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Elyria Chronicle Telegram (Newspaper) - August 22, 2015, Elyria, Ohio A2 Saturday, August 22, 2015 The Chronicle- Telegram FROM PAGE ONE The Chronicle- Telegram is committed to providing accurate news coverage. Call us at 329- 7155 to let us know about factual errors. CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS LOTTERY Founded July 24, 1829 A. C. Hudnutt, Publisher, 1927- 1950 Arthur D. Hudnutt, Publisher, 1970- 1991 A. Cooper Hudnutt, Publisher, 1991- 2010 August 22, 2015, No. 234 Elyria ( non- toll area)................. 329- 7000 All other Ohio areas....... ( 800) 848- 6397 Copyright © 2015, The Chronicle- Telegram Material published in this newspaper is the property of The Lorain County Printing & Publishing Company and is not to be reproduced without permission. Persons seeking such permission should contact JoAnn Traut at The Chronicle’s office. EXECUTIVES President/ CEO . . . . . . . Paul B. Martin Vice President . . . . . Andrew R. Young Gen. Manager . . . . William D. 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Saturdays and Sundays CIRCULATION If you didn’t get your paper, please call: Home Delivery Service Elyria ( non- toll areas): . . .329- 7200 All other areas: ( 888) 836- 8328 Phone hours 6 a. m.- 5 p. m. Monday to Friday 7 a. m. to 10 a. m. Saturdays and Sundays. Subscription rates ( daily & Sunday) : Home delivery: $ 4.10 per week; $ 192.70 per year By mail within U. S.: $ 286 per year Electronic edition: $ 9.50 per month; $ 96.60 per year Newsstand price per copy: $. 75 daily, $ 1.50 Sunday The Chronicle- Telegram ( USPS 110- 020) is published daily by the Lorain County Printing and Publishing Company, 225 East Ave., Elyria, OH 44035. Periodicals postage paid at Elyria, OH 44035. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The Chronicle- Telegram, P. O. Box 4010, Elyria, OH 44036. Evan Goodenow The Chronicle- Telegram WELLINGTON — Two men staying at the Hillcrest Motel were injured in a fire called in about 5 a. m. Friday. Fire Chief Mike Wetherbee described the injuries as not life- threatening. He said one of the men was hospitalized for smoke inhalation while the other had burns on his upper torso. He didn’t identify the men. Wetherbee said flames and smoke were visible from two units of the approximately, nine- unit, three- building motel when firefighters arrived about 5: 05 a. m. He said all occupants were outside, and the fire took about 20 minutes to contain. No firefighters were injured in the blaze. Occupant Hailey Draper said she awoke to screams for help and two or three explosions. She said she woke up her boyfriend, Cody Mobley, and they went outside and saw flames. Mobley said he and another man helped move an elderly occupant who was sitting on the ground outside his burning room unable to move. He said both of the injured men are elderly and one has oxygen tanks in his room for breathing problems. Mobley said he heard three or four explosions during the fire, which he said sounded like fireworks. Mobley said firefighters arrived shortly after he helped move one of the men about 15 yards away from the fire. Wetherbee said the cause of the fire at the motel at 43885 state Route 18 between West and Hawley roads remains under investigation. He said it’s believed to have started in the first or second unit of the motel, where the fire was most intense. The American Red Cross Lake Erie chapter will assist residents displaced by the fire with temporary housing. Firefighters continued to douse hot spots and do overhaul at the motel about 8 a. m. In addition to Wellington, firefighters from LaGrange, Litchfield, Rochester, Rochester Township and Spencer assisted in extinguishing the blaze. Contact Evan Goodenow at 329- 7129 or egoodenow@ chroniclet. com. EVAN GOODENOW / CHRONICLE Wellington firefighters respond to a fire Friday morning at the Hillcrest Motel on state Route 18. Two men injured after a fire early Friday at Hillcrest Motel unteer Gail Bonsor that focused in large part on the group’s plans to take the equipment they’ve accumulated with them to Amherst. “ It’s obviously intended to hurt this organization now that they have spurned the city of Lorain,” she said. Bonsor wrote in an emailWednesday that Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen volunteers planned to take items people had donated over the years, ranging from a stove and icebox to wreaths and a pinecone Christmas tree with them. “ I have no problem with them making thismove, BUT, what I have a problem with ( is) they believe they have the right to take EVERYTHING associated with Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, including the name,” Bonsor wrote. Bonsor urged those who read the email to contact city officials and the Lorain Growth Corp. to try to stop the taking of the items, which she wrote was set to take place this weekend. English said the donations were meant for Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen and should be allowed to accompany the group to its new home in Amherst. “ We think they have every right,” he said. “ They are not giving back contributions.” Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the items appear to be the last major sticking point in the break- up of Light Up Lorain and Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, and he understands why Bonsor and others are upset with the situation. “ If someone was giving a donation to Light Up Lorain, they would probably want for the donation to stay with Light Up Lorain,” he said. Ritenauer also said he believes the decision by Antus and her fellow volunteers to leave Lorain stems from disagreements with changes in how Lorain Growth Corp. is running Light Up Lorain this year. “ It’s different leadership, a different approach, and that’s what I think upset some people,” Ritenauer said. Ritenauer said that even with the departure of Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen and its volunteers, Light Up Lorain will kick off as usual on Thanksgiving weekend and run throughout December as it always has. “ What’s needed is to make sure this year’s goes off without a hitch,” he said. Contact Brad Dicken at 329- 7147 or bdicken@ chroniclet. com. SPURNED From A1 Friday’s announcement of a new community collaborative continues United Way’s transition from working to meet specific financial goals to putting agencies together to benefit the increasing number of people struggling with basic needs such as food, housing, employment and access to adequate health care. Major components include an Imagination Library, a nationwide program that mails age- appropriate books to families’ homes designed for youngsters from birth to kindergarten- age. Helping families with a structured transition plan to kindergarten, providing intervention services for at- risk children before getting to school and offering advanced training by the school district for participating child care centers are other components of Ready Set Go. Access to preschool services, especially for children from low- income settings, has been shown to reduce gaps in learning that can be documented by standardized testing, Schloss said. “ Now we’re going to be able to step it up, to expand, with the additional funding,” Schloss said of the expected effect of the Ready Set Go program, whose $ 581,171, three- year budget will be funded by UnitedWay and member agencies of the collaborative. Elyria Schools typically serves 500 to 550 preschoolers— ages 3 and 4— a year, Schloss said. The district helps get children ready for school with efforts such as the NewBeginnings preschool program at Franklin Elementary School. That effort, paid for by $ 1.25 million from the Stocker Foundation, began in the 2014- 15 school year. Set to continue for four more years, the project included converting some firstgrade classrooms at Franklin into preschool classrooms and putting unused space to work as a computer lab and other facilities. Another preschool program operates at the administration center. The area’s Horizon Education Centers will serve as a chief partner in the new program, Schloss said. Schloss, former Superintendent Paul Rigda and Horizon executive director David Smith began discussing the need for preschool experiences to get children adequately prepared to enter kindergarten. Those discussions led to meetings with 27 Elyria facilities offering pre- school programs that dealt with children who would enter Elyria Schools, according to Schloss. “ We began teacher training and other support services for those centers,” Schloss said. “ We kept growing it each year.” After United Way began to concentrate on collaborative efforts funding specific programs, the school district began to consider how the agency could provide funds for more preschool programs, Schloss said. “ We wanted to take it to the next level,” Schloss said. “ This year, we’re adding an immunization clinic to ensure children get their immunizations before they go to school. We want to build partnerships with everyone who has a hand in educating children before they get to us.” Ready Set Go is the seventh such collaborative launched by United Way over the past five years to bring governmental, non- profit and business organizations together to reduce the negative effect of social ills. A specific monetary goal was not announced at the kickoff Friday, but Harper said United Way hopes to equal the $ 3 million raised in 2014, which was the largest single- year collection in 11 years. Contact Steve Fogarty at 329- 7146 or sfogarty@ chroniclet. com. KICKOFF From A1 to the inception of the Road to Hope. “ I started doing this in my home,” said Jeffrey Kamms, executive director. “ I would find a guy, bring them into my house, clean them up and let them stay for a while to get sober. That’s what my wife and I did for seven years. We were the ones who got the calls when some guy was in bad shape and needed help.” Both Kamms and wife, Kristina, are longtime recovering addicts. Married in 2001, the couple said the birth of their first child was the catalyst that started the nonprofit organization. “ Having people go through detox in our basement can be pretty scary, so we knew if we wanted to do this, we had to do it outside our home,” said Kristina Kamms. The first house opened in August 2007. It was a rental in Elyria. Kamms put six guys in there with a friend who stayed to run the place. The couple stopped bringing in more dire cases and began operating a more structured program with required attendance at Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, individualized case plan management and each resident paying a nominal fee per month for rent. Road to Hope focuses on sobriety, and a person hoping for placement must be willing to make a commitment of at least 10 to 14 months and work to find and keep employment within 30 days. “ The house was always full, and I always had people callingme, so we got a second house,” Kamms said. It opened in January 2010. A month later, it was fully occupied. A third house opened in September 2011. It reached capacity by November. “ We went from six guys to 12, to 21,” Kammssaid. “ The need was just always there.” The organization largely operated under the radar and was only known to those in drug rehabilitation and recovery circles. Efforts in 2014 to expand to Eaton Township were met with pushback from residents and a request for a variance that would have paved the way for another facility was denied. Residents opposed to the facility called the work being done by the Road to Hope “ commendable,” but they were concerned with having recovering addicts in their neighborhood. “ But it all worked out and actually led to a bigger blessing for us,” Kamms said. First, the organization was able to purchased the former Sacred Heart Church on Irondale and consolidate the men’s operations into one location large enough to house clients, hold meetings and the organization’s business offices. There, Road to Hope has 28 beds. There is almost always a waiting list. A home on East Ninth Street offers another seven beds. But the question of how to treat women, beyond telling them about programs in Cuyahoga County, lingered in the background. Then a couple who had a family member successfully go through the Road to Hope program offered their home to rent as another facility near Oberlin. Another strong backer of the Road to Hope, Gail Stumphauzer, offered support for the program. Margeau’s House, named in honor of Margeau Stumphauzer who died at 29 after struggling with eating disorders most of her life, was born and opened Aug. 3. It has room for 18 women among the eight bedrooms. “ We will probably be at capacity here by the end of the month,” LaVallee said. “ We will just start a waiting list then.” Kamms, who years ago quit his job at FordMotor Co. to run the Road to Hope full time, said each new location has opened his eyes to just how much Lorain County needs sober homes. “ Hopefully, we are getting over the stigma of addiction,” Kamms said. “ I knowwe are doing everything we can to change that view. We want to set a precedent for what a structured living environment can do with someone struggling with addition.” Claiming sobriety Sitting outside on the patio Friday afternoon, Ramos recounts howshe got to Margeau’s House. She started using drugs early in life— experimenting with alcohol and marijuana when she was 12 and 13. High school led to Ecstasy and mushrooms. Graduation meant graduating to pills. Then Ramos said she moved on to heroin. “ I was just trying tomask feelings and escape reality,” she said. “ I wasmasking everything with heroin so I would feel better. Then it became doing heroin every day because I didn’t want to feel sick from withdrawal. I was addicted.” In July 2014, Ramos was arrested on theft charges, and while in jail, she said she went through a hard detox. “ It was a blessing in disguise,” she said. “ I was the walking dead — barely 100 pounds and in real bad shape.” Ramos got probation for her case and did a stint with the KEY Program, a residential drug treatment facility but with no structured transitional program to go to, she soon relapsed. She tested positive for drugs less than a year later and was sent to the Lorain/ Medina Community Based Correctional Facility by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi for violating the terms of her probation. She left the CBCF less than a week ago and went right to Margeau’s House. “ One hundred days later, here I am,” she said. “ And, I’ve got to say, sobriety never looked so good.” Ramos is hoping the Road to Hope’s program is the difference maker in her life. “ I didn’t want to have the down time between treatment and sober living,” she said. “ Before I thought I was strong enough to do it onmyown. Now I know I need help. I want to stay sober. I don’t want to be the person I was before.” LaVallee, who has 27 years of experience in recovery andworked in the substance abuse field for 21 years, said the communal aspect of the Road to Hope helps an addict’s success at recovery. It happened organically in the men’s program, and she hopes will become a foundation of Margeau’s House. “ We will encourage them to form a sisterhood,” LaVallee said. “ It takes a village to not just raise a child — we all need someone.” Road to Hope has had success. Since opening, about 230 men have lived at one of the homes. To date, 45 percent of those are still living sober lives. “ We hope we’re not what people think of when they think of sober houses,” Kamms said. “ This is not just about giving them a place to stay. It’s about separating them from their past life, putting them in a new neighborhood, allowing them to meet new friends and build relationships not built around drinking, using drugs or partying.” Ramos said she used to get wrapped up in her thoughts about the future and the instant gratification of life, and the anxiety drove her to drugs. But living at Margeau’s House, even for just a few days, has opened her eyes to what it means to truly live sober as a choice. “ I’m doing this because it’s my choice, and I’m really proud of me for it,” she said. “ I don’t care what anyone says. That’s my past.” Contact Lisa Roberson at 329- 7121 or lroberson@ chroniclet. com. HOPE From A1 Three- vehicle crash kills Elyria man Melissa Linebrink The Chronicle- Telegram NEWRUSSIATWP.— Athree- vehicle crash killed an Elyria man and injured two other local residents, despite all of them wearing their seat belts. Hubert H. Vaughan, 48, of Elyria, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post, Vaughan was driving a 2001 Ford Focus east on U. S. Route 20 at 3: 28 p. m. Friday. A 2008 Jeep Compass, driven by Tami Ford, 53, of Elyria, was traveling west on the same roadway but stopped in traffic. A 2000 Dodge 150, driven by Michael McFarland, 43, of Vermilion, also was traveling west on Route 20 and struck the Jeep from behind. The Dodge then went left of center, strikingVaughan’s vehicle head on before overturning on its side. Vaughan’s vehicle went off the right side of the roadway. Troopers stated that Vaughan had to be removed from his vehicle by the Wellington Fire Department. Ford sustained minor injuries. McFarland received “ incapacitating injuries” and had to be freed from his vehicle. He was flown to Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center. As of 11: 30 p. m. Friday, McFarland was still being evaluated and a condition was not available, according to a nursing supervisor. Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329- 7243. Ohio ( Friday) Midday Pick 3: 7- 5- 1, Pick 3: 4- 4- 1, Midday Pick 4: 7- 2- 0- 8, Pick 4: 4- 1- 5- 5, Midday Pick 5: 0- 2- 1- 1- 1, Pick 5: 5- 0- 4- 8- 8, Rolling Cash 5: 9- 10- 11- 21- 34. Next Rolling Cash 5 jackpot is $ 140,000. Next Classic Lotto jackpot is $ 9.4 million. Mega Millions FRIDAY: 13- 15- 21- 41- 72, Mega Ball: 1, Megaplier: 5. Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $ 47 million. Powerball WEDNESDAY: 6- 8- 43- 48- 50, Powerball: 7, Power Play: 2. Next Powerball jackpot is an estimated $ 90 million. Out of state MICHIGAN ( FRIDAY) — Daily 3: 6- 7- 1, Daily 4: 2- 9- 9- 5, Fantasy 5: 7- 11- 27- 38- 39. PENNSYLVANIA ( FRIDAY) — Pick 3: 3- 4- 8, Pick 4: 3- 9- 0- 1, Pick 5: 1- 4- 1- 1- 1, Cash 5: 8- 11- 25- 35- 36. WEST VIRGINIA ( FRIDAY)— Daily 3: 3- 0- 5, Daily 4: 6- 2- 6- 8.

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