March 31, 2015

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Avon Lake residents open new restaurant

Serena Zinsmeister, one of the owners of The Breakwall in Avon Lake. ROB SWINDELL / CHRONICLE

Six years in the making, Serena and Joseph Zinsmeister have opened The Breakwall Food and Spirits, 153 Lear Road, Avon Lake.
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New Avon Lake drug, alcohol treatment center opens

Dan Haight, left, chief operating cfficer for Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, talks with counselors Deborah Broaddus and Tracy Hagedorn at the grand opening of The Wellness Clinic at 525 Avon-Belden Road in Avon Lake. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — The Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services – Avon Lake Wellness Center officially opened to the public Thursday as part of a greater outreach in Lorain County. LCADA, in partnership with the city of Avon Lake and the Avon Lake school district, unveiled its new location at 525 Avon-Belden Road during Read More…

Ford workers ‘blindsided’ by layoff announcement

The Ford Econoline plant in Avon Lake, as seen in 2005. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

AVON LAKE — Only employees with 22 years or more of seniority will keep their jobs after about 900 upcoming layoffs at Ford Motor Co.’s Ohio Assembly Plant. Read More…

Ford to lay off more than 900 workers

Ford Motor Co.'s Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake is seen in this 2011 file photo. The plant announced Monday that it will lay off more than half of its workforce.

AVON LAKE — About half of the 1,886 workers at Ford Motor Co.’s Ohio Assembly Plant will be laid off as part of restructuring at the plant, said a Ford spokeswoman. Spokeswoman Kristina Adamski released an email statement on the layoffs after Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka confirmed that he had spoken with Ford officials, Read More…

Avon Lake crime: Man arrested during domestic violence situation

Avon Lake police 3:06 a.m. Dec. 22 — 32100 block Country Club Drive, a 911 call was made during a domestic violence situation between a man and his girlfriend. The man was arrested and taken to Lorain County Jail, no name given. Friday, Dec. 20 11:39 a.m. — 400 block Long Pointe Drive, lights were Read More…

Avon Lake’s Katie Mihalik caps big day by winning Miss Volleyball award

Miss Volleyball

ELYRIA — Katie Mihalik had an exciting Wednesday. The Avon Lake senior outside hitter signed her national letter of intent to play college volleyball at Cleveland State in the afternoon, then was awarded the Lorain County Miss Volleyball award at Elyria Catholic at night. “I signed with the school I love, Cleveland State, today,” Mihalik Read More…

National signing day: Three Avon Lake athletes, one from Amherst, headed to Division I schools

AL Signing

AVON LAKE — Brad Hamilton obviously has baseball in his blood. Hamilton is not only the son of Tom Hamilton, the radio voice of the Cleveland Indians, he’s also the brother of Nick Hamilton, a farmhand with the Indians who also was a standout player at Avon Lake and Kent State. Wednesday, Brad followed in Read More…

H.S. Football: Playoffs final scores

Playoffs Slider

Five local high school teams advanced to the football postseason. Friday’s games: Toledo St. Francis de Sales 14, Avon 38 Preview: Glenn following long line of solid Avon quarterbacks Recap: Avon overcomes early stumble, rolls over Toledo St. Francis de Sales Avon Lake 21, Highland 28 Preview: Opening lopsided loss motivated Avon Lake Recap: Avon Read More…

Boys regional soccer: Shoremen make long-awaited tourney trip

AL Soccer

AVON LAKE — Players on the current squad were infants and toddlers the last time an Avon Lake boys team advanced to a Sweet 16. Bill Clinton was still the president, the World Trade Center was still standing and Osama bin Laden, Iraq and Afghanistan were nightmares yet to come. That would make the year Read More…

Hearing begins in lawsuit to close Avon Lake skate park

Skate Park sue

AVON LAKE — An Avon Lake homeowner who is suing the city to close a skate park near his house claimed that he has been treated poorly by both the skate park users and one of the lawyers representing Avon Lake in a preliminary injunction hearing Thursday. In his opening statements, James Pietrangelo II called Read More…