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Feature Story "A Sign of Love" greets visitors at the Jackson Street Pier.

Explore Art Outdoors: Take a walk around downtown Sandusky & Vermilion to discover one-of-a-kind art

Public art is surging across Erie County with the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in Sandusky and the Postcard Project in Vermillion. Local groups have joined forces to bring more public art to the area.

Feature Story Sartor (on top) tries to roll a girl over in order to pin her.

Wrestling for a Spot in a Man's World

High school junior Ileana Sartor grapples with the emotions that come with being a girl in a male-dominated sport. Sartor is one of four Sandusky High School females who are a part of the first SHS girls’ wrestling team.

Development News Photo courtesy of Vermilion Ice A Fair

Chill Out at This Year’s Ice A Fair

The 14th Annual Vermilion Ice A Fair on Feb. 4 promises a chance to watch sculptors coax art out of blocks of ice, learn about local history, play games on a frozen field, and more.  

Development News Photo courtesy of the Buckeye Sports Center

Buckeye Sports Center Opens Second Ohio Location in Huron

One of the top water sports specialists, as ranked by Boating Industry Magazine, opened its second Ohio location this month. The Buckeye Sports Center is located in Huron.

Development News Goodwill Anniversary

Golden year: Goodwill Industries celebrating 50th anniversary with awareness-raising goal

“We’re all about our mission,” Stout says, “and we want people to know in the community that the store profits we have – or profits from our plants – that’s what funds our entire mission.”

Feature Story The Erie County Parking Garage, which offers free 48-hour parking, is an underutilized resource, says Arin Blair, Sandusky's chief planner. The street parking around it comes with a two-hour limit, but, at least for now, that isn't strictly enforced.

Pull in for a conversation about parking in Sandusky with the city’s chief planner

In its quest to be a walkable city, is parking becoming a premium in downtown Sandusky? A city official weighs in.

Development News Rendering for the Sandusky Aquatic Center

Sandusky Schools Approves Sandusky Aquatic Center Design

The plans for the new Sandusky Aquatic Center was approved by the SCS Board of Education and will serve both students and community members.

Feature Story Anita Kromer, Executive Director of Care & Share of Erie County.

Care & Share hopes to help people attain the American Dream

Under the leadership of Executive Director Anita Kromer, Care & Share hopes small actions will reap big rewards for Erie County residents.

Development News The Sandusky City Schools Band

I’m With the Band: Celebrating 100 Years of the Sandusky High School Band Program

The Sandusky Band Program is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year.

Development News Original Margaritaville

It’s Back to the Future for The Original Margaritaville

The Original Margaritaville is under new ownership and management.

Feature Story Rudy leads the way on a winter walk in the woods

Walks with Rudy: A Photo Essay

Retired teacher Tim Fleck uses walks with his dog Rudy to capture stunning images of the local wildlife of Sandusky. 

Feature Story The Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics

#Inclusion Revolution: Sandusky teens unite to bring awareness to Special Olympics and Inclusivity

High school senior Anisha Chopra recounts her time at the Special Olympics USA Games with her Special Olympics partner and how it shaped her to advocate for inclusion. 

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Welcome aboard The Helm

Our crew here at The Helm is excited to have you join us as we showcase the unique culture and beauty of Sandusky, its people and the surrounding area.

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Brotherly business: After returning to Sandusky, Ryan and Chad Whaley Paddle together into ventures

The Whaley brothers see growth and potential in the town they call home.

Feature Story Local teens enjoy Sheldon Marsh on a warm October day.

What To Do on the North Coast if You’re Under 21

Sandusky is a place with many great pubs and drinking events, but it's welcoming to all ages. This is your ultimate guide for how to have fun in the Sandusky area if you're under 21. 

Development News Martyn Drabik-Hamshare gives pre-race directions to participants.

parkrun Offers Fitness and Friendship to All

parkrun is an international organization with the goal to get people into parks and public spaces for a fun, weekly, free, timed 5K run/walk.

Feature Story Boesch and Faulkner pose with kids at a mobile pantry event.

OHgo: The story behind Sandusky’s mobile nonprofit, delivering hope and meeting needs

Longtime friends have started a movement to put food on tables and smiles on faces in Sandusky. “The O-H stands for Ohio, and the ‘go’ is because we're always on the go."

Feature Story Be Well Boxes are a part of the Food is Medicine program, a collaboration between Family Health Services, OHgo and Firelands Health.

Diagnosis Food: Using food as medicine leads to new program at Family Health Services

The Food is Medicine program at Family Health Services helps food insecure individuals with chronic health issues eat healthier, “It’s a dual program where we address the medical side but also recognize that food is medicine.”

Development News Locals enjoy night skating at the Pier in 2021.

Skate into the holiday season at Jackson Street Pier

Ice skating is once again open to the public at the Jackson Street Pier. The season runs from Nov. 17 through Dec. 31. 

Development News The first vinyl mural was affixed in early November to the western wall of West Marine on Water Street. The piece, “Disrupted Darkness” by Linda Kelley, "captures a moment when lighting illuminates the Lake Erie rocky shore to reveal the power and be

New mural project brightens up downtown buildings

Six vinyl murals are slated to be installed in locations around downtown Sandusky. The vinyl mural program was developed by the city of Sandusky’s Public Arts and Culture Commission.