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What happened to my swan friends?

I do not want to ruffle anyone’s feathers but I have to say that I miss seeing the swans, particularly the ones that hung out in West Harbor and the hundred or so that enjoyed their lives in the bay behind Nagoya at Rt. 53 going out on Catawba Island.  Every year I look forward to seeing my swan friend “Sammy” and his wife “Samantha” bring their young family to my deck.  I fed them every day, sometimes 5 times a day. Some years they brought 5 to 7 babies and other years less but it always signaled spring was here. This year Sammy came one time in the early spring and then he and the rest of the hundred or so swans disappeared.  I have heard and I know it was true that it was a very hard winter on them and many died.  However, they were here for a short time and then they mysteriously disappeared.  I did see two lone ones this past weekend in East Harbor but something tells me they won’t last long. 

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Protect and Promote Lake Erie

Editor’s note: The following is a statement from State Senator Randy Gardner, founder and co-chairman of the Lake Erie Caucus who represents more Lake Erie shoreline than any other member of the Ohio Senate.  He represents the 2nd Senate District, which includes the Lake Erie counties of Lucas, Ottawa and Erie.  He visited the Ottawa County communities of Port Clinton, Catawba Island Township and Marblehead on Monday and visited Erie County on Tuesday to hand-deliver the following message to community leaders:

Over the past three years, I have been especially engaged in efforts to help heal our great natural asset, Lake Erie.   New programs like the Healthy Lake Erie Fund to help with agricultural best practices to reduce nutrient runoff and Ohio’s first-ever fund to begin to reduce open lake dumping of dredge materials is going to make a difference.

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Lady Redskin tennis gets their first win

The Lady Redskins recorded their first win of the season Monday afternoon with a 5-0 win over Fremont St. Joe.

Alyssa Krupp (PC) def. Ashley Burns (SJ) 6-0, 6-2
Kelsey Dietrich (PC) def. Tricia Reinhart (SJ) 6-2, 6-0
Eryn Binder (PC) def. Danielle Baez (SJ) 6-0, 6-1
 
Libby Showalter and Taylor Steyer (PC) def. Olivia Reinhart & Andrea Riehl (SJ) 6-3, 6-2
Candace Smith and Meghan Gallogly (PC) def. Morgan Collins & Sophie Militello (SJ) 6-4, 6-2
 
“Everyone played very well tonight.  Both doubles teams have been working on their chemistry and things seem to be clicking.  The singles players were very solid,” said Coach Smith.
 
Kassidy Mahler and the doubles team of Hannah Roberts and Lauren Steyer won in JV action.
 
PC travels to Oak Harbor on Tuesday and Fremont Ross on Thursday.

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Lady Redskin tennis starts their season

The Lady Redskins opened their season with a 3-2 loss to Norwalk Thursday afternoon.

Alyssa Krupp (PC) def. Lauren Ott (N) 1-6, 6-2, 6-1
Kelsey Dietrich (PC) def. Lauren Steffani (N) 6-3, 6-1
Jasmine Ashakih (N) def. Eryn Binder (PC) 6-2, 6-2

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Exotic Birds at Otterbein

Laura Miller of Nature View Exotic Bird Aviaries shares information about the birds to two Otterbein North Shore residents.

People of all ages came to greet the new arrivals at Otterbein North Shore on Tuesday, August 5, when a variety of colorful finches were delivered by Laura Miller of Nature View Exotic Bird Aviaries in Fremont.  Fourteen birds will make the Otterbein aviary their home.  Supported entirely by donations, including from the Marblehead Bank, every day more than 40 -50 people will be able to view, relax and enjoy exotic birds in their own habitat, while delighting in the beauty of baby bird hatchings.

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FriendShip and JDRF poker run August 23

FriendShip Food Stores teams with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for the fifth annual poker run on Saturday, August 23, at Margaritaville in Sandusky. This year automobiles and motorcycles will be participating together.  

The ride will begin with the registration at 11 a.m. Participants must be registered and on the run by 2:30 p.m., as this poker run is more than 2 hours in length.  The run will proceed from Margaritaville to five Friendship Food Store locations which include Norwalk, Wakeman, Vermillion, Amherst, and Sandusky (the ride is subject to change for safety and efficiency). All participants are to return to Margaritaville to turn in their poker hands no later than 4:30 p.m.

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Sean Black takes second at JTBA

Sean Black, former Port Clinton Redskin Bowler and current Davenport University Bowler, led the qualifying at the Junior Tournament Bowlers Association (JTBA) at Miracle Lanes in Toledo Sunday, August 10.

He was fifth after the first 5 games rolling 211-178-209-269-190 and followed in the 3 game semifinals with 278-231-205 to become top qualifier. The JTBA used the 36’ Los Angeles Sport Lane Condition. He lost the final stepladder game to Urbana University’s Kyle Cook 259-190.

Sean earned $338 in scholarships and a paid entry into next summer’s USBC Junior Gold Tournament in Chicago.

“Today was a very strong outing and I am very pleased with this performance. I can’t be upset at all with losing in the Finals because it’s very difficult to beat a 259 on these type of Lane conditions,” Black said of the tournament. “This gives me lots of confidence after a rough tournament last weekend in Michigan so to come out and be able to execute good shots today was good as I continue to develop my bowling game.”

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Yankee Air Force supports the Warbirds Over Port Clinton

Yankee Lady, photo by the Erie-Ottawa International Airport Authority.

Yankee Lady, the pristine World War II Boeing B-17G heavy bomber and Yankee Warrior, the combat veteran B-25D Mitchell medium bomber, will be flying into Erie-Ottawa International Airport supporting the Warbirds Over Port Clinton air show.   The radio controlled air show opens Saturday morning August 23 at 9 a.m. and the B-25 Yankee Warrior will arrive shortly thereafter.  The four-engine Flying Fortress will arrive on Sunday morning helping open the second day. Both planes are based at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti Michigan.  The B-25 will be available for Flight Experience (FLEX) rides on Saturday and the B-17 will offer rides on Sunday. 

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Natural solution to algae problem in western Lake Erie 

Image courtesy of NOAA

Editor’s note: this article was written by Ray Stewart, President of Ohio Wetlands Association and Dr. William J. Mitsch, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University; Director, Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, OSU; Eminent Scholar and Director, Everglades Wetland Research Park; Founding Editor-in-Chief, Ecological Engineering

Officials may be hedging their responses to the latest water crisis in the western Lake Erie basin but there is no mystery to what is going on. While the investigation into specifics about this particular spike have not been completed, the general causes are well understood. 

Too many nutrients, especially phosphorus, have made their way into the water. Agricultural fertilizers, septic systems, sewage treatment plants and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are all contributors. These nutrients, combined with the long day lengths and the warmer temperatures of summer, create the perfect incubator for algae and especially Mycrosistis cyanobacteria that produce toxic substances. 

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