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Workers have finished repairs on the exterior of Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial, and National Park Superintendent Blanca Alvarez Stransky announced Tuesday that the column will reopen for visitation on Tuesday, July 3.
The memorial will be open 10 am to 6 pm daily.
Perry's Victory closed three years ago to make needed repairs to the column for public safety. In the course of making repairs, other issues were revealed. The memorial was scheduled to open July 4, but contractors moved the date to July 20 last month because windy conditions were delaying work from the swing stages hanging off the 352-foot tall column.
Contractors have made up the time, and the column will reopen at its originally scheduled date in time for Put-in-Bay's Independence Day festivities.

Congratulations and a big HONK! to the guys from Miller Boat Line on their four time "People's Choice" award win, and their first title as the Cardboard Boat Race champs at Monday night's 4th annual Cardboard Boat Races, capping Pyrate Fest IV: The Revenge!
 The Miller Ferry also won the "Best Design" award for their Battleship entry, and "Fastest Heat" covering the course in 53 seconds. The Roundhouse's "Red Rocket IV" placed second, and Frosty's came in third after their boat fell apart and they couldn't race the final heat.
 Pyrate King Captain Mad Dog presided over the races before declaring Pyrate Fest IV closed, and admitting he once again could not find his lost treasure.
Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make Pyrate Fest IV a success!

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Have some fun this Sunday, June 10, playing nine holes of golf with just a 5 iron and a putter in the 18th annual 5-Iron Classic at Saunders Resort Golf Course.
 Lot of great prize packages at each hole, a chance to win $10,000 cash, great raffle prizes, food, beverages (including beer, water and Pepsi products) and fun.
 Cost is $120 per four-player team. The entry fee includes greens fees, a chance at each of nine hole prizes and four hole-in-one prizes, including the $10,000 cash, all food and beverages.
 You can download the register form from our website at http://visitputinbay.com/ under the Download Forms link. Or pick up a form at the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce office in the Depot.
 First tee time is 9 am and the final tee time is 5:30 pm. Food will be served beginning at 11:30 am and will continue until the final team has completed the course.

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US Brig Niagara will be in port overnight. Niagara, based at the Erie Maritime Museum in Eria, PA, is in the Lake Erie Islands for a sail training program. About 9:10 am today Niagara was cruising to the battle site of the Battle of Lake Erie, about 10 miles northwest of Put-in-Bay.
 The Niagara will be arriving at Put-in-Bay about 2 pm for an overnight stay at Fox's Dock, and will depart Saturday for Canada.
 The Battle of Lake Erie was fought on the morning of September 10, 1813 between American forces lead by Commodore Oliver H. Perry, and a British fleet lead by Robert Barclay.
 Perry's heroics in a small rowboat that took him from the battered US Brig Lawrence to the fresh crew and sails of the Niagara, were instrumental in the US handing the British Navy it first defeat in history.
 The resulting two centuries of peace between the US, Canada, and the UK is being celebrated this year through 2015. The first shots that began the War of 1812 were fired , 1812, at Fort Malden in Amherstburg, ON, 37 miles north of the islands. There are events at both Fort Malden and Put-in-Bay on June 18 to mark the anniversary. You can enlist in Perry's militia over the weekend of 6/15 at Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial.
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This Sunday, June 10, is the 18th Annual 5-Iron Classic at Saunders Resort Golf Course at Put-in-Bay. This 9-hole scramble is sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau.
First tee off is 9 am and the final tee time is 5:30 pm. You can pre-register by downloading a form from the chamber websote at http://visitputinbay.com, or you can register at the course the day of the tournament.
The 5-Iron Classic is played with just a 5 iron and a putter. Players each have nine chances to win a hole prize package, and four chances at winning a hole-in-one proze, including $10,000 cash.
Food, beverages, greens fees, and hole contests are included in the $120 fee for a 4-player team. Food is served from 11:30 am until the last team finishes the course.
Also great raffle prizes, including a Callaway Cleveland browns Golf Bag, a Cleveland #5 Driver and head cover, and a Dr. Pepper 10-speed bike, and a chipping contest for a set of golf clubs.

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Check out who is open on the island this weekend at our website, http://visitputinbay.com. We have openings for April weekends and May. To help plan your island escape, you can also order our Put-in-Bay Island Visitor Guide from our website. The 56-page guide has our Calendar of Events, a map and listing of our members, a list of attractions, and other information. The visitor guide is free and we will also include both the Jet Express and Miller Ferry schedules.

Help plant two Buckeye trees during Put-in-Bay's Arbor Day celebration this Friday, April 27. Meet in DeRivera Park at 4 pm. The Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy is hosting the event.

Don't forget Friday is Frosty's Opening Night Pizza Buffet, an island tradition going back 40 years. Pizza, salad, and breadsticks is $7 for adults and $4.50 for kids.
We'll catch up with you there beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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Congratulations, and a big Thank You! to Julene Market from Miller Boat Line, http://millerferry.com for her 16 years of service on the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau. Julene remains on the board's Marketing Committee. Julene, and her brothers Billy and Scott, are the owners of Miller Boat Line.
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