May 3, 2015

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H.S. Tennis: Avon Lake cruises to 2nd straight LCAAA title

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AVON LAKE — If it weren’t for the dominance of Avon junior Nico Mostardi, Avon Lake’s road to a second straight Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association boys tennis tournament championship would have been clear sailing. As it was, the Shoremen won four of the five championships en route to a 39-point performance and the team Read More…

Death of Avon Lake man inspires legislative action quickening prescription access

Kevin Houdeshell

A bill sparked by a local man’s death is making its way through the Ohio Senate that aims to reform the law governing a pharmacist’s ability to fill a prescription for life-saving drugs such as insulin. Kevin Houdeshell was 36 when he died in 2014 after he couldn’t get insulin on New Year’s Eve in Read More…

Resident calls Avon Lake subpoena ordinance power government overreach

AVON LAKE — A resident is concerned City Council is overstepping boundaries by attempting to grant itself the power to subpoena witnesses even though Ohio law provides councils with such powers. The city first discussed subpoena powers in February during a Public Service Committee meeting. Councilman Rob James, 2nd Ward, said then the ordinance was Read More…

St. Joseph’s parish breaks ground for new center

Dozens of children and families break ground on the new 14,000 square foot St. Joseph Parish family center and gymnasium in Avon Lake Sunday afternoon. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — St. Joseph Parish parishioners brought shovels to the groundbreaking for a family center and gymnasium Sunday. The act was symbolic of the communal spirit behind construction of the 14,000-square-foot building expected to begin next month. Church pastor the Rev. Ron Wearsch thanked parishioners for their donations, prayers and overall support. “Without you, Read More…

Following his own path: Football might be in his genes, but Avon Lake’s Ian Mack found success in lacrosse

It would have seemed natural for Avon Lake’s Ian Mack to become a star football player. After all, his father, Dick, was a starter for legendary Ohio State coach Woody Hayes, and his uncle, Tom, is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a 12-year career with the Los Angeles Rams that included Read More…

High school softball: Austinson, Avon nearly perfect in opener

AVON — The Avon Eagles couldn’t have dreamed of a better start. In their season opener Tuesday against non-conference rival Avon Lake, the Eagles erupted for eight first-inning runs and battered the Shoregals for 14 runs on 14 hits in just four innings. Meanwhile, sophomore Dani Austinson (1-0) came within a bunt single of pitching Read More…

Meat from Avon Lake deer culling donated to regional food bank

David Wiedenheft, food resource coordinator for Second Harvest Food Bank in Lorain, opens one of the boxes containing a total of 338 lbs of venison that was delivered to the Lorain food bank after a recent deer cull in Avon Lake. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — The city’s recent culling efforts have resulted in the donation of more than 600 pounds of venison to a local food bank. Mayor Greg Zilka said the U.S. Animal Plant Health Inspection Wildlife Services, which the city entered into a $15,960 contract with to cull deer at Weiss Field using sharpshooters, are Read More…

Winning spelling bee is part of Learwood student’s repertoire

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EATON TWP. — It was Emma Jankowski’s bee to win. After placing runner-up in the 2014 East District Spelling Bee and being crowned the winner of the 2015 East District Spelling Bee this year, taking home the first-place trophy for the district finals Friday was sweet success. Emma, an eighth-grader at Learwood Middle School in Read More…

Info sought about Avon Lake World War II casualties

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AVON LAKE — Nine Avon Lake High School graduates have died while serving in the armed forces, but little is known about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two who graduated in the 1940s. Avon Lake at-large Councilman John Shondel, who retired from the Army Reserve in 1985 and is sergeant-at-arms for Avon Lake American Read More…

Initial deer cull at eight in Avon Lake

AVON LAKE — The city’s first culling operation at Weiss Field on Thursday night resulted in sharpshooters killing eight deer. Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka said it was a smooth process and culling will continue. “I wasn’t sure what they were going to get,” Zilka said. “But it was more than I was hoping for.” Read More…