July 23, 2014

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Lorain County Toys for Tots in need of donations

Tots for Tots campaign in Elyria Nov. 25.  Steve Manheim

ELYRIA — After several years of partnering with neighboring Cuyahoga County, Toys for Tots of Lorain County is on its own. And Christy Howard needs your help. Howard, who is the Lorain County coordinator, has 400 families to provide for this year. That’s 800 children in need of a Christmas. And there is a waiting Read More…

Black River Stamp Club to host annual show Saturday

Stamps from Warren Dolata's collection on Nov. 20.  Steve Manheim

ELYRIA — Philatelist, cover collector, cancellations — this club has a secret language, and its members are more than willing to let you in on the secret. A philatelist is a stamp collector. There are 80 of them in the Black River Stamp Club. North Ridgeville resident Warren Dolata, a chef at Wesleyan Village in Read More…

Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award goes to ‘Goode’ Elyrian

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ELYRIA – Leadership and community service — it’s what the Boy Scouts of America stand for. And it’s what the Heart of Ohio Council, Boy Scouts of America, looks for when selecting the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award. “The award is given to people who contribute vitality to Lorain County,” said Jerry Skully, resource Read More…

70 years later, man receives Lorain High School diploma

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LORAIN — Nine dollars. That’s what prevented Leonard Puma from graduating high school. “I couldn’t stand to be embarrassed at graduation with those guys because I didn’t have the money for a suit,” Puma said. “And I didn’t want to bother my mother for a $9 suit.” These were the days when Puma’s mother would Read More…

Elyria Hospitality Center celebrates silver anniversary

Dave Anderson, a volunteer,  of Elyria, stock the shelves at Elyria Hospitality Center on Third St. July 25.  The center is celebrating it's 25th anniversary.  Steve Manheim

ELYRIA — Many people don’t even know it’s there, nestled between office buildings in downtown Elyria. For those who do, it has been a grocery store when bellies were empty, a clothing store when shoes needed replaced and a means to sustain a family when there is nowhere else to turn. This year, the Elyria Read More…

Shower of birthday cards is making soon-to-be 4-year-old boy’s month

Cancer survivor Gabe Rooker loves getting birthday cards, from all over the country.

AMHERST — Every day is Gabe Rooker’s birthday — at least for the month of June. Gabe, who will officially turn 4 on June 30, is celebrating this year with a card party. The Amherst boy, who was diagnosed with cancer shortly after his third birthday, can’t have a traditional birthday party with lots of Read More…

Lorain theater hosting ‘Honor Flight’ showings

LORAIN — He served his country nearly 70 years ago. It was his duty and he did it. It changed his life. But Avon resident George Bliss, 88, didn’t know it still mattered to other people until he boarded Honor Flight. “Walking down the walkways, people applauded and cheered,” he recalled of his trip four Read More…

Olmsted Falls student makes final ‘Jeopardy’ appearance tonight

OLMSTED FALLS — He may be behind after Thursday night’s episode of “Jeopardy,” but don’t count out the hometown favorite just yet. Jim Coury, a sophomore at Georgetown University, has been down before and come back strong. He will appear for the second time on the Jeopardy College Tournament tonight. The scores from Thursday and Read More…

Olmsted Falls man still alive in College Jeopardy tourney

OLMSTED FALLS — It’s not often that you root for someone you may compete against, but that’s exactly what Jim Coury did, until he found himself buzzer-to-buzzer against an old rival. During his second appearance on the Jeopardy College Tournament on Wednesday night, Coury squared off against Solon resident Nishanth Vli, a student at Washington Read More…

Olmsted Falls man gets off to slow start on ‘Jeopardy’

OLMSTED FALLS — Answer: This character, said to represent Shakespeare’s philosophy, has a name that means “fortunate” in Latin. Question: Who is Jim Coury? That is correct. (Well, technically, the question is “Who is Prospero,” but the other contestants on the Jeopardy College Tournament on Tuesday night, might disagree.) Coury, a sophomore at Georgetown University Read More…