April 1, 2015

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Meat from Avon Lake deer culling donated to regional food bank

David Wiedenheft, food resource coordinator for Second Harvest Food Bank in Lorain, opens one of the boxes containing a total of 338 lbs of venison that was delivered to the Lorain food bank after a recent deer cull in Avon Lake. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — The city’s recent culling efforts have resulted in the donation of more than 600 pounds of venison to a local food bank. Mayor Greg Zilka said the U.S. Animal Plant Health Inspection Wildlife Services, which the city entered into a $15,960 contract with to cull deer at Weiss Field using sharpshooters, are Read More…

Republic Steel to idle workers

LORAIN – Another round of layoffs is expected for Republic Steel starting March 29. Initially, the number was pegged at as many as 200, but United Steel Workers Local 1104 president Tom McDermott said as the day went on, company officials told him the number likely would be less. The layoffs come on the heels Read More…

All of the above: Avon senior gets accepted to three service academies

Avon High School senior Hope Balser was accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — Getting accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Academy or the U.S. Air Force Academy is no small feat. But Avon High School senior Hope Balser hit the trifecta: the 17-year-old was recently accepted into all three. She’s narrowed her choices down to West Point or the Read More…

Sheffield school board cuts staff, hours to close budget gap

SHEFFIELD — The Board of Education approved Monday two resolutions abolishing 10 teaching positions and reducing the hours of 17 support staffers, including multiple educational aides. The positions are the first board approvals of a series of reductions, first announced in January, which aims to save Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools $1.7 million in an effort to Read More…

Family shares memories of missing son found dead

LORAIN – About 50 friends, family and members of the community who searched for Aaron Zimmerman gathered Saturday at Day’s Dam to remember a person described as a gentle soul. Zimmerman, who had been missing since November, was found dead Thursday in the woods by a man walking near Chelsea Drive and Packard Avenue. Those Read More…

Adoptees decide whether to seek opened records

Adoption might leave those who were adopted and those who put a child up for adoption with lingering questions about the reasons it was necessary. But for a 32-year period in Ohio those seeking records about adoptions often hit brick walls in the quest for information. Those adopted between 1964 and 1996 were unable to Read More…

Columbia Gas donates 26 Easter baskets

ELYRIA – Children in need will get a special Easter present thanks to Columbia Gas. Employees of the utility surprised case workers at Lorain County Children Services on Friday morning by delivering 26 Easter baskets and three dozen candy bags with toys to the Middle Avenue offices. Patti Jo Burtnett, LCCS public relations manager, said Read More…

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake representatives testify before state legislature

SHEFFIELD — A Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools Board of Education member, teacher and group of students went to Columbus on Wednesday to testify about a proposed state budget that will negatively impact the district if passed. The already cash-strapped district relies heavily on support from local taxpayers. But district officials say the proposed budget under House Read More…

Meijer in talks for Avon location on Nagel Road

AVON — Rumors that Giant Eagle planned to move from Avon Lake to land on Nagel Road have officially been debunked: Another large-scale grocery store has announced plans for the area. Avon Planning Director Jim Piazza said Thursday that Michigan-based Meijer intends to build a 192,900-square-foot grocery and retail store on 23 acres on the Read More…

North Ridgeville police combing through tips in Tyburski death

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police said Wednesday they have received a large number of tips and possible leads in the death of Rachele Tyburski, whose body was discovered in a semi-secluded area over the weekend. “We’ve gotten a very large response from the public,” police Lt. Detective Pat West said. West, the lead investigator in the Read More…