Avon Lake News

Lear and Krebs improvement project delayed until spring

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Avon Lake

By Bryan Wroten

The project to add turn lanes and traffic lights to the intersection of Lear and Krebs roads near the railroad crossing won’t begin until spring 2015.

Public works Director Joe Reitz said the original plan was to put in the new lanes and lights this fall, but a number of factors have led the city to push back the start of the construction. …Read More

Avon Lake will apply to county for US EPA brownfield study grant

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Avon Lake

By Bryan Wroten

The city of Avon Lake will pursue a piece of the $600,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency given to Lorain County to study brownfields.

The city was one of five communities that, together, applied for the brownfield grant, Mayor Greg Zilka said. Now that the county received the money, he said, those same five communities will in a sense compete against …Read More

Big Trucks returns to safety center this weekend

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Avon Lake

By Bryan Wroten

The city’s annual Big Trucks and open house is likely the only time a parent will happily take pictures of their children in the back of a police car.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the safety center. Families can see and climb inside city, county and federal vehicles and learn about what they do. The fire and …Read More

20-year-old arrested for burglary, setting fire to Brookfield garage

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Avon Lake

By Bryan Wroten

Avon Lake police arrested Zachary Shema, 20, of Avon Lake, for reportedly stealing from a garage on Brookfield Road and then setting it on fire to conceal the theft.

Detective Sgt. Reed Reikowski said though Shema has been arrested, the case remains an open investigation for the time being.

Shema appeared in Avon Lake Municipal Court on Sept. 11. He faces charges of arson, …Read More

A rare vintage: Klingshirn Winery holds its community’s agricultural roots

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
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Grapes were a prize crop for Avon Lake’s early farmers. When the area’s first settlers discovered how well the land grew grapes, the price per acre jumped to hundreds of dollars. But over time, as with other crops, fewer and fewer families relied on farming to put food on the table and pay the bills.

One family, however, continues to grow and harvest its vineyards. Klingshirn Winery is the last of Avon Lake’s professional and self-run growing operations.