2021 Candidates Forum

The Kelleys Island Landowners Association (KILA) is again hosting an annual Candidate’s and Issues Forum at 1:00 P.M.  Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the Estes School Gym.  All voters, landowners, and interested persons are invited to attend to hear from the candidates and village officials about their candidacy and the issues (levies) on the ballot and ask questions of them.

We hope you all can attend.

Thank you,

KILA Board of Directors


The following issues have been certified by the board of the Erie County Board of Elections for the November 2, 2021 General Election:

  • Kelleys Island Village- Renewal, current operating expenses, 1.75 mills, for 5 years, commencing in 2021.
  • Kelleys Island Village- Renewal and increase, emergency medical services, 1.57 mills, for 5 years, commencing in 2021.
  • Kelleys Island Village- Additional, providing and maintaining motor vehicles, communications and other equipment used directly in the operation of a police department, 0.36 mill, for 5 years, commencing in 2021. 

Kelleys Island Village Council, 4 to be elected:

  • Max Eaton
  • Mary Gaither
  • Eric Longbrake
  • Greg Ritchie
  • Scot A. Smith
  • Joe Wolfe

 Kelleys Island Board of Education, 3 to be elected:

  • Thomas E. Beck
  • Debra A. Haig
  • Kathleen Phinney

Kelleys Island Board of Education, Unexpired Term, 1 to be elected:

  • Nataliya Makarova-Skeans

2021 Annual Members Meeting

The KILA annual meeting will be on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at the Estes School. The agenda consists of:

  • Election of directors to the board – 7 positions
  • President’s Report of the highlights of KILA since the last Annual Meeting
  • Discussion about future activities of KILA

The Board of Directors meeting will follow the annual meeting with the newly elected directors. Nominations for a director position should be sent to the Nominating Committee at Any active KILA member may be eligible to be nominated.

The following Board members terms expire in 2021:

 NameElection Date
1Algase, Drew2001
2Arnold Chris2015
3Beck, Tom2017
4Behlen, Tom2015
5Christy, Wally2013
6Coleman, Barb1973
7Pucek, Eric2021(appointed)

2021 Homecoming Celebration a Resounding Success

This was a real “Community Effort” led by KILA.

Starting with the First Annual KILA Fish Fry on Friday (BIG thanks to Jennifer & Joel) and Frank (of Frank & Dean) for entertaining. Over 100 diners enjoyed the fried perch, sides, and desert prepared by KILA volunteers. It was so well accepted, that we await the 2nd annual Fish Fry.

Friday night crowd listening to “Frank” and awaiting Perch dinner
“Perch Fryers” Mike Reeve & Joel Byer

Then on Saturday:

  • The Parade with lots of “floats”, cars, village officials, Parade Marshals Chris Ashley & Jackie Taylor, and the Edison Chargers Marching Band of 75 Middle & High School students. Thanks Tom for organizing a memorable parade.
  • Pie Contest with 14 entries (Thanks Vicki)
  • Island Singers – National Anthem
  • The Edison Marching Band concert
  • Fat City Band who played all afternoon keeping spirits high
  • Kid’s games, Twinkie eating, and Marshmallow golf (thanks Janet)
  • The Beer Slide (thanks Dave & Leslie)
  • Bounce Castle (Thanks Jim Z)
  • Great food (Thanks Jim & crew) & beverages (thanks Frank & crew)
  • Booths: local organizations & craft vendors (Thanks Eric),

2021 KILA Homecoming prize winners:


  • 1st: Jones Reunion
  • 2nd: Ellie Kane-“Treasure Island Day”
  • 3rd: Steve Hanigosky – “Putt Putt”

Pie Contest:

  • 1st:  June Campbell
  • 2nd: Morgan Barlage
  • 3rd: Virginia Coyne
  • Like Grandma’s:  Kiki Arnold
  • Most Original: Mandy Barlage

KILA Raffle:

  • Kelly (Schnittker) Sims: Grand Prize $2500
  • Shelly Cousino: $1000
  • Jeremy Grimes: $500
  • Joe Cordaro: $250
  • Kevin Brown: $100

KILA Member door prize (Franklin Sanitation septic tank pumpout):

  • Randy & Jan Garner

Overall Winners: Everyone who participated in Homecoming
Thanks to the many local businesses and KILA volunteers who made this all happen. And thanks to all who attended Homecoming making this a great success.

Edison High School Marching Band along Lakeshore Dr.
KILA Parade Marshals Chris Ashley & Jackie Taylor
Ned Williams & Todd Hanes “Grill Masters” for lunch
KILA Raffle Grand Prize winner Kelly Sims with her children and parents Paul & Carol Schnittker. A real KI connection


KILA’s 2021 Homecoming Schedule 

August 13 & 14 @ Pavilion
Friday 5-9 PMBeer, soda pop, and Snacks
6-8 PM1st Annual KILA Fish Fry (Pre-sale tickets only)
6-8 PMEntertainment by Frank and Dean
5-9 PMCraft Booths & gift market
Saturday 11am-5 PM (times approximate)
9:00: AMPie Contest: Sign in & deliver Pies 8:30am
11:00Parade on Lakeshore – Lineup 10:30 am
Theme: KI Activities, Parade Marshalls: Chris Ashley & Jackie Taylor
11:45Opening Ceremony at Pavilion – Parade & Pie Contest winners
12:00 noonIsland Singers
12:15 Edison Chargers Marching Band
12:30 – 2:00 pmFat City Band
12 -1:00Tour of Fire Trucks and Ambulance
1:00Estes School Picture (@KILA Booth)
2:00Marshmallow Golf
2:15Twinkie Eating Contest
2:2050-50 Raffle
2:30 to 4 PMFat City Band
3 to 3:45Kids Games
4:00Last bids due for Silent Auction
4:00Member’s raffle for Septic system maintenance
4:00Drawing for KILA Raffle Ticket prizes
Until 5:00Snacks, Burgers, Dogs & sides
Until 3:00Snickers Balloon Sculptures
all dayCraft Booths and gift market
all dayBeer and Beverages and Beer Slide
Until 4:00Bounce Castle
5:00 PM Shut Down & Clean up
Sponsored by the Kelleys Island Landowners Association – KILA

KILA Raffle Tickets

The always popular KILA Raffle will be back this year.  A maximum of 500 tickets at $20 will be sold.  Prizes will be as previously: 1st: $2500, 2nd: $1000, 3rd: $500, 4th: $250, 5th: $100.  The Drawing will be at Homecoming on August 14th.  KILA board members will be selling tickets.  Funding for projects like the trash containers for the village and VFW flags comes from fund raisers like the annual raffle, Homecoming, and donations.  Get yours before we sell out.

New Trash Containers for Village

Donation to VFW

The KI VFW Post 9908 purchased and installed American Flags along East & West Lakeshore, Division, Chappel, and Addison streets. They really dress up the downtown area.   KILA is proud to donate $500 to the VFW toward this project.  The donation was made to VFW Commander Paul Burns at the Memorial Day ceremony by members of the KILA board of directors.

From Left to Right:  Greg Yoscovits, Frank Dodson, Paul Burns, Wallace Christy, Todd Hanes, Drew Algase, Tom Behlen.

KILA Kards

The 2021 KILA Kards have been mailed last week to active members from 2021 and 2020. You should receive them this week at the mailing address in our records. If you don’t receive the Kards by July 5th, please let us know at

If you have not renewed your membership for 2021, please do so.

And, don’t forget HOMECOMING on August 13 & 14th at the Pavilion.

KILA Membership

Septic System Maintenance

This year, KILA is partnering with Franklin Sanitation to promote awareness of the importance to our environment of maintaining your septic systems. Your active KILA membership (new or renewal) this year automatically enters you in a drawing for a free septic tank pump out (up to 1000 gal.) from Franklin Sanitation.  The drawing will be held at Homecoming on August 14th.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you have your system inspected (in general) every three years by a licensed contractor and have the tank pumped, when necessary, generally every three to five years. For more information check with the Ohio Department of Health at: .

Your membership in KILA helps us support and improve Kelleys Island. If you have not joined or renewed you membership, please do so.

Note: The KILA Kards will be resumed this year. Active members will benefit by getting discounts from local businesses. The cards are planned to be mailed by the end of May.