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Our Time to Shine!

Lorain County is celebrating its Bicentennial in 2024, and nothing brings people together like a birthday party 200 years in the making. It’s Lorain County’s time to shine!

Lorain County has always been a good location to set up shop for entrepreneurs and a haven for those who want to work hard and make a better life for themselves and their families. 200 years ago, it was obvious that being located on a Great Lake was great for industry, but now we also know that it is great for tourism and the dollars that our 23 miles of lakefront can attract. We are within an eight-hour drive of major metropolises including Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta, NYC, Boston, and Toronto.

We have great schools, affordable housing, city living, country living and lakefront living! Ohio’s local, regional, and state economic focus has made the perfect storm of attraction and growth, and our state is becoming known as a great place to locate for businesses and residents alike.

I cannot tell you how many times this past year I have heard from elected officials, business owners, and community leaders that “this is Lorain County’s time.” What does that mean? It means we are on the precipice of something great, something defining, something generational. It means we will attract a great business to call Lorain County home. Maybe we will see a major expansion of one of our local

businesses. Could be in one of our sites on the lake, or on I-90, or perhaps I-480, or in one of our townships or villages. Regardless of where it’s located, it is a game changer-attracting jobs, keeping our emerging workforce of young people here in Lorain County earning good wages, buying a house, and raising a family!

Our school systems are working hard to show our businesses that they are listening to their needs. Our economic development organizations are working in concert with one another to make sure they are providing potential businesses with the necessary brick-and-mortar needs but also the talent pipeline needs. Our workforce development organizations are continually looking to include our historically underserved populations, so no one is left out of the potential economic impact. 200 years ago, Lorain County was where opportunity and potential resided and the same is true for 2024! I hope that this time next year, we are celebrating “Our Time” and the huge win that is coming our way!

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Lorain County a Shining Star

Lorain County Bicentennial 1824-2024

Lorain County’s history has been filled with many successes and challenges over the past 200 years, and they have all helped to shape the community we view as home today. Heman Ely, (for which the City of Elyria is named) came here in the early 1800’s and recognized the area’s potential and beauty. It reminded him of the Lorraine Region of France that he had visited, and in 1822 when the Ohio Legislature officially formed a new county out of parts of Cuyahoga, Medina, and Huron counties, it was christened Lorain County.

The Bicentennial provides us a chance to pause and reflect on the businesses and institutions as well as the men and women who shaped our county. Having a historical perspective prepares us to understand our role and responsibility in continuing Lorain County’s growth for the next 200 years. Lorain County continues to be a shining star within the State of Ohio, as we regularly see our population increase each census. With our access to fresh water from Lake Erie, our location is also at the crossroads of

Interstate 80 and Interstate 90, with air, railroad, and watershipping access, we should continue the good work of our predecessors and continue the history of “making things” here. But our forefathers would no doubt be dumbfounded by the advanced manufacturing and robotics that continue to make efficiency improvements in our local plants.

Lorain County has been and continues to be an agricultural community that acts as an engine of growth for our local GDP and as more modern and sustainable agricultural practices continue to become “the norm”, we will see more adaptation locally as well.

We have always been at the forefront of access to education here in Lorain County as well. Elyria High School was chartered as the first high school west of the Allegheny Mountains. Oberlin College was founded and became the first college to enroll women and then African Americans. In 1963, Lorain County Community College was chartered and became the first community college in Ohio to establish a permanent campus. For the past 25 years, LCCC has offered

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bachelor’s degrees through the University Partnership and most recently began offering the first bachelor of applied science in microelectronic manufacturing in Ohio. These degrees will fuel well-paying jobs at companies like Ohio’s new Intel plant.

Adversity has helped shape our community as well. As we were celebrating our Centennial in 1924, the City of Lorain was hit by a tornado that destroyed most of the downtown area. Obviously in those days, so much commerce was done in our downtown areas, it’s easy to see how devastating this could be for any community. Photos mark the before and after, but the historic Ariel Broadway Hotel and the Palace Theater both stand today as a testament to good coming out of bad. Likewise, when Elyria businessman Edgar “Daddy” Allen lost his son due to lack of adequate medical services, he started a fundraising campaign to build

a hospital in Elyria. He then spearheaded a campaign for building Gates Hospital, the first hospital in the US dedicated to caring for children with disabilities. The Ohio Society for Crippled Children eventually became Easter Seals. Multiple communities in Lorain County, including Wellington, Oberlin, Elyria, and Lorain were part of the Underground Railroad, helping

enslaved African Americans reach freedom to Canada via ship from Lorain.

Regardless of the good or bad, Lorain County has persevered and is now seen as a great place to live, work, play, and pray. The ability to open a business or raise a family knows no boundaries here and we work with one another to make things happen in Lorain County. We view our place within the

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Northeast Ohio region as an important piece of the economy fueling Ohio and the United States. Lorain County has been a welcoming community for the past 200 years, having seen waves of immigrants coming here from all over the world. We continue to welcome those looking to help us celebrate our past, live in our present and build for our future.

Tony Gallo, Lorain County Chamber President and Bicentennial Committee Member

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Celebra ng 200+ Years of Lorain County History

Since 2007, fourteen towns and cities in Lorain County have celebrated 200 years since their official founding, and now it is time for the county itself to mark the milestone. In 2024, programs and events will be held to commemorate the rich history and the promising future of Lorain County.

After the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, the former colonies gave up their claims to unsettled lands in the west to the new federal government. Connecticut surrendered its land in the Ohio Country, except for an area along the shore of Lake Erie, known as the

Western Reserve. Indigenous Americans had been living on this land for 12,000 years, since the end of the last Ice Age.

Two years after Ohio became a state in 1803, the Western Reserve west of Cleveland was ceded by Native American Nations to the U.S. government. This opened the land for settlement. Abundant natural resources, from Lake Erie and the Black River to sandstone deposits and fertile farmlands, drew settlers to this land. Columbia Township and the area at mouth of the Black River (now Lorain) were the first settlements in 1807. Rochester Township was last

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Lorain County Courthouse Civil Air Patrol at Lorain, Two Women by Plane Soaking up the summer fun at Lakeview Park!
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J. E. Boynton Meat Market at 109 West Broad Street, Elyria during the Thanksgiving season, 1889

to be settled, in 1827.

Soon after Heman Ely founded Elyria in 1817, historic documents show his intention to influence the State of Ohio to organize a new county, with Elyria as the county seat. This would prove to be a challenge and would take several years, but the State of Ohio enacted legislation to form Lorain County from parts of Cuyahoga, Huron and Medina Counties on December 26, 1822. Elyria was chosen to be the county seat on February 14, 1823. Another act of the State of Ohio on January 21, 1824 provided for the organization of Lorain County, to take effect April 1, 1824. The first three Lorain County Commissioners were elected in April, and the county began functioning and operating that month. The first session of court and first meeting of the commissioners was held on May 24, 1824.

Learn about special activities and educational programs, including a special day of commemorative events planned for May 24, 2024, by visiting www. loraincountyohio.gov/714/Lorain-Countys-Bicentennial or lchs.org. The Bicentennial is a special opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the people, places, and events that have shaped our communities. Join in the 200th celebration as we continue to make history together!

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Progress Through Partnerships

The Lorain County Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1988 and is dedicated to promoting and supporting the success and growth of the Lorain County Business Community. Over these 35+ years, “Lorain County’s Chamber” has developed lasting partnerships to benefit our communities. Lorain County businesses are varied and include local entrepreneurs as well as global companies, but they all support the Chamber and view us as the voice of the business community. We have forged partnerships with educational entities from our public and private schools, Pre-K right through Post-Secondary education including LCCC and JVS, to make sure we have a talent pipeline to feed our local businesses with an upskilled and ready workforce. We have built relationships with our local municipalities, non-profit organizations, and philanthropic entities to ensure our economic goals and outcomes include opportunities for

all our residents. With these partnerships, we know sometimes we must lead, sometimes we must support, sometimes we must follow, and sometimes we need to challenge the status quo. Then and only then can we be sure that Lorain County will see the necessary progress in the future. Together, we are stronger than ever.


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Progress Through Partnerships www.loraincountychamber.com 226 Middle Avenue l Elyria 440-328-2550 agallo@loraincountychamber.com CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
Messaros Photography Front Row: John Bryan, Board Chair Philip Amos, Chamber President Anthony Gallo, Sharon Pearson, Tracy Green Back Row: Lisa Hutson, Jeremy Damstra, Chris Mead, Dr. Gil Palmer, Ed Skimin, Darryl Tucker

Joining your local chamber of commerce offers various benefits for individuals and businesses, including significant cost savings. Here's why you should consider becoming a member:

1. Cost Savings: Your local chamber partners with NOACC (Northern Ohio Area Chamber of Commerce) to provide exclusive discounts on business services like group health insurance, workers' compensation, energy solutions, shipping, and more. Accessing these cost-saving opportunities can reduce business expenses and potentially offset membership fees.

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2. Business Programming: Chambers organize workshops, webinars, and training sessions on business development, marketing, and management. These programs help sharpen skills and stay updated with industry trends.

3. Advertising and Marketing Benefits: Chambers offer exclusive advertising and promotional opportunities to members, such as features in newsletters, social media shoutouts, and sponsorship at chamber events. These platforms increase visibility and reach a broader audience.

4. Business Referrals: Chambers foster a strong network of local businesses. As a member, you increase the chances of receiving referrals from fellow members and the chamber itself.

At NOACC, we provide an expansive array of services, enabling chamber members to take advantage of group discounts and save on business costs. We're proud to be a reliable resource for northern Ohio's businesses seeking the benefits of a local chamber of commerce membership. Visit us online at www.noacc.org for more info.

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Nursing Careers Begin at LCCC

Lorain County Community College’s nursing programs prepare students for rewarding careers in the healthcare industry, right here in Northeast Ohio. In fact, LCCC is the number one training location in Lorain County for first responders, including nurses.

Amanda Badillo, of Elyria, is working in her dream career as an operating room nurse, after earning her associate degree in nursing from LCCC in 2023 and passing the NCLEX. Badillo says LCCC helped her build a foundation of excellence as a registered nurse (RN).

“There is no room for mediocrity. There are no exceptions. And with that high standard, you have to absolutely give it your all,” she said of LCCC’s nursing program.

Setting the standard are LCCC renowned nursing faculty, many of whom have years of experience both teaching and working in the field. Under their guidance, students train for

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careers as registered nurses, licensed practical nurses (LPN), STNAs, paramedics and more. Learn more about LCCC’s nursing programs at www.lorainccc.edu/nursing.
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Career-Focused Learning

Founded in 1971, Lorain County JVS offers careertechnical education to help high school students in grades 9 to 12 and adult learners find their success! Our career-focused programs span a wide range of fields, from healthcare and engineering to culinary arts and information technology.

Students have the chance to gain practical skills, hands-on experience, and industry certifications that will give them a head start in their chosen profession.

Whether you are a student eager to pursue a specialized career path, a parent seeking a school that prepares students for the real world, or an adult looking for post-secondary education and training, we have got you covered. Learn more about us at lcjvs.com and find your success with Lorain County JVS!

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Navigating the Evolution of Education

Historical patterns often reveal that tumultuous times can pave the way for remarkable growth and transformation, fostering innovation, inspiring reforms, and instigating shifts in policy and societal structures. In education, the post-civil rights era exemplifies a commitment to more inclusive education. Similarly, the post-9/11 era emphasized accountability measures while challenges during the 2008 recession prompted changes to educational efficiency, curriculum, and assessments.

Amid recent global challenges, the educational landscape is once again undergoing reforms. Shifts in literacy, math, mental health practices, and the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into schools have been propelled by society reassessing priorities and values. Although change can be unsettling, it frequently spurs improvements in inequalities and disparities within a system that may have been overlooked during more stable times. These transformative shifts not only respond to the challenges of our times but also set the stage for a more dynamic and responsive educational system.

Addressing Literacy Gaps: Unveiling Disparities and Solutions

The emergence of literacy gaps, particularly impacting specific demographics, coincided with advancements in research that enabled educators to better comprehend the development and acquisition of children's reading skills. Districts have empowered their teachers to enhance their awareness of phonics and embrace research-based practices by introducing literacy coaches and prioritizing professional development, such as The Science of Reading — a more holistic approach to literacy.

Prioritizing Wellness: A Shift in the Educational Paradigm

Recent challenges underscore the crucial role of wellness and mental health in education, leading to the incorporation of wellness coaches for support in numerous local schools.

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As districts prioritize school-based mental health supports and adopt a whole-child approach to education, they’ve encouraged educators to participate in training programs facilitating the implementation of school-based behavioral health services, trauma-informed practices, and restorative practices.

Real-World Math: Bridging the Gap Between Classroom and Application

Educators are embracing innovative methodologies and technologies to enhance the engagement, accessibility, and real-world applicability of math through more targeted support on lesson design, instructional strategies, assessments, and data interpretation. With coaching in Project-Based Learning, Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE), and relevant tools and technology, districts aim to cultivate a genuine love for math among their students.

From Apprehension to Advancement: Embracing AI in Education

From the invention of the lightbulb to automobiles, the internet, and personal computers, the introduction of new technology has consistently sparked apprehension. However, as AI integrates into the educational landscape, schools aim to embrace the transformative potential of artificial intelligence in education instead With increased training, coordinated learning experiences for students, and further exploration into the possibility of personalized learning, AI has the power to revolutionize our approach to teaching and learning.

We acknowledge that significant times sometimes be unnerving and even uncomfortable. Still, we are committed at the Educational Service Center of Lorain

Getting Results!

In the world of highly selective college admissions, Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville has positioned itself as a school that gets results.  “With colleges going test-optional, students need an outstanding essay to be competitive”, explains Rhett Rybarczyk, Director of College Counseling. Students enroll in an extensive college essay writing program that includes review by faculty mentors.  This, in addition to info sessions, parent meetings, and a robust schedule of college visits, is why 75% of students are admitted to their first-choice college.

County to be active participants with you during the journey. Our leaders in various disciplines are dedicated to supporting innovation, fostering growth, and driving the shifts that will ultimately lead to stronger, more successful schools for our students. As we collectively embrace the

Lake Ridge Academy offers a highly personalized college counseling experience with intentionally small classes.  Ava Orcutt, a senior attending Wellesley College next year, explains, “As a firstgeneration college student, I benefited greatly from Lake Ridge. Mr. Rybarczyk and my teachers have been supportive every step of the way.”  Schedule a tour to learn more about how we prepare students for college and beyond. www.lakeridgeacademy.com

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Making An Impact For Lorain County

Established in 1980, the Community Foundation of Lorain County has been a steadfast force in our community for 43 years. Housing over 700 endowment funds valued at approximately $140M, the Community Foundation is dedicated to being good stewards and growing assets to ensure financial health and sustainability to maximize the impact of our funds. Annually, the interest earned from these investments provides approximately $6.2M in scholarships and grants, supporting individuals and non-profit organizations in Lorain County.

The Community Foundation prioritizes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, recognizing its pivotal role in fostering a just and equitable Lorain County for all. We commit to leveraging the diversity of our resources, actively listening, learning, and responding to

community needs to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in our organization and grant-making processes.

Contributing to the Community Foundation is an enduring gift, ensuring

a perpetual impact on our community. Join us in building a more equitable and inclusive future for all who call Lorain County home. Visit www.peoplewhocare.org or give us a call at 440-984-7390.

Founded in 1980, the Community Foundation of Lorain County has served our community for 43 years. With more than 700+ endowment funds valued at approximately $140M, we are committed to investing wisely to maximize the impact of our funds. Each year, the interest earned from these investments provides $6.2M in scholarships and grants to support individuals and non-profit organizations in Lorain County.

At the Community Foundation of Lorain County, we recognize the importance of pursuing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. We are committed to ensuring a vibrant, just, and equitable Lorain County that supports everyone. We will harness the diversity of our resources and intentionally listen, learn and respond to the needs of the community to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging in our organization and grant making.

A gift to the Community Foundation is a gift that keeps on giving, as it will continue to grow and have a lasting impact on our community. By supporting us, you can help us build a more equitable and inclusive future for all who call Lorain County home.

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If you are interested in volunteering, donating, or learning more about the Community Foundation, please contact Laura Malone, Development Office at the Community Foundation, at lmalone@peoplewhocare.org or 440.984.7390.

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Lorain County Business & Community Leaders
Franco Gallo, Superintendent Educational Service Center of Lorain County Julie Cruz, President & CEO Leadership Lorain County Dr. Marcia Ballinger, President Lorain County Community College Kent Iler, President Iler Networking & Computing Cindy Andrews, President Community Foundation of Lorain County Dr. Glenn Faircloth, Superintendent Lorain County JVS Michelle Williamson, Operations Manager Fidelity National Title Alicia Foss, President & CEO Neighborhood Alliance Stephanie Wiersma, CEO Lorain County Health & Dentistry
Brian Jankowski, Owner
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Tony Gallo, President Lorain County Chamber of Commerce Michael Doud, Executive Director MHARS Board of Lorain County Jose Torres, Commissioner Lorain County Veterans Service Commission Garry Gibbs, Director Lorain County Visitors Bureau

MHARS Board of Lorain County

Michael Doud is the Executive Director at the MHARS (Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services) Board of Lorain County. Doud has spent over 30 years in the behavioral health field including as Chief Operating Officer of the Emerald Development and Economic Network, the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, and has also worked at the Nord Center and St. Joseph/Community Health Partners in Lorain.

Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D., President

Lorain County Community College

Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., has over 30 years in community college leadership roles advancing student success, workforce and economic development, strategic planning, and advancement. She holds a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Walden University, an MBA from Kent State University, and a BA in Journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She serves as Lorain County Community College’s 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.

The MHARS Board of Lorain County serves as the local authority for community mental health and substance use services. The Board is the county agency responsible for the planning, evaluation, and funding of needed programs and facilities for addiction and mental health services. The Board assesses community mental health and addiction needs including setting priorities and developing plans for the operation of community substance use and mental health services and programs in Lorain County.

Michael Doud, Executive Director

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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.

Alicia Foss, President and CEO

Neighborhood Alliance

Walking through the halls of the former Elyria YMCA, Alicia Foss, President and CEO of Neighborhood Alliance, finds herself reflecting on the threads that tie the history and future together. Once bustling with swim lessons and racquetball teams, this iconic building is now an active hub for human services from senior nutrition to family support services. The commercial kitchen buzzes with efficiency, assembling meals while drivers patiently wait in their eight specialized delivery trucks. In December, the building takes on a different rhythm as they sort and distribute nearly 1,000 holiday gifts.

For nearly 100 years, Neighborhood Alliance has empowered the people of Lorain County, helping them build better lives for themselves and their families. Now, Neighborhood Alliance is modernizing without losing sight of its roots. In 2023, the Elyria location at 265 Washington Avenue opened a new commercial kitchen. Looking ahead, they plan to expand all services, doubling the capacity to produce home-delivered meals, restoring the gymnasium to its shining glory, and creating a community center for Lorain County residents.

A three-floor renovation is in full swing at their Shelter and Emergency Services Haven Center in Lorain. The shelter is being transformed into a comfortable space for homeless men, women, and families, and the number of rooms for families will triple. A courtyard and playground are also in the works.

Meanwhile, the Childcare Center in Lorain will expand to accommodate more space for the Rising Titans program, nurturing kindergarten readiness for children in Lorain.

Neighborhood Alliance is not just rebuilding facilities; they’re building a stronger Lorain County. Learn more at www.myneighborhoodalliance.org

To schedule a tour, email DanielleL@myneighborhoodalliance.org.

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Fidelity National Title

Residential and Commercial Title Insurance and Escrow Services

Fidelity National Title, located in Sheffield Village, has been serving Lorain County for well over 65+ years. They have the products, staff, and services to help you with all of your title insurance needs. Fidelity offers title & escrow services on both commercial and residential transactions. This company is highly respected and committed to giving their customers the service and attention they deserve.

The Fidelity family makes up the largest group of title companies and insurance underwriters, issuing more policies than any other title company in the U.S. They perform title exams, 1031 Tax Exchanges, new development, construction, refinances, short sales, bilingual closings, outside closings, escrow and more.

Fidelity is well known as an active member of the business community and as a proud member of many local organizations, sponsoring local events within their industry and supporting various local charities.

Built On Integrity, Standing on Service.

5340 Meadow Lane Ct., Sheffield Village

For All Your Computing Needs! Iler Networking & Computing

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BCT Alarm Services

Your Local Alarm Service Provider

BCT Alarm Services was founded by Brian Jankowski in 2007. Over the past 17 years they have grown exponentially and now encompass most of Northern Ohio. With over 30 years of experience in the alarm industry, their team consists of Brian Jankowski, Tim Szilvasy, Jenn Rock, Billy Love, Angelo Bonvissuto, Kyle Neiding, David McKenzie.

BCT Alarm Services takes pride in offering their customers the best service in the business and strive to make sure all their clients’ needs are met. BCT offers a comprehensive line of design services and installation of security systems for homes and commercial businesses including burglar alarms, fire alarms, access control, surveillance, emergency button systems, and environmental monitoring. They are your LOCAL alarm service provider, giving peace of mind to Northern Ohio homes and businesses.

ler 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. With the continued increase of cyber-attacks and Ransomware, Iler is a top provider of network security with certified security experts on staff. Their tools monitor your systems 24/7/365 allowing them to stop attacks before they stop your business! They help their clients with Compliance, such as FTC Safeguards (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act), NIST CSF, ISO 9001, ISO 27001, ISO 22301, CMMC, and more! Celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2024, you can rest assured that they have the expertise and experience to handle all your IT needs securely and professionally. 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 drone services/ training.

Dr. Glenn Faircloth, Superintendent Lorain County JVS

Dr. 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!

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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 seven locations in Lorain, Elyria, Oberlin and North Ridgeville. Services include adult & family medicine, pediatrics, optometry, OB/women’s health, general dentistry, integrated behavioral health, podiatry and pharmacy. 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 at the state level with the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers.

1205 Broadway Ave., Lorain • 440-240-1655


Lorain County Veterans Service Commission

Jose Torres, a lifelong resident of Lorain County, joined the United States Marine Corps in 1995 as an O331 Machine Gunner. During his time in the Marine Corps, Jose deployed multiple times overseas.

It was during one of those deployments with the 1st Battalion 2nd Marines in 2003 at the battle of Nasiriyah, Iraq that Jose was wounded and eventually retired from the Marine Corps in 2008.

Though no longer in the Marine Corps, Jose is still committed to his fellow veterans, which he demonstrates through his leadership in the VFW. Jose is a life member of the VFW and has held several leadership positions including District 9 Commander from 2017-2018. He can also be found at many veterans events around the county, including the Annual 10K Ruck Walk March for Suicide Awareness which he founded in 2012 to bring more attention to this issue in Lorain County.

Jose represents the Military Order of the Purple Hearts on the Lorain County Veterans Service Commission.


Whole Person Health Care

Lorain County Health & Dentistry now offers fully Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH), blending care for medical conditions and factors that affect mental health and well-being in one setting. IBH is a rapidly emerging practice in clinical settings dedicated to high quality, “whole person” health care.

In primary care, there are three levels of behavioral health integration:

• Coordinated: Behavioral Health and Primary Care Providers work separately, in separate facilities, and have separate electronic health records. They work on a referral basis.

Jose Torres, Commissioner

1230 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria • 440-284-4625 www.loraincountyveterans.com

• Co-located: Behavioral Health and Primary Care Providers are located at the same service site.

• Fully integrated: Behavioral Health and Primary Care Providers share the same location, communicate directly, and work together to provide “right now” treatment. They share an electronic health record.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance recognizes LCH&D as a Patient Centered Medical Home with Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration reflecting our commitment to whole person care. www.lorainhealth-dentistry.org

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Providing high quality and affordable medical, dental, eye care, behavioral health services and now pharmacy services. Serving all ages at seven convenient locations in Lorain, Elyria, Oberlin and North Ridgeville! We do COVID testing and vaccines, too!

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In 2023 alone, LCH&D received not one, but SIX Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) badges These badges recognize Health Centers that have made notable achievements in the areas of access, quality, health equity, health information technology, and COVID-19 public health emergency response REAL PEOPLE. REAL HEALTH.

In 2023 alone, LCH&D received not one, but SIX Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) badges. These badges recognize Health Centers that have made notable achievements in the areas of access, quality, health equity, health information technology, and COVID-19 public health emergency response

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1205 Broadway Lorain,
OH 44052
OH 44035
801 Middle Ave Elyria,
105 Louden Ct Elyria,
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Helping Youth Plan for Success

Graduating from high school with a plan for a successful career is a major goal for children and youth served by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County. That is why we have taken steps to strengthen our

one-on-one mentoring programs with supportive services to help youth reach their full potential. Mentees can now benefit from academic tutoring and enrichment activities by certified teachers. Family engagement activities and a Parent University help families make learning a priority at home. A Family Resource Center makes available books, computers, and other educational resources. And, the BIG Futures career and college readiness program is helping high school students better prepare for their futures with career assessments and counseling; career and college readiness instruction and social and emotional learning; deep dives into career interests with the support of community education and industry partners; and career-aligned mentoring and experiential learning with the support of caring adults in the Lorain County workforce. To learn more email CEO Holly Brinda at holly@bigloraincounty.org.

The Nord Center is a non-profit, community mental health center serving Lorain and Huron Counties. Founded in 1947, The Nord Center staff team of about 275 serves approximately 7,500 people per year.

The agency's mission is engaging people in our community to achieve mental and emotional health through prevention, treatment, and advocacy. The Nord Center's five core programs are: adult behavioral health; child and adolescent behavioral health; emergency crisis services; residential and housing services; and sexual assault services. Part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, The Nord Center answers calls to the 988 suicide and crisis hotline as well as providing a peer-staffed Warm Line.

To begin services, you may walk in for a sameday assessment, Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m to 1 p.m. at the 6140 S Broadway location.

Behavioral Health Urgent Care services are available at 5425 Detroit Rd in Sheffield from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To learn more about all our services and how you can help visit www.nordcenter.org

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A Century of Compassionate Support

Since 1927 Neighborhood Alliance has stood as a beacon of compassionate care for children and families, seniors, and those facing homelessness.

For seniors, we deliver 2,500 meals to more than 600 seniors every week. Altogether, in our Neighborhood Nutrition Kitchen, we prepare, cook, and serve nearly 7,000 meals every week for seniors, shelter residents, children, and families in our programs - more than 360,000 meals annually!

In education, we are committed to bridging the equity gap by enhancing educational practices and ensuring students’ ability to read at grade level by third grade. United Way’s Rising Titans Collaborative, of which we are the lead agency, extends resources to all Lorain city families with

children aged 0-5. Our Help Me Grow Home Visiting program provides vital education on infant growth and parenting skills at home while Early Intervention offers additional services to families with children under age three at risk of developmental delays.

Our Haven Center is the only emergency mass shelter for families in Lorain County. We are also the only agency in Lorain County delivering outreach services to the unsheltered. Our Family Promise program assists families by providing services that help them obtain and retain housing.

Neighborhood Alliance is actively shaping a brighter future for Lorain County. Discover more at www.myneighborhoodalliance.org.

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A World of Possibilities

If you haven’t been to the library lately, you haven’t been to the library.

Stop in to browse the ever-expanding collection of new titles.

If you need help finding your next read, use our Treat Your Shelf service for a customized list of suggested titles based on your profile.

LorainPublicLibrary.org boasts an extensive array of resources including ebooks, movies, television series, music, magazines in multiple 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 library card.

LPLS has several Create Spaces where you can try out a Cricut, CNC machine, laser engraver, embroidery machine, 3D printer and more. They are free to use and beginner programs are offered to help get you started.

We also host a variety of hands-on food demonstrations, video game tournaments, one-on-one tech assistance and so much more. Pick up a copy of our program guide Connections for a full list of free programs for all ages. Visit one of our six branches or find us online at www.LorainPublicLibrary.org.

Lorain Public Library System (LPLS) is the largest library system in Lorain County with six branches in Lorain, Avon, Columbia Station, North Ridgeville and Sheffield Lake. We also lend games and sporting equipment from Little Library on the Lake at Lakeview Park and Little Library in the Park at Oakwood Park, both open seasonally in Lorain.


LorainPublicLibrary.org for details.

26 Lorain County Magazine & Community Guide | 2024 Main Library • 440-244-1192 351 W. Sixth Street, Lorain, Ohio 44052 Avon Branch • 440-934-4743 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon, OH 44011 Columbia Branch • 440-236-8751 13824 W. River Road North, Columbia Station, OH 44028 Domonkas Branch • 440-949-7410 4125 E. Lake Road, Sheffield Lake, OH 44054 North Ridgeville Branch • 440-327-8326 35700 Bainbridge Road, North Ridgeville, OH 44039 South Lorain Branch • 440-277-5672 2121 Homewood Drive, Lorain, OH 44055

Connect, Engage, Inspire!

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 Library locations offer exciting programs, 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, hoopla, and Kanopy. Visit the library’s website at www.elyrialibrary.org and follow us on social media for library news and updates. We hope you connect, engage, and are inspired with us!

Celebrating 80 Years!

Celebrate 80 Years of the Grafton-Midview Public Library in 2024 with us. This coming year we'll have programs, displays, and activities for all ages, from our big open house day on January 20th to our celebration event in the Fall. Share your memories of the Library from the past and help us make new ones for the future!

Our mission is to provide free and equal access to information, knowledge, and ideas; promote personal enrichment and life-long learning; encourage literacy and love of reading, and foster cultural and educational programs and partnerships in a welcoming community environment. Join our Library family. Stop by and get a special edition 80th-anniversary Library Card in 2024. Visit us online at www.gmplibrary.org to view all we have to offer!

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Elyria Public Library Central location Visit EPL South to see the mural, a collaborative project between the City of Elyria, Cleveland Mural Co., Elyria Arts Council, Friends of the Elyria Public Library, Leaders of Today, and the Elyria Public Library.

Come See What's New!

The Amherst Public Library is an independent library that has been proudly serving the greater Amherst community since 1906. Located at the corner of Spring Street

The expansion and renovation project that was completed in the summer of 2022 included an all-new main entrance!

Open Hours:

Open Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8:30pm

Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8:30pm

Friday and Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Friday and Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Visit us at the corner of Park Avenue and Spring Street!

Visit us at the corner of Park Avenue and Spring Street!

and Park Avenue, we have something for every age and interest! We have a variety of materials available to patrons including books, audiobooks, movies, magazines, CDs, DVDs, equipment, video games, wi-fi hotspots, and so much more! Our renovation and expansion project that concluded in the summer of 2022 has added a drive-up window and book drop on Spring Street, a large Community Room, a reading terrace, an all-new children's area, and first-floor Reference services. 2023 saw the addition of new items like a metal detector, wireless microphone, projector, audio/visual conversion equipment, and Toniebox Kits, all available to borrow with your Amherst Public Library card. Stop by and see what’s new in 2024!

Amherst Public Library

Amherst Public Library

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

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Friends of the Lorain Public Library, Inc.

The Friends of the Lorain Public Library, Inc. is a non-profit organization of area residents. The purpose of the Friends group is to promote interest in the Lorain Public Library System locations in the city of Lorain - the Main Library, the South Lorain Branch Library, and the Bookmobile.

Friends provide financial and volunteer help in sponsoring programs and activities within the Library. Friends encourage gifts and contributions to the Library and sponsor a scholarship fund for library employees.

The Friends monitor and support adequate funding for Libraries at the state level, and actively participate in local library levy campaigns.

Friends volunteer to help with the three book sales (January, May, and September) held at the Main Library each year as well as with other fund-raising events. If you are interested in joining, application forms can be obtained at the Main Library, at the South Lorain Branch, and from the Bookmobile Librarian or visit www.lorainpubliclibrary.org for more information.

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Lorain County’s

Public Libraries

Amherst Public Library

221 Spring St., Amherst www.amherstpubliclibrary.org

Avon Lake Public Library 32649 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake www.alpl.org

Elyria Public Library System www.elyrialibrary.org

Central Branch 211 Second St., Elyria

South Branch 340 15th St., Elyria

Keystone Branch 133 E. Commerce Dr., LaGrange

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

Herrick Memorial Public Library 101 Willard Memorial Sq., Wellington www.wellington.lib.oh.us

Lorain Public Library System www.lorainpubliclibrary.org

Main Library

351 W. Sixth St., Lorain

Avon Branch

37485 Harvest Dr., Avon

Columbia Branch

13824 W. River Rd. N., Columbia Station

Domonkas Branch 4125 E. Lake Rd., Sheffield Lake

North Ridgeville Branch 35700 Brainbridge Rd., North Ridgeville

South Lorain Branch 2121 Homewood Dr., Lorain

Oberlin Public Library 65 S. Main St., Oberlin www.oberlinlibrary.org

Ritter Public Library 5680 Liberty Ave., Vermilion www.ritterpubliclibrary.org

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Preserving Traditions, Creating Memories

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. To learn more or find a park near you, visit us at www.LorainCountyMetroparks.com.

Located at Carlisle Reservation, next to Carlisle Visitor Center, The Raptor Center of the Lorain County Metro Parks is committed to the professional care and management of non-releasable raptors. The residents of our center are wild-hatched birds that have sustained permanent injuries, usually resulting from close contact with humans. As a result, these birds cannot hunt for their own food or survive in the wild. Each Raptor Center resident has now become a wildlife ambassador and is used during education programs throughout the County.

The Raptor Center of the Lorain County Metro Parks is dedicated to educating about and fostering respect for these masters of the skies and their roles in nature. These birds are property of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Only through their permission and through the US Fish and Wildlife Service is this facility possible.


We encourage you to visit our facility and take a closer look at these fascinating animals, located at the Carlisle Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, or visit us online at www.loraincountymetroparks.com/raptor-center

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Summer Day Camp Zipline Canopy Tour Recreational Tree Climbing Team
Building Programs SEL & STEM Programs Workplace Retreats

Lorain County Metro Parks




Amherst HealthPlex & Hollstein Reservation 47160 Hollstein Dr., Amherst

The Amherst HealthPlex is a 50,000-square-foot facility, located on

Hollstein Reservation, offers members an array of recreational opportunities, including aquatics, fitness, and youth activities. The facility is open to members and non-members and offers myriad programs geared toward fitness and health for all ages. Amherst HealthPlex is a Silver Sneakers facility. Hollstein Reservation is a 48-acre reservation that is home to Amherst HealthPlex, the Inclusive Playground, and a 0.6-mile walking trail that ventures through the woods and ends at the Beaver Creek.

Black River Reservation

High Meadows, 1750 Ford Rd., Elyria

With almost half a million visitors each year, this is one of the most popular parks in the Lorain County Metro Park system. The most notable feature is the Bridgeway Trail and the Steel Mill Trail. They total 5 1/2 miles of paved all-purpose trail that follows the Black River through its meanderings from Elyria to Lorain, spanning four city jurisdictions altogether.

Brighton Reservation St. Rt. 511, Wellington

Brighton Reservation is located in Brighton Township and sits on the Black River. The park encompasses two miles of preserved habitat along the Black River.

*Please Note: This reservation is not open to the public.*

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BudMar Farms Reservation

45820 N. Ridge Rd., Amherst

*Please Note: This reservation is not open to the public.*

Caley Reservation

18207 West Rd., Wellington

Caley Reservation is a semideveloped park reserved for wildlife and nature study. Its 529 acres include wetlands, forest, fields and two large ponds. Wellington Creek runs roughly through the middle of the reservation.

Carlisle Reservation

12882 Diagonal Rd., LaGrange

Carlisle is the largest of the Lorain County Metro Parks, encompassing 1,917 acres when included with Forest Hills Golf Course which lies at the northeastern end. Carlisle Reservation is home to the administrative offices for the entire park system.

Cascade Park

387 Furnace St., Elyria

Cascade Park offers rivers, waterfalls, and hemlock forests just minutes from downtown Elyria. Inside this 145-acre park the east and west branches of the Black River cascade over Berea sandstone converge.

Cassell Reservation

815 Highbridge Rd., Vermilion

Cassell Reservation is a precious natural area with unique geologic features, mature Lake Plain Forest, native prairie openings, and rare plants; a spectacular place to take a walk. Cassell Reservation now stands at nearly 290 acres.

Charlemont Reservation

48600 New London Eastern Rd., New London

Charlemont is a 785-acre undeveloped park located in the main farming region of southern Lorain County and is the only reservation in the Lorain County Metro Parks system that allows hunting (rabbit and pheasant). The park is also a favorite of horseback riders

Columbia Reservation

25145 Royalton Rd., Columbia Station

This 405-acre reservation has a wetland reservation. Columbia hosts a number of created ponds built around waterways near the west branch of the Rocky River.

Forest Hills Golf Course

41971 Oberlin–Elyria Rd., Elyria

Forest Hills is an 18-hole golf course owned and operated by Lorain County Metro Parks, featuring holes of all difficulties, including a driving range, pro shop, and snack bar at the clubhouse.

French Creek Reservation

4530 Colorado Ave., Sheffield Village

French Creek Reservation is home to 450 acres of wooded landscape as well as a beautiful Nature Center that is the home to French Creek Theatre, the park district’s very own Live Theatre program. The park is vast and features over 4.5 miles of trails through gorgeous forests and over and along three separate creeks.

Indian Hollow Reservation

38744 Parsons Rd., Grafton

With four reservable picnic shelters, mountain bike trails, two playgrounds, soccer complex, a field to fly your RC airplanes and over five miles of trails including a fitness trail.

Kipton Reservation

16000 St. Rt. 511, Oberlin

Kipton Reservation holds a reservoir which served as a water supply for the City of Oberlin until the early 1900s. This park is a primitive area with a restroom, small picnic shelter, and grill.

Kopf Family Golf Course at Cherry Ridge

1211 West River Road, Elyria

Cherry Ridge Golf Club was donated to the Lorain County Metro Parks by the Kopf Family in 2020. The 9-hole regulation length golf course is currently operated and maintained by the Park District. The course includes a pro shop and snack bar in the clubhouse.

Kopf Family Reservation

32649 Electric Blvd., Avon

Kopf Family Reservation opened in 2008 and boasts more than three miles of maintained trails that wind through streamside woodlands.

Lakeview Park

1800 West Erie Ave., Lorain

Lakeview Park, offers 35 acres along the north side of West Erie Avenue in Lorain. This park, known for its Historical Rose Garden, spectacular sunsets and views of the Lorain Lighthouse, hosts a variety of recreational opportunities awaiting visitors of all ages, from swimming and sunbathing, to lawn bowling, beach volleyball, picnicking and much more!

Martin’s Run Reservation Perry Court, Lorain

Martin’s Run is located in Lorain and is a federally protected Class III Wetland. Because of the delicate habitats within Martin’s Run, it must remain undeveloped.

*Please Note: This reservation is not open to the public.*

Miller Nature Preserve 2739 Center Rd., Avon

Miller Nature Preserve rests on 145 acres of woodlands in the heart of Avon. This preserve boasts a 5,000 sq. foot Conservatory.

The North Star Preserve 46223 U.S. Rt. 20, Oberlin

The North Star Preserve is home to Henry’s Barn and is located on U.S. Rt. 20 in Oberlin.

Sandy Ridge Reservation

6195 Otten Rd., North Ridgeville

Sandy Ridge Reservation is a 526-acre wetland and wildlife preserve located in North Ridgeville.

Schoepfle Garden

11106 Market St., Wakeman

Schoepfle Garden is truly beautiful —77 acres of botanical gardens and natural woodland bordered on one side by the Vermilion River.

Sheffield Lake Reservation Harris Rd., Sheffield Village

Sheffield Lake Reservation was purchased through federal money. Sections of the park are a federally protected Class III Wetlands, so limited development opportunities are available within the park. As the community surrounding the park is developed, the park district is evaluating ways to best serve the area. *Please Note: This reservation is not open to the public.*

Splash Zone

95 West Hamilton Rd., Oberlin

The aquatic and fitness center provides numerous recreational opportunities year round. Splash Zone is open to members and non-members and offers plenty of fitness programs.

Tripphahn Reservation

35348 St. Rt. 303, Grafton

Tripphahn Reservation was donated to the Lorain County Metro Parks by Charles Walter Tripphahn. The metro parks is currently evaluating how to best develop the property with unique programming opportunities. *Please Note: This reservation is not open to the public.*

Vermilion River Reservation

51211 North Ridge Rd., Vermilion

Spanning two adjacent areas separated by the Vermilion River— Mill Hollow is on one side and Bacon Woods is on the other.

Wellington Reservation

535 Jones Rd., Wellington

This 550-acre park was developed through a collaboration between the Lorain County Metro Parks and the Village of Wellington. This park provides opportunities for hiking, biking, strolling, fishing, boating, and wildlife observation.

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Photo: Lorain County Metro Parks French Creek Reservation Photo: Foisy Photography

Important Phone Numbers



206 S. Main St. Amherst, OH 44001


Pop. 12,740 www.amherstohio.org


36080 Chester Rd. Avon, OH 44011


Pop. 25,858 www.cityofavon.com

Avon Lake

150 Avon Belden Rd.

Avon Lake, OH 44012 440-933-6141

Pop. 25,220 www.avonlake.org


131 Court St.

Elyria, OH 44035


Pop. 52,780 www.cityofelyria.org


200 W. Erie Ave. Lorain, OH 44052 440-204-2002

Pop. 65,138 www.cityoflorain.org

North Ridgeville

7307 Avon Belden Rd. North Ridgeville, OH 44039 440-353-0819

Pop. 35,481 www.nridgeville.org


85 S. Main St. Oberlin, OH 44074 440-775-1531

Pop. 8,194 www.cityofoberlin.com

Sheffield Lake

609 Harris Rd. Sheffield Lake, OH 44054 440-949-7141

Pop. 8,958 www.sheffieldlake.net


5511 Liberty Ave. Vermilion, OH 44089 440-204-2400

Pop. 10,459



Amherst Township

7530 Oberlin Rd.

Elyria, OH 44035 440-988-5894


Brighton Township

21451 State Rt. 511

Wellington, OH 44090



Brownhelm Township

1904 North Ridge Rd. Vermilion, OH 44089



Camden Township

42 Court St. P.O. Box 172

Kipton, OH 44049



Carlisle Township

11969 LaGrange Rd. LaGrange, OH 44050



Columbia Township

25496 Royalton Rd.

Columbia Station, OH 44028



Eaton Township

12043 Avon Belden Rd. Grafton, OH 44044



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Elyria Township

41416 Griswold Rd.

Elyria, OH 44035



Grafton Township

17109 Avon Belden Rd.

Grafton, OH 44044



Henrietta Township

12050 Vermilion Rd.

Amherst, OH 44001



Huntington Township

45955 State Route 162

Wellington, OH 44090



LaGrange Township

301 Liberty St.

LaGrange, OH 44050



New Russia Township

46300 Butternut Ridge Rd. Oberlin, OH 44074



Penfield Township

41012 State Route 18

Wellington, OH 44090



Pittsfield Township

16940 State Route 58 Oberlin, OH 44074



Rochester Township

52185 Griggs Rd.

Wellington, OH 44090



Sheffield Township

5166 Clinton Ave. Lorain, OH 44055


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Wellington Township

105 Maple St.

Wellington, OH 44090 440-647-7194



Village of Grafton 960 Main St. Grafton, OH 44044 440-926-2401

Pop. 5,895


Village of Kipton

299 State Rd. Kipton, OH 44049


Pop. 209

Village of Rochester State St. South Rochester, OH 440-864-9445

Pop. 159


Village of Sheffield 4340 Colorado Ave. Sheffield Village, OH 44054 440-949-6325

Pop. 4,135


Village of South Amherst 103 W. Main St. South Amherst, OH 44001 440-986-2222

Pop. 1,581


Village of Wellington

115 Willard Memorial Square Wellington, OH 44090 440-647-4626

Pop. 4,799



Amherst Exempted Village Schools 550 Milan Ave. Amherst, OH 44001



Avon Local Schools

36600 Detroit Rd. Avon, OH 44011



Avon Lake City Schools 175 Avon Belden Rd. Avon Lake, OH 44012



Clearview Local Schools 4700 Broadway Ave. Lorain, OH 44052



Columbia Local Schools

25796 Royalton Rd.

www.camdentwp.us/ about-kipton-village

Village of LaGrange 301 Liberty St.

P.O. Box 597

LaGrange, 44050 440-355-5555

Pop. 2,595


Columbia Station, OH 44028 440-236-5008


Elyria City Schools

42101 Griswold Rd.

Elyria, OH 44035



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Firelands Local Schools

112 N. Lake St.

South Amherst, OH 44001



Keystone Local Schools

531 Opportunity Way

LaGrange, OH 44050



Lorain City Schools

2601 Pole Ave. Lorain, OH 44052



Midview Local Schools

13050 Durkee Rd. Grafton, OH 44044



North Ridgeville City Schools

34620 Bainbridge Rd.

North Ridgeville, OH 44039



Oberlin City Schools

153 North Main St. Oberlin, OH 44074



Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools

1824 Harris Rd.

Sheffield Village, OH 44054



Wellington Exempted Village Schools

305 Union St.

Wellington, OH 44090



Lorain County Joint Vocational School

15181 State Route 58 Oberlin, OH 44074



Lorain County Community College

1005 N. Abbe Rd. Elyria, OH 44035




Lorain County Chamber of Commerce

226 Middle Ave., 5th Floor Elyria, Ohio 44035



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Living Their Best Life

The goal of our Rehabilitation Department at Animal Clinic Northview is to restore mobility and alleviate pain, helping your pet live their best life. Our certified Rehabilitation team will create a tailored plan to help renew your pet’s health and well-being. This plan may include Therapeutic exercises, Laser Light Therapy or Hydrotherapy using our Underwater Treadmill or Resistance Swimming Pool. Because continuing therapy at home is also an important part of your pet’s rehabilitation, we will develop a Home Exercise Program for your pet with appropriate exercises and walking programs. This helps continue their progress at home. Our Rehabilitation team is also available to help navigate selecting harnesses, ramps, slings, and wheelchairs. For more information, visit www.northviewvet.com

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North Coast Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 275

Avon Lake, OH 44012



North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce

36097 Westminister Ave. North Ridgeville, OH 44039



Vermilion Chamber of Commerce

5495 Liberty Ave.

Vermilion, OH 44089




Lorain Growth Corporation

301 Broadway Ave., Suite 101 Lorain, OH 44052



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


Main Street Lorain 301 Broadway Ave. Lorain, OH 44052 440-865-2421


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


926 Main St. 440-926-9065

Kipton 206 State St. 440-774-8018



Main Street Wellington

118 West Herrick Ave., P.O. Box 1 Wellington, OH 44090 440-647-3987


Oberlin Business Partnership 23 E. College St. Oberlin, OH 44074 440-774-6262




350 N. Leavitt Rd. 440-988-3421


36225 Detroit Rd. 440-934-7145

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

Columbia Station 26535 Royalton Rd. 440-236-5433


345 E. Bridge St. 440-323-0263

112 Public Sq. 440-355-4673

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

3190 Colorado Ave. 440-288-8593

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

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

Vermilion 4325 Liberty Ave. 440-967-3767

Wellington 101 McCormick St. 440-647-2122


Lorain County Board of Elections


Lorain County Commissioners 440.329.5000

www.loraincountyohio.gov/1 70/Commissioners

Lorain County Educational Service Center 440-324-5777



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Explore Lorain County!

The Lorain County Visitors Bureau proudly serves as the marketing department for Lorain County, Ohio. It plays a pivotal role in promoting a wide range of local events/activities annually, from the Discover Aviation Airplane & Car Show to the bicentennial celebration. It is also looking forward to the highly anticipated Total Solar Eclipse. Collaboration lies at the heart of the Lorain County Visitors Bureau’s success. The Bureau works closely with the Main Street organizations in Lorain County as well as other community organizations and government entities to foster a supportive network that maximizes the impact of tourism on the local economy. Garry Gibbs, a lifelong resident of Lorain County, serves as Director of the Lorain County Visitors Bureau. He has a dedication and passion for promoting Lorain County as a must-visit destination and has truly made a positive impact. As the county approaches its bicentennial, Gibbs said, “The Lorain County Visitors Bureau is spearheading efforts to commemorate this significant milestone on May 24, 2024. It is working closely with local historical societies, cultural organizations, and community leaders.” Gibbs said, “The Lorain County Visitors Bureau is eagerly preparing for the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024. Leveraging its expertise in event promotion and visitor engagement, the Bureau is collaborating with the Lorain County Emergency Management Agency, local municipalities, Lorain County Metro Parks, and astronomy enthusiasts to create a safe and memorable experience for all who wish to witness this celestial phenomenon.” For more information on lodging, events and activities, click on www.loraincounty.us/cvb.

Fostering Positive Change

Leadership Lorain County (LLC) is dedicated to empowering leaders and fostering positive change through various programs such as the Signature Class, our summer intern program, CONNECTIONS Young Professionals, and the newly added "Setting Up Youth for Success – TLC." Notably, LLC celebrates community impact through the Difference Makers Gala and has supported civic service projects by connecting community partners, volunteers, and board members. As LLC marks its 40th anniversary in 2024 with over 1,300 alumni, a new program launch, and its 39th class completion; the organization welcomes a future of continued leadership success within the Lorain County community. Learn more at www.leadershiploraincounty.com.

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A Unique Experience

A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. People viewing the eclipse from locations where the Moon’s shadow completely covers the Sun – known as the path of totality – will experience a total solar eclipse.

Don’t be Eclipsed by Contamination!

Don’t be Eclipsed by Contamination!

The sky darkens as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people along the path of totality will see the Sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun. A total solar eclipse only happens once every 375 years in the same location!

On April 8, 2024, a total eclipse of the Sun will occur across a large portion of the United States including Northeast Ohio and the Greater Cleveland region. According to NASA, the point of greatest duration for the total solar eclipse in Ohio will be in Avon Lake, where observers will see approximately three minutes and 52 seconds of totality!

Many communities in Lorain County are hosting Eclipse events, including Avon Lake’s Solar Eclipse Watch Party and Avon’s Lights Out In the Land, at Lake Erie Crushers Stadium. The Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington will be host to Solarfest, a day-long event that will include vendors, entertainment, food, kids activities, and more.

No matter where you plan on viewing the total solar eclipse, safety is the key. The only time it is safe to look directly at the Sun is during the brief totality phase when the Moon entirely blocks the Sun’s bright face. At all other times, it is safe to look at the sun only through special-purpose solar filters such as eclipse glasses or solar viewers. Find more information about the Eclipse, safe viewing practices, and events near you at www.eclipse2024.org

Placing non-recyclable items into your recycling bin is considered contamination. The only items that should go into your curbside recycling bins are Plastic Bottles, Jugs and Tubs from your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room; Aluminum and Steel Cans, Cartons, Food and Beverage Glass Bottles and Jars, Paper and Flattened Cardboard.

Placing non-recyclable items into your recycling bin is considered contamination. The only items that should go into your curbside recycling bins are Plastic Bottles, Jugs and Tubs from your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room; Aluminum and Steel Cans, Cartons, Food and Beverage Glass Bottles and Jars, Paper and Flattened Cardboard.

“When in doubt, throw it out!”

“When in doubt, throw it out!”

Anything else placed in recycling bins is considered contamination and has to be removed during the sorting process.

Anything else placed in recycling bins is considered contamination and has to be removed during the sorting process.

Michelle Hung

David J Moore

our website: https://loraincountyohio.gov/solidwaste

For more information, visit our website: https://loraincountyohio.gov/solidwaste

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Spotlight on Stocker Arts Center

The Stocker Arts Center at Lorain County Community College brings to you the best in performing and visual arts and films. From soulfilled concerts in the Hoke Theatre to the intimate performances of the Cirigliano Studio Theatre, and inspiring exhibits in the Beth K. Stocker

Gallery, Stocker Arts Center offers something for everyone.

Since 1980, Stocker Arts Center has served as a catalyst for arts and cultural experiences in our region. The center honors the legacy of its founders who understood the importance of the arts and their positive impact on a community.

Their vision endures as Stocker Arts Center continues to showcase the talented artists and performers at LCCC, as well as serving as a destination for touring performances.

Please find the current lineup at www.stockerartscenter.com or call the Stocker Arts Center Box Office at 440-366-4040.

40 Lorain County Magazine & Community Guide | 2024 STOCKER ARTS CENTER Bringing the best in performing and visual arts to Lorain County Join us for an unforgettable experience with nationally touring acts, local artists, films and more! • Broadway sessions with New York City artists • Gallery exhibits • Nationally touring Performing Artist Series • Student matinees • Exciting dance and theatre troupes • Critically acclaimed films GET TICKETS NOW AT www.stockerartscenter.com Box Office 440-366-4040 COUNTY INFORMATION

A First-of- Its- Kind Facility

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Lorain County Crisis Receiving Center was successfully held on October 27, 2023. The event was attended by the Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services Board of Lorain County (MHARS Board), The Nord Center, and

The LCADA Way, along with key stakeholders including OhioMHAS, the Lorain County Commissioner’s office, Lorain County Judges, the Community Foundation, the Peg’s Foundation, State of Ohio Representative Joe Miller, Ohio Senator Nathan Manning, and representation from US Senator Sherrod Brown. The planned Crisis Receiving

Center is an alternative and muchimproved vision for how Lorain County provides behavioral health and substance use disorder care. The Center expects to open in Spring 2025 and will enhance the crisis continuum in Lorain County with a first-of-its-kind facility to treat those experiencing a mental health or substance use disorder crisis.

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County Adventures

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Brewfest Waterfront District

BrewFest Waterfront District is Lorain County’s first and largest festival of great craft beer. A celebration of the art of crafting delicious brews, it brings great beer of all styles from all over the country to historic Downtown Lorain for a day of relaxation, experimentation, and fun. August 10, 2024. www.brewfestwd.com

Elyria Apple Festival

Join us on the third weekend of September in Ely Square downtown Elyria for 3 days of family fun, food, entertainment, corn hole, Princess Pageant, art, and more. September 20-22, 2024. www.elyriaapplefestival.com

FireFish Art Festival

Serving as the culmination and celebration of all FireFish Art’s programs in 2024, this always FREE event once again promises unique art installations, music, food, fun, fire – and the much anticipated and signature burning of the FireFish with its parade, pageantry, and performance. September 21, 2024. www.firefishfestival.com

Lorain County Fair

Begun in 1846 and located in Wellington, Ohio, the Lorain County Fair is Ohio’s second-largest county fair. The goal of the Fair has always been to educate people about animals and to hold a family-oriented event representing high standards set over many years. The fair is always held in August two weeks before Labor Day. Come out and see why many visitors consider the Lorain County Fair the best! August 18-25, 2024. www.loraincountyfair.com

Lorain International Festival

The Lorain International Festival and Bazaar is the premier event of the summer for Lorain, Ohio. The week-long festival begins the last full week of June every year, with numerous separate events taking place mainly in downtown Lorain. Various nationalities, cultures, and our community are celebrated with the sharing of gifts from our many homelands through food, music, costume, and tradition. June 28-30, 2024. www.loraininternational.com

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North Ridgeville Corn Festival

What started as North Ridgeville's observance of the country’s bicentennial has turned into a three-day fete complete with great live entertainment, fireworks, kids’ games, corn-eating contest, and the Grand Parade. Last year, thousands of ears of corn were steamed, roasted, and consumed. The annual Corn Festival offers free admission, free entertainment, and free parking, and is “Always the Second Weekend in August!” August 9-11, 2024. www.nrcornfest.org

Rockin' on the River

Rockin’ on the River is Northeast Ohio’s longest-running, highestattended outdoor concert series at Black River Landing in Lorain, Ohio! Showcasing the best national, regional, and local talent from classic rock to pop, including the best sound and light show around. Voted Best Live Music Venue of Lake Erie three years in a row. Come early for dinner, drinks, and shopping. www.rockinontheriver.com


Mark your calendars for Monday, April 8, 2024, when a Total Solar Eclipse will be visible at the Lorain County Fairgrounds! $10 admission includes eclipse glasses (while supplies last), food vendors, commercial vendors, kids’ activities, entertainment, and more! 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.loraincountyfair.com/solarfest

The Summer Market

The Summer Market is a curated grouping of artists, makers, pickers, collectors, growers, and foodies selling their wares in a gorgeous and spacious riverside park. Picture lots of green space set along the Black River, a concert stage with live music and lots of grass for blankets, a Farmer's Market reminiscent of the West Side Market, a Docktail Bar so you can sip drinks while you are shopping, more dining options along with activities and events on the river, over 125 carefully curated vendors, ample parking and lots more! Black River Landing, Lorain. July 19-20, 2024. www.thesummermarket.com

Vermilion Beach Market

The eighth annual Vermilion Beach Market at Sherod Park is a great place to shop by the beach from over 90 vendors for vintage, shabby, and chic decor including furniture, architectural salvage, as well as handcrafted home decor, jewelry, clothing, and art. Pause from shopping at our beachside wine bar and food booths. Free admission and free on-site parking. August 2-3, 2024. www.vermilionbeachmarket.com

Vermilion Festival of the Fish

The Festival of the Fish, held each June over Father’s Day weekend, is a three-day fish frying event in Vermilion, Ohio, and was founded in 1967. The festival has many attractions, such as the Queen and Princess pageant, local talent concerts, a parade, and concessions. June 14-16, 2024. www.vermilionohio.com/festival-of-the-fish

Woollybear Festival

The annual Woollybear Festival is held every Fall in downtown Vermilion, Ohio, on Lake Erie. The one-day, family event, which began in 1973, features a woolly bear costume contest in which children, even pets, are dressed up as various renditions of the woolly bear caterpillar. A kids’s race, parade, entertainment, food concessions, and vendors make this the largest one-day festival in Ohio! www.woollybearfestival.com

Timeless Treasures

Discover the charm and history woven into Lorain County as you journey through its antique treasures. Nestled within this scenic region are hidden gems waiting to be unearthed by collectors and curious explorers alike. From quaint shops lining historic streets to hidden gems tucked away in picturesque towns, antiquing in Lorain County promises a unique blend of nostalgia and discovery!

• Addie’s Antiques

135 E. Herrick Ave., Wellington 440-647-0990

• Be Back Antiques & Collectibles 1342 N. Leavitt Rd., Lorain 440.228.0449

• Blue Barn Shops 33094 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville 440-225-2868

• Gene-tiques 46317 Telegraph Rd., South Amherst 440-821-5873

• Jamie’s Flea Market 46388 Telegraph Rd., South Amherst 440-986-4402

• Jameson Homestead Antiques 36675 Detroit Rd., Avon 440-934-6977

• Main Street Antiques

335 S. Main St., Oberlin 440-775-4112

• Quirky Trinkets 46319 Telegraph Rd., Amherst

• Shinko’s Country Store 2536 Stoney Ridge Rd., Avon 440-934-6119

• The 530 Shop, Ltd. 530 Broadway, Lorain 440-244-6869

• Treehouse Gallery and Tea Room 36840 Detroit Rd., Avon 440-934-1636

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Bogner Life Celebration Center is now open adjacent to the Funeral Home for fully catered events including after-funeral luncheons and Celebration of Life services. Call 440-327-2955 for further information. www.BognerFamilyFuneralHome.com 36625 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville

Veterans Helping Each Other

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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Commissioner Jose Torres was sworn into his Third Term as the MOPH Commissioner of the Lorain County Veterans Service Commission.

Enjoy Responsibly

If you enjoy locally-crafted beer and wine, Lorain County is the place to be! Visit these hometown breweries and wineries to sample and savor some of the best around.



Avon Brewing Company

37040 Detroit Dr., Avon 440-937-1816


Bascule Brewery and Public House

1397 Colorado Ave., Lorain 440-714-2219


ESP Brewing

8055 Leavitt Rd., Amherst 440-370-3063


Four Paws Brewing 16081 East River Rd., Columbia Station 440-236-3007


Franklin Brewing Company

516 Main St., Grafton 440-406-2459


Ghost Tree Brewing Company 223 Church St., Amherst 440-984-3103


Haven Brewing

29 South Main St., Oberlin Opening 2024

Hop Brothers Brewing 32650 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville 440-281-9353


Railroad Brewing Company 820 Center Rd., Avon 440-723-8234


Red Wagon Brewing 16081 East River Rd., Columbia Station 440-236-3007


The Brew Kettle Amherst

300 Church St., Amherst 440-984-2739


Unplugged Brewing Company 201 E. Bridge St., Elyria 440-219-8677



Heron Creek Wine

52185 Greggs Rd. West, Wellington 440-506-7022


John Christ Winery

32421 Walker Rd., Avon Lake 440-933-9672


Klingshirn Winery

33050 Webber Rd., Avon Lake 440-933-6666


La Famiglia Winery

26095 Nichols Rd., Columbia Station 440-236-8700


Paper Moon Vineyards 2008 State Rd., Vermilion 440-967-2500


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