Lorain County 2023

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Lorain County has many


We are a vacation community, that boasts 23 miles of lakefront with parks, marinas, boat launches, walking and bike trails.

We are an industrial community where we still “make things”. Our manufacturing base has Fortune 500 companies as well as local familyowned businesses that employ nearly 20% of our local workforce.

We are an agricultural community where we grow crops and products as well as raise livestock and poultry.

We are a diverse community with many different ethnicities and historical migrant populations coming here for a better life.

We are a community that values education at all levels from preschool and beyond, where we have public and private institutions that focus on curriculum ranging from college prep and STEM to the vocational training and the building trades. Our local schools are recognized as superior at the state level and Lorain County Community College recognized nationally for student success.

We are a foodie community that continues to add exciting new restaurants and breweries/wineries located east and west as well as north and south.

We are spiritual community that has places of worship for most religious affiliations and community outreach benefiting our residents.

We are an entertainment community that has the Lake Erie Crushers for baseball, Rockin’ on the River for live music and live theater venues such as the Palace Theatre, Stocker Center, French Creek, just to name a few.

We are a historically significant and cultural community with various underground railroad stops, Oberlin College’s admission of black students and women students and the women’s suffrage movement.

We are an entrepreneurial community that has been home to pioneers who changed the way we think and use products. Some of the company names include Lorain Products, Thew Shovel, Garford Manufacturing, Invacare,

Ridge Tool, Moen, PC Campana, just to name a few.

We are a community that supports and gives back to those most in need. We have organizations dedicated to helping the homeless, women and children in need, veterans, mental health and addiction issues, animal welfare, LGBTQ. Easter Seals was founded in Elyria.

Lorain County is a welcoming community that gives you options to match your housing needs, your shopping needs, your educational and business needs. Whether you are here for a day or a lifetime, the residents and businesses that call Lorain County home welcome you and look forward to you making a difference here.

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Opportunity and Potential Reside in Lorain County

Lorain County has always been known for being a great place to live and a great place to grow your business. From our first industry of shipbuilding to steel and to an automotive hotspot, we find ourselves on the cusp of being part of the “Silicon Heartland” as Intel broke ground for the $20 Billion chipmaking facility near Columbus. As we witnessed with Detroit with the automotive industry and Pittsburgh with the steel industry, our location fueled growth locally and will do the same with our location on the shores of Lake Erie. Ten years ago, Lorain County Community College went “all in” on the exact curriculum needed to train and fill the talent pipeline for the 3,000 new jobs Intel will create. We are so lucky to have a nationally recognized institution of higher learning like LCCC, setting the pace for workforce development and the next generation of industrial revolution coming our way.

And we still have growth within our automotive sector, as Ford recently announced a $1.5 Billion dollar investment in Lorain County, where it plans to make electric vehicles. Ford knows that Lorain County has great workers, and their investment will provide an additional 2,000 workers to our local workforce. The changing face of manufacturing locally

and worldwide has once again put Lorain County in the right place at the right time, as our local elected officials, educational partners and regional and state economic development partners all came together to make this happen.

While Lorain County has always been known for working together to make good things happen, the pandemic made it apparent that we truly needed to get everyone on board to survive the economic effects it inflicted on communities. We lost some businesses, but we also saw an uptick of entrepreneurial start-ups that included businesses many from our historically underrepresented communities. The SBDC (Small Business Development Center) at LCCC and the Lorain County Chamber worked with many of these minority businesses to help them get started with webinars and training and networking opportunities to help them thrive. A free online Minority Business Directory helps promote them and it includes businesses from the African American, Hispanic, Women, Veteran, Disabled, LGBTQ and Rural communities.

Lorain County has seen investment in our legacy cities, where Lorain’s downtown streetscape has led to new bars, restaurants, a hotel, and shopping filling the many shuttered downtown storefronts. Elyria is moving forward with an

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E-sports complex due to transform their downtown into a hub that will include amenities found in mixeduse developments – restaurants, entertainment, and apartments to bring Broad Street back to life. Likewise, we have investments in our Eastern most communities with Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield, and North Ridgeville continuing to see new businesses open and expand. The recent ribbon cutting for the new Bendix facility in Avon highlighted a world class facility that will ensure their presence in Lorain County for decades to come. And obviously, Ford’s investment stands out locally as well as regionally! Our western part of Lorain County continues to see a lot of interest in and around Oakpoint and Baumhart Road. Green Circle Growers, located in southern Lorain

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box” chain store distribution. Lorain County is grateful to have GCG invest over $120 Million into their facility.

Lastly, the Lorain County Chamber is finishing up a year’s long community outreach to establish a 501c3 public, private partnership. The purpose is to facilitate and build upon established relationships to position Lorain County as a prime location for corporations, businesses, and entrepreneurs to open, expand and relocate here. This organization will act as the unified voice and liaison to Team NEO and JobsOhio as more businesses decide to call Ohio home. The goal is to make sure our workforce includes all segments of our society will have the opportunity to benefit from the growing economic environment in Lorain County.

As the community and economic development representative for the Lorain County Board of Commissioners, the Lorain County Community Development offers programs and services in planning, zoning, housing, community & economic development.

Our mission is to serve Lorain County residents and business owners through community development initiatives by striving to: improve the overall quality of life in Lorain County, foster smart growth, promote economic vitality, encourage development and redevelopment, and provide tools to community leaders for management and for making policy decisions. Our Department works closely with many of Lorain County’s leading businesses, non-profit organizations, and governmental and non-governmental institutions to provide resources, knowledge, and connections to these organizations if we cannot directly serve you and your specific needs. We encourage you to visit our website, loraincountyohio.gov/202/Community-Development, to learn more about all the services we provide to the community.



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Other Veterans Helping Each

Knowing what benefits you as a veteran or spouse of a veteran is eligible for can make a big difference in the quality of your life. For Lorain County Veterans, we help explain what you may be entitled to due to your service to our country. We assist veterans throughout the county in getting them answers to their questions.

Through my service, what kind of benefits am I entitled to?

Many veterans (and their spouses) go years without ever asking that question. Here is how we at the Lorain County Veteran Service commission can help.

We have Veteran Service Officers (VSO) trained and ready to help veterans and their families file Service-Connected Disability claims and pension claims. We also help in signing up veterans for VA healthcare and assist with filing for final expenses.

For those veterans experiencing financial difficulties, we have a dedicated team that can assist in helping to file for temporary Financial Assistance (FA). If approved for this program, we can assist veterans in paying for their housing expenses, car payments, and even utilities, to

name just a few FA possibilities.

Finally, we transport hundreds of veterans each year to and from their VA appointments

at no cost to the veteran. Should you need transportation to your VA appointment, please call us at 440-284-4624.

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Commissioners; L to R: Jose M. Torres, Joseph A. Gee, Samuel R. Wolfe, Sara L. Markle, Stephen Bansek

A Real Chance for Children

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

Constellation Schools enters its 24th year of educating children in neighborhood schools. “While our highly qualified teachers focus on specific educational needs, getting to know the whole child is a responsibility every employee takes seriously. Our efforts are focused on preparing all students to be ethical world citizens prepared for success in career, college and life! It is a privilege to serve our families, and we welcome the opportunity to become partners in the education of your child!” For more information, visit www.constellationschools.com.

Earn as You Learn

LCCC’s Earn and Learn programs help students earn an income and gain job experience while attending college.

Lorain County Community College is ramping up its Earn and Learn programs, providing students opportunities to earn an income while they gain relevant job experience and attend classes. The format, where students split their time between coursework and industry-specific employment, began in LCCC’s microelectronic manufacturing program. It’s been so successful — maintaining 100% employment rates for students post-graduation — that the college has replicated the format across many career pathways.

Today, LCCC students in automation engineering, cyber security, software development, data analytics, digital fabrication, CNC machining and now nursing can participate in Earn and Learn programs, increasing their chances of graduating debt-free, building their resume, and securing a job before finishing school.

Learn more about LCCC’s Earn and Learn programs at lorainccc.edu/earnandlearn




Reassembled, and Moving Forward

Educators across the county are slowly finding their groove in their classrooms as the COVID-19 pandemic is tapering off. Mask mandates are gone. Remote learning is an option of the past. There is a feeling of confidence and reassurance that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. While the feeling may be gone, there are still lingering effects brought on by the pandemic; and now is the time to rebuild the education gap caused by nearly two years of disrupted learning.

Schools have increased services such as social workers and school counselors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to focus on the social-emotional wellbeing of not only students but their families as well. It is important to know that educating our students is more than just learning academic content. It is supporting the whole child, and their family.

And although our schools are making strides in education, there are still challenges facing all school districts - mainly staffing issues. Schools all over are in desperate need of substitute teachers, bus drivers and support staff. To be a substitute teacher, a bachelor’s degree is required in any field, coupled with a clean background check and experience working with children. The best part about serving as a substitute teacher is the flexibility. Bus drivers are the key

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EDUCATION The Educational Service Center of
County's Literacy Team Consultants
Olivia Weisman and Jessica
Jennifer Martinez (left),
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 quality programs that will lay the foundation for continued learning and support the moral and ethical values of our community.” 550 Milan Ave., Amherst OH 44001 • 440-988-4406 www.amherstk12.org www.avonlocalschools.org The mission of the Avon Local Schools is to educate the whole student in an inclusive environment that inspires personal excellence. 440-937-4680 Celebrating 100yearsof EXCELLENCEin EDUCATION 440-933-6210 www.avonlakecityschools.org 175AvonBeldenRoad AvonLake,Ohio44012 AvonLakeCitySchools #ALCS100 #ALexcellence

behind getting students to and from school safely every day. But, without bus drivers, it would be a challenge to transport students to afterschool programs, such as sporting events. Some districts are paying more than $20 per hour for drivers; and are making plans to train those without experience. But, if you are looking for an alternative way to assist with schools, districts are also in need of substitute support staff. These roles include teacher aides, custodians and food service workers. These roles are imperative to not only meeting the needs of today’s students; but also to ensure each school building remains organized, clean, safe and overall run more efficiently. Remember, our students deserve the best.

One local high school teacher put Lorain County on the map in the spring when he was named National Teacher of the Year for 2022. Oberlin High School history teacher Kurt Russell received the recognition on April 19, 2022; and since that day, he has been rallying for teachers and students across the country. After personally hearing him speak, one can truly feel his passion for educating students. As a teacher, he understands that not every day is a good day. There will undoubtedly be bad days. He makes his presence known by attending extracurricular events. It’s just as important to be seen outside of the classroom as it is to be seen inside the classroom. Teachers must be present and kind. He never gives up on his students. And he has HOPE - hope that today’s students will have the power and knowledge to thrive as citizens in either the workforce, military or higher education. And that is something we can all learn from and implement in our daily lives.

In Lorain County, schools are working together to fill the gaps of the prior two years and amazing work is being done. Our focus is on students and their families to ensure learning isn’t lost but rather it is being rediscovered. Oftentimes students thrive in a classroom setting, but if your child is having a bit of difficulty adjusting, please know the ESC of

Lorain County is here to support you and your child. Thank you, school employees, for your continued support and dedication to our children. And, remember, like National Teacher of the Year Kurt Russell, tells his audiences: Have HOPE - because just a little bit of hope goes a long way in the world of education.

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Educational Service Center of Lorain County 1885 Lake Ave., Elyria l 440-324-5777 www.loraincountyesc.org Superintendent-Franco Gallo
Oberlin High School History Teacher Kurt Russell was named National Teacher of the Year 2022 in April. On April 20, Kurt Russell visited students at Oberlin Elementary School where they celebrated his accomplishment.

Connecting People Who Care With Causes That Matter

Community Foundation of Lorain County works to improve the quality of life for those living and working in Lorain County. We make grants to local non-profits thanks to the support of income from endowment funds contributed by individuals, families, and businesses. Non-profit

organizations and school districts also collaborate with us to create their endowments to ensure forever funding for organizational needs. In 2021, the Community Foundation of Lorain County received more than $6.2M in gifts, distributed approximately $6.8M in grants and scholarships, and

ended the year with assets of $165M. If you want to add to our immediate community impact or create an endowed legacy to support the causes you care about, please contact Laura Malone, Development Officer, at 440.984.7390. For more information, visit www.peoplewhocare.org

Founded in 1980, the Community Foundation of Lorain County is made up of more than 670+ endowment funds valued at approximately $163M. We wisely invest the funds’ assets and the interest earned provides $6.8M 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.

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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
Education & Youth Development Arts & Culture Programs Strengthening Lorain County = Health & Human Services L eave a legacy with Lasting Community Impact

A Strong Foundation

Founded in 1971, Lorain County JVS offers accredited career-technical education for high school students in

grades 9-12 and adult learners. Through career tech programs, students gain the skills, knowledge, and

training needed to be a success in their careers. Located on a 100-acre campus in Oberlin, with the school building being 10 acres under one roof, Lorain County JVS is one of the largest career tech schools in the state!

Over 30 career tech programs are offered for high school students and numerous career development programs for adult learners. These courses are led by passionate instructors that will guide the students toward their successful futures.

Alina Younkin, 2022 Masonry Trades alumni, is now an Apprentice with the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Ohio Local 5 Union. “I graduated when I was seventeen and went right to work in my career field, getting good paychecks. Lorain County JVS gave me a head start in life!”

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I AM LCJVS IAMLCJVSSu Succ cces ess! s Success! AlinaYounkin Apprentice Bricklayers&Allied CraftworkersOhioLocal5 LCJVSMasonryTrades Classof2022 lcjvs.com

The Lorain County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting and supporting our local business community. With over 2 years of interruptions, delays, and postponements due to COVID-19, we have worked hard to remain the voice of the business community and provide leadership during this unusual time. We solidified our partnerships to become stronger as we learned to navigate new ways to do business during the pandemic. When others cancelled, we adjusted and pivoted to see that our members could still take advantage of educational

programming and training, creative networking opportunities, discounted business services and ways to promote their business. In 2023 and beyond, the County Chamber will provide a renewed focus with our partners on economic development and workforce opportunities for all segments of our community. An upskilled and ready workforce will prepare us to welcome new businesses, entrepreneurs, and residents to Lorain County.

Together, we are #LorainCountyStrong visit: www.loraincountychamber.com

Join us at the Grafton-Midview Public Library where we provide free and equal access to information, knowledge, and ideas. We encourage literacy and love of reading, and foster cultural and education programs in a welcoming community environment.

We also place great value on intellectual freedom, respect, and tolerance. We feel obligated to community responsiveness, kindness, service, integrity, ethics, and practice excellent fiscal responsibility.

Learn the power of our Library card by applying for a digital version at gmplibrary.org or stop in the Library and get you and your family the benefits only the smartest card in your wallet can offer. Take advantage of our new outdoor lockers, where we make picking up your materials available on your time. Want the power of GMPL at your fingertips? Download our app from your Google Play or Apple Store today.

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Visit the outdoor Art Walk, a collaborative project between the Elyria Arts Council and the Elyria Public Library System, at EPLS Central located at 211 Second St. in Elyria.

The Elyria Public Library System provides services from four locations – Central, Keystone, South, and West River – and includes a partnership with Lorain County Community College Bass Library called EPLS @ LCCC as well as our bookmobile and outreach services. All Elyria Public

Lifelong Learning for All

Library locations offer study rooms, collections of books, music, and movies along with computers and wireless printing. Even when the library is closed, you can still access the library’s digital collection via apps like Libby and hoopla. Visit the library’s website at www.elyrialibrary.org and follow us on social media for library news and updates.

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The Amherst Public Library celebrated the grand opening of our newly renovated and expanded building with a ribbon cutting in July 2022. Extensive updates include a drive-up window and book drop on Spring Street, a large Community Room, a reading terrace, an all-new children's area, first floor Reference services, bottle filling stations, and more!

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Central 211 Second St., Elyria EPLS @ LCCC 1005 Abbe Rd., Elyria Keystone 133 E. Commerce Dr., LaGrange South 40 15th St., Elyria West River 1194 W. River Rd. N., Elyria ConnectwithUs! 34015thSt. Elyria,OH44035 440-322-0190 133E.CommerceDr. LaGrange,OH44050 WESTRIVER 1194WestRiverRd.N. Elyria,OH44035 440-324-2270 SOUTH EPLS@LCCC| 440-366-4919 SEEWHATAWAITSYOUATTHE ELYRIAPUBLICLIBRARYSYSTEM KEYSTONE CENTRAL 211SecondSt. Elyria,OH44035 440-323-5747 440-322-0119 BOOKMOBILE| 440-324-9817 www.elyrialibrary.org Visit the newly renovated and expanded Amherst Public Library! 221 Spring Street, Amherst OH 44001 amherstpubliclibrary.org | 440-988-4230 www.loraincountymagazine.org 17

Discovering New Worlds!

Lorain Public Library System (LPLS) is the largest library system in Lorain County. Services are provided from six branches in Lorain, Avon, Columbia, North Ridgeville and Sheffield Lake as well as our Little Library on the Lake, open seasonally at Lakeview Park in Lorain. We also have Outreach Services for seniors including a Books by Mail program and by appointment one-on-one tech assistance.

LPLS boasts an extensive array of eLibrary resources available at LorainPublicLibrary.org. We offer ebooks, movies, television series, music, magazines in a variety of languages, genealogy research tools, craft and DIY tutorials, professional training courses, homework help from live tutors, auto

and home repair information and news sources; all available at no cost using just your LPLS library card.

Visit your local branch to browse the ever-expanding collection of great reads. Pick up a copy of our program


Adults enjoy a

guide Connections while you’re here to see the latest seasonal programs for all ages. Our staff is always coming up with something new or partnering with another community member to offer something creative and fun!

The six branches of your Lorain Public Library System offer a wide variety of services and programs for all ages. Visit LorainPublicLibrary.org for more information.

LPLS has a dedicated Create Space room at our Main Library and Avon Branch as well as an expanded assortment of equipment for you to get creative at our other branches! Try out a laser engraver, Cricut vinyl cutter or Bernina embroidery machine. These items are free to use and staff is always available to help get you started.

We have an eSports lounge in the new Avon Branch and are rolling out a new LPLS Play initiative across all branches. Get your game on at the library!

We host food demonstrations at all our branches. Check out The Norton Family Foundation Demonstration Kitchen in the newly renovated Avon Branch and the Culinary Literacy Center at our Main Library. Bon Appetit!

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a photo of your child in one of LPLS’s fun “first library card” frames! painting program led by local artist Robert Wagner
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Business & Community Leaders

Kent Iler, President Iler Networking & Computing Cindy Andrews, President/CEO Community Foundation of Lorain County Brian Belmont, Executive Principal Constellation Schools Dr. Marcia Ballinger, President Lorain County Community College Dr. Glenn Faircloth, Superintendent Lorain County JVS Joe Gee, Commissioner Lorain County Veterans Service Commission Tony Gallo, President Lorain County Chamber of Commerce Stephanie Wiersma, CEO Lorain County Health & Dentistry Franco Gallo, Superintendent Educational Service Center of Lorain County Bret Fisher, President & CEO Achieve Credit Union



President and CEO Community Foundation of Lorain County

Cindy Andrews is President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County. Cindy has been at the Community Foundation for four years, during which she led the Board and staff in strategic planning. 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 to ensure financial health and sustainability for the community. The Community Foundation has been serving Lorain County for 40+ years and will continue to connect people who care with causes that matter.

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

Lorain County Veterans Service Commission

Joe Gee has been a resident of Lorain County for over fifty years and is a longtime advocate for veterans. That sense of duty began as a student at Vermilion High School, and during the height of the Vietnam War, Joe enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as Radioman. After basic training, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion 4th Marines and deployed to Vietnam (68-69).

After his service, he came home and worked 31 years for Ford Motor Company and is currently on the UAW Local 2000 Retirees Executive Board.

Joe’s dedication to service can be seen through his involvement with:

• Lorain County UAW CAP Veterans Committee Chairman

• AMVETS Post 32 Honor Guard Commander of the Rifle Squad

• VFW 8686 Adjutant, Service Officer & Judge Advocate: since 2011

• Head Mentor coordinator Lorain County Veterans Treatment Court since March 2016

• Advisory Board Member for Valor Home

He resides with his wife, Rosa in Sheffield Lake. Joe and Rosa have eight children and 18 grandchildren.

Lorain County Veterans Service Commission, 1230 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria 440-284-4625 • www.loraincountyveterans.com

Constellation Schools in Lorain County Elyria Community Lorain Community Elementary and Middle

Constellation Schools: Elyria Community and Constellation Schools: Lorain Community Elementary and Middle Schools have been educating children in grades K-8 in Lorain County for over 20 years! Both schools offer a high-quality choice for education that is rooted in safe and nurturing learning environments, highly qualified teachers, family and community centered, and academic rigor. Our teachers put an emphasis on building relationships with each of our students and families, as well as providing engaging, rigorous, and fun learning opportunities. Both schools extend opportunities of enriching experiences outside of the classroom through a variety of different field trips and assemblies. Our schools also offer students the opportunity to give back to their respective communities as well as learning the value in service and community.

We look forward to connecting with you and becoming partners in your child’s life-long learning journey.

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

Achieve Credit Union

Bret Fisher was named CEO at Achieve Credit Union in October 2022 and brings 20+ years of experience in banking and financial services. Bret is a longtime Lorain County resident and currently lives in Avon with his wife and kids.

Achieve CU has been serving Lorain County members since 1958. Formerly School Employees’ Lorain County Credit Union (SELCCU), Achieve CU rebranded in 2020. This name better reflects its community-focused mission to help members learn, dream, and achieve their financial goals. Achieve CU provides everyday checking, savings, and loan products at excellent rates. Members enjoy convenient Lorain County branch locations, plus online and mobile banking available 24/7.

As a community-based credit union, Achieve CU actively supports schools and educators in Lorain County and teaches financial literacy from elementary school through adulthood. Membership is open to anyone living, working, worshiping, or attending school in Lorain, Cuyahoga, Erie, or Medina County.

Achieve Credit Union, 340 Griswold Rd., Elyria 440-324-3400 • www.achievecu.org

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Cindy Andrews, President and CEO Brian Belmont, Executive Principal Joe Gee Joe Gee Bret Fisher, CEO

Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D., President

Lorain County Community College

Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. has more than 30 years in community college leadership roles advancing student success, workforce and economic development, strategic planning, and institutional advancement. She serves as Lorain County Community College’s (LCCC) fifth president and previously held positions as Provost, Vice President for Strategic Development, and Vice President of LCCC’s Foundation. Her unwavering commitment to equity and student success has led to significant reductions in educational achievement gaps – especially for underserved students.

Through Dr. Ballinger’s strategic vision, LCCC became the first community college in Ohio to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Microelectronic Manufacturing in 2018, and a second applied bachelor’s degree in Smart Industrial Automated Systems Engineering Technology in 2022.

Under Dr. Ballinger’s leadership, LCCC garnered the top national honor for community college excellence by being named “First in the Nation for Excellence in Student Success” in 2018 by the American Association of Community Colleges.

County Community College, 1005 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria 800-995-5222 • www.lorainccc.edu

Lorain County Health & Dentistry

Lorain 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 six 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 a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, and is active on several association committees.

Lorain County Health & Dentistry, 1205 Broadway Ave., Lorain 440-240-1658 • www.lorainhealth-dentistry.org

For All Your Computing Needs!

Iler Networking & Computing

Iler Networking & Computing has been supporting businesses with their IT needs since 1994. Kent Iler, President & CEO, is passionate about technology, and has built a professional team of technology experts. “For All Your Computing Needs” means they can do it all for you: Wired/ Wireless Networking, Servers, Workstations, Cybersecurity solutions, Internet access, E-Mail hosting with Malware and SPAM protection, Website Development and Hosting, Backup/ Disaster Recovery, VOIP Phone Systems, Security Cameras, 3D Printing, and more, thus allowing top notch technology performance with the appropriate security. With the continued increase of cyber-attacks and Ransomware, Iler can make sure you’re not another victim and your technology is well tuned, helping you focus on running your business. Kent and his family have resided in Lorain County since 1998. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Elyria, and is a deacon at First Baptist Church of Elyria. Kent also started Iler Aerial Imaging in 2016 –handling professional video production and drones services/ training.

Iler Networking & Computing • 5061 N Abbe Road, Suite 3, Sheffield Village 440-322-4537 • www.iler.com • www.ilerimaging.com

Lorain County JVS

r. Glenn Faircloth has been the Superintendent of the Lorain County JVS since 2012. Under his leadership, Lorain County JVS continues to offer effective, high-functioning programs that equip high school students with curriculum built on integrated academic and technical content and work-based learning opportunities. The JVS Adult Career Center connects motivated adults who want a new career, improve current job skills or enhance their daily lives with short–term training that leads to certifications and skilled positions in the workforce.

Dr. Faircloth is a U.S. Army veteran. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a Master’s Degree in Urban Educational Leadership, both earned at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He received his Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Dr. Faircloth ultimately believes that education is the true key to unlocking poverty, erasing ignorance and revealing opportunities!

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

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Lorain Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D., President Stephanie Wiersma, CEO Stephanie Wiersma, CEO Kent Iler, Owner Dr. Glenn Faircloth, Superintendent Dr. Glenn Faircloth, Superintendent

The Avon Local Schools officially opened the district's new 13,489-sq.-ft. Avon Performing Arts Center May 5 at Avon High School. Pictured above (L to R) Ben Hodge, Avon Local Schools superintendent; Avon Local

Chronic Disease Management

Lorain County Health & Dentistry (LCH&D) delivers high quality care and, while ready to serve everyone, specifically seeks to serve the vulnerable population experiencing poverty in Lorain County. In 2021, LCH&D treated 17,585 unduplicated medical and dental patients of all ages. We consistently achieve excellent clinical outcomes, and in 3rd Quarter, 2022, reported record achievements in managing patients with Diabetes and Hypertension. From July -September 2022, 91.7% of patients with Hypertension had controlled Blood Pressure on their subsequent clinic visit. In the same period, 96.39% of patients with Diabetes had the recommended HgbA1c blood test to measure glucose level over time. Of these, 76.1% had a controlled HgbA1c level.

At LCH&D, Team-based Care is an important component of our work, and the basis for our success. At each of our six health center locations in Lorain County, we employ the best professional and support staff who have a heart for our community, and an extra dose of compassion.

Our mission to serve drives us.

But don’t just take our word for it……

"LCH&D made known to me I am diabetic, helped me manage it, and for that I am very grateful. My numbers were off the charts, but I've since eaten better, taken my meds, and now everything is much better." ----Elizabeth, Elyria.

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

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Grand Opening National Average 2021 Hypertension Control Pe rcentage of Patients with Co ntrolled Blood Pressur e Statewide Average Healthy People 2020 Goal Lorain County Health & Dentistry 64.7% 79.0% 80 60 40 20 0 61.2% 60.2% REAL PEOPLE. REAL HEALTH. Providing high quality and affordable medical, dental, eye care and behavioral health services. We do COVID testing and vaccines, too! Serving all ages at seven convenient locations in Lorain, Elyria and Oberlin. (440) 240-1655 Medicaid | Medicare Commercial insurances accepted Sliding fee discount for qualifying patients Be sure to follow us on: www.lorainhealth -dentistry.org Providing high quality and affordable medical, dental, eye care and behavioral health services. We do COVID testing and vaccines, too! Serving all ages at six convenient locations in Lorain, Eylria and Oberlin. Providing high quality and affordable medical, dental, eye care and behavioral health services. We do COVID testing and vaccines, too!
Schools Board of Education members Dennis Kramer, Art Goforth, John Weigman and Tara Tatman; and Kristina Dobos Buller, Avon High School principal.

“The Lorain County Metro Parks has been preserving traditions and creating memories for over 65 years. Serving as a connection between nature and residents, Lorain County Metro Parks offers both mental and physical health benefits. From the park’s biggest event with Halloween Fair at Carlisle Reservation, to the quiet trails and waterways, the parks include something for everyone to enjoy.

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.”

Something for Everyone

There is always something new to find and enjoy in Lorain County!

Both families, who have called Lorain County home for years, and visitors just stopping by for the first time, sing the praises of our location on the southern shore of Lake Erie. Those who know the area best say it has something for everyone – main street shopping, wineries, parks, festivals, concerts, trails and a growing arts presence, just to name a few.

Lorain County is comprised of vibrant communities that attract new developments while still maintaining a unique identity. We embrace growth, while preserving the smalltown atmosphere that residents and visitors enjoy.

If you are traveling to the area for business, visiting friends or family, or solely looking for a fun weekend getaway, an awesome and memorable experience awaits you in Lorain County, Ohio.

For more information visit: loraincountyohio/cvb.

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Photo: Samantha Altomare Waterfalls on the Black River Lorain International Festival

County Information Important


Amherst 206 S. Main St. Amherst, OH 44001 440-988-4380 Pop. 12,681 www.amherstohio.org

Avon 36080 Chester Rd. Avon, OH 44011 440-937-7800 Pop. 24,847 www.cityofavon.com

Avon Lake 150 Avon Belden Rd. Avon Lake, OH 44012 440-933-6141 Pop. 25,206 www.avonlake.org


131 Court St. Elyria, OH 44035 440-326-1400 Pop. 52,656 www.cityofelyria.org


200 W. Erie Ave. Lorain, OH 44052 440-204-2002 Pop. 65,211 www.cityoflorain.org

North Ridgeville 7307 Avon Belden Rd. North Ridgeville, OH 44039 440-353-0819 Pop. 36,240 www.nridgeville.org


85 S. Main St. Oberlin, OH 44074 440-775-1531 Pop. 8,555 www.cityofoberlin.com

Sheffield Lake 609 Harris Rd. Sheffield Lake, OH 44054 440-949-7141 Pop. 8,957 www.sheffieldlake.net


5511 Liberty Ave. Vermilion, OH 44089 440-204-2400 Pop. 10,659 www.cityofvermilion.com


Amherst Township 7530 Oberlin Rd. Elyria, OH 44035 440-988-5894 www.amhersttownship.us

Brighton Township 21451 State Rt. 511 Wellington, OH 44090 440-647-4757 www.brightontownshipohio.com

Brownhelm Township

1904 North Ridge Rd. Vermilion, OH 44089 440-984-2243 www.brownhelm.us

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

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

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

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Photo: Iler Aerial Imaging Broadway Avenue in Downtown Lorain

Grafton Township

17109 Avon Belden Rd. Grafton, OH 44044 440-926-2166 www.graftontwp.us

Henrietta Township 12050 Vermilion Rd. 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 301 Liberty St. 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 Rd. Wellington, OH 44090 440-647-3731 www.rochesterohio.com

Sheffield Township 5166 Clinton Ave. Lorain, OH 44055 440-233-5602 www.sheffieldtownship.com

Wellington Township 105 Maple St. Wellington, OH 44090 440-647-7194 www.wellingtontownship.org


Village of Grafton 960 Main St. Grafton, OH 44044 440-926-2401 Pop. 5,895 www.villageofgrafton.org

Village of Kipton 299 State Rd. Kipton, OH 44049 440-775-2181 Pop. 209 www.kipton.org 8 Continued on page 26

Tom Orlando

J. Craig Snodgrass, CPA, CGFM

General (440) 329-5207

Auditor Snodgrass (440) 329-5170

Appraisal (440) 329-5488

Board of Revision (440) 329-5374 Homestead (440) 329-5222

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

Real Estate (440) 329-5212

Special Assessments (440) 329-5210

Tax Exemption (440) 329-5739

Tax Map (440) 329-5272

Owner Occupancy (440) 329-5203

Weights & Measures (440) 329-5657

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Your Lorain County Auto Title & Passport Offices Offer “Photo To Finish” Passport services with no appointment necessary!
Clerk of Courts • niaroL C o u n ty
of Court of C o m m o n saelP • Ohio Visit us today in Elyria or Lorain Elyria – 226 Middle Avenue, Elyria OH 44035 Lorain – 621 Broadway Avenue, Lorain, OH 44052 For more information call 440-329-5127 or go to LORAINCOUNTYOHIO.GOV/CLERK
Lorain County Auditor
Middle Avenue, 2nd Floor
Elyria, Ohio 44035 www.loraincounty.com/auditor • auditor @loraincounty.com

Village of LaGrange

301 Liberty St. P.O. Box 597 LaGrange, 44050 440-355-5555 Pop. 2,595 www.lagrangeohio.net

Village of Rochester State St. South Rochester, OH 440-864-9445 Pop. 159 www.rochesterohio.com

Village of Sheffield 4340 Colorado Ave. Sheffield Village, OH 44054 440-949-6325 Pop. 4,135 www.sheffieldvillage.com

Village of South Amherst 103 W. Main St. South Amherst, OH 44001 440-986-2222 Pop. 1,581 www.villageofsouthamherst.com

Village of Wellington 115 Willard Memorial Square Wellington, OH 44090 440-647-4626 Pop. 4,799 www.villageofwellington.com


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

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

Clearview Local School District 4700 Broadway Ave. Lorain, OH 44052 440-233-5412 www.clearview.k12.oh.us

Columbia Local School District 25796 Royalton Rd. Columbia Station, OH 44028 440-236-5008 www.columbia.k12.oh.us

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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

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

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.sheffieldschools.org

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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Pistons & Props Lorain County Regional Airport.


Lorain County Chamber of Commerce

226 Middle Ave 5th Floor Elyria, Ohio 44035 440-328-2550 www.loraincountychamber.com

Lorain Growth Corporation 401 Broadway #B Lorain, OH 44052 440-244-6503 www.loraingrowth.org

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 https://nrchamber.com

Vermilion Chamber of Commerce 5495 Liberty Ave. Vermilion, OH 44089 440-967-4477 www.vermilionohio.com

Wellington Chamber of Commerce 226 Wenner St. Wellington, OH 44090 440-647-2222 www.wellingtonohiochamber.com


Main Street Amherst 255 Park Ave. Amherst, OH 44001 440-984-6709 www.mainstreetamherst.org

Main Street Elyria 104 Middle Ave. Elyria, OH 44035 440-322-5000 www.mainstreetelyria.com

Main Street Lorain 301 Broadway St., Ste. 108 Lorain, OH 44052 440-670-1914 www.mainstreetlorainoh.org

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

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

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


Amherst 350 Leavitt Rd. 440-988-3421

Avon 36225 Detroit Rd. 440-934-7145

Avon Lake 33501 Lake Rd., Ste. B 440-933-4246

Columbia Station 26535 Royalton Rd. 440-236-5433

Elyria 345 E. Bridge St. 440-323-0263

Grafton 926 Main St. 440-926-9065 8


College Street | Oberlin, OH. | 44074 440-775-7001 thehotelatoberlin.com/1833-restaurant

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440•775•7001 | 10 East College St. | Oberlin, OH 44074 TheHotelAtOberlin.com 1833 Signature Restaurant and Bar 70 Guest Rooms and Suites Corporate Meetings Weddings l Social Events
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Christmas Tree Lighting

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Kipton 206 State St. 440-774-8018

LaGrange 112 Public Square 440-355-4673

Lorain 439 W. 4th St. 440-288-8593

3190 Colorado Ave. 440-288-8593

South Lorain 1680 E. 28th St. 440-277-8182

North Ridgeville 34760 Center Ridge Rd. 440-327-8806

Oberlin 68 S. Main St. 440-776-9847

Sheffield Lake 4214 Ivanhoe Ave. 440-949-6311

Vermilion 4325 Liberty Ave. 440-967-3767

Wellington 101 McCormick St. 440-647-2122


Amherst Public Library 221 Spring St., Amherst 440-988-4230 www.amherstpubliclibrary.org

Avon Lake Public Library 32649 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake 440-933-8128 www.alpl.org

Elyria Public Library System www.elyria.lib.oh.us

Central Branch

211 Second St., Elyria 440-323-5747

West River 1194 West River Rd. N., Elyria 440-324-2270

EPLS at LCCC 1005 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria 440-366-4919

South 340 15th St., Elyria 440-322-0190

Keystone 133 E. Commerce Dr., LaGrange 440-322-0119

Bookmobile 440-324-9817

Grafton-Midview Public Library 983 Main St., Grafton 440-926-3317 www.gmplibrary.org

Herrick Memorial Public Library

101 Willard Memorial Square, Wellington 440-647-2120 www.herrick.org

Lorain Public Library System www.lorainpubliclibrary.org

Main Library

351 W. Sixth St. Lorain, OH 44052 440-244-1192

Avon 37485 Harvest Dr., Avon 440-934-4743

Columbia 13824 W. River Rd. North, Columbia Station 440-236-8751

Domonkas 4125 E. Lake Rd., Sheffield Lake 440-949-7410

North Ridgeville 35700 Bainbridge Rd. 440-327-8326

South Lorain 2121 Homewood Dr. 440-277-5672

Oberlin Public Library

65 S. Main St., Oberlin 440-775-4790 www.oberlinlibrary.org

Ritter Public Library

5680 Liberty Ave., Vermilion 440-967-3798 www.ritterpubliclibrary.org


Lorain County Board of Elections General Information 440-326-5901

Lorain County Visitors Bureau www. loraincountyohio/cvb

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Photo: Lorain County Metroparks
www.loraincountymagazine.org 31 Visit us at www.myneighborhoodalliance.org Helping communities grow stronger by meeting critical needs and empowering individuals and families. Schedule a tour by calling 440-233-8768 Child Enrichment Services Family Support Services Senior Enrichment Services Shelter and Emergency Services 440-848-LAKE thepowerhousepros.com House & Pressure Washing Roof & Gutter Cleaning Christmas Lights 440-723-8234 l www.railroadbrewingcompany.com 1010 Center Rd., Avon: Production Facility 820 Center Rd., Avon: Taproom & Restaurant 440-227-6541 Become a Mentor today! www.bigloraincounty.org Be a BIG ! Get a BIG! Lorain County Children’s Crisis Care Center 6115 Olivet Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035 440-240-1851 • www.blessinghouse.org www.foundrykitchen.bar 525 Broad St., Elyria • 440-281-9181 Dine in - Pickup - Delivery Winning Pizza Award Scratch Kitchen $5 Bourbon Thursdays Home of the • Summer Day Camp • Team Building Programs • Zipline Canopy Tour • SEL & STEM Programs • Recreational Tree Climbing • Workplace Retreats commongroundcenter.org 5581 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion • 440.963.7443 Winter & Summer Hours Call for more information contempor y cuisine, fine wines, worldly be s

Advertiser I ndex

1833 l Restaurant & Bar p 29

A Secret Garden Floral Design l Flowers/Gifts p 32

Achieve Credit Union l Credit Union p 7, 20

Amherst Exempted Village Schools l Schools/Public p 12

Amherst Public Library l Libraries p 17

Avon Commons-First Interstate Properties l Shopping Centers/Malls Inside bk. Cover

Avon Lake City Schools l Schools/Public p 12

Avon Local Schools l Schools/Public p 12

BBB Serving Greater Cleveland l Non-Profit Organization p 28

Beckett Thermal Solutions l Manufacturing p 8, 9

Big Brothers Big Sisters l Social Services 31

Blessing House l Children's Crisis Care Center p 31

Breezeline l Cable & Internet Provider p 1

City of Elyria l City Government p 5

City of Lorain l City Government...............................................................p 4

Common Ground Zipline Canopy Tours l Zipline Canopy Tours p 31

CommStar Credit Union l Banks p 25

Community Foundation of Lorain County l Charitable Organizations/Community Resources p 14, 20

Constellation Schools l Schools/Public Charter p 11, 20

Duraclean l Cleaning/Restoration p 30

Elyria City Schools l Schools/Public p 12

Elyria Public Library System l Libraries p 17

First Federal Savings of Lorain l Banks p 26

Foundry Kitchen & Bar l Restaurants p 31

Grafton-Midview Public Library l Libraries p 16

Iler Networking & Computing l Networking & Computing p 6, 21

Lorain City Schools l Schools/Public p 13

Lorain County Auditor l Assessments/Appraisals/Licenses/Taxes p 25

Lorain County Chamber of Commerce l Chamber of Commerce p 16

Lorain County Clerk of Courts l Auto Titles/Passports p 25

Lorain County Community College l Colleges & Universities p 21, Bk. Cover

Lorain County Community Development l Economic/Community Development p 7

Lorain County Health & Dentistry l Medical/Dental Clinic p 21, 22

Lorain County JVS l Schools/Career & Technical p 15, 21

Lorain County Metro Parks l Parks/County Metro Parks p 23

Lorain County Veterans Service Commission l Veterans Services p 10, 20

Lorain County Visitors Bureau l Tourism & Visitors Information p 23

Lorain Public Library System l Libraries p 18

Neighborhood Alliance l Social Services p 31

North Ridgeville City Schools l Schools/Public p 13

Power House Power WashvExterior House Cleaning/Powerwashing p 31

Railroad Brewing Company l Brewery p 31

Riddell l Manufacturing Inside ft. cover

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools l Schools/Public...........................p 13

Stewart's Appliance l Appliances/Televisions p 28

The Hotel at Oberlin l Hotels/Event Center p 29

The Lodge at New Russia Township Hall l Township Government/Event Center p 26

The Wine Vault l Restaurants p 31

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