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Middle Bass auction benefits Stein Hospice

Lake lovers and anglers will have more than 100 “fishy” items to bid on at the Hook, Line & Sinker Charity Art Auction to be held Saturday, July 28, at the Middle Bass Island Town Hall. From kayaks to fish-decorated chairs, ornaments and pillows, the auction will benefit Stein Hospice and the island’s Town Hall and Fire Department.
The silent auction gets under way at 1 p.m. and ends at 3:20 p.m. The live auction runs from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Boxed lunches, beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

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Kelleys Island celebrates 38th homecoming

The Kelleys Island Landowners Association is hosting the 38th Homecoming festival on Saturday, Aug. 18, on Kelleys Island.
The theme this year is Celebrate Kelleys Island. How do you celebrate the island? It may be swimming or fishing, relaxing in the sun, maybe sampling the fine tastes of the pubs and restaurants or bird watching or hiking.
Festivities start at 11 a.m. with a parade along the south shore that ends at the picnic pavilion on Addison Street. Last year’s parade featured a collection of classic cars, hand-made floats and lots of unusual costumes and decorated golf carts and cars. The parade marshals this year are Vi Feyedelem and Tony Vacca (Vi’s Gift Shop and Papa T’s ice cream) for coming back after the fire of 2010 destroyed their businesses.

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Six Lake Erie water samples positive for Asian Carp DNA

Federal and state wildlife officials working in conjunction with academic researchers recently announced six water samples taken from Sandusky and north Maumee bays tested positive for the presence of Asian carp environmental DNA in Michigan and Ohio waters.
The positive samples were among 417 taken from Lake Erie in August 2011, and more than 2,000 samples taken from the Great Lakes Basin since 2010. The Lake Erie batch was recently analyzed and test results were confirmed by eDNA researchers last week. The six positive samples represent less than 1.5 percent of the Lake Erie samples.
Four samples from Sandusky Bay, in Ohio waters, tested positive for bighead carp eDNA, while two samples from north Maumee Bay, in Michigan waters, were positive for silver carp eDNA.
In response to these findings, electro-shocking and netting began Friday in Sandusky Bay with no evidence of Asian carp found. However, additional testing and monitoring are planned by the Ohio and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources in conjunction with partner agencies.

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