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Walleye and perch fishing still great in the Western Basin

Larry Crum Jr., happy with his catch

It’s been a strange fishing season this year. Normally we have to chase the nomadic walleye around to different areas of the lake as they follow their forage base, but this season they have been staying in relatively the same areas for a couple of months. The east side of Pelee Island and the weather buoy have been consistently holding walleye for many months. While the size of fish on Northwest Reef or the “Kidney” as it’s referred to, are smaller than earlier in the year, they are still being caught there. Reports of nice size walleye are being caught on the reefs out in front of Port Clinton, too.

The perch have been moving around a lot more this season, but can still be found in and around the islands, all around Pelee Island and over near Vermilion and Huron.

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Sandusky Art Walk

Behind the counter with customers is Amy Kahler Hefflinger co-owner of Brick Gallery

On Thursday, Aug. 1, Sandusky hosted its monthly Art Walk downtown. The Sandusky Art Walk takes place the first Thursday of the month, May through December. From Washington Park down Columbus Avenue down to the waterfront and in surrounding areas artists and art lovers wandered the streets. In between visiting vendors and dodging rain, participants visited local businesses along the route of the Art Walk.

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The Legacy of Lenny Thom

Mary Ellen Frawley, younger sister of Lenny Thom, aboard “Thomcat”

On Tuesday, two of the legacies of Lenny Thom met for the first time. Mary Ellen Frawley, 81, formerly of Sandusky and now of North Olmsted, was just 14 years old when her big brother Lenny died in a car-train accident. 

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Fishing Derby at the Fair

Kaylee Laubacher, daughter of Jeremy and Laura Laubacher of Oak Harbor, at the fishing derby.

On Sunday, July 20th, at the Ottawa County Fair, the Oak Harbor FFA and Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District sponsored the annual Kids Fishing Derby. One hundred kids participated this year, some fishing for their first time. The Senior Fair Board stocked the racetrack pond with catfish so that the kids would have a pretty good chance of reeling in the big one. The largest catfish pulled in that morning weighed in at 6 ½ pounds.

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Community invited to meeting on Downtown Revitalization Plan Aug. 15

Members of the community are invited to give input on the Physical Environment and Social (Promotions) Environment components of the Downtown Revitalization Plan.  Members of the community, Main Street Port Clinton and the City are working together to put a plan in place for revitalization of the Downtown. The Plan will be based on the Four Point Main Street Approach. Important physical environment (design) ideas will be discussed such as vehicular/pedestrian traffic, streetscape/greenspace, lighting, signage, gateways, street furniture/fixtures, parking, and building/infrastructure conditions.  Important social (promotions) environment ideas will be discussed such as general image, target markets, special events, retail events, and tourism. 

The meeting is on Thursday, August 15th at 7 p.m. at City Hall, Council Chambers, 1868 East Perry Street, Port Clinton. Please contact Jennifer Porter at the City at 419-734-5522 ext. 239 with any questions.

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D&J Automotive and Freeman’s SureShine

With years of experience between them, Jamie Stoops from D&J Automotive and Brett Freeman from Freeman’s SureShine Auto Detail are making a one stop shop for Port Clinton’s automotive needs. D&J Automotive and Freeman’s SureShine are located at 318 Buckeye Blvd., across from Star Lanes at the Harbor bowling alley. Jamie and Brett ensure quality customer service. 

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Special meeting on Waterworks Park Aug. 8

Mayor Vincent Leone of Port Clinton has called a special meeting of Council for Aug. 8 at 6 p.m.  This meeting will be held at the Elks’ Lodge located at 231 Buckeye Blvd., and will be for the purpose of a full presentation by Mike Rose from Washington Properties on their plan for Waterworks Park.  The previous meeting with Washington Properties was based on initial conceptual drawings and this meeting will include the actual proposal. The proposal will be presented to everyone, including the Administration, Council and the public, for the first time at this meeting.

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PCAC’s Arts in the Park is one of oldest art festivals in Ohio

Arts in the Park, sponsored by the Port Clinton Artists’ Club, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 3 & 4 at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton.  Nearly 120 artists from Ohio, and all over the Midwest, will be showing and selling their original creations.  The show is open to the public and parking is free.  One of the oldest art festivals in Ohio, Arts in the Park is celebrating nearly 60 years of continuing to bring unique and original art to Ottawa County.

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