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Oak Harbor eighth grade team is academic challenge champion

The Oak Harbor Eighth Grade Academic Challenge Team competed in the county Academic Challenge Contest that took place March 19 at Oak Harbor High School. The team competed against teams from Danbury, Port Clinton, and Put-In-Bay and were crowned Champions at the end of the competition. This is third time in the last four years that the group has won the county competition.

The team now is preparing for the Tri-County Contest that will take place May 19 at the BGSU Firelands Campus. Team members are Anna Dedes, Taylor Beard, Tyler Lovett, Chris Kuhn, Ben Swartz, Ross Friar, Aaron Lee and Jack Gleckler. The team is coached by eighth grade staff members Meghan Dougherty and Brad Schlagheck.

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Healing the Lake: Bring Back the Blue

The Lake Erie Improvement Association is holding a fundraiser Friday, May 2 from 4-7 p.m. to help heal Lake Erie and bring awareness to its growing health needs. The event, called Healing the Lake: Bring Back the Blue, is hosted by Catawba Island Club and Lake Erie Marine Trade Association in conjunction with the Progressive Catawba Island In-Water Boat show to support the efforts of the Lake Erie Improvement Association. 

Special guests for the evening will include Ohio State Senator Randy Gardner and Ohio State Representative Chris Redfern. There will be grazing food options, beverages, door prizes and music by Colin Dussault’s Blue’s Project.

Healing the Lake: Bring Back the Blue is generously supported by First Federal of Lakewood, Clemons Boats, Happy Days Boating, Marine Max, Pier 53, South Shore Marine, Skipper Bud’s, Riverfront Yacht Sales and Services, Catawba Moorings, and Great Lakes Brewery.

To purchase a ticket for the event or to make a donation to the Lake Erie Improvement Association visit healingthelake.eventbrite.com or call the Catawba Island Club at 419-797-4424.

The Lake Erie Improvement Association is a nonpartisan Lake Erie watershed-wide economic sustainability initiative dedicated to healthy waters and fish by promoting cooperation and wise resource management for the benefit of the Lake Erie basin. For more information on the Lake Erie Improvement Association visit lakeerieimprovement.org.

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Gardner and Brown announce economic zone forum

Two Northwest Ohio state senators are seeking public input on controversial legislation that would change how local governments create and maintain economic development zones.

Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) and Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) are hosting a public forum Friday, April 25, in the Perrysburg Holiday Inn French Quarter’s Depot Ballroom from 10-11:30 a.m.   Local government officials, economic developers, business and labor organizations and citizens are invited to provide input and suggestions on House Bill 289, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 89 to 8 and is pending in the Senate Finance Committee.

The senators said the purpose of the forum is to provide Northwest Ohioans with an additional accessible way to communicate with them on a major issue.    

“We are looking for as much input as possible on House Bill 289 before this legislation comes to a vote in the Ohio Senate,” Gardner said.  “The legislation has the potential to significantly impact economic development efforts in our region and throughout Ohio.”

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Gardner attends PC Board of Education meeting

The Honorable Randy Gardner attended the Port Clinton Board of Education meeting on Monday, April21. He discussed the latest education legislation in Ohio with board members and administrators in attendance. Pictured clockwise from bottom left: Patrick Adkins, Superintendent of Schools, Michele Mueller behind Mr. Adkins, Beth Benko, David Belden, Barb Drusbacky, Paul Shaw, Jeff Dornbusch and Randy Gardner.

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Family Fishing Day at East Harbor State Park

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), East Harbor State Park will be stocked with 500 rainbow trout for Family Fishing Day Saturday, April 26.

Youth accompanied by an adult will be first in line to catch the trout beginning Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  No fishing will be permitted in the pond between the time the fish are stocked Friday until the fishing event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. The park will have some fishing equipment available for loan and live bait will be provided during the event.  Park volunteers will be available to assist the kids and parents with fishing.

East Harbor’s pond is located behind Lockwood Shelter parking lot, which is on the first road to the left after entering the park. The event will be held rain or shine.  All Ohio fishing regulations apply. 

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

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Financial Literacy Initiative

Front Row- Jillian Schneider; Back Row: Left to Right Nicole Lange, Brooke Maenle, Chad Karnes, Brenda Fisher and Jill Hunsinger

Oak Harbor High Schools students have been learning how to manage their money and banking skills thanks to a new program from Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union. During the once3 a week session, students are being acquainted with checking accounts and balancing as well as deposits and withdrawals. The in-school program is part of the Credit Union's financial literacy initiative.

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Celebrating Lake Erie on Earth Day

John Schaffner said it best when he said, “When it comes to Lake Erie, we are all environmentalists.”

Even though most people think Earth Day should be everyday, it is good to take time and celebrate the beauty of nature and enjoy the great things our area has to offer in the outdoors. The best natural resource we have here in Ottawa County is, undeniably, Lake Erie. In celebration of Earth Day, here are some facts about our Great Lake, Lake Erie.

Facts about Lake Erie from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources:

• Lake Erie is the twelfth largest lake in the world (in area) and its border includes four states (New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio) and one Canadian Province (Ontario).

• Lake Erie is the southernmost, shallowest, warmest and most biologically productive of the five Great Lakes. These are part of the reasons it is the largest Great Lakes sport fishery.

• Ottawa County has 94 miles of coastline, followed by Erie County who has 68 miles, making Ottawa County the leader in length of Lake Erie shoreline.

• The Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in Ohio and it’s the oldest continually operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes.

• Lake Erie has three basins: the western basin includes the islands area; the central basin extends from the islands to around Erie, PA, and Long Point, Canada; and the eastern basin extends from Erie, PA, to the east end of the lake.

• Lake Erie is about 241 miles long, about 57 miles wide at its widest, and has about 871 miles of shoreline. The length of Ohio’s shoreline is about 312 miles.

• The maximum depth of Lake Erie is 210 feet and occurs in the eastern basin. Average depths in the basins are: western, 24 feet; central, 60 feet; and eastern, 80 feet.

• 22,720 square miles of land (roughly the size of West Virgina) drain directly into Lake Erie; however, if the drainage areas of the upper Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan and Huron) are included, the total drainage area of Lake Erie is 263,650 square miles (which is a little under the size of Texas).

• Lake Erie has the retention/replacement time of 2.6 years, which is the shortest of the Great Lakes.

• Water flow from the Detroit River makes up 80 to 90 percent of the flow into the lake.

• The outlet for Lake Erie is the Niagara River; consequently it is Lake Erie that feeds water to Niagara Falls.

• Lake Erie was one of the first Great Lakes to be uncovered during the last retreat of the glacial ice.

• The oldest rocks from which the Lake Erie basin was carved are about 400 million years old and formed in a tropical ocean reef environment.

• Lake Erie and its shoreline are a major source of minerals. The largest sandstone quarry in the world is located in Amherst in Lorain County. Salt mines in Cuyahoga and Lake Counties extend out under Lake Erie and are an important source of revenue to the state. Sand, gypsum and limestone used for construction purposes are found in abundance. Large reserves of natural gas, over 3 trillion cubic feet, are located under Lake Erie.

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Citizens of Port Clinton: Enjoy our spring but don’t be a “Grasshole”

It’s that magic time of year that we all have been waiting for…when flowers are popping up and grass is growing several inches overnight.  And it’s also that time of year for us to be considerate and mindful of how we maintain our property.   

We do this by keeping our lawn clippings in our lawns and not in our streets.  Sadly there are those who, whether ignorant or inconsiderate, blow their grass into the streets, where it clogs our storm sewers and eventually gets into the lake, contributing to our growing algae problem.

So again this year I ask you “Don’t be a Grasshole!”  And, if your neighbor is one, politely ask them to stop.  All it takes is the foresight to aim the lawn mower chute AWAY from the street.  (The clippings are good for your lawn, but bad for our sewers.)

And, if you need an extra incentive to be considerate, the Mayor and City Council recently discussed reemphasizing enforcement of the ordinance prohibiting this littering – with a fine and/or court appearance awaiting violators.

Yours in Cleaner Streets,

Jeffrey H. Bryden

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“There is energy in this city”

Front row (L to R): Cole Hatfield, Vince Leone, Linda Hartlaub, Senator Randy Gardner, Margaret Phillips, Edna Hansen. Back row (L to R): Gabe Below, Lisa Sarty, Mike Snider, Ron Auckerman, Jerry Tarolli, Nicole DeFreitas.

Senator Randy Gardner stopped by to make a special appearance at the Port Clinton City Council meeting Tuesday, April 22. After the regular business of the council meeting, Senator Gardner took the time to say a few words regarding his thoughts on what is happening in Port Clinton.

"There is energy in this city," said Senator Gardner. "Things are happening here. It's not the state's place to tell a city council how to govern, but I can see the positivity between people of the city and the council. The Madison Street transportation plan appears to me to be a strong project. There are other issues to be decided in this community and that will come along with time."

"This community has seen tough times, but there is potential here," said Gardner. "I want to show my support for positivity."

Mayor Vince Leone thanked Senator Gardner for his participation in the Madison Street downtown revitalization plan.

"The leadership here has presented a strong case," said Gardner. "I am optimistic. There have been differences in the past, but I hope that Port Clinton can move past that."

Senator Gardner also visited a Port Clinton City Schools Board of Education meeting this week.

At the last city council meeting, which was held April 8, council made a motion to apply for grants to fund the six million dollars needed to go forward with Washington Properties and their proposed plan for the development of Waterworks Park. Seeing the need to take action, council motioned to wave the three readings of the proposition to apply for the grants. This would enable the grants to be applied for more quickly and council felt that was imperative for application.

The next council meeting will be held on May 6 at 7:30 in the council chambers.

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