August 30, 2014

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Elyria High School adds salad bar to lunch menu

salad bar slider

It’s lunch time at Elyria High School, and the menu has all the staples of teenage dining — pizza, burgers and french fries. But there is also a new offering that has become a popular choice among students: a salad bar. “We did it because the students were basically asking for it,” said Scott Teaman, Read More…

Elyria City Council seeks review of legal counsel costs

Scott Serazin

ELYRIA — City Council wants an outsider to tell them if Mayor Holly Brinda should have used her administrative legal counsel’s law firm to negotiate labor contracts on behalf of the city. In 2013, Elyria law firm Stumphauzer O’Toole racked up more than $68,000 in legal fees sitting at the table as the city worked Read More…

Elyria Council debates role of mayor’s legal counsel

Holly Brinda

City Council members are questioning the role of the mayor’s legal counsel after she asked them to hire another firm for a job they thought he was doing. And, the firm is not just any firm. It is Walter Haverfield LLP, where Ken Stumphauzer is a non-equity partner, raising the question of whether it’s appropriate Read More…

Elyria, Lorain tackling potholes as weather permits


ELYRIA — With a gently used hot box and tons of cold patch, Elyria workers are tackling this year’s scourge of potholes the only way they know how: one hole at a time. Scott Payne, Elyria’s Street Department superintendent, said the plowing and patching cycle of this winter has taken on a life of its Read More…

Elyria Catholic principal recognized for openness with students during cancer disagnosis

amy butler

LORAIN — The always-optimistic Amy Butler said she was devastated when she learned that she had Stage 4 breast cancer in March 2013. Already in what is considered the most-invasive stage of the disease, Butler immediately began chemotherapy and surgery treatments in what she said was the “the plan for a long life.” Other women Read More…

Elyria High briefly locked down after alleged threat

Elyria High School was briefly locked down Thursday morning after an alleged threat. At about 9:15 a.m., a 14-year-old student allegedly made a threat, which was heard by a group of other students. Administrators  immediately locked down the school. The Elyria Police Department was contacted and promptly responded. The student, who left the school after Read More…

Elyria family’s outdoor TV show gains major local sponsor

reaser family

ELYRIA — As the Dan Reaser family of Elyria continues to bag deer and fish while celebrating the value of family and nature on their new cable TV show, the program is also garnering some hometown sponsors. Elyria-based Ridge Tool Co., producer of RIDGID-brand tools, was named Wednesday as a major sponsor of “The Outdoor Read More…

Donna’s Diner gets reprieve

Donna Dove serves food in her Elyria diner in October 2012. Dove plans to close the eatery, most likely at the end of the month. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Donna Dove is not ready to give up. A surge of customers after elected officials volunteered to work in her restaurant prompted Dove to decide to keep her business, Donna’s Diner, open. “My phone has been ringing off the hook with people telling me how much they support me,” she said Tuesday. She paused Read More…

Elyria has limited funds to repair city roads after harsh winter

Bell Avenue is just one of the many roads in Elyria in need of repair after an especially harsh winter. PHOTO COURTESY OF LINDA MEADOWS

ELYRIA — The limited amount of money the city has available to fix its pothole-pocked roads this summer is less than the city spent to fix a single road last year. This year, the city’s road resurfacing program has just a little more than $24,000 available for road projects, said city Finance Director Ted Pileski. Read More…

Elyria officials pitch in to help Donna’s Diner

Donna Dove serves food in her Elyria diner in October 2012. Dove plans to close the eatery, most likely at the end of the month. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — The city’s elected officials are not letting Donna’s Diner go down without a fight. News that the downtown eatery, which brought Elyria international recognition when it served as the backdrop to a five-part series in the New York Times, is planning to close has ignited the passion to serve from some. “We want Read More…