The Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes are coming to Cleveland! Old-fashioned sailing vessels will be docked, giving day sails and more.  Here’s where else they’ll be in summer 2019 Kenosha, Wisconsin: Aug. 1-4 Green Bay, Wisconsin: July 25-28 Bay City, Michigan: July 18-21 Midland and Sarnia, Ontario: Aug. 9-11 Kingsville, Ontario: Aug 16-18 Erie, Pennsylvania:…

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The Great Lakes Cruising Club was formed by a handful of yachtsmen in Chicago in 1934. Now it includes about 2,500 families – both sailors and powerboaters – who want to know the lay of port towns in both Canada and the United States.  See all the details at www.cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.   Share:

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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.  Share:

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Elizabeth Miller, an environmental reporter at Ideastream, will lead a panel discussion on the problem of plastic in Lake Erie.  Panelists include: Jill Bartolotta, extension educator, Ohio Sea Grant College Program  Crystal M. C. Davis, policy director, Alliance for the Great Lakes  Erin D. Huber, executive director and founder, Drink Local. Drink Tap. See more…

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Cleveland in July will welcome 10 Tall Ships — six from the United States, four Canadian and one from New Zealand. The festival July 11-14 will include day sails, live music, ship tours and more.  Read all about it — and see photos from the last few Tall Ship festivals in Cleveland — on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.…

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The Tall Ships are coming to Cleveland! The brigs, schooners and sloops will be docked on our Lake Erie shores July 11-14. See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Share:

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The Marquette & Bessemer No. 2, a railroad car ferry that chugged daily between Conneaut and Port Stanley, Ontario, sank in a storm in December 1909. The captain and crew of 35 died in the wreck. And the boat was never found.  You can research this story, and lots of stories from the Great Lakes…

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Lake Erie can be eerie. And so can the other four Great Lakes, the watery graves of so many ships.  Author Wes Oleszewski, who has written 18 Great Lakes books, tells a few of his favorites.  See the full story on cleveland.com. Share:

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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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Absolut Vodka is kicking off its Cleveland campaign to skip the straw at 3 p.m. today at Lego in the East Bank of the Flats. For every straw drinkers decline, Absolut will make a donation to the Lake Erie Foundation, according to a press release. The company will donate up to $5,000 in Cleveland and…

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