November 25, 2015


Wellington mayoral race sees 2 new faces

Patti Young

Two different candidates — a political novice and a seasoned veteran — will square off to see who will lead Wellington, the first time the mayor’s job will go to someone new in more than 20 years. Business leader Patti Young and village Councilman Hans M. Schneider are vying for the seat being vacated by Read More…

Memories of McCormick

McCormick Middle School in Wellington. CHRONICLE FILE

Built just after the Civil War, McCormick Middle School has held a place in the history of Wellington for nearly 150 years. But the iconic school has also managed to hold a place in the hearts of many former teachers and alumni, the place where so many memories of their youth were formed. When the Read More…

After retirement, pressed back into service


VERMILION — After languishing for almost two decades shuttered and used for storage, the historic Moes Cider Mill has quietly come back to life. Housed in a small red building on the southern edge of town, the cider mill is owned by the same family and still uses its original cider press to turn fall’s Read More…

Nord forms suicide survivors’ group

Unexpected death can rip a hole in the heart of any family, but suicide of a loved one can amplify that grief. Research indicates those left adrift in suicide’s wake can face increased risks of suicide themselves, aggravated by depression and guilt. When Lorain County mental health professionals noticed a marked jump in suicides locally, Read More…

Health issues can’t slow Elyria man’s drive for change

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE                                    
Josh Godby of Elyria rides his hand cycle down Bond Street on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 22.  Godby can be seen throughout Elyria participating in the Kerstetter 5K year after year, or just cycling throughout town.  His handcycle was made by Invacare and is branded with his charity's name, "Roll With It Charities."

He was just a boy the first time — a 12-year-old in a hospital room, surrounded by doctors and nurses who called in his loved ones and told them this was it, he was not going to make it. He had cancer in his bones. But Josh Godby surprised them all by living. He might Read More…

Vermilion native writes about world travels

Growing up in Vermilion, Jennifer Burge had an inkling that travel might be her destiny. Years of foreign language classes led to degrees in French and Spanish, and a move to Arizona to use her bilingual skills followed. A job in a customer service firm, and a major corporate acquisition, led to an unexpected career Read More…

Lincoln funeral train replica to make appearance in Wellington


In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was scheduled to inspect the gleaming new locomotive that had been commissioned just to carry him around the country. But the day before that inspection was to take place, Lincoln died of an assassin’s bullet. The regally outfitted train became his funeral train. Though the original met a sad end Read More…

Vermilion residents turn out for promenade

Abby Turnwald and Spencer Schmalz walk down the red carpet at Vermilion High School on Saturday evening, May 16 after exiting Ron and Barbara Geils' 1926 Hupmobile.  This is the Geil's fourth year dropping Vermilion High School students off at the red carpet before prom.

VERMILION — A long time ago, no one is really sure when, the people of Vermilion decided to go to prom. Not just the seniors, attending their last rite of passage before graduation from VermilionHigh School. No. Here in this tiny lakeside community big on tradition, the town decided to go: The “prom” turned into Read More…

Kindergartner’s sudden death stuns family, community

Xander Cormier

VERMILION — Xander Cormier, 6, loved superheroes. His favorite was Captain America, but since he had already been that for Halloween, he chose to be Superman last Halloween. That led to his little sister, Kali, who followed in his footsteps all the three years of her life, dressing as “Girl Superman.” So it seemed a Read More…

JVS students learn while helping seniors live

Stephanie Mosley, center, 18, a senior allied health sciences student at Lorain County JVS, works on paintings with Grace Smith and Howard Textor, residents at Elmcroft Senior Living in Lorain on April 28.

It was a sun-drenched spring afternoon and Grace Smith spent it among the flowers. She cautiously guided her paint brush to the page, where yellow was outlined by hot pink, colors not often seen mixed in nature. Today, though, neon colors – and smiley faces – were common sights in this paper flower garden painted Read More…