October 1, 2014

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Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools revive homecoming bonfire tradition

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SHEFFIELD — It had been a couple of decades since the Cardinal Community Bonfire was held before homecoming, but members of the teachers’ union revived the old tradition. Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools rekindled the event Monday, which included a presentation by the district’s sports teams before lighting the fire at Volunteer Field. Andrew Smith, president of Read More…

Avon Lake businesses closed, day care evacuated after gas leak

Infants from The Next Generation Child Development Center are loaded onto a bus for a return trip to the center after being evacuated after an early morning gas leak caused by a construction crew. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE – The Fire Department said The Landings are open again and a gas leak has been stopped, but crews are still doing some work on a gas line that was hit earlier. Businesses at The Landings were closed Thursday morning after crews from Don Moulds Plantation, who were digging for a power line Read More…

Avon Lake Council considers pay raises for city workers

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AVON LAKE — City Council is considering an ordinance that will give 2 percent raises to the city’s non-bargaining unit employees. Council heard a first reading of the ordinance earlier this week which, if passed, will provide raises to the police chief and secretary, fire chief and secretary, clerk of council and public works, recreation Read More…

North Ridgeville Police help skunk out of stinky situation

In this screen capture from video, two North Ridgeville Police officers attempt to remove a cup from a skunk's head at North Ridgeville High School on Wednesday morning.  COURTESY

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – It’s not clear if the little guy arrived a week late for the Skunkfest, but one thing is clear – he was trapped and in need of some help. A skunk with its head stuck in a Styrofoam cup was wandering around on the track of the North RidgevilleMiddle School this morning Read More…

Northeast Ohio residents turn eyes to NEXUS pipeline proposal

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GRAFTON TWP. — Residents in Medina County are outspoken in their resistance to the proposed NEXUS gas transmission pipeline cutting across their properties. The project’s lead developers, Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. and Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., sent homeowners letters in late August seeking permission to survey for rights-of-way, but people have started questioning the project. Read More…

Avon to add right-turn lane to access I-90 from Route 83

AVON — Drivers attempting to enter Interstate 90 westbound from Chester Road and state Route 83 often encounter long lines of stopped vehicles. City officials hope a turn lane will help. City Council recently approved seeking bids for a right-turn lane on the southbound side of state Route 83 for access to I-90 west. Entrance Read More…

Potential for bat habitat dictates tree removal at North Ridgeville stadium site

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Architects for the school district’s new $58 million middle school and stadium had to make sure no bats live on the land where the school will be built. ThenDesign Architecture, the lead architects on the project, hired Cardon ATC to perform a wetland delineation and endangered species assessment because an endangered species Read More…

Avon Lake reorganizing firefighters

AVON LAKE — The city is one step closer to implementing a structural reorganization of the fire department. City Council heard first readings Monday night of several ordinances that would create the positions of captain and assistant fire chief. According to Fire Chief Chris Huerner, the department has eight lieutenants and 19 firefighters, but no Read More…

Sheffield elementary schools to implement structured recess program

Anthony Robinson, a second-grader at Tennyson Elementary in Sheffield Lake, plays kickball during recess Wednesday.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD — Parents may have been on to something back in the Atari and Nintendo days when they preached that video games would be the downfall of students everywhere. Kristin Blakeslee, a teacher and recess monitor at Tennyson Elementary School, says many children no longer play the classic recess games those in older generations enjoyed. Read More…

Avon boy donates thousands of boxes of mac and cheese to Second Harvest

Liam McCarthy, of Avon, has collected more than 2,014 boxes of macaroni and cheese for Second Harvest Food Bank.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — This is a cheesy story with the best of intentions. Liam McCarthy, 11, has surpassed his goal of collecting 2,014 boxes of macaroni and cheese for the Second Harvest Food Bank, garnering 2,054 boxes so far. Liam, a student at Avon Heritage North, has collected donations for the food bank for the past Read More…