July 31, 2014

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Three generations return home for Junior 4-H camp

Pat Coffman, left, of Grafton, with daughter Kim Burgess and granddaughter Lauren, 8, of LaGrange, Ga., three generations of 4-Hers, at Willow Park in Grafton on Sunday.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

One summer when Kim Burgess was a girl, she took a boat to Kelleys Island for the annual Lorain County Junior 4-H camp. She hated it. And that’s how things stood for a couple of years. “She kept not wanting to go,” recalls her mother, Pat Coffman, of Grafton. “Then she got to be a Read More…

Lorain County Fair looking for past 4-H pictures

Kids at the Lorain County Junior Fair these days can snap a selfie on their smartphone and instantly post it on the walls of their favorite social media site. But local 4-H advisers are planning to go old school this year by displaying real photographs on real walls — the older the better — and Read More…

Barn quilts detail history of Lorain County

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History is as rich in this area as the lush farmlands, the meandering rivers, the mighty Lake Erie. A new attraction to highlight that history hopes to give travelers and locals alike a newfound appreciation of the beauty of Lorain County. Patchwork Trails of Lorain County, a series of painted wooden quilt squares mounted on Read More…

Elyria woman’s art quilt designs judged ‘Best of 2014,’ featured in Ohio Craft Museum

Mary Ann Tipple, of Elyria, works on a free-motion quilt on an HQ Sweet 16 sewing machine Thursday.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

When Mary Ann Tipple rummages through old photographs at flea markets, she sees more than strangers in unknown settings. The Elyria woman sees art, vibrant, colorful and alive with expression. She sees someone’s cast-off memories blown up to wall-size images in thread, sequins and fabric. Tipple’s talent for turning such images into quirky art quilts Read More…

2-hour documentary nearly finished on Amherst motorcycle legend John Penton

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AMHERST — It’s been more than a year since the cameras started rolling on “The John Penton Story,” a documentary detailing the life of Amherst native and motorcycle legend John Penton. Filmmakers are back in Amherst this weekend, getting a last few finishing shots for the film before its world premiere next month. Producers interviewed Read More…

JVS graduates make the big time in Manhattan

Russell Ashton, left, and Scott Schneider are chefs in Manhattan. COURTESY LORAIN COUNTY JVS

A good meal can weave its own spell, satisfying stomach and soul. It also can catapult your dreams from small-town Ohio to the streets of Manhattan, as two area graduates know well. Scott Schneider and Russell Ashton, who honed their cooking skills at Lorain County Joint Vocational School Culinary Academy, are now sous chefs at Read More…

Heart of a survivor

AMHERST — That could have been it right there, on that icy highway that cold November morning in the driver’s seat of the Ford Edge her husband bought her for her birthday six months before. That could have been the place where Amy Vitelli died. By all rights, it didn’t look good. A blood-soaked family Read More…