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Fishing remains outstanding in the Western Basin of Lake Erie

Steve Chapman and his catch.

While most of us can agree this past winter was a real challenge to get through, because of the extreme cold temperatures brought on by the Polar Vortex, no one who has been fishing lately can disagree that is has helped with this years walleye and perch fishing.

I believe the last time Lake Superior froze over was in 2003, and if my memory of what the fishing was like during that season is correct, it was also an outstanding year for walleye fishing on Lake Erie.  It was also the year of the largest walleye hatch the lake has seen in many years. My fingers are crossed that this year’s hatch will rival that of 2003, but we won’t know until the DNR does their creel surveys in the fall.

The reason the freeze over was helpful is that the water temperatures have stayed much cooler than normal, as the waters move down through the Great Lakes, helping to keep the bigger walleye from moving to the deeper waters to the east.  

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Veterans Day at the Ottawa County Fair

The Ottawa County Veterans Service Office is excited to announce the annual Veterans Day at the Ottawa County Fair is on Saturday, July 19.  The staff has been working very hard to make this year’s Veterans Day special.  In addition to last year, complimentary cookies and coffee will be provided at 10 a.m., prior to opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

Entrance is free for veterans, with identification.  The opening ceremony kicks off at 10:30 a.m. in the Entertainment Tent, in the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to building B3.  American Legion Post 279 will provide the Color Guard; National Anthem will be performed by Ben David, Oak Harbor High School Choir Student; and veterans from each service era and a family member are the guest speakers.  Ottawa County Veteran of the Year for 2013, Mr. Paul Laderach is the Guest of Honor.  

Immediately following the opening ceremony, a free pigs in a blanket lunch from Limestone Tavern will be provided to all veterans and their family (while food lasts) from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in building B3.  There will be a Stein Hospice Pinning Ceremony, the Toledo Mobile Vet Center will be on site, entertainment will be the Wild Mind Comedy Hypnosis Show at 12:30, and there will be a presentation by the Sandusky CBOC on VA Healthcare.  Magruder Hospital will also be performing free blood pressure and blood sugar tests for all veterans from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  Children activities include: Sunglass decorating; Dear Soldier Station; Uncle Sam photos; and Coloring Contest (Age Groups 2-4; 5-7; 8-10; 11-13; and 14 up).  

Should you have any questions, please contact the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office at (419)898-2089 or visit us at 8444 W State Route 163, Oak Harbor OH 43449.  Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook! See you at the Fair!

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Danbury Stonecrusher Pee-Wee Football

The Danbury Stonecrusher Pee-Wee Football sign ups and fittings will be held Saturday, July 19, in the Danbury High School gym lobby. 

Fourth graders: 9-10 a.m.
Fifth graders: 10-11 a.m.
Sixth graders: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

For more information contact Matt Polanco at 419-341-5750.

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Oak Harbor adds public dock to waterfront

The Village of Oak Harbor just became more accessible with the addition of a 60 foot public dock located along the downtown waterfront.

The Oak Harbor Downtown Revitalization Implementation Committee (OHDRIC) installed the dock as part of the village's waterfront development plan. The committee is charged with raising funds for the implementation of dockside amenities including walkways, lighting, landscaping, amphitheater and a dock expansion.

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NOAA and partners predict significant harmful algal bloom

Satellite image of the 2013 intense bloom which was concentrated in the lake’s western basin. Credit: MODIS/NASA, processed by NOAA/NOS/NCCOS.

NOAA and its research partners predict that western Lake Erie will have a significant bloom of cyanobacteria, a toxic blue-green algae, during the 2014 bloom season in late summer. However, the predicted bloom is expected to be smaller than last year's intense bloom, and considerably less than the record-setting 2011 bloom.

Bloom impacts will vary across the lake's western basin and are classified by an estimate of both its concentration and how far it spreads.

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Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival

A collaborative effort, blending the craftsman of the 11th Annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show and the artistic expression of the Lakeside Plein Air Art Festival, will create one of Lakeside’s most unique weekends of the Chautauqua summer season from Friday, July 18-Sunday, July 20.

This three-day event begins on Friday, July 18, when participating plein air artists arrive at Lakeside Chautauqua to paint outdoor landscapes until Sunday, July 20.

The term “en plein air” means painting “in the open air.” This festival will host more than 40 artists from across the Midwest. Lakeside Chautauqua guests and residents are invited to watch them paint throughout the weekend.

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Port Clinton Police Department takes on Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department

The Port Clinton Police Department and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department baseball players. All photos by Sara Nelson.

The Port Clinton Police Department (PCPD) played a baseball game against the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) on Saturday, July 12, at Waterworks Park. PCPD beat OCSD 37 to 3 in the game. This is the third game that the PCPD has played this season. The first game, the PCPD took on Ottawa County employees and lost. The second game was against the Port Clinton girls’ varsity softball team and the PCPD lost. The win against the OCSD marks their first win of the season.

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Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department adds new vehicle to fleet

Jay’s Body Shop manager Brian Ralston and SRT Commander Jim Muller stand in front of the newly finished Special Response Team vehicle.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department Special Response Team recently received their newly finished vehicle back from Jay’s Body Shop. The vehicle, which was purchased from the Harris Elmore Fire Department, was sent to Jay’s Body Shop to be sprayed and painted. The body shop did the job free of charge as a donation to the community.

“The vehicle was in good shape,” said Jay’s Body Shop manager Brian Ralston, “it just took some time to get the old lettering off. I have a great group of guys. When I asked my team to help, they were happy and willing to volunteer their time.”

The vehicle will be used to transport people and equipment to and from the locations where needed.

Right now the Erie Ottawa International Airport is housing the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department vehicles. “We consider the airport a crucial partner and home of the Special Response Team. It’s awesome to have that resource to keep vehicles pristine and in good condition,” said Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

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Ottawa County Fair celebrating 50th year

 

Kendyll Hartlaub sits on one of the antique tractors on display at the Ottawa County Fair.

This year the Ottawa County Fair is celebrating its 50th year. To celebrate, the Fair Board has lowered admission to $5. There will also be a 50th anniversary fireworks display Friday night at the Demolition Derby. On Monday night, over 100 past and present county and fair royalty gathered together to celebrate the 50 years over a dinner before the crowning of this year’s fair king and queen.

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Fort Firelands Rockin’ the Fort

Fort Firelands RV Resort’s 2014 Rockin’ the Fort free summer concert series starts July 19. “We are excited about getting the concerts started this year” said Jeff Barton, one of Fort Firelands’ owners. “Last year was the first year for this concert series and we had a great time getting music back on the Fort stage. This year the bands are calling us to see if they can get a chance to play at the Fort and we have four acts booked already for this year.”  

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