August 1, 2015

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College signing: Amherst’s Ashley Makruski to play volleyball at Kent State

Kent State volleyball coach Don Gromala must like Lorain County. For the second consecutive year, Gromala snapped up one of the top high school players in the county, getting an oral commitment from Amherst junior Ashley Makruski. Makruski, a middle and outside hitter, can sign her letter of intent in the fall. Last year, Gromala Read More…

H.S. Baseball Preview: Following famous relative has its benefits and difficulties, as Amherst’s Rees Rua and EC’s Dominic Piazza can attest

Elyria Catholic's Dominic Piazza, left, and his father Dominic Sr. on April 6. The Piazzas have a long history of success in Lorain County high school baseball and softball. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It isn’t always easy to be a legacy. There are footsteps that must be followed. And a precedent has been set, leaving a standard by which one is measured. When that standard is excellence, the challenge is greater. Amherst center fielder Rees Rua and Elyria Catholic pitcher Dominic Piazza carry expectations that accompany their last Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Amherst freshman Shawver strikes out 15, shuts out Midview in debut

Amherst's Evan Shawver pitches during a game against Midview on April 1. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Left-hander Evan Shawver may be a freshman, but he looked like a seasoned veteran in his first varsity start. An exceptional seasoned veteran. Shawver scattered five hits over seven innings of shutout ball Wednesday, striking out 15 while walking just two as Amherst got a pair of fifth-inning runs to hand Midview a Read More…

Historical society unable to raise funds to save old Amherst town hall

Preservationists are not able to fund the moving of Amherst’s first town hall, which will be razed to make way for a bar patio this summer. CHRONICLE FILE

AMHERST — Amherst residents may soon need to say goodbye to more than 150 years of history when the old town hall gets demolished this spring. The building on the 300 block of Church Street was the original town hall in the mid-1800s, but come spring, it will be taken down to make room for 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…

Popular Amherst sledding hill potential location for new GetGo

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AMHERST TWP. — Some Amherst residents are voicing their displeasure about the sale of a plot of land near Leavitt Road that has long been a popular sledding area. A few acres of county-owned land on the corner of Leavitt and North Ridge roads in Amherst Township has been up for sale for two years, Read More…

Emergency alert system coming to Amherst

AMHERST — Residents around Amherst soon will have information about flooding, road closures and boil alerts at their fingertips. Lorain County will set up a new emergency alert system in Amherst that tentatively will start Jan. 1, Amherst Councilman Steve Bukovac said. The county is working with Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS), which works with Read More…

Forum critiques state’s emphasis on testing

AMHERST — It’s a conversation that is taking place far from the legislative halls of Columbus, where elected officials are writing laws to reshape Ohio education. But a standing-room-only crowd of educators and parents who came to Amherst on Monday night to discuss the changes in everything from curriculum to testing to teacher evaluations are Read More…

Amherst moves forward on mixed-use developments

AMHERST — Amherst City Council on Monday approved the first reading of an ordinance that would expand mixed-use developments in the city, which officials said could bring in more commerce. If the ordinance takes effect, any property owner could apply to build both residential and commercial buildings on their land, with some stipulations. “This would Read More…

Amherst theater owner says he plans to run for mayor

Mark Costilow

AMHERST — He frequents downtown Amherst, City Hall and the Amherst Cinema, but next year Safety Service director Mark Costilow hopes to find a new place to spend his days — in the mayor’s office. Amherst’s mayor of 12 years, David Taylor, plans to leave after his third term is up in 2015, and Mark Read More…