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BULLETIN BOARD Thursday, April 18 • OBERLIN: Indian musician Rajeev Taranth will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at Finney Chapel, 90 North Professor St. Taranth is hailed as one of the world’s leading exponents of the sarod. The disciple of maestro Ali Akbar Khan masterfully brings the depth and rigor of the tradition of Hindustani classical music with an inspired imagination and emotional intensity to his work. Admission is $5 for the public or $2 with an Oberlin College ID. • OBERLIN: The Oberlin Brass Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at Warner Concert Hall, 77 West College St. Roland Pandolfi will lead the ensemble in movements from Handel’s “Water Music Suite,” a sonata by Gabrielli, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles,” and selections from a new piece by Cody Gray. • OBERLIN: The Indigenous Peoples’ Day committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Oberlin Public Library. There will be discussion of upcoming events and possibly election of officers, especially a treasurer to register the committee as a nonprofit and help achieve other goals. • OBERLIN: Members of the Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund will talk about their courtyard garden project and others at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at Kendal at Oberlin’s Heiser Auditorium. The Oberlin High School jazz club will provide entertainment. • NORTH RIDGEVILLE: The Women Business Owners Network will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at Don Mould’s Plantation, 34837 Lorain Rd. Laura Walker of Don Mould’s Plantation will give a presentation on hydrangeas. The business spotlight will be on massage therapist Alise Excell. Be sure to take dinner. Also, take business cards and literature for an exchange. BULLETIN BOARD PAGE A3
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Activist Susan Kaeser speaks on high-stakes school testing while Oberlin principal Michael Scott listens.
Panel weighs in on state testing JONATHAN DELOZIER REPORTER
Changes to the structure and implementation of Ohio state testing are needed, according to a panel of school officials who gathered April 9 in Amherst. Their verdict: Today’s testing environment comes with far more pressure than what they faced as students — and testing results are often used as a means of threat and sanction from the state rather than a way to help those who need it the most. The League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area hosted the talk at Cole’s Public House on South Main Street. Invited to field questions from a moderator and audience members were Oberlin Schools superintendent David Hall, Oberlin High School principal Michael Scott,
community activist Susan Kaeser, retired schools test coordinator Gloria Buxton, and Ohio Board of Education member Kirsten Hill. Hall said standardized tests don’t take “bad days” into account, but they should. He recalled crying one day in the fourth grade during his parents’ divorce: “My teacher pulled me out of the classroom to talk to me. He was a mentor for me. I can’t even fathom taking these tests that day. I would’ve bombed the test.” Any time you have an accountability system based on test scores that don’t account for differences in student opportunity, you’re going to be biased against certain types of communities, said Kaeser, She pointed to state data that has drawn a strong correlation between between higher median
incomes and better district scores on the state’s annual report cards. A 2017 study revealed that Ohio districts that scored an A for achievement had average household median income of $70,979. As median wealth declined, so did report card grades. Districts earning B’s came in at $55,398, C’s at $42,253, D’s at $35,824, and F’s at $27,879. The Amherst Schools earned an overall B grade in the latest round of report cards and a C for achievement. According to census data, the city averaged a $68,159 median household income and nine percent poverty rate between 2013 and 2017. Over that same period, Oberlin has averaged $51,117 with a 23.5 percent poverty rate. The public schools there earned a C overall and D for achievement on its SCHOOL TESTS PAGE A2
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OBITUARIES Linda J. Bliss
Linda J. Bliss (nee Walter), 70, of LaGrange, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Keystone Pointe in LaGrange, following a lengthy illness surrounded by her family. She was born July 15, 1948, in Elyria and was a 1966 graduate of Midview High School. Linda enjoyed doing crafts, collecting Precious Moments, bingo, cards, and watching her grandsons play baseball. Survivors include Don D. Jr.; daughter, Tammy (Dean) Lottman of LaGrange; son, Don S. (Lisa) of Wellington; and grandchildren Ryan, Robbie, and Ben. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo Sr. and Olevia Walter (nee Schaefer); sister, Marie McCartney; and brother, Leo Walter Jr. Burial was held at River Rd. Cemetery, LaGrange Township. In lieu of flowers, family suggests those who wish may make donations in Linda’s name to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1422 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113 or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 10819 Magnolia Dr., Cleveland, OH 44106. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.laubenthalmercado. com.
Ira S. Steinberg
Ira Sherman Steinberg, age 86. Beloved husband of 63 years to Priscilla Steinberg (nee Sawyer); father of Daniel Steinberg (Kimberli deceased), Jill Steinberg, and Ethan Steinberg (Rona); brother of Eve Eisman (Jeffrey deceased), Jon Steinberg (Marilyn Richards), and Barry Steinberg (Cathy); grandfather of Margaret Sawyer, the late Elena Steinberg, and Eli Steinberg; uncle of Ben Eisman, Cindy Jackson, and Mark Steinberg; cousin to many. Educated at Boston Latin, Brandeis University (BA), and Harvard University (EdD in Philosophy of Education), Ira enjoyed a career in the education and philosophy departments at Oberlin College as well as 11 years in the dean’s office. He enjoyed a number of activities such as hunting, fishing, opera, classical music, fine dining, and all sports. Donations in memory of Ira should be sent to the Community Foundation of Lorain County, 9080 Leavitt Rd., Elyria, OH 44035. A memorial service at Kendal at Oberlin will be scheduled later this year.
Gabriella “Ella” Bachnika (nee Keresztes), age 93, of Oberlin, passed away peacefully at the Welcome Nursing Home on the afternoon of Friday April 5, 2019. Born in Romania on July 4, 1925, Ella had been a longtime resident of Oberlin. For more than four decades she oversaw the plant department at the Ben Franklin Store in Oberlin; affectionately known as the Plant Lady by patrons of the store, Ella retired in 2000. In her free time, Mrs. Bachnika enjoyed a variety of hobbies and interests including flower arranging, gardening, bird watching, and crafting. In addition, she displayed a passion for pitting her luck against scratch-off lottery tickets. She is survived by her sister, Eva Kramar of Elyria, along with longtime friend and confidante Frieda Cassada of Oberlin. Ella also leaves nieces Pearl Novak, Shirley Beatty, Susan Henkel, Christine Henkel, and Lisa Gasier; nephews Anthony “Tony” Kramar and Charles Vegh; along with a host of great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolf Bachnika in 1994; parents, Arpad and Ida (nee Bathory) Keresztes; sister, Magda Vegh; and infant brother, Loci. Services were held Tuesday, April 16 at the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, Lorain. The Rev. Peter Toth, pastor of the Hungarian Reformed Church, officiated. Burial was at Brookdale Cemetery in Elyria. Ella’s family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at the Welcome Nursing Home and Mercy New Life Hospice for the kindness and care they exhibited during her residency with them. The family suggests contributions in Mrs. Bachnika’s memory to Heritage House of Oberlin. To share your memories and condolences with the Bachnika Family, please visit www.gluvna. net. We offer obituary publishing services at a low rate of $8 per column inch. For families that do not wish to pay for an obituary, we offer free death notices. For information, call 440-775-1611.
FROM A1 2018 report card. Hill and other panel members talked about the Fair School Funding Plan, a proposal making its way through the General Assembly. It would overhaul funding mechanisms for public school districts while adding as much as $720 million to their budgets over the next two fiscal years. Oberlin would gain another $400,000 per year under the new formula while Amherst would see another $1.2 million annually. “It’s amazing how it’s been 22 years since something was declared unconstitutional and nothing has happened,” said Hall, referencing the 1997 decision in DeRolph v. State of Ohio. At its conclusion, the Ohio Supreme Court ordered state officials to make school funding
rely less on property taxes. “You break the law for 22 years and it keeps going on,” Hall said. “The current formula, from what I understand with all the caps and guarantees, it’s a running joke that nobody can figure it out,” Hill said. “How things are being funded now isn’t necessarily the same as during the DeRolph case. The current funding formula hasn’t been tested to see if it’s constitutional. It’s multiple iterations later.” Buxton and Scott said they watch testing and test preparation increase stress among students. “There is a great deal of difference now from a social-emotional side of things,” said Scott. “Our students show up prepared to do their best but you can just feel the exhaustion afterwards. It’s a high-stress scenario.” “We used to be measured by
our grade point average,” Buxton said. “That GPA was so important. We received our grades from our teachers, who were the clinicians and experts in the classrooms. I thought about how creative they were and the different models they used to make school a happy place. Now it’s more of a drudgery. The children are exhausted. The teachers are spending time teaching to the test.” In May, the local League of Women Voters chapter will vote on a proposed update to its position on state education standards. Changes include better consideration for students with disabilities and those who are learning English, not using state tests in high-stakes determinations such as grade promotion and graduation, and not linking funding to district test performance.
New crime lab tech
The Lorain County crime and drug laboratory is using new Livescan technology installed in March. Through a partnership with the county commissioners and domestic relations court, the lab is offering fingerprinting of juveniles and defendants on site. Juvenile defendants are fingerprinted using a digital scanner and the results are sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information. "It is gratifying to know that with the collaboration of many different government agencies we were able to provide a solution to an issue that affected every Lorain County law enforcement agency," said Avon Lake police chief Duane Streator, president of the Lorain County Chief's Law Enforcement Officers Association. "While it has benefited each agency, ultimately it has benefited every community and citizen in Lorain County." The crime lab has been in operation since 2006 and also conducts drug analysis, urine screening, and blood and alcohol testing for intoxicated driving cases.
Eight decades deep and counting March was the month of my 80th birthday. I grew up in a hilly and woodsy section of semi-rural Ohio. A neighbor’s car rolled down one of those hills and into a lake. When retrieved by a wrecker, the car was full of fish. A wag called out, “That’s a heck of a way to go fishing.” My best buddy grow- PAST IS PRESENT ing up was my mongrel JAMES BURNS mutt Bimbo. An older brother and sister were my mentors, both excelling in sports. So I followed in their footpaths, though my career in team sports had, shall we say, an inauspicious beginning at age nine. I had never before been on an indoor basketball court with baskets at both ends. So when I got the ball at midcourt and saw all the other players in front of me but no one behind me, I whirled and drove to the unguarded basket, scoring my first basket for the other team. What I heard as my coaches yelling “GO, GO, GO!” was their screaming “NO, NO, NO!” Live and learn. My last field goal in competitive play was equally memorable. I had made the freshman and varsity teams at Michigan but was a bencher, not having gotten into a single varsity game my sophomore year. When we played Ohio State down in Columbus, I visited with a high school classmate before the game. She said she and her roommates would do a rain dance to break the drought of my not getting into a game. And it worked. With four minutes left in the game, Rich Robbins twisted his ankle and I finally got the call to get onto the court — and play with four starters. So when I tell people that I “averaged a point a minute in the Big Ten,” they better believe it. Four minutes, four points, including a basket at the buzzer. Didn’t win the game but it was memorable. I’ve been surrounded by women with wings for much of my life. My sister still flies an airplane at age 80-plus and my high school English teacher flew hers until age 93. She’s now 105, able to live on her own, and visits with me on the phone once a month. And my wife also has wings — she’s an angel. And she’s also the Ohio State coed who engineered the rain dance. We have three sons, a musician, an archaeologist, and a therapist for autistic men at a state institution. My writing career began at the proverbial office water fountain. I had just returned from a sabbatical in Northern Ireland and was eager to share my experiences in that British-Irish cauldron of conflict. I encountered Hugh Cunningham, my university’s director of communications, and he said he’d “guarantee me a read” by an editor at The-then St. Pete Times if I wrote up my story. I did and got a Sunday feature several weeks later. One of my richest resources for writing was a set of family letters written by my Scots-Irish ancestors in the north of Ireland. When their son joined an uncle — who had gotten here to America by being shanghaied by the British Navy — in southwest Pennsylvania in 1792, they wrote a series of letters to that son, 18 of which survived plus one that the son wrote back to his parents in Ireland. However, these rag-paper parchments at one time had been lost, waiting patiently to be rediscovered. My father found half of them in a shoebox in his aunt’s closet when she died in 1928. And a cousin found the other half in a metal box under a hay mound in a barn. The barn was being torn down and the cousin heard a metal tinkle when he moved the mound of hay with a forklift. Miracle? Maybe so. But then Rich Robbins doesn’t often twist his ankle either. These letters offer the same advice I do for a full and fruitful life — faith, family, and friends. Here’s parental advice from these 1790s letters — “They that seek the Lord shall truly find him. Be watchful of what company you keep as bad company is the beginning of many evils.” My constant companion is God’s agent — my wife truly is an angel. James Burns is an Ohio native, a retired professor at the University of Florida, and a frequent contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BULLETIN BOARD FROM A1 For reservations, contact Excell at 440-864-3279 or email@example.com. • OBERLIN: A Suzin L. Chocolatier fundraiser featuring Easter selections will be held by the Mercy Health Allen Auxiliary from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 in the Mercy Health Allen Hospital lobby.
April 18 and 27 • OBERLIN: A workshop on a new Oberlin-focused genealogy database with more than 57,000 individuals will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 and again on Saturday, April 27 at the Oberlin Public Library, 65 South Main St. The 30-minute introductory training workshop, offered by the Oberlin Heritage Center, will focus on the Family Tree Maker database. It is free and open to anyone. If you have ancestors who lived in Oberlin or are researching Oberlin history, this file may be a big help to you. For more information, call 440-774-1700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 19 • OBERLIN: A gallery talk will be offered at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, April 19 at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, 87 North Main St. Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art,will focus on a work in the exhibition “The Body is the Map: Approaches to Land in the Americas After 1960.” Meet in the central gallery of the museum. • ELYRIA: An Earth Day celebration will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 19 at the Spitzer Conference Center, Lorain County Community College, 1005 North Abbe Rd. Guests can explore vendors and exhibits during the open market from 10 a.m. to noon, including appearances by the Lorain County Farm Bureau, the Black River Audubon Society, Bay Branch Farm, Our Little World Alpacas, Gateway Pharms, Citizens Climate Lobby and more. Guests will enjoy a garden stroll and the documentary film “Farmers for America” during the afternoon session. This event is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by NEO LaunchNET and the Sustainable Agriculture Program at LCCC. For more information, contact Ruby Beil at 440366-7222 or email@example.com, or visit www. lorainccc.edu/earthday.
Saturday, April 20 • AMHERST: The Amherst Lions and Leo Clubs’ annual community Easter egg hunt will be held Saturday, April 20 at Maude Neiding Park. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 10:30 a.m. for pictures and the hunt will begin at 11 a.m. The hunt is for children 10 years old and under. There will be separate hunt areas for toddlers to age three, ages four to six, and ages seven to 10. Parking is limited. Be sure to arrive early or park in an alternate location. The Lions will also collect used, unwanted eyeglasses to help those who need them. The Leo Club will also support the local Buddy Up Tennis program by collecting contributions near the Easter Bunny. Buddy Up Tennis is a special fitness program for children and adults with Down syndrome. • OBERLIN: A “Freedom’s Friends” docent training workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20 at the Oberlin Heritage Center. Learn about Oberlin’s role in the history of abolition and the Underground Railroad and how to present it in the format of a 90-minute walking tour through historic neighborhoods surrounding downtown Oberlin. • OBERLIN: A free community hot meal will be served from 5-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at Grace Lutheran Church, 310 West Lorain St. One and all are invited. No age limit. • WELLINGTON: An Easter brunch will be served from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 at the Wellington Reservation Metro Park, 535 Jones Rd. Enjoy pancakes and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. The cost is $6 general admission; kids under age two eat free. Registration is required by calling 440-937-0764. A free egg hunt for up to age 10 will be held at 10 a.m. • WELLINGTON: The village Easter egg hunt will be held on Saturday, April 20 on Willard Memorial Square. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and the hunt will start at noon. The event is sponsored by the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Sunday, April 21 • ELYRIA: An Easter brunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 21 at the Lorain County Community College Spitzer Conference Center, 1005 North Abbe Rd. The event will include a brunch menu, as well as photos with the Easter Bunny, cookie decorating, and an Easter egg hunt. To reserve seats, call 440-366-4100 or visit www. lorainccc.edu/easter. Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for children ages 12 and under, and free for children three and under.
Monday, April 22 • OBERLIN: An Earth Day potluck will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22 at Peace Community Church, 44 East Lorain St. At 7 p.m., Steve Mayer, professor of psychology and peace studies at Oberlin College, will discuss his recent book, “Transforming Psychological World Views to Confront Climate Change: A Clearer Vision, A Different Path.” Parking and accessibility is in the back of the church. • OBERLIN: Pianist Jenny Huang will perform at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, April 22 at Kendal at Oberlin’s Heiser Auditorium. Huang will share music by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Chopin. The concert is free and open to the public. • AMHERST: “Self-Hypnosis: A Tool for Healing and Self-Improvement” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22 at the Amherst Public Library. Break through your internal roadblocks and achieve your goals with the help of self-hypnosis. Wellness coach Rena Gaudin will give a seminar on how the technique might be used.
Tuesday, April 23 • OBERLIN: The Oberlin Percussion Group will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 at Warner Concert Hall, 77 West College St. The group will be led by director and longtime percussion professor Michael Rosen. The concert is free. • PITTSFIELD TWP.: The 33rd Annual Springspiration will be held Tuesday, April 23 at Pittsfield Community Church, routes 58 and 303. Registration will be at 10 a.m. with the Generations Quartet performing at 10:30 a.m. The quartet, which hails from Camden Baptist Church, has been active since 2005 and shares gospel music. A salad lunch will follow at noon. Donations will be accepted. For reservations, call Janet Crumley at 440-647-5170 or Lollie Cheatham at 440-774-6309 by April 19.
Wednesday, April 24 • OBERLIN: The State of the City and State of the Schools addresses will be delivered Wednesday, April 24 at Henry’s Barn at the North Star Preserve, 46223 US 20. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will run from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call city hall at 440-7757217 or email email@example.com. • AMHERST: “Creating a Better Balance: Coping with Stress as Parents to Better Support Our Children” will be presented at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at Amherst Junior High School, 548 Milan Ave. Sponsored by Mercy Health, the event will be a discussion on stress and anxiety, signs in parents and children, causes, how parents deal with stress and how the trickle-down effect on children, helping kids deal with anxiety, identifying efforts that aren’t working, and options available if coping doesn’t work. The evening will feature clinical psychologists Alison Flowers, Amber Hill, and Elizabeth Frantz. Light refreshments will be provided. No RSVP is required.
Thursday, April 25 • ELYRIA: “Poetry on the Pathway” will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at the Lorain County Community College library, 1005
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Starting April 25 • OBERLIN: The Oberlin Youth Soccer Association will hold an instructional program on Thursdays from April 25 to May 30 at the Oberlin Recreation Soccer Fields. Ages three and four will play from 5-6 p.m. and ages five to seven will practice from 6-7 p.m. The cost is $30, which includes a T-shirt. For more information, email coach Bill Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 26 • OBERLIN: A World Voice Day Q&A with the Cleveland Clinic Voice Center will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at Bibbins Hall 223, 77 West College St. The mission of World Voice Day is to share the excitement of voice science, pedagogy, and the vocal arts. Director of the Voice Center Claudio Milstein will leads a dialog about vocal health. This event is open to the public. • PITTSFIELD TWP.: A fish fry dinner will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at Pittsfield Community Church, routes 58 and 303. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for ages seven to 12, and free for kids six and under. All are welcome to attend. • AMHERST: “The Rainbow Fish Musical” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at Steele High School. Amherst Junior High School theater students will perform. Go under the sea for a show based on the book by Marcus Pfister about the joy of finding friendship through sharing. There are a variety of charming school and sea-creature characters who admire the famous rainbow fish, the most beautiful fish in all the ocean. When Rainbow Fish refuses to share her vibrant, shimmering scales, the whole ocean seems to turn against the vain creature. With the help of a wise octopus, the rainbow fish learns it’s far better to be admired for being kind than for being beautiful. Tickets are $5. The box office will open 30 minutes prior to curtain.
April 26-27 • BROWNHELM TWP.: A Grandma’s Attic Sale, hosted by the Brownhelm Historical Association, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at the historic Brownhelm School, 1940 North Ridge Rd. Donations have poured in and there will be many antiques, dishware, household goods, furniture, and other items for sale.
April 26-28 • AMHERST: The Friends of the Amherst Public Library spring book sale will be held starting with a members-only presale from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at the library. The sale will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 and 1-5 p.m. on MORE ON PAGE A4
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BULLETIN BOARD FROM A3 Sunday, April 28. It will feature a large selection of children’s hardcover books, paperbacks, and DVDs. Scanners will be allowed Sunday only. A special sale will be held Sunday for $3 per bag provided by the Friends. Funds help support the library’s programming and services. For more information, call 440-988-4230.
Saturday, April 27 • OBERLIN: Community Day will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, 87 North Main St. Papermaker Aimee Lee will teach Korean joomchi methods of texturing and fusing paper. Express your creativity or join a docent tour of the galleries. Lee founded America’s first studio for hanji (traditional Korean papermaking), located in Cleveland, and authored the book “Hanji Unfurled.” This free program is funded by the Freeman Asian Arts & Culture Initiative. • LAGRANGE: The Friends of the Keystone-LaGrange Community Library’s 8th Annual Books and Brunch will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the LaGrange United Methodist Church, 105 West Main St. The theme will be “Love Is in Bloom” and the event will showcase the lives and published works of four local authors who specialize in romantic fiction. Author presentations will take place from 10-11 a.m. and the brunch, author meet-and-greet, and raffles will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, presale only. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Eileen at 440-315-3710. • OBERLIN: A World Voice Day concert will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Clonick Hall, 77 West College St. The performance will feature solo vocalists and small ensembles presenting a range of genres from art song to opera, jazz, musical theater, folk, gospel, and a cappella groups. Joining in will be doctors and therapists from Cleveland Clinic’s Voice Center. • WELLINGTON: An American Girl doll camp will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the Herrick Memorial Library. Children’s librarians will show kids ages seven and up how to make camping supplies for your American Girl Doll so she can go camping with you. You will learn how to make a tent, sleeping bag, a campfire and even S’mores. There will be campfire stories, too. Dolls are not required for this event, but take yours if you have one. Registration is required by April 24 and can be done at the children’s desk or by calling 440-647-2120. • OBERLIN: Oberlin professor of viola Peter Slowik will join Kendal at Oberlin residents for an informal rehearsal of Brahms’ “String Sextet No. 1” at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Kendal’s
Heiser Lounge. • ELYRIA: “You Are Not Alone,” a youth suicide awareness walk, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the Lorain County Community College field house, 1005 North Abbe Rd. The event will be hosted by the Veterans Club. Visit www.lorainccc.edu/support-services/lccc-suicide-awareness-campus-walk to register or to make a donation. Online registration will close at noon on Friday, April 26. Anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from 9 a.m. until the walk starts. For more information, contact Kionna McIntosh-Pharms at 440-366-7690 or kmcintosh@ lorainccc.edu.
Sunday, April 28 • OBERLIN: A Sunday Object Talk will be offered at 2 p.m. on April 28 at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, 87 North Main St. Paul Cezanne’s painting “La Viaduct at L’Estaque” will be the focus of a talk by Oberlin College first-year student Lulu VanDusen-Gross. Meet in the King Sculpture Court. • WELLINGTON: A Friends of Senior Citizens pancake breakfast fundraiser will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 at the Wellington Eagles, 631 South Main St. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, juice, milk, or coffee. Live entertainment will be provided from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Children ages three and under eat free. Proceeds will be used to support services and activities that promote healthy and independent living for seniors in the SSO service area, which includes the townships of Brighton, Huntington, Penfield, Pittsfield, Wellington, and Rochester and the villages of Wellington and Rochester. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Virginia Haynes at 440-567-3602, Bernie Nirode at 440-724-3804, Dottie Pogorelc at 440-647-0777, or Calvin Woods at 44-315-7676. • OBERLIN: Join musicians Mary Meadows, Glenn Gall, and Peace Community Church co-pastor Mary Hammond for a concert by songwriter and performer Ken Medema at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 at the church, 44 East Lorain St. A reception will follow. All are welcome. An offering basket will be located at the back of the sanctuary. For more information, call the Revs. Mary or Steve Hammond at 440-774-3031. • ROCHESTER: A pancake breakfast will be held by the Rochester fire department from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 at the Rochester Rod & Gun Club, 204 Eagle St. Enjoy pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs. Takeouts will be available. The cost is $5 for children and $7 for adults. There will be a 50-50 and basket raffles.
Monday, April 29 • AMHERST: A seminar on preparing your garden will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 29 at the Amherst Public Library. Shelly Hill will share tips to help you prep and plan for your spring and summer gardens. Registration is optional but suggested.
Tuesday, April 30 • OBERLIN: The League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area will hold an issues night from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 at the Oberlin Public Library. Learn about issues on the May 7 ballot that affect Oberlin residents. City finance director Sal Talarico will speak on the proposed renewal of a 0.2 percent income tax. Library board president Audrey Kolb will speak on a proposed 1.5-mill renewal levy for operating expenses.
Wednesday, May 1 • LORAIN: A Holocaust memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 at the Lorain Palace Theater, 617 Broadway. It will honor victims of the Holocaust by observing Yom Hashoah, the Day of Remembrance. Pastor Chris Edmonds will tell the story of his father, Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, who saved 200 American Jewish soldiers during World War II. A Holocaust survivor will also share his personal experiences from more than 70 years ago. Soon, no survivors will be left to tell their stories. This is a unique opportunity to hear a firsthand account of this time in history, maybe for the last time. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Holocaust memorial chair Arnold Milner at 440-371-0532 or email@example.com. • OBERLIN: A panel discussion on promoting opportunities for women in composition will be held at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 at Kendal at Oberlin’s Heiser Auditorium. Colin Holter, Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra program manager and lab group director, will moderate. The panel will include Oberlin College students and a faculty member. • NEW RUSSIA TWP.: A League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area membership event will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 at the Oberlin Lakeside Rental Hall, 11565 Leavitt Rd. The free event will celebrate 100 years since Ohio was the sixth state to ratify the 19th Amendment. There will be food, drink, companionship, and messages and a very short address from state and national politicians and local historians. All are welcome.
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AMHERST NEWS-TIMES THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019 • SERVING AMHERST SINCE 1919
A blue-green algae bloom can be seen on the shore of Catawaba Island in Lake Erie.
Resolution backs effort to protect Lake Erie JASON HAWK EDITOR
Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times
If you’ve ever taken a dip in Lake Erie and smelled something awful, or seen a strange paint-like scum across the surface, chances are you’ve encountered an algae bloom. Environmentalists have for years fought a crusade against the blue-green algae —actually huge colonies of microscopic cyanobacteria — that have become common in the lake, especially to the west of Lorain County. Now Amherst city council is considering joining the fight for cleaner waters. It’s expected to send a resolution to Columbus asking state lawmakers to keep harmful algae high on the priority list. “We are not on the lake but it’s important for other communities to recognize the importance of Lake Erie health,” said council Brian Dembinski on Monday. Harmful algae blooms can produce toxins that choke out plant and animal life native to Lake Erie, according to the National Weather Service. They thrive in warm, nitrogen- and phosphate-rich waters. Those chemicals are largely from agricultural runoff — fertilizers spread on fields that then get into the soil and infiltrate the tributaries
Nothing could compete with the energy of hundreds of children excited to rush forward Saturday to hunt for eggs at Sprenger Health Care’s Amherst Manor on North Lake Street. ABOVE: Siblings Austin and Braelyn Jones celebrate their big haul of candy-filled Easter eggs. BELOW: The Easter Bunny arrives courtesy of an Amherst fire truck.
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Don’t miss Saturday’s Comet Relays The biggest spring track and field showcase for Amherst. Lorain County, and much of Ohio will be held Saturday. The 64th Annual Comet Relays will begin at 9 a.m. at the Richard S. Cooley Track at Amherst Steele High School. The Comets will play host to boys and girls Division I, II, and III teams from Sandusky to Cleveland and everywhere between. This year’s event will be dedicated to two volunteers who have helped
Amherst earn success, according to coach Rob Glatz. “Behind every championship medal lies a myriad of volunteers who work tirelessly
each year to make our program better. Many volunteers have served Amherst for decades and their time, energy, and effort is appreciated by our coaches and
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athletes,” he said in a release to the NewsTimes. For the past 21 years, sisters Laureen Hughett and Yvonne Voros have hosted the Comet Relays luncheon. This year, however, Hughett is unable to take part as she battles cancer. Though Voros will host the luncheon herself, Glatz wrote that her sister will remain in the team’s thoughts during the meet. Hughett and Voros followed their mother’s RELAYS PAGE B2
The Amherst Public Library will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 21. Normal hours of operation will resume on Monday, April 22. During closures, patrons can still access their accounts at www.amherstpubliclibrary.org.
Safety Town registration
The Amherst Safety Town program will be held the weeks of June 3 and 10. Morning and afternoon classes are offered each week. Participating children must be registered for kindergarten for the Fall 2019 school year at an Amherst school or live within the city of Amherst. Classes meet at the Amherst Beaver Creek Metro Park at 913 North Lake St. They are led by Ptl. Eric Layfield. The cost is $25 per child, which includes a T-shirt and daily snack. Registration forms can be found at www.amherstpolice.net; forms and payment should be sent to Amherst Safety Town, 911 North Lake St., Amherst, OH 44001. For more information, call dispatcher Valerie Cruz at 440-988-2625.
Commemorative brick sale
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City sidewalk payment deadline gets extension through Aug. 2 JASON HAWK EDITOR
Had your sidewalks redone by the city last year and owe a pretty penny? Here's some good news: Amherst city council voted Monday to extend the deadline for cash payments. The original pay-by date for sidewalk work done in 2018 was March 31. That's lapsed but officials want you to have more time. They voted to extend the dead-
line to Friday, Aug. 2. Whatever bills have not been paid by that date will be sent to the Lorain County auditor and be added to your property tax bill along with a two-percent fee. If it's not going to adversely affect the building department, residents should be given as long as possible to pay in cash, councilman Brian Dembinski said Monday. Some may be waiting for income tax refunds to make their payments, added councilman Ed Cowger.
Building inspector Dave Macartney said more than $40,000 has been collected to date. Residents whose sidewalks were deemed hazardous were offered the chance last summer to make repairs on their own or allow a city-hired contractor to make repairs for them. Mayor Mark Costilow said officials promised those residents owing up to $999 they could spread out 10 payments on property tax bills over five years. Those owing $1,000 or more could be assessed over 10 years.
TRI CITY JOINS UH
The deadline has been extended to buy an engraved commemorative brick from the Amherst Schools Educational Foundation. The nonprofit is selling bricks from Shupe, Powers, and Harris schools to become part of the new Powers Elementary on South Lake Street. Buy a brick for a student, family member, or yourself to own a piece of Amherst history and support both current and future Comets. Engraved bricks are $100. To place an order, complete a form on the district's Facebook page.
FROM B1 feeding the lake. Most area farmers aren’t opposed to regulation that will protect the lake but they are concerned about how that regulation is paid for, Dembinski said. Councilman Martin Heberling previously worked at the Cleveland water plant and dealt with treating water before it reached homes. He recalled three straight years with major problems caused by algae blooms. Those problems have not been particularly intense for our area the past couple of years, Heberling said. But tracking shows algae massing in the Sandusky and Port Clinton area and west toward Toledo, where shallow waters are affected more by the sun. Lake Erie algae blooms are a threat to the health and drinking water for 11 million people each year, according to the Alliance for the Great Lakes. They hurt tourism to the region and stop those of us who live here from fully enjoying boating and swimming, the group says.
Lots of Perennials & Herbs Early Veggie Plants Blooming Pansy Baskets Gift Certificates
Thirteen physicians at Tri City Medicine will now operate under the auspices of University Hospitals. The family medicine practice operates offices in Amherst, Avon, Elyria, Grafton, and North Ridgeville. Tri City, founded in 1991, will continue to be led by Charles Butrey; the practice includes doctors Bradley Barker, Jennifer Calabrese, Kenneth Carbone, James Carroccio, Dennis Carson, Jack Cramer, John Escolas, Frank Hiti, Nicholas Ksenich, Abraham Pedro, Douglas Potoczak, and Timothy Wagner. “Tri City Family Medicine has served people of Lorain County and western Cuyahoga County for 28 years and we are pleased to welcome them to the UH family,” said George Topalsky, vice president of the UH Primary Care Institute. “We have always done what is right for the patients and community and we will continue to do so,” said Butrey. “Joining forces with UH allows us to bring world class specialty care to our patients in all areas and this specialty care will now be delivered as close to their homes as possible.”
Community service award nominations sought The Community Foundation of Lorain County is accepting nominations for the 2019 Jim Doughman Community Service Award. Doughman began his career with the Nordson Corporation in 1966, and in 1976 was promoted to director of public affairs. Doughman passed away in December 1997, ending a long career of nurturing nonprofit organizations and fostering the development of partnership and leadership. In 1998, the Jim Doughman Community Service Award Fund was established through the ef-
forts of close friends and family. It provides for a biennial award presented to an outstanding individual for exceptional leadership in making a difference in the lives of those who live in Lorain County. The recipient will receive $1,000 to donate to the public charity of his or her choice. Nomination forms are available at www.peoplewhocare.org. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 10. The winner will be announced at the Community Foundation’s annual meeting on Wednesday, June 19.
Last of the new meters, first of the new bills Almost all of Amherst's 5,000 households have received new electricity and water meters, with just a few holdouts remaining. Mayor Mark Costilow told city council on April 8 that the meter replacement program is nearly at an end. Workers are having trouble scheduling appointments and getting access to install the new devices, which automatically report usage data via a wireless network. Only about 40 customers remain citywide. "There will probably be some
shutoff notices that go out if we don't gain access," Costilow said. "This is our last opportunity to get in and finish the program. Most of these people have been contacted multiple times, four or five different letters, knocks on the doors — we've made as many attempts as possible." He noted there are a few holdouts who want to opt out of the program, which is possible in exchange for a fee. Hopefully the last meters will be installed by the end of the month, the mayor reported. And there's another major
change coming for Amherst utilities customers. You've now seen your last postcard-style utilities bill, Costilow said. The next one will be mailed in an envelope and will contain much more information that the previous bills, including charts and graphs showing past usage. The new format will start off fairly basic until workers determine how much information they can provide and how much is too much, said the mayor. It will be two-sided and can include other public notices if needed.
cheon for so many years, their response was that “it is just plain fun to see the coaches and officials each year enjoying the lunch we provide for them” and “it is great to see how much they appreciate it,” Glatz said. The sisters added that seeing everyone smiling and laughing during the luncheon brings them back year after year.
They’ve had plenty of help in their more than two decades — in true Comets fashion, the annual luncheon has been a complete team effort, the coach said. “Numerous cooks and parent volunteers have helped to serve the luncheon and their collective effort has led to its long-standing tradition of excellence,” he said.
FROM B1 example of service to the Amherst Schools; Judy Marsh was an assistant head cook at Steele for 16 years. Hughett has now been a head cook for 21 years at Nord Middle School, where Voros has been a part-time cook and cashier for 23 years. When asked why they have hosted the Comet Relays lun-
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COMETS BRIEFS Baseball • Avon Lake defeated Amherst 4-3. Jacob Lezon had two RBIs and a run and TJ Staton had an RBI. Justin Hritsko stood 3.2 innings on the mound and struck out four. • Eric Ritter’s home run and two RBIs gave Amherst a 3-2 win over North Olmsted. Jacob Lezon also had an RBI; he and Justin Hritsko recorded stolen bases. Luke Feakins was the winning pitcher, striking out four and allowing one hit for no gain in two innings. Kyle Dalzell chalked up seven K’s in five innings. • Elyria Catholic rained on the Comets’ parade, dishing out a 6-2 defeat. Jacob Lezon had a run, a double, and an RBI for Amherst, while Luke Feakins had a double and an RBI. Softball • The Comets kept their winning streak alive with a 10-1 victory over Avon Lake. Pitcher Madison O’Berg took down six batters and had her own two-run homer. Cassidy Kettleman had three hits, three runs, and an RBI. Lindsey Reavis had two hits, two runs, and four RBIs. • Madison O’Berg picked up another whopping win from the mound, scattering four hits and striking out five in the span of five innings as the Comets defeated North Olmsted 14-2. She also racked up two home runs for Amherst. Cassidy Kettleman had four hits, including a double, while Kasey McGraw smacked out three RBIs. With two hits each for the Comets were Lindsey Reavis, McKenzie Cornwell, Kylee McGraw, Jordan Hawkins, and Julianna Gillette. Boys Tennis
• Amherst defeated Berea-Midpark 3-2 in Southwestern Conference play. • Amherst defeated Lakewood 4-1 in SWC play. • The Comets placed third at the Norwalk Doubles Invitational, securing five points. • Amherst defeated North Ridgeville 3-2 in SWC action. • Amherst defeated Rocky River 3-2. • Amherst fell 3-2 to Avon Lake. Track and Field The Comets boys defeated Olmsted Falls 76-61 while the girls team lost 80-59. First place finishers for the boys included: • Caleb Stempowski: High jump and long jump. • Dominic Deshuk: 110-meter hurdles. • Jaret Prete: Shot put and discus. • Devin Baumgartner: 800 meters. • Josh Hill: 1,600 meters. • Bradley Kirsch: 400 meters. • The 4x100 relay team of Allan Muc, Tyler Younkin, Daniel Vitelli, and Jordan Smith. • The 4x400 relay team of Isaac Davis, Aaron Kukucka, Bradley Kirsch, and Devin Baumgartner. • The 4x800 team of Matthew Kirsch, Ethan Barnes, Isaac Davis, and Bradley Kirsch. First place finishers for the girls included: • Sydney Walker: Pole vault. • Kalyn Potyrala: 1,600 meters. • Leah Gerke: 800 meters. • Taylor Hooks: 100 meters. • Tori Kubasak: 400 meters. • Kaylee Haff: 3,200 meters. • The 4x200 relay team of Kylie Olney, Sidney Hooks, Anna Dudziak, and Tori Kubasak.
POLICE REPORTS • April 8 at 11:49 p.m.: Jessica White-Neace, 23, of Cleveland, was arrested on warrants for escape and drug-related charges through the Westlake police department. • April 10 at 1:34 a.m.: Matthew Rainey, 32, of Amherst, was arrested on multiple warrants, including one through the Amherst police department for contempt of court on original charges of theft and possession of criminal tools. • April 12 at 11:56 p.m.: Alexander Lee, 24, of Lorain, was arrested on a warrant through the Amherst police department for failure to appear in court on an original charge of theft. • April 13 at 4:22 p.m.: A male entered Puffer's Boutique and rummaged through an employee's purse. • April 13 at 9:31 p.m.: Cheryna Samples, 25, of Lorain, was arrested on a warrant through the Elyria police department for failure to appear in court on drug-related charges. Kelly Kennedy, 29, of North Ridgeville, was arrested on a warrant through the North Ridgeville police on charges of theft. • April 13 at 10:41 p.m.: An unknown man was reported inside an Elyria Avenue home. He did not force entry and it did not appear anything was taken, the resident told police. • April 14 at 2:36 a.m.: Responding to a 911 hangup call, police found a man who said he'd had an argument with his girlfriend. • April 14 at 5:22 a.m.: A 17-year-old Vermilion boy was charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and curfew violation. Editor’s note: Though charged, defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Get it to the curb!
Republic Services has started collecting yard waste in Amherst. Grass clippings and other waste should be placed in brown paper biodegradable bags or loose in 32-gallon plastic cans clearly marked with "yard waste" or "YW." They should not exceed 40 pounds. Small branches must be cut and bundled; they cannot exceed four feet in length or 40 pounds. Plastic bags, dirt, stone, or branches larger than six inches in diameter will not be collected. There is no limit to the number of yard waste bags or containers you can place out each week. Republic has cautioned that drivers will not be sent back to a home to collect yard waste that was not placed at the curb properly.
STEELE RALLY TOPS AVON
Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Amherst News-Times
Luke Feakins takes a cut in the first inning Monday versus Avon. The Comets recovered from a 4-1 deficit to win. Caleb McGee was hit by an errant eighth inning pitch with bases loaded, pushing Josh Qualls in for a 9-8 comeback. McGee ended the game with a run and two RBIs, while Qualls racked up two runs and two doubles. TJ Staton had two RBIs and a stolen base; Eric Ritter had a run, a double, and an RBI, and Kyle Dalzell notched a run and an RBI. Dalzell was also the winning pitcher, striking out two in a relief inning.
OFF TO THE RACES ACROSS 1. Goes with flows 5. Worry excessively 9. Occasional heart condition 13. Well-____ machine 15. *War Admiral’s 1938 experience 16. Sudan’s neighbor 17. a.k.a. Pleasant Island 18. Great Salt Lake state 19. Marching band member 20. *Unlikely champion during Great Depression 23. Shiny wheel part 24. Religious Wednesday 25. Don’t just stand there! 27. A cool ____, as in money 28. Come off 30. Type of cabbage 33. Never without “n” 35. Infection of the eyelid, pl. 38. Ethiopian currency 39. Sea swallows 41. Arm bone 42. Best of the crop 44. Aid in crime 45. Away from wind 46. Sourly 48. Snakelike reef dweller 50. Winter glider 51. ____ as a fiddle 52. Peter of the Lost Boys 53. *”The Most Exciting ____ ____ in Sports” 59. December 24 and 31 61. Bear’s hang-out 62. Retire from military 64. *Official flower of the Kentucky Derby 65. Attention-getting interjection 66. Napoleon’s stay on St. Helena, e.g. 67. Bear constellation 68. Play on words, pl. 69. *Between walk and canter DOWN 1. Longest division of time 2. Objectivity preventer 3. Like most-desired ribbon
4. Evening in Roma 5. Turn red 6. Co-eds’ military org. 7. Isaac’s firstborn 8. Informal wear 9. Part of play 10. *____ Downs 11. Olden day women’s riding garb 12. Dutch cheese 14. Home to Burj Khalifa 21. Florida Key, e.g. 22. Steeped beverages 26. Opposite of potential 27. Caribbean rattle 28. *Race, literally 29. European sea eagle 30. *Official Kentucky Derby broadcaster 31. Lungful 32. *Second leg of the Triple
Crown 34. Calf at a grocery store 36. Between NE and E 37. Sigma Alpha Epsilon 40. Beer garden mug 43. Catcher’s catcher 47. Drooping neck skin 49. Chopin’s composition 50. Relish tastebuds’ sensation 51. Law business entities 52. Paddington Bear’s homeland 54. Pearl Harbor island 55. Demeanor 56. SMS 57. Chieftain in Arabia 58. Aria, e.g. 60. Poseidon’s domain 63. *Trifecta or Exacta
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CHURCH DIRECTORY All Amherst-area churches are invited to post service times in the News-Times. Send your listing to us via email at news@lcnewspapers. com. • St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 St. Joseph Dr., has Masses at 4 p.m Saturdays (St. Joseph Church, Amherst); 5:30 p.m. Saturdays (Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, South Amherst); 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5 p.m. Sundays (St. Joseph); 9 a.m. Mondays (St. Joseph); 8 a.m. Tuesdays (Nativity); 7 p.m. Thursdays (St. Joseph); and 9 a.m. Fridays (St. Joseph). There will be no 4 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph and
no 5:30 p.m. Mass at Nativity BVM on Saturday, April 20. Instead, there will be an Easter vigil Mass at Nativity BVM at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. On Easter Sunday, April 21, Masses will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph and 10 a.m. at Nativity BVM. • St. Paul Lutheran Church, 115 Central Dr., has traditional worship services each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and informal services at 11 a.m. Sunday school and Bible study begin at 9:45 a.m. Nursery care is available during worship services and Bible study. Community prayer box and dog station available. • Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 1100
Cleveland Ave., has Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and worship services at 11 a.m. each Sunday. Bible study for all ages is at 9:45 a.m. on Sundays. Bible class is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. • Faith Baptist Church, 440 North Lake St., has Sunday school for all ages at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is available during both. Ablaze Youth Group meets at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. • Family Fellowship, 780 Cooper Foster Park Rd., has Sunday services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. • New Beginnings Church of Christ, 591 Washington St., has Bible classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30
a.m. on Sundays. A training room class for ages two to four and junior worship for kindergarten through fifth grade is available. • St. John’s United Church of Christ, 204 Leonard St., South Amherst, has worship at 9 a.m. each Sunday. Sunday school for children is held during the service. • Freedom House, 1240 Park Ave., has services at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays and 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Prayer meetings are held at noon on Wednesdays. • Amherst Church of the Nazarene, 210 Cooper Foster Park Rd., has Bible classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. A prayer service is held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Next Step services are held at 6 p.m. on Saturdays. • Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 46485 Middle Ridge Rd., has a traditional Sunday worship service at 9 a.m. and
a contemporary service at 10:45 a.m. There is children’s programming during both services. Grades six to 12 meet at 9 a.m. only. Summit (young adults ages 18 to 30) meets from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays at the church. • Eversprings Missionary Baptist Church, 49536 Middle Ridge Rd., has Sunday school at 10 a.m., Sunday worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday evening services at 6 p.m. Wednesday services are at 6 p.m. • Heritage Presbyterian Church, 515 North Leavitt Rd., has Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. • South Amherst First United Methodist Church, 201 West Main St., offers a contemporary worship service at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. • Elyria Zion United Methodist Church, 43720 Telegraph Rd., Amherst Township, offers a traditional service at 9 a.m. each Sunday. • Cornerstone Commu-
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nity Church, 111 South Lake St., has Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday service is at 6:30 p.m. • Community Congregational United Church of Christ, 379 South Main St., has Sunday worship and Sunday school for ages three and up at 10 a.m. Nursery care is provided for those three and under. Communion is offered the first Sunday of every month. • St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 582 Church St., has Sunday worship service and church school at 10 a.m. • A Fresh Wind Church, 1115 Milan Ave., has Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. and Solomon’s Porch youth ministry at 6 p.m. • Amherst United Methodist Church, 396 Park Ave., has Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. For information, call 440988-8330 or visit www. amherstchurches.org. • Old Stone Evangelical Church, 553 South Main St., has adult Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. A free community supper is offered from 5-7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. A free community breakfast is served from 8:3010:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month. Carry-outs are available at either meal. • Brownhelm United Church of Christ, 2144 North Ridge Rd., worships each Sunday at 11 a.m. Sunday school for children is held during the service.
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OBERLIN NEWS-TRIBUNE THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019 • SERVING OBERLIN SINCE 1930
Gambit pays off with $700K school savings
‘A WHIRLWIND FOUR MONTHS’
JASON HAWK EDITOR
Taxpayers, you can be happy: About $700,000 in interest will be saved on the recent sale of $10 million in bonds by the Oberlin City Schools. The savings come after a recent credit rating by Moody's Investors Service. It landed the local school district a Aa3 rating backed by the state's Aa2 rating, according to board of education member Ken Stanley. Seeking to finance construction of a new PK-5 school, the board searched for creative ways to keep its debt burden as low as possible. It was Stanley who pushed for an outsidethe-box idea: Instead of paying back $10 million over three decades, why not pay as much back as possible right away? "It's math and the hardest thing about math is always asking the right question," he said. "The question in this case was, Stanley do you want to pay four percent interest, a 30year interest rate, on bonds you're going to pay off in five years? Or do you want to pay a five-year interest rate of two percent? Once you ask that question, it's obvious." Legally, the district can't pay off all its new school construction debt in five years. But to the extent it's able, Stanley said the smart play is to avoid long-term interest. It's also worth noting that the $700,000 savings is not liquid. It's not extra cash that can be tapped to hire teachers — rather, it's debt taxpayers will never incur. The credit rating was key to the whole deal, Stanley said. Moody's was reassured by Oberlin's state foundation funding, which can be used if absolutely necessary to pay off construction debt, he said. Oberlin College's footing in the community, the local economy, income tax base, and culture all played into the rating evaluation. Typically, school districts are scored one rung under their home city's credit rating, and Oberlin INTEREST PAGE C2
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Joe Miller, Ohio 56th House District rep, speaks to residents at Kendal at Oberlin about his legislative agenda.
Miller talks school takeovers, controversial heartbeat bill JASON HAWK EDITOR
Trial by fire. A whirlwind. A dizzying initiation. All are phrases used Friday by Joe Miller (D-Amherst) to describe the four month since being elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, where he represents most of northern Lorain County. He used them as he spoke to the League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area just one day after legislators — over the protests of pro-choice activists — passed a controversial “heartbeat bill” intended to severely curtail abortions throughout the state. Twice before, Gov. John Kasich vetoed similar moves to ban abortions after a fetus’ heartbeat can be detected. New Gov. Mike DeWine has promised to sign this version. Miller called the bill “a draconian measure” and an attempt
to force a U.S. Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade. He said it’s not his place to tell women what to do with their bodies, their pregnancies. He also recalled how women in the Democratic Caucus, in an attempt to stop the bill, were willing to share the most intimate, difficult stories of their own experiences from the floor. With an overwhelming Republican majority in the Ohio General Assembly, Miller said his party has little leverage. However, his biggest priority right now is one with bipartisan support: a halt to state takeovers of local public school systems such as Lorain’s. He is co-author of a proposal, submitted as a biennial budget amendment, that would repeal House Bill 70, which allows state-appointed CEOs to seize the reins from local school boards. The state report card was also a target for Miller, a former Fire-
lands High School history teacher. The existing report card isn’t an accurate indicator of growth or what fosters a student into a good person, he said. “The report card system has failed. It’s a failed assessment of what a school district is doing. It needs to be fixed,” he said. Profit motive is behind the standardized “testing craze,” he told the League of Women Voters. Miller also said special education students should not be asked to take tests. Another priority is flooding the Ohio School Facilities Commission with money to help offset the costs of building new schools — costs that voters in Lorain County know all too well. As a basketball official, Miller is also pushing for a bill that would protect referees and umpires from overzealous parents. He said he’s watched emotional fans accost game officials on the field, on the court, even on the MILLER PAGE C2
Speech protections behind sign vote JASON HAWK EDITOR
Lawyers have been busy stripping Oberlin's sign code of any language that could infringe on free expression. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that towns cannot decide where signs can go, how large they can be, or how long they can stay up based on what they say. Justices found in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Ariz., that public officials infringed on a church's First Amendment rights by "favoring one speaker over another and that violated the Constitution," said Aimee Lane of the law firm of Walter Haver-
Attorney Aimee Lane tells city council why changes are needed to the Oberlin sign code to ensure First Amendment protections. field. "That makes a significant difference in the way our codes and the codes of many if not most municipalities in the United States have addressed this question," Oberlin law
director Jon Clark told council Monday during a public hearing. Council hired Walter Haverfield in 2017 to review its code due to the court's decision. Lane was one of two lawyers to work on pro-
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posed revisions that if adopted would make the codes content-neutral. Signs can only be regulated based on consideration of traffic safety and general aesthetics, she said. Rules specific to whether they are political signs, church signs, or garage sale signs are unconstitutional. Even trying to control the color of a sign could be construed as infringing on its message, she said. In short: If you have to read the sign to figure out how it's regulated, the code is illegal. "I think a lot of attorneys read the Reed case and were really quite shocked at how sweeping it was," Lane said. "But the court does say SIGNS PAGE C2
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FROM C1 you still have control, local governments. You can still regulate signs with reasonable time, place, and manner regulations — things regulating size, building materials, lighting of signage, moving parts on signage, the portability of signage." That left Oberlin looking at its zoning districts to make sure size, location, setback, and height restrictions are the criteria, not content. Later in the evening, council unanimously pushed through an emergency vote to make the changes proposed by Walter Haverfield.
has a Aa2 rating. This was the first-ever rating process undertaken by the city schools and it sets a benchmark going forward. It will come into play again next year because the board of education intends to issue another $7.6 million in bonds. Stanley said that before going out to the market, the plan is to be evaluated again by Moody's. That, however, could be delayed by the arrival of tax revenue from the NEXUS pipeline — "if it's real, if it's coming in" — he said. Stanley is confident there will be some large sum of NEXUS tax revenue coming in, though it's unclear whether it will be quite as large as the $1.38 million the gas transmission company projected for the first year of collections. Over five years, the Oberlin City Schools could see nearly $6.5 million from pipeline taxes, with additional millions going to Firelands, Midview, and Keystone schools, according to figures provided by NEXUS. The Lorain County JVS, county commissioners, villages, and townships in the pipeline's path are all scheduled to also receive property tax benefits.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Burglary suspect dies in jail JONATHAN DELOZIER REPORTER
A suspected drug overdose led to the April 7 death of a Lorain County Jail inmate — a man who Oberlin police believe was connected to a recent burglary at Gibson's Bakery. Michael Kilgore, 24, of Lorain, died at University Hospital Medical Center in Elyria, roughly one day after collapsing in his jail cell, according to the Lorain County Sheriff's Office. Deputies and the Lorain County coroner are investigating the death but have not determined
for sure that a drug overdose caused it. Kilgore was arrested by Oberlin police Jan. 4. He was accused of being one of two men who allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of cash from Gibson's earlier that day, an Oberlin police report states. He had been held in jail on a $50,000 bond since Jan. 5. The burglary took place while Gibson's was open. Owner Allyn Gibson told investigators that he noticed an office door in his store had been left ajar after arriving that morning. Seeing a number of papers lying on the floor and drawers left open,
Kilgore he checked surveillance video from just after 9 a.m. and saw two males breaking into the office. Both suspects entered Gibson's through the front door and one brandished a handgun before breaking into the office, the report said. A front desk employee
said she spoke to both men after they entered the store but that she was unaware the theft had taken place. Just prior to the suspects' arrival, the employee said she received a phone call asking whether members of the Gibson family or any “bakers” were in the building, according to the police report. In February 2018, Kilgore was one of three men who escaped from the Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility. They used a table to break through a window before being captured a few hours later, according to police.
Council wary of new zone type ► Institutional zones have been pitched as a way to deal with variances Oberlin College and other groups seek JASON HAWK EDITOR
A great deal of confusion surrounds a proposal to create a new type of zoning district in Oberlin. City council on Monday had many questions about why it should create an institutional zoning district that could be used primarily for Oberlin College but also for churches, cemeteries, parks, and other public spaces. On a second reading, councilwoman Kristen Peterson said she remains unclear about language relating to public cemeteries, governmental usage, and condi-
tional uses for the Lorain County JVS property. "This is supposed to be something to benefit the college but it covers a lot of other things, even things that are covered in other parts of the zoning ordinances," she said. Cemeteries were also a red flag for councilman Ronnie Ribert. "As it gets bigger, it seems like this is a runaway freight train to me," he said. He said he does not oppose the idea of an institutional zone: "I think it's something that we can use as a great tool in this community. But it has to be correct." The measure under consideration would only create a framework for the new zoning type, not actually rezone any specific properties, clarified councilwoman Linda Slocum. It would, for example, allow a
church in a residential area to ask the planning commission for a zoning change, she said. City planning and development director Carrie Handy agreed with that assessment. "Just because certain uses are listed in this institutional district does not mean that we have to rezone those current uses that are in the city to that zoning district," she said. "They can remain the zoning that they are." The new zoning regulations were drafted with the help of a planning consultant and many other cities have similar zones on the books, she said. Unsatisfied, council voted to send the proposal back to the planning commission for more work. Once changes and clarifications are made, the proposal will return to council on second reading.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Splash Zone age policy needs to be reconsidered To the editor: The policy at the Oberlin Splash Zone prohibits youth under the age of 16 from using the field house without the presence of an adult. I have contacted several recreational facilities in the Lorain County area and have found the age at which a child can use their gymnasiums without an accompanying adult to be much younger: • Berea Recreation Center — eight years old. • Westlake City Recreation
Center — 10 years. • Fairview Park Recreation Center — 10 years. • Strongsville Recreation and Senior Complex — 12 years. • Vermilion Family YMCA — 12 years. • French Creek YMCA — 13 years. The Oberlin Splash Zone is a wonderful community resource. I feel though that this policy is unduly repressive and limits the ability of our families and youth from utilizing an integral
Renee Romano of Oberlin College has been selected to receive the 2019 residency on cultural history of the 20th century at Tohoku University. The Organization of American Historians and the Japanese Association for American Studies select two U.S. historians to spend two weeks at Japanese universities, giving lectures, seminars, advising students and researchers interested in America's past, and joining in the collegiality of the host institution. The residency was announced April 5 by OAH’s 2019–2020 president Joanne Meyerowitz.
part of the facility. Busy parents often do not have the time to sit with their children at the gym and consequently would benefit from a more youth-friendly policy. I urge the Lorain County Metro Parks and the Oberlin Splash Zone to consider decreasing the age limit so that it is more aligned with surrounding recreational facilities. Our families and children would be most appreciative. Craig Brandt
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FROM C1 way to their vehicles. Another effort with Rep. Gail Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Rep. Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) calls for a crisis stabilization center to be built in Lorain County. They hope to pull $2.5 million over the next two years to help with mental health and addiction services with backing from the Nord Center and Community Foundation of Lorain County. If successful, we could get one of six crisis centers statewide to help with suicide prevention, drug abuse, and other issues. “We’re going to try to make it so they’re not detoxing on the floor of a county jail. They’re not criminals,” Miller said of people with addiction. Recently appointed to the Lake Erie
Caucus, Miller also wants to address water quality concerns, including the lake’s infamous green algae and helping farmers to stop runoff going into the tributary system. But even though he’s already made alliances across the aisle on some issues, Miller said 38 Democrats in the House shows a lack of balance in Columbus. “Whenever you have a monopoly of power, it’s never good. I’d rather see balance down there than a monopoly on either side,” he said. In that arena, he congratulated the League’s hard line stance against gerrymandering, the questionable manner in which congressional district boundaries have been drawn by the party in power.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Oberlin Early Childhood Center names new executive director Tricia Harrel has been chosen as the new executive director at the Oberlin Early Childhood Center, according to the board of trustees. "A longtime advocate for quality early childhood education, Harrel brings robust experience, collaborative energy, and an enthusiasm for Reggio Emilia to OECC as we continue to nurture the healthy growth of young children," said a news release.
Board chair Vasyl Rabosyuk said Harrel is an excellent choice to lead the only five-star Step Up To Quality rated center that serves infants through pre-kindergarten within 15 miles of Oberlin. “We believe that Tricia Harrel is the right leader for the Oberlin Early Childhood Center and our Reggio Emilia approach to childhood education,” said Rabosyuk. “Tricia
has hands-on experience managing a large, nationally accredited center and we are excited to bring that experience to OECC.” Reggio Emilia is an educational philosophy that is focused on providing quality environments that spark a lifelong love for learning. It is based on principles of respect, exploration, and community. Developed in northern Italy
after World War II in a town called Reggio Emilia, the approach has been adapted worldwide to fit communities' local needs. Harrel has been involved in serving children for nearly two decades through educational and other governmental programs designed to support families most in need. She joins the center from her position as coordinator of the Huron County Child Advoca-
cy Center in Norwalk. She has also served as administrator of the Children’s Discovery Center in Toledo, a Reggio Emilia inspired program serving more than 175 children. There, Harrel was instrumental in the center achieving National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation. Harrel will begin her position in Oberlin on Tuesday, April 23.
CHURCH DIRECTORY All Oberlin-area churches are invited to post service times in the News-Tribune. Send your listing to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. • Park Street Seventh-day Adventist Church, 99 South Park St., has Sabbath school at 9:30 a.m. followed by worship at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Prayer meetings are held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays via the prayer line (details on the church website). Visit www. parkstreetsda.org for more information. • Oberlin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meets at 355 East Lorain St. at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays for worship. Childcare is available. Meditation, drawing on many traditions, will be held from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30. • Christ Episcopal Church, 162 South Main St., holds Sunday services of the Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Adult Christian formation is held at 9:15 a.m. on Sundays. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated on Wednesdays at 8 a.m. Adult choir rehearsals are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. • Grace Lutheran Church, 310 West Lorain St., holds worship service and Sunday school at 10 a.m. on Sundays followed by fellowship and adult Bible study at 11:40
a.m. • Sacred Heart Church, 410 West Lorain St., has a vigil Mass at 4 p.m. on Saturdays; Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.; and weekday Masses at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 8:45 a.m. Fridays. • The First Church in Oberlin, United Church of Christ, 106 North Main St., has Sunday worship at 10 a.m. with communion the first Sunday of each month. Childcare provided. Children’s church is at 10:15 a.m. Sunday school will be held for all ages at 11 a.m. For weekly information, visit www.firstchurchoberlin. org. • The Empty Field Buddhist Community, 5 South Main St., Suite 212, meets at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays. Meetings include two 25-minute meditation periods and book study until 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact John Sabin at 440-574-1570 or jwsabin@ gmail.com. • First United Methodist Church, 45 South Professor St., has adult Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. with infant care available. • Christ Temple Apostolic Church, 370 West Lincoln St., has free hot breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Sundays with Sunday prayer from 9-9:30 a.m. Sunday Academy is at 9:30 a.m. with classes for preschool to adults,
followed by concession and refreshments. Worship and children’s church is at 11 a.m. Tuesday Bible study is at 7 p.m. Wednesday prayer is from noon to 1 p.m. First Friday prayer is from 7-8 p.m. Prison ministry at Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton is at 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month. For transportation, call pastor Laurence Nevels at 440-7741909. • Pittsfield Community Church has Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. There is a new Mothers of Preschool children’s group. For more information, call 440-774-2162. • Rust United Methodist Church meets Sundays with a free community breakfast at 9 a.m., church school for all ages at 9:30 a.m., and worship at 11 a.m. A noon prayer service is held each Wednesday. Sparrow Bible Study is held Wednesdays at 7 p.m., 133 Smith St. Gospel Choir practices at 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. • Peace Community Church, 44 East Lorain St., has worship at 10 a.m. on Sundays. There is a children’s class during service. A peace vigil is held at noon on Saturday on Tappan Square. • House of Praise International Church meets at 11 a.m. each Sunday at Oberlin High School with a service as well as children and youth
ministries. For details, visit www.hopchurch.org. • Mount Zion Baptist Church, 185 South Pleasant St., has the Church at Study service at 9:30 a.m. Sundays with the Church at Worship at 10:30 a.m. The Church at Prayer is held at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. • Calvary Baptist Church, 414 South Main St., has Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. with children’s church for preschool through third grade. Bible study is held at 6 p.m. on Sundays, with teens meeting at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday is family night with Men of Action Bible study, Women of Faith Bible study, and teen and JOY Club meetings at 6:30 p.m. • East Oberlin Community Church has Sunday school at 10 a.m. and Sunday worship at 11 a.m. A friends and family meal is held at noon on the last Sunday of each month; take a dish to share. Pastor Chris Vough has office hours at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, followed by Bible study at 6 p.m. For more information, call 440-774-3443. • Life Builders Foursquare Church meets at the pastor’s residence, 43 East Vine St. Sunday praise and worship starts at 11 a.m. Men’s Bible study is at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. A women’s meeting is held twice each month on
Sunday after church. • Oberlin Missionary Alliance Church, 125 South Pleasant St., holds Sunday school for children and adults at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning worship begins at 10:45 a.m. Weekly workshop begins with Wednesday prayer services at noon and Bible studies at 7 p.m. with pastor Lester Allen. • Oberlin Friends (Quakers) meet for worship from 10:30-11:30 a.m. each Sunday in the education center at Kendal at Oberlin, 600 Kendal Dr. • Glorious Faith Tabernacle, 45637 East Hamilton St., has services Sundays at 11 a.m. with pastors Allan and Rochelle Carter. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Intercessory prayer is held at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays with Bible study at 7 p.m. • Green Pastures Baptist Church, 12404 Leavitt Rd., has Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship service on Sundays at 11 a.m. A Sunday evening service is held at 6 p.m. • The Kipton Community Church, 511 Church St., has Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 am. with youth Sunday school at 10:45 a.m. Communion is the first Sunday of the month. The church food pantry is open every Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. for our area.
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LEGALS PUBLICATION OF NOTICE PROBATE COURT OF LORAIN COUNTY, OHIO JAMES T. WALTHER, JUDGE Estate of Ralph Gerding, Deceased Case No: 2019 ES 00244 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF RALPH GERDING, DECEASED, LORAIN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2019 ES 00244: You are hereby notified that the Decedent died on February 14, 2019, and that the Decedent’s Will was admitted to probate on March 19, 2019, by the Probate Court of Lorain County, Ohio. You must bring action to contest the validity of the Will within three months after the Fiduciary files an Affidavit stating that the Fiduciary has given this notice. Attorney Carmen M. Verhosek (#0096645) 35765 Chester Road Avon, Ohio 44012 (440) 695-8000 (4:18, 25, 5:2) LEGAL NOTICE To Unknown Family of Willa Destouet: Notification is hereby given that the Guardianship Services of Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties has filed an application with the Lorain County Probate Court to be awarded legal guardianship of person of Willa Destouet. Hearing
is scheduled for the 6th day of May 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Lorain County Probate Court, 225 Court Street, 6th Floor, Elyria, OH. The case number for this matter is 2019 GI 00008. (4:18, 25, 5:2) PUBLICATION OF LEGISLATION The following is a summary of legislation adopted by Lorain City Council on February 18, 2019. The complete text of each item may be viewed or purchased in the Clerk of Council Office @ Lorain City Hall, 200 W. Erie Ave., Lorain, OH, during normal business hours or contact Nancy Greer @ 204-2050 (Nancy_ Greer@cityoflorain.org). The following summary has been reviewed/approved by the Law Director for legal accuracy as required by state laws. 2/18/19- Reso 3-19 Auth the S/S Dir to apply for, accept & enter a contract on behalf of the City of Lorain for construction of the planned active transportation plan “”Safe Routes to School”. 4-19 Expressing the support of Lorain City Council for the efforts of the Lorain City School Board to promote the interests of the students of the school system and to urge the CEO to work with the BOE. Ord 20-19 Adopting the recommendation of the Planning Commission to approve the request for reclassification of property located on the west side of Apple Ave
from R-3 to B-2. 21-19 Auth the Mayor & Lorain City Council to waive any & all fees associated w/ the construction and/or remodel of various city owned properties. 22-19 Auth the S/S Dir to enter into a contract for road rehab of E. 34th, Livingston & 10th Street, funded by CDBG funds. 23-19 Changing the name of “All Pro Athletic Avenue” to “Silver Maple Way” in the City of Lorain. 24-19 Auth & approving a 4th amendment to the Development Agrmt by and among the City of Lorain & Spitzer Great Lakes and Zaremba Black River Development. (4:18, 25) ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF LORAIN, OHIO SLUDGE HOLDING TANK AND GRIT BUILDING MODIFICATION Sealed bids will be received by the Engineering Department of the City of Lorain, Ohio until: TIME AND PLACE FOR RECEIVING BIDS: UNTIL - 11:00 AM, Friday, May 10, 2019 Lorain time, Engineering Department, Lorain City Hall 4th Floor. TIME AND PLACE FOR OPENING BIDS: 11:15 AM, Lorain time, City of Lorain Council Chambers, Lorain City Hall 1st Floor. A non-mandatory prebid conference will be held at 10:00 a.m. on April 29th, 2019 at the PQM Conference Room, 6301 West Erie
Avenue, Lorain, Ohio 44052. All in accordance with specifications now on file at the Engineering Department. Labor shall be paid not less than the prevailing wage rate as determined by the Ohio Department of Commerce as state in Section 4115. Bids must be accompanied by Certified Check or Cashier’s Check or Letter of Credit equals to ten percent (10%) of the amount bid, or a bond for the full amount of the bid as a guarantee that if the bid is accepted, a contract will be entered into and a performance bond properly secured. Should any bid be rejected, such instrument will be forthwith returned upon proper execution of a contract. Cash deposits will not be accepted. Bid blanks and specifications may be secured at the Engineering Department, 200 West Erie Avenue, Lorain, Ohio, 44052 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30PM Monday thru Friday. A non-refundable fee of $50.00 either by check or money order is required for each set taken out. Checks are to be made payable to the City of Lorain. The Director of Safety/ Service reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. By order of the Director of Public Safety/Service. TO BE ADVERTISED: 4/18/19 and 4/25/19
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POLICE REPORTS • April 3 at 12:25 a.m.: A woman said she got in a fight over money allegedly owed her by a man who she called a drug dealer. The man had scratches on his chest and neck. The woman said he had pulled her hair and punched her. • April 4 at 1:33 p.m.: Dakota Jones, 25, of Wakeman, was served a warrant through the Oberlin Municipal Court on an original charge of theft. • April 4 at 2:33 p.m.: Denavin Whitman, 18, of Wellington, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court on an original charge of domestic violence. • April 4 at 3:20 p.m.: Justin Thomas, 34, of Oberlin, was arrested on a contempt of court warrant through the Oberlin Municipal Court. • April 4 at 9:59 p.m.: Dominique Colbert, 28, of Oberlin, was charged with possession of marijuana. Police also seized a small bottle containing what Colbert reportedly described as "synthetic piss." • April 5 at 5:04 a.m.: Two suspects allegedly made off with $2,482 in merchandise from Wal-Mart using what retailers call a "cash-cash scam." It typically involves reaching around the register to get a receipt without actually paying. • April 5 at 3:04 p.m.: A woman told police she'd gotten a stunning call from someone who claimed to be from the Social Security Office — that a vehicle was found registered in her name and containing both blood residue and 22 pounds of cocaine. The caller asked for personal information. Police believe the call was a scam. • April 6 at 11:31 p.m.: Melissa Mauney, 24, of North Olmsted, was arrested on a warrant through the Fairview Park police department on a charge of shoplifting. Both she and
Jason Amsden, 53, of Cleveland, were charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. • April 7 at 3:08 p.m.: Catherine Cote, 61, of Oberlin, was charged with theft following a complaint at WalMart. She was accused of stealing various food and drink items and running into the nearby woods. • April 8 at 4:40 p.m.: A plastic bag containing suspected marijuana was turned over to police by Oberlin College security. • April 11 at 10:03 p.m.: A package containing a new cell phone was reported stolen from a North Pleasant Street address. • April 12 at 6:42 p.m.: A glass smoking pipe with suspected marijuana residue was turned over to police by Oberlin College security. • April 13 at 12:16 a.m.: A woman said her boyfriend with a suspended license took her license plates and vehicle. The man told officers the woman had threatened him with a knife, which she denied. • April 13 at 6:45 p.m.: A man said he took his truck to two people on West Road in Wellington to have work done some time ago. When he returned, he found the motor and transmission gone. When he spoke to the two mechanics, one got a pipe and the other pulled out a knife. • April 13 at 9:15 p.m.: Two plastic bags containing e-cigarettes with possible THC oil and a glass pipe with suspected marijuana residue were turned over to police by Oberlin College security. Editor’s note: Though charged, defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Light bulb exchange
Swap out your incandescent and CFL light bulbs for free LEDs from April 20-28 (not including Easter) at Oberlin IGA, the Oberlin Public Library, and Watson Hardware. Students at Oberlin College hope to reach their goal of having 1,000 light bulbs exchanged to improve energy efficiency throughout the city. LEDs are the most energy-efficient bulbs available. Just one can save an estimated $150 over the course of its lifetime. If you're interested in helping with the swap, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jesus answered “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the father except through me.” (John 14:6) JESUS RISES FROM THE DEAD After the sabbath, At dawn on the first day of the week. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from Heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the woman. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. HE ISN’T HERE! HE IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD, JUST AS HE SAID IT WOULD HAPPEN.” (Matthew 28:1-6) Jesus told his disciples to go into all of the world, telling ever one that he had paid the penalty for sin and that those who believe in him can be forgiven and live eternally with God. (Mark 16:15) THE RESURRECTION Confirms Jesus unique authority to say, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25) Because he rose, we have certainty that our sins are forgiven. Because He rose , He lives and represents us before God. Because He rose and defeated death, we know we also will be raised. Christ resurrection guaranteed both His promise to us, and his authority to make that promise. Thank You Dear Jesus. CHRIST IS SUPREME Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church,which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. He is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself (Colossians 1: 15-20) Thank you Jesus for making this great sacrifice Thank you for loving us so deeply Thank you our Heavenly Father for your wonderful grace, your mercy and your endless infinite unfailing love. My dear family and friends, I have a great love for you in my heart. It’s the kind of love that can only come from Our beautiful Savior Jesus Christ. I truly care about you and what is happening in this temporary world. I am simply asking for a few minutes of your time please. I have the greatest desire to share with you a few things I have learned along the way. My in-
tentions are to encourage you in the most loving and the most gentle way to come to realize these precious truths that bring everlasting life. We are all on this most beautiful remarkable journey together. As a believer, as your christian brother, a soldier for Jesus Christ. I have the greatest privilege and responsibility to share with you the greatest news in all of the world. My dear friends, I want to ask you this very important question. Where do you want to spend eternity? Our days on earth are like grass. Like wildflowers we bloom and die. The wind blows and we are gone as though we had ever been here. (Psalm 103:15-16) This time here on earth is not the end. The very best is yet to come. We all surely have many different circumstances while we are residing here in this temporary place. Please don’t try to understand it all right now. No human does, but please come to understand what is being said. It is of the greatest importance. Listen closely NO ONE IS BEYOND REDEMPTION No matter what sins you have committed. Salvation is free and for Everyone. “For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23) My dear friends please understand that this very precious treasure that is for everyone is a process. It began for me 7 years ago. I simply recited the salvation prayer with the deepest sincerity and dedication. “Dear God, I know I have sinned, and that my sin has separated me from You. I am truly sorry. Please forgive me and save me. I believe that Your Son Jesus died for my sins, and was raised from the dead, and is alive today. I receive Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Please fill me with the Holy Spirit, and help me to obey You for the rest of my life. My life belongs to You now. In Jesus name. Amen” Shortly thereafter I felt the greatest nudging and was compelled to be water baptized. OH MY GOODNESS! Friends, Family, and Neighbors I now began to have a better understanding of the Holy word of God. I now was experiencing what our beautiful Savior Jesus Christ is teaching us all in this scripture. (John 14:15) Wow to be filled with the very presence of our Almighty Powerful Holy Heavenly Father. The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control. (Galatians 5:22-23) Briefly after Pentecost Acts 2 the Holy Spirit came to live in all believers. This most beautiful gift from our loving Heavenly Father is explained in more detail in God’s Holy word. Please understand that the Holy Spirit is available to all people. The Holy Spirit fills us with the love of Christ. The Holy Spirit instructs us,guides us,leads us,teaches us,comforts us and encourages us.The Holy Spirit guarantees that Salvation is ours now and that we will receive so much more when Christ returns.The Holy Spirit is a taste of the total change we will experience in eternity. Amen. I had made the single most greatest decision in all of my life when I said the Salvation prayer and verbalized Roman 10:9. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.“ (Romans 10:9) Accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
If you are not here yet, I want to tell you ahead of time. You are going to absolutely just love this path. OH MY GOODNESS, Even if I had a very extensive vocabulary I would not be able to find the words beautiful enough to describe this great treasure. The Holy word of God has a greater value than anything in this world. Whom among us is dealing with addictions, anxiety, debt, depression, loneliness, divorce, chronic pain, and having suicidal thoughts? Whom among us is deals with satan’s attacks? Friends, life brings trials, storms, pressure, stress, sickness, and disease. Whatever it is we are on the journey together. The beautiful answer can be found in Jesus Christ. Jesus said if you abide in me then I will abide in you. If you remain in me then I remain in you. The word of God is the answer. The power of prayer to our God is the answer. The answer to our fallen broken world can be found in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Please friends listen closely and pay attention please to what our Savior Jesus Christ is saying to us in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, You will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden is light.” Dear friends, I haven't always been on this path. It is far too precious and too beautiful to not discuss what Jesus Christ has done for all people in this world. Jesus Christ is the fountain of living water. He is the King of Kings. The Lord of Lords. The Messiah. The Anointed one. Jesus Christ is the most beautiful Son of the Most High. Jesus Christ willingly went to the cross to give his life for each and every one of us. Jesus had paid the penalty for our sins once and for all. Thank you dear Jesus. Dear Friends, Ours sins call for judgement. The judgement for our sins was put on Christ at Calvary. Please understand this very precious good news. You do not have to bear the judgement of your sins. If you accept the Sin Bearer, the perfect Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, But be sure when the rapture occurs or you die without making your peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ you will bear the punishment for every one of your sins and the greatest sin of all will be rejecting Jesus Christ who suffered in your place. Our Heavenly Father is the most fair and the most just. Do you know that our Heavenly Father chooses to forgive our sins as far as east is from west? Do you know that our Heavenly Father chooses to no longer remember our sins. Thank you dear Father for your amazing grace, and your endless infinite unfailing love. Please do not forget what Jesus is so kindly reminding us of in Matthew 7:13 “The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for many who choose that way.” But our Heavenly Father is the most loving, patient, and forgiving. He is the creator and the very definition of integrity. He has provided a beautiful and gracious way so that no one ever has to find that dead end futile path. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Please realize this truth, every beautiful day is a precious gift of time from our so very patient Heavenly Father. He wants no one to perish but everyone to repent. This beautiful door that leads to eternity is presently wide
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open. Dear friends right now there is an open invitation. God almighty is so graciously offering mercy and forgiveness now, and promises judgement later. What do you benefit if you gain the whole world, but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? (Mark 8:36-37) I simply have the greatest desire to encourage you to make that free choice now while there is still time. The choice you make now will determine your eternal destination. While there is still time please please take a moment to read these so very important scriptures to better understand. (Matthew 24) (Matthew 25:1-13) (Luke 17:26-35) (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11) (John 14:1-4) (1 Corinthians 15). PLEASE LISTEN for we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body. (2 Corinthians 5:10). Please make certain that your beautiful name will be found in the Book of Life. (Revelation 20:12-15) My dear friends it wasn’t so long ago that I was not on this path and I did not have an understanding of the Holy Word and these precious truths that bring life. This precious gift of faith it comes from hearing the beautiful word of God. (Romans 10:17) Remember we are all on this most remarkable journey together. It is a precious priceless process. I urge you to begin this process ASAP. While there is still time while it is still today. Let us go then and love one another. This is a command from the most high From the one who shed his blood so we would have eternal life. Please find your way into one of God’s houses that in no way deviates from the word of God. My journey began in God’s house. Hearing the word of God. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (Philippians 4:13) Friends the condition of our world is the direct result of simply not paying attention to what our beautiful Savior Jesus Christ is saying to us all in (John 15:5). “For apart from Me you can do nothing.” Lastly, My friends I must confess as I am writing this to you the greatest tears of joy are falling because of the magnificent excitement, glorious joy and anticipation of spending eternity with you and our Lord. This precious path of following Jesus Christ brings an inexpressible glorious joy. It brings the greatest love, peace, and freedom this world will ever know. It can be found nowhere else. There is no other path with a future. Listen to this beautiful truth that Jesus is saying in (Luke 11:9-10) Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be open to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be open. Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:33) Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the Joys of those who take refuge in Him. (Psalms 34:8) Thanks for listening. Your christian brother. See you there For further direction email Loveyourneighbor33@gmail.com
INSIDE: MAIN STREET SEEKS $25,000 PRIZE • D2
WELLINGTON ENTERPRISE THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019 • SERVING WELLINGTON SINCE 1864
Underpass gets lower 25 mph speed limit
DUKES PRIDE SHINES
JONATHAN DELOZIER REPORTER
Precautionary signs will soon be installed at Wellington's Main Street underpass by the Ohio Department of Transportation. ODOT's highway division has issued a work order calling for 25 mph speed limit and “intersection ahead” signs to be put in for northbound drivers headed for the underpass. The speed limit while traveling through the underpass has been 35 mph. The work is prompted by a Feburary ODOT inspection of the intersection joining North Main, Kelly, and Clay streets. Limited visibility for drivers turning north off of Kelly and Clay onto North Main has been brought up in conversation numerous times at village council meetings since the underpass project was completed in 2015. Temporary signage has been installed at the intersection in the past during Lorain County Fair week. Village manager Steve Dupee said ODOT has yet to specify exactly when the signs will be SPEED PAGE D2 Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise
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The 8th Annual Dukes Pride Carnival welcomed a large crowd this past Saturday to Wellington High School. After a free breakfast, families enjoyed games, a petting zoo run by FFA members, a bounce house compliments of the Wellington Kiwanis, and a cake giveaway named in honor of Nancy Ratliff. Proceeds from the event will go toward maintaining the Wellington Schools' free lunch program for students over the summer. Not including this year's haul, the carnival has taken in more than $65,000 since beginning in 2012. The 2018 carnival set a single-year fundraising record of $15,000. ABOVE: Angelica Preisel makes a new feathered friend. BOTTOM LEFT: McCormick Middle School student Camryn Stump takes her shot. BOTTOM RIGHT: Amanda Kidd and Lillian Mull of Wellington are ready to hit the diamond.
State officials hope lowering the Main Street underpass speed limit and warning northbound drivers of an approaching intersection at Kelly and Clay streets will improve safety at the busy corner.
Riding 'The Landry Express' JONATHAN DELOZIER REPORTER
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A fundraiser for former Wellington High School student Landry Cole has exceeded expectations and will provide her with a new twin recumbent bicycle. Pastor Paul Wilson and First United Methodist Church spearheaded efforts to collect cash for Cole, an 18-year-old who was diagnosed in 2014 with metastatic brain cancer. Help came quickly via organizations such as the Wellington Kiwanis, Eagles Aerie 2051, VFW Post 6941, American Legion, Wellington Masonic Lodge 127, and individual donors. Together they raised $3,400 in roughly three weeks, far ahead of Wilson's original June target date. “I was originally thinking of a tandem bike with one person in back and one in the front but the LANDRY PAGE D2
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Landry Cole and pastor Paul Wilson of First United Methodist Church discuss recent fundraising efforts to purchase the 18-year-old a new recumbent bicycle. A group bike ride with Wilson and Cole is scheduled for June 8 at Findley State Park.
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Rachelle Grimmett, an American Family Insurance agency owner in Wellington, has been recognized for providing an outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. “An extraordinary customer experience is a top priority at American Family and our agency owners are a critical part of accomplishing that,” said Ann Hamilton, American Family Insurance customer experience vice president. The distinction was determined through a customer satisfaction survey. Grimmett has been an agency owner for American Family since September 2003.
FROM D1 installed but expects work to be carried out within the next few weeks. “ODOT reviewed the timing that drivers have coming north out of the underpass and chose to make this decision,” Dupee said. “For people who are unfamiliar with the underpass or Wellington, they'll know there's an intersection just to the north. We believe that will help alleviate making that left-hand turn off of Kelly or right-hand turn off of Clay.” Former village councilman and Lorain County Fair board member Fred Alspach passed away following a crash at the intersection on July 19, 2017. Investigators said he was traveling south on North Main Street when a northbound driver failed to yield to oncoming traffic as he turned left toward Kelly Street.
idea came about for side-by-side,” Wilson said. “We've gotten help from so many people. Our church got the idea started but everyone helped. Everyone has a special place in their heart for Landry. We're going to bless the bike at a church service and bring it over to her.” Century Cycles of Medina will construct the new vehicle, fusing together two recumbent bikes to allow Cole to enjoy traveling company. For the past three years, Wilson has registered his bicycle riding in the Great Cycle Challenge, an annual initiative benefiting cancer research. Nationally, participants have logged 12.2 million miles and donated $16 million since the event's 2015 inception. Wilson has always named his riding team “The Landry Express.” That moniker will prove even more fitting this year as Cole plans to use her new bike to join Wilson in riding for the first time. A group ride with the pair is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8 at Findley State Park. “I hope it's nice out like today,” said Cole on Monday while Wilson visited her home. “Sometimes it's hard but I'm thankful for all the people who help. I'm looking forward to seeing the bike.” Cole is also looking forward to meeting her new service dog, Jack, this week.
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Thursday, April 18, 2019
Main Street throws hat in national $25K competition JONATHAN DELOZIER REPORTER
A cash prize of $25,000 is up for grabs in a national contest recently entered by Main Street Wellington. America's Main Streets is conducted annually through Germany-based STIHL Inc., inviting nonprofits that support local business communities to vie for cash awards. Voting to move on to the quarterfinal round ends this Sunday. Ten semifinalists will be decided by voters April 29 through May 26 before a grand prize winner is chosen by judges June 2. On top of the $25,000, this year's winner will receive a $1,000 gift certificate to any STIHL dealer, three $500 shopping sprees, a one-day downtown assessment, social media recognition, and a commemorative plaque. “We would give that money back to many of the business downtown to help with paint and facade renovations and do a lot of good,” said Main Street director Jenny Artnz Monday while speaking with village council. “It would also be a lot simpler than applying for a grant. We would just have the $25,000.” To vote for Main Street Wellington, visit www.mainstreetcontest.com/profile/175. Arntz said this round of the contest al-
Main Street Wellington hopes to refurbish Herrick Avenue's cheese signs if awarded top prize in America's Main Streets, a yearly competition that pays out $25,000 among other winnings. lows for one vote per device each day — but future rounds allow up to five votes per device. Main Street Wellington's contest submission highlights the rich history of Herrick Avenue, from Archibald Willard gaining inspiration for his world-renowned “Spirit of '76” painting to the 1858 Oberlin-Wellington Slave Rescue. It also mentions Wellington's time as “The Cheese Capital of the World” in the late-19th century and recent downtown rehabilitation efforts.
“Herrick Avenue is very significant to this community,” said Arntz. “I'm hoping people will support us. It's gotten a lot of traction on social media and hopefully we can get some well-needed money.” Other Main Street plans for prize money include continuing its “Paint the Town Proud” program. It provides free paint to downtown businesses wishing to spruce up their store fronts. The cash could also be used to secure a lift to repair Herrick Avenue's historic cheese signs.
SWING AND A MISS
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All Wellington-area churches are invited to post service times in the Enterprise. Send your listing to us via email at news@ lcnewspapers.com. • First United Methodist Church, 127 Park Place, Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. with worship at 10:45 a.m. Choir rehearsal is from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Caregivers Support Group meets at 2 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. Free community meals are offered from 5-6 p.m. on the last Monday of each month. Praise service starts Saturdays with fellowship at 5 p.m. and the service at 5:30 p.m. • St. Patrick Church, 512 North Main St., has Masses at 6 p.m. Saturday and 8:15 a.m. Sunday. Weekday Masses are at 8:45 a.m. Monday and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, call 440-647-4375. • Fellowship Church, 44777 St. Rt. 18, Wellington, has Sunday worship at 10 a.m. with kids’ classes. Wednesday night group study and Foundation Youth ministry meets at 7 p.m. • First Congregational United Church of Christ, 140 South Main St., has Sunday service at 10 a.m. The first Sunday of each month is family worship and communion. • Camden Baptist Church, 17901 St. Rt. 511, Camden Township, has Sunday school at 9 a.m. and worship at 10:15
a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. AWANA and “Ignite” (junior and senior high), meet at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays. Adult prayer meeting and Bible study begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. A nursery is provided for Sunday services. • Brighton United Methodist Church has Sunday worship at 11 a.m. Bible study is held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. For more information, call 440-828-0773. • Rochester United Methodist Church has Sunday worship at 9 a.m. • Wellington Freewill Baptist Church, 205 Woodland St., has Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. Sunday evening services are held at 6 p.m. and Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. • United Church of Huntington, 26677 Rt. 58, has Sunday services at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., as well as Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is available during worship services and the Sunday school hour. • Lincoln Street Chapel, 139 Lincoln St., has Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. • New Life Assembly of God, 108 West St., has Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. A Wednesday evening family night at 7 p.m. includes Bible study, youth group, girls ministries, and Royal Rangers. • Penfield Community Church, 40775 St. Rt. 18, has Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. with Sun-
day worship at 10:30 a.m. Kidz Klubhouse for children and Fusion for youth will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Sundays. • Bethany Lutheran Church, 231 East Hamilton St., has Sunday worship at 10:15 a.m. with Sunday school and adult Bible class at 9 a.m. For more information, call 440-647-3736. • First Baptist Church, 125 Grand Ave., has Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. The 24/7 Youth Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the youth barn. Children’s programs and adult prayer meeting and Bible study are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the church. A nursery is provided for all services. • Christ Community Church, 212 West Herrick Ave., has Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. For more information, call 440-647-7641. • Brighton Congregational Church, 22086 State Rt. 511, has Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. • Pittsfield Community Church has Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. There is a new Mothers of Preschool children’s group. For more information, call 440-774-2162. • Angels Unaware Bible study is held at 7 p.m. on Mondays at the LCCC Wellington Center. It provides a study from Genesis to Revelation. For more information, call 419-681-6753.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Palm Sunday scare as tornadoes move through JASON HAWK EDITOR
A tornado watch Sunday evening brought back memories of the death and destruction wrought by a 1965 twister that decimated Pittsfield Township. Spotters confirmed a touchdown near Ruggles in Ashland County around 5:20 p.m. It was followed by reports of downed trees and power lines as the storm moved northeast at roughly 60 mph with Wel-
lington directly in its path. A tornado warning was issued for all of Lorain County and weather radar showed the rotation passing between New London and Sullivan with Oberlin as a possible terminus. The funnel was buffeted back and forth, severe winds cutting it down to size over the next 20 minutes. The good news is that Wellington firefighters said they were not dispatched to any emergency calls — and by the time the dangerous mass reached the Penfield area, it
had slowed and lifted off the ground, breaking up. While the tornado threat was over, it gave way to a severe thunderstorm warning that sent residents in Elyria, Grafton, Eaton, and North Olmsted scrambling indoors. The front brought heavy rains and 55 mph winds that kicked up shelf clouds. At the same time, meteorologists tracked another tornado near Shelby in Richland County. It reportedly ripped the roof off a Chevrolet dealership. Tornado warnings continued
to pop up across the entire Greater Cleveland and Akron region for the next couple of hours. The timing could not have been more nerve-wracking, especially for those with a sense of history — and those local residents who lived it. The storm renewed memories of Palm Sunday 1965, when 47 tornadoes were spawned across six Midwestern states, killing 271 people and injuring about 1,500 others. Lorain County suffered 18
Mix it up a little, experiment! My backyard is full of branches and water. I'll have to find some kids to help me pick up all those branches! I've been hungry for kielbasa, cabbage, and noodles. I also love pork roast and sauerkraut over mashed potatoes — I cook the roast until it's so tender that it falls apart. Just add a salad and rolls and you have a delicious and very filling meal! You can fix it with kielbasa too or even Polish sausage. I've heard some people even put dumplings in the sauerkraut. I love to experiment with certain foods, though I still can't get my Spanish rice to taste like my mother used to make it. I make my own coleslaw dressing and people have always liked it. I had someone who I haven't seen in a very long time come up to me while out shopping. She asked me what I have been doing with my life. I said I was caring for the elderly. She smiled and said, "The elderly caring for the elderly." We both laughed
skillet and cook the potatoes a while along with chopped onions, then add the meat with salt and pepper to taste. It was so delicious! My dad loved this hash with eggs and toast.
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over this comment but I don't feel this old age of 73. I've quite healthy and don't have any health problems — my doctor is amazed that I don't take any pills, only my vitamins and a low dose of aspirin. Walking all of my life, I believe, is the reason I'm so healthy. I just hope I can keep doing it for a long time; I'm not ready to retire. Until next time, enjoy these recipes! My Mom's Hash If my mom ever had leftover roast beef or corned beef, she would finely chop it and boil and cube some potatoes. She'd put bacon grease in her cast iron
Rachel Sandwiches • 4 oz. sliced Swiss cheese • 1/4 lb. sliced corn beef • 3 cups deli coleslaw • 12 slices dark rye bread Layer the cheese, corned beef, and coleslaw on six slices of bread. Top with remaining bread slices. Cut sandwiches in half and enjoy. I like homemade coleslaw as it had a better flavor and makes these sandwiches far better! Kielbasa-Vegetable Stew • 1 medium red onion, cut into thin wedges • 1 can stewed tomatoes, undrained • 6 small red potatoes, quartered • 2 medium carrots cut into two-inch strips • 1/2 lb. fully cooked Polish sausage or kielbasa, cut into half-inch-
es slices • 1 tsp. chopped fresh marjoram leaves (or 1/4 tsp. dried) • 1/8 tsp. pepper • 2 cups coarsely chopped cabbage or coleslaw Spray a 12-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium. Cook onions for two to three minutes, stirring occasionally until crisp-tender. Stir in tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, sausage, and seasonings. Heat to boiling; reduce, cover, and cook five to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender. Corned Beef Casserole In a 9x13 pan, mash one can of corned beef and one medium chopped onion. Cook an 8 oz. package of noodles; drain and pour over top of the corned beef. Add one can of cream of mushroom soup. Sprinkle pepper over all, then sprinkled crushed potato chips over the top. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve with a salad and hot bread.
A GHOSTLY GOOD TIME
deaths as a twister cut a 22mile path across the region, causing severe damage in Pittsfield Township at F4 strength, and Grafton, where it hit at F2 strength. That tornado continued on to Strongsville, where 18 homes were razed, some torn clean off their foundations. "In two minutes, our lives can totally change," said Judy McCurdy in 2015 on the 50th anniversary of the disaster. "Possessions mean nothing." She lost her father, Louis Klier, in the storm.
FAST AND FURIOUS
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Black River hosted Wellington and Brooklyn in a dual meet. The Dukes boys and girls teams both won. Winning their events for Wellington were: • Jenna Calfo – Shot put • Micah Smiley – High jump and 300-meter hurdles • Allie Starner – Hurdles • Rachel Kropff – 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters • Grace Dudziak – 200 meters • The girls and boys relay teams each won all four of their races. • Dylan Lawson – Shot put • Parker Adler – Long jump and 400 meters • Henry Haas – 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters • Logan Evans – 800 meters • Cory Feron – 200 meters ABOVE: Allie Starner nears the finish in the 100-meter hurdles. BELOW: Aly Haswell competes in the long jump for the Dukes.
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Alanna Begley portrays the ghost, Elvira, in “The Blithe Spirit” last weekend at the Patricia Lindley Center. Audiences could feel a chill in the air as they watched the latest production from the Wellington High School drama club and Wellington Friends of Theater. The show centered on a novelist who hopes to gain inspiration through a seance at his home but is haunted by the ghost of his former wife.
Dukes junior high track stars show speed, muscle Wellington junior high track is back — the Dukes competed April 9 at Brookside along with Oberlin in their first trimeet of the short season. Perfect running conditions helped the Dukes girls take first place in a decisive 44-point victory over Brookside (39) and Oberlin (38). Coaching the team for the 10th season are Nate Morris and Dan Gundert. “We displayed a solid performance," said Gundert. "We definitely showed some areas where we can excel. With some more hard work, I think we have some conference
contenders.” Assistant coach Jeff Hook was pleased with the team’s performance. “These kids have only been practicing for a short while. For many of them, this was their first meet," he said. "I think we all learned a lot. For the past couple weeks, we have been working not only on conditioning, but also form, handoffs, and hurdles. By our next meet, I think we are going to see a much more honed team.” The Dukes will compete at Keystone on April 23 and then at Firelands on April 30, both at 4 p.m.
Dukes girls top finishers: • McKenna Solkiwicz finished second in the 100-meter hurdles. • Sydney Skierski placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles. • Violet Haas finished first in the mile. • Taylor Morris placed second in the mile. • Isabella Watters placed third in the mile. • The 4x100 relay team of Whitney Kirschner, McKenna Solkiewicz, Aubrey Adkins, and Joyce Stallard took first place. • Hope Dudziak finished
second in the 400-meter race. • Gwen Vannatter placed second in the 400 meters. • The 4x200 relay team of Gwen Vannatter, Hope Dudziak, Sydney Skierski, and Emma Wacker finished second. • Sydney Skierski earned first place in the 200-meter hurdles. • Violet Haas was first in the 800 meters. • The 4x400 relay team of Isabella Watters, Hope Dudziak, Taylor Morris, and Gwen Vannatter earned first place. • Joyce Stallard placed second in the long jump.
• Isabella Watters placed third in the long jump. • Rachel Jackson placed fourth in the shot put.. Dukes boys top finishers: • Kaleb Van Deusen finished second in the 100-meter race. • Kaleb Van Duesen placed second in the 400 meters. • Sean Whitehouse placed second in the 200-meter hurdles. • Hayden Flemming took second in the 800 meters. • The 4x400 relay team of Ned Gott, Ethan Bias, Hayden Flemming, and Kaleb Van Duesen finished second.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise
Wellington seniors Ryan Whitaker and Brandon Orozco have been named to the 2018-2019 Academic All-Ohio Team, two of only seven Division III boys athletes this year to earn spots.
Academic All-Ohio honors for WHS duo JONATHAN DELOZIER REPORTER
Conquering the hardwood, coupled with hard work in the classroom, has earned two Dukes basketball players spots on this year's Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association's Academic All-Ohio Team. Wellington High School seniors Ryan Whitaker and Brandon Orozco are among just seven boys in Ohio's Division III to be named to this year's team. According to records dating back to 1994, they're the first Wellington athletes to do so since Kyle Pycraft following the 1998-1999 season. Whitaker currently has a 4.35 grade point average and registered 14.2 points per game for the Dukes this season. Orazco is moving toward graduation with a 3.83 GPA and contributed 8.3 points per game. “My thing these past four years has been to remember that student comes first in student-athlete,” Whitaker said. “I've always taken pride in myself by keeping up with my work while still playing good basketball. I've played a little bit of baseball too.” “If you really want to do something, you can do both," Orazco said on the
balance between sports and school. “It might be challenging but it's worth it. You just have to stay focused. If you don't want to put the work in you're not going to get what you're looking for out of it.” On top of GPA, academic criteria used in the selection process includes class rank, ACT, and SAT scores. Other hoops statistics such as rebounds and assists per game as well as individual post-season honors are also considered. Whitaker plans to attend the University of Ashland next year to study actuarial science, applying statistical methods to assess risk in industries such as insurance and finance. Orazco is leaning toward attending Lorain County Community College and Cleveland State University to major in sports management. “These two kids are exactly what we want in Dukes basketball players,” said head coach Dan Gundert. “They work just as hard off the floor as they do on the floor. It shows. We're so proud of both of them and it's great for our younger kids to see that. Those two are really good with their time management. We make a point in our program to have something else besides basketball. They really take their academics to heart and were great leaders for us.”