October 1, 2014

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Elyrians honor 9/11 victims in candlelight ceremony

Nancy Cavin and Army veteran Lisa McCarty. (CT photo by Tom Mahl.)

ELYRIA — Holding an American flag and wearing a Never Forget T-shirt with a picture of the World Trade Center, Lisa McCarty sat at Ely Square on Sunday night remembering the 2,977 victims of 9/11 a decade later. “It’s a time to come together, to bring the community together for that one common denominator,” said Read More…

Casualty Lists

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9/11 events

CLEVELAND Cleveland police will proceed with bagpipes at an 8 a.m. Mass Sunday at St. John Cathedral, East Ninth Street and Superior Avenue, in downtown Cleveland. The cathedral’s bells will toll four times beginning at precisely 8:46 a.m. and at the three other times marking the terrorist attacks. Following Mass, at about 9 a.m., police Read More…

Editor’s column: Living stronger under the veil of ‘what’s next?’

In reading readers’ reminiscences of 9/11, part of a special section we’ve published today, I kept running across descriptions of a “What’s next?” moment. For Jay Hostetler, an Elyria High graduate who arrived to work at an office across the street from the World Trade Center just before a second airliner struck its towers, the Read More…

A wave of emotions engulfed Lorain County when news of the attacks spread

Lorain County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh (left) and Elyria Police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub played key roles in the county when news of the Sept. 11 attacks spread. (CT photos by Bruce Bishop.)

Far from the horrors of ground zero, or Washington, D.C., or a field in Pennsylvania, where the once-tranquil skies were filled with smoke and fire, in Lorain County the sky remained clear and bright on Sept. 11, 2001. It had the makings of a perfect day until terrorists in hijacked planes ripped away Americans’ sense Read More…

Air traffic controller shies from ‘hero’ tag

George “Bill” Keaton stands outside the FAA facility in Oberlin in Septemeber 2011. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

George “Bill” Keaton walked into the small Grafton diner and took a seat in a booth just a step or two away from the front door. His beard is a scraggly mix of brown and white and he is wearing blue jeans and a well-worn shirt. He doesn’t look like what one would imagine an Read More…

We remember: Denise Ryan, grew up in Elyria, now lives in New York City

On the morning of 9/11, I was working as a flight attendant on a cross country, red-eye flight from California to JFK International Airport in New York City. We landed in JFK at 8:40 a.m. shortly after the first tower had been hit. The airline I work for, Jet Blue Airways, has televisions at every Read More…

We remember: Joyce Camarillo Decker of Lorain

On Sept. 11, 2001, the skies were crystal blue, as a pool tempting a swimmer. The air was crisp and fresh. It started out like any other day. At the time, I and a friend were cleaning houses for extra income. The elderly tenants had the television on when the destruction started to unfold. The Read More…

For an Elyria father of a fallen soldier, this is a day we remember the heroes

Dave Tollett holds the helmet of his son, Sgt. Norman Lane Tollett, who died April 28, 2007, in Iraq. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

Before April 28, 2007, Dave Tollett’s home held just a few telltale signs he was the proud father of an Army man — his son’s basic training graduation photo and action photo from the younger Tollett’s first tour of duty. But after Sgt. Norman Lane Tollett, 30, was killed in Iraq, shot by a sniper Read More…

9/11 timeline

8 a.m. — American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 with 92 people on board, takes off from Boston for Los Angeles. 8:14 a.m. — United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767 with 65 people on board, takes off from Boston for Los Angeles. 8:21 a.m. — American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757 with Read More…