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Goals keep teacher-coach and his kids looking forward

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake’s Chris Chidlaw wants his special education students to go home having had a good day and looking forward to the next one. Photo by Michele Murphy


SHEFFIELD/SHEFFIELD LAKE – Heading into the summer between his sophomore and junior years at Elyria High School, Chris Chidlaw figured the pain that had bugged him throughout the previous football and wrestling seasons would ease up.

It did …Read More

FireFish spurring innovation in third year

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017


WESTSHORE – Each year, burning the FireFish brings up Lorain-related symbolism of its geography (water); its past (industry) and sparks igniting its future (rebuilding a strong economic presence in the region).

Art, dance, music, innovation and community. These are the components of the  FireFish Festival, headed back to downtown Lorain October 6 and 7.

Saturday night the giant art fish is paraded down Broadway and set on …Read More

Joyful Voices choir ready for FireFish

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017



AVON – From the back of the barn, through the trees filtering hazy, warm sunlight, comes singing and laughter carried with a late summer breeze, rustling leaves that will fall soon.

Mounted on the front of the barn is a giant guitar beneath a sax and trumpet, and a sign: Barnegie Hall.

“Zippity do dah, zippity day,” the Joyful Voices choir sings on the back deck, framed …Read More

Local boy, 11, appears in Cleveland Play House’s ‘Shakespeare in Love’

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Photo Courtesy Jen Bilczo Actor by night – Sheffield Lake’s Tommy Bilczo waits for rehearsal to begin for Shakespeare in Love in which he is cast as John Webster.


When the Cleveland Play House’s production of “Shakespeare in Love” opens this weekend, 11-year-old Tommy Bilczo will be center stage as a member of an otherwise largely New York-based cast.

By day, Tommy is like …Read More

Community celebrates opening of North Ridgeville’s school of the future

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Visitors line up to get the first look at the new North Ridgeville Academic Center.


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – A standing-room only crowd celebrated the opening of the new Academic Center last Monday evening.

The North Ridgeville High School band and cheerleaders warmed up the group of more than 2,000 prior to addresses from school and city leaders. The bright colors and lighting in the …Read More