba Needs Siding & Furnace. Must be Moved to your Lot. Serious Inquiries 419-797-6565 FOR SALE Large dark wood Dining Table, casual style, 82X41 w/2 leaves & 6 sturdy chairs $350 419-960-7076 FOR SALE - 40' diesel motor home, trade for boat, plane, land, ??? 419-285-2585

Reach over 3,700 Catawba Island area Residents & Businesses with our Service Directory! TOOL SHARPENING BLADERUNNER LLC, Precision Tool Sharpening. Bob & Pam Rahm, Catawba Island, 3956 North Union Drive, Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 419-797-4829

FOR SALE 2000 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer, 12窶話eam, twin 7.4L Mercruiser, 370hrs, color radar/chart w/GPS, 4 batteries $99,900. 419-797-4318 For Sale Stainless Steel w/Black Jenn-Air 30in Electric Microwave/Multi-Mode Convection Wall Oven Combo. New Still in Carton. PRICE/OBO $2450.00 419797-4521

Listings are limited to 20 words for residents, not businesses or paid services. We must receive these by the last day of the month. Please send ads to: 9841 State Road, North Royalton, Ohio 44133 or

COLLECTION SERVICE Turnkey Asset Recovery Solutions. Low fee of 15% on Monies collected. Bryon Evans 419-341-8426 SIDING & WINDOWS Henninger Construction Vinyl Siding, Soffit Systems, Replacement Windows, 5 inch & 6 inch Seamless Gutters, Gutter Guards. CALL GARY HENNINGER 419-798-4378

Publisher's notice: All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination." We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.

HANDYMAN SERVICES CAPTAIN FIX-IT Keeping your land home on an even keel Retired shop teacher doing the honey-do list Free estimates 419-967-0520 PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Ship & Shore Inc. Condominium and Residential Property Management Home, Condo, Commercial Cleaning 419-797-7035

*For More information on the Service Directory contact Andrea at 440-724-8382 or

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by Starr The “Seductive” SCORPIO Lucky Day: Tuesday Lucky Numbers: 2 & 4 Scorpio “Scorpion” October 23rd thru November 21st In November, you‘ll begin to take on a more forceful attitude in your dealings and your protective role with family members. Sagittarius “The Archer” November 22nd thru December 21st Stay ―afloat‖ this month, although everything including the kitchen sink seems to drop into your lap. You may become exhausted by the suggestions of those around you….but listen. Capricorn “The Mountain Goat” December 22nd thru January 19th November is likely to be a very busy and active time for you. Many errand and activities will seem to take much of your time. It‘ll be a hectic month for the Mountain Goat. Aquarius “The Water Bearer” January 20th thru February 19th Be thankful! You transcend your own self -gratification and will connect with others on a common goal. This will be a big benefit. Pisces “Two Fishes” February 20th thru March 20th Family seems to take on greater importance in November. You feel the need to be part of something that is bonded with love. Aries “The Ram”


March 21st thru April 19th A relationship gets a new lease on life when you and the other person are willing. In a moment of frustration, don‘t lose your temper and throw all your good will down the drain. Self-discipline goes a long way. Taurus “The Bull” April 20th thru May 20th A change of scenery will recharge all aspects of your life. Taking off for a day this month could be more important than you realize. Gemini “The Twins” May 21st thru June 20th Anchor in, be willing to understand and prioritize. When you relax, it will appear from nowhere. Trust is the Key! Cancer “The Crab” June 21st thru July 22nd The time is now to get past a problem and open up conversations. You want to move-on ---- November is the month! Leo “The Lion” July 23rd thru August 22nd Indulge that special someone who makes the difference in your life. Make it your treat and you will be the hero. Virgo “Virgin” August 23rd thru September 22nd You are ―Personality-Plus‖ this month! Others will respond to your humor and ideas. Dance these Fall nights away. Libra “Scales” September 23rd thru October 22nd You need to relax and not get caught up in a situation. A risk might be too much for you to handle. In November, try to get some extra R&R. ∞

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