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Avon Lake church members and organizations come together for improved recovery and mental health network

Thursday, July 27th, 2017


WESTSHORE – Warm light bathes cornfields surrounding an old farm house in Oberlin in golden light as the day comes to an end.

A group of women quietly piles into a van for evening Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, a rule at Margeau House, a Road to Hope recovery home, and one of only two houses for women in Lorain County.

In a rare quiet moment, with most …Read More

‘Love Haiti’ basketball tournament kicks off first fundraising event

Thursday, July 27th, 2017


AVON – What started as an effort to send Haitian orphans to school expanded to building a store in Mont Rouis, Haiti, that employs four part- and full-time locals selling shoes, clothing and purified water, items that can be hard to come by.

Avon High School graduate Jeramiah Burris, who started the Love Haiti Fund as a high school junior, is now working on building an …Read More

Immersive travel opportunities link students with the world

Thursday, July 27th, 2017


WESTSHORE – Adventure time: Eight Avon Lake students headed to the exotic and wildlife wonderland island country of Bonaire, and 14 area students headed to Kenya this summer with Westlake teachers Julie Milkie and Daniel Grigson’s The Sprout Experience immersive travel project.

Both trips were designed to expand the horizons of the students, as well as teach them about nature and promote immersive cultural experiences.

For …Read More

Holaway brings love of music to her young Lorain County students

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017



WESTSHORE – Katie Holaway remembers going to her first Cleveland Orchestra concert and being “entranced” by the sounds of the ensemble. “I could not take my eyes off of the string section,” claims the Lakewood native.

She enrolled in Lakewood Public School’s instrumental music program in fifth grade, and has been playing music ever since. This passion led her to major in cello performance …Read More

Community surprises North Ridgeville teen fighting cancer

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

North Ridgeville resident Jakob Hwang, 16, gives a thumbs-up by the machine that collects his T cells in California. (Photo, Karri Hwang)


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – North Ridgeville resident Jakob Hwang, 16, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2016 and is now receiving medical treatments in Los Angeles for his condition. Before starting treatment, however, Jakob felt the warmth and compassion of the North …Read More