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For Max and Lucy Schneider, the commute to Put-in-Bay School on South Bass Island starts with a take-off.

“I wake up in the morning, and then to get to school I go on a plane, and then I take a taxi to get here,” says Lucy Schneider, an 8th grader who enjoys cheerleading and art class. Her brother Max is a high school sophomore who’s involved with the basketball team and robotics club.

The Schneiders live on Middle Bass Island, about a mile from Put-in-Bay. The Middle Bass school closed in 1982, so since then, students have been flying to Put-in-Bay daily.

Margaret Thompson/ideastream

Great Lakes Today's Elizabeth Miller flew to an island in Lake Erie recently, to visit Ohio's smallest school, and her report was featured on All Things Considered:

School traffic never bothers Max Schneider.

In the airplane he takes to class every day, his commute is pretty easy.

NOAA

New heat maps from NOAA show the startling change in water temperatures across the Great Lakes this year.

Back in 2014, the heat map shows a bluish scene, illustrating cool temperatures. But this year, the map in late November temps is all yellows and oranges.

NASA

The Great Lakes are much warmer than usual, and that will be a factor in limiting ice formation this winter, the National Weather Service says in its "freeze-up outlook."

by Veronica Volk

A program to fund restoration and remediation projects in the Great Lakes region has an uncertain future.

A cove on the South Shore of Lake Ontario near Rochester, New York called Buck Pond is undergoing a transformation.

Brad Mudrzynski is a graduate student with the College at Brockport and is working on a habitat restoration project here.

"One of the focus points of this project is to create northern pike spawning habitat," he says.

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