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Great fall fishing ahead

The nights are getting cooler, the grass is growing slower, the annual plantings are blooming less, and all are tell tale signs that the summer season is coming to an end. The fall colors are starting to emerge, and that can mean only one thing in regards to fishing on Lake Erie; it’s only going to get better!

As you know, in the spring we have the most enviable fishery in the country on this end of the lake, but towards the end of summer, most of our big walleye are over on the east end in deeper waters, leaving us to struggle to find the smaller pods of walleye that stayed around . Come fall, those big fish will start returning to the Huron and Vermilion areas in large numbers. They haven’t quite started their return yet, but it shouldn’t be long, now that the water temperatures are starting to drop. As of yesterday, the water temps around the island area were still in the 68 degree range, but with our cooler nights and days, it shouldn’t take long for the lake to cool, and get those walleye moving this way again.

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Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge offering Auto Tour

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is inviting people to drive through seven miles of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. The auto tour starts at 8 a.m. and entrance gate closes at 4 p.m. The auto tour will be open Sunday, September 28 and Sunday, October 19.

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Port Clinton Friends of the Cemeteries holding upcoming fundraisers

The Port Clinton Friends of the Cemeteries is a non-profit group that formed almost seven years ago. The group works with the City of Port Clinton for the betterment and beautification of the cemeteries. The mission statement of the Friends of the Cemeteries is to ensure that all properties around and within the perimeter of all the cemeteries are always worthy of those who lie within them.

Since their formation, the friends have completed many projects: the mausoleum in Lakeview Cemetery has had new window and ceiling work, recycled trash receptacles from the City were given to the friends and they laid the cement foundation for the receptacles, landscaping at the entrances and curbs of Lakeview Cemetery have been done, signs for locating loved ones have been color coded and updated at both cemeteries and there has been painting done at Riverview Cemetery. 

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Magruder Hospital adult flu shot clinics

Magruder Hospital is announcing its flu shot schedule for this year. No appointment is required and the cost is $30 per person. Magruder can bill standard Medicare and some Medicare managed care plans. For pediatric flu vaccinations, please check with your physician or the Ottawa County Health Department.

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Absentee ballots available

Pending litigation, absentee ballots will be available for the upcoming November 4 general election beginning Tuesday, September 30, at the Board of Elections office at 8444 West SR 163, Oak Harbor. In office voting will be as follows:

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B.I.G. Believe In Girls event September 27

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio invites local girls to participate in their B.I.G. (Believe In Girls) event celebration promoting activities and programs for girls. The B.I.G. event will take place Saturday, September 27, at the Lucas County Recreation Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The vast 30,000 square foot space will be filled with dozens of activity booths for girls of all ages.

More than 45 organizations will be in attendance, providing hands on opportunities for girls including:

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Friends for Port Clinton fundraiser tonight

Those interested learning more about the implications of Issue 6 on the November general election ballot are invited to attend a fundraiser at the Bait House tonight, September 25, from 6-8 p.m. The money raised at the fundraiser will go towards the voting no campaign being run by Friends for Port Clinton.

There will be a cash bar with free appetizers and Northcoast Cigars will be providing a selection of cigars for the event. Tickets at the event are available for donations of $20, $50 or $100.

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PC seniors host 11th annual big band dance

Early reservations are recommended for PC Seniors' 11th annual Big Band Dance to be held on Sunday, November 2, from 2-5 p.m., at the Moose Lodge Hall, 1105 W. Lakeshore Drive, and Port Clinton. This year's theme is Under the Sea. Admission is $10 advance reservation or $12 at the door and includes a hors d’oeuvres buffet, door prizes, and 50/50 raffles. 

The event is sponsored by Moose Lodge 1610 and Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices North Shore and features a 17 piece big band called Night Session. The event is open to the public, but attendees must be 21 or older. The dress code is nice casual or dress up.

Tickets can be purchased at the Port Clinton Senior Center, 320 E. Third Street or by calling Juanita Mills-Persely at 419-341-1080. The hours of the Senior Center are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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