Local Sports, Outdoors Briefs

Gertrude Lawrence Nature Preserve

One of our hiking readers told us about a Gertrude Lawrence preserve across from Twin Bridges boat launch area on Red Bank Road just north of intersection of Big Walnut and Sunbury Roads. We’ve been by it a few times, but haven’t been in it. There is about 2 miles of natural trail on a peninsula overlooking the coves at that section of Hoover Reservoir.

Of course, the Big Walnut Area Historical Society knows all about the preserve — one of their recent newsletters said Columbus Parks and Recreation opened it after buying the land from Lawrence to build Hoover. In 2010, 30 more acres were bought from the Lawrence family for flood control.

Wayman Lawrence, Gertrude’s son and a BWAHS member, has visited the preserve and likes it. Check it out if you get a chance.

LSX Classes to Compete at NMCA Norwalk

The Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series will once again join the Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, the weekend of August 24-27, 2017. A can’t miss event, the NMCA All-American Nationals features the World’s Fastest Street Cars as well as one of the largest gatherings of LS-powered monsters in the U.S.

Heads-up LS classes include Wiseco BoostLine Connecting Rods Drag Radial, Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center, and Holley EFI Real Street…all of which are wheels-up and hardcore. LME sponsors Street King, an index class for faster 8.0 to 11.0 second GM race cars. The event also includes two classes for mild to wild street-type vehicles, Proform Rumble and Gear Vendors True Street. The Rumble class allows LS racers to pick their index, matching their street machine up against some of the fastest cars in the country.

All racers competing in Rumble and Street King may also compete for free in the NMCA True Street class on Saturday. Travel through the countryside then bring your musclecar, truck or SUV back to the track for a three-run showdown to determine who has the baddest True Street car in the world! All class winners will receive big bucks, custom awards, and a trip to the Aerospace Components Winners Circle.

Summit Motorsports Park is at 1300 State Route 18, Norwalk, Ohio. For information, call 419-668-5555 or 714-444-2426, or visit www.summitmotorsportspark.com or www.nmcadigital.com.


While Ohio State will face Oklahoma on Sept. 9 in football, an in-state rival of the Sooners — Oklahoma State University — is locked in another battle with the Buckeyes in the patent office.

The battle is over the right to put “OSU” on apparel. Ohio State filed an application in February but Oklahoma State opposed it. However, Oklahoma State is delayed their planned appeal of the trademark, which go back to the 1970s. In the past, the two sides have had agreements on the use of the acronym. Stay tuned.

Westerville Rec Guide

The Fall 2017 edition of the Community Recreation Guide was mailed to residents this week and will be available online beginning Friday, Aug. 11.

Registration for fall programs begins Friday, August 25. Register online at www.westerville.org/registration

or in person at the Westerville Community Center.

Find additional registration information on page 90 of the guide.

Registration dates:

Friday, Aug. 25 at 12 p.m. | Online Resident Registration

Saturday, Aug. 26 at 8 a.m. | In-person Resident Registration

Sunday, Aug. 27 at 12 p.m. | Online Open Registration (Residents and Non-Residents)

Monday, Aug. 28 at 8 a.m. | In-person Open Registration (Residents and Non-Residents)

Three complete Lake Erie swim in one day

Congratulations to Greg and Tommy Van Volkenburg, who swam Lake Erie earlier this summer, from Long Point, Ontario, to Freeport Beach in Freeport, Ohio.

They did it to honor their mother, who has rheumatoid arthritis, and raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation.

It took 11 hours, 15 minutes and 40 seconds for them to make it across the 24.3-mile stretch, and is said to be a new record by the Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association.

Ohio Sea Grant Releases Reprint of Lake Erie Shipwrecks Guide

COLUMBUS – Ohio Sea Grant has released an updated version of its Lake Erie Shipwrecks & Maritime Tales brochure, a guide to shipwrecks along the Lake Erie coast for divers and snorkelers. The free guide is available from Ohio Sea Grant as well as from partner organizations and coastal Ohio visitor bureaus.

The brochure features 27 shipwrecks, stretching from Toledo to Conneaut. Each entry includes GPS coordinates, information on how to access the wreck site and a brief history of the ship. Partnerships with the Marine Archaeological Survey Team (MAST) and Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE) also helped provide recommendations on how much diving experience the wrecks require, and whether mooring buoys are placed at a given wreck.

“The updated guide was developed because of a continued interest in exploring this unique aspect of Ohio and Lake Erie history,” said Joe Lucente, Ohio Sea Grant Extension educator and one of the authors of the guide. Because of Lake Erie’s shallow depth and often severe storms, more than 1,700 ships have sunk over the centuries and only about 300 have been found so far.

A PDF of the guide is available online at ohioseagrant.osu.edu/p/i0049. A companion website, ohioshipwrecks.org, offers video of divers exploring some of the more recently discovered wrecks.

Earlier this summer, visitors were allowed to scale South Bass Island Lighthouse, which was completed in 1897, is located at the southwest tip of the island and was in operation until 1962. The lighthouse is now owned by Ohio State.

Special Lottery Hunt Available for Logan County

Transportation Research Center, Inc. (TRC) will hold a lottery drawing for special deer hunt opportunities on Tuesday, Aug. 29, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The hunts take place on TRC managed property located in Logan County.

The drawing will take place at the West Mansfield Conservation Club, located at 700 South Main Street, West Mansfield, Ohio 43358. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the drawing will be held at 6 p.m. To participate in the drawing, hunters must appear in person, be at least 18 years old and present a valid 2017-2018 Ohio hunting license and deer permit. Youth hunters may participate in the hunt but are not eligible for the drawing.

Hunting dates will be scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays from September 30–November 26, 2017, and approximately 14 hunters (and partners) will be drawn.

Hunters must attend a mandatory orientation prior to their hunting dates, which will be announced after the drawing. Permits are transferable up to the date of the orientation session, but not after. Hunters must follow all rules and regulations that apply to the Ohio’s deer-archery hunting season, as well as rules that are assigned to this special controlled deer hunt.

Visit wildohio.gov for more information about hunting seasons and regulations.

Field reports from ODNR Division of Wildlife Officers

Central Ohio – Wildlife District One

While on patrol at Hoover Reservoir in Franklin County, State Wildlife Officer Tony Zerkle, assigned to Fairfield County, and State Wildlife Officer Chad Grote, assigned to Marion County, were checking boaters and anglers. During the boat patrol, the officers observed a kayaker pulling a float tube and struggling to paddle into the wind. The officers contacted the group and provided them a ride back to the boat ramp. The exhausted boaters were thankful for the assistance. Resuming patrol, the officers contacted many anglers that day and wrote six summonses for fishing without a license and possession of short crappie.

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two

While working sport fish enforcement, State Wildlife Officers Mike Ohlrich, assigned to Lucas County, and Eric VonAlmen, assigned to Wood County, observed a pair of fishermen aboard a boat at the ramp of Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area. The officers asked the men if they had any luck fishing that day, but the men stated they did not even get a chance to fish because they had motor trouble. However, both officers noticed three large coolers and several baited fishing rods on board. Further investigation revealed four walleye in a cooler, three of which were undersized. The suspects later admitted that they had fished and caught the walleye. The three undersized walleye were seized as evidence and summonses were issued to both suspects for possessing walleye less than fifteen inches in length.

Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District Four

During patrol in Scioto County, State Wildlife Officer Hollie Fluharty, assigned to Scioto County, contacted two men in a parking lot in Wayne National Forest. The two men had multiple firearms in their possession and were shooting at random objects. Both men were cited for shooting in a non-designated area.

Rule Changes Proposed to Ohio Wildlife Council

COLUMBUS – Changes to bag and size limits for fish in certain bodies of water and adding the rusty patched bumble bee to the list of state endangered species were among the rule changes proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, Aug. 16, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Proposed changes to sport fishing regulations include: exempting striped bass, hybrid striped bass and white bass taken from Pymatuning Lake from statewide bag and size limit regulations to be consistent with Pennsylvania; removing the 15-inch minimum length limit on saugeye harvested from Lake Snowden; and reducing the bag limit to four fish in the aggregate for channel and blue catfish harvested from Hoover Reservoir. In addition, anglers harvesting channel and blue catfish from Hoover Reservoir would be limited to taking only three fish less than 18 inches and one fish 28 inches or larger, in an effort to develop and promote a trophy catfish fishery.

Additional proposed rule changes include defining elk as a game quadruped; modifying requirements for field trials; adding the rusty patched bumble bee to the state’s endangered species list to reflect the federal status of this species; and renaming the unnamed cave isopod to Kindt’s cave isopod to reflect the correct common name for this species.

A complete list of proposed rules changes can be found at wildohio.gov.

A statewide hearing on the proposed rules will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District One office on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 9 a.m. The office is located at 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215. For those unable to attend the hearing, comments will also be accepted online at wildohio.gov. The online form will be available until Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. The council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates after considering public input at their meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Council meetings are open to the public. Individuals who want to provide comments on a topic that is currently being considered by council are asked to register at least two days before the meeting by calling 614-265-6304. All comments are required to be three minutes or less.

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A hidden gem of a preserve is nearby at Hoover Reservoir.
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2017/08/web1_hoover-sign.jpgA hidden gem of a preserve is nearby at Hoover Reservoir.


Compiled by Gary Budzak


ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.