Lorain County Community Guide - July 11, 2019

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Thursday, July 11 • AMHERST: A discussion on the Apollo 11 moon landing will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11 at the Amherst Public Library. Eric Rivet, chief curator of the Western Reserve Historical Society, will speak about the 50th anniversary of the landing, which was the culmination of a 14-year space race between the United States and Soviet Union. He will talk about why we went to the moon, how we got there, and what it meant to the world at large. • WELLINGTON: Mad Science of Northeast Ohio will present a workshop on space technology at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11 at the Herrick Memorial Library. It is designed for children ages five and up. Registration is required. Visit the library or call 440-647-2120. • OBERLIN: The Low-Vision Support Group will meet at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 11 at Kendal at Oberlin’s Green Room for the audio presentation “Architect Doesn’t Let Blindness Stop Him.” All are welcome. • OBERLIN: Credo Music student piano and string ensembles will perform at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 11 at Kendal at Oberlin’s Heiser Auditorium. They will play the Mozart E-flat piano quartet, Mendelssohn D-minor piano trio, and Brahms B-major piano trio. The event is free and open to the public.

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Rochester swelled with community pride on Independence Day as the community celebrated its 100th Fourth of July Homecoming. The festival drew thousands to Rt. 511, where a parade rolled down the hilly highway to show local spirit. The Homecoming lasted all day at Eagle Street Park and the Rochester fire station, featuring races, contests, concerts, ice cream, and so much more — it culminated after dark with a long fireworks show.

• WELLINGTON: Read to Putter the therapy dog at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, July 11, 18, and 25 at the Herrick Memorial Library. Putter loves to listen to children as they read. Kids can spend 15 minutes reading a book or story to him to build their reading skills. He does not mind if the child makes reading mistakes. Stop in to reserve a reading spot or call the library at 440-647-2120.

July 11 and 25 • WELLINGTON: The Wellington Writers Group will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, July 11 and 25 at the Herrick Memorial Library. Join this group if you have a passion for writing in all venues. Take samples of your writing to share. New members are welcome. Registration is encouraged. To register call 440-647-2120. BULLETIN BOARD PAGE A2

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OBITUARIES Russell E. Sooy

Jeffrey A. Livingston

Russell Eugene Sooy, 93, of Brighton, Ohio, passed away on May 9, 2019. He was born in Penfield, Ohio, on Nov. 22, 1925, to the late Stanley and Thalia (nee Devereaux) Sooy. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 14 at 2 p.m. at Brighton United Methodist Church, 51011 State Rt. 18, Wellington, with Pastor James Ellis officiating. Burial will follow at Brighton Township Cemetery with military honors.

Jeffrey Alex Livingston, 59, of South Carolina, and formerly of South Amherst, passed away Friday, June 28, 2019. Services were held Friday, July 5 at Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst.

Charles R Boyd Charles R Boyd, 64, of Wellington, Ohio, died July 1, 2019, in Ashland, Ohio. He was born Sept. 3, 1954, in Floyd County, Ky., to the late Martha (Lewis) and the late Nola Boyd. Charles grew up in Wellington and worked many years at Forest City. Charles (or Charlie as he was often called) will be remembered for his love of children, his Harley Davidson T-shirt collection, enjoying tractor-pulls, his love of the Wellington Dog Tracks Diner, and most of all, his love for his mom. Charles spent the last few years at Pump House Ministries, a place that meets people as their point of need, providing them with opportunities for work and shelter, when addiction causes you to lose everything. Pump House Ministries believes that every person they encounter deserves many second chances to experience grace. The family wanted to share his story in case you, or someone you know, is struggling with addiction. Make a change and know that hundreds of thousands of families who have lost someone are praying and rooting for you. If you are reading this with judgement, educate yourself about addiction. Substance abuse is always a bad choice but addiction is not a choice or a weakness. It is a disease, and like most diseases it requires treatment. Addiction should never be enabled but a person trying to be healed from addiction will always need love and support. Charles is survived by a brother, Roland (Sue) Boyd of Wellington, Ohio ; sisters Debbie (Dan) Harris of Wellington, Ohio, and Patty (Tim) Althaus of Holly Springs, N.C.; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins. If friends desire, contributions can be made to Pump House Ministries, Ashland, Ohio.

Beverly B. Stoffers Beverly "Chief" Beau Stoffers, 85, of Amherst, passed away Monday, July 1, 2019, at Anchor Lodge Nursing Home in Lorain, following a lengthy illness. A celebration of life for friends and family will be held July 13 from 1-3 p.m. at American Legion Post 118, 921 North Lake St., Amherst. Arrangements were entrusted to Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst.

Fortuna C. Martin Fortuna Christine Martin (nee Rovere), 86, of Norwalk, and formerly of South Amherst, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Twilight Gardens in Norwalk. Graveside services were held Monday, July 8 at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Amherst. Arrangements were entrusted to Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst.

Lucy M. Costanzo Lucy M. Costanzo, 82, of South Amherst, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family and friends. A Mass of Christian burial was held Monday, July 8 at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, South Amherst. Burial was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Amherst. Arrangements were entrusted to Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst.

Jill E. DeSantis Jill Elaine DeSantis (nee Hugo), 53, of Amherst, passed away July 4, 2019, at Fairview Hospital after a gallant battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 11 at the Brownhelm Congregational United Church of Christ, 2144 North Ridge Rd., Vermilion, OH 44089. Burial will follow at Rugby Cemetery, Brownhelm Township. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst. We offer obituary publishing services at a low rate of $8 per column inch. For families that do not wish to pay for an obituary, we offer free death notices.

Multiple medications increase driving risks Nearly 50 percent of older adults report using seven or more medications while remaining active drivers, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. A record 42 million adults aged 65 and older are driving, which is expected to increase substantially over the next decade and may make them the largest driving population. AAA encourages older drivers to ask their doctors and pharmacists as many questions as necessary to ensure they understand why they need the medications prescribed to them, and how they can affect their driving. “With more older drivers on the road, it’s alarming that many motorists may not be aware of the impact their medications may have on their driving,” said Theresa Podguski, director of legislative affairs for AAA East Central. “Driving can become even more challenging when multiple medications are mixed together, so it’s important to completely understand how your medications interact with each other.” The AAA Foundation along with researchers from Columbia University and the University of California at San Diego evaluated medication reports from nearly 3,000 older drivers participating in the AAA LongROAD study. Researchers found that the most commonly reported medications used by older drivers affect driving ability and increase crash risk. These medications include: • Cardiovascular prescriptions: Treating heart and blood vessel conditions (73 percent). • Central nervous system agents prescriptions: Treating parts of the nervous system, such as the brain, including pain medications (non-narcotics and narcotics), stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs (70 percent). Previous research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that fewer than 18 percent of older drivers report ever receiving a warning from their health care provider about how their prescriptions impact their safety on the road. Additional data from the American Society of Health System Pharmacists shows that 34 percent of older adults are prescribed medications by more than one doctor, possibly bypassing opportunities to check how the new prescription may interact with other medications being used. AAA urges older adults and their families to be vigilant in understanding the types of medications prescribed to them and have a strong grasp on any potential impairing side effects before getting behind the wheel.

BULLETIN BOARD July 11-15 • WELLINGTON: The Vietnam Vetereans Moving Wall will be on display from Thursday, July 11 to Monday, July 15 at Union School Park, 201 South Main St. An opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on July 11. The wall is a moving exhibit and will be open 24 hours per day. It will be lit at night. There will be live readings at 6 p.m. daily. The wall is sponsored by Wellington VFW Post 6941, Wellington American Legion Post 8, and the Ohio Veterans Fraternal Charitable Coalition.

Friday, July 12 • OBERLIN: Join a “Mission to Mars” from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, July 12 at the Oberlin Public Library. During this special after-hours journey, kids can brave the depths of space to explore the Martian surface. The event is recommended for grades two and up. Registration is required. Call 440-7754790. • OBERLIN: A Family Fun Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 12 at Park Street Park. It will feature an outdoor screening of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” as well as kids’ activities, giveaways, and more prior to the film. The Oberlin recreation department event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, July 13 • AMHERST: A free community shred day will be

The Lorain County Community Guide bulletin board is for local nonprofit and not-for-profit events. Items are published on a space-available basis and will be edited for news style, length, and clarity. Send your items to news@lcnewspapers.com. held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 at the Amherst Public Library parking lot. The Friends of Amherst Public Library will sponsor the event. Personal documents and confidential papers will be shredded on-site at no charge using the equipment from Shred-It. No cardboard or hard covered items. Five boxes or bags will be the allowed limit. All shredded materials are baled and will be recycled into usable paper products. Boy Scouts Troop 494 of Amherst will assist you in taking the materials from your vehicles. For more information, call the library at 440-9884280. • OBERLIN: The Oberlin chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will meet from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 at the Oberlin Public Library. The guest speaker via video conference will be Drew Jones from the think tank Climate Interactive. This group provides a climate modeling tool to simulate the effects of climate change or policy initiatives. Attendees will then discuss actions that can be taken to increase awareness and lobby Congress.

For more information, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org, write to jwsabin@gmail.com, or call John Sabin at 440-574-1570. All are welcome. • OBERLIN: A “Freedom’s Friends: Underground Railroad and Abolition History Walk” will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13 starting from the front steps of the First Church in Oberlin, 106 North Main St. Hear stories about Oberlin’s most famous freedom seekers and people known to have helped them make their way to freedom on this 90-minute tour hosted by the Oberlin Heritage Center. Advance reservations are required. The cost is $6 for adults or free to OHC members, any college student, and children accompanied by an adult. For more information or reservations, call 440774-1700 or register at www.oberlinheritagecenter. org. • OBERLIN: Greater Oberlin Community Voices will meet at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 13 at the Oberlin Public Library. It is a monthly forum for open civil, civic conversation about concerns and situations affecting residents. Land use will be a subject of discussion, including the status of community gardens and open spaces.

July 13 and 14 • AMHERST: The Sandstone Village Fair will be held from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 14 at the Amherst Historical Society’s Sandstone Village, 763 Milan Ave. The family-friendly festival will include live MORE ON PAGE A3

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BULLETIN BOARD FROM A2 bands, a classic car show, a historical poker run, face painting, a parade, hot dog eating competition, bounce house, raffles, beer garden, concessions, appearances by Mega Championship Wrestling stars, a blood pressure clinic, fingerprinting by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, craft vendors, and more. The event will benefit continued development of the Amherst Sandstone Village. For more information, call the society at 440-988-7255. • AMHERST: A long barn rummage sale will be held from 8 a.m. tonoon on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 at the Amherst Historical Society’s Sandstone Village, 763 Milan Ave. There will be crystal and collectibles, books, bed linens, small kitchen appliances, china, and more in the long barn. An assortment of Thomasville furniture will be sold in the pine tree building. Sales benefit continued development of the Sandstone Village.

Monday, July 15 • OBERLIN: American Civil Liberties Union members will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 15 at the Oberlin Public Library. On the agenda are redistricting, women’s reproductive freedom, and U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

Starting July 15 • WELLINGTON: “In the Wild” Vacation Bible School will be held from 6-8 p.m. from Monday, July 15 to Thursday, July 18 at Fellowship Church, 44777 State Rt. 18. VBS is for toddlers up to children in fifth grade. It includes games, songs, crafts, stories, snacks, and prizes.

Tuesday, July 16 • WAKEMAN: The Oberlin Heritage Center will present “Vintage & Vintner: A Midsummer Soiree of Wine and History” from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16 at Matus Winery, 15674 Gore Orphanage Rd. The event is open to the public and includes fine wines, a splash of history, and good company. It is sponsored by attorney Kurt Sarringhaus and Cowling Funeral Home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Guests will be greeted by the smooth jazz guitar of musician Rich Holsworth. Winery owner Bob Matus will share some finer points about wine, followed by a presentation by OHC director Liz Schultz on the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. Reservations are $30 per person (21 and up), with all revenue from the event, including side raffles, supporting the Pat Murphy Endowment for Heritage Preservation. Visit www.oberlinheritagecenter.org to reserve your place or call 440-774-1700. Admission provides each guest with tickets for two glasses of wine, with more available for purchase. Non-alcoholic beverages and finger foods also will be served.

Wednesday, July 17 • WELLINGTON: A free youth tennis day will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at the LCCC Wellington Center, 151 Commerce Dr. Have fun playing quick matches with players of similar age and skill. Experience the thrill of competition and gain confidence without the pressure.

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For more information, call Jim Powers at 440366-7652 or email jpowers@lorainccc.edu. • WELLINGTON: What’s Cookin’ Wednesday will be held from 4-7 p.m. on July 17 at First Congregational Church, 140 South Main St. Whether you’re feeding yourself or a big family, the church has you covered. Pick up a homecooked, nutritious evening meal quickly and easily. Meals will be ready to carry out. The featured meal will be anniversary chicken, potatoes, tossed salad, roll and butter, and cupcakes. No pre-purchase is required. The cost is $10 per person or a family four-pack for $35. What’s Cookin’ Wednesday dinners are available for carry-out only. For more information, call 440-647-3308 or 440371-7103. • OBERLIN: A free workshop in land management to protect pollinators will be held from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at the Oberlin Public Library, 65 South Main St. Western Reserve Land Conservancy will hold a program featuring Denise Ellsworth, honeybee and native pollinator educator at the Ohio State University department of entomology. Learn about managing natural areas, parks, reservoirs, and other lands for pollinators. Refreshments will be provided and wildflower seeds will be distributed. Weather permitting, the schedule will include a visit to a nearby field. RSVP by contacting Kate Pilacky at 440-7744226 or kpilacky@wrlandconservancy.org. Registration is also available at www.wrlandconservancy. org/event/pollinatorworkshop2019. • OBERLIN: NAACP Branch 3196 will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at the Oberlin Public Library. The membership will meet for the limited purpose of taking any actions required in advance of the national convention in Detroit and any actions required to advance the planning and execution of the Freedom Fund Banquet in October. The executive committee will meet an hour earlier.

July 17 and 30 • AMHERST TWP.: Ohio Rebels fastpitch 10U-18U will hold tryouts for the 2020 season from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 and Tuesday, July 30 at Amherst Township Park, 44780 Middle Ridge Rd. For more information or to schedule a private tryout, email amherstfastpitch@gmail.com.

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the Lorain County Free Clinic will be held Friday, July 19 at Fox Creek Golf and Racquet Club, 5445 Beavercrest Dr. A Bloody Mary bar will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m. Golf starts at noon, rain or shine. It will include an 18-hole scramble, carts, skins game, and raffles and prizes. Dinner will be served immediately after golf. The cost is $85 per person or $340 per foursome. To register, visit www.lcfreeclinic.org or call 440277-7602. Corporate hole sponsorships are available starting at $250. • ELYRIA: A free class on how to run for public office will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 19 at the Lorain County Community College Spitzer Conference Center, rooms 214 and 215, 1005 Abbe Rd. This public educational course is sponsored by the Lorain County Community Alliance and LCCC. County board of elections director Paul Adams will give you step-by-step instructions on how to file for public office. Instruction will cover the requirements and restrictions of filing, petitions, campaign finance reporting and personal financial disclosure statements. There are no continuing education credits available for this course. Register by July 17 to Virginia Haynes at administrator@lccommunityalliance.org or by calling 440-328-2362.

Saturday, July 20 • WELLINGTON: A lunar watch will be held on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. The Herrick Memorial Library is sponsoring the event. Take a telescope or binoculars to view the moon, or use one of the telescopes the library will provide. This program depends on the weather and will not be rescheduled. Call the Library at 440-647-2120 to register and to pick up directions to the viewing site. • OBERLIN: Build a solar rover from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 at the Oberlin Public Library. How do we power machines in space? The answer is often the sun! Learn how scientists are able to harness solar energy and build your own solar rover. The event is recommended for ages two and up. Registration is required. For more information, call 440-775-4790. • AVON: The Ride for Kids’ Sake will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 20 from Harley-Davidson, 38401 Chester Rd. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. The parade marshal will be Oberlin police chief Ryan Warfield. The ride will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County and is sponsored by Dennis Will, the Lorain County prosecutor’s office, and Project Outreach. All bikes are welcome. The cost is $25 per bike and $35 with a passenger. The entry fee includes a T-shirt while supplies last. After the ride, riders are invited to join Bigs, Littles, family, and friends for food, raffles, and fun for everyone. Register at www.bigloraincounty.org or call 440277-6541 for more information.

• WELLINGTON: “A Sky Full of Stories” will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 at the Herrick Memorial Library. What do a queen, a hunter, a scorpion, and a bull all have in common? They are star patterns we known as constellations. Kids ages five and up can discover the stories and more about these constellations and enjoy games, Readers Theater, and crafts. Registration is required. Visit the library or call 440-647-2120. • ELYRIA: A sustainable agriculture information session will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 at Lorain County Community College’s college center lobby, 1005 North Abbe Rd. Learn about new career opportunities in the emerging local food economy. The permaculture design certification, short-term technical certificate in specialty crop production, one-year technical certificate in sustainable agriculture, and the associate of applied science degree in sustainable agriculture will be discussed. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, visit www.lorainccc.edu/sustain or contact Ruby Beil at rbeil@ lorainccc.edu.

July 20 and 21

Starting July 18

Monday, July 22

• OBERLIN: Vacation Bible School will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 18 to 20, at the Park Street Seventh-day Adventist Church, 99 South Park St. “Join Team Jesus” VBS will feature Bible challenges, story time, crafts, music, games, prizes, and food. All team members ages five to 13 are invited. Transportation is available as needed. For more information, call 440-774-1266.

• AMHERST: The Amherst Public Library board of trustees will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 22 at the library. The meeting is open to the public.

Friday, July 19 • OBERLIN: Soul Proprioters will perform from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, July 19 on Tappan Square. It is a progressive folk-rock band founded by Dave Parsh and featuring a large and multi-generational sound, including a full horn section and violin. Their repertoire includes covers from The Rolling Stones to Chicago. Part of the Oberlin Summer Concert Series, the performance is free and open to the public. • LORAIN: The 23rd Annual Gold Benefit for

• OBERLIN: The 37th Annual Outdoor Basketball Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 21 at Park Street Park. It will include food and live music. See teams compete on the ball court. There will also for the first time be a double-elimination cornhole tournament beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday; registration is $50 cash per team and only the first 10 teams will be entered. For more information, call 440-775-7254.

Tuesday, July 23 • OBERLIN: William Quillen, acting dean of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, will talk about the conservatory’s current and new programs at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23 at Kendal at Oberlin’s Heiser Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, July 24 • WELLINGTON: The Medina Raptor Center will present a program at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24 at Wellington town hall. Several raptor center residents will be shown in this event, which celebrates the end of the summer MORE ON PAGE A4

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Maggie Miller, 12, of LaGrange, skated in five events in June at the USARS Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships in Boardman, Ohio. She won gold in the elementary A girls freestyle; gold in juvenile/elementary A girls short program; silver in freshman/ sophomore pairs; bronze in open quartet with Hannah Holcepl, Ana Lavelle, and Simon Cincu; and fifth in elementary A creative. Miller qualified for nationals in four events and will compete in Spokane, Wash., at the end of July. She is coached by Brenda Massey and represented Brookpark Skateland, the rink that tragically burned down last fall. Miller and the rest of Massey's freestyle skaters now practice at Lorain Skate World.

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A scorcher's easy to get through if you visit the splash pad! Sophia Phillips and Carson Boyd had the right idea June 25 when they headed to the Wellington Recreation Park on Jones Street to cool down.


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Boaters took to the lake at Findley State Park for some holiday fun on the Fourth of July.

BULLETIN BOARD FROM A4 reading program at Herrick Memorial Library. Registration is required. Visit the library or call 440-647-2120.

Ongoing • AMHERST: The Meals on Wheels Program provides delivered meals five days a week between 11 a.m. and noon within the city limits. The cost is $5 a meal. The Amherst Office on Aging can meet most dietary requirements: heart healthy, diabetic, soft. You can receive meals one day a week or multiple days — it’s up to you. Call 440-988-2817. • BROWNHELM TWP.: The Brownhelm Historical Association holds meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at the historic Brownhelm School and Museum, 1940 North Ridge Rd. Doors open at 6 p.m., a business meeting is held

from 6:30-7 p.m., followed by refreshments and social time, and programs begin at 7:30 p.m. • OBERLIN: The Oberlin African American Genealogy and History Group offers free walk-in genealogy assistance from 1-3 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at The Bridge (in the Backspace), 82 South Main St. • OBERLIN: The Connections peer support group for those suffering from mental illness, depression, and anxiety is offered from 7-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each moth at Family Promise, 440 West Lorain St. The group is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. You must RSVP to office@nami-lc. org or 440-233-8181 ext. 224. • WELLINGTON: St. Patrick Church offers a Helping Hands Food Pantry from noon to 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month and from 6-8 p.m. on the following Tuesday. It’s located in the old St. Patrick Church at the corner of Adams and North

Main streets. The pantry is available to residents of the 44090 zip code area who meet federal eligibility guidelines of $24,119 annual income for a household of one, $32,479 for two, etc. Identification and proof of residency (a current utility bill) are also required. For more information, visit www.helpinghands. stpatrickwellington.com. • OBERLIN: Oberlin Community Services offers an open food pantry from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday for residents of southern Lorain County who need help meeting their food needs. A large food distribution is held the second Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. OCS serves eligible residents of Oberlin, Wellington, and New Russia, Carlisle, Kipton, LaGrange, Brighton, Penfield, Camden, Huntington, Rochester, and Pittsfield townships. A picture ID and proof of address is requested. For more information, call 440-774-6579.

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Sandstone Village Fair is Saturday and Sunday



Don't miss out on the fun this weekend at the Sandstone Village Fair! The first-year festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Amherst Historical Society's digs at 763 Milan Ave. Unlike German Fest, which has been held at the same venue in years past, the Sandstone Village Fair isn't meant to celebrate any one tradition or heritage. Rather, organizers said they wanted to provide a wide array of attractions, music, games, and activities to offer something for everyone. Here's what they have lined up: Both days Historical buildings will be open with docent-conducted tours. The Quigley Museum, located at the corner of Milan Avenue and South Lake Street, will be open for tours. Learn about the city's founders, life in the sandstone quarries, see Amherst school memorabilia, and remember businesses of yesteryear. See a 1916 track wreck display and an artist at work in the Grange Hall. VILLAGE FAIR PAGE B2


Lorain County Community Newspapers is looking for a full-time reporter with a focus on Amherst, Oberlin, and Wellington! The job requires a flexible schedule, an interest in life in small communities, the ability to write snappy stories and capture engaging photos, and great organizational skills. Night and weekend availability is a must — we work when and where news happens! City councils, school boards, high school sports, human interest stories, cops and courts, businesses, planning and development, social issues, and more. We want to fill this position quickly. Send your resume to news@lcnewspapers.com today!

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LifeFlight crew stand by at the Mercy Health Lorain Hospital helipad, where a press conference was held July 1 to celebrate the opening of the first trauma center in Lorain County.


A motorcycle crash. A child found limp in the water of Lake Erie. A horrific fire. They are among the most life-harrowing of emergencies — and they're often followed by the sound of helicopter blades cutting the air as LifeFlight medical crews rush to the rescue. Now some of those patients who need the most help will be treated closer to home. That's because the first — and to date, only — trauma center in Lorain County opened July 1 at Mercy Health Lorain Hospital on Kolbe Road. It is the product of a partnership between Mercy and MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. As a Level III trauma center, it will provide 'round-the-clock care to "the sickest of the sick," said Jeffrey Claridge, medical director of MetroHealth Trauma. A team of emergency doctors, surgeons, and anesthesiologists will be able to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, sur-

Flight staff give tours of the LifeFlight helicopter that flies frequent rescue missions following crashes and other emergencies that threaten the lives of Lorain County residents. gery, intensive care, and stabilization of injured patients. The center, which includes a new intensive care unit, has been in the works for two years. Mercy staff identified trauma care as a gap in its services and "today we change that," said Gil Palmer, chief medical officer at

the Lorain hospital. "Having this level of care in Lorain County is invaluable," he said. "I am proud to be part of this new center and excited to deliver the highest-quality, compassionate care our teams provide each and every day." TRAUMA CENTER PAGE B2

Employees now own LifeCare JASON HAWK EDITOR

Ownership of LifeCare Ambulance has been turned over to employees as of July 1. Herb de la Porte, whose family started the company in 1986, said he is now a consultant. While he continues to work for LifeCare every day, "I no longer own the company" or hold any

shares, he said. Longtime chief financial officer Dave Richards has been named the new president. Other key responsibilities have been shifted to supervisors, such as Kim Mason, who oversees operations in Amherst, Lorain, and Vermilion. "It is basically still the same LifeCare when it comes to quality of care. But obviously, now, instead of two guys owning it, it's

owned by 200 families and they all have a stake in its survival and its well-being," de la Porte said. He described the new ownership arrangement as an employee stock ownership plan. Workers don't have to pay to buy in — they are owners by way of their retirement program. The change is a step toward retirement for de la Porte, who



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Shelter rentals

Four picnic shelters are available for rental at Maude Neiding Park. Reservations can be made at the mayor’s office, 206 South Main St. Shelters are open to the public are available on a firstcome first-served basis. Reservations are $50 per day. For additional information, call 440-9884380.


FROM B1 View original artwork and jewelry in the art gallery. Shop a rummage sale in the long barn and visit vendors and booths. Saturday, July 13 Festival opens at noon and closes at 9 p.m. • Noon to 6 p.m.: Christine's Face Painting • Noon to 4 p.m.: Wild Hooves Farm Petting Zoo • 1-1:15 p.m.: Music by Huff & Puff • 1-3 p.m.: Music by Decades • 2-5 p.m.: Poker run motorcycles arrive • 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Hot dog eating contest and kids' crafts at Pogie's Clubhouse • 3-5 p.m.: Music by Dan & Friends • 3:30-4 p.m.: Kids canopy activity at Pogie's Clubhouse • 4-6 p.m.: The Bubble Lady • 5-7 p.m.: Music by Nick and Chick featuring Ayden Ash • 5-7 p.m.: Imagine That Balloon Twisting • 7-9 p.m.: Music by Rick Keane Sunday, July 14 Festival opens at 1 p.m. and closes at 5 p.m. • 12:30 p.m.: An antique car parade will leave Sliman's Sales and Service on Rt. 58 and travel to the Sandstone Village • 1 p.m.: Antique car show begins • 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Music by Malt Shop Memories • 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Corn hole contest at Pogie's Clubhouse • 2-3 p.m.: Kids' crafts at Pogie's Clubhouse • 3-3:30 p.m.: Around the World Stories and Puppets at Pogie's Clubhouse • 3:30-5 p.m.: Music by Decades

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"And while we pray that you all stay safe, we'll be here if you need us." Claridge said the two hospitals staff a single cooperative team to care for trauma patients. Trauma workers at the Lorain and Cleveland hospitals are a

cohesive unit, not separate entities, he said. Staff — including Claridge — take rotating shifts at the hospitals. They had already shared patients via the LifeFlight chopper service. "It was because of that partnership that we think we

can bring care closer to home and keep patients here and get them through their recovery," he said. Some patients with the most severe injuries will still be flown to a Level I trauma center in Cleveland.


FROM B1 has worked for LifeCare for 33 years. "It's been a long ride," he said. He and brother Pete plan to stay involved for some time to come. But about five years ago they started thinking about how the company would move forward without them. There was never any intention of selling to another ambulance service or a buyer who only saw LifeCare as a business, de la Porte said. LifeCare is doing well but nothing like it was in the early 2000s, he said, noting changes that have impacted health care workers across the entire industry. "But we're still surviving, we're still strong," he said. It's impossible to tell what the future will bring. "When you look 10 years down the road, we don't know what ambulance transportation is going to look like," he said. The job stands to change significantly — in a decade, with improvements to technology and training, paramedics may no longer take many patients to hospitals, he said. At the same time, Ohio isn't getting any younger. Statistics show the population is growing older on average, which is likely to mean more residents with age-related ailments and incidents.

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LifeCare Ambulance, seen here on Park Avenue in Amherst, is now owned by the company's employees. Finding paramedics to handle that demand could prove difficult "because this is a young man's game," de la Porte said. "And we need to make it attractive for people to come in and do this job. It's a great job but it's also very hard on you." That's why it was so important to make it clear to workers that they could retire from LifeCare, he said. LifeCare started in August 1986 with two ambulances under the leadership of Herb and Maude de la Porte. Today, the company's fleet

numbers in the dozens and its staff serves tens of thousands of patients each year. It services Elyria and Lorain, which account for more than a third of Lorain County's 300,000 residents. The ambulance service also provides full-time coverage to Amherst, South Amherst, and Amherst Township as well as Vermilion, Grafton, and Carlisle Township. It also provides contract assistance to Oberlin and surrounding communities through the Central Ambulance District.

CHURCH DIRECTORY All Amherst-area churches are invited to post service times in the News-Times. Send your listing to us via email at news@lcnewspapers. com. • Grow Point, 780 Cooper Foster Park Rd., has Sunday services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. • St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 St. Joseph Dr., has Masses at 4 p.m Saturdays (St. Joseph Church, Amherst); 5:30 p.m. Saturdays (Nativity of the Blessed Virgin

Mary, South Amherst); 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5 p.m. Sundays (St. Joseph); 9 a.m. Mondays (St. Joseph); 8 a.m. Tuesdays (Nativity); 7 p.m. Thursdays (St. Joseph); and 9 a.m. Fridays (St. Joseph). • St. Paul Lutheran Church, 115 Central Dr., has traditional worship services each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and informal services at 11 a.m. Sunday school and Bible study begin at 9:45 a.m. Nursery care is available during worship services and Bible study. Community prayer box and dog station available. • Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 1100 Cleveland Ave., has Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and worship services at 11 a.m. each Sunday. Bible study for all ages is at 9:45 a.m. on Sundays. Bible class is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. • Faith Baptist Church, 440 North Lake St., has Sunday school for all ages at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is available during both. Ablaze Youth Group meets at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. • New Beginnings Church of Christ, 591 Washington St., has Bible classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. A training room class for ages two to four and junior worship for kindergarten through fifth grade is available. • St. John’s United Church of Christ, 204 Leonard St., South Amherst, has worship at 9 a.m. each Sunday. Sunday school for children is held during the

service. • Freedom House, 1240 Park Ave., has services at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays and 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Prayer meetings are held at noon on Wednesdays. • Amherst Church of the Nazarene, 210 Cooper Foster Park Rd., has Bible classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. A prayer service is held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Next Step services are held at 6 p.m. on Saturdays. • Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 46485 Middle Ridge Rd., has a traditional Sunday worship service at 9 a.m. and a contemporary service at 10:45 a.m. There is children’s programming during both services. Grades six to 12 meet at 9 a.m. only. Summit (young adults ages 18 to 30) meets from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays at the church. • Eversprings Missionary Baptist Church, 49536 Middle Ridge Rd., has Sunday school at 10 a.m., Sunday worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday evening services at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 6 p.m. • Heritage Presbyterian Church, 515 North Leavitt Rd., has Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. • South Amherst First United Methodist Church, 201 West Main St., offers a contemporary worship service at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. • Elyria Zion United Methodist Church, 43720 Telegraph Rd., Amherst Township, offers a traditional service at 9 a.m. each Sunday. • Cornerstone Com-

munity Church, 111 South Lake St., has Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday service is at 6:30 p.m. • Community Congregational United Church of Christ, 379 South Main St., has Sunday worship and Sunday school for ages three and up at 10 a.m. Nursery care is provided for those three and under. Communion is offered the first Sunday of every month. • St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 582 Church St., has Sunday worship service and church school at 10 a.m. • A Fresh Wind Church, 1115 Milan Ave., has Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. and Solomon’s Porch youth ministry at 6 p.m. • Amherst United Methodist Church, 396 Park Ave., has Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. For information, call 440-988-8330 or visit www.amherstchurches. org. • Old Stone Evangelical Church, 553 South Main St., has adult Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. A free community supper is offered from 5-7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. A free community breakfast is served from 8:30-10:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month. Carry-outs are available at either meal. • Brownhelm United Church of Christ, 2144 North Ridge Rd., worships each Sunday at 11 a.m. Sunday school for children is held during the service.

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AMHERST JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLLS Academic honors for the fourth quarter at Amherst Junior High School have been released. Sixth Grade Honor Roll: Sofia Anadiotis, Mia Atkinson, Brooke Baker, Logan Banyas, Jensen Bischof, McKenna Bottomlee, Alexander Bozsoki, Angelic Cherney, Samson Croston, Ciara Cruz, Ian Del Valle-Cantress, Riley Diar, Jack Fedan, Oliver Fekete, Cooper Fenik, Kylie Francisco, Ema Garcia, Riley Grooms, Carter Hill, James Hoovler, Nathan Hunt, Melissa Jean-Louis, Livia Jenkins, Samantha Kilzer, Frank Klanac, Andrew Kliemann, Addison Lachman, Alexandrea Lattea, Izabelle Layne, Spencer Leibolt, Dina Lin, Ella Lombardozzi, Selene Manholt, Tobias Marvin, Cooper Miller, Nicholas Moss, Ashley Newman, Zachary Nickoloff, Aubri Nunez, Rocco Palermo, Logan Pitcock, Carly Pleban, Charles Rados, Nyeisha Reid, Margaret Ritenauer, Joshua Robinson, Joey Rodriguez-Lovell, Arianna Serrano, Ella Stevenson, Kayson Sturgill, Harley Thomas, Isabella Thomas-Friend, Akierra Thompson, Gwendolyn Thompson, Tripp Vallelonga, Colt Woch, Kyan Woods, Landon Woodworth, Isabelle Yuhasz-Berlin, Cole Zajkowski. High Honors: Madeline Almady, Fernando Amador, Jocelyn Anderson, Trinity Anderson, Miranda Bena, Brenden Bingham, Dax Bremer, Lance Buffa, Adrianna Charles, Allison Copeland, Aron Cortez, Alexis Costin, Dylan Coughlin, Lola Coughlin, Caleb Crawford, Madilyn Daviduk, Carlton Davis, Aubrielle Dewey, Abby Diaz, Ashton Draga, Katelynn Florek, Brayden Gallogly, Jade Gedling, Aubrey Gonzalez, MacKenzie Gutierrez, Gabriel Hearn, Gabrielle Herold, Genevieve Herrmann, Mallory Heyd, Nina Hoffman, Ainsley Hunker, Laila Jackson, Neaeh Jackson, Jonathon Janosik, Lizza Jenkins, Jordyn Jones, Vladimir Jules, Elijah Kender, Christopher LaTorre, Michael Lewis, Ava Loeser, Katherine Low, Austin Lugar, Alexander Mace, Cole Mayer, Mallory Mayfield, Rylie Michael, Maguire Mihalek, Emanuel Morell, Hayden Nagy, Hayden Nahm, Logan Orlandi, Darwin Penano, Josue Perez, Owen Perna, Claire Petrillo, Abigail Phillips, Alexis Podboy, Kora Pritt, Isabella Pugh, Jeffrey Reichert, Carmela Rivera, Brayden Rosebeck, Nevaeh Sadler, Alana Santiago, Jacob Schliesser, Ella Schubert, Madeline Settle, Dain Smith, Emma Snodgrass, Jackson Solyom, Paityn Sooy, Ethan Staveski, Nathan Stewart, Ben Susi, Gavin Taliano, Marin Tellier, Bianca Teppo, Emilio Trevino, Cameron Velez, Vittoria Verde, Noah Von Kaenel, Brooke Vorhees, Amaya Walsh, Vincent Washburn, Evann Watchorn, Ryan Watkins, Matthew Weidner, Mort Wilson, Addison Wood, Joseph Zaworski. All A's: River Ambroz, Olivia Bailey, Zoey Bally, Callie Christner, Henry Cislo, Julia Ciura, Kamille Coleman, Abigail Cooke, Landon Crosby, Taylor Davis, Avaree DiFilippo, Aubrey Dooley, Brady Edwards, Madelyne Gates, Reagan Groom, Grace Grove, Allison Jackson, Sadie Koba-Nelson, Mikayla Kroesen, David Lewis, Lindey Mariast, Anthony Martin, Kaitlyn Molnar, Cole Norris, Melissa Nunez, Sophia Pecora, Ryan Pieschalski, Candace Puhalla, Makayla Radman, Tayler Radman, Kendall Richardson, Vegas Ronan, Alana Roth, Emma Sayers, Luke Schreiber, Aniya Smith, Carson Timko, Prince Tran, Roxy Trunzo, Aiden Workman, Lucas Young, Adriano Zagar. Seventh Grade Honor Roll: Gabriel Aponte, Ryan Auvil, Kaylee Blaus, Landen Bray, Gabrielle Brezina, Angela Brillon, Logan Brown, Mackenzie Cheatham, Lindsay Cornwell, Gavyn Cumberledge, Madeline Dean-Dielman, Margaret Deisler, Carson Denman,


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Lexy Coggins and Emily Stewart of Firelands competed this weekend as members of the Indians youth softball team during All-Star Weekend, which welcomed the Major League Baseball All-Star Game to Cleveland. They played teams from across the country in the Jenny Finch Classic at Baldwin Wallace University. The tournament is named for the former Olympian and national softball star who also took part in Sunday's All-Star Celebrity Softball Game at Progressive Field.

Stephan Dokovski, Nancy Doyle, Brooke Faber, Sadie Farlow, Christian Gendics, Sienna German, Zachary Gumble, Elana Hamilton, Ethan Homolya, Natalie Hudzinski, Camden Hunter, Samuel Janik, Ava Kelley, Kristen Kelley, Morgan Kessler, Ijanai King, Michael Kobylka III, Kayla Marsh, Nathan Mason, Carl Matos, Emilee McCann, Emily McElheny, Matthew Muntz, Elijah Nail, Trent Odelli, Michael Parish, Ty Perez, Charles Porter, Kaylee Richards, Peyton Roberts, Victoria Ruiz, Keanna Sauvey, Megan Shafer, Madison Simulcik, Samuel Snowden, Natalie Sprinkle, Jacob Stawicki, Addison Stump, Aaron Swiers, Makaya Thomas, Taylor Traband, Christopher Turner, Kadence Vanche, Alexandrea Vargo, Adrianna Velez, Jonathan Williams, Ella Yonts. High Honors: Elizabeth Anderson, Grace Atherton, Elizabeth Barry, Claire Bedo, Luke Bengele, Jessie Boonekamp, Ja'Vyen Carter, Mason Cawthon, Jackson Ciu, Nicholas Costello, Hayden Coughlin, Izabella DeJesus, Ruari Dever, Larissa Diedrick, Alyson Dotson, Katelyn Drop, Giavonna Franks, Jacqueline Fuentes-Quiej, Andrew Gayheart, Jillian George, Elaina Gilles, Ashley Grapes, Brina Guan, Brooke Hendershot, Ava Hoffman, Victoria Hopkins, Clara Horwedel, Ethan Howard, Henry Isaacs, Kaelyn James, Carson Jeffers, Jordyn Jevcak, Elaine Kapalin, Elizabeth Kapalin, Jennie Kirnus, Alexa Koscho, Lauren Kukicka, McKenzie Mayfield, Amanda McElheny, Cohen McGee, Veronia Mudrock, Ava Murphy, Ryan Naelitz, Elle Niehart, Annabella O'Brien, Jaren Orlando, Elaina Paradissis, Natalie Pleban, Mackenzie Price, Carrie Prichard, Holley Rangel, Ethan Ray, Zoey Roy, Sean Sabol, Madelyn Sanders, Sabrina Schaeffer, Hananiah Smith, Elizabeth Sonntag, Julianna Spataro, Valyn Survance, Ava Sweeney, Isabel Taylor, Manuel Trevino, Ryan Trowbridge, Vananthony Trunzo, Brianna Ujvari, Gianna Vrooman, Chadwick Yoder. All A's: Sydney Alto, Sara Anadiotis, Ava Aschemeier, Ross Auvil, Corin Balut, Braeden Bard, Amelia Behm, Kendall Bott, Alexa Bowens, Gabrielle Breckenridge, Hailee Bukovac, Aaron Clappas, Ava Darmos, Ezekiel DeMurcurio, Kayla Ferancy, Audrey Frankart, Ava Gilles, Connor Hering, Elizabeth Iliff, Dane Janis, Jacob Jesko, Mason Kinser, Paige Kotefski, Rylie Kuhn, Alivia Liddington, Logan McCrone, Rachel McDerment, Joseph Miller, Jacob Morris, Jacob Nunez, Josiah Ortiz, James P'Simer, Lauren Prusak, Devin Ramirez, Alyssa Rodriguez, Bradyn Silvasy, Sabrina Stawicki, Brooke Sultzer, Mark Vitelli, Cecily Waynar, Julia Zack. Eighth Grade Honor Roll: Naudia Balek, Leah Biedenbach,

Isabella Boone, Trent Branchen, Jadyn Brockmeyer, Emma Bruewer, Augustus Brynak, Zachary Bunnell, John Cain, Ryan Campana, Alexandra Charles, Nicholas Ciura, Gage Cohoon, Grant Dobo, Nathan Fiala, Bishop Fryson, Grant Gabrie, Trevor Gillam, Natalie Groom, Christian Heckmann, Caden Henry, Brayden Hribar, Trevor Huston, Maddison Kimmich, Mia Ksenich, Blake Kubasak, Anthony Kywa, Kathryn Lee, Hudson lisner, Seth Lopez, Zachary Low, Joshua Ludwig, John Mackin, Aleishka Marrero, Rafael Martinez, Lindsey McConihe, Sean McQuate, Kayleigh Nieves-Green, Drew Pieschalski, Riley Pinter, Braden Pluta, Gavin Pogachar, Jeffery Rangel, Hailey Salvagni, Owen Shafer, Siddhartha Sharma, Christopher Smith, Hailey Summers, Kayden Tackett, Chloe Teppo, Donald Theisen, Giovanni Toth, Shelby Veard, Joshua Wallace, Logann Watchorn, Nevaeh Williams, Trent Williams, Ashlee Wysocky, Halle Zapolski. High Honors: Hannah Aschenbach, Riley Banyas, Anderson Bingham, Yasmine Bounit, Braden Carpenter, Cara Craddock, Andrew Cvetkovic, Devan Daidone, Owen Davis, Isabella Dellipoala, Morgan Donohue, Sierra Dorobek, Evan Draga, Lucy Fenik, Luke Figueroa, Mya Fritz, Gabrielle Fuller, Jules Gedling, Cameron Gendics, Alexa Goodrich, Ryan Graber, Anthony Green, Cooper Guilliams, Zoe Guilonard, Preston Hawkins, Lindsey Heyd, Charly Hicks, Kameron Hinton, Braden Hunker, Maxwell Hyde, Aidan Hylton, Maya Johnson, Mia Jones, Jenna Juristy, Ava Komosa, Leah Koscho, Paige LaBranche, Isabella Loder-Nickeson, Mya Mandat, Benjamin McKee, Brennan Miller, Megan Myers, Keith Onacila, Kaylee Pajor, Nathan Palos, John Perez-Strohmeyer, Martin Polonkay, Devin Pritt, Deanne Richards, Jacob Sauer, Jacob Schneider, Kendra Shimrock, Madison Smith, Mackenzie Szudarek, Carly Traut, Molly Tremaine, Collin Turley, Catherine Turner. All A's: Alexis Alflen, Cait Alltmont, Ella Baker, Andrew Bentley, Megan Bollin, Kaitlyn Butler, Colby Cabrera, Ada Carroll, Alexis Clappas, Hailey Counts, Jonathon Dvorscak, Madison Elliott, Rose Fedan, Jocelyn George, Dani German, Meghan Glahn, Isabela Gotsis, Ava Haddix, Chase Hetrick, Madeline Kachure, Lauren Kendall, Kylie Kimmich, Kaila Kocsis, Lillianne Kossow, Ashley London, Lily Macartney, Jack Manzo, Chase Mayer, Olivia McGrath, Sydney Miller, Emily Myers, Kaitlyn Myers, Emily Peah, Spencer Plemons, Damien Prinkey, Maren Rhoads, Isabella Sekletar, Jaedon Smath, Grant Sooy, Sereena Sperry, Emma Stipanovich, Liam Taliano, Payton TarBush, Sophia Traband, Brandon Vasquez, Mattie Vazquez, Eva Wanek, Aurora Wilson, Rayan Zaidi.

FAMOUS DOGS ACROSS 1. One chore, e.g. 5. Not bright 8. *Dog in yoga 12. Impersonator 13. *Marvel Comics’ ____ Dogs 14. *First dog in space 15. Bulb holder 16. Auto pioneer 17. Without illumination 18. *Smallest dog breed 20. Play-ers 21. Those who vote against 22. Paul Simon’s former partner 23. Medium’s seance state 26. Do like ivy, two words 30. *Type of terrier 31. L in NFL 34. Cleanse 35. Priest’s Eucharist garb 37. Pilgrimage to Mecca 38. On the fritz 39. Eight furlongs 40. Study of bird eggs 42. Not lager 43. Change into stone 45. Scandinavian country 47. Web robot 48. Plants and animals 50. Partner to greet 52. *Wartime horrors 56. Royal topper 57. What Daenerys Targaryen wanted to do 58. Like tiny print 59. Seizure or sunstroke 60. Between ids and super-egos 61. Sacred image in Orthodox Church 62. Al Capone’s nemesis Eliot 63. One of the five W’s 64. Aren’t, colloquially DOWN 1. Magnesium silicate 2. Moonfish 3. Bruce Willis’ ex 4. Oliver Twist, e.g. 5. Indian metropolis 6. River in India 7. Table hill

8. Thin cigar 9. Rembrandt’s medium 10. SNL act 11. David Zinczenko’s “___ This, Not That!” 13. Chin beard 14. Filthy dough 19. “I give up!” 22. 1/100 of a hectare 23. *Lady’s Bella Notte date 24. China grass 25. Like tower of Pisa 26. *Stephen King’s rabid character 27. Native American fruit 28. Throat lobe 29. *”Our Gang” pit bull terrier 32. Call to a mate 33. Girl 36. *Hound of Hades

38. _____ Protocol, climate change treaty 40. “Oftentimes” in poetry 41. Gnostic’s intuitions 44. Itsy-bitsy bits 46. Basket-making fibers 48. When it breaks, the cradle will fall 49. Traditional Inuit home 50. Three blind ones 51. Chows down 52. *What Charles Schulz did with Snoopy 53. ____pedia or ____leaks 54. In a little while, to Shakespeare 55. Rock opera version of “La Bohème” 56. “Wizard of Oz” man

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POLICE REPORTS • July 1 at 3:32 p.m.: An Amherst man said he was driving under the West Street railroad underpass when a stone fell from above, cracking his windshield. • July 1 at 3:27 p.m.: Orlando Agosto, 38, of Lorain, was arrested on a warrant through Lorain County 911 for contempt of court on a charge of dangerous drugs. • July 2 at 7:10 a.m.: Dwayne Vernon, 55, of Lorain, was arrested on a warrant through the Lorain County Sheriff's Office for contempt of court. • July 2 at 10:03 a.m.: Police investigated a domestic dispute on Spruce Tree Lane. • July 2 at 7:20 p.m.: Five pork loins were reported stolen from Save A Lot on Cooper Foster Park Road. • July 3 at 2:56 p.m.: A person having a change of mental status was taken to the hospital for medical care. • July 4 at 7:06 a.m.: A driver was spotted traveling extremely slowly down Rt. 2. Police learned the driver had a mental illness and was in need of care. They were taken to Mercy Health Lorain Hospital for evaluation. • July 4 at 10:05 a.m.: Police were told a male was lying in a yard on Westchester Drive under the influence of some type of drug. He was taken to Mercy Health Lorain Hospital. • July 4 at 12:52 p.m.: A man was found slumped over on his side behind several dining tables at Taco Bell on Rt. 58. Numerous doses of naloxone were used to revive him. The man was taken to Mercy Health Lorain Hospital for treatment. • July 4 at 1:22 p.m.: Scott Pacholski was arrested on a warrant through the Oberlin Municipal Court for failure to report to jail on an original charge of theft. • July 7 at 8:20 a.m.: Miguel Collazo Rivera, 30, of Lorain, was arrested on a warrant through the Lorain police department for failure to appear in court on a traffic offense. • July 7 at 4:53 p.m.: An Amherst man said he was scammed by someone on Craig's List. Editor’s note: Though charged, defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Diversity scholarship

London Voss of Amherst has been awarded the 2019 Diversity Scholarship by OHM Advisors, an architectural, engineering, and planning firm headquartered in Michigan. “OHM Advisors is always looking ahead to the next generation of the best and brightest who will be the workforce of the future. From the highest levels of our firm’s leadership, we believe that diversity drives innovation,” said president John Hiltz. The program awards scholarships to qualified women and minorities who are currently enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a STEM program or related field. Voss is studying civil engineering at Cleveland State University.


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Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times

We’ve been collecting incredibly fun photos of kids at play this summer during visits to Maude Neiding Park, the Mercy Health Amherst Healthplex, and Amherst Junior High recreation fields. Here are some of our favorites! RIGHT: Owen Snehotta gets a boost from his mom, Faith, as he crosses the monkey bars hand over hand. MIDDLE LEFT: Bryce Hughes runs through the water to cool off. MIDDLE RIGHT: John Decker and Nicodemus Strinka share a huge hug as they’re deluged by water. BOTTOM LEFT: Chey Flores pushes her daughter Amaya on the swing. BOTTOM RIGHT: Young league soccer players drill and hone their skills.



City fronts $282K for wastewater system



Purchase of a $282,980 ultraviolet disinfection system for Oberlin's waste treatment plant was fast-tracked in a July 1 vote by city council. Let's not beat around the bush: We're talking about how your toilet water is cleaned. The city's water environment protection facility stopped using Baumann chlorine in the late 1990s and switched to ultraviolet light, which scrambles the DNA of pathogens in the water before it's released into Plum Creek. That means they can't reproduce, according to public works director Jeff Baumann. The Calgon UV disinfection system used now was installed in 1999. "Staff does not know why this system was specified and installed," said a memo to council from Baumann. "We have subsequently learned that it is one of only two of its kind in the country. With so few installations, it should come as no surprise that it's been an ongoing challenge to source parts." Or as water protection facility superintendent Steve Hoffert put it, "I've been keeping this thing running with bubblegum and duct tape." In the last couple of years, Hoffert's staff has looked into a number of replacement options and toured other waste treatment plants. "As you might imagine, you don't go to the ultraviolet disinfection store and buy these off the shelf, right? It's a highly technical, highly engineered product," Baumann said. The duo asked council to buy a new UV disinfection system via Trojan Technologies of WASTEWATER PAGE C3


Jason Hawk | Oberlin News-Tribune

Julian Cossmann Cooke is one of Oberlin's native sons. Today he lives in Texas, where he builds violins, violas, and cellos.

Violin craftsman returns home JASON HAWK EDITOR

Every summer for the past 33 years, professional violin-makers and restoration experts have flocked to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music to hone their craft. For Julian Cossmann Cooke, it's been a homecoming. A native of Oberlin, he moved away at age six when his father, who taught religion classes at the college, took a job at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. That was more than a half-century ago. Today, he operates Cossmann Violins in Austin, Texas, and serves as vice president of the Violin Society of America. Cossmann said he has big, vibrant memories of the Oberlin

“I come here to learn because you never stop becoming better at what you love.” JULIAN COSSMAN COOKE

of his youth. This past week, he walked around taking in the town and reliving some familiar childhood spots — Gibson's Bakery, Tappan Square, his old house. He fondly recalled his kindergarten teacher, Ms. Black, going to day camp, and fishing. Workshops were the big draw for his visit: This year's VSA offerings included acoustics,

bow-making, violin-making, bow restoration, and violin restoration. Attendees came from all over the world to learn. Cossmann plays a little but said his talents are not in performance. "I play a little bit but I realize early on I was going to be a better violin maker than player," he laughed. Nor does he consider himself among the world's master crafters, though he does enjoy spending time in his workshop, building violins, violas, and cellos. It's a solitary job and he pours heart and soul into the handmade instruments, shaping blocks of maple and spruce into works of art. VIOLIN MAKER PAGE C3

Boys & Girls Clubs merger is one of nation’s biggest STAFF REPORT

Lorain County Community Newspapers is looking for a full-time reporter with a focus on Amherst, Oberlin, and Wellington! The job requires a flexible schedule, an interest in life in small communities, the ability to write snappy stories and capture engaging photos, and great organizational skills. Night and weekend availability is a must — we work when and where news happens! City councils, school boards, high school sports, human interest stories, cops and courts, businesses, planning and development, social issues, and more. We want to fill this position quickly. Send your resume to news@lcnewspapers.com today!

Four Boys & Girls Clubs have joined under a single banner in one of the nonprofit's largest mergers in the United States. The clubs of Lorain County, Cleveland, Erie County, and the Western Reserve (Akron) have merged as of July 1 to form the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio. Together they serve 8,500 kids at 36 sites in four counties and have a combined budget of $11 million. Ron Soeder, who has headed Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland for the past 13 years, has been named interim president and CEO of the new organization. “This merger gives us the opportunity to serve more kids and develop deeper programming,”

Photo by David Liam Kyle

A merger of Boys & Girls Clubs in four counties, including Lorain County, will affect 8,500 children at 36 sites. he said. “All four of the merging club(s) are financially strong and well-run, and combining our forces will enable us to scale our best practices, streamline operations and be more

cost-efficient — all to serve and support more kids." The merging clubs will retain their local identities but they'll



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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Oberlin News-Tribune

Woodson patrols Middle East waters with Navy DAVID FINLEY U.S. NAVY

Petty Officer 1st Class John Woodson, a native of Oberlin, joined the Navy a decade ago. Now, half a world away, he serves aboard an avenger-class mine countermeasures ship, the USS Gladiator, tasked to search and dispose of enemy mines in the world’s most dynamic maritime region. A 2006 graduate of Oberlin High School, he is a mineman aboard the Bahrain-based ship, one of four MCMs forward-deployed to the Arabian Gulf in the Navy’s U.S. 5th

Fleet operating under Task Force 52. “As (minemen), we are responsible for finding and neutralizing underwater mines to ensure safe travel for all ships,” said Woodson. The USS Gladiator is 224 feet long, 39 feet wide, and weighs over 1,300 tons. Four diesel engines, designed to have very low magnetic and acoustic signatures, help push the ship through the water at 16 miles per hour. MCMs are outfitted with the means to detect and disable mines, ensuring sea lanes remain open for military, commercial, and civilian vessels.

The 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of ocean and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, and parts of the Indian Ocean. This expanse, comprised of 20 countries, includes three critical choke points; the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. “I grew up in a small town that had very few distractions, which allowed me to focus on what is important,” said Woodson. “Establishing working relationships with the small crew on a minesweeper is how I made it to where I am today.”

Photo by Jackson Brown | U.S. Navy

John Woodson of Oberlin is a petty officer 1st class aboard the USS Gladiator, clearing mines from international waters.

CHURCH DIRECTORY All Oberlin-area churches are invited to post service times in the News-Tribune. Send your listing to us via email at news@lcnews papers.com. • Peace Community Church, 44 East Lorain St., has worship at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The first Sunday of each month is Communion Sunday and there is a potluck lunch after the service. There is Sunday school for ages five to 12 during worship and nursery care available for infants through age four. A peace vigil is held at noon on Saturday on Tappan Square. • Park Street Seventh-day Adventist Church, 99 South Park St., has Sabbath school at 9:30 a.m. followed by worship at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Prayer meetings are held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays via the prayer line (details on the church website). The first Sabbath each month is Friends and Family Day with a vegetarian potluck lunch after service. Visit www. parkstreetsda.org for more information.

• Oberlin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meets at 355 East Lorain St. at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays for worship. Childcare is available. • Christ Episcopal Church, 162 South Main St., holds Sunday services of the Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Adult Christian formation is held at 9:15 a.m. on Sundays. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated on Wednesdays at 8 a.m. Adult choir rehearsals are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. • Grace Lutheran Church, 310 West Lorain St., holds worship service and Sunday school at 10 a.m. on Sundays followed by fellowship and adult Bible study at 11:40 a.m. • Sacred Heart Church, 410 West Lorain St., has a vigil Mass at 4 p.m. on Saturdays; Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.; and weekday Masses at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 8:45 a.m. Fridays. • The First Church in Oberlin, United Church of Christ, 106 North Main St., has Sunday worship at 10 a.m. with communion the first

Sunday of each month. Childcare provided. Children’s church is at 10:15 a.m. Sunday school will be held for all ages at 11 a.m. For weekly information, visit www.firstchurchoberlin.org. • The Empty Field Buddhist Community, 5 South Main St., Suite 212, meets at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays. Meetings include two 25-minute meditation periods and book study until 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact John Sabin at 440-574-1570 or jwsabin@gmail.com. • First United Methodist Church, 45 South Professor St., has adult Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. with infant care available. • Christ Temple Apostolic Church, 370 West Lincoln St., has free hot breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Sundays with Sunday prayer from 9-9:30 a.m. Sunday Academy is at 9:30 a.m. with classes for preschool to adults, followed by concession and refreshments. Worship and children’s church is at 11 a.m.

Tuesday Bible study is at 7 p.m. Wednesday prayer is from noon to 1 p.m. First Friday prayer is from 7-8 p.m. Prison ministry at Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton is at 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month. For transportation, call pastor Laurence Nevels at 440774-1909. • Pittsfield Community Church has Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. There is a new Mothers of Preschool children’s group. For more information, call 440-774-2162. • Rust United Methodist Church meets Sundays with a free community breakfast at 9 a.m., church school for all ages at 9:30 a.m., and worship at 11 a.m. A noon prayer service is held each Wednesday. Sparrow Bible Study is held Wednesdays at 7 p.m., 133 Smith St. Gospel Choir practices at 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. • House of Praise International Church meets at 11 a.m. each Sunday at Oberlin High School with a service as well as children and

youth ministries. For details, visit www.hopchurch.org. • Mount Zion Baptist Church, 185 South Pleasant St., has the Church at Study service at 9:30 a.m. Sundays with the Church at Worship at 10:30 a.m. The Church at Prayer is held at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. • Calvary Baptist Church, 414 South Main St., has Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. with children’s church for preschool through third grade. Bible study is held at 6 p.m. on Sundays, with teens meeting at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday is family night with Men of Action Bible study, Women of Faith Bible study, and teen and JOY Club meetings at 6:30 p.m. • East Oberlin Community Church has Sunday school at 10 a.m. and Sunday worship at 11 a.m. A friends and family meal is held at noon on the last Sunday of each month; take a dish to share. Pastor Chris Vough has office hours at 5 p.m. on

Wednesdays, followed by Bible study at 6 p.m. For more information, call 440-774-3443. • Life Builders Foursquare Church meets at the pastor’s residence, 43 East Vine St. Sunday praise and worship starts at 11 a.m. Men’s Bible study is at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. A women’s meeting is held twice each month on Sunday after church. • Oberlin Missionary Alliance Church, 125 South Pleasant St., holds Sunday school for children and adults at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning worship begins at 10:45 a.m. Weekly workshop begins with Wednesday prayer services at noon and Bible studies at 7 p.m. with pastor Lester Allen. • Oberlin Friends (Quakers) meet for worship from 10:3011:30 a.m. each Sunday in the education center at Kendal at Oberlin, 600 Kendal Dr. • Glorious Faith Tabernacle, 45637 East Hamilton St., has services Sundays at 11 a.m. with pastors Allan and Rochelle Carter. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Intercessory prayer is held at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays with Bible study at 7 p.m. • Green Pastures Baptist Church, 12404 Leavitt Rd., has Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship service on Sundays at 11 a.m. A Sunday evening service is held at 6 p.m. • The Kipton Community Church, 511 Church St., has Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 am. with youth Sunday school at 10:45 a.m. Communion is the first Sunday of the month. The church food pantry is open every Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. for our area.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Oberlin News-Tribune

Jury: Banks did not murder Davis STAFF REPORT

A suspect no longer — Khorey Banks has been cleared in the murder of Steven Davis. After a five-day trial, a Lorain County jury found him not guilty on all charges related to the 2015 slaying on Locust Street in Oberlin. As a result, Banks, 25, of Elyria, was released from the county jail, where he'd been

held since August 2017. He had been imprisoned after an indictment on seven felony counts, including aggravated murder, murder, assault, and tampering with evidence, and a lesser count of theft. Banks maintained his innocence through it all and took the stand as the defense's lone witness. The jury deliberated for less than five hours before emerging July 2 to declare Banks not guilty. Davis, 24, was found dead

in his Oberlin apartment with gunshot wounds to his chest and head, according to police. His cousin discovered the body, checking in after phone calls went unanswered. Police characterized Davis as active in drug circles and speculated that drugs could have provided a motive for the killing. Banks had been a suspect since early in the Oberlin department's yearslong investigation. He was arrested by police in Columbus two years after Davis was found dead.

Jason Hawk | Oberlin News-Tribune

Playground equipment that has stood for three decades at Spring Street Park will be replaced using Community Development Block Grant funds.

City gets $61K for Spring St. Park


A plan to update Oberlin's Spring Street Park has gotten a stamp of approval from Lorain County commissioners — but not the full funding the city had requested. The three-person panel voted June 12 to provide $61,530 for playground equipment and new parking spaces on the Groveland Street side of the park. It's a nice cut of $507,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds managed by

the county. Yet it falls below the $100,000 Oberlin officials had asked for, which means city council was called upon June 17 to foot the difference. Already committed to a match, council pushed through an emergency vote that dedicates $125,065 to the upgrades. State funding for the effort won't be released until 2020. When it's finally made available, it will help replace the oldest playground equipment in Oberlin, said recreation director Ian Yarber. Installed in the 1980s, the

play equipment has pieces missing, such as bridges that have long since been removed. The company that made the playground no longer makes replacement parts and anything that breaks has to be "Frankensteined," Yarber said. During a visit to the site, company representatives were shocked the equipment was still standing, he said. The Spring Street Park project is part of a larger plan by city officials to invest in the low to moderate income neighborhoods on Oberlin's southeast side.

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operate under the Northeast Ohio umbrella. Donors will be able to direct their funds to local clubs specifically or to the region, said Soeder. There are no plans for layoffs. Soeder said the merger may actually help fill existing vacancies. The four merging clubs together have 334 employees, including 87 full-time workers. Rich Desich will represent Lorain County on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio board. Two of the organization's subsidiaries will also join the group under the merger and retain their current board structures. They are Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance, which works to stem violence in the city; and Open Arts, formerly known as Open Tone Music, which provides music, art, dance, and theater programming. Boys & Girls Clubs of America has been encouraging mergers throughout the country to boost membership, standardize programming, and bolster the financial standing of individual clubs. The national organization has committed to investing $350,000 in the Northeast Ohio merger effort. A study of clubs that have merged in the past five years showed those organizations saw a 21 percent increase in the number of youth served and a 29 percent increase in total revenue. Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County was formed in 1999, when director Mike Conibear transformed a small space within an Oberlin elementary school into a club for kids. Since then, the organization has expanded to become one of the largest youth-serving agencies in the region. The Oberlin location at Prospect Elementary remains active, offering food, after-school, and recreation programs. Additional locations in Lorain County include Middle Avenue in Elyria, Elyria South Recreation Center, Desich Family Campus in Lorain, Toni Morrison Elementary School in Lorain, Admiral King Elementary in Lorain, Southside Gardens in Lorain, and Westview Terrace in Lorain. There are also 21st Century Learning Center sites at 10 public schools throughout the county.


In a July 4 article titled “City lends its name, logo to utilities warranty program,” we should have clarified that councilwoman Sharon Soucy’s dissenting vote was against passage of an ordinance on first reading with emergency status. She did support a utilities warranty program.


FROM C1 Ontario, Canada. Council agreed, approving the request on first reading and opting to skip a competitive bidding process. Hoffert said the Trojan system will be far more efficient and cost-effective than what Ober-

lin uses to clean its waste water now. Trojan also typically keeps its systems for 30 years and is widely adopted by cities, which should make finding parts much easier. On top of that, the new system's power consumption is half what

other systems were, he said. The city budgeted $375,000 for a new UV treatment system in 2018, a figure that included $14,000 for engineering and $50,000 for installation. Baumann said the project is expected to come in under budget.


FROM C1 Mostly simple tools are used — chisels, gouges, and planes — over the two and a half months it takes to shape a violin. "I'll make the instrument I want to make because of my sensibilities. And I know

there's someone out there who's going to like it too," he said. After slowly and painstakingly turning rough wood into an instrument, Cossmann said he doesn’t struggle with turning over the results of his hard work to its buyer.

"I raise the child and see them off into the world," he said. "You turn around in the workshop and there's another child waiting to be born... I'm delighted if someone thinks it sounds pretty and looks pretty and is excited to play it."

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Oberlin News-Tribune

SCHOLARS MADELINE HENNESSEY of Oberlin has been named to the dean's list for the Spring 2019 semester at Chatham University Falk School of Sustainability and Environment. ANGEL RIDDLE of Oberlin earned a bachelor of arts degree from the Wesleyan University College of Social Studies and Music. SPENCER PAULEY of Oberlin has been named to the dean's list for the Spring 2019 semester at Ohio Wesleyan University. ADILA WAHDAT of Oberlin has graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a bachelor of arts degree in digital media and a minor in journalism. DANIEL ADAMS of Oberlin has received a master of arts degree in management from Briar Cliff University.


Connecting with urban farms ERIN ULRICH OBERLIN COLLEGE

For nearly a decade, Janet Fiskio and her Oberlin College students have been studying and visiting urban farms in Cleveland. Students in Fiskio’s "American Agricultures" course, which is cross-listed in environmental studies and comparative American studies, contextualize the history of black agrarianism in the Rust Belt. They are immersed in this history firsthand through field trips to Cleveland. In recent years, Fiskio and her students have taken field trips to Vel’s Purple Oasis, a grassroots urban farm located in Cleveland’s University Circle. In 2008, Cleveland-based wellness advocate Vel Scott founded the Oasis, which serves as a hub for healthy food in the neighborhood. Scott has since expanded its reach by partnering with schools and organizations in Northeast Ohio. The Oasis was also a site in this past year’s Connect Cleveland program for incoming firstyears. Fiskio was introduced to Scott in 2010 through Oberlin alumnus Brad Masi, founder of the New Agrarian Center. Fiskio, whose scholarship focuses on environmental justice and agrarianism and food justice, said her work

with Scott has significantly influenced the course of her research and teaching. “I feel like when you start studying the histories of black agrarianism and immigrant labor, you recognize that, ethically, you’re compelled to make some kind of change,” Fiskio says. “Students are often saying, ‘I never knew this history. Now I’m going to have to think about agriculture differently.’” Scott and Fiskio have collaborated and supported each other in myriad ways. Fiskio’s students have supported the Oasis through grant writing, garden and building upkeep, and by working as summer interns. In 2015, Fiskio and Scott were awarded backing by Oberlin’s Green Edge Fund to rehabilitate the Don Scott House, a community food center named in honor of Scott’s late husband. Along with environmental studies professor Rumi Shammin, they also jointly authored ‘‘Cultivating Community: Black Agrarianism in Cleveland, Ohio” in "Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies" in 2016. By learning the histories of economically prosperous African-American neighborhoods in Cleveland, students gain perspective on the origins of contemporary urban black agrarianism. In addition to the Oasis, "American Agricultures" stu-

dents also visit Chateau Hough, a Cleveland vineyard and winery founded by Cleveland native Mansfield Frazier. Third-year Nathan Carpenter said the class trip to Chateau Hough enriched his learning in the course. ‘‘It was really valuable to talk with (Frazier), who is actively engaged in the world of urban farming and to hear about the different trade-offs that must be balanced in that work,’’ he said. “I found the experiential elements of the class extraordinarily helpful in expanding my understanding of the topics we were learning about.” When students visited the Oasis in previous years, they spent the day gardening and lending a hand but they also heard Scott’s story firsthand. Oftentimes, the trip sparks in students a continued interest in food justice. Throughout the years, Scott has mentored numerous Oberlin students and alumni who have supported the Oasis through grant writing and by conducting research. “I think the course is self-selecting in that students who come to the class are already really committed to working in agriculture and food justice and want to learn more,” Fiskio said. Scott said the continuation of the Oberlin-Oasis relationship will support the longevity of the Oasis’ mission.

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LEGALS DIVORCE NOTICE 19DU085841- Kiana Wright v. Cedric Wright, Jr. Cedric Wright, Jr. whose last known address was 6879 Cinderella Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32210 and present address is unknown, will take notice that on March 22, 2019, Kiana Wright filed her Complaint for Divorce against Cedric Wright, Jr. in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division, 225 Court Street, Elyria, Ohio

44035. The Plaintiff has alleged that she and the Defendant were married on February 12, 2014 at Jacksonville, Fl.; that four (4) children were born as issue of the Marriage; C.W., DOB: 7/13/2009, C.W., DOB: 1/21/2011, C.W., DOB: 10/21/2012 and C.W., DOB: 2/21/2015; that the Defendant is guilty of gross neglect of duty and that he and Defendant are incompatible.The matter is set for a Case Management Conference on August 12, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas, 225 Court Street, 2nd Floor, Elyria, Ohio 44035. NOTE: THE DEFENDANT HEREIN, CEDRIC WRIGHT, JR., HAS TWENTY EIGHT (28) DAYS IN WHICH TO RESPOND TO THE ABOVE COMPLAINT FOR DIVORCE AFTER THE POSTING. (6:13, 20, 27, 7:4, 11, 18) LEGAL NOTICE MARK WAYNE MINNEY, whose last known address was 14632 S. Island Road, Columbia Station, Ohio and whose

present address is now not known, is hereby notified that Wendy Lee Minney filed her Complaint for Divorce on June 24, 2019 in the case captioned: Wendy Lee Minney vs. Mark Wayne Minney, being Case No. 19DR086278 against him in the Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division, 225 Court St., 4th Floor, Elyria, Ohio, Lorain County, asking for an order granting her a divorce. Said Defendant is required to answer and the case will be on for hearing on September 23, 2019 at 8:30 A.M. before the Lorain County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations Division, Justice Center, 225 Court St., 4th Floor, Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio. By Order of the Lorain County Domestic Relations Court 225 Court Street, Fourth Floor Elyria, OH 44035 440-329-5000 (7:4, 11, 18, 25, 8:1, 8) PUBLICATION OF LEGISLATION The following is a summary of legislation

adopted by Lorain City Council on July 1, 2019. The complete text of each item may be viewed or purchased in the Clerk of Council Office @ Lorain City Hall, 200 W. Erie Ave., Lorain, OH, during normal business hours or contact Nancy Greer @ 204-2050 (Nancy_ Greer@cityoflorain.org). The following summary has been reviewed/approved by the Law Director for legal accuracy as required by state laws. Reso. No. 20-19 Commending Lorain Elite Football League and their 2019 Championship teams, Reso. No. 21-19 Commending Fligner’s Market for 95 years of outstanding service, Reso. No. 22-19 Commending Marzavas & Sons Jewelry for over 60 year of outstanding service, Reso. No. 24-19 Declaring it necessary to levy an add’l tax to supplement General Fund for capital improvement and maintenance to parks in the City of Lorain, Ord. No. 84-19 Auth S/S Dir. to permit Accel Building Systems to furnish & install one ODOT approved salt containment structure @

Central Service Complex, Ord. No. 85-19 Auth S/S Dir. to permit Heavy Lift Systems to furnish & install vehicle lift system @ Central Service Complex w/o bid through National Cooperative Purchasing Program, Ord. No. 86-19 Auth S/S Dir. to make application to NOACA for federal funding for rehab of certain roadways, Ord. No. 87-19 Auth S/S Dir. to amend Ord. 91-15, contract w/Coldwater Consulting for management of lower Black River AOC, Ord. No. 88-19 Appropriating, Reso. No. 25-19 Commending the 2019 Lorain International Assoc. & Princesses, Reso. No. 23-19 Commending the Lorain Elks Lodge #1301 in the City of Lorain, Reso. No. 26-Adopting the Lorain County Solid Waste Management Plan, Ord. No. 89-19 Auth S/S Dir. to accept a grant from LC Solid Waste Management District & execute all agreements, Ord. 90-19 Auth the S/S Dir. to enter into contracts for the rehab of certain roadways defined by the 2019 local rehab program, Ord. No. 91-19 Appropriation. (7:11,18)




Photos by Jason Hawk | Wellington Enterprise

A cheer goes up on the square in front of town hall as Wellington celebrates winning the $25,000 grand prize in the America's Main Streets Contest.

Town celebrates contest win and works toward plan for the future JASON HAWK EDITOR

Ron Drake, podcaster and author of "Flip This Town," issues a challenge to Wellington, saying everyone needs to work toward a common vision for a thriving village.

A community unites for a cause, not just because, says Ron Drake. Wellington already has friendly people and great architecture — what it needs to succeed is a common purpose, a shared direction, he said. It needs a vision for the future that every can work toward. "What are you doing on purpose?" he challenged hundreds gathered July 3 in front of town hall. "Do you shop downtown on purpose? Do you visit downtown on purpose? Do you talk up your town or talk down your town?" Drake is a consultant who makes the "Flip This Town" podcast with his partner, Main Street manager Kristi Trevarrow. Last week, they visited downtown Wellington, stopping at businesses and talking with office workers and store

owners. They also met with a crowd at the Patricia Lindley Center for the Performing Arts to try to draft a vision for tomorrow. "Flip This Town" started as a book and grew into a podcast — both aim to breath new life into American downtowns one at a time. What Drake and Trevarrow find is that many small towns struggle in believing that revitalization is possible. "One way or another, Wellington is going to change," Drake said. Mayor Hans Schneider said it takes an entire community to believe what can be done. During the July 3 celebration, which took place during the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce's Independence Day ice cream social and concert, he praised Main Street Wellington director Jenny Arntz for building that faith. She was largely credited with winning the $25,000 grand prize in the America's MAIN STREET PAGE D2

Schools to ask for tax increase JASON HAWK EDITOR

Would you be willing to pay about $7 extra each month to put decades of life back into Wellington's two oldest schools? That's the question the board of education is poised to ask on this fall's ballot. It's moving through a series of procedural votes to ask district residents for a permanent improvement levy and a bond issue. The first would cost you about $5 per month for every $100,000 worth of property you own. The second would up that

amount by $2. Those are estimates — the actual amounts won't be certified by the Lorain County auditor's office until August. District superintendent Ed Weber said he thinks the need for investment in the schools can be easily seen. "The way the school system has operated, we were taking things to the breaking point, like the bleachers (at Dickson Stadium) being condemned before they were fixed," he said. "With proper maintenance, we can extend the value of the investments we make." Ignoring common sense upkeep

now could result in doubled costs later, he said. The great worry is Westwood Elementary, which if left unchecked could cost $20 million to $30 million to replace, according to Weber. The Union Street school needs new boilers, a new roof, and new parking lots, he said. All are big-dollar items and Weber estimated Westwood needs an investment of between $4 million and $5 million. Heating and cooling is the top concern. Westwood is running on its original boilers but only two of the three machines are SCHOOL LEVY PAGE D2


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Wellington Enterprise

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Class reunion

A cookout for the Wellington High School Class of 1974 will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23 at the home of Tom Minnich, 45295 State Rt. 162 in Huntington. Hamburgers, hot dogs, smoked ribs, and pulled chicken will be provided along with utensils, soft drinks, and a keg. Take your lawn chair and your favorite add-on dish. RSVP to Becky Durham Duelley via voicemail or text to 937-974-2152 or Cindy Gottschling at 405-328-1115. The deadline is Aug. 1. You can also RSVP by responding at the Wellington Dukes Class of 74 Reunion page on Facebook.


FROM D1 Main Streets Contest and Schneider said Arntz's hard work will reap rewards for years to come. The money will continue Wellington's Pain the Town Proud program, which spruces up building facades with fresh coats of color. It will also be used to preserve the iconic signs that mark the village as the one-time Cheese Capital of the World, home in the late 1800s to more than 40 factories that exported cheese across the globe. Bill Brunnell is cofounder of Independent We Stand, which sponsored the Main Street contest. He said he is inspired by folks like those in Wellington who get up every morning ready to make their community a better place. Brunnell presented Arntz and company with a ceremonial $25,000 check. Lorain County commissioner Sharon Sweda said she is "in awe" of the win and how it is raising the county's profile. Sweda grew up in Amherst and knows the challenges small towns face, especially when it comes to "taking tired and worn buildings" and revitalizing them. State Sen. Nathan Manning also attended the prize award ceremony, offering a proclamation and best wishes on behalf of Ohio's 103rd General Assembly.



working. Even in perfect condition, they're still horribly inefficient by today's standards. New boilers would save every month on utility bills, the superintendent said. The school, which caters to Wellington's youngest students, also needs air conditioning. Most windows were removed in the 1970s to promote energy efficiency, which means ventilating hot air in the late spring and early fall is nearly impossible. Weber believes the building itself has 30 years and more of life left if it gets the attention it needs. Wellington High School also needs a significant investment of roughly $1.5 million, Weber estimated. Classrooms in the academic wing on the west side of the building deserve updates but the east side is where the real need lies, he said. Public restrooms and locker rooms "are really the early 1970s vintage" and need to be brought up to code, he said. Choir, band, FFA, art rooms have been kept clean but are also in desperate need of updates and repairs. The district's fleet also needs attention. Weber said he should be replacing one school bus per year. It wasn't long ago that all 10 buses in the fleet were more than a decade old. Now Wellington leases three buses and has purchased a couple of new ones. The future of bus parking is also up in the air. The high school parking lot is used right now on a temporary permit, according to Weber. At some point, buses need to go to a commercial parking lot. Weber believes he'll find voter support come November. He said he thinks voters will view the levy and bond issue as modest and understand the money won't be used for salaries and benefits — only for assets that have a life expectancy of five or more years. "A little bit now is a lot better than a lot later," he said. If voters don't line up in November to approve the district's funding request, Weber said it would likely go back on the Spring 2020 ballot.

Jason Hawk | Wellington Enterprise

Westwood Elementary is the building that school officials say is in most deperate need of investment — and one of the prime reasons they are asking for a permanent improvement levy and bond issue on this fall’s ballot.

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The names of six Wellington men — Kenneth Marley, Davis Jones, Gary Perkins, Timothy Cottrell, Richard Logan, and Sidney Cottrell — appear on the Vietnam Moving Wall, which opens today in Wellington.

Wall brings flood of visitors JASON HAWK EDITOR

It's finally here — the long-awaited Vietnam Moving Wall opens today at Union Park on South Main Street. A half-sized replica of the national monument to fallen heroes of the Vietnam War, the traveling exhibit can be viewed around the clock through Monday. The installation features the names of more than 58,000 casualties of the war, including 98 Lorain County men who never returned home. Expect town to be flooded with visitors through the weekend. The wall arrived yesterday after press time with an escort of motorcycles — the honor guard was anticipated to number in the thousands. Police said they anticipate increased traffic, including the need for handicap-accessible parking,

near the event. They have imposed a parking ban on Carpenter and Dickson streets between South Main and Courtland. Rt. 58 along the Union Park property is also off-limits for parking while the Vietnam Moving Wall is in town. Off-street parking along the park's edge has also been closed. Finding a place to park will definitely be a difficult prospect. Police said they had hoped to get shuttle buses up and running from the Wellington municipal lot downtown as well as the Lorain County Fairgrounds and other locations but those efforts did not pan out. Using school buses to transport folks to the wall seemed prudent. However, that plan required inspections by the Ohio State Highway Patrol to certify buses for adult riders, according to Lt. Jeff Shelton. He said Tuesday that shuttle service wasn't going to work

out — though he hasn't stopped trying. For now, though, it's up to visitors to find off-street parking and walk to Union Park, so be on the lookout for masses of pedestrians. Several special events are planned over the next few days: • The names of 98 men from Lorain County who died in Vietnam will be read at 6 p.m. each day during the Vietnam Moving Wall exhibition. • Grief counselors from Western Reserve Military Cemetery will be available for veterans throughout the day on Saturday, July 13. • A pinning ceremony for Vietnam veterans will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Sign-ups will start at 3 p.m. The ceremony will also feature speakers. • A candlelight vigil will be held at 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 14.

SCHOLARS FAITH ALLEY of Wellington has been named to the dean's list for the Spring 2019 semester at the University of Findlay. RACHEL KOWALSKI of Wellington has been named to the president's list for the Spring 2019 semester at Shawnee State University. She is majoring in fine arts. The following Wellington students have been named to the dean's list for the Spring 2019 semester at Ashland University:

• MICHAEL SPARKS is majoring in integrated social studies. Sparks is a 2015 graduate of Amherst Steele High School. • FREDERICK WHITE is majoring in communication studies. • JOHN BRADY is majoring in business management. He is the son of Paul Brady. Brady is a 2015 graduate of New London High School. • SARAH WETHERBEE is majoring in intervention specialist early childhood education. Wetherbee is a 2017 graduate of Wellington High School.

VALERIE LOWREY and COLLIN MURDOCK of Wellington have been named to the dean's list for the Spring 2019 semester at Miami University. HANNAH LEMKE of Wellington has been named to the dean's list for the Spring 2019 semester at Capital University. ALEXIS POJMAN of Wellington has been named to the provost's list for the Spring 2019 semester at Capital University.

CHURCH DIRECTORY All Wellington-area churches are invited to post service times in the Enterprise. Send your listing to us via email at news@ lcnewspapers.com. • First United Methodist Church, 127 Park Place, has summer worship at 10 a.m. on Sundays and contemporary services at 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Caregivers Support Group meets at 2 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. Free community meals are offered from 5-6 p.m. on the last Monday of each month. • St. Patrick Church, 512 North Main St., has Masses at 6 p.m. Saturday and 8:15 a.m. Sunday. Weekday Masses are at 8:45 a.m. Monday and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, call 440-647-4375. • Fellowship Church, 44777 St. Rt. 18, Wellington, has Sunday worship at 10 a.m. with kids’ classes. Wednesday night group study and Foundation Youth ministry meets at 7 p.m. • First Congregational United Church of Christ, 140 South Main St., has Sunday service at 10 a.m. The first Sunday of each month is family worship and communion. • Camden Baptist Church, 17901 St. Rt. 511, Camden Township, has Sunday school at 9 a.m. and worship at 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays.

AWANA and “Ignite” (junior and senior high), meet at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays. Adult prayer meeting and Bible study begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. A nursery is provided for Sunday services. • Brighton United Methodist Church has Sunday worship at 11 a.m. Bible study is held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. For more information, call 440-828-0773. • Rochester United Methodist Church has Sunday worship at 9 a.m. • Wellington Freewill Baptist Church, 205 Woodland St., has Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. Sunday evening services are held at 6 p.m. and Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. • United Church of Huntington, 26677 Rt. 58, has Sunday services at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., as well as Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is available during worship services and the Sunday school hour. • Lincoln Street Chapel, 139 Lincoln St., has Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. • New Life Assembly of God, 108 West St., has Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. A Wednesday evening family night at 7 p.m. includes Bible study, youth group, girls ministries, and Royal Rangers. • Penfield Community Church, 40775 St. Rt. 18, has Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday

worship at 10:30 a.m. Kidz Klubhouse for children and Fusion for youth will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Sundays. • Bethany Lutheran Church, 231 East Hamilton St., has Sunday worship at 10:15 a.m. with Sunday school and adult Bible class at 9 a.m. For more information, call 440-647-3736. • First Baptist Church, 125 Grand Ave., has Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. The 24/7 Youth Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the youth barn. Children’s programs and adult prayer meeting and Bible study are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the church. A nursery is provided for all services. • Christ Community Church, 212 West Herrick Ave., has Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. For more information, call 440-647-7641. • Brighton Congregational Church, 22086 State Rt. 511, has Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. • Pittsfield Community Church has Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. There is a new Mothers of Preschool children’s group. For more information, call 440-774-2162. • Angels Unaware Bible study is held at 7 p.m. on Mondays at the LCCC Wellington Center. It provides a study from Genesis to Revelation. For more information, call 419-681-6753.

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Officer released on $5K bond, court-ordered counseling STAFF REPORT

Jason Hawk | Wellington Enterprise

Gary Feron accepts praise from Wellington village council and administrators for his 52 years in the Spirit of '76 fife and drum corps. He is joined here by Tim Simsonson and Mike Giar.

Feron retires from ‘76ers JASON HAWK EDITOR

Gary Feron is laying down his drum. For 52 years, he's been a member of Wellington's iconic Spirit of '76 fife and drum corps. You've seen them marching down Main Street in Revolutionary War costume, paying tribute to America's veterans and war dead during Memorial Day and Fourth of July parades. Now Feron, who took the role of "little drummer boy" way back in 1967 at the request of his father, is retiring.

"It was an honor to do this and I know it's going to be hard to find somebody with the dedication needed," he told village council on July 1. Mayor Hans Schneider presented Feron with a proclamation, saying he contributed to a group that has for generations been representative of the village's spirit. The fife and drum corps has since at least the 1870s offered "a living image of what is best in the American spirit," Schneider said. The trio is often mistaken for a reenactment of Archibald Willard's immortal "Spirit of '76"

painting of a band of Revolutionary War musicians marching across a battlefield under a red, white, and blue standard. But it was actually the Wellington corps that inspired Willard to create his master work, said councilman Guy Wells. This is the first group of people since the 1960s and 1970s who are not the direct descendants of the players and models in Willard's painting, he said. Mike Giar continues to play drums and Tim Simonson plays fife. They were joined on the Fourth of July by percussionist Rick Snodgrass, who stepped in to fill Feron's shoes.

A Wellington police officer facing a felony firearms charge has been released on $5,000 bond. Richard Shawn Kneisel, 34, of Vermilion, was being held in Erie County after a June 16 incident in which he allegedly drove off an unfinished bridge in Florence Township. In addition to improper handling of firearms, he was charged with misdemeanor counts of using a weapon while intoxicated, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, driving on a closed roadway, and having an open container in his vehicle. A safety evaluation showed Kneisel could be "released into the community without causing harm to self or others," according to court records. He must wear an alcohol monitor and cannot drink as a condition of his release. Kneisel, who served in the Army in Iraq, must comply with treatment recommendations, including counseling through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with reports to the court after every session. Wellington police chief Tim Barfield must be in contact with Kneisel on a daily basis, the court ordered. Kneisel has been placed on indefinite leave from his job at the police department. A report filed by Erie County sheriff's deputies alleges that Kneisel drove a truck through a barricade and into a construction zone on Rt. 60, striking steel beams on a bridge spanning the Ohio Turnpike. Deputies said he identified himself as a police officer and said he'd been drinking but refused to take a field sobriety test. They said he made suicidal statements and twice said he'd killed 500 people in one night. In the crashed truck, deputies found a loaded pistol with a round in the chamber, several assault rifle magazines, an open case of beer, and an empty beer can.


Jason Hawk | Wellington Enterprise

Veterans from American Legion Post 8 accept a plaque from the village of Wellington, recognizing 2019 as the 100th anniversary of their organization.

100 years of Legion service JASON HAWK EDITOR

A century ago, in March 1919, the American Legion was founded by soldiers stationed in Paris just after the end of the Great War. In the months that followed, 12 Ohioans helped write the service organization's constitution and bylaws, including Col. James McDermott of Wellington. He was the eighth person to apply to begin a post. That's why Wellington is home to American Legion Post 8. By a special proclamation read July 1 by mayor Hans Schneider, the village will celebrate the 100th anniversary with American Legion Week. It will run from Aug. 23 to 29

here in town, coinciding with the dates of the 1919 national convention in Indianapolis, home city of the Legion. The proclamation states the organization "has been a cornerstone of American life and shown steadfast dedication to improving communities" by sponsoring activities and contributing money to charities. Each Memorial Day, dedicated members of Post 8 place 726 flags on local veterans' graves to show their appreciation. They also provide support to veterans and their families by helping them to navigate government systems to get the care and benefits they have earned. Gil Cole, accepting the accolades on behalf of the post, said local veterans carry on the traditions of the Legion's founders.

"Sure, we have a liquor license out there at our post. We've been called a public tavern but we're not," he said. Rather, its members focus on the four pillars of their organization — supporting veterans affairs, Americanism, children and youth, and patriotic organizations. "We're glad to have you here," Schneider told Cole. The centennial is not only an opportunity to look back at what posts across the nation have achieved but also to chart a course into a new century, according to the Legion. "New generations of veterans depend on the kind of vision shared and expressed by the World War I-era founders," according to its Legacy Vision publication.

• June 21 at 9:52 p.m.: Officers responded to East Herrick Avenue to assist paramedics with an unconscious female. A report said a 20-year-old woman allegedly had a controlled substance. • June 26 at 3:45 p.m.: Officers responded to a suspected domestic violence incident on Bennett Street. • June 26 at 5:47 p.m.: A criminal damaging complaint was filed on South Main Street. • June 27 at 6:48 p.m.: An attempted burglary complaint was filed on South Walden Lane. The suspect is a 17-year-old, according to police. • June 27 at 10:15 p.m.: Police investigated a possible domestic violence situation on East Street. • June 28 at 11:59 a.m.: Kylar Munson, 19, of Wellington, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and failing to yield the right-of-way. The charges were the result of an investigation into a crash on North Main Street. • June 29 at 12:19 a.m.: A 23-year-old man who overdosed on narcotics was given naloxone and taken to the hospital for treatment. • June 29 at 12:31 a.m.: Lazarus Bickelmeyer, 21, of Wellington, was charged with driving without a license, driving left of center, and possession of drug paraphernalia. A report said he drove several miles out of the village limits before pulling over. Officers found pipes, a grinder, and a glass jar in the vehicle. • June 29 at 11:51 a.m.: Joshua Stout, 36, of Elyria, stopped at the Wellington police station to ask about help with drug addiction through the LINC program. He was arrested on warrants through the Lorain County Sheriff's Office and Elyria police department. • June 29 at 5:07 p.m.: Casey Gannon, 36, of Sullivan, was charged with driving under suspension, expired license plates, and possession of marijuana. • June 30 at 6:04 a.m.: A 23-year-old man who was overdosing on drugs was unconscious and barely breathing. He was revived with naloxone and taken to the hospital for treatment. • June 30 at 5:23 p.m.: Stephanie Zilka, 31, of Lorain, was arrested on two warrants and turned over to Elyria police. She was also charged with driving under suspension. • June 30 at 11:40 p.m.: David Haught Jr., 25, of Wellington, was charged with obstructing official business, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct by intoxication. The charges stem from an incident at Red Iron Bar on West Herrick Avenue that involved two men fighting. Editor’s note: Though charged, defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Photos by Jason Hawk | Wellington Enterprise

Downtown Wellington was awash with red, white, and blue Thursday as the village celebrated Independence Day. The main attraction was the annual parade, which featured tractors, horses, the sounds of the Lorain County 4-H Band, and floats and other entries from a host of local organizations!


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