Lake Erie matters in the terroir of Cleveland. The French word refers to wine, the natural environment grapes grow in, including soil, geography and climate. Michael Gill, the executive director of Cleveland’s Collective Arts Network (CAN), thinks the word also makes sense for artists. Which is why water emerged as a theme in the first-ever…

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Lake Erie is high – more than 20 inches above normal this month. Which means boaters are struggling to climb up from their docks. And waves are destroying property as it erodes beaches and bluffs. The lake is still 7 inches short of the record high set in 1986. And it’s now about the same…

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