August 23, 2014

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Wellington Council reticent to donation request for school auditorium

A preliminary artist's rendering show the proposed $2.5 million auditorium in Wellington. If enough money is raised to build it before Jan. 30, the building will be adjacent to the new junior high school being built near Wellington High School off state Route 58. COURTESY PHOTO

WELLINGTON — Village leaders have been asked to contribute $10,000 to $25,000 to the effort to build a $2.5 million auditorium adjacent to the new $16.8 million junior high school that will open in 2015. But the proposal is drawing criticism from some members of Village Council and concern from legal counsel. The village solicitor, Steve Read More…

Nonprofit group raising funds for Wellington auditorium project

A preliminary artist's rendering show the proposed $2.5 million auditorium in Wellington. If enough money is raised to build it before Jan. 30, the building will be adjacent to the new junior high school being built near Wellington High School off state Route 58. COURTESY PHOTO

WELLINGTON — A nonprofit organization has raised nearly two-thirds of the matching money it needs to build a new $2.5 million auditorium adjacent to the new junior high school that will open in 2015. It will be a race to the finish to raise the remaining $426,000 by Jan. 30, the deadline needed to go Read More…

Family, friends aid boy after skull surgery

Wyatt Lademann, now 22 months old, at a family picnic earlier this year. COURTESY JEN LADEMANN

AVON LAKE — Wyatt Lademann turns 2 in a couple months and has a lot to say, despite skull surgery where doctors removed the top bone from his head and inserted plates to correct a birth defect. Just like every other toddler, Wyatt sometimes is a little hard to understand. He is learning new words Read More…

Dance group with an Elyria connection making its move on ‘America’s Got Talent’

The innovative dance group, Hammersmith, co-founded by former Elyrian Garrett Coleman, performs.

The race for this year’s winner of the $1 million “America’s Got Talent” competition includes a race- and gender-bending group called Hammerstep, co-founded by former Elyria resident Garrett Coleman. The group was chosen to continue last week after performing before a national audience. The show airs 9 p.m. tonight on NBC. It was an incredible Read More…

County animal rescue agencies have cats and kittens to spare

The Friendship APL shows off some of the many cats and kittens available for adoption. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

ELYRIA — Friendship Animal Protective League shelter is bursting at its seams with kittens and cats, and staff and volunteers are worried about finding homes for 365 felines. They hope a reduction in the adoption price might get things moving. “Every cage in our facility is full, so we have cats and kittens coming out Read More…

Home values drying up along with lake at Brentwood Lake development

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CARLISLE TWP. — The housing market is bouncing back, but residents of the nearly 200 homes in the Brentwood Lake subdivision say they face a special challenge. The big draw to their properties was having the lake, which is now a swamp after authorities breached a dam in early 2010. “It was neat — you Read More…

71-year-old grandma graduates with GED after she left high school in 1959

Phyrn Coleman, 71, center, waits with other graduates and family members during graduation ceremonies at Lorain County Joint Vocational School.

PITTSFIELD TWP. — Phyrn Coleman was tempted to seek her GED when she stopped by a booth at the Lorain County Fair. She read about free classes for GED preparation at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School. “I thought, ‘Why not do it?’ ” she said. Coleman, who dropped out of Cleveland’s John Marshall High Read More…

Veterans, friends and family watch documentary on Honor Flight program

An audience of veterans, students and the general public watch “Honor Flight” Tuesday at the Lorain Palace Theater. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

LORAIN — In World War II, Budd and Lois Kleefeld served their country separately in uniform. Budd was an infantryman with the 87th Division who fought through Europe before Germans took him as a prisoner of war during the Battle of the Bulge. He survived six months of captivity — albeit 60 pounds lighter — Read More…

Retired Lake Ridge drama teacher wins short playwriting contest in England

Maureen Brady Johnson of Oberlin holds some of her Beatles memorabilia.

OBERLIN — A play called “Beatlemania,” written by retired teacher Maureen Brady Johnson, is one of the winners in the Ticket to Write Festival in England this summer. The 10-minute play will be performed at the Unity Theatre on July 30 in Liverpool, where members of the band grew up. “It’s about a woman who Read More…

New honor for famed author, former Elyrian Sherwood Anderson

The late author Sherwood Anderson, who once lived in Elyria, is featured in the latest edition of the (London) Times Literary Supplement after publication of his collected stories by the Library of America. The new recognition for Anderson — author of “Winesburg, Ohio” — pleases staff at the Lorain County Historical Society. It also tickles Read More…