Avon Lake News

Services set for Avon Lake’s Piper Samuels

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Piper Samuels

Six-year old Piper Samuels, the Avon Lake girl who inspired hundreds of residents to tie pink ribbons to mail boxes and light posts across the city in support of her fight to “crush cancer,” passed away early Sunday after a year-long battle against Ewing’s Sarcoma, an aggressive pediatric cancer.

Calling hours are 1-4 and 6-8 p.m., Friday (Aug. 18), at Avon Lake United Church …Read More

Residents help shape proposed Lorain County lakefront plan

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017


This represents one of the options under consideration to spur economic development along the lakeshore in Avon Lake.


AVON LAKE – Residents who attended last Wednesday evening’s Lakefront Connectivity meeting may have arrived unfamiliar with the term “active transportation,” which means any self-propelled, human-powered mode of transportation, such as walking or bicycling.

But by the time they left 90 minutes later, attendees not only …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

Bikers build support for affordable housing across America

Friday, July 14th, 2017

As they make their way across America on bicycles while talking to folks about the importance of affordable housing, three women from Bike & Build enjoy a rare evening resting on a real bed instead of a sleeping bag on a church floor. Pictured left to right are Casey Wesh and Bri Yablonski, both from Pennsylvania, and Kerry Aszklar from Maryland. The group was …Read More

Dominant sibling swimming duo to enter sports hall of fame

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Avon Lake

By Michael Fitzpatrick

A pair of brothers who were dominant swimmers are members of the 2017 Avon Lake Sports Hall of Fame.

Brad and Ray Bartel both made it to the state swimming tournament while competing for the Avon Lake Shoremen boys swim team during the 1990s.

The sons of Judy and Ray Bartel led the Shoremen to some of the best seasons in school history and …Read More