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The boys from Boy Scout Troop 107 respond to the needs and conditions of victims during a simulated car crash on Saturday. Press photo Shane Rogers

AVON L AKE By Bryan Wroten

Car crash simulation helps Boy Scouts prepare AVON /NORTH R IDGEVILLE By Shane Rogers

Car crash? No problem. Boy Scout Troop 107 knows what to do. The 11- to 13-year-old boys in the Boy Scout troop participated in an exercise Saturday simulating a headon car collision, during which they were required to administer first aid to victims until paramedics arrived. “It’s good for the kids, because if you practice it once, you get better at it the second or third time,” said Assistant Scoutmaster Steve Mazur. The exercise was a continuation of the boys’ work toward their Emergency Preparedness merit badge, which is one of 12 badges required to become an Eagle Scout. Kevin Erskine, another assistant scoutmaster, organized and led the entire exercise. He has been preparing the kids for the simulation two hours every Friday for the past month and a half, giving them lessons in the skills they were going to need.

After the simulation, the boys gathered around and discussed what went well and where they could improve. “We responded pretty good, but we could have done some things differently,” said Avon resident Colin Erskine, 12, which was the general consensus of the group. Another theme apparent throughout the simulation and through their everyday work with the Boy Scouts is leadership. All the boys were required to work together and assess the car crash victims to figure out what needed to be done. “Boy Scouts don’t train you to be a professional (Boy Scout) and make millions,” said Geeva Nanda, father of Sanjay Nanda, who is a Boy Scout with Troop 107. “It teaches you to be a leader.” Even though there was room for improvement for the boys following their simulation on Saturday, the leadership of Troop 107 couldn’t have been more proud. “I’m impressed,” said Scoutmaster Michael Caithaml while addressing the boys afterward. “The stuff you learned today you’re going to use again.”

Avon Lake City Council approved Monday night the controversial deer management program that includes provisions for police officers to cull deer through sharpshooting and bowhunting. The program passed 6-1, with Ward 3 Councilman Larry Meiners voting against the ordinance because of his opposition to bowhunting within the city. Both Ward 1 Councilman Rob James and Ward 4 Councilman Dave Kos spoke of the legislation as a victory of sorts, even though the two frequently tried to take the program in opposite directions, because of their ability to compromise and therefore “improve the law.” “I truly appreciate his resolve to improve the ordinance and his willingness to compromise to improve the ordinance,” James said before the vote, adding he wanted thank the public for its input, either in support or opposition, because it shows the importance of participating in the process. Kos thanked James as well and explained to the audience that he felt supporting the legislation instead of opposing it allowed him to work with his colleagues to add more safety measures regarding schools, day cares, churches and increased setback requirements. Prior to this address, Kos attempted to amend the legislation to include the word “undeveloped” as a requirement for parcels to be considered eligible for bowhunting. The amendment failed 5-2. Another amendment, put forward by Ward 2 Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch, requiring the city to set up provisions for any deer culled to be prepared for human consumption, passed 6-1, with James voting against it. Though council members had words of appreciation for each other, the meeting did not go without disagreements. Kos began by reading portions of a letter by the Humane Society of the United States, which disagrees with previous statements by council members that Avon Lake had too many deer and would need to reduce the population before attempting a contraceptive program. Representatives of the Humane Society visited the city months ago along with representatives of Tufts University to ob-


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Avon Lake investigating legality of poker for charity AVON L AKE By Bryan Wroten

The mayor and his law director met Friday with someone from the Ohio attorney general’s office regarding poker for charity. Mayor Greg Zilka said he didn’t believe the representative from the attorney general’s office was there in an official capacity, but came along with Ward 4 Councilman Dave Kos, who works in the workers’ compensation division for the attorney general in Cleveland. Kos said the meeting came about because of what he believes could be in the works down in Columbus. “What I heard what could be coming from the state gives me enough caution that this activity, as it was presented, needs to be thoroughly vetted before

any allowance is considered in Avon Lake,” he said. “We really need some guidance from the state and whether or not this activity would be allowed. Right now, I don’t see it would be a venture worth pursuing at this point based on what I’ve heard some of the concerns are from Columbus.” Mark Moretti, a public information officer for the attorney general, said he couldn’t comment on the specifics of Avon Lake’s situation. Zilka said it’s a bit touchy to discuss what occurred in the closed-door meeting, but Law Director Abe Lieberman is researching state laws and their interpretations. “We will continue pursuing this until we get official word this is not legal,” he said. “We will not go beyond the legal standards of state law. We’re not pushing the envelope. We don’t want to work in a gray area. We want to work in a very clear, transparent environment where what we’re doing is appro-

priate.” At this point, he said, the city has reason to believe the PokerTek proposal is legal because of its established charity poker facility in Willoughby Hills and the now-closed charity poker games at Nautica in Cleveland, which was a separate operation from PokerTek. So far, he’s received three phone calls opposing poker for charity in the city, he said, but the general response he’s received is that it could be good for Avon Lake. Some people believe it could tarnish the city’s reputation and liken it to Internet sweepstakes cafes, he said, but he believes this operation would be more upscale. He’s approaching it from an economic development standpoint that this could bring in more people, who would fill up at gas stations, eat at restaurants and shop at stores. Contact Bryan Wroten at and @BryanWroten on Twitter

City starts 2013 Speedway expansion process SHEFFIELD LAKE By John Edwards

Sheffield Lake City Council started off 2013 on a progressive note at its Jan. 8 regular meeting, with a first reading of an ordinance to authorize a sanitary sewer and access easement agreement with Speedway LLC. Speedway obtained a zoning change from B-1 to B-5 for an existing, non-conforming residential house in the commercial zone on Aug. 14, 2012. Speedway intends to expand its existing gas station at 4208 Lake Road, and hopes to begin construction of a new, larger convenience store and expansion of the gas station to 16 pumps, including pumps for diesel fuel and kerosene, this spring. The expansion is expected bring about 10 new jobs to the city. The house on the rezoned lot immediately east of Speedway has been vacant for more than two years and Ca h t a W av s an ve m e ad ail d K an op ab it y tio le f ten n! or s

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was purchased by Speedway, which intends to raze it to make room for expansion of the current gas station. Mayor Dennis Bring recommended hiring Rob DeChant as the new service department mechanic, replacing John McCallie, who retired Dec. 31. “Mr. DeChant was by far the best of the seven qualified applicants that Mr. (Len) Smith (the service director) and I interviewed,” Bring said. “Mr. DeChant is also familiar with the city’s needs, as he had filled in at the service department for about four months while McCallie was out on medical leave.” Council then voted unanimously to approve hiring DeChant. Law Director David Graves told council that the Civil Service Commission would soon authorize a promotion test for chief of police. Sheffield Lake police Chief Larry Shepherd officially retired on Dec. 28, although he has been off duty since spring while using up his accumulated sick leave and vacation time. Capt. Tony Campo has filled in as acting chief since Shepherd announced his

intention to retire. Graves, who doubles as the city’s grant administrator, said he is currently working on details of the city’s recently awarded Ohio Department of Natural Resources trail grant to expand the Brookside Trail, which runs from its trailhead at the Community Park boat launch facility southward to Ferndale Avenue to create a loop around Ferndale Park. That loop would eventually be connected to a trail Lorain County Metro Parks intends to build (in its as yet unopened nature preserve south of Ferndale Park) that would connect, via Sheffield Village’s Safe Routes to School trail on Harris Road and the village’s walkway on the south side of Colorado Avenue, to Metro Parks trails in French Creek Reservation and the Steel Mill Trail. Graves said he is also working on two ambulance grants and a fire safety grant for the Sheffield Lake Fire Department. Contact John Edwards at

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Library science experiments have kids and parents going mad SHEFFIELD LAKE By Shane Rogers

Children, parents and grandparents have all gone mad at Domonkas Branch Library in Sheffield Lake. Domonkas Branch Library held its monthly Mad Science program Thursday, in which kids explore different scientific concepts through various experiments. Starting out with a quick video, the children eagerly moved onto the hands-on experiment, followed by a discussion on what they had learned. “It shows our commitment to lifelong learning,” said Jennifer Hirth, library associate and leader of the Mad Science series. Hirth does a different experiment every month for the children and then engages them to help explain the science behind each creation. “It’s definitely an experiment, and when it doesn’t work out we discuss it,” she said while prepping supplies. Another focus of the program is to use household items to complete the experiments. This allows the parents to take the experiments home with them. The Mad Science programs generally have participants from the ages of 5 to 12 on a regular basis, with many of the same kids coming again and again. “(The childreb are) generally very enthusiastic,” Hirth said. “I definitely see the same kids over and over.” However, that doesn’t deter new children from participating. This is particularly true when concepts being discussed are so closely related to what they’re discussing in the classroom. “This is my first time doing it,” said Jocye Leahy, age 11. “It’s kind of cool because it’s going along with what I’m doing in school.” Although the experiments are geared for the children, they quickly turn into experiments for the adults as well. After the

JOCYE LEAHY, 11, concentrates on making sure the experiment turns out just right at Domonkas Branch Library’s Mad Scientists program on Thursday. Press photo – Shane Rogers video was completed, grandparents and parents were up and about helping the children with the experiment and learning just as much. They did, however, leave the question answering to the kids. Domonkas Branch Library started the Mad Science series a little more than a year ago in an attempt to bring in an older youth

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Avon residents can expect to see some changes this spring to the SR 611 bridge over I-90 along with resurfacing along the roadway from Chester Road to Detroit Road. At a Jan. 7 special meeting, Avon City Council approved an ordinance agreeing to have the Ohio Department of Transportation rehabilitate the bridge and resurface SR 611. As part of the rehabilitation process, sidewalks and bicycle paths will also be added to the bridge. Altogether, 1.5 miles of the road will be improved, according to the ordinance. As part of the project, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will take on the entire cost of the preliminary engineering costs and environmental studies. ODOT will also pay for 80 percent of the roadway construction and construction engineering costs, while the city will pay the remaining 20 percent, according to the ordinance. The city will receive grant funding up to $600,000 from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency as part of the Transportation Enhancement Program to help pay for the sidewalks and bike lanes that will be added as part of the project. “Any funds necessary for these activities over the capped amount will be the responsibility of the city,” the ordinance states. “The city is estimated to be paying approximately $400,000 total for our share of the project (which is approximately 20 percent of the construction esti-

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With improvements planned for the SR 611 bridge and the state route’s roadway from Chester Road to Detroit Road, some may be wondering when the Avon Mercy project will move forward on SR 611 as well. A website,, hosted by Frauenshuh HealthCare Real Estate Solutions, states in a project overview, "Mercy Avon will open in 2013.” However, timelines to build a Mercy healthcare system facility in Avon still haven’t been finalized, according to Mercy Marketing Director Jennifer Cakir. Last year Mercy teamed up

with Frauenshuh, based in Minneapolis, Minn., to develop the medical facility. When Mercy first announced its intent to build a health campus in Avon on the southeast corner of I-90 and SR 611, across the street from BJ’s Wholesale Club, construction was initially planned to begin in the spring of 2011. At the end of 2010, Landmark Healthcare Facilities, the developer on the project at the time, presented an 82,000-square-foot medical office building to Avon Planning Commission members. The three-story building presented then included an ambulatory surgery center, imaging center and physician’s offices to be built on approximately 12 acres of land. According to floor plans of

mate),” Avon City Engineer Rob Knopf wrote in an email this week. “More accurate numbers will be known once the project is awarded.”

the proposed medical building, available at, the Avon health campus will include areas dedicated to family practice, extended care, diagnostic imaging, physical therapy and occupational health along with a lab, cafe, conference center and ambulatory surgery center. The website further states that surgical services can be expected to include “ENT, gastroenterology, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pain management, podiatry and urology.” “Imaging services will include high-field open MRI, digital mammography, CT, X-ray, bone density scanning, ultrasound and lab,” the website also states. Contact Rebecca Turman at

The roadwork is expected to begin in May 2013, and the city estimates the project will be completed in November 2013, Knopf said.

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The long-awaited Belmar sewer separation project should begin this March. Avon Lake Municipal Utilities has put out its request for construction bids, Chief Utilities Executive Todd Danielson said, and while the actual start date is up in the air, the best guess is March. Residents living in the construction area will receive notices about two informational meetings at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and Feb. 7 in the cafeteria of Troy Intermediate School. The sewer separation project will involve Belmar Boulevard, Ashwood Drive, Mooreland Drive, Artsdale Drive, and Redwood and Electric boulevards during different phases of work. The work on Redwood, in particular, will span from Artsdale to Richland. “There are 11,600 feet of sewer line to be laid and constructed as a result of this,” Danielson said. “It’s well over two miles. There will be a waterline on Redwood as we did on Belmar. It’s a large project. Between the utilities' share and the city’s share and doing some stormwater, it is over a $5 million project. There’s going to be a lot of work in the next 12 to 14 months or so.” Residents in this section of the city can expect heavy equipment, road closures and lane closures, Danielson said. ALMU is working with Troy Intermediate School to modify school bus routes as well as with parents to come up with alternative routes for dropping off and picking up their children. Included in the separation work is

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the requirement for residents who are part of the project to make sure their foundation drains and other sources of clean water do not connect to the newly separated sanitary sewer line. When the new sanitary line is run in front of the house, the stub from the line will go to the private property line, he said. The stub won’t connect to the private property unless the resident has installed a dedicated sanitary lateral on the property. Because projects like these run in the $2,500 to $3,500 range, he said, the utilities board decided to give residents up to five years, or one year after project completion, whichever is later. While this timeline would slow down the removal of sanitary water that could potentially enter the lake, Danielson said, it helps residents and still has the same end result by the U.S. EPA’s 2020 deadline for sewer separation. The new sanitary lines will connect to the Lake Road interceptor, he said, and the old sewer line will remain active, going into the interceptor in dry weather and emptying into the lake during wet weather. It won’t increase the amount of wastewater going into the lake, he said, and will ensure that, over time, the old line will become a dedicated stormwater sewer.

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Doing this should also prevent the flooding of yards and basements residents experienced following the Jaycox Road sewer separation and heavy storms of 2010. “It will help reduce pollution in the lake because as people connect into the sanitary sewer, it will go directly to the plant and keep reducing sanitary sewer water in the combined sewer and, therefore, what’s going into Lake Erie during rain events,” he said. “With each disconnection, the lake is getting cleaner and cleaner.” The board also authorized future sewer rate rebates to help residents with the cost of the work that essentially amount to $1,000 worth of sewer rate rebates when they complete the work, he said. Though the final details of the program are not yet resolved, he

said, the idea is that once the utilities can confirm the resident has a dedicated sanitary line, ALMU will provide about $100 a year, or $25 a quarter, of rate rebates for 10 years. It cuts the average sewer bill roughly in half, he said. “It doesn’t provide cash up front, but we know (residents) had to expend the money,” he said. “It does improve things on the property, but it’s also a financial burden on the family. For us, that’s what we can justify if it helps the system.” ALMU also found grant money available for low-inc o m e individuals who qualify through Lorain County Community Development. LCCD has a home repair program for lowincome families for projects such as this. An example of a qualifying household is a family of four making less than $50,950 a year, he said. “We know this is going to be a burden on the residents that had not been previously required, and we feel that burden, and we’re working to help mitigate the burden through the rate rebates and the approval of grants through LCCD,” he said. “We’re also all working together to make sure the lake is clean. It’s our drinking water.” Contact Bryan Wroten at and @BryanWroten on Twitter



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Progress continues in Sheffield Village We are continuing the progress in Sheffield Village and being proactive in resolving issues rather than waiting for problems to arise. We wish to thank all residents and employees of the village for their cooperation and hard work. It is the employees that make the difference in the health, safety and welfare of Sheffield Village, the “Heart of Lorain County.” Mayor John D. Hunter Planned and Expanded Economic Development for 2013 •Panera Bread, located on Abbe Road at the Cobblestone Shopping Center, plans to open near the end of March. •Dollar Tree has relocated from the Sheffield Crossing/Giant Eagle Plaza to the former Carpet & Tile building on Abbe Road and will be open shortly. •CVS Pharmacy, located in the Sheffield Crossing/Giant Eagle Plaza will be closing as of February 3. If you have prescriptions at this location, please

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Construction Projects Abbe Road (SR 301) Actual construction of the widening of Abbe Road from Detroit Road to Antioch Trail, which is the first entrance of LCCC, will begin in April. We will make every effort to keep traffic flow moving as well as possible with the assistance of our local police officers. The project is anticipated to take several months. Abbe Road Bridge Replacement Over I-90 ODOT has given us a June start date for bridge replacement on Abbe Road over I-90, which will mean

the road will be closed for four to six months. We will release information as it becomes available, as it will mean Abbe Road will be closed from French Creek Road to Detroit Road for through traffic. Fire Chief Jeff Young and police Chief Larry Bliss have put together a safety plan so response times for police and fire services will not be affected. Zoning Administrator Zoning Administrator Ron Rosso submitted his retirement notice effective Dec. 31, 2012. Thank you, Ron, for your service spanning a 26-year career within Sheffield Village. Joe Temkiewicz was appointed as the new Zoning Administrator for the village effective Jan. 1, 2013. The ice skating rink located on Colorado Avenue between the Municipal Building and Service Department is ready – please watch for soft ice during weather changes. 2012 Village Departmental Annual Reports An annual report from each department will be included in your monthly water bill starting in January and beginning with the Fire Department. John D. Hunter, Sheffield Village Mayor and Safety Service Director, writes bimonthly for The Press.

The new year brings new opportunities for Ohio Jan. 7 marked the beginning of the 130th General Assembly in the Ohio Statehouse and the beginning of the second half of my term as your state senator. In the last General Assembly, we balanced a projected $8 billion budget shortfall, reduced new regulations by more than 44 percent, began the process of streamlining our government agencies and budgets, reduced income taxes, and Senator Gayle Manning eliminated the death tax. In addition, we created JobsOhio, the state’s new, aggressive business recruitment and retention agency, which can be credited with the drastic drop in the state’s unemployment rating. As a result of these efforts, Ohio’s credit rating has improved during the same period in which the federal credit rating worsened. More importantly, the state has created more than 132,900 jobs, reducing our unemployment rating by 2.1 percent in just two years. Despite all the great progress that we’ve made, there is still much work ahead of us. This month, the governor will present the legislature with his budget requests for the coming biennium. As we comb through those

requests, I will be especially attentive to the funding we provide for education and local governments. In addition to the budgeting responsibilities that will consume much of our time over the next few months, I’m pleased to announce that I have accepted two leadership posts in the legislature for the coming session, including chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and vice chair of the Senate Committee on Workforce and Economic Development. The Ohio Constitution requires that the Transportation operating budget be passed through the General Assembly separately from the rest of the state budget. As the newly appointed Transportation Committee chair, I will be overseeing that budget. As you are fully aware, our district includes many major highways and interchanges, including SR 480, SR 2, Interstate 90 and the Ohio Turnpike. I believe that the construction and maintenance of our highway systems plays a vital role in our economy. Not only does it directly provide jobs through administration and construction, but also if we plan our roadways carefully, we can breathe new life into the economic health of our communities, just by making them more accessible to the surrounding public. I look forward to using my new chairmanship for the betterment of our district and state transportation systems. It is no secret that our economy is continually changing as technology adapts and demand is modified for different goods and services. Understanding this, the Ohio

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Senate has added a brand-new committee this session called the Senate Standing Committee on Workforce and Economic Development. This committee will be responsible for matching Ohio’s growing industries with workers who are trained in those industries. One way in which we can prevent our economy from going into a recession is to stay one step ahead of the job market. As vice chair of this committee, I will be working to lay framework in Ohio’s education system to prepare job seekers for the jobs of tomorrow. I know that the coming years will bring with them countless career opportunities in technology, manufacturing and energy development. We need to make sure that Ohio workers are trained and ready for these jobs. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to the progress we can make on behalf of Ohioans. As we begin a new legislative season, I would welcome your feedback. If you have questions, concerns or ideas as to how we can make Ohio better, please feel free to contact my office at 614-644-7613 or by e-mailing You can also write me at State Sen. Gayle Manning, Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215. I look forward to hearing from you. Senator Gayle Manning represents the 13th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses Lorain and Huron counties. She is currently the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and the vice chair of the Senate Workforce and Economic Development Committee. To learn more, go to Manning


Flood control? To the Editor: We are happy to be residents of Avon for 19 years. For the most part, we applaud Mayor Smith and the city with sensible growth. We cannot stop progress. But we were very disappointed after reading the 2013 budget forecast in the Jan. 3 Sun Sentinel because of seeing no mention or financial allotment for flood control. In November 2012 about 90 residents signed a petition for the city to address a worsening effect of flooding of Schwartz Creek, Mills Creek and French Creek. In 19 years, we've encountered two floods, one year apart. Mr. Knopf has acknowledged he's hoping to get a plan together; but without seeing a dollar amount budgeted, it doesn't look like the city is willing to address the Avon southeast quadrant flooding problem. We know one problem is overbuilding without enough water flow control. The city has stated that retention ponds have little effect. Why then do all new subdivisions and commercial endeavors have retention ponds? We would love to see the city get a swimming pool; but please take care of existing problems first. The residents of the southeast quadrant would appreciate a response plan from the city to provide a solution soon. Tom and Helen Boggs Avon

Get rid of the deer To the Editor: This letter was sent to Avon Lake City Council Jan. 7. I have watched the Avon Lake Cable Channel with the City Council meetings, and I have seen your concern that


something be done regarding the overpopulation of deer. It has been two mating seasons for deer, however, and I am still waiting to have these deer culled. The overpopulation of deer is a safety issue. Council and the city of Avon Lake is on alert that deer are a safety issue and this city is responsible for doing nothing. This week Jan. 4, more than 10 deer stopped traffic walking across Walker Roads from the apple orchard on the south of Walker Road to the American Legion directly across the street on the north by Giant Eagle. It was with much distress that these deer walked across the road rather than scatter to cars and hurt or kill drivers who were stopped waiting for these idiot animals to get off the road. Then a day later, five deer ran across the same road in the same place! Finally, Sunday in the same area one deer walked up the ditch and stood by the edge of the road and stopped traffic for almost 10 minutes while drivers waited to see if the deer would cross the street or come at them. This deer scattered back to the ditch. The three incidents in one week were not coincidence as much as usual happenings in this specific area. Someone is going to get killed. I have had two cars damaged by these deer. With the many senior citizens, new teen drivers and travelers unaware of the deer along our roads, the need to kill deer is now. Deer are dumb animals, kill humans, destroy vegetation and spread disease—please get rid of them as Mentor is doing today! Kathleen O'Brien Wilhelm Avon Lake


AVON •“Fusion” … Don’t miss out on the Avon High School’s fine arts special concert tonight at 7 p.m. “Fusion” is a free concert that will feature the jazz band, show choir and the electric orchestra. •Mark your calendars … the Avon Board of Education meetings are set for the year and will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the

Heritage North Elementary Media Center on the following dates: Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 25, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17. •Appointments ... At the Jan. 7 City Council special meeting, the mayor's following appointments were approved: Mark Ladegaard, Zoning and Building Board of Appeals, January 2013 to Dec. 31, 2015; Chauncey Miller, Zoning and Building Board of Appeals, January 2013 to Dec. 31, 2017; Tom Mitchell, Parks and Recreation Commission, January 2013 to Dec. 31, 2017; Lois Shinko, Garden Club Representative to Landmarks Preservation Commission, January 2013 to Dec. 31, 2016.

AVON LAKE •A fundraiser ... is coming up to benefit the Venesile family to help pay for medical treatment for Noah Venesile. Avon Oaks

in Avon will hold a fundraiser from 6 p.m. until midnight March 9. Organizers are looking for donations as well as contributions toward silent auctions, side boards and a live auction as well as table sponsors. Contact the organizers at Tickets for the night are $55 each or $200 for a table. •No meeting ... City Council will not meet Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Collective Committee meeting has been rescheduled to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.


•New 7-12 building … The Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Board of Education will take its final vote at a 7 p.m. Jan. 28 meeting at the Sheffield Middle School cafeteria on the design of the district’s new school building for grades 7-12 and to begin construction of that school just north of Brookside High School.

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School board still awaiting official go-ahead to begin new school construction S HEFFIELD VILLAGE / S HEFFIELD LAKE By John Edwards

The Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Board of Education met for the first time in 2013 on Jan. 7, starting off the year with a public hearing on the school district’s operating budget, which was later approved unanimously in the regular meeting that followed. In the regular meeting the board unanimously approved the tax budget for fiscal year 2013 (beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2014), which Treasurer Donald Breon said is essentially a duplicate of the district’s latest five-year forecast, which the school board approved on Oct. 22, 2012. The forecast shows a healthy unreserved fund balance (as of June 30, 2012) of $10,956,553, and $9,811,277 at the end of the 2012 fiscal year. The forecast projects declining balances over the next four years: $7,964,748 in 2013; $4,820,648 in 2014; $645,248 in 2015; and in the red with a negative balance of -$4,344,152 by June 30, 2020. Superintendent Will Folger reiterated that MKC Associates would present the final design for the new grade 7-12 building for the board’s approval

at the Jan. 28 meeting in the Sheffield Middle School cafeteria. Folger urged residents to attend that meeting to view those designs. The district and MKC are still awaiting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) approval to begin construction of the new school. Folger said USACE approval can’t be released until the Ohio Historical Society’s assurance that the site contains no significant archeological material is delivered to the USACE office in Buffalo, N.Y. “The archeological dig has been completed and the report looks good,” Folger said. “We’ve sent a copy of the historical society’s report to the Army Corps, but they can’t act until they actually receive it directly from the Ohio Historical Society. We’ll keep in phone contact with both (USACE and the Ohio Historical Society), and both state Sen. Gayle Manning and Rep. Matt Lundy have said they will visit the historical society and encourage them to send the report to USACE as soon as possible. We sent copies of that report to the USACE because we’ve been advised that the copies they get from the historical society are often difficult to read.” In other legislative action, the board approved a band field trip and a parental leave of absence for Brookside

Board elects officers, approves meeting schedule In a Jan. 7 organizational meeting, the S-SL school board members re-elected Sheila Lopez as president and Gloria Behrendt as vice president. Board representatives also remain the same as last year, with Sandra Jensen repeating as representative to the Lorain County Joint Vocational School; Lopez to the Athletic Council; August Scarpelli as legislative liaison; Behrendt as Student Achievement liaison; and William Emery as representative to the S-SL Endowment Fund. The board unanimously approved its 2013 meeting schedule. All regular High School (BHS) teacher Christopher Glynn (for one month, Jan. 14-Feb. 15) and accepted the resignation of varsity volleyball coach Ted Whitsel, effective for the 2013 sports season. Whitsel successfully coached BHS volleyball teams for 12 years, finishing with three consecutive All-Academic teams, the last two of which won back-to-back Patriot Athletic Conference championships. “We hate to lose a great coach, but I

meetings are to begin at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building’s conference room on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, with the following exceptions: On Jan. 28 the board will meet at Sheffield Middle School; on Feb. 25 at Forestlawn Elementary; March 25 at Brookside High School; April 22 at Knollwood Elementary; Nov. 25 at Barr Elementary; and Dec. 9 at Tennyson Elementary. The board will not meet on Nov. 11, as its members will be attending the Ohio School Board Association’s Capital Conference in Columbus Nov. 10-13. think Ted may have retired just so he can be free to travel to watch his daughters play college volleyball,” Folger said. Finally, the board approved the Brookside Cardinal Band’s field trip to Disney Resorts in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 14-19. The band will perform in a parade. Contact John Edwards at

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Avon artist's fiery experiment turns into business opportunity AVON By Shane Rogers

Passionate, mild-mannered and quick to smile, Kate Walsh is taking her zeal for art and unconventionally turning it into a “sustainable” career. A 1997 graduate of Avon High School, Kate returned to Avon a little more than a year ago and has seen a side project of hers grow into a promising business opportunity. Her soy candles, which she began making as an experiment to give as gifts, have caught fire, and interest in the candles is growing every day. “I kind of laugh to myself,” Walsh said while flashing a smile. “Even a year ago, if you would have asked me, I would not have thought I would be making candles; but I am loving it.” Using odds-and-ends containers, mixing her own fragrances and doing everything else on her own, Walsh has dived head first into her pot of melted wax and has begun selling her candles as gifts, wedding favors and home decorations. Admitting that there is a lot more to candle making than she had ever imagined, she has had to turn her apartment in Avon into her own candle-making studio. “(I am going) back and forth constantly from one end of the house to the other with my measuring cups of wax,” she said. “There will be pans and pans and pans just lining the table. It’s taking over.” The candles are entirely ecofriendly and her supplies are bought from local and U.S. farms, two factors that she finds very important. She even goes as far as using scrap paper from a mill in Michigan to package her products. Although candles may be currently playing a large part in Walsh’s life, it is

not her only artistic endeavor, or even the only career, she has pursued. Graduating from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2002 with degrees in psychology and art, Walsh first thought of pursuing art therapy and moved to Chicago to follow that path. “I wanted to see if I could make it in the big city,” she said. Once in Chicago, she worked on her art through various nonprofits and after-school programs for inner-city children. Her most memorable experience was helping children research, plan and create a mural. “It was fun to get the kids to do it, because they had to do a lot of research,” she said. “So they were finding out more about their neighborhood. It helped to instill pride.” At one point, she even abandoned the art gig for a while, electing to take a traditional 9-to-5 job, and quickly found out that conventional isn’t her style. “I really felt for a while that there was something wrong with me, because I could do the (office) job but I was exhausted,” Walsh said with what looked like a shudder. “From working eight hours in an office I was exhausted in a way that working 12 to 15 hours straight in my studio, I never felt.” She quickly started art back up and spent a total of 10 years in Chicago before deciding to return to her roots in Avon, a decision that appears to have been a good one. In addition to her sparking candle business, Walsh's other art projects are yielding success for her. She has recently been invited to become a fellow of the Digswell Arts Trust, a nonprofit organization based in England that focuses on helping beginning artists continue to grow and make money off their artwork. Walsh will be heading to England in

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“Oklahoma!” WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 9, 15 and 16, and 2 p.m. Feb. 10 WHERE: Daniel B. Ross Performing Arts Center at Avon Lake High School HOW MUCH: $10 in advance or $15 at the door for general admission. Advance tickets are available online at as well as in person at Hartsel’s Automotive at 149 Lear Road or Rio Coffee Brewery at 33388 Walker Road

By Bryan Wroten

Mighty Goliath’s Production’s latest show is coming to Avon Lake by means of a surrey with the fringe on top. In its 54th year, MGP will put on “Oklahoma!” directed by Ian Atwood, in February, at Avon Lake High School’s Daniel B. Ross Performing Arts Center. Lynn Maslinski, of MGP, said rehearsals began in November for the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. It stars local musician Jerry Popiel as Curly and “Miss Greater Cleveland” Meggie Wittman as Laurey. This will be Popiel’s first performance with MGP, she said, and it was his daughter, who plays violin for the show’s pit orches-

tra, who convinced him to try out. The decision to produce “Oklahoma!” was Atwood’s, who is making his MGP directorial debut after being involved with four previous shows. The previous three shows, “Annie,” “Oliver” and “The Sound of Music,”

were more kid-friendly shows, Maslinski said, and Atwood wanted to transition back to the more traditional adult shows as well as having a big chorus. Unfortunately this year, because the overall cast comes in at 50, there wasn’t a role that allowed for any cameos, as

has become MGP tradition. The show will be quite a family production. Along with directing, Atwood is a co-producer, she said. He is joined in producing by his wife, Jessica, who is also the choreographer. Jessica Atwood’s mother is in the show and her father is the assistant stage manager. “They took on a tremendous amount with directing, choreography and producing,” Maslinski said. “It’s something they wanted to do.” Money raised by the show will go to the school district’s performing arts programs: band, choir, orchestra and drama, she said. Contact Bryan Wroten at and

School district eyeing increasing pay-to-participate fees AVON LAKE By Bryan Wroten

Given the school district’s financial situation, the Avon Lake Board of Education is considering a number of cost-cutting measures, including increasing pay-to-participate fees. During the Jan. 8 regular board meeting, Superintendent Bob Scott outlined a number of options, the most controversial of them being the pay-to-participate fees. The district is looking to reduce its expenditures as much as possible, he said. Currently, at the high school, families pay a one-time $200 pay-to-participate fee for a student to play a sport. A second high school student playing a sport costs the family another $150, with a cap of $350-for the family. The middle school pay-to-participate fees are $100 for the first student with a $150 family cap. The fees do not apply to other clubs at this

time. The pay-to-participate fees generate about $118,000 for the district annually, he said. The fees began in 2006 after two levies failed in 2005, he explained. The price at the high school was $400 with no cap, he said, and included fees for other clubs beyond athletics. The amounts decreased the next year when voters approved a new levy. After speaking with athletics Director Tom Barone, Scott said, the board could increase fees at the high school to $400 for the first child and $200 for the second child, with a $600 cap. The middle school fees could increase to $200 for the first child and $100 for the second, with a $300 cap for the family. The plan would also call for fees on extracurricular activities that require adult supervision. This would raise an additional $218,000 annually for the district. Increasing pay-to-participate fees by only 50 percent would raise $159,000 instead. Board member Ron Jantz asked how

many people are involved in athletics, to which Scott answered less than 1 percent. Jantz followed up by asking if athletics makes up less than 1 percent of the overall budget, are there better places to look? “There are always other places to look,” Scott said. Board member Dale Cracas wanted to know how the pay-to-participate fees compared to those at other districts. The fees are all over the board, Scott said, from Westlake and North Olmsted, which doesn’t have any fees, to a onetime $400 fee, in Amherst, to some schools that cost out each sport and divide it up by the number of children who play. “In talking to those parents, the cost is $900 to play football,” he said, adding that a number of students then dropped out of the program. Board member Jim Stobe asked if Avon Lake saw any increase in participation after the district lowered the fees.

Scott said there were no decreases, but the higher fees were only in effect for one year. There are a number of areas to look at, he said. The district needs to have wellrounded students, and athletics, band and other clubs are part of that education. “When you start restricting kids from participating in those things, you’re hurting their education,” he told the board. “When you get to certain financial situations, you have to put those against the classroom. That’s when that starts falling away.” The board will take up this discussion, as well as other nonpersonnel reductions such as field trips, athletics busing and grounds maintenance, again at 7 p.m. today in a special meeting in the high school’s media center. Contact Bryan Wroten at and

Avon Lake Board of Education to discuss spring levy options AVON LAKE By Bryan Wroten

Despite savings from joining a health care consortium, no raises or step increases in the teachers union contract for two years, a reduction in staffing and other likely cuts, Avon Lake City Schools’ upcoming levy request won’t be much lower than its failed November 2012 attempt. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, Superintendent Bob Scott said, as that’s what he told people who assumed the district would come back with a lower levy request if voters rejected the first one. “They said we would come back with lower number the second time,” he said. “We said the number in November didn’t include the closing of the GenOn plant. The (levy) number wouldn’t change drastically.” Though voters rejected the 9.02-mill, $7.5 million, five-year emergency levy in November, the school district is looking at similar levy options, including levies for $6.3 million and $6.9 million. Both of

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those are just initial numbers for the Board of Education to consider at special meeting tonight, Scott said, but the actual amount may be somewhere in between. Built into the levy proposals are the $700,000 in annual savings from joining a new health care consortium, a $200,000 reduction in capital outlays, $850,000 in savings by delaying the purchase of new textbooks and $893,000 in savings through no raises or step increases for staff. They also include the reduction in force of 10 full-time equivalents for three years. The possible levy amounts don’t take into account possible future increases in pay-to-participate fees for athletics, new fees for extracurricular clubs, grounds maintenance or other options for nonpersonnel reductions. The board will discuss these options at tonight’s meeting at 7. According to the calculations of district Treasurer Autumn Streng, an 8.71mill, 10-year, $6.9 million levy would keep leave the district with $5.5 million at the end of 2017, the reach of the next five-year forecast. A 7.95-mill, 10-year, $6.3 million levy would have a 2017 end-

ing balance of $3.4 million. The November 2012 five-year forecast shows an ending cash balance of about -$32.9 million in 2017. Streng stressed the millage amounts are her own estimates and are not the official millage rates by the Lorain County auditor. The estimates and dollar amounts are meant to serve as talking points for the board’s discussions, she said. When the board meets again tonight, she said, she’ll have updated numbers using the nonpersonnel reductions and have a recommendation for a levy amount. If the NRG Inc., formerly GenOn Energy Inc., plant weren’t closing in 2015, Scott said, the levy request would be “way down,” as the district is trying to cover revenue losses, not just expenditures. It’s a matter of providing a quality education, Scott said, and to do that, the district has to put something on the spring ballot. “We could look at something palatable to everybody, go back to, ‘OK, let’s just put $5 million on or $4.5 million regard-

less of the levy loss,’ and the board comes back to the same thing,” he said. “We’re going to raise all these people’s taxes, and the education piece we feel is important to the community and the housing values, that would mean if you just look at a thumbnail, we still have to cut $2 million to $2.5 million a year from the budget.” Making it a 10-year levy instead of just five years keeps the district off the ballot longer, he said, and with another levy coming up for renewal in 2018, it would keep the district from trying to renew two levies at the same time. Between the cuts and the new levy, he said, the district believes it can do business into the future and still offer highquality education for the students. “It’s not the way we would have chosen to do it,” he said. “We’re going to lay off some employees to get it done, but that’s the situation we’re in. We’re going to do our best to get that number down so it’s as few people as possible and we don’t have to take apart programming and what we do for the kids.” Contact Bryan Wroten at and

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traception – something I seriously hope we do – the regulators say we have to reduce the population first,” he said. “If there’s no permission, there’s no contraception. If we don’t reduce the population, we don’t get permission.” With the passage of the legislation, the mayor is now charged to develop a culling program with the Avon Lake Po-

lice Department. Mayor Greg Zilka said that he would meet with police Chief Dave Owad and Lt. Michael Bulger the next day to begin researching and preparing the program.

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Movie Friday Movie Friday will be shown at 1 p.m. at the Avon Senior Center. This Friday’s feature will be “Joyful Noise.” Bingo January bingo is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 25. To RSVP, call 440-934-2417 by Friday. ‘Medication Compliance’ ExactCare Pharmacy, a local family-owned pharmacy, will present “Medication Compliance” at 1 p.m. Jan. 24. This presentation is an informational and educational discussion regarding services available to improve medication management. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP no later than Monday by calling 440-934-2417. Mystery Lunch A Mystery Lunch will be held at noon Jan. 30 at the Old Firehouse Community Center. There is no charge. Just RSVP no later than Jan. 23 at 440-934-2417. Trips and Travels Join the group from the Avon Senior Center as it travels to Toledo’s brand-new Hollywood Casino from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 1. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Everyone will receive a casino bonus of $5. The deadline for reservations is Feb. 1. For reservations, call 440-934-2417. Mahjong Group Every Wednesday at noon, the Senior Center has a Mahjong Group meeting. Card night returns Wednesday night card night is back at 7 p.m. No experience is necessary. Just come out and play. Volunteers The center is looking for new volunteers for the social committee who would like to help plan events, parties and socials. The center is also looking for someone to assist on the health and welfare committee. This would require assistance in the medical equipment donation program. Call or stop in and talk to Carm for more details. Borrowing Avon residents can borrow donated medical equipment while recuperating from surgery or an injury. The center currently has wheelchairs, walkers and some bath assistance equipment for use at no charge. Residents need to come in and fill out an equipment loan sheet before picking up the equipment. Durable medical equipment requests are not available for same-day pickup. Tai chi practice Join a practice tai chi session on Monday mornings at 10 a.m., except the first Monday of each month, when practice begins at 9 a.m. An instructor will not be present, but Dennis Zelvis will facilitate the session. The class is free for seniors wanting to practice their long or short forms. Pinochle group A pinochle group meets every Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. No experience is necessary; come out and play. SilverSneakers The SilverSneakers exercise program, where all exercises are performed standing or sitting in a chair, meets at 10:30 a.m. every Friday. All equipment for the class is provided. Preregistration for the class is required. Tole painting An advanced tole painting class is held every Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants must bring their own supplies. Cost is $10 per class. Adult Clinic The Adult Clinic is the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 8 a.m.

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Wednesday morning movie The Wednesday morning movie will be shown at 10:15 a.m. Today’s feature is “Hope Springs.” The movie scheduled for Jan. 23 is “The Dark Knight Rises.” LifeShare A LifeShare blood drive will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Reiki Reiki will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Monday. Receive an emergency kit An emergency can happen at any time. Join Home Instead Senior Care at 10 a.m. Tuesday, as it presents an emergency tool kit with a variety of resources at your fingertips in case of an emergency. All participants will receive a free kit and other valuable information. To register, call 440-930-4135. Winter warm-up luncheon A winter warm-up luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Old Firehouse Community Center. Friends from the Northridge Apartments in North Ridgeville will treat the group to a free lunch of soup and sandwiches. To register, call 440-930-4135. Calling all worker bees Help is needed to assemble the “Talk on the Lake” newsletter at 9 a.m. Thursday. Plan to come to the Old Firehouse and spend time with friends and enjoy a cup of coffee, while folding, labeling and sealing the February newsletter. Lunch and Learn will be held at noon Jan. 24. Join the group for a seminar on how to manage retirement income. A free lunch will be served to all guests. To register, call 440-930-4897. Potluck luncheon A potluck luncheon will be held at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 25. Bring a main dish, side dish or dessert to share. Consider joining this group for great food, fun and fellowship. To register, call 440-930-4135. Calling all dominoes players Looking for individuals interested in playing dominoes at the Old Firehouse Community Center. If interested, call Lisa at 440390-4135. Indicate what day and time is preferred. Ballroom dance Learn beginning ballroom, Latin and swing dance with Barbara Gerhart. No prior dance experience is necessary, and singles are welcome. Participants learn the elements in each dance, what dance to do with different types of music and how to lead and follow. Classes are at the Old Firehouse Community Center on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Jan. 30 through Feb. 27 and March 6 through April 10. The cost is $50 per resident and $60 per nonresident. To register for class, call 440-930-4135 or visit Energy assistance program Applications for the 2012-13 HEAP program will be accepted through May 2013. This program helps eligible low-income Ohioans (up to $22,340 for a single-person household and $30,260 for a two-person household) meet the high costs of home heating. Applications are available at or at the Old Firehouse Community Center.

Taekwondo Master Gus Huska teaches a family-oriented program on this popular Korean martial art. All belt levels are welcome, and beginners are also welcome. The classes are for ages 5 through adult. Class meets from 6 to 7:45 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Old Firehouse Community Center. Cost includes 12 classes at $20 per person; $38 for two family members; $45 for three family members; and $52 for a family of four or more. To register, call 440-930-4135 or visit Country line dance Experience the thrill of country line dancing. This class is perfect for the beginner or seasoned line dancer ages 16 and older. It is a great way to stay active and fit. Classes are held at the Old Firehouse Community Center from 8 to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday, and are taught by Ronna Murray. The cost is $36 for six classes. To register, call 440-930-4135 or visit Squeaky Sneakers It’s Squeaky Sneakers time at the Old Firehouse Community Center. This is an open gym program designed for children ages 18 months through age 5. Available are an assortment of balls, blocks, parachutes, music and much more, all to encourage creative play. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and interaction with the children is encouraged. The program is offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday and Friday. Cost is $2 per child, or purchase a seven-session punch card for $12 and the seventh visit is free. For more information, call 440930-4135. Yoga class A yoga class is offered from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. every Thursday. The class, instructed by Linda Thompson, can be adapted to a beginner or intermediate level. Bring a mat and wear comfortable attire. Creative Needles Calling all needle crafters: Whether you enjoy quilting, cross stitch, embroidery, rug hooking or crochet, bring your needle projects to the Old Firehouse Community Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Friday. Enjoy friends, warm conversation and sharing creativity and passion for these classic pastimes. Games Stop by the Old Firehouse to play cards. Pinochle meets at noon every Monday and Friday. Intermediate and advanced bridge meets at noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A canasta group meets at 1 p.m. every Monday and Friday. Tom Kirk teaches beginners bridge from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays. A dominoes group meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Indoor Walking Club The Indoor Walking Club meets from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ladies for Healthy Living The Ladies for Healthy Living Support Group meets at 10 a.m. every Wednesday.

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AVON/AVON LAKE CRS Charity Ball Community Resource Services will hold its 24th annual charity ball, “Seasons of Caring,” Jan. 26 at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake. This black-tie-optional event is presented by Medical Mutual and NRG (formerly GenOn). The evening features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a sit-down dinner and dessert. After dinner, guests will enjoy dancing to live music by the band Midtown. There are many opportunities to support CRS, including live and silent auctions, sideboards and a “Wine Pull,” sponsored by Heidelberg Distributors. Peter & Co. Jewelers, of Avon Lake, has donated an exquisite Hearts on Fire diamond pendant valued at $6,990 for the jewelry raffle. Jewelry raffle tickets are $20 each or three for $50. Tickets to attend the charity ball are $110 each or $1,000 for a table of 10. For more information and to purchase tickets, call Pam at 440-933-5639 or visit Last the charity ball was attended by 330 guests and raised over $56,000. Funds raised allow CRS to continue its mission of diminishing the effects of poverty in Avon and Avon Lake. ‘A Night for Noah’ On Nov. 6, 2012, 9-year-old Noah Venesile was stuck by a car while playing outside with neighborhood friends. Neighbors and friends are planning “A Night for Noah” to raise money to help defray the medical costs incurred at MetroHealth Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Rehab Center. At this time the group is seeking sponsors for this event, donations and items to be auctioned that evening. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight March 9 at Avon Oaks Country Club. Tickets are $55 per person. If you are able to help in any way with this endeavor, contact Andrea or Joe Lombardi at Entertainment books The Isabella Ladies Guild of the Father Ragan Council of the Knights of Columbus of Avon and Avon Lake is selling 2013 Entertainment Books, as well as Our Town and AllAround books. The Entertainment Books are $30 each, and Our Town books are $28. The Our Town books include many single patron coupons as well as buy-one-get-one. Both books contain many local and Cleveland area businesses, fast food and better restaurants, service providers and more. Books are available from any guild member or by calling Betty at 440-934-0346, Jan at 440-9338550 or Margaret at 440-934-5766. Post 7035 memorial Avon-Avon Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7035 is selling personalized pavers for $50 each to help pay for the new post memorial honoring all veterans. People are including their name, service and years on the pavers. Wording can be two lines of 18 characters or three lines of 12 characters. Spaces count as one character. The pavers are 8” x 8” and are tax-deductible. The post memorial will span out northeast of the patio. The engraved pavers will be placed in service order, with veterans in a place of prominence. The Ladies Auxiliary will also have a designated section. Nonservice-related pavers will be placed throughout the memorial walkway. Also included will be flagpoles representing all of the services, some form of demilitarized combat machinery, two granite benches and a wall with the names of all of the wars in which the United States has fought. Although this memorial is to honor veterans, pavers can include nonveterans, nonmembers and businesses. The Post 7035 board will approve

paver wording. For more information, call Barb Gersna at 440-666-1353. Make checks payable to Avon-Avon Lake VFW Post 7035 “Memorial” and mail to Avon-Avon Lake “David F. Schneider” VFW Post 7035, 36950 Mills Road, Avon, OH 44011.

Avon High School Concert The first concert of the Avon High School Electric Orchestra will be held at 7 p.m. this evening at Avon High School, 37545 Detroit Road. The concert will also feature the jazz band and show choir. Raffle tickets for the chance to win a new Firment Chevy Cruze will be available for purchase at the concert in the AHS commons area. Funds generated from the raffle will go toward purchasing instruments, equipment and supplies for the Avon Local Schools music program supported by the Avon Band and Orchestra Boosters. Raffle tickets are also sold in the Avon High School office through Feb. 18 or by contacting Barb Lucas at or calling 440-937-5282. Miller Nature Preserve Conservatory The Miller Nature Preserve Conservatory offers a variety of winter programs. Garden Sprouts will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday. Preschoolers with an adult will learn about the senses, and then explore the conservatory using their senses. The admission fee is $2. Children shorter than 42 inches are free. A magic show for the entire family will be performed from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday. Enjoy the amazing tricks of Bill Gang. A bonsai workshop for beginners will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Pay $30 at the door and receive the plant, pot and necessary materials. Preregistration is required by Thursday. The Orchid Club will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. This month the spotlight will be on oncidium orchids. For more information, call Carey Henderson at 440-458-5121. The Miller Nature Preserve Conservatory is located at 2739 Center Road (SR 83). Generation Me donations Generation Me, a privately held organization created to bring unity, peace and understanding to our country, is hosting a food/supplies drive to aid in the relief for victims and families affected by Superstorm Sandy. All donated items will go directly to victims in the states of New Jersey and New York. Drop-off times are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the following locations: Joe Firment Chevrolet, 37995 Chester Road in Avon; Pat O’Brien Chevrolet, 25100 Detroit Road in Westlake; and Spitzer Chevrolet, 200 N. Leavitt Road in Amherst. The drive runs through Sunday. Changes to prevent stroke St. John Medical Center Community Outreach will present “Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Stroke” at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the French Creek YMCA, 2010 Recreation Lane. Stroke is still the third cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in America. To RSVP, call 440-934-7812. ‘Wags to Riches’ casino night Join Dick Goddard and Friendship Animal Protective League for the fourth annual “Wags to Riches” casino night Feb. 9 at Tom’s Country Place. Enjoy a buffet dinner, cocktails (all included), casino games, live music and great prizes. Tickets are $80 per person. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event enable the Friendship Animal Protective League to give its animals the care they need and deserve. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit Corporate sponsorships are still available. For more information, contact Gregory Willey at or 440-3224321, ext. 22. To donate a product, service, gift certificate or gift basket for the raffle, email Memorial brick pavers The Avon Garden Club was honored to design and install a new garden in the Miller Nature Preserve. The garden will be located at

the main entrance between the parking area and the front of the building. The garden will be accessed by a brick walk, which will be made up of commemorative bricks purchased by the community. The Avon Garden Club is offering a 4- x 8-inch brick paver with three lines of text, 15 spaces each, for $50. An 8x 8-inch paver with five lines of text can be purchased for $100. Make checks payable to the Avon Garden Club and mail to P.O. Box 111, Avon, OH 44011.

Bloodmobile The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will accept donations at the Avon Donor Center, 2100 Center Road (SR 83), from 2 to 8 p.m. today, Monday and Tuesday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Appointments are preferred. Call 800-RED-CROSS (800-7332767) to schedule. For more information, visit the Red Cross website at Those interested in donating platelets should call 800-356-3339. ‘Fundraising That Rocks’ The HUGS Foundation, a local nonprofit geared at helping families of chemically dependent adolescents, has teamed up with The Rock Pile, 900 Nagel Road in Avon, through its “Fundraising That Rocks” program. Just mention a donation to the HUGS Foundation, and The Rock Pile will donate 5 percent of your total purchase to HUGS. TOPS TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 213 is welcoming new members. TOPS offers weight loss support. The group meets Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at the Avon Community Center, 2155 Eaton Drive (off SR 611). Cost is minimal, and potential members can check it out before joining. For more information about TOPS, go to or contact Lynn at 440-242-7035.

Swiss steak dinner Lake Shore United Methodist Church, 33119 Electric Blvd., is offering a Swiss steak dinner to the public from 5:30 to 7 p.m. this evening. The meal includes homemade mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, rolls and butter, drinks and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For reservations,

call the church office at 440-933-5238.

Avon Lake Democrats Avon Lake Democrats will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Firehouse Community Center, located at the corner of SR 83 and Lake Road. For more information, call Jean Sekulic, chair, at 440933-9600. Kopf Family Reservation Woodland walks will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday in January at the Kopf Family Reservation. This is a moderate hike. Everyone is invited. Preschool Nature Kids will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday. Preschoolers with an adult will learn about what animals do to survive the longest winter months. The event may involve a short hike. The Kopf Family Reservation is located behind the Avon Lake Public Library at 32649 Electric Blvd. Heart health screening St. John Medical Center Community Outreach is offering free heart-healthy screenings from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Independence Village, 345 Lear Road. These screenings include cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. No fasting is required, and no reservations are required. Lake Erie Showcase Series The Lake Erie Showcase Series presents “Hot Waters and Cold Birds” from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 2 at the Miller Road Park, adjacent to Avon Lake’s GenOn Plant. Bring binoculars and/or a spotting scope, and wear many layers of warm clothing. There should be several species of gulls, a dozen or more types of ducks, some loons, grebes and cormorants. Raptors will also be likely and could include bald eagles and peregrine falcons. Watercolor art class A watercolor art class is being offered from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4, 11 and 18 at the Lake House in Veterans Memorial Park. Learn to paint watercolors following step-bystep instructions and demonstrations by local artist and teacher Clela Stelnicki. This class is open to anyone who would like to learn about the fun and fascinating medium of watercolors. No experience is necessary. Painting supplies are necessary, and a list is available upon registration. Registration is through Avon Lake Recreation Department via phone at 440-930-4130, online at, or in person at 150 Avon Belden Road. PaySEE BULLETIN BD., PAGE A13


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BULLETIN BD., from page A12 ment is due directly to the instructor. Participants may pay for single classes at $12 per class or for three classes at $36.

Mighty Goliath Productions Mighty Goliath Productions (MGP) in Avon Lake presents the musical “Oklahoma!” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 9, 15 and 16, and 2 p.m. Feb. 10, in the Daniel B. Ross Performing Arts Center at Avon Lake High School. “Oklahoma!” is being directed by Ian Atwood. Meggie Wittman, Miss Greater Cleveland, is starring as Laurie, and Avon Laker Jerry Popiel is starring as Curly. Tickets purchased in advance are $10. For more ticket information, visit or e-mail This is MGP’s 54th season and it has donated over $210,000 to Avon Lake Schools performing arts department since 1959.

Sweet Adelines open house Do you like to sing? Lake Ridge Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will host an open house from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 18, as part of Sweet Adelines International’s global open house campaign for the month of January. Lake Ridge Chorus is an award-winning a cappella show chorus dedicated to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance. Join the group on the risSEE BULLETIN BD., PAGE A16


TrueNorth Theatre TrueNorth Cultural Arts and Lorain County Metro Parks present “The Miracle Worker,” opening Friday at the French Creek Nature & Arts Center. “The Miracle Worker” is a threeact play by William Gibson, adapted from his 1957 Playhouse 90 teleplay of the same name. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. (School matinees are available at 10 a.m. Fridays.) Tickets cost $12.50 in advance and $15 at the door. For tickets, call 440-949-5200, ext. 221, or visit The French Creek Nature & Arts Center is located at 4530 Colorado Ave. in Sheffield Village. The play runs through Feb. 3. Chicks With Sticks The yarn group, Chicks With Sticks, meets at noon every Thursday at the Sheffield Lake Community Center. Any community member is welcome, and all donations of yarn or other supplies are gratefully appreciated. Chicks With Sticks supports Warm Hands Warm Hearts, Blessing House, the Visiting Nurse Association, hospice and veterans’ groups with handcrafted hats, scarves, gloves, blankets and more. For more information, call Kathy Burrill at 440-949-2141.

LORAIN COUNTY Child immunization clinic Child immunization clinics are a cooperative effort of the three health departments in Lorain County. These clinics are open to any family with children ages birth to 18 years needing immunizations. There is a fee for each immunization. However, no one will be denied an immunization due to inability to pay. An immunization clinic will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Elyria City Health District, 202 Chestnut St. in Elyria. For more information, call 440-244-3418 or 440-322-6367. Serenity Seekers Serenity Seekers, a weekly support group for men and women who are grieving the death of an adult loved one, continues from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 7 in the conference room at St. Mary Church, 320 Middle Ave. in Elyria. Serenity Seekers is sponsored by Stein Hospice, and is free

Avon UMC Avon United Methodist Church, 37711 Detroit Road, invites everyone to its Ash Wednesday Service at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13. ”Vertical” is the name of the new contemporary worship service, continuing Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Worship will be held in “The Barn” on the Avon UMC campus. The vision of the contemporary worship service is to, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, create a worship service that reaches out to the world, striving to have an atmosphere that is exciting, irresistible and excellent. These goals will be accomplished through scripture, testimony, music, prayer and fellowship. Also, a new Monday night Bible study and video series continues at 7 p.m. and is titled “Heaven Is for Real.” Everyone is invited to attend this exciting study.

AVON L AKE Community Lunch Bunch Avon Lake Presbyterian Church hosts a free Community Lunch Bunch the third Thursday of each month. All are welcome. Bring a friend and come join the group from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Thursday at Avon Lake Presbyterian Church, 32340 Electric Blvd. All ages will be treated to a homemade lunch. No registration is required. For more information, call the church office at 440933-6240. ‘Soup and Sandwich Supper’ Holy Spirit Parish Ladies Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Father Mosovsky Hall, 410 Lear Road, for its annual Soup and Sandwich Supper. Songstress Debra Rose will present “What Happens in Vegas ...” Come and enjoy supper and the program with your friends. St. Joseph Church Looking for a Mass on Sunday evenings in Lorain County? There is a 5 p.m. Mass each Sunday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Avon Lake. Other Masses are at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays. The church is located at 32929 Lake Road, just west of SR 83. For more information, call 440-933-3152 or visit

Richard George Dudash Richard George Dudash, 80, of Chillicothe, OH, formerly of Avon Lake, OH, died on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, after a brief illness. He was born July 12, 1932, in Cleveland, OH. He is survived by his wife, Josephine; and children Paul P. Dudash, of Houston, TX; Albert J. Dudash, of Elyria, OH; Diana L. Dudash, of Springfield, VA; Richard G. Dudash, Jr., of Leonardtown, MD; Patricia D. Laird of Oak Ridge, NC; Elizabeth A. Leighton of Martinsville, IN; and James A. Dudash of Findlay, OH. Visitation was Sunday, January 13, from 3-6 P.M. at Haller Funeral Home, where a wake service was held at 6. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, January 14, at 10 A.M. at St. Peter Catholic Church, Chillicothe. Burial followed in St. Margaret Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Relief Services, 228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201-3443, or online at His online guestbook is available at

OBITUARY Carolyn (Arnholdt) Fitzsimmons Carolyn (Arnholdt) Fitzsimmons died Nov. 29, 2012 at the Ames Family Hospice Center in Westlake after a short illness. She was 82. Born June 16, 1930 in Bucyrus OH, Carolyn was the daughter of Wallace and Algie (Heller) Arnholdt. She graduated from Bellevue HS in 1947, Bowling Green University in 1952, and received a Master of Education degree from Western Reserve University in 1970. She was a career teacher (K, 1-2) in Lyndhurst and Braetenahl, retiring from Lakewood City Schools in 1986. She also taught for the US Army in Japan and Germany and for the US Air Force in Spokane WA. Carolyn was married to Robert Fitzsimmons in 1972 and lived in Avon Lake until 2008 when she moved to The Gardens of Westlake. She was preceded in death by Robert in 1996 and her sister Elizabeth in 2008. Carolyn was an active member of Alpha Phi sorority since her college days, and the Avon Lake United Church of Christ, where she played in the handbell choir for 21 years. She was also an avid bridge player. She is survived by her nephews Stephen Beck and John Beck of Seattle WA, and nieces Susan Beck of LasCruces NM and Ann Beck of Portales NM. A memorial service will be held Mon. Jan. 27 at 2pm at The Gardens of Westlake, 27569 Detroit Road, Westlake OH. The Rev. James Deitz, Avon Lake UCC, will officiate. Busch Funeral Services was in charge of all other arrangements. Memorials made be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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AARP Tax-Aide volunteers needed The AARP Tax-Aide program, a free, volunteer-run tax preparation service, is looking for volunteers for the coming tax season that will run from Feb. 1 to April 15, 2013. The program has 11 sites throughout Lorain County, and one each in Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Grafton, Lorain, North Ridgeville, Oberlin, Vermilion and Wellington. Computer experience is helpful, but not required. Training all volunteers takes place during daytime classes in January at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Sheffield. For more information, contact AARP Tax-Aide district coordinator Joe Palmieri at or 440-774-1191. First Friday Forum The First Friday Forum will be held at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 1 at LCCC Spitzer Conference Center. The topic is “Let the Children Come Unto me.” The speaker on this topic is Sister Mary Berigan, SND, director of Blessing House. Tickets cost $17. For reservations, call 440-244-0643 or e-mail before 3 p.m. Jan. 25. ‘Living Through Grief’ New Life Hospice is sponsoring “Living Through Grief,” an eight-week educational support group for adults 18 and older, who are grieving the death of a loved one. Participants may register once three months have passed since the date of death. The group will meet Tuesdays, Feb. 5 through March 26 at Mercy Cancer Center, 41201 Schaden Road in Elyria. Registration is required by Jan. 28. No walk-ins will

be accepted. To register, call 440-934-1458.

Winter Crisis Program 2012-13 The Lorain County Community Action Agency provides assistance to pay gas and/or electric bills up to $175. The Winter Crisis Program (WCP)/Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (E-HEAP) runs now through March 31 or until all funds are exhausted. Appointments are now being scheduled and walk-ins are welcome. For required documentation, call the Energy Services Department tollfree at 855-806-9620 or visit You may also visit the new location at 401 Broadway Ave. in Lorain from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Also, a satellite HEAP office is located at 115 Willard Memorial Square in Wellington. Toastmasters meetings Improve communication and leadership skills in a fun, enjoyable way by joining Toastmasters at a local meeting. Toastmasters clubs gather at these times and locations: Lorain County Toastmasters – Avon Lake Library, 32649 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays; Tuesday Morning Talkers – Bay United Methodist Church, 29931 Lake Road, Bay Village, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays; Westlake Toastmasters – Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays; and Word Warriors – Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, 6:45 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays. Meetings are open to the public, and guests are always welcome. Contact Rick Winrod at 440-897-6317 or with any questions or for more information. Free HIV testing The Lorain City Health Department offers free anonymous and confidential HIV testing, education and referral

to community resources. Results are rapid and no appointment is necessary. A photo ID is required. Testing times, dates and locations are as follows: from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Lorain County Health Dentistry, 1800 Livingston Ave. in Lorain; and from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Family Planning of Lorain County, 602 Leona St. in Elyria. HIV testing is funded in part by the Rural AIDS Advisory Group, Portsmouth City Health Department.

County Collection Center Residents of Lorain County can properly dispose of hazardous household items, electronics or “e-scrap” items, fluorescent bulbs and ballasts and tires from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Visit the district’s website at for a complete list of acceptable materials. Businesses are asked to contact the district at 800-449-5463 to preregister for large-quantity loads. For more information, call Keith Bailey, district director with Lorain County Solid Waste Management, at 440-329-5440. Lorain County Solid Waste Management District is located at 226 Middle Ave. in Elyria. Transportation for veterans The Lorain County Veterans Service Office now offers free transportation for any Lorain County veteran from his or her home (in Lorain County) to medical appointments at St. Joseph’s VA outpatient clinic in Lorain. The driver will come to the home, drive to the appointment and then drive the veteran back home. The office will also provide transportation to the VA medical centers at Wade Park and Brecksville, departing at 8 a.m. from two locations (Elyria and Lorain). For more information, call Doug Bankston, Lorain County veterans transportation coordinator, at 440284-4625 or e-mail

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