The Great Lakes tend to be lumped together, but one lake can be very different from another, as I learned when I spent the weekend at Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island (next to Put-in-Bay) as part of my Great Waters Institute journalism fellowship.
Saturday's visit by former Congressman John Kasich, who is a commentator for the Fox News cable TV channel, will give local Republicans a look at a man who might run for governor in 2010 against the incumbent Democratic governor, Ted Strickland.
If Ohio lawmakers don't act quickly, the Buckeye State may be the last among eight Great Lakes states to pass the Great Lakes compact, which bans transfers of water outside of the Great Lakes drainage basin.
Erie County officials love Ohio Bike Week, the annual motorcycle festival that grows bigger every year, bringing tourist dollars (and sales tax revenues) to Erie County. But they've balked at letting armored vehicles park on the courthouse lawn.
Thursday night's annual meeting of the Ohio Lakefront Group provides a snapshot of what's going on in the legal war between the group (which says beaches in the members' backyards are private property and the Ohio Environmental Council (which contends the beaches are private property that should