May 28, 2015


Bay Village Presbyterian church offers options for special-needs kids

Mattea Amoah and Kailee Skutt spend time with therapy dog Chloe the Chihuahua.

BAY VILLAGE – Typical peers. Intervention specialists. Inclusion classes. Special needs. These are words parents often hear at school. Many parents know firsthand what they mean because they have children with special needs who are in inclusion classes with typical peers and work with the intervention specialists throughout the day. Other parents hear the words Read More…

Attorney from Lorain proposes law for pet tethering

LORAIN — With the summer months fast approaching, one woman is working to make sure animals in Lorain are kept safe. Attorney Lindsey Zehel is attending Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Ore., where she is working on an advanced degree in animal law. As part of her coursework, the Lorain native has been Read More…

Huff & Puff Fun Obstacle Run set for May 16

AVON LAKE – A 12-foot rope wall. An 8-foot vertical wall. A tire wall. Trenches. No, it’s not boot camp. It is the first Huff & Puff Fun Obstacle Run, and it’s coming soon. Dylan Kadow, 21, a respiratory therapy student with the Bowling Green State University Partnership program at Lorain County Community College, is Read More…

Lorain County dogs have a role in ‘Cleveland Abduction’

OBERLIN – There are more Hollywood stars walking around Lorain County than most know. Sure, they skip movie premieres, don’t don fancy dresses and they walk on four legs, but they are stars nonetheless. Criss Doss, a certified trainer and behaviorist at Club K-9 Training Center at Douds Veterinary Hospital, 12115 Leavitt Road, Oberlin, fulfills Read More…

Lorain woman’s ‘Benny Bears’ helps educate new parents on safe sleep practices

photo courtesy of Amanda Saucedo
Amanda Saucedo with sons, Trae, left, and Ben, shortly after Ben’s birth in October.

LORAIN — Her tragedy may help save countless lives. At least, that is what Amanda Saucedo hopes as she launches Benny Bears, a nonprofit organization aimed at educating parents on safe sleep practices for babies. Saucedo’s son, Ben, died Nov. 19. “I fell asleep in bed when I was nursing him,” she said. “When I Read More…

Elyria boy’s pup not just a pet

A new service dog arrived today for an Elyria boy with diabetes. Brennen Rivera, 6 gets some love from his well trained new friend Taffy. The dog bonded with him right away. The dog has been training with Brennen's saliva for the last 6 months, so the dog instantly connected the scent with the child. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — He didn’t quite know what to do when Taffy walked into school. Brennen Rivera, a first-grader at McKinley Elementary School, was certain this was his new dog that he had been waiting months for — the dog he had asked Santa for. “I was excited,” Brennen said later that day. “I knew it Read More…

College student starts up painting business

ELYRIA – With spring fast approaching, you might find some college kid on your front door step, asking if he can come back this summer to paint your house. Chances are that kid is Chris Clark, a 2013 graduate of Elyria Catholic High School, and a student at Miami University. Clark is working for Young Read More…

Cinderella’s Closet helps girls go to prom with free dresses, shoes, bags

Shelby Plas, left, shops for a dress at Cinderella's Closet.

Every girl going to the ball can use a little help from her Fairy Godmother from time to time. In this case, the Fairy Godmother’s name is Annette Ferrell, and she’s the director of Cinderella’s Closet Northeastern Ohio. For five years, Ferrell and her team of volunteers have been making dreams come true helping girls Read More…

Parishioner, artist turns glass from razed Lorain church into keepsakes


LORAIN – The parishioners watched, knowing there was nothing they could do. Fire was tearing through the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lorain, and firefighters needed to control the blaze. They broke through the stained glass windows in the front of the church, and Sharon Kopronica felt as if her heart was breaking. She had Read More…

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count


ELYRIA — Too cold to go outside, but looking for something outdoorsy to do? Perhaps the Great Backyard Bird Count will work. The 18th annual count takes place today through Monday. And anyone can do it — even if you stay inside the comfort of your own home. “It is something fun do,” said Cathy Read More…