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Welcome to

Lorain County!

Miller Nature Preserve, Lorain County Metro Parks, Avon, Ohio. Photo: Silk Studios

Dear Friends, As much as our world has been turned upside down, there are still the simple pleasures in life — and Lorain County is full of them. A walk along the beach first thing in the morning. A Sunday afternoon spent shopping for antiques. Stopping at a bakery in Oberlin for fresh apple fritters or visiting Erie Steak and Seafood in Lorain for the best view of the sunset. Take a drive along Lake Erie as the sun sets. Or walk through Ely Square and marvel at the restored beauty of the stately sandstone Lorain County Courthouse. (Here’s a tip for all those who remember — and miss — Elyria High School’s famous “pink cookies.” They sell them on the square at Erie Island Coffee Co.) That’s not to mention the Lorain County Metro Parks, which offers miles and miles of trails to hike, bike and seek the peace of mind we all need right now. Or kayaking on the Black River, where you just might spot an eagle or paddle alongside a turtle. Lorain County Community College, a top community college in the Nation for Excellence in Student Success named by the American Association of Community Colleges, has left a legacy

of achievement on most families here. Its dedication to student success and commitment to the community is woven into the fabric of our communities. Lorain County prides itself on its diversity. In fact, the City of Lorain is dubbed the International City, thanks in part, to the diverse culture and values found here. Meanwhile, business continues in the County. In fact, it’s thriving. A new business, Carvana, will open in Elyria Township next July. Plus, Ford is expanding in Avon Lake and several existing businesses are planning major expansions. These developments will bring an influx of jobs and opportunity. We want to thank all of you for doing your part in supporting each other through these unprecedented times. Lorain County truly has stood together — and stayed strong. We look forward to being together soon — and to a future filled with festivals, concerts and celebrations of every sort. Sincerely, Your Lorain County Commissioners Lori Kokoski, Sharon Sweda, Matt Lundy www.loraincountymagazine.org


County Overview

Lorain County

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Prosperity Amidst the Pandemic While this has been a challenging year for all of us, it hasn’t stopped Lorain County from moving forward with both caution and confidence. In fact, Lorain County is experiencing economic growth not seen in decades in the form of both new businesses and expansions. The outlook is bright in other ways, too. Our waterfront is thriving, thanks to a revamped marina and restaurant. County leaders are tackling everything from mental health services to public safety. And county services continue to evolve to meet the needs of residents in the most cost-effective way possible. “This has been a banner year for Lorain County in terms of economic development,” says Lorain County Commissioner Matt Lundy. “Once we emerge from this pandemic, I think we’ll begin to enjoy the fruits of all the work that’s been done in Lorain County.” PHOTO: JASON SHAFFER

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PHOTOS (top, left): The Iconic Lorain Lighthouse; Ribbon cutting of Lorain’s Meijer store opening in July of 2020; Second Harvest Food Bank, growing hope by providing 99 million meals to date for those in need; The Apollo Theatre in Oberlin will be entertaining us when the pandemic recedes.

the challenges that lie ahead.

Fighting the Pandemic COVID-19 is obviously front and center on everyone’s minds — and it’s changed life for all of us. Since the pandemic started, there have been a few thousand confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lorain County, although it’s worth pointing out (and a testament to our healthcare workers) that, as of late 2020, less than one hundred people lost their lives. In addition to the human toll, the virus has inflicted financial pain and worry on so many individuals and families. Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio has more than doubled its distribution since the pandemic began — and President and CEO Julie Chase-Morefield anticipates demand to stay steady for at least the next year as the economy struggles to recover.

To help meet that need, Lorain County Commissioners have reached out to agencies like Second Harvest with grant money secured through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Those funds include $275,000 for Second Harvest and other food distribution agencies; $750,000 for small businesses; $65,000 for mortgage and rent assistance through CHIP Program; $50,000 for senior services and meals; and $150,000 to help schools address the technology gap and equip students in need for remote learning. Another $325,000 has gone to veterans to help with housing, rent and food.

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But it’s not just the funding that’s helped Lorain County make its way through the pandemic. It’s also the hard work and careful planning of everyone who has joined together to make the county as safe as possible. Lorain County Commissioner Sharon Sweda said the list of people to thank is too long to mention, but she puts Tom Kelley toward the top of the list for his service as the director of the Lorain County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Kelley had an almost impossible job — to make sure the facilities, departments and hospitals that needed face masks in Lorain County were able to get them. “What Tom Kelley did was extraordinary,” Sweda says. “Not only did he acquire all the supplies we need, he made sure we have enough to prepare us in the event of a fall or winter surge. We are so fortunate to have him at the helm.”

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Carvana will invest an estimated $23 million dollars into the new Lorain County site. The company is poised to create hundreds of jobs, ranging from automotive technicians to car haulers who return home each day. “During these economic times, it’s a challenge to land a deal bringing 400 new jobs and $13 million payroll investment to the area.’’ says Commissioner Sweda. “We

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Carvana is coming! Proving that working together can land hundreds of new jobs, Lorain County Commissioners recently announced a big economic development deal. It took more than a year to facilitate the agreement between Elyria Township, Elyria, Lorain, the state and the county for the development of the former Spiegelberg Orchard property. “Working together is what we stress every day,” says Commissioner Lori Kokoski. “There were a lot of moving parts relating to water and sewer services that had to come together to get the deal done.” The new business is Carvana, which allows customers to shop for vehicles on Carvana.com, finance, purchase, then select as-soon-as-next-day touchless home delivery or Car Vending Machine pickup. www.loraincountymagazine.org


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are thankful the company stayed committed to the deal.” “Companies want to do business where leaders in government work well together. We are stronger when we work together,” emphasizes Commissioner Lundy. Carvana is expected to open in July of 2021.

More Jobs, Jobs, Jobs “Money has never been cheaper,” says Economic Development Coordinator Jerry Good. And that means that projects that may have been on the drawing board for years are moving forward, including the $900 million investment Ford is making in a new product at its Avon Lake plant. The project is expected to bring 1,800 new jobs. “Ford has long been a backbone of our community and we’re thrilled to see them make this investment in Lorain County,” shares Commissioner Lundy. Other new developments include: • Bendix’s new building on Chester Road in Avon


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represents an investment of about $60-$70 million and will retain 550 full-time jobs, including 40 new jobs in the county. • In July, Hydro Tube Enterprises in Oberlin poured the footers for a 24,800-square-foot addition to their facility. • Chalfant, a manufacturer of cable tray and management systems, bought a 100,000-square-foot building in Avon.

A Vibrant Waterfront and a Welcoming Downtown Lorain Drive down Broadway Avenue toward Lake Erie and you’ll notice the difference immediately, including new sidewalks and lighting. There are also three giant signs that stretch over the road, welcoming people and noting that Lorain was established in 1834. The new Ariel Broadway Hotel is also open, bringing with it the GameOn Lorain sports bar, Dodie’s Dockside

seafood/Italian restaurant, Cakes by the Lake bakery, Broadway Boutique and Lolipops gift shop. The lakefront has had a facelift, as well. After 32 years of operation, the marina is now called Oasis Marinas at Port Lorain and is under new management. Improvements include an updated boater lounge with WiFi, laundry facilities, locker rooms, a coffee station and a patio. But one of the most exciting changes benefits both boaters and land lovers. Jackalope Lakeside owner Jim Andrews has reinvented his waterfront restaurant as Erie Steak and Seafood. Diners can now enjoy new entrees and a new wine list, but the same stunning views of Lake Erie.

Our Award-winning Waste Collection Efforts It may not be glamorous, but the Lorain County Collection Center has a growing reputation for excellence that’s drawing accolades. “It’s the best in the state of Ohio,” says Michael Greenberg, who serves as a consultant to the center, and as president of GT Environmental Inc. “It’s very easy for residents to come and drop off their materials. The Center manages lots of different household waste materials.”

The patio at Erie Steak & Seafood Co.

If you need help, it’s available—right now. Call the 24hour Lorain County helpline at (440) 989-4900.

Keeping Residents Safe The goal of the new 911 Call Center, which opened in Elyria in 2019, was always to get first responders on the scene more quickly —and it’s been accomplished. The Call Center boasts the most up-to-date technology and call handling software, including the ability to text your emergency to 911.

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The Collection Center recently won an award from the Solid Waste Association of North America for being one of the best-run centers in the country. “We really appreciate residents bringing these materials to the center, so they don’t end up in the landfill,” says Commissioner Lundy. “Just pack them in a box in your trunk and bring them over. We’ll take it from there.”

Improved Mental Health Services Mental health services have always been important, but they’re more essential than ever these days due to both the Opioid epidemic and the damage done by COVID-19 and subsequent lockdowns. The good news is that Lorain County is more equipped than ever to handle these challenges after Lorain County Commissioners voted last fall to merge the mental health board and the alcohol and drug addiction services board. “We have 60 people overdosing a month and the pandemic has impacted mental health, as well,” says Commissioner Lundy. “We merged the two boards to tackle that and better serve the community.” www.loraincountymagazine.org


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“Our primary function used to be transferring calls, but we’re actually doing dispatch now for many of the fire departments, along with the police departments,” Commissioner Kokoski says. “It’s really been a cost benefit for the communities that are participating — and first responders can get to the scene quicker.” Made possible by $750,000 in funding from the Lorain County Commissioners for the building alone and $3.1M investment in infrastructure and technology, the new 15,000-square-foot Call Center always has a team of dedicated dispatchers

working to handle all 911 calls made in the County and trained to offer pre-arrival medical instructions to all callers requesting an ambulance.

A Solution for Delinquent Taxes The Lorain County Prosecutor’s office collected nearly $5.8 million in delinquent property taxes last year, bringing the total collected to $26 million since 2015. The majority of that money goes to Lorain County schools, which means that every dollar collected helps our schools and our students. “Our local school districts receive 50 to 70 percent of each tax delinquency payment,” says Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis P. Will. “The schools have received millions of dollars from delinquent tax collections since 2015.”

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Will adds that the County itself receives only $1.63 for every $100 dollars in property taxes collected. Getting squared up with taxes may be easier than anticipated. What many residents don’t realize is that there is an alternative to either paying all your taxes upfront or facing foreclosure — getting on a payment plan. Here’s how it works: Delinquent taxes are divided into five payments, which are then added to the amount of current property taxes paid in February and July. As long as you keep your payments current, penalties and interest no longer accrue on your balance.

Looking Ahead We’re all looking forward to a time when we can gather together on a summer night at Rockin’ on the River or spend a sunny fall afternoon at the Elyria Apple Festival. We want to be able to send our kids to school without fear — and not worry so much about our older family members, friends and neighbors.


While we might not know when, that day is coming. And in Lorain County, we’ve laid the groundwork and are more than ready to enjoy the good times ahead, including opportunity, prosperity and plenty of handshakes and hugs. Lorain County Magazine & Community Guide | 2021 NewRussiaTownship_Oberlin Magazine Ad Thursday, February 13, 2020 11:23:51 AM

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the tone for virtual and hybrid events with the success of our Economic Summit in September, implemented the Lorain County Minority Business Directory and provided much needed PPE to small businesses. Our membership of 635 has not waivered during this difficult time because we have become a lifeline by providing value & critical information to our member businesses.

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For more information and to help keep #LorainCountyStrong, visit www.loraincountychamber.com.

The Lorain County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting and supporting our local business community. This became even more evident when COVID-19 caused a shutdown of many of our local business operations. The County Chamber was the organizing force behind the #LorainCountyStrong movement, which within two weeks of the statewide shutdown, we organized our economic and community development organizations in Lorain County to promote our local restaurants and retailers. Our Lorain County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant provided over $200,000 in funds to nearly 90 small businesses. We have set

Lorain County Metro Parks...

Your Connection to Nature

Since its creation in 1957, the Lorain County Metro Parks has served as a connection between nature and the residents of Lorain County. This valuable connection has proven vital during the recent pandemic for both the mental and physical health benefits of nature nearby. The park district preserves and creates diverse ecosystems while promoting and demonstrating the responsible use of our natural resources. Through educational and recreational public programming, the parks advance and support conservation of these exceptional resources, including the abundant wildlife native to this area. It is our focus to ensure the resources and wildlife species we appreciate today remain intact for future generations to enjoy. For more information visit www.loraincountymetroparks.com. www.loraincountymagazine.org www.loraincountymagazine.org



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LCCC is Focused on Student Success Lorain County Community College (LCCC)

was awarded the Achieving the Dream Leah Meyer Austin prize in 2020 for improving student success. It was also recently named as an Aspen Institute Top 150 U.S. Community College – the

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nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. This follows it being named the top community college in the country for Excellence in Student Success by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in 2018. According to a recent report on three-year success measures from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, LCCC's success rate of 60 percent is higher than the state average of 51 percent. Additionally, more Lorain County high school students are taking advantage of College Credit Plus options to earn college credit while in high school. In fact, 43 percent of all Lorain County high school seniors graduate with some college credit – saving families $6.5 million. LCCC is also one of only three community colleges in Ohio that have been approved to offer an applied bachelor’s degree. Students can now earn a bachelor’s of applied science degree in microelectronic manufacturing – with local jobs waiting for them. For more information about LCCC, visit www.lorainccc.edu.

Constellation Schools: Elyria Community, and Constellation Schools: Lorain Community Elementary and Middle Schools belong to the premier charter school network of Constellation Schools, which enters its 23rd year of educating children. As important members of their communities, these K – 8 schools take pride in offering families a high-quality choice in educating their child. These tuition-free, public schools provide safe, nurturing learning environments focusing on social-emotional development and academic rigor. Our highly qualified teachers are committed to building relationships with every student so they feel welcomed and experience success. Individualized instruction seeks to engage students through interactive lessons in technologyrich classrooms. During this unprecedented time, we look forward to becoming partners in your child's education. Constellation Schools: Elyria Community at 440-366-5225 Constellation Schools: Lorain Community Elementary at 440-204-2130 and Lorain Middle School at 440-242-2023. www.loraincountymagazine.org


The Amherst Exempted Village Schools “The mission of The Amherst Exempted Village School System is to prepare students to meet, to the best of their abilities, the academic, social, civic, and career needs of the future by providing high qualityprograms that will lay the foundation for continued learning and support the moral and ethical values of our community.”


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The mission of the Avon Lake City Schools, a district committed to personalized educational excellence, is to challenge all students and develop their individual goals through community partnerships, resources and technologies which will produce responsible and compassionate citizens.

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The mission of the Avon Local Schools is to educate the whole student in an inclusive environment that inspires personal excellence.

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Lorain County school districts faced quite the challenge this summer in preparation for school to return amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Decisions had to be made regarding in-person vs. remote learning. If schooling was in-person, districts had to decide whether it would be a hybrid model or five days a week. If schools used the remote learning option, would their teachers instruct or would a third-party vendor be used? What we found, given these challenges, was our schools in Lorain County rose to the occasion. Each provided a top-notch education to the students in a customized and flexible manner that fit their community’s needs. We saw students wearing masks, classrooms adjusted to ensure social distance, and if that was not possible, plexiglass dividers were installed. For those going virtual we saw teachers utilizing Zoom meetings, creating videos, and using Google Classroom to communicate with families. Amidst this backdrop, the Educational Service Center of Lorain County (ESCLC) supported Lorain County’s school districts from the moment Governor Mike DeWine issued the “extended spring break.” Weekly meetings took place with school leaders and Lorain Public Health to establish best practices for reopening and to discuss the latest news regarding the virus. The ESCLC’s staff provided countless hours of professional development to assist district staff transitioning to virtual instruction and navigate the pandemic. Our staff also provided technical support and helped the district's staff with finding quality candidates for the hard to fill positions, including substitute teachers. Our school districts have also worked hard to ensure athletic and extracurricular events are still offered to our students in a safe manner. While

the large crowds no longer exist, students are still able to participate in the presence of their parents and guardians. Music programs and competitions have changed from in-person formats to platforms like Flipgrid or Zoom. Competitions like the Spelling Bee and art contests are happening virtually as well. I applaud all of our educators for adapting so quickly to ensure students are still able to experience the benefits of athletics and the arts. The pandemic also reinforced the essential nature of familycommunity-school partnerships. The ESCLC worked with community partners and supported schools to help maintain two-way communication with families. Districts strived to obtain feedback to help guide their decisions in order to meet the needs of every student and family. Information was obtained from online forums, surveys, focus groups, and conversations. Districts could not have customized their reopening plans without this vital information.


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As the story of the future writes itself, the unforeseen challenges that we overcome together continue to make our schools stronger than ever before. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are learning more about how education is evolving, as well as the social-emotional needs of the population that we serve. It is making our community come together at a time in our history where we all need each other the most. We value the work that our amazing partners in education are doing and applaud the incredible innovations that are happening on a daily basis. For more information on the ESCLC, we invite you to visit our website: esclc.org. Stay safe and healthy. Franco Gallo, Superintendent Educational Service Center of Lorain County




Connect to a Cause Thank you to everyone who

participated in the first-ever Connect to a Cause. Our community raised $144K plus a $40K match from the Community Foundation of Lorain County for a total of $187K on September 17, 2020, for Lorain County non-profit organizations! 1,056 individuals donated money to the 56 organizations that participated in Connect to a Cause, a 12-hour, coordinated crowdfunding campaign.

Congratulations to Lorain County Community College Foundation who raised the most money -- $25,410, which included the additional $10,000 bonus contribution from the Community Foundation of Lorain County. Congratulations to Main Street Amherst, who earned an extra $10,000 for logging the largest number of individual donors with 202. For more information about Connect to a Cause, please visit www.peoplewhocare.org.

Leave a Legacy with Lasting Community Impact Founded in 1980, the Community Foundation of Lorain County is made up of more than 670+ endowment funds valued at approximately $145M. We wisely invest the funds’ assets and the interest earned provides $6.2M annually in scholarships and grants to support individual and nonprofit organizations in Lorain County. A gift to the Community Foundation is unlike any other gift as it will continue to grow and have lasting impact on our community . . . forever. Education & Youth Development

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Interested in learning more about establishing your own fund or recognizing a loved one? Find out how: peoplewhocare.org or call 440.984.7390


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Creating Opportunities for Success The Lorain County JVS has been an integral part of the county and our communities for nearly 50 years. Through the specialized programs offered, JVS students build a strong economy by working, living, and giving back to our local communities.   Nathan Henceroth, 2017 public safety alumni, is currently a firefighter for the Amherst Fire Department. “Coming to the JVS is one of the best decisions I ever made”, said Henceroth. “The JVS prepared me to be successful in my career, teaching me not only the career tech side of my job, but also professionalism, communications, teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving.”  Lorain County JVS is a value to our communities. It is a cost-effective option for students to earn college credits and industry credentials. It sustains a pipeline of highly trained talent for local businesses and builds a strong local economy by helping workers meet their goals and businesses meet their needs.

Lorain County JVS has been a vital part of the local community for nearly 50 years! It offers exemplary, nationally accredited career and technical education for high school students in grades 9-12 and adult learners. 15181 State Route 58 Oberlin, OH 44074 (440) 774-1051 | info@lcjvs.com

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Amherst Public Library While 2020 hasn’t been the year that we hoped it would

be, Amherst Public Library is still going strong! In June, the voters of Amherst passed a bond issue that will allow us to expand our building and continue to grow along with our community. As we develop new ways to serve our patrons in these challenging times,

221 Spring Street Amherst, OH 44001 440-988-4230 amherstpubliclibrary.org

Open Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8:30pm Friday and Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: Closed

Things might look a little different for right now, but our friendly staff is always here to help, whether in person, over the phone, or by email!

we are grateful to the greater Amherst community for their continued support. Patrons can now take advantage of our convenient Curbside Service, introduced in May, to check out materials. Our comprehensive digital offerings—databases, newspaper archives, downloadable books and movies, and more for all ages and interests—have become even more important over the course of this year. With the health and safety of both our patrons and staff in mind, we reopened our building in July. We have done our best to adapt our building so that we may continue to offer the best possible service to our community. We are excited and looking forward to 2021 and beyond!

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Public Library We’re excited to be celebrating our 90th Anniversary

in 2021. Since 1931, we’ve been here to connect our community to a world of information, resources, and educational experiences through life-long learning!

Even with an ever-changing world and challenges over the last year, the Library has been able to quickly respond with new and modified services to help serve the public. We introduced our new touch-free curbside service, new “take it and make it” program and craft kids for all ages, new online book groups and programs, along with additional modifications to our holds pick-up, public computers, and walkthrough browsing. We have an active Friends organization and community partnerships which continue to help the Library provide quality programming, an on-going book sale, and future events. ALPL offers a wide variety of activities for all ages. Library Hours: Monday–Thursday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm Friday & Saturday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm Sunday: TBD


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Grafton-Midview Public Library Have you heard about our new Explore Card with the Grafton-Midview Public Library? Explore card gives you immediate access to our e-Collection, including Overdrive, Kanopy, and more. There is no limit on the use of our e-Resources. Once you register online, you can receive a physical GMPL card with a valid ID at the Library. Your

physical card lets you check out reading materials, board games, video games, movies, music, and more from within the Library. We are currently open for browsing. GMPL follows the guidelines of the Lorain County Health Department and policies put forth by the State of Ohio. For information about both services, please visit our website at gmplibrary.org or call 440-926-3317.

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Apply at www.gmplibrary.org to gain immediate access to all our digital resources including Overdrive.

The Elyria Public Library System

is excited to say that the new EPLS Keystone Library in LaGrange is open for business! Located at 133 E. Commerce Drive, LaGrange, OH 44050 the library is significantly larger than the previous location. The new library houses a larger collection for Kids, Teens and Adults with dedicated rooms catering to each age demographic. An increased number of public computers are available as is a business center for all your copying and printing needs. There is also a conference room, multipurpose meeting room, and study rooms. There's even a reading nook complete with fireplace! Curbside service is available via the drive through window and 24/7 outdoor holds lockers. For more on the Elyria Public Library System please visit www.elyrialibrary.org. Stop by and see Lorain County's newest library today! www.loraincountymagazine.org



Lorain Public Library Lorain Public Library System (LPLS) is the largest,

most comprehensive library system in Lorain County. Library services are provided from branches in Lorain, Avon, Columbia, North Ridgeville and Sheffield Lake. We

The six branches of your Lorain Public Library System offer a wide variety of programs for all ages. Visit lorainpubliclibrary.org for details.

MAIN LIBRARY • 440-244-1192 351 W. Sixth Street • Lorain

AVON BRANCH • 440-934-4743 37485 Harvest Drive • Avon

COLUMBIA BRANCH • 440-236-8751 13824 W. River Road North • Columbia Station

DOMONKAS BRANCH • 440-949-7410 4125 E. Lake Road • Sheffield Lake

NORTH RIDGEVILLE BRANCH • 440-327-8326 35700 Bainbridge Road • North Ridgeville

SOUTH LORAIN BRANCH • 440-277-5672 2121 Homewood Drive • Lorain

recently introduced our latest branch, Little Library on the Lake, open seasonally at Lakeview Park in Lorain. Additionally, we have Outreach Services which include a Books by Mail program for seniors and have begun offering curbside service at each branch as well as hold lockers outside three of our branches.

Little Library on the Lake at Lakeview Park; the Culinary Literacy Center at the library’s Main Branch in Downtown Lorain.

LPLS also boasts an extensive array of e-Library resources available at LorainPublicLibrary.org including Tutor.com; where students can receive one-on-one assistance with their classroom assignments from a live tutor. Books, movies, television series, music, magazines in a variety of languages, craft and DIY tutorials, music and art lessons, genealogy tools, training courses, auto repair information and news sources; all available at no cost using just your LPLS library card. For more information, visit www.lorainpubliclibrary.org.

Enhancing & Improving Lives El Centro de Servicios Sociales

Hours Mon. – Thurs.: 8:30am to 5:00pm Fri.: 8:30am to 3:00pm www.facebook.com/lorainelcentro 2800 Pearl Ave. • Lorain, Ohio 44055




, known as El Centro, is a non-profit, social services agency founded in 1974. The agency’s mission is to enhance the socioeconomic status of the greater Lorain County community by providing essential social, educational, cultural, and community development services. Today, El Centro provides a comprehensive number of services to residents of all races and ethnicities. Services offered include representative payee services, information and referrals, financial literacy, and youth and senior services. Additional services provided are in collaboration with community agencies such as, ESOL classes by Lorain County Community College, Food Pantry and Summer Farmers Markets by Second Harvest, Medical Spanish Interpretation for Mercy Health, Bilingual 211 operators for Lorain County United Way, Free Legal Aid Clinics by Cleveland Legal Aid, and Mental Health Interpretation and Victor Leandry, Navigator for MHARS. For more information on our services, please contact us Executive Director, at 440-277-8235 or visit our website at www.lorainelcentro.org. El Centro

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Matt Lundy, Member, Lorain County Commissioners

Kristi Sink, President, University Hospitals, Elyria Medical Center

Dr. Glenn Faircloth, Superintendent, Lorain County JVS

Dr. Marcia Ballinger, President, Lorain County Community College

Lori Kokoski, President, Lorain County Commissioners

Sharon Sweda, Vice-President, Lorain County Commissioners

Business & Community Leaders

Tyra Lehmann, Account Executive, Old Republic Title

Michael Brosky, President, First Federal Savings of Lorain

Cindy Andrews, CEO, Community Foundation of Lorain County

Franco Gallo, Superintendent, Educational Service Center of Lorain County

Tony Gallo, President, Lorain County Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Rebecca Starck, President, Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital

Stephanie Wiersma, CEO, Lorain County Health & Dentistry

Rebecca Keeney, Executive Director, Constellation Schools





indy Andrews is President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County. Cindy has been at the Community Foundation for three years, during which she led the Board and staff in a strategic planning process. The four goals that guide the strategic direction of the Community Foundation are: Cultivating a culture of philanthropy in Lorain County; Strengthening Lorain County through leadership, grantmaking, and collaboration; Building excellent organizational capacity to support philanthropy and Stewarding and growing assets Cindy Andrews, President and CEO to ensure financial health and sustainability for the community. The Community Foundation celebrates 40 years of impact in the Lorain County Community while looking forward to impacting many more.

onstellation Schools: Elyria Community, and Constellation Schools: Lorain Community Elementary and Middle Schools belong to the premier charter school network of Constellation Schools, which enters its 23rd year of educating children. As important members of their communities, these K – 8 schools take pride in offering families a high-quality choice in educating their child. These tuition-free, public schools provide safe, nurturing learning environments focusing on social-emotional development and academic rigor. Our highly qualified teachers are committed to building relationships with every student so they feel welcomed and experience success. Individualized instruction seeks to engage students through interactive lessons in technologyRebecca Keeney, Executive Director rich classrooms. During this unprecedented time, we look forward to becoming partners in your child’s education.

Community Foundation of Lorain County 9080 Leavitt Rd., Elyria l 440-984-7390 l peoplewhocare.org

Constellation Schools: Elyria Community at 440-366-5225 Constellation Schools: Lorain Community Elementary and Middle Schools at 440-204-2130 www.constellationschools.com


Dr. Glen Faircloth, Superintendent LORAIN COUNTY JVS





irst Federal Savings of Lorain is celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2021. A century of service to their communities and customers. They started out as Lake Erie Savings and Loan Company, which was established in October 1921, with a single location on Broadway in Lorain. In the next several years, the company acquired its federal charter, and converted to First Federal Savings of Lorain, and then expanded to the current seven locations. The mission of First Federal Savings of Lorain was, and continues to be, providing homeownership opportunities and a safe harbor for their customers’ life savings. First Federal Savings of Lorain will celebrate this milestone with their customers and communities throughout 2021. There will be events, prizes, and special giveaways. Be sure Michael E. Brosky, President to “Like” and follow them on Facebook for updates on the 100-year activities. First Federal Savings of Lorain looks forward to continuing to serve their communities for the next 100 years!

stablished in 1971, the Lorain County JVS offers exemplary, nationally accredited career and technical education for students in grades 9-12 and adult learners. Through the specialized programs offered, our students are gaining the technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to be successful in high-demand careers. In the more than 30 high school career tech programs and in the Adult Career Center, students receive individualized, hands-on learning experiences in their chosen career fields. Students are taught job skills with an emphasis on the technical approach to learning. The JVS philosophy emphasizes strengthening work ethic and linking Dr. Glenn Faircloth, Superintendent skilled individuals with the business and industrial community through job placement.

First Federal Savings of Lorain • 3721 Oberlin Ave., Lorain 440-282-6188 • www.FFLorain.bank

Lorain County JVS • 15181 State Route 58, Oberlin • 440-774-1051 • www.lcjvs.com


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arcia Ballinger, Ph.D., has more than 29 years in community college leadership roles advancing student success, workforce and economic development, strategic planning, and institutional advancement. She is the sixth President of Lorain County Community College. Dr. Ballinger is engaged in the student completion movement at state and national levels serving in leadership roles for the Completion by Design project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Achieving the Dream and Jobs For the Future Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success. She provides leadership for the College’s economic development initiatives and serves on several boards involved in higher education and workforce and economic development, including MAGNET and NOCHE. She won the 2018 Crain’s Women of Note Award, 2018 Smart Business 50 Award, and the 2018 Lorain County Alliance Mike Whitmore Award for Vision in Government.

Marcia J. Ballinger, President



leveland Clinic Avon Hospital understands the unique healthcare needs of Lorain County residents. That’s why this full-service Cleveland Clinic hospital provides easy access to a range of specialties, including: • Orthopaedics • Cardiology • Gynecology • Urology • Neurology • General Surgery • Gastroenterology In addition to “sick care” – including a 24/7 Emergency Department – Avon Hospital also offers preventive screenings to help residents stay their healthiest. Located on the Richard E. Jacobs Campus, Avon Hospital has 126 private patient rooms, a 12-bed intensive care unit, six operating rooms and a cardiac catheterization lab. The Joint Commission has certified the hospital as a Primary Stroke Center, ensuring quick, comprehensive care that can improve outcomes for stroke patients. “Many Avon Hospital caregivers live in Lorain County, themselves,” says Rebecca Starck, MD, President of Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital. “We are invested in this community and remain committed to Rebecca Starck, MD, President providing the best medical care and patient experience.”

For more information on Lorain County Community College, visit www.lorainccc.edu

Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital • 33300 Cleveland Clinic Blvd., Avon 440-695-5000 • clevelandclinic.org/avon




he Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services (MHARS) Board is the behavioral health authority that plans, funds and monitors services for mental illness and substance use disorders in Lorain County. A citizen Board of 18 community members determines services to be provided and funded based upon state requirements and community needs. The Board of Directors monitors funding and evaluation of those public services. Private, not-for-profit, and independent community agencies are contracted by the MHARS Board to provide an array of addiction and mental health services, creating a public safety net of services to help Lorain County residents in need. Services include counseling, prevention, consultation, peer support, community support, crisis intervention, housing development and management, and vocational support. Treatment works and people recover. Please use and share these resources: MHARSLC.ORG 24/7 Crisis Hotline: 1-800-888-6161 Non-Emergency Navigator: 440-240-7025 Crisis Text Line: 4hope to 741 741 Addiction Helpline: 440-989-4900 • Domestic Violence: 1-866-213-1188


ld Republic National Title Insurance Company is one of the largest title insurance companies in the United States and provides full real estate title and escrow services to individual consumers, mortgage lenders, business and government agencies. Since 1907, Old Republic title has been able to weather challenging economic times, meeting obligations to policyholders no matter the conditions. With national underwriting expertise and local experience, Old Republic Title is committed to doing business with integrity. The Old Republic Title Elyria Office is the only direct operation in the State of Ohio for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company. Clients are well-served with two separate closing areas and a large education center that allows Old Republic L to R back row: Arianna Rivera, to host CEU courses and other business Account Executive; Judith Glenn , Vice President of ORTIC meetings locally. Since 1992, no other title Manager; Tyra Lehmann, insurer has had higher overall ratings than Account Executive. L to R front row: John Daly, Old Republic Title. Old Republic Title in Marketing Executive ; Terry Elyria is an active member of the business Hawke, Account Executive. community and their employees support numerous local charities. Visit Old Republic National Title Insurance Company’s Elyria office at 160 Cleveland Street • 440-322-5300 • www.oldrepublictitle.com www.loraincountymagazine.org





orain County Health & Dentistry (LCH&D) is an independent, non-profit Community Health Center operating since 2002, under the direction of CEO Stephanie Wiersma. With a mission to improve the community’s health, particularly for those most in need, LCH&D provides primary and preventive health care of the highest quality to persons of all ages, at seven locations in Lorain, Elyria and Oberlin. Services include adult & family medicine, pediatrics, optometry, OB/women’s health, general dentistry, integrated behavioral health and podiatry. Lorain County Health & Dentistry accepts insurance including Medicaid and Medicare, and discounts fees for qualifying insured and uninsured patients. The health center works closely with community partners to expand its reach into the most vulnerable neighborhoods. Ms. Wiersma is active in the local community and serves on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, and its Executive and Policy Committees.

Stephanie Wiersma, CEO

For more information, visit www.lorainhealth-dentistry.org


risti Sink, MHA, FACHE serves as the President of University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center which will proudly celebrate their 113th birthday in October, 2021. Kristi supports the concept of patients and families being cared for by their hometown hospital. At UH Elyria Medical Center, outstanding specialty, medical, cardiology and surgical care can be attained right here in Elyria “close to home.” Emergency room care at Elyria offers UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospitals pediatric care for children. Physician offices, ancillary services and a health and fitness center are found in the Avon and Sheffield Health Center – all right here in Lorain County. “Our ongoing focus is to ensure that our patients and their families have exceptional care and services provided by our compassionate staff,” Kristi said, “caring for our neighbors and families Kristi Sink, MHA, FACHE, President foster a healthy community and healthy lives.” Experience the difference at UH Elyria Medical Center, where our vision is “Advancing the Science of Health and the Art of Compassion.” www.uhhospitals.org

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Health & Wellness

University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center

First-class care, close to home For nearly 113 years, University Hospitals Elyria

Medical Center has been a cornerstone of the Lorain County community and the hospital families trust for their care. 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 nationally renowned services in orthopedics, primary care, cardiology, trauma surgery and more, all while maintaining its hometown appeal. UH Elyria continues to be recognized for its cardiovascular services, including cardiac and vascular surgery. The hospital has heart catheterization and electrophysiology labs on site, along with protocols that enable our physicians and healthcare teams to exceed national guidelines for lifesaving procedures for heart attack patients. The full-service, 24/7 emergency department in Elyria, offers UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospitals pediatric emergency services for the littlest members of your family. Women’s & babies services include OB/GYN physicians and midwife care, lactation consultation, Hampson Mole breast surgical services and pediatric care. Experience the difference at UH Elyria Medical Center, where our vision is “Advancing the Science of Health and the art of Compassion.”

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Health & Wellness

Workplace Wellness Resources for Mental Health and Addiction Lorain County businesses can

receive top recommended resources for improving workplace wellness for free from the Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services (MHARS) Board. Employees do not leave stress, substance use disorders, or even suicidal thoughts aside when they clock in. Be ready for stressors and challenges that your top performers might be facing. The repository of resources at mharslc.org/helpwanted can help managers decide on practices and policies to keep workers and organizations healthy and well. The MHARS Board sponsors confidential online screenings for

multiple behavioral health concerns. Businesses can use and promote these “How are you feeling?” Quizzes to help employees self-assess their struggles and challenges, and to connect to the right care if needed.

The MHARS Board also provides trainings in topics like Mental Health First Aid, suicide prevention, or addiction response in the workplace. Visit mharslc.org/helpwanted or send a request to outreach@mharslc.org.

Board of Directors after being sworn in to office at the MHARS Board’s meeting on July 16, 2019. Pictured: Back row, left to right: Judge D. Chris Cook (who conducted the swearing in), Dan Urbin, Karen Sutera, Karen McIlwaine, Regan Phillips, Dr. Hope Moon, Arthur Cleary, James Schaeper, Ted Kalo, David Ashenhurst, Tim Carrion. Front row, left to right: Sandra Premura, Kara Copeland, Pamela Waite, David DiTullio, Inez James, Dr. Denise Eacott.

24/7 Mental Health Crisis Hotline: 1-800-888-6161 Crisis Text Line: 4hope to 741 741 Addiction Helpline: 440-989-4900 Domestic Violence: 1-866-213-1188 Navigator: 440-240-7025

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Health & Wellness

Cleveland Clinic Caring for Lorain County With nine locations, more than 500 providers in 50+ specialties, and caregivers who live and work in the community, Cleveland Clinic continues to expand services to meet the diverse health care needs of Lorain County residents. “Our physicians and caregivers are working hard to deliver innovative medical care and an outstanding patient


experience to all of our patients,” says Joseph Knapp, MD, Regional Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic West Region. “From Avon Hospital to our family health centers and medical offices in Avon, Elyria, Lorain, Amherst and Sheffield, our goal is to improve the health of our communities.” Observing its fourth anniversary in the community, Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital at Richard E. Jacobs Campus offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. The 24/7 Emergency Department (ED) is staffed by boardcertified emergency medicine physicians and nurses ready to treat adults and children. ED patients needing hospitalization are admitted to Avon Hospital for general medical surgical and specialty services, including cardiology and orthopedics, Avon Hospital has 126 private patient rooms, a 12-bed intensive care unit, 6 operating rooms, a cardiac catheterization/interventional radiology lab, and state-ofthe-art lab and imaging capabilities. Rebecca Starck, MD, is President of Avon Hospital. “Providing prevention and wellness, in a safe setting in our facilities, is also essential to keeping our community healthy,” explains Dr. Knapp. “We’re partnering with community organizations to implement programs to address the prevalence of chronic disease, such as emphysema, diabetes and high blood pressure in Lorain County.”

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Close to you. Safe for you. With 9 locations in Lorain County, including Avon Hospital.

Avon Hospital at Richard E. Jacobs Campus

Across Lorain County, Cleveland Clinic provides emergency, primary and specialty care including cardiac, neurological, orthopaedic, obstetrics, pediatric services and more.

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Homes & Real Estate

Improving Indoor Air Quality Our lives are centered at home due to cool weather and social distancing. Here are some ways to ensure a healthy and safe space for your family. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that concentrations of air pollutants can be up to five times higher inside our homes than outside. Here are a few simple actions you can take to breathe better in your home:

Monitor carbon monoxide: Monitor this potentially deadly gas emitted by faulty appliances by placing detectors in major areas of your home. Switch to VOC-free: Volatile Organic Compounds emit gases causing many health problems. Choose paints and stains that use sustainable ingredients. Keep airborne dust to a minimum by dusting and wet mopping frequently. Eliminate moisture from the air as this can cause and trap mold, pollen and pet dander. Reduce airborne particles with an air purifier. Decrease dirty air by replacing HVAV filters regularly. Take these steps to manage common indoor air pollutants to create your healthy home.

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Community Information

Important LORAIN COUNTY CITIES Amherst 206 S. Main St. Amherst, OH 44001 440-988-4380 Pop. 12,021 www.amherstohio.org Avon 36050 Chester Rd. Avon, OH 44011 440-937-7800 Pop. 21,193 www.cityofavon.com Avon Lake 150 Avon Belden Rd. Avon Lake, OH 44012 440-933-6141 Pop. 22,581 www.avonlake.org Elyria 131 Court St. Elyria, OH 44035 440-326-1400 Pop. 54,533 www.cityofelyria.org Lorain 200 W. Erie Ave. Lorain, OH 44052 440-204-2002 Pop. 64,097 www.cityoflorain.org

Phone Numbers

North Ridgeville 7307 Avon Belden Rd. North Ridgeville, OH 44039 440-353-0819 Pop. 33,889 www.nridgeville.org Oberlin 85 S. Main St. Oberlin, OH 44074 440-775-1531 Pop. 8,286 www.cityofoberlin.com Sheffield Lake 609 Harris Rd. Sheffield Lake, OH 44054 440-949-7141 Pop. 9,137 www.sheffieldlake.net

LORAIN COUNTY TOWNSHIPS Amherst Township 7530 Oberlin Rd. Elyria, OH 33035 440-988-5894 www.amhersttownship.us Brighton Township 21451 State Rt. 511 Wellington, OH 44090 440-823-2061 www.brightontownshipohio.com

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Brownhelm Township 1904 North Ridge Rd. Vermilion, OH 44089 440-984-2243 www.brownhelm.org

Columbia Township 25496 Royalton Rd. Columbia Station, OH 44028 440-236-8802 www.columbiatwp.us

Camden Township 42 Court St. P.O. Box 172 Kipton, OH 44049 440-775-2015 www.camdentwp.us

Eaton Township 12043 Avon Belden Rd. Grafton, OH 44044 440-748-2236 www.eatontownship.org Elyria Township 41416 Griswold Rd. Elyria, OH 44035 440-324-9462 www.elyriatownship.com  Continued on page 30

Carlisle Township 11969 LaGrange Road LaGrange, OH 44050 440-458-5667 www.carlisletownship.com

J. Craig Snodgrass, CPA, CGFM 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

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

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

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

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

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

Weights & Measures.... (440) 329-5657

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Grafton Township 17109 Avon Belden Rd Grafton, OH 44044 440-926-2166 www.graftontwp.us Henrietta Township 12050 Vermilion Road Amherst, OH 44001 440-965-4214 www.henriettaohio.org Huntington Township 45955 State Route 162 Wellington, OH 44090 440-647-0040 www.huntingtontwp.org LaGrange Township P.O. Box 565 LaGrange, OH 44050 440-759-3155 www.lagrangetownshipohio.net New Russia Township 46300 Butternut Ridge Rd. Oberlin, OH 44074 440-775-7782 www.newrussiatownship-oh.gov Penfield Township 41012 State Route 18 Wellington, OH 44090 440-315-5607 www.penfieldtownship.com Pittsfield Township 16940 State Route 58 Oberlin, OH 44074 440-774-7223 www.pittsfieldtwp.us Rochester Township 52185 Griggs Road Wellington, OH 44090 440-657-3731 www.rochesterohio.com

Sheffield Township 5166 Clinton Avenue Lorain, OH 44055 440-277-4215 www.sheffieldtownship.com Wellington Township 105 Maple St. Wellington, OH 44090 440-647-7194 www.wellingtontownship.org

LORAIN COUNTY VILLAGES Village of Grafton 960 Main St. Grafton, OH 44044 440-926-2401 www.villageofgrafton.org

Village of Wellington 115 Willard Memorial Square Wellington, OH 44090 440-647-4626 www.villageofwellington.com

Keystone Local School District 531 Opportunity Way LaGrange, OH 44050 440-355-2424 www.keystonelocalschools.org


Lorain City School District 2601 Pole Ave. Lorain, OH 44052 440-233-2271 www.lorainschools.org

Amherst Exempted Village School District 550 Milan Ave. Amherst, OH 44001 440-988-4406 www.amherstk12.org Avon Local School District 36600 Detroit Rd. Avon, OH 44011 440-937-4680 www.avonlocalschools.org

Village of Kipton 299 State Rd. Kipton, OH 44049 440-775-2181 www.kipton.org

Avon Lake City School District 175 Avon Belden Rd. Avon Lake, OH 44012 440-933-6210 www.avonlakecityschools.org

Village of LaGrange 355 South Center Rd. P.O. Box 597 LaGrange, 44050 440-355-5555 www.lagrangeohio.net

Clearview Local School District 4700 Broadway Ave. Lorain, OH 44052 440-233-5412 www.clearviewschools.org

Village of Rochester State St. South Rochester, OH 440-864-9445 www.rochesterohio.com Village of Sheffield 4340 Colorado Ave. Sheffield Village, OH 44054 440-949-6325 www.sheffieldvillage.com Village of South Amherst 103 W. Main St. South Amherst, OH 44001 440-986-2202 www.villageofsouthamherst.com

Columbia Local School District 25796 Royalton Rd. Columbia Station, OH 44028 440-236-5008 www.columbia.k12.oh.us Elyria City School District 42101 Griswold Rd. Elyria, OH 44035 440-284-8000 www.elyriaschools.org Firelands Local School District 112 N. Lake St. South Amherst, OH 44001 440-965-5821 www.firelandsschools.org

Midview Local School District 13050 Durkee Rd. Grafton, OH 44044 440-748-5353 www.midviewk12.org

North Ridgeville City School District 34620 Bainbridge Rd. North Ridgeville, OH 44039 440-327-4444 www.nrcs.net Oberlin City School District 153 North Main St. Oberlin, OH 44074 440-774-1458 www.oberlinschools.net Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City School District 1824 Harris Rd. Sheffield Village, OH 44054 440-949-6181 www.sheffield.k12.oh.us Wellington Exempted Village School District 305 Union St. Wellington, OH 44090 440-647-4286 www.wellingtonvillageschools.org Lorain County Joint Vocational School 15181 State Route 58 Oberlin, OH 44074 440-774-1051 www.lcjvs.com Lorain County Community College 1005 N. Abbe Rd. Elyria, OH 44035 1-800-995-5222 www.lorainccc.edu

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CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE Lorain County Chamber of Commerce 226 Middle Ave 5th Floor Elyria, Ohio 44035 440-328-2550 www.loraincountychamber.com North Coast Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 275 Avon Lake, OH 44012 440-933-9311 www.northcoastchamber.com North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce 36097 Westminister Ave. North Ridgeville, OH 44039 440-327-3737 www.nrchamber.com Vermilion Chamber of Commerce 5495 Liberty Ave. Vermilion, OH 44089 440-967-4477 www.vermilionohio.com

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Wellington Chamber of Commerce 226 Wenner St. Wellington, OH 44090 440-647-2222 www.wellingtonchamberof commerce.org

Main Street Lorain www.mainstreetlorain.org


Main Street Vermilion 685 Main St. Vermilion, OH 44089 440-963-0772 www.mainstreetvermilion.org

Downtown Lorain Growth Corp. 301 Broadway Ave., Ste. 101 Lorain, OH 44052 440-396-8538 www.loraingrowth.org Main Street Amherst 255 Park Ave. Amherst, OH 44001 440-984-6709 www.mainstreetamherst.org

COMMUNITY RESOURCES Educational Service Center of Lorain County 1885 Lake Ave., Elyria 440-324-5777

Oberlin Business Partnership 23 E. College St. Oberlin OH 44074 440-774-6262 www.oberlin.org

Lorain County Commissioners 226 Middle Ave., Elyria 440-329-5111 Lorain County Board of Elections 1985 N. Ridge Rd. E, Lorain 440-326-5900 Lorain County Metro Parks 12882 Diagonal Rd., LaGrange 440-458-5121

Main Street Wellington 118 West Herrick Ave. P.O. Box 1 Wellington, OH 44090 440-647-3987 www.mainstreetwellington.org

Lorain County Visitors Bureau 8025 Leavitt Rd., Amherst 440-984-5282

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APPLIANCES/TELEVISIONS Stewart's TV & Appliance.........p 32 www.stewartappliance.com

ASSESSMENTS/APPRAISALS LICENSES/TAXES Lorain County Auditor..............p 29 www.loraincounty.com/auditor

BANKS/CREDIT UNIONS Comm Star Credit Union.............p 7 www.commstar.org

First Federal Savings of Lorain................................p 5, 20 www.fflorain.bank


Defend Potential.

Become a Mentor today!

Erie Steak & Seafood Co...........p 31 www.eriesteakandseafoodco.com



Cleveland Clinic.............p 21, 26, 27 www.clevelandclinic.org/LorainCounty

Lorain County JVS...............p 15, 20 www.lcjvs.com

UH Elyria Medical Center..... Inside front cover, p 22, 23 www.uhhospitals.org


LIBRARIES Amherst Public Library..............p 16 www.amherstpubliclibrary.org Avon Lake Public Library..........p 16 www.alpl.org Elyria Pubic Library System.......p 17 www.elyrialibrary.org

Amherst Schools........................p 12 www.amherstk12.org Avon Lake City Schools.............p 12 www.avonlakecityschools.org Avon Local Schools....................p 12 www.avonlocalschools.org Elyria City Schools......................p 12 www.elyriaschools.org Lorain City Schools....................p 13 www.lorainschools.org

Railway Barbershop..................p 32 www.railwaybarbershop.com


Lorain Public Library System.....p 18 www.lorainpubliclibrary.org

Lorain County Chamber of Commerce...............................p 9 www.loraincountychamber.com


North Ridgeville City Schools....p 13 www.nrcs.net

Lorain County Health & Dentistry...........................p 22, 23 www.lorainhealth-dentistry.org

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools................................p 13 www.sheffield.k12.oh.us



MHARS Board of Lorain County......................p 21, 24 www.mharslc.org

Constellation Schools..........p 11, 20 www.constellationschools.com


Community Foundation of Lorain County..........p 14, 20 www.peoplewhocare.org


Duraclean...........................p 28 www.duracleanohio.com

440-227-6541 www.bigloraincounty.org

Dodie's Dockside Restaurant....p 31 www.dodiesdockside.com

Grafton-Midview Public Library........................................p 17 www.gmplibrary.org

Empower. Ignite.



Lorain County Community College....... p 11, 21, Back cover www.lorainccc.edu

Midview Local Schools Grafton......................................p 13 www.midviewk12.org

SENIOR SERVICES PARKS & RECREATION Lorain County Metro Parks.........p 9 www.loraincountymetroparks.com

Danbury Senior Living...............p 25 www.DanburySeniorLiving.com

SHOPPING CENTERS/MALLS PHOTOGRAPHER Jason Shaffer Photography......p 22 www.jasonshafferphoto.com

REAL ESTATE-TITLE-ESCROW SERVICES Old Republic Title................p 21, 28 www.oldrepublictitle.com

Avon Commons...........................p 1 www.first-interstate.com www.avon-commons.com

SOCIAL SERVICES Big Brothers Big Sisters.............p 32 www.bigloraincounty.org



Culver's.......................................p 31 www.culvers.com

El Centro....................................p 18 www.lorainelcentro.org

Foundry Kitchen & Bar..............p 31 www.foundrykitchen.bar

VETERANS SERVICES Lorain County Veterans Service Office........... Inside back cover www.loraincountyveterans.com


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