June 3, 2015


First Step gave woman path out of addiction

It wasn’t so long ago that Tanya Misterka sat in a circle of people she didn’t want to know, in a program she distrusted, fresh out of prison where she gave birth to her second child and received counseling for her drug and alcohol addictions. Behind Misterka’s tough-talking exterior and before her felony conviction, she Read More…

Elyria native has donated platelets 300 times

Becky McClintock, a pheresis specialist at LifeShare in Elyria, prepares to draw blood from Tom Breno, of Strongsville, on the milestone of his 300th platelet donation May 8. To celebrate, Breno brought his friend, Bob Kastner, background, who was making his first donation. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

It’s hard to say how many lives Tom Breno may have saved in the past 14 years. He’s not a doctor or a paramedic. Nor is he a medical researcher or a scientist. But he is a dedicated platelet donor who spends every other Saturday morning at LifeShare Community Blood Services in Elyria, knowing that Read More…

Blood and platelet donors to get special bandages


Give. This four-letter word is the message that will literally stick with blood and platelet donors at LifeShare Community Blood Services next week. Through a partnership with Nexcare, the local blood bank will affix special-edition patriotic “GIVE” bandages to blood donors’ arms from Monday through June 20 in honor of World Blood Donor Day and Read More…

Delicious mission: Local bakers send homemade cookies to troops


The mission of Operation Baking Northern Ohio is simply delicious. Avid bakers from around the state have joined forces, using the power of their collective kitchens to shower local servicemen and servicewomen stationed overseas with care pack­ages filled with homemade cookies and other baked treats. Ohio soldiers stationed in war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq Read More…

Lorain cooks share tips for Cinco de Mayo feast


For those who readily dig into holiday foods, today is a day full of sugar and spice (and perhaps a mouthful of antacids). Just as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish food and beers, it wouldn’t be Cinco de Mayo without a plethora of Mexican fare and margaritas. Cue the tacos, tostadas, tamales, burritos, Read More…

Fired up about fitness: Zumba fans shake, shimmy and sweat


With the pumping sounds of an international nightclub, the gymnasium at Tower Sports & Fitness in Lorain is an exercise hub for those looking for global inspiration to get moving. Dozens of women and a few men, too, come to the former Lorain YMCA building to shimmy, shake and sweat off as many as 500 Read More…

Environmental rock stars: Meet 10 Lorain Countians who’ve gone green


Motivated by lowering their electricity bills, beautifying their neighborhoods or creating access to locally grown foods, many Lorain County residents have become environmental rock stars. In honor of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary Thursday, we’re sharing stories from local people making big differences to benefit the entire planet. Here’s our nod to 10 environmental enthusiasts who Read More…

Local fish fry cooks share their best tips


Golden brown, breaded beauties are religiously served up at Friday fish fries in church halls, restaurants and dining rooms around the county during Lent. But what do you do if you have a taste for yellow perch, tilapia, grouper or salmon on one of the non meat-abstaining days of the week? Could you be lured Read More…

New nourishment: Local group to provide support for adults with eating disorders


ELYRIA — Christina Bizup-Schmidt can’t remember a time when she enjoyed eating. Since she was 6, Bizup-Schmidt has had a dysfunctional relationship with food that led her down anorexia nervosa’s self-destructive path. She was severely restricting her calorie intake, over-exercising and nearly starving herself to an early death. Now 37, well-spoken and self-aware, the North Read More…

Holding on to hope in the face of breast cancer: 4 fighters’ stories


Afraid of the unknown, Wanda Fralick of Grafton clutched the pink-studded hope pin on her first day of chemotherapy. That delicate four-letter word, hope, cherishes a strong desire — life. But she is not alone with her fears. In just this year, 192,369 women and 1,910 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer Read More…