April 26, 2015

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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Valentine’s Ballet set for Friday

Kassandra Lee, an Ohio Dance Theater company member, rehearses in a Ballet IV technique class at New Union Center for the Arts in Oberlin on Feb. 5. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — If you’re looking for something to do Valentine’s weekend, make reservations with the Ohio Dance Theatre. The nonprofit is bringing back its Ballet Uncorked series, which started in the fall. The free event includes three works performed by the Ohio Dance Theatre and guests from Verb Ballets. Verb Ballets, under the direction of Read More…

Boomerangs lead to international journey, competition for Elyria man

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ELYRIA — Never one for so-called traditional sports, Kenny Barr prefers turning tricks on his skateboard or shredding the slopes on his snowboard. So when Barr, 33, of Elyria, attended a father/son breakfast with his dad one Father’s Day and the guest speaker started talking boomerangs, Barr was enthralled. “I hung on every word,” Barr Read More…

Two families brought together by baby girl’s struggles

Rivas family from left: Mateo, 10, Mindy, twins Malinah and Maryssa, Mitch and Makenzie, 11. PHOTO PROVIDED

LORAIN — It’s a story of faith, hope and friendship that spans the state of Ohio, and it all starts in Lorain. Mitch Rivas grew up in Elyria, living there until joining the Marines in 1999. He was discharged in 2004, and the family now lives in Berea, but they attend church at the House Read More…

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…