February 16, 1997 |
Jerry Mathers once pulled in 150,000 pounds of whitefish a year from Lake Erie. This year, all he got was one whitefish, some perch and a pat on the back from environmentalists. Mathers' boat, the Big Tony, is the only commercial vessel still in business around Erie, since state fishing restrictions in 1995 wiped out an already struggling industry.
May 29, 1988 |
Nearly 20 years after the Cuyahoga River last caught fire, officials say Lake Erie and its tributaries are cleaner than they have been in decades. Scores of Lake Erie beaches will be open in Ohio this year, and more than 25 million walleye thrive in Erie's waters. Boating has become so popular that many marinas in the Toledo area are running out of dock space. A few decades ago, Lake Erie had only three clean beaches, and fish were dying at a rapid rate.
December 18, 1985 |
Up to 18 inches of wind-driven snow fell around Lake Erie today, blocking highways with drifts five feet high in parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania, while subzero cold moved into Indiana and Illinois, chasing hundreds into Chicago emergency shelters. The snow and cold were so severe that they interfered with Vice President George Bush's travel plans in Michigan. "People are stranded everywhere. Cars and trucks are off the road, including on Interstate 90. There's cars all over the place.
February 13, 1996 |
Across huge swaths of blizzard-stricken America this winter, a journey out the door, down the steps and across the street has often been perilous at best and impossible at worst. Salvation lies beneath Lake Erie. Although it is now the nation's fourth-largest freshwater body, the lake was an ocean 425 million years ago. And where there once was sea, there is salt. The deposit is not pure enough for seasoning food, but when it comes to melting snow and ice, this stuff does the job.
December 29, 1985 |
Snow fed by moisture off the Great Lakes piled up a December record Saturday along Lake Erie, but Florida warmed up with little crop damage reported after a frost scare. In the West, Seattle's airport was fogbound again. And the midnight low of 7 degrees below zero at Boise, Ida., broke the city's record of minus 4 for the date set in 1983. It was Boise's 18th consecutive day of subzero temperatures.
March 8, 1987 |
For most of the past 30 years, Cleveland Stadium has held echoes of past glory rather than cheers for ongoing success. The stadium, which opened in 1933 and became the Indians' permanent home in 1947, seats 74,208. The 1948 World Series-winning campaign drew a club record 2,620,627 fans, highlighting 10 straight years of 1 million-plus attendance from 1946-55. But the turnstiles grew silent and eventually rusty after 1,497,976 passed through in 1959.