• 100 Days Of Summer: Day 41- Apply for Ohio State Park Boat Dock

    Sunset, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio Style
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    Continuing Cheat Week, as I Try To catch up, Here’s another Summer Deadline Fast Approaching:

    COLUMBUS, OH – Boat owners wishing to rent public boat docks at several popular Ohio State Park lakes have until Tuesday, August 31 to enter lottery drawings used to select renters for available docks.

    Lottery drawings will be held in September for boat docks at Alum Creek, Buck Creek, Cleveland Lakefront, Deer Creek, Delaware, Lake Milton, Paint Creek and Rocky Fork state parks. Application forms are now available through the individual park offices.

    Completed forms may be submitted in person by Tuesday, August 31, or sent by certified mail/return receipt. Only one application per boat is permitted, and must be submitted by the boat owner. Lottery applicants must be able to show current proof of boat ownership or lease at the time of entry. Boats titled to dealerships are not eligible.

    The drawings are held on or before the third Saturday in September. Applicants need not be present to win, and the winning lottery applicants will be notified by the park. Persons selected by the 2010 lottery are entitled to renewal privileges for up to five years. Renewals may completed in person or on-line at www.ohiostateparks.org.

    Contact the individual park offices for specific details on allowable boat sizes, dock amenities and dock rental fees, as well as other application procedures. In addition to the parks conducting the lotteries, several state parks have seasonal docks available for rent on a first-come first-served basis including Buckeye Lake, Dillon, Mosquito Lake, Salt Fork and West Branch.

    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.gov

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  • 100 Days of Summer: Day 39-Cheaper Camping at Grand Lake St. Mary’s

    Grand Lake St. Marys Lighthouse
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    COLUMBUS, OH—In an effort to off-set lost revenues of local businesses and individuals, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering deep discounts on camping and shelter house rentals at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park.

    Campsite fees and shelter house rentals at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park are being discounted by 50 percent. Discounts will be offered until December 31, 2010. For existing reservations, discounts will be applied at the time of arrival.

    “Discounting ODNR services may be unprecedented, but the problem at Grand Lake St Marys is also unprecedented. We are taking the steps we can to attract visitors, and these camping and shelter house discounts are one way to help.” said ODNR Director Sean Logan. “Every dollar spent at the state park by each visitor brings benefits that reach far beyond our own marinas and other facilities.

    Reservations for Grand Lake St. Marys may be made by calling toll-free (866) OHIOPARKS (644-6727) or on-line at www.ohiostateparks.org. When making a camping reservation, please select the “Grand Lake Special” from the drop-down menu for discounts. No other discounts will apply to this special discount, which is being offered exclusively at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park.

    Grand Lake St. Marys State Park offers a variety of overnight and day-use activities including: 176 electric campsites and 28 non-electric sites; full service camp store; bike rentals; miniature golf; basketball and volleyball courts; playground equipment; dog park; and free WiFi.

    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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  • 100 Days of Summer: Day 35- Run for Your Lives!

    This video of a storm front approaching a beach ( Either the UK or Sweden, but not, obviously, both) has been making the rounds on teh internet. Enjoy the awesome majesty of mother nature and gaze in awe at the people who just, umm, stand there and watch it. REalize not everyone is familiar with the concept of tornado watches:

  • 100 Days of Summer: Day 33- Perry’s Memorial

    The 352-foot Perry's Victory and International...
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    PUT-IN-BAY, OhioPerry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial offers travelers an opportunity to leave life’s stresses behind and learn about  America’s forgotten war—the War of 1812 – in a picturesque island setting.

    This week’s National Park Getaway, one in a series of travel articles,  follows one student’s post-exam-week-trip to this national park in northern
    Ohio. At Perry’s Victory, one can experience not only relaxation but also  inspiration.  The park, located on South Bass Island, is a grassy oasis in the middle of Lake Erie. The lake often captures the apricot-colored light of dawn at sunrise and transforms itself into a rich blue later in the day. In addition to the peaceful landscape, the park preserves an amazing piece of  architecture—the 352-foot Doric column that, as the name of the park suggests, commemorates two parts of history. Visitors learn of an American victory in a naval battle that took place during the War of 1812—the Battle of Lake Erie. The park also honors the peace that has endured since the 19th century among Great Britain, the United States, and Canada.

    Rangers and living history presenters bring the early 1800s to life and introduce visitors to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the commander of the American fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie. After the British battered Perry’s flagship, he boarded the US Brig Niagara and captured the entire British fleet.

    Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is the 60th park featured in the Getaway series, which points people to places where they can connect with nature, history, family, and friends. You can read this week’s Getaway and its predecessors by visiting www.nps.gov/getaways.

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