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Welcome to Vermilion! The City of Vermilion was born

on the water. It is blessed with a unique location on the southern shore of Lake Erie and the mouth of the Vermilion River. Boat building and fishing are our legacy from the 19th century. We work very hard to preserve our small-town atmosphere and yet encourage growth and development. Visit Vermilion this year. You’ll see what a special place it is. We pride ourselves on our city services. Our police department won the “Ohio’s Safest Cities Award.” We have an excellent service department, fire department, places of worship, top-rated schools, our unique library, lakefront parks, and the events hosted throughout the entire year. Transient dockage and boat ramp facilities and many other amenities await Great Lakes boaters. We even have a handicap accessible kayak launch. The heart of Vermilion is it’s

record number of volunteers. Volunteer hours in Vermilion can be five times those in cities three times our size. It is what makes us a warm yet awardwinning town. Come visit us and you will be pleasantly surprised by our community and our waterfront activities. If you don’t have your own boat, you can go for a tour of the Vermilion River on the paddleboat, “Mystic Belle” or on an electric boat. You can rent a kayak and relax on the Vermilion River. You can rent a cottage and stay for a week or longer. You can just sit by the river or the lake and just relax. Enjoy the picturesque scenery. This Vermilion Community Guide has been made possible by the generosity of sponsoring businesses and organizations. This magazine

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showcases a lot that Vermilion has to offer as well as important information about the community. I encourage you to support the local businesses and I thank all the businesses and organizations that supported this publication. As Mayor, I am dedicated to keeping Vermilion moving forward. We have been named the “Best Hometown” by Ohio Magazine. Spend a day in Vermilion and you’ll see why. It is an honor and a privilege to serve this very special community. Jim Forthofer, Mayor www.cityofvermilion.com


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City Overview

Vermilion - The Crown Jewel On The South Shore Of Lake Erie By Ken McEntee “Vermilion,” proclaims Marilou Suszko, executive director of Main Street Vermilion, "is like no other place."

In the east, Forthofer says, the town boasts an expanding business zone with an increasing roster of light manufacturing and distribution businesses. "We're developing the eastern corridor for business along Route 2," the mayor says. "The Lorain County commissioners granted us

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That's true for a variety of reasons. Vermilion, a city uniquely located in two different counties and bisected by a river of the same name, developed its nautical heritage through robust boat making and fishing businesses during the early 1800s. A community of Cape Cod homes, built along navigable manmade lagoons filled by the Vermilion River, is another local feature that is unseen anywhere else in Ohio.

Vermilion, insists Mayor Jim Forthofer, is like a tale of two cities. The western portion, he notes, is the quaint, New England style sea town, dotted with small shops, and accentuated by boats, marinas with more than 1,000 slips and a public beach at the confluence of the Vermilion River and Lake Erie.


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$35,000 for a study, which has really helped lay out a plan for how we eventually want that corridor to look.” Among the businesses located in the corridor are Defense Soap, a distributor of anti-fungal soaps and EPA-registered antimicrobial products that can be used against Novel Coronavirus SARSCoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. Coleys Manufacturing, another anchor in the corridor, produces machine parts for a variety of industries. "We have everything from medical equipment to lighting supplies and even some military products," Forthofer says. "I think distributorships are going to be a big

part of Vermilion's future." The mayor says the city's strategic location, with easy highway and rail access, and its business-friendly atmosphere are among the benefits of operating a business in Vermilion. "One business owner recently told me that he chose Vermilion because he felt that we really wanted him here," Forthofer says. "We take a personal interest in businesses and do whatever we can do to help them succeed." Lake Erie is also an important perk, he adds. "If you have a boat, you can leave your office and be on the lake within 15 minutes," he says. On the west side of town, tourism, focusing on Vermilion's rich nautical heritage, remains the town's most vibrant business. The Downtown area boasts charming shops, eateries and historical attractions like the iconic Vermilion Light. "Every night when I come out of my office there's always something going on and it's really beautiful," Forthofer says. "Downtown business has been strong in recent years. We've been at 100 percent capacity. Whenever a storefront becomes available, it's filled almost immediately." Locals and tourists alike enjoy leisurely strolls along streets lined with boutiques, consignment shops, local eateries and  Continued on page 6

Discover Vermilion Ohio “This town is the crowning jewel of the southern shore of Lake Erie. From quaint shops to fine dining, arts, entertainment and unmatched festivities, Vermilion truly has it all. Community wide revitalization efforts have encouraged property owners to retain the unique charm of their businesses and homes while maintaining high standards of care and construction. Nowhere will you find a community with such diverse housing, reasonable taxes, business friendly climate, educational excellence, and New England style charm!” - Jim Forthofer, Mayor

5511 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion Ohio 44089 440-204-2400 www.cityofvermilion.com www.cityofvermilion.com


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ice cream parlors. Vermilion's many festivals and special events provide a further incentive to visit, Forthofer says. "We may be most famous for our annual Woollybear Festival, which is the largest one-day festival in the state of Ohio," the mayor says. "But we have a lot of other fun events as well, like the annual Festival of the Fish, Corvette shows, boat parades and our popular Third Thursday events hosted by the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce." The Woollybear Parade and Festival is held each year on an early October Sunday when the Cleveland Browns are playing out of town. The Third Thursday concert series, held on the third Thursday of each summer month, offers the opportunity to enjoy free live music in a setting of blooming Downtown flowers as the sun sets over the Harbour Town horizon. "We've had as many as 3,000 people in attendance, enjoying the musicians who are stationed around the town and at the beach," Forthofer says. The Festival of the Fish, which celebrates Vermilion's history,

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is held annually on the weekend of Father's Day. "Vermilion was born because of its access to the water, which led to prominent boat building and fishing businesses," the mayor says. "We've attempted to preserve as much as that spirit as possible in town. It's one of the things that makes us attractive as a little New England type town." The mayor notes that Vermilion's events and attractions are made possible by the work of the community's numerous volunteers, some of whom belong to local organizations like Friends of Harbour Town 1837 and Main Street Vermilion. The latter, Suszko explains, is dedicated to the revitalization and preservation of historic Downtown. "You don't just build an historic Downtown area like ours," she says. "So, it's really important to take care of what we have." Main Street Vermilion focuses its efforts on preserving historical structures and beautifying the area with flowers and promoting local arts. A current initiative, blending arts and history, involves recreating and enlarging 15 historical Vermilion postcards to 8 x 5 foot plaques that will be placed in locations throughout the Downtown area. "It's a way to keep our rich history alive," Suszko says. "It's important for people to maintain the things that built the character of our town and to take pride in it."

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Defense Soap began as a small, family business that now proudly calls Vermilion home. We want to thank the entire Vermilion community for being so welcoming to our team since our arrival. In the future, we will be hosting free, community events open to the public including wrestling clinics and self-defense classes. Call us at 866-544-1689 or visit us at www.defensesoap.com for more information about our company or our products. www.cityofvermilion.com


Vermilion Business & Community Leaders

Stephanie Wiersma, CEO Lorain County Health & Dentistry Ed Oley, President, Mercy Health

Mayor Jim Forthofer City of Vermilion

Wendy Brooks, Edward Jones

Terry Caudill, Edward Jones

Dr. Marcia Ballinger, President, Lorain County Community College

Liz Concar, Sales Manager, Howard Hanna

Marilou Suszko, Director Main Street Vermilion Phil Pempin, Superintendent Vermilion Local Schools

Terry Caudill, Financial Advisor and Wendy Brooks, Sr. Branch Office Administrator


hen it comes to investing, what do you value? A strategy designed for your situation? A financial advisor who truly understands you and what you’re trying to achieve, and will partner with you over the long term to help keep you on track? What about disciplined objective guidance? When you work with an Edward Jones financial advisor, you get all that and more. They create a personalized investment strategy utilizing the advice, tools and resources that help you reach your goals. Financial Advisor Terry Caudill has been in Vermilion for 20 years and works alongside Wendy Brooks, Senior Branch Office Administrator. At Edward Jones, Terry stops to ask the question: “What’s important to you?” Without that insight, and a real understanding of your goals, investing holds little meaning. “Before we recommend any strategy, we first work closely together to understand what is most important to you,” says Caudill. “We want to fully understand what you are trying to achieve, your comfort with risk and how you’d like to work with

us. Our advice is based on a disciplined, established process that centers around you. You benefit from both the resources of a Fortune 500 firm and the one-on-one relationship we develop. We will partner together throughout your life to help keep you on track.” “We continue to serve multiple generations of client families and truly care about them. Since joining Terry in Vermilion eight years ago, I have had the opportunity to help a lot of great people! Our clients know when they call or come in for an appointment that Terry or I am here to help them,” says Wendy. Wendy Brooks, Sr. Branch Office Administrator and Terry Caudill, Financial Advisor

Edward Jones Investments • 4238 Liberty Ave., Vermilion • 440-963-4273 • www.edwardjones.com


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Edwin M. Oley, Market President



orain County Health & Dentistry (LCH&D) is a private, independent, non-profit Community Health Center operating since 2002, under the direction of CEO Stephanie Wiersma. With a mission to improve the community’s health, particularly for those most in need, LCH&D provides primary and preventive health care of the highest quality to persons of all ages, at seven locations in Lorain, Elyria and Oberlin. Services include adult & family medicine, pediatrics, optometry, OB/women’s health, general dentistry, nutrition services, 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 past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers and presently serves on its Executive and Policy Committees.

dwin Oley has dedicated more than 40 years to improving the health of Lorain County residents. Always focused on community needs, Oley has built an impressive physician network within the Mercy Health system and expanded specialty services, giving Lorain County residents access to advanced care close to home. Under Oley’s leadership, Mercy Health has been regularly recognized for patient safety and quality as well as a ten-time winner of the Northcoast 99 award, an honor that recognizes 99 great workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio. Oley has been recognized by organizations such as the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission and Cleveland Magazine, to name a few. Ed and his family are proud to be residents of the Avon community. His wife, Loretta, is a third-grade teacher at Avon Heritage Elementary School and his son, Casey, is a sophomore Ed Oley, President at Avon High School.

To learn more visit www.lorainhealth-dentistry.org Lorain County Health & Dentistry • 440-240-1655

To schedule an appointment with a Mercy Health physician, call 877-930-DOCS. For more information, visit www.mercy.com.

Stephanie Wiersma, CEO



arcia Ballinger, Ph.D., has more than 28 years in community college leadership roles advancing student success, workforce and economic development, strategic planning, and institutional advancement. She is the sixth President of Lorain County Community College. Dr. Ballinger is engaged in the student completion movement at state and national levels serving in leadership roles for the Completion by Design project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Achieving the Dream and Jobs For the Future Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success. She provides leadership for the College’s economic development initiatives and serves on several boards involved in higher education and workforce and economic development, including MAGNET and NOCHE. She won the 2018 Crain’s Women of Note Award, 2018 Smart Business 50 Award, and the 2018 Lorain County Alliance Mike Whitmore Award for Vision in Government. Marcia J. Ballinger, President For more information on Lorain County Community College, visit www.lorainccc.edu


oward Hanna is a full-service real estate company offering real estate, mortgage, title services, and insurance. Howard Hanna, home of the Money Back Guarantee and the Find It First Program, also provides the convenience of One-Stop Shopping! “We strive every day, in every transaction, to reflect the pride we have in our company, each other and in the people and communities that we serve,” states Liz Concar. Liz has managed the Amherst office since 2004 and with more than 57 real estate agents, Liz and her team are prepared to help you through the home buying or selling process. Call today and ask about Howard Hanna’s guaranteed services provided to sellers and buyers. There is a reason we are the #1 real estate company in Ohio. Call today and find out why. Liz Concar, Sales Manager Howard Hanna – Amherst Office, 1711 Cooper Foster Park Road 440-282-8002 • www.howardhanna.com www.cityofvermilion.com



Commitment to Students…. The Sailor Way The Vermilion Local School District

is committed to making each student the focus of every decision we make, and to our mission of making every student college or career ready through personalized instruction. These statements are posted in every classroom as a reminder of what we believe we must accomplish to guide each student to a successful lab instruction is part of each student’s future. Even through the 2020 school schedule. Centers are often used to closure, teachers and administrators allow children to explore lessons in worked together to reach every pupil a variety of ways. Many of these and keep them engaged in learning. are hands-on or group activities that Our rate of engagement was very encourage students to work together high, but we are excited to return to and share information, skills that will be classrooms in the fall of 2020. essential as they move into the careers Technology is a big part of what we do of the future. Teachers use assessments in Vermilion, through our partnership to track the progress of each child, and with Apple. At the elementary level determine if additional practice or (grades K through 5), all students are examples are needed to ensure student provided with weekly technology comprehension of the material. instruction on iPads and have access to classroom MacBook carts. Weekly Students in grades 6 through 12 are

Vermilion High School Marching Band and Vermilion High School’s Student Council t-shirts (top); Vermilion High School Football.


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provided with individual laptops for use in school and at home. Teachers are using textbooks, along with instructional websites, to enhance learning and foster creativity. Assigned video projects are used to challenge these students to be creative in a variety of ways. Many of our students are moving on to higher education in the technology field. During the pandemic we were able to help local hospitals with items produced by our 3-D printers. Students regularly use the tools available to them to create promotional materials for district-wide projects or to celebrate athletic teams. All of our academic and athletic facilities are located on a single campus. Our facilities are available to serve not only our students, but all citizens. We believe partnerships with local city and township officials, the health care community and local businesses are critical to our success. Together with these partners we can realize our ultimate goal of being the best small school district in Ohio. For more information, visit www.vermilionschools.org.

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

Achieving the Dream Leah Meyer Austin prize in February for improving student success. It was also recently named as an Aspen Institute Top 150 U.S. Community College – the nation’s signature recognition of

high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. This follows it being named the top community college in the country for Excellence in Student Success by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in 2018. According to a recent report on three-year success

Nick Gamellia Firefighter Avon Lake and Eaton Township LCCC Graduate

measures from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, LCCC's success rate of 60 percent is higher than the state average of 51 percent. Additionally, more Lorain County high school students are taking advantage of College Credit Plus options to earn college credit while in high school. In fact, 43 percent of all Lorain County high school seniors graduate with some college credit – saving families $6.5 million. LCCC is also one of only three community colleges in Ohio that have been approved to offer an applied bachelor’s degree. Students can now earn a bachelor’s of applied science degree in microelectronic manufacturing – with local jobs waiting for them. For more information about LCCC, visit www.lorainccc.edu.

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Health & Wellness

The Care You Need, When You Need It When you're sick or injured, nothing is more important than easy access to high-quality, compassionate medical care, experts who listen patiently, and advanced technology for accurate diagnosis.

Mercy Health – Vermilion Primary Care, is a great example of our continued commitment in further providing access to care. In addition to offering primary care, the office found on State Road, also offers obstetrics and gynecology as well as lab services all under one roof. Also available is walk-in care, offering extended evening and weekend hours. Mercy Health remains one the largest, integrated Health systems in the State of Ohio. Providing inpatient, outpatient,

and ancillary services throughout 40 locations in Lorain County including Mercy Health - Lorain hospital and Mercy Health - Allen Hospital in Oberlin; Mercy Health Physicians primary and specialty care offices, and specialized facilities including Mercy Health - Cancer Center, Mercy Health - Outpatient Rehabilitation and Therapies as well as Mercy Health - New Life Hospice. Learn more about the Mercy Health – Vermilion Primary Care or about the number of services available by visiting www.mercy.com or check out Mercy Health’s Lifestyle Blog at blog.mercy.com.

Health Care for the Universe of You At Mercy Health, you’ll find the compassionate care you need to stay healthy and strong for those who love and need you. Learn more at mercy.com/universe



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Homes & Real Estate

Vacation in Your Own Backyard Who says you need to travel to far-flung locales to have the holiday you deserve? Create a private sanctuary in your own back yard and get that vacation experience without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Establish a Separate Space

There is a popular saying that “good fences make good neighbors.” Well-placed fences and hedges provide privacy while gazebos and pergolas can let you create well-defined sub-spaces for entertaining options.

Comfort Comes First

• Make sure that furniture is a good fit for your space and has enough padding to remain comfortable during extended use. • Give yourself different options for posture social settings and for pure relaxation.

• Add an awning or umbrellas to provide areas of shade and plan windbreaks to shield from blustery breezes. • Citronella candles to keep invading bugs at bay.

Engage All of Your Senses

• Flowers and perennial plantings serve as an attractive backdrop, adding both visual flair and soothing scents. • Birdbaths and bird feeders attract native wildlife, bringing new sights and sounds of their own. • Fountains and water features engage multiple senses at once as do the sounds of a crackling fire in a fire pit or an outdoor fireplace. • Landscape lights can create new perspectives on your surroundings as they showcase the transition from day into night, and an outdoor sound system lets you tailor your audio environment to your mood.

Focus on Shared Experiences

• Set up a cozy nook for Al fresco dining and grilling. • A private hot tub area with access to a mudroom or bathroom makes it easy to change, step outside, and enjoy a soothing soak. • An outdoor bar with television creates a gathering place for guests and family to gather and enjoy favorite drinks and a variety of viewing options. Above all, if you want the perfect summer vacation spot, you’ll need the home to match it. To find the home of your dreams and start turning it into the ideal getaway, visit www.HowardHanna.com and check out all the best listings in your area and information on how Howard Hanna’s onestop shopping can take the worry out of the buying process. Contact Liz Concar at Howard Hanna for real estate advice at 440-282-8002 or visit www.howardhanna.com.



Celebrating & Preserving Vermilion, Ohio You don’t have to go far in our town to see the impact mainstreetvermilion.org Dedicated to the Revitalization of Our Small Town on a Great Lake

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Main Street Vermilion, the programs we support, and the volunteers who serve them, have on our community. Vermilion in Bloom adds color and beauty to our streetscape with an abundance of flowers to enjoy and trees that grow into shady spots to sit. Our Lighthouse Preservation program has adopted the iconic structure that looks over our harbor to make sure it shines for future generations of boaters and remains a symbol of our maritime heritage. We’re working on adding Public Art to our community through Public Art Vermilion. The recent installation of The Postcard Project honors Vermilion history and nostalgia. Our events are fun, lively and designed to create community. We’re also home to the Vermilion Arts Guild, full of creativity and local talent. And we continually work to encourage economic development and promote tourism. It’s not only our goal but also our pleasure to make our community a place where everyone wants to be — especially you, our friends and neighbors. For more information about Main Street Vermilion, our programs or volunteer opportunities, visit our website at www.mainstreetvermilion.org Marilou Suszko, or follow us on social media. Executive Director

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Community Information CITY COUNCIL


440-204-2465 Gwen Fisher, Certified Municipal Clerk of Council GwenFisher@vermilion.net

Grace's Kitchen

President of Council

440-963-0772 www.mainstreetvermilion.org

Steven Herron 440-935-0250 SHerron@vermilion.net

Ward One

Important Phone Numbers


Ward Three


5511 Liberty Avenue Vermilion, OH 44089 440-204-2400 www.cityofvermilion.com

Erie County Health Department 419-626-5623 echd@eriecohealthohio.org

Law Director

Ward Five

Building Department

Bridget Triana - Admin. Clerk 440-204-2410 BridgetTriana@vermilion.net Bill DiFucci - Building Inspector 440-204-2414 BilldiFucci@vermilion.net Ron Sislowski - PT Inspector 440-204-2415 RonSislowski@vermilion.net Tony Valerius - Director of Public Services 440-204-2424 tonyvalerius@vermilion.net

City Engineer

Chris Howard Bramhall Engineering 440-934-7878 choward@bramhallengineering.com

Finance Department

Amy Hendricks, Director of Finance 440-204-2425 amyhendricks@vermilion.net

Fire Station #1

Kenneth Stumphauzer Walter/Haverfield LLP 440-652-1160 KSS@walterhav.com

Brian Holmes 440-714-0796 bholmes@vermilion.net

Mayor’s Office

Monica Stark 440-308-6937 Mstark@vermilion.net

Prosecutor Secretary


Municipal Court

1250 Sanford St., Ste. A Vermilion, OH 44089 440-204-1700 www.vermilionschools.org

Michelle Fiegelist, Clerk of Courts 440-204-2430 mfiegelist@vermilionmunicipalcourt.org

Parks & Recreation

Chad Kuhns, Recreation Director Marc Weisenberger, Parks Supervisor 440-204-2490 www.leaguelineup.com /vermilionrec marcweisenberger @vermilion.net

Brownhelm Township 1940 North Ridge Rd. Vermilion, OH 44089 440-984-2243 www.brownhelm.com

Vermilion Township

5791 Liberty Avenue Vermilion, Ohio 44089 440-967-6116 www.vermilionpolice.com

Service Director

Tony Valerius 440-204-2424 tonyvalerius@vermilion.net

Street Department

Fire Station #2

Utilities Department

440-204-2400 StreetDepartment@ vermilion.net

440-204-2420 Utility@vermilion.net

440-967-6724 800-825-RIDE

Ritter Public Library

5680 Liberty Avenue Vermilion, OH 44089 440-967-3798 www.ritterpubliclibrary.org

Serving Our Seniors 800-564-1856

Share A Ride Program 855-612-5176

Vermilion Chamber of Commerce

5495 Liberty Avenue Vermilion, Ohio 44089 440-976-4477 www.vermilionohio.com

Vermilion Port Authority

Water Works Public Guest Docks 440-204-2474

Vermilion Post Office 4325 Liberty Avenue Vermilion, OH 44089 440-967-3767 www.usps.com

W.G. Nord Community Health Center 440-233-7232

1907 State Rd. Vermilion, OH 44089 440-967-3251 www.vermiliontownship.com

Police Department

5467 Ohio Street Vermilion, OH 44089 911 (Emergencies) 440-204-2470 385 Overlook Road Vermilion, OH 44089 911 (Emergencies) 440-204-2471


Danelle Supack 440-204-2463 dsupeck@vermilion.net

Lorain County Labor Agency Lucy Idol Center for the Handicapped

Barb Brady 440-204-2465 or 440-967-9504 bbrady@vermilion.net

Lorain County Dog Kennel 440-326-5995 www.LorainCounty.US/Dogs


Frank Loucka 440-662-8049 or 440-967-2548 floucka@vermilion.net Steve Holovacs 440-308-5501 sholovacs@vermilion.net

Jim Forthofer, Mayor 440-204-2402 Mayor@vermilion.net


Ward Two

Health Department

Erie County Dog Warden 419-627-7607 www.erie-county-ohio.net/dogwarden

Mobile Meals Lorain County Free Clinic


Animal Issues

Main Street Vermilion

Emily Skahen 440-308-6190 eskahen@vermilion.net

Ward Four

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PUT OUR TEAM ON YOUR SIDE Jeffery C Walker, FIC Financial Associate


jeff.walker@thrivent.com Licensed agent/producer of Thrivent Financial, marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Registered representative of Thrivent Investment Management, Inc. Thriven.com/disclosures. Appleton, Wisconsin • Minneapolis, Minnesota Thrivent.com • 800-847-4836 28971A N9-16

Delmonico’s Barber Since 1973 Shop ‘’If you don’t look good, We don’t look good’’

Joe Delmonico Owner

4500 Liberty Ave. Vermilion Oh 44080

440-967-4247 www.cityofvermilion.com


DiningGuide Chez Francois/Touche 555 Main St. 440-967-0630 Domino’s Pizza 5329 Liberty Ave. 440-967-0300 Fiesta Cancun Mexican Restaurant 4835 Liberty Ave. 440-963-0203 Golden Crown Chinese Restaurant 4628 Liberty Ave. 440-967-7333 Granny Joe’s Ice Creamatorium 5598 Liberty Ave. 440-967-3363 Huggy’s Social House 5024 Liberty Ave. 440-714-1992 Lucky Chinese Restaurant 4793 Liberty Ave. 440-967-8888 Main Street Soda Grill 5502 Liberty Ave. 440-967-4002 Marco’s Pizza 4425 Liberty Ave. 440-967-7555 Martino’s International Café 4503 Liberty Ave. 440-967-3463 Old Prague Restaurant 5586 Liberty Ave. 440-967-7182

Papa Joe’s Pizza 5590 Liberty Ave. 440-967-7330 Paper Moon Vineyards 2008 St. Rt. 60 440-967-2500 Pizza Galley 4412 Liberty Ave. 440-963-0177 Pizza Hut 4272 E. Liberty Ave. 440-963-0711 Quaker Steak & Lube 5150 Liberty Ave. 440-967-3724 Romp’s Dairy Dock Ice Cream 5035 Liberty Ave. 440-967-4342 Route 6 Pub 5561 Liberty Ave. 440-963-7144

Rudy’s Bar & Grill 5665 Liberty Ave. 440-967-4534 www.rudysbarandgrillvermilion.com

Smokin’ Joes Pizza 4303 St. Rt. 60 440-967-4070

Your Pit BBQ 3909 Liberty Ave. 440-967-7919

Susie’s Homestyle Café 4789 Liberty Ave. 440-963-9190

Every effort has been made to provide a complete and accurate restaurant list for this community magazine. Please contact us in reference to corrections as there are restaurants opening and closing in the area after the magazine is published.

The Nest Restaurant 3701 Liberty Ave. 440-967-3763 The Pavilion Grill 5542 Liberty Ave. 440-963-0157 The Stand at Linwood Park 4920 Liberty Ave. 440-967-4287

The Wine Vault 5581 Liberty Ave. 440-963-7443 www.facebook.com/ winevaultvermilion Vermilion Country Club 12210 W. Lake Rd. 440-967-3492 Wayside Bar & Grill 13806 W. Lake Rd. 440-963-7312 Woodstock Café 665 Main St. 440-967-7687

Salvatore’s Ristorante Italiano 4560 Liberty Ave. 440-967-0777 The Wine Vault

J. Craig Snodgrass, CPA, CGFM Lorain County Auditor

226 Middle Avenue, 2nd Floor • Elyria, Ohio 44035

Grades Preschool, K-6

St. Mary Catholic School 5450 Ohio St., Vermilion

l 440 967-7911

For information: Email: bbialko@stmaryvermilion.org



Vermilion Magazine & Community Guide | 2020-2021

General ..................................... (440) 329-5207

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

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

Special Assessments ... (440) 329-5210

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOSPITALS/MEDICAL FACILITIES Mercy Health..................................... p 9, 12 www.mercy.com

MAIN STREET VERMILION Main Street Vermilion........................... p 14 www.mainstreetvermilion.org


Advertiser Index ASSESSMENTS/APPRAISALS/ LICENSES/TAXES Lorain County Auditor.......................... p 16 www.loraincountyauditor.com

Lorain County Health & Dentistry...... p 6, 9 www.lorainhealth-dentistry.org


COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES Lorain County Community College............................................... p 9, 11 www.lorainccc.edu


Delmonico's Barber Shop...................... p 15

Lorain County Health & Dentistry...... p 6, 9 www.lorainhealth-dentistry.org

Carter Lumber....................................... p 13 www.carterlumber.com

CANDLES/GIFTS Swan Creek Candle Vermilion.............. p 14 facebook.com/swancreekcandlevermilion


RESTAURANTS/BARS The Wine Vault...................................... p 14 facebook.com/winevaultvermilion



Howard Hanna-Amherst............... p 1, 9, 13 www.howardhanna.com

ENERGY SUPPLIER/GAS & ELECTRIC NOPEC.................................Inside front cover www.nopec.org

SCHOOL/PRIVATE St. Mary Catholic School....................... p 16 www.stmaryschoolvermilion.org

SOAP/SKINCARE/TRAVEL KITS Defense Soap........................................... p 7 www.defensesoap.com

FINANCIAL SERVICES Edward Jones....................................... p 5, 8 www.edwardjones.com Thrivent Financial.................................. p 15 www.thrivent.com

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

St. Mary Vermilion................................ p 16 www.stmaryvermilion.org

CITY GOVERNMENT City of Vermilion..................................... p 5 www.cityofvermilion.com

CLEANING & RESTORATION Duraclean............................................... p 13 www.duracleanohio.com

CLOTHING/GIFTS Erie and Anchor..................................... p 14 www.erieandanchor.com

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