May 27, 2015


Families rescued from flooding along Vermilion River

The homes along Riverside Drive in Vermilion flooded past the first story of some homes on Saturday due to large amounts of snow melting and rain. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — As the Vermilion River continued to crest Saturday, six families who failed to heed evacuation warnings were rescued by the Vermilion Fire Department and other local emergency management agencies. Fire Chief Chris Stempowski said a text alert was sent out to Vermilion residents at 3:03 p.m. Friday notifying them of an ice jam along Read More…

Vermilion River floods roads, fields

An ice jam is nearly up to the bridge at Mill Hollow at the Vermilion River Reservation. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — With closed roads and watery fields, some Vermilion residents said the flooding that started Friday is the largest they’ve seen in a while. Ice building up in the Vermilion River at Mill Hollow rose to 14 feet Friday and spilled over the banks around North Ridge Road. Vermilion Mayor Eileen Bulan said city Read More…

New Vermilion mayor, judge sworn in


Judge W. Zack Dolyk, left, shakes the hand of Vermilion Mayor Eileen Bulan after he took the oath of office Monday night at the Vermilion Municipal Court. Before taking his oath of office, Dolyk swore Bulan into office.  

Vermilion Mayor Eileen Bulan easily wins re-election

Vermilion Mayor Slider

VERMILION — Incumbent Eileen Bulan was easily re-elected to lead the city for the next four years — defeating the same opponent she ousted in 2009 to claim the mayor’s job. Bulan defeated ex-mayor Jean Anderson in votes tallied from both Lorain and Erie counties. In Lorain County, Bulan took 934 votes to Anderson’s 476, Read More…

Man exposes genitals to girls during cross country meet

VERMILION — Police investigated after several cross country girls reported seeing a man expose his genitals to them on a race course. The incident was reported by Avon Lake Middle  School’s cross country coach, Ron Rocco, who told police that the girls were in a wooded area of the course, between the stadium gravel lot Read More…

Woman calls 911 line 11 times for non-emergencies

VERMILION — A woman was arrested after allegedly calling 911 emergency line 11 times for non-emergencies. Police said Cynthia Redilla called 911 twice Sept. 23 after calling the emergency number nine times the previous night. Redilla was warned not to call the emergency number Sept. 22 after she reportedly called the number to report that Read More…

Vigil held for drug addicts, family members

candlelight vigil

VERMILION — When Melva Sherwood, who lost her son to drug addiction almost a year ago, saw a man with his head in his hands sitting outside of a resource center for addicts who want to recover, she called the center’s co-founder, Kim Eberle. “Kim said ‘I’m on it,’” Sherwood said, and within minutes Eberle Read More…

Vermilion graduate Adam Beach shakes off the rust, helps Crushers down Bums, clinch division title

Crushers Beach

AVON — Looking for a local-boy-makes-good story? Look to the Lake Erie Crushers. Needing just one win in their final two games to wrap up the first East Division championship in the five-year history of the franchise, the Crushers turned to Vermilion’s own Adam Beach. And he delivered. Coupled with some big offense in the Read More…

High school football 2013: Coaching stability, progress on field giving Vermilion real hope for turnaround

VERMILION — Rob Duray didn’t have a whole lot of time to implement his vision in his first season as Vermilion’s coach. It’s tough when you’re not hired until May and you’re replacing a coach that was hired to replace another coach who was let go after just one season on the job. Despite the Read More…

Southview grad Jessica Tomazic makes huge strides in a year, goes from 70th to first in Vermilion Triathlon

VERMILION — Lorain County athletes made their presence felt in Sunday’s sixth annual Vermilion Harbor Triathlon and Duathlon at Linwood Park. Lorain’s Jessica Tomazic, 31, won the women’s title and finished ninth overall for the Olympic Distance race in a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 15 seconds. The event consisted of 1.5K swim, Read More…