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One of Ashtabula's 19 covered bridges crosses the river just south of town. A total of 46 miles of the river and its tributaries were named scenic rivers in 2008.
Jeff St. Clair / WKSU

Patricia Seymour grew up in Ashtabula in the 1960ss. On bright spring day at the city’s bustling harbor, Seymour recalls a childhood landscape more reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings.

“It was like Mordor,” Seymour says.

A sailboat awaits the sailing season on Lorain's Black River. The town was built on steel production, but as that industry fades, new emphasis is placed on the region's natural resources.
Jeff St. Clair / WKSU

The Black River is wide at its mouth, with parallel banks encased by metal bulkheads. It’s an industrial river, but there is wildlife, like a hissing pair of geese guarding the entrance to the yacht club marina.

Outdated Rules Hamper Local Distilleries

May 19, 2015
Andy Chow

Ohio is seeing a boom in locally-made products. Communities around the state are enjoying the local coffee scene and the newest craft brew. One of the fastest growing industries is the local liquor scene. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, a slew of antiquated rules might be hampering the movement.