Avon Lake News

With Ford retooling and NRG decision looming, city plans a tight budget

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Avon Lake

By Bryan Wroten

With a year of expected uncertainties, the city plans to keep a conservative 2015 general fund budget.

Finance Director Steve Presley said the revenue projections will mirror 2014’s, coming in at $13.7 million to 2014’s budgeted $13.49 million. The retooling of the Ford Motor Co.’s Ohio Assembly Plant and its temporary alternating shifts has been delayed into 2015, he said, which means more …Read More

Police department to explore use of body cameras for officers

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Avon Lake

By Bryan Wroten

The Avon Lake Police Department intends to purchase more body cameras for its officers through the city’s 2015 capital improvement budget.

Police Chief Duane Streator said the department already has two body

cameras being used on a trial basis. Though he wasn’t sure of the exact number, he said, some of the officers have purchased their own body cameras.

Body cameras, or body cams, are …Read More

Saving the woods and more: Jan Van Wagner, longtime community supporter, dies at 80

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Jan Van Wagner with the first shovelfull of dirt for the wall at the Kopf Family Reservation. Photo courtesy of Jim Moyse

Avon Lake

By Bryan Wroten

Jan Van Wagner, one of Avon Lake’s most dedicated and hardworking community volunteers, died on Thursday.

Van Wagner, nee Walther, 80, passed away peacefully in her home, according to the obituary provided by Busch Funeral and Crematory Services. The news of her death …Read More

Local group’s winter collection to help those trying to turn lives around

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Avon Lake

By Bryan Wroten

Assist Avon Lake is appealing to the holiday spirit of residents to help those trying to beat their addictions.

Jim Coyne, father of the local civic organization Assist founder also named Jim Coyne, said the first annual Winter Drive Assist will help a local treatment house in need during the coming winter months. The facility, The Absolute House, is a sober living men’s …Read More

Efforts underway to preserve body of piebald deer known as ‘Whitey’

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Avon Lake

By Bryan Wroten

The almost completely white piebald deer known as Whitey died last week, and fans of this deer are working to “continue the deer’s legacy.”

In a community split about 50-50 over whether to allow bowhunting to control the population of white-tailed deer in Avon Lake, Whitey served as common ground for many in that debate. Connie Field, of Love-A-Stray, said people in Avon …Read More