October 2, 2014

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North Ridgeville: Residents recall ‘surreal’ day on 9/11

Sam Novak, 8, of North Ridgeville, sits with his mom, Marcy Novak, on Thursday at the North Ridgeville 
Sept. 11 vigil. Behind them is Kelly McCarthy holding an American flag. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — For Donna Cioffoletti, the memories are crystal clear. “I worked from 1990 to 1992 in One World Trade Center on the 101st floor, right above where the plane hit,” the native New Yorker said Thursday morning following North Ridgeville’s Sept. 11 observance at South Central Park. Cioffoletti and her father, Tony, were Read More…

North Ridgeville residents weigh in on new middle school

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The city’s planned new $58.1 million middle school and stadium brought out a crowd of more than 100 people on Wednesday night who were the first to get a clearer words-and-picture presentation on the project. Among them was John Kutney III, a 10-year-old fifth-grader who showed intense interest in an informal survey Read More…

Longtime member of North Ridgeville Council dies

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Fellow City Council members remembered longtime colleague Nancy Buescher as very dedicated to representing those who lived in her ward, and one who stoutly defended her positions on issues. Buescher died Monday at age 73. A Republican, she resigned from her seat as the city’s 1st Ward councilwoman at the end of Read More…

Lorain Army veteran receives Bronze Star 70 years later

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CLEVELAND — It’s been seven decades since the Allied D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, signaled the eventual death knell for Nazi Germany and the end of Word War II. But the memories of that world-altering day remain vivid for Eugene C. Lockhart. The 90-year-old Lorain man and World War II Army veteran recalled June 6, Read More…

North Ridgeville Police to increase holiday patrols

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — If you’re traveling certain roads in the city on a holiday, you may see more police. That’s because the Police Department has received a $43,700 traffic enforcement grant to pay for stepped-up patrols aimed at reducing collisions and DUIs on some of the community’s most heavily-traveled roads. Police Chief Michael Freeman applied Read More…

North Ridgeville to provide severe weather alerts

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Households will receive timely alerts to severe storms and other emergencies under an agreement among the city, the Lorain County Office of Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security. Notices of approaching severe storms, tornadoes, water main breaks or extreme snowfalls will be sent to residents via emails, texts and voicemail messages dispatched Read More…

Keystone teachers accept two-year wage freeze

LAGRANGE — Keystone Schools teachers have agreed to a two-year wage freeze and higher insurance premiums under terms of a new contract. The wage freeze mirrors what administrators will receive as part of an agreement reached last month by the school board and 12 administrators, including Superintendent Jay Arbaugh and five building principals. Acceptance of Read More…

What’s next for Cedar Point’s Mantis roller coaster?

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SANDUSKY — The Mantis isn’t long for this world. Or is it? That depends on who is doing the talking. On Tuesday, Cedar Point officials announced the stand-up roller coaster that has given more than 22 million rides since opening in 1996 will close at 8 p.m. Oct. 19. The short statement from Bryan Edwards, Read More…

North Ridgeville approves $1.9M generator for wastewater plant

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The city will significantly expand its capacity to handle heavy amounts of sewage and water from storms with the purchase of a 2.5-megawatt diesel generator for the French Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Council approved legislation Tuesday night authorizing expenditures not to exceed $1.925 million for the generator, needed engineering work and electrical Read More…

Oberlin couple wins $1 million lottery prize

OBERLIN — If Kathy Bunnell had found the crabgrass killer she wanted at a local drugstore this week, she and her husband might have missed a windfall. The Bunnells, of Oberlin, are $1 million winners in the Ohio Lottery’s 40th anniversary Millions instant game after Kathy Bunnell purchased a ticket this week at the Discount Drug Read More…