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Michigan football loses Dayton commit
Antwuan Johnson has become the second 2018 Michigan commitment to decommit since late August.       
-1 points by The Detroit News | Recruitment Ohio Lake Erie Twitter
Brecksville Dam demolition the focus of public hearing tonight in Peninsula (photos)
The public will receive its first look this evening at what the Cuyahoga River will look like after the Brecksville Dam is removed next year or the year after. PENINSULA, Ohio - The public will receive its first look this evening at what the Cuyahoga River will look like after the Brecksville Dam is removed next year or the year after. The open house will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Happy Days Lodge, 500 West Streetsboro Road (Ohio 303) just East of Peninsula. The presentation is sponsored by the Ohio EPA and the National Park Service. Conservationists and friends of the Cuyahoga River generally support the dam demolition plan and the environmental benefits the plan will bring to the water quality and wildlife habitat in the river. No organized opposition is expected. "We're excited," said Pam Barnes, a spokeswoman for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. "This is really a good thing for the river." "This project is exactly what we need for the Cuyahoga," said Peter Bode, watershed coordinator for Cuyahoga River Restoration. "It is ridding a major barrier for our migratory species to spawn upriver ... and nothing but a positive for the ecology of the region." Any grumbling about the dam's removal likely will be limited to steelhead trout anglers who enjoy casting their lines into the base of the dam's spillway, where the game fish congregate, unable to proceed upstream. "That is the shooting-fish-in-a-barrel place to be," said Jane Goodman, Cuyahoga River Restoration's executive director. "But it's a small dam. Most people don't even know it's there. I don't expect anyone except the steelhead anglers to have any objections." The EPA and parks officials will present the results of an environmental assessment conducted on the eight-foot tall, 183-foot long dam which spans the river just north of the Station Road bridge trailhead along the Towpath Trail. The assessment identifies an ecological restoration strategy to improve water quality while preserving the Ohio and Erie Canal's cultural integrity as a National Historic Landmark. The EPA and national park officials have proposed completely removing the dam, thus restoring the river to its natural flow conditions. They plan to install a pump to supply as much as 13 million gallons of water a day to the adjacent canal. By removing the dam, state environmentalists would move a step closer to returning the Cuyahoga to a free-flowing river, leaving the 57-foot high Gorge Dam between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls as the only impediment from its source in Geauga County to its mouth at Lake Erie. Removing the Gorge Dam, however, could cost as much as $70 million.
73 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga River Ohio and Erie Canal Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park Lake Erie Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio National Park Service
EPA: ‘Major announcement’ about River Raisin
Officials have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Monroe.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Great Lakes Pollution Chicago Environmentalism Lake Erie United States Michigan Toledo Ohio
EPA to make announcement about River Raisin
They’ll be discussing a longtime effort to clean up industrial pollution in a 2.6-mile portion of the river       
-1 points by The Detroit News | Great Lakes Pollution Chicago Lake Erie Environmentalism United States Lake Michigan Toledo Ohio
Watch Destination Cleveland's new video celebrating city's success
Dubbed "Come Together," Destination Cleveland's new video includes clips from the Republican National Convention, the Cavs championship game and parade, the Indians, Cleveland Museum of Art, Lake Erie Monsters, Cleveland Metroparks and more. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - Destination Cleveland released three new marketing videos at its annual meeting Thursday, including a new anthem featuring clips from the city's banner year in 2016. (Related: Perceptions of Cleveland continue to rise; Destination Cleveland sets goal of 20 million visitors by 2020) Dubbed "Come Together," the video includes clips from the Republican National Convention, the Cavs championship game and parade, the Indians, Cleveland Museum of Art, Lake Erie Monsters, Cleveland Metroparks and more. The city's Contemporary Youth Orchestra provides the musical backdrop, playing the Beatles' "Come Together." Other videos include: * Faces of Tourism, which features employees in Cleveland's tourism industry talking about why they love what they do. * What We Do, which explains the complicated business of boosting tourism in Cleveland.
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Ohio Cleveland New York Lake Erie Republican Party Indiana 2008 Republican National Convention Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Great Lakes Brewing Co. tops national best brewpub competition; voting under way
Great Lakes Brewing Co. is atop the leaderboard in USA Today's best brewpub competition. Voting is under way. CLEVELAND, Ohio - As of Tuesday evening, Great Lakes Brewing Co. held the top spot in USA Today's best brewpub competition. Ohio's first craft brewery is the only one from the Buckeye state in the top 20. Voting runs through Monday, March 13, so the leaderboard can rotate based on incoming votes over the next month. Winners will be announced Friday, March 17. One vote per day is allowed. Here's how USA Today describes Great Lakes: "Great Lakes Brewing Company was started by two brothers with limited brewing experience in 1986. Today, it's one of Cleveland's top destinations for good beer and good food. Located in the Ohio City neighborhood, the GLBC brewpub features an eco-friendly beer garden with a retractable roof, where guests can sip a beer while sampling from a menu of seasonal menu items made from locally-sourced ingredients." The brewery actually opened in 1988. All 20 of the list's brewpubs, which were nominated as the best in the country by a panel of beer experts, serve their own beers. Check out the leaderboard.
3191 points by The Plain Dealer | Midwestern United States Columbus Ohio Great Lakes Lake Erie Brewing Ohio Beer National Football League
Parma removes teacher after accusations; family says suspect shot by deputy unarmed; former Kent player acquitted: Overnight News Links
Also, Cleveland federal judge says Trump's comments on judiciary calls president's 'legitimacy' into question; City of Cleveland wants no legal responsibility for harm if buses are allowed on Public Square; Key Ohio Republican activist calls for party to rally around Mike DeWine for governor in 2018 Featured stories Ashley B. MasonParma Police  Teacher removed from Parma high school after 'possible inappropriate situation' with student ( Family says suspect shot by Ashtabula County deputy was not armed (WKYC Channel 3) Former Kent State football player found not guilty in kidnapping, assault case ( Crime Two Northeast Ohio fugitives arrested by U.S. Marshals ( Woman's teeth knocked out during Cleveland carjacking, suspect arrested ( ATM stolen during smash-and-grab at Beachwood gas station ( Man breaks into Cleveland teen's home, rapes her at gunpoint, police say ( Police chase along Interstate 77 ends in crash near Richfield ( Akron man pleads guilty to fatally shooting man during drug deal ( Employee protects store by throwing soda at suspects armed with handguns (WOIO Channel 19) Amherst man accused of sexually assaulting young girl again (Lorain Morning Journal) Former Lorain teacher takes plea deal, avoids jail time (Lorain Morning Journal) Erie County inmate suffers broken jaw in fight with fellow inmate (Sandusky Register) Summit County teen accused of raping his half-siblings (Associated Press) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Cleveland federal judge says Trump's comments on judiciary calls president's 'legitimacy' into question ( Cleveland federal judge says Mexican border crossers he sentenced were not violent criminals ( City of Cleveland wants no legal responsibility for harm if buses are allowed on Public Square ( Pride in the CLE, originally a replacement event for Cleveland Pride, is taking place again this year ( Port hires design team to envision transformation of Irishtown Bend (photos) ( Dying Cleveland man giving massive bobblehead collection to Hall of Fame (photos, video) ( Local news East Former Lake Erie College football coach violated school policy (WKYC Channel 3) Michigan Republican official resigns after suggesting repeat of Kent State shootings ( Marijuana laced with opiates causes three overdoses in Painesville Township ( Local news West The Container Store hiring 50 for its first Northeast Ohio store opening June 10 in Beachwood ( Owner of North Ridgeville anti-transgender sign says he has resigned as city council president (WEWS Channel 5) County closes Whitehead Road bridge for safety reasons (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Akron / Canton area City of Medina to help residents displaced by deadly apartment explosion ( State Key Ohio Republican activist calls for party to rally around Mike DeWine for governor in 2018 ( Wind now largest renewable energy source in United States, advocates say ( Tom Price, the next Trump confirmation: Why Democrats will vote no (but he'll get confirmed anyway) ( Bill would automatically register Ohioans to vote ( Shale gas and oil producers could pay $250 million in local property taxes, industry study claims ( Columbus Police video shows officers pepper-spraying anti-Trump protesters ( 89-year-old NKY man wards off burglar with gun: 'I didn't have time to get scared' (
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Akron Ohio Ohio Lorain County Ohio Cleveland Lake County Ohio Lake Erie
Cleveland ranks 84th in U.S. News & World Report's annual Top 100 Best Places to Live
If the ranking seems low, Clevelanders can take solace in the fact that we're ranked just below below New York (No. 80) and Chicago (No. 83) and ahead of Los Angeles (No. 88) and Detroit (No. 89). CLEVELAND, Ohio -- U.S. News and World Report has come out with its annual rankings of the best places to live, but you have to scroll down all the way to No. 84 to find Cleveland. The magazine ranked the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country based on a city's affordability, job prospects and quality of life. Cleveland's average score in those categories was 6.0 (out of 10). By comparison, the top-ranked city on the list, Austin, Texas, averaged a 7.8. "When considering a move people are concerned about finding a job in their field, earning enough to afford a home, sending their kids to good schools and feeling like a part of their community," Kim Castro, executive editor at U.S. News, said in a release. "The Best Places to Live ranking takes all of that into account - the metro areas that do well are the ones with strong job markets and high quality of life." Cleveland did not fare well, particularly, in the job market category. The report cites the city's higher than average unemployment and lower than average median salary. While Cleveland scored very well for its low cost of living, it ranked on the low end in desirability and quality of life. Still, the publication offered some optimism about the city's chances to improve in the future. "This metro area on the banks of Lake Erie is experiencing growth and revitalization," the report said. "With continued development, opportunities abound for construction workers and electricians, as well as for professionals in the medical and IT sectors." Cleveland was one of six Ohio cities on the list, ranking behind Cincinnati (No. 53), Columbus (No. 57), Toledo (No. 71) and Dayton (No. 75), but ahead of Youngstown (No. 87). If the ranking seems low, Clevelanders can take solace in the fact that we're ranked just below below New York (No. 80) and Chicago (No. 83) and ahead of Los Angeles (No. 88) and Detroit (No. 89). Here are the Top 10 best cities to live for 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report: 1. Austin, TX 2. Denver, CO 3. San Jose, CA 4. Washington, DC 5. Fayetteville, AR 6. Seattle, WA 7. Raleigh & Durham, NC 8. Boston, MA 9. Des Moines, IA 10. Salt Lake City, UT
720 points by The Plain Dealer | Metropolitan area City Ranking Non-parametric statistics Lake Erie Ohio Developed environments
'Lake Erie Monster' comic book makes long-awaited return with new issue (photos)
The beloved Cleveland comic book series, "The Lake Erie Monster," ushers in a new era with its sixth issue. PREVIEW "The Lake Erie Monster" Issue 6 release party Friday, Feb. 10; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Weird Realms (11508 Lorain Ave.) Event RSVP CLEVELAND, Ohio - "The Lake Erie Monster" is back. When Cleveland artists John Greiner (also known as John G.) and Jake Kelly released the fifth issue of their comic book creation in 2014, it wrapped up their shadowy horror tale set on the rough 1970's waves of a monster-inhabited Lake Erie. But that doesn't mean it won't carry on with a new life, and it's ready to make its long-awaited return in an updated form. "Jake and I had always planned to continue exploring that world we created in 'The Lake Erie Monster' series after issue 5 and tell short, self-contained Rust Belt horror stories," says Greiner. "So, the comic book itself would evolve into more of an anthology comic like 'Tales From The Crypt' or Creepy magazine. That's where issue 6 begins." The comic book marks the release of its sixth issue with a launch party at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, at Weird Realms, 11508 Lorain Ave., a new shop dedicated to gaming. Anyone at the celebration might recognize the artwork along the wall, where Kelly created a colorful 16-foot mural. The book hits the shelves of area stores the following week. While the first five issues featured episodic installments of the title story and short back-up tales, Issue 6 will feature three self-contained, "one-and-done" stories by Greiner, Kelly and new contributor Liz Valasco. That means anyone who picks up the new issue can jump into the comic without ever having read it before. But plenty of the details from its original five issues will be picked up in its new iteration. Included in that mix is the comic's "horror host," The Commodore. The character was seen in "Commodore's Cleveland," a one-pager dedicated to made-up urban myths from Cleveland's history, and "The Crow's Nest," a letters column where the Commodore answers questions and offers a rant or two. "What people can expect from The Lake Erie Monster #6, and future issues, is to be able to pick it up and read it, getting multiple complete stories every issue," says Greiner. "We also plan to bring in other comic creators to mix it up and get new voices out there."   Greiner and Kelly first met Valasco at Genghis Con Cleveland, an annual small press and comics convention hosted by Greiner. The new issue features her eight-page story, "Young Skin," about a girl trapped in a house who confronts a skull ghost. Valasco wrote and drew the story, and Greiner completed the coloring. "We've gotten to know her and watch her grow over the past eight years, and a few years ago she started this comic called 'The Seeker,' which is a perfect distillation of how creepy but exciting Halloween in suburbia feels like when you're a teenager," says Greiner. "Jake and I both loved it. We were all hanging out at a convention in Columbus and when it came up that we wanted to do more issues it was a natural move to invite her to do a story." The issue will also contain Greiner's "Wolves of Birdtown," which takes readers on a night walk with an insomniac, and Kelly's "A Girl in a Garbage Truck." Greiner says he's making an effort to expand their reach with this issue. "We doubled the print run and it's the first issue since the first that you don't need to have read any of the previous issues to get on board," says Greiner. "We're definitely planning on a collected edition of the first five issues sooner or later."
64 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Lake Erie Buffalo New York Lake Erie Monsters Indiana Comics Bessie Star Reach
Detroit River's muddy bottom conceals cannons, cars, guns
Centuries of Detroit history sit on Detroit River's murky floor a few dozen feet below the surface        
23523 points by Detroit Free Press | Detroit River Detroit Great Lakes Belle Isle Park Lake Saint Clair Michigan Lake Erie Lake Huron
Find Cuyahoga County home sales, other property transfers for January
The database of Cuyahoga County home sales and other property transfers has been updated with transactions for January. Search the database to find home sales by street, address or town. CLEVELAND, Ohio - The database of recent Cuyahoga County home sales and other property transfers has been updated with transactions for January. Search the database at this link to find home sales in your neighborhood and across the county. The database includes transfers on record from the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office since January 2007. Also: Median home sales prices for each Cuyahoga County town, 2007 - 2016 Median home sales prices for each Cleveland neighborhood, 2007 - 2016 Property tax rates for each community in the Greater Cleveland/Akron area Ohio's highest overall property tax rates Ohio's highest school property tax rates Most expensive homes sold in Cuyahoga County in 2016 17 Cleveland Cleveland homes that sold for at least $380,000 in 2016 Data Central home for data on a variety of topics from the Northeast Ohio Media Group In-depth real estate coverage from Plain Dealer real estate reporter Michelle Jarboe
3 points by The Plain Dealer | Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Lakewood Ohio Cuyahoga River Akron Ohio Cleveland Lake Erie Linndale Ohio
Officials close Creston pond due to invasive mussels
CRESTON, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and wildlife Service has closed a pond near Creston to all boating access due to contamination from an invasive mussel. The Daily Inter Lake reports ( ) that Jessup Mill Pond has been closed while hatchery managers await sampling results to see if ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Zebra mussel Great Lakes Lake Mussel United States Lake Erie Invasive species Midwestern United States
River Raisin restoration to be finished in fall
The last 2.6 miles of River Raisin leading to Lake Erie is nearing the end of its historic comeback       
-1 points by The Detroit News | Great Lakes Lake Michigan Lake Lake Superior Michigan Lake Erie Lake Huron Lake Ontario
Middough, Cleveland-based engineers, to design Lake Erie wind turbine interconnection (photos)
Cleveland-based Middough engineering company will design the interconnection switching power from the Lake Erie-based wind turbines to Cleveland Public Power's Lake Road substation. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Middough, a nationally ranked 65-year-old locally-based engineering company, has been chosen to design a facility to move high-voltage power from the planned wind farm in Lake Erie to Cleveland Public Power's system. The Lake Erie Energy Development Co., or LEEDCo, announced its decision today. The pilot wind farm will produce up to 21 million watts of electricity, which will flow through power lines that will be laid on the lake floor. In announcing Middough's appointment, LEEDCo issued a statement that the engineering company has extensive experience designing utility substations and interconnections. "We approached this project with the hope of partnering with local talents and we are very excited to have Middough join our team," said Lorry Wagner, president of LEEDCo. The wind farm, dubbed "Project Icebreaker," is a pilot project testing if lake-based wind turbines can survive ice floes while using the best wind resources available in Ohio. LEEDCo, which will soon be purchased by Norway-based Fred Olsen Renewables, expects to begin construction in the summer of 2018 of a six-turbine wind farm located in the lake 6 to 10 miles northwest of downtown Cleveland. Total cost of the project, which would be the first fresh-water wind farm in North America, has been estimated at roughly $125 million. The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded the project up to $47 million. Fred Olsen Renewables has already invested in the project, though it has not said exactly how much. The company and LEEDCo have an agreement that at some point Fred Olsen's newly incorporated Ohio division, Fred Olsen Renewables USA, will buy all of LEEDCo's assets. The DOE is issuing grants as LEEDCo achieves the milestones it has proposed. The agency revoked grants to other ocean-based projects earlier after they failed to meet a timetable. LEEDCo evolved from a committee initially funded a decade ago by the Cleveland Foundation and Cuyahoga County to explore the possibility of developing extensive wind farms in certain portions of the lake away from sea lanes and bird migration paths.  The idea was to create new industries -- and jobs -- in Northeast Ohio.  Neighboring counties are now part of LEEDCo as well.  Ronn Richard, president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation, chairs LEEDCo's board of directors. Richard recently said he wants to see 1,000 wind turbines built in the lake.  
90 points by The Plain Dealer | Wind turbine Wind power Wind farm Cleveland Lake Erie Capacity factor Renewable energy Ohio
Tom Hanks will headline benefit for Greater Cleveland Film Commission in December
Hanks will return to Cleveland on Friday, Dec. 2, to talk about his years in the film industry. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Tom Hanks will return to his theatrical roots in Cleveland on Friday, Dec. 2, to headline the Greater Cleveland Film Commission's annual fundraiser, "Behind the Camera." Hanks has made a habit of giving back to Cleveland, where he started his professional acting career - and earned his Actors Equity card - as an intern at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival (now Great Lakes Theater) in the summers of 1977 and 1978. Those summers also turned him into a Cleveland Indians fan. Since then, he has donated money and talent to the theater, most notably in 1993, when he co-wrote and performed a one-man show that ran for a week and a half as a benefit for the theater. He returned to Cleveland in June for a reunion of Great Lakes interns. The GCFL benefit, alas, brings the 60-year-old Hanks to Cleveland for just one night to talk about his years in the film industry. He will have a lot of material: Besides acting in films, he has written, directed and produced them. Along the way, he won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his performance in the 1993 AIDS drama "Philadelphia." The 90-minute program will take the form of an interview, with WKYC Channel 3 anchor and movie fan Russ Mitchell talking to Hanks about his career. The evening starts with a VIP cocktail party and meet-and-greet with Hanks, for those buying premium tickets, and ends with an after-party with music, an open bar and desserts. Last year, the "Behind the Camera" event featured directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who grew up in Cleveland and make an effort to have their movies shot here, at least in part. Tickets for the event range in price from $40,000 (which buys event sponsorship and VIP treatment for 16 guests) to $500 (for individual tickets, which include the program and the after-party). For information, contact Erin Gisel at 216-344-7471 or [email protected], or go to
82 points by The Plain Dealer | Film Ohio Tom Hanks Great Lakes Actor Theatre Lake Erie Cleveland
Army Corps of Engineers' serially mistaken Cuyahoga River dredge approach: editorial
The Army Corps' shortsighted and economically damaging position on Cuyahoga River dredge keeps driving up taxpayer costs – this week forcing state and local officials to file a second lawsuit as part of an ongoing federal court battle, writes the editorial board. The bureaucratic mulishness of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in refusing to dredge the Cuyahoga River -- as required not just by congressional directives but also by the needs of major Cleveland employers who rely on the river for essential cargo -- must end.   The Corps' shortsighted and economically damaging position keeps driving up taxpayer costs - this week forcing Ohio and Cleveland port officials to file a second lawsuit as part of an ongoing federal court battle in Cleveland. Ohio again sues Army Corps of Engineers over dredging of Cuyahoga River shipping channel About our editorials Editorials express the view of the editorial board of and The Plain Dealer -- the senior leadership and editorial-writing staff. As is traditional, editorials are unsigned and intended to be seen as the voice of the news organization. * Talk about the topic of this editorial in the comments below. * Send a letter to the editor, which will be considered for print publication. * Email general questions or comments about the editorial board to Elizabeth Sullivan, opinion director for // $('.floatingSeries').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','line-height':'20px','color':'#333333','width':'255px','margin':'10px','margin-right':'0px','float':'right','border-bottom-color':'#dadada','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'1px','padding-bottom':'2px'});$('.floatingSeries h3').css({'text-transform':'uppercase','color':'#363636','font-size':'30px','line-height':'28px','padding-bottom':'7px','border-bottom-color':'#363636','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'4px'}); $('.floatingSeries ul').css({'list-style-type':'none','list-style-position':'outside','list-style-image':'none','margin':'0px','padding':'0px'});$('.floatingSeries li').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','font-weight':'normal','color':'#333333','font-weight':'bold','line-height':'20px','border-top-width':'1px','border-top-style':'solid','border-top-color':'#cccccc','margin':'0px','margin-top':'6px','margin-bottom':'6px','padding':'0px','padding-top':'6px','padding-bottom':'4px','color':'#333333','text-decoration':'none'});$('.floatingSeries a:link').css('color','#333333');$('.floatingSeries h3').css('margin-bottom','2px'); // ]]> Fortunately, U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent signaled in a Sept. 12 order that he's prepared to consolidate claims as needed to speed this case to a prompt conclusion. Good. The Corps' refusal to dredge the river already has had economic consequences. Throughout August and so far in September, ships "are light loading by nearly 20%" and "only able to fully traverse the Upper Cuyahoga Navigation Channel by plowing their keels through the shoaled sediments in portions of the Channel," the lawsuit states. So much for the Corps' assertion that low rains and and high lake levels had eliminated the need to dredge, at least so far this year. The truth is that the Corps refuses to dredge because it hasn't been able to strong-arm Ohio into allowing it to dump tainted river dredge directly into Lake Erie to save money on containing PCBs and other potentially carcinogenic toxins. "The Corps' position again forces Ohio into a Catch-22 where it must choose between two unjust options," states Monday's lawsuit: "either 1) submitting to the Corps' unlawful demand for money [to pay for safer dredge-disposal options]. . . or 2) passively accepting the severe economic distress that will befall local industry, the Port, the City of Cleveland, and the State of Ohio when the Corps allows the Cleveland Harbor to become unnavigable." This is so wrong it's shocking that the White House hasn't stepped in to overrule. March: Army Corps to Cleveland - Drop dead: editorial The river channel is "the lifeline for one of the most productive steel mills in the world and a major engine of the Cleveland and Ohio economies," said officials of ArcelorMittal USA's Cleveland steel mill last year. The Corps of Engineers has been serially wrong in threatening to throttle that lifeline to get its way on dredge disposal. If it, or its federal bosses, don't recognize that soon, the courts may -- and, we hope, will -- provide the needed course correction. Have something to say about this topic? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings (in blue) just below.
87 points by The Plain Dealer | Lake Erie Akron Ohio Ohio Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga River Cuyahoga County Ohio Great Lakes George Voinovich