Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Last year more than 1,000 people participated; event returns on July 4.
A race that celebrates the birthday of a young Avon Lake girl who passed away from pediatric brain cancer before her fifth birthday, is entering its fifth year and expected to be larger than ever. Last year’s Fourth of July Smiles For Sophie Birthday Bash and Dash drew almost 1,000 runners, raising funds in honor of Sophie Quayle, who was born on July 4, 2003. The race and festival returns on July 4 at Walker Road Park on what would have been Sophie’s ninth birthday and includes a 5k race and a 1.5-mile family friendly walk. Sophie’s mother, Emily Quayle, said the event continues to grow each year. “Last year we had 900 registered and another maybe 200-300 kids and volunteers,” Quayle said. “It continues to grow each year.” There are a few…
Water in pool not affected; situation remedied.
“Something” flushed down a toilet at the Avon Lake community pool resulted in a shut down of the aquatic center on June 10, and a cancelation of swim classes the following morning. Mayor Greg Zilka apologized for the inconvenience at the June 11 council meeting and reported the pool had opened by mid-day on Monday. “An obstruction flushed down the toilet; they couldn’t correct it,” Zilka said. The obstruction was in the pool sewer line he said. Recreation Department Gary Gerrone said no one is sure what caused the backup. “No doubt something slowed the flow through the pool's sanitary discharge,” Gerrone said in an email. “What it was we still can't say. Staff from the Service Department are still looking into it. They did, as of …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Council votes 6-1 to allow a one-day alcohol permit in the park.
The July 13 Avon Lake Wine Festival in Veterans Park received a nod of approval from city leaders June 11 and will go on as planned, weather permitting. Councilman Dan Bucci, who has helped organize the festival through the non-profit Avon Lake Waterfront group, reiterated to council that alcohol consumption, generally prohibited in all city parks, will limit consumption to 2-ounce samplers of wine for July 13 only. Bottles of wine from area wineries will be sold, but the bottles must remain unopened while on park property. “(Alcohol) Prohibition in the Lake House will remain,” Bucci said. Current plans call for an art show in the Lake House while the festival, which runs from 4 p.m. to dusk, is going on. Council approved by a 6-1 vote …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Thursday's Rotary Pizza Bake-Off is an all-you-can-eat pizzafest.
Everyone loves pizza. That may be why the annual Avon/Avon Lake Rotary Great Pizza Bake-Off has become one of the hottest homecoming weekend events in town. More than 700 pizza enthusiasts attended the 2010 bake-off, according to Frank Krempasky, treasurer of the Avon/Avon Lake Rotary Foundation. “It’s fun for both adults and children. We start the weekend with the Rotary event on Thursday and close with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Sunday,” he said. “These are two key student-oriented organizations participating and making a difference during homecoming.” Winner of last year’s “People’s Choice” award, Coleone’s Pizza, bill be back to defend that title for the third consecutive time. Other returning award winners are Cici’s Pizza, …
Monday, July 11, 2011
Gallagher says misdemeanor passing bad checks almost 20 years ago was a misunderstanding
William E. Gallagher, who is seeking a Ward 1 council seat in November said a conviction for passing bad checks as a teenager was a result of a misunderstanding. “I was 19 years old and working for a company that was going out of business,” Gallagher said July 10. “I was in charge of paying bills and didn’t know that some checks went bad.” Gallagher, 38, said the company, Advanced Ultraviolet, went out of business soon after. “I was contacted by the courts and paid the bills myself,” he said. “I was charged because I was the signer on the checks.” In 1992, Gallagher was charged with theft and passing bad checks valued at less than $300 in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. On Feb. 1, 1993 he changed his plea from not guilty to guilty …
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Annual event starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday and runs through Sunday morning.
The 11th anniversary of the American Cancer Society’s Avon / Avon Lake Relay For Life, Community Festival kicks off Saturday, June 4 at Avon Lake High School’s Memorial Stadium this year. Relay organizers have announced the schedule for the overnight event which ends June 5 at 10 a.m. The relay concludes months of planning and events, including fundraisers such as wine tastings. The Relay is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The festival will feature plenty of family entertainment including music, food, contests, a golf ball drop, awards and prizes as well as somber moments, including the lighting of the luminaries that circle the track representing cancer survivors and those lost to cancer. Many participants pitch…
Sunday, May 29, 2011
This pretty gray kitty needs a new home.
Grady is a front-declawed, 3 1/2-year-old solid gray male who looks like a Russian Blue. He was born in September 2007 and was adopted from Love-A-Stray as a kitten, but was recently returned because the owner's new boyfriend is allergic to him. His owner said that he acts like a dog. When he hears the doorbell ring, he runs to the door to greet everyone. Grady also likes dogs. He is neutered, current on vaccines and has tested negative for feline leukemia/FIV. Grady is currently available for adoption at the Great Northern PetSmart in North Olmsted. For further information, call Marge at 440-777-1081. For more adoptable cats and kittens, visit the Love-A-Stray website.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Avon Lake mom Alicia Castelli finds a looming summer break can distract.
Getting kids to do homework at the best of times is difficult. Getting them to stay focused during these last weeks of school is exhausting. Our oldest isn’t really a problem and neither is our youngest since she’s in kindergarten and doesn’t have homework. Our middle child, however, not only still has homework every night, but he frequently has homework during the weekend. I like that his teacher is continuing to make the students work hard since they’re going to be learning quite a few new skills in third grade including cursive writing, multiplication and division. She’s already started working on these skills and that’s the bulk of his homework (in addition to daily reading). My son likes it considerably less. He has always had some …
Monday, May 16, 2011
Tuxedo cat abandoned after owners evcited
Turbo is a long-haired black and white male tuxedo cat who was born around July 0f 2007. His family was recently evicted from their apartment, and the landlord found Turbo left alone in the apartment after they'd left. Turbo is a very handsome guy with long white whiskers and big green eyes. Turbo is declawed on his front paws, neutered and current on his vaccines. For more information, please call Marge at 440-777-1081. Love-A-Stray cats are available for adoption at the Avon Petco on Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. and at the Great Northern PetsMart on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. What do you love about cats? Tell us in the comments.
More than 50 dogs and their owners turn out for Bark for Life.
Despite a day that would be more fitting for November than mid-May, dozens of dogs and nearly 100 owners turned out to take a walk May 15, albeit wet one, in Kopf Reservation to support the 2011 Relay for Life and Love-A-Stray. One mile and 2.5 mile routes were available. The partnership resulted in what is expected to be the first annual "Bark for Life" walk through Kopf Reservation, Avon Lake's own Metro Park. Avon Lake Patch captured dogs and dog lovers, and a few lovable canines in need of a good home with our camera. Take a look through our slide show and meet the dogs and owners. See a photo you like? Share this link with friends and help support the American Cancer Society and Love-A-Stray.