Hidden along the shores of Sandusky Bay is a small town known as Bay View. With only two roads leading in and out, tourists usually stumble upon the quiet town by accident as they travel the scenic roads alongside Lake Erie.
When I arrived in the area early Wednesday morning the place was fairly still. No one was out fishing on the pier, which was once a bridge, nor were people seen bustling about. Yet, as I cruised through the streets, I happened upon a cheerful gentleman by the name of Peter DeNower as he rolled his wheelchair through the streets of the town. We talked for a few minutes about everything from how he liked to get his exercise by rolling around Bay View, but on hotter days went to the mall, to what life was like in the area.
After chatting with him for awhile, I wandered over to the local breakfast joint, the Bay Bell Restaurant, where owner and server Sally Bruns playfully joked with the restaurant's regulars. Not to be outdone, they responded by giving her a hard time about the coffee or occasional lack of cream on the table.
The rest of the day went on much as the morning had: People taking the time to say hello and chat while going about their business. Neighbors smiling and waving as I wandered among the small streets of the town with its many small homes of various shapes and sizes stacked close together, some with small gardens and others with dogs barking for attention in the back yard. Neighbors would be standing in driveways talking or kids playing a friendly game of basketball or even just relaxing and enjoying the evening out on their porches.
Inside the local bar, Terry's Tavern, Terry Lassen, who has owned the place for the last 30 years, frequently paused from preparing lunch in the kitchen to catch up with the regulars or neighbors stopping in for a bite. After talking a minute or so and having a quick laugh, he'd retreat back to the kitchen to put final touches on a delicious cheeseburger or piece of perch before sending the grub out to hungry customers.
Down the road at Snyder's Towing and garage, where Bay View Mayor Paul "Skeeter" Snyder and two more generations of Snyders work, the kids know they can go and have the air in their bicycle tires checked. Next door at the Lake View Motel, Paul Sherrill can tell you some interesting historical facts about the quiet town and how it used to be much busier before Ohio 2 was built and traffic across the bay was taken out of town. If someone wants even more history of the town, then Maureena Boyce, co-owner of All My Relations Native American Shop, can tell you about the area's rich Native American history.
Bay View seems as if it is a town that moves at a slower pace, not as affected by the hustle and bustle of today's society. The quiet little town with its beautiful view of Sandusky Bay and amiable people has been pushed out of the mainstream's eye, but is definitely not forgotten to those who know where to look for a piece of American pie.