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The city of Avon is getting all of its ducks in a row for the Chester Road relocation project at SR 611. As a formality, at a Jan. 22 special meeting, Avon City Council passed a resolution in support of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) safety recommendation to relocate the road to align with Recreation Lane in an attempt to lower the frequency of accidents in that area. In order to receive grant funding from ODOT, the city had to express “support for the future funding of this project,” according to the resolution. However, Avon Law Director John Gasior told City Council at the meeting that approving the resolution does not commit the city to move forward with the project. A Jan. 17 letter addressed to council from Avon City Engineer Rob Knopf states, “ODOT approved the safety grant for the Chester Road Relocation project under the following conditions: 1) A new right-turn only lane on SR 611 to the Westbound entrance ramp to I-90 2) A new right-turn only lane on SR 611 to Chester Road 3) An additional left-turn only lane on Chester Road to SR 611”

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Non-union city employees to receive 2-percent raises AVON By Rebecca Turman

AVON L AKE By Bryan Wroten

Nine hundred and thirty-four businesses paid higher salaries to employees in Avon Lake in 2012 than in 2011. While that’s certainly good news for the businesses, their employees and the city’s income tax collections, the city must now figure out which of those almost 1,000 businesses qualifies for an incentive payment. This is the first year of incentive payments, a sort

of refund through the city’s new Jobs Growth Incentive Program. Passed last year by City Council, the incentive program compares an Avon Lake company’s income taxes against the preceding year. If there is any increase in payroll, through hiring more employees, offering longer hours or giving out raises, from one year to the next, the city will return 25 percent, up to $100,000, to the company as incentive to continue growing the business. Information from the Regional Income Tax Authority (RITA) shows 934 businesses paid higher in-

From the Senior Transportation Program driver to the chief financial officer, close to 30 Avon city employees will receive 2-percent raises retroactive to the beginning of 2013. “It’s 2 percent across the board,” Avon Mayor Jim Smith said at the Jan. 22 work session. Avon City Council approved three separate ordinances at a Monday night regular meeting, allowing for: 2 percent raises for full- and part-time city leg-

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A few surprises during city’s second 2013 budget meeting AVON LAKE By Bryan Wroten

City Council’s second 2013 budget meeting on Saturday ended with a reduction of about $1.5 million from the overdrawn capital improvements budget and a number of other changes, including a change in a years-old policy regarding the city’s vehicle supplier.

Police During police Chief Dave Owad’s appeal to council for three new police vehicles and a new pickup truck, he signaled he is not beholden to the Ford Motor Co. After Ford retired the Crown Victoria recently, the department bought the new police line from Ford, but the back seats are too small. “We will be open to any vehicle that fits our needs for police use,” he told council. This would be a substantial change in an unwritten policy for city-owned vehicles that as long as there is a Ford plant in Avon Lake, the city would only buy Ford vehicles. The new Ford line, a Taurus-based model for the Interceptor sedan and an Explorer-based model for the Interceptor SUV, operates well and has excellent driveability, even in bad weather, Owad said, but the back seat is too small. While the back seat passengers are sometimes people arrested for crimes, he said, officers frequently transport victims of crimes and accidents, too. Ward 2 Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch said she spoke with a government liaison at Ford about the issue. When asked about possibly making the space between the dividing cage and the back seat larger, she said she was told Ford planned to make it bigger by a quarter of an inch. The money set aside in the capital budget for three new police vehicles, $84,000, doesn’t commit the city to any particular vendor, Owad said. He plans to research an extensive review of police vehicles, which is produced by the Michigan State Police Department.

Streets While a $1.5 million street repair program would fix many of the city’s cracking and potholed streets, it would eat up about 75 percent of the slightly more than $2 million available in the capital improvement budget. The city needs to cut about $2.8 million from the total capital requests to stay within budget. “I want us to agree on the $1 million,” Mayor Greg Zilka told council about the street budget. “We can argue over which streets later.”

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“Tell the community, ‘We made a promise, we delivered and moved on.’” ~ Tom Speaks, principal, The Impact Group Engineering Manager Joe Reitz laid out his recommendations based on the street ratings list produced by the engineering and service departments. For the asphalt program, he pointed to six independent sections on Walker Road that need work for a total of $247,735. Under the concrete program, he said fixing the Landings subdivision, the streets of which are still the original concrete from the subdivision’s initial development, would cost about $691,000. Pin Oak Parkway and its culverts would cost $125,000. Britannia, at $330,000, and Woodlands, at $313,000, would bring the total to $1.3 million for concrete alone. “Which we can’t afford,” the mayor pointed out. Reitz said the Landings is in poor shape and the the life of Spinnaker in that development has been extended well beyond what the service department can handle. “We have joints there 3 feet wide,” he said. “It will be very noticeable when we go in and do that repair.”

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Avon Lake council approves trash scavenger license AVON L AKE By Bryan Wroten

Those who pick up trash from residents’ tree lawns will now need to register with the city and pay a $15 annual fee. City Council passed the ordinance Monday night at its regular meeting in a 5-2 vote. Council President Marty O’Donnell said this ordinance came about through the requests of residents who were worried about aggressive scavengers, as they are labeled in the ordinance, coming onto their properties, leaving messes and driving around late at night looking at their properties. To enforce the law, police officers on patrol on Sunday nights will begin looking

for scavengers, O’Donnell said. When an officer comes in contact with a scavenger he will inform the scavenger of the new law and provide an application form, once one is completed by the law director. Those who annually register and pay the $15 fee will receive a sign for their vehicle that displays a refuse permit number and shows they are a “Reclamation Contractor.”

after questions arose about what exactly would make someone ineligible from receiving a permit. The city hoped to find a middle ground in this, O’Donnell said, adding that “I hope we found it.” The new law does allow for the individual putting out trash to remove items from the tree lawn. It also exempts city trash collectors and private and public schools. There is also an exception for “any person who does not collect trash for more than three properties in one week.” Violations of the ordinance are a minor misdemeanor and result in the revocation of the scavenging license for at least three years. Contact Bryan Wroten at bwroten@2presspapers.com and @BryanWroten on Twitter

COUNCILMEN DAN BUCCI and Dave Kos voted against the ordinance on the grounds that the city already has laws against trespassing, theft and littering, as well as questioning just how the police would be able to enforce the new law. There had been talk of the city conducting a background check on applicants, but the issue was dropped

District to hold public Forum Feb. 5 to discuss school safety AVON By Rebecca Turman

With the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., still weighing heavily on the minds of parents with school-age children, the Avon Local School District administrative team and representatives from the Avon Police Department are ready to officially open up a discussion on the district’s safety precautions during a Feb. 5 Safety Forum. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the

Avon High School auditorium and will serve as an open forum to discuss concerns and ideas regarding school safety. Since the Connecticut shooting, the district’s administrative team and the Avon Police have had ongoing discussions about school safety, according to Avon Superintendent Mike Laub. “I have had several parents inquire about safety procedures and offer thoughts about additions to what we do,” Laub wrote in an email earlier this week. At the December Board of Education meeting, Laub noted there is a reason the school crisis

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Local law officials not worried by legal challenges to BAC reader AVON L AKE By Bryan Wroten

Though it may sound like a made-up thing from a 1970s “Saturday Night Live” sketch, the Intoxilyzer 8000, and the legal challenges against it, are quite real. Police departments across the state, including those in Avon and Avon Lake, use the Intoxilyzer 8000, a piece of equipment that measures the blood alcohol content of suspected drunk drivers, said Avon Lake Municipal Court Judge Darrel Bilancini. The judge said he’s aware of the legal challenges against the equipment, which cast doubt on the accuracy of the machine’s readings, but he’ll continue to hear cases using evidence provided by the Intoxilyzer 8000. “I have not found, based upon the case law I’ve read, that there is any determination that the device does not function properly and gives an adequate reading as to what the blood alcohol is,” he said. “In fact, only a couple court of appeals decisions have been written. I suspect in time it will go to the Ohio Supreme Court for these issues.” He’s only aware of one legal challenge to using the Intoxilyzer 8000 in his courtroom, and it only occurred within the past month. Though experts on the equipment had been subpoenaed to testify about it, he said, the defendants changed their minds, so he didn’t have a chance to look at it. The judge said he’ll have a chance for another look at the subject when he attends a judicial seminar in few weeks, where a municipal judge from Oberlin will speak about it. In presiding over drunken driving cases, he said, when he reviews the blood alcohol content readings, he’s not even necessarily aware of what piece of equipment gave the reading unless there’s a challenge to it. While Avon and Avon Lake both have, and use, the Intoxilyzer 8000, which is a larger piece of equipment, they also use BAC DataMasters, known colloquially as breathalyzers, which are handheld. While the Sheffield Village Police Department has the Intoxilyzer 8000, the department relies on the DataMasters instead. The Avon Police Department did not return a call seeking comment. The Intoxilyzer 8000 is just one piece of evidence the police department collects in drunken driving cases, Avon Lake police Chief Dave Owad said. Officers look at driving ability and how a person fares in the field sobriety tests, as well as taking into account age and possible medications. In fact, if the Ohio Supreme Court were to rule that Intoxilyzer 8000s are not accurate enough to be admissible in court, he said he’s not worried because that’s only one portion of the “big picture.”

THE AVON AND AVON LAKE POLICE departments both have and use the Intoxilzyer 8000. The model pictured belongs to the Avon Lake Police Department. Police departments across the state are waiting to see how court cases challenging the accuracy the machine’s reading of blood alcohol content will turn out. Press photo - Bryan Wroten “First of all, (officers are) looking at a person’s ability to run a motor vehicle,” he said. “There’s some minor violation that brings their driving habits under scrutiny.” Based on a conversation with the driver, he said, the officer can see if the driver is disoriented, has a strong odor of alcohol, has bloodshot eyes, is familiar with the location or direction of travel. The follow-up to that conversation is the field sobriety test. While not every police cruiser has a camera, he said, many do, and they can capture video and audio

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City’s proposed income tax hike a matter of dire necessity Taxes are, to say the least, a sore subject with most of us. I don’t know anyone who thinks they’re not paying too much income tax as well as property, sales, gasoline and a seemingly endless variety of other taxes – not to mention all the various fees out there. It’s enough to make almost anyone mad (angry or even crazy). Sheffield Lake City Council members, though, find that the city’s financial woes are crippling enough to put them in the unenviable position of asking voters to approve an increase to their one and a half percent income tax rate on the May primary ballot. Why ask for the kind of grief they’re likely to get from constituents by asking for any tax increase, and why ask for it now? Because now, unfortunately, is the time. For several years, the city’s been scraping by while revenue losses and escalating costs continually pile on. We’ve been fortunate enough not to have incurred any drastically expensive new disasters. But that kind of good fortune really can’t last much longer; nobody’s good luck goes on forever. While the state’s gradual phaseout of business personal property tax was already under way, the state also began reducing contributions to its local government and library funds. Those funds are important sources of revenue for Ohio cities and school districts, and their reduction had a significant impact. Next, the inheritance tax was cut. Then, in order to help rebalance the state budget, the personal property tax and local government fund were abruptly cut to zero in

COFFEE B REAK By John Edwards City Reporter 2012, putting even the city’s basic services in peril. Decreased property valuations and foreclosures hurt, too. The city’s total revenue loss just over the last three years has amounted to $1 million. Meanwhile, health insurance costs have risen over 21 percent and fuel costs are up 68 percent since 2009. Mayor Dennis Bring really had no choice but to ask council to bite the bullet and ask for a tax increase, as “scraping by” without one has no future. The city’s three union contracts will soon be up; new contracts must be negotiated. How have the Piskura and Bring administrations managed to scrape by for five years? With bated breath (hoping for no unanticipated expenses) and a hiring freeze, mainly. Whenever a city employee has retired, quit or passed away in the last five years, they’ve not been replaced, meaning a lot of other employees have had to step up and carry the load. In addition, the city

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has tried to avoid overtime wages by making greater use of its relatively few part-timers. This can’t go on, however. Ambulances, police cruisers and other expensive older equipment must be replaced. Since the hiring freeze, a fire chief, a police chief, a captain, two sergeants and a part-time dispatcher and dog warden have retired, while in the service department one worker died and the mechanic retired. The mechanic was replaced, but the road department is still a man short, meaning repairs take longer and the fire department is short-handed. Fire Lt. Tim Card was promoted to chief (but another firefighter must be promoted to lieutenant, creating yet another vacancy), and Capt. Tony Campo has been acting chief since May in addition to his regular duties. Sheffield Lake and Sheffield Village voters stepped up to pass a bond issue for the new school; village voters stepped up in November to pass a fire equipment levy. Now it’s time for City Council to step up and ask for a tax hike to raise at least a quarter of a million dollars a year to try to replace all those state funding cuts. Ohio’s budget is being balanced at the expense of local governments and school districts. This process of passing the burden down from Columbus to the rest of the state isn’t likely to end soon, either. I hate paying so much in taxes as much as anyone, but I don’t see any reasonable alternative to voting for an income tax increase. I can only hope the rest of the electorate agrees with me.

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Avon Lake parents To the Editor: I believe that we need to accept as inevitable that guns are available to unbalanced people who are willing to use them on innocents. Just as we have made troublesome and costly adjustments to insure safe air travel, we need to take steps now, even if inconvenient and costly, to insure the security of our schools without reservation. Like the Romans and Chinese we must resort to the surest defense, i.e. physical barriers, to protect our children from barbarians as follows: 1. Fortification of all entrances; 2. Secure school buildings and classrooms with access procedures, locks, cameras and communications links to trained police support; 3. Locking fire-doors within the school that would allow for division of the building; 4. Metal detectors for screening. The effectiveness of these actions would undoubtedly be enhanced by having professional guards and/or unarmed volunteer sentinels with phones. The overall goal is to deter or delay intruders. The debated long-term solutions (gun control) provide the ultimate, long-term solution but with 270 million guns in the U.S. and delays expected, the above approaches could make our schools more secure quickly and may prevent the next assault. We need to stop debate, define the most protective measures and start now to do what’s necessary. Rudolph J. Breglia PhD Avon Lake

AVON •Safety Forum ... Discuss your concerns with the Avon Local School District's safety policies or just come to share ideas during the Safety Forum to be held Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Avon High School auditorium.

AVON LAKE •Community workshop ... After a successful first meeting Saturday for the community workshop, the workshop now has acting board members. The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Avon Lake Public Library. There will be a tour of the space for the workshop following the meeting.

SHEFFIELD VILLAGE /SHEFFIELD LAKE •Softball Benefit ... Attend a Brookside High School Softball benefit steak dinner from 5 p.m. to midnight Feb 9 at VFW Post 8686, 577 Harris Road. Tickets are $20 each for a great steak with potato, salad and rolls, with draft beer and soft drinks included. (BYOB if you like.) There’ll be dancing, a DJ, reverse raffle, baskets, auctions and more. All proceeds go to benefit the Brookside varsity, JV and SMS softball programs. For tickets (or more information), call Dan Loy at 216536-6092 or e-mail loydan@hotmail.com.

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Council President Dan Zegarac .............................440-934-4063 Council-at-Large / President Pro Tem Craig Witherspoon..................440-937-5815 Council-at-Large Mary Berges ..............................440-937-0292 Ward 1 - Bryan Jensen ....440-934-4486 Ward 2 - Dennis McBride 440-934-0593 Ward 3 - Kevin Ward ............440-315-6597 Ward 4 - Dan Urban ............440-937-4393 Clerk of Council Ellen Young ..............................................937-7821 Mayor: Jim Smith.....................440-937-7805 or 440-937-7800

Councilman-at-Large Dan Bucci .....................................440-930-0069 Martin O’Donnell ......................440-933-7310 John Shandel.............................440-930-6838 Ward 1 - Rob James ..........440-653-9349 Ward 2 Jennifer Fenderbosch.........440-933-4644 Ward 3 - Larry Meiners ....440-933-6629 Ward 4 - David Kos ...............440-930-7737 Clerk of Council Barbara Dopp ...........................440-930-4121 Mayor Greg Zilka ....................................440-933-9604

Council President Richard Rosso.......................... 440-949-8177 Councilman-at-Large Steve Kovach .......................... 440-949-8346 Councilwoman-at-Large Debra Belaska ....................... 440-949-6450 Councilman at Large Kerry McCullough................. 440-949-3535 Ward 1 - Leanna L. Stark 440-949-1664 Ward 2 - Alan Smith ............440-949-7448 Ward 3 - Eric Elliott ...............440-949-8177 Ward 4 - Mark J. Erdei...... 440-949-5189 Clerk of Council Kay Fantauzzi .......................... 440-949-2155 Mayor: Dennis Bring ...........440-949-2683 Office: 440-949-7156

Council Pro Tem Kevin Watkinson..................... 440-242-9558

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Council Members Jean Ackerman ....................... 440-934-4794 Matthew Bliss ......................... 440-934-0333 Bob Markovich .........................440-242-8502 Walter R. Min............................. 440-242-9403 Carolyn Y. White ..................... 440-934-2494 Mayor: John Hunter ............ 440-864-1250 or 440-949-6325


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Opening an account A ribbon cutting for the new Avon branch of KeyBank took place Monday morning. The bank is located at Detroit Road and SR 83. Pictured: At center with scissors, Branch manager Brandon Stone, and to his left, Mayor Jim Smith and KeyBank officials. Press photo - Barb Kohler.

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Mayor Bring makes propane conversion proposal, details state cuts, revenue decline S HEFFIELD L AKE By John Edwards

Sheffield Lake Mayor Bring detailed at the Jan. 22 City Council meeting the $1 million in state revenue cuts, dating back to 2009, that have led to the need to ask voters for a tax increase. Bring also elucidated the possibility of converting some city vehicles to run on propane instead of gasoline, which could reduce the city’s fuel expenditures over a period of several years. According to estimates provided to Bring and service director Len Smith by Avon Lake Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch, the cleaner burning propane would reduce fuel costs significantly and require roughly half the oil changes needed by gasoline-powered vehicles. The propane conversion leaves the gasoline tank and fuel lines intact; and an officer running low on propane can switch to gas if need be.

Bring asked council members to examine a proposal to switch to propane, at least for police cruisers, and consider whether to commit to purchasing propane at a filling station (for which Avon Lake has applied for a grant and is seeking neighboring communities to add to the application) in time for the city’s name to be added to Avon Lake’s grant proposal in time to meet a March deadline. Bring also gave City Council an accounting of the city’s revenue losses since 2008. “Sheffield Lake has steadily lost revenue since 2008 when the city’s general fund was $3,120,632.38,” Bring said. “By 2011 (when Bring took office succeeding John Piskura as mayor) the general fund was down to $2,902,818.57. The city has lost significant revenue due to reductions made by the state of Ohio. The state has been engaged in a pattern of progressive reductions to the Local Government Fund … reduced annually by

‘Sheffield Lake has steadily lost revenue since 2008 when the city’s general fund was $3,120,632.38.’ ~ Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring

approximately $194,773. These cuts resulted in a compounded total loss … of approximately $287,677.” In addition to those losses, Bring pointed out the city’s share of business personal property tax and public utility reimbursements (which yielded $110,820 in 2010) had been being reduced gradually through 2018 – but were cut to zero in 2012 after the state cut them completely in mid-year 2011. “In 2010 the city received approximately $383,000 from Ohio estate tax disbursements,” Bring said. “These funds have also now been reduced to zero with the elimination of the Ohio estate tax. Decreased real property values and high foreclosure rates have re-

sulted in additional losses in property tax revenues of approximately $40,000 annually. Health insurance costs to the city have increased 21.2 percent since 2010 and fuel costs have risen by 68 percent since 2009. “All of these cuts in revenue, coupled with ever-increasing costs have resulted in total net losses in revenue to the city of approximately $500,000 annually and a compounded total loss over the last three years of approximately $1 million,” Bring said. “In a city with an annual general fund budget of approximately $3,000,000 these losses have been devastating.” Contact John Edwards at news@ 2presspapers.com

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Council OK’s search for new ambulance S HEFFIELD L AKE By John Edwards

Sheffield Lake is still awaiting word on a pending application for an 80/20-percent matching grant for two badly needed ambulances, as those currently in use by Sheffield Lake Fire Department paramedics are 14 and 18 years old. Grant administrator David Graves told council even if the city receives one of these grants, it would likely be for one ambulance, not two. Finance Director Tammy Smith advised that unless city revenue increases dramatically, it would not be able to match 20 percent of the cost of two ambulances, currently estimated at a minimum of $165,000 each. The city’s 20-percent matching share for two ambulances could amount to approximately $74,000. On Jan. 22, Sheffield Lake City Council unanimously approved an or-

dinance authorizing fire Chief Tim Card to “advertise for bids and enter into a contract with the lowest and best bidder for the purchase of a late 2000s Type III ambulance in an amount not to exceed $62,000.” Mayor Dennis Bring told council that Card expects that “lowest and best” offer to be an ambulance with a diesel-powered Ford E-450 chassis with only 22,000 miles on its odometer, a fraction of the miles on the city’s 1995 and 1999 ambulances. Bring said Card has been seeking a late-model ambulance and discussed purchasing an ambulance, which would be available in March, from a fire chief in a community that replaces its ambulances every five years, and told him the city’s bid process would take three weeks ... ending with “please don’t sell it until you hear from me.” Contact John Edwards at news@2presspapers.com

In other legislative action, council approved an ordinance to repeal and amend Ordinance No. 52-12 to add installation of two sets of automatic doors to a five-year extension (with options for further five-year extensions) to Rite Aid’s lease on its store at Shoreway Shopping Center. It also unanimously approved a sanitary sewer access agreement with Speedway LLC for expansion of its existing store and gas station at 4208 Lake Road near the northeast corner of Shoreway. Council also discussed a proposed ordinance to add a 0.5-percent increase to the city’s income tax, which would raise the income tax rate from 1.5 percent to 2 percent. This proposed increase would not reduce the existing 0.5-percent credit for residents who work outside the city. The ordinance (No. 003-13) was not given a first reading in order to allow council members time to con-

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sider their options before a Jan. 28 special meeting. On Jan. 15, council discussed other possibilities for new revenue, including a 0.25percent reduction of the tax credit; a 0.25-percent increase to the tax rate, which would increase it from 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent; or 1-mill property tax levies for safety equipment. The 1-mill levy proposals were dropped, and Ordinance No. 003-13 reflects the concern expressed by several members on Jan. 15 that a one-quarterpercent increase “might not be enough and might lead to a subsequent campaign for a second income tax hike." Council President Rick Rosso called a 7 p.m. Jan. 29 special meeting to deal with the income tax hike proposal only, and asked Law Director David Graves to draw up alternative tax hike ordinances for council’s consideration.


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24th annual CRS charity ball celebrates ‘Seasons of Caring’ WESTSHORE By Cynthia Schuster-Eakin

“We’ve set a new attendance record,” Pam Ohradzansky, Community Resource Services (CRS) special events coordinator said, noting that 331 tickets were sold for the annual charity ball. “I am perfectly confident that we will meet our goal of raising $60,000,” she added. Guests at this year’s event, held on Jan. 26 at LaCentre in Westlake, enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, an elegant dinner, auctions and a raffle for four Justin Bieber concert tickets and a $6,900 Hearts on Fire diamond pendant from Peter & Co. Jewelers. CRS was awarded a matching grant by the Community Foundation of Lorain County for $5,000. The grant is designated to be spent on senior citizens. Susan Poole, CRS executive director, said seniors make up about 24 percent of the organization’s client base. CRS hoped to raise most, if not all, of the matching $5,000 through the charity ball. “This is the third year I have served as di-

rector during this event, and it never ceases to amaze me how generous people are,” Poole said. “This year’s theme, Seasons of Caring, is meant to capture the spirit of the work we do at CRS all year long.” Community Resource Services assists residents of Avon and Avon Lake who are in danger of having utilities shut off, helps parents pay for school supplies and fees, and provides food assistance for families in need, she noted. “We provided food assistance close to 7,500 times in 2012, clearly indicating a need to replenish our shelves every month,” Poole said. “In addition, the need for CRS services continues to rise. In 2012, we saw a 37-percent increase in the number of families served. This brings our overall client base to 488 households, each of which has its own special needs,” she added. “How lucky we are to have a place like CRS. A place where residents of Avon and Avon Lake can turn to when faced with life’s varying problems; a place that is so generously supported by community members committed to helping their neighbors when times get tough.”

JOHN SHOOK (LEFT), past CRS board president and longest-running board member, Paola Shook, CRS Executive Director Susan Poole and Brett Poole are pictured at the 24th annual CRS charity ball. Photos courtesy of Eric Eakin

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Traffic flow already improving after one month of new interchange AVON By Rebecca Turman

It’s been just more than one month since the Interstate-90 interchange at Nagel Road opened in the city of Avon. And while the long-term affects of the additional interchange remain to be seen, the impact it’s had on the traffic flow in the city is already noticeable, according to Avon police Chief Rich Bosley. “I believe that it has helped our traffic issues, especially as it relates to the area around the SR 83 exit,” Chief Bosley wrote in an e-mail earlier this week. “ Prior to the opening of the new interchange, Bosley noted that the traffic backups during the morning and afternoon rush hour were definitely an issue in the city, “where cars waiting at the exit ramps would be stacked so deep as to have traffic stopped out onto the interstate.” “I know, as a fellow commuter and someone travelling through the area frequently, I have not really seen the back-ups that we had before (the opening of the new interchange),” he wrote. Avon Mayor Jim Smith agrees with Bosley. In an interview earlier this week, he said he leaves City Hall about four or five times a day and hasn’t noticed anything quite “near the backups we’ve had before.” When studies first began on the new interchange, Smith said engineers estimated the SR 83 interchange traffic would improve by 35 to 37 percent. He said he’s even heard the Crocker/Bassett interchange traffic flow in Westlake has improved since the Nagel interchange opened. Smith noted, however, that it’s pos-

INCENTIVE, from page A1 come taxes in 2012 than 2011, Mayor Greg Zilka told council members at a Saturday morning budget meeting. Many of those companies do not qualify for the incentive, he said, as some are home businesses and others are not headquartered in Avon Lake. Using roofing companies as an example, he explained that if a company has workers in another city for 15 days or more, that company must pay that city’s income tax for the time worked. “We have the East Cleveland School District showing up,” he said, adding that school districts don’t qualify. “I don’t know how some are showing up.” He temporarily increased the amount for the job growth program in the proposed 2013 budget by $100,000 because of the large number of businesses that paid more income taxes, but the mayor said he expects to have that amount back down to $200,000 by next week after dropping out the ineligible companies. An unforeseen hurdle the city must jump is some confidentiality for qualifying businesses that receive a check. In trying to balance a business’s right to privacy for its payroll with Ohio’s Sunshine Laws for public records, he said,

‘I believe it has helped our traffic issues, especially as it relates to the area around the SR 83 exit.’ ~ Avon Police Chief Rich Bosley

sible the backups could return in five to 10 years should development in the area pick up. In the past month, Smith said he personally hasn’t received a high volume of calls from businesses attracted to Avon because of the opening of the interchange. But that doesn’t mean the interchange isn’t drawing interest. “Businesses (typically) go to the developer themselves, the property owners,” Smith said, adding he’s heard the Jacobs Group, which owns property along I-90, has been fielding a lot of requests, and it was doing so before the interchange opened up. Until businesses are ready to go public, Smith said, he typically doesn’t hear about the details. “I know that there is a bunch of interest out there,” he said. “There’s interest in this interchange (SR 83) here for property. That’s never waned at all, even during the traffic (issues).” Residents can expect to see a lot of building near the Nagel Road interchange in the next three or four years, Smith said, adding more development is also expected around SR 83. And with project plans in the works

the city is trying to figure out a way to pay the incentive out. It may be possible for someone to look at the amount a company will receive back and calculate the size of the company’s payroll, he said, and even determine, in some cases, how much individual employees made. Because the city is paying back income tax dollars, he said, the public will be able to see how much. There will be a public presentation of some of the checks, he said, and it will be up to the qualifying businesses whether they want to be a part of it. Councilman at Large Dan Bucci, who largely designed the Jobs Growth Incentive Program, said he’s not as concerned about the payroll issue. “What we’re trying to do is showcase and incentive businesses that are successful and doing things right,” he said. “We want to help them stay on that path and stay in Avon Lake and attract new businesses to Avon Lake because of that, not force companies to throw open their books.” Though there is no date or location set for the public presentation, Bucci said it will be in the near future. Contact Bryan Wroten at bwroten@2presspapers.com and www.twitter.com/bryanwroten

to improve the SR 611 interchange bridge, the SR 611 roadway itself and possibly relocating Chester Road to align with Recreation Lane, Smith said development at SR 611 is bound to pick up, too. Future development aside, as to whether the addition of the new interchange has helped the traffic flow enough to prevent car accidents in the area of the SR 83 interchange today, Bosley said that is difficult to answer, having only one month of data to work with. In addition, that includes includes at least a week of increased traffic at the SR 83 interchange due to holiday shopping. “We have had three accidents on the interchange during that time, and they appear related more to aggressive driving than traffic congestion,” Bosley wrote. “We have also had six additional accidents in what I would consider the SR 83 interchange area, which would include the intersections of SR 254 (Detroit Road) and Chester Road. In this area we have six traffic crashes since Dec. 20. Of these, four of them were weather related and two were driver attention errors, according

CHESTER ROAD, from page A1 According to the preliminary layout presented at the Jan. 22 City Council work session, the cost estimate for the Chester Road relocation project is approximately $4.4 million. Knopf said the city expects to receive approximately $3.5 million in safety fund grant money from ODOT. The layout shows the city’s cost (not including other funding) for the project will be approximately $840,769. “The overall economic growth of all the surrounding properties figure into the project – this will greatly improve traffic flow for the industrial/commercial properties along Chester and Moore (roads). Not just in Avon, but

RAISES, from page A1 islative employees that are not covered by any bargaining agreement; 2-percent raises for full- and part-time city administrative employees not covered by any collective bargaining agreement; and a 2-percent raise for Avon Law Director John Gasior.

to the reports.” According to Bosley, neither traffic congestion or traffic volume played a part in any of the crashes mentioned. Asked if any traffic issues have surfaced since the opening of the new interchange, Bosley said he wasn’t aware of any. To date, there have been two accidents at the Nagel Road interchange, he said. “Both crashes were on the westbound exit ramp to Nagel Road from I90 and appear to be caused by aggressive driving habits,” he wrote, adding both accidents involved one driver rear-ending another car stopped at the traffic light. Ultimately, Bosley wrote, “Only time will tell how the interchange will improve traffic in the city as motorists get more familiar with additional routes from Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville to get access onto I90.” Regardless of the impact the new interchange may have on traffic in Avon, Bosley said the best way to prevent accidents in the city is for drivers to drive defensively. “Drivers must remember to refrain from following too closely to the vehicles in front of them, turning in front of oncoming traffic, and being distracted by radios, cell phones and passengers in the vehicle,” Bosley wrote. “It is also important to remember in Northeast Ohio to be aware of the weather and adjust your schedule and leave a few minutes earlier for your destination dependent upon the weather, so you have time to slow down and still drive defensively.” Contact Rebecca Turman at rturman@2presspapers.com

also Avon Lake,” Knopf wrote in an e-mail earlier this week. “Most importantly, it will make the intersection function safely for any future growth in the area.” Exactly how many property owners will be affected by the proposed relocation, in terms of land acquisition for the project, is unknown at this time. According to Knopf, the city will have more information “mid year, once the design is more complete and we know what we need.” The hope is to begin construction on the relocation in July 2014 and the estimated completion date is May 2015. Contact Rebecca Turman at rturman@2presspapers.com

“We haven’t raised it (Gasior’s compensation) since the first term – 2010,” Smith told council at the Jan. 22 meeting. Council approved increasing Gasior’s annual salary to $95,166.50 for 550 billable hours at a rate of $173.03 per hour.= Contact Rebecca Turman at rturman@2presspapers.com

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Coffee and donuts Coffee and donuts takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Avon Senior Center. AARP Tax Aide The Avon Senior Center is now taking appointments for AARP Tax-Aide. Tax-Aide volunteers will be at the center from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays to provide free, quality, volunteer-run assistance and preparation service. This service is available to taxpayers with a low- to moderate income, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. For an appointment, call 440-934-2417. General meeting The general meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 13 in the main hall of the senior center. St. John Medical Center Community Outreach will be available for blood pressure checks. February birthdays will be celebrated. After the meeting, John Latkovich from JKL Tours will discuss the 2013 trip program. Knits-n-Wits Knits-n-Wits for advanced beginner crochet will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 12 and 19. Intermediate knitting will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 14 and 21. Cost is $15 per person plus materials for either series, payable to Sue Ackerman on the day of class. RSVP to the Avon Senior Center at 440-934-2417 to reserve your space. 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 Friday. 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. Tai chi class A new series of tai chi classes continues at 1 p.m. Tuesdays through March 19. 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

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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.

AVON LAKE OLD FIREHOUSE Events are held at the Old Firehouse Community Center of Avon Lake on the corner of Lake Road and SR 83. Many of the following events are open to everyone in the community, and are not exclusive to teens or seniors. Call 440-930-4135 for additional information. For a complete list of senior events, visit www.avonlake.org.

Wednesday morning movie The Wednesday morning movie will be shown at 10:15 a.m. Today’s feature is “Won’t Back Down.” LifeShare A LifeShare blood drive will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 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., today through Feb. 27, and March 6 through April 10. The cost is $50 per resident and $60 per nonresident. Pay instructor at the door. To register for class, call 440930-4135 or visit www.avonlake.org. Mardi Gras at Casino Windsor Enjoy an escape from Old Man Winter and say hello to Lady Luck celebrating Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday – at Casino Windsor from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Caesar’s Casino offers a slotplayer’s paradise along with table games. The cost for two guests is $28. The casino bonus is a free lunch buffet, a $15 food voucher or a $15 play voucher. A valid passport or passcard is required for this trip. To register, call 440-930-4135. An evening of ballroom dancing Looking for a perfect night out? Join the monthly ballroom dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Old Firehouse Community Center. The evening includes music, dancing, refreshments and a 45-minute lesson from professional instructor Barbara Gerhart. All ages are welcome, and a partner is not required. The cost is $10 per person. Pay at the door. For more information, call the city of Avon Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 440-930-4135. Free tax assistance Free tax assistance will be available for seniors and low-income individuals at the Avon Lake Public Library. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, beginning Tuesday through April 10. To schedule an appointment, call 440933-8128. This service is offered by AARP. 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. Energy assistance program Applications for the 2012-2013 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 www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or at the Old Firehouse Community Center.

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Meals On Wheels The Lorain County Office on Aging has openings in the Meals On Wheels programs for the cities of Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield Lake and Sheffield Village. The program is for elderly people who are homebound (e.g., those who do not drive, are disabled and/or cannot cook for themselves). For more information, call 440-949-8146.

AVON/AVON LAKE Knights of Columbus wine-tasting party The Knights of Columbus, Father Ragan Council, will sponsor a wine-tasting party from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Avon Knights of Columbus Hall, 1783 Moore Road (north of Colorado Avenue and east of BJ’s Wholesale Club). The public is invited to this unique Valentine season event. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from John at 440-497-0485 or Kevin at 440-9304740. Tickets are limited to 210 guests, so call soon. Wines from Klingshirn, Paper Moon, Matus and Vermilion Valley will be paired with a buffet dinner. Music will be provided for your dancing pleasure. Proceeds will provide funding for a scholarship program. Get a group together and come celebrate the halfway point of winter. ‘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 joe_lombardi@cushnetgolf.com. 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 All-Around 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 440-933-8550 or Margaret at 440-934-5766. Post 7035 memorial Avon-Avon Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7035 SEE BULLETIN BD., PAGE A13

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BULLETIN BD., from page A12 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.

Miller Nature Preserve Conservatory The Miller Nature Preserve Conservatory offers a variety of winter programs. The Kids Club will host a Groundhog Party from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Find out about this animal and the folklore. Members are free. The cost for nonmembers is $2. Orchid care for the phalaenopsis orchid will be offered from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Preregistration is required by today. The cost is $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. “Drawing on the Right Side Revisited” will be presented from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday. Preregistration is required by Thursday. The fee for members is $10 and $13 for nonmembers. For more information, call Carey Henderson at 440-458-5121. The Miller Nature Preserve Conservatory is located at 2739 Center Road (SR 83). French Creek Development meeting The French Creek Development Association (also known as French Creek Foundation) will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lions Community Center, Eaton Drive in Northgate Park. Anyone interested in supporting the downtown area is invited to attend. A progress report will be given on the Breakfast With the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt, scheduled for March 16 at Avon Isle. Planning for the bicentennial has begun, and suggestions are needed. For more information, call Fran or Paul Burik at 440-934-4420. Avon Historical Society The Avon Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Old Town Hall of 1871, located on the southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge roads. Matt Weisman, from the Black River Historical Society, will present “Ship Building on the Black River.” For more information, call Jean Fischer at 440-934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 440-934-0224. Free grief support group Grieving the loss of a loved one can be an extremely difficult journey. Cornerstone of Hope, a nonprofit bereavement support center, in partnership with Christian Heritage Assemblies of God, is offering a free grief support group for adults 18 and older. The group meets Wednesdays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 through March 27, at Christian Heritage Assemblies of God, 36465 Chester Road in Avon. This is an eight- week inclusive group, open to all regardless of ethnic, cultural or faith backgrounds. The group will be led by professionally trained and experienced facilitators. Child care will be provided. To register, call Cornerstone of Hope at 216-5244673.

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‘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 www.friendshipapl.org. Corporate sponsorships are still available. For more information, contact Gregory Willey at Gregory@friendshipapl.org or 440-322-4321, ext. 22. To donate a product, service, gift certificate or gift basket for the raffle, e-mail animalwrites@friendshipapl.org. Band a la Mode Band a la Mode will be presented from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Avon High School auditorium and commons. Admission is $5 for adults and children ages 6 and older. Adults 60 and older and military veterans will be admitted for $3. Children ages 5 and younger are free. The schedule is as follows: fifth-grade band at noon; eighth-grade band at 12:35 p.m.; sixth-grade band at 1:10 p.m.; seventh-grade band at 1:45 p.m.; AHS symphonic band at 2:20 p.m.; AHS jazz band at 2:55 p.m.; AMS jazz band at 3:30 p.m.; AHS wind ensemble at 4:05 p.m.; and winter drum line at 4:40 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of music and ice cream. Avon Garden Club The Avon Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Road (SR 83). The speaker will be Tess Wearsch, a member of the garden club. Wearsch is a biologist and science teacher with a specialty in aquatic ecology. Her topic will be “The History of Schwartz Road Park: Its Geological Background, and the Plant Species That Define It.” Activities will also include a member tea. For more information, contact Cathi at 440-937-6147. 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 8- x 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 (800-733-2767) to schedule. For more information, visit the Red Cross website at www.redcrossdonor.org. 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

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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 www.TOPS.org or contact Lynn at 440-242-7035.

Heart health screening St. John Medical Center Community Outreach is offering free heart-healthy screenings from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Independence Village, 345 Lear Road. These screenings include cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. No fasting is required, and no reservations are required. Open Mic Night Open Mic Night will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Old Firehouse Community Center, at the corner of SR 83 and Lake Road. Jerry Allen will headline the February Open Mic. Allen has recorded for MGM in Nashville and his song “Little Girl in a Magazine” hit the charts in Japan. So consider stopping by and listening to some really great live music, sharing good times with friends, old and new, and enjoying some cookies and coffee. This event is free. For more information call Gary Cerrone, recreation director, at 440-9304125. Lake Erie Showcase Series The Lake Erie Showcase Series presents “Hot Waters and Cold SEE BULLETIN BD., PAGE A14

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BULLETIN BD., from page A13 Birds” from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Miller Road Park, adjacent to Avon Lake’s NRG Inc. 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. Monday and Feb. 11 and 18 at the Lake House in Veterans Memorial Park. Learn to paint watercolors following step-by-step 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 the Avon Lake Parks and Recreation Department via phone at 440-930-4130, online at www.avonlake.org, or in person at 150 Avon Belden Road. Payment is due directly to the instructor. Participants may pay for single classes at $12 per class, or for three classes at $36. Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club will meet at noon Feb. 6 in the Gallery of the Avon Lake Public Library, 32801 Electric Blvd. “Kitchens to Gardens” will be presented by Vanessa Fields, a Cuyahoga Community College teacher who works with the Cleveland MetroParks. Fields will show the ins and outs of composting. If interested in joining the members at the meeting, or for more information about the club, call 440-933-0893. 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 www.mightygoliah.com or e-mail tickets@mightygoliath.com. This is MGP’s 54th season and it has donated over $210,000 to Avon Lake Schools performing arts department since 1959.

Red Hat Mamas Avon Lake Red Hat Mamas will separate into groups for the events Feb. 21. One group will be traveling to the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland for the day. The bus will leave All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon at 9 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. The cost is $10. To reserve a seat on the bus, call Kay at 440-930-2404. The second group will meet at Miller Nature Preserve in Avon and take a guided tour through the conservatory, followed by lunch in the Orchid Room. For more information, call Elaine at 440-933-6920. ALHS class of 1963 The Avon Lake High School class of 1963 will hold its 50-year reunion the weekend of Sept. 6, 7 and 8. The following classmates cannot be found: Bernie and Harry Schleicher, Fred Barnes, Jim Clary, Peggy Griebel Hamilton, Carol Harrison Zrubek, Lucia Kessler Cramer, Bob Miles, Sharon Smeltzer Reis, Paul Koster, Ellen Ellis, Kathy McSherry Carson, Paul Hoxie, Jerry Jacoby, Steve Krugman and Bill Zellmer. If you know the location of any of these classmates, please contact Judy Chester O’Leary at 440-933-3455 or e-mail at judio@wowway.com. Pool passes and gift certificates The swim season may be many months away, but now might be the best time to purchase a family or individual pool pass for the Ellen Trivanovich Aquatic Center. There are no lines, the price is at its lowest point and pool passes make great gifts. Family passes start at $125 (for a family of five), and individual passes are $45. All pool passes purchases require proof of age and residency (Avon Lake residents only). Also consider Avon Lake Parks & Recreation gift certificates, which can be redeemed for just about any recreation department purchase, including facility rentals, program registrations or pool pass purchase. Denominations start at $5. Both pool passes and gift certificates can be purchased at the recreation department office, 150 Avon Belden Road, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 440-930-4130.

TrueNorth Theatre TrueNorth Cultural Arts and Lorain County Metro Parks present “The Miracle Worker,” at the French Creek Nature & Arts Cen-

ter. “The Miracle Worker” is a three-act 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. (A school matinees is available at 10 a.m. Friday.) Tickets cost $12.50 in advance and $15 at the door. For tickets, call 440-9495200, ext. 221, or visit www.tncarts.org. The French Creek Nature & Arts Center is located at 4530 Colorado Ave. in Sheffield Village. The play runs through Sunday.

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Youth Baseball/ Softball registration Registration for Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Youth Baseball/Softball will be held at the following locations: from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Joyce E. Hanks Community Center, 4575 Lake Road, and noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Sheffield Village Municipal Complex, 4340 Colorado Ave. No further dates will be added. Registration is also available now at www.SSLYBA.org and will close Feb 16. The fees are: T-Ball – $50; Minitail/PeeWee/Pigtail/Mustang/Bronco – $75; and Thurman Munson/Hot Stove/OGSO – $120. Shirt sizing will also be done at registration if needed. TrueNorth noontime concerts TrueNorth Cultural Arts and Lorain County Metro Parks present their noontime concert series from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 10 at the French Creek Nature & Arts Center. Michael Grady will make his first appearance, bringing a talent for songwriting and performance with his original music. The concert series is free to all. For more information, call 440-949-5200 or visit www.metroparks.cc. French Creek Nature & Arts Center is located at 4530 Colorado Ave. in Sheffield Village. 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 hand-crafted hats, scarves, gloves, blankets and more. For more information, call Kathy Burrill at 440-949-2141. SEE BULLETIN BD., PAGE A15

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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 entitled “Heaven Is for Real.” Everyone is invited to attend this exciting study.

Celebrate recovery at Calvary “Celebrate Recovery” is a Christ-centered 12-step recovery program designed to help people face and overcome the struggles from life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups. “Celebrate Recovery” is a large umbrella program, under which a limitless number of issues and afflictions are dealt with, by providing a safe place for people to gather each week for group support to begin their journey of healing and recovery. It is not only for alcohol and drug abusers, but a place for codependents, people with eating disorders, those struggling with sexual addictions, those dealing with past or current physical and/or sexual abuse issues, anger issues, divorce, infidelity and betrayal, grieving the loss of a loved one, those in need of financial re-

covery, terminal illness diagnosis and treatment journeys, depression, anxiety, abandonment, insecurities, perfectionism, people pleasing, gambling and any other afflictions. “Celebrate Recovery” meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church, 32607 Electric Blvd. (next to the Avon Lake Library). For more information, visit www.cbcavonlake.org or call the church at 440-933-8828.

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 www.stjosephavonlake.org.

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BULLETIN BD., from page A14 LORAIN COUNTY 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 and open to all. To register, contact Hope Seavers at 800-625-5269 or hseavers@steinhospice.org. Child immunization clinics 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. Immunization clinics will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at Lorain County General Health District, 9880 S. Murray Ridge Road in Elyria; from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Feb. 7 and 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 21 at Elyria City Health District, 202 Chestnut St. in Elyria; from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at St. Teresa of Avila Church, 1878 Abbe Road in Sheffield Village; and from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at St. Julie Billiart Church, 5500 Lear Nagle Road in North Ridgeville. For more information, call 440-244-3418 or 440322-6367.

Workshop Players The Workshop Players Theatre-in-the-Round presents “My Way,” opening Feb. 7. In this cabaret-style production, Frank Sinatra lovers will swoon to the music of Old Blue Eyes. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Feb. 15, 16, 22 and 23, and at 3 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24. Tickets cost $14. For tickets, call the box office at 440-988-5613 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. The Workshop Players Theatre-in-the Round is located at 44820 Middle Ridge Road in Amherst. For more information, visit www.workshopplayers.com. Each performance can accommodate two persons using a wheelchair. JVS open house The Lorain County JVS will host an open house from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10. The open house is designed to provide students and parents with an in-depth look at career-technical programs in seven different career areas: building trades, business/marketing, community service/health care, culinary, manufacturing/pre-engineering, transportation and college tech-prep. In addition, the JVS Adult Career Center staff will be on hand to register adult students for spring semester classes and talk with adults interested in changing careers or upgrading their skills. Lorain County JVS is located at 15181 SR 58 and SR 20 in Oberlin. For more information, contact JVS at 440-7741051 or info@lcjvs.com, or visit www.lcjvs.com. Auditions at Workshop Players Workshop Players Theatre-in-the-Round will hold auditions for “Shakespeare in Hollywood”

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from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11. For more information, call Kristina Rivera, director, at 440864-7514 or visit www.workshopplayers.com. Winter Crisis Program 2012-2013 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 walkins are welcome. For required documentation, contact the Energy Services Department tollfree at 855-806-9620, or visit www.lccaa.net. 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

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are open to the public, and guests are always welcome. Contact Rick Winrod at 440-8976317 or rickwinrod@aol.com 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 www.loraincounty.us/solidwaste 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.

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