March 31, 2015

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Red blazer-clad crusader kept an open house, heart

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For more than 30 years, Gertrude Wirscham did something many today would regard as foolhardy or downright dangerous. Following the death of her husband John in 1964, Wirscham opened her 12th Street home in Elyria to people who came in as total strangers without a roof over their heads but who left knowing they had Read More…

Lorain teen advances on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

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Lorain’s Lexi Davila made it. The 17-year-old junior at Marion L. Steele High School in Amherst was among the final group of aspiring contestants selected by celebrity judges on NBC-TV’s “The Voice” Tuesday night. Lexi, daughter of Robert Davila, assistant principal at Lorain’s Longfellow Middle School, was chosen by judges Adam Levine, lead singer for Read More…

Monteith descendant recalls past for Elyria Woman’s Club

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ELYRIA — Ada Gates Patton hails from a family whose roots include Elyria as well as cousins named Vanderbilt and Frick. Yet a life that included growing up as a debutante among the high society of Long Island, N.Y., modeling and acting, and a second career as a nationally known farrier have done nothing to Read More…

Columbia Gas investigating North Ridgeville gas line break

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Columbia Gas is investigating an early morning incident Monday to determine whether a gas line accidentally struck by city workers repairing a water main break was correctly identified and marked. Scott Tustin of Columbia Gas, said it is the job of utilities to pinpoint specific locations of underground lines or that of Read More…

Keystone community rallies around family after fire

Keystone Schools and the community are rallying behind a family who lost their home to a fire over the weekend. A posting to the Keystone Local Schools Facebook page this week made a public plea for people to donate money via gofundme.com. Money will be given to the family of Cheryl G. Viets. Post by Read More…

Keystone school board rejects grievance by former classroom aide

LAGRANGE — The Keystone Board of Education voted Monday night to formally deny a grievance filed by one of five laid-off paraprofessional classroom aides who had said she was the focus of an investigation that led to the resignation of former Superintendent Jay Arbaugh. The board voted 5-0 to deny a grievance filed by LouAnn Read More…

North Ridgeville homes evacuated after poor mapping causes gas line strike

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Residents of about 20 homes were evacuated for a short time Monday morning after city crews working on a water main break accidentally struck a mismarked gas line. The location of the gas line was misjudged by a statewide utility mapping organization known as OUPS, which Mayor David Gillock said is pronounced Read More…

Amherst student to appear on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

AMHERST — Mark Skladan has known for some time what a talent he has in Marion L. Steele High School junior Lexi Davila. And if the 17-year-old makes it through the inaugural blind audition round of NBC’s reality series “The Voice,” a lot of other people may get the chance to share Skladan’s opinion. “She Read More…

Elyria veteran reflects on Iwo Jima, fallen friends

KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE John Smink, of Elyria, holds a collection of medals he acquired during his service in the marines during WWII. Smink was a member of the 5th Division and a purple heart recipient during the battle of Iwo Jima.

ELYRIA – John E. Smink reflected on the harrowing 36 days he spent as a Marine caught up in the brutal and often terrifying battle on the island of Iwo Jima 70 years ago this month. Wounded three times, Smink, who turns 90 on Nov. 11, retains clear memories of officers and friends he lost Read More…

LCCC announces new facility to be dedicated to biomimicry

GLBio board member Tom Tyrrell speaks at the ceremony Wednesday to announce the opening of the Great Lakes Biomimicry Center on the Lorain County Community College campus in Elyria.

ELYRIA — Lorain County Community College’s newest venture marrying the innovation, research, job development, and product development is a first-of-its-kind facility that will adapt ideas found in nature to solving human problems. In announcing the Great Lakes Biomimicry Center to be located in the college’s Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems, LCCC President Roy Church Read More…