April 17, 2014

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Ground broken at site of Wellington Middle School

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WELLINGTON — Laying the groundwork to build a new middle school and auditorium was largely the work of the community, so it’s no surprise that they would turn out for the ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday. Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, who was invited to speak at the event, said he was surprised by the outpouring Read More…

Investigation into air quality at JVS lab noted need for improvements

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PITTSFIELD TWP. — An investigation of the air quality in Lorain County Joint Vocational School’s carpentry lab led to several suggestions by the company hired to examine it, but carpentry instructor Ron Gresco said several of the suggestions were ignored. The school did discontinue the use of blowing equipment in the lab, create a timeline Read More…

Oberlin officials look back with pride, forward with optimism

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OBERLIN — The city of Oberlin won’t be resting on its laurels in the coming year. Rather, City Council has sketched out an aggressive, wide-ranging plan to improve the city that includes addressing safety, economic development and tourism, creating sustainable practices and partnerships, upgrading infrastructure, creating a model for social justice and race relations and Read More…

Oberlin considered as potential host for National Folk Festival

OBERLIN — The National Council for the Traditional Arts is eyeing the city as a potential location to host the 2015-17 National Folk Festival. Two representatives of NCTA toured the city Thursday, stopping at the State of the City address. NCTA Executive Director Julia Olin said she has been visiting various locations but declined to Read More…

Lorain County Children Services board makes offer to head of Allen County department

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Children Services Board is in negotiations with a candidate for the agency’s executive director position. The position has been offered to Scott Ferris, who is executive director at Allen County Children Services in Lima. LCCS board chairman Bill Harper met with Ferris during a two-hour executive session Wednesday, but Ferris Read More…

Zip line nearly ready to fly across Vermilion River Valley

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HENRIETTA TWP. — A builder with S.T.E.P.S. Inc. spent an afternoon in the treetops, testing out a zip line canopy course that is set to open at Common Ground in June. From about 100 feet above the ground, the builder, Adam McIntyre, propelled across a portion of the Vermilion River Valley, ending near Baird Road. Read More…

Lorain County charities partner to provide financial assistance

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ELYRIA — When a financial crisis threatens to topple a struggling family, the United Way of Greater Lorain County and a group of partner agencies often provide help. The United Community Assistance Network, which is expected to launch later this month, consists of 10 partner organizations that will provide year-round access to emergency financial assistance Read More…

United Way raises $3 million in record-breaking fundraising effort

ELYRIA — The United Way of Greater Lorain County reached a record-breaking fundraising milestone, which was announced Tuesday. The organization raised $3.051 million, the highest single-year total in 11 years and marking a 6 percent increase over last year’s campaign. Raising the most money was PolyOne Corp., which became the first company in the 97-year Read More…

Oberlin College joins April Fools’ Day fun

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OBERLIN – Oberlin College’s creative web team had a bit of fun with the college’s website, in the name of April Fools’ Day. At midnight Tuesday, alien spaceships and various animals made their way to the college’s homepage. The doodles, constructed by Oberlin College’s web and graphic design team, were a way to celebrate the Read More…

Former students Skype call retired sixth-grade teacher

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ELYRIA — There are some one-of-a-kind teachers, whose teaching goes beyond the classroom, inspiring the lives that they touch. For six former Cascade Elementary students, Fred Visci was that teacher. Forty years after they left Visci’s sixth-grade class, the group couldn’t help but remember their favorite teacher and wonder what happened to him after his Read More…