This Ohio Island Has a Problem: There’s No Ice

When the summer tourist season ends in Put-in-Bay, an island on Lake Erie, the residents turn to the ice for fun and to earn a living. What happens when the lake refuses to freeze?

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Mary Ann McCann, 87, is part of a family whose history on South Bass Island goes back seven generations.

“Maybe it’s the usual cycle,” George Stoiber, 81, said of the last few disappointing winters. Sitting at a restaurant and trading tales of past winters with Mr. Schroeder, he said there had always been bad ice years among the good ones.

Still, Mr. Stoiber acknowledged a grim possibility: “Maybe it’s climate change.”

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