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April 24: Arbor Day

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April 24: Arbor Day

City Tree Commission Chairman Larry Holman watching the Cub Scouts finish planting the tree at West End Park Friday. On Friday, April 24, at West End Park in the City of...

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New volunteer guardians complete Probate…

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New volunteer guardians complete Probate Court training

Back row left to right: Judge Kathleen Giesler, Katherine Withrow, Jim Adkins, Laura Hazel, Dianne Hartenburg, Jennifer Simpson, Volunteer Guardianship Coordinator, Front row: Linda Berhent, Brenda Hollensen and Susan Chaney.

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Port Clinton Touch of Class competes at …

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Port Clinton Touch of Class competes at national competition

Port Clinton High School Touch of Class was one of only 12 high school groups in the country to advance to the ICHSA Finals.  They traveled to New York City...

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2015-2016 Ohio hunting and fishing licenses available

Ohio’s hunting and fishing license year kicked off March 1 allowing hunters and anglers to purchase their 2015-2016 licenses and many permits, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The prices for Ohio’s 2015-2016 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and permits are unchanged from last year. Resident license and permit prices have remained unchanged for 12 years.

Ohio’s 2015-2016 licenses will be valid immediately upon purchase through Feb. 29, 2016. White-tailed deer and fall wild turkey hunting permits will go on sale later in 2015.

Licenses and permits can be purchased online at wildohio.gov and at hundreds of participating agents throughout the state. A complete list of participating license sales agents can be found at wildohio.gov.

Licenses are also available for purchase on a mobile device, such as a smartphone. For licenses purchased on a mobile device, the customer must be able to display the emailed license on the mobile device or present a printed copy of the license upon request.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

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Ice fishing tips from ODNR

As cold temperatures continue, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) encourages eager ice anglers to be aware of the conditions before ice fishing on Ohio waters. While Ohio offers an unparalleled fishing experience, it’s more important to remember that no ice is safe ice and any ice that is covered by snow should always be presumed to be unsafe.

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Ohio Watercraft Officers increase patrols to stop boating under the influence

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 27-29 as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI) of drugs or alcohol.

“Consuming alcohol on a boat can have serious, even deadly, consequences,” said Gary Obermiller, chief of the ODNR Division of Watercraft. “It is critical for drivers and passengers to stay sober and stay safe at all times while boating.”

The leading factor in boater deaths nationwide is alcohol use while boating. Operation Dry Water will focus on increased patrols, Breathalyzer tests and checkpoints as well as boater education about the dangers of boating under the influence.

Last year during the three-year Operation Dry Water, ODNR Division of Watercraft officers contacted boaters on 456 vessels and made 10 arrests for boating under the influence.

In Ohio, boaters whose blood alcohol content (BAC) level exceeds the state limit of .08 can expect to be arrested for BUI and face other serious penalties, including fines, jail and loss of privileges to register and to operate boats.

Operation Dry Water is a joint program of the ODNR Division of Watercraft, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the U.S. Coast Guard and local marine patrol officers. For more information on Operation Dry Water visit operationdrywater.org.

The ODNR Division of Watercraft is responsible for boating safety, education and law enforcement on all waters of the state. This statewide area includes the near shore area along 451 miles of the Ohio River, approximately half the entire surface area of Lake Erie, more than 605 inland lakes and more than 60,000 miles of inland streams, rivers and other waterways.

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