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Six Lake Erie water samples positive for Asian Carp DNA

Federal and state wildlife officials working in conjunction with academic researchers recently announced six water samples taken from Sandusky and north Maumee bays tested positive for the presence of Asian carp environmental DNA in Michigan and Ohio waters.
The positive samples were among 417 taken from Lake Erie in August 2011, and more than 2,000 samples taken from the Great Lakes Basin since 2010. The Lake Erie batch was recently analyzed and test results were confirmed by eDNA researchers last week. The six positive samples represent less than 1.5 percent of the Lake Erie samples.
Four samples from Sandusky Bay, in Ohio waters, tested positive for bighead carp eDNA, while two samples from north Maumee Bay, in Michigan waters, were positive for silver carp eDNA.
In response to these findings, electro-shocking and netting began Friday in Sandusky Bay with no evidence of Asian carp found. However, additional testing and monitoring are planned by the Ohio and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources in conjunction with partner agencies.

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Danbury Township Trustees — July 11 meeting

At the regular meeting of the Danbury Township Trustees held July 11 the following business was conducted:
• Fiscal Officer Shelley Seamon, Zoning Inspector Kathryn Dale and Police Chief Michael Meisler shared their experiences during President Obama’s recent visit to Danbury Township.
• Road Superintendent Brett Waldron reported the department has been busy mowing and trimming the roads and parks, permission was received to install the flashing cross traffic signs on Port Clinton Eastern Road on the existing advance warming stop ahead signs, a crosswalk will be added on Erie Beach Road at the intersection of North Shore Boulevard, clean-up week begins on Monday, brush grinding quotes were received, hydrant markers were discussed, storm cleanup was discussed. Trustees agreed to provide maintenance department assistance, based on manpower, for clearing of all roads in the township during future emergency situations. Trustees agreed to contract with David Price Metal Services for brush grinding services at a cost of $5,995.

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Wooden Boat Show, Art Festival coming to Lakeside

A collaborative effort blending the craftsmanship of the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society and the artistic expression of the Plein Air Art Festival will create one of Lakeside’s most unique weekends of the Chautauqua season from July 20-22.
This three-day event begins on Friday when plein air artists arrive at Lakeside to paint outdoor landscapes. The term “en plein air” means painting “in the open air.” The festival will host more than 30 plein air artists from across the Midwest. Guests are invited to watch them paint.
There will be opportunities to purchase artwork with the addition of the Open Air Gallery, located on the pedestrian walkway of Walnut Avenue, between Second and Third Streets in Lakeside. The Open Air Gallery will be open preceding the 8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium performance from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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