November 30, 2015


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…

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


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…

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…