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September 6, 2010

SANDUSKY, OH – Dr. Venita Kelly Speaks on Improving Education in Sandusky: CC Student Parents | Podcast

August 3, 2010

The NAACP hosted its first educational summit at the former Madison School, now Spirit and Truth Ministries, to a gathering of interested parties: Sandusky School staff, parents, city commissioners, board of education, community organizations and affiliated groups. The summit focussed on raising interest and incentive for parents to become actively involved within the school system.

The keynote speaker for the 2010 summit – Dr. Venita Kelly – is a representative for the Governor’s Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative.

A former professor of communication and ethnic studies, Kelley is the founder and CEO of Kelley Communication and Consulting, a cultural competence, leadership development and media consulting firm, since 1994.  She is widely published in communication, psychology, and education, and she has received a number of community, local and national recognitions for her work and service. Read more about Dr. Venita Kelly.

Her speech at this years summit is recorded as a podcast for “On The Wire” and can be downloaded as an MP3.



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Dr. Venita Kelly | Podcast

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SANDUSKY, OH – Brownfields Committee Meeting: Coal Tar Plume & Hole #4; With Update on Sandusky Cabinets, Keller Building and DC Filter | Podcast

August 3, 2010

The July 2010 Sandusky Brownfields Committee meeting is recorded here for the general public. This meeting discussed updates on what was uncovered in the drilling of hole #4 for the Coal Tar Plume investigation; the lab results from the Coal Tar Plume; a status update on the Sandusky Cabinets property (as well as the Keller Building) and what’s going on with DC Filter.

The Erie Wire intends to record Brownfields Committee meetings month to month. These recordings can be found in our archives by searching “Brownfields Committee” or by subscribing to our newsletter.


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Bronfields Committee Meeting | July 2010 | Podcast

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SANDUSKY, OH – Sandusky Bay Farmers’ Market & Kids Art Fest | 07-30-10 | Slideshow

August 3, 2010

Painting Impresionism for the Kids Art Fest at the Sandusky Bay Farmers Market on Friday afternoons. photo: Jenna Martin

Community members and tourists gathered Friday afternoon – 07/30/10 – at the Sandusky Bay Famers’ Market to experience this seasons July harvest in the Jackson Street Parking Lot. The many faces and available goods were captured by The Erie Wire’s photographer, Jenna Martin, to be viewed in a Picassa Slideshow. Take a look at a colorful side of Sandusky culture, and the warm embrace of fresh local goods.(click on any image to view slideshow)

On July 30, nationally touring musicians Coco & Lafe performed a free show to create awareness about local food and farmers markets. They are playing at 100 farmers’ markets across the U.S. this summer, and Sandusky Bay Farmers’ Market was on their list of performances!

Coco and Lafe performing at the Sandusky Bay Farmers' Market on Friday afternoons in downtown Sandusky. photo: Jenna Martin

Printmaking at the Sandusky Bay Farmers' Market on Friday afternoons. photo: Jenna Martin

Also this was the sixth week for Kids Art Fest, where kids were loaded with paint and brushes to create their own rendition of a “Art Nouvea” and Prinmaking painting. The Sandusky Bay Farmers’ Market website reads:

Every Friday from June 18th to August 6th the Farmers’ Market will host a Kids Art Fest where children of all ages can come and learn how to throw paint like Picasso. Athena Pribanic, a fine arts student at the Columbus College of Art and Design, will be instructing the event week to week. Painting instructions are provided from 3-6pm (kids can arrive at anytime to participate).

At the end of the eight weeks, the Farmers’ Market will showcase all the kids paintings (August 6th). Afterward, the paintings will be rotated in local businesses to be sold as a fundraiser for the program and for the promotion of arts and cultural events in Erie County, OH. Bids will be taken on each painting until September 30th.

Anyone interested in placing a bid can do so as of today by emailing – sanduskybayfarmersmarket@gmail.com – with the details of your name and contact information, along with the total of your bid. All paintings will be displayed at Mr. Smith’s Coffeehouse and the new Crush Winebar in downtown Sandusky. Everyone will have the chance to bid on the paintings by filing their information into folder located nearest to the paintings.


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OREGON, OH – Sandy Bihn of the Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Association: Part 2 | Podcast

July 19, 2010

Sandy Bihn, a founder of the Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Association, sat down with The Erie Wire to discuss the goals of her organization as well as some of the most pressing issues facing Lake Erie today. Listen to part 2 of the On The Wire podcast as Sandy goes into detail about what the future holds for our Great Lake if appropriate action is not taken to protect this valuable resource.


See Podcast & Video in Part 1


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Sandy Bihn | Part 2 | Podcast

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WLEWA is a nonprofit organization part of the Waterkeeper Alliance and serves the waters and fish of Lake Erie, beginning in the east at Sandusky Bay and extending west to the Ohio line of the Maumee River. This includes counties in Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario; the rivers Raisin, Maumee, Sandusky, Touissaint, Portage, Ottawa, and Huron; and all creeks, ditches, drain pipes and runoff to the waters of Western Lake Erie, with the exception of the Detroit River.

WLEWA’s mission is to preserve, protect, and improve the watershed, waters, and fish of Western Lake Erie, the Great Lakes’ warmest, shallowest, most biologically productive area, and to increase public awareness through collaboration, education and advocacy. They hold regular programs and presentations demonstrating how to be a good environmental steward with our regions resources.

COLUMBUS, OH – ARRA Construction Sites Overlooking Greener Equipment

July 19, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 2, 2009) Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Baldwin, M.D., a Navy undersea medical officer, shows a young patient at Nationwide Children's Hospital how to salute after presenting him with a Navy ball cap. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gary Ward/Released)

While President Obama and local community leaders celebrate a major new road project next to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, an environmental group is charging that government leaders are missing a golden opportunity to help protect public health by failing to require the use of low-emission, green construction equipment at the construction site.

Ironically, the President’s visit today coincides with central Ohio’s first official bad air day of the summer because of dangerous levels of ozone smog.

“While America rebuilds its infrastructure, we should be putting clean construction equipment to work,” said David R. Celebrezze, Director of Air & Water Special Projects for the Ohio Environmental Council.

“It does not make sense to use public dollars on projects that could needlessly result in dirtier air, especially on a construction sight right next to a children’s hospital. Diesel emission controls on construction equipment are available and should be pressed into service—now.”

Energy power plant releasing air pollutants at sunset along the shores of Lake Erie. photo: Joshua B. Pribanic

Emission controls include diesel particulate filters, which reduce pollution by up to 90%. Other controls can cut pollution by 20% and anti-idling technologies can eliminate unnecessary idling. These technologies are being used by school buses fleets and city fleets, but are mostly absent from construction equipment. Clean construction requirements are essential for healthy air.

According to the USEPA, diesel exhaust contains harmful pollutants, such as particulate matter (soot), nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, and m ore than 40 air toxins, including benzene, a known carcinogen. The EPA has linked diesel emissions to a host of health ailments including asthma attacks, painful breathing, cancer, and preventable deaths.

SANDUSKY, OH – Sandusky Bay Farmers’ Market & Kids Art Fest | 07-16-10 | Slideshow

July 19, 2010

Groups of people buying produce from Old Milan Canal Farm at the Sandusky Bay Farmers' Market on Friday afternoons. photo Jenna Martin

Community members and tourists gathered Friday afternoon – 07/16/10 – at the Sandusky Bay Famers’ Market to experience this seasons July harvest in the Jackson Street Parking Lot. The many faces and available goods were captured by The Erie Wire’s photographer, Jenna Martin, to be viewed in a Picassa Slideshow. Take a look at a colorful side of Sandusky culture, and the warm embrace of fresh local goods.(click on any image to view slideshow)

photo: Jenna Martin

Cory Berlekamp of Troubled Mountain Trio, Toledo, and traveling musicians out of Colorado. On July 30, nationally touring musicians Coco & Lafe will be performing a free show to create awareness about local food and farmers markets. They are playing at 100 farmers’ markets across the U.S. this summer, with Sandusky Bay Farmers’ Market on their list of planned performances! Stop down to hang out and enjoy the sound at the Friday market.

Also this was the fourth week for Kids Art Fest, where kids were loaded with paint and brushes to create their own rendition of a “Mondrian” painting. The Sandusky Bay Farmers’ Market website reads:

Every Friday from June 18th to August 6th the Farmers’ Market will host a Kids Art Fest where children of all ages can come and learn how to throw paint like Picasso. Athena Pribanic, a fine arts student at the Columbus College of Art and Design, will be instructing the event week to week. Painting instructions are provided from 3-6pm (kids can arrive at anytime to participate).

Big kids painting Impressionism at the Sandusky Bay Farmers' Market in the Jackson Street Parking Lot on Friday afternoons. photo Jenna Martin

Each week kids will learn how to paint like the great artists of the past and present. They’ll be provided with non-toxic paints, a painter’s apron, practice paper,

brushes, and a final prepared canvas where everyone will paint together in the style of that week. See the dates below to attend a session:

  • June 25 – Painting Cubism. “Cubes or Squares?”
  • July 2 – Painting Surrealism. “Paint your dreams.”
  • July 9 - Paint like Mondrian. “Red, Blue and Yellow take over.”
  • July 16Painting Impressionism. “Mixing color with light.”
  • July 23Painting Art Nouvea. “Swirls, swirls and more swirls.”
  • July 30Printmaking with puzzles. “Make your mark.”
  • August 6 – Kids Art Show.

At the end of the eight weeks, the Farmers’ Market will showcase all the kids paintings (August 6th). Afterward, the paintings will be rotated in local businesses to be sold as a fundraiser for the program and for the promotion of arts and cultural events in Erie County, OH. Bids will be taken on each painting until September 30th.

Anyone interested in placing a bid can do so as of today by emailing – sanduskybayfarmersmarket@gmail.com – with the details of your name and contact information, along with the total of your bid.

Kids painting Impressionism at the Sandusky Bay Farmers' Market in the Jackson Street Parking Lot on Friday afternoons. photo Jenna Martin

Big kids painting Impressionism at the Sandusky Bay Farmers' Market in the Jackson Street Parking Lot on Friday afternoons. photo Jenna Martin

Kids painting Impressionism at the Sandusky Bay Farmers' Market in the Jackson Street Parking Lot on Friday afternoons. photo Jenna Martin

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