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A quick history of Sandusky industry, from ice harvest to tourism

By Laura Johnston | February 21, 2018

At one point, Sandusky was the largest American producer of ice west of the Hudson River. The ice blocks men harvested from Sandusky Bay were shipped as far as New Orleans, said James Miller, history chair of the city’s bicentennial celebration. “About 25 percent of all able bodied men in the city participated in the…

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What to expect on a trip ice fishing off Put-in-Bay

By Laura Johnston | February 20, 2018

I had no idea what to expect on my first experience ice fishing off South Bass Island. Definitely not a picnic table. Yet I’m sitting at one, bolted to a trailer that is towed by a four-wheeler wearing chains on its tires. Down the ramp on the west side of the island, we go Ice…

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Where can you rent a boat on Lake Erie?

By Laura Johnston | February 20, 2018

Where can you rent a boat on Lake Erie? While jet skis and kayaks are plentiful, it’s harder than you’d think to find a powerboat to rent on Ohio’s North Coast. Here are a few spots you can rent a speed boat for an afternoon, or longer. Generally, you must be 18 or 21 years…

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Huron condo: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | February 19, 2018

Take in Lake Erie views from the deck, patio and a few windows of this townhouse in Huron, priced at $154,900. Newer flooring, stainless steel kitchen appliances, laundry room and extra storage are all included in this two-bedroom, 1 1/2-bathroom, 1,300-square-foot condo, built in 1977. There are built-in cabinets and crown molding in the living…

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As soon as the ice melts, set sail with the Foundry’s spring frostbite series

By Laura Johnston | February 16, 2018

Ready to get back in the water? The Foundry’s spring frostbiting series starts Sunday, March 25. It’s nearly free! And you don’t even need your own boat! (If you’re more of a fair weather sailor, read on for a free series for you, too.) The Foundry Rowing & Sailing Center started its frostbiting series last…

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Island Air Pilot Dustin Shaffer flies people, groceries from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay: Erie Interview

By Laura Johnston | February 15, 2018

Meet Dustin Shaffer, owner of Island Air Taxi, the only airplane company based in Put-in-Bay. In the winter, he may fly 20 flights a day, back and forth from South Bass or Kelleys islands to the mainland of Port Clinton, chauffeuring people, groceries and anything else that needs to get on island after Lake Erie…

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Falling in love on Lake Erie: Valentine stories

By Laura Johnston | February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day! To honor the most romantic and gushy of holidays — and remind you that, yes, the ice will eventually melt and the weather will be warm again — we’re featuring the stories of three couples who fell in love on Lake Erie. That love transcends the lake’s pink-and-orange sunsets, and strolls on…

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Waiting for a Break connects Clevelanders to Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | February 13, 2018

You can’t see Lake Erie from here. The vast sheet of ice is just a few blocks away, down Ontario Street. But in Public Square, the lake is out of sight, out of mind. Except for a video kiosk — about the size of your living room TV — showing live feeds of the ice,…

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Contemporary Bay Village waterfront: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | February 12, 2018

This waterfront mansion in Bay Village has everything in its 14,000 square feet: a spa, theater, gym, smart home technology and radiant heated floors, all with Lake Erie views — and 1.7 acres. The $4.7 million gated contemporary at 24524 Lake Road was built in 2006. It has five bedrooms, nine bathrooms (six full), four-car…

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Take the Rowing for Fitness class at the Foundry

By Laura Johnston | February 2, 2018

“There, you got it. Now you look like a pro.” Coach Jessica Weaver made her way around the Foundry’s rowing tanks, correcting form and giving tips. Because most of us taking Rowing for Fitness on a snowy Cleveland Monday night had never rowed before. And that’s totally fine. “We’re looking for ways for people to…

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A quick history of Sandusky industry, from ice harvest to tourism

By Laura Johnston | February 21, 2018 | Comments Off on A quick history of Sandusky industry, from ice harvest to tourism

At one point, Sandusky was the largest American producer of ice west of the Hudson River. The ice blocks men harvested from Sandusky Bay were shipped as far as New Orleans, said James Miller, history chair of the city’s bicentennial celebration. “About 25 percent of all able bodied men in the city participated in the…

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What to expect on a trip ice fishing off Put-in-Bay

By Laura Johnston | February 20, 2018 | Comments Off on What to expect on a trip ice fishing off Put-in-Bay

I had no idea what to expect on my first experience ice fishing off South Bass Island. Definitely not a picnic table. Yet I’m sitting at one, bolted to a trailer that is towed by a four-wheeler wearing chains on its tires. Down the ramp on the west side of the island, we go Ice…

Read More

Where can you rent a boat on Lake Erie?

By Laura Johnston | February 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Where can you rent a boat on Lake Erie?

Where can you rent a boat on Lake Erie? While jet skis and kayaks are plentiful, it’s harder than you’d think to find a powerboat to rent on Ohio’s North Coast. Here are a few spots you can rent a speed boat for an afternoon, or longer. Generally, you must be 18 or 21 years…

Read More

Huron condo: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | February 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Huron condo: Lake Erie House of the Week

Take in Lake Erie views from the deck, patio and a few windows of this townhouse in Huron, priced at $154,900. Newer flooring, stainless steel kitchen appliances, laundry room and extra storage are all included in this two-bedroom, 1 1/2-bathroom, 1,300-square-foot condo, built in 1977. There are built-in cabinets and crown molding in the living…

Read More

As soon as the ice melts, set sail with the Foundry’s spring frostbite series

By Laura Johnston | February 16, 2018 | Comments Off on As soon as the ice melts, set sail with the Foundry’s spring frostbite series

Ready to get back in the water? The Foundry’s spring frostbiting series starts Sunday, March 25. It’s nearly free! And you don’t even need your own boat! (If you’re more of a fair weather sailor, read on for a free series for you, too.) The Foundry Rowing & Sailing Center started its frostbiting series last…

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Island Air Pilot Dustin Shaffer flies people, groceries from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay: Erie Interview

By Laura Johnston | February 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Island Air Pilot Dustin Shaffer flies people, groceries from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay: Erie Interview

Meet Dustin Shaffer, owner of Island Air Taxi, the only airplane company based in Put-in-Bay. In the winter, he may fly 20 flights a day, back and forth from South Bass or Kelleys islands to the mainland of Port Clinton, chauffeuring people, groceries and anything else that needs to get on island after Lake Erie…

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Falling in love on Lake Erie: Valentine stories

By Laura Johnston | February 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Falling in love on Lake Erie: Valentine stories

Happy Valentine’s Day! To honor the most romantic and gushy of holidays — and remind you that, yes, the ice will eventually melt and the weather will be warm again — we’re featuring the stories of three couples who fell in love on Lake Erie. That love transcends the lake’s pink-and-orange sunsets, and strolls on…

Read More

Waiting for a Break connects Clevelanders to Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | February 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Waiting for a Break connects Clevelanders to Lake Erie

You can’t see Lake Erie from here. The vast sheet of ice is just a few blocks away, down Ontario Street. But in Public Square, the lake is out of sight, out of mind. Except for a video kiosk — about the size of your living room TV — showing live feeds of the ice,…

Read More

Contemporary Bay Village waterfront: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | February 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Contemporary Bay Village waterfront: Lake Erie House of the Week

This waterfront mansion in Bay Village has everything in its 14,000 square feet: a spa, theater, gym, smart home technology and radiant heated floors, all with Lake Erie views — and 1.7 acres. The $4.7 million gated contemporary at 24524 Lake Road was built in 2006. It has five bedrooms, nine bathrooms (six full), four-car…

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8 romantic Lake Erie spots for Valentine’s Day: Romance the Lake

By Laura Johnston | February 9, 2018 | Comments Off on 8 romantic Lake Erie spots for Valentine’s Day: Romance the Lake

Perhaps a tromp on the ice dunes lacks the obvious romance of a barefoot walk along the surf. But Lake Erie is still gorgeous in winter, and its sunsets still cast a golden glow (albeit hours earlier). So why not make lakefront plans for Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re looking for a decadent dinner, a swanky…

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