September 15, 2014


Elyria Schools, Stocker officials preview Franklin changes

Patricia O'Brien, Executive Director Stocker Foundation, Ann Schloss, Director of Academic Services, Brenda Norton, Board President of Stocker Foundation look over the new technology in the renovated preschool classroom at Franklin Elementary School in Elyria. CHRONICLE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Long before the Stocker Foundation cut a check to Elyria Schools for $1.25 million for a new preschool and technology program at Franklin Elementary School, the countywide foundation saw promise in other district initiatives and funded them accordingly. First, it was Wilson Fundations, a brain-based, multi-sensory early literacy program. Students across the district Read More…

Elyria Schools alumni interested in renovating Ely Stadium


ELYRIA — While Elyria Schools is getting a new $75,000 scoreboard for Ely Stadium, the addition has reinvigorated talks of improving the aging stadium. School board member Mike Gebhardt told fellow board members Wednesday that he has been approached by a group of community leaders who are interested in leading a fundraising charge to replace Read More…

Elyria students lose the pink cookie


ELYRIA — Students no longer will eat the traditional Elyria pink cookie — the soft, buttery-sweet confection found only in school cafeterias across the city. The federal government saw to that. Its edict calling for school districts to provide more fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains to students along with fewer calories, fat Read More…

Invacare lays off 60 in Elyria

Invacare in Elyria on Wednesday announced layoffs. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — One of Elyria’s largest manufacturers again is cutting its workforce. Invacare Corp. announced Wednesday a layoff of 150 associates and 40 temporary workers from facilities in North America and Asia. The effect on the Elyria-North Ridgeville campus is 60 associates, said Lara Mahoney, company spokeswoman. “We have been under significant financial pressure, as Read More…

Lorain County Fairgrounds morph into satellite site for restaurateurs

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WELLINGTON — For 52 weeks a year, local restaurateurs serve up beloved dishes in the same spot they have called home for years. But when the Lorain County Fair is open, many find it the perfect time to take their shows on the road. Among the food vendors this week are local favorites like Midway Read More…

Family’s Lorain County Fair tradition culminates in Clair Hill award

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WELLINGTON — Hazel Pitts slowly walked up to the stage in front of the Lorain County Fair Board office at the Lorain County Fairgrounds and gently grabbed the box wrapped with green paper and a gold bow. Inside was a special gift from Elyria’s Vandemark Jewelers for Pitts, who was named this year’s Clair Hill Read More…

Ben Klier, Michaela Price named Lorain County Junior Fair royalty

Ben Klier and Michaela Price were crowned Junior Fair King and Queen on Monday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Beneath her long purple gown, Michaela Price had on the perfect pair of shoes to showcase her style. A dark blue pair of cowgirl boots. After all, the Lorain County Fair stops for no one. Not even for the 2014 Lorain County Junior Fair queen — Price, 18, of Wellington Township, was crowned Read More…

Defective materials, craftsmanship necessitate work on Elyria High roof

ELYRIA — Roof work on the less-than-5-year-old Elyria High School will continue for at least another two months as crews work to repair defective construction from the initial building project. Elyria Schools has had problems with the roof on the school as well as the former roofing contractor hired to complete the job. In 2010, Read More…

Northwood’s new principal takes charge, teases brains


ELYRIA — Michael Basinski is not trying to stump you. But quick — can you name the three non-presidents on U.S. currency? Or all four U.S. states that start with the word ‘New’ and all of the eight states that start with the letter M? He doesn’t want you to cheat. Google counts. No, this Read More…

Prospect Elementary School welcomes new principal


Jessica Barwacz, 33, of Broadview Heights, is the new principal at Prospect Elementary School. This is her third year in Elyria Schools. Previously, she was assistant principal at Franklin Elementary for two years. In addition, she taught special needs students in North Ridgeville for eight years. Barwacz has a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State Read More…