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Mitt Romney visits Avon Lake Pass the paramedic levy von Lake’s Issue 10 on the Nov. 6 ballot needs to be passed by city voters in support of the current level of paramedic services offered in Avon Lake. The roughly $5-per-month cost to the owner of an average Avon Lake home is easily worth it. What needs to change is the notion that emergency services are funded this way – at the ballot – at all. Controlling the pace of that change depends upon passing the current request for a 0.75-mill increase to 2 mills, giving the city time to make that happen with your input about what services you, the residents, might be willing to give up or take cuts in trade. The alternative is to leave City Council members scrambling to cut the budget in case the levy does not pass. According to Mayor Greg Zilka, those back-of-the-napkin calculations are still $800,000 short of making ends meet. The goal, rightly, is to minimize any negative impact to emergency services. In the process, members of city government have found themselves reconnecting to citizens by going door to door in an information campaign, as a result of which Zilka, fire Chief Glen Eisenhardt and Council President Marty O’Donnell seem refreshed. There was general acknowledgment in a recent meeting with the three that people lead busy lives and may not always – or ever? – be able to attend a City Council meeting or read a paper or catch a meeting broadcast. Watch for a council member near you, and vote for the paramedic levy.


MITT ROMNEY VISITS Avon Lake High School for a rally Monday morning. Press photo - Bryan Wroten

AVON LAKE By Bryan Wroten

Speaking before a packed crowd at Avon Lake High School, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told those assembled what they’ve been hearing all along: Ohio will decide the election. “My guess is, if Ohio votes me in as president, I’ll be the next president of the United States,” he said. In what was likely a first for the city, the presidential race touched down in Avon Lake when the former governor of Massachusetts spoke in the high school’s gym. The line to get in wound around the high school commons before backing up outside by the parking lot. By 11 a.m., the event organizers began moving people into the auxiliary gym as overflow. The event began with an introduction by Dan Bucci, Avon Lake councilman at large and a co-chairman for the county campaign. “I’m proud of my support of Gov. Romney for one reason: He’s a proven leader,” Bucci said. “He’s a proven turnaround specialist and jobs creator.” The country needs jobs, he said, and Romney knows how

to create them. Romney’s proven that as an executive in the boardroom and in the governor’s chair, he said. President Barack Obama is a proven leader as well, Bucci continued, but has led the country to chronically high unemployment, higher gas prices and a war on coal that’s affecting Avon Lake directly, alluding to the scheduled closing of the GenOn Energy Inc. power plant in 2015. A series of speakers took to the stage following Bucci, including Avon Lake Ward 2 Councilwoman and county campaign co-Chairwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch, state Rep. Nan Baker, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, former Browns player Gary Baxter and Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. Sen. Rob Portman, who spoke at Avon Lake’s Republican Victory Center on Friday, gave the direct introduction to Romney. People realize how much is at stake, Romney told the crowd, from the massive debt to the economy to people out of work to college graduates not finding work. His team has worked hard to focus on what they will do to bring “real change to a country that badly needs it,” he said. “We have a president today who has a different view of where America is,” he said. “His view is America is on the


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Police to donate recovered bikes to Oberlin co-op AVON LAKE By Bryan Wroten

The Avon Lake Police Department is preparing to donate another set of lost and found bicycles that have been kept behind the station for at least two years. Lt. Duane Streator said the department will donate the bikes to the Oberlin Bike Co-op after receiving approval from City Council. The department used to send the recovered bikes to the Curiosity Shop in Avon to auction off. The proceeds from the auction would benefit Our Lady of the Wayside. The bikes designated for donation have been with the department for at least two years, Streator said, but

the department actually has the right to give away any recovered property after 90 days. “We like to get rid of them on a regular basis, but it becomes a logistical problem,” he said, adding that it’s easier to wait until the department has large collection to donate. While one would think the police department would be the first place to check for a missing bike, the lot behind the station shows otherwise. When the police take in a lost bike, it’s either through an officer on patrol finding it or a resident calling in about an abandoned bike, Streator said. The department tries to trace found bikes back to their owners either through licenses given out by the department or through local bike shops that keep a record of customers.

Bike licenses To get a bike license, come down to the police department section of the Safety Center and speak with a dispatcher about getting a license. The department needs owner information and the bike’s serial number. The cost is $1, and the owner receives a sticker for the bike. For more information, call 440-933-4567. Anyone wanting to come to the station to check the police department’s collection of recovered bikes should call 440-933-4567. Contact Bryan Wroten at and

ODNR awards trail grant to Sheffield Lake SHEFFIELD LAKE By John Edwards

Sheffield Lake grant administrator David Graves announced that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has awarded the city a $65,271 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) 2012 Recreational Trails program. Graves said of the city's $32,500 match, $22,000 would be in the form of cash from the city’s general fund and $11,500 in materials and labor, as the service department will assist in installing the 2,900-foot-long, 10foot-wide asphalt trail to extend the existing Brookside Trail through Ferndale Park. Graves said the grant has been in the works since the city received its initial ODNR grants to construct the Brookside Trail, which runs from Lake Road southward to Ferndale Park. South of Ferndale Park, across the Norfolk & Southern railroad tracks, lies the Metro Parks’ recently ac-

quired wooded wetlands, which will be named the Sheffield Lake Reservation when it eventually opens to the public. A Metro Parks spokesman told a community meeting at the Joyce E. Hanks Community Center about the donated and purchased wooded property last month, saying the new reservation would be essentially an unimproved nature preserve. “The idea is that this will eventually connect the Brookside Trail with a trail the Lorain County Metro Parks

intends to build through the Sheffield Lake Reservation,” Graves said. “That trail will link the Brookside Trail to the Safe Routes to School walkway along Harris Road. That will connect to the trail along Colorado Avenue to the French Creek Reservation’s trails and the Black River Reservation’s Steel Mill Trail. It’s part of an overall plan to connect the trails through the Metro Parks from Lake Road to the southern edges of Lorain County.” Contact John Edwards at

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Campaign finance reports show big spending on local issues AVON LAKE By Bryan Wroten

With millions of dollars of funding and hundreds of individual household taxes collectively at stake, it's no wonder the political action committees (PACs) for and against the paramedic and school levies are spending so much to sway voters. The latest pre-election financial filings with the Lorain County Board of Elections show the three PACs raised, altogether, $14,968 and spent a total of $24,022.01 since the last financial reports with the county. Citizens for Fair Taxation, which has put out campaign materials against the paramedic levy and brought in a speaker who focused on looking for ways other than levies to fund school districts, included expenditures in its latest filing. Because its bill for a series of robocalls did not arrive until after the Aug. 7 special election, the

PAC did not have to report it, so the filings had no record of expenditures. Oddly enough, the Citizens for Fair Taxation lists every other expenditure except the one for the robocalls. The filings report that the PAC paid $883.75 on Sept. 21 for an ad in The Press, $24.23 to Avon Lake Printing for “campaign meeting printing,” $307.06 to Mariotti Printing for campaign literature door hangers, $15.51 to Office Max for “school levy Issue 32 public meeting print” and $97.65 for an overnight stay at Holiday Inn West and a $14.13 meal at Chipotle for Kelly Kohls, who spoke about the levy. Following a call to the Lorain County Board of Elections for clarification, it turns out the PAC has 60 days to report the robocalls expenditure as a debt, but the 60 days have not passed yet. The PAC raised $950 in contributions and held $1,000 over from its previous financial report. Citizens for a SAFE Community, which

supports Issue 10, spent the most of the three PACS this last round, paying out $11,587.60. The filing reports that the PAC paid $3,500 to the Impact Group for campaign consulting, $750 to The Press for an ad, another $3,110 to the Impact Group for consulting, $1,940 to the Impact Group for campaign literature, $2,278 to Patriot Signage for yard signs and $19.60 to Mike Stanek, the PAC's treasurer, for office supplies. The PAC received $11,250 in contributions and carried over $773.93 from its previous report. The pro-school levy group, Avon Lake Citizens for Schools, spent $11,082.68, according to its report. The PAC paid three $3 bank charges to First Merit Bank, $71.22 to Avon Lake City Schools for office supplies, postage and envelopes, $561 to Avon Lake Printing for yard signs, $25 to the Avon Lake Homecoming Committee for a table at homecom-

ing, $960 to the Avon Lake postmaster for postage, another $560 to Avon Lake Printing for more yard signs, $236 to Superintendent Bob Scott as reimbursement for printing at Affordable Signs, $300 to Emerge Inc. for levy calculator software, $1,204.88 to Avon Lake Printing for postcards, $721.23 to Superintendent Bob Scott as reimbursement for postage, $646 to the U.S. Postmaster for postage, $320 to the U.S. Postmaster for postage, $4,917.79 to Great Lakes Publishing for printing, mailing, postcards and door hangers and $550 to Patch for online advertising. The PAC received $2,758 in contributions, carrying over $11,839.40 from the previous report. The committee also received an in-kind contribution of AV equipment operation valued at $200 To view copies of the reports, read this story online at Contact Bryan Wroten at and

Council names Mark Erdei to vacant Ward 4 seat, rolls over Shoreway notes again SHEFFIELD LAKE By John Edwards

Sheffield Lake City Council unanimously appointed Mark J. Erdei to fill the Ward 4 seat vacated when Rick Rosso was elected as council president after the death of Edward Podmanik. Erdei, who has attended nearly every City Council meeting for the past five years, resigned his seat on the Planning Commission before taking the oath of office as a councilman. He was sworn in by Mayor Dennis Bring before the end of the Oct. 23 regular meeting, and took his seat in time to move for adjournment, an opportunity afforded him by Councilman at Large Steve Kovach, who usually makes that motion. “I’m looking forward to being able to represent the people of the fourth ward,”

Erdei said. “We’ve lived in Ward 4 since my wife Diane and I moved into a rental home on Dillewood Avenue in 1978, just shortly after we were married. Our daughters, Jessica and Vanessa, were born and raised here. “There was a time when I considered building a house in Avon, where some of the girls’ cousins live, but they both said, 'No, we want to stay here and go to school with all our friends,'” Erdei said. “I was outnumbered and outvoted by three women, so we moved to our house on Tennyson Avenue instead. I’m glad we did. After living here 34 years, I’ve grown to care very much about the city, which is why I started coming to meetings. I enjoyed working with the Planning Commission. Ward 4 residents are good people and good friends, and it’s a privilege to represent them on City Council.”

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The other applicant, East Drive resident Dennis Pedings, who was interviewed by City Council along with Erdei at the Oct. 9 council work session, did not attend the Oct. 22 regular meeting. On Oct. 9, though, Pedings said he would be willing to accept appointment to one of the city’s unelected boards or commissions and would consider running for council in 2013, when the city charter requires Erdei to run for the seat to which he was appointed. Council voted to name Erdei after discussing the choice in a very brief executive session. Mayor Bring, speaking as safety director, announced that permanent, wallmounted receptacles for outdated medications and used syringes are being installed in the lobby of the SVPD station. Bring said the pill and sharps

drops will be available for use by residents at all times. The mayor said he hopes residents will use them instead of throwing them in the trash or flushing them, as the contents will be properly disposed of by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department, thus eliminating the possibility of polluting groundwater or Lake Erie. Law Director David Graves announced that bids have been advertised for installation of an electronic, scrolling message board sign at the Joyce E. Hanks Community Center. The sign was purchased with money from the same community development block grant (CDBG) that was used, along with grants from Lowe’s store in Avon, in last year’s remodeling of the center. Contact John Edwards at

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NRHS senior is BSA Troop 303’s 18th Eagle Scout S HEFFIELD LAKE / N ORTH R IDGEVILLE By John Edwards

“Becoming an Eagle Scout means a lot to me because it shows my dedication to scouting and the dedication of a lot of people who helped me get there,” North Ridgeville resident Andrew Okes said Oct. 20. Okes became Boy Scout Troop 303’s 18th Eagle Scout in less than two decades on Oct. 20. If anyone in attendance at Okes’ Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at Sheffield Lake United Church of Christ last Sunday was prouder than Andrew himself, it was his mom, Deborah Vargyas. “I’m very proud of Andrew; he’s the

Andrew Okes only one of my three sons in Troop 303 who made Eagle Scout,” Vargyas said. “We moved from Sheffield Lake to North Ridgeville in 2008 when An-

drew was an eighth-grader. All my sons attended S-SL schools and were members of Troop 303. We’d all done a lot of work for the troop and all the boys’ friends were fellow Scouts, so they continued in Troop 303. “Andrew and his brothers liked the leaders, and we all were comfortable with Troop 303,” Vargyas said. “At that time we didn’t know anyone in the North Ridgeville troop. It was hard commuting at first, but his grandma helped, and later, his brothers could drive to meetings in Sheffield Lake. Now Andrew drives himself. He knows I’m as excited and proud as he is.” Okes is a North Ridgeville High School senior studying diesel mechanics at Lorain County Joint Vocational School. He’s a pretty normal

kid, with a part-time job at a Burger King after school. He enjoys bowling, his girlfriend, his new puppy and his new role as an uncle to his brother’s little son. Eagle Scout is the highest honor the Boy Scouts of America can bestow, and it’s an achievement for which he has worked long and hard. He even has the Eagle Scout symbol on his NRHS class ring. His brothers, grandmother and aunt, Debra Pierson, were also proud of him – and they all watched as Okes received his Eagle Award and proclamations honoring his achievement from Sheffield Village Mayor John Hunter and Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring. Contact John Edwards at

Council accepts planning commission’s approval of site plan for new school SHEFFIELD By John Edwards

At its Oct. 22 regular meeting, Sheffield Village Council unanimously accepted the planning commission’s approval of preliminary site plans for the new school for grades 7-12 on Harris Road north of Brookside High School (BHS.) Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools hopes to begin construction of the new building but is currently awaiting wetland remediation permits from the Ohio EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The district’s architect, MKC Associates, has already advertised for bids on preliminary site plan work, including tree removal and construction of in-ground infrastructure for the new building; however, no action can

be taken until approvals to buy 8 acres of forested wetland property in Erie County are received from the state EPA and USACE. Council also accepted the planning commission’s recommendation to set a date for a public hearing on a request by Green Acres Dude Ranch, 1736 Abbe Road (formerly the Bill and Dorothy Crawford farm) to rezone 20 residential acres west of the railroad tracks and north of the ranch as a multifamily residential zone. The public hearing was set for 6 p.m. Dec. 10. Planning commission members approved Green Acres’ lot split last week, and plans call for construction of a residential community for senior citizens, consisting of townhouse apartments with attached garages by Gerent-Doane Construction, on the property to be re-

zoned. Mayor John Hunter said the site plans for the project have not yet been presented to the planning commission, and council’s final vote on rezoning for the project would be taken at the Jan. 14 regular meeting. In other legislative action, Village Council unanimously approved an ordinance to purchase right-of-way property from A.R.T. Holding LLC (Ruby Tuesday) for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s widening of Abbe Road from the Detroit Road intersection southward to the north entrance of Lorain County Community College, with turning lanes and new traffic signals. ODOT set a Nov. 1 deadline for Sheffield Village to acquire the land for the road widening. Ruby Tuesday will be dropped from a list of 17 property owners who will be named in an eminent domain suit to ac-

quire rights of way for the project, which ODOT hopes to begin in the spring of 2013. Sheffield has filed to take those 17 rights of way by eminent domain unless, like Ruby Tuesday, the other owners agree to sell. Council also approved the resignation of service department worker Larry Sheets effective Dec. 31, 2012, and the rehiring of Sheets as a full-time employee on Jan. 1, 2013. By rehiring Sheets after his retirement, the village will realize savings on Sheets’ benefits while still retaining his services as a fulltime employee after retirement. Finally, Village Council cancelled its Nov. 12 regular meeting in observance of Veterans Day. Council’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 26. Contact John Edwards at


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Meet the local candidates for 2012 AVON LAKE By Bryan Wroten

The Avon Lake High School government class held its annual Candidates Night Thursday at the high school's Performing Arts Center. Here are brief summaries of what the candidates had to say.

State Representative Incumbent: Matt Lundy, Democrat Elected officials must work together to find real solutions to real problems, such as a passing bipartisan bill that looked at business regulations and set guidelines asking whether they are overreaching or impeding growth as well as one that freezes college tuition for two years. To improve education funding, stop supporting school choice and vouchers, which drains $500 million from public schools in the state. Cutting tax loopholes, some dating back to the Depression, could free up millions for schools as well. The initial JobsOhio plan was too ethically murky to support and hid from the public what the organization would do with tax dollars in economic development efforts for the state. For a former investigative reporter and a taxpayer, it's always important to be able to follow the dollars. Challenger: Rae Lynn Brady, Republican To bring jobs to Ohio, the state must lift restrictions and lower taxes, making the state more businessfriendly. The government needs to stop wasteful spending and direct the money to areas that need it. To fix the school funding problem, it's necessary to look at how other states handle it, such as through income taxes. School funding should go to the classrooms, not to the school administration. Though health care doesn't belong under the government, the state will need to work with the federal government on the upcoming Medicaid expansion.

County Commissioner Incumbent: Ted Kalo, Democrat The No. 1 job for the commissioners is to set the budget for the entire county government, from the sheriff's department to the auditor to the dog kennel. As a former businessman, it's important that the city have a one-stop shop for economic development so that potential and current businesses are not inconvenienced. The Lorain County Growth Partnership is the secondbest economic development engine in Northeast Ohio's 18 counties. Working with the Northeast Ohio Area Coordinating Agency (NOACA), Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, then-Avon Lake Mayor Rob Berner, Avon


Mayor Jim Smith and the county commissioners, set the wheels in motion for the new I-90 interchange that will now open soon. Challenger: Phil Van Treuren, Republican County transit shouldn't be eliminated because it provides a vital service to residents who need it for grocery shopping and going to doctor's appointments. There is a way to manage this system so that it is revenue-neutral and not wasting tax dollars. Regulations are necessary to a certain degree, but going too far with them hinders the private sector and makes it more difficult to create jobs and wealth. Tax incentives can spur economic development in the county, much like the Jobs Growth Incentive Program Avon Lake recently started. Let businesses do what they do best: create jobs.

County Commissioner Incumbent: Lori Kokowski Not present Challenger: Mike Musto, Republican His business and financial experience has helped while serving as a Columbia Station trustee and keeping it fiscally responsible. The trustees, working together, have increased services in the township while reducing the costs. JobsOhio is the No. 1 job creator in the Midwest, and Lorain County should take advantage of that. To make sure the county is running efficiently, the county government should request a performance audit from the state that would be paid for through the savings an audit would find. Lorain County has rural and urban areas, and resources should be equally distributed.

ment needs to put officers out on the streets. If elected, he would bring in a team of advisers to help determine how to use the money in the department's general fund. Lorain County needs someone patrolling the streets, needs an emphasis on protection.

Other candidates in attendance: Judge of the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Division Frank Janik (Democrat) Richard Ramsey (Republican) Judge of the Court of Appeals, 9th District Clair Dickinson, incumbent (Democrat) Jennifer Hensal, challenger (Republican) Did not appear although scheduled: Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court Mike Skindell (Democrat) Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court William O'Neill (Democrat) Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski, incumbent (Democrat) Jason Schmidt (Republican) U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur, incumbent (Democrat) Sam Wurzelbacher (Republican)

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Incumbent: Phil Stammitti, Democrat The department has seen deep cuts in past years, so the department tightened its belt and worked with budgets without any increases. The consolidation of the sheriff dispatch operations with the county 911 has saved money. Federal grants have brought new programs and paid for new employees to combat understaffing. Most citizens of Lorain County recognize the department has done a good job with limited resources.

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Are we facing the extinction of loyal opposition? If you happen to be out driving this evening please keep your eyes "peeled" for trick or treat participants – many will wear dark costumes, many will attempt to cross streets without looking for oncoming traffic. Just six more days until Election Day, and seven or eight more days until the constant flood of political propaganda on TV and in print and, especially, via telephone robocalls are finally finished. I’m sure that will be a relief to all of us, no matter which candidates we personally support. Still, get to the polls and vote on Election Day if you haven’t already voted by mail or at the Board of Elections. My hope is that the proliferation of yard signs will be cleared away quickly. The only real issue to be decided on my beat will be Issue 17, Sheffield Village’s modest request for funding to re-equip the SVFD. I’m pretty sure that’s going to pass, as Village residents mostly appreciate and value their fire and rescue service. I’d be willing to venture the same prediction for Avon Lake’s fire and EMS issue. Statewide and nationally, though, I’m a bit nervous. If the polls and media pundits are accurate, partisanship and divisiveness may triumph and validate, to some, the philosophy of “Just win, baby, say anything you need to say to get votes — never mind that it’s not true, you can contradict yourself tomorrow.” We face the possible misfortune that, by ignoring recent history, we’ll repeat all the past mistakes we made that led to a crashed economy more in 2007-2009. Trickle-down economics ("voodoo economics"— G.H.W. Bush) and deregulation don’t work; the market will

COFFEE B REAK By John Edwards City Reporter not police itself, and privatization of government services will do for the rest of them what it’s done for the U.S. Postal Service — that is, bankrupt them. It’s 1980 again in Mitt’s mind. Been there, done that — it failed. If a majority of voters fall for “I’ve done it before, I’ll do it again” as an explanation for how Mitt Romney would “reach across the aisle.” It’s like his constant pledges to “sit down and do” everything and “stand up to China” on “day one.” (Does he think the Chinese susceptible to being verbally bullied by his refusal to ever stop talking? Or to changing his positions while imitating Reagan’s delivery?) Those “85 percent Democrats” in the Massachusetts legislature were acting, as was once our national tradition, as the loyal opposition to the party in power. But ever since the party of Nixon won a majority in the House in 2010, their opposition to the President has become increasingly disloyal. They have voted down or blocked a vote on virtually everything, holding hostage any budget proposal

LETTERS Pass the paramedic levy To the Editor: I would urge residents to vote yes on Issue 10 on Nov. 6 regarding the Avon Lake emergency medical services levy. The levy is a .75 increase in millage which on a $100,000 home would be a $22.97 increase per year. The passage would allow continued quality fire and emergency services to you and your family. A failed issue will lead to staff reduction, increase in response time, more reliance on mutual aid from neighboring communities, and further cuts in City services. In terms of recent cost savings, overtime has been reduced. The city is moving to a regional dispatch system in January which will allow another staff member to assist on emergency calls. In addition, the ladder truck’s life span has been extended significantly by repairs and refurbishment which will avoid the purchase of a new truck for many years to come and bring savings to the city. Lastly, through my own recent experience when a family member was in need of emergency medical care 2 a.m., the quality of the EMS personnel, their timely arrival and quick analysis, and decision for transport to the hospital was invaluable. It is under these circumstances that you realize this is money well spent. Martin O’Donnell Avon Lake council president

Excellent stewardship To the Editor: Congratulations to the Avon Lake Board of Education for demonstrating excellent stewardship of taxpayer funds which has resulted in a $117,000 dollar savings in 2012. The savings are part of a multiyear program that will ultimately save Avon Lake property owners approximately $2.4 million dollars over 20 years. The Board refinanced existing bonds thereby lowering the interest rate for the remaining portion of the bond. Similar to refinancing a home, the lower interest rate reduced the interest paid to the lender. Over the life of the bond, the savings to taxpayers will exceed $400,000. In 2005 the board refinanced another bond which has resulted in saving Avon Lake taxpayers approximately $92,000 to $97,000 per year. The total savings from refinancing the second bond is approximately $2 million dollars. Refinancing the bonds was done to save taxpayers money on their real estate tax bills each year and did not result in one additional dollar in revenue for Avon Lake City Schools. The sole objective of refinancing the bonds was to lower real estate tax bills for each Avon Lake home owner. In an era when sound financial management is needed to insure a quality education is achieved at the best possible value, Avon Lake’s Board of Education should be recognized for its demonstrated long-term ability to provide students with an excellent educational opportunity while also achieving significant savings for taxpayers.


other than Paul Ryan’s totally reactionary budget for one reason only — it was their strategy for the 2012 presidential campaign, so they could constantly chant, “failed administration.” They even voted repeatedly for a repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act knowing full well it would not get by the Senate just to pretend to be doing something — and to appeal to their “base,” which they seem now to think is the “Tea Party,” which is actually their lunatic fringe. They keep reiterating the big lie that hundreds of millions of dollars have been cut from Medicare recipients, even though it’s been repeatedly debunked — it was taken from insurance companies — who are really the suffering “people” Romney got into this race to help. My greatest fears are 1) that all their bluster about international relations is to mask their desire to embroil us in another Asian land war with the zeal of Richard I of England leading a Crusade. Starting a trade war with China would also be disastrous if he follows through — which I’d be willing to bet he won’t do even if elected. And 2) that both ‘R’ candidates are secretly Theocrats. I, for one, don’t want Mormon bishops or Catholic bishops or any clergy dictating to government. “Government of the people, for the people and by the people.” Who said that? Probably some “RINO” as my acquaintances who tea party would say. Editor's note: This column represents the opinion of the writer and is not intended to represent the views of The Press.


We are fortunate to have such a responsible board of education. George Allen Avon Lake

Transparency benefits paramedic levy To the Editor: I attended a meeting of several people who were listening to EMS sell their levy and asking questions about it. I have never been against the levy. I have been concerned with transparency to show how the Soft Billing funds are used. The reason for my concern has been that as a voter, we must be sold why a levy is needed. The soft billing just comes into the general fund, but results from using the fire department’s equipment. Thus it should be used in the fire department. After having questions asked and answered in this meeting and seeing the literature shows the fire department is counting on the Soft Billing to meet their budget, I will vote for the levy and others should also. R.E. Pocock Avon Lake

Issue 31 won't raise taxes To the Editor: According to the state of Ohio, the Avon Local School District is rated "Excellent" in providing education to our growing student population. Continued community support of the Avon schools is a major factor in our success. On voting day, the community is once again asked to support our schools, children, and community by voting yes on Issue 31 for the construction of a new Avon Middle School. Voting yes on Issue 31 will not increase the tax rate. Currently, the owner of a $200,000 home pays approximately $162 semi-annually for existing bonds. Passing Issue 31 will not increase this amount, but will continue it and will allow for new construction to be included in the collection process. Please show your support for the Avon community by voting yes on Issue 31. Help Avon continue to be an Excellent school district and an excellent housing investment; vote yes on Issue 31! Bob and Rene Reinker Avon

Cost-benefit analysis: Vote yes To the Editor: Avon Lake has 28 paramedic/fire fighters. The EMS Levy Issue 10 covers the expense of eight paramedic/fire fighters and a secretary. It provides for supplies, fuel, insurance, maintenance, repair and equipment used while performing EMS services. It covers $345,000 in overtime that is spread out over the entire department. Since 2000, overtime has decreased 18 percent while the number of emergency calls has increased 59 percent. It is not a part-time, on-call fire department like the one in Amherst. It is also not a scoop and carry ambulance service.

In 2011, the city reached out to mutual aide 69 times. Sixty-one times Avon Lake responded as a mutual aide partner. Avon Lake explored regionalization with the Westshore Regional Group, but it was deemed too costly since the city ran the fire department at a lower cost than the other participating communities. Measures to reduce expenses include in-house repairs and refurbishing equipment/vehicles versus purchasing new. Transitioning to a county 911 dispatch system will continue to reduce overtime. The city provides the department $2.4 million dollars from the general fund of which $390,000 is from soft billing. In 2012 the city lost $800,000 from the Ohio Government Fund. Next year the city will lose an additional $1.2 million along with the end of the Estate Tax. A renewal levy of only 1.25 mills would bring in less than the amount it brought in 2012 and the preceding years due to declining property values. Under these circumstances, Council and the administration chose to place an additional .75 on the EMS levy. It will cost an additional $1.91 per month for a total tax of $61.25 yearly per $100,000 home assessed value. Vote "yes" for EMS Issue 10. Jennifer Fenderbosch Ward 2 Councilwoman Avon Lake

Chief: 'Please learn the facts' To the Editor: On Nov. 6, Avon Lake will have a very important


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levy on the ballot. Issue 10 is required to maintain the level of safety services we are currently providing. Without the funds generated by this levy, the ability to protect our residents with our paramedic and fire services would be greatly reduced. If this levy were to fail, many of our programs would become ineffective due to the significant reduction in our safety staff. We would be forced to over-rely on our surrounding communities for emergency service help. This help from surrounding communities can be unpredictable. Even if these communities are available to offer a primary response, the response times to a resident in need are nearly doubled. In an emergency medical situation these lost minutes are the critical difference between a favorable outcome and a lasting serious injury or worse. These are simply the facts and our residents deserve full disclosure of the realities of delays in response if this levy were to fail. It is my responsibility to provide the best safety services possible while being fiscally responsible. We are meeting this goal. Even with the lowest operating cost per capita in the Westshore region, we continue to make changes to become more effective and efficient. We are utilizing cost-saving technologies and regional resources to improve the operations of the department. The passage of the levy will help us to continue our mission to protect the lives and property of the residents and businesses of Avon Lake. As your chief, I ask that you please learn the facts about this issue so you make an informed decision on Nov. 6.

To the Editor: Of the four men asking for our vote, who do you want your child to emulate? Do parents still pray their child is hard-working, successful, self-reliant, charitable and lives a clean lifestyle? Or do they pray for a contributing member of their local “Choom Gang” (Hawaiian slang for smoking pot), or engage in “a little blow when [they] could afford it.”? Which leads to more questions: What’s wrong with using our own oil, coal or natural gas? Is Brazilian oil better than Canadian oil? What country produces energy more efficiently or with greater care for our environment? What are we capping and why are we trading? Why wait to bring our troops home? Why not now? Who can’t get an ID? Was it free contraception that attracted our parents, grandparents to immigrate here? If not you, then who built it? Transparency? Why is our government suing one of our own states? Why did our government give weapons to Mexican drug cartels? Why do we give money to people killing us? Why do Communist dictators endorse President Obama? Is it good to have more people collecting unemployment and receiving food stamps? What is a “Saved Job” and where has this valuable statistic been all our life? What is a Czar? Who programs the Teleprompter? Who programs the Czar? When did a murdered United States Ambassador become a “Bump in the Road”? When did You Tube become so powerful, and freedom of speech so intolerant? Did Saul Alinsky write the Declaration of Independence? Is this administration responsible for anything and is a lie ever a lie? Why didn’t anyone ask exactly what he meant by Fundamental Change? What the Hell is going on today? … and did I mention … Joe Biden? Joe Spirnak Avon Lake

To the Editor: The Avon Local School District has been rated no less than “excellent” by the state department of education based on student achievement, growth, and graduation/attendance rates for the past 12 years! Since Avon is such an attractive community in which to raise a family, and since there is no building moratorium in sight, our schools are taking the brunt of increased enrollments every year. We are beyond trying to keep many courses and classrooms under 30 students. We are losing science and computer labs at the Heritage campus because they are needed for classrooms. At Avon Middle School half of the media center and other spaces have been remodeled into classrooms. There is nothing left to morph into one more classroom. And the foundation of our system, Avon Village School (kindergarten), circa 1926, cannot be modified, with three flights of stairs, to be a building with ease of accessibility, or climate control when the warm weather season begins. In a few short years, our students (starting in third grade) will be part of a new generation of rigorous online state assessments that will determine student growth and teacher performance. We need computer labs to stay intact, starting in kindergarten, for our elementary students to be ready in 2014-15 for those new assessments which will not only test math and reading skills but problem-solving and computer skills. We need science labs to stay science labs. We need students to be able to move in relative safety and comfort. We are supposed to prepare our students to be college and career ready (which starts in kindergarten) and not have the physical limitations of the buildings dictate the curriculum. We want to maintain our “excellent” rating which keeps the community’s property values at healthy levels!

Glen Eisenhardt, fire chief Avon Lake Fire Department


Take out the guesswork To the Editor: Solution to Sale of Alcohol to Minors recent newspaper articles in the Lorain County area have pointed out a consistent problem in the sale of alcohol to minors. Training and age of new clerk staff members has been suggested as being a part of the cause of this issue. Do young teens fully understand the ramifications to themselves or to the stores which they work? Can young teens adequately assess the age of a person? Are young teens mature enough to overcome fear and perhaps peer pressure in the sale of alcohol or tobacco for that matter? If all stores required that a valid ID must be presented for the sale of alcohol and tobacco, this would take any subjectivity out of the equation. Instead of announcing, for example , if you look younger than 40 we will request an ID, announce all sales require ID. Nearly all adult state of Ohio residents have a driver’s license or valid state of Ohio ID. Should a person not have a valid ID, or the ID appears to be suspicious, a senior-level store employee would be required to assess the age of the person in order to complete the sale. This suggestion takes the guess work out of the sales and will assist in allowing compliance for young or new clerks and all stores in general. Michelle Janollari Avon

Right-size the levy request To the Editor: The ongoing conversation about the EMS levy is not the constructive conversation that is needed. City officials and city employees prefer to wage a campaign of threats of paramedic layoffs, longer response times, and attacking levy opponents as misguided and dangerous. They fail to defend the increased costs and we know why. Rather than make responsible decisions they must believe it is easier to balance the budget on the backs of taxpayers. After holding a quiet, special election in mid-summer where only 10 percent of the taxpayers voted, city council responded, putting the same “all or nothing” 60-percent increase back on the ballot to scare voters into passing the levy or face personal risk. This is just plain wrong and not fair dealing with taxpayers. Since there is little fire activity, EMS was created to use idle fireman. The expense has increased steadily, 34 percent just since 2010. A third of EMS calls are not even for medical emergency services. Why aren’t we talking about more efficient, smarter options? Amherst and Lorain and open the market to LifeCare? LifeCare service is paid by users and reimbursements from their health insurance and Medicare insurance. Avon Lake collects insurance reimbursements but refuses to allocate them to the EMS fund to offset the need for a 60percent levy increase. Amherst and Lorain are very happy with LifeCare and taxpayers pay nothing. Avon Lake would immediately save $1.6 million! What would $1.6 million do for the budget? With $500,000 in increased income tax receipts the city can sustain EMS services and take the time to address real spending issues, develop an efficient taxpayer friendly plan and right size levy in the spring. Vote “NO” and let’s do this the right way. Jeff Riddell 25-year Avon Lake resident former member and chair, Civil Service Commission

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LETTERS, from page A7 This can all be done without increasing the tax rate. Vote Yes for Issue #31. Vicki Fisher Avon

Which do you pick? To the Editor: With the election fast approaching, I urge all Americans to watch the video on the following website. I also wish to ask you one question. Which of the two candidates for president, Obama or Romney, most closely resemble the ideals of the person in this video? Ted Rink Avon

Slippery slope of service To the Editor: I am writing this letter in support of Issue 10. On Nov. 6, we as a community will have an opportunity to make a critical decision affecting the future of Avon Lake. Each of us that votes will decide whether to spend our hard-earned resources to keep the community that we have great or to begin the slide down that slippery slope of reduced services and mediocrity. In 2011, the Avon Lake Fire Department responded to 2,158 incidents. Issue 10 is required to maintain the level of safety services that the city of Avon Lake is currently providing. Without the funds generated by this levy, the ability to protect residents with paramedic and fire services will be severely impacted. If this levy fails, programs may have to be reduced due to the significant reduction in our safety staff. Avon Lake will be forced to rely on our surrounding communities for emergency service help. The Avon Lake Fire Department, Mayor Zilka and members of council are dedicated to keeping our community a great place to live and work. Remember, when the levy passes: EMS, fire and city services will remain at their current levels; response times will remain the same; funds will be made available for equipment upgrades; and the option to choose your hospital remains. Let’s not be penny-wise and pound-foolish. Carl J. Dyczek Avon Lake

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GenOn stated the single reason for the closure was the excessive costs associated with complying with regulations issued by President Obama. The EPA issued regulations which intentionally make it very difficult for coal-fired power plants to operate economically. The EPA’s regulations were issued without balancing the beneficial impacts power plants have on communities against environmental concerns. Surely, environmental regulations could be issued for power plants that continue to clean up the air without completely shutting down these facilities. You may think this closure isn’t going to affect you, but you should think again. Mayor Zilka recently announced that the regional company (PMJ) tasked with ensuring an adequate supply of electricity guaranteed Northeast Ohio would have plenty of capacity after 2015, however, PJM didn’t address price, which is something that will impact everybody. I urge you to think about the impact of regulation on you and me, even from faraway places like Washington D.C. Loretta Vass Avon Lake

Avon Lake schools serve a variety of needs To the Editor: My sons reside on opposite sides of the bell curve. One is on the autism spectrum and struggles with cognitive issues and other challenges. The other is gifted and excels in many subjects and shows strong ability in the arts. At times, I feel I have to be two different types of parent to address their distinctive needs. However, they share one thing in common: both are served well by the Avon Lake City Schools. We picked Avon Lake solely on the strength of the schools. We have never regretted this decision. Avon Lake challenges every student, no matter his or her abilities. Those who need it get the extra support required to strengthen skills. Those who can go beyond are presented opportunities to expand their horizons. All students have the chance to excel and discover their gifts. To serve a diverse population well is a sign of a highly effective school district. The fact this is accomplished with constant attention to careful fiscal planning makes this achievement even more admirable. That is why I will vote yes on Issue 32 for the Avon Lake City Schools. Through no fault of its own, the school district has suffered a major loss of income that will continue. Only 17 of the 610 Ohio school districts lost a larger percentage of funding from FY11 to FY12. Despite continuing efforts to reduce costs, there is a significant gap in funds to be addressed in order to maintain the high quality Avon Lake education. Do I want to pay more taxes? No, but I’m willing to invest in this valuable resource to ensure it continues to serve our children, our grandchildren and our community. Everyone benefits, either directly or indirectly, from this incredible community asset. Please join me and vote YES on Issue 32. Amy Boyd-Kirksey Avon Lake

To the Editor: Avon is in great need of a new middle school. I am a seventh-grader that attends AMS. The teachers do a great job teaching with what they have at the middle school. However, the classrooms are so crowded, with about 30 kids to a classroom. When you walk down the main hallway you feel like sardines in a can, and it takes twice as long as it should to walk down the hallway. I would like a better place for my younger brother and sister to go to school. Please vote for issue 31. Thank you. Alex Wendling 'If it ain't broke ...' Avon To the Editor: In my corporate life, our family often relocated Which future is yours? which meant the educational system we moved into To the Editor: There has been a lot of discussion about the school would impact our children. My wife always took the levy. Consider this imaginary scenario: Avon Lake is lead to interview superintendents, principals and coundivided into two districts. People living in District A selors in the communities to which we relocated. Alvoted "yes" on the school levy. People living in District though not my first choice, we moved to Avon Lake B voted "no" on the school levy. Children living in Dis- because she decided that Avon Lake had the best school trict A attend a school district as it exists today. Chil- system in the area – bar none! My wife was wise in making this family decision as dren living in District B attend a school where $7.5 our four children were well educated in the Avon Lake million was slashed from the operating budget. Enrichment and Honors classes, Advanced Placement and School System. All have gone on to careers in law, pubmusic and art at the elementary schools have been lic relations and business. Without a strong school syseliminated. Core standards and curriculum were cut to tem this could not have happened. I believe when we the state minimum requirement. New residents moving relocated to Avon Lake the school system was on par into Avon Lake choose District A because of the edu- with private schools then and so it is now. Superintencational excellence in the public schools. House values dent Bob Scott and his team do a great job of preparing in District A rise accordingly. Meanwhile in District B, kids for life - they care! From a business perspective, I adhere to W. Edwards most extracurricular activities have been cut and kids are hanging out in neighborhoods and getting into trou- Deming’s tenet, “if it ain’t broke – improve it.” Bob ble. Residents in District B see their house values de- Scott and his team constantly meet this test! With the loss of millions of dollars from the closing cline. Which district would you chose to live in, of GenOn and state revenue, the Avon Lake School SysDistrict A or District B? Please support our children, our schools and our tem will be severely underfunded unless we pass Levy Issue 32. As a conservative, I expect organizations to community with a “yes” vote on Issue 32. Lisa Lisi do better before asking for more money but the proAvon Lake jected school revenue shortfall is too great to offset without sacrificing our educational system, dimming Policy impacts are far-reaching the future for our kids and making our community less To the Editor: desirable for all. On Feb. 29, 2012, GenOn announced it would close Curtis Weems its Avon Lake generating station in 2015. While some Avon Lake cheered this news, we must consider the severe impact the closing of the power plant will have on Avon Lake. Learn the details To the Editor: The closing will result in the loss of approximately Maintaining Avon Lake’s EMS/Paramedic services 80 jobs and $77,000 in income taxes. More troubling is are important in these financially challenging times. the impact the closure will have on property tax collection. One projection estimates the loss of $3.9 mil- After talking with Chief Eisenhardt and reviewing the lion dollars annually to the Avon Lake School District. current requirements of our Paramedics, I am supportLike residents, the plant pays other property taxes for ing Issue 10. If passed, the levy will increase from 1.25 mills to such things as EMS, the joint vocational school and 2.0 mills. Currently property owners pay $38.28 per county mental health services. Without the GenOn facility, our tax burden is going to increase if we want to year for each $100,000 of value. With the increase, property owners would pay $61.25 per year per keep the same level of city and school services.

$100,000, or an extra $1.91 per month per $100,000 of property value. The ballot language states a 1.25 replacement with a .75 increase in millage. If the levy fails, the entire amount fails, not just the proposed 0.75 mill increase. For more information, please visit the web site Please consider supporting Issue 10 to maintain our paramedic/EMS service. Tim Rush Avon Lake

Thanks for homecoming success To the Editor: My thanks to all who helped to make the 2012 Avon Lake Homecoming Festival a success, from those who participated to those who planned. And to the sponsors: Avon Lake City, Avon Lake City Schools, Kaiser Permanente and the Avon Lake Press. A special thanks to our excellent committee: Lisa Goodwin, Angie Starcher, Laury Stuebner, Jan VanWagner, Jim Grissinger and Phil LeDuc. Thank you all! Linda Moyse Avon Lake

Information is precious To the Editor: The most frustrating thing I have encountered as a newcomer to the political scene is the spread of misinformation by special interest groups and candidates for public office. I’m providing much needed information in response to comments made by a supporter of my opponent in Thursday’s “Reader Forum” section of the Sandusky Register. Contrary to my opponent, I have been consistent during this entire campaign concerning my comments on school funding and local government funds. I realize that it can be very difficult for voters to decipher which candidate (or candidate supporter) is telling the truth and which candidate is spinning the information to meet their own political agenda. For this reason, I will cite my source so that you may check them for accuracy. This information is neither supplied by my campaign team nor my political party. Here are the facts: 1.The budget leaves school districts with $2.9 billion less overall funding over the next two years. That means school districts will have 10.5 percent less total funding in 2012 and a 4.9 percent further decrease in the budget’s second year, forcing drastic cuts and property tax increases. 2. The budget reneges on “hold harmless” payments to schools during the phase-out period for Tangible Personal Property taxes, costing school districts $678 million over two years. 3. The budget provides $440 million less over the biennium to higher educat i o n . ( w w w. o h e a . o r g / t a l k i n g - p o i n t s - o n - o h i o s education-budget) Using these facts, I will continue to stick to my contention that “public education has been cut to the bare bones.” Matthew Lark Candidate for the Ohio House of representatives District 57

For the greater good of the country To the Editor: The political pundits (as well as average observers) have been puzzled by President Obama's substantial lead in the various polls (until just recently) despite his dismal performance in almost every area - $16 trillion in debt, continuing very high unemployment, the unraveling of his foreign policy as highlighted by the recent debacle in Libya with an apparent cover-up that would have resulted in an impeachment or resignation of a president of a different party, "Fast and Furious", numerous security leaks, delays in dealing with the BP Oil Spill, sharp increase in gas prices, and on and on. I think the only plausible explanation is the entitlement issue – people like to get free stuff and Obama has promised to keep the "freebies" flowing. While this attitude is understandable, I think most people agree that continuing to add a trillion dollars a year to our debt is not sustainable. In fact, the rate of debt increase might actually accelerate if Obama doesn't have to worry about re-election again (in the same manner that he will have "more flexibility" to work things out with Russia's President Putin regarding our missile defense system). I think it behooves all of us when we are considering our vote for president of the United States, to think not just about our short term personal interest, but also about the greater good of the country. Being willing to accept something less than the current level of entitlements (that cannot continue indefinitely) will hopefully enable us to preserve what is a better way of life than enjoyed by most of the rest of the world. If we don't do this and Obama is re-elected and the predictable outcome becomes a reality (Greece with riots in the streets), many will certainly blame Obama. But the real blame will lie with the people who chose to reelect him for their own self-interest. Jim Johnston Avon Lake

Vote Kalo, Kokoski To the Editor: On Oct. 4, the FORD UAW Local 2000 retirees voted to recommend the re-election of Ted Kalo and Lori Kokoski as Lorain County Commissioners.



LETTERS, from page A8 Ted and Lori have actively secured the state funds for the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant products that would bring a new unit to the plant keeping the plant open until 2025. Through Team Lorain County, Ted and Lori continue to bring jobs to Lorain County – in fact, over 2,500 new jobs over the last few years. They have been frugal with the monies entrusted in them while keeping the best interests of the residents of Lorain County in mind. They have been creative in securing funds to keep the Sheriff’s department and legal system working for the safety of the residents of Lorain County. They have worked with Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney in providing needed state funds to repair roads throughout Lorain County. They have shown compassion for the welfare of our animals by the recent adoption of the Community Protection Spay and Neuter Program for all dogs from the Lorain County Dog Kennel to be spayed and neutered prior to adoption. The over 6,800 retirees of FORD UAW Local 2000 felt it was important to continue the progress over the next four years and voted to recommend Ted Kalo and Lori Kokoski as our Lorain County Commissioners. We ask you to join us in voting for Ted and Lori. John D. Hunter president, FORD UAW Local 2000 retirees

Cardillo's rebuttal To the Editor: To correct a statistic from my last letter, Ben Bernanke plans to put $40 billion/month not $90 billion/month into the economy. The Washington Post is partially correct when it said the Catholic/Christian organizations

such as churches are exempt from the mandate (look up this word’s definition), however Catholic/Christian hospitals and social service organizations aren’t exempt and still have to provide the contraception/abortion service and this is a violation of their First Amendment rights of freedom of religion/ speech (and conscience). Another way this is a violation of our First Amendment rights is those of us who are opposed to this contraception /abortion mandate is that we end up providing the funds through our tax dollars, which are being used to fund Planned Parenthood and its agenda. As for Benghazi, recent developments prove that the White House, the State Department and Susan Rice knew almost immediately that the attack was planned and coordinated ahead of time by Muslim terrorists connected to Al Qaeda and failed to protect that embassy and our diplomats. They also knew that that area was unstable several months prior to the 9-11 attack (which had attacks previously). If a Republican was president and this happened during that president’s watch and that president (along with the State Department, etc.) was trying to cover it up like this administration is doing the left and the liberal media would have a field day, spouting off all kinds of outrace. Conservatives would also be up in arms if this happened on a Republican president’s watch. This administration’s cover up of the “Fast and Furious” fiasco (which resulted in the death of Brian Terry). Where’s the outrage from the left on this? My last point is Juego Chaves and the Communist Party of America (for the second time) endorsed Obama for president and that ought to tell us something about the real Barack Obama. It’s time for a real change! Tony Cardillo Avon Lake

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District hopes new middle school will be realized AVON By Rebecca Turman

Not sure how you’ll vote on Issue 31? Election Day is less than one week away. If any Avon voters have questions about the Avon Local School District’s bond issue request to build a new middle school, Avon Superintendent Mike Laub invites them to contact him personally. While the turnouts were low at the two recent community forums, overall Laub said he has had a lot of positive feedback over the past several months of promoting the issue, which asks voters to approve a 2.34-mill levy which would essentially allow the district to restructure bond debt so that the tax rate will not increase and Avon taxpayers would continue to pay the total 5.3 mills of district bond issued debt they currently pay. The owner of a $100,000 home would continue to pay $162.34 each year on the 5.3 mills. In a previous interview with The Press, Avon Local School District Treasurer Kent Zeman said if Issue 31 passes, residents will never pay more than 5.3 mills. In

fact, they could pay less over the years as new homes and new businesses move into the area. If passed, the bond issue would raise $32 million over 28 years in order to build a new middle school on district-owned property on Long Road that would house sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. “We are asking people to pay the same amount just a little longer,” Laub said of Issue 31. Asked if there is anything some voters may be confused about when it comes to the bond issue request, Laub said, “The biggest thing is it’s a no-new tax rate issue.” “It’s not the same bond issue that got voted down in March,” he said. “We are a district of 4,150,” Laub said. “We are going to be over 5,000 kids by 2020. We need the space and this is a really cost effective way to (account for growth in Avon.)” Laub said people have had questions about how the operating costs would change should a new school be built. With the enrollment growing, new teachers will have to be hired regardless of whether a

new school is built, he said. “We are not building a school to hire adults,” Laub said. “We are building a school to house kids. The building isn’t what dictates our staffing. The enrollment is what dictates the staffing. The kids are coming. We are going to have to adjust to that.” As far as foot traffic goes for campaigning this time around, Laub said it has increased tenfold. From the levy committee handing out literature at events or door-todoor to community forums, the committee website,, and facebook page to speaking engagements and local groups spreading the word, Laub said there has been a lot of support. Laub said he spoke to several individuals over the phone and was even invited to a few residents’ homes to talk about the issue. “I just think we really reached out to the voters so they have the right information,” he said. “I feel like people do have the general facts. If they don’t, they still are more than welcome to call me.” Laub can be reached at the board office at 440-9374680 or by email Contact Rebecca Turman at

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School board hears good news, bad news, no news and excellent news S HEFFIELD VILLAGE /S HEFFIELD LAKE By John Edwards

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools Treasure Don Breon presented the Board of Education with his latest five-year forecast at its Oct. 22 regular meeting. The good news is that the school district is solvent— for now. The forecast shows a healthy unreserved fund balance at (June 30, 2012) of $10,956,553 and $9,811,277 at the end of fiscal year 2012. The bad news is that the forecast projects declining balances over the next four years: $7,964,748 for 2013; $4,820,648 for ’14; $645, 248 in ’15; and in the red with a negative balance of -$4,344,152 by June 30, 2016. Breon pegged declining revenues that are outpaced by increasing expenditures, which are going up at a rate of 5.1 percent while revenues are falling at a rate of -2.4 percent annually for real estate tax revenue and a declining rate of -1.6 percent for other revenue sources, as the primary reasons for an anticipated deficit in 2016. Breon said his estimates would be further impacted (beginning next year) because of lowered real

estate valuations as a base for tax income due to the Lorain County Auditor’s recent revaluations. Breon said he’s figuratively holding his breath in the hope that the state’s phase-out (by gradual, yearly decreases) of business personal property tax revenue will continue t hold true for school districts; the State of Ohio has informed municipalities that as of next year the phase-out of that tax will cut municipal revenues (that had also been reduced gradually) abruptly to zero. Breon suggested the BOE consider asking for renewals of two emergency operating levies should be put on the ballot as soon as possible. They’d be eligible for the general election of 2014. Still the specter of asking for new money—which the board has not done for about a decade—looms in the near future, i.e. 2015 or 16 unless the pattern of decline is drastically changed by a general economic recovery. The ‘no news:’ MKC architect Dave Zeller said that the Ohio EPA is still sitting on the district’s wetland designation, The Army Corps of Engineers can’t issue a remediation permit until OEPA issues a designation so everything related to the new 7-12 school building project remains on hold. The excellent news came through Superintendent

Will Folger, who listed several recognitions of the student body’s progress starting with an “Excellent District” rating on this year’s Ohio Department of Education state report card. In addition, William Barr Elementary was rated “Excellent With Distinction,”Brookside High School (BHS,) Forestlawn and Tennyson Elementary Schools were all rated “Excellent Schools,” and Sheffield Middle School (SMS) was rated an “Effective School,” falling just short (in math) of earning an excellent designation. Knollwood Elementary School, home of the District’s pre-school, kindergarten and first grade students was not rated, as standardized testing is not required of those students. In addition, Battelle for Kids ( gave the District a 2012 SOAR Award for significant progress, the Ohio High Schools That Work (HSTW) ( and/or ( named BHS as the only school in the Ohio HSTW network to receive the 2012 HSTW Reading Exemplar Award, and HSTW’s middle school branch, Making Middle Grades Work (MMGW) awarded SMS its 2012 MMGW Rigorous Science Exemplar Award, the only middle school in the MMGW Ohio network to receive one. Contact John Edwards at

Ballot has four Charter amendments, including change to council terms AVON By Rebecca Turman

On Nov. 6, Avon residents will be asked to weigh in on four amendments to the Avon City Charter. Perhaps the most significant amendment would be the change to the length of terms for Avon City Council members. Issue 5 on the ballot would amend “Article IV, Section 1—The Council – Power, Election, Term” of the Charter. Should voters approve the amendment, council members would be elected for four year-terms instead of the two-year terms that have been in place in the city since 1961. The amendment would also stagger terms for at-large council members and ward council members. If approved, the City Council ward representatives would be elected during the 2013 regular municipal election for four-year terms. Initially, at-large representatives would be elected for two-year terms at the 2013 regular municipal election, but in the 2015 regular municipal election — and every fourth year thereafter — the at-large members of council would be elected for four-year terms. In a previous email interview with The Press, Avon Charter Review Commission Chairman Paul Miklovich said the commission believes moving to four-year terms would allow City Council members to focus more on city business rather than having to campaign every two years. As for staggering terms, Miklovich said the commission felt it would prevent the possibility of having council completely replaced at one time. Without staggering terms, if council was completely replaced, knowledge

and experience would be lost, he said. Issue 6 on the ballot pertains to “Article VI, Section 3- Civil Service Commission – Duties” of the Charter. More specifically, the amendment clarifies the Commission’s role when it comes to conducting tests, whether for positions within the city or promotions. The proposed amendment (in bold) to the Charter is as follows: “Any rules, including but not limited to those pertaining to testing of applicants for entry level positions or for promotions within the ranks, as well as the selection of those so tested, duly adopted by the Civil Service Commission pursuant to the Rules of the Commission are hereby deemed valid as a proper exercise of the City's home rule powers and shall supersede the requirements of any conflicting general laws of the State of Ohio or any conflicting legislation adopted by City Council, and shall only conform to the requirements of the Ohio Constitution.” Issue 7 is a Charter amendment that would affect the public bidding process for the city. If approved, the changes (in bold) to the Charter would be as follows: “Municipal personal property no longer needed for municipal purposes and having a value of $10,000 or less may be sold or disposed of in such manner as Council deems appropriate, without the necessity of public bidding, following a majority vote of the membership of the legislative authority on legislation listing the property to be sold or disposed. Municipal real property having a value of $25,000 or less may be sold or disposed of in such manner as Council deems appropriate, without the necessity of public bidding, following a majority vote of the membership of the legislative authority on legislation

listing the real property to be sold or disposed. No other disposal of Municipal real or personal property having a value greater than that set forth herein shall be made, except pursuant to contract with the highest and best bidder after public advertising and receipt of bids in the manner provided by ordinance, subject to limitations therein provided by the Constitution and laws of the state of Ohio.” Guidelines for the selection of the Avon Charter Review Commission would be changed if voters pass Issue 8 on the ballot. Each commission is selected no more than five years after the last commission was reviewed. Issue 8 would change the selection process so that, “The Charter Review Commission and Alternates A and B, as selected by the Selection Committee in subsection (c), shall be seated by the City Council on or before Jan. 31 of that succeeding year. Should City Council fail to act prior to Jan. 31, the Selection Committee’s appointments will be deemed seated as of that date,” according to the ballot language. The proposed amendment would also include a change (in bold) in wording stating, “The Commission shall meet the first Thursday of February, for a period not to exceed 150 days.” Contact Rebecca Turman at

Issue 9 Issue 9, if passed would permit the Sunday sales of wine and mixed beverages at GetGo in Avon, located at 1501 Traveler’s Pointe, between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight.

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Sen. Rob Portman stumps for Romney at Avon Lake Republican Victory Center AVON LAKE By Bryan Wroten

Before the news came out that presidential candidate Mitt Romney would visit Avon Lake High School, the city’s biggest connection to the campaign came from a visit early Friday morning by Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. Portman, arriving with a smile and boxes of Krispy Kremes, stepped off the Romney/Ryan campaign bus Friday morning to greet a crowd at the Republican Victory Center at Learwood Square. Avon Lake Councilman at Large Dan Bucci introduced the senator, having worked with Portman years ago when Portman was a U.S. representative. Bucci told the crowd Portman learned the value of hard work and free enterprise having watched his father grow a business. He praised Portman’s role as a sparring partner for Romney, citing the senator’s coaching for Romney’s performance in the three presidential debates. The Romney campaign has knocked on 28 times as many doors as the Republican presidential campaign did in 2008, Portman told those at the Victory Center, and he’s enjoying doing his part. “I’m a big fan of the door knock,” he said. “You can actually talk to people.”

ROMNEY, from page 1 right track and there’s no need for major change. This is a turning point for America. People wanting change on day one will vote for Paul Ryan and myself.” For those who want good jobs after graduating or those in their 40s, 50s and 60s wanting to keep their jobs, he said, the country needs to see entrepreneurs starting businesses and big companies growing, but the opposite is happening. One reason they’re not investing in America is they look around the world and see how much they would have to pay in taxes, he said. He wants to bring down the corporate tax rate from 35 to 25 percent, he said, and the individual rate down to that level as well, because most small businesses file as individuals. He criticized the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, saying more doctors would turn away new Medicare patients because the Medicare rates are so low. He also criticized the law’s cutting $716 billion from Medicare, promising to restore them. The $716 billion in cuts, according to PolitiFact, are not cuts in services; rather, they are reductions in Medicare spending over a span of 10 years, mostly to insurers and hospitals. The fact checking organization has rated Romney’s similar statements about cutting $716 billion from Medicare as “Half True.” Romney’s own running partner, Ryan, included the same cuts in his budget proposal. Addressing the high school students directly, Romney told them that when they graduate from college, they will likely have tens of thousands of dollars of student debt. Of those who graduate under the current presidential administration, he said, half won’t find a good job. “I will make sure they can get a good job,” he told the crowd. Romney, however, when speaking about student debt, did not directly address ways to reduce the cost of higher education or financial assistance for college students to reduce student debt, which has recently become one of the largest sources of debt in the country. In outlining his plan to create 12 million new jobs in his administration, Romney said he would take full advantage of oil, coal and natural gas for energy independence, open up trade with Latin America, make sure training programs help workers of today and schools prepare students for tomorrow, balance the budget and champion small businesses. This country is a place where people put themselves aside and work for something bigger, he said. He spoke of single mothers scrimping and saving now to make sure they can put a good meal on the table, of husbands and wives working opposite shifts or two jobs to clothe their kids and giving up giving each other Christmas presents so that their kids can have more. In ending his speech, Romney encouraged the crowd to donate to the Red Cross or other relief organizations to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. “I ask you who are here today to make a contribution to the Red Cross or a relief agency to help those in harm’s way,” he said. “We faced these kind of challenges before. This looks like another time to come together across the country.” Contact Bryan Wroten at and

He told of speaking with a woman at another Victory Center who was able to persuade four people who were still on the fence and leaning toward President Barack Obama to instead vote for Romney. He urged talking to friends, family and neighbors who are still undecided because everyone cares about their kids and grandkids and passing on a bright future to them, just as their parents and grandparents passed on to them. “Ohio can make the difference again,” he told the crowd. “If Virginia and Florida go our way, Ohio could be the deciding state again.” Portman urged them to vote early because it would free them up to help the campaign on Election Day. He said Romney knows people are worried about the direction in which the country is going, that America could become the next Greece with the national debt. What Obama said about Romney’s stance on the auto industry isn’t true, he said, explaining that Romney pushed for a structured bankruptcy with government guarantees on loans. In fact, Politifact rated Obama’s statement that Romney said he “would not provide government assistance to the U.S. auto companies, even if they went through bankruptcy” to be “Mostly False.” The fact-checking organization wrote that while Romney was vague, the government guarantees would count as assistance. Portman said Obama did exactly what Romney ad-

vocated for, a structured bankruptcy, but had the government get “heavily involved” with the bailout. The president isn’t telling the truth because he doesn’t want to focus on his own record, Portman said. The auto industry needs regulatory relief to become more globally competitive, he said, and health care costs are hurting it. Energy expansion, through oil, natural gas, coal and renewables, can keep energy costs down, which can help businesses. Following his speech, he met with people in the crowd, answering their questions and posing for pictures. Portman also gave time for one question from The Press about the GenOn Energy Inc. power plant in Avon Lake that’s scheduled to close in 2015, and what could be done with it, either as something new or keeping it open. The senator answered that he’s concerned about high energy costs with the closing of 12 coal plants in the state. While it’s important to keep the environment clean, he said, these plants need reasonable regulations and more time to make environmental improvements. A natural conversion for the power plant is more likely under a Romney presidency, Portman said, “in my view.” Contact Bryan Wroten at and

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COMMUNITY EVENTS AVON SENIOR CENTER The Avon Senior Center is located at 36786 Detroit Road. Call 440-934-2417 to RSVP.

Medicare and You This program will be presented at 10 a.m. Thursday. Find out about Medicare for 2013. RSVP by Monday by calling 440-9342417. Movie Friday Movie Friday is shown at 1 p.m. at the Avon Senior Center. Friday’s feature is “A Thousand Words.” Coffee and donuts Coffee and donuts takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Avon Senior Center. Soup, sandwich and bingo Soup, sandwich and bingo will be offered at 11 a.m. Nov. 8. Novotny Catering will provide chicken noodle soup and a choice of chicken salad on a croissant or roast beef with cheese on a croissant, chips, dessert and beverage. The cost is $7 per person ($10 for nonmembers). The deadline for reservations is Thursday. Knits-n-Wits Knits-n-Wits for advanced beginner crochet will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20. Intermediate knitting will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15. 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 440-934-1417 to reserve your space. A Riverside Christmas A Riverside Christmas will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 5. Enjoy a delightful day trip with a Christmas luncheon and matinee in Cambridge Springs, Pa. The trip will also include a stop at Campbell Pottery. The cost is $75 per person. The deadline for reservations is Monday. 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. SilverSneakers The SilverSneakers exercise program, where all exercises are performed standing or sitting in a chair, meets at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday. All equipment for the class is provided. Preregistration for the class is required. Tai chi class A tai chi class is held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 6. The cost for the eight-session series is $20 per person (flat fee). Tole painting An advanced tole painting class is held every Wednesday morn-

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ing 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 440930-4135 for additional information. For a complete list of senior events, visit

Wednesday morning movie The Wednesday morning movie will be shown at 10:15 a.m. Today’s feature is “Dark Shadows.” LifeShare A LifeShare blood drive will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Cleveland Ethnic Tour The Cleveland Ethnic Tour - Part 3 will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday. The cost is $65, and the trip departs from Bleser Park. The trip will highlight much of the late-1800s and early-1900s history that is hidden in plain sight. Sights will include the Cleveland stockyards, Gordon Square Arts District, House of Blues, Warehouse Dstrict, Terminal Tower and observation deck, an Italian lunch buffet and much more. 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. Dec. 12 through Jan. 23. The cost is $50 per resident and $60 per nonresident. To register for class, call 440930-4135 or visit 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 440-9304135 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 440-930-4135.

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 Christmas cards for soldiers and vets The Avon Lions Club is working with the American Red Cross to gather Christmas cards for soldiers both at home and overseas. After cards are made out and signed (do not put in an envelope), drop them off at the following locations: American Legion Post 211, 31972 Walker Road, in Avon Lake, or Taylor Rental, 37360 French Creek, and Avon Eye Design, 36840 Road, both in Avon. For pickup of a large amount of cards, call Jim at 440-933-5967. The program will run from Thursday through Dec. 1. In conjunction with this program, the Lions and American Legion Post 211 are committed to make sure every vet at the Veterans Home in Sandusky receives a Christmas card. There is a separate donation box at Post 211for cards made out to the Sandusky home. The Lions are looking for local groups such as Boy Scouts, bowling teams, church groups, etc., who would like to help out with these projects. For more information, stop by American Legion Post 211 from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, e-mail or call 440-9335967. Turkey raffle The Father Ragan Council of the Knights of Columbus of Avon and Avon Lake is hosting its 2012 annual turkey raffle Nov. 15 at 1783 Moore Road in Avon (next to B.J.’s). Doors open at 6 p.m.; drawing begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $3. Tickets are 50 cents each for a chance to win a turkey or ham with a 10-lb. bag of potatoes. There will be door prizes, and beverages will be available. Bring your friends and join the fun. Entertainment books The Isabella Ladies Guild of the Fr. 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 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 SEE BULLETIN BD., PAGE B14

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BULLETIN BD., from page A13 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 Historical Society The Avon Historical Society will hold its annual meeting of the Intersociety of the Lorain County Historical Society at 5:30 p.m. (dinner at 6 p.m.) Thursday at the Lorain County Metro Parks Carlisle Reservation Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road in LaGrange (west of SR 301). Jim Smith, LCHS education coordinator, will pres-

ent “The Election of 1912: The Year of the Bull Moose.” For more information, call Jean Fischer at 440-934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 440-9340224.

Flu clinic The Lorain County General Health District will offer a flu clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Avon Heritage North Elementary School, 35575 Detroit Road. According to the CDC, all people 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine. For more information, visit or call 440-322-6367. Create a gingerbread house The French Creek Development Association is joining with Becky Rink, owner of All About the Cake, to add a new venue to the holiday festivities in Avon – a gingerbread house competition. At 1 p.m. Saturday, Rink will demonstrate how to create and decorate a gingerbread house at the Old Town Hall, located at the corner of Stoney Ridge and Detroit roads. The contest will be held Dec. 1 during the Candlelite Walk weekend when Santa comes to town. This event is open to all ages. For rules and more information, visit There is no charge to enter the contest, but there will be prizes for the winners.

Miller Nature Preserve Conservatory The Miller Nature Preserve Conservatory offers a variety of programs in November. A watercolor pencil-drawing class will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday. This is a four-part series. Bring a sketch pad, #2 pencils, a good eraser and watercolor pencils. Preregistration is required by Thursday. The fee is $10 for members and $13 for nonmembers. The Garden Sprouts will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Preschoolers with an adult will learn about palm trees through a story, craft and activities. Admission is $2. Children under 42 inches are free. The Christmas Craft Showcase will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10. Refreshments and food will also be available. For more information, call Carey Henderson at 440-458-5121. The Miller Nature Preserve Conservatory is located at 2739 Center Road (SR 83). ‘Pizza for a Cause’ The Support Avon Schools organization and Coleone’s Pizza have teamed up for “Pizza for a Cause.” Next Tuesday, Election Day, eust mention Support Avon Schools, and Coleone’s will donate 25 percent of your purchase to the group. Dinein, pickup or delivery. Coleone’s Pizza and Subs is

CHURCH N EWS AVON Avon Church of God The Avon Church of God will present a series on the book, “Why Churches Die: Diagnosing Lethal Poisons in the Body of Christ.” It will be presented during regular Sunday evening services at 6 p.m. for the next several weeks. Many evangelical churches today are spiritually dying from within. This series will help you identify those areas and how these spiritual illnesses can be remedied. The church will be using the book as a guide to study what the Word of God says concerning these illnesses. The church is located at 37445 Detroit Road in Avon. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 440-308-8037. Homemade pumpkin rolls will be on sale through Thanksgiving for $10 each. Firstcome, first-served. To reserve pumpkin rolls, call 216-965-1459. Family Fall Festival Avon Christian Heritage Church, 36465 Chester Road, will host its annual Family Fall Festival from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. This free family event will feature bounce houses, a hay maze, pumpkin carving/decorating, hot dogs, candy and prizes. For more information, call 440-934-5678 or visit

Sunday evening worship Avon United Methodist Church, 37711 Detroit Road, is offering a new evening worship opportunity Sundays at 5:30 p.m. This worship service will allow for more casual dress and an informal structure with a relevant Biblical message to apply to everyday life. Contemporary Christian music will be sung. This will provide not only an alternative hour, but a change for those who would like a little less formality, while spending time with others seeking to know more about God. For more information, call 440-934-5121 or visit

AVON LAKE 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. Nov. 15 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 440-933-6240. ‘Catholics Coming Home’ St. Joseph Catholic Church, 32929 Lake Road, will host a series called “Catholics Coming Home” on consecutive Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. now through Nov. 15. Whatever

the reasons that may have caused you (or someone you know) to wander, the church wants you back. Think about attending this free session where you are invited to take another look and to consider a return to the way, the truth and the life. Questions will be answered and updates on the Catholic faith will be provided within an informal and welcoming atmosphere. For more information or to register, call Patricia at 440-930-5676 or Kevin at 216-496-5099. 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 SHEFFIELDSHEFFIELD LAKE

Soup and sandwich luncheon A soup and sandwich luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at Sheffield Lake United Church of Christ, 603 Sunset Ave. There is a choice of two soups, two sandwiches, assorted pies and beverages for a cost of $5.50.

located at 2424 Ridgeland Drive (off Detroit Road, between the Little League fields and Avon Village School). Contact Coleone’s at 440-9372653.

French Creek Development meeting The French Creek Development Association will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Old Town Hall, located at the corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge roads. Due to the election, the meeting has been moved from the first Tuesday of the month to Wednesday for this month only. These meetings are open to the public. Come and help plan events and the bicentennial in 2014. Taste of Chili Cook-Off The Taste of Chili Cook-Off fundraiser will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Folger Home in Veterans Park. Advance-sale tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children age 4 to 10 (at the door $10/$5). For more information and tickets, call Pat Fellure at 440-933-6409. All proceeds directly benefit the Thomas Folger Home, a Lorain County Historic Landmark. Lupus support group The Lupus Foundation of America Inc.’s Avon Area Support Group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Cleveland Clinic Richard E. Jacobs Health Center, Room 103, 33100 Cleveland Clinic Blvd. Model train display During the Candle Lite Walk weekend in Avon and on Dec. 1, there will be a model train display from 2 to 8 p.m. at Avon Isle. The display will feature working railroads in various scales. The display is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the not-for-profit French Creek Development Association. Turkey Dash fundraiser The Karen P. Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation’s ninth annual Turkey Dash 5K run/walk will be held Nov. 22 at Avon High School. The race starts at 9 a.m. Registration is $23 for adults and $18 for children 12 and younger. New this year is “chip timing.” Awards go to the top three male and female overall finishers and to three in each m/f age division (9 and younger, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, …70-74, 75-79, 80+). Free T-shirts to the first 1400 registered. Pumpkin pie, water, fruit, coffee and hot chocolate to all participants. All proceeds benefit women and their families in Northeast Ohio struggling with the financial burden of a breast cancer diagnosis. Register online at For more information, call 440-933-7621 or e-mail 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 SEE BULLETIN BD., PAGE A15

D IRECTORY O F L OCAL C HURCHES Avon Lake Printing 227 Miller Road 1-800-231-1431 Avon Lake 933-2800

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services 32000 Detroit Rd., Avon 163 Avon Belden, A.L. 933-3202

Detzel’s Garage 32094 Detroit Road Avon 937-5261

Dr. Mark D. Gould - Podiatrist 32730 Walker Road Avon Lake 933-4021

Ken & Lois Kodger—Keller Williams Realty We’ll give 10% of our commission to YOUR charity! Call us for details 440-933-TEAM (8326)

Landings Animal Hospital Dr. Kris Taylor - 933-2148 516 Avon Belden, Avon Lake

To advertise your business in the Church Directory call



HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH 32625 Detroit Road, Avon 440-937-9602



2640 Stoney Ridge Road, Avon 440-934-4212


FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH 2265 Garden Drive, Avon 440-934-4710

AVON LAKE CAMPUS 321 Lear Road, Avon Lake 440-323-4644



37711 Detroit Road, Avon 440-934-5121

32607 Electric Blvd. Avon Lake ............440-933-8828

1430 Lake Breeze Road Sheffield ................440-949-7888

36465 Chester Road, Avon 440-934-5678

HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH 410 Lear Road, Avon Lake 440-933-3777

633 Harris Road Sheffield Lake....440-949-6398





37445 Detroit Road, Avon 440-308-8037

NEW COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH 35575 Detroit Road, Avon 440-933-8230

32747 Lake Road Avon Lake ............440-933-6263



32340 Electric Blvd. Avon Lake ..............440-933-6240

38665 French Creek Road Avon ..........................440-934-6060



33119 Electric Blvd. Avon Lake ............440-933-5238

33601 Detroit Road, Avon 440-937-5363



32929 Lake Road Avon Lake ..............440-933-3152

2575 Stoney Ridge Rd., Avon 440-934-6252

PROVIDENCE CHURCH 35295 Detroit Road, Avon 440-937-5001

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 32801 Electric Blvd. Avon Lake ............440-933-3241

715 Harris Road Sheffield Lake ....440-949-7744



4792 Oster Road, Sheffield 440-949-2620

NEW HAVEN BAPTIST 5290 French Creek Road Sheffield ..................440-934-4293

SAINT TERESA CATHOLIC CHURCH 1878 Abbe Road, Sheffield 440-934-4227

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 603 Sunset & Richelieu Sheffield Lake ....440-949-5171

CHURCH OF GOD, SHEFFIELD THE CHURCH LOVE IS BUILDING 2280 North Abbe Road Sheffield ..................440-934-6992

Misencik Funeral Home 36363 Detroit Rd. Avon 440-934-8000

Paint & Paper Place 32745 Walker Road Avon Lake 933-3111

See-Thru Window Cleaning Co. Let Us Make Your Panes Sparkle 933-2998

Bob Allen Insurance 33399 Walker Rd., Ste. B Avon Lake 440-933-5223

Tom’s Country Place Catering 3430 Stoney Ridge Rd. Avon 934-4553

Wendy’s 439 Avon Belden Road Avon Lake


BULLETIN BD., from page A14 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 Those interested in donating platelets should call 800356-3339. ‘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.

ALPD/AL Kiwanis candy handout The Avon Lake Police Department will once again host Avon Lake Kiwanians in its patrol cars Halloween Night (tonight) to pass candy to the trick-or-treaters. The Avon Lake Kiwanis Club will provide all the candy as members ride along with the police department. This is the 16th consecutive year for this program in Avon Lake.


Thanksgiving food drive Furrer & Associates and M.J. Baker & Associates are holding a Thanksgiving food drive beginning Thursday through Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All donations will benefit Community Resource Services of Avon/Avon Lake. Drop-offs may be made at Furrer & Associates, 28045 Clemens Road, Suite B, in Westlake or at M.J. Baker & Associates, 130 South Point Drive in Avon Lake. For more information, call 440-933-5000. Mattress fundraiser The Avon Lake High School bands will host their second annual mattress fundraiser from 10 am. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the commons area of Avon Lake High School. Mattresses are brand- new, high-quality and have outstanding warranties, as well as deep discouts of 30 to 60 percent below retail stores. All sizes, including special sizes, are available. Prices start at $199, and there will be 15 to 20 to choose from. The mattresses can be delivered or picked up at the company’s warehouse about two weeks after the sale. The company accepts all forms of payment, including credit and debit cards, checks or cash. The sale is open to all. ‘Home for the Holidays’ “Home for the Holidays,” a food and wine tasting event, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Wood Fire Grille by Flavor the Town. This will be a great opportunity to try out local restaurants, caterers and wine. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $25 (advance sales only). Proceeds benefit the program of Easter Seals Northern Ohio, which allows children and adults with disabilities and other special needs to live, learn, work and play in the community. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call Denise or Terri at 440-324-6600. Bloodmobile The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will accept donations at the Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd., from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, visit the Red Cross website at Those interested in donating platelets should call 800-356-3339. Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 7 at Avon Lake Public Library, 32469 Electric Blvd. A pinecone wreath workshop will be held after lunch. Club member Jo’C Walker, nationally accredited flower judge, will help members design a pinecone wreath. Members of the Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club will attend the

Garden Club of Ohio’s holiday program Nov. 9 at St. Michael’s Woodside in Broadview Heights. On Dec. 5, Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club members will enjoy a Christmas luncheon at the Legacy Club. The program will be “Creative Design.” If interested in joining the members at the meeting or for more information about the club, call 440933-0893.

Infinity fundraiser Infinity Athletic Boosters will hold a Mexican Fiesta fundraiser to benefit the athletes at Infinity Athletics, Avon Lake’s No. 1 All-Star cheer team, from 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 10 at Casita del Lago, 33493 Lake Road. Tickets are $20 and include a Mexican buffet, draft beer, cash bar, raffles and DJ. For tickets, call Infinity at 440-933-4422. Coffee House Conversation The National Kidney Foundation serving Ohio and DaVita Dialysis announce a Coffee House Conversation taking place Nov. 10 at Independence Village, 345 Lear Road. Patients diagnosed with stage 3, 4 or 5 (dialysis) chronic kidney disease are invited for breakfast and conversation with health care professionals who will answer your questions and to meet other individuals in the same situation. Feel free to bring a family member. Seating is limited. To RSVP, contact Amy Solmos Wayne at 440-933-4909 or e-mail Lively Avon Lakers The Lively Avon Lakers will hold its luncheon at noon Nov. 14 (one week early because of Thanksgiving) at the Legacy Restaurant of Sweetbriar Golf Club. The menu includes the Legacy salad, pasta and meatballs with garlic bread, beverage and pumpkin pie for dessert. The luncheon cost is $10 per person. The speaker will be Janet Bird, a representative from the Lorain County Historical Society, who will talk about old hats, both men’s and women’s. For reservations, call Betty at 440-933-6371 or Sophie at 440933-9879. The December luncheon will be held Dec. 19, with Susan Starek playing Christmas music on the harp. Metro Parks community meeting The Lorain County Metro Parks will hold a community meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric

Blvd. Residents are asked to participate in the Park User Survey as part of the development of the park district’s 10-year plan. For more information, call 440-458-5121.

Family Life Series TrueNorth’s Family Life Series presents “13: A Musical,” opening Nov. 9 at the French Creek Nature Center. Show times are at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets purchased in advance are $14 for adults, $8.50 for children 17 and younger. Tickets may be purchased the day of the performance for $16 and $10. French Creek Nature Center is located at 4530 Colorado Ave. in Sheffield Village. For tickets or more information, call 440-949-5200 or visit The musical runs through Nov. 18. Turkey raffle St. Teresa of Avila Church will host its second annual turkey raffle Nov. 9 at the Parish Life Center. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the first spin of the wheel starting at 7. The Parish Life Center is located at 1878 Abbe Road, at the corner of Abbe Road and Colorado Avenue in Sheffield. The Ladies’ Altar and Rosary Society, with the help of their husbands, will host the event. The prizes include numerous prime ribs, whole hams, 14- to 16-pound turkeys and 5-pound packages of premium bacon. Admission is free and beverages will be provided. Please bring your own snacks to enjoy at your table. TrueNorth noontime concerts TrueNorth Cultural Arts and Lorain County Metro Parks present their noontime concert series from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at the French Creek Nature Center. Back for their third noontime concert, The Sunrise brings original contemporary Christian music along with a selection of classic rock and folk music. The concert series is free to all. For more information, call 440-949-5200 or visit French Creek Nature Center is located at 4530 Colorado Ave. in Sheffield Village.

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Gingerbread House Decorating Demo Provided by Becky Rink Saturday, November 3rd 1:00 p.m. Old Town Hall Corner of Stoney Ridge & Detroit Roads

3x4 Becky Rink, local Cake Artist & owner French Creek of “About the Cake”, demonstrates the Develop art of building a Gingerbread House. Sign up to enter your own creation in a Gingerbread Competition to be held on Saturday, December 1st. Entries will be divided into three age categories: up to 12, 12 to 17 and 18 & up. Sponsored by French Creek Development Association For Event details, visit Thank you for shopping local this holiday season!


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