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    🚧Two more blocks of downtown Fremont added to road construction, at $40,000 savings

    By Roger LaPointe, Fremont News-Messenger,


    Good morning, Ottawa County.

    It should be a little warmer today, but fairly cool, for June, at 68 degrees for a high and a low of 61 this evening.

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    Two more blocks of downtown Fremont added to road construction, at $40,000 savings

    Very old bricks are showing in South Front Street, for the couple blocks in front of the Municipal Building, and as a surprise, an extra two blocks of road construction have been added to the project.

    The road grinders, dump trucks and steamrollers probably would have otherwise gone unnoticed, in the season of seemingly endless construction in the downtown area. From building the new amphitheater to road resurfacing, water, gas and fiber installation the big vehicles have simply moved from one construction site to another for several years. That continued construction is how the city was able to get the extra two blocks of South Front Street, between Birchard and the entrance to Rodger Young Park, resurfaced for a good deal, at a $40,000 savings.

    Sure, the seemingly endless construction is continuing to slow down cars, but negotiations are fast and furious. Read the rest of the story here.

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    Mail Bag: Headed to Put-in-Bay to talk like a pirate with the sheriff

    A couple weeks ago, I was with Juanita and Ned Robinett, interviewing them for my story about D-Day. They are a very friendly couple and asked me if coverage of the islands would be possible. In fact, I am going out to Put-in-Bay, and possibly one of the other islands, this summer.

    I explained I plan on working on a story with Ottawa County Sheriff Stephen Levorchick, visiting parts of Put-in-Bay, and maybe covering some of the Pyrate Fest XVI. Yes, the sheriff has a great sense of humor, so we might do the interview with our best pirate accents. The weekend of June 28 also is known as dress-like-a-pirate weekend.

    South Bass Island and Put-in-Bay can be reached by Miller Ferry, which departs from Catawba Island, and Jet Express departs from Port Clinton.

    Jet Express is at 49 Jackson St., Port Clinton: 25-minute ferry from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay

    Miller Ferry is at 5174 E. Water St., Port Clinton: 18-minute ferry from Catawba Island to Put-in-Bay

    Both have links for transportation around the island, but I will likely bring my bike.

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