July 28, 2015

Elyria
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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ELYRIA — The lawyer representing the Avon Lake woman accused of killing her husband with plastic wrap has withdrawn a request to have the case against his client dropped because of the delay in bringing charges against her.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…

So far, so good for Lorain County speller

Emma Jankowski of Avon Lake poses with Scripps National Spelling Bee pronouncer Jacques Bailly. PROVIDED PHOTO

Emma Jankowski is still in it to win it. The Avon Lake Learwood Middle School eighth-grader successfully spelled “trajectory” during the 88th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee late Wednesday morning. “We’re just finishing up now,” Emma’s mom Terri said about 11:45 a.m. as the family left the mammoth 2,000-room Gaylord Convention Center and Hotel at Read More…

Avon Lake officials disagree about creating economic development director post

AVON LAKE — Some city officials want to establish the position of a full-time economic development director but not everyone is on board with the idea. An ordinance establishing an economic development department and director is before City Council for consideration. At-large Council member Dan Bucci, chairman of the economic development committee, said more needs Read More…

Avon Lake speller learns to say ‘cheese’ in German

Emma Jankowski of Avon Lake poses with Scripps National Spelling Bee pronouncer Jacques Bailly. PROVIDED PHOTO

Emma Jankowski is a bit more worldly thanks to Tuesday’s preliminary written and oral rounds in the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. One of the words the Learwood Middle School eighth-grader had to navigate her way through was “schmierkase,” a German term for a soft uncured cheese made from sour skimmed milk. Emma’s study Read More…

Census figures released; Avon, Avon Lake, North Ridgeville are big gainers in county

Census figures

The U.S. Census Bureau released detailed figures about county population growth and once again Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville saw the largest population increases in Lorain County. Figures released in March showed that Lorain County, which has a total population of 304,216, saw a 0.9 percent population increase from 2013 to 2014, while populations Read More…

Avon Lake firefighter, suspended after conviction, resigns

AVON LAKE — An Avon Lake firefighter who had been suspended following an assault conviction resigned after the city questioned receipts he submitted on an expense report. Mark McGuire, who was an Avon Lake firefighter for 13 years, resigned Tuesday citing personal reasons. McGuire, reached by phone Wednesday, declined to elaborate on the reasons for Read More…

Veterans circulating petition to keep VA Clinic in Lorain

LORAIN — Veterans are passing around petitions and gathering signatures to let the Veterans Administration know they want the VA Clinic to remain in Lorain. During the annual VA2K Walk and Roll on Wednesday, a 1.2-mile walk at the Lorain VA Clinic that promotes wellness and benefits homeless veterans, petitions were circulated that will be Read More…