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Maumee Bay & NW Ohio

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Just 10 miles east of Toledo, Maumee Bay combines the natural wonders of its Lake Erie setting with surprising value for families and groups. • Full-service Lodge with charming rooms, plus 2- and 4-bedroom cottages with kitchens, fireplaces and bunkrooms • Year-round recreation, ranging from hiking, biking and birding trails to links-style golf course, marina, fishing and indoor/outdoor pools

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In our gardens is the Pieta, a life-size Michaelangelo bronze. “The water in the Well will be refreshing and healing... All those who • All faiths welcome! come to the Garden • Chapel hours: 1 - 4 p.m. will be refreshed...” • Daily protect life prayers: 2 p.m. Come hear our history • Tuesday protect-life prayers: 7 p.m. on “the well,” also on • GiŌs of Love GiŌ Shop hours: 1 - 4p.m. our website. • Monthly First Saturday protect-life prayers at 2 p.m. 655 S. Coy Rd. • Visit our gardens, Oregon, OH StaƟons and rosary walk (Just north of Navarre Ave.) • Well open during daylight hours 419-697-7742 Page 3

Maumee Bay offersYear-Round Fun By Art Weber The landscape in and around Maumee Bay State Park looks innocent enough – row after row of crops growing lush and green in the rich soils, which once made Northwest Ohio the corn capital of the world. The topography is billiard table flat. About the only deviations from the pervasive flatness are the dikes that hold the lake’s waters at bay and the deep drainage ditches to channel rain and floodwater off the land. Before the days of dikes and ditches, the landscape was dominated by huge coastal marshes and, further inland off the lake and bay, the Great Black Swamp. These marshes once covered some quarter-million acres and teemed with waterfowl and wildlife. Thousands of acres of wild rice grew in the pristine waters along the bays. On the horizon of the marshes was a giant wall of trees, a vast hardwood swamp forest that stretched unbroken from Port Clinton to the Maumee River to the ond Accounts Indiana line and beyond. from early travelers speak of the forest appearing as a dense blue haze in the distance. Some say the name Great Black Swamp came from this darkened appearance of the forest, or from the fact that very little sunlight penetrated the thick forest canopy to the floor of the swamp. Still others say the name comes from the dark color of the soil and water of the swamp. There was very little undergrowth in the Black Swamp and, although it was the last Ohio refuge for elk, bison, wolf, black bear and mountain lion, it was not very rich in game animals. Before drainage, it was a vast inhospitable morass; a barrier to travelers and commerce. It was, in fact, one of the harshest environments in the country for those early pioneers. Soldiers making their way through the area in the early 1800s wrote that it was the most desolate, forbidding Page 4

wilderness in America. Today’s modern SR 20 was once a corduroy road – a road surfaced with logs laid corduroy fashion – that was so bad that it could take a horse and rider a week to travel 25 miles. Maumee Bay State Park is a product of all that, but let’s say that the inhospitable part of the area has been

beach, to the golf course, to the nature center and boardwalk.” The Lodge itself fills its expectations as a showpiece. Each of the 120 guest rooms features a balcony and easy access to racquetball/wallyball courts, a game room, saunas, exercise rooms, whirlpools, indoor and outdoor pools, a snack bar, and a dining room as well as a lounge. The lodge is also a conference center complete with catering service, meeting rooms and a large ballroom. The golf course is a challenging 18-hole Scottish links course. “We’ve also added three pickle ball courts near our basketball and tennis courts,” Czarny said, describing pickle ball as a fun sport like tennis but with a smaller court, less impact and movement. “It’s big in Florida.” Still, Patrick Czarny loves the idea that Maumee Bay is both a resort-type park and a preserve. “It’s a big plus that you feel like you’re in the wilderness here,” Mr. Czarny said. “We see bald eagles on a daily basis. We see deer, coyote, and fox. We’re a host site for the Biggest Week in American Birding,” The Biggest Week, held annually in May, routinely draws participants from nearly all 50 states and 20 to 25 foreign countries. Proximity to Toledo makes it a wonderful day visit for city residents. Overnights are easy, too, in the Lodge, the 24 deluxe cottages, or the campground with 252 electric campsites. Wheelchair-accessible facilities are readily available in all areas. It’s a first-class park that’s a fascinating glimpse into a wild, incredibly rich land, a land with a spirit embodied in the bald eagles that can be seen surveying what is still their domain. For more information on the park call 419-836-7758 and for the lodge and resort call 419-836-1466, or visit

An evening concert at Maumee Bay State Park dramatically corrected to not just hospitable, but truly inviting. A substantial portion of the 1,450acre park is preserved as wetlands but there’s no need to slosh through the cattails. A two-mile boardwalk lets you stay high and dry, providing an elevated vantage point to view wildlife ranging from bald eagles to deer, coyote, fox and well over a hundred species of birds through times of migration. The park is anchored by the Maumee Bay State Park Lodge and Conference Center, which enjoys a commanding view of Maumee Bay. “After 25 years, we’re still known as the flagship of Ohio State Park Lodges,” said Patrick Czarny, general manager of the 120-room lodge and conference center. “One of our biggest assets is that everything is so close and easy to use. You can walk to the

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“Friends” support long-term health & vibrancy of Ottawa NWR By Yaneek Smith Press Contributing Writer Each spring, the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) and other local groups work to prepare for “The Biggest Week in American Birding,” which brings people from all over the world to Northwest Ohio for 10 days. The festival (set for May 5-14, 2017) attracts novice and experienced birders to observe migrating birds stopping in Oak Harbor, Oregon and the surrounding area that’s known as the “Warbler Capital of the World.” Though there’s a lot going on for visitors to see and do at the Ottawa NWR located at 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, during the Biggest Week festival, it doesn’t stop there, says Aimee Arent, the association manager for Friends of Ottawa NWR, a 501(c)3 non-profit established to preserve and promote the Refuge. Visitors (and locals, too) are encouraged to explore the Refuge (the only National Wildlife Refuge Complex in the state) all year through. Hike the 10 miles of trails, feel the sand between your toes on the natural beach, take a cruise on the monthly Wildlife Drive or check out one of the educational programs or events offered. The Friends of the Ottawa NWR began in the late 1990s when Larry Martin, who was the manager of Ottawa NWR, envisioned starting a “friends” group that would help support the refuge. Word quickly spread to other volunteers, their friends, local groups and members of the community. A meeting was held in February 1997 and an interim chairperson

and secretary were selected. Another meeting saw a board of directors elected and the founding the organization that was initially known as the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association, a name that was changed to Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge last year. Over the last two decades, the organization has worked to maintain the long-term health of the Refuge while diversifying and increasing visitation without causing damaging to the en-

vironment. On top of that, Friends of Ottawa NWR has worked to influence national, state and local leaders and politicians on the importance of conservation while raising funds for the refuge. Visit to learn more about the organization take a virtual tour of the Refuge, see a list of recent bird sightings, check out a list of special events, shop at “The Rookery,” become a member, or to make a donation.

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Family Fun Afric Africa! exhibit, Nature’s Neig Neighborhood children’s zoo, Tembo Trail and the rece recently renovated Aquarium which offers unique ium, opp opportunities to touch sea creatures and explore the mysteries of the deep. Don miss the newest adDon’t diti ditions, Expedition Africa! Aer Aerial Adventure Course pre presented by Mercy Hea Health and Tower Ridge Gir Giraffe Experience. Specia events and activities cial add to the fun throughou the year. out Stop by the Zoo and enj enjoy rare birds from aro around the world in the aw award-winning Aviary wh which features some of th most sought-after the speci bird species, including Andean Cock of the rock Blue-bellied Roller, Cock-of-the-rock, Kagu, Laughing Kookaburra, Rhinoceros Hornbill and Cassowary. 2 Hippo Way, Toledo 419-385-4040,

The Toledo Museum of Art Toledo T l d Museum M off Art A t

Visitors to the Toledo Museum of Art will find one of the finest and most diverse collections of artwork in the country. Discover treasures ranging from ancient Egyptian pieces to contemporary art, including glass, sculpture, European and American painting, African and Asian art, graphic arts and decorative arts. Other highlights include the Sculpture Garden outside and the architecturally renowned Glass Pavilion, located across Monroe Street. Current and upcoming Museum exhibitions include: “Framing Fame: 19th & 20th-century Celebrity Photography (through June 4) and “The Berliner Painter and His World” (July 8-Oct. 1). Visit the website for descriptions and more info. 2445 Monroe St., Toledo 419-255-8000 or 800-644-6862,

Toledo Zoo

The Toledo Zoo, voted a top family-friendly destination and number-one zoo in the nation, boasts over 10,000 mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and invertebrates representing over 750 species. Each year, nearly one million people visit the Toledo Zoo to experience animals from across the globe, stroll the scenic grounds and explore the historic WPA-era buildings. Zoo highlights include the Arctic Encounter, the Page 6

Imagination Station

Imagination Station – Toledo’s hands-on science museum – promises to immerse visitors of every age in a multi-sensory experience that’s as fun as it is educational. Defy gravity riding the High Wire Cycle 20 feet above the atrium; or visit the Learning Worlds designed to focus on a specific science genre – Energy Factory, Mind Zone, Water Works, Little Kidspace, and more. A number of special exhibits and events are planned throughout the year. One Discovery Way, Toledo 419-244-2674,

Toledo Botanical Garden

Toledo Botanical Garden – which once consisted of 20 acres donated by George P. Crosby to the City of Toledo – now encompasses more than 60 acres of tranquility which serve as a living museum for plants. The Garden is currently a public/private partnership between Metroparks and the non-profit Toledo Botanical Garden Board, Inc. in collaboration with the City of Toledo. Notable gardens include shade, perennial, English border, aquatic, herb, rose, dahlia and grass, among others.

The Toledo Zoo Special events include the Spring Plant Sale (May 12-13), Crosby Festival of the Arts (June 24-25), summertime jazz concerts, and Heralding the Holidays (Dec. 1-2), a seasonal celebration showcasing the numerous resident artistic guilds. 5403 Elmer Dr. Toledo 419-536-5566,

Tony Packo’s Café

Tony Packo’s is world-famous not only for its Hungarian-style hot dogs, but also for the hot dog buns, which have been signed by movie stars, other celebrities and U.S. Presidents. Packo’s was also frequently mentioned by Toledo’s Jamie Farr on the TV series M*A*S*H*. In addition to the flagship eatery, Packo’s has a location across from Fifth Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens. 1902 Front St., Toledo 800-366-4218,

Toledo Mud Hens

The Toledo Mud Hens, the Detroit Tigers’ Triple A minor league affiliate, play home games from April through early September at Fifth Third Field at 406 Washington St. in the city’s Warehouse District. Future major leaguers are among those on the Mud Hens’ roster, and occasionally fans can see current Tigers sent down for rehab or to better hone their skills. A number of special events, promotions and giveaways are held at games throughout the season, including fireworks held after a numContinued on page 7 Explore Statewide/Spring 2017

Family Fun Continued from page 6 ber of games. At every Sunday home game, Hens players sign autographs and kids get to run the bases after the game. Fans can also enjoy the game with rooftop views of Fifth Third Field from beyond the outfield in Hensville, a $21 million redevelopment project in Toledo’s Warehouse District. Relax with a refreshing drink, have something to eat, or meet up with friends at Hensville’s popular restaurants. When the sun goes down, enjoy live music, late night bites, craft beers, and handcrafted cocktails at Hensville establishments. Hensville Park, located at the corner of Summit and Monroe, is the green gateway to Hensville and the Warehouse District, and will host a variety of outdoor events, including movies, concerts and kids’ activities. For a complete schedule, tickets or more info, call 419-725-HENS or visit

Toledo Walleye

The Toledo Walleye, an ECHL hockey league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, play from October until early April at the 8,000-seat Huntington Center in downtown Toledo. The Walleye have been among the top finishers in the ECHL the past several seasons and playoff contenders. Many of their competitors have learned to “Fear the Fish” – especially when they are playing on home ice. A team jersey, hat and merchandise shop is located inside Huntington Center, which is also home to a number of concerts, shows and special events throughout the year. For a complete schedule, tickets or more info about the Walleye, call 419-725-WALL or visit toledowalleye. com or

ARCA/ Toledo Speedway

ARCA/Toledo Speedway features ARCA-sanctioned, late-model stock car and Sportsman, factory stocks and various other racing into the early fall at 5639 Benore Rd. off the I-75/ Alexis Road exit in Toledo. The speedway features a halfmile, semi-banked oval and quarter-mile figure eight in the middle. Events include the sportsman, figure-8, street stocks, winged sprint cars and 4-cylinder racing, special Kids Nights, smashing school bus figure-8 races and more. For more info about speedway Explore Statewide/Spring 2017

ll events and tickets, call 419-727-1100, or visit

The Butterfly House

See more than 1,000 0 butterflies from North & a South American and Asia in a beautiful indoor garden setting. Open May-Oct. 29. 11455 Obee Rd., Whitehouse 419-877-2733,

Canal Experience

Drift back in time at the Canal Experience and discover what life was like along the Miami and Erie Canal in 1876. Visitors can experib d ence what canal life was lik like aboard The Volunteer, a reproduction of a mule-drawn canal boat. Other highlights include a visit to Isaac Ludwig Mill, Scenic Providence Dam and Lock #44, one of the last functioning 19th-century limestone locks. Providence Metropark, Old US 24 at SR 578, Grand Rapids 419-407-9741,

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Sundance Kid Drive-In

The drive-in, located across from Pearson Park in Oregon, features two first-run films on two screens spring through fall. The 50’s-style drive-in offers all the nostalgia with the best in state-of-the-art Digital Camera projection and FM stereo sound. 4500 Navarre, Oregon 419-691-9668,

Fort Meigs Memorial Park

Fort Meigs, a War of 1812 battlefield in Perrysburg, features a reconstructed fort and museum. Under the command of future President William Henry Harrison, Fort Meigs helped defend the Northwest Territory against attacks by the British and the Native Americans during the War of 1812. A replica of America’s largest walled fort, Fort Meigs offers several re-enactments featuring soldiers in period costumes throughout the year, such as Drums at the Rapids: Miniature Gaming Conference (May 19-20); First Siege 1813 (May 27-28); Memorial Day Commemoration (May 29); Muster on the Maumee (June 17-18); Independence Day 1813 (July 4); Revolution on the Ohio Frontier (Aug. 19-20) ; Garrison Ghost Walks (Oct. 20-21 & 27-28); World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day (Nov. 4); and Holiday Open House (Dec. 10). The fort is open April through Oc-


ttober. b M d Museum iis open year-round. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg 800-283-8916,

National Museum of the Great Lakes

Located at the base of the Veterans Glass City Skyway Bridge in Toledo, the National Museum of the Great Lakes features more than 500 photographs, 250 artifacts, 45 interactive exhibits and a 617-foot iron ore freighter that tell the awe-inspiring history of the Great Lakes and provide a unique destination for family fun. Experience “The Great Lakes: A Powerful Force,” take a simulated submersible camera to the wreck site of the Edmund Fitzgerald, tour the Col James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship (May-Oct), locate the Queen of the Lakes in Lake Ontario, stoke a steam boiler and much more. Toledo’s own robust maritime history is highlighted throughout the museum via a “Toledo Trail” icon, which can be found on nearly 25 artifacts, photographs and stories Hours are Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays. 1701 Front St., Toledo

Toledo Firefighters Museum

The Toledo Firefighters Museum brings to life over 150 years of firefighting history and tells the tale of the heroes of the Toledo Fire Division. Located in the “Old Number 18 Fire House,” the display includes many large pieces of vintage firefighting equipment, including an 1837 Continued on page 8 Page 7

Family Fun Continued from page 7 Neptune – Toledo’s first fire pumper. Lovingly restored by Toledo firefighters, the hand-pulled, hand-operated Neptune required a 20-man crew and could deliver about 300 gallons of water per minute. In addition, visitors will see fire gongs, antique fire toys, vintage uniforms and more. 918 Sylvania Ave., Toledo 419-478-3473 (FIRE)

Hollywood Casino Toledo

Penn National Gaming extends the red carpet to Hollywood Casino Toledo, located just off I-75 on the banks of the Maumee River. The casino offers 2,000 slot machine and table game positions, a sports bar, restaurants and an entertainment lounge. 777 Hollywood Blvd., Toledo

Brandville School

Built in 1882, the historic Brandville School has been restored and is now part of the Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society complex. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Brandville School houses artifacts from Native Americans who lived in the Great Black Swamp area of Northwest Ohio. There is also a military room with artifacts from all the major conflicts in which the United States has been involved, dating from 1812 to the present. A Civil War musket, Col. Samuel Sturgis’ officer braid, WWI trench art, War of 1812 scout Peter Navarre’s handgun and a WWII gun sight are among the nearly 500 articles on display. A reproduction carriage house contains a replica of a late 1800s local general store as well as vignettes of a barber shop, doctor’s office, and a Victorian parlor and bedroom. There is also a restored one-room portable school, completely furnished with items used in a late 1800’s school room. An extensive library and family genealogy records are also available in the complex. Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays (excluding holidays) March–December. Call to arrange tours for groups of four or more. No charge; donations accepted. 1133 Grasser St., Oregon 419-693-7052,

Harbor View Historical Society & Museum

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hood of Harbor View in Oregon, n, the Harbor View Historical Soci-ety & Museum continues to attractt visitors from across the country. e The Historical Complex, in the y former Harbor View Missionary Baptist Church, offers a glimpse off the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie. Due to popular interest, the cannons from the 2003 movie, “Master and Commander: Far Side of the World” starring Russell Crowe, have been continued for another season. The British Long Gun and the American Carronade on display are from the movie and allow visitors to get a closeup view of the weapons used at the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. e & The museum holds a Rummage y in Craft Show on the last Saturday June each year, and is also open on Halloween Night. Open Tuesdays 5-8 p.m. throughout the year. April 1-Oct. 1, the museum is open Saturdays 1-5 p.m. Admission is free; donations appreciated. Harbor View Historical Society, Inc. 2083 Autokee St, Oregon 419-691-1517,

Historic Genoa

The Town Hall looms over the village of Genoa, the bell tower visible for blocks. Originally built as the Genoa Opera Hall, it was constructed in 1883 and housed its first performance in 1886. The building immediately became the hub of activity in the village and council meetings are still held there. Built in the Gothic revival style, the structure features eight ornamental chimneys, and a hand-carved sandstone mask of Dionysius, the Greek God of theater, which rests over the main entrance. The Town Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, houses the mayor’s office and the village council chambers on the first floor. The second floor is used by Genoa’s Civic Theater. Genoa Privy, built to serve as Genoa’s first school, is believed to be the only brick outhouse on the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown Genoa

Elmore Depot

The Elmore Historical Society purchased 1860s Elmore Depot in 1981, along with 2.5 acres of land. The society undertook an extensive renovation, and the building now houses memorabilia from Elmore’s past. In 1983, society members dismantled, relocated and rebuilt the 1940s Heckman log house, adding an elaborate flagstone fireplace and porch, and furnishing it with artifacts from its era.

Schedel Arboretum & Gardens Depot Park Park, Elmore 419-260-1282,

Schedel Arboretum

The Schedel Arboretum & Gardens in Elmore, Ohio is a haven for experiencing peace and tranquility in a beautiful garden estate setting. Features of the gardens include some 15,000 annual flowering plants, themed gardens including roses, perennials, tropicals irises and peonies. Other features are a Japanese garden complete with waterfall, pools, lanterns, bridges and pagodas. There is also a world class bonsai exhibit containing more than 100 specimens. The McAlear Gallery, located in the Brown Welcome Center, is home to annual exhibits of the works of various artists from the region and around the globe. Many special events and educational programs are offered throughout the year and information is available on the website. In addition, there is a gift shop housed in the 1880’s manor house on the grounds. Group tours of the grounds and mansion are available by appointment. Regular hours through October, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday- Sunday 12-4 p.m. Closed Mondays. 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore 419-862-3182,

Woodville Hist. Museum

Woodville Historical Museum, operated by the Woodville Historical Society, features materials and artifacts documenting the rich history of the small village located on the banks of the Portage River about 20 miles east of Toledo on U.S. 20. Museum visitors can learn about the 1900s oil boom, Native Americans in the Woodville area, lime plants, early schools, the Lake Shore Electric rail Continued on page 9 Explore Statewide/Spring 2017

Family Fun Continued from page 8 system that once traveled between Toledo and Cleveland and more. Open March through mid-December, Wednesdays and Fridays 2 -4 p.m.; June through August, Wednesdays 6 – 8 p.m. and by appointment. 107 E. Main St., Woodville 419-849-2349

Pemberville highlights

Wood Co. Historical Museum

Step back into time at The Wood County Historical Center and Museum. More than 30 rooms cover historical elements from the native people of Northwest Ohio, the Black Swamp, Oil and Gas Boom, various clothing and decorating styles, and trends in medicine, politics and government. See the new exhibit, “Over There! Send the Word, the Wood County Boys are Comin’,” which illustrates WWI’s global significance, giving special attention to its impact on Wood County. Other exhibits include “Social Welfare in Wood County,” “A Clean Bill of Health: Societal Response to Communicable Disease” inside the Pestilence House, “Chasing the White Rabbit: An Historical Look at American Mental Illness” inside the Lunatic Asylum, and “The Ice House.” The center also offers a variety of special programs and events throughout the year, including a series of Victorian teas, Power of Yesteryear Tractor Show (June 3-4), Wood County Living History Day (Aug. 27); Halloween

Folklore & Funfest (Oct. 14) and Old Home Holiday Tours (Dec. 2-16). Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends 1-4 p.m. (except holidays). 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green 419-352-0967,

North Coast Vets Museum

The North Coast Veterans Museum opened in 2004 as a tribute to those who have served in the uniformed service of the United States, especially those who have lost their lives in combat or training. Dramatic and colorful military displays include weapons, uniforms, pictures, memorabilia, military accessories, tents and first aid from the Civil War to present. The park also includes a Veterans’ Memorial and a Public Safety Services Memorial dedicated Sept. 11, 2016. The memorial features a 36-foot, 7,000-pound antenna that sat atop the North Tower of the World Trade Center; black granite meditation seats and a One World Trade Center Sculpture. The pentagonal design is in honor of the U.S. Pentagon, and the design on the floor represent the Pennsylvania countryside and Flight 93. (Learn more at Continued on page 10

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Pemberville’s historic Pember-Furry House and One-Room School takes visitors back in time to the 19th century. Believed to be the community’s oldest existing building, the Furry House was built by village founder James Pember, and eventually was home to long-time residents Jacob H. Furry and his daughter, Minnie. Featuring unique architectural details and authentic period furnishings, the house sits adjacent to the One Room School, where Pemberville’s youth learned “readin’ and writin’” at the turn of the century. Admission is free; open by appointment from spring through fall. 324 E. Front St., Pemberville 419-287-3274 While in town, check out the re-

stored railroad depot (circa 1881) at 215 Hickory St., with railroad and Pemberville memorabilia on display. Open May through October by appointment (419-287-4114) and during community events.

Welcome Birders

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thing exciting for everyone with weekly classes that feature 410 and 305 sprint cars as well as the very popular dirt trucks and the body-banging action of the 602 late models. For more info and a complete schedule, 419-307-4241 (office), 419-3330478 (track), or visit

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Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Ottawa County Museum

Housing historical displays about Ottawa County, museum exhibits include Native American, early life and industries, Matthews Boat Company, Ford Tri-Motor, military history, Camp Perry and the “convict ship” Success and more. ADA accessible. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day Tuesday-Thursday noon-3 p.m.; Labor Day-Memorial Day weekend Wednesday noon-3 p.m. or by appointment. 126 W. Third St., Port Clinton 419-732-2237

Original White House gates lead the way to the nation’s first presidential center and museum, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. The facility, built on 25 acres of President Hayes’ beloved “Spiegel Grove” estate, celebrated its 100th birthday in 2016. It houses the presidential library, the president’s home, museum and burial site. The exhibit galleries house nearly 2,051 artifacts on permanent display, including exhibits devoted to President Hayes’s military service, his political roles and details of his personal life. Through Oct. 8, 2017, the center will feature “Presidential Pop Culture: The Art of Influencing Perception,” which gives insight into how popular culture shaped and influenced the public perception of presidential hopefuls – winners and losers. This light-hearted exhibit includes cartoons, toys, memorabilia and clips from movies, music and TV. Corner of Hayes and Buckland Avenues, Fremont 800-998-PRES (7737).

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Connect with the past at Ohio’s largest living-history village located at 22611 SR 2 in Archbold. Enjoy guided tours, period craftsmen, hands-on activities like arts and crafts and several annual events including Spring on the Farm (May 13), Agricultural Adventure (June 13-18), Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration (July 1-4), Fiddle Contest and Summer on the Farm (July 15), Annual Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale (Aug. 5-6), Apple Week (Sept. 19-23), Fall on the Farm & Scout Day (Oct. 14), Annual Woodcarvers’ Show & Sale (Oct. 29-30) and Holiday Lantern Tours late November into early December. Other amenities include a restaurant, inn, campground, bakery and on-site shopping. 800-590-9755,

Since 1951, Fremont Speedway has been the center of dirt racing in Ohio. The 2017 season will continue to provide the entertainment that has lead Fremont Speedway to be known around the world as “The Track That Action Built.” The 2017 season will have some-

Green spaces

Metroparks of the Toledo Area Metroparks of the Toledo Area preserves many of Lucas County’s most uniq unique natural areas, from the Oak Openings to the Lake Erie coas coastal zone. • Pearson Metropark, located at 7 761 Lallendorf Rd., Oregon, is one of the last remaining stands of th the Great Black Swamp, a notori torious forest that once blanketed m much of Northwest Ohio. The thic woods and location close to thick Lak Erie make Pearson a favorLake ite stopover for a wide variety of mig migrating birds. Open 7 a.m. until dar every day; extended hours dark for winter recreation. Lo Located in Pearson North, the Jo Johlin Cabin offers a glimpse int homesteading in the 1860s into in the Great Black Swamp. Me Metroparks of the Toledo Area


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419-407-9700, • Maumee Bay State Park at Cedar Point and North Curtice roads along the Oregon-Jerusalem Township border offers 1,336 acres of not only the finest of recreational facilities in the Midwest, but also a unique natural environment created by the convergence of the land and Lake Erie. The park features a two-mile elevated boardwalk plus an observation tower amidst swamplands, marsh, scenic meadows and woods that are teeming with wildlife and birds. Visitors will also enjoy lakeshore and inland beaches, a marina and an Arthur Hills-designed golf course and more. The Maumee Bay State Park Lodge and Conference Center offers lodge room and cottage accommodations designed with comfort and convenience in mind. 419-836-1466, • The Wood County Park District oversees several park facilities in the county, including Cedar Creeks Preserve, a 42-acre tract located east of Walbridge where Woodville Road (SR 51) crosses Walbridge Road. The park is an excellent example of the former Black Swamp that once covered a large portion of Northwest Ohio and includes hiking trails, a footbridge, picnic tables, restrooms and an information kiosk. 419-353-1897, • The Sandusky County Park District operates 10 facilities, including the 93-acre Wolf Creek Park, 160-acre Blue Huron Reserve, the Mull Covered Bridge, the 310-acre Creek Bend Farm and others. White Star Park, located south of Gibsonburg on SR 300, has a quarry up to 40 feet deep that is used by scuba divers throughout the region as well as for non-power boating and fishing; a beach and a campground located across from the park’s main entrance. 419-334-4495, 1-888-200-5577, • East Harbor State Park, 1169 N. Buck Rd off SR 269 in Marblehead, on the shores of Lake Erie. The park has unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, including boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking and camping. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the abundance of waterfowl, shorebirds and other species of wildlife found in the park’s scenic wetlands. 419-734-4424, 1-866-664-6727, • Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, 110 Lighthouse Dr., Marblehead. ne of Lake Erie’s best known and most-photographed landmarks, the lighthouse is one of Ohio’s newest state parks. The grounds surrounding the lighthouse offer excellent views of Lake Continued on page 11 Explore Statewide/Spring 2017

Family Fun Continued from page 10 Erie, Sandusky Bay, Kelleys Island and South Bass Island. The park is open year-round. The on-site Keeper’s House Museum is open Monday-Friday noon-4 p.m. May 30Sept. 5; the 2nd Saturday of the month 11a.m.-4 p.m.; every Sunday 4-6 p.m. June 5-Sept. 4. Tours are offered daily 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day (and select fall weekends). The last tour of the day begins 15 minutes before closing. 419-734-4424 ext. 2,

Religious sites

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Genoa, features a grotto constructed of “tufa,” fossilized vegetation found in the “blue hole” at Castilia, Ohio, and a ground-level statue of a praying Saint Bernadette Souberious looking admiringly at Our Lady. The grounds also include a small altar, an adjoining bell tower of tufa, arches and outdoor Stations of the Cross in hand-carved Italian bronze. 204 S. Main St., Genoa, 419-855-8501

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Our Lady of Toledo Shrine e Our Lady of Toledo Shrine is a place of prayer, quiet re-s flection and healing. All faiths d are welcome. The garden and well are open during daylightt hours. 655 S. Coy Rd., Oregon 419-697-7742, Holy Rosary Cathedral Holy Rosary Cathedral, the primary church of Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo, is Spanish Plateresque in design – the only one of its kind in North America. Thousands have been inspired by the graceful beauty of its piers and arches, by the richly decorated nave ceiling with ment, the scenes from the Old Testament, half-domed apse embellished by fres frescoes in the Keim process, and by one of its most striking gems, the Rose Window, which sparkles and radiates in the changing light of the eastern sun. 2535 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo 419-244-9575, Sorrowful Mother Shrine The Sorrowful Mother Shrine features 120 acres of wooded splendor, plus grottos, the Sorrowful Mother Chapel, Pieta Outdoor Chapel, plus the Stations of the Cross. Founded in 1850, the original shrine is the oldest place


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African Safari Park

Come for a day of fun, education and entertainment at African Safari, home to hundreds of the world’s most beautiful and exotic animals. For Continued on page 12

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Family Fun Continued from page 11 one price, enjoy both drive-thru and walk-thru safaris, plus animal rides, entertaining and educational animal shows, pig races and more. A gift shop, picnic facilities, a snack bar and café and grill are also available. Open through Dec. 4 (subject to change). Open daily rain or shine. 267 S. Lightner Rd., Port Clinton 800-521-2660,

Merry-Go-Round Museum

Located in the former U.S. Post Office, the Merry-Go-Round Museum celebrates the history of carousels, the carvers who made the intricate horses and other animals, and enthusiasts who enjoy them. The stone structure, which has a half-rotunda at the front and is listed with the National Register of Historic Places, features a restored 1939 Allen Herschell carousel that offers rides to visitors. See the new exhibition, “Carousels: A True American Art Form” which opened in March 2017. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, hours are Monday- Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. Off-season hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. 301 Jackson St., Sandusky 419-626-6111,

Cedar Point Amusement Park

Lauded as “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World,” Cedar Point features 17 coasters including its newest, Valravn – the world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster. Cedar Point offers fun and excitement for all with more than 150 rides and attractions. Families with young children will delight in the three kids’ areas, including Planet Snoopy. The famous beagle and his PEANUTS™ pals also perform and make appearances to meet their young friends. Guests will also enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and musical shows, such as the nighttime spectacular, Luminosity. Convenient accommodations are available just steps away from the park, including the iconic Hotel Breakers and the newly renovated Cedar Point’s Express Hotel. Other options include waterfront cottages, an all-suites hotel and an indoor waterpark. Open daily May 6 through LaPage 12

5 bor Day and weekends Sept. 15 through Oct. 29. 1 Cedar Pont Dr. (off US 6), San-dusky 41-627-2350,

Cedar Point Shores

Cedar Point plans to make big waves with its new 18-acre water park, Cedar Point Shores. With a nod to its lakeside surroundings, the park will feature three completely new water attractions, new and upgraded food and merchandise locations and more. New attractions will include Point Plummet, a six-story, four-person aqua drop body slide; Starboard Surge & Porttory side Plunge, featuring two five-story mily tube slides; Lakeside Landing, a family splashground with 12 kid-sized water slides that line the perimeter of a zero-depth entry pool. Existing slides and attractions will get makeovers, with most receiving new names highlighting the unique beachside location. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. 1 Cedar Point Dr., (off US 6) Sandusky 419-627-2350,

Ghostly Manor Thrill Center

A multi-attraction, family entertainment center, featured on The Travel Channel’s “Best Places I’ve Ever Been,” and Forbes’ “Top 10 Haunted Attractions” lists, Ghostly Manor features a scary haunted house; Ohio’s fastest virtual motion theater; a one-of-a-kind interactive 3D black light miniature golf journey; a skating rink; black light miniature golf; a skating rink and, for those 12 and younger, bounce houses and an indoor play area. Open yearround. Call for hours. 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky 419-626-4467,

Great Wolf Lodge

An all-suites, full-service, indoor waterpark resort with family-friendly amenities that include rides and slides for kids of all ages, a spacious outdoor pool, arcade MagiQuest Live-action adventure, a performing Great Clock Tower, Scooops Kid Spa and more. 4600 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky 800-641-WOLF (9653), sandusky

Sawmill Creek Resort

Located minutes from Cedar Point and Lake Erie Islands, Sawmill Creek features 235 lakeside acres, Tom Fazio championship golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, hot air ballooning, ziplining, four restaurants and bars, nature preserve trails and more. 400 Sawmill Creek Dr., Huron/Sandusky

African Safari Park 419-433-3800 sawmillcreek com 419-433-3800,

Kalahari Waterpark Resort

Kalahari Resort offers year-round fun in its indoor waterpark, which features a 12,000 square-foot wave pool, the Swahili Swirl bowl raft ride, zip coaster uphill water rollercoaster waterslide, and Lazy River and more. Kalahari’s outdoor waterpark (open Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting), features activity pools, hot tubs, sand volleyball courts and more. The Safari Outdoor Adventure Park, also open Memorial Day through Labor Day, boasts a thrilling zip line tour, ropes course, climbing walls and more. 7000 Kalahari Dr. (off US 250), Sandusky 877-KALAHARI(525.2427),

Seneca Caverns

Visitors to Seneca Caverns – “The Caviest Cave” – can walk natural stone steps and pathways through “The Earth Crack” and view the Ole Mist’ry River. Shop Hollowrock Gifts for crystals, nature books and other gifts. Open daily Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day; May and September through mid-October Saturday and Sunday by appointment. 15248 E. TR 178, Bellevue 419-483-6711, senecacavernsohio. com

Lakeside Chautauqua

For more than 140 years, Lakeside, the Chautauqua on Lake Erie, has welcomed families to the Lake Erie shore to participate in the summer Chautauqua experience dedicated to nurturing mind, body, and spirit. The historic Lakeside community offers spiritual, educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities during its 11-week summer programming season and Memorial Day weekend. Quaint shopping and unique dining Continued on page 14 Explore Statewide/Spring 2017

Welcome to Oregon

Oregon on the Bay offers visitors access to the shoreline of Lake Erie, Maumee Bay State Park, Pearson Metropark, shopping, dining and lodging. Oregon is conveniently located as a gateway to and from Lake Erie, the Lake Erie Islands, Cedar Point and all of the attractions along the way.

The City of Oregon is a great place to visit, but an even better place to live! Sincerely, Mayor Michael Seferian Pearson Metropark Walking, running and biking paths, paddle boats, fishing, children's playgrounds, tennis courts, picnic areas, “Window on Wildlife” Exhibit, and Historic Johlin Cabin.

Maumee Bay State Park Beaches, Boardwalk, picnic areas, bike paths, view of Lake Erie and Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, indoor/outdoor pools and play areas, lodge, cabins and restaurant. Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Waterfront Festival July 8-9, 2017. Maumee Bay Amphitheatre Performances held on select Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m., June-August. Call 419-836-1466 for the schedule. Maumee Bay Nature Center Open Wednesday- Saturday 10a.m.-5p.m. at Maumee Bay State Park. South Shore Park/Haley Boardwalk Boardwalk on Maumee Bay, fitness trail, picnic area, children's playground along Bayshore Road. Oregon Boat Ramp Launch for small craft and wave runners. Coontz Recreation Complex Baseball, softball, soccer, skate park, children's play area. Host of Ohio Softball Special Olympics September 16, 2017. Brandville School Historical school house open every Thursday from 10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m. or call for scheduled tours at 419-693-7052. Oak Shade Grove Host of Oregon “Boom Fest” featuring food, live music and fireworks at dusk Saturday, July 1, 2017. Home of this year’s 51st annual German American Festival held August 25-27, 2017. Oregon Fest “The Best of Oregon” - parade, rides, entertainment, food. Sunday, May 21, 2017, noon-6p.m., on Dustin Rd. See additional events and updates at City of Oregon, 5330 Seaman Road Oregon, Ohio 43616 419-698-7045 Explore Statewide/Spring 2017

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Family Fun Continued from page 12 complete the experience. 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside 419-798-4461,


Keeper’s House The oldest surviving home in Ottawa County offers visitors the chance to experience the history of lighthouse keepers. The 1822 home was the residence of the first three keepers of the oldest continually operated lighthouse on the Great Lakes. Tours offered June 7-Aug. 31. 9999 E. Bayshore Road, Marblehead 419-798-9339, Johnson’s Island Confederate Officers Prison Cemetery The historic cemetery is the final resting place of more than 200 of the 9,000 Confederate soldiers once imprisoned here. Open year-round, daily dawn-dusk. Gaydos Road, Marblehead

Put-in-Bay/South Bass Island

Visitors have been flocking to the village of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island for nearly 150 years. Hundreds of thousands travel here annually to enjoy family-friendly activities, outdoor recreation and a large variety of special events. Many start their visit with a narrated tram tour. Others choose to explore on their own, renting a golf cart, scooter or bike. 419-285-2832, Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial The memorial was established to honor those who fought in the battle of Lake Erie in during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace among Britain, Canada and the United States. The park is open while the memorial undergoes main-

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tenance. The observation deck is not available for tours in 2017. 419-285-2184, Heineman’s Winery The oldest family-owned and operated winery in Ohio, Heineman’s was founded in 1888 by Gustav Heineman, an immigrant from Baden-Baden, Germany. Visit the tasting room and wine garden, sample award-winning wines and tour Crystal Cave, the world’s largest Celestine geode. Hours vary. 978 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay 419-285-2811,

Kelleys Island

Ohio’s largest island, Kelleys Island is an outdoor enthusiast’s delight. Known for its amazing views, hiking trails, coastline and quarries. Getting around is easy with a variety of golf cart and bicycle rental companies. Marinas welcome visiting boaters, and ferries offer both passenger and vehicle transportation from the mainland. 419-746-2360, Glacial Grooves State Memorial The world’s largest accessible glacial grooves, embedded with fossils that are 350-400 million years old, are located on the north side of Kelleys Island, and can be viewed from a walkway and stairs. 739 Division Street, Kelleys Island

Shoreline Dr., Sandusky 800-245-1538,

Miller Ferries

Ferries offer passenger and vehicle transportation to Put-in-Bay or Middle Bass Island from Port Clinton (Catawba). Ferries operate year-round, weather permitting. 5174 E. Water St. (SR 53 North), Port Clinton 800-500-2421,

Historic Lyme Village

The past comes alive in the 16 buildings in this 19th-century village. Tours include an 1880s Victorian mansion, an 1836 farm home, log homes, a general store, a one-room school and more. The village is also home to the Schug Hardware Museum and the National Postmark Collectors Museum and Research Center. A number of special events are held throughout the year including Pioneer Days (Sept. 8-10), Storybook Halloween (Oct. 7), Candlelight Tours (Dec. 9 & 16) and more. Tours offered June-August, Tuesday–Sunday and Sundays in September. 5001 SR 4, Bellevue 419-483-4949,

Jet Express

High-speed passenger ferries from m downtown Kelleys Island and Put-inBay from Port Clinton and Sandusky. Ferry service between Cedar Point, Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island also available. Boats offer comfortable, stylish passenger cabins and open-air sundecks. Late-night service, group discounts and family-friendly children’s rates available. Service available May through October, weather permitting. 3 N. Monroe St., Port Clinton,101 W.

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Birding 101: Do you want to be a birder? By Kenn Kaufman Kaufman Field Guides ut So you’ve caught the buzz about birding. You know that thousands of people have taken up this hobby, or d outdoor sport, or whatever it is, and w they’re having a great time. And now ot you want to give it a try, but you’re not quite sure how to start? rs First thing to know is that birders mare an incredibly friendly and welcomme ing bunch, always glad to welcome w new people into the fun. If you show at up at a birding site and admit that u you don’t have much experience, you ll won’t be shunned – more likely, you’ll have people wanting to share infor-u mation and show you birds that you haven’t seen before. There’s no secrett e handshake and no test that you have to pass. Just say that you’re interested, and the birders will accept you as part of the gang. But here are a few tips to help you get started. Question: Do I need a lot of special gear? No, there’s hardly anything that you really need at the start. When I got into birding as a kid, I had nothing except a burning interest. But things became a lot easier after I got my hands on a field guide and binoculars, and those two items are me almost essential – along with some or kind of small notebook and pencil, for jotting down notes. Question: What’s a field guide? A field guide is a special kind of book, designed to help you figure out what kind of bird you’re seeing. Usually it’s a fairly small book, so that you can slip it into a large pocket or day pack to carry along. It won’t tell you a lot about each kind of bird – just the basics for telling one kind from another. Question: Couldn’t I just go online and look up the birds there? Well, you could, but that could turn out to be a slow, frustrating process. How do you look it up if you don’t know its name? You could look through thousands of pictures online, and maybe find pictures that matched the bird you saw, but it could take Page 16

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Young birders appear to have a sighting hours. With a field guide, you could look it up on the spot in mere minutes, because these books are designed to get you to the answer quickly. Several good field guides are available, and for twenty bucks you can save yourself hours of online frustration. By the way, here’s a good tip on choosing a field guide, if you can go to a store that has a good selection (like a bird observatory, nature center, or wild bird store). Choose a bird that you already know well – a cardinal, maybe, or a robin, something like that – and look it up in each of the field guides. Find which book has your favorite treatment of the bird that you chose. Chances are, you’ll like the way that book illustrates and describes other kinds of birds, too. Question: What about binoculars. Are they really necessary? As a kid, I got started bird watch-

ing without binoculars, and learned some birds that way; but when I finally saved up money to get binoculars, it made a huge difference. Suddenly I could see all kinds of details I had missed before, and I could tell different birds apart so much more easily. The article in this publication by Melissa Mayntz has good advice on how to choose your first binoculars. Question: Where should I go to look for birds? You can find some birds practically anywhere, including back yards and city streets. To see more different kinds of birds, visit more habitats: the birds that like open fields are different from the ones that live in the forest. Areas near water often have more variety of birdlife, and edges between Continued on page 17 Explore Statewide/Spring 2017

Birding 101: Do you want to be a birder? Continued from page 16 habitats – such as where a meadow meets the edge of a woodlot – can be very good as well. If you’re in northwestern Ohio, you can find maps and directions for several good birding spots at Question: Is there some kind of birding uniform? Will other birders know I’m a beginner if I don’t wear the right stuff? No, there’s no uniform! Just go for comfort. Sometimes you can get

closer to birds if you avoid bright colors and bright whites, but often it makes no difference. If you’re going to be wading in swamps or snowdrifts, rubber boots may be necessary; but most of the time, tennis shoes will be fine. When the day starts cool and then warms up, it’s helpful to be dressed in layers that you can peel off as the temperature rises. Squeaky windbreakers or raincoats can be a pain if you’re trying to listen for bird calls. Sunscreen and bug repellant can be useful accessories. But again, comfort is the main goal.

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Question: Any other advice for getting started? As long as you’re not harming the birds or their habitat, or trespassing on private property, or causing problems for other people, there’s no “wrong” way to go birding. The best approach is the one that works best for you. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t recognize every bird you see – just make the most of the ones that you do recognize. Birding is something that we do for enjoyment, so if you enjoy it, you are already a good birder.

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Lake Erie fishing: Great news for anglers Lake Erie anglers should anticipate another year of diverse fishing opportunities in 2017, ODNR reports. Great walleye hatches from 2014 and 2015 are expected to contribute to exceptional fishing opportunities in Lake Erie this year. Anglers pursuing yellow perch in the Western Basin will likely find excellent numbers of the fish. Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch fisheries are managed through an interagency quota system that involves Ontario, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. Each jurisdiction regulates its catches to comply with quotas and minimize the risk of over-fishing these species. Quotas for the upcoming fishing season are determined through consensus agreement by these jurisdictions through the Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. Currently, the walleye daily bag limit is four, and the yellow perch daily bag limit is 30 per angler in Ohio waters of Lake Erie until April 30. As a result of the 2017 quota allocation, the daily bag limit will be six walleye from May 1 through Feb. 28, 2018. From March 1, 2018, through April 30, 2018, the daily walleye bag limit will be four. A 15-inch minimum size limit is in effect during the entire season for walleye. The yellow perch daily bag limit will be 30 from May 1 through April 30, 2018, with no minimum size limit. Lake Erie anglers can find walleye and yellow perch bag limit information at ODNR offices, in special publications at bait and tackle shops and at wildohio. gov. Walleye Ohio walleye anglers will catch fish mostly from the 2015, 2014 and 2013 hatches, with some fish from the ear classes. 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 year Additional fish from 2007 and 2003 will also be harvested by anglers. Walleye from the 2014 hatch will range from 16-19 inches, while walleye from the 2013 hatch will be between 17-22 inch7 es. Fish from the 2003 and 2007 hatches are likely to carry most off the Central Basin fisheries, and a ll good number of these walleye will ge be over the 26-inch range. Large 03 walleye from strong hatch in 2003 o” will continue to provide “Fish Ohio” hopportunities (greater than 28 inchhe es), with this year class nearing the ate size that may give Ohio a new state record walleye. lers Additionally, in 2017, anglers less should see a number of smaller (less xcelthan 15 inches) fish from the excelmindlent 2015 hatch. Anglers are reminded of the 15-inch minimum size limit Page 18

and encouraged to release these fish with as little handling as possible so they can contribute to the fisheries in future years. As the 2017 season progresses, more of the 2-yearold fish will surpass the 15-inch minimum size limit. Yellow Perch Expect excellent perch fishing in 2017, with improving numbers of fish in the Western Basin. Perch anglers in the west will primarily catch perch from 2013, 2014 and 2015, providing a good range of sizes. The largest perch in the Western Basin will come from 2012 and older-year classes. Central Basin anglers should expect to find average numbers of yellow perch, with most fish coming from the 2012-year class and to a lesser extent, the 2014-year class. Older fish from years prior to 2012 will provide the potential for trophy yellow perch. Black Bass Smallmouth bass fishing in 2017 is expected to be consistent with recent years. In 2016, smallmouth bass catch rates were well above average for the fifth consecutive year, and in 2017, anglers should expect more of the same, including an excellent size range (14 to 22 inches and weighing up to 6 pounds). The best fishing for smallmouth bass will continue to be in areas with good bottom structure, which is the available habitat across much of the entire Ohio nearshore and islands. Continuing the trend from previous years, largemouth bass fishing should be excellent in 2017. This fishery continues to produce exceptional catch rates and some large fish in nearshore areas and harbors across Ohio’s Lake Erie. All black bass (smallmouth and largemouth) must b be immediately released from M May 1 through June 23. Beginni Beginning June 24, the daily bag lim limit for bass will be five, with a 14-inch minimum length limit.

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Steelh Steelhead S Steelhead anglers should enjoy another year of great fishin shing in 2017 in Ohio’s Lake Erie open waters and in tributari utaries. Peak summer steelhead action on Lake Erie can be fo found offshore from June thro through August between Ver Vermilion and Conneaut, with catches measuring 17 to 29 inches. Most Lake Eri Erie anglers troll for steelhe head in deep waters using spoons with divers or Continued on page 19 Explo Explore Statewide/Spring 2017

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Continued from page 18 downriggers until fish move close to shore in the fall. The daily bag limit remains at five fish per angler from May 16 through Aug. 31, and two fish per angler between Sept. 1 and May 15, 2018. A 12-inch minimum size limit is in effect throughout the year. White Bass White bass continue to provide excellent seasonal fishing opportunities in the Maumee and Sandusky rivers and in the open lake. The 2017 catch will continue to be dominated by fish from the 2012 and 2010 year classes. Fish from older-year classes could be as large as 16 inches. Anglers should focus on major Western Basin tributaries during May and June and nearshore areas of the open lake during the summer. There is no white bass daily bag limit or size limit. Other Species Bays, harbors and main lake shorelines offer excellent fishing for panfish, as well as occasional northern pike and muskellunge in vegetated areas. Anglers are reminded that fishing conditions on Lake Erie can change hourly, and adjustments are often necessary to improve success. Anglers should take into account factors such as water temperature, cloud cover, water clarity, boat traffic, wave action, structure, currents and the amount of baitfish in the area. Anglers are also reminded to carefully monitor Lake Erie weather and to seek safe harbor before storms approach. Updated Lake Erie fishing reports are available at or by calling 888-HOOKFISH (888-466-5347). Information is available from ODNR Division of Wildlife staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Fairport Harbor station (440-352-4199) for the Central Basin and at Sandusky station (419-625-8062) for the Western Basin. Information on the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Lake Erie research and management programs, fisheries resources, fishing reports, maps and links to other Lake Erie

Stay updated Anglers are reminded that fishing conditions on Lake Erie can change hourly, and adjustments are often necessary to improve success. Anglers should take into account factors such as water temperature, cloud cover, water clarity, boat traffic, wave action, structure, currents and the amount of baitfish in the area. Anglers are also reminded to carefully monitor Lake Erie weather and to seek safe harbor before storms approach. Updated Lake Erie fishing reports are available at or by calling 888-HOOKFISH (888-466-5347). Information is available from ODNR Division of Wildlife staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Fairport Harbor station (440-352-4199) for the Central Basin and at Sandusky Station (419-625-8062) for the Western Basin. Infor on the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Lake Erie research and management programs, fisheries resources, fishing reports, and maps and links to other Lake Erie web resources are available at For additional information on lodging, charter boat services and local launch ramps, contact one of the following lakeshore visitors’ bureaus: • Sandusky County Visitors Bureau - 800-255-8070 • Ottawa County Visitors Bureau - 800-441-1271, • Greater Toledo Convention and Visitors Bureau 800-243-4667, • Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism - 800-BUCKEYE, Information on the Division of Wildlife’s Lake Erie research and management programs, fisheries resources, open lake and steelhead fishing reports, as well as maps and links to other Lake Erie web resources are available at Choose the “Fishing” icon from the Division’s home page, and then select “Lake Erie Fishing” from the list at the bottom of the page.

Anglers are hooked on NW Ohio fishing spots Public Fishing Access Sites: Lake Erie anglers have great access to fishing in the Western and Central basins due to the numerous public boat ramps, private marinas and shoreline access areas. They also benefit from having the largest charter boat industry in the Great Lakes. The following are public access sites to Lake Erie in order of location, west to east. Other sites are available, but be sure that you aren’t fishing on private property without permission. See a complete map of public fishing waters of northwestern Ohio at • Bayshore Access: Bayshore Road, Bayshore to Wynn Roads (one mile north of Cedar Point Road and Maumee Bay State Park). Call 419-424-5000. • Cullen Park, off Summit Street in N. Explore Statewide/Spring 2017

Toledo (end of 104th St.) • Maumee Bay State Park: 1400 Park Rd #1, Oregon. 419-836-7758 • Cooley Canal Public Access: Anchor Point Rd., Curtice. 419-836-9185 • Turtle Creek Fishing Access: SR2 at Turtle Creek near Oak Harbor. 419424-5000 • Toussaint Creek Wildlife Area: SR 19 two miles south of SR 2, Oak Harbor. 419-424-5000 • Lucas Co. Recreation Ramp: two miles west of Bono, north of SR 2 on Teachout Road • Portage River Access: two miles west of Port Clinton on SR 163 Marinas • Anchor Pointe Marina: 900 Anchor Pointe Rd.., Curtice. 419-836-2455, • Meinke Marina West, 10955

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May 5-14: Biggest Week in American Birding, Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center, Oregon. May 6: Opening Day, Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio. Enjoy new and exciting experiences for the family in 2017, including a new waterpark – Cedar Point Shores Water Park, debuting Memorial Day weekend. cedarpoint. com. May 13: International Migratory Bird Day, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. A fun-filled day of activities related to songbird migration, including guided walks, food and optics tents, carvers and live raptors. May 13: Spring on the Farm, Sauder Village, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Experience life in rural Ohio more than 100 years ago. May 14: Mother’s Day Celebration & Brunch, Toledo Zoo, Toledo. Moms enjoy free admission to the Zoo when accompanied by their kids. 419-3854040, May 13-14: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. May 18-21: Ohio Spring Fest, on the grounds of the Stranahan Theater, Toledo. Live music, carnival midway and other attractions. ohiospringfest. com. May 19-20: Drums at the Rapids, Miniature War Gaming Conference, Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg. Fight epic battles on a small scale. May 19-20: Rally by the Rails, Loop Park, village of Walbridge. Entertainment, games, food, live music, arts, crafts & hobby show, Butch & Paulette Slone Memorial Car/ Truck/Motorcycle Show, parade and more. May 20: Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash, Toledo Zoo, Toledo. A 5K run, non-competitive 5K walk and a fun 1K run for kids. 419-385-4040, May 21: Oregon Fest, noon-6 p.m. Dustin Road, Oregon, Ohio. Parade, contests, living history exhibit, entertainment, music and more. May 21: Music in the Parlor, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 4-5 p.m. May 27-28: First Siege 1813, Fort Explore Statewide/Spring 2017

Meigs State Memorial,, d Perrysburg. U.S. and British soldiers as welll s as Woodland Indians recreate historic 1813 battles at Fort Meigs. May 27-29: 29th Flower Day Weekend, Toledo Farmer’s Market, 525 Market St. (adjacent to the Erie Street Market), Toledo, rain or shine. Saturday and Monday are traditional market days with a spotlight ns, plants and on local produce, artisans, flowers. On Sunday, market vendors will be joined by members of the Toledo Area Flower & Vegetable Growers for a fantastic display of plants. Various craft and food vendors will be on hand all three days. 419-255-6765 or May 29: Memorial Day Commemoration, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, noon-5 p.m. Join Fort Meigs staff and volunteers in honoring our nation’s fallen

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June 2-3: Genoa Homecoming, downtown Genoa. Residents, former residents and visitors are invited to enjoy a parade themed “Your Favorite Superhero,” entertainment, beer tent, and much more. June 2-3: Annual Village-Wide Garage Sale, downtown Oak Harbor. June 3: 6th Birthday Celebration for Lucas the Elephant, Toledo Zoo. 419-385-4040, June 3: Opening of Special Exhibit, “Quilt National,” Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont. An array of quilts made for Quilt National, a biennial juried competition dedicated to the promotion of the contemporary art quilt. Through Oct. 15. June 3-4: Historic Old West End Festival & Home Tours, Toledo’s Historic Old West End, (Robinwood/ Bancroft/Collingwood/Monroe). Home tours, art show, antique car show, entertainment, kids’ activities, garage and antique sales, food and more. June 4: Annual British Return to Fort Meigs, Fort Meigs Memorial, Perrysburg, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. View and vote on your favorite British vehicles,


tour the fort, sample food and shop from various vendors. June 10: Sculpture in the Village & Celebration of Arts, Williams Park, Gibsonburg, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 10-11: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. June 11: Spiegel Grove Squires Celebrity Vintage Base Ball Game, 2 p.m. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 4-5 p.m. June 8-10: Whitehouse Cherry Fest, downtown Whitehouse. June 13-18: Agricultural Adventures, Sauder Village, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. From poultry to pork, from wheat to corn, each day is devoted to a different theme. The 8th Annual Antique Tractor Show on June 17 adds to the fun. June 14: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 6:30-8 p.m. Featuring the Fossil Creek Band. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. June 14-18: Holland Strawberry Festival, Community Homecoming Park, Holland. Food, rides, games, pageants, contests, entertainment, a parade and more. June 17: Lakeside Chautauqua Season Opening Day, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside. Brass Transit take the stage at the Hoover Auditorium to open the Chautauqua summer season at Lakeside. Continued on page 22 Page 21

Calendar Events Continued from page 21 June 17-18: Plane Fun, Toledo Executive Airport, 28329 Lemoyne Rd., Millbury, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Antique, classic and Warbird aircraft, free plan rides for kids and more. June 17-18: Muster on the Maumee, Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg. See the evolution of the common soldier from the Roman Legionnaire through the 20th Century. Soldiers, artisans, and civilians give demonstrations throughout the weekend. 800-283-8916, June 18: Father’s Day Celebration & BBQ, Toledo Zoo. Dads get in free when they come with their child/children. 419-385-4040, June 24: GroveFest, Nature at the Grove, Hayes Presidential Center & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nature vendors offering booths with games, crafts, games and live animals. Food will be available. June 24-25: Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo Botanical Garden, Toledo. Featuring artisans, live entertainment, a selection of edibles, children’s activities and more. 419-5365566, June 25: Portage River Festival, downtown Elmore, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Entertainment, flea & craft market, contests, food. villageofelmoreohio. com. June 28: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 7 p.m. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m. Featuring Fostoria Community Band. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. June 29-July 1: Woodville’s 4th of July Celebration, Trailmarker Park, Woodville. Parade, 5K race, car show, amusements, and fireworks. http://


July 1: Boom Fest, Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon. featuring food, live music and fireworks at dusk. July 3: Independence Day Celebration, downtown Oak Harbor. Small-town Independence Day fun beginning at 5 p.m. Food, entertainment, giant inflatables, duck race, kids’ games, a beer garden and fireworks. July 4: Independence Day Concert, Hayes Presidential Center & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 2-3:30 p.m., Free. Featuring music by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band. Page 22 July 1-4: Old-Fashioned 4th off July Weekend, Sauder Village,, s Archbold. Special activities m from hand-cranked ice cream and old-fashioned games, pa-triotic songs and more. July 8-9: 14th Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Waterfront Festival, Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon. Island music, food, boat rides around the lighthouse, nautical arts and crafts, children’s activities, and more. July 8-9: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 3 p.m. a.m.-4 p.m. Sat and 9 a.m.-3 Sun. July 9: Music Under the Stars, Toledo Zoo, 7:30 p.m. A Toledo summer tradition. July 9: Spiegel Grove Squires Vintage Base Ball Game, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 2 p.m. July 14-16: Island Fest, Memorial Park, Kelleys Island. Family entertainment, parade, fireworks, crafts and more. July 15: Fiddle Contest & Summer on the Farm, Sauder Village, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Experience life on a farm more than 100 year ago with ice cream-, butter- and rope-making demonstrations and more. 800-590-9755, saudervillage. org. July 10-16: Lucas Co. Fair, Lucas Co. Fairgrounds, 2901 Key St., Maumee. July 12: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 7 p.m. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m. Featuring CB Singers. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. July 15: Community Garage Sales, village of Pemberville, July 16: Music Under the Stars, Toledo Zoo, 7:30 p.m. A Toledo summer tradition. July 17-23: Ottawa Co. Fair, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7870 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor. King and Queen crowning, livestock exhibits, entertainment, demolition derby, tractor pulls, rides, games, food, and more. 419-8981971. July 22: Vintage Base Ball Tournament, Sauder Village, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cheers from the stands will ring out as the Great Black Swamp Frogs, Spiegel Grove Squires, Sauder Village Windmills

Muster on the Maumee and Elkhart County Railroaders compete in a tourney. July 21-22: Pizza Palooza, Centennial Terrace, Sylvania. Vote for your favorite pizza restaurant in this annual contest. July 22: Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival, sponsored by Partners in Education, International Park (east bank of the Maumee River), Toledo. Benefits toledodragonboat. org. July 23: Music Under the Stars, Toledo Zoo, 7:30 p.m. A Toledo summer tradition. July 24: ADA Day, Toledo Zoo, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Ability Center of Greater Toledo will be on hand with information about services available for people with disabilities. 419-8855733, July 30: Music Under the Stars, Toledo Zoo, 7:30 p.m. A Toledo summer tradition. July 30: Art on the Mall, University of Toledo Centennial Mall, 2801 W. Bancroft, Toledo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The annual event draws art lovers, families, music fans and summertime browsers. July 26: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 7 p.m. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m. Featuring the Rev. Robert Jones and Matt Watroba. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. July 31-Aug. 7: Wood Co. Fair, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green. Featuring agricultural displays, entertainment, food, demonstrations and more.


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Calendar Events Continued from page 22 mediums. Aug. 5-6: 34th Annual Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Antique dolls, original dolls, teddy bears and modern collectibles and accessories, workshops and other activities. Aug. 6: Siegel Grove Squires Vintage Base Ball Game, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. 2 p.m. Aug. 9: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont, 7 p.m. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m. Music by the Terra Brass Choir. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. Aug. 11-12: Maumee Summer Fair, Uptown Maumee, Conant Street. Parade, arts & crafts, entertainment, kids’ area, and more. Aug. 14-19: Rug Hooking Week, Sauder Village, Archbold. Rughooking demonstrations, workshops and vendor booths.

e Aug. 16-19: Pemberville Free Fair, downtown Pemberville. Entertainment, contests, arts & crafts, parade, exhibitions and more. Aug. 19-20: Annual Levis Commons Fine Art Fair, the Town Center at Levis Commons, Perrysburg. A juried fair featuring more than 130 artists and artisans offering jewelry, ceramics, painting, glass, photography, fiber and more. Free admission and parking. Aug. 17-20: Northwest Ohio Rib-Off, Lucas Co. Fairgrounds, Maumee. Four days of the best national and local BBQ ribbers, national entertainment acts, amusement rides, vendors and more. Aug. 17-19: 51st National TractorPulling Championships, Wood Co. Fairgrounds, Bowling Green. Aug. 19-20: Revolution on the Ohio Frontier, Fort Meigs, Perrysburg. Revolutionary War soldiers recreate life in early America with battles, weapon demonstrations, and more. Aug. 19-20: 43rd Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival, Consaul Street between Front and Milford in Toledo’s Birmingham

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Calendar Events Continued from page 23 lawn. Aug. 26: Barbershop Concert, Sauder Village, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; concert at 1 p.m. Featuring the Men of Independence. saudervillage. org. Aug. 25-27: 52nd German-American Festival, Oak Shade Grove, Oregon. Northwest Ohio’s oldest ethnic festival featuring food, music & entertainment, contests and more. Aug. 26: BUGFest, Toledo Zoo. A day of fun dedicated to the creatures that creep and crawl and float and flutter. 419-385-4040, Aug. 27: Spiegel Grove Squires Vintage Base Ball Game, 2 p.m. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 2 p.m.


Sept. 1-4: Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power, Inc. (S.C.R.A.P.) Antique Tractor & Engine Show, White Star Park, SR 300, a mile south of Gibsonburg. Displays of antique tractors, engines, cars, trucks, motorcycles and farm equipment, demonstrations, live entertainment, food, a large flea market and more. Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26: Senior Discovery Days, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Seniors are treated to free admission, great perks and activities every Tuesday during Senior Discovery Days and exclusive discounts during the rest of the week. 419-385-4040, Sept. 8-10: 47th Greek-American Festival, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 740 N. Superior St., Toledo. A celebration of the Orthodox faith, Greek culture, entertainment, food, pastry and hospitality. Sept. 8-10: Black Swamp Arts Festival, downtown Bowling Green. More than 100 juried art displays from artists from around the country, plus food, music, kids’ activities and more. Sept. 9: 21st Annual Grub N` Suds Motorcycle Festival, Depot Park, Elmore. Sponsored by the Elmore Historical Society and A.B.A.T.E of Ohio Region 7, the festival will feature motorcycles, a poker run, live bands, bike games and contests with lots of food and beer. Visit Grub ‘n Suds Motorcycle Rally Elmore, Ohio on Facebook. Sept. 9: Butterfly Festival, Kelleys Page 24

1 Island Historical Museum. 11 a.m. a Sept. 9-10: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co.. Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Sept. 9-10: Pioneer Days, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue. Travel back in time as history comes alive. Experience various aspects of life in the 1700s and 1800s. Sept. 11: Gibsonburg Public Safety Service Memorial Service, Williams Park, Gibsonburg, Gibsonburg remembers 9/11 at the Public Safety Service Memorial that was constructed with the antenna of the North World Trade Center. Sept. 12: Senior Safari, Toledo Zoo. Join the Toledo Zoo and the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio for a fun day focused on seniors. Sept. 12-17: Celebrate Our Artisans, Sauder Village, Archbold. Special demonstrations, daily drawings and more. Sept. 16: Harrison Rally Day, downtown Perrysburg. Parade (10 a.m.), merchant and service organization booths, fine arts, food, children’s games and activities, live entertainment and more. Sept. 16: Fremont Pigeon Show & Shop, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont, 8 a.m. Free. 419-483-3484. Sept. 23: Peter Navarre Day, Toledo Botanical Garden, Toledo, 10-4 p.m. Visit the Pioneer Garden to celebrate the life of Peter Navarre, a skilled and courageous Indian Scout during the Battle of Lake Erie in the war of 1812. Sept. 19-23: Apple Week, Sauder Village, Archbold. Celebrate fall with apple cider pressing and other apple-themed. Sept. 23: Roche de Boeuf Festival, downtown Waterville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A fun family festival with crafts, food, business and non-profit vendors, carnival rides, a car show, live entertainment and more. watervillechamber. com. Sept. 22-24: Luckey Fall Festival, Basic Park, Luckey, between Krotzer Ave. (SR 582) and Gilbert Road on Adams Street. An old-time fall festival weekend with entertainment, craft and flea markets, antique tractor pulls and displays, apple-butter festival and more. Sept. 24: Spiegel Grove Squires Vintage Baseball Game, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont. 2 p.m.

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Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: Senior Discovery Days, Toledo Zoo. Seniors are treated to free admission, perks and activities every Tuesday during Senior Discovery Days and special discounts during the rest of the week. 419-385-4040 or Oct. 7: Gibsonburg Octoberfest, E. Stone St., Gibsonburg, noon-4 p.m. Oct. 14: Northwood Community Cares Fall Festival, Central Park, Wales & Oram roads. Oct. 14: Fall on the Farm & Scout Day, Sauder Village, Archbold. Take a step back in time and help prepare the farm for the winter ahead. 800590-9755, Oct. 14: Storybook Adventure, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue. Visit storybook characters in each building with many activities for children. Children are invited to come in their favorite costume. 419-483-4949, Oct. 14-15: 39th Oak Harbor Apple Festival, downtown Oak Harbor. A family-oriented family festival that celebrates apples in all their glorious forms with a Grand Parade, crowning of Apple Royalty, kiddie-tractor pull, talent show, classic car show, 5K Apple run, food, entertainment and more. Oct. 14-15: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Oct. 15: Music in the Parlor, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 4-5 p.m. Oct. 19-20: Little Boo at the Zoo, Toledo Zoo. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy trick-or-treating, games and activities and lots of other Halloween fun that’s just for them. 419-385Continued on page 25 Explore Statewide/Spring 2017

Calendar Events Continued from page 24 4040, Oct. 20-21, 27-28: Garrison Ghostwalks, Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg, 7-9:30 p.m. Enjoy a “spirited” stroll at the fort with an 1812 guide and encounter the spookier side of this historic place. Oct. 21-22: Pumpkin Path, Toledo Zoo Toledo. Kids of all ages will enjoy trick-or-treating, games and activities and lots of Halloween fun. 419-3854040 or Oct. 21-22: Fremont Gun Show, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat and 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun. 419-332-8189. Oct. 28: Count Krumnow’s Tombstone Derby, Depot Park, Elmore, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ghoulishly good food, parade, vendors, contests and motorized casket races. Oct. 28: Pemberville’s Harvest Gathering & Craft Show, downtown Pemberville 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Three venues – fire hall, opera house and Bethlehem fellowship hall – showcasing crafters, vintage finds, good food and more.


Oct. 28: Jumping Pumpkins, e Toledo Zoo, Toledo. Visitors are invited to watch as zoo animals enjoy pumpkins as treats. Oct. 28: Explore the Crafts, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. From pottery and spinning to weaving and tinsmithing, explore crafts and make memories. saudervillage. org. Oct. 29: Racers Swap, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 28-29: 31st Woodcarver’s Show & Sale & Butchering Day, Sauder Village, Archbold. A special weekend filled with unique artistry and family fun.

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Nov. 4: The World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day, Fort Meigs Memorial, Perrysburg, Miniature war gaming experts help visitors play more than 16 different war games and learn about this family friendly hobby. Nov. 4-5: Homespun Holiday Art & Craft Show, Great Hall at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo.

12: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Nov. 17-Dec. 31: Lights Before Christmas, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. The Toledo Zoo’s holiday tradition is a treat for people of all ages, with millions of lights, animation displays, model trains, and Santa, too. 419-385-4040 or, Nov 25-26: Christmas in the Village/Festival of Trees, downtown Continued on page 27

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Calendar Events Continued from page 25 Nov. 24-Jan. 7, 2018: Hayes Train Special, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. Get in the holiday spirit with model trains that run through intricate Victorian Holiday scenes. 800-998-PRES,


Dec. 1-2: Heralding the Holidays, Toledo Botanical Garden, Toledo. A unique selection of arts and crafts (pottery, glass, fine art, photography, jewelry and more), all hand-made by local artists. Entertainment, food, children’s activities and a visit from. Free horse-drawn wagon rides Friday night only. Dec. 2: Olde Fashioned Christmas, downtown Oak Harbor. Santa arrives at Adolphus Kraemer Park to light the Village Christmas Tree and kick off the holiday season. Visit him at Portage Fire Station and enjoy a cookie and hot chocolate at the Portage Fire District Fire Station. Shop in Santa’s Secrete Shop. oakharborohio. net. Dec. 2-3: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont.

3 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat and 9 a.m.-3 r. p.m. Sun. sanduskycountyfair. com. u Dec. 8, 9, 15 & 16: Walk Thru y Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Display, Sandusky Co.. Fairgrounds, Fremont. Cost: one perishable food item or $1. Dec. 10: Holiday Open House, Fort Meigs Memorial, Perrysburg, 1-4 p.m. War of 1812 soldiers and civilians will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions about the war and camp life. Holiday music, hot cider and cookies, and hands-on activities. Dec. 16: Ugly Christmas merican Sweater 5K Run & Walk, American nburg Legion, 300 S. Main St., Gibsonburg, 9 a.m. Entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item. 419637-2634, Dec. 26-31: Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove, Hayes Presidential Center & Museums, Fremont, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 27: Taste of Christmas, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue. lymevillage. org. Dec. 31: Noon Year’s Eve, Toledo Zoo. Ring in the new year at the stroke of…noon! Kids and families can start their New Year’s a little early by build-


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Lights Before the Zoo ing party hats and noise makers, h i ZOOl ti d gatherth choosing a reZOOlution, and ing for the big countdown at noon. Dec 31: New Year’s Eve Walleye Drop, Downtown Port Clinton, 3 p.m.-midnight. Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Six, Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue. For more events, be sure to visit,, or sanduskycounty. org. Submit event information to

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Stone Lab donor is ‘a champion for Cooke Castle’ By Christina Dierkes Ohio Sea Grant Communications In 1972, zoology graduate stutudent Tom Hall spent a summer at Stone Lab, studying everything ng from ornithology to fish ecology gy while spending nights in Cooke ke Castle, then the men’s dormitory.. Today, emergency medicine ne physician Dr. Thomas Hall, who ho just retired from a position as meddical director at an insurance commpany, is working with Ohio Sea ea Grant and the Friends of Stone ne Lab (FOSL) to raise funds for renoovations that could turn that same e Cooke Castle into a unique meet-ing destination. Hall has been a Stone Lab do-nor since FOSL was started and d participates in volunteer opportu-nities as often as possible. With h his recent retirement, he wanted d to become more involved in supporting the lab through volunteer work and was able to take on the role of committee chair for FOSL’s Cooke Castle Committee. “I’m one of the primordial fossils,” Hall joked – FOSL members often run the letters together into “fossil” instead of pronouncing each one separately – “which means I’ve been a donor since the early 80s, and I thought someday I’d like to be more involved.” Previous conversations aboutt the castle renovations prompted Hall to offer his involvement after he retired from his job, and both Ohio Sea Grant and FOSL were happy to accept. Hall credits Stone Lab with many of the things that shaped his life after college, including acceptance to medical school, where he met his wife Beth. “The university had that ‘But For Ohio State’ campaign,” Hall said. “For me, it was ‘but for Stone Lab.’ I may not have been accepted into medical school if I hadn’t done well at Stone Lab and gotten references that helped me get in. That’s been a large part of my success, and it helped me meet my wife. So for me it’s ‘but for Stone Page 28

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Cooke Castle Lab, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today today.’” ’” While there are still a number of obstacles to overcome before Cooke Castle can welcome donors, board members and legislators for small conferences – renovating a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places is never easy – Hall is confident that the project will move forward as long as the funds are raised. “It’s very costly – the number is probably in the $5-6 million range right now. Building anything on an island is hard and not cheap, so we’re trying to balance all that to refine the project and the business plan for it, and then push forward,” Hall said. “I’m one of the few people who like

asking people for money, so I’d like to help build on what’s already a good development program. Article reprinted with permission from the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Timeline, which is four times a year by the Ohio Sea Grant College Program at The Ohio State University, 1314 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH 432121156. Subscription price is $10 per year (four issues). To help support the Cooke Castle renovations, visit ohioseagrant.osu. edu/giving and select the Cooke Castle Fund. Donors also become members of the Friends of Stone Lab and will receive periodic updates about the lab and the group’s work. Explore Statewide/Spring 2017

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Have you ever seen a bald eagle or experienced the migration of thousands of birds? Visit ONWR!

Located halfway between Toledo and Port Clinton on the shores of Lake Erie, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is a 10,000+ acre preserve established to protect a diversity of wildlife. Once part of the Great Black Swamp, this refuge acts as the kidneys of Lake Erie, working as a natural filter and buffer for our environment.

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Above: Blue-gray gnatcatcher. Below: Blanding’s Turtle


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FOR THE BIRDS! West Sister Island Sunset Cruise Sunday, May 14, 2017 on the Jet Express.


Wine for Wildlife at Mon Ami Friday, June 16, 2017. Wine, silent auction, raffles.


West Sister Island Sunset Cruise Friday, August 18, 2017 on the Jet Express. For tickets and info, visit * DISCOVER OTTAWA DAY * Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Ottawa NWR

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Hit the links, Play a round The Maumee Bay area’s many golf courses offer a wide range of skill levels and price ranges to appeal to any hacker. Bayview Retiree’s Golf Association, 3900 N. Summit St., Toledo. 419-726-8081. Twelve holes. Par 34. Snack bar available. ub & Pro Shop, 23550 W. SR Chippewa Golf Club 579, Curtice. 419-836-8111, or www.chippewagolfonline. com. Eighteen holes. Par 71. Pro shop, club rental and snack bar/restaurant available. Collins Park Golf Course, 624 Reineck Dr., Toledo, 419-6931991. Nine holes. Par 36. Pro shop, club rental and restaurant/snack bar available.

or 1-800-282-7275. Eighteen holes. Par 72. Pro shop, club rental, driving range, restaurant/snack bar available. Oak Harbor Golf Club, 10433 CR 17, Oak Harbor. 419898-1493 or Eighteen holes. Par 72. Club rental, driving range, restaurant, snack bar available. Ottawa Park Golf Course, 2315 Walden Pond Dr. (off Ban Bancroft), Toledo. 419 419-472-2059 or www www.ottawaparkgc. com com. Eighteen holes. Par 71. Pro shop, club rental and rest restaurant/snack bar available. Cro Crosswinds Golf Clu 8205 Fremont Club, Pik Pike (US 20), three mi miles east of I-75 in Perrysburg To Township. 419-87246 4653. Eighteen holes. Pa 70. Pro shop, Par dr driving range, re restaurant/snack ba available. bar S Sugar Creek Golf C Course & Driving R Range, 950 E Elmore East Rd., E Elmore. 419-862www.sugarcreekelmore. 2551 or Ei ht h l P i i Eighteen holes. Par 70 70. D Driving range, snack bar available.

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Detwiler Golf Course, 4001 N. Summit St., Toledo. 419-7269353 or Eighteen holes. Par 71. Pro shop, club rental, driving range and restaurant/snack bar available. Eagle’s Landing, 5530 Bay Shore Rd., Oregon. 419-6974653 or Eighteen holes. Par 72. Pro shop, club rental, driving range and restaurant/snack bar available.

Hidden Hills Golf Club, 4900 CR 16, Woodville. 419849-3693 or Eighteen holes. Par 71. Pro shop, club rental, restaurant/snack bar available.

Sycamore Hills Golf Course, 3728 W. Hayes Ave., Fremont. 800-336-5716 or Twenty-seven holes. Par 70. Pro shop, club rental, driving range, snack bar available. TangleWood Golf Course, 9802 Dowling Rd., Perrysburg. 419-833-1725 or www.tanglewoodgolfclub. net. Eighteen holes. Par 27. Pro shop, club rental, restaurant/snack bar.

Maumee Bay State Park Golf Course, 1750 State Park Rd. #2, Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon. 419-836-9009 Page 30

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