Archive for April, 2017

Dog swimming center moves forward despite doubts

Saturday, April 29th, 2017


By Nicole Hennessy

Not everyone on Avon Planning Commission was convinced an indoor dog pool is a great idea.

Even those who voted “yes” were skeptical of the proposed 7,468-square-foot Doggie Paddle Aquatic Center, though the plan was ultimately approved by the Planning Commission April 19.

The only “no” vote came from commission member James Malloy, who expressed doubts about a planned outdoor area near residents’ homes and …Read More

Avon Lake officials leave room for discussion before passing tougher social hosting laws

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

Avon Lake’s tone toward adults who allow teen partying is becoming zero tolerance.

Really, the city’s rhetoric is already tough on “social hosting.”

But officials are taking their time drafting the tougher legislation to find a line between zero
tolerance and needlessly making criminals.

The word “recklessly” was added to drafted legislation that also now specifies the law refers to incidents that take place in “public …Read More

Brookside high school robotics team tops off spectacular year at world competition

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Seven local high school students took their love for math, technology, engineering and science (STEM) all the way to world championship competition last week. The seven combined their considerable talents to create a competition-level robot, which they then piloted successfully through local and state competitions. Their performances earned for them the right to compete against other high schoolers from around the world at the 2017 Vex Robotics World Championship.

Land use review may answer tough questions

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

An upcoming review of Avon Lake’s comprehensive land use plan at the end of the year will be weighted as the city considers how to best utilize the last of its vacant land.

The city’s current land use plan has been around since 1995, and was last updated in 2010.

The city’s public works director, Joe Reitz, looking at a map of the city …Read More

How does your garden grow? Chemical-free tips and a request

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

While millions participated in Earth Day activities and The March for Science last Saturday, the march I did involved no signs or throngs of people. Rather, I loaded a few items into a knapsack then headed to Kopf Family Reservation. More specifically, I headed to the large enclosed area near the intersection of Armour and Gable paths at the south end of the park.

The Kopf …Read More