January 25, 2015


Former clown gets wish to be on stage one more time

Ronald Shobert, middle, sits with his son, Ronald Shobert, and his wife, Oral Shobert, at Kingston of Vermilion for the elder Shobert’s “Gift of a Day.” SUBMITTED PHOTO

VERMILION — A man who has dedicated his life to giving received the perfect gift. Ronald Shobert, of Vermilion, 86, suffers from dementia and is a resident at Kingston of Vermilion. He performed as a clown at children’s hospitals for 56 years, volunteering his time in return for smiles. While watching a clown perform at Read More…

Parents raise funds for baby’s tough journey

Sophia Hicks suffers from the neurological disorder Dandy Walker Syndrome. PHOTO PROVIDED

ELYRIA — Megan and Joe met in 2008 through mutual friends. Two years later, they became Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hicks and decided to start a family right away. After two miscarriages, Megan became pregnant with Sophia. “We were over the moon after we heard the heartbeat,” Megan Hicks said. Her pregnancy progressed without incident Read More…

Architecture student projects reimagine Sandusky

Jordan Fitzgerald, a 2010 Midview High graduate, reimagined a building on Water and Hancock streets for his Kent State University architecture project. COURTESY JOE FERUT / KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Students don’t always have the opportunity to apply what they learn to the real world. But the students in the Kent State University architecture program recently had the opportunity to do just that. As their senior project, students, including a Lorain County resident, were tasked to re-envision Sandusky. For the project, students took a trip Read More…

First Baptist Church’s 14th annual musicale set for this weekend


ELYRIA — It’s one of the biggest Christmas performances of the year, and it’s happening this weekend. For the 14th year, First Baptist Church in Elyria is putting on a Christmas musicale. The event is expected to bring in 1,000 people per night over the three-night run. “It’s different every year,” said Dan Parker, worship Read More…

Family aims to raise money for Diabetic Alert Dog for 6-year-old boy


ELYRIA — His Christmas wish is typical for a 6-year-old boy. Brennen Rivera, a first-grader at McKinley Elementary School, wants a dog. But he doesn’t want just any dog. Brennen, who was diagnosed with diabetes at 2½ years old, wants a very specific dog — a diabetes alert dog. Her name is Taffy, and she Read More…

Agencies organize Be a Santa to a Senior program

Joann Holdeman of LeHoty’s Hallmark in North Ridgeville, places ornaments on a tree so that people can “Be a Santa to a Senior.” STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family. Often that means visits over dinner, shopping trips or family outings. For some senior citizens, those things don’t happen, which is why Home Instead Senior Care brings together area nonprofits, retailers, volunteers and members of the community to provide gifts and companionship Read More…

Women seeking deployed soldiers to receive care packages


ELYRIA — They are looking for a few good men and women. Specifically, Dorothy Patay and Helen Karam are looking for the names and addresses of deployed soldiers to send care packages. Patay started Boxes from Home in 2010 after her husband, Ernest Patay, a Marine, died. A member of the Altar & Rosary Society Read More…

Churches collect shoeboxes full of Christmas cheer for needy children

A child receives a shoebox of gifts in the Philippines. PHOTO PROVIDED

ELYRIA — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for children across Lorain County. Snow is flying. Toy catalogs have gone out. And stores are busy stocking the shelves. But for some children around the world, Christmas will come and go, and they won’t receive anything Christmas morning. Others will, thanks to the efforts Read More…

Hungarian choir groups bring tour to Lorain

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LORAIN — Before the Lajos Vass Hungarian Teachers’ Choir from Slovakia and the Csallo Folk Ensemble wrap up their first American tour, the musicians will make a stop in Lorain. The choir, founded in 1964, actively tours in Hungary, Slovakia and other parts of Europe, performing classical Hungarian music, as well as international and American Read More…

Voter’s guide goes digital

OBERLIN — Wouldn’t it be great if you could just type in your address somewhere and poof — all of the information you need to vote would be right there? No more searching through countless websites, looking up issues and candidates. No more going to your polling place and forgetting all of the information you Read More…