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Elyria Chronicle Telegram (Newspaper) - August 22, 2015, Elyria, Ohio Cyan A1 Magenta A1 Yellow A1 Black A1 Cyan A1 Magenta A1 Yellow A1 Black A1 Just minutes away at All- Pro Freight Stadium in Avon Call 440- 934- 3636 or www. LakeErieCrushers. com SCARY TIME ACCENT, C1 New horror hits TV, theater YANKEE KILLERS SPORTS, D1 Indians continue mastery of N. Y. High of 79. Low of 59. Forecast on A6 MOSTLY SUNNY W W W . C H R O N I C L E T . C O M ADVICE ............ C2 BUSINESS .... C3- 4 CLASSIFIEDS.... E3 COMICS ........ F2- 3 MOVIES................ C2 OBITUARIES........ B2 OPINION........ B6- 7 YOURTOWN........ B3 INDEX SATURDAY, August 22, 2015 75 ¢ Exit Claus: Light Up Lorain event is spurned in favor of Amherst Brad Dicken The Chronicle- Telegram LORAIN— Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen is packing up and moving to Amherst, something that doesn’t sit well with some who help put on Light Up Lorain, the organization that has long hosted Santa and Mrs. Claus in downtown Lorain. Steve Bansek, chairman of Light Up Lorain, said that even with the departure, the annual event plans to still have Santa and Mrs. Claus participate much as they did with Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen. “ We are prepared to have something similar to that,” he said, although the details of what format the Clauses’ appearance will take this year are still being worked out. Bansek largely declined to comment on the decision of Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen to decamp to neighboring Amherst. “ They were offered the opportunity to go to the city of Amherst, and they took it,” he said. Cheryl Antus, who heads up the Downtown Lorain Christmas Council that puts on Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, declined to comment on themove, but her attorney, Brent English, said it will continue to do its good work in Amherst. English said the move touched off complaints and emails from Light Up Lorain vol- But Lorain officials vow replacement for Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen CHRONICLE FILE Dan Fleming, right, and Chris Dull, Lorain city workers, pull lines to secure a giant inflatable Santa at Broadway and East Erie Avenue on Nov. 18 in preparation for last year’s Light Up Lorain. See SPURNED, A2 United Way kicks off campaign Focus is on developing kindergarten preparatory program in Elyria Schools Steve Fogarty The Chronicle- Telegram SHEFFIELD— This year’s annual UnitedWay of Greater Lorain County campaign kickoff saw the announcement of the agency’s newest Community Collaborative that prepares Elyria youngsters for kindergarten. Known as Ready Set Go … to Kindergarten, the new effort will expand Elyria Schools’ efforts to provide children, especially preschoolers ages 3 and 4, with targeted activities and programs. This was possible thanks to the pooling of resources by 13 organizations, including Elyria Schools, Elyria Health Department and Lorain County Health and Dentistry to Lorain County Job and Family Services, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Horizon Education Centers. “ The more community agencies and early care centers we can get involved in a child’s life, the more successful these children will be, and we’re not talking just academics,” Ann Schloss, director of academic services for Elyria Schools, said Friday. “ We are looking at health care, as well as social and emotional development … educating the whole child.” As he oversaw the yearly United Way kickoff lunch at Mike Bass Ford in Sheffield, William Harper, United Way executive director, said such collaborations between organizations have had far larger effects on social problems than could be accomplished by a single agency or institution. “ They were doing good work by themselves, but by giving up individual agendas, these partners use a single set of goals to accomplish objectives of a new program,” Harper said. See KICKOFF, A2 BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE Cleveland Browns mascot Chomper meets a wary fan, Guillanna Arroney, 2, who is held Friday by her great aunt, Lynn New, of Oberlin, at the kickoff for the United Way campaign. HOME FULL OF HOPE Lisa Roberson The Chronicle- Telegram T here is a large, quiet farmhouse on state Route 58 just outside of Oberlin, sandwiched between cornfields. On one wall of one room, dubbed the serenity room, is a framed photo with the message “ Everyone Belongs.” It’s tucked away in the corner of the eight- bedroom house, but Alicia Ramos passes it several times a day. It subtly serves as a reminder to the 32- year- old woman that she is exactly where she needs to be. A recovering addict whose battle dates back to when she was 13, Ramos has been a resident of Margeau’s House for five days. But the Sheffield woman said she is finally on the road to sobriety. A month ago, had Ramos been ready for what Margeau’s House has to offer, she would have been out of luck. Lorain County’s first sober house for women devoted to substance and alcohol abuse didn’t open until Aug. 3. “ Every treatment facility I have been in touch with has said they are so happy a place like this exists in Lorain County,” said Carol LaVallee, director ofwomen’s services at Margeau’s House, the third facility of Road to Hope, a recovery housing program for men and women with substance- abuse issues. “ Sometimes houses crop up and they are not set up to handle situations. We have been doing this long enough to know what success looks like.” The journey To understand how a once- empty farmhouse was turned into a transitional living facility for women coping with alcohol and drug addiction, it’s best to start 15 years ago STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE PHOTOS Ayla Walters from Amherst, a resident of Road to Hope house, shown at top, sets chickens free inside a pen at Margeau’s Road to Hope house in Oberlin. SUPPORT MARGEAU’S HOUSE The Road to Hope will hold an open house 2 to 6 p. m. Aug. 30 at Margeau’s House, 14462 state Route 58, Oberlin. There will be refreshments and entertainment. NEED HELP WITH DRUGS OR ALCOHOL? Residents are referred after a medically supervised inpatient rehabilitation program and often come to the Road to Hope directly after treatment. The Road to Hope will not admit as a resident anyone who has been convicted of a violent crime or who is registered or required to register on any sex- offender registry. The Road to Hope has a waiting list for admittance. To check availability of housing or for more information, call the office at ( 440) 309- 4284. See HOPE, A2

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