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Toledo, Ohio
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Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer with a bonefish he caught while fishing the flats around the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas for this elusive and spooky fish. This past off-season, Meyer and his high school age son Nate fished off Islamorada in the Florida Keys with former NFL coach... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Blade Outdoors
Warren Henry believes the city of Toledo's plan to rehabilitate its 73-year-old Collins Park Water Treatment Plant to the tune of nearly $300 million is "definitely the right approach." Who's Warren Henry and why does his opinion matter? Warren Henry said he is totally down with Toledo's plan for rehabbing... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ripple Effect
Larry Sabato, respected political expert at the University of Virginia, today has moved Ohio into the safe-Republican category in the Ohio governors. As recently as Aug. 19 Sabato told Blade Columbus Bureau Chief Jim Provance he saw Ohio as "likely Republican." According to Sabato's Website Sabato's Crystal Ball, (brought to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Blade Slices
Despite what's been labeled "the wreck of the Ed FitzGerald," the Democratic campaign for governor is still active. The Plain Dealer has reported a change in strategy designed to salvage the chances of downticket Democrats, after it was learned that Westlake Police questioned him in a car in a deserted... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Blade Slices
Rather than wean ourselves off our heroin-like addiction to oil - as none other than former President George W. Bush implored Americans to do near the end of his second term - we've become a nation of bigger addicts that has found a way to up its domestic sources of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ripple Effect
We all feel like we've had a crash course in water chemistry during this Summer of Algae. Who knew the differences between potassium permanganate and alum a month ago? Or between powdered activated carbon, granular activated carbon, reverse osmosis, ozone and chlorine-quenching? Or a term such as lysing, the one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Ripple Effect
Councilman Jack Ford was again today denied a spot on the ballot to run for the state Senate. Today (Aug. 25) at 4 p.m. was the deadline to file as a write-in candidate. We're told Mr. Ford was all set to run as a write-in. But the law prohibits anyone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Blade Slices
Sandusky County Park District programs for September: Canoe with Eagles, Sept 1, Sept 3, Sept 5, 4:00-7:00pm Meet at the Park Office, 1970 Countryside Place, Fremont, then travel to launch site at Decoy Marsh. Registration required and you must register with a partner, at least 12 years old. Canoes provided... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
A nice stringer of Maumee River catfish, caught near the Rossford Marina in mid-August of 2014. Anglers working a variety of live baits and stink baits fished on or near the bottom have been finding cooperative catfish in this area. Photo and report by Maumee River watcher Joe Roecklein. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
Professional guide Corneilus Harris with a husky largemouth bass caught in one of the strip mine lakes in southeastern Ohio. Harris, a guide with Hocking Hills Aventure Trek, reports good numbers of bass being caught in the mornings and evenings. The top-water action has been productive, with a focus on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
Guide Spencer Berman, left, and a happy client hoist one of Lake St. Clair's monster muskies. Berman is a Sylvania native who is now one of the top muskie guides and pro tournament anglers in the country. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
Even during the worst of it, it doesn't compare. Not when I was frantically driving from store to store trying to find water for my young nephews who were in Toledo for a week-long visit. Not when I made the early-morning call to the nursing facility where my mother lives... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Homegirl
Summer can be a great time to get away from phones, laptops, and sometimes news to relax and enjoy the outdoors, family, and friends. If you were out of town or not engaged in the news for part of the summer in Perrysburg you likely missed a lot this summer.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Blurbs From The 'Burg
After the algae scare and all of the issues with the Toledo drinking water, it is important to remind anglers that Lake Erie fish is safe to eat. Extensive testing of fish tissues has taken place, and there are no indications that the toxins produced by the huge algae blooms... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
God bless people like Kelly Frey. Fourteen years ago, a former Fulton County health commissioner named Hans Schmalzried stunned little Fayette Ohio's 2,000 residents by telling me, on the record - not once, but multiple times - that the village's water was so contaminated back then he wouldn't have let... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Ripple Effect
I'm giving them to you just as they came to me: Ohio State Troopers Association Endorses FitzGerald for Governor COLUMBUS - The Ohio State Troopers Association officially confirmed their endorsement of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald today. The Troopers cited FitzGerald's eight years in law enforcement and his strong opposition... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Blade Slices
The last time a set of Lucas County voter cards turned up empty the resulting controversy ended up costing three members of the Lucas County Board of Elections their jobs. Now the new Lucas County Board of Elections is planning to delete the contents of a number of memory cards... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Blade Slices
Energy crisis? What energy crisis? Through at least the rest of 2014, Americans can expect gasoline prices to drop. According to the federal government's Energy Information Administration, the average national price of gasoline should be about $3.30 a gallon in December. If that happens, it'll be 20 cents a gallon... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Ripple Effect
PEOPLE don’t often associate government in Lucas County -- at any level -- with innovation, excellence, or even basic competence. But an addiction resource unit run by the Lucas County Sheriff’s Department is getting statewide attention as a new and effective way to battle the state’s opioid and heroin epidemic.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Our View
COLUMBUS--The Democrats’ choice for governor, Ed FitzGerald, trails Republican Gov. John Kasich by 5 percentage points in the latest survey form Public Policy Polling released today. Prior polls have suggested Mr. FitzGerald was little known in Ohio, but the publicity he’s received of late has been anything but flattering. A... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Blade Slices
Keep the politics out. That familiar refrain was repeated over and over during the height of Toledo's three-day water crisis the first weekend of August. Keep the politics out. An exhausted, bleary eyed Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins said it whenever he emerged from the command center inside the Lucas... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Ripple Effect
A quick follow to a blog post I put out a few days ago for our readers in Fremont, who - like those in Metro Toledo - are struggling mightily with some water-related infrastructure problems now: The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency just announced it will host a public information session... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Ripple Effect
Michigan and Ohio have 60 prisons, holding roughly 100,000 people. Each of those prisoners has family and friends. If you're one of them, you know there's some truth to the adage: When people get locked up, their families and friends do time with them. When you visit an inmate, some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at 419: The Diary
Days before a hazardous-materials safety train visited the CSX Transportation railroad yard in Willard, Ohio, federal regulators announced proposed rules for the operation of “high-hazard flammable trains” like the unit trains of crude oil and ethanol that now rumble across northwest Ohio every day. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s proposal,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Road Warrior
Here's a statement from the campaign of David Pepper, who's running against Republican incumbent Mike DeWine for attorney general: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 7, 2014 OHIO STATE TROOPERS ASSOCIATION ENDORSES DAVID PEPPER FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL COLUMBUS – Today, the Ohio State Troopers Association announced that it endorsed David Pepper in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Blade Slices