Redfern co-sponsors and votes for SB 150

State Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) voted in favor of Senate Bill 150 on the House floor. The bill requires the certification of individuals who apply agricultural fertilizer, incentivizes the development of nutrient management plans for residual farm products, including soil sediment, and it directs dollars to the Healthy Lake Erie Fund.

“This bill is a step in the right direction to address the harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and its tributaries,” said Rep. Redfern. “This issue cannot be settled through one bill, but it is encouraging to see the agricultural community work with the legislature to make meaningful progress.”

Rep. Redfern is a co-sponsor of the SB 150, which passed the House unanimously with support from environmental groups and farmers.


Osprey returning to northwest Ohio

Osprey working on a nest in 2013 at ONWR. Photo from ONWR.

There are high hopes at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (ONWR) near Oak Harbor. This week a pair of osprey have been working on a nest at a platform in the Blausey Unit of the Refuge. If successful, it would be the first osprey nest in northwest Ohio since 1913. 

Ospreys are bright white underneath, with dark brown patches at the carpal joints and a mottled dark brown necklace. The bottoms of an osprey's feet are specially adapted for gripping and carrying fish, as they are covered with short, sharp spines. Average length of an osprey is 25 inches, with a wingspan of 4-5 feet. 

Like bald eagles, ospreys have faced many of the same crises which decimated their numbers in North America. Though they were quite common at one time, habitat destruction, poor water quality, agricultural chemicals and pesticides such as DDT resulted in no osprey being seen in Ohio from 1913 to 1996. In 1996, Ohio began efforts to reintroduce and restore osprey populations, with the goal of 20 nesting pairs by 2010. This goal was achieved well ahead of schedule in 2003, though no osprey nests are in northwest Ohio. 

Inviting osprey to ONWR

The Refuge was contacted by Dick Tuttle and Dick Philips in 2009. Both men are retired science school teachers who have assisted in constructing several osprey platforms in the Delaware area. 

The ONWR platform was put up in the recently restored wetlands habitat of the Blausey Unit in February, 2013. Ospreys feed almost entirely on fish living in shallow water, making the ONWR wetlands an ideal location for a nest. An osprey pair began constructing a nest in July of 2013, but the nest was unsuccessful. Now there again is a pair building a nest on the platform, although it is unknown if it is the same pair from 2013. 

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For more information or to volunteer with the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association, go to


Main Street announces new board members and officers

At the Annual Dinner on April 10, four individuals were elected by the membership to serve on the Board of Directors for Main Street Port Clinton through the year 2017.  They are: Don Clemons with America’s Best Value for his second term; Jasmine Cupp with The Beacon for her first term; Lori Madison with the Frederick Agency for her first term; and William Moore with Erie Shoreline Properties who will serve his first term representing the Port Clinton Area Chamber.  The newly elected board members began their terms on April 1.

Jasmine, Lori, William, and Don will join the following individuals on the Board: Dana Bacak Lynd with the Civilian Marksmanship Program; Ottawa County Auditor Larry Hartlaub; Roseann Hickman with Perfect Color Hair and Tan; Resident Amy Northrop; Jim Recker with Gerner Wolf Walker Funeral Home; Aimee Slater-West with Slater’s Madison Street Pub; and Missy Walker with First National Bank.

Ex-Officio Board members include City of Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone, Port Clinton Councilman Linda Hartlaub and Duane Myers with Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

At the Annual Dinner, John Madison with the Frederick Agency was thanked for his commitment to Main Street Port Clinton for the past six years. His dedication and energy on the Board will truly be missed.

At the March Board meeting of Main Street Port Clinton, the following officers were elected with terms beginning on April 1: Roseann Hickman, President; Missy Walke, Past-President; Aimee Slater-West, Vice-President; Larry Hartlaub, Treasurer; and Jim Recker, Secretary.


Alex Morgan Johnson wins national award

Real Living Morgan Realty Group announced this week that Alex Morgan Johnson has received the Premier Service® Diamond national award for providing superior customer service to home buyers and sellers in Ottawa, Erie and Sandusky Counties. 

"Alex Morgan Johnson joins a select group of real estate professionals recognized nationally for providing incredibly high levels of customer service to their local clients," said Real Living Real Estate president Robert McAdams Jr. "With our Premier Service program, buyers and sellers are asked to complete a survey evaluating the service they receive and Morgan Johnson received one of the company’s highest rankings.” 

To qualify to become a Premier Service Diamond award winner, Morgan Johnson had to receive a minimum 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. "I am absolutely thrilled to receive this award since it’s an independent rating based upon evaluations from those people who matter most, my clients,” said Alex. 

Premier Service is one of the most comprehensive and effective customer service programs in the real estate industry. Through the program, Real Living Real Estate’s agents put in writing, up front, the services they will perform. Following the transaction, Real Living Real Estate asks customers to honestly rate their performance through a written survey from an independent third party. 

Real Living Morgan Realty Group is located at 100 S Jefferson Street Port Clinton, OH 43452. For more information, go to


Lake Erie algae

I’ve lived on Catawba Island since 1960 and have fished most of those years. I received my Charter Captain’s License in 1980 and started in earnest catching walleye and small mouth bass. Back then you could catch 20-30 small mouth bass in a day’s charter around the islands. I don’t think one could catch half as many in a week now. Ten fish used to be a daily limit of walleyes; 60 fish could be caught in half a day. Running two-a-days was the norm for most captains until the zebra mussels came in and devastated the walleye population, eliminating all the reef fishing. Nobody did anything to fix this situation, to this date, other than a lot of “discussions”. 

While we were wringing our hands, the quagle mussel came in and out numbered the zebra ten to one; they are still thriving on the shoreline. Five years ago the walleye were beginning to leave the western basin; you had to go into Canadian waters to get a decent catch of 10-12 fish. Three years ago they were almost non-existent in American waters. Factory farms moved into Lenawee County, Michigan, with 20,000 dairy cows and 10,000 pigs per farm dumping their waste products onto the farm land they bought.

Field tiles to ditches to streams to Lake Erie had nothing to do with the algae problems being experienced in the western waters of Lake Erie. In 2013 I turned down dozens of charters because of terrible fishing. I wouldn’t take their money for 2-5 fish in a day’s trolling on the American side. The green soup that was out there the past few years just disgusted me to the point that I sold my 30’ Baha Cruiser boat in October and let my license expire.

Herl’s Harbor used to have 12 charter boats docked there. When I left there was only one. West Harbor used to have a continuous line of charter boats leaving Captain’s Cove Marina for a day of fishing on the lake and last year there were a pitiful few that went out. I ran three trips last year because my customers couldn’t believe what I was telling them. July 30 we caught four walleye for seven hours of trolling; Aug. 15, three walleye; Oct. 2, 17 perch for three guys and we fished everywhere. I only charged them $300 a trip. Running to Rondeau Bay for fish was not my cup of tea.

Wisconsin DNR ran an article on dioxins, fluorinated compounds and blue green algae. Blue green algae can produce toxins that are harmful to fish. Eating these fish can cause health risks largely unknown. Green pea soup, green or blue paint they described on the water is what I’ve seen in Lake Erie. They recommend, “Choose another water to fish.” I took their advice. Remember the thousands of walleye that washed up on the shore in the Catawba area two years ago? The official reason was stress? Really? This lake is not going to fix itself. Are you going to wait for sickness and poisoning before someone takes some positive action to fix it?

Philip Gutkoski
Port Clinton


Put-in-Bay dock update

Due to winter holding up progress on the dock renovation at Put-in-Bay, the project will do done later than originally planned.

“We are hoping that C dock will be open by Memorial Day,” said Put-in-Bay Village Administrator Doug Kanuer. “We expect A dock to be done by the end of June.”

Right now the docks are full of equipment and cribs. The roads in front of the docks are only open to foot traffic. There is a pile of steel that is laying in the harbor right now that will be put inside the cribs for the new docks.


Port Clinton Easter Egg Hunt

The Port Clinton Recreation Department and Champions for Children sponsored Port Clinton’s annual Easter egg hunt at the Ottawa County Courthouse on Sunday, April 13. The Port Clinton Fire Department, Councilman Mike Snider and Tara Crump of the Port Clinton Chamber and Main Street Port Clinton also donated their time to the event.

When the courthouse clock struck 1 p.m., children accompanied with one adult took to their age specific area and the hunt was on. 


PCMS Athletic Director Bob Polachek to receive Lifetime Service Award

Mr. Bob Polachek, Port Clinton Middle School Athletic Director, has been chosen to receive a Mac Morrison Lifetime Service Award by the Northwest District Athletic Board. The Mac Morrison Lifetime Service Award is presented to “individuals who have made noticeable contributions (in the area of athletics) to young people within the schools of jurisdiction of the Northwest District Athletic Board”.  

Port Clinton High School Athletic Director Rick Dominick said, “Bob is well respected in Port Clinton, in the Sandusky Bay Conference, Ottawa County and surrounding area for his professionalism, work ethic and dedication. He has dedicated his life to the Port Clinton community and our school system. He is the epitome of this award. ” 

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