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Marine industry workers needed

By Laura Johnston | December 11, 2018

The marine industry is expecting a shortage of workers, as Baby Boomers retire.  Ever dream about working on a ship? There are lots of opportunities.  Read all about them on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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This boat delivers mail to freighters on the Detroit River

By Laura Johnston | December 10, 2018

The J.W. Westcott invented “mail-in-the-pail” in 1874. And 144 years later, it’s still using the technique to deliver letters, as well as packages and sometimes pizza, to freighters in the Detroit River.  It’s the only boat with its own U.S. ZIP Code. Read all about it on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. 

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Lakeside Chautauqua to renovate sport courts, with Giving Tuesday donations

By Laura Johnston | December 4, 2018

Lakeside Chautauqua is updating its volleyball and basketball courts at Bettinger Park, on the shores of Lake Erie, after it raised nearly $500,000 on Giving Tuesday.  See more on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes all: Things to do in the Ohio private community

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Lake Erie’s Crystal Beach named among best beaches in the world

By Laura Johnston | December 3, 2018

Lake Erie’s Crystal Beach ranks among the 50 best beaches in North America, and the top 400 beaches in the world, according to 1,000 travel professionals and the website Flightnetwork.com.  The Canadian beach, across the U.S. border from Buffalo, near Fort Erie, Ontario, ranks No. 39 in North America. The spot gets praise for “flawless white sand”…

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See the winning walleye in the 2018 Fall Brawl

By Laura Johnston | December 2, 2018

The 2018 Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl came down to the penultimate day, when Clarence Mitchell Jr. caught a 13.7-pound tank.  The results are still subject to polygraph tests. But Mitchell could win a $100,000 Warrior boat. See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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It’s the penultimate day of the Fall Brawl. Go fishing on Lake Erie!

By Laura Johnston | November 30, 2018

Everybody wants to catch the big one, the winning walleye in the Fall Brawl.  On the penultimate day of the brawl, with a $100,000 boat at stake, I went fishing with the brawl’s founder and his buddies. And I caught a fish! See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.  

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North Coast Harbor sees 260,000 visitors for 2018 events

By Laura Johnston | November 28, 2018

Nearly 260,000 people visited Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor this year for festivals, summer sports in Voinovich Park and other events. That doesn’t include the Clevelanders and tourists powerwalking the East Ninth Street Pier at lunch time or strolling on a summer evening to see a Lake Erie sunset. Or visitors to museums, Cleveland Browns games…

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Last week of the 2018 Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl

By Laura Johnston | November 27, 2018

You’ve got less than a week to catch your winning walleye — and a $100,000 fishing boat. The 2018 Lake Erie Fall Brawl ends at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.  As of Monday afternoon, the leading fish is just over 12 pounds, nearly 3 pounds shy of last year’s winner.  “This weather hasn’t been cooperating,” said…

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Vote for Western Reserve rowing coach as U.S. Rowing coach of the year

By Laura Johnston | November 26, 2018

Kirk Lang, executive director of the Cleveland Rowing Foundation and head coach of the Western Reserve Rowing Association, is up for U.S. Rowing Coach of the Year.  You can vote through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.  As Lang says, it’s Cleveland (and the Cuyahoga River) against the world. See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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6 spots to romance the holidays on Lake Erie: Romance the Lake

By Laura Johnston | November 26, 2018

The weather outside is frightful. But Lake Erie can still be delightful in December — especially if you’re viewing it from a roaring fire.  So snuggle up with your sweetie, ignore the shopping list for a weekend (or at least an evening) and head to Ohio’s North Coast for a relaxing, romantic break from the…

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Why you should care about harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | September 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Why you should care about harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie

Cleveland isn’t facing the same icky, stinky green mat of algae plaguing Toledo, thank goodness. The harmful algal bloom originates near the Maumee River because Lake Erie is so shallow in that area, and because most of the phosphorous contributing comes from fertilizer runoff from farms around the Maumee. Yet the bloom in Lake Erie’s…

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5 patios to visit before the season sunsets

By Laura Johnston | September 27, 2017 | Comments Off on 5 patios to visit before the season sunsets

Summer vacation is over. But you can still take a mini break, dining on the water at one of Cleveland’s many patios. Here are five to visit before the sun sets on patio season. Pickle Bill’s: Full disclosure, I’ve never visited this restaurant on the banks of the Grand River, just down the street from Mentor…

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Buying a stand-up paddleboard: inflatable vs. hard board

By Laura Johnston | September 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Buying a stand-up paddleboard: inflatable vs. hard board

So you want to buy a stand-up paddleboard? The sport is one of the fastest growing in the world. And Americans are buying nearly 300,000 stand-up paddleboards a year, according to the Stand-Up Paddleboard Industry Association.  The Outdoor Foundation didn’t even include stand-up paddleboarding – or SUP, which migrated from Hawaii to California in 2004…

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North Coast Women’s Sailing Association gets more women on the water

By Laura Johnston | September 25, 2017 | Comments Off on North Coast Women’s Sailing Association gets more women on the water

“Fall off the wind!” the skipper yelled. The problem? I had no idea which way the wind was blowing. Or which way that meant I should pull the tiller. After three classes about sailing – in which I learned the basic vocabulary and the fact that you can’t sail a boat directly into the wind…

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Fall fishing on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | September 24, 2017 | Comments Off on Fall fishing on Lake Erie

Fall is the best time to fish in Northeast Ohio. Steelhead trout rush into rivers to spawn. Perch and Walleye swim from the middle of Lake Erie to the shallower, warmer water. You can catch them from the fishing piers and marinas that dot the shore. On the rocks that ring East 55th Street Marina, anglers…

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How artist Amy Lauria captures that ‘happy place’ feeling for your wall

By Laura Johnston | September 23, 2017 | Comments Off on How artist Amy Lauria captures that ‘happy place’ feeling for your wall

As soon as Amy Lauria gets home from work, she puts on her “play clothes,” calls her dog and heads to the beach. She and Grace, a pit bull mix, walk for an hour each day, as she collects driftwood, stones, metal, beach glass and trash, anything she can find to make into art. “I…

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Perkins Beach to get new jetties

By Laura Johnston | September 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Perkins Beach to get new jetties

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Metroparks have closed Perkins Beach on the west side of Edgewater Park, while crews remove five 1940s-era jetties and build three new ones. The $446,000 project should be done by late November. The work has been on a to-do list since the Cleveland Metroparks took over the lakefront park from state control in…

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Lake Erie Coastal Byway

By Laura Johnston | September 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie Coastal Byway

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Driving along Lake Erie? You can find more than 300 activities along 293 miles of Ohio’s north shore with the new Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail mobile app. The app, paid for with $25,000 of federal scenic byway funding, is overseen by the Erie Regional Planning Commission and the  Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, which…

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Author Dan Egan: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | September 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Author Dan Egan: Erie Interviews

Meet Dan Egan, whose book “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” is absolutely riveting. It had me spouting fascinating facts like nothing I’ve read since Robert Caro’s “The Power Broker,” about how planner Robert Moses shaped New York. I chatted with Egan, a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter who has covered the lakes for a…

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Why I wanted to rock the lake

By Laura Johnston | September 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Why I wanted to rock the lake

Summer mornings, as the sun rises, I ride my bike four miles to Columbia Road Beach, clatter down the steps and wade into Lake Erie. I dive under, kick hard to warm up and settle into a rhythm, breathing left and right and left again. Unlike in the pool, there are no markers of time…

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