October 31, 2014

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Schedule: Woollybear Festival returns for 42nd year

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VERMILION — Time to bear down again. Caterpillars crawl, bands march, musicians play and Dick Goddard prognosticates at Sunday’s 42nd annual Woollybear Festival. The event is premised on the thickness of the coat of a wooly bear — a caterpillar with wooly hairs — predicting the weather for the upcoming winter. Goddard, festival founder and Read More…

Lorain OKs seeking tax credits for hotel renovation

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LORAIN — Conversion of the blighted former Spitzer Plaza hotel received support from City Council members Monday. Council voted to support Lorain Building Investors LLC applying to the Ohio Development Services Agency for $1.9 million in historic tax credits for the former hotel. The 69-room hotel, also known as the Broadway Building, was placed on the Read More…

Lorain proposes vacant house registry

LORAIN — When the 60 people at Monday’s Building and Lands Committee were asked if they lived near a vacant or foreclosed home, nearly every hand was raised. There were nearly 1,500 vacant houses last year among the roughly 24,000 in Lorain, said Leon Mason, Building, Housing and Planning Department director. They comprise about 6 Read More…

Lorain police find children in appalling conditions

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LORAIN — Two young brothers were found in what police said were appalling conditions when officers responded to a domestic dispute in the 1500 block of East 29th Street at 10:28 p.m. Friday. A 7-month-old boy was found in a diaper filled with excrement and caked on his back, police said in a report. His 2-year-old Read More…

Elyria Apple Festival gets good reviews from vendors

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ELYRIA — Apple dumpling vendor Mike Rutana said Springfield-based Rutana Concessions attends about 80 festivals annually in Ohio, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, but he didn’t know what to expect during his first time at the 34th annual Elyria Apple Festival. Rutana said Sunday that he plans to return due to brisk business and attentive Read More…

Lorain City Council to discuss blight ordinance

LORAIN — Most vacant, blighted homes in Lorain are in foreclosure. City officials say banks and foreclosure holding companies need to do a better job taking care of them. A proposed vacant property registry to be discussed by the City Council’s Building and Lands Committee about 6 p.m. today is designed to increase accountability. Among Read More…

Lorain, Elyria landlord dies at 51

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LORAIN — George Schneider, a landlord with long-running disputes with Elyria and Lorain officials over the blighted condition of his properties, was found dead in his home Friday. The 51-year-old Schneider died of a heart attack, said Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans. There are 165 Schneider properties on the Lorain County auditor’s website. However, Safety/Service Director Read More…

Elyria High student crowned Apple Festival Queen

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ELYRIA — Madison Lambert said Saturday’s 34th annual Elyria Apple Festival Princess Pageant was stressful, but she has no regrets. “My knees shook the majority of it, but it was an amazing experience,” said the Elyria High School junior who was named 2014 Elyria Apple Queen. “(Even) if I didn’t win, I’d do it again.” Read More…

Driver who hit deputy driving a Prius

EATON TWP. — Police on Saturday continued to search for the driver who struck a Lorain County Sheriff’s Office deputy Wednesday. The driver is described as an older white woman wearing eyeglasses with dark frames. She was driving a light to medium-colored Toyota Prius, according to a Saturday news release from Sgt. Tim Hoffman, Ohio Read More…

Popular concert series coming to Lorain

LORAIN — For those about to rock, head to Black River Landing in May. The venue is the new host of the Rockin’ on the River concert series, which runs from Memorial Day through September. About 18 concerts are planned, said promoter Bob Earley, of Falls River Concerts. Thirteen will involve bands covering acts popular Read More…