Archive for March 1st, 2017

Literacy as an economic development tool

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

While I loved to read as a kid, my brother Mike — my Irish twin less than a year younger than me — did not like to read. He struggled as a reader. He also struggled as a student. Today, teachers identify and help a student like Mike at a very young age. Back then, kids got lost.

Fortunately, my brother met a teacher who loved …Read More

Council candidates: The race is on

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

By Nicole Hennessy

Avon Lake

As Avon Lake moves forward through sometimes stagnant economic challenges, it now has an exponentially-growing parks and recreation department; considerations on how to better utilize the lakefront being discussed at the county level and a fresh focus on economic development with a new director.

With three available at-large seats on Avon Lake City Council, only one of which is being contested by current council President Martin …Read More

North Ridgeville grad getting chance to hobnob with powerful players of military, political world

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

North Ridgeville

By Michael Fitzpatrick

A 2015 North Ridgeville graduate who took an unusual route to gain admittance to West Point is making the most of his time at the United States Military Academy.

Jeff Reffert enlisted in the U.S. Army between his junior and senior years of high school with a goal of joining ROTC at Norwich University in Vermont.

His plans changed when he was encouraged by …Read More

Board goes public with contract offer to teachers union; offers 2-percent raise for for four years

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

North Ridgeville

By Michael Fitzpatrick

The tension between the North Ridgeville Education Association and the North Ridgeville Board of Education ratcheted up a few more notches after the last board meeting, Feb. 21. The 200 or so members of the NREA who attended the meeting departed early after the board elected to discuss negotiations publicly and even posted slides detailing the “final best offer” it had made …Read More