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EMH Family Care – Right Here in Grafton For professional, compassionate medical care for your family, look no further than Laurie Sabine, M.D. and EMH Grafton Family Care. Board certified in Family Practice, Dr. Sabine specializes in women’s health but welcomes men, women and children aged six years and older. EMH blood-drawing services are also on site for anyone whose physician has requested laboratory testing. For a local physician who provides expert care and exceptional caring, call Dr. Sabine today at 440.329.4940. EMH Grafton Family Care 489 North Main Street Grafton, OH 44044 440.329.4940



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Dear Grafton Residents and Visitors, I am pleased to present the 2011-2012 Village of Grafton Magazine &

ON THE RIGHT TRACK: (L to R) Village of Grafton Administration: Lori Clark, Mayor Shari Szczepanski and Linda Bales.

Community Guide. This magazine was created to provide important and interesting information for your use and also for those who may be interested in visiting or becoming part of our wonderful community. It also recognizes many of your neighbors who own and operate businesses in Grafton. This project would not have been possible without their generous sponsorship. I encourage you to visit and support our local businesses and to become involved in the local organizations in our Village. Grafton is a community that we’ve chosen to call home because it is a wonderful place to live, play and raise families. From our parks and open spaces to our fine neighborhoods – old and new – to our shops, restaurants and retail stores, it’s all here for you to enjoy. As Mayor, your Village Council and I are dedicated to maintaining a superior quality of life for all residents of Grafton. I encourage you to be involved in our community and to attend our council meetings, which are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., at Town Hall, 960 Main Street. We are glad to have you as part of the community. If there is any information you need, please don’t hesitate to call us at 440-926-2401. The municipal building is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. I’ll be looking forward to seeing you around the Village.

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This is an Image Builders Marketing Inc.™ Trademark Publication created and produced for the Village of Grafton. Village of Grafton Shari A. Szczepanski, Mayor 960 Main St. Grafton, OH 44044 440-926-2401 Copyright ©2011, All Rights Reserved. Image Builders Marketing, Inc. 9780 Beechwood Drive North Royalton, Ohio 44133 440-346-4482 Additional copies are available at the Village of Grafton, or view the book online at To advertise in the next edition, call: 440-346-4482. Publisher Bernice P. Kaldy Editor Laura Lakner Business Manager Mary Dodge Art Director/Project Manager Tammy Spear Lead Graphic Designer Judy Beveridge Contributing Designers Kelly Coniglio, Alesa Upholzer Contributing Writer Ken McEntee Account Executives/Community Consultants Scott F.W. Hughes, Sandy Mamer, Janine Mazzi Information Technology Consultant David J. Kaldy Photography Jason Shaffer Photography

Contents 1 Welcome to Grafton

12 Health & Wellness

3 Community Overview

16 Homes & Real Estate

6 Chamber of Commerce

17 Dining Guide

8 Education

19 Community Information

11 The Faces of Grafton

21 Advertiser Index

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Small Town Has a Big Heart

The Village of Grafton, says Mayor Shari A. Szczepanski, offers everything a resident could want or need. “You will find a hometown feeling throughout our Village,” she says. “It’s a community where people are there for each other. They care about their neighbors and their community. It’s just a nice place to call home.” Grafton residents, she says, offer open arms to their neighbors in the community and to visitors as well. “Our town has a heart as big as the state,” the Mayor says. While offering modern services and amenities, the Village of about 2,600 residents is surrounded by the openness of rural farmland. ON MAIN STREET: “If we don’t have Main Street in the it, we’re very close to Village of Grafton it,” says Szczepanski. “Along with our local (above); Nancy cuts a customer’s hair at businesses and stores, abundant shopping the Village Barber. and dining opportunities are a short drive

away and we’re just 30 minutes from the arts and excitement of downtown Cleveland. We offer peace and quiet, but the hustle and bustle are not far away.” Grafton features a variety of independently-owned and operated businesses including grocery and retail shopping, restaurants, pizza shops, dentists, fuel stations, florists, barber shops, hardware and feed suppliers, auto parts stores and repair shops, a gun shop, banks, manufacturing companies and insurance companies. “We still have some room for new development, both residential and commercial,” Szczepanski says.

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Main Street, where many of the Village’s public services are located, most of the restored buildings are more than a century old, emphasizing the historical charm of yesterday. Town Hall, in fact, is housed in a colonial style building that once served as a bank (see picture, right). Grafton’s history dates back to 1817. That’s when Jonathan and Grindall Rawson, two brothers from Massachusetts, relocated here on land their father, Samuel, purchased from the Connecticut Land Company. On May 24, 1852, the Village of Grafton was named Rawsonville in honor of the first settlers, but it was changed on January 1, 1877, when the Village was incorporated. Over the years railroads, sandstone quarries and gristmills all played important roles in developing the Village. In 1849, sandstone was discovered near Parsons and Indian Hollow

Roads. Immigrants from Poland, Wales, Ireland and Germany came to work in the quarries, which supplied sandstone to locations around the world until the use of cement changed building procedures around 1920.

Village Services Today, Grafton is governed by the Mayor and an elected Village Council. Szczepanski has served as mayor since 1990. Law enforcement in Grafton has grown from a Village Constable to a full-time Police Department that includes a police chief, three full-time patrolmen, three full-time dispatchers and several part-time patrolmen and dispatchers. The mission of the Police Department is to continuously provide a superior level of quality service and to consistently strive to seek and find, in an unrelenting, dedicated and committed fashion, the ways and means to affirmatively promote, preserve and enhance the safety, security and overall quality of life within the community.


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960 Main Street Grafton, OH 44044 440-926-2401 Utility Department 440-926-1093 ON CALL: The Village is served by an all volunteer Fire Department and has 35 firefighters and 15 emergency medical technicians.


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Visit Lorain County! With more than 20 miles of Lake Erie shoreline and a vast network of parks and trails, Lorain County is a premier recreational destination for fishing, kayaking, cycling, birding and many other outdoor activities. Low-traffic and quiet rural roads offer an exceptional opportunity for cycling our Back Roads and Beaches Bike and Multisport Route. Lorain County has a vibrant Metro Parks system, featuring more than 20 locations, offering hiking trails, wildlife reservations, golfing, beaches, a children’s garden and water activity center. Towns and cities in Lorain County range from an eclectic college town to charming historical villages. Fine dining and world-class art can be found throughout the area. Shopping venues include unique boutiques, flea markets, art galleries, and award winning wineries. With economical lodging options, stunning natural resources, and hundreds of festivals and events, Lorain County is a perfect getaway. Travel guides, a calendar of events and additional information can be found at www. or by calling 800-334-1673.

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Since 1935, the village has been served by an all volunteer Fire Department. Today, the department is made up of 35 firefighters and 15 emergency medical technicians who provide accident response, fire suppression and basic life support services. Two fire stations house Grafton’s three pumpers, one mini-pumper, an equipment van and two ambulances. Mutual aid is given and received with neighboring departments should the need arise.


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ON TRACK: The Big 4 Railroad Tower, circa 1913, which was the original Main Street Crossing.

What We Do Matters The Ross Companies,

Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc., spend every day protecting the environment by safely and efficiently managing thousands of gallons of hazardous waste, effectively protecting and preserving our natural resources and surroundings. Ross provides a needed and necessary service to manufacturing companies, recycling firms, remediation contractors, hospitals and universities. As these businesses produce products and provide services, they also generate waste materials. Proper transportation and treatment of these hazardous waste by-products by the Ross companies helps to keep this country’s factories, refineries and recycling firms operating to produce the goods and services that we need. In addition to protecting the greater population, the Ross Companies play an important role in our local community by providing jobs, tax dollars and resources. Ross is committed to Grafton and works to make a difference through contributions, volunteerism and local involvement.  6

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Parks and Recreation Grafton’s parks offer green space and abundant recreational opportunities. Parks include Willow Park, North Park, Water Tower Park, Reservoir Park and the Indian Hollow Reservation Trailhead. Between them, they offer various activities including baseball fields and a concession stand, playground equipment, picnic areas, Community Room and pavilion rentals and walking trails for residents to enjoy throughout the year. North Park features a picnic shelter that can be reserved for parties and special events. North Park also offers restrooms, playground equipment and a basketball court. A special feature in North Park is “Memory Lane,” the treelined entrance that honors loved ones. Willow Park, located on Main Street at the southeast corner of the village, has two picnic shelters that can be reserved. The park also has restrooms, playground equipment and a baseball diamond. Willow Park is host to the Grafton Volunteer Firemen’s Festival every Memorial Day weekend. Across the street from Willow Park is Reservoir Park, which includes Grafton’s reservoir, four baseball diamonds and a new restroom and concession stand facility. In partnership with the Lorain County Metro Parks, Grafton has developed a trail that connects to Indian Hollow Metro Park on Parsons Road.

Annual Elected Officials Event held at Quaker Steak in Sheffield Village. Pictured are the four hosts of the event: Barb Tressel-Bangas from LoCAR (Lorain County Association of Realtors), Jean Sexton, Executive Officer for the Northcoast BIA (Building Industry Association), Tony Gallo, Director of Business Development, Lorain County Chamber and Chris Kish, Manager- Resources & Marketing for Team Lorain County. 

Why Should You Join the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce?

Our Hearts Are In Grafton Many of our area residents volunteer or join organizations in Grafton. We are proud to have many associations, clubs and groups available for residents to participate in and demonstrate their community commitment and support. These organizations include Grafton Midview Business Association, Grafton Midview Kiwanis Club, VFW, Grafton railroad History Association, Grafton Midview Salvation Army, Grafton Grangers 4-H, Grafton Midview Women’s Club and Grafton Village History Association. Please call or visit Village Hall or Grafton-Midview Library for information about membership and volunteering in Grafton.


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Because the Lorain County Chamber provides you access to the best business network in the Lorain County area. Joining your County Chamber gives you several important advantages over your competition and provides a great return on a small investment.  Our members get direct contact with one of the founding members of the Lorain County Growth Partnership – Lorain County’s answer to business expansion, attraction and retention.  We also house the Small Business Development Center to help us “grow our own” when it comes to business start-ups.  The County Chamber sponsors the Lorain County Safety Council, helping to keep your employees working AND safe, while keeping your Workers’ Compensation costs in line.  Finally, we provide the Best Business Networking events and Direct Cost Savings through our Value Added Benefit providers. Join the leader that promotes Building Business by Building Relationships.  Join today by contacting Tony Gallo at 440-328-2554. 2 0 1 1 - 2 0 1 2 G r af t o n Mag azi n e & Community Guide




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Midview Schools Make the Grade With a mission to prepare all children to be

successful and productive citizens in the 21st century, Midview Schools provides educational opportunities for students living in the Village of Grafton, the townships of Carlisle, Eaton and Grafton, and the southern portion of the City of Elyria. Our buildings are located on a central campus including three new elementary schools to serve grades K-6, Midview Middle School for grades 7-8, and Midview High School. The district is rated Effective overall with multiple buildings receiving the Excellent rating in past years. In 2012, Midview residents will enjoy a brand new middle school at no additional cost to the taxpayers.  Academically, the Midview Schools are proud to be a leading district in Lorain County, reaching 22 of Ohio’s 26 statewide assessment indicators with a performance index of

96.8. Our experienced, dedicated staff focuses on providing students with a foundation in the basic skills, while offering complementary programs and courses that encourage individual academic success and personal growth. Our staff cares about the well-being of each and every student in our schools — and it shows. Midview takes pride in its thriving arts, music, and athletic programming — helping to form our youth into the confident, well-rounded individuals that are the true hallmark of our district. We’re expecting more, achieving more. Our goal is to provide our students with the following life skills: n Read with comprehension n Write with meaning and clarity

IN TUNE: The student choir expresses themselves through song at one of their many concerts.


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ACHIEVING MORE: Elementary students getting creative and student council members planting flower bulbs for “Plant this Promise.”

n Pursue health and wellness, think and reason coherently

n Compute accurately and efficiently n Conduct scientific inquiry n Seek creative expression and appreciation of the arts n Manage and use information and technology to solve

We are proud of our community and welcome you to explore with us the opportunities that are awaiting here at Midview Schools. For more information visit the district’s website at and Go Middies!

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Tri-C Closer to Home Students are enjoying classes and labs at the

brand new Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®), located at the corner of Bradley and Clemens roads in Westlake. Classes began in January continuing a long tradition of Tri-C serving the community by offering access to affordable, quality higher education and training. With the opening of the Westshore Campus and the existing Corporate College West facility also located in Westlake at the corner of Center Ridge and Columbia roads, Tri-C provides opportunities for students to complete an associate degree for transfer to a four year institution or for entry into the workforce in business and a variety of health careers areas. The new Westshore Campus focuses on education and training in areas such as nursing, emergency medical technology, medical assisting, and more. It also offers the full services of a Tri-C Campus including a complete Enrollment Center and Technology Learning Center, five science labs and four health career labs with a human patient simulator lab. Visit www. or call 866933-5183 for more information on how Tri-C really is where futures begin!

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First impressions are important at the

Grafton-Midview Public Library; however, don’t let the size of the library’s location at 983 Main Street fool you. This independent public library prides itself as being able to provide services larger libraries offer while still maintaining its small- town charm and personality. Small means mighty in Grafton! A new addition to our library is our mascot, Roary the Reading Lion (right). Watch for Roary at local events and throughout our 2011 Summer Reading Program. The library circulates 147,472 items per year and has over 17,000 registered patrons. The library’s collection consists of over 51,650 items including DVDs, Blu-Rays and video games for adults and children, audio

Lorain County Community College and its University Partnership…

The Best Value in Higher Education. • More than 100 up-to-date LCCC degrees and programs. • 31 Bachelor’s and 9 Master’s Degree Programs from eight of Ohio’s top universities and colleges through the LCCC University Partnership program on the LCCC campus. • Best tuition value in Ohio. Take a tour of Ohio’s top-rated community college! Call (440) 366.4012 or go to • 1 (800) 995-5222 • 1005 N Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio


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books on tape, CD and HD Digital Playaway format. The library also offers a highly interactive, state-of-the-art catalog designed for easy online browsing. Patrons may also download e-books, mp3 audio books, and music from the convenience of the library’s website, The library is also involved in Ohio’s “Every Child Ready to Read Program” to promote early literacy and most recently, “Connect Ohio,” offering computer literacy classes to all. The library offers such services as: unique programming for all ages, online research databases, internet access computers,free Wi-Fi, catalogs for both adults and children, color copy and fax machines, meeting rooms, computer classes and Friends of the Library. See our ad on page 19 for more information.

LCCC University Partnership Provides Unique Educational Access to Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees Grafton residents

have access to bachelor’s and master’s degrees through the unique University Partnership Program at Lorain County Community College. Grafton residents are very familiar with LCCC, as more than 12,000 have taken classes at the College since it opened in 1963. LCCC’s University Partnership offers 31 bachelor’s and nine master’s degrees from eight of Ohio’s leading universities right on the LCCC campus. Degrees cover a wide range of specialties, including business administration, biology, computer science and engineering, environmental science, nursing, public health, education and more. Choosing the University Partnership is not only convenient for Grafton residents, but it’s also highly affordable – saving a student nearly $40,000 compared to the cost of a traditional four-year university. Savings can be amplified in many bachelor’s programs with LCCC’s unique three-plus-one model, meaning students pay LCCC’s low tuition rate for three of the four years. For more information, including a complete list of partner universities and programs offered, visit or call 440-366-4949. www. vill a g e o f G r a f t o n . o rg


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Grafton The people featured in this photo are some of the Village of Grafton’s most talented and interesting business owners and managers. They not only help to keep the local economy strong and solid, but they live among us as our neighbors and friends. You many know some of them personally and others by appearance, name or maybe only by the look of their signs or storefronts. First Row, (left to right): Matt Dukles, Owner of Klinect TV; Dr. Larry Forthofer & Josie, Owner of Forever Friends Pet Center & Hospital; Lori Clark, Secretary at the Village of Grafton. Second Row: Chrissy McDonald, Owner of Wrong Side of the Tracks Bar & Grill; Tina Pribulsky, Owner of Homewatch Caregivers; Mayor Shari Szczepanski, Village of Grafton; Adele Infante, Director of the Grafton-Midview Public Library; Judi Whary, Event Specialist at Bright Balloons. Third Row: Tom Fuller, Owner of Grafton Mower Service; John Kuhn, Superintendent of Midview Schools; Mark Cummings, Owner of Nationwide Insurance; Gail Flanigan, Owner of The Unicorn Restaurant. Missing from Photo: Nancy Reisinger, Owner of Village Barber Shop; Maury Hernandez, Owner of Greentree Landscaping; Jon Cromling, Vice President of Ross Environmental Services; Marian Buchanan, Owner of Blue Water Salon & Spa; Dr Karen Kramer, Owner of Karen Kramer DDS. Photo Location: Grafton Village Hall. Balloons courtesy of Bright Balloons. Photo courtesy: Jason Shaffer Photography.


The Mark Cummings Agency NATIONWIDE INSURANCE he Mark Cummings Agency is a full-service insurance company providing coverage for automobile, home, life, commercial and health. They are your “One Stop Insurance Shop.”

Established in Grafton in 1992, the Mark Cummings Agency is committed to providing personalized service to their clients. Tailoring an insurance program to your specific needs at a price that you will be happy with, while advising you as to what discounts are available and alerting you to gaps in your coverage is their ultimate goal. They encourage client account reviews that afford answers to your questions, provide solutions and make sure your insurance program is working most efficiently for you. Now and in the future, you can have confidence in Nationwide Insurance and the Mark Cummings Agency. Nationwide is rated A+ Superior by A.M. Best in financial strength. Nationwide also provides 24/7 world class claims service. “We’ll be there when you need us,” says Mark.

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ina Pribulsky, LSW/MSSA, owner of Homewatch CareGivers, knows personally about the need for home care. At age 13, she suffered a stroke that paralyzed her left side. She returned home from the hospital needing to learn to walk and write. “I was happy to be home, but realized I needed lots of help,” she says. Thankfully, her dad found live-in caregivers and Tina made significant progress. That experience made her aware of the importance of caregivers with integrity and the strong desire to care for the needy, thus driving her and her father to open their own homecare agency. Tina has earned health care degrees from Bowling Green State University and Case Western Reserve. Tina states, “Our caregivers provide the highest standards of care and compassion to individuals with varying needs, from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, Heart Disease and Diabetes. You will receive a tailored Home Care Plan created specifically suited to you.”

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Mercy Supports Grafton Residents’ Health Care Needs For over 100 years, Mercy Allen Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Grafton and southern Lorain County.

Mercy offers residents of Grafton access to an integrated healthcare system

providing inpatient, outpatient and ancillary services through its two hospitals, Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain and Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin; physician offices; and specialized facilities, including the Mercy Cancer Center, Mercy Rehabilitation Center, New Life Hospice and Mercy Diagnostic Centers including high-field open MRI. Mercy Allen Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital offering inpatient, subacute care, surgical services, rehabilitation, diagnostic services and state-of-the-art emergency services offering a 30 minute ER promise. Grafton residents also have access to a wide range of Mercy physicians including Mercy Medical Partners and Mercy Tri-City Medicine. Mercy has been named one of “Northeast Ohio’s Best Places to Work” by Northcoast 99 two years in a row, and its hospitals rank among the best in quality in the region, according to Ohio Hospital Compare. Mercy is also a member of Catholic Health Partners, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the U.S., which has been named one of the nation’s Top 10 Health We Cater to Cowards Systems two years in a K row by Thomas Reuters, a leading provider of Health and Rehabilitation information and solutions to improve the quality and “Making a Difference One cost of health care. Resident at a Time” For more information CALL US FOR A TOUR on Mercy Hospital, visit or 440-355-4616 383 Opportunity Way call 1-877-247-6161. See LaGrange, OH 44050 North Main Street in Grafton our ad on the back cover.

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Dr. Sabine Cares for Grafton Residents Family Practice physician

Dr. Laurie Sabine joined the staff of EMH Healthcare in 2007, and subsequently opened her practice on North Main Street in Grafton. While she specializes in women’s health, Dr. Sabine also welcomes men and children aged six years and older. Patients appreciate her compassionate and caring manner as well as the efficiency with which she runs her practice. Long waits in her waiting room are not had very often! Additionally, EMH Healthcare blood-drawing services are on-site in Dr. Sabine’s Grafton office for anyone whose physician has requested laboratory testing. Neither the doctor nor the patient need be from EMH; anyone may use this convenient Dr. Laurie Sabine service. EMH Healthcare was founded in 1908 and today is a 447 licensed-bed hospital system with main campuses in Elyria, Am-

herst and Avon in addition to medical offices in Sheffield, Grafton, North Ridgeville and Westlake. For more than a century, EMH has been committed to improving the health of our community through safe, high-quality and cost-effective care. As the premier healthcare provider for Lorain County and western Cuyahoga County, EMH Healthcare offers an array of clinical services, from general medical, surgery and emergency services to our nationally-recognized cardiovascular program, orthopedics and maternity services. EMH Elyria Medical Center was recently named the fifth best hospital in the Cleveland metropolitan area. No other Lorain County hospital ranked in the top five. For more information about Dr. Laurie Sabine or about EMH Healthcare, please log on to our website at www.EMH-Healthcare. org. Find us on Facebook: and follow us on Twitter:

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Sooner Beats Later for Knee Replacement If painful arthritis is hampering your ability to walk,

there’s no need to “tough it out” until the problem gets worse. According to Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Michael Kolczun, you may be better off having your knee evaluated now. Improved surgical tools and procedures have made surgery for the knee one of the most successful surgeries of the last century. If damage is confined to one of the three compartments of the knee, surgeons can remove and resurface only damaged areas, sparing healthy cartilage. After partial knee replacement, patients walk on the day of surgery and go home within 24 hours

on oral pain medication. If a full knee replacement is required, you may be a candidate for one of the newer types of knee replacement parts that are highly flexible, allowing the knee to bend up to 155 degrees. With proper care, individuals who undergo total knee replacement can expect a greater than Dr. Michael Kolczun ninety-five percent chance of success for at least 15 years. For more information, see our ad on the facing page.

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Falls are the leading cause of death and injury for Americans over 65, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention Control. More than 35% of all seniors – or about 11 million – fall each year, resulting in over 13,000 deaths. Of survivors, 50% lose their mobility, and 40%, their independence – forever. There are many things you can do to prevent such an accident such as: remove clutter from the home, tuck cords away, get rid of rugs, exercise regularly (increases leg strength), ask a doctor or pharmacist to review

medications to reduce side effects that may cause dizziness, have vision checked, add grab bars and railings, and improve home lighting. All older adults should be encouraged to seek a fall risk assessment, especially adults with a history of falls. Homewatch Caregivers, an in-home care agency serving Lorain, Southern & Western Cuyahoga and Northern Medina Counties, offers a wide variety of services to keep you safe. Call 440926-9100 or toll free 877-448-3770 for a FREE fall risk assessment and in-home guide to senior safety. w w w. v i l l a g e o f G r a f t o n . o r g

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Homeowners Insurance: What You Should Know Homeowners Insurance, also known as

hazard insurance, combines various personal protections including losses to one’s home, its contents and outbuildings, as well as liability insurance for accidents that may happen at the home or at the hands of the homeowner. Most homeowner policies provide very broad coverage to the policyholder, but there are certain exclusions you should be aware of. The most common exclusion is for water backing up from outside the dwelling’s plumbing system. This can be taken care of by adding a “Water Backup” endorsement. Call your insurance agent for your coverage options. Flood is also not covered under your homeowner policy. Flood is groundwater flowing over its normal confines over what is dry land. The remedy here is to purchase a separate flood policy. The prices vary greatly depending on your assigned flood zone. The best way to make sure your coverage is there when you need it is to schedule a periodic review with your insurance professional. Home valuation is a frequently discussed topic as a result of the recent home market crash. The question asked is “Why is my house insured for $250,000 when I would be lucky to sell it for $150,000?” The simple answer to this is that the insurance company insures the dwelling for what it would cost to rebuild. This is generally more than the market value in our current conditions. Lastly, make sure your homeowner insurance is a replacement cost policy, including both dwelling and your personal property. — Submitted by Mark Cummings Agency, Nationwide Insurance


PHOTOS: SCOTT HUGHES 351 N. Main Street, Grafton 440-323-7451 Nationwide Insurance, located at 990 Commerce Drive in Grafton.


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Dining Guide Deluxe Bar

Main St. Pizza

893 Main Street 440-926-3306

915 Main Street 440-926-8400

Grafton Scoop

Marco’s Pizza

86 Main Street 440-926-3069

537 Main Street 440-926-0600

Harvest Café


597 Main Street 440-926-3099

412 Main Street 440-926-3427

Joe’s Signature Grill

Mezcal Mexican Restaurant

411 Main Street 440-926-4700

Lu’s Pizza 935 Main Street 440-926-2171

493 Main Street 440-926-3565

Nancy’s Main Street Diner 926 Main Street 440-926-2462 www.nancysmainstreetdiner. com

The Unicorn Restaurant and Pub is a Visitor’s Destination


The award-winning Unicorn Restaurant and Pub is

514 Main Street 440-926-1445

The Unicorn Restaurant and Pub 423 Main Street 440-926-1901

Wrong Side of the Tracks Bar & Grill 1008 Cleveland Street 440-779-9470 Wrong Side of the Tracks Bar & Grill

one of Grafton’s finest destinations for area residents and visitors. Owners Kevin and Gail Flanigan welcome you to ”Dublin’s Grafton Street,” right here in Grafton, Ohio. The Unicorn is considered by many Northeast Ohioans as one of the best Irish pubs in the Cleveland area. The restaurant name was derived from an Irish folk tune and the décor reminds one of Dublin, Ireland. Favorite foods include Bourbon Salmon, Lake Erie Perch and Connamara Chicken, a dish consisting of chicken breast, bacon, mushrooms, red onions in an Irish Mist cream sauce. The Unicorn can handle events of any size…the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce will be holding one of their after-hours events at the Unicorn in September. Slainte! —Scott Hughes

Wrong Side of the Tracks Bar & Grill 1008 Cleveland Street Happy Hour 3-7pm, Mon-Fri Sunday Bucket of Beer $8.00 Pool Table 50c WY-FI


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Emergency - call 9-1-1


Community Information Streets 440-926-2260

Village Hall 960 Main St. Grafton, OH 44044 440-926-2401 Mayor Shari A. Szczepanski

Electric 440-926-2912

Grafton Council Members


Clerk Treasurer 440-926-2401

Administrator 440-926-2401


Ward 1

Fire (non-emergency) 440-926-2075

Matthew Dukles 891 Main St. 440-458-2890

Police (non-emergency)

Ward 2


Building Department 440-926-2401

Lorain County Board of Elections


1985 N. Ridge Rd., East Lorain, OH 44055 440-326-5901


Celebration Entertainment Services


Professional Disc Jockey Service


440-225-3746 Specializing in Decor and Delivery

Proms - Weddings - Birthdays Corporate Events and More

Weddings Anniversaries Birthdays Proms Homecomings Retirement Parties


Randal Moore 1124 Willow St. 440-926-3298

Ward 3 John F. Lescher 1022 Novak RD. 440-926-2417

Ward 4 Daniel Spencer 1049 Hunters Chase 440-926-0303

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31001 Clemens Rd. Westlake, OH 44145 216-987-3885 westshore

Oberlin College of Arts & Sciences 101 N. Professor St. Oberlin, OH 44074 800-622-6243

Oberlin Conservatory of Music 39 W. College St. Oberlin, OH 44074 440-775-8413

Thomas M. Smith 1117 Willow St. 440-926-2401


Council meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers in the basement of Village Hall at 960 Main St.

983 Main St. 440-926-3317 Fax: 440-926-3000 Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9:30 am - 8:30 pm Fri.-Sat 9:30 am - 5pm Sun. 1 - 5 pm Note: Closed on Sundays during the summer months

Colleges/Universities Lorain County Community College 1005 Abbe Rd. Elyria, OH 44035-1691 800-995-5222

Lorain County JVS


Cuyahoga Community College-Westshore Campus

Adult Career Center 15181 State Route 58 Oberlin, OH 44074 440-774-1051 or 440-986-6601

Grafton Midview Public Library

Grafton Schools Grafton Co-Op Nursery School 973 Mechanic St. 440-926-1463

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Board of Education 1010 Vivian Dr. 440-926-3737 Fax: 440-926-2675 Superintendent: John Kuhn President: Dave Kunis

Midview High School Principal: Susan Bobola 440-748-2124 Attendance: 440-748-2906 Guidance: 440-748-5220

Midview Middle School Principal: Scott Goggin 440-748-2122 Attendance: 440-748-5259

East Intermediate School Principal: Charles Laubacher 440-748-1851

North Elementary School Principal: Audrey Fountain 440-748-6869

West Elementary School Principal: Patricia Hamilton 440-748-2305

Village of Grafton Parks For more information or to make reservations, call the Village Office at 440-926-2401 Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.

Midview Grafton Splash Station Project is Underway Splash Station – Construction for this “Cool”

North Park Community Center

Reservoir Park

On Novak Rd. and Elm St. Community Room/Fire Station Pavilion w/restrooms Basketball Court Full Playground Fields for Recreation Games Paved Parking Splash Station under construction

On South Main St, across the street from Willow Park, on east side of Village Reservoir 4 baseball Fields Concession Stand Gravel Parking

Water Tower Park

At Five Points Meditative Park with Benches and Flag

Main St., Downtown Memorial Brick Path Benches Near Library Village Christmas tree

Willow Park

Indian Hollow Reservation

Veterans Memorial Park

On Main St., southwest corner of the Village 2 Pavilions w/Electricity Full Playground Restrooms Fields for Recreation Baseball Field Paved Parking

Lorain County MetroParks 440-458-5121 Indian Hollow is made up of four separate tracks of land that will one day be linked by trails. Shelton Woods is the only part open to the public and is made up of 180 wooded acres bisected by the eastern branch of the Black River. Two picnic shelters,

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recreation area is just beginning! What a fun, safe place to cool off with your family on a hot summer day. Water will spray from Jets and immediately drain so that no standing water is left behind, making this energy efficient and low maintenance. Pumps are activated by a touch pad easily activated by children and water shuts off after a period of time. A fence is planned to surround the area prior to completion. This project is sponsored by the Midview Kiwanis and the Village of Grafton. Contributions are still needed, with donation containers located at Town Hall, the Grafton Library, Grafton Convenient, Harvest Café, Grafton Scoop, and Nancy’s Diner. For more details and to see how you can help make this project a reality, go to

In 2007, the Elm Street Overpass opened due to an increased railroad traffic on the CSX tracks between Cleveland and Columbus.

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Midview Local Consolidated School District

PHOTO: Doris Wildenheim, Director of Grafton Village History Assoc.

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Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Open Sundays Labor Day - Memorial Day!

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a playground, soccer field and restrooms are on the southern side while the quarries and trails are on the northern side.

Harvest Fellowship Church of the Nazarene


Midview Baptist Church 36710 W. Royalton Rd. 440-748-2612

Republic Services (Allied Waste) Dave Kidder 440-414-2305

North Eaton Baptist Church

American Municipal Power

Living History The Soldiers Of History were formed in 1991 in Grafton, Ohio. The members of the group represent 12 wars in which 1,178,000 fighting men died. The weapons that they carry are all original and valued in excess of $10,000. The uniforms are also original or exact replicas and valued in excess of $12,000. The Soldiers Of History have won numerous awards and are in great demand for parades and other live appearances, including the lead in the Cleveland Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The objective of this extraordinary group is simply “To Preserve The History Of The American Fighting Man.” “Soldiers Of History, A Video Presentation,” is a living memorial of over 200 years of Americans at war. In it you will hear information about every war that Americans fought in, from the French-Indian to the Persian Gulf. The video discusses facts about uniforms, weapons, and how the soldier lived during war. You will see each period of history come alive and explain how and why Americans died for our country. “The Soldiers Of History” video is “not-for-profit” and an educational tool showing the true cost of freedom. The cost is $20 each and is useful in teaching school children and scouting groups. To order your video(s), send a check or money order to: Soldiers Of History, VFW Post 3341, 781 Huron St., Grafton, Ohio 44044.

37421 W. Royalton Rd. 440-748-1067

12109 S. Reed Rd. 440-748-2552

The Village’s electric supplier 614-540-0848 Chris Deter GPD Engineer Paul Turners cell# 330-958-7376

North Eaton Christian Church Disciples

Poggemeyer Design Group

12096 S. Island Rd. 440-748-3794

(Engineer) 419-308-1884 Doug Nusser

Grafton Churches Belden United Methodist Church 36130 State Rte. 303 440-926-2209 36353 W. Capel Rd. 440-748-1008

973 Mechanic St 440.926.2304

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church 1033 Elm St. 440.926.2364 38307 Royalton Rd. 440-748-2154

Public notice

Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints

Grafton United Methodist Church

North Eaton Church of God

Trinity Lutheran Church

Christian Unity Church

12090 S, Durkee Rd. 440-748-1090

35895 E. Royalton Rd. 440-748-2230

“Don’t Move Firewood - It Bugs Me!” The Ohio Agriculture Department strongly urges Ohioans to continue buying and burning firewood locally in order to help the state protect against the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer and other pests that threaten our trees. For more information, visit

AmericAn chimney Chimney Cleaning & Inspection




Serving Grafton & Surrounding Communities


440-458-5191 20

Masonry Repair • Caps • Screening Woodstoves & Fireplace Inserts • Glass Block Windows Professional / Dust-free Service

For More Information – Call 440-926-0168

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Salon & Spa Services



First Place Bank........................ p 16

Barber Shop Village Barber Shop................... p 5

Chamber of CommeRce

Hospital/ Medical Facility Cleveland Clinic........................ p 15 EMH Regional Healthcare System..................Inside Front Cover

Blue Water Salon & Spa........... p 12

Midview Schools........................ p 8

Klinect TV LLC............................. p 5

Visitors Bureau

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation

Chimney Cleaning/Inspection


American Chimney................... p 20

Nationwide Insurance.............. p 11

Tourism Information Center


Landscaping/Brick Patios

Visit Lorain County.................... p 5

Village of Grafton...................... p 4

Greentree Landscape & Design................................... p 16

Colleges/Universities CCC West.................................... p 9 Lorain CCC................................ p 10

Lawn & Garden Grafton Mower Service........... p 16

Library Grafton-Midview Public Library............................ p 19


Dentist Karen A. Kramer DDS.............. p 12

Jason Shaffer Photography..... p 13

Environmental Services


Ross Environmental Services..... p 6

The Unicorn Restaurant........... p 17

Home Care


Homewatch Caregivers..... p 11, 14

Wrong Side of the Tracks Bar.................................. p 17



Mercy Regional Medical Center............................. Back Cover

Duraclean.................................. p 16

Bright Balloons......................... p 18

Forever Friends Pet Care Center & Hospital..................... p 21

Lorain County Chamber of Commerce.............................. p 5

Cleaning & Restoration

Transportation/event/ Party Services

Keystone Pointe....................... p 12

Visit Lorain County.................... p 5

Waste Collection/Recycling Allied Waste/ Republic Services...................... p 20

In Good Health with Great Care A great companion adores you for all you are, makes no criticism, and stays true in good times and bad. Loving pets can provide years of healthy companionship through regular attention to nutrition, medical and dental care, and overall physical well-being. Regular checkups for youngsters are important for managing preventable contagious diseases and setting a life-long plan for good health. Debilitating problems can quickly overtake any pet. Early detection enables easier, less expensive management. Many owners regret having delayed veterinary care by using the internet to attempt diagnosis and treatment. Don’t compromise your buddy’s health or prolong suffering. Our team loves pets and people and is dedicated to finding the best solutions for your best friend, which is often the fastest and most economical way to enjoy many years of wonderful companionship. Always available: free tours to meet our team and see why Forever Friends is where pets come for good times and great care.

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