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Local senior gives new life to recycled objects

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Photo by Karen Cody Jim Wright proudly displays one of his recycled lamp creations.


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Jim Wright is a man who stays busy. He likes to create and sees new potential in everyday objects. You may look at a tea pot, a coffee pot or a toy fire truck and see nothing more, but Wright sees a way to …Read More

Lucius vocalist looks back on Fairview memories ahead of September show

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

WESTSHORE – Four-piece indie pop quartet Lucius includes lead vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, drummer Dan Molad and lead guitarist Peter Lalish. Laessig, a 2003 Fairview High School graduate, is headed to town with her Brooklyn-based band, which is currently touring with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters.

The show is scheduled for Sept. 21 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Lucius currently has two studio albums: Wildewoman and …Read More

Open Heart’s volunteer motivated by desire to help othe

Friday, August 4th, 2017



Before becoming a North Ridgeville police officer 23 years ago, Lt. Tony Lee served in the U.S. Army in Somalia. He says the experience made him ask himself, “How am I going to help in my own community?”

During his rookie year on the department, Lee recalls that then Captain, now retired chief, Richard Thomas took note that Lee seemed really good with kids. …Read More

Officer once helped by a cop now does the helping

Friday, August 4th, 2017


Lorain County – North Ridgeville police officer Damir Kuduzovic reveals that his dad was “not in the picture” when he was growing up in Lakewood. However, a Lakewood cop named Will was.

Will was the department DARE officer, a Federally-funded drug awareness and safety program that placed specially-trained officers into school settings. He was also Kuduzovic’s basketball coach.

He says that Will made a big impression …Read More

Former camper now big booster of “cop camp

Friday, August 4th, 2017


Avon Lake resident Justin Donovan wanted nothing to do with Operation Open Heart when his mom first suggested he attend the camp with his younger brother. Donovan was 15 at the time, and the more his mom pushed, the less he wanted to go.

In the end, he relented.

Seven years later, Donovan just smiles recalling those first awkward days because now he is a member …Read More