Posts by Laura Johnston

Cleveland Port boats Flotsam and Jetsam clean Cuyahoga River

Damon Franklin stands at attention with a net, scanning the Cuyahoga River for debris. He’s standing at the bow of Flotsam, part of a pair of 26-foot boats owned by the Port of Cleveland and staffed by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. They’ve been cruising the Cleveland Harbor and the Cuyahoga River since 2012, removing trash,…

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Great Lakes projects awarded $6.6 million

Sustain Our Great Lakes partners on Monday awarded $6.6 million to 25 ecological restoration projects in the Great Lakes basin. In addition, grant winners will contribute $8.2 million for the projects. Northeast Ohio received two awards: Restoring Wetland Habitat in the West Basin of Mentor Marsh Grantee: Cleveland Museum of Natural History Award: $120,778  Goal:…

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Cedar Point Road for $415,000: Lake Erie House of the Week

Want a spot on the Cedar Point peninsula without paying (literally) a million dollars? This three-bedroom, 2,600-square foot ranch needs some updates. But it grants you a private beach a gorgeous Lake Erie views from your front porch, for $415,000. The home was built in the Cedar Cove neighborhood in 1957. It a large master…

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Picking a summer sport: sailboat racing vs. rowing

I always wanted to sail and row. Blame it on reading too many books about East Coast boarding schools as a kid, but both sports seemed to embody a storied mystique. Each with its own vocabulary. Each a vaunted, exclusive club. Rowing and sailing were on my bucket list, activities I hoped to try in…

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Kent State students commute to Cleveland via the Cuyahoga River

Kent State University students, faculty, alumni and friends will kayak from Kent to Lake Erie this week to promote the Cuyahoga River as an asset for education, recreation and sustainability. Eighteen kayakers will paddle 50 miles in the fifth annual Crooked River Commute, which commences at Heritage Park Friday morning and ends in the Flats.…

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What’s biting? Ohio Lake Erie fishing report Aug. 9-12

Heading out with your fishing pole this weekend? Here’s the Fish Ohio report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Western Basin Walleye  Where: Fishing remains good, though most of the larger fish have moved east to find cooler water, smaller fish remain plentiful. Reports of limits are still coming from Toledo east to the…

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Geneva State Park named best family fishing spot in Ohio

Geneva State Park has been named to Fishingbooker.com’s list of 50 best family fishing vacations in the United States. The website, which lets anglers find and book fishing trips, picked one spot in each state. The park is in Geneva-on-the-Lake, a strip of family fun that calls itself Ohio’s first family resort.  “Sitting on the…

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