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Our Veterans Service Officer’s assist Veterans and their families in obtaining possible benefits through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA). They also assist Vets in obtaining their DD 214, applying for reissue of medals and a high school diploma for wartime Veterans. The Veteran must provide their DD 214, proof of residency and other vital documents such as marriage and birth certificates, divorce decree, custody papers, verification of household income as required for VA claims assistance. PLEASE NOTE: As we cannot force you to utilize our services, we however, highly suggest that you DO NOT pay anyone to file your claims with the Veteran’s Administration (VA). Our services are FREE! Our VSO’s are required to keep abreast of laws and policies of the VA and hold accreditation through the Ohio Department of Veterans Services and the National Association of Veterans Service Officers. They are experts in the claims process and serve as your liaison to the VA.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Temporary financial assistance may be available to Veterans or their widow who show a need and meet eligibility requirements. Assistance may be given for rent, mortgage, property tax, utilities, car payment, insurances, and food or personal items. The commission considers household income, living expenses, available assets, medical expenses, and the special needs of each applicant when determining eligibility. The Veteran must have been discharged under honorable conditions and must have served on active duty for purposes other than training. Applicant must be a resident of Lorain County for 90 days prior to application.

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FIRST ROW (seated left to right): Jeanine Donaldson, Director, Elyria YWCA; Holly Brinda, Mayor, City of Elyria; Cindy Kushner, Marketing Director, Lorain County Community College; Natalie Deem, Manager, Premier Toyota. SECOND ROW: Tyra Lehmann, Senior Account Executive, Judy Glenn, VP of ORTIC & Manager of Elyria Operations and John Daly, Senior Account Executive, Old Republic Title; Ernie Jackson, CEO, Community Star Credit Union; Greg Willey, Executive Director, Friendship APL (& Ash); Lyn Crouse, Director, Elyria Public Library; Ed Stewart, Owner, Stewart’s Appliance. THIRD ROW: Char Wray, President, UH EMH Regional Medical Center; Rev. Dr. Janet Long,

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Pastor, Washington Avenue Christian Church; Tony Gallo, President, Lorain County Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Tom Jama, Superintendent, Elyria City School District; Brian Frederick, CEO, Community Foundation of Lorain County; Jim Vandemark, Owner, Vandemark Jewelers; Frank Whitfield, Director, Lorain County Urban League. Missing from photo: Marcia Ballinger, President, Lorain County Community College; Mary Siwierka, Safety-Service Director, City of Elyria. PHOTO LOCATION: Ely Square in Downtown Elyria. COVER PHOTO: Michael Ciu, Studio Q Photography.


From the Mayor

Welcome to Elyria! And Happy 200th Birthday to Our Great American City

PHOTOS: MICHAEL CIU, CITY OF ELYRIA

On the occasion of this significant milestone in Elyria’s history – our 200th birthday, it is with great pride that I welcome you to our great city. I would also like to express my gratitude to the 100 volunteers who comprise our Bicentennial Committee. They have enthusiastically stepped forward to craft a year of educational, recreational, and cultural events and activities that will help us honor our past, celebrate our present, and shape our future. Within these pages you’ll learn more about Elyria’s celebration and our compelling history. We hope you’ll join us! The creation of a city requires the emergence and empowerment of people with vision who can become its founders. However, the vision becomes a City only when citizens gather and become one. When Heman Ely founded Elyria at the fork of the Black River in March of 1817, the untamed countryside of 12,400 acres was teeming with endless possibilities. He could have only imagined his impact, and the impact of those in the intervening decades and centuries, who have made Elyria what it is today. Now Ohio’s 14th largest city and the county seat, Elyria is the past and present home of leaders, innovators, and caring, hardworking people who have made it a city of “firsts”. Elyria is the founding home of the Easter Seal Society, the first chartered high school west of the Allegheny Mountains, the sewing machine, the modern day bicycle seat, the rubber heel, and a host of worldrenowned actors, writers, musicians, doctors, scientists, industrialists, and athletes. We are in the midst of celebrating our current, threetime Olympic track and field gold medalist Tianna Bartoletta. Our 54,533 active residents have helped create the amenities that make our city a wonderful place to live, work, and raise our families. World-class companies and high quality, affordable health care and educational systems are complimented by historic and modern eclectic housing choices; strong faith-

based and non-profit communities; a scenic park system complete with a river, nature trails and waterfalls; and recreation centers in each quadrant of the community. And within only 7 miles from Lake Erie and 26 miles from Cleveland, Elyria boasts of providing access to all of the wonderful amenities that Northeast Ohio has to offer. Our beautiful and historic downtown is enjoying a rebirth, with new streets and streetscapes, new businesses and restaurants, the arts, an outdoor market and much more. The Midway Mall business district is benefitting from a new $23 million highway reconfiguration that is attracting new business opportunities. And new economic development strategies, incentives and careful planning are strengthening Elyria’s already robust advanced manufacturing sector and other businesses. You’ll learn more about some of Elyria’s businesses and their owners and operators in this bicentennial edition of Elyria Magazine & Community Guide. It is through their generosity that this magazine is possible. Please consider patronizing them. Elyria is a historic, beautiful, great American rail city that is established, yet still growing, evolving, innovating, and making way for the new. Our bicentennial theme is: Making History then and NOW. Join us during this exciting year as we remember, celebrate, and set the stage for the best that is yet to come. You can be a part of it! Happy Birthday, Elyria!

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City Overview

Elyria’s 200th Birthday:

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AROUND THE CITY: The gazebo in historic Ely Square (left); Broad Street in Downtown Elyria (below).

Infrastructure Improvements

By Mayor Holly Brinda

Just like the city’s founder Heman Ely capitalized on Elyria’s many assets to build his dream in 1817, today’s city and other leaders are also making the most of those assets as we work to preserve the best of the past, while making way for the new. Here are just a few of Elyria’s most recent improvements as of our bicentennial year 2017. Thanks to voter approval of Issue 6, a .5 percent fiveyear temporary income tax increase in March 2016, Elyria is busy making significant improvements to its streets, roads, parks, and business districts.

Safety and economic development are priorities with new funds dedicated to hiring and equipping more police and providing business incentives. Other infrastructure improvements unrelated to the passage of Issue 6 are also being made to aging sewers, bridges and more.

Over the next five years, many of Elyria’s 527 streets that have not been recently improved will either be repaired or resurfaced. The first $1 million of street improvements have already begun. In November of 2016, the largely state and federally funded $22 million reconfiguration of State Route 57 and the 49th Street Bridge was also completed. The end results are: fewer crashes, improved access to Midway Mall, hotels and other retail; and opening up very high profile land for future development. Already, a new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel is going up and other retail areas are being planned. The replacement of downtown’s Middle Avenue was completed in 2016, and included $3.6 million of pavement repair, and new curbs, boulevard, crosswalks, bike lanes www.cityofelyria.org

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and street lighting. Third Street leading into downtown Elyria will also be replaced in 2017. Additional road improvements are planned for the downtown area pending funding from state and county sources. A federal grant is helping to pay for lighting, crosswalk and other streetscape improvements to downtown in 2017. The development of a new Storm Water Utility in 2016 to address EPA unfunded mandates, is placing a major focus on wet weather control and sewer repair in the City. Other recent projects have included water main improvements on 8 streets, and more than 30 sewer repairs. And, working with industry in the Taylor Street area, the City has made significant water service improvements including increased water flow and reliability to help facilitate production and expansion for local industries. With financial support from JobsOhio and the State’s Development Services Agency, the City is finally able to redevelop the General Industries brownfield site. In 2017 the site will be cleaned up and 8-10 new jobs will be created with one industry expanding on the site and another business locating a field office.

Business District Improvements and Economic Development With federal funding the City recently completed a market analysis and redevelopment strategy for downtown, Cleveland Street and the Midway Mall area. A followup highest and best use feasibility study was also commissioned by the City in 2016 to help guide Midway Mall redevelopment, specifically. This analytical approach has generated real data to help the City, property owners,

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OLD AND NEW: Thousands of volunteers and civic groups throughout Lorain County band together every Spring for an area-wide day of care and cleanup called “Pride Day.”

asset managers and developers make good decisions about the viability, type and timing for the retail, entertainment, multi-family residential, office and hotel components that can be successful in these respective areas. The Mayor and other city staff are currently working with strategic partners across the community to implement the recommendations and attract and retain businesses. The redevelopment of Elyria’s historic downtown is gaining momentum. Three different developers have recently purchased eight downtown buildings and plan to renovate the buildings inside and outside for various mixed-use purposes including more dining, entertainment, niche retail and residential loft spaces. The first completed downtown project was The Foundry restaurant that opened in June of 2016. In addition, a new law office is being built, a paint store will be opening in 2017, McDonalds is rebuilding, and a state appropriation has helped fund Pioneer Plaza – a partnership between the City of Elyria, the new Elyria Arts Council, and Invest Elyria – to offer a public space to draw people downtown for arts, culture and a farmer’s market. A grant-funded art mural project for the bicentennial is transforming downtown spaces into tourist attractions. In all, six murals will be painted highlighting elements of Elyria history, beginning with two at Pioneer Plaza. And on another positive note, 18 new businesses have moved into formerly vacant spaces in the downtown area including law offices, several non-profit organizations, photography and recording studios and more. Other commercial business districts are also seeing a surge. Cleveland Street currently has a very high occupancy rate. The Chestnut Commons area is booming, so much so that the City is working with the County, Eaton Township Trustees, developers and property owners and ODOT to adjust traffic patterns to


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accommodate the growth in Elyria and Eaton Township. With the support of Lorain County Community College, Elyria’s workforce continues to successfully evolve to meet the new high tech demands of advanced manufacturing. Moreover, Elyria’s new business development incentive programs and business retention and expansion strategies are helping many of our world class companies thrive. In the last 18 months we have seen expansion or improvement projects at Ohio Metallurgical, American Hood, Ridge Tool, 3M Corporation, University Hospital Elyria Medical Center, Lorain County

Community College Health Sciences, and several other projects. Additional expansions of several additional major companies are also slated for 2017.

Safety Improvements Making Elyria the safest community it can be is a major thrust. The City is increasing its police force to 90 sworn officers from 79. The department (EPD) has taken on the tall order of voluntarily adopting national standards and best practices through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies that will make Elyria one

The City of Elyria: Become Part of 200 Years of Business Innovation For two centuries, Elyria has been a city of visionaries, inventors and entrepreneurs who have helped shape our culture of commerce through time-tested, world-class companies and a workforce second to none. If like them, you’re looking for a unique nexus where major highways, rail and water meet high quality education and training opportunities, and the hardest working people you’ll ever know – Welcome to Elyria! Join us as we celebrate our 200th birthday. Our proud past and pioneering spirit are helping us craft our rebirth.

Why Relocate or Grow in Elyria: E New tax incentives that encourage job growth & creation E An economic development plan to help businesses thrive E Educational opportunities for a wellestablished, highly skilled workforce E Over $45 million in new infrastructure improvements E Individualized business development services

Learn what so many world-class businesses in Elyria already know! For more information visit our website at www.cityofelyria.org or call the Mayor’s Office on Economic Development at (440) 326-1402.

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of the premiere municipal law enforcement agencies in Ohio and the United States. Only 7 percent of all law enforcement organizations are CALEA certified. In 2015, the last full year of crime statistics prior to this publication, nine out of 10 major crime categories decreased. Moreover, the reinstated Narcotics/ Neighborhood Impact Unit has proven itself a leader in the war on drugs in northeast Ohio and locally. Working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, other state and federal law enforcement agencies and neighboring communities, EDP makes over 500 drug and felony warrant arrests annually and has helped stop the infiltration of major Mexican cocaine and heroin distributors in Ohio. The Elyria Health Department with the EPD and the Elyria Fire Department (EFD) piloted, and now the EFD implements, the NARCAN program to reverse life-threatening narcotics drug overdoses and save lives. Last year the EPD has also achieved the AAA Platinum Safety Award for its efforts to reduce the number of traffic accidents in the City.

Parks Improvements Elyria’s natural beauty brought both settlers and visitors to our community in the early 1800’s – and continues to do so today. Recent investments by the City of Elyria, the Lorain County MetroParks and service organizations have brought new life to the jewels of the Western Reserve: Cascade and Elywood parks. Through a federal grant, the City made over $2 million of river bank and East Falls observation deck improvements and then entered into a long-term lease agreement with the Lorain County MetroParks to make additional improvements and manage the day-to-day operations. The results are new and updated walking and bike trails, pavilions, restrooms, nature programming, added security and more. Nature lovers can now view in awe our two majestic waterfalls from many perspectives. Also planned is a joint capital campaign with the City and MetroParks to build a new community nature center and a mini amphitheater in Cascade Park with philanthropic support. The Elyria Noon Rotary Club is also gifting a new universal design playground at Cascade Park in honor of their 100th anniversary. By leveraging assistance from the MetroParks for two Elyria parks, it is allowing our very busy Parks and Recreation Department to focus resources on improvements to Elyria’s additional 365 acres of parks, including our neighborhood recreation centers and facilities. A newly completed parks master plan, crafted with extensive public input, will help guide future decisions for the city’s park system, with many upgrades between now and the end of 2020. This past summer

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the Elyria Parks and Recreation Department served over 10,000 children and adults. A total of 1,400 youth participated in 41 sports and sports clinics. An additional 760 children and youth attended donor-funded summer camps.

Neighborhood Improvements As in all historic cities, there is aging housing stock. The City of Elyria has a wonderful eclectic combination of historic homes. The city incentivizes the maintenance, protection and celebration of these structures through a designated historic district and an accompanying Heritage Home Program that provides free technical assistance to historic homeowners as well as low interest loans. Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program Funds (NSP) also help income-eligible homeowners invest in their homes. But, when homes fall into such disrepair that they can no longer be saved and become a nuisance, the City acts. Since 2013 the City of Elyria, with the assistance of NSP and Lorain County Land Bank funds have taken down 228 nuisance properties, with another 40 pending. Citysponsored community gardens have sprouted up on many of these lots. An emphasis on citizen engagement has helped reinvigorate the Elyria Block Watch program. Currently residents in 12 neighborhoods work with the Elyria Police and other city departments to help make their neighborhoods safer. This same renewed community pride has resulted in over 400 volunteers through M.O.V.E. (Mayor’s Office On Volunteer Engagement) that help support Pride Day, home improvements for those in need, the Elyria Feral Cat Project with the Friendship Animal Protective League, emergency warming shelters, and over $220,000 in annual fundraising to support special celebrations and programs. Invest Elyria, Main Street Elyria, the Elyria Arts Council, the Apple Festival Committee and 12 nonprofits also work closely with the City to enhance quality of life programming. This year’s volunteer bicentennial legacy project is the replacement of the aging fountain in Ely Square.

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For a most up-to-date schedule please visit the City’s website at www.cityofelyria.org

January – February BICENTENNIAL STAGE-SETTING – Official Bicentennial souvenirs are available

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Elyria’s 200th birthday is only going to come around once in our lifetime – and Discount Drug Mart is helping us celebrate! As Elyria’s official Bicentennial Souvenir Sponsor, not only can you purchase affordable and unique Bicentennial merchandise at Drug Mart, but every dollar of every purchase you make will be donated back by Drug Mart to build a much-needed new fountain in Elyria’s beautiful and historic Ely Square. Give the gift that will keep on giving for years to come. Drug Mart’s two Elyria locations are offering a variety of merchandise including coffee and beer mugs, wine glasses, lapel pins, t-shirts and jerseys, water bottles, visors, baseball caps and more. Give Bicentennial souvenirs for holidays, birthdays and other special occasions – or just go buy them for yourself.

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at all Elyria Discount Drug Marts (ALL proceeds fund replacement of Ely Square Fountain) – Bicentennial signage and Street Banners Installed – Bicentennial Facebook Page Launched – Monthly historical speaker series begins – Bicentennial newspaper column begins in the Chronicle Telegram – Oral History Project records Elyrian’s experiences – Public Art and Sculpture Contest Launched – Downtown Bicentennial Mural & Storefront Project Continues – Beard Growing Contest Begins – Traveling Exhibit to Schools Begins

Theater at Lorain County Community College March 18 - Special Elyria Bicentennial Postal Cancellations Available Traveling Bicentennial Display begins to circulate Historical walking and bus tours of churches, historical buildings, and cemeteries begin June 24 – Faith Walk & Bicentennial Ministry Program - Ely Square to Elyria High School Performing Arts Center (10am – 6pm) Begin first of three Outdoor Concerts on Kerstetter Way (June, July, August)

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Pioneer Plaza Outdoor Makers Market for Food, Arts & Culture open for summer

and Fireworks Show at West Park July 29 – August 5: Celebrity Homecomings, Publication of Historical Tabloid in Chronicle Telegram, Concentrated schedule of historical programs and tours, Book Signing event for new Elyria 200 book July 29 – Bicentennial Ball / Elyria Country Club

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CONCENTRATED BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION July 3 (Rain date July 7) – Special Bicentennial Edition of Great American Picnic

July 31 – Dedication Ceremony for the Downtown Bicentennial Murals & Pioneer Plaza August 3 – Dedication for the new Bicentennial Fountain in Ely Square August 5 – Grand Bicentennial Parade & Beard Judging Contest

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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Ribbon cutting ceremony (left) at the 2000th Panera Store located near Chestnut Commons. The Lorain County Chamber annual meeting (above) at Lorain County Community College offered participants opportunities to network.

The Lorain County Chamber of Commerce has promoted and supported the success and growth of the Lorain County business community since 1988. We are proud to be the conduit to collaborate and connect our local companies, organizations and institutions. We are home to the Lorain County Safety Council, dedicated to keeping employees safe and working. We promote Manufacturing Month each October, as it is still a large part of our local economy. All year long, we provide the best in networking opportunities, access to your elected officials, partnerships with our local school systems and educational partners, advocating for a stronger workforce and providing savings for businesses to see a return on their investment. It’s never been a better time to join the Lorain County Chamber, especially now for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Join today and let the chamber promote and support your success and growth in Lorain County. Together we can make a difference. Visit us online at www.loraincountychamber.com

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Employees from Northwest Bank enjoy the Holiday Reception at Elyria Country Club.


Education

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Ensuring That Each Child Reaches Their Full Potential The Elyria City School District is a veritable powerhouse when it comes to offering opportunities that attract a diverse student body. Students interested in academics are reassured to know we’re one of the highest ranked urban school districts in the state, and those interested in athletics or fine arts will find coaches, instructors and facilities that rival any in the Buckeyeland. With its array of academic, intervention, enrichment and co-curricular offerings, the district is a vibrant community with something for everyone. From the littlest learners in the district’s top-rated preschool to those preparing for college and careers, the district offers a versatile, comprehensive curriculum. Integrated preschool is available for 3- and 4-year olds and for students with special needs. The classrooms are

GOTTA HAVE ART: A Windsor Elementary School student and teacher create an art-piece together during a program organized by the Special Education team. Windsor is home to the district’s highly acclaimed autism program and many other services.

brimming with the latest educational technology and tools and teachers, and staff members are highly qualified in early education. Quite fittingly, the Elyria Schools – home of the Pioneers – pioneered the practice of all-day kindergarten nearly two decades before it became the preferred method of delivery for kindergarten curricula. And, the highly acclaimed kindergarten program in the Elyria Schools comes at no cost to parents. Students looking for academic rigor will find it in the Elyria Schools Gifted and college-level courses, and in every day instruction. Elyria Schools is a model district for

Fostering Lifelong Leaders Through Leadership Development From discovering, developing and inspiring today’s up and coming leaders through its award-winning internship and Signature Class programs to recognizing and celebrating high-level community impact through the annual Difference Makers Awards, Leadership Lorain County works daily to build a culture of service in this community that we care about so deeply. In 1985, Leadership Lorain County graduated its first class. Today, as we near 1,100 alumni who hold elected office, serve on nonprofit boards, or simply give back through volunteerism, Leadership welcomes the Class of 2017, the 32nd class to graduate from its Signature Program. Visit leadershiploraincounty.com to learn more. www.cityofelyria.org

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the state and often serves as a pilot location for progressive educational programs. Our teachers receive highlevel professional training and can earn college credits in-house through Dr. Tom Jama, the district’s own Elyria University. Superintendent Teachers give students intensive one-on-one support in the classroom and counselors and specialists are onsite each and every day to round out their social and emotional development. A highly acclaimed special education program stresses inclusion in the Elyria Schools, and also offers an

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CLASS ACT: A preschool teacher and her student (left) practice fine motor skills at the Elyria Early Childhood Village; Fox8’s A.J. Colby (above) does the weather with local students; Elyria students in the Special Education program take a moment to smile for the camera during the annual Special Olympics (right).

exceptional autism unit. Because learning and whole-child development extends beyond the standard classroom walls, the district delivers a full-complement of co-curricular and creative opportunities for athletes, artists, thespians, musicians and writers.

Elyria Catholic Students Show Pride in the Community Elyria Catholic High School has graced the corner of Poplar and Gulf since 1948. During the past sixty-eight years, Elyria Catholic has not only provided a strong academic and spiritual foundation based on Catholic principles, but also a warm, family atmosphere that encourages students, faculty and staff to rise to their potential. When visitors walk through the hallways and hear the activity in the classrooms they can feel the sense of pride and accomplishment of the school’s community. Elyria Catholic High School is excited to continue being a part of Elyria and to instill in students the importance of service to the Elyria community and beyond.

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GRADUATION DAY: Elyria High School Commencement ceremony at historic Ely Stadium traditionally includes a script EHS seating formation.

Elyria’s flagship high school – a state-of-the-art facility equipped for 21st century learning – is a Division 1 school, and is lauded for its stellar structure and programming. Elyria High School enjoys a graduation rate of more than 90% and its students earn millions in college scholarships each year. Make no mistake about it: Elyria is a district where excellence is the standard, and where every single child matters. Visit us online at www.elyriaschools.org and … BE A PIONEER!

A Foundation of Character Education for Life Long Success Constellation Schools Elyria Community has been offering parents a choice when it comes to obtaining a quality education in its neighborhood schools for 15 years. Principal Eric Fortuna and Building Administrator Thomas Flood have assembled a team of highly qualified teachers and support staff who currently serve over 500 students. Their dedication and compassion focus on creating an environment that instills a sense of connection and classroom community.  With small class sizes, the education of the whole child provides a rigorous, technology-rich curriculum that embraces Character Education, the foundation of the Constellation Schools program. Students are provided essential skills for lifelong success. PAX, Zones of Regulation and various Mindfulness practices are embedded into daily routines to additionally complement the student’s educational experience. We encourage you to visit one of our locations and see why Constellation Schools is “The Right Choice for Parents and a Real Chance for Children.” www.cityofelyria.org

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An Affordable College Education is Closer Than You Think Lorain County Community College is the “Community’s College.” Established in 1963, LCCC is the first community college in Ohio with a permanent campus serving the diverse needs of Lorain County and the region. LCCC provides affordable access to higher education. LCCC offers a progressive, diverse educational environment with more than 100 academic programs and majors. LCCC has emerged as an innovator in higher education through the success of its University Partnership – the first of its kind at an Ohio community college – where students are able to pursue more than 40 bachelor’s and 10 master’s degrees from 12 of Ohio’s leading universities on LCCC’s campus. LCCC offers theater and arts opportunities at the Stocker Arts Center, men and women’s athletics and a variety of clubs to engage students and enhance their experience.  For more info visit www.lorainccc.edu.

Marcia Ballinger Selected by LCCC Board as New President Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D., of North Ridgeville, was chosen as the new president of Lorain County Community College Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. (LCCC) beginning July 1, 2016. The LCCC Board of Trustees selected Ballinger on April 21st as the College’s sixth president to replace President Roy A. Church, Ed.D., who retired on June 30, 2016. Ballinger is currently the provost/vice president of academic and learner services. She will be the College’s first female president. Ballinger said she is honored to be chosen by the Board and proud to get the opportunity to serve as the first female president of LCCC. “I’m focused on ensuring that our students have the opportunity to have the programs and degrees to achieve their goals,” Ballinger said. “I want to work with our faculty and staff to make sure that we have the most outstanding educational programs so that our graduates can continue to contribute to the local economy.”

Imagine the Possibilities! The Elyria Public Library System includes five locations plus a bookmobile throughout the service area of the Elyria City School & the Keystone School Districts. The collection offers our patrons resources such as books, magazines, audiobooks, music, movies, digital materials, databases, and more. The library also offers free programs, classes, and events throughout the year for all ages. The library strives to connect our patrons with free educational, informational, and entertaining materials in all formats to support lifelong learning. Our professional, friendly, and efficient staff is here to serve you. Patrons can contact us via phone, email, text, or visit us in person. Call: 440-323-5747 or email: epl@elyrialibrary.org.

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FIRST ROW (seated left to right): Jeanine Donaldson, Director, Elyria YWCA; Holly Brinda, Mayor, City of Elyria; Cindy Kushner, Marketing Director, Lorain County Community College; Natalie Deem, Manager, Premier Toyota. SECOND ROW: Tyra Lehmann, Senior Account Executive, Judy Glenn, VP of ORTIC & Manager of Elyria Operations and John Daly, Senior Account Executive, Old Republic Title; Ernie Jackson, CEO, Community Star Credit Union; Greg Willey, Executive Director, Friendship APL (& Ash); Lyn Crouse, Director, Elyria Public Library; Ed Stewart, Owner, Stewart’s Appliance. THIRD ROW: Char Wray, President, UH EMH Regional Medical Center; Rev. Dr. Janet Long,

Pastor, Washington Avenue Christian Church; Tony Gallo, President, Lorain County Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Tom Jama, Superintendent, Elyria City School District; Brian Frederick, CEO, Community Foundation of Lorain County; Jim Vandemark, Owner, Vandemark Jewelers; Frank Whitfield, Director, Lorain County Urban League. Missing from photo: Marcia Ballinger, President, Lorain County Community College; Mary Siwierka, Safety-Service Director, City of Elyria. PHOTO LOCATION: Ely Square in Downtown Elyria. COVER PHOTO: Michael Ciu, Studio Q Photography.

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Jim Vandemark VANDEMARK JEWELERS erving Elyria and surrounding communities for all their jewelry needs since 2002, Vandemark Jewelers is a trusted family name in jewelry.

Jim Vandemark, who has been actively involved in fine jewelry since 1983, is a well known face to the Elyria Community. Now his son Bob works alongside him daily, running the company’s in-house shop, sizing rings, retipping prongs and remounting your heirloom gems. Vandemark’s also has a new Laser Star Laser Welder to handle really sensitive repairs. On the showroom side, Jim, Jackie and Kathy are always finding the perfect new jewelry & giftware to make your gift giving memorable. Vandemark’s is known for their great selection of engagement Your rings, diamonds & bands in all price ranges. While you are there, be sure to Photo from check out the estate case. These precover photo owned gems are unique and a great shoot goes value! Jim Vandemark says, “Our staff here strives everyday to make your shopping experience at Vandemarks a pleasant one and a quality one.” Jim Vandemark, Owner

Please stop in and visit Vandemark Jewelers at 244 East Broad St., Elyria 440-322-1700 • Vandemarkjewelers.com

Community Foundation of Lorain County WORKING WITH DONORS TO TRANSFORM OUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1980

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he Community Foundation of Lorain County works with individuals, non-profits and corporations to establish permanently endowed Funds to build a better community. The Foundation wisely invests the Funds’ assets and a percentage of those earnings provide sustainable ongoing support to non-profit organizations in the community. They “connect people who care with causes that matter”. Today the Community Foundation of Lorain County has nearly 600 personalized Funds which support a variety of causes, organizations and schools. The assets of those Funds equal nearly $117 million and over their 35 year history, they have invested more than $80 million back into the community! A gift to the Community Foundation is unlike any other gift. It will continue to grow and have lasting impact on your community...forever. You can start a new Fund or make a donation to any Fund at the Foundation, today or in your estate plans. Brian Frederick, CEO For more information log on to www.peoplewhocare.org • 440-984-7390

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ince 1938 Lorain County has trusted CommStar Credit Union to provide its residents with dependable products and services with a uniquely personal touch. Memberowned, Commstar continues to expand, offering new products and services and adding locations throughout the county. Offering a locally-based alternative to the “one-size-fits-most” mentality of banks, non-profit CommStar Credit Union boasts services tailored to its members’ needs, including personal checking and savings accounts, teen and youth programs, mortgages, home equity loans, Sallie Mae student loans, CDs, IRAs, and a full range of business products and services. CommStar does not pay shareholders or a board of directors, allowing it to offer the same types of services as banks but at generally lower costs. This also translates to lower interest rates on loans and for higher dividends paid to members. CommStar’s mortgage department helps homebuyers secure low cost, low down payment conventional home loan options that boast competitive interest rates. CommStar offers Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, VA and USDA mortgage loans as well as streamlined refinancing. CommStar Credit Union is the only credit union in Lorain County

that offers business lending, and it abides by the same memberfocused service philosophy when navigating the business loan process, whether conventional or SBA. Its dedication to serving Lorain County’s business community includes strategic partnerships with several Lorain County economic development agencies as well as with the Small Business Development Center at LCCC. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, studies or worships in Lorain County. As a non-profit institution, CommStar is active in the communities it serves, providing charitable donations, need-based outreach, and promoting youth financial literacy.

L to R: Ernie Jackson, President; Dave Jezewski, Director of Business Development; Mark Patterson, Mortgage Specialist; Rick Nock, Chief Lending Officer and Erin Beese, Marketing Director

CommStar Credit Union • 832 Cleveland St., Elyria • 440-365-7342 • www.commstar.org

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Charlotte Wray, MSN, RN, MBA President UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS ELYRIA MEDICAL CENTER

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harlotte Wray, MSN, RN, MBA, was appointed President of University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center in September 2015. During her 25-year tenure, she has served as Vice President of Clinical Operations, Information Systems and Chief Clinical and Information Officer, among other roles. In addition to holding master’s degrees in both nursing and business administration, Ms. Wray is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Certified Nursing Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ms. Wray is a graduate of Elyria Catholic High School as well as a graduate of Lorain County Community College Your (LCCC) and the University Partnership at LCCC. Ms. Wray serves on LCCC Photo from Foundation’s Health Careers Advisory cover photo Committee and Vision Refresh shoot goes Council as well as the Lorain County here Chamber of Commerce board. A resident of Wakeman, Ms. Wray is the mother of three children: Marissa, 25; Charlotte Wray, MSN, RN, MBA President Devin, 21; and Jared, 17.

Marcia J. Ballinger, President LORAIN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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The LCCC Board of Trustees selected Ballinger as the College’s sixth president to lead the dynamic institution that serves Elyria, Lorain County and the region. Ballinger is the College’s first female president. Ballinger said she is honored to be chosen and proud to get the opportunity to serve as the first female president of LCCC. She was recently awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. “I’m focused on ensuring that our students have the programs and degrees available to achieve their goals,” Ballinger said. “Preparing our students to become successful graduates will benefit both them and our community.”

University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center • 630 East River St., Elyria 1-844-UHELYRIA • www.UHElyria.org

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arcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D., of North Ridgeville, began her tenure as the new president of Lorain County Community College (LCCC) on July 1.

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Lorain County Community College • 1005 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria 440-365-5222 • www.lorainccc.edu

RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL TITLE AND ESCROW SERVICES

he Old Republic Title Elyria Office is the only direct operation in the State of Ohio for Old Republic Title Insurance. They employ 19 local residents with over 200 years of combined real estate title and escrow experience. Since 1992, no other title insurer has had higher ratings than Old Republic Title. Founded in 1907, Old Republic Title serves 49 states and the District of Columbia and has built a solid reputation protecting customers from financial loss and hardship with title insurance policies. They are an industry leader offering title insurance to individual consumers, mortgage lenders, businesses and government agencies. Old Republic Title’s corporate offices are located in Tampa, Florida. Old Republic Title in Elyria is an engaged member of the business community. They provide active support to these organizations: • The Lorain County Chamber of Commerce • Lorain County Association of Realtors

• North Coast Chamber of Commerce • Lake Erie Landlord Association

Old Republic Title has made a commitment to helping Lorain County grow and prosper. They sponsor many local events and support many local charities – the Blessing House, Salvation Army, Lorain County Kennel and Neighborhood L to R: Tyra Lehmann, Senior Account Executive; Alliance – to name John Daly, Senior Account Executive; Judy Glenn, Vice a few. President of ORTIC, Manager of Elyria Operations

For all of your residential and commercial title and escrow services, call Old Republic Title at 440-322-5300 or email operations manager Judy Glenn at jglenn@oldrepublictitle.com. www.cityofelyria.org

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Stewart’s TV and Appliance CELEBRATES 70 YEARS!

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ince 1946 Stewart’s TV and Appliance has been providing their customers the legacy of their father, Dick Stewart’s friendly, personal service. Stewart’s has an amazingly wide selection of major appliances and electronics from which to choose, including major brands such as Electrolux, Frigidaire, Kitchenaid, LG, Whirlpool, Maytag, GE, Bosch, FisherPaykel, Wolf, SubZero, AGA and others. Television and audio brands include the latest technology from LG, Samsung, Toshiba, and Sony. Stewart’s also carries Kamado Joe products along with a wide selection of Weber grills and accessories for your outdoor needs. Their in-house service department staff takes care of any needed repairs. Whether you are building a new home, remodeling or replacing one item, a salesperson from Your Stewart’s will help you from start Photo from to finish. Their wide selection and personal service keeps cover photo customers returning. Stewart’s shoot goes also offers a 0% financing here programs and free delivery/haul away on freestanding appliance Ed Stewart, Nancy Stewart Schneider, purchases over $499. and Greg Stewart, Owners

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xperience the Difference”, encompassing the core values of serving others with integrity, innovation and uncommon performance portray Premier Toyota’s vision of success. As owner and president of the company, Bob Fisher is proud to lead a team dedicated to make a difference in the community where they live, work and play. The dealership celebrated its 10 year anniversary in June 2016. Dealership guests enjoy a relaxed and fun atmosphere where they are treated as family. Other enjoyable features of the dealership include: free arcade games, a pet-friendly atmosphere, free WiFi, complimentary café, and kids playroom. In addition, every vehicle purchase and service visit contribute to a charitable Your giving fund. Bob serves several local Photo from organizations including Leadership cover photo Lorain County, the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce and Mercy shoot goes Hospital’s Board of Trustees. Looking for here a new or used vehicle? Look no further than Premier Toyota of Amherst! L. Robert Fisher, Owner and President

Stewart’s TV & Appliance is located at 468 Cleveland St. in Elyria. Stop in or call 440-365-7321 today! www.stewartappliance.com

Visit Premier Toyota at 47190 Cooper Foster Park Rd. in Amherst 440-985-6100 • www.premiertoyota.com

Dr. Thomas G. Jama, Superintendent ELYRIA CITY SCHOOLS

Constellation Schools THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR PARENTS AND A REAL CHANCE FOR CHILDREN

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r. Thomas Jama was appointed superintendent of Elyria Schools in 2015 by the Elyria Board of Education. Before becoming the district’s Chief Executive Officer he was principal of Elyria High School (EHS). During that time, EHS climbed to an Excellent rating on Ohio’s Report Card with a 90% graduation rate. Jama has devoted his professional life to education, serving 28 years as a teacher, administrator and all-around advocate for kids.

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hat makes Constellation Schools unique? We offer parental choice when it comes to selecting a school that offers quality education for your child in a safe environment. This is complimented by small class size, the integration of technology offering every child grades 2 - 12 personal laptops, a foundation of character education and compassionate staff committed to the high academic success of our students.

Jama is a proud resident of Elyria—he has raised his children, Patrick and Kyle, in Elyria Schools, and he and his wife, Kelly, remain committed to the city’s continued growth and success. As a longtime resident and employee in Elyria, he is knowledgeable about the community’s challenges and the diverse needs of students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. He is quick to tout the boundless opportunities available through Elyria Schools—for students, staff, families and residents.

Constellation Schools enters its 19th year of educating children in neighborhood schools. “While our highly qualified teachers focus on specific educational needs, getting to know the whole child is a Your responsibility every employee takes seriously. Our efforts are focused on Photo from preparing all students to be ethical cover photo world citizens prepared for success in shoot goes career, college and life! It is a privilege here to serve our families, and we welcome the opportunity to become partners in the education of your child!”

Elyria City Schools • 42101 Griswold Rd., Elyria 440-284-8000 • www.elyriaschools.org

Visit www.constellationschools.com or a school close to you to learn more and see why we are “the right choice for parents and a real chance for children”.

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Health & Wellness When you’re sick or injured, nothing is more important than access to high-quality, compassionate care, when and where you need it. Mercy is proud to offer the Elyria community expert, personal care at our Mercy Health – Elyria Primary Care and Cardiology Offices, located at 1120 East Broad Street. Our compassionate primary care providers, including Bradley Barker, MD, Dennis Carson, MD, Jack Cramer, DO, Nicholas Ksenich, MD, and Abraham Pedro, MD, offer same-day appointments, evening and weekend hours. Should you need it, onsite laboratory services are available, and the Mercy Diagnostic Center is just a short drive away for your x-ray, digital mammograms, MRI needs and more. Plus, as a full-service, integrated health system, Mercy

Mercy offers compassionate care when and where you need it

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offers easy access to advanced services at Mercy Regional Medical Center and specialized facilities, including Mercy Cancer Center, Mercy Rehabilitation Center and Mercy New Life Hospice. For more information, visit us at MercyOnline.org or get the latest on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ MercyLorainRegion.

State-of-the-art care, county-wide Why do I choose Mercy? It’s more than the fact they’re close by — it’s because they’re close to my heart. My family’s roots run deep in Lorain County, and so too does Mercy’s commitment to us, and to our community. For years I’ve experienced firsthand the high-quality care that makes Mercy such a vital part of so many lives. The treatment my family and I receive is second to none — but it’s the care we’re treated with that makes us feel right at home. My home. My health. My Mercy.

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Health & Wellness UH Elyria Medical Center Offers Quality, Local Care Founded in 1908, University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center is a 387-licensed bed hospital with additional campuses in Amherst, Avon and Sheffield Village, along with medical offices in Grafton, Middleburg Heights, North Ridgeville, Olmsted Falls, Rocky River and Westlake. Part of the University Hospitals health system – a $3.5 billion enterprise with more than 26,000 employees across Northeast Ohio – UH Elyria Medical Center offers patients access to UH Cleveland Medical Center, a nationally recognized academic medical center, as well as programs from internationally recognized centers of excellence such as UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH Seidman Cancer Center. In 2016, UH Elyria Medical Center received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold

Receiving Quality Achievement Award for its treatment of heart attack patients, as well as the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. For more information, visit UHElyria.org. See ad on inside front cover.

The Journey of Psychotherapy Psychotherapy, often referred to simply as therapy or counseling, is a journey that 3% of all Americans take each year. Many seek therapy to improve their ability to cope during a stressful time in their life. Some start the journey for self-improvement. And some individuals seek out therapy Diana Santantonio, ED.S. to deal with symptoms related to problems such as depression and anxiety. When should a person consider therapy? is often a question I am asked. The answer is unique to each individual, but if the problems a person faces persist, or a person is feeling overwhelmed, entering psychotherapy is a good next step. Whatever the reason to enter psychotherapy, the experience can be very rewarding and life-changing. The first step is to make a phone call. At Psych and Psych Services our receptionist will make the process of getting started as easy as possible. If you feel it is a good time to talk to a therapist call us at 440-323-5121, we have over twenty experienced professional therapists specializing in a wide variety of problems ready to help.

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Homes & Real Estate

Secrets to Home Selling Success There is no magic to selling your home. Three things sell property: price, condition and location. Curb appeal is your home’s first impression. The grounds should be neat, lawn mowed, trimmed, windows

clean, curtains or blinds hanging straight and evenly, broken windows and missing screens replaced and pots of flowers to add interest and charm. De-clutter your home’s interior. A storage unit can be rented for items you plan to use in your new home. Larger pieces of furniture can also be stored to make navigating a floor plan easier Clean up your closets to make them appear larger and neaten shelves. Keep the pet area neat and odor free by opening windows and using air freshener or candles. The same goes for tobacco smoke. Neutralize odors. Neutral colors are nice but not necessary. New owners may paint the home to help make it their own but being clean is the most important. Professional “stagers” will help stage your home for a fee but it may not be necessary if you follow these steps to clean and de-clutter your house. For help in marketing your home, call the professionals at Five Oaks Realty, LLC, (440) 324-0069; or visit our office at 475 Middle Ave., Elyria.

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Protecting Your Most Important Asset Buying a new home is one of life’s biggest investments. As you approach closing day, details can be overwhelming. It’s easy to overlook the single most important step in the entire process — the purchase of title insurance on your wonderful new home.

What is Title? Title is the legal right that a person has to the ownership and possession of land. Since it is possible that someone other than the seller has a prior legal right to the property you’re buying, the premium coverage offered by the Homeowner’s Policy provides you with added peace of mind. The Homeowner’s Policy helps protect you against covered losses

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Your lender only requires that you purchase a Loan Policy. However, that policy only ensures the lender has a valid, enforceable lien on the property. It does not protect you! The Homeowner’s Policy is designed to protect you from covered title discrepancies arising prior to or concurrent with your purchase of the property and protection against undisclosed heirs, mistakes in recording or errors in tax records. Your Homeowner’s Policy will automatically increase by 10% in value each year for the first five years (up to 150% of the original policy

The single premium is directly related to the value of your home. Typically, it is less expensive than your annual auto insurance. It is a one-time-only expense, paid when you purchase your home, yet it continues to provide complete coverage for as long as you or your heirs own the property.

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Old Republic Title offers the superior protection of the Homeowner’s Policy of Title Insurance, delivering more complete risk coverage, which translates to greater peace of mind for homebuyers. For more information, call 440-322-5300 or visit www.oldrepublictitle.com.


A Hometown Success Story

Why do so many people trust Stewart’s TV and Appliance? Founder Dick Stewart first opened in his parent’s basement in 1946. Now, following our 70th anniversary, Stewart’s is a hometown success story: a small, family owned business with a big reputation for selling the industry’s top names at low prices, and REALLY personal service. Shop Stewart’s today and meet sales people who know their products inside and out: people who’ll help you find the best value in kitchen appliances, washers, dryers, TV’s, home electronics, and more. Stewart’s provides the peace of mind you’re looking for with its own parts department, service technicians, and delivery-installation team. Whether you’re upgrading your TV, remodeling your kitchen, or furnishing your dream home, Stewart’s has plenty to offer you. Package pricing is available as well as financing. Stewart’s will coordinate with you or your contractor to ensure accurate specifications and timely delivery and installation. Shop the small business with big box prices and personal service! Stewart’s TV and Appliance, open 7 days a week, or at www.stewartappliance.com. www.cityofelyria.org

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Parks & Recreation New Playground Project at Cascade Park Elyria Rotary Club, Lorain County Metro Parks and the City of Elyria work together to build a new, all-inclusive playground In 2018, Elyria Rotary Club will celebrate 100 years of service to the community. In recognition of this event, the club has partnered with the Lorain County Metro Parks and the City of Elyria to build a new, all-inclusive playground at Cascade Park.  Because all the partners want to be sure that everyone can enjoy the playground, it will be accessible to adults and children of all ages and physical abilities. Since opening in 1894, Cascade Park has provided residents of Elyria with 135 acres of natural beauty and many fond memories. Incorporated into the design of this new playground will be features that call us back to

those earlier times and natural attractions that have made Cascade Park a beautiful and peaceful oasis within our city. The grand opening of the playground is expected early summer of 2018.

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Elyria: Making History, Then and Now! Photos courtesy of the Lorain County Historical Society

The Founding of Elyria In March of 1817, Heman Ely set foot upon a parcel of untamed countryside 12,500 acres in size but teeming with endless possibility. It was a land rich with potential, replete with fertile soil and churning with the opportunity for free power from the majestic Black River Waterfalls. He traveled with a small group of adventurers ferrying the same, simple goal of turning that land into something more. Traveling with Ely was Ebenezer Lane, who would later become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, Artemas Beebe, a joiner who would hold the first contract to deliver mail in the area, Luther Lane, a teamster, housekeeper Miss Anna Snow, and Ned, an AfricanAmerican from Massachusetts who acted as Heman Ely’s servant. They started out small but smart, creating a joiners shop and a sawmill to prepare wood for other buildings. Within five years, the first bridge, first school – an old log cabin that was also used as a church on Sundays, and Beebe Tavern were built, and in 1822, when

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Early History

The Old Red Mill, an icon that to this day sits proudly on the patch worn by every Elyria Police Officer, was built in 1819. Industry came to the village in the form of soap manufacturing, an outgrowth of the tree removal necessary to accommodate the 23 new houses built along what is now known as Broad Street. Heman Ely expanded his industrial enterprise when he founded Lorain Iron Company along the West Falls to forge iron, on a road that today is aptly known as

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Furnace Street. He recognized that as Elyria grew, so did the needs of the settlers, from law to commerce to education. He donated land to build the first courthouse on Ely Square, and in 1830, Elyria High School was incorporated as the first chartered high school west of the Allegheny Mountains under the guidance of Superintendent John Monteith.


Faith Finds a Place

The Faith Community has played a significant role in the history of Elyria since the beginning. The Presbyterian Church of Elyria, which is now known as The First Congregational United Church of Christ, was built in 1824. The congregation consisted of less than 20 members who met in a log cabin that also served as a schoolhouse. First United Methodist Church was created three years later, followed in 1836 by First Baptist Church of Elyria and St. Andrews Church the year after. In 1845, the first Catholic Church was built, St. Mary Parish – Our Lady of the Assumption. Some of these historic churches and many dozens more still stand today.

Downtown: The Early Years

One of Heman Ely’s main visions for Elyria was that it would serve as a mercantile hub. Situated in the center of Lorain County, the City quickly became a mecca for anyone trading within Lorain County. An annual Wool-Buyer’s Fair was organized on Broad Street, allowing settlers to bring their flocks of sheep downtown to sell their wool. One of the more industrious early merchants was Horace Kendall, who built a large brick building on Broad Street to be used as a center for commerce, upon which he engraved the name “The Fortress.” Kendall opted to start a cash-only business, forgoing the risks and costs of credit and was therefore able to sell at a much lower cost. Customers from the entire county flocked to Elyria to take advantage, and the City flourished. Other stores and shops popped up and received similar success, from dry goods and cigars to photography and undertaking. The Village of Elyria was

officially incorporated in 1833. The population had grown to 800 pioneering residents. A carding and fulling mill opened along the river to process fibers into thread that would be used to make clothing. Tailors, cabinet makers, blacksmiths, and shoemakers populated the downtown area. In 1835, John Monteith, who had become a staunch abolitionist, opened a boarding house and school for girls on East Avenue. Its proximity to the river made it an ideal stop for the Underground Railroad, and he would spend many of his nights helping escaped slaves make their way up river on their way to Canada. Elyria elected its first mayor, Orrin Cowles, in 1842. Before his death in 1852, Heman Ely would watch Elyria transform into a bustling metropolis of more than 1,500 residents, with three grocery stores, five churches, and its own newspaper. In that same year the City would take a formal stand against slavery, adopting a resolution to oppose the Fugitive Slave Act and openly condemning the Whig and Democratic platforms for coddling slaveholders. Elyria was a rarity in the 1840, providing a sense of security to five African-American families, the Gunns, Phillips’, Farrizes, Parkers, and Browns,

providing them the confidence to be counted as residents in the Census. While still far from perfect, as the number of minority residents grew, so did local support for them. Hundreds of Elyrians enlisted to fight in the civil war; an act that would be marked years later with the emplacement of a the Civil War Monument that stands in Ely Square to this day.

Embracing Diversity

African-American pioneers worked steadfastly along with their fellow Elyrians in the formation of the City. Brothers Aaron and Vinson Hardy, land owners who came to Elyria in the 1850s and found success as a farmer and a mason, respectively, raised families here who would help shape the area for years to come. Sarah Howard hosted many of the first meetings of the Lorain County Historical Society. Lewis Davis was a hardworking, intelligent man who owned a carriage shop on Broad Street and also found time to dabble in politics and harness his ingenuity to design a predecessor to the wheeled dolly. Judge John A. Howard was the first African-American judge in Lorain County. He was revered as a trailblazer whose family roots run deep into Elyria’s history and was www.cityofelyria.org

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repeatedly honored for his integrity and devotion to his fellow man. In addition to acting as President of the Ohio State Bar Association, he was appointed as Presiding Judge of the Elyria Municipal Court in 1984. In 2008 his legacy was honored when he became the namesake for the John A. Howard Municipal Courthouse located in Elyria.

The Creation of a Community of Culture and Civility

The City of Elyria, and especially Downtown, continued to mature to meet the demands of the cultured Elyrians around the turn of the century. Coal-oil streetlights were installed and lit by Watchmen each night, bringing downtown to life. Elyria City Hall was remodeled to include a 1,500 foot stage and seating for 350 people to view a variety of well-attended traveling theater shows and operas. Land was purchased on the shores of Lake Erie and by 1903 the City was pumping fresh water to the residents of Elyria. Land was donated for the creation of Ely Park and Cascade Park, now known as the Jewel of the City. An era of public services began with the creation of

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the Elyria Telephone Company, and soon included home mail delivery and the Interurban trolley public transportation system. The first electric trolley rolled across the streets of Elyria in 1894 as a means to transport Elyria steelworkers to the Steel Mill in Lorain. More destinations were added by two competing companies, the Green Line and the Lorain Street Railway, until automobiles took over the roads a few years later. Elyria was quickly becoming a nexus for culture and civility. National brands like Sears, Penney’s, Woolworth’s, and Rexall Pharmacy joined the growing district. Elyria Memorial Hospital was founded in 1908 in response to an horrific trolley accident the previous year. Eight people lost their lives and many more were left disabled, possibly due in part to inadequate local medical facilities. Seven years later, through the efforts of Edgar “Daddy” Allen, the Gates Hospital for Crippled Children opened its doors and became the first facility in the United States dedicated exclusively to the care of disabled children. In 1919, Allen founded the Ohio Society for Crippled Children, which would eventually become Easter Seals.

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From the beginning, Heman Ely’s goal was to create not just a City, but a close-knit, supportive community. Shortly after Elyria was founded, service organizations to support fellow Elyrians started to spring up, and many are still in operation today. The first and oldest of its kind was the King Solomon’s Lodge No. 46, Free and Accepted Masons, founded in 1819 by Heman Ely, who served as Worshipful Master. The Elyria Rotary Club was chartered in 1918 and immediately joined forces with Edgar Allen to help create the National and International Societies of Crippled Children. Today, two rotary clubs, including the Sunrise Rotary, continue to operate for the common good within the City. The Elyria Women’s Club was created in 1908 by Emma Olds to promote equality among genders and promote the Suffrage movement. The club has owned Monteith Hall since 1954 and continues to operate out of the building on East Avenue today. The Elyria YWCA dates back to 1913, eventually building Holly Hall, a center to house a variety of groups dedicated to the betterment of young women, named after revered director Miss Ona Holly. Many other groups followed to provide outlets for those with similar interests, backgrounds, or desires. The Elyria Kiwanis Club was chartered in 1919 and still exists today, supporting Safety Town, Junior Achievement, and other community initiatives. The Elyria Elks, the Elyria VFW Post 1079 and the American Legion Post 12, all embraced patriotic directives. The United Polish Club of Elyria was founded in 1941 with a total of thirty-eight proud Polish members. The history of Elyria has been preserved due in large part to the founding of the Lorain County


Historical Society in 1889, which houses its headquarters in Elyria and endeavors to preserve the local heritage of not only Elyria but all of Lorain County. Countless other groups that embraced the City and sought the betterment of its people were formed and are still active today, including Invest Elyria, Main Street Elyria, the Elyria Arts Council, and the Elyria Community Improvement Corporation.

Making History, Then and Now

As the world moved on past World War II, Elyria experienced an educational and industrial renaissance. Elyria Catholic High School was built in 1949, and the Elyria School System successfully implemented a major expansion, adding buildings in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and undergoing a drastic redevelopment in the early 2000s. A new $73 million high school campus that incorporated the historical Washington Building was completed in 2009, and the district is currently working on the consolidation and further improvement of the remaining school buildings. Secondary education grew as well, with the founding of Lorain County Community College in 1963, embracing innovative educational methods and technology and recently

becoming the first community college to house an onsite fabrication lab, the Fablab. In the mid-1990s, LCCC launched the University Partnership Program to provide undergraduate and graduate-level degrees from accredited Universities to Elyria residents without incurring the costs of traveling to a University. The program has been a tremendous success and inspiration to other colleges and universities throughout the country. As the 1960’s came to a close, Elyria continued to thrive. In the succeeding decades, the City would see ups and downs but continues to persevere, mirroring a history of success based in dogged determination. When an ice-storm froze the City solid in 1900, Elyrians hunkered down and helped each other until the thaw. When much of Broad Street burned down in 1909, they worked together to rebuild. When the Black River rose above its banks and washed out the Washington Avenue Bridge in 1913, they built another way

across. That same unyielding tenacity drives the City of Elyria today.

Industry Comes to Early Elyria

Industry began to blossom within the City by the mid-1850s. Mills were the first industry to take root in Elyria. As railroads became more prominent, it became easier to get products to settlers, and vice versa. Local industries immediately began to flourish. Elyria Candy Company was formed and quickly garnered such a following that its confections were sold 40 miles into the countryside surrounding Elyria; a tremendous logistical feat for the time. West & Wilson filed a patent for the first sewing machine in 1858, which was manufactured in the City of Elyria and is now housed in the Smithsonian Museum. Elyria Tap and Screw Company was founded in 1873 and marked the beginning of the industrialization of Elyria, staying in operation under one name or another for the next 118 years, eventually becoming Moen, Inc. The Fay Manufacturing Co. was formed in 1885 and began producing a line of vehicles designed for the physically handicapped. After a merger and several name changes, first to The Worthington Company and eventually to The Colson Company, www.cityofelyria.org

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production shifted mainly to bicycles. In 1953, when The Colson Company moved from Elyria, the largelyneglected wheelchair division was purchased by three employees and renamed Mobilaid. In 1971, after several successful mergers and acquisitions, the company became known as Invacare Corporation and still operates out of Elyria to this day. Garford Manufacturing Company was founded in 1892 to produce the “Garford Bicycle Saddle,” an invention of company founder Arthur Garford. Soon thereafter, the company was selling more than a million spring-cushioned bicycle seats each year. By 1905, the bicycle industry was on the decline, and Garford shifted his attention towards the burgeoning automobile industry, building a significant production plant on Clark Street to produce automobiles, as well as parts to fulfill a partnership with Studebaker.

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founded. Their new rubber heel sold more than forty-three million pairs in 1920 alone. In 1923, Ingwer partnered again with Art Smith and newcomer William Thewes to form the Ridge Tool Company. Initially, their product line consisted of one pipe wrench, but eventually expanded to include the gamut of home and industrial tools. After partnering with the Emerson Electric Company, they settled into the plant at 400 Clark Street where Ridge Tool still thrives today. That area of the City, known as the Taylor Street Corridor, has seen tremendous growth over the last century. The Parker Hannifin

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Airborne Division moved into a former lace-manufacturing facility in 1965, and together with neighbor Lear Romec/Crane Aerospace, Elyria is home to two prominent leaders in the aerospace industry. The corridor, including other successful companies like Elyria Plastics, Opta Minerals, Ohiomet and others, is responsible for more than 1,400 manufacturing jobs and $352 million in annual revenue. William F. Ohlemacher opened Elyria Manufacturing Corporation to produce screw machine products in 1925. Over the next few decades of exponential growth their product line adapted to include a varied catalogue of parts for everything from military tanks to voting machines, but it held true to the idea of a family-run business. Now literally ten times larger, the company is still owned and operated by the Ohlemacher family at the same location on Northrup Street,. In 1937, Reginald Beckett formed the R.W. Beckett Corporation. The company was born out of the basement of Beckett’s home at 312 Ohio Street, where he began the development of the “Model OB” oil burner. It was demonstrated to great fanfare at the Commodore Hotel in 1938, and subsequently earned the industry name of “The Beckett Commodore.” By 1955, a switch to natural gas burners was prudent and the “Model A” was developed


under the leadership of John Beckett, Reginald’s son, who led the company to continued success over the following decades. The Bendix Westinghouse Automotive Air Brake Company was created in 1941, and saw a tremendous boom after a disastrous automotive accident in 1955 which led to legislation ostensibly mandating the widespread installation of particular brake parts manufactured by Bendix. The plant tripled in size and after Bendix was commissioned to design brakes for the Ford “L� series of trucks, Bendix became a worldwide leader. By 1975 the Bendix dual air brake system had become the industry standard. In 1983, the company had moved the majority of its manufacturing out of state but the Engineering Department remained at the original plant. Bendix is expected to move its Lorain County location to Avon in the near future. By 1927, Elyria had earned the reputation of a progressive manufacturing center, housing forty major industries producing a highly diversified line of products. Elyria was located near raw materials and markets, adequate water and power supplies, and a wealth of reliable labor and ingenuity. During World War II, many businesses took the initiative to aid in the war efforts, such as Riddell, who developed a web-sling suspension system for helmets that the military used for quite some time. By 1945, the Brown-Lipe-Chapin Division of General Motors had become the largest industry in Elyria. The Ternstedt Manufacturing Company, which had been founded in 1917 to make a window crank

assembly for automobiles, would merge with Brown-Lipe-Chapin in 1962 under the purview of GM, producing more than 85,000 pieces of automotive hardware every day. By 1971, the company had become the Fisher Body Division of General Motors and had expanded to cover

225 acres and produced enough automobile parts to fill 250 rail cars each month. The Fisher Guide Plant continued to employ more than 2,000 workers until July of 1988 when it closed. As Elyria moves through the 21st Century, industry continues to grow and evolve. BASF, which had

acquired a century-old, stalwart Elyrian company called Hershaw Chemical Company twenty five years prior, opened a state-of-the-art cathode materials production facility in Elyria to produce the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles in 2012. Lorain County Community College continues to entice companies on the cutting-edge of technology into the City. In addition to future-proofing our workforce through educational programs specializing in alternative energy and advanced manufacturing, the college continues to embrace and support the technology industry by creating more advanced facilities on campus. In 2001, a collaboration between local government and education created the Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) program designed to empower local entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to reality, and in 2013, SMART Microsystems created a facility in the Desich Smart Center specializing in microelectronic package assembly. As industry evolves, the City of Elyria evolves with it and continues to reinvent itself. www.cityofelyria.org

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Important Phone Numbers CITY OF ELYRIA DEPARTMENTS

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Elyria City Hall 440-326-1400

Civil Service 440-326-1559

Mayor’s Office 440-326-1402

Communications Department 440-322-3329

Safety Service Office 440-326-1404

Community Development/Planning 440-326-1541

Finance Director’s Office 440-326-1530 Law Director’s Office 440-326-1464 Elyria Police Dispatch 440-323-3302 Elyria Fire Department 440-323-4185 Council Clerk’s Office 440-326-1550 Municipal Court 440-326-1800

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EEO/ADA Office 440-326- 1407 Engineering Department 440-326-1444 Health Department 440-323-7595 Income Tax Office 440-326-1525 West Park Pool 440-322-1248

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Police Records 440-326-1241 Public Utilities 440-326-1570 Sanitation Department 440-322-389 Street Department 440-322-3129 Wastewater Department 440-366-2211 Water Distribution Department 440-322-2927

City of Elyria updates are available on Cable Channel 12 or www.cityofelyria.org Ward 7: Jack W. Cerra 440-365-2854 Council-At-Large: Michael J. Lotko III 440-322-3501 Victor F. Stewart III 440-284-5848 Thomas G. Callahan 440-365-8972 John (Jack) A. Baird 440-223-1623

PARKS AND RECREATION

Water Pumping Plant 440-324-7669

East Recreation Center 440-322-3028

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East Recreation Pool 440-323-3867

Ward 1: Larry W. Tanner 440-322-2521 Ward 2: Brenda K. Davis 440-323-2930 Ward 3: Mark N. Jessie 440-322-7766 Ward 4: Mark F. Craig 440-366-0608 Ward 5: Marcus D. Madison 440-201-9673 Ward 6: Donna Mitchell 440-323-6901

North Recreation Center and Rink 440-365-4251 North Recreation Pool 440-365-4251 South Park Recreation Center 440-322-7601 South Park Pool 440-323-1804

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We are your Community Foundation.

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ELYRIA PARKS

Ely Square Park 400 Broad Street Acreage: 1 Amenities: Historic monuments, veteran’s memorial

Abbe Road Park 740 North Abbe Road Acreage: 2.5 Amenities: Basketball courts, small playground area Bell Avenue Tot Lot Bell Avenue @ Belmont Court Acreage: 1 Amenities Small playground area Cascade Park/Elywoods* 120 Floradale Court Acreage: 135 Amenities: Concession stand, Nature Center/meeting facility, nature/hiking trails, picnic shelters, playground equipment, restrooms, sledding hill *Under lease with Lorain County Metroparks for improvements

Finwood Estate – Finwood Forest 799 North Abbe Road Acreage: 47 Amenities: Annual holiday display, meeting facility, nature trails & picnic shelter

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Hilltop Park 1231 Gulf Road Acreage: 25 Amenities: Softball field, basketball courts, nature trails, picnic shelters, playground equipment, restrooms and tennis court North Park Sports Complex 901 Duffy Street Acreage: 34.8 Amenities: Baseball/softball fields, ice skating arena, playground equipment and outdoor swimming pool PHOTO: LORAIN COUNTY & RICHARD L. BOWEN & ASSOCIATES

East Park Charles M. Hyman East Recreation Center 1101 Prospect Street Acreage: 25.5 Amenities: Softball fields, basketball courts, fitness trail, playground equipment, recreation

Founded in 1980, the Community Foundation of Lorain County is made up of more than 580 endowed Funds valued at approximately $117 million dollars. We wisely invest the Funds’ assets and a percentage of those earnings provides $4.5 million annually in grant support to non-profit organizations in Elyria and Lorain County.

THE LORAIN COUNTY TRANSPORTATION CENTER: this design rendering of pedestrian bridge at the station shows improvements that will allow trains to process passengers from both main tracks, thereby improving rail traffic flow that could allow Amtrak to add daytime service to Elyria. Similar station improvements are planned, funded or underway at stations in Toledo, Sandusky and Cleveland.

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The Elyria High School Honors English program (above) engages in theatrical arts to better understand themes and concepts of the play, “Macbeth;” Elyria High School’s 2015 Homecoming Queen was student, Elna Wright (left); The Elyria High School Varsity Football Team (above right) readies for Friday night play under the lights of Ely Stadium.

Washington Village Park Monticello Circle Acreage: 1 Amenities: Basketball courts, playground equipment South Park Thomas O. Shores South Recreation Center 215 16th Street Acreage: 26 Amenities: Basketball courts, meeting room w/kitchen, picnic shelter, playground equipment, recreation center, restrooms, outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts

West Park C. R. Hoagland West Recreation Center 1200 Foster Avenue Acreage: 50 Amenities: Softball fields, basketball courts, recreation center, picnic shelter, playground equipment, restrooms, skate park and outdoor swimming pool

PIONEER PLAZA 328 Broad Street

A collaboration of the City of Elyria, The Elyria Arts Council, and Invest Elyria created to provide a vibrant destination for the Arts, Food & Culture in downtown Elyria.

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Academy Circle Park Academy Drive Acreage: 8 Amenities: Open green space Garden Park 731 Infirmary Road Acreage: 1.2 Amenities: Basketball courts, picnic shelter and playground equipment Lorain County Metro Parks Black River Reservation 1350 Ford Rd., Elyria With almost half a million visitors each year, the Black River reservation is one of the most popular parks in the Lorain County Metro Park system. The most notable features are the Bridgeway Trail and the Steel Mill trail, totaling 5 1/2 miles of paved all-purpose trails that follow the Black River through Elyria to Lorain, spanning four city jurisdictions. The reservation also features three separate picnic areas: High Meadows, Bur Oak and Day’s Dam, each contributing its own special character to the

variety and natural beauty of this impressive park.

ELYRIA CITY SCHOOLS Elyria Schools Administration Building Superintendent Dr. Thomas Jama 42101 Griswold Road 440-284-8000 Central Registration for Elyria Schools Director Amy Younglas 601 Middle Avenue 440-284-8220   Crestwood Elementary School Principal Steve Grossman 42331 Griswold Road 440-284-8002   Ely Elementary School Principal Dr. Jack Dibee 312 Gulf Road 440-284-8005   Franklin Elementary School Principal Lisa Licht 446 W. 11th Street 440-284-8007  

About the Elyria Arts Council The Elyria Arts Council is comprised of local artists who believe the arts strengthen individuals and communities and provide power, dignity and healing. Celebrating its first anniversary in May 2016, the Council has transformed 336 Broad Street into the Elyria Art Works, Community Arts Center and Gallery. This new space in downtown Elyria is fast becoming the city’s nexus for creativity and expression. Dozens of artists show and sell their artwork; offer art classes to children, youth and adults; and provide artistic support to community activities. To learn more, and watch the progress of the Downtown Bicentennial Mural Project, stop by or visit us on Facebook.


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McKinley Elementary School Principal Virginia Fitch 620 East River Road 440-284-8009 Oakwood Elementary School Principal Joy Jones 925 Spruce Street 440-284-8010   Prospect Elementary School Principal Jessica Barwacz 1410 Prospect Street 440-284-8011   Windsor Elementary School Principal Miranda Roscoe 264 Windsor Drive 440-284-8014   Early Childhood Village Principal Jackie Plantner 42101 Griswold Road 440-284-8250   Eastern Heights Middle School Principal Dr. Kim Benetto 528 Garford Avenue 440-284-8015  

Northwood Middle School Principal Mike Basinski 700 Gulf Road 440-284-8016 Westwood Middle School Principal Theresa Lengel 42350 Adelbert Street 440-284-8017   Elyria High School Principal Tim Brown 601 Middle Avenue 440-284-8300

OTHER SCHOOLS Constellation Schools of Elyria 300 N. Abbe Rd. K-3rd grade 440-366-5225 336 S. Logan St. 4th-8th grade 440-365-0390 Open Door Christian School 8287 West Ridge Rd., Elyria 440-322-6386   St. Mary Catholic School 237 4th St., Elyria 440-322-2808

A large Ohio city with small-town appeal, Elyria offers generations of residents and visitors awe-inspiring opportunities to make lasting family memories. Patriotic to its core, Elyrians come out by the thousands for their beloved Memorial Day Parade, where war veterans and babies in wagons join in a sea of people waving old glory. Summer is filled with fireworks, free summer camps and other award-winning recreational programming for every age group, a three-month summer concert series and a culminating Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert on historic Ely Square. The three-day annual Apple Festival is the featured fall event. Whether your interests are craft shopping or concession grazing, apple bobbing or apple pie eating, marching bands or one-man bands, classic cars or corn hole tournaments, the Princess Pageant or just enjoying one of Ohio’s premiere festivals on a crisp autumn day – you’ll find something of interest for everyone! The holidays in Elyria have special meaning as the City works very hard to make sure every child and every child at heart can experience the joys of the season. Over a quarter of a million lights illuminate the woodland Finwood Estate on the city’s north side – where elves and animals peak around trees and gifts and laughter await all who visit within. The Holiday Lights program in Ely Square features reindeer, an animal petting zoo, ice carving, and a city hall open to all for craft-making, book and coat giveaways, family movies, and more. Alive with enthusiasm and rich in diversity and imagination, today’s patriotic, determined and proud 54,533 residents make Elyria a thoroughly American city that is still making history after 200 years.

Friendship APL Serving the People and Animals of Lorain County Friendship Animal Protective League has been a cornerstone of Elyria since 1957. The staff and volunteers have dedicated themselves to rescuing animals in need and are the fastest-growing shelter in Northeast Ohio caring for over 3,000 companion animals a year. The shelter offers a place where residents can bring pets needing refuge, volunteer their time, or adopt a forever friend. Their work throughout the city has resulted in over 500 stray and feral cats being fixed and returned. In 2016, Friendship was presented with the Key to the City of Elyria by Mayor Holly Brinda for their outstanding work within the community.

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YWCA Helps Local Women With Programs and Services The Elyria YWCA’s mission is “the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women”. The YWCA operates the Women’s Campus Project, a transitional housing facility for homeless women and children and Women in Secure Housing, a permanent housing facility for homeless women with disabilities. The YWCA Dance Studio provides quality dance instruction in ballet, tap, jazz and pointe to over 200 girls (and boys) on a fee basis. Our partnership with the Greater Cleveland YMCA provides community members on-site access to wellness activities and fitness equipment. The YWCA offers programs to the community for youth development and social justice.

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The City of ELYRIA, OHIO 2014 Street STREET MAP 2014 Map

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G-3 BROOKVALLEY DR B-6, B-7 BRUNSWICK DR G-7, G-8 BRYAN CT G-6 BUCKEYE ST G-3 BUCKINGHAM DR E-5 BULLOCKS ST G-2, H-2, I3 BURNS RD G-5 BYINGTON CT G-7 CALANN DR E-4 CADWELL AVE H-8 CALIFORNIA DR G-6 CAMBRIDGE AVE G-2, H-2 CAMPAGNA ST G-3, H-3 CANTERBURY CT G-3 CANTERBURY RD B-6 CAPITOL CT G-7-8, H-7-8, I-8 CAROL LN G-5 CAROLINE ST F-5 CASCADE ST G-7, H-7 CASE AVE F-6 CEDAR ST F-5, F-6 CENTER ST B-6, C-6 CHADWICK DR F-6 CHAPEL ST E-7, F-7 CHAPMAN LN F-6 CHARLES ST F-6 CHASE ST B-6 CHESAPEAKE CT I-7, I-8 CHESTNUT COMMONS DR G-8, H-8, I-8, J-8, J-7 CHESTNUT RIDGE RD E-6 CHESTNUT ST E-7 CHURCH LN G-6, H-6 CLARK ST D-4, D-5 CLEMENS AVE G-7 CLEMSON CT G-5, H-5 CLEVELAND ST B-4, E-4 CLINTON AVE F-7, G-7 COLGATE AVE F-7, G-7 COLLEGE PARK DR G-6 COLUMBIA AVE F-5, G-5 COLUMBUS ST F-6 COMMERCE CT H-2 COMMODORE CIR E-7, F-7 COMMUNITY LN H-6 CONCORD AVE F-6, G-6, H-6 CORNELL AVE G-4 CORONADO CT F-6 COURT ST C-4, D-4 COURTLAND ST E-2 CREEKFIELD CT E-6 CREHORE CT - PVT G-3 CRESTVIEW DR F-5 CROSS ST H-7 CUMBERLANE CT G-7 DARTMOUTH CIR F-4 DAVID DR H-7 DAYTON CT G-5 DECKER LN G-2 DEERFIELD CT H-7, H-8 DEFIANCE AVE G-7, H-7 DELAWARE AVE D-4, D-5 DEMAS AVE F-6, G-6, H-6 DENISON AVE F-6 DEPOT ST H-4, I-4 DEVONSHIRE CT E-5 DEWEY AVE I-8 DEWHURST RD G-5 DILWORTH ST H-4 DORSET CT E-7 DOUGLAS AVE G-4 DOWD RD H-7 DRIFTWOOD CT H-4 DUFFEY ST G-8 DUKE CT H-5 EADY CT E-6, F-6 EARL CT F-6, F-7 EAST AVE F-6, G-5, G-6 EAST BRIDGE ST G-6, H-6 EAST BROAD ST E-5 EAST RAILROAD ST F-5, F-6, G-6, G-7 EAST RIVER ST EASTERN HEIGHTS BLVD F-6, G-6, H-6 H-3 EDGEFIELD DR H-5 EDGEWOOD ST F-8 EDWARD AVE E-5 ELBE ST F-6 ELIZABETH ST E-6, F-6 ELM ST G-5 ELMA DR

Holly C. Brinda, MPA Mayor F-5, G-5 F-5 H-8 E-1 F-5 E-1, F-1 B-6 G-5, G-6 F-5 H-3 H-8 C-6 F-7 H-8 H-8 E-6 F-5 H-8 H-7 H-3 F-5 E-5 F-5 F-1-3, G-2-3 F-5 D-5, E-5, F-5 B-6, B-7 G-6 E-5 D-2 E-5 G-8 F-8, G-8 G-4 E-5, F-5 E-6, E-7 E-5 G-6, G-7 E-5 F-7 E-5, E-6 E-6, E-7 F-7 H-3, H-4 G-7 F-5 F-5 F-6 E-6 F-6 G-5, H-5 G-2, H-2 F-8, G-8 E-3, F-3 G-2, G-3, G-4, G-5 H-8 F-5 F-5, G-5 G-5 H-3 H-7 G-8 F-5 H-3 F-6, G-6, H-6 G-5 H-4, H-5 E-5 E-6 G-2 E-6 H-6 C-4, D-4, E-4 E-5 G-8, H-8 E-7 H-2 G-4, H-4 F-5 G-2 E-4 F-6 H-3 G-5 E-8 H-4 F-7 G-2 D-5, E-5

ELYWOOD DR ERIE ST ERIN CT ESCHTRUTH ST EUCLID ST FACKLER AVE FAIRFIELD DR FAIRLAWN AVE FAIRMONT AVE FAIRWOOD BLVD FALCON AVE FALLINGWATER DR FAXON PL FERRIS STATE CT FIELDSTONE DR FILBERT ST FILLMORE AVE FINCH DR FINDLAY CT FINWOOD CT FLORADALE ST FLORAL CT FLORENCE CT FORD RD FOREST ST FOSTER AVE FOWL RD FRANK CT FRANKLIN AVE FREEDOM CT FREMONT ST FRESNO CT FULLER RD FULLERTON RD FURNACE ST GARDEN ST GARFIELD AVE GARFORD AVE GARVIN AVE GATES AVE GATEWAY BLVD (N) GATEWAY BLVD (S) GEORGE ST GEORGETOWN AVE GEORGIA AVE GLENDALE CT GLENWOOD ST GLOVER CT GRANDSTAND LN GRANT ST GREELY ST GREENWAY ST GREENWOOD CT GRISWOLD RD GULF RD HAINES ST HAMILTON AVE HAMILTON CIR HAMILTON ST HAMMER CT HAMPTON DR HARPER AVE HARRISON ST HARTFORD DR HARVARD AVE HARWOOD ST HAWTHORNE ST HAYES AVE HAZEL ST HEMLOCK DR HENKEL CT HENRY ST HIGH ST HIGHLAND CT HIGHLAND PARK DR HIGHLAWN AVE HILLCREST LN HILLIARD RD HILLSDALE CT HILLTOP DR HOLLIS DR HOLLY LN HOLLYWOOD DR HOMER ST HOMESITE CT HOWARD ST HOWE ST HUNTINGTON CIR HURON ST

Timothy Ujvari City Engineer H-8, I-8 G-7 H-7 D-7, D-8, E-7 H-5 E-6 E-4 E-5 H-3 D-4 E-5 D-4, E-4, F-4, G-4, H-4 H-5, H-6, H-7, I-7, I-8 D-5 E-5 H-7, H-8 E-2 H-8 G-7 H-5 G-6 F-6 E-4, F-4 D-4 G-6 G-5 D-3-5, E-F, F-5-6 G-4 G-6 D-4 B-6 B-6,C-6, D-6, E-6 F-3 E-5, F-5 H-5, H-6 D-2, E-2 F-6 G-8 F-8 H-3, I-3 F-5, F-6 H-4, H-5 H-4, H-5 H-6 E-4, E-5 E-5, F-5 B-5, C-5, D-5, E-5 G-1, G-2, H-1, H-2 F-2 G-4, H-4 E-5 H-4, H-5 B-6 F-5 H-3 E-2 E-7 F-5 F-5 C-7 G-4, H-4 F-7, G-7 H-6 G-7 F-6, F-7, F-8 E-3, F-3 B-5 I-7 F-6 E-5 B-6 F-3 D-4, E-4 F-5 B-6 C-5-7, D-7-8 E-7, F-7 H-1, H-2 G-4, H-4 H-8 F-8 E-5 E-6 G-3, G-4 H-3 G-5 H-7 G-3 D-5, E-5

IDAHO DR ILLINOIS CIR INDIANA AVE INFIRMARY RD INVACARE WAY IRONDALE ST IRONWOOD CT JACKSON AVE JAMESTOWN AVE JEAN CT JEFFERSON ST J. F. K. MEMORIAL PKWY JOHNSON ALLEY KAISER CT KANSAS AVE KEEP CT KELLY CT KENT CIR KENWOOD ST KENYON AVE KERSTETTER WAY KEYS DR KING ST KIPLING ST LAFAYETTE ST LAKE ST LARKMONT DR LAUNDON ST LAURA CT LEE CT LEO BULLOCKS PKWY LEONA ST LESNICK CT - PVT LEXINGTON AVE LIBERTY CT LINCILN CT LINDSAY CT LINWOOD CT LIVERMORE AVE LOCUST ST - PVT LONGFELLOW ST LONGFORD AVE LONGSON AVE LORAIN BLVD LOUISIANA AVE LOWELL ST LOYOLA DR LUCAS CT - PVT LUCILLE DR MADISON ST MARSEILLES AVE MARTHA CT MARYLEN ST MEADOW DR MEADOWFIELD CT MELVYN LN MENDEL CT MERCHANT ALLEY MERCURY DR METCALF RD MIAMI AVE MICHAEL DR MICHIGAN AVE MIDDLE AVE MIDWAY BLVD MILAN-ELYRIA RD MILL STREAM CIR MILLERS ALLEY MONROE ST MONTICELLO CIR MORAN ST MORGAN AVE MOUND ST MOUNT VERNON CT MURRAY RIDGE RD MUSSEY AVE NAPLES DR NASH AVE NEBRASKA DR NELSON ST NEUFER CT NORTH ST NORTH PASADENA AVE NORTHFIELD DR NORTHRUP ST NOTRE DAME CIR NOTTINGHAM DR OAK ST

John Schneider Assistant City Engineer H-7, H-8 D-5 D-5, E-5 E-8, F-7, F-8 F-5, G-5 D-4, E-4, F-4, G-4, H-4, I-5, J-5 B-5 G-5 G-4, H-4 F-4, G-4 G-6 C-5, C-6 G-6, G-7 G-6 F-5 D-4, E-4 G-4, G-5 H-8 D-4, D-5 E-2, F-2 G-2, H-2 G-5 D-5, E-5 F-5 F-6 H-8 F-7 G-5, H-5 B-6 F-8 G-5 F-6, G-6 F-6 G-5, G-6, G-7 G-7, H-7 H-7 F-5 G-4, H-4 H-7 H-8 H-6 G-4 F-2, G-2 F-4 B-6 F-5, G-5 H-8 F-7 F-1 F-6 E-7 D-5 G-4, G-5 H-4 H-3, I-3 E-5 G-8 H-3I-3 D-4 H-3 H-8 H-8 D-2, E-2 E-5 F-8 F-6 D-5 E-5 D-4 G-6, G-7 H-3, I-3 C-5 H-3 C-7 F-5, F-6 E-6 H-7 H-8 H-5, H-6 F-8 F-8, G-8 D-4 C-5, C-6 D-5, E-5 G-8, H-8 F-5 F-6 H-3

OAKDALE CIR OAKWOOD DR OAKWOOD ST OBERLIN RD OHIO ST OHIO TURNPIKE OLD WEST RIDGE RD OLIVE ST OLIVE DR OVERBROOK RD OXFORD AVE PARADISE DR PARK AVE PARK PL PARKVIEW CT PARMELY AVE PASADENA AVE PEMBERTON DR PENFIELD AVE PENROSE CT PEPPERDINE DR PERRY CT PERSONS CT PHILLIP CT PINE ST PINEHURST AVE PINEWOOD DR POPLAR ST POTOMAC DR PRATT AVE PRESTON ST PRINCETON AVE PRONESTI LN PROSPECT ST PURDUE AVE QUEEN ANN CIR QUINCY ST RANDALL RD RAUCHER CT RAVEN CT REASER CT REEVE RD REGENCY CT REUBLIN CT REVERE CT RIDGE ST RIO VISTA AVE RIVERDALE CT RIVEREDGE DR RIVERSIDE CT RIVERSIDE DR ROCKFERN AVE ROOSEVELT AVE ROSEALEE AVE ROSEWOOD DR RUSH ST RUTGERS CT SALEM AVE SAMUEL ST SANDALWOOD DR SANDPIPER AVE SANTE FE CT SCHADEN RD SCHOOL ST SCOTT CT SEDERIS LN SENECA AVE SHEAR ST SHERIFF ST SHERMAN ST SHERWOOD DR SHILLING DR SKYLARK CT SKYLINE DR SMITH CT SOMMER LN SONESTA AVE SONGBIRD ST SOUTH LOGAN ST SOUTH MAPLE ST SOUTHWOOD DR SPRING ST SPRINGBROOK CIR SPRUCE ST SPYGLASS DR ST CLAIR ST ST MARY’S LN STAFFORD DR

F-6, G-6, H-6 F-8 I-7, I-8 H-6, H-7 G-6 C-7 H-4 H-7 E-5 F-6 E-5 G-5, H-5 H-8 F-6 H-8 H-5, H-6 F-5 H-3 E-3 H-8, H-9 G-2 E-3 E-6, F-6 H-2 B-6 E-6 E-5 E-4, E-5 F-7, G-7, H-7 G-4 B-6 G-7 G-7 G-4 F-6 H-8 H-2 G-3, G-4 G-8 D-5, E-5 D-4, E-4 G-5, G-6, G-7 F-5, F-6, G-5 E-6 E-5 F-8 H-4 F-4 H-4, H-5 F-7 F-6, F-7 E-6 B-5, B-6, B-7 E-1, E-2,E-5, E-6, F-2, F-3, F-4, F-5 E-6, E-7 I-7 G-8 H-4, H-5 G-3, H-3, H-4 H-3, I-3 G-2 G-6 E-4 H-4 G-5, G-6 G-2 H-3 H-3 G-2 G-7, H-7 H-8 F-7 F-8 H-5 H-2 E-6 D-4, D-5 G-3 H-3 F-7 F-6 H-8 H-7 H-7 F-7, G-7 H-5

STANFORD AVE STATE ST STILL WATER BLVD SUGARLANE SUMNER ST SUNSET CT SYCAMORE ST SYRACUSE CT TAFT AVE TANNERY ST TATTERSALL CT TAYLOR ST TEAL ST TEMPLE CT TENNESSEE DR TERNES AVE THOMAS ALLEY THORNWOOD BLVD TILLOTSON ST TIMBER RIDGE DR TIMBERLANE DR TRAVELERS LN TREMONT ST TULANE CT TURNER BLVD TURNER ST TUSCARAWAS ST TYLER ST UNIVERSITY AVE VALLEY BLVD VALLEY FORGE CIR VANDERBILT CT VASSAR AVE VERMONT RD VIC JANOWICZ DR VICTORIA CT VILLANOVA CIR VISTA CT WADE AVE WALNUT ST WARDEN AVE WARREN AVE WASHINGTON AVE WATER ST WAVERLY ST WAYNE ST WEDGEWOOD AVE WELLER RD WESLEY AVE WESLEYAN CT WEST AVE WEST BRIDGE ST WEST RIDGE RD WEST RIVER RD (N) WEST RIVER RD (S) WESTIN WAY WESTWOOD AVE WHITE OAK DR WHITMAN BLVD WILDER AVE WILDWOOD PL WILLIAMS ST WILLOW PARK RD WILSHIRE CT WINCKLES ST WINDBROOK DR WINDSOR DR WINDWARD DR WINTHROP DR WISCONSIN CIR WITTENBERG AVE WOLF CT WOOD ST WOODBURY ST WOODCREST CT WOODFORD AVE WOODLAND AVE WOODRIDGE DR WOODVIEW DR WOOSTER ST WURST CT WYNN AVE XAVIER CT XAVIER ST YALE AVE YORKSHIRE CT


Community Information

St. Mary Catholic Church and School Serving our community since 1845

Local Church Highlights

Sunday Masses Saturday Vigil - 4:30 p.m. Sunday - 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Church 440-323-5539 School 440-322-2808

320 Middle Ave.

www.stmaryelyria.org A L L A R E W E L C O M E

First Congregational United Church Of Christ

An open and affirming congregation

Opening Ourselves to Holy Relationships with God, Others, and Our City

Service Times: Sundays 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

First Congregational United Church Of Christ is the oldest congregation in Elyria. From its very beginning, First Church has been committed to meeting the needs of the community. First Church was involved in the abolitionist movement, women’s rights, and civil rights and continues this tradition by being involved with the on-going struggle for justice locally and globally. We continue to build holy relationships with God, one another and our community.  Save Our Children, ALANON, Friends Of Bill And Bob, Jazzercise and other organizations are currently housed at First Church. As an open and affirming congregation, we welcome all without exception.

330 Second St. • Elyria, Ohio 44035 440-323-5454

www.firstcongelyria.org

DICKEN

FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICE

There is a difference...

• Personal & Affordable

• Service & Cremation options • Flexible Advanced planning

Helping the Community

Independent Local Family Owned & Managed

David Dicken Richard Dakters

(440) 322-3224

Easter Seals Northern Ohio strives to impact the

323 Middle Avenue Elyria

www.dickenfuneralhome.com

Independent Living • Assisted Living • Transition Stays Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence! 1210 South Abbe Road AbbewoodRetirement.com

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community through a variety of services and programs for people with disabilities. Programs such as speech and language therapy, homecare, equipment loan and summer camp offer individuals the opportunity to become more self-sufficient and enhance their quality of life.  The community can support Easter Seals by volunteering or donating to Easter Seals Household Donation Program. The program accepts donations of clothing, shoes, bedding, small appliances, and much more. Proceeds from the bulk sale of the contributions help support vital programs for people with disabilities.   For more information about Easter Seals or to schedule a pick up call 800-708-2716 or visit www.easterseals.com/noh


Washington Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 301 Washington Avenue Elyria 440-323-4213

Rev. Dr. Janet A. Long, Pastor www.waccelyria.org

A Welcoming Place for All Washington Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a congregation with a great history, having been founded in Elyria in 1881. The church has a vibrant ministry of worship, study, fellowship, and service. We reach out to the community and beyond, loving and serving from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth. We welcome all, celebrating our unity in Christ’s spirit

and our diversity as beloved children of God. Individuals and families from many denominational and from non-church backgrounds have found a spiritual home here. We invite you to join us on Sundays for Worship at 8:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Experts in the art of floral expression

Part of the Heart of Elyria St. Mary Church was founded in 1845 followed by the opening of a school. The present church was built in 1886. St. Mary’s has always been deeply committed to the Elyria community, reaching out to serve its citizens. Presently, we provide a free hot meal on Tuesday nights. St. Mary founded and continues to support the Hospitality House that provides food and clothing to those in need. We were honored by Mayor Brinda with the Key to the City for housing the homeless on bitter cold winter nights. St. Mary Church is proud to be part of the heart of Elyria as we celebrate 200 years!

Other Places of Worship

Elyria Ministerial Alliance Pastor Gwendolyn Gilmore P.O. Box 1632, Elyria, Ohio 44036 440-327-1221

440-323-3108 511 Abbe Road North, Elyria www.botamerrorist.com

Elyria Ministerial Association Pastor Rick Stein First United Presbyterian Church 200 East Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035 440-322-5982

Urban League Supports and Educates Since 1978, the Lorain County Urban League has been committed to its mission to empower African Americans and all disadvantaged persons in our community to participate equally in the educational, economic, and social mainstream. The Urban League is providing valuable programs with trained staff and coaches at our new facility, the Opportunity Center conveniently located at 200 Middle Avenue in

downtown Elyria. Our three focus areas are education, economic empowerment and engagement. With the support of the community and corporate partners, we are able to help high school students prepare for college, careers, and life; empower and connect adults to gainful employment; help disadvantaged entrepreneurs and businesses grow, and help families become financially stable. www.cityofelyria.org

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Community Information Denny’s 640 Tillotson St. 440-324-5334

Dinner Bell

Frankie & MJ’s Restaurant

Hazel’s Family Restaurant

108 Antioch Dr. 440-365-3362

615 Cleveland St. 440-365-3513

6340 Lake Ave. 440 -324-4207

Hershey’s Ice Cream Café

Dog N Suds

38535 Chestnut Ridge Rd. 440-365-2121

2050 N. Ridge Rd. 440-324-3636

Domino’s Pizza

Dining Guide Every effort has been made to provide a complete and accurate restaurant listing. Please contact us in reference to corrections or additions for future publications.

Blue Sky Restaurant 802 Cleveland St. 440-322-0333

Angelina’s Pizza 512 N. Abbe Rd. 440-366-1944 angelinaspizza.com

Applebee’s 1540 W. River Rd. N. 440-324-1700

Bailey’s Bar & Grille 800 West River Rd. N. 440-322-1188

Bob Evan’s 503 Griswold Rd. 440-324-4128

Carlisle Café 1509 Grafton Rd. 440-322-4428

Cascade Café 301 Broad St. 440-322-3573

China Wok

Britt’s Riverside Deli & Catering

423 Cleveland St. 440-366-5533

38670 Butternut Ridge Rd. 440-458-6311

Chipotle

Buffalo Wild Wings 239 Midway Blvd. 440-324-5544

1615 W. River Rd. 440-324-5723

Cozzeria Pizzeria 427 Cleveland Street 440-365-0032

The Foundry Kitchen & Bar

580 Chestnut Commons Drive 440-323-9050

525 Broad Street 440-281-9181 foundrykitchen.bar

Don Tequila Bar & Grill

George’s Family Restaurant

1134 N. Abbe Rd. 440-322-0110

Donna’s Diner 148 Middle Ave. 440-322-3221

Dunkin’ Donuts 994 N. Abbe Road 440-366-3865

East of Chicago 515 N. Abbe Road 440-365-6005

El Patron Mexican Grill 629 Chestnut Commons Dr. 440-365-4875

Frank & Ellie’s Maple Inn

2170 N. Ridge Rd. 440-277-5838

Gibby’s Restaurant

1160 W. River Rd. N 440-324-4241

JJ’s Barbeque 3321 Midway Mall 440-324-9015

Golden Corral

125 Broad St. 440-323-8000

1519 W. River Rd. N. 440-324-1880

Golden Ginger 1333 Broad Street 440-326-0188

Gyro House 363 W. River Rd. N. 440-322-1011

Harry Buffalo 3619 Midway Mall 440-324-3115

2422 N. Ridge Rd. 440-277-1188

Dave’s Cosmic Subs

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IHOP

Little Caesars Pizza

641 Hilliard Rd. 440-365-4411 dqcakes.com

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1537 W. River Rd. N. 440-324-4095

645 Taylor St. 440-365-5254

Dairy Queen Brazier

515 N. Abbe Rd. 440-365-0469

Hunan King

The Foundry Kitchen & Bar

Long John Silver’s 904 Cleveland St. 440-366-0565

Lowell Street Café 903 Lowell St. 440-322-7272

Marco’s Pizza 649 S. Abbe Rd. 440-366-2212

Marco’s Pizza 8653 W. Ridge Rd. 440-322-0777


Home of Angelina’s Creative Catering 512 Abbe Rd. N Elyria, OH 44035 440.366.1944

www.angelinaspizza.com

The Foundry Kitchen & Bar

Maria’s Pizzeria 516 Cleveland Street 440-365-7383

Midway Oh Boy Restaurant 6620 Lake Ave. 440-324-3711

Nick’s Family Restaurant 1005 E. Broad St. 440-365-2099

No. 1 Kitchen 635 S. Abbe Road 440-366-0700

Olive Garden 1635 W. River Rd. N. 440-324-3002

Papa John’s Pizza 811 Chestnut Commons Dr. 440-328-3030

Pizza Hut 1001 E. Broad St. 440-366-6630

Rally’s Hamburgers 711 Cleveland St. 440-366-6019

Red Lobster 6935 Midway Mall 440-324-2244

Romeo’s Pizza 354 Chestnut Commons Dr. 440-366-5452

Rosie’s Family Restaurant 42753 N. Ridge Rd. 440-324-6858

Rotuno’s Texas Style Barbecue 515 N. Abbe Road 440-366-5027

Texas Roadhouse 245 Market Dr. 440-324-2002

Thai House

Rubin’s Deli & Restaurant

1047 E. Broad St. 440-366-0273

616 Leona St. 440-324-3666

Twist & Shake

Rubin’s Deli & Restaurant 312 Chestnut Commons Drive 440-366-0122

Ruby Tuesday 5274 N. Abbe Rd. 440-934-1200

Sambino’s Pizza

230 Cleveland St. 440-365-2550

Uncle Al’s Pizza Parlor 38529 Chestnut Ridge Rd. 440-366-6682

Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse

360 Cleveland St. 440-323-1020

3598 Midway Mall 440-324-7888

Scoops & More Ice Cream Emporium

Wasabi Sushi House

528 West River Rd. N. 440-322-7141

Smitty’s Place 368 E. Bridge St. 440-323-9708

Starbucks (LCCC) 1005 N. Abbe Rd. 440-366-4086

Steak ‘n Shake 5300 N. Abbe Road 440-219-0305

Steak USA

7567

677 Chestnut Commons Dr. 440-366-1117

Wolfey’s Bistro & Pub 1069 E. Broad St. 440-365-9002

PLEASE NOTE: Burger King, Jimmy John’s, McDonalds, Mr. Hero, Subway, Taco Bell and Wendy’s also have multiple locations in the Elyria area.

3343 Midway Mall 440-324-1358

Stubby’s Pub 114 Antioch Dr. 440-365-7882 www.cityofelyria.org

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Advertiser Index ANIMAL PROTECTIVE LEAGUE/ PET SERVICES Friendship APL............................ p 38 www.friendshipapl.org APPLIANCES/TELEVISIONS Stewart’s TV & Appliance....p 20, 25 www.stewartappliance.com ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT/ ART EDUCATION

AUTO DEALERSHIP

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION

CLEANING/RESTORATION

Premier Toyota.........................p 9, 20 www.premiertoyota.com

Community Foundation of Lorain County.........................p 18, 35 www.peoplewhocare.org

Duraclean..................................... p 25 www.duraclean.com

BANKS/CREDIT UNIONS Northwest Bank............................ p 9 www.northwest.com CommStar Credit Union................... ............................p 18, Inside back cover

www.commstar.org

Elyria Arts CouncilCity of Elyria................................ p 36

BUILDING SUPPLIES/ RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL

ASSESSMENTS/APPRAISALS/ LICENSES/TAXES

Carter Lumber............................. p 45 www.carterlumber.com

Lorain County Auditor............... p 47 www.loraincounty.com/auditor

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

ATTORNEY Piazza-Cooke-Szczepanski Co., LPA

Lorain County Chamber of Commerce............................... p 12 www.loraincountychamber.com

CHURCHES First Congregational United Church............................. p 42 www.firstcongelyria.org

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Elyria Rotary Club...................... p 26 www.elyriarotary.org METRO PARKS

St. Mary Catholic Church & School..................................p 42, 43 www.stmaryelyria.org

Lorain County Metro Parks............................p 26, 27 www.metroparks.cc

Washington Avenue Christian Church......................... p 43 www.waccelyria.org

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

CITY GOVERNMENT/ ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT City of Elyria.................................. p 7 www.cityofelyria.org

....................................................... p 47

www.pcsohiolaw.com

Lorain County Community College.................. p 16, 19, Back cover www.lorainccc.edu CONSTRUCTION SERVICES/TRUCKING Gregory Trucking........................ p 25 www.gregorytrucking.com COUNSELING SERVICES Psych and Psych.......................... p 22 www.psychandpsych.com ENGINEERING/SURVEYING KS Associates................................ p 6 www.ksassociates.com FLOWERS/GIFTS Botamer Florist........................... p 43 www.botamerflorist.com FUNERAL HOME Dicken Funeral & Cremation Service...................... p 42 www.dickenfuneralhome.com FURNITURE Kaplan’s Furniture...................... p 11 www.kaplansfurniture.com HEARING AIDS Miracle-Ear.................................. p 39 www.miracle-ear.com

PHOTOS: THE CITY OF ELYRIA

THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!: A collection of some of the City of Elyria Bicentennial Committee Members at a meeting in July. The committee was comprised of nearly 100 dedicated Elyrians: Thelma Adams, Tom Aden, Pete Aldrich, Brian Ana, Virgina Axford, Jack Baird, Michele Barney, Kevin Beckett, Sean Beckwith, Bill & Janet Bird, Dave Boodjeh, Lisa Bowman, Don & Denise Brackenhoff, Bobbie Breen, Mayor Holly Brinda, William Brown, Tim Brown, Henry & Marty Bruner, Tim & Mary Bryan, Christopher Burton, Colleen Callahan, Linda Chernitsky, Annie Cunningham, William Custer, Charles Delgado, Don Denevic, Father Charlie Diedrick, Jeanine Donaldson, Heather Durdil, Stephanie Forthofer, Stacey Francis, Tony Gallo, Danielle & Aaron Gayheart, Jim Gilbert, Tracy Green, Jeff Hogan, Bill Hudnutt, Jim Jablonskie, Anne Jesse, Kelly Johnson, Chris Krasnobrucky, Debby Krejsa, Laura Loan, Marty Martinez, Jeanine Mawson, Stan Mazur, Pastor Mark Merlihan, Shirley Messaros, Anne Michael, Robert Moorman, Brittnay Morales, James Muller, Bill Nahorn, Matt Nahorn, Charlotte Norris, Mark Nowak, Tracy Pastor, Dave Pavlak, Fred Pond, Lois Pozega, Carolyn Pritt, Randy Radachi, Mary Reese, Randolph Rodachy, Clint Rohrbacher, Megan Rowe, Marty Rowe, Kathy Runser, Ralph & Elizabeth Russini, Brandon Rutherford, Terry Shilling, Jeff Sigsworth, Bill & Rachel Speidel, Dave Sprague, Rick Stoffer, Tim Strickler, George & Marjorie Strom, Bob & Pat Szeliga, Sharon Thome, Kelsy Voit, Carol Wallace, Walt Westermann, Suzanne White, Frank Whitfield, and Stan Wojdyla.

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HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING Luxury Heating Co...................... p 23 www.luxuryheatingco.com HOSPITALS/MEDICAL FACILITIES UH Elyria Medical Center

......................Inside front cover, p 19, 22

www.UHElyria.org

Mercy Hospitals.......................... p 21 www.mercyonline.org


J. Craig Snodgrass, CPA, CGFM JEWELERS

SCHOOLS/PUBLIC

Vandemark Jewelers.............p 18, 35 www.vandemarkjewelers.com

Elyria City Schools.................p 15, 20 www.elyriaschools.org

LEADERSHIP TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

SENIOR SERVICES

Lorain County Auditor

226 Middle Avenue, 2nd Floor • Elyria, Ohio 44035 General ..................................... (440) 329-5207

Real Estate ............................. (440) 329-5212

Auditor Snodgrass ........ (440) 329-5170

Special Assessments ... (440) 329-5210

Appraisal ................................. (440) 329-5488

Tax Exemption .................. (440) 329-5739

The Abbewood............................ p 42 www.abbewoodretirement.com

Board of Revision ........... (440) 329-5269

Tax Map .................................... (440) 329-5757

Homestead ........................... (440) 329-5222

Owner Occupancy ........ (440) 329-5203

SHOPPING/BICENNTENIAL SOUVENIRS

Licenses - Dog, Vendor, Junk Yard, Cigarette............................ (440) 329-5717

Weights & Measures.... (440) 329-5151

LIBRARY Elyria Public Library System..... p 16 www.elyrialibrary.org

Discount Drug Mart................... p 10 www.discount-drugmart.com

PHOTOGRAPHY

SHOPPING CENTERS/PLAZAS

Studio Q Photography............... p 39 www.studioqinc.com

Four Elyria Company LLC.......... p 48 www.pinnaclefinancialgroup.com

REAL ESTATE TITLE SERVICES

SOCIAL SERVICE/ ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Leadership Lorain County......... p 13 www.leadershiploraincounty.com

Old Republic Title..................p 19, 24 www.oldrepublictitle.com REAL ESTATE/REALTORS Five Oaks Realty......................... p 23 www.fiveoaksrealty.info RECYCLING Lorain County Solid Waste Dept.................................. p 47 www.loraincounty.us/solidwaste RESTAURANTS Angelina’s Pizza.......................... p 45 www.angelinaspizza.com Dairy Queen................................. p 44 www.dqcakes.com Nino’s............................................ p 45 www.ninosnorthridgeville.com SCHOOLS/PRIVATE Constellation Schools...........p 15, 20 www.constellationschools.com

www.loraincounty.com/auditor • auditor @loraincounty.com

Lorain County Urban League.............................. p 43 www.lcul.org TREE SERVICES Ecotree Services......................... p 37 www.ecotreeservices.com VETERANS SERVICES Lorain County Veterans Service Office................................ p 1 www.loraincountyveterans.com WHOLESALE CLUB/ WAREHOUSE RETAILER Sam’s Club.................................... p 45 www.samclub.com WOMEN’S SERVICES/ FITNESS CENTER Elyria YWCA................................. p 39 www.ywcaelyria.org

Elyria Catholic High School...... p 14 www.elyriacatholic.com www.cityofelyria.org

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