April 17, 2015

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Portions of Cascade Park to reopen

Lorain County Metro Parks employees, from left, Rick Fender, maintenance; Mike Goodrich, park manager; and Eddie Quarick, assistant manager, work Tuesday in Cascade Park. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

The revamping of Cascade Park is turning the historic park into a cleaner, safer version of the park Elyria residents have long loved. It’s been three months since the park has been under the control of the Lorain County Metro Parks, which inked a 50-year operations agreement with the city in 2014. In that time, Read More…

Urban League returns to downtown Elyria

Frank Whitfield, president of Loran County Urban League, poses in the new office on Middle Avenue on Tuesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Urban League is embracing the notion that it’s OK to come home again. After a short run in the FirstMerit Building near Midway Mall, the group is returning to downtown Elyria. Boxes still line the halls in the space at 200 Middle Ave., next to Talmer Bank and Trust, but Read More…

Nonprofits criticize Elyria’s allocation plans for grants

ELYRIA — It was a funding fight for nonprofit organizations Monday night with City Council members and agency leaders joining forces to push back from a proposed budget that heavily favored city recreation programs. During a public hearing to determine how the city would spend its 2015 cut of Community Development Block Grants, Councilman Marcus Read More…

Elyria board to meet Wednesday to discuss next steps

ELYRIA — Direction from the Elyria school board about where the district’s superintendent search is going next will come Wednesday at a public board meeting. On Monday, board members met privately with Steve Horton, a consultant with the Ohio School Boards Association, to discuss future options. Members emerged from the meeting with a plan to Read More…

Summer fishing at Rowland Nature Preserve lake will require license

An agreement between the state and Elyria Township will ensure that the Rowland Nature Preserve on Murray Ridge Road will remain public land. CHRONICLE FILE

ELYRIA TWP. — A new agreement between the township and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will require that anglers have a fishing license at the Rowland Nature Preserve lake, but the accord will guarantee that the township-owned lake stays public. The 10-year deal was inked in July, but with the fishing season quickly approaching, Read More…

EHS students win national art awards

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Noah Katrinchak and Caleb Arnold, Elyria High School students, with their award-winning art.

Art is its own reward. Last summer, Noah Katrinchak was walking along the streets of North Myrtle Beach with his sister just after sunrise taking photos when he turned around and took a picture of a quiet, empty street bathed in the fresh morning sun. From that image, he painted a piece of artwork that Read More…

Hill leaving Firelands to become Springfield superintendent

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Firelands Schools’ loss is Springfield Schools’ gain. Firelands Superintendent Bob Hill was named Thursday as the new superintendent of the district located near Dayton. He has signed a four-year contract with a base salary of $152,500. Hill will replace Springfield’s current superintendent, who is set to retire. In his new role, Hill will oversee a Read More…

Lights out in Elyria as Middle Avenue construction continues

Lights are out on Middle Avenue in Elyria on Friday as construction continues. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The residents on the south side of Elyria are literally in the dark as a result of the Middle Avenue reconstruction project. The first phase of the project is starting up and, as a result, the street lights are going out. In their place, the city is putting up six portable light trailers to illuminate Read More…

Goggin to stay in Midview through 2021

GRAFTON — Midview Schools will keep Scott Goggin on as superintendent for another five years. The Midview school board unanimously voted to approve a new five-year contract for Goggin, effective Aug. 1, 2016, to July 31, 2021, during a meeting Thursday. Goggin has been at Midview for 13 years, not all as superintendent. “I love being Read More…

Elyria churches plan merger

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ELYRIA — The congregations of three United Church of Christ churches are embracing what it means to step out in faith with a planned consolidation and rebranding as the new Community of Faith United Church of Christ. The goal is simple — to take the best of what’s offered at Lake Avenue United Church of Read More…