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Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest

Lake Erie enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of Lake Erie life digitally, or on film, can enter the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) 2014 Life on Lake Erie photo contest. This year's contest will feature a new category highlighting the unique winter of 2014.  

Photographers are encouraged to submit their favorite winter photos of Lake Erie and its ice cover from this past winter. This may include icescapes, ice fishing, thawing or activities that took place during Lake Erie’s frozen months. The commission continues to encourage entries depicting Lake Erie scenes, people and wildlife taken throughout the year and throughout the Lake Erie region.

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Miller Ferry going green

Over the Fourth of July weekend, most passengers aboard the Miller Ferry showed off the familiar red, white and blue showcasing their patriotism.  The actual ferry boat itself however, will be showing off quite a different color: Green. 

In an effort to make their fleet more energy efficient and lower emissions, Miller Boat Line is proud to announce that they will now be using a 10% biofuel blend in two of their passenger/vehicle ferries hoping to someday increase that ferry number to four. 

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Lake Erie Island State Parks improvements announced

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer announced Thursday, June 5, that capital improvements will be made on Kelleys Island, North Bass Island, South Bass Island and Middle Bass Island state parks. Catawba Island and East Harbor state parks will also be receiving improvements. The 2015-2016 capital budget also allocated funding for renovating the Lonz Winery property on Middle Bass Island to allow for public-private partnership.

“We always want to provide Ohioans more opportunities to get out and enjoy Lake Erie and our island state parks,” said Zehringer. “These projects will improve the experience of our visitors and help transform the Lonz Winery property into a destination that will benefit the residents and local businesses.”

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