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GLIN==> 2003 WINNERS of LIFE ON LAKE ERIE PHOTO CONTEST



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2003

SANDUSKY RESIDENT WINS FOUR AWARDS IN
"LIFE ON LAKE ERIE" AMATEUR PHOTO CONTEST

Additional winners are from Fremont, Rocky River, North Olmsted,
Bowling Green and Avon

Sandusky resident Arnold Ehrsam swept first and second places in the 
"Family Fun" category of the 2003 "Life On Lake Erie" Amateur Photo 
Contest, coordinated by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (LEC). Ehrsam also 
placed first in two other contest categories.  Additional photo contest 
winners are from North Olmsted, Bowling Green, Fremont, Rocky River and 
Avon.
The contest aimed at capturing the day-to-day lives of people, plants and 
animals that live and thrive on Lake Erie and its tributaries.  First and 
second-place photographs are currently featured in a traveling display that 
will be exhibited along Ohio's North Coast during the 2003 Coastweeks 
celebration, August 23 to September 21.
Winners in the five categories are as follows:
Family Fun - Capturing a family's enthusiasm for swimming, boating, 
fishing, picnicking and playing on Lake Erie. First place: Arnold Ehrsam 
with "Look What We Caught." Ehrsam's "Look Up There" took second place.

Life On The Edge - Developing images of people, plants or animals living, 
working and playing on Ohio's North Coast. First place: Ehrsam's "Red Wing 
Blackbird." Andrea Nagy of Avon took second place with "On The Rocks."
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Above And Below - Capturing views of Lake Erie from high in the sky or down 
under the water's surface! First place: Ehrsam's "Stone Laboratory." Ursula 
Ryan of North Olmsted took second place with "Looking Up."
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Balanced Growth - Showing sustainable development on Lake Erie where smart 
planning has been used to protect the environment, preserve farmland and 
open space and promote livable communities. First place: Carole Calladine 
of Rocky River with "Trumpeting Spring." Second place went to Dennis Hale 
of Bowling Green for "Battling Cranes."
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Lake Erie Heritage - Celebrating Ohio's bicentennial year with an image of 
a historic activity or festival in the Lake Erie region. First place: 
Debbie Rutkowski of Fremont with "Tall Ship at Sunset." Second place went 
to Ursula Ryan of North Olmsted for "Dancer."

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is made up of the directors of the Ohio 
Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of natural resources, 
transportation, development, health and agriculture. The commission was 
established for the purpose of protecting Lake Erie and its watershed as 
Ohio's premiere natural resource and promoting responsible development in 
the region.
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For Further Information Contact:
Jill Woodyard, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 245-2514








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