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Meet new Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Conductor Daniel Meyer

By Laura Johnston | July 17, 2019

Brought to you by Lakeside Chautauqua and rockthelake.com Music is magic you can get lost in, says new Lakewood Symphony Orchestra Conductor Daniel Meyer. In this world of YouTube clips and 30-second commercials clamoring for attention, “You can lose track of time. You can unplug and disconnect when you get completely engrossed in a piece…

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Kids sail in Junior Bay Week

By Laura Johnston | July 16, 2019

Kids have taken over Put-in-Bay Yacht Club for the annual Inter-Lake Yachting Association Junior Championships. The 64th annual event features 150 sailors age 17 and younger from clubs across Lake Erie. They descend on Put-in-Bay for four days of races, skits, speakers team dinners, awards banquets and more. Check out the photos of the fun…

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2019 Lake Erie harmful algal bloom forecast to be slightly smaller than 2017

By Laura Johnston | July 11, 2019

This year’s harmful algal bloom could be slightly smaller than 2017, according to the forecast released Thursday by Ohio Sea Grant. Heavy spring rains washed a huge load of phosphorus — the main ingredient for the toxic blue-green algae — into the Maumee River. That’s despite the fact that many farmers couldn’t plant fields this…

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Ready, set, sail! Lake Erie marine forecast July 11-14

By Laura Johnston | July 10, 2019

Wind is in the weekend forecast for Lake Erie! Sun is also predicted after Thursday, with perfect temperatures for sunning and sailing. Or for checking out the Tall Ships Cleveland festival. The water temperature off Toledo is 76 degrees, and off Erie 70 degrees. See the full National Weather Service offshore marine forecast, from Avon…

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Walleye madness: Lake Erie fishing report July 10

By Laura Johnston | July 10, 2019

Lake Erie is stuffed with walleye. Anglers are reaching the six-fish-per-person limits. How? Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his July fish report that trolling spoons, crawler harnesses and crankbaits are good bets to catch walleye. “But equally effective many days, and lots of fun, is casting and slowly retrieving a weight forward spinner…

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Meet the fleet of Tall Ships Cleveland!

By Laura Johnston | July 9, 2019

Eleven tall ships — brigs, schooners, barques and more — are coming to Cleveland, in a celebration of our maritime heritage.  Tall Ships Cleveland is one of a handful of stops for the ships on the Great Lakes this summer. The goal is to engage with the community and remind them of the history that…

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Three guys aim to paddle across every Great Lake

By Laura Johnston | June 27, 2019

Three Michigan friends traveled 71 miles across Lake Erie, on their fourth trip stand-up paddleboarding across the Great Lakes. Kwin Morris, Joe Lorenz and Jeff Guy paddled for 24 hours, from Belle Isle in the Detroit River, to Catawba Island, facing major headwinds and up to 6-foot waves. They never touched a boat. And they…

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Bay Village, Rocky River, Vermilion, Ashtabula, Lorain listed among best lake beach towns in America

By Laura Johnston | June 26, 2019

Life is better by the lake. Residents of Great Lakes towns would agree. And so do the folks at Wallethub, which compared 192 cities with populations between 10,000 and 150,000 and at least one beach listed on TripAdvisor.com. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Cleveland teenagers sail on tall ship Denis Sullivan

By Laura Johnston | June 26, 2019

The teenagers marveled about the brightness of the stars, and the strength of the friendships they made. They also complained about the mayflies. Such is life aboard the tall ship Denis Sullivan, as part of the Rotary Club of Cleveland’s Project YESS. Nineteen Cleveland teenagers sailed from Milwaukee aboard the ship, which returned Tuesday to…

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Where to rent a kayak, catch a cruise or dragon boat on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | June 20, 2019

Now that the Cuyahoga is clean, it’s a destination for recreation. If you have your own kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, here’s where to access the river at 16 public parks, from Geauga to Cleveland. If you don’t, we’ve got where to rent kayaks and canoes, learn how to row, or just take a cruise…

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Beach glass artist Amy Lauria makes Christmas trees: The Lure of Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | December 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Beach glass artist Amy Lauria makes Christmas trees: The Lure of Lake Erie

Amy Lauria makes Christmas trees. Little green trees made of beach glass and big ones made with discarded metal and driftwood. White and aqua glass and different sized rocks — anything Lauria finds while walking on the beach. We featured Lauria on RocktheLake in September. We revisited Lauria in the midst of the holiday season…

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The perfect Lake Erie outing for your out-of-town guests

By Laura Johnston | December 19, 2017 | Comments Off on The perfect Lake Erie outing for your out-of-town guests

At the holidays, you’ve got all sorts of relatives visiting from out-of-town. So why not introduce them to Cleveland’s best asset? Here are a couple ideas to get you all out of the house and provide some family togetherness, all with a view of Lake Erie. Go on, show it off! If you’ve got a…

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Cedar Point contemporary: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | December 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Cedar Point contemporary: Lake Erie House of the Week

Walk across the street to the beach, or dock your boat in your backyard, with this $829,000, 4,500-square-foot contemporary on Cedar Point Road in Sandusky. The 1954-built house was completely remodeled in 1992. It has an open floor plan, big windows, two fire places, a marble floor in the dining room and updated appliances in…

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Counting down to the Mid-America Boat Show 2018

By Laura Johnston | December 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Counting down to the Mid-America Boat Show 2018

The first of 400 boats arrived Thursday to the I-X Center, in preparation for the 2018 Progressive Mid-America Boat Show, which takes place Jan. 18-21. Cleveland is Ohio’s oldest and largest boat show, and this year, since no outdoor show is Cleveland, the event will feature the Fish NOW Expo, with a 5,000-gallon aquarium on…

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Lake Erie Marine Forecast Dec. 14-17

By Laura Johnston | December 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie Marine Forecast Dec. 14-17

  Ice is starting to form along the beaches of Lake Erie. About 1.9 percent of the Great Lakes is now frozen, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. Those planning to spend some time on the lake this weekend better prepare for some fluffy white flakes. Friday and Saturday, widespread snow is expected…

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Lake Metroparks interpretive manager Andy Avram: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | December 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Metroparks interpretive manager Andy Avram: Erie Interviews

Meet Andy Avram, Lake Metroparks interpretive manager, who oversees programming in parks throughout Lake County. The park system has six properties on Lake Erie: Arcola Creek, Fairport Harbor, Lake Erie Bluffs, Lakefront Lodge, Lakeshore Reservation and Painesville Township Park. Last year, the park system opened a 50-foot tower at Lake Erie Bluffs, which 52,000 people…

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Hanging out at Cleveland’s White City Beach: Remember when

By Laura Johnston | December 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Hanging out at Cleveland’s White City Beach: Remember when

Everyone’s heard of Euclid Beach. But what about White City Beach? White City, an amusement park originally named Manhattan Beach, was for a half decade Euclid Beach’s neighbor and competitor, an amusement park with a roller coaster on Lake Erie. It was even operated by a former manager of Euclid Beach, William Ryan. The park…

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Transforming beach glass into heirloom jewelry

By Laura Johnston | December 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Transforming beach glass into heirloom jewelry

Laurie and Bud Vinch used to roam the beaches of Lakewood until the street lights came on, pocketing cool rocks and beach glass. For years, the siblings deposited their treasures in buckets and bins. And decades later, when their mom decided to sell their childhood home, the basement was stuffed with treasures. Laurie had so…

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Trying scuba diving — with Santa Claus

By Laura Johnston | December 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Trying scuba diving — with Santa Claus

So you’ve always wanted to try scuba diving? But you weren’t sure you wanted to commit hundreds of dollars and a couple weeks to getting certified? Just Add Water scuba shop in Fairview Park and Willoughby offers Try Diving courses, which include a short class and a few hours trying out the sport in the…

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Euclid oasis: Lake Erie house of the week

By Laura Johnston | December 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Euclid oasis: Lake Erie house of the week

Own your own lakefront oasis for $649,000. The 1981-built, 2,500-square-foot brick home in Euclid includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms and walk-out basement. It hsa a great room with wood-burning fireplace, an office, sunroom and master suite. The shoreline has been fully reinforced, and the property is nearly an acre, with a firepit. The house is…

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