March 1, 2015


Hope over Heroin initiative to be held in North Ridgeville


Patty and Mark Hart’s firstborn child followed a rocky path in his short time here. Early on, the seeds of addiction took deadly root in Marcus. By the time he was an adult, those seeds grew into a deadly vine, crawling ever more steadily around him until finally choking out his life. This is how Read More…

Lorain church congregation has nomadic Noel


LORAIN — The Rev. Jimmy Madsen knows his Old Testament. Stories of famine and slavery and floods and parting seas and plagues — and yes, devastating fires. Then he watched in August as a wall of fire ate the red brick building that he had called home for the past three decades, the First Evangelical Read More…

42nd annual Woollybear Festival draws 100,000 to Vermilion

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VERMILION — Andrew Jackson, a 3-year-old black and white Pomeranian, spends most of his days as a mild-mannered long-haired family dog in North Ridgeville. That was before Sunday, when the dog better known as Jack slipped into a jacket of black faux fur and wispy orange stripes and headed to Vermilion. “It’s been his lifelong Read More…

Movie version of Memphis Belle takes to skies over Northern Ohio

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CLEVELAND — Few airplanes are known by their names. Of those, the Memphis Belle may be the sexiest in her class. From the provocative pin-up girl on her nose to the impossibly tiny tip of this warbird — where only canvas separates the tail gunner from the sky — the Belle has been immortalized by Read More…

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…