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LORAIN COUNTY FAIR THE 174TH ANNUAL FAIR RUNS FROM AUG. 19-25 IN WELLINGTON

Beer garden part of ‘new and improved’ year JASON HAWK EDITOR

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Tucker Webb, 10, of LaGrange, smiles as he shows his steer to potential buyers during the annual beef auction at the Lorain County Fair in 2018. Webb and his steer, named Stubby, earned the "Modern Beef Steer Grand Champion" title.

Granger Smith to open Monday night on stage

"This year is a year of improvement" at the Lorain County Fair, said president Ron Pickworth. The 174th annual fair will unofficially start Saturday morning with the 4-H Cloverbud Show and Tell. Gates will officially open at 8 a.m. Monday, with a noon ceremony and crowning of the Junior Fair king and queen. During the week, you'll notice changes big and small. By popular demand, box seating at the grandstand has been updated to give a bit more space. "People must have gotten bigger over the years," joked Pickworth.

Kids’ Day, launched last year, will return Wednesday with even more family-oriented activities for families. The truck pull that evening will for the first time be affiliated with the Ohio State Tractor Pullers, which is sure to bring in top-tier talent from around the state. Maybe the biggest change for 2019 is the addition of a beer garden located next to the grandstand. Drinking will be limited to a tent there as well as the grandstand itself. "You can't walk around the grounds with it," said Pickworth. Staffers have been trained to make sure drinking doesn't get out of control. Your driver's license will be scanned and you'll

get a wristband to show you're eligible to buy two cans at a time. Organizers don't expect many problems to arise from the beer garden. Some other Northeast Ohio fairs have had alcohol sales for years and report the results as largely trouble-free, Pickworth said. The Medina County Fair started selling alcohol three years ago. Folks involved there helped advise the Wellington-based fair board throughout the past year. Concerts are among the biggest draws for the fair each year, and Pickworth said he expects Granger Smith and Foreigner to bring the crowds. Smith, who will perform IMPROVED PAGE E3

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Texas country music sensation Granger Smith will open the Lorain County Fair with a grandstand concert the evening of Monday, Aug. 19. "Granger, he's kind of been on our wish list," said senior fair board member Brian Twining. "We have lists in our heads and our briefcases that we watch — young up-and-coming acts on both sides, rock and country. It just worked out that the path he's traveling, he can come through Wellington." He said the goal is to have one act like Foreigner, which will play Tuesday, Aug. 20, to appeal to an older audience, and another like Smith who appeals to younger fair-goers. Also known by his alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr., the 39-year-old Smith hails from Dallas. He taught himself to play guitar at age 14 and within a year was playing small weekend venues in Texas. As a college freshman, he made his first album, then landed a songwriting deal with EMI Music Publishing and moved to Nashville. Smith's independent album "Dirt Road Driveway" rocketed up the charts to number one in 2013. Two years later, he signed his first deal with a record label and quickly had a hit with "Backroad Song." If you're a country fan, you may also know hits such as "Happens Like That," "The Country Boy Song," "If the Boot Fits," and "City Boy Stuck." Most recently, Smith released the patriotic single "They Were There" in December. Success has allowed Smith and his band to perform in

Our special Lorain County Fair preview is included in this week’s edition as Section E!

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Last year at the fair...

About 114,000 admission tickets were sold for the 173rd Lorain County Fair, held last year. Storms early in the week hampered attendance and paid admission was down about 1,000 from 2017. Blazing hot temperatures and menacing black clouds have a big impact on the fair, according to director Ron Pickworth. Perfect weather and no school would boost attendance, but “you live with what you get,” Pickworth said.

• The Lorain County Fair opens at 8 a.m. each day from Monday, Aug. 19 to Sunday, Aug. 25. • Admission is $5 at the gate. Children ages eight and under are free. Credit and debit cards are accepted at Gates 1, 3, 4, and 6. No checks are accepted. Parking is free. • There is no official closing time. Exhibitor buildings close at 10 p.m. Food vendors will stay open as long as they are selling. • Midway ride tickets are $1 each.

The number of tickets required is posted on each ride. A $20 unlimited ride stamp can be purchased from 1-10 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Satuday; a $15 Kids' Day special is available from 1-10 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 1-9 p.m. on Sunday. • If you have questions, visit the secretary's office to the north of the grandstand near the main gate. • A lost and found box is located

at the secretary's office. The Lorain County Sheriff's Office and ambulance station at the main gate also has lost and found items. • No pets are allowed on the fairgrounds. • Beer will be sold this year for the first time. It will be permitted only in the beer garden and grandstand, not on the midway. • A wheelchair and motorized scooter vendor can be found by Gate 4.

• WELLINGTON: “Welcome to Kindergarten” will be presented at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Herrick Memorial Library. This special story time is for children who will be attending kindergarten this fall. Children attending will receive a box of school supplies. Register by Aug. 13 at the library or by calling 440-647-2120. • OBERLIN: The Indigenous Peoples’ Day ComSUBMIT YOUR NEWS TO: NEWS@LCNEWSPAPERS.COM mittee will meet from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Oberlin Public Library. Attendees can see the film “Indian School: A Survivor’s Story.” During the late 19th and 20th centuries, across the U.S. and Canada, the federal governments habitually required Native American children to attend residential boarding schools. Beginning with the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania (1879), the goal was assimilation. The motto was, “Kill the Indian to save the man.” There were 519 schools in the U.S. and 126 in Canada. This film, from the victims’ own voices, details the boarding school experience. • VERMILION: The Women Business Owners Network will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15 at The Pavilion Grill, 5542 Liberty Ave. The meeting will be held during Vermilion’s Third Thursday event. Wear comfortable walking shoes to visit the musicians up and down Main Street and Liberty Avenue. The hostess for this meeting is Theresa Riddell BULLETIN BOARD PAGE A3

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Jim Jones of Vermilion, right, stands at a gun violence vigil held Aug. 8 at United Church of Christ in Vermilion.

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VERMILION - Praying for an end to gun violence should mean more than sending thoughts to those affected, United Church of Christ Congregational member Judy Brizzolara said at a vigil last Thursday evening, calling on congregation members to take action. "We pray not only with mouth and mind, but also with hands and feet," she said. "We ask God to comfort and heal those hurting and ask her to do her work through us to help us act on her behalf. I don't know what the ultimate answer is, but I do know the solution is not with more violence, but with more love." The Rev. Mindy Quellhorst's congregation organized the vigil in

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Karen Rossi, who organized the vigil, noted the evening's gathering was not only about mass violence, but for those lives lost to suicide involving guns, or more localized shootings. Last month in Lorain, two teenagers were killed and one died by suicide with a firearm. Illustrating the individual impact, congregation member Pat Stein told those gathered something she's "never told anyone before" — the story of her sister's suicide. Stein said growing up her sister had mental health problems that were brushed off by her parents, which grew into intense paranoia as she got older. Bouncing between counties in Florida and at times California, her sister was hospitalized after attempting to kill herself multiple times. VIOLENCE PAGE A2

$595K per year levy sought for crime lab BRUCE WALTON THE CHRONICLE-TELEGRAM

ELYRIA - The Lorain County commissioners have approved placing a levy on the November ballot for the county crime and drug lab. The 0.08-mill, five-year levy would generate about $595,000 annually. It would cost $2.80 annually for a $100,000 home. The lab tests drugs seized by police

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the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, which have left more than 30 dead and dozens injured. Her call to action was echoed throughout the evening, including in language from the Rev. John Dorhauer, general minister and president of United Church of Christ. Standing on the church's front lawn, more than 70 people gathered, holding candles and signs reading "Do Something" — a chant taken up by protesters in Dayton. Many of those who spoke in Vermilion called for legislation to ban assault rifles, expand background checks and pass "red flag" laws, which would allow courts to issue temporary orders barring someone from possessing guns based on showing imminent risk of misuse. A federal proposal is in the works.

during investigations. It has had a difficult time covering the costs of the testing and is projected to be over budget again this year just as it was last year. If passed, the levy will help with getting the lab out of the red as well as provide funding for more testing, equipment, staffing, and other costs in the next five years. County Commissioner Matt Lundy said the funding for the crime lab will be helpful in working to ensure its

ability to effectively operate during the opioid crisis. "We're certainly in an epidemic here and when these crimes happen and when people die, people want answers, and the crime lab plays a very important part in helping with our investigations," he said. The commissioners discussed the issue last year to determine how much the levy could generate to make a better decision before putting CRIME LAB PAGE A2

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OBITUARIES William Creed Howard William Creed Howard, 90, of New Albany, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. He was born Nov. 22, 1928, in Ashland, Ky., to Harris and Carlie Mae (Thomas) Howard, who preceded him in death. William was married to Cloateen "Tina" (Litteral) for 69 years. She passed away Jan. 2, 2019. He will be deeply missed by his children, Creed Lynn (Melinda) Howard and Kevin (Cindi) Howard; grandchildren, Jeremy (Amber) Howard, Jennifer (Jerrel) Brubaker, Jason (Mandi) Howard, Chelsea (Everett) Compitello, Clay (Tiffany) Howard, Nathan Howard and Nick (Nikki) Howard; great-grandchildren, Garrett and Brooklyn Howard, Grady, Laine and Piper Brubaker, Braelyn, Braxton and Bryce Howard; brother, Dana Howard and sister, Charlotte (Danny) Hayden. He was preceded in death by a brother, Henry Clarence Howard; and a sister-in-law, Suedell Howard. Funeral services wwere held Monday, Aug. 12 at Newcomer NE Chapel, Columbus. Burial was at Maplewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607. To share a condolence with the family, please visit www.NewcomerColumbus.com

Ellen M. Shubert Ellen M. Shubert (nee Probst), 67, of Amherst Township, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at her home following a courageous battle with cancer. Friends may call Friday, Aug. 16 from 5 p.m. until the time of the funeral at 8 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Graveside services will be held privately by the family at Kendiegh Corners, Amherst Township.

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FROM A1 it on the ballot. The county faced pushback from the public in 2016, rejecting a property tax to support the county coroner and the county crime and drug lab. Commissioner Sharon Sweda said she feels confident that they might be able to get the levy passed this year due to its low millage.

When does school start? When do those little ones head back to class? We have the answers as you prepare those last-minute summer vacations and cookouts together before the first bell rings:

• Amherst: Wednesday, Aug. 21 for grades 1-12; Monday, Aug. 26 for kindergarten; Tuesday, Aug. 27 for preschool. • Avon: Thursday, Aug. 22 for grades 1-12; Monday, Aug. 26 for preschool and kindergarten. • Avon Lake: Wednesday, Aug. 21 for grades 1-12; Friday, Aug. 23 for kindergarten; Tuesday, Aug. 27 for LEAPs.

• Black River: Tuesday, Aug. 27 for all students. • Clearview: Wednesday, Aug. 21 for all students. • Columbia: Tuesday, Sept. 3 for grades 1-12; Tuesday, Sept. 10 for kindergarten and preschool. • Elyria: Wednesday, Aug. 28 for all students. • Firelands: Tuesday, Aug. 27 for grades 1-12; Friday, Aug. 30 for kindergarten. • Lorain: Wednesday, Aug. 21 for all students. • Lorain County JVS: Tuesday, Aug. 27 for all students. • Keystone: Monday, Aug. 26 for

grades 1-12; Tuesday, Sept. 3 for kindergarten. • Midview: Tuesday, Sept. 3 for all students. • North Ridgeville: Wednesday, Aug. 21 for all students. • Oberlin: Monday, Aug. 26 for all students. • Sheffield/Sheffield Lake: Thursday, Aug. 29 for grades 1-12; Wednesday, Sept. 4 for kindergarten; Thursday, Sept. 5 for preschool. • Vermilion: Tuesday, Sept. 3 for K-12; Wednesday, Sept. 4 for preschool. • Wellington: Thursday, Aug. 29 for all students.

VIOLENCE

FROM A1 Stein said she was told by caseworkers in Florida that her sister would have gotten better treatment had she been covered under private insurance. Her sister eventually moved in with a friend who was willing to take care of her, making sure she took her medication, but even that was not enough, Stein explained. The man her sister was living with was a gun collector, especially sawed-off shotguns, which her sister eventually used to kill herself. "All I have left of my sister is a box of ashes," she said. "Because she couldn't get good mental health treatment, because it was not coordinated,

because she didn't have the right insurance." Laura Irving, representing Moms Demand Action, said she was in Washington, D.C., for the group's annual "Gun Sense University," when word of the El Paso shooting came out during lunch. Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America was founded by Shannon Watts after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012 and focuses on lobbying for gun reform. Irving said "there was a lot of PTSD in that room," from parents who had lost children to gun violence to those who remembered being shot. She said organizers set

aside a room for members from Texas as the news spread. And last Sunday, a room was set up for Ohioans for the same reason. As the evening wrapped up, Jim Jones of Vermilion asked to speak. A member of the congregation, he relayed firsthand experience being involved in a school shooting. In December 1980 a 14-year-old student at Longfellow Middle School in Lorain brought a gun to school. Thirtynine years later, Jones can still remember it was 9:12 a.m. when he heard the boy had a gun and began heading for the cafeteria. According to Chronicle-Telegram

archives, the boy held about 30 students hostage for a half-hour after shooting a guidance counselor. Jones said in the moment, he was sure the counselor was dead, having been shot just feet from him, but the man later recovered. He said it doesn't make any difference what kind of weapon it is — the boy used a .22-caliber handgun compared to the assault-type weapons used in Dayton and El Paso — calling on parents to recognize when their children have a problem. "It's not just Florida or Texas," he said. "It's 6 miles from here and it's 39 years ago."

Update: Released by Browns, Sprinkle signs with Texans

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Tracy Sprinkle, the subject of our Aug. 8 cover story, has been claimed by the Houston Texans after the Browns waived him Friday. An Elyria High School graduate, he spent less than a week with the hometown Browns. He was signed Aug. 3, practiced three times, and played Thursday night in the preseason opener versus Washington at FirstEnergy Stadium. He played in the third and fourth quarters and was credited with a tackle assist. "There's no bad blood," he said of the Browns. "They said the door is always open." He did enough to impress somebody with the Texans. "Houston obviously liked what they saw in me," Sprinkle said. "I'm grateful for the opportunity. I did what I had to do." Sprinkle will be a defensive end in Houston's 3-4 scheme. With the Browns he was a tackle in the 4-3. He said he's comfortable in both.

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Saturday, Aug. 17 • OBERLIN: The Oberlin chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will meet from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Oberlin Public Library. The speaker via video conference will be Sam DaleyHarris, founder and CEO of Civic Courage, a nonprofit that teaches effective citizen lobbying skills. The chapter will discuss actions that can be taken to increase awareness and lobby Congress. For more information, visit www.citizensclimatelobby. org, write to jwsabin@gmail.com, or call John Sabin at 440-574-1570. All are welcome.

Sunday, Aug.18 • AMHERST: The Amherst police will hold a “Cram the Cruiserâ€? event from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18 at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 582 Church St. Officers will collect school supplies for children in need. Items needed include but are not limited to pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, glue sticks, highlighters, pocket folders, children’s scissors, colored pencils, crayons, markers, loose leaf paper, spiral notebooks, index cards, three-ring binders, sharpeners, calculators, and backpacks.

Aug. 18 and 19 • AMHERST TWP.: Auditions for “The Jungle Bookâ€? will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18 and Monday, Aug. 19 at the Workshop Players Theater, 44820 Middle Ridge Rd. Director Jennifer Ludwig is seeking 15 cast members, including at least four males. Most genders of the 15 can be switched. Production dates are Nov. 7-17. In this action-packed adaptation of the classic adventure story, precocious Mowgli grows up believing he’s as fierce a wolf as any of the members of his pack. When he learns he is actually a human, he must discover how to reconcile these different identities and decide whether to remain with the pack or return to the human world from which he was born. For more information, email jenludwig7@gmail.com.

Monday, Aug. 19 • AMHERST: A free movie matinee will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19 at the Amherst Public Library. Based on a bestselling juvenile novel, this film tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of a boy who looks a little different. This film is rated PG. For more information, visit www.amherstpubliclibrary. org or call 440-988-4230.

Aug. 20-22 • WELLINGTON: The Herrick Memorial Library will be closed for staff training from Tuesday, Aug. 20 to Thursday, Aug. 22. It will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23.

Thursday, Aug. 22 • ELYRIA: Adult Lorain County residents with developmental disabilities are invited to join the Murray Ridge Center for the “Find Your Voiceâ€? countywide self-advocacy event from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 at Lorain County Community College’s Spitzer Conference Center. “Simply put, self-advocacy involves speaking up for yourself – a concept that’s especially important to individuals with developmental disabilities,â€? said Murray

New scam alert

Elyria police and the Lorain County Emergency Management Agency are warning of a new scam targeting local residents. The EPD said in a social media post this past week to by wary of con artists who are calling around, posing as members of the U.S. Marshal Service, and demanding payment of fines. Residents are instructed to go to the bank and withdraw funds — one person was told to get $2,600 and another was told to withdraw $5,500. Then they were instructed to buy Target gift cards and give the card numbers to the marshal when he calls. The marshal's service does not accept bond or fine money and courts do not trade in gift cards, police said. If you get a call that sounds fishy, hang up immediately and contact your local law enforcement at its non-emergency number.

Ridge Center superintendent Amber Fisher. “To be an effective self-advocate you should know yourself, know what you need, and know how to get it. Our ‘Find Your Voice’ event will not only offer proven techniques on how to be a self-advocate, but will share testimonials from self-advocates who have succeeded in speaking up for themselves.â€? The evening will also feature a free taco bar and dessert, giveaways, and raffle prizes ranging from T-shirts to a trip for an upcoming training for Project STIR – Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility. Registration is required. Contact Corry Ritzert at 440-324-2366. • OBERLIN: Seattle poet and writing instructor Deborah Bacharach will give a poetry reading at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 at Kendal at Oberlin’s Heiser Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. • SOUTH AMHERST: A public meeting to discuss a proposed roundabout at Rt. 113 and Baumhart Road will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 at South Amherst Middle School, 152 West Main St. The Ohio Department of Transportation District 3 has called the meeting to provide residents with information. The meeting will be held in an open house format and visitors may stop in and ask questions. The project team will be present and there will be exhibits showing how the roundabout will be constructed.

Saturday, Aug. 24 • OBERLIN: A Women’s Equality Day luncheon will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Kendal at Oberlin’s Fox & Fell Dining Room. It will mark the Oberlin area’s 25th anniversary celebration of Women’s Equality Day. This year’s program on women of the cloth will feature presentations by local faith leaders June Dorsey (Christianity), Megan Doherty (Judaism), and Maysan Haydor (Islam). Ruth Ann Clark will be the program moderator. All are welcome to attend; tickets are $15 and reservations must be made by Aug. 14 via check payable to Women’s Equality Day, c/o Elizabeth Rumics, 154 Hollywood St., Oberlin, OH 44074. For more information, call 440-774-6471.

Aug. 24 and 25 • AMHERST TWP.: Ohio Rebels Fastpitch will hold tryouts for 16/18U from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 24 and 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25 at Amherst Township Park, 44780 Middle Ridge Rd. For more information or to schedule a private tryout, contact Dan at 419-239-5349 or irishwriter@bex.net.

Aug. 24 and 28 • BROWNHELM TWP.: A Brownhelm Heritage Museum open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 and Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 1355 Claus Rd. See the inside of this quaint country church, which is owned and maintained by the Brownhelm Historical Association. The former German Evangelical and Reformed Church was given to the BHA by its last three remaining members in 1996. It has been restored and houses many artifacts of Brownhelm history. For more information, call Marilyn Brill at 440-9884550.



     

  

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Sunday, Aug. 25 • LORAIN: FIRST Music will present Katelyn Emerson in a dedication recital for the church’s new Paul Fritts & Co. pipe organ at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25 at First Lutheran Church, 1019 West 5th St. This event will take place almost exactly five years after the Aug. 28, 2014, fire that destroyed the previous church with its organ. It represents the final stage in First Lutheran’s rebuilding effort. The concert will feature the world premiere of a piece specially commissioned for this event: “Chorale Fantasy on Lord, Revive Usâ€? by Aaron David Miller. The organ was handcrafted by the skilled craftsmen of Paul Fritts & Company Organ Builders of Tacoma, Washington. Over a year’s worth of labor by a 10-person team resulted in an instrument of great beauty, both physical and musical. Emerson is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and a prizewinner of competitions on three continents. This concert is free and open to the public.

Thursday, Aug. 29 • AMHERST: A drop-in crafting time will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Amherst Public Library. Exercise your creativity and help the library clean out its craft closet to get ready for the fall. Supplies will be available for all ages to enjoy. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. • OBERLIN: Pianist Amber Scherer will perform at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Kendal at Oberlin’s Heiser Auditorium. She will play music by Bach, Liszt, Beethoven, and Chopin. The concert is free and open to the public.

Friday, Aug. 30 • OBERLIN: A retirement party for Oberlin Public Library office administrator Che Gonzalez will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30 at the library, 65 South Main St. Take an item to share at the potluck. Be sure to RSVP by Aug. 20 to oberlinpubliclibrary@yahoo.com.

Saturday, Aug. 31 • AMHERST: The Amherst Community Chorus invites all current, former, and prospective members to a “Welcome Backâ€? potluck picnic from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Rotary Pavilion at Lakeview Park in Lorain. The chorus will begin rehearsals for its Christmas season at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9 at Amherst Junior High School. Interested singers should have a musical background of chorus or solo performing. A commitment to rehearsals on Monday evenings and to the scheduled performances before the holidays is a must. The chorus is beginning its 24th year under the direction of Simone and Steve Gall.

Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 • OBERLIN: The Big Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Oberlin First United Methodist Church, 45 South Professor St.

Wednesday, Sept. 4 • WELLINGTON: The Wellington Genealogy Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the LCCC Wellington Center, 151 Commerce Dr. The program will be “Rev. Ephraim K. Avery and the Murder of Sarah Cornell.â€? WGG member Ray Mann will speak; he is a local resident and an avid researcher into his family’s genealogy. Monthly meetings are free and open to the public.

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OPINION

Humble nobility needs to make a comeback A humble carpenter’s son warned us that “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” In an era of deep division within our country, we need some unifying perspective. Two family writings may provide it. David Acheson was a Pennsylvania merchant writing home while on a visit to his native Ireland in 1841. “I find an immense difference in society," he said. "Here aristocracy PAST IS PRESENT reigns and governs in all JAMES BURNS the pride and pomp of birth and wealth. To me, United States.” who has been brought up The Rev. Samuel Perrine in a country where merit of Illinois was a misonly entitles to favor and sionary in India in 1898. reward, the contrast is striking and in favor of the “America’s history has

been written by the struggling, her people having come from the oppressed classes of the world. Our nation has come through war, freed the slaves, and built every conceivable wreck of man into the republic. The free government of a free people was planted in weakness but has grown to power through the sacrifices of pure-souled men and women.” Several reflections: First, Acheson’s emphasis on our meritocracy is reflected in “America” being an acronym for “American meritocracy, equal rights in competitive activities.” As children, we learn that you

must “play by the rules” and “be fair to everyone.” As adults in politics and business, we sometimes seem to forget that basic “fair and square” rule, rounding off corners to suit selfish ends. The word “shame” is falling out of use. The Rev. Perrine’s emphasis on the humble origins of our population seems to clash with the wealth of many of our founding fathers, but George Washington provided a model of noblesse oblige, acting with humility and generosity to the common man. In time, the underdog climbing the ladder of success became as

American as apple pie and baseball, providing a pyramid of upward mobility. And do we not still thrill to the 21-point underdog winning on the last play of the game? We’ve heard all the sayings about politics, that it is “a contact sport,” that you “need sharp elbows” to survive the game, and well-placed lobbyist money and muscle drive the outcome. But let me be a voice from the past (hopefully not the wilderness), arguing for a return to kindness, respect, and, yes, fairness in all facets of our society. Yes, even politics. Finally, if we are in a

house divided against itself — and in danger of collapsing on top of us — a final quote from the Rev. Perrine is instructive. He wrote that “Righteousness has exalted this nation” and that with that blessing comes a special obligation for this country to set an example for the world. We need to polish that shining city on the hill. We need an old-fashioned revival of decency and respect for others. All others. James Burns is an Ohio native, a retired professor at the University of Florida, and a frequent contributor. Email him at burns@ise.ufl.edu.

A piece of pie? Yes, please! Here are several recipes... I'm sitting on my porch swing, enjoying the beautiful sunny morning. The birds are chirping and it's so quiet and peaceful this time of the day. I was recently asked to make a sour cherry pie for a gentleman. I will have to find some sour cherries — I've never made this kind of pie before. He wants it sweet. I also owe my neighbors a coconut cream pie. I'll make a sweet shortbread crust. I'll be putting some pie recipes in this column for you! Lots of people don't like to use their ovens in the summertime unless you have central air. They usually bake during the winter months. Not me! Until next time, enjoy these recipes!

Heavenly Caramel Pie • 1 refrigerated pie crust, softened • 1 1/2 cups caramel topping • 1/4 cup chopped pecans • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened • 8 oz. whipped topping • 1/2 cup pecan halves Bake crust in a nine-inch glass pie plate at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool. In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup of the caramel topping and the chopped pecans. Spread mixture over the bottom of the cooled crust. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1 cup caramel topping with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Fold in whipped topping just until blended, being careful not to overmix. Spoon mixture over caramel

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layer in crust. Refrigerate at least two hours until set. Arrange pecan halves on top of pie and drizzle with remaining 1/4 cup of caramel topping. Cover and refrigerate.

Peach Pie • Pastry for a double-crust pie • 5 cups sliced, peeled, fresh peaches • 1 tbsp. lemon juice • 1/2 tsp. almond extract • 1 cup sugar • 1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca • 1/4 tsp. salt • 2 tbsp. margarine or butter Line a nine-inch pie pan with bottom crust. Trim pastry to an inch beyond the edge of the pie plate and set aside. In a bowl, combine peaches, lemon juice, and extract. Add sugar, tapioca, and salt; toss gently. Pour into crust and dot with margarine. Roll out remaining pastry; make a lattice crust. Seal and flute the edges. Cover edges loosely with foil.

Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, then remove the foil; bake another 20 to 30 minutes longer or until the crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Coconut Banana Cream Pie • 7 tbsp. butter or margarine • 3 cups flaked coconut Filling: • 3/4 cups sugar • 1/4 cup flour • 3 tbsp. cornstarch • 1/4 tsp. salt • 3 cups half and half cream • 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten • 2 tsp. vanilla • 2 large, firm bananas, sliced • Whipped cream In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Saute coconut until golden. Set aside 2 tbsp.

for topping. Press coconut onto the bottom and sides of a greased nine-inch pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for seven minutes. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually add cream and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for two minutes. Remove from heat; stir a little amount into the egg yolks. Return all to pan and cook for two minutes. Remove from the heat and add vanilla. Cool to room temperature. Place banana in the crust. Cover with cream mixture. Chill until set, about two hours. Sprinkle with reserved coconut. If desired, garnish with whipped cream and bananas. Store leftovers in the fridge.

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SPECIAL EDITION Electives, finances, and construction are part of a balancing act for 2019-2020

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It's a multi-million-dollar balancing act. That's how Amherst Schools superintendent Steven Sayers sees the job of providing students with every possible learning opportunity without completely draining the piggy bank. The past few years have seen the school system invest heavily in technology as well as in STEM offerings such as coding and robotics. At the same time, Sayers and company have tried to give equal footing to the arts, launching an orchestra program that is now firmly rooted at Steele High School and this fall offering an Advanced Placement art class. That legacy is continuing this year with the addition of Spanish at Powers Elementary, and in 2020 at Nord Middle School. At Amherst Junior High, a slew of new electives will be available, ranging from a class on music's role in popular culture to a course on space exploration. "That balance is so important," Sayers said. "To have the arts and creative opportunities is a big part of education. Obviously our kids are taking advantage of these things on all sides." The goal, he said, is to continually look at new ideas and new possibilities — the world outside is always changing, so why shouldn't the schools? And Sayers' philosophy has always been that well-rounded students are the result of well-rounded programs. "We want to just give kids the opportunity to explore. Maybe it's only a semester-long course but it could be a possible career path," he said. The challenge is to diversify the electives portfolio while being responsible with the public's money. The district's long-term forecast shows the schools as stable until at least 2023, barring any disastrous changes to the state budget. The most recent biennial budget bill, adopted by state lawmakers in July, includes some "extra" money for the Amherst Schools — about $290,000 this year and BALANCE PAGE B2

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A tentative agreement has been reached with the Amherst Teachers Association, superintendent Steven Sayers announced Monday. During its monthly meeting, the board of education recessed to a behind-closed-doors session to discuss negotiations with the union. Discussions between ATA bargaining reps and district administrators stretched through the spring, well past their typical length. Wearing red shirts, teachers made a silent show of solidarity at a May school board meeting. "ATA has done extensive research and homework to ensure that we are not asking for anything unrealistic or harmful to the health of our school district," said a release provided by then-vice president Mark Skladan. But the weeks wore on with no resolution and Sayers had said the parties were prepared to start the fall semester without a contract in hand if necessary, extending the previous contract while negotiations continued in good faith. A special board meeting has been called for 7:30 a.m. Monday at the Steele High School creative learning center to, among other agenda items, vote on the new agreement. It must also be ratified by the ATA.

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Kindergarten teachers, accompanied by principal Beth Schwartz (center) and building and grounds supervisor Chuck Grimmett (left) get their first look at the new Powers Elementary School on South Lake Street. The building is on track to open this winter. Areas for younger grade levels are nearly complete while third grade spaces and board of education offices are still in earlier stages.

'Space everywhere, it's massive' JASON HAWK EDITOR

The little touches stirred the biggest reactions when kindergarten teachers saw their new classrooms for the first time. "Look at all these closets. Look at all the storage," said Brittney Cromer, one of several teachers who toured the Powers Elementary School construction site Aug. 7. Extra-large whiteboards. Water fountains in classrooms. Mirrored exterior windows for security. By their reactions, you would have thought these teachers had won the lottery. In a way they have — they'll move into the $31.5 million building this winter. For now, it's still an active work zone where hard hats are required. There are ladders, spools or wire, tools, raw tile, uninstalled lights, and boxes everywhere. Prekindergarten rooms are the furthest along, all but move-in ready with drop ceilings and trim complete. The kindergarten wing is close behind, with walls painted in vivid yellows, oranges, greens, and blues. Every kindergarten room has its own bathroom. Classrooms are flooded with natural light from huge windows. Garage-style vertical doors open each learning space into a common area where kids can come together for fun and group work. Some rooms are divided by retractable walls that can be opened for young students to learn together or closed when peace and quiet is needed. "There's so much space. The big space everywhere, it's massive," said Kayla Syrowski, making her way through room after room, 11

Building and grounds supervisor Chuck Grimmett poses outside the front entrance, where a sign bearing the building’s name has been installed.

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The new Powers Elementary School has been given its own postal address at 393 South Lake St. The Amherst board of education offices, located on the north side of the building, have been assigned as 550 Milan Ave. for each grade level. "Every detail was thought through," said another teacher, Jen Brown. "Nothing was left to chance." For most of the school day, kids will keep to their own wings. "Each of those grade levels is going to have a really close-knit feel," said superintendent Steven Sayers, who joined the tour. Students from all grades will mix in the cafeteria, gymnasium, and

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stage. It's when you enter those spaces that you get a feel for just how massive the building is at 119,000 square feet. Principal Beth Schwartz led the way through the construction zone. Her staff will start the school year at the old Powers building on Washington Avenue and make the crosstown move during winter break. She is planning field trips for students just before Christmas so they NEW SCHOOL PAGE B2


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STEELE: ‘Every student, every day’ is Tellier’s mission JASON HAWK EDITOR

This year is all about relationships, says Joe Tellier. Settling into his sophomore year as principal at Steele High School, he's comfortable in the day-to-day administrative aspects of the job. But paperwork, budgeting, and logistics are all secondary concerns in his mind. Tellier's top priority: "Doing whatever it takes for every student, every day," he said. "That's going to be our mantra." It comes from the book "Culturize" by Jimmy Casas, which argues that average schools don't inspire greatness — but investment in kindness, honesty, and compassion does. From custodial to secretarial to teaching to cafeteria to busing staff, every single person who comes in contact with students needs to be fully committed to the mission, said Tellier. If kids don't feel you're there for them personally, they won't care what you try to teach them, he said.

Academically, the quest to offer a full catalog of electives continues. This year, an Advanced Placement art course has been added. Tellier said he is talking with teachers about what other classes are needed. "Do we need a coding class? A computer science teacher?" he asked. Should there be a personal finance class for juniors who are working, driving, and saving for college? Regardless of their course load and schedule, every student at Steele this year will get a Chromebook to take home, likely starting in late September or early October. "It evens the playing field for all of our students to have technology," Tellier said. Laptops will be used for class work, homework, and group work. They're for typing, research, building presentations, and digital art — just like in the workplace. Tellier said he has a laptop with him at nearly all times during the school day, as well at after-school events like football games, so why shouldn't students have the

Joe Tellier same tools? "It's really limitless, the possibilities it opens up for reaching kids with information," he said. But the principal also acknowledges the computers mean some new concerns about policing student activity. Teachers are going to lean hard on teens about the dangers of cyber-bullying and inappopriate content, he said. Two big changes are coming to Steele this fall where transporta-

tion is concerned. First, parking caused headaches for years. Tellier said the staff lot is being moved to relieve some issues, new signage will be added, and every student will be assigned a spot. "We're landlocked here. Powers leaving will help come Christmas time, so we'll get some more parking there," he said. Second, high school busing is being restored to Steele for the first time in about a decade. Tellier said he believes bus service will significantly reduce absences and tardiness while also lessening the burden on parents, especially those with freshmen and sophomores who can't drive. A schedule change could also help with absences and late arrivals. The day will start 15 minutes later at Steele this year, running from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Studies show that even that small shift could have a big impact on attendance, mental health, and learning, Tellier said. Finally, the principal hopes to build the high school's "brand" by making the Comets logo visible all around Steele.

It's a way to boost student pride in the green and gold, Tellier said. "When you come here, I want our parents and opposing schools to know they're in Cometland," he said.

Meals policy

The Amherst Schools have announced their 2019-2020 policy for free and reduced price meals. Parents and guardians of students who are unable to pay full price for meals served under the national school lunch and breakfast programs are encouraged to fill out an online application at www.amherstk12.org. Families must meet the Federal Income Eligabiltiy guidelines. Eligible families may also qualify for Ohio's Healty Start and Healthy Families Programs. For more information regarding Healthy Start or to request an application call 800-324-8680.

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AJHS: 'Give it a shot' with new electives

$115,000 in 2020-2021. It has to be used to address students' social and emotional needs, not academics. "Extra" is in quotation marks because, as treasurers from around Lorain County have pointed out, the state has notoriously slashed away at school funding over the past decade. "So much of it comes from the state level," said Sayers. In Amherst's case, state funding makes up between 40 and 45 percent of revenue. The result? Schools have to put voters on the hook to cover expenses. Sayers said the Amherst Schools plan to ask voters for help in 2021 in the form of a renewal levy. It won't mean a tax increase, though. Originally passed in 2012 and renewed in 2017, the five-year levy generates about $2.6 million per year. Enrollment also ties into the district's financial picture, since a large part of state revenue is based on headcount. This year, the student population is holding fairly steady, said Sayers. Some areas are growing; for example, there have been enough new fifth grade registrations to warrant hiring another teacher. But overall, graduating classes of more than 300 are being replaced by smaller ones at the lower levels. Kindergartners, who will make up the Class of 2031, are expected to number about 235, showing a gradual decline. Why? Couples are choosing to have fewer children. The city of Amherst has used almost every scrap of buildable residential land. Developments under construction now are being marketed toward older buyers, not young families. And people are living longer, which means a lower housing turnover rate. Lower enrollment allowed Amherst to close Shupe Elementary School in 2013 and demolish Harris Elementary in 2017. Next year, the old Powers Elementary on Washington Avenue will get the ax. It will be replaced with the addition of a new Powers school for prekindergarten through third grade on South Lake Street. When the new Powers opens in January, it will bring to a close a five-year chapter in the Amherst Schools' history. "We've been planning for, getting ready for, organizing this whole project since 2014," said Sayers. "When it opens, it will allow us to step out of 'transition mode' for the first time in a long time." The work won't be completely done until old Powers is demolished next year. In the meantime, educators are trying to decide exactly how to use the old school's property. There's been talk of paving it for parking, updating the bus garage, and adding practice sports fields. But no final decisions have been made. Those are considerations for another day. For now, Sayers is excited to get another school year underway. "I want all of our students to just have a positive school experience," he said. "I know that's a very broad statement but I really mean it, whether it's a kindergartner just starting out, a high-schooler who plays football or is in the band, or a middle-schooler who is interested in math or science. I want them all to be successful. I want them to be able to say, 'Going to school in Amherst was good for me.'"

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FROM B1 can see the new Powers before classes start there in January. The public will get a glimpse during a dedication ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 17. The time has not yet been set. Building and grounds supervisor Chuck Grimmett, who organized the teachers' tour, said there will also be a private Masonic dedication. The late Fred Powers, the longtime principal for whom the school is named, was a Mason. Grimmett said a sandstone plaque will pay tribute to him.

More courses and more options — that's what principal Andrew Gibson wants to give Amherst Junior High students this year. Doing so meant scrapping the school's schedule and starting from scratch. The school day has been shifted by five minutes. It now starts at 7:25 a.m. and ends at 2:25 p.m. Block classes have been cut from 80 minutes to 57 to make room to expose kids to different learning experiences. Just like the workplace has changed dramatically in the last couple of decades, schools need to change too, Gibson said. "We don't want to be the Blackberry of education," he said. "We want to adapt." Adding electives was a big driver behind the new master schedule. Offered for the first time

Andrew Gibson this year are courses in leadership, music and popular culture, wellness living, space exploration, pre-engineering design, broadcasting, lifetime fitness, and studio art. Every child needs to learn reading, math, and science. "But what other experiences are we giving kids that will help them get jobs, prepare for college, or make us that one place that kids get excited about coming to school?" Gibson asked. Some students may not do

well with a textbook. But give them access to a 3D printer or robotics lab and they thrive, he said. The new electives were chosen to provide opportunities for hands-on learners. For example, broadcasting students will get to run a daily show much like the award-winning Steele News Live program at the high school. "It's about letting kids try lots of different activities that could develop into careers — or to discard ones they don't like," said Gibson. "If it's not their thing, that's great. Better for them to find that out in junior high rather than later in real life. But they were able to give it a shot." Classroom time is one part of the equation. The other is play, which has not been part of the day at AJHS. That changes this year with the addition of a "me period." Students will be able to go outside to run off some energy, do mindfulness exercises, decompress, and

"be kids for a little bit," the principal said. Studies show that students do much better in the classroom if they have a play break. "We have a walk-a-thon and some of our teachers noticed that their kids that day were really on," said Gibson. "Everything else was the same but with the break, at the end of the day those kids were still really engaged and had energy for learning." The changes are "kid decisions, not staff decisions" and were made strategically based, he said. They are based on what teachers have seen working and not working over the last few years at AJHS. Not all students learn alike, Gibson said, so a one-sizefits-all approach isn't going to work. "We want them to walk away thinking, 'My school gives me different learning opportunities, environments, and teaching styles,'" he said.

NORD: New computers and media center JASON HAWK EDITOR

Now in her third year, Nord Middle School principal Jill Jiovanazzo said she feels like she's finding her way. "Every year I discover more and more about what our teachers do in their classrooms, what makes them tick, what motivates them, and what methods they learn to reach kids," she said. "It's exciting!" This year, her building's hours have shifted a bit. Kids in grades three to five can enter the Lincoln Street school at 8:15 a.m. Classes will start at 8:40 a.m. Dismissal for car riders and walkers will be at 3:25 p.m. with buses leaving around 3:30 p.m. When kids step into Nord, they'll find some big changes. For the first time, every student will be assigned their own Chromebook to use during school hours. Jiovanazzo said the Google laptops will be used for course work and research as well as group projects. Teachers will work to strike the right balance between screen-enhanced learning and traditional instruction.

Nord's library has gone through a major renovation, thanks to the parent-teacher organization. It's been fitted with all new furniture and bookshelves as well as LED lighting. The space has also been split into areas for books and collaborative learning using technology, said Jiovanazzo. The middle school had a collection of nearly 20,000 books; the principal said it has been winnowed down to about 8,000. "Some of the books hadn't been checked out in this century," she said. Unused books are being donated to other organizations. The change makes space for students to use computers and other technology as they work together on projects. A neat addition: stationary bikes equipped with book stands. Jiovanazzo called it a "read to ride" model that will let kids work off some energy while also exercising their minds. Also new this year — Nord will have its own guidance counselor for the first time. Debbie Raesler's job won't focus on scheduling or career paths. Instead, she'll work with kids on social and emotional development, including hot topics like cyber-safety, puberty, using

Jill Jiovanazzo appropriate language, and bullying. Previously, the middle school shared guidance services with other buildings. "It's really nice to be able to offer guidance all of the time and have the right person here all the time," Jiovanazzo said. The Nord Middle School attendance policy has also been updated to tackle truancy, which Jiovanazzo called a concern. She said staff noticed some parents have increasingly been calling off kids without cause. As a result, the school will start cracking down on absences that aren't excused by a doctor's note or a vacation request form signed in advance. Of course, the big news this year is that some stu-

dents — an entire grade — will start the year at Nord but won't finish there. Third-graders will transfer mid-year to the new Powers Elementary School on South Lake Street, which is on schedule to open after winter break. That "will give us a tiny bit of space to breathe," said Jiovanazzo, "and figure out what our Nord is going to look like in the future." To help with the transition, Debbie Waller will return as assistant principal. She served for 25 years as a principal in Amherst, first at Shupe Elementary and then at Powers. Waller retired in 2017 but remains a familiar face. She stepped in to help at Nord last spring after the passing of teacher Todd Engle. When students leave Nord — whether in December or May — Jiovanazzo said she hopes they feel they have grown. "When they come here in third grade, they're still so primary," she said. "Then they leave for the junior high and they're still so young for everything that's expected of them at that age — the bell switch and so much to do and see. I want to make them as ready, as strong, and as confident as possible."


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LETTER

POWERS: A tale of two schools

Consider Ryan for president

JASON HAWK EDITOR

Beth Schwartz isn't emotionally attached to the old Powers Elementary School. This will be her third and last year — everyone's last year — at the Washington Avenue building. And Schwartz won't be sad to say goodbye this winter when teachers and PK-2 students pack up and move to their brand new $31.5 million school on South Lake Street. "This building is not designed for today's needs," she said at the old school. Each classroom was built in 1952 to be its own little island, while modern classrooms are about working together in groups and strengthening social skills, she said. "If you think about future careers, there are so many where it's vital to be able to work with other people and have strong communication skills," said Schwartz. "We have to be able to start that at the very beginning." An assistant principal position has been created

Beth Schwartz this year at Powers. Corrie Engle, former dean of students at Nord Middle School, has taken the job. Schwartz said she needed someone to step into the preschool supervisor spot previously filled by Ryan Coleman. But she'll also need an assistant principal this winter when the new Powers opens. One reason is that the student population will boom from 800 to 1,050 with the addition of the third grade there. Teachers have already started packing spring materials to make the big move during winter break. The new Powers will open in January and teachers

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are eager to find out which of the rooms they'll be assigned, Schwartz said. The rooms at the new school are far larger. The hallways are bigger. There are common spaces for teaching teams to come together. That's a huge change from the 67-year-old school, where staff has simply run out of space. Schwartz said first semester art and music classes will be held in trailers and a first grade class has been moved into a trailer as well to make room for more kindergartners inside the main building. The old school's hallways are a tight fit with the number of students who attend Powers, while the shared gym and cafeteria make mid-day scheduling a nightmare, she said. So for Schwartz, December can't come fast enough. Families are ready to make the move, too. "These are the kids who be the first in that building. That's something they'll always have as bragging rights," the principal said. What else is happening this year for Powers kids?

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Amaya Melendez sets the ball during Comets volleyball team practice in late July. The girls worked on setting and spiking in the high school gym.

• The school day will begin 15 minutes later at 8:45 a.m. Car riders and walkers will be released at 3:35 p.m. and bus riders will be released at 3:45 p.m. • The big focus will continue to be on foundational reading and math skills. "We're very lucky that we get to introduce those subjects to students — not only that we get to instill in them a love of reading but that we can make them confident in their abilities too," said Schwartz. • Spanish will be taught in kindergarten through second grade this year for the first time. Research shows students can best learn a new language in elementary school, Schwartz said. "We recognize that a kindergartner can't sit through a 40-minute Spanish class like you would at the high school. So we're going to have smaller blocks of time, about 20 minutes during the day," she said. • Guidance counselor Jill Coleman will be at Powers five days a week this year. She offers small group social and emotional support to kids.

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Amherst's Emily Behm brings the ball under control Saturday against Elyria Catholic during the Lorain County Preview.

Public pool closes as lifeguards leave JASON HAWK EDITOR

A lifeguard shortage has caused the city's Anna Schmauch Memorial Pool to close for the season ahead of schedule. It closed Saturday, 16 days earlier than anticipated, after five teenage lifeguards stepped down to leave for college. The abrupt shutdown of the Maude Neiding Park pool immediately drew criticism on social media from angry residents.

Jami Anderson serves as administrative assistant to mayor Mark Costilow and accepts resumes from all potential city workers. She said every certified lifeguard who applied to work this year was hired and the city reached out to Firelands, Vermilion, Lorain, and Clearview high schools looking for more eligible candidates. "We hired everyone we could find," said Anderson. "We even stole a couple away from the Lorain County Metro Parks." The pool opened in May

with a skeleton crew, she said. Three weeks into the season, three more lifeguards were hired after returning home from college. It still wasn't a full complement, though. Anderson said she's fielded complaints about the closure as well as demands that the city should make the lifeguards stay. "We can't force people to work, not at the pool, not anywhere," she said. Costilow said the park board will meet in September to decide whether

to issue partial refunds to families that purchased $175 passes. In the meantime, officials are trying to quash the rumor that the early closure is a sign the city will permanently close its pool. The rumor is simply not true, said Anderson. Not only is Amherst investing in new concrete around the pool this fall and new decking inside its concession stand, but new lifeguard chairs have already been purchased and are being stored at city hall.

SCHOLARS DANIELLE SEIGHMAN of Amherst has earned a bachelor of science degree in allied health from Youngstown State University.

ment and a master of business administration in human resources. Szucs is a graduate of Amherst Steele High School.

JACOB RUTKOWSKI of South Amherst has earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Youngstown State University.

The following Amherst students have graduated from Kent State University: • ELISE JENNINGS earned an associate of arts degree. • JACOB KERSCHNER earned a bachelor of science degree in education, health, and human services. • KYLE KOLLER earned an as-

MACY SZUCS of Amherst has graduate cum laude from Baldwin Wallace University with a bachelor of arts degree in health care manage-

sociate of science degree. • JENNA MERRIMAN earned a bachelor of integrated studies degree. • ALYSSA STANDEN earned a bachelor of science degree in communication and information. • ANDREW WOODS earned a bachelor of science degree in aeronautics and engineering. DOMINIC ZAPPA of Amherst has been inducted as a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society at the University of Mount Union.

To the editor: In the 2020 election for president, the Democrats have a great opportunity to nominate an Ohioan — Tim Ryan. Tim has represented the 13th Congressional District for 17 years, fighting for the working men and women day in and day out. For us in Ohio, it’s important that Tim becomes the nominee so that our interests, and those of the Midwest, are represented. I think it’s time we had someone from Ohio in the White House who understands what we’ve been going through here for the last 40 years. I believe that person is Tim Ryan. Check him out at www.timryanforamerica.com. I think you’ll like what you see. Dennis Stieber

Election filings

No third party candidates have filed to seek office this fall in the city of Amherst. That means Republican Mark Costilow will continue to serve as mayor, Republican Jennifer Wasilk to serve as president of city council, Democrat Tony Pecora will serve as law director, and Democrat Brian Dembinski will keep his first ward city council seat. All are unopposed on the November ballot. Other contested races remain: • Three of four council at-large candidates will get the job. Voters will choose from a field including Democrat Martin Heberling III, Democrat David Janik, Republican Bradley Lacko, and Republican Phil Van Treuren. Lacko is the challenger among incumbents. • In council's second ward, incumbent Republican Edwin Cowger will face a challenge from Democrat John Horn. • In council's third ward, Republican Chuck Winiarski has chosen not to run. Vying for the vacated seat are Republican Shelma Bockey and Democrat Jake Wachholz. • In council's fourth ward, incumbent Republican Matt Nahorn will face a challenge from Democrat David Kovacs.

POLICE REPORTS • July 29 at 8:21 p.m.: Officers received a report that a child was inappopriately touched by another child at Kiddie Kollege on Rt. 58. • July 30 at 10:37 a.m.: Officers responded to a domestic dispute on Lincoln Street. • July 31 at 12:06 a.m.: After a crash with injuries, David Woloch, 43, of Livonia, Mich., was charged with failure to maintain an assured clear distance ahead, driving with an expired license, operation in willful or wanton disregard for safety, and failure to stop after a crash on a public road. • July 31 at 8:40 p.m.: A man said he had been scammed out of $1,000 online. • Aug. 1 at 4:40 p.m.: Shelby Bender, 21, of Lorain, turned herself in on a warrant through Oberlin Municipal Court for failure to report to jail. The original charge was underage consumption. • Aug. 1 at 5:19 p.m.: A 16-year-old Amherst boy was charged with unruliness after a domestic dispute with his parents. • Aug. 2 at 8:02 a.m.: A man filed a stolen vehicle complaint. • Aug. 2 at 1:16 p.m.: A person said a former employee had been taking money from clients without providing a business service to them. • Aug. 2 at 5:47 p.m.: Mary Bowens, 48, of Amherst, was charged with domestic violence. • Aug. 2 at 8:14 p.m.: Atarious Huston, 18, of Sandusky, was arrested on a warrant through the Amherst police department for failure to appear in court. The original charges were possession of criminal tools and criminal damaging. • Aug. 3 at 9:50 p.m.: Gary Tursack, 52, of Amherst, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, BAC over .17 percent, driving in marked lanes, and open container in a motor vehicle. • Aug. 6 at 1:09 p.m.: Curtis Young, 52, of Lorain, was charged with domestic violence and littering following an incident in a vehicle outside Save-A-Lot on Cooper Foster Park Road. • Aug. 7 at 7:17 a.m.: A man said he was assaulted by his wife. • Aug. 7 at 4:11 p.m.: A man said he'd been menaced by a family member. • Aug. 7 at 5:46 p.m.: Officers responded to an unruly juvenile complaint on Elyria Avenue. • Aug. 8 at 7:56 a.m.: Jasmine Alvarez, 25, of Lorain, was charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Domingo Ramos III, 26, of Lorain, was charged with possession of marijuana and felony counts of having weapons under disability and carrying concealed weapons. • Aug. 9 at 6:21 p.m.: Joshua Boulton, 36, of Huron, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, failing to stop after a crash, driving in marked lanes, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges stemmed from a crash on Rt. 2 westbound near Rt. 58, which caused injuries. Boulton is accused of driving away after causing the crash; he was later stopped on Oak Point Road near Plymouth Drive. • Aug. 9 at 6:53 p.m.: Anthony Hoepf, 47, of Oberlin, was arrested on a warrant through the Amherst police department for failure to appear in court. The original charge was disorderly conduct. • Aug. 10 at 1:27 p.m.: A woman said her 15-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted. The incident is under investigation. • Aug. 10 at 8:48 p.m.: Codie Light, 32, of Lakewood, was arrested on a warrant through the Sheffield Village police department. Editor’s note: Though charged, defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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© 2019 by Vicki Whiting, Editor Jeff Schinkel, Graphics Vol. 35, No. 36

Each time you read 10 column inches of the newspaper, color in a planet in our solar system. When you reach Neptune, cut out the sun and wear it as a badge to let everyone know you are a star reader! Read the newspaper for a few minutes every day and you will be on your way to success in school and life! Kid Scoop is fun to read once a week, but what can you do on the other days of the week?

NEPTUNE

Planet Adjectives MARS The Romans named Mars after their god of war, because its color reminded them of blood.

This week, use Kid Scoop all week long. We have created a fun newspaper reading game for each day of the week!

Read the short description of each of the eight planets, plus the dwarf planet, Pluto. Each day, look through the newspaper for adjectives that describe three planets. Glue the adjectives near the planet they describe.

Hold on to your hats! Neptune is storms, storms and more storms! This is a thriller starring a group of kids trapped inside a moon base. When one of the top scientists turns up dead, Dash jumps into action to find the killer. This chapter book is a fast paced/murder mystery/science fiction read and the first in a series of space thrillers.

Standards Link: Grammar: Identify adjectives.

I’m a VENUS Covered with a poisonous acid, Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system. The planet’s thick clouds let the heat in, but not out! This is called the greenhouse effect.

MERCURY

Farthest from the sun, Pluto is colder than all the other planets and dark all the time, even during the day.

Jupiter is the largest and heaviest planet. If it was hollow, more than 1,000 Earths could fit inside.

SATURN EARTH

Saturn is nearly as big as its neighbor, Jupiter, but it is not so heavy. Scientists say that if you could find an ocean big enough, Saturn would float.

Not too hot and not too cold, it is the only planet where we know there is life.

URANUS

How heavy is the asteroid? Asteroids are space rocks that orbit the sun between Mars and Jupiter. They come in all shapes and sizes.

Uranus has rings just like Saturn, but the rings go around the planet up and down like a ferris wheel. Through a telescope, this icy planet looks greenish-blue.

Look through the newspaper for a number to put into each of the boxes on the asteroids. Do the math and find out what each asteroid weighs!

Satellite Story

The moon is a satellite. A satellite is a smaller object that orbits around a larger one. Some satellites, like moons, are natural. Others are man-made. People have launched man-made satellites into orbit around the Earth to take pictures of clouds and land forms, and to study space.

Natural or Man-Made?

Look through the newspaper and find five things that are natural. Then find five things that are man-made. Standards Link: Earth Science: Students know that the Moon orbits the Earth; some objects moving in the sky are natural and some are man-made.

Find words in the newspaper that begin with the first letter of each of the eight planets in our solar system. Use the words to write a sentence that will help you remember the order of the planets. (For example: My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nachos.)

Standards Link: Vocabulary: Recognize beginning sounds.

Standards Link: Earth Science: Students know that each planet has unique characteristics.

Pretend you are sending a package into space that, if life exists on other planets, will tell about life on Earth. Look through today’s newspaper to find pictures and articles that you would put into your package. Tell why you selected each one. Standards Link: Earth Science: Students know that Earth has distinct characteristics.

Standards Link: Number Sense: Compute sums and differences.

PLANETS JUPITER PLUTO MERCURY URANUS SATELLITE VENUS EARTH MARS SATURN NEPTUNE SPACE ORBIT STAR

To discover the name of this book, find the letter on the outer ring, then replace it with the letter below it on the inner ring.

: K L P O T U H H F P V L C P

Find the words in the puzzle. How many of them can you find on this page?

O P K T Y P K T Y H H E

Reasons to love your library:

• Going to a library regularly will result in you reading more.

• Owning a library card teaches you the responsibility of looking after it and the responsibility of looking after the books you take home and returning them on time. • The wealth of choice in books, movies and tapes allows you access to more information that you otherwise would ever be able to reach.

• Children’s librarians are a great resource steering you to more books and topics than you might otherwise have considered.

• Children’s libraries everywhere have programs that encourage reading, researching and exploring mind-expanding information.

R I O Y R U C R E M

N R U T A S D T O S

N H G R U S I E R T U T R S E L C N B E

This week’s word:

HOLLOW

O R R V L T P U I N

The adjective hollow means having a space inside.

M E T N E C A P S L

The bird made its nest in the hollow of a tree.

S M O S O S N N S J

Try to use the word hollow in a sentence today when talking with your friends and family.

U A A E D T I T T A T A S U U H E E U P

Standards Link: Letter sequencing. Recongized identical words. Skim and scan reading. Recall spelling patterns.

Exaggerate! ANSWER: With a laser blade.

Closest to the sun, Mercury’s days are a whopping 800° F and at night the temperature drops to 300° F BELOW zero!

DWARF PLANET

PLUTO

JUPITER

Use the Kid Scoop Secret Decoder Ring to discover the name of this book by Stuart Gibbs, which is available at the library.

I can race as fast as a rocket to Mars! Make up your own exaggerations.

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Full crowd in fall city council race

MARCHING INTO A NEW YEAR

Burgess, Pearson will not appear on the Nov. 5 ballot JASON HAWK EDITOR

Fourteen candidates met the filing deadline last week to run for Oberlin city council this fall, giving voters some tough decisions. There are seven open at-large seats. Oberlin's elections are nonpartisan, so the two-year terms will go to the candidates with the most votes regardless of party affiliation. In the running are incumbents Heather Adelman, Kristin Peterson, Ronnie Rimbert, Kelley Singleton, and Linda Slocum. Former council members David Ashenhurst, Scott Broadwell, and Elizabeth Meadows are seeking to make a return. The spate of challengers also includes Peter Comings, Ray English, Gladys Bryan Burgess Macintosh, Bill Miller, Mary Price, and Steven Thompson. "There are people running on that list that I've never met before, which is exciting but gives me pause at the same time," said council president Bryan Burgess. His name is notably absent from the list of candidates. Burgess can not seek reelection this year due to term limits but said he'll likely run again someday: "I'm only 40. I've got a long Sharon Pearson way to go in Oberlin." Councilwoman Sharon Pearson also did not file to run. She is retiring from council to focus on her travel agency business, said Burgess. Oberlin is such a small town that there's no reason voters shouldn't be able to meet all the candidates face-to-face, he said. There are house parties and candidate nights, and voters should be able to rub shoulders with prospective council members at city functions. Winning candidates will have several opportunities to continue the work of the current council, Burgess said. He wants to see his successors develop the longELECTION FILINGS PAGE C2

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Duane Anderson plays trumpet Friday on the Oberlin High School practice field — a field that will soon be replaced by a retention pond, leading the marching band looking for a new practice area.

OHS band finds leaders but has to search for new space

JASON HAWK EDITOR

Their practice field will soon be underwater. The Oberlin High School marching band hit all the right steps Friday, ending a week-long camp on a high note. But director Len Gnizak told us he is worried about how the fall season will end. Elementary school construction will begin at the tail end of September just south of OHS, eating up the Phoenix stadium, soccer fields, and tennis courts. The band's practice space at the rear of the property will become a retention pond. That leaves Gnizak searching for a new space for after-school practices, which typically run from 6-9 p.m. When October begins, the sun will set at 7:11 p.m. It will get earlier and earlier, and by the time the fall sports

season ends sunset will be at 6:24 p.m. "We can't practice in the dark," said Gnizak. He's in search of a practice site with floodlights and so far hasn't hit the jackpot. A possibility is the city's Hamilton Street recreation complex, where a single ball field is lit. The band director has even asked Oberlin firefighters to lend their emergency floodlights to the cause — that arrangement is unlikely to work out, he said. The challenge doesn't have the band down and out. In fact, its numbers are up. This year's squad numbers 67, including 25 seniors and 15 rookies. Gnizak said participation usually falls off the year after the band travels to Disney World. Not so this season. "They loved it enough to come MARCHING BAND PAGE C2

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FROM C1 back," he said. We found some excited kids working on choreography Friday, playing the "A-Team" theme song behind the OHS soccer fields. "You did it!" Gnizak yelled as they finished the first run, his arms raised in a Rocky victory pose. "If I was a nice guy, I'd say we're done for the day," he joked at 9:35 a.m. "I'm not nice though." Seniors Makayla Riggins and Rhys Davies said the outlook for this year's marching band is excellent. "I think the band is going to be really good because we have a lot of people and we're really talented," said Riggins. Davies said senior leadership is making all the difference in drills. "There are a lot of people who are going to lead," he said, later adding, "We've been looking for a senior class that would step up." Die-hard fans can see the band perform during varsity football action on the road Aug. 30 at Wickliffe and Sept. 6 at South Central High in Greenwich. If you want to see the band at home, you'll have to wait until Sept. 13 when the Phoenix host Trinity.

The Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center is offering the Adult Diploma Program, which gives students ages 22 and up an opportunity to receive their high school diploma and an industrial credential in five selected tracks. Thirty-two students completed the state-funded program in 2018-2019, receiving certifications for state tested nurse aide, phlebotomy, and precision machine technology. This fall, collision repair and manicurist programs have been added. Students will be required to take the Workkeys assessment upon enrollment. “We are looking for serious students who are looking for second chance,” said Kristian Smith, director of the Adult Career Center in Pittsfield Township. “Prospective students will not only be enrolled for free but will receive support, guidance, and motivation to help them complete the program and secure employment and a career.” Recent graduate Jody Binggell said her journey to success had been a long

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Adult Diploma Program graduates celebrate their accomplishments at this year’s ceremony. time coming. “It took me 19 years to get my high school diploma. I have my State Tested Nurse Aide certification now, and I am going back for phlebotomy.” Graduate Brittany Ogletree said she wanted to be her daughter’s role

model. "I know how good it feels not to give up. Now, the sky is the limit,” she said. For a complete list of courses and programs, visit www.lcjvs.com or call 440-774-1051 ext. 22254 for an information session.

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FROM C1 abandoned bait canteen property on Sumner Street, which was demolished this winter. Burgess also wants the new council to expand the city's industrial park on Artino Street, where one vacancy remains. Soil testing is being conducted on the northeast corner of Lorain Street and Oberlin Road, which he called "the natural expansion" for the industrial park. For the past few years, officials have been demolishing two or three blighted buildings per year. Two more are in the works on North Main Street and Kimberly Circle. Oberlin officials are working on taking ownership of several other vacant parcels to be sold and redeveloped. "These are properties that are long since abandoned. The city has been maintaining the grass, the yards, the

houses that have brought down property values for the surrounding areas. It's really in everybody's best interest that these properties get cleaned up," Burgess said. During his tenure, Burgess said he is most proud of establishing Oberlin's $2.8 million sustainable reserve fund, a process that took 10 years. The effort started prior to his time on council, when he was the chair of the public utilities commission. He leaves with some regrets, too — Burgess said development of the 15-acre former Green Acres property never panned out and it will be up to a future council to move forward there. Other election filings In neighboring New Russia Township, Andy Gulish is the sole can-

didate for one open trustee seat and Lisa Akers will continue as fiscal officer. To the south, Mark Diedrick is unopposed for Pittsfield Township's single trustee seat and Mancy Cecil will serve as fiscal officer. Looking westward, Robert Meilander will serve as mayor of Kipton without challenge, while two open council seats will be filled by Patricia Eschen and Michael Hill. In Camden Township, James Woodrum is unopposed for an open trustee seat. John Ciarrone will serve as fiscal officer. There are two open seats on the Oberlin board of education this fall. They will be filled by incumbent Ken Stanley and newcomer Deon Regis, who will replace the outbound Barry Richard.

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It might not be on your calendar, but Aug. 14 is Social Security Day. Since it was enacted on Aug. 14, 1935, Social Security has provided some financial support for millions of Americans during their retirement years. While Social Security benefits, by themselves, probably aren’t enough to enable you to retire comfortably, they can be a key part of your overall retirement income strategy – if you use them wisely. To help you make decisions about Social Security, you will need to answer these questions: • When should I start taking my benefits? You can take Social Security once you reach 62, but if you wait until your full retirement age, which will probably be between 66 and 67, you’ll get much bigger monthly checks, and if you wait until 70, you’ll get the biggest possible payments. Before deciding when to begin receiving your benefits, you’ll need to weigh a few factors, including your estimated longevity and your other sources of income. • How should I consider potential spousal benefits? If you are married, or if you’re divorced but were married for at least 10 years, you could receive up to half of your spouse’s full retirement benefit (offset by your own benefit, and reduced if you claim early). If you outlive your spouse, you could claim survivor benefits, which can provide either your own benefits or 100% of your deceased spouse’s, whichever is larger. Consequently, the higher-earning spouse might want to postpone taking benefits for as long as possible to maximize the survivor benefit. • How much can I earn without reducing my Social Security benefits? If you are younger than your full retirement age and you are receiving Social Security, the Social Security Administration will withhold $1 from your benefits for each $2 you earn over a certain threshold (which, in 2019, is $17,640). For the year you reach your full retirement age, your benefits could be withheld by $1 for every $3 you earn over $46,920. But once you reach your full retirement age, you can earn Michael E. Verda AAMS Financial Adviser 12289 Leavitt Rd. Suite E. Oberlin, OH 44074 Bus.: 440-774-4625 Fax: 866-486-8146

as much as you want without your benefits being withheld, although your benefits could still be taxed, depending on your income. • How much of my pre-retirement income will Social Security replace? Generally speaking, you should expect Social Security to replace slightly more than a third of your pre-retirement income. However, the higher your income during your working years, the lower the replace- ment value of Social Security will be. • What other sources of retirement income should I develop? Contribute as much as you can afford to your IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. You may want to consult with a financial professional, who can look at your entire retirement income picture and recommend moves to help you achieve the lifestyle you’ve envisioned for your later years. Keep in mind that your decisions about Social Security filing strategies should always be based on your specific needs and health considerations. For more information, visit the Social Security Administration website at socialsecurity.gov. One final word: You may have concerns about the stability of Social Security. While no one can predict the future, many potential solutions exist to put the program on more solid footing. Consequently, try to focus on the actions you can control.

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• 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 440-774-1909. • 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 10:30-11:30 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.


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REMEMBERING TONI MORRISON

Oberlin's adopted daughter never forgot her roots JASON HAWK EDITOR

Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison is being remembered in Oberlin following her death Aug. 5 at a New York hospital. She was 88. Morrison may have been a Lorain native, celebrated in her hometown as one of its great heroes, but she also had strong ties to Oberlin. She was awarded an honorary degree by Oberlin College in 1980 while riding high on praise for her novels "The Bluest Eye," "Sulga," and "Song of Solomon." They tell stories of racism and the oppression of women, of the experiences of coming from black families and nursing deep cultural wounds. Morrison's themes rang true here in Oberlin, where the Underground Railroad, the 1858 slave rescue, the abolition movement, and acceptance of people of color at Oberlin College all fostered a kind of “elusive utopia,” as authors Gary Kornblith and Carol Lasser have called it. "Oberlin has always been inspired by her writing and ideas and has always felt an affinity to her. I'd like to think she felt the same affinity for Oberlin," said Liz Shultz, director of the Oberlin Heritage Center. In 2009, a metal bench was dedicated to Morrison at the corner of Lorain and North Main streets. The seat has become a fixture on the OHC's longrunning Underground Railroad tour, a tangible reminder of the roots of some of the city's black residents, she said. The bench was installed as Morrison visited town for a book reading and ahead of an Oberlin College convocation

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Author Toni Morrison attends a reading of her book "Home" at Finney Chapel in Oberlin. at which she was the featured guest. "Dr. Morrison spoke a lot about the concept of home — a concept that is so relevant to, well, anyone, but especially those of us who are around college age, where we are in transition periods, in moments

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LEGALS PUBLICATION OF LEGISLATION The following is a summary of legislation adopted by Lorain City Council on July 29, 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 @ 2042050 (Nancy_Greer@ cityoflorain.org). The following summary has been reviewed/approved by the Law Director for legal accuracy as required by state laws. Ord. No. 97-19 Auth the City of Lorain to enter into a CRA Tax Abatement agreement w/ Broadway Management, llc for the remodel of 550 Broadway. 98-19 Assessing the cost to abate nuisance by cutting noxious weeds. 9919 Declaring the City's intent to proceed with the submission of the question of levying an additional 5-year, 1 mill

tax levy for parks and recreational purposes including maintenance, operations and capital improvements to the Lorain County BOE for placement on the ballot on 11/5/19. 100-19 Auth the Auditor to pay invoice submitted by the Parks & Rec. Dept. that invokes the Then & Now Certification Exception process. 101-19 Auth the S/S Director to enter into an agreement w/ National Utilities Refund, llc Division of Brilliant Resource Energy for audit services related to the purchase of utilities & telephone expenses. 102-19 Appropriation. L.C.C.G. 8/8-15/19 20646130 LEGAL NOTICE Marc Smith, Defendant, Address Unknown, is hereby notified that Melissa Smith, Plaintiff, has filed her Motion to Adopt the Order of the Colorado Court and for Further Dispositional Orders Legal Custody in the Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, Lorain County, Ohio, in Case No. 18 JG 54008, asking for the Court to reallocate parental rights and responsibilities of the minor children, N. S., d.o.b. 5/18/2004, and K. S., d.o.b. 5/23/2008. Said case will come on for a final hearing on August 22, 2019, at 9:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as the Court can hear the same. Marc Smith is required to be present on that date and time. L.C.C.G. 8/15/19 20646295

of limbo... leaving 'home' for perhaps the first real time ever, creating a new home elsewhere, reconciling those landscapes, pondering future ones," wrote Yitka Winn, who graduated that year, in a post on the college's website. Morrison returned in 2012

to give another convocation speech. That same year, the Toni Morrison Society moved its headquarters to the Mary Church Terrell Library at Oberlin College. While Morrison to some degree adopted Oberlin as her own, her childhood home was

eight miles to the north. She was born Chloe Wofford on Feb. 18, 1931, and went on to graduate from Lorain High School. Long before she became one of the biggest figures in American literature, Morrison shelved books at the Lorain Public Library. She would go on to become its director. "It's a huge loss," said reference librarian Cheri Campbell. "Even though she didn't live here, she treasured Lorain, we treasured her. I think we treasured her in return, not just Lorain but the whole county, the whole state, the whole world. But especially us in Lorain because we knew what she came from. We live here, so we know what she came from, and we know what her world was like. " The library's main branch on West Sixth Street continues to pay tribute to the acclaimed author with the Toni Morrison Reading Room, which was dedicated in 1995 and features a collection of memorabilia. Her books included 1987's "Beloved," which tells the story of a Kentucky slave's escape to Ohio. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and has in the 21st century been banned from some schools because of its depiction of rape. In 1993, Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first AfricanAmerican woman to do so. Among her many other accolades were the National Humanities Medal in 2000, the Norman Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2009, the Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction in 2011, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. Laina Yost and Carissa Woytach contributed to this story.

MIND YOUR GRAMMAR ACROSS 1. Red ____ 6. Trigonometric func. 9. Presidential “No!” 13. From this time 14. “General Hospital” network 15. Earth, to Virgil 16. Related to #12 Down 17. Junior’s junior 18. Lingo 19. *Noun alternative 21. *Conjunctions 23. Bit of work 24. Sty cry 25. Pendulum’s path 28. Liberal pursuits 30. Romani camp formations 35. Not in Impossible Burger 37. Letter before kappa 39. First light of day 40. Without purpose 41. *Ideas separator 43. Part of colliery 44. Gourd musical instrument 46. Flees 47. Flat-bottomed boat 48. *Controversial comma 50. Its motto is “Leadership Excellence” 52. Lt.’s subordinate 53. Barnes & Noble reader 55. Hermey the dentist, e.g. 57. *Person or thing 61. Tactile reading system 65. Earlier in time 66. Color quality 68. Lusitania destroyer 69. Askew, in Scotland 70. *Suffix used when comparing three or more 71. Kick in 72. Rod attachment 73. Pep rally syllable 74. Author Jong DOWN 1. Bruce Lee blow 2. Infantry’s last rows 3. Knowing about 4. Part of a play 5. Mrs, in Spain 6. Jealous biblical brother 7. Kimono tie 8. “The Terminator” genre 9. *Simple predicate 10. Therefore

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42. Daisy-like bloom 45. Crotchety 49. Word processing product, for short 51. *Smallest grammatical unit 54. Not the same one 56. Dietary essential 57. Ring practice 58. Encourage 59. Digestive aid 60. “Piano Man” singer 61. Eliza follower 62. “Laughing on the inside” in text 63. Flock member 64. Highest volcano in Europe 67. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the ____”

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'Black Atlantic' laments tragedy of forced migration On Aug. 20, 1619, a little more than 20 Africans disembarked the English warship White Lion at Point Comfort, Virginia Colony. The date is often invoked as the precise starting point of the institution of slavery in the United States, despite the fact that neither slavery as a legal institution nor the United States as a defined body existed at that time. On this contested 400-year anniversary, the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College will present "Afterlives of the Black Atlantic." The exhibit runs from Tuesday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, May 24. It examines the connections and separations forged across what has become known as the Black Atlantic, a term coined by scholar Paul Gilroy. "Afterlives of the Black Atlantic" is curated by Andrea Gyorody, the AMAM’s Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Matthew Rarey, assistant professor of the arts of Africa and the Black Atlantic in the department of art at Oberlin College. Starting in the 15th century, the slave trade transformed the Atlantic Ocean from a formidable barrier into a highway for the largest forced migration in human history. Ships transported 12 million captive Africans across the Atlantic, not counting the millions who died on the journey. “Enslaved peoples’ intellectual and physical labor decisively contributed to the growth and definition of what we now call American and European cultures," said Rarey. "Afterlives of the Black Atlantic" brings

together works from the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa that collectively explore the complexities of memory, identity, and belonging in the wake of the slave trade. Drawn largely from the Allen’s collection, with the addition of several loans and a site-specific commissioned work by Jose Rodríguez, "Afterlives" places contemporary artworks in dialogue with historical objects, contextualizing the concerns of artists investigating this history and its continued relevance. “Afterlives speaks to the breadth of the museum’s collection,” Gyorody said, “as well as to our continued commitment to thoughtfully engage with the most pressing issues of the current moment through a lens that is both trans-historical and transcultural.” Calling attention to the impacts of human trafficking, cultural exchange, and trauma that still bind the territories on the Atlantic rim, this exhibition invites new and nuanced conversations about routes and mapping, consumption and trade, diaspora and dispersal, and identity and belonging. An opening program and reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 at the King Sculpture Court at the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Artist Jose Rodríguez, who will be onsite installing an altar in the gallery space, will discuss his work through the lens of his experiences growing up in an Afro-Cuban household and his encounters with Africanbased spiritual practices in New York, Cuba, and Brazil. Galleries will remain open until 7:30 p.m.

POLICE REPORTS • July 29 at 7:39 p.m.: Maritsa Alves, 24, of Lorain, was arrested on a warrant through the Ashland County Sheriff's Office for failure to appear in court. The original charge was driving under suspension. • Aug. 2 at 12:45 a.m.: Two boxes of diapers were reported stolen by a shoplifter at Wal-Mart. • Aug. 2 at 1:28 a.m.: Elisha Arnett and Christopher Wicker Jr., both 19, of Lorain, were charged with theft following a complaint at Wal-Mart. • Aug. 2 at 6:48 p.m.: Police responded to a domestic violence complaint on Groveland Street. • Aug. 2 at 11:48 p.m.: Suspected marijuana, a digital scale, and a cigar containing suspected pot were confiscated by police during a traffic stop. • Aug. 5 at 8:58 p.m.: A woman said someone put a bag of dog feces in her hot tub. • Aug. 6 at 12:04 a.m.: A 13-year-old boy was reported missing. He later returned home but left again. • Aug. 6 at 10:21 p.m.: Ryan Hairston, 20, of Twinsburg, was arrested on a warrant through the Macedonia police department. He was also charged with driving under suspension. Dejuan Willis, 19, of Cleveland, was arrested on a felony warrant through the Summit County Sheriff's Agency for a probation violation; the original charge was trafficking in marijuana. • Aug. 7 at 12:53 a.m.: Officers responded to a domestic dispute on Lincoln Street. A woman there told police she had been slapped in the face and wanted her boyfriend gone. As he was leaving, the woman said the man had been supplying her with methamphetamine.

• Aug. 8 at 1:25 a.m.: Officers responded to a possible overdose. A female apparently consumed an entire bottle of over-the-counter pain relievers and "regretted it immediately and was freaking out," according to her friend. She was taken to Mercy Health Allen Hospital for treatment. • Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m.: A 16-foot aluminum ladder was reported stolen from a West College Street property. • Aug. 10 at 9:17 p.m.: A child did not return home when he was supposed to. When he did return, his foster mother called police because he was "acting up and had a baseball bat," a report said. Officers confiscated the bat at the mother's request. • Aug. 11 at 11:50 p.m.: Police responded to a domestic dispute between a woman and her grandson. They discovered that while she had a protection order against him, the woman visited her grandson often. A warrant was requested for the grandson for allegedly violating a protection order or consent agreement. • Aug. 11 at 10:03 a.m.: Officers responded to an overdose on East College Street and could not revive the victim with naloxone. EMS revived him and took the man to the hospital. • Aug. 11 at 10:19 p.m.: During a traffic stop, police confiscated a small bag of suspected marijuana. The driver was given a warning. • Aug. 12 at 1:34 p.m.: Edward Munger was arrested on warrants through the Berea and North Olmsted police departments for failure to appear in court. Editor’s note: Though charged, defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Activists and organizers gathered to recognize the anniversary of a historic voting-rights bill Tuesday, Aug. 6, while also trying to raise awareness. In 1965, the Voting Rights Act was passed, which outlawed discriminatory voting practices. Linda Miller, president of The League of Women VotKristin Bauer | The Chronicle-Telegram ers of the Oberlin Area, said Linda Miller, President of the League of Women they wanted to raise awareVoters of the Oberlin Area, speaks during a gathness that many of the rights ering at the Urban League on Tuesday, Aug. 6. granted in the act were gutted by the Supreme Court. voting rights. need to restore, repair and The Supreme Court ruled The League of Women restrengthen the 1965 Voting in 2013 that Section 4(b) of Voters Oberlin hosted the Rights Act," he said. "The the act was unconstitutional. event, with support from the right of all citizens to vote, Section 4(b) determined Oberlin and Elyria NAACP, and for that vote to count, what jurisdictions were Lorain County Rising, Lois the cornerstone of our covered by Section 5, which rain County Urban League, democracy." required certain areas with YWCA Elyria/Lorain and A portion of the night was a history of discrimination the Social Justice Group of also dedicated to the recent to submit changes in voting the Oberlin Unitarian Unishootings that occurred in El procedures voting proceversalist Fellowship. Paso, Texas, and Dayton. dures to the U.S. Department Tom Roberts, a former The attendees took a moof Justice or a D.C. federal state senator and curment of silence as they held district court before it went rent president of the Ohio battery-operated candles into effect. The case was NAACP, was the keynote in the darkness and sang Shelby County v. Holder. speaker. He said they once "Amazing Grace." The rain did not slow had to fight for the right to Roberts urged people to down the vigil, which vote, and now voters need to not become desensitized to originally was planned for have the ability to be able to the violence, but to write outdoors. Instead, people choose whether they want to members of Congress and gathered in the Lorain vote or not. say "enough is enough." County Urban League buildRoberts was referring to The voting rights vigil ing in Elyria. Ohio's purge of the voter was part of a sponsored Miller said they were at rolls, which removes regisnationwide effort across the event to show elected tered voters if they have not the country in honor of the officials that the groups sup- voted in two years. anniversary of the signing of ported the full restoration of "We have an urgent the act.

NOYO season brings new director Preparing to launch its 51st season this fall, the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra has announced Colin Holter as its new executive director. A composer of both instrumental and electronic music, he has been with the organization since 2016, first as general manager and later as program manager. Holter took over the role of executive director in July. “It’s a great honor to work with a youth music organization that boasts a 50-year tradition of firstrate music-making,” Holter said. “After celebrating a landmark 50th anniversary season last year, NOYO is ready to continue its mission of exceptional musical education for young musicians of all backgrounds in an inclusive community of learning and growth for another half-century.” Holter succeeds outgoing executive director and Philharmonia conductor Andrew Machamer, who is departing for another career opportunity. “It’s been an honor to work with Colin and serve the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra over the past four years,” Machamer

said. “The recent growth we have experienced as an organization is both exciting and rewarding, and I look forward to watching NOYO continue to flourish under Colin's leadership.” NOYO has also announced award-winning conductor Antoine Clark as music director and conductor of the Philharmonia, the organization’s flagship ensemble. Clark’s recent engagements include guest conducting at the Colour of Music Festival and the Chamber Orchestra of New York. “I am very grateful to the board and my colleagues for allowing me the privilege of working with the organization and the talented young men and women that it serves,” said Clark, who also serves as music director of the Ohio Wesleyan University Chamber Orchestra and adjunct instructor of Woodwinds at Kenyon College. He is also a Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta. Clark’s first outing as Philharmonia conductor will be leading NOYO student musicians in the national anthem at the Lake

Erie Crushers game at Sprenger Stadium at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23. Additionally, Nathan Holaway, an accomplished musician and educator who has taught middle school through collegiate coursework, has been appointed artistic director. He has most recently been teaching middle school band in Lorain County. This fall, NOYO will also offer a new advanced wind ensemble, the Symphonic Band, to be directed by local music teacher Brett Benzin. Rehearsals for this ensemble begin Nov. 3 to accommodate students’ marching band schedules, and tuition has been adjusted accordingly. Student placement auditions will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18 at the New Union Center for the Arts in Oberlin. Application information can be found at www.noyo.org. NOYO performs three concerts each season. The fall concert will take place Oct. 27; the winter concert is set for Jan 26; and the spring concert will be March 29. Concerts take place at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

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Police calls up: Chief talks traffic, Rescare responses JASON HAWK EDITOR

It's turning out to be a busy year for Wellington police. They responded to 1,877 emergency calls in the second quarter of 2019 and fielded 11,846 incoming calls to dispatchers, according to a report provided Aug. 5 by chief Tim Barfield. Crashes are down. At the same time, the chief said his officers have been ramping up traffic enforcement in town as a response to "constant speed complaints." To help slow drivers who have lead feet, he recently purchased a digital radar sign for $300. It will be used to remind drivers to responsibly share the road without the need for more tickets. "Our goal has always been to try to get voluntary compliance with the rules and I find generally those signs are pretty good," Barfield said. One area of concern for law enforcement, as noted by village councilman Guy Wells in a public meeting , are calls to Rescare on East Herrick Avenue. Officers responded to the home health care company a number of times in July and early August, the chief said. Police reports show domestic dispute and assault complaints originating there in July. Sometimes there are multiple calls per day to Rescare, POLICE CALLS PAGE D2

A QUICK LOOK Here’s how Wellington police activity has changed from the second quarter of 2018 to the second quarter of 2019 2018

Change

2019

Calls for service

1.692

1,877

All inbound calls

10,977

11,846

Fire, EMS, others

79

103

Crashes

35

20

Traffic stops

189

286

Traffic violations

137

216

Criminal activity*

56

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Barring a serious write-in challenger, Hans Schneider will continue to serve as mayor of Wellington for the next four years. He is unopposed on the Nov. 5 ballot after last week's filing deadline with the Lorain County Board of Elections. "We have a lot to do," Schneider said of his next term. Wellington's industrial park is near capacity and the village needs to look at expansion there, he said. There's been a renewed interest in the downtown district, providing opportunities for the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Wellington, and business owners to work together. Union Park will be developed at the site of the former McCormick Middle School; Schneider said he wants to do so through

"I've always viewed our goal as to make decisions that are right for Wellington for several decades." Mayor Hans Schneider donations and grants. "It's going to be a large undertaking but I think we're going to be able to do that," he said. "We may not get it fully funded within four years but at least we can set that foundation and allow people to see a time frame and a pathway" to the end of the project. There are also chances to reinvest in Wellington Community Park on Johns Street, he said. Annexation might become a reality as Wellington comes near to filling its few remaining empty

residential lots, the mayor said. If developers want to build on the edges of town and apply to be accepted into the village limits, they can do so. "I think people are starting to discover Wellington and what it has to offer," said Schneider. "You know, 20 years ago, people were moving to Avon, just outside of Clevleand. Now Avon's filled up. It's up to us to be welcoming but also be cautious. There's a reason people move out to Wellington. If you just pull the gun too quick on a few

things, you can lose that real quick." Growth is good but it can't be unchecked growth, he said. "Trying to move forward without ruining the quaintness of our village is important," he said. That's a tenet village manager Steve Dupee and members of Wellington's council embrace when they make decisions, said Schneider. That's something to consider when casting votes for village council, where four candidates have filed to run this fall for four open seats. Appearing on the November ballot are incumbents Mark Bughman, Helen Dronsfield, and Guy Wells as well as newcomer Gary Feron. Council races in Wellington are nonpartisan, which means the three candidates with the most votes will be chosen to serve, regardless of party ELECTION PAGE D2

K-9 Argos joins the WPD "People are welcome to wave us down, meet Argos, and discuss and problems or concerns they have in our area." Police officer Jeffrey Mecklenburg JASON HAWK EDITOR

He doesn't carry cuffs and doesn't need a gun. But Wellington's newest police officer has quite the nose for crime. Meet K-9 Argos, a German shepherd who was hired Aug. 5 to serve the village along with his human partner, officer Jeffrey Mecklenburg. Argos has been in service since 2012. He's trained to track humans, articles, and drugs. The K-9 has brought in more than $150,000 in narcotics hauls during his short career. "He's helped me with at least 20 arrests where he's tracked to the bad guys. Twelve of them I physically took into custody," said Mecklenburg. Argos is his personal dog, purchased from Cleveland Heights for a dollar when the duo retired in 2017. Argos came from Germany. "His great-great-grandfather was on the other side of the (Berlin) wall, barking at me 40 years ago," said Mecklenburg. "The European dogs are bred more for work, so there's a strategic advantage. With the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, they had an open market for these dogs who were trained to track and hunt people. A lot of the American police kennels opened up on that market." But while his heritage is German, his name is a tribute to characters from Greek mythology: Argus built the ship Jason and the Argonauts used while searching for the golden fleece. It was also the name of Odysseus' faithful dog, said Mecklenburg. The pair has been hired on a parttime, on-call basis to help out in Wellington, where they now live. "The value to the small town is

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Officer Jeffrey Mecklenburg and K-9 Argos are introduced at a Wellington village council meeting. going to be in public relations. He's a very friendly and outgoing dog and he loves to work with the kids," Mecklenburg said. Argos has about another five years of service if the work isn't demanding, and his handler foresees a lot of his work being low-key. The K-9 will probably be used to find lost kids, help with rescues, and teach school children about animal safety. Narcotics work isn't out of the question.

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Heroin, fentanyl, hydrocodone, and other opioids are all narcotics. Their abuse has led to an epidemic in Lorain County and across Ohio, in urban and rural areas alike. The stakes are life and death. But to Argos, police work is a game of "find the reward and get his toy at the end," said Mecklenburg. He aims to keep the K-9's job happy and upbeat, because unlike human officers, Argos doesn't have to understand the ugly truths that drive crime.


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Curb cut fee

The fee for the village to do a curb cut is increasing by $200. Wellington village manager Steve Dupee said the current charge is $300 to make a ramp from the roadway to sidewalk. But doing a curb cut in a residential subdivision actually costs $500 — which means a loss on each one. Why so expensive? One reason: Making a curb cut requires the use of a $1,000 diamond saw blade.

Above and beyond

A "good Samaritan deed" drew praise for Wellington mayor Hans Schneider last Monday. Councilman Mark Bughman said Schneider deserves recognition for cutting down overgrown weeds himself after a resident complained they were impacting visibility. The weeds weren't the village's responsibility, said Bughman, and "a lot of mayors wouldn't do that" themselves.

POLICE REPORTS • Aug. 3 at 11:10 a.m.: A raccoon walking around on Prospect Street was killed by an officer because it was too sick and injured to be released in the woods. • Aug. 3 at 1 p.m.: A 25-year-old resident of Rescare on East Herrick Avenue reportedly hit other residents and staff members, then officers who responded. Police said he tried to reach for their firearms. He was restrained and taken to Mercy Health Lorain Hospital for a psychological evaluation. • Aug. 3 at 8:44 p.m.: Police investigated a domestic violence complaint involving a 17-year-old suspect. • Aug. 4 at 1:44 p.m.: Police conducted a disorderly conduct investigation on Brookside Drive. • Aug. 6 at 1:57 p.m.: Counterfeit money was turned over to police at Mickey Mart on South Main Street. Editor’s note: Though charged, defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Barfield said. As an example, he described how an investigation into the conduct of a resident there resulted in him being moved to another care facility outside of Lorain County. Barfield said there is an "ongoing discussion" between safety services and Rescare to try to find solutions to issues at Rescare. The company helps people with mental disabilities and lately has been taking on clients with autism, he said. Some are at risk for violent incidents, according to the chief. At the same time, legal experts say those clients may not be competent to stand trial. "Anybody who works at Rescare has a tough job," said Barfield. "It's not an easy fix and we're trying to work very closely" with management, which is trying to improve the situation, he said.

ELECTION

FROM D1 affiliation. There is a three-way race for the Wellington school board. Candidates include incumbents Daniel Rosecrans and Kevin Stump as well as challenger Jessica Reynolds. Only two will win seats for the next four years. That race will play out as the school system asks voters for an additional 2.99 mills in the form of a bond issue and property tax levy. If passed, the extra money will be used for repairs and upgrades at Westwood Elementary School and Wellington High School, as well as to purchase vehicles and equipment that will last longer than five years. It will be an uneventful election season in the areas surrounding Wellington, where there are no contested races. In Brighton Township, Kenneth Ziegler will continue to serve as a trustee without challenge. James Woodrum will keep his trustee seat unopposed in Camden Township and John Ciarrone will serve as fiscal officer. In Huntington Township, Robert Holmes will serve as trustee without challenge. Sheila Lanning will serve as fiscal officer. To the east, in Penfield Township, Eric Flynn Jr. will serve as trustee while Vicki Denes will serve as fiscal officer. Mark Diedrick will continue as trustee in Pittsfield Township, with Mandy Cecil as fiscal officer. To the west, Cynthia Kurpely is unopposed as mayor of Rochester Village. Susan Sparks was the only candidate to file in a council race there with two open seats. Kathy Frombaugh will continue as trustee in Rochester Township and Laura Brady will serve as fiscal officer. And in Wellington Township, LeRoy Brasee will serve as trustee with Virginia Haynes continuing as fiscal officer.

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Armstrong to bring fast Internet speeds JASON HAWK EDITOR

Another company will bring high-speed Internet to Wellington this fall. But its services will only be offered to business customers — at least for now. "There's definitely a need for better highspeed Internet service in

town," said Mitch Piskur, general manager for Armstrong Cable. The company plans to run lines across villageowned utility poles. That work will move ahead as soon as power and phone providers make room, he said. How quickly they will move is difficult to predict, Piskur said: "It may be another month but

who knows?" The lines would run mainly along Rt. 58 and to limited business customers to the east. Armstrong offers Internet, cable television, and telephone service. Speeds will top out at a gigabyte for both downloads and uploads. "What we heard (is) if you're out in the country you get better Internet

service than you do in the village. That's just wrong," Piskur told Wellington council members Aug. 5. When pressed on whether Armstrong would eventually offer service to residential customers, he wouldn't rule it out. "Let's just say that right now we're offering it to businesses," Piskur said.

Well-Help gets a $20K windfall BRUCE WALTON THE CHRONICLE-TELEGRAM

Well-Help Inc. received a check in the amount of $10,000 on Aug. 7 from 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County's co-founders, Sue Bowers and Marcia Miller. An anonymous donor pledged to match the grant. The presentation of the novelty, oversized check was made in front of United Methodist Church at 127 Park Place, where the organization is based. Well-Help Inc. is a nonprofit food pantry that provides emergency food, as well as clothing, medication, and assistance for residents in Lorain County. Well-Help President Sandy Hamilton said she was grateful for the gift. Without donations, Well-Help couldn't exist, she said. "We are totally humbled by the commitment people have to give to families in need," she said. "It's aweinspiring when you think about it." The food pantry was chosen as the group's quarterly donation during a July meeting. 100 Women meets every year to select a handful of nominees, with each given the opportunity to provide a short presentation on their organization, how they'll use the funds, and how the organization benefits Lorain County. After the presentations, the 100 Women members in attendance vote, and the money is awarded to the organization that gets the most votes. Miller said Well-Help has such a strong impact in the county serving not just Wellington but the surrounding area, including Brighton, Camden, Huntington, Rochester, and Pittsfield townships. "There's many times I think there's

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Sue Bowers, left, and Marcia Miller, co-founders of 100 Women Who Care, present checks totaling $10,000 to Peg Ziegler, WellHelp treasurer, Bernie Raab, Well-Help office manager and Sandy Hamilton, president of Well-Help, at First United Church of Wellington on Aug. 7. In rear is John Copley, board member of WellHelp who solicited for funds. not a lot of help down here, if you're busy in the big cities you forget that Wellington exists and there's needs down here just like there are in the city of Lorain," she said. With a team of fewer than 20 people, the organization provides assistance to about 5,000 people annually. In addition to providing food and other items, the organization also has a toy giveaway during the holiday season for families and collaborates with Wellington High School to raise money for food vouchers for children during the summer. Hamilton said the organization hasn't yet decided what it will do with the money other than to purchase more food and items to provide

for families, but it will soon have a meeting to choose additional options. 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County started in October 2010. To date, the group has raised $356,761 in nine years, with 100 percent of the funds remaining in Lorain County to benefit nonprofits. Its male counterpart, 100 Guys Who Care About Lorain County, was formed a few years later. Membership in 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County is open to any woman. For more information, visit www.100womenlorain county. org. Well-Help Inc. is open 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. For more information, call 440-647-2689.

Safety forces hold their Night Out BRUCE WALTON THE CHRONICLE-TELEGRAM

It might have been two days late due to weather, but Wellington persisted and held its National Night Out event on Thursday, Aug. 8. On a much better day — with the sun out and not a raindrop in sight — the event on Wellington's square attracted a modest crowd. National Night Out is an annual campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and

neighborhood solidarity to make neighborhoods safer. The residents were joined by Wellington police, firefighters, and EMS and village officials. Wellington Police Chief Tim Barfield said the event is all about the connection between law enforcement, fire, and emergency services and the public. "It's just a night for everyone to come together and show that we all work together and that we're all trying to accomplish the same thing," he said.

While other communities canceled their events when the weather got worse, Wellington postponed its National Night Out. Barfield said they wanted to make sure they had the best opportunity to touch base with the community. The night included activities for children to see the vehicles with the Wellington fire and EMS, a DJ, tables with board games, and free hot dogs served by the fire department. In addition, residents were able to meet and interact with police officers and firefighters face-to-face.

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Madison Thompson of Wellington, a graduate of Oberlin High School, was among 30 Baldwin Wallace University students who gave up a week of summer break to make a difference through community service. Her team traveled to Raleigh, N.C., to learn what can be done to promote environmental justice and take care of the planet. Thompson worked with Sound Rivers, which focuses on protecting and preserving important watersheds in North Carolina, and Asheville GreenWorks, which works to take care of the environment and improve the quality of life for community members through education programs and conservation projects.


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Class reunion

The Wellington High School Class of 1974 will hold its 45th reunion at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23 at the home of Tom Minnich, 45295 State Rt. 162 East in Huntington. Take your favorite side dish to share. Can't make it Friday? The class will gather at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Spirit of '76 Museum for a personalized tour, then walk around the corner to Fort's Tavern at 12:30 p.m. for lunch (at your own expense). Anyone and everyone who attended the Wellington Schools is invited to join in for lots of catching up and reminiscing. Text your RSVP to Becky Durham Duelley at 937974-2152 or Cindy Gottschling Broud at 405-3281115.

Cafeteria increases

Lunch prices will edge upward by a nickel this fall for Wellington students in grades K-8. Those who attend Westwood Elementary and McCormick Middle School will be subject to the changes. Kids in kindergarten through third grade will now pay $2.80 for lunch and grades four to eight will pay $2.85. Reduced lunch prices will remain at 40 cents and milk is still 50 cents. Breakfast prices will stay fixed at $1.40 regardless of grade, or 30 cents for students who qualify for reduced prices. District treasurer Tina Gabler said the cafeteria budget ended the school year in the black. It's still underperforming but didn't run into a deficit, she said, That's especially impressive considering the district guaranteed every student would get a lunch last year, even if they couldn't afford it.

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ABOVE: The 2019 Wellington Dukes girls soccer team celebrates after its matches Saturday at the Lorain County Girls Soccer Preview. BELOW: Wellington’s Allie Starner makes a cross against Elyria. RIGHT: Wellington’s Natalie Calfo clears the ball. BOTTOM RIGHT: Wellington’s Maddie Lewis takes a shot against Elyria at the Lorain County Girls Soccer Preview.

Council recess

Wellington village council has recessed for the remainder of August. Normally, a meeting is held the third Monday of each month but that date falls within the Lorain County Fair. The next council meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 3 due to the Labor Day holiday.

Land transfers

Two pieces of property in Wellington have been transferred from village council to Wellington's community improvement corporation, which can then sell them to interested buyers. The first is located on Barker Street and was acquired through a tax foreclosure. Village manager Steve Dupee said it was needed to get an easement for a dead-end water line. There were also conversations about creating a community garden there, but officials decided it wasn't a good location. Now there is a verbal offer from the property owner in arrears, Dupee said. Since taking ownership of the property, a house on the land was torn down. A garage and shed remain. The second property is on Shiloh Avenue in Wellington's industrial park. Forest City Technologies is interested in acquiring the land for potential future development.

FACEBOOK FEEDBACK The Lorain County Fair will be here soon! We asked Facebook readers how much money is a reasonable amount for the average family to spend at the fair. Here are some of their answers: Holly Marie Miller: "With one kid and two adults, the tickets would be $15 to get in. I’d buy a ride pass for $20 and forgo tickets so our daughter could ride as much as she wanted to. Probably about $25 for food, drinks, desserts, etc., and another $25 for toys, games, etc. So I’d say approximately $100 for two adults and a child for the day. That is also without special events like concerts, tractor pull, demolition derby, etc." Jaci Cline: "Good guess would be at least $40 per person without main event tickets. That's if you're spending the whole day with food and extras." Bill Sawyer: "Fair prices are not reasonable. Maybe just the entry fee but that's about it." Erik Thiery: "$25 per person if you do not do the rides or games." Lisa Henceroth Robinson: "Reasonable is not an option. Realistically, take $150 to $200."

just their munching cost about $80. The only thing I saw them bring home was a caramel apple." Crystal Hall: "Sadly, families can’t afford to go and enjoy themselves as they wish because prices are too high. One child is hard enough, I have no idea how families with two or more children can afford to go and have a good time." Tammy Reed Kalman: "$125 by the time you pay to get in, eat, and ride rides for a family of four." Kristen Skidmore Hill: "I figured out that with our family of seven we would need $250 for rides and food and entry. It's crazy! It's the ride prices that are the worst." Bailey Ann Zech: "For being there the whole week with four people, I would say about $300-ish." Tiffany Gancos: "We live near the fair and we don't ride rides. Still spend about $150 per day and we walk up there."

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Stephanie Guyeska: "Our family of four spends usually around $200 in just one night of hanging out munching foods and drinks, LOL. And take home some kettle corn and fudge. I never let my kids play games. Those are a stupid waste of money. Shirts of course will be more. Shows, of course, add on a lot more. And don't forget entry at $8 each. My son and daughter went to the Medina (County) Fair for about three hours and

Jennings Action Research Fellow

Wellington High School teacher Sara Palmison was recently named a Jennings Action Research Fellow by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. She is one of 16 teachers in Northeast Ohio to earn the title in 2019. The distinction honors master teachers in select areas of Ohio each year. Candidates, nominated by their superintendents, participate in the Jennings Educators Institute during the fall. During the next several months, they design, implement, and document lessons incorporating ideas from the Institute under the guidance of university partners. They share the outcome of their work with colleagues at the Jennings Action Research Fellows Showcase the following spring.

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LORAIN COUNTY FAIR THE 174TH ANNUAL FAIR RUNS FROM AUG. 19-25 IN WELLINGTON

Beer garden part of ‘new and improved’ year JASON HAWK EDITOR

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Tucker Webb, 10, of LaGrange, smiles as he shows his steer to potential buyers during the annual beef auction at the Lorain County Fair in 2018. Webb and his steer, named Stubby, earned the "Modern Beef Steer Grand Champion" title.

Granger Smith to open Monday night on stage

"This year is a year of improvement" at the Lorain County Fair, said president Ron Pickworth. The 174th annual fair will unofficially start Saturday morning with the 4-H Cloverbud Show and Tell. Gates will officially open at 8 a.m. Monday, with a noon ceremony and crowning of the Junior Fair king and queen. During the week, you'll notice changes big and small. By popular demand, box seating at the grandstand has been updated to give a bit more space. "People must have gotten bigger over the years," joked Pickworth.

Kids’ Day, launched last year, will return Wednesday with even more family-oriented activities for families. The truck pull that evening will for the first time be affiliated with the Ohio State Tractor Pullers, which is sure to bring in top-tier talent from around the state. Maybe the biggest change for 2019 is the addition of a beer garden located next to the grandstand. Drinking will be limited to a tent there as well as the grandstand itself. "You can't walk around the grounds with it," said Pickworth. Staffers have been trained to make sure drinking doesn't get out of control. Your driver's license will be scanned and you'll

get a wristband to show you're eligible to buy two cans at a time. Organizers don't expect many problems to arise from the beer garden. Some other Northeast Ohio fairs have had alcohol sales for years and report the results as largely trouble-free, Pickworth said. The Medina County Fair started selling alcohol three years ago. Folks involved there helped advise the Wellington-based fair board throughout the past year. Concerts are among the biggest draws for the fair each year, and Pickworth said he expects Granger Smith and Foreigner to bring the crowds. Smith, who will perform IMPROVED PAGE E3

A THRILL A MINUTE!

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Texas country music sensation Granger Smith will open the Lorain County Fair with a grandstand concert the evening of Monday, Aug. 19. "Granger, he's kind of been on our wish list," said senior fair board member Brian Twining. "We have lists in our heads and our briefcases that we watch — young up-and-coming acts on both sides, rock and country. It just worked out that the path he's traveling, he can come through Wellington." He said the goal is to have one act like Foreigner, which will play Tuesday, Aug. 20, to appeal to an older audience, and another like Smith who appeals to younger fair-goers. Also known by his alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr., the 39-year-old Smith hails from Dallas. He taught himself to play guitar at age 14 and within a year was playing small weekend venues in Texas. As a college freshman, he made his first album, then landed a songwriting deal with EMI Music Publishing and moved to Nashville. Smith's independent album "Dirt Road Driveway" rocketed up the charts to number one in 2013. Two years later, he signed his first deal with a record label and quickly had a hit with "Backroad Song." If you're a country fan, you may also know hits such as "Happens Like That," "The Country Boy Song," "If the Boot Fits," and "City Boy Stuck." Most recently, Smith released the patriotic single "They Were There" in December. Success has allowed Smith and his band to perform in SMITH PAGE C3

Last year at the fair...

About 114,000 admission tickets were sold for the 173rd Lorain County Fair, held last year. Storms early in the week hampered attendance and paid admission was down about 1,000 from 2017. Blazing hot temperatures and menacing black clouds have a big impact on the fair, according to director Ron Pickworth. Perfect weather and no school would boost attendance, but “you live with what you get,” Pickworth said.

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Crystal Burger of New London lets out a scream while her daughter Madison Howell smiles wide on a thrilling coaster called G Force.

FAST FACTS • The Lorain County Fair opens at 8 a.m. each day from Monday, Aug. 19 to Sunday, Aug. 25. • Admission is $5 at the gate. Children ages eight and under are free. Credit and debit cards are accepted at Gates 1, 3, 4, and 6. No checks are accepted. Parking is free. • There is no official closing time. Exhibitor buildings close at 10 p.m. Food vendors will stay open as long as they are selling. • Midway ride tickets are $1 each.

The number of tickets required is posted on each ride. A $20 unlimited ride stamp can be purchased from 1-10 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Satuday; a $15 Kids' Day special is available from 1-10 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 1-9 p.m. on Sunday. • If you have questions, visit the secretary's office to the north of the grandstand near the main gate. • A lost and found box is located

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at the secretary's office. The Lorain County Sheriff's Office and ambulance station at the main gate also has lost and found items. • No pets are allowed on the fairgrounds. • Beer will be sold this year for the first time. It will be permitted only in the beer garden and grandstand, not on the midway. • A wheelchair and motorized scooter vendor can be found by Gate 4.


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FAIR WEEK SCHEDULE Saturday, Aug. 17 • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — 4-H Cloverbud Show and Tell (Barn 9) • Noon to 2 p.m. — 4-H Ag Products and Still Life Judging • 4:15 p.m. — Wine Judging

Ring) • 7 p.m. — OSTPA Truck Pull (Grandstand)

Sunday, Aug. 18 • 6 p.m. — Judging of Antiques, Arts and Crafts, Ceramics, Culinary Arts Books 701-704 and 710-716, Lapidary Art, Paintings and Drawings Monday, Aug. 19 • 8 a.m. — Gates Open • 8 a.m. — Junior Fair Dog Show (Barn 4) • 8:30 a.m. — Junior Fair Fowl Show (Barn 15) • 9 a.m. — Judging of Culinary Arts Books 705-709 and 717-718, Needlework, Honey, Hobbies and Collectibles, Spinning, Vegetables and Fruits, Boer Goats (Pavilion 2) • 10 a.m. — Judging of Registered Haflingers, Draft Horses, and Draft Ponies (Pony Ring) • 11 a.m. — Judging of Photography • 11 a.m. — HTCS Harness Racing • Noon — Flag Raising Ceremony, Official Opening with 4-H Band, Crowning of the Junior Fair King and Queen (Pavilion 1 Stage) • Noon — Junior Fair Draft Horses and Halter Show (Pony Ring) • 1-7 p.m. — Voting for Directors of the Lorain County Agricultural Society (Senior Fair Office) • 4 p.m. — 4-H Special Awards (Building 14) • 4 p.m. — Junior Fair

Jason Oneill and Sons compete last year in the draft horse pull. Sheep Show (Show Barn 4) • 5 p.m. — Culinary Arts Bake Sale (Pavilion 2) • 5:30 p.m. — Junior Fair Boer Goat Show (Barn 9) • 6:30 p.m. — Miniature Horse Prince and Princess Contest (Ring A) • 7 p.m. — Horsemanship King and Queen Contest (Ring A) • 7:30 p.m. — Granger Smith Concert (Grandstand) Tuesday, Aug. 20 • 8 a.m. — Gates Open • 8 a.m. — Rabbit and Cavy Judging (Barn 39) • 8:30 a.m. — Junior

Fair Cat Judging (Rabbit Show Area, Barn 15) • 8:30 a.m. — Junior Fair Swine Show (Barn 9) • 9 a.m. — Junior Fair Miniature Horse Judging (Ring A) • 9 a.m. — Dairy Cattle Judging (Show Barn 4) • 9 a.m. — Sheep Judging (Pavilion 2) • 9 a.m. — Silage and Hay Show, Grain Show • 10 a.m. — Poultry Judging (Barn 38) • 10 a.m. Junior Fair Small Animals Judging (Barn 15) • 11 a.m. — HTCS Harness Racing • 2:30 p.m. — Junior Fair Cavy Judging (Barn 15)

• 4:30 p.m. — Fowl Costume and Poultry Judging Contest (Show Ring, Barn 15) • 6 p.m. — Junior Fair Dog Agility (Show Barn 4) • 7:30 p.m. — Foreigner Concert (Grandstand) Wednesday, Aug. 21 — Kids' Day • 8 a.m. — Gates Open • 8:30 a.m. — Junior Fair Beef Breeding Show (Show Barn 4) • 9 a.m. — Junior Fair Dairy Goats and Market Dairy Goats (Barn 9) • 9 am. — Junior Fair Draft Horse Cart Show (Pony Ring)

• 9 a.m. — Junior Fair Saddle Horse Judging (Ring A) • 9 a.m. — Ponies and Stalled Hitch Classes (Grandstand) • 11 a.m. — Junior Fair Market Beef Show (Show Barn 4) • Noon — Flower Judging • 1 p.m. — Open Class Judging, Department 1, Books 4-7 (Pony Ring) • 1 p.m. — Junior Fair Rabbit Breed Judging (Barn 15) • 5:30 p.m. — Junior Fair Harness and Pack Goats (Show Barn 4) • 6:30 p.m. — Canine Unit Training (Pony

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Thursday, Aug. 22 — Senior Citizens and Veterans Day Free admission for attendees ages 65 and older as well as for veterans and military personnel with ID. • 8 a.m. — Gates Open • 8:30 a.m. — Junior Fair Rabbit Showmanship (Barn 15) • 9 a.m. — Dairy Goat Judging (Pavilion 2) • 9 a.m. — Junior Fair Beef Showmanship Judging (Show Barn 4) • 9 a.m. — Pony Pull (Grandstand) • 9 a.m. — 4-H Open Mini Horse Fun Show (Ring A) • 9-11 a.m. — County Fair Kids Fun Show (Barn 9) • Noon — Senior Citizen Recognition (Pavilion 1) • Noon — Open to the World Draft Horse and Pony Hitch (Grandstand) • 1 p.m. — Junior Fair Auction for Meat Chickens, Market Ducks, Market Goats, Market Lambs, Meat Rabbits, and Turkeys • 2 p.m. — Pigeon Rolling and Homing Pigeon Demonstration (Barn 38) • 6 p.m. — Junior Fair Night with Parade and Program (Ring A) • 7 p.m. — Horse Pull (Grandstand) Friday, Aug. 23 • 8 a.m. — Gates Open • 9 a.m. — Junior Fair Dairy Judging (Show Barn 4) • 9 a.m. — Junior Fair Pygmy Goat Show (Show Ring 9) • 9 a.m. — Miniature Horse Judging (Ring A) • Noon — Junior Fair Dairy Auction (Show Barn 4) • Noon — Rooster Crowing, Turkey Calling, and Fowl Race (Barn 15) • 2:30 p.m. — Junior Fair Small Animal Sweepstakes Showmanship (Barn 9) • 4:30 p.m. — Junior Fair Large Animal Sweepstakes Showmanship (Barn 4) • 6:30 p.m. — NTPA Grand National Pull (Grandstand) Saturday, Aug. 24 • 8 a.m. — Gates Open • 8:30 a.m. — Junior Fair Livestock Auction for Market Beef and Market Hogs (Barn 9) • 9 a.m. — 4-H Open Saddle Horse Fun Show (Ring A) • 9 a.m. — Tractor Pull, Lorain County Residents Only (Grandstand) • 9 a.m. — Beef Cattle Judging (Show Barn 4) • 10 a.m. — Pony Fun Show (Pony Ring) • Noon — Miniature Horse Pull (Pony Ring) • 1:30 p.m. — Kiddie Pedal Pull (Pavilion 2) • 2 p.m. — Pigeon Rolling and Homing Pigeon Demonstration (Barn 38) • 3 p.m. — Draft Horse and Draft Pony Fun Pull (Pony Ring) • 4 p.m. — Fiddle Contest (Show Barn 4) • 7 p.m. — Combine Derby and Pick-Up Truck Derby (Grandstand) Sunday, Aug. 25 • 7 a.m. — Catholic Mass (Pavilion 1) • 8 a.m. — Gates Open • 9 a.m. — Interdenominational Worship Service (Show Barn 4) • 9:30 a.m. — 4-H Saddle Horse Versatility Show (Ring A) • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Spinners and Weavers (Pavilion 2) • 4 p.m. — Demolition Derby (Grandstand)


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Monday, lost his three-year-old son River in a drowning incident this spring, leading to worries he would withdraw from the fair. "I am broken," Granger's wife, Amber Emily Smith, posted on Instagram after the tragedy. "My heart will never be the same. I will never be the same. Yes, I have strong moments, but I also (as any grieving mother would do) cry, scream, question, and fall to my knees. Then I get back up and fight." Smith will still take the stage but at his request and out of respect for his family there will be no meet-and-greets as had been planned, said Pickworth. Foreigner will rock the stands Tuesday night, returning after last performing in Wellington in 2014. That time around, singer Kelly Hansen and bandmates were chased off

stage by a severe thunderstorm. Hopefully Mother Nature will be kinder this year. Foreigner's concert sold out — orders were "Urgent" — leading organizers to add more general admission seating. And of course all the perennial fair favorites are back: the NTPA National Pull, the combine and truck derbies, and the always-popular demolition derby. Pickworth said he's proud to help run one of the best-ranked fairs in the state, and especially proud of the 4-H and FFA kids who run the Junior Fair. "They're some of the best," he said. "Unlike some fairs, they pretty much run their own show." The county is increasingly suburban and many residents don't know much about raising animals, especially large

farm animals project. Some kids don't realize where their food comes from at all. That's why for the past year, Pickworth has been working on a project to help answer some common questions about agriculture. Junior Fair kids will volunteer in two-hour blocks to wear T-shirts that say "Ask me about my project." "The goal is for them to talk to people who have no idea in what's involved and to educate," Pickworth said. Everybody can easily identify a cow on sight. "But if these kids can tell them what kind it is and what's involved in feeding it and raising it and training it, all those types of things, then the public and the kids will benefit," he said.

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