April 18, 2014


Leadership Lorain County honors difference makers

Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Leadership recipient, Brian Frederick; Excellence in Leadership award recipient Claudia Jones; Excellence in Leadership award recipients Sue Bowers, Marcia Miller, Nancy Sullivan and Libby Thuning, all founders of “100 Women Who Care About Lorain County;” and Excellence in Leadership award for an organization, PolyOne Corp. accepted by Bob Patterson, executive vice president and chief operating officer with PolyOne Corporation. PHOTO PROVIDED

ELYRIA — Leadership Lorain County honored those who have put forth significant time to help others during the annual Difference Makers Gala on Friday at the Spitzer Conference Center. This year’s recipients include: Brian Frederick, president and CEO at Community Foundation of Lorain County; Claudia Jones, retired associate director of fund development at Oberlin College; Read More…

Keystone student remains critical after crash

Kyle Delligatti

LAGRANGE — Kyle Delligatti’s family has spent nearly every moment by his bedside at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, hoping the teen who brings positive energy to his classmates wakes up. Kyle’s father, Shane Delligatti, said his 17-year-old son is no longer medically sedated. “We are still waiting for him to wake up. He is Read More…

Trooper’s widow helps Pete Soto Chili Cook-off to benefit Lorain County Blue Foundation


Family photos inside Jean Paris’ house tell the story of a close-knit family of four: A family that laughed together, enjoyed Nerf gun wars and found happiness by spending time together. But on Aug. 1, 2012, Jean’s husband of 18 years suffered a heart attack and died in her arms at their LaGrange home. Ohio Read More…

King’s dream awakens in Lorain event


LORAIN — As the small audience sat in pews within the Greater Victory Christian Ministries, a powerful message was delivered in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. On Friday, an estimated 60 people gathered as “100 Men of Lorain County” presented “Time to Wake Up from the Dream!,” which focused on what King’s dream achieved Read More…

Collin Raye to perform at annual LaGrange Twp. firefighters concert

Country music performer Collin Raye has agreed to perform at the annual LaGrange Township Fire Fighter Association Country concert March 9. PHOTO PROVIDED

LAGRANGE — Country music singer Collin Raye will be the featured performer during the annual LaGrange Township Fire Fighter Association Country concert. Two shows, one at 6 p.m. and another at 8:30 p.m. will be March 29 at the old Keystone Middle School gym, 301 Liberty St., LaGrange. Tickets are $18 each and will go Read More…

LaGrange residents empty shelves, fill tubs amid water shortage

The water aisle at the Giant Eagle in Avon Lake was bare Wednesday evening, as the area prepared for a possible water outage. It was a similar scene in LaGrange, where IGA manager said the store sold out of bottled water. CHELSEA MILLER/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — As the water shortage ripples through Lorain County, the village of LaGrange prepared for the worst. According to IGA owner Kathy Poling, the store on North Center Street sold out of water by mid-afternoon Wednesday. “We are out,” Poling said Wednesday evening. “And people are still coming in asking for it.” Poling said Read More…

Grafton family recognized after returning found gifts

Zach is all smiles after having his Christmas gifts returned via the Hoffman family, which found them. PHOTO PROVIDED

With the help of social media, the Hoffman family of Grafton was able to return a lost bag of Christmas presents to its rightful owner. And Friday, Dana Hoffman and her daughter, Emily Hoffman, were featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer’s “Person of the Week” segment at 6:30 p.m. Each week, Sawyer showcases Read More…

Orphanage proceeds help support extension, 4-H

For the third consecutive year, the funds required to keep open the Lorain County OSU Extension office, which operates Lorain County 4-H, have been raised. Through fundraising efforts, the Friends of Lorain County Junior Fair were able to contribute $28,268.64. A grant in the amount of $17,400 was received from the Lorain County Solid Waste Read More…

Lorain County Boys & Girls Club celebrates Christmas

From left, Kaiden Reyna, 6, and Jeremiah Daniels, 5, both of Elyria, greet Santa Claus at the club Friday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Aaliyah Stephens sat in a chair inside the Boys & Girls Club of Elyria, hiding the two presents she selected during the organization’s annual Christmas party. Aaliyah, 9, of Elyria, slowly brought out the two gifts — a rubber band bracelet loom and a glow-in-the-dark jewelry making kit. Both ranked high on her Read More…

Former Carlisle Twp. trustee Kenny Prechtel dies

Kenny Prechtel

CARLISLE TWP. — Former Carlisle Township Trustee Kenneth “Kenny” Prechtel, who was an advocate for the new Carlisle Township Fire Department, has died. Prechtel died Thursday at the age of 73. He served four terms as Carlisle Township trustee and eight years as Carlisle Township chairman. Those who served alongside Prechtel agreed on one point: Read More…