July 3, 2015

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Avon Lake mayor: No to full-time economic development director

AVON LAKE — The mayor has officially notified City Council that he’ll veto recently approved legislation creating an Economic Development Department with a full-time director. City Council passed the ordinance 5 to 2 on June 22, and following the meeting Mayor Greg Zilka said he’d veto it because creation of a full-time position isn’t a Read More…

Implications of Supreme Court ruling unknown for proposed NRG pipeline

It isn’t yet clear if a recent Supreme Court ruling will affect the NRG Energy pipeline project but the company says it will continue to comply with the federal Environmental Protection Agency rules while a lower court revisits the case. NRG has plans to convert the coal-burning power plant in Avon Lake to natural gas Read More…

Flood problems continue for Avon Lake residents

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AVON LAKE — For the second time in a week, some Avon Lake residents woke up to water seeping up through their basement drains and soaking their belongings Saturday morning. Mark Adams, meteorologist from the National Weather Service, said the northern part of Lorain County was especially affected by rain that started about 11 p.m. Read More…

Doing their homework: Avon Lake’s Brian Mihalik and Westlake’s Jake Ryan enjoy NFL Rookie Symposium in Berea

BEREA — Two hundred and fifty-four players are participating in the weeklong NFL Rookie Symposium. But only two of them grew up within biking distance of the Browns’ training facility, which hosted the NFC Play 60 youth football clinic Friday. Eagles defensive end Brian Mihalik played high school football at Avon Lake, while Packers linebacker Read More…

Avon Lake schedules extra trash pickup due to storm

AVON LAKE – Residents affected by storms and flooding can place damaged items on tree lawns for a special bulk trash pickup Monday. Mayor Greg Zilka said Republic Services agreed to send five trucks and people should have items on the curb by 6:30 a.m. “They will pick up everything including items in black, plastic Read More…

Avon Lake hit hardest by storms

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AVON LAKE — Residents were busy Tuesday picking up fallen tree branches and clearing items from soaked basements after several early morning storms. National Weather Service Meteorologist Zach Sefcovic said the northeast corner of Lorain County and northwest corner of Cuyahoga County were hit the hardest with 1.5 to 1.9 inches of rain falling between Read More…

Avon Lake mulls drinking fees on city-owned facilities

AVON LAKE — City officials say it’s well-known those renting the Lake House at Veterans Memorial Park would sometimes spike punch with alcohol or stock the refrigerator with beer and wine. The problem? Consuming alcohol at city-owned facilities is against the law. But an ordinance before Council will allow alcohol consumption as long as extra Read More…

Drone inspecting Lake Erie shore for signs of erosion

AVON LAKE — A drone will soon be zipping along the Lake Erie shore looking for signs of erosion. Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka said the camera-equipped drone, which cost the city’s Public Works Department about $2,000, will be used to examine bluffs at North Pointe Drive and Veterans Memorial Park. Zilka said the bluff Read More…

Lawyer withdraws request for murder case dismissal

ELYRIA — The lawyer representing the Avon Lake woman accused of killing her husband with plastic wrap has withdrawn a request to have the case against his client dropped because of the delay in bringing charges against her. The request, filed last year by attorney Troy Reeves on behalf of Jeane Harrington, was supposed to Read More…

Jankowski just misses advancing at national spelling bee

Emma Jankowski

At first glance it appeared Emma Jankowski had the closest of shaves in not advancing to today’s semifinal round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 13-year-old eighth-grader at Avon Lake’s Learwood Middle School correctly spelled “rathskeller,” a German word for basement tavern or beer hall, during Wednesday afternoon’s onstage rounds to help Read More…