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North Coast Bluegrass by the Bay Festival Aug 22

Headliner Lonesome River Band.

Sandusky/Bayshore KOA Campgroud, 2311 Cleveland Road East in Sandusky, will host the Third Annual North Coast Bluegrass by the Bay Festival on Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23.   Proceeds from the festival will benefit Cancer Services of Erie County.  

“We are so excited to be hosting the festival again this year,” said Jeff Hoffman of Sandusky/ Bayshore KOA.  “Giving back to the community is a way for us to honor our brother, Doug, and our mother, Grace (Pete), who we lost to cancer.  We, the Hoffman family, have always loved bluegrass music and sponsoring this festival has been something we have wanted to do for a very long time.  With the service that Cancer Service of Erie County performs, it is a natural fit for us.”

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WoodsStock Music & Arts Festival in Elmore Aug 2

On Saturday, August 2, from 10 a.m. until midnight, the WoodsStock Music & Arts Festival will be held as a benefit at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens located in Elmore.  

The rain or shine festival features a juried fine arts show and two stages of live music and eight bands performing throughout the day.  The festival also includes a vintage car show and two food courts by Rosie’s Italian Grille and Rosie's Rolling Chef.  Fine artists from all over the country will be lining the Grand Lawn of the beautiful seventeen acre botanical gardens. The musical lineup features the national act, indie folk rock band, Wheeler Brothers from Austin, Texas.  Phil Barone and The Cruisers will close out the day with Joe Cocker and Jim Morrison tribute sets.  Beer, wine and liquor are available for purchase throughout the day.

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Oak Harbor Young Farmer Fundraising Event

The Oak Harbor Young Farmer Chapter is sponsoring a Chicken BBQ Dinner at the Oak Harbor High School Cafeteria on Friday, September 12, as their main fundraising activity for community service groups for the year 2014.   Serving for this event will be from 5-6:30 p.m.  Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to help the Holiday Bureau, donation to BCS Food Pantry, and promote youth activities.  Cooperating with this special fundraising event will be Oak Harbor FFA Chapter members.

Tickets for this dinner and fundraising event will be available until Monday, September 8.  Tickets will be an $8 donation for quarter chicken, baked potato, green beans, roll and butter, drink, and ice cream cup.   Tickets are available from any FFA Member, Young Faramer member, or call YF Treasurer – Louis Damschroder at 419 898-5440.  Please help raise money to help the Oak Harbor community in 2014.

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Coalition of Diverse Interests launches Healthy Water Ohio

One of Ohio’s greatest assets for families, communities and businesses is its abundant supply of water. Healthy Water Ohio (HwO) is a newly announced coalition organized to develop a long-range strategy to protect and enhance the waters of the state.

The coalition first began its work in November, 2013. As part of its introduction to the public, HwO revealed plans for a statewide public poll to gather input that will help guide the coalition’s efforts.

Healthy Water Ohio is a diverse partnership of stakeholders from conservation, business and industry, universities, water suppliers, agriculture and others who will lead development of a 20 to 30 year management strategy to address water issues for Ohio.

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Fishing remains outstanding in the Western Basin of Lake Erie

Steve Chapman and his catch.

While most of us can agree this past winter was a real challenge to get through, because of the extreme cold temperatures brought on by the Polar Vortex, no one who has been fishing lately can disagree that is has helped with this years walleye and perch fishing.

I believe the last time Lake Superior froze over was in 2003, and if my memory of what the fishing was like during that season is correct, it was also an outstanding year for walleye fishing on Lake Erie.  It was also the year of the largest walleye hatch the lake has seen in many years. My fingers are crossed that this year’s hatch will rival that of 2003, but we won’t know until the DNR does their creel surveys in the fall.

The reason the freeze over was helpful is that the water temperatures have stayed much cooler than normal, as the waters move down through the Great Lakes, helping to keep the bigger walleye from moving to the deeper waters to the east.  

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Veterans Day at the Ottawa County Fair

The Ottawa County Veterans Service Office is excited to announce the annual Veterans Day at the Ottawa County Fair is on Saturday, July 19.  The staff has been working very hard to make this year’s Veterans Day special.  In addition to last year, complimentary cookies and coffee will be provided at 10 a.m., prior to opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

Entrance is free for veterans, with identification.  The opening ceremony kicks off at 10:30 a.m. in the Entertainment Tent, in the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to building B3.  American Legion Post 279 will provide the Color Guard; National Anthem will be performed by Ben David, Oak Harbor High School Choir Student; and veterans from each service era and a family member are the guest speakers.  Ottawa County Veteran of the Year for 2013, Mr. Paul Laderach is the Guest of Honor.  

Immediately following the opening ceremony, a free pigs in a blanket lunch from Limestone Tavern will be provided to all veterans and their family (while food lasts) from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in building B3.  There will be a Stein Hospice Pinning Ceremony, the Toledo Mobile Vet Center will be on site, entertainment will be the Wild Mind Comedy Hypnosis Show at 12:30, and there will be a presentation by the Sandusky CBOC on VA Healthcare.  Magruder Hospital will also be performing free blood pressure and blood sugar tests for all veterans from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  Children activities include: Sunglass decorating; Dear Soldier Station; Uncle Sam photos; and Coloring Contest (Age Groups 2-4; 5-7; 8-10; 11-13; and 14 up).  

Should you have any questions, please contact the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office at (419)898-2089 or visit us at 8444 W State Route 163, Oak Harbor OH 43449.  Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook! See you at the Fair!

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Danbury Stonecrusher Pee-Wee Football

The Danbury Stonecrusher Pee-Wee Football sign ups and fittings will be held Saturday, July 19, in the Danbury High School gym lobby. 

Fourth graders: 9-10 a.m.
Fifth graders: 10-11 a.m.
Sixth graders: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

For more information contact Matt Polanco at 419-341-5750.

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Oak Harbor adds public dock to waterfront

The Village of Oak Harbor just became more accessible with the addition of a 60 foot public dock located along the downtown waterfront.

The Oak Harbor Downtown Revitalization Implementation Committee (OHDRIC) installed the dock as part of the village's waterfront development plan. The committee is charged with raising funds for the implementation of dockside amenities including walkways, lighting, landscaping, amphitheater and a dock expansion.

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NOAA and partners predict significant harmful algal bloom

Satellite image of the 2013 intense bloom which was concentrated in the lake’s western basin. Credit: MODIS/NASA, processed by NOAA/NOS/NCCOS.

NOAA and its research partners predict that western Lake Erie will have a significant bloom of cyanobacteria, a toxic blue-green algae, during the 2014 bloom season in late summer. However, the predicted bloom is expected to be smaller than last year's intense bloom, and considerably less than the record-setting 2011 bloom.

Bloom impacts will vary across the lake's western basin and are classified by an estimate of both its concentration and how far it spreads.

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Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival

A collaborative effort, blending the craftsman of the 11th Annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show and the artistic expression of the Lakeside Plein Air Art Festival, will create one of Lakeside’s most unique weekends of the Chautauqua summer season from Friday, July 18-Sunday, July 20.

This three-day event begins on Friday, July 18, when participating plein air artists arrive at Lakeside Chautauqua to paint outdoor landscapes until Sunday, July 20.

The term “en plein air” means painting “in the open air.” This festival will host more than 40 artists from across the Midwest. Lakeside Chautauqua guests and residents are invited to watch them paint throughout the weekend.

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