May 30, 2015

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Don’t charge North Ridgeville residents for unused water, councilman says

Dennis Boose

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A City Council member wants to give some residents a break when it comes to paying for water. Dennis Boose, D-2nd Ward, said he will propose eliminating a minimum charge for some 15 percent of city residents who use less than the current 400 cubic feet of water per month for which Read More…

Tug of war between Elyria, North Ridgeville ensnares memorial plaque

Maynard Hintz

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A plaque honoring an Elyria man who died while coming to the aid of people injured in a 1963 Root Road car crash has been removed from the city’s fire museum. Gene Kleinholz, a retired, well-known North Ridgeville firefighter, contends the plaque was taken down and turned over to the Elyria Fire Read More…

Jankowski just misses advancing at national spelling bee

Emma Jankowski

At first glance it appeared Emma Jankowski had the closest of shaves in not advancing to today’s semifinal round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 13-year-old eighth-grader at Avon Lake’s Learwood Middle School correctly spelled “rathskeller,” a German word for basement tavern or beer hall, during Wednesday afternoon’s onstage rounds to help Read More…

So far, so good for Lorain County speller

Emma Jankowski of Avon Lake poses with Scripps National Spelling Bee pronouncer Jacques Bailly. PROVIDED PHOTO

Emma Jankowski is still in it to win it. The Avon Lake Learwood Middle School eighth-grader successfully spelled “trajectory” during the 88th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee late Wednesday morning. “We’re just finishing up now,” Emma’s mom Terri said about 11:45 a.m. as the family left the mammoth 2,000-room Gaylord Convention Center and Hotel at Read More…

Avon Lake speller learns to say ‘cheese’ in German

Emma Jankowski of Avon Lake poses with Scripps National Spelling Bee pronouncer Jacques Bailly. PROVIDED PHOTO

Emma Jankowski is a bit more worldly thanks to Tuesday’s preliminary written and oral rounds in the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. One of the words the Learwood Middle School eighth-grader had to navigate her way through was “schmierkase,” a German term for a soft uncured cheese made from sour skimmed milk. Emma’s study Read More…

Glitches delay North Ridgeville splash pad

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — It’s hot enough to get cool beneath the sprays of South Central Park’s splash pad. Unfortunately, the multifeatured water play area is down for the count. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department was preparing to open it for the summer Saturday when workers ran into problems with the 8-year-old attraction’s computer system. Read More…

Prehistoric fish discovered in Lake Erie debuts on Animal Planet show

Dunkleosteus was the bad-tempered king of all prehistoric fish. That is made abundantly clear to viewers of Monday night’s two-hour premiere of the popular “River Monsters” series on cable’s Animal Planet channel. Measuring 16 to 20 feet in length and weighing up to 6,000 pounds, the highly aggressive predator ruled the Devonian Sea during the Read More…

Area bee champ set for a spell

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AVON LAKE — If there’s one thing Emma Jankowski doesn’t fret about, it’s stage fright. She’s been stepping on stages since age 7, and the Learwood Middle School eighth-grader sounds calm, cool and collected as she prepares to stand in front of a big audience next week when she represents her school, community and The Read More…

Fear-dot-not: Police departments offer online trade safe zones

TRANSACTION SAFE ZONE

Though rare, some online business transactions at e-commerce sites such as Craigslist have ended in tragedy, which is why the Lorain County Chiefs of Police Association is launching the Transaction Safe Zones project designed to provide safe, neutral sites in which to display, inspect and complete purchases and sales begun online. Sites will include lobbies Read More…

Filmmaker ‘shooting Lorain for Lorain’

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LORAIN — When she finally was able to take a break between shots — and retakes — beneath the roof of a Lakeview Park pavilion, director Sophie Goodhart spoke of how she was unexpectedly drawn to Lorain to shoot scenes for the indie comedy “My Blind Brother.” “It felt really universal and very specific at Read More…