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News Release
September 5, 2003


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

COLUMBUS, OH -- 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 (OLEC). 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:

bulletFamily 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.
bulletLife 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."
bulletAbove 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."
bulletBalanced 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."
bulletLake 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.

For additional news online, check out the ODNR Press Room at
For Further Information Contact:
Jill Woodyard, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 245-2514
Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations
(614) 265-6860




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