July 3, 2015

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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…

Avon Lake looks to expand deer culling

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AVON LAKE — Sharpshooters might be headed to more city-owned property in the future to kill deer. City officials are considering locations for future culling on parcels of city-owned land near the wastewater treatment plant along Moore Road and near the water towers along Lear and Division roads, Lake Road and Westwinds Drive. Discussions with Read More…

Costs of Avon Lake deer cull less than expected

AVON LAKE — The cost of the city’s deer culling operations with sharpshooters was substantially lower than initial quotes provided by the United States Department of Agriculture. The city signed an initial service agreement with the USDA to spend up to $15,960 for sharpshooting services, but the actual cost came in at $8,557 for the Read More…

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…