Bicentennial Celebration is here

Playfair and Pathfinder

It has been 200 years since there has been such a momentous gathering of people and ships on the north coast of Ohio. In 1813, in the waters off of South Bass Island, there was a great naval battle. For the next dozen days we celebrate that battle’s legacy of peace. In the past 200 years, the battles fought in our peaceful Lake Erie waters have largely been confined to those of fishermen vs. walleye.


Three tips to get the most from your Medicare plan in 2014

By Steve Gulas, Bolte Insurance

• Evaluate your Part D prescription drug plan. This is much easier than most people think. It is important to make certain your existing medications will still be covered on your present plan for 2014. Also check to see if there are other plans that may offer a lower premium and out-of-pocket drug cost savings. You can do this by going to and click compare Medicare health and drug plans. This tool will allow you to make an easy side by side comparison of your present plan. Presently there are about 30 Part D prescription drug plans to choose from.


Navy Band adds performances in Lakeside and Marblehead

A nine-member ensemble of the United States Navy Band will perform two free concerts on the Marblehead Peninsula on Sunday, Sept. 1. The band will play at 2 p.m. at Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside. Then at 7 p.m. they will perform at the MarbleheadLighthouseState Park. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Guests attending the evening concert are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets as no formal seating will be provided.


First day of school

Olivia Spencer, Erieyonna Buckley and Katelynne Schau take a break from recess at Bataan Memorial Primary Elementary. The first day of school for the Port Clinton City School District was Monday, Aug.26. Port Clinton City School officials report a very successful start to the 2013-14 school year. For more pictures visit the Photo Album at or Port Clinton City School District Facebook Page.


Perch, Peach, Pierogi & Polka Festival in Port Clinton Aug.30-Sept. 1

2012 Festival 

The 9th annual Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in downtown Port Clinton at 109 E. Perry Street over Labor Day Weekend. This year the event will begin on Friday, Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. The fun, food and polka music will continue on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1. The festival will be open from 5-11 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.


Lake Erie Solo Challenge

I am absolutely amazed and touched by the interest and support I got during the Lake Erie Solo Challenge. This was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done.  I was expecting it to be difficult; it is supposed to be difficult, and not everyone is expected to complete it.  One sailor was making his third attempt. The physical, mental, and psychological challenges pushed every limit I had.  However, the rewards were commensurate.  I’m not exaggerating to say that it was a profound experience and I learned a tremendous amount, about single-handing, sailing in general and about myself.


Coastlines calendar Aug. 29-Sep. 4

Aug. 29

Western Basin of Lake Erie

Tall Ships Parade of Sail, 2-5 p.m.

Port Clinton

Red Tail Squadron’s “Rise Above”, Erie Ottawa Regional Airport, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Outdoor Barbershop Quartet Concert, Ida Rupp Library, 7 p.m.


How to Net a Fish

Jordan, Rick and Chase

Until yesterday, I had never given it a second thought that someone might not know how to net a fish. I sometimes forget that what comes as second nature to me is a very new experience to someone else and can be quite challenging. I thought I would share this experience with all of you in the hope it is helpful.

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