August 30, 2014

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Timeline reveals North Ridgeville school, stadium construction

The proposed site of North Ridgeville Schools’ new middle school and stadium. PHOTO COURTESY TDA

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — School officials got a better idea of what the city’s proposed third- through eighth-grade school and new football stadium will look like following a meeting with the project’s architects Thursday. Bill Greene, the district’s assistant superintendent of business services, noticed the school’s size and its grouping of classrooms to keep grade levels Read More…

Lorain Palace Theatre to hold hometown premiere of John Penton movie

John Penton, left, meets with producer/director Todd Huffman at the premiere of “Penton: The John Penton Story” at the Cleveland premiere in June. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN — The documentary chronicling the life of pioneering Amherst motorcycle rider-designer John Penton will receive a hometown premiere of sorts Sept. 13 at the Lorain Palace Theatre. The film was shown once at the Regal Cobblestone Square 20 theaters a few weeks ago after a Cleveland premiere in June at the Ohio Theatre on Read More…

North Ridgeville drive-in to show 3 Robin Williams films

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — After a summer filled with Transformers, a giant lizard and teenage ninja turtles, the Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theater will send summer 2014 on its way with a triple feature paying homage to Robin Williams. While the theater — one of only three drive-ins left in Northeast Ohio — has done themed movie Read More…

Midview Schools bus drivers navigate state Route 57 obstacle

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GRAFTON — Despite headaches and frustration by drivers in the village contending with congestion posed by the state Route 57 construction, roadwork did not cause any major issues for Midview Schools buses on the first day of classes. Midview Superintendent Scott Goggin said things went smoothly for the district’s 27 buses in getting about 2,000 Read More…

Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home adds crematorium

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ELYRIA — Changing times and attitudes have changed the way society feels about cremation versus burial for loved ones. In 2013, about 43 percent of final arrangements made by Elyria’s Laubenthal Mercado Funeral Home included cremation of loved ones’ remains, which is why the business recently opened an on-site cremation service. The Roman Catholic Church Read More…

Grafton couple receives yardwork assistance from MS Society

Daniel Pennington watches from the ground as Jeff Elton and Brian Smith, both of Joyce Factory Direct in Berea, clean the gutters at the Pennington home on Edgewood Drive in Grafton. They are members of the Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

GRAFTON — The 15 to 20 bags stuffed with leaves and yard debris in the driveway of the pleasant-looking brown house with yellow trim was ample evidence of the work already done by noon Thursday. Inside, a team of volunteers from a Berea manufacturer of windows and sunrooms was taking a pizza lunch break. “This Read More…

Poultry pair earn honors, respect as veteran Lorain County Fair leaders

Keith Shay, left, and Tom Kelley, fair poultry experts, enjoy a moment in the new poultry barn Thursday at the Lorain County Fair. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — County fair animal judging can border on the cutthroat. Happily, that’s not the case with poultry people, Becky Milks said as she talked this week with fellow poultry folk behind the Lorain County Fair’s new poultry barn. “We tease and torment each other, but everyone is really there for each other,” said Milks, Read More…

North Rigeville Superintendent says controversial books should be read during school year

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Teachers should assign reading projects with controversial books during the school year, when there is ample time for teachers and students to discuss them, the North Ridgeville school district’s top official said. Superintendent Jim Powell made the statement in response to a parent’s questioning of a book used in an honors English Read More…

Adult book themes worry North Ridgeville parent

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Maria Sycz is not one for banning books. “That’s not me at all,” Sycz, a longtime former school board member, said about comments she made at Tuesday’s school board meeting over concerns she had with a book assigned as part of her daughter’s 10th-grade honors English class summer reading list. Sycz told board Read More…

Keystone Schools freezes administrator salaries again

LAGRANGE — The Keystone School District will continue to freeze salaries of administrators and bargain for lower insurance premiums for those officials as part of its ongoing efforts to contain costs. The school board acted this week to approve an indefinite continuation of wage freezes for the district’s 12 administrators, who include Superintendent Jay Arbaugh, Read More…