October 20, 2014


Elyria family donates $1,000 to fireworks campaign

From left are Dan Reaser, Danny Reaser, Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda and Shannon Reaser. LISA ROBERSON/CHRONICLE

From left are Dan Reaser, Danny Reaser, Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda and Shannon Reaser. LISA ROBERSON/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Less than one week ago, Dan Reaser and his two camouflage-wearing, crossbow-toting children were in Manitoba, Canada, bagging a black bear each.

The trip to the wilderness of Canada was a filming trip for the Reasers’ growing cable television show, “The Outdoor Option.”

Monday, they were Elyria to help bring back another kind of outdoor activity.

Reaser, daughter Shannon and son Danny donated $1,000 to the city’s fireworks campaign, which as of today has raised $32,500 toward a $45,000 goal. The Reasers presented Mayor Holly Brinda with the donation.

“We are not just about hunting and fishing,” Reaser said. “Fireworks get kids outside to enjoy the outdoors in a good, family event.”

Danny Reaser, 21, said he remembers visiting Finwood Estate at Christmas and was happy when Brinda found a way to bring it back during her administration. If the same can be done for the fireworks show, it would be great, he said.

“Fireworks are something we grew up watching at Cascade Park,” he said. “To be able to help bring this back is very special to us.”

The “Outdoor Option,” seen eight times each week over two cable channels, chronicles the trips of Reaser, owner of Elyria’s American Hood Systems, Danny and Shannon as they travel around the country to showcase the beauty of the outdoors while spending time with each other.

The trio came to City Hall wearing their “Outdoor Option” T-shirts.

Brinda said the barometer on the donation gauge is growing. She is confident the fireworks show, set for July 2 at West Park with a rain date of July 3, will take place.

“We know some companies are still doing things and haven’t turned in their contributions yet,” she said. “Truly, it’s going to be the city of Elyria who brings back the fireworks.”

The city last sponsored a fireworks show in 2008. It was the first and last year the city moved the festivities to West Park on Foster Avenue. Before that, the show was at Cascade Park.

Residents who would like to donate to the fund can do so on the city’s website. Checks payable to the City of Elyria Fireworks Fund can be mailed to 131 Court St., Elyria, OH 44035.

In addition, a spaghetti fundraiser is set for 5 to 8 p.m. June 3 at the Elyria Moose Lodge, 555 Ternes Ave. For more information, call (440) 326-1402.

Donation jars will be available at Ely Square and Washington Avenue Christian Church during the Memorial Day parade. Donations will be collected through Memorial Day.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

  • Sis Delish

    Another “promise” made and broken. From the Mayor’s website:

    “Dear Residents,

    The City of Elyria would like to offer residents a fireworks display this summer – but we need your help. With the tight city budget, the only way we can fund fireworks is through donations. If we can collect enough – about $45,000 by May 15, we will hold a fireworks display at West Park on July 2, 2014 with a rain date of July 3. This will save the city overtime expenses.”

    I say let’s push for Brinda to be the Head of the IRS. I’d enjoy having my Tax Deadline pushed forward to achieve Her goals. Wouldn’t want her highness to fail.

    First, it was $60k by 5/15. Then, reduced to $45k by some other date. Now, according to the story, even after the extended date, another ‘skettie dinner to raise $$’s past the extended-extended fundraising date.

    Such power.

    But, the C-T did report it was “her biggest challenge as Mayor”.

    Dear residents of Elyria: Make certain your home is protected on July 2nd and 3rd. I don’t think the Mayor’s fireworks fund has monies appropriated for theft and burglary reimbursements.

    • TruthWhisperer

      Its called compromise, Didnt they teach you that at wal-mart?

      • Sis Delish

        Did your “compromise” extend to the Unions who will be protecting the City from harm on 7/2 &/or 7/3? Will any of them be compromising?

        Or, is compromise just a derogatory term you associate with your favorite upscale shopping experience?

        • Barbara Radke

          Our city is protected everyday of the year, why should 7/2 or 7/3 be any different? You sure live in a fear based reality.

          • Sis Delish

            Babs, again, you fail to do your research before commenting herein. I’ve posted a link in an above reply which shall take you to my original commentary on how to address the “overtime” issue associated with having affordable Fireworks where most of the folks doing the work in support of the event are ruled by a Union contract.

            That is my use of the concept of Compromise especially as it pertains to a broke city.

            Your constant referral to a “fear-based reality” is humorous. There are prescriptions for that.

    • Barbara Radke

      Sis, stay home and guard you guard your home and loved ones, continue to live in your fear driven world, it will make it easier for the rest of us to return home after enjoying the company of our fellow citizens.

      • Sis Delish

        Babs. My comments about this Mayor’s “Biggest Challenge” are obviously lost on you and folks just like you.

        Now, go back and read my original recommendation about how Your City could make the event more “affordable” before you exercise your infantile thoughts. You might find some meaningful crumbs there.

        Here, I’ll even direct you to the link from the March 18, 2014 Story: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/03/18/elyria-mayor-seeks-donations-bring-back-fourth-july-fireworks/

        As for me and my “loved ones”, don’t you worry. I’ll be celebrating Our National Holiday on Its intended Date and Time, when the rest of the Real World does.

        And, as for this Mayor’s constant moving of the goal posts related to the fundraising goal, its just another failed promise by yet another follower of Obama. But, you cannot see that.

  • Mark B

    The Fireworks need to be back at cascade park , it is / was a tradition to have them in cascade

    • bROWNS77

      Do they have a reason for not using cascade park?
      Seems like that would be the hot spot to have them, nice park atmosphere like Berea has.

      • Bill

        Pretty sure the reason they moved the fireworks there were for safety concerns about the amount of people that would attend and limited exit points. From watching the fireworks for years there if there were a major problem down there it would be major mess.

        • Mark B

          The same can be said for any location with many people .

          • Bill

            No it can’t.

  • tomfeher

    Save the money for better things, stop by 6272 West River rd. and watch the low income folks put on their yearly display. It’s bigger then any I remember Elyria putting on! In 2008 they matched the city’s display shot for shot and our tax money is already paying for this one

  • Otter

    Wait, was this about money for fireworks, or about promoting a cable tv show? (aka family vacations) Glad I don’t have cable….

  • Mark B

    I wonder if the fireworks will be added to the list of Tourist attractions in Hellyria

  • It has to stop

    Same old Debbie Downers, miserable with their lives who can not find the good in anything. Your spouse if they haven’t left you yet must be very unhappy just being around you.

  • Razorback Twou

    “Donation jars will be available at Ely Square and Washington Avenue Christian Church” I hope these jars are chained down, near the library aren’t they?

    • Barbara Radke

      Why is the temptation a little to much for you?

  • taxpayer89

    The only place you can watch a great fireworks show and watch fights and people get stabbed at the same time. I’d donate if I cared.

  • Edward Nonamaker

    If the 45,000$ goal is not met , then what happens to the monies that have been donated to this fund/function after the deadline? Which by the way has passed .

    • Sis Delish

      When a Democrat puts a deadline on something, like Obama did with Obamacare enrollments, there are a ton of lil’ Democrats who try to emulate their leader and Commandant by doing the same… forgetting about the deadlines in favor of saving face.

      The Mayor of Elyria is sooo desperate for some sort of success on what the C-T has reported is “her biggest challenge”, that she is following suit by extending the former line-in-the-sand in perpetuity, apparently.

      As for the $45 grand… it will be magically met by an accounting “find” by the man in charge of the purse, Pileski.

      The Mayor’s Next Challenge will be no where near as Great, and she will not attempt another during her tenure.

  • Edward Nonamaker

    Call Obama , he will write you a check .

  • Chosen1

    E. Nonamaker are you in the HVAC field?

    • Edward Nonamaker


  • Sis Delish

    Wonder how much coin was donated in those two Jars on the parade route? Can’t take that long to tally it up, it’s only two jars…. hmmm, cash.

    Drum Roll:

    Target Amount: $45,000.00
    Amount Raised: $32,689.57
    Amount remaining to hit Target: $12,310.43

    How Many More Extensions will The Mayor permit to achieve her “biggest challenge”?? Stay tuned…

  • Barbara Radke

    It is community raised money, taxpayers yes, working folk that want to enjoy their city, has nothing to do with taxes raised by the city. Please become informed. Also, what makes you think everyone is on heroin and a bunch of robbers? Is it the company you keep?

  • Sis Delish

    Babs, Babs, Babs… IF, the City cannot afford the Fireworks, then who pays for the Overtime for the Police, Fire and City cleanup crews, if they DO raise “community money” for the explosives?

    Are you that sheltered?

  • Sis Delish

    You went through the hassle of setting up an account just to say that?

    What a guy/girl/both.

  • Barbara Radke

    So you are saying as an example because you have enough money to pay your utilities it means you have enough to go to a Tribes game? Silly you.

  • Sis Delish

    Um, the answer is the Taxpayers pay for the Overtime associated with holding the Fireworks; the request to make the event more affordable was to ask the Unions to give the Taxpayer’s a small break by foregoing Overtime, since the same folks are being asked to donate.

    You can head on down to Progressive Field. I have a feeling you get goosebumps just by saying the name Progressive.