Coastlines calendar July 18-24

Jul-Aug, Mon-Fri

Wolcott House Tours, Wolcott House, Marblehead

Jul-Aug, Tues-Sat

Daytime Island Hopping Cruise, Jackson St. Pier, Sandusky

Jul 1-Aug 2, Mon-Fri

Marblehead Lighthouse Tour, Marblehead Lighthouse, Marblehead

Jul-Aug, Tuesdays

Tuesday Evening Sunset Cruise, Jackson St. Pier, Sandusky
Wild Tuesdays, Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Put-In-Bay


Keep a close eye on elderly during heat wave

Nobody likes extreme and prolonged heat, but such conditions can be deadly for seniors. 

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. On average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined (


Ida Rupp book sale donations deadline is July 19

The deadline to donate books for the Friends of Ida Rupp Public Library annual book sale is Friday, July 19. The book sale runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, and from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 3, in the community room of the library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton.

Membership for the Friends of Ida Rupp Public Library is only $5, and Friends can come to the members-only sale from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1.


Healing journey to Mt. Shasta this fall

Local Holistic Health Educator, practitioner and Green Passion Journeys director Linda Green, BA, RPP, RPE, is leading a group trip to Mt Shasta, CA, this October. Green has been leading and facilitating group trips since the early 1990's. Her groups have traveled to various locations in Ohio, Central and South America, learning about the healing aspects of indigenous peoples such as herbalism, ethnobotany and musicology.  

The trip to Mt. Shasta is part of a series of trips that Green is leading titled "My favorite places". After experiencing the magic of the mountains, trees, myths and peoples of the area last winter, she was inspired to bring a group to California this October.


Humane Society dog wash

The Humane Society of Ottawa County held a dog wash on Saturday at Community Market in Port Clinton. Buddy, shown here with his human companion Paula Eberle and Ottawa County Humane Officer Matt Koser, enjoys his bath.


Sandusky’s Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival Aug. 9-10

The Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival, held on Sandusky’s waterfront, is growing. To celebrate the area’s heritage as the largest wine-producing region in the nation prior to Prohibition, the event has expanded to include a Friday evening event along with the Saturday wine tasting, gourmet food eating, and art show shopping.

The wine festivities begin Friday evening, Aug. 9, with a wine-tasting event held at the Sandusky Greenhouse from 5:30-8 p.m. The Merry-Go-Round Museum, The Maritime Museum of Sandusky and The Sandusky Greenhouse are hosting the evening event and wine tasting. Tickets for Friday evening are $15 before August 5 and $25 at the door. The ticket includes light appetizers and wine tastes. Patrons who attend Friday night's wine tasting event will again gain free admission to Saturday’s festival by bringing their 2013 wine glass with them.

Then Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion (605 East Water Street, Sandusky) the Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival, now in its ninth year, will kick off with ten Ohio wineries, gourmet food, live musical entertainment and an artist’s showcase. The festival grounds are open Saturday from noon–8 p.m.


Perch Fishing in the Western Basin is Heating up

Phil and Zander Ruth and a double. Zander’s smile says it all.

After many charter trips this season for walleye, it was a nice change of pace when a customer called and wanted to go after some of Lake Erie’s “gold” instead. I absolutely love perch fishing, and I was excited to finally be able to go “perch jerk’n”.

We launched out of Mazurik’s boat access this past Sunday at 8 a.m. and headed to a spot between Kelleys Island and Gull Island Shoal, in about 40-42 foot of water. My electronics were showing good marks on the bottom with what looked to be perch, so we anchored upwith my Terrova trolling motor’s Spot Lock feature, baited up the hooks with some emerald shiners and started catching perch right away.


Sea Grant Program funding restored

State Rep. Chris Redfern (D- Catawba Island) issued the following statement in response to the restoration of $285,000 per fiscal year in state funds for Lake Erie’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program.  

 “I am pleased to see the state’s commitment to Lake Erie’s Sea Grant College Program continue. Gov. Kasich had originally nixed this vital resource in his version of the budget, but thanks to the efforts and leadership of Assistant Minority Whip Rep. Dan Ramos, this program will be able to continue on its important mission of research, education and outreach for our Great Lake.


New Scoreboard to light up Rocket Stadium

Thanks to three very generous donors, Oak Harbor High School's Rocket Stadium will have a brand new scoreboard beginning in the fall of 2013.  The new Fair-Play scoreboard is eight feet larger than the previous one, and features all LED lighting which will prove to be far more energy efficient and require far less maintenance from the district. 

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) donated the lion's share of the money required for this project, while the Oak Harbor Athletic Booster Club and Tri-Motor Sales donated sizable amounts as well.  These three donors covered the entire cost of the new scoreboard.

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