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Beyond rock painting: 6 ways to get your arts fix at Lakeside Chautauqua

By Laura Johnston | July 22, 2019

Art ties the summer — and families — together at Lakeside Chautauqua. Classes include painting, dancing, music and more for all ages, at just about any time of day. You can even make soap to take home for Christmas gifts. See how you can get involved at the private community on Lake Erie, with the…

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I caught a walleye! Ohio Lake Erie fish report July 19-22

By Laura Johnston | July 18, 2019

This is the best walleye season just about anyone can remember on Lake Erie. We caught seven walleye in about 45 minutes, when Danny McConnell of Midtown Fishing Charters took us out from the Gordon Park boat ramp this week. Once we had two fish on the line at the same time! All of them…

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Heat wave! Lake Erie marine forecast July 19-21

By Laura Johnston | July 18, 2019

Ohio’s having a heat wave. And Lake Erie is the best place to cool off. The air temperature is forecast to be at least five degrees cooler on the lake, from Avon Point to Willowick. And the water Thursday was 76 degrees at the Cleveland Crib. Here’s the full open-water forecast from the National Weather…

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Volunteer paddlers needed to help with triathlon

By Laura Johnston | July 18, 2019

Want to help Cleveland host the USA Triathlon Age-Group championships? Experienced kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders are needed for water safety teams, to help keep racers safe during the swim portion of the triathlon at Edgewater Beach. The events take place Aug. 9-11. Sign up below, and mark your calendars for a pre-event training session on…

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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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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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