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A decade of boating stewardship was recognized by the Ohio Clean Marinas Program, a partnership among the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the Ohio Sea Grant College Program and Lake Erie Marine Trades Association (LEMTA), at the annual Progressive Mid-American Boat Show being held at the I-X Center in Cleveland this month.

A ceremony was held on Jan. 14, on the Fish School stage to recognize marinas for their commitment to protecting and enhancing our freshwater resources.

One Ottawa County marina, Marina Del Isle (Skipper Buds in Marblehead), achieved Certified Ohio Clean Marinas status for 10-years or longer and newly certified/recertified marinas will be recognized during the ceremony which acknowledges successes and looks forward at opportunities to reach additional marinas and boaters. Those opportunities were made possible through the June 2015 expansion of both the Ohio Clean Marinas and Ohio Clean Boater programs statewide to include the Ohio River Watershed.

Dates have been released for the 2016 GSM Master Instructor Courses at Camp Perry.

Experienced rifle marksmanship instructors and shooters who would like to receive advanced training to bring even more opportunities to his or her home shooting club is strongly encouraged to become a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Master Instructor through one of the many courses offered each year. At Camp Perry, the course will be Feb. 27-28.

The two-day certification program equips and declares “Master Instructors” – qualified to teach specific marksmanship instructional topics using training material and curricula developed and provided by the CMP. Garand-Springfield-Military (GSM) Rifle Master Instructors are trained to teach and organize G-S-M Rifle or Rimfire Sporter Clinics.

Two music teachers who are considered local legends at Eastwood Schools, Lawrence J. McCormic and Mark Deerwester, or “Mr. Mac” and “Mr. D”, are being inducted into the district’s Eagle Way Hall of Fame.

Both were nominated by James Opelt, a former Pemberville mayor and currently a village councilman, who also has a long history as a theater instructor and music teacher and is an Eastwood graduate. Both are being inducted posthumously.

Opelt says the two are credited for co-writing the Eastwood High School Alma Mater and Fight Song. Eastwood’s Fight Song, unlike most other schools, is uniquely written and not a copy-cat of the Ohio State, University of Michigan, Notre Dame, or any other well-known fight song.

Commissioned by the Class of 1966, the Swingin’ Ez and a selected group of band members presented the Fight Song before a student body assembly on Friday, May 20, 1966 to a grateful and appreciative audience.

UBU Sports®, the premier manufacturer and supplier of synthetic turf systems that optimize performance and improve safety, is once again supporting the Super Bowl as the Carolina Panthers faced the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers.

Oregon-based Maumee Bay Turf is part of the UBU sports group that applied the turf on the practice field this year.

“Our UBU Sports group installed the synthetic turf practice field at Levi Stadium in San Francisco,” Brad Morrison, co-owner of Maumee Bay Turf, emailed The Press. “This would be the fourth year in a row for us having involvement in the Super Bowl, having installed the synthetic turf in 2013 at the Superdome, 2014 at Met Life Stadium, 2015 as the practice field at Arizona Cardinal Stadium and this year’s practice field at Levi Stadium.”

Boating plays an integral part in Ohio recreation. On Lake Erie, boaters can explore the coastline, visit the islands and fish for walleye.

On inlake lakes and rivers, paddling and pontoon opportunities give people a chance to experience Ohio’s waterways up close. But with outdoor tourism come potential problems, such as oil and gas pollution, littering and other environmental damage.

After a decade of success, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the Ohio Sea Grant College Program have expanded two nationally recognized initiatives that help businesses and boaters keep recreational water resources clean.

“The Clean Marinas Program is a voluntary, incentive-based certification program that recognizes marinas across Ohio for implementing best management practices that improve our air and water quality,” explained Program Manager Sarah Orlando.


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