August 22, 2014

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Avon considers reopening Avon Road during interchange construction

AVON — It would be cheaper to temporarily reopen Avon Road to traffic during construction of the Lear Nagel Road/Interstate 90 interchange than to keep it closed. At least that’s the view of Mayor Jim Smith, who is studying whether to reopen the road, which was closed to traffic in 2009 over unsafe conditions. While Read More…

Crushers’ mascot sidelined while new head is on order

Stomper, in happier times, gives a hug to Jessica Jones in August.

Stomper, the Lake Erie Crushers’ team mascot, has been absent from games recently, but he should return shortly. That’s because a thief made off with the costume’s head about a month ago, said Daniel Helm, vice president of business operations for the team. Helm said he thought the head was taken as a prank. Someone Read More…

Schools look for alleged T-shirt offenders

Two North Ridgeville High School students told administrators Monday they saw three people at Friday’s Avon vs. North Ridgeville football game wearing “mean-spirited, homemade shirts” mocking Alexander Sismour’s death, according to a statement from Avon principal Kristina Dobos Buller. Dobos Buller said the shirts said something to the effect of, “At least we know how Read More…

High school soccer notes: Sara Zambo’s return gives Keystone a lift

Occasionally athletes take off a year, sometimes two, before resuming their careers. Keystone senior Sara Zambo came back from a six-year absence and after an injury to starter Jamie Stokley, Zambo has stepped in as the Wildcats’ starting goalkeeper. “Sara heard good things from the girls at tryouts and she decided she wanted to come Read More…

After 16 years, ground broken for Avon’s new I-90 interchange

The official groundbreaking for the new Nagel Road interchange in Avon took place at Pettiti's Garden Center. The area behind and to the right will be part of the new interchange and Pettiti's has signed off part of their land for the construction project. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

AVON — Ground was broken Thursday on the $18 million Nagel Road/Interstate 90 interchange that should help relieve congestion at nearby exits and spur development near the new interchange. Construction on the Cleveland Clinic’s $93 million Avon Family Health and Surgery Center already is well under way and additional projects are expected near the interchange, Read More…

State-of-the-art MRI machine arrives for new Clinic facility

Millwrights Local 1871 member Joe Ober of Hiram helps move this massive MRI unit into a new health facility Wednesday in Avon. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

AVON — On Wednesday, a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging machine arrived at the Cleveland Clinic’s new $93 million Avon Family Health and Surgery Center. “It’s a large machine … it fills the room,” Dr. Joseph Knapp, the facility’s medical director said Wednesday shortly before the unit was lowered into place by a huge crane. “This Read More…

Ground broken on new Avon interchange

AVON — The economy might still be sluggish, but Avon mayor Jim Smith predicted a flurry of development when ground was broken today on the $18 million Nagel Road/Interstate 90 interchange. A facility planned by the Cleveland Clinic is just the first of many projects he expects to come to the area. Without mentioning Elyria Read More…

Girls soccer: Double trouble for Avon in loss to Rocky River

Avon’s Holly Ohradzansky, right, maneuvers around Rocky River’s Stephanie Davis during a 3-1 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

ROCKY RIVER — The Avon Eagles suffered two losses on Wednesday. On the field Avon dropped a 3-1 decision to West Shore Conference foe Rocky River. Prior to making the trip to Rocky River, the Eagles coach Tony Dimacchia found out he would be without his starting goalkeeper Holly Kraus for at least the next Read More…

Crushers swept: Joliet, injuries too much to overcome

AVON – At several points during this season, it looked like the Lake Erie Crushers wouldn’t be in the postseason. But against a lot of odds, the Crushers battled back from being 10 games under .500 and needing two wins without the team’s best player, Andrew Davis, and punched their ticket to the playoffs for Read More…

Avon finally getting repaid for Crushers stadium

AVON — Three years after it applied for the money, the city is being repaid for a small portion of the cost of its minor league All Pro Freight Stadium. The Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission voted Thursday to authorize a $200,000 reimbursement to the city. “It’s been a long time coming,” Avon Mayor Jim Smith Read More…