Briefly, July 12

Geocaching event planned Saturday

Cachers Anonymous geocaching group is planning a “Waffle Stomper” buy-your-own-breakfast event 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Cool Creations restaurant, 706 S. Sandusky St.

The group is expecting geocaching enthusiasts from throughout northwest and north central Ohio. Anyone from veterans to the newest person interested in learning more about geocaching is welcome to attend.

In preparation for the event, organizers are hiding new caches in the area. To register, email cachersanonymous@

Septic system funds available

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency recently approved the Crawford, Erie, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot county commissioners’ request for funding for this year’s Water Pollution Control Loan Funds Home Sewage Treatment System Principal Forgiveness Loan.

The program allows the repair or replacement of home sewage treatment systems for low-income residents.

For more information, call (419) 334-5016.

Deadline set for coalition’s program

The deadline for installation of approved practices is Feb. 28 for the Sandusky River Watershed Coalition’s “Making Sense Out of Soil $aving$” program.

Anyone in the Sandusky River-Tiffin sub-watershed, which includes Rock Creek, Morrison Creek, Willow Creek, Bells Run, Sugar and Spicer Creek and the Sandusky River from CR 52 to Sandusky County’s Beier Road, can apply for installation of conservation tillage practices, winter cover crops, redlined grassed waterway repair, streambank stabilization and tile main repair.

To apply, call (419) 447-7073.

Manager hired

FINDLAY – Christina Kuchle has been hired as Northwest Ohio Scenic River Manager by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft.

Based in Findlay, she serves as manager of the Sandusky and Maumee scenic river programs.

Bowfishing carp record certified

An Ohio record carp taken by bowfishing has been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee.

The carp, weighing 53.65 pounds, was caught by Patrick Johnson of Toledo in the Sandusky County portion of Lake Erie’s waters. Johnson arrowed the carp June 9 using a fish point tethered with 200-pound test Fast Flight line. The record carp is 45 inches long and 32 1/4 inches in girth.

Boating law inked

Gov. John Kasich Wednesday signed into law House Bill 29, known as the “Boater Freedom Act,” which establishes criteria for Ohio watercraft safety inspections.

The legislation should help decrease the multiple safety inspections recreational boaters experience.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont), establishes a state or local law enforcement officer no longer has the authority to stop or board a vessel to conduct a safety inspection unless the operator voluntarily requests an inspection; there is reasonable suspicion of a violation of watercraft or local law; or the boat

is being inspected as part of an authorized checkpoint.