April 19, 2014

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Groundbreaking held for long-awaited Grafton splash park

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GRAFTON — The relative balminess of 40 degrees Monday — never mind the winter storm watch that came out later in the day — made it perfect for touting a new splash pad to be built for the summer. “It’s been a tough winter, but it will warm up,” Gregg Miller, president of the Grafton Read More…

North Ridgeville family struggles with daughter’s rare epilepsy, mounting medical bills

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — As a family dog barked in the background and her young daughters played and repeatedly called for their mom’s attention, Sarah Wilhelm’s words may have sounded like the mantra of any young family. “Our days are never dull,” she said with a smile as Kurstin, 4, asked a visitor his name, and Read More…

Cedar Point expands Lighthouse Point resort

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Changing tastes and times have helped guide Cedar Point officials to the decision to nearly double the size of the park’s popular Lighthouse Point resort for the 2014 season. Officials announced this week the park in Sandusky will add 52 deluxe cabins to its current lineup of 64 cottages, 40 cabins and 97 luxury RV Read More…

North Ridgeville police probe students’ inappropriate photos

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police investigated two unrelated incidents of middle and high school students who took inappropriate photos of themselves and shared them via social media. The first incident occurred Feb. 10 at North Ridgeville High School and resulted in a pair of 16-year-olds being referred to county Juvenile Court authorities on several charges. “These Read More…

Widening Center Ridge Road could displace North Ridgeville hardware store

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — For the past 30 years, Joe Buescher has worked in the landmark that is his family’s hardware store near the corner of Center Ridge Road and state Route 83. “We’ve done pretty good all these years,” Buescher, 48, said of the Buescher’s Hardware store that has served the needs of locals since Read More…

Second Harvest Food Bank’s annual fundraiser begins

Kyle Riesterer, warehouse associate at Second Harvest Food Bank, loads apples Tuesday for delivery to the St. John Lutheran Church food pantry in Elyria. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Major Bob Sears of the Elyria Salvation Army may have expressed the problem of hunger best during Tuesday’s kick-off of Second Harvest Food Bank’s annual “Harvest for Hunger” fundraising campaign. “This winter will eventually let go, but hunger will not go away,” Sears told 50-plus food bank volunteers and community members. They gathered Read More…

Amherst grad’s independent feature up for Oscars

Matthew McConaughey appears as Ron Woodroof in  the Academy Award-nominated  film “Dallas Buyers Club.”   (AP Photo/Focus Features, Anne Marie Fox, file)

Big-budget blockbusters such as “Gravity” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” are up for Best Picture honors at Sunday night’s 86th Academy Awards. But so is “Dallas Buyer Club,” a $2 million, independent feature for which Lorain County native Holly Wiersma served as an executive producer. Wiersma, 38, a graduate of Marion L. Steele High Read More…

PulsePoint App a lifesaver for those who need defibrillator

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Paramedics and ambulance crews can provide life-saving skills within minutes, but a new smartphone app looks to bring help to area heart attack victims even quicker. “It can be a pretty frightening situation to see somebody you love die and feel like there’s nothing you can do to help them,” said Nick Read More…

Elyria family’s outdoor TV show gains major local sponsor

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ELYRIA — As the Dan Reaser family of Elyria continues to bag deer and fish while celebrating the value of family and nature on their new cable TV show, the program is also garnering some hometown sponsors. Elyria-based Ridge Tool Co., producer of RIDGID-brand tools, was named Wednesday as a major sponsor of “The Outdoor Read More…

Officials to explain Center Ridge Road progress

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Residents will get the lowdown on the widening of Center Ridge Road during a March 13 informational meeting with officials and engineers from the Ohio Department of Transportation. The open house-style session is 5 to 8 p.m. in the community room of the North Ridgeville Education Center on Mills Creek Lane. ODOT Read More…