April 19, 2014

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Oberlin student to display talents at concert series

ELYRIA —If you’re still having trouble finding that holiday spirit, the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Elyria may be able to help. The church is hosting an Advent Organ Concert Series today to showcase its historic pipe organ, and to evoke some Christmas cheer. Donald M. VerKuilen, minister of music and organist at Read More…

Shops popping up in downtown Lorain for holidays

Dan Metelsky of Amherst sets up his “Alternative Christmas Display” at 936 Broadway in Lorain on Thursday. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

ORAIN — City sidewalk … Vacant store fronts in historic downtown Lorain are being transformed this holiday season to offer a wide variety of one-of-a-kind gifts. Busy sidewalks … This first-year program is an initiative of the Community Development Department to bring shoppers downtown for the holidays and hopefully year-round. Dressed in holiday style … Read More…

Local groups participating in America Recycles Day

ELYRIA — To celebrate America Recycles Day, the Lorain County Solid Waste District is working with Lorain County Habitat for Humanity to not only reduce waste, but to help others. The unlikely pair is partnering to collect construction materials, household appliances and other home rehab items to sell in Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. Proceeds from Read More…

Weather complicates St. Anthony’s renovation plan

LORAIN — Changes at St. Anthony of Padua and St. Anthony School were planned and unplanned. The church at 1305 E. Erie Ave. was having its bell tower removed when fierce winds from superstorm Sandy ripped the roof off the nearby school at 1339 E. Erie Ave. on Oct. 30. The Rev. Richard Hudak, St. Read More…

Students offer their services in exchange for donations

ELYRIA — No candy bars or coupon books or pies to buy — this school fundraiser is something different. The 116 students of First Baptist Christian School in Elyria are selling goodwill, and the buyers are giving some as well. Students are asking for donations to benefit the school. In exchange, they will participate in Read More…

Former apple queen to compete on HGTV design show

Kendra Cato, Apple Queen turned journalist turned interior designer, tackled the Hershey’s challenge on HGTV’s “The White Room Challenge”

ELYRIA — It drives her crazy when her mom tells people she was the 1999 Apple Festival Queen. “Mom, I’m 30,” Kendra Cato said. “Quit telling people that.” Perhaps after Cato’s upcoming appearance on HGTV’s “The White Room Challenge,” she will. Cato, a 1999 Elyria High School graduate, is appearing on the show Friday to Read More…

Mother creates ‘Day of Healing’ in daughter’s honor

ELYRIA — Last September, her 29-year-old daughter passed away after struggling with eating disorders for most of her life. Today, Gail Stumphauzer has organized the first Women’s Day of Healing in her honor. The daylong event at Lorain County Community College will offer inspirational and practical tools for women and girls to help them realize, Read More…

Model train show rolling into Lorain

LORAIN — The Norwalk & Western Model Railroad Train Show is rolling into Lorain this weekend. The show is an opportunity for railroad enthusiasts young and old to exchange ideas, view railroad paraphernalia, and experience some of the most detailed model railroad layouts around. This is the first train show of this kind in Lorain Read More…

Africa trip a challenging spiritual journey for local rabbi

ELYRIA — Social justice always has been an important cause for Rabbi Lauren Werber of the Temple B’Nai Abraham in Elyria, but after spending 10 days volunteering in the village of Sankor in Ghana this summer, the spiritual leader is coming to terms with what it means. “A quote of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel came Read More…

Local 9/11 candlelight vigil to be held

“Where were you when the world stopped turning?” Bobbie Sears was at work as a switchboard operator at EMH Medical Center in Elyria. Her husband called her in her little room that morning and told her she had to get to a TV. When she did, she couldn’t believe the images she saw. Even today, Read More…