June 29, 2016

Elyria
Cloudy
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Frog gigging is cheap, easy family fun

Ohio’s turtle season opens next Friday. A lot of folks think frog and turtle seasons are one and the same, but frog season actually opened earlier this month and remains open through the year. As many of you may be spending the holiday season near some small ponds or inland lakes, I encourage you to Read More…

No tracks, no fur, no leavings = no bear

Officials are saying there is no evidence a bear was involved in a reported attack near Carrolton, Ohio, southeast of Canton. A man called 911 from his campsite after his wife received injuries to her arm, saying he scared the bear off by throwing a machete at the beast, cutting it on the neck. Sheriff’s Read More…

What affects one Great Lake actually affects them all

Some readers questioned why we noted the incident of the freighter Roger Blough running aground on a reef at the far eastern end of Whitefish Bay where Lake Superior narrows into the St. Mary’s River. After all, it’s a long way from home and seems to have nothing to do with us here on Lake Read More…

Some inundated by cicadas; some not

I hate to say I told you so about the 17-year cicada hatch, but then again, some folks haven’t seen any. In Wellington, LaGrange, Grafton, Homerville, Elyria and Carlisle Township, folks are reporting ruined picnics, porches that have to be swept daily and ground that is brown at the base of trees where cicada “shells” Read More…

Keeping an eye on some things that bug us

The 17-year cicada hatch has finally made its way to Lorain County, not surprisingly beginning in the southern regions near Wellington. Wildlife photography hobbyists and fans of the song bugs reported Tuesday that although they have been hard to find, the trees at Findley State Park are full of them. A word of caution, don’t Read More…

If they’re born wild, they need to stay wild

Leave it alone A baby wild animal’s best chance for survival is with its mother. Wild animals are born to live their lives in the wild, not in a house or a cage. The best option for a wild animal is to learn normal behaviors from their own species in their natural environment. An animal Read More…

Exposure to animals good for them — and us

This week marks the last week Ringling Brothers will use live elephants in its show, which it used to call a circus until that term became politically incorrect. This sparked my memory of a circus I attended many years ago at the Midway Mall. The first time I ever saw a real, living, breathing elephant Read More…

Exposure to animals good for them — and us

This week marks the last week Ringling Brothers will use live elephants in its show, which it used to call a circus until that term became politically incorrect. This sparked my memory of a circus I attended many years ago at the Midway Mall. The first time I ever saw a real, living, breathing elephant Read More…

It’s not too late to save public areas

“Daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County, down by the Green River, where paradise lay.” “I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in asking. Mister Peabody’s Coal Train done hauled it away.” That’s from an old song by John Prine, one of my favorites. Mournful, it tells a tale of where the Read More…

You’ll be hearing cicadas soon enough

I get a kick out of those folks who believe in zombies. As if anything could die off and then re-emerge from the ground in swarms! Wait a tick … Try to remember where you were and what you were doing in the spring of 1999 when we were last visited by the 17-year periodical Read More…