March 30, 2015


For first time, a for profit corporation wins 2014 Difference Makers award

The founding members of 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County -- Nancy Sullivan, left, Sue Bowers, Libby Thuning and Marcia Miller -- were named difference makers this year.

ELYRIA – It goes without saying that a person or a non-profit can be lauded as a difference maker in a community because they are generally the first one to step up and help, but for the first time Leadership Lorain County has named a for profit corporation as one of its 2014 Difference Makers. Read More…

Girls golf: Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder wins Division I district title

Niki Schroeder

MASSILLON — Northeast Ohio has its share of elite talent with Geneva’s Danielle Nicholson, Massillon Jackson’s Landrie Grace and Cassie Pantelas, Magnificat’s Jillian Hollis, Highland’s Chloe McKinzie and Kent Roosevelt’s Nielsen sisters. None of them came close Tuesday to matching Avon Lake junior Niki Schroeder at the Legends of Massillon Division I district tournament. The Read More…

Avon Lake student wins label design contest


AVON LAKE — A Redwood Elementary School student’s artwork will be featured on a limited-edition Torani Raspberry syrup bottle. The student, 8-year-old Emilia Sansotta, was chosen as one of two winners in a national Art for Kids label design contest. Emilia’s artwork was selected from hundreds of entries submitted by after-school students around the country, Read More…

Man suing Avon Lake over skate park has litigious past


AVON LAKE — For attorney James Pietrangelo II, the decision to file a lawsuit calling to close down a skate park was one of many attempts throughout his life to make his voice heard. “I’ve always dedicated myself to being the person who stands up,” Pietrangelo said. On Wednesday, Pietrangelo filed a lawsuit against Avon Read More…

Man sues Avon Lake to get skate park closed


AVON LAKE — It was what James Pietrangelo II described as the “cacophonous noise” of a skate park near his house that caused him to file a lawsuit against the city on Wednesday, calling for the park to be closed. “I had to sue for my safety,” Pietrangelo said, describing how he has been harassed Read More…

High school football: Seniors-only meeting sparks Avon Lake past North Ridgeville

Avon Lake's Collin Lucas digs for long yardage as North Ridgeville's Jacob Ruoff and Shawn Stumpf try to stop him. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — It may have taken 21½ hours to complete the game, but Avon Lake coach Larry Laird isn’t complaining. His Shoremen rallied Saturday to pull out a 14-7 win over North Ridgeville in a game postponed by bad weather Friday night. Avon Lake improved to 3-1 while North Ridgeville fell to 2-2. The Read More…

Avon Lake deer survey results pinpoint overpopulation areas


AVON LAKE — Results of a survey about deer have been released. The survey, available to all city residents, was completed by approximately 950 people. There were 50 people who did not provide addresses, so those surveys weren’t counted. The results were examined by the Avon Lake City Council, Mayor Greg Zilka, the Ohio Department Read More…

Girls golf 2013: Avon Lake’s Niki Schroeder has only one goal … to be the best she can be

Niki Schroeder

It’s usually not hard for Niki Schroeder’s family and friends to find her. All they have to do is check the golf course. Schroeder isn’t living the life of luxury, in fact, she’s striving to achieve her dream of being the best golfer in the state, the country and eventually the world. The Avon Lake Read More…

Avon Lake memorial honors legend of 2 sailors from Battle of Lake Erie

John Shondel, American Legion Post 211 Sergeant at Arms and Avon Lake Councilman at Large, delivers a short history of The Battle of Lake Erie during the dedication ceremony of the "Two Unknown Seamen" memorial marker at Lake Shore Cemetery. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE – No one knows who they are, or if they are even buried at Lake Shore Cemetery, but on a windy Sunday morning two unknown seamen were given a memorial there. President of the Avon Lake Historical Society Gerry Vogel said the legend of two seamen whose bodies washed ashore in the early Read More…

High school volleyball: Amherst grabs momentum after Madison Cruzado’s great play in Game 1, sweeps Avon Lake

Amherst's Mallory Sliman hits over Avon Lake's Bella Kneidel, left, and Lauren Bakaitis. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — A turning point can come at any time. In Amherst’s three-game sweep of Avon Lake, freshman Madison Cruzado made an early play that seemed impossible at the time she made it, and turned a tight match into an easy 25-23, 25-13, 25-15 victory. Amherst had not defeated the Shoregals in more than two Read More…