March 30, 2015

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North Ridgeville holds vigil for woman found dead

Mary Gerhart, left, Catherine Muncey, Catherine Smith, and Hope Scarbro, 9, all of North Ridgeville, comfort each other during a vigil Sunday evening at South Central Park for Rachele Tyburski, 26, of Lakewood, whose body was found in a field off Victory Lane in North Ridgeville on March 15. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Those who gathered at a Sunday candlelit vigil for Rachel Tyburski didn’t know her, but they said they wanted to honor her memory and show solidarity with relatives. “We just felt this was the most wonderful thing we could do for her family to show our love from our community,” vigil organizer Read More…

Amherst teens tap into sweet rewards

Nathan Kovach, 16, carries a kettle of freshly made maple syrup over to a boiler Thursday. The syrup will remain on constant heat until the boys are able to filter it into individual bottles to sell. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — The Kovach brothers have made their mother proud with their strong work ethic and determination to make a go of their fledgling maple syrup business. Still, the job can get to you. “By now we’re hoping for an end to it,” said Brandon Palmer, 17, a junior at Firelands High School, and cousin Read More…

Lorain County Habitat for Humanity seeking new home

Kelly LaRosa, Director of Habitat for Humanity, moves some boxes of flooring inside the East 34th Street store. A bucket in the foreground catches water from one of the many leaks in the building. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The group that builds homes needs one. Habitat for Humanity of Lorain County is seeking a new location for its ReStore, 214 E. 34th St., off Elyria Avenue. Rent for the building, which sells used appliances and building equipment to fund building new homes for the needy, increased in March from $700 to Read More…

Cause for Amherst house fire believed to be bad wiring

Amherst fire fighters clean up following a house fire at 45730 North Ridge Road in Amherst Sunday afternoon. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Faulty front porch light electrical wiring is believed to have caused a fire that badly damaged a home at 45730 North Ridge Road, according to Assistant Fire Chief Jim Wilhelm. No one was hurt in the fire called in at 12:36 p.m. Sunday, but five cats and three birds died. Homeowner Michael Tyson Read More…

Re-enactor presents Civil War and music

Tim Krugman

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Most Civil War re-enactors get into the history behind the war’s notable battles. Tim Krugman has made a passionate study of the war’s history and its music. “People who do re-enacting chose a specialty of particular interest to them, and for me, that’s portraying a soldier-musician,” Krugman said. His one-man program on Read More…

Mother turns loss into healing 2 years after son’s death

ELYRIA – Terri Zunis has a picture of her son’s dragonfly tattoo saved on her phone. Blue and green ink covered the former wrestler’s upper arm, the wings of the dragonfly curling around one small word – Terri. Dominic Zunis got the tattoo, matching the one his mother has on her foot, just a year Read More…

EHS students win national art awards

BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE Noah Katrinchak and Caleb Arnold, Elyria High School students, with their award-winning art.

Art is its own reward. Last summer, Noah Katrinchak was walking along the streets of North Myrtle Beach with his sister just after sunrise taking photos when he turned around and took a picture of a quiet, empty street bathed in the fresh morning sun. From that image, he painted a piece of artwork that Read More…

Glass houses: Flores isn’t the only Lorain council candidate with a criminal record

LORAIN — Lorain Democrats urged voters to examine the criminal record of City Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, but they didn’t do the same for the other people running for Council, many of whom have had their own run-ins with the law. Seven other Democrats running for office in the May primary also have criminal pasts, Read More…

Tree-cutting keeps Ridgeville middle school project from going bat-ty

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Another week and the $58.1 million middle school projected to open in two years would have had its inaugural construction season jeopardized by a possible bat habitat. Thanks to an 11th-hour approval of a needed state EPA permit, an Elyria contracting crew was able to remove a little more than six acres Read More…

Hill leaving Firelands to become Springfield superintendent

Bob Hill

Firelands Schools’ loss is Springfield Schools’ gain. Firelands Superintendent Bob Hill was named Thursday as the new superintendent of the district located near Dayton. He has signed a four-year contract with a base salary of $152,500. Hill will replace Springfield’s current superintendent, who is set to retire. In his new role, Hill will oversee a Read More…