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Arts in the Park offers something for everyone

Arts in the Park, sponsored by the Port Clinton Artists’ Club, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5, at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton. 
Nearly 120 artists from Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida will be showing and selling their original creations. The show is open to the public and parking is free. One of the oldest art festivals in Ohio, Arts in the Park is celebrating 55 years of continuing to bring unique and original art to Ottawa County. 
Artisans will be displaying and selling ceramics, jewelry, glass, paintings, photography, wood, mixed media, textiles and fiber art. Artwork will be judged by the prestigious talents of Irene Finck, retired, Ohio Arts Council; Columbus watercolorist Kevin Buckland; art lovers Pertain Buckland and Connie Pfeiffer; and Dee Cochran, batik artist and president of the Port Clinton Artist’s Club.
For the second year, Pat Catan’s Craft Centers is the sponsor of the Children’s Area, a fun-filled part of the festival.  Watch your child’s face light up as they create functional art. Fun and engaging activities will be going on throughout the two-day art festival.

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Stone Laboratory welcomes new research coordinator

Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory recently hired Justin Chaffin, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toledo, as its new research coordinator. He will manage on-site research, the Lab’s Research Experience for Undergraduates, and some of the laboratory renovations currently in progress, along with teaching classes and supporting the lab’s outreach and education efforts. Chaffin is also heavily involved in Stone Lab’s monitoring and research of harmful algal blooms and nutrient levels in Lake Erie, a topic he has focused on throughout his academic career.
“Justin will be coordinating the lion’s share of our research and the REU program here at the lab,” says Matt Thomas, Stone Laboratory manager. “He’ll also be our on-site limnologist, playing an instrumental part with the renovation of the analytical laboratory, and with HAB monitoring.”

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Kasich in town for Fish Ohio

Gov. John Kasich kicked off the 34th Governor’s Fish Ohio Day by joining anglers for a day of fishing on Lake Erie Wednesday morning. Fish Ohio Day promotes the positive impacts of Lake Erie sport fishing and tourism on the region’s economy. Ohio has an $800 million sport fishery industry and a $10 billion tourist industry. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife was a sponsor of Fish Ohio Day as well as Lake Erie Shores and Islands-West and the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association. Nineteen charter boats participated in the event this year.
ODNR Director James Zehringer joined the governor in fishing on Lake Erie today. Zehringer reinforced that Lake Erie is not only important to northern Ohio, but to the entire state. He shared that Lake Erie fisheries have been sustained for decades, and Kasich and ODNR are committed to ensuring Ohio’s fisheries are sustainable for the future.

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