May 29, 2015

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Veteran, Oberlin native, reflects on fallen soldiers

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Seven months ago, Oberlin native Stanton Chambers returned home from a deployment in Afghanistan. He came back to his family — both blood and blue — with a new rank to add to his years of service – colonel — which serves as a highlight for the 46-year-old Marine’s many years of military service. And, Read More…

Bendix workers pitch in on Medina County Habitat house

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ELYRIA — Andy Phillips watched like a hawk as each partially constructed wall of his new home was loaded on a truck outside Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems in Elyria for the short ride to his soon-to-be Brunswick address. “Why is that wall out?” Phillips called to a team of Bendix volunteers Friday afternoon who helped Read More…

Elyria school board adds new member

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ELYRIA — An Elyria Rotary Club member and retired engineer from the Ridge Tool Co. was tapped Wednesday to be an Elyria school board member. Jim Backs, the father of two Elyria High School graduates and husband of a Prospect Elementary School teacher, was nominated by board member Annie Croft to fill the vacant seat Read More…

Elyria Schools budget on target for 5 years

ELYRIA — A promise by school officials not to seek new operating revenue from taxpayers until at least 2019 seems to be holding up, according to district Treasurer Katie Henes, who Wednesday delivered the district’s five-year forecast. Six months ago, when school officials were in the midst of teacher contract negotiations, they were adamant they Read More…

Elyria schools go #ALLIN too

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LeBron James’ tenure in Cleveland sparked more than a few iconic Nike ads. The “Together” one – a single word juxtaposed against a background of hundreds of fans who vowed from the tip-off to be “all in,” unveiled on his first game back in October – stood out among all of them. Well, the teachers, Read More…

Same spot, new gallery in Elyria

The old Brandau Jewelers at 336 Broad St. in Elyria, which was an art gallery, will see Elyria Art Works move in. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Local artists can’t paint themselves a better Elyria on canvas, but they are hoping Elyria residents want to add a little artwork to their lives. When the Lorain Arts Council closed the Elyria Art Depot earlier this year, many wondered if a public art gallery would return to downtown Elyria. The answer is yes. In Read More…

Finding a path to success: Discussions begin for My Brother’s Keeper

Frank Whitfield readily admits he doesn’t know what the My Brother’s Keeper initiative will look like for Elyria. “The biggest fear I had in bringing this to the forefront is there was no outcome in mind,” said the president and CEO of the Lorain County Urban League. “We cannot think out of this we will Read More…

Elyria, Lorain educators and leaders study methods to improve

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Jeanine Donaldson, left,  executive director of Elyria YWCA; Erica Lasion, of Elyria Catholic Charities; Jason Williams, founder of Get With the Program; and Tony Richardson, of Nord Family Foundation,  listen as John Zitzner, president of Friends of Breakthrough Schools, describe a student workbook, at E Prep Cliffs Campus in Cleveland on May 9.

It was an eclectic mix of people who boarded a passenger van on a recent Friday morning at the Elyria YWCA. The community members, educators and leaders all headed to the east side of Cleveland with one goal in mind: to see what successes can be gleaned from other schools educating children of color that Read More…

School leaders hold summit

ELYRIA — The 16 superintendents of the Lorain County public education system convened Thursday with local business leaders to discuss three topics affecting education so much that a countywide summit was seen as the only way to tackle them. Issues of local control, testing and charter schools rise to the top for the county’s school Read More…

Sandy Hook parent speaks

Mark Barden spoke at Lorain County Community College on Thursday, May 14, 2015. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — “Every gun-related death is a preventable death.” Mark Barden, a grief-stricken father and husband thrust into a new life by way of a disastrous mass shooting, knows that for some that can be a politically charged statement worthy of lengthy debate. There are those who want every firearm rounded up, melted down and Read More…