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Community Calendar July 11-17

Thursday July 11

Sunset Cruise
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Jet Express Dock, downtown Port Clinton
COST: Tickets $40 or two for $70
INFO: 419-734-5503

Summer lunch and fun
WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays June 11-August 22
WHERE: 3 sites; Lakeview Estates, Ida Rupp Library, and Bay Meadows
INFO: United Way at 419-734-6645

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Pizza Hut supports Alex’s Lemonade Stand in July

In their continuing efforts to contribute to cures for all kids with cancer, 76 Pizza Hut restaurants throughout Northeast Ohio will fundraise for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation from July 13-31. All participating Pizza Huts will sell paper lemons throughout the second half of the month to raise funds for the battle against childhood cancer.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $60 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 300 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

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Ohio grain organizations working to improve waterways

While many factors and sources affect water quality, Ohio’s agricultural organizations, including the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program and the Ohio Corn Marketing Program are investing more than $1 million to conduct on-farm, edge-of-field testing in partnership with The Ohio State University, OSU Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. 

The research, already in progress, is monitoring surface runoff and sub-surface drainage from the edges of fields. How phosphorus moves from fields to waterways has never before been explored in such detail in Ohio. The results will be used to identify and rank farming practices that are most effective in keeping nutrients on the field and out of waterways, helping farmers to reduce runoff and improve Ohio’s waterways.

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Kite Flight brightens the skies over Port Clinton

On Sunday at Waterworks Park the Fifth Annual Greater Port Clinton Arts Council’s Kite Flight brightened the grey skies. Special guests the Windjammers out of Detroit, MI, are a world-traveling professional kite flying team who recently came back from an event in Singapore. This year’s Kite Flight also featured a make your own kite table and the Rotary Club perch wagon.

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Graduation

Navy Seaman Apprentice Robert Waschpusch Jr, son of Joanne L. Waschpusch of Port Clinton and Everett Tennant of Marblehead, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL.

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Significant harmful algal bloom predicted for this summer

Bloom anticipated to be similar to 2003

After an accurate prediction last year, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) once again issued a seasonal harmful algal bloom (HAB) forecast for Lake Erie at an all-day press event at Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island last week. The forecast predicts a significant bloom for this summer, similar to conditions last seen in 2003 and about one-fifth the size of 2011’s record bloom.

“Significant means that people will notice a bloom,” explains Dr. Richard Stumpf, Oceanographer at NCCOS. “However, you can plan your activities around a bloom of this scale.” Stumpf recommended that those interested in getting updates about HABs in Lake Erie subscribe to NOAA’s Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie Bulletin, which offers weekly updates of bloom locations and impacts.

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The flying Ford, still flying

Port Clinton Mayor Vincent Leone (right foreground) thanks Maurice Hovious for bringing the TriMotor restoration project to the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton. 

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