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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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Community calendar April 24-30

Thursday April 24

The Gathering
What: Free Community Meal; open to the public.  Fully accessible facility.
When: 4:30-6 p.m.
Where: St. John Lutheran Church – Parish Hall, corner of Second and Adams Streets, Port Clinton

TOPS
What: Taking off pounds sensibly
When: 6:30-7:30 p.m., weigh in at 6 p.m.
Where: Port Clinton Senior Center
Info: 419-734-4102

Al-Anon/Alateen 
What: Twelve-step group for those affected by another’s drinking
When: 8 p.m. every Thursday
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, 135 Adams St. Port Clinton

Art Class
When: 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday
Where: Danbury Senior Center, Marblehead
Cost: $10 per class
Info: Call Lori at 419-798-0608.

Open Public Shooting
What: Shooters, including new shooters, are invited to do practice shooting.
When: 5:30-8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Where: Camp Perry Training Site, Port Clinton
Info: Contact 419.635.2141 ext. 1101 or thecmp.org/3p/publicshooting.htm
Cost: $5/adult, $2/junior

Strength Training
When: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Magruder Conference Center
Cost: $4 per session
Info: 419-732-4061

April 25 & 26

St. Paul UCC rummage sale
When: Friday 6-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: St. Paul UCC, 165 Toussaint St., Oak Harbor
Info: Jackie 419-898-2045

Friday April 25

Kiwanis spaghetti dinner
What: Dine in or carry out. All proceeds benefit Kiwanis Club of PC
When: 12-7 p.m.
Where: St. John Lutheran Church, 207 Adams St., PC
Cost: $8 a dinner
Info: 419-707-9492 

Al-Anon/Alateen 
What: Twelve-step group for those affected by another’s drinking
When: 7 p.m. every Friday
Where: St. John Lutheran Church, 122 Ottawa, Oak Harbor

Saturday April 26

Pop Up Talent
What: Sponsored by Leadership Ottawa County to support United Way’s Pop Up Play Adventure
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: Port Clinton Elk’s Lodge, 231 Buckeye Blvd., PC
Cost: $40 single, $70 couple
Info: 419-734-6120

Family fishing day
What: Catch some trout released by Ohio Division of Wildlife
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for children, adults can fish after 2 p.m.
Where: East Harbor State Park Lockwood Shelter Pond
Info: 419-734-4424 ext 2 or eastharborstatepark.org

28th annual Golf Scramble
What: Chili dogs and brats on the 19th hole, all proceeds benefit the Red Cross
When: 8 a.m. shotgun start rain or shine
Where: Oak Harbor Golf Club, 10433 Oak Harbor SE Rd., Oak Harbor
Cost: $240 foursome
Info: 419-734-1100 or redcross.org/ottawagolf2014

Lakeside spring clean up day
What: Volunteers work together to improve the Lakeside grounds
When: 9 a.m.
Where: Lakeside Chautauqua
Info: 866-952-5374 or lakesideohio.com

Community Dinner
What: Toothbrush and paste giveaway, movie and games
When: 5 p.m.
Where: Chapel on the Lake, 145 S. Bridge Rd., Lakeside
Info: 419-341-2770 or greaterthingsjohn1412.org

Annual Spring Wine Fling
What: Tastings, live music, raffles, prizes and more
When: 12 p.m.
Where: Kelley’s Island Wine Company, 418 Woodford Rd., Kelleys Island
Info: 419-746-2678 or kelleysislandwine.com

Sunday April 27

Great Lakes Largemouth Series
What: Fastest growing largemouth only bass fishing tournament series on the Great Lakes
When: 5 a.m. check in, launch at safe light, 2:30 p.m. weigh in
Where: West Harbor Public Ramp, 1955 NE Catawba Rd., PC
Info: 614-261-5548 or greatlakeslargemouthseries.com

Monday April 28

Al-Anon/Alateen   
What: Twelve-step group for those affected by another’s drinking
When: 7 p.m.
Where: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 214 E. Second St., Port Clinton

Sisters in Sobriety
What: Sisters in Sobriety, a women’s AA meeting, babysitter provided
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sutton Center, 1854 E. Perry, Port Clinton

Yoga
When: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays
Where: Danbury Schools library, Marblehead
Cost: $8 per class
Info: 419-798-5195 or www.danbury.k12.oh.us.

Tuesday April 29

Open Public Shooting
What: Shooters, including aspiring new shooters, are invited to do practice shooting.
When: 5:30-8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Where: Camp Perry Training Site, Port Clinton
Info: Contact 419.635.2141 ext. 1101 or thecmp.org/3p/publicshooting.htm
Cost: $5/adult, $2/junior

Pilates
What: Pilates with Laura Tyson, instructor
When: 9 a.m.
Where: The Ballet School, Madison St., Port Clinton
Cost: $5  
Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Strength Training  
When: 5:30-6:30 p.m., every Tuesday and Thursday
Where: Magruder Conference Center
Cost: $4 per session
Info: 419-732-4061

TOPS
What: Take Off Pounds Sensibly; all are welcome
When: 6 p.m. every Tuesday
Where: Catawba Community Hall, 3307 NW Catawba Road

Yoga 
When: 6:30-8 p.m. every Tuesday
Where: Magruder Hospital Conference Center, Port Clinton
Cost: $8 per class for the whole month or $10 per class
Info: 419-635-2337

Wednesday April 30

Jazz Night
What: Wine, pasta, and live Jazz with The Bob Szmik Trio and special guests.
When: Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Slater's Madison Street Pub, 111 Madison St., Port Clinton
Info: 419-732-2030

TOPS
What: Take Off Pounds Sensibly. All are Welcome.
When: 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday
Where: Danbury Senior Center, Marblehead

TOPS 
What: Take Off Pounds Sensibly; all are welcome
When: 6 p.m. every Wednesday
Where: Oak Harbor Library, 147 W. Main St.
Info: 419-276-0304

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Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet at Riverview, Otterbein

The Musical Arts Series at Firelands is sponsoring two free concerts by the Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet on April 24, thanks to a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation.  The concerts will be held at Riverview Healthcare Campus, Rt. 163, Oak Harbor, at 2 p.m. and at Otterbein Northshore, 9400 Northshore Blvd, Lakeside-Marblehead, at 3:30 p.m.  The public, as well as friends and relatives of residents of these two communities, are invited to attend.  These concerts replace two in March that were cancelled because of snow.

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Downtown development

The front page of The Beacon March 27: Residents overwhelmingly in favor of development; 84% to 16%. If there were a contest for joke of the year, this would be a sure winner. There has only been one vote that truly told what the citizens thought about developing the citizens’ park and that was voting day when Vince Leone was elected mayor; an unknown running against one of the most popular mayors Port Clinton has even had.

Mr. Leone won because he never once said he wanted to develop the citizens’ park. He said what citizens, like myself, wanted to hear. Our ex-mayor lost because she wanted to develop the citizens’ park. So let us forget all these silly little surveys and pay attention to the one that all the citizens voted on.

Now we hear about 585 new jobs that will pay an average of $18,800 a year. Even if this is true, these are not the kind of jobs that will have people moving into Port Clinton. These are the kinds of jobs that have people moving out of Port Clinton. 585 new jobs that will average $18,800 a year, now that is a good joke, but let us get serious,  folks; what would we do with 585 new jobs when we can’t fill the jobs that are available now?

Drive down Perry Street and look at all the help wanted signs and tell me, do we need more of these jobs?

You citizens have asked why I stopped writing letters to the editor, I never stopped, I just can’t get them all published anymore. From now on I will try to get my letters in all three local papers. Tell me, citizens, do you really want West Perry Street to look like East Perry Street? Let us vote on it.

Bob Walls Sr.
Port Clinton

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Rockets rebound with win over Woodward

Behind Jourdan Maguire’s pitching performance, the Oak Harbor Rockets baseball team got back to their winning ways with a 13-1 victory in five innings over Woodward on Good Friday.

Maguire, who allowed one run in four innings, struck out eight and walked two to get the win.  He got plenty of help at the plate as Garrett Harvey finished with a double and three RBIs and Maguire, Andy Rathbun, Ben Genzman and Kyle Pape each finished with an RBI.

Holding a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning, Oak Harbor scored nine runs to put the game out of reach.

Huron 9, Oak Harbor 1

Huron scored seven runs in the first two innings to take a big lead before defeating Oak Harbor, 9-1, in Sandusky Bay Conference action.

Jack Hufnagle got the win for the Tigers and he and Andrew Dowell each finished with a double. Kyle Uher took the loss for the Rockets.

Edison 10, Oak Harbor 0 (6 innings)

Austin Utter threw a perfect game for Edison, which broke open a close game with seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings before cruising to a 10-0 victory.

Adam Wroblewski had two hits and two RBIs for the Chargers and Owen Moyer chipped in with two hits and three runs. Garrett Harvey took the loss for the Rockets.

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Rockets drop third consecutive game

After starting the season 7-1, the Oak Harbor softball team has fallen on hard times recently. Though they haven't played poorly, the Rockets have dropped three straight games to fall to 7-4 overall and 0-2 in the Sandusky Bay Conference.

Last week, Oak Harbor lost its first two league games, falling to Edison (7-3) and Huron (5-3), and was downed in non-conference play by Woodmore, 1-0, on Saturday.

In the loss to the Wildcats, Emma Bergman gave up an unearned run in the top of the first, a run the team could not get back as Woodmore ace Maddie Phillips pitched seven innings while allowing no runs on four hits. She struck out five batters and walked none.

Bergman was just as good, allowing one unearned run on six hits while striking out four and walking none. Phillips and Cailey Wilhardt had two hits apiece to lead the Wildcats (8-0), and Wilhardt scored the only run. Maddy Rathbun, Theresa Stokes and Chrislyn Stevenson each finished with a double for the Rockets.

Huron 5, Oak Harbor 3

Despite holding a lead late, Oak Harbor lost as Huron scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to come from behind for the 5-3 victory over the Rockets. 

Bailey Gadd had a home run and Gloria Souter and Maddie Orzech each finished with a double to lead the Tigers. Justine Webb led Oak Harbor with two hits and an RBI, Theresa Stokes drove in a run and Maddy Rathbun and Emma Bergman finished with two hits for the Rockets. 

Edison 7, Oak Harbor 3

With the score tied, Edison scored four runs in the top of the seventh to take control and defeat Oak Harbor, 7-3, in Sandusky Bay Conference action.

Victoria Grimes had a solo home run for the Chargers and Lauran Wolf and Gabby Stoll each finished with two hits and an RBI. Emma Bergman and Brandy Lochotzki each finished with an RBI and Chrislyn Stevenson scored twice.

The Rockets rallied twice before the Chargers pulled away in their final at-bat. Down 2-0 in the second, Oak Harbor scored two runs to tie it up and, trailing 3-2 in the fifth, the Rockets tied the game on an RBI single by Bergman.

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Danbury Senior Center Gets New Sign

The Danbury Senior Center has new, bright red signs thanks to the generous donations from the community.  The new signs were made possible by memorial donations that were recently granted to the senior center.  The Danbury Senior Center Board along with the membership of Danbury Senior Center felt it was best to utilize the money, rather than just deposit into their bank account.  Jack Easton, Treasurer, upon the advice of the board, contacted Jeff Bumbera who is well known in our area for his signs and he agreed to make the signs.  

The signs are a beautiful bright red, with each side being identical except for the cartoon figures, a different one painted on each side.   The cartoon figures were selected to memorialize the two seniors whose memorials were donated to the senior center: Betty Boop is in memory of Betty "Boop" Briggs, a long time board member of the Danbury Senior Center and the other side depicts a skunk, in loving memory of Shirley "Stinky" Lynch, who had also served as president of the board.  The Danbury Senior Center community is very pleased with the new signs.

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The seasonal blessing of emergency vehicles and boats

Photos by Donna Lueke. 

On Tuesday, April 22, Father John Missler of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Port Clinton blessed the vehicles and boats of the Port Clinton Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Port Clinton Fire Department and the Marblehead U.S. Coast Guard Station. Ellif Fuiava, Port Clinton Marine Coordinator, organized the event, and Port Clinton Mayor Vincent Leone expressed gratitude to those law enforcement and rescue personnel gathered for their important service.

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