August 30, 2015

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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…

Vermilion students gets sneak peek of new elementary school


VERMILION — Thursday dawned rainy, gray and cold, but at Vermilion Elementary School, the halls were buzzing with anticipation of that day’s field trip. The trip was just a short bus ride away and would only last 20 minutes or so, but it had been years in the making: They were finally going to see Read More…

Elyria’s Bethany Baptist church celebrates 100 years

Downtown Elyria has seen a lot of changes in the past century, but in the old red brick church on 17th Street, some things never change. The congregants of Bethany Baptist Church will mark 100 years of dedicated faith today, lifting their voices to the rafters in the same sanctuary where generations have gone before, Read More…

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…