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Elyria Chronicle Telegram (Newspaper) - March 21, 2015, Elyria, Ohio Cyan A1 Magenta A1 Yellow A1 Black A1 Cyan A1 Magenta A1 Yellow A1 Black A1 BEST REMEDY ACCENT, C1 Chicken soup benefits touted CLINCHER SPORTS, D1 Cavs snag playoff berth High of 50. Low of 23. Forecast on A6 PARTLY CLOUDY W W W . C H R O N I C L E T . C O M ADVICE ............ C2 BUSINESS ........ A5 CLASSIFIEDS.... E3 COMICS ........ F2- 3 MOVIES................ C2 OBITUARIES........ B2 OPINION........ B4- 5 YOURTOWN........ B3 INDEX SATURDAY, March 21, 2015 75 ¢ 7 DAYS AWEEK HOME DELIVERY LORAIN— A vigil for Lorain man Aaron Zimmerman will be 6: 30 p. m. today at the Day’s Dam pavilion at the Lorain County Metro Parks Black River Reservation. Zimmerman, who had been missing since November, was found dead Thursday in the woods by a man walking near Chelsea Drive and Packard Avenue. The Rev. Angel Arroyo is calling on friends, family, law enforcement, searchers and anyone else who was a part of Zimmerman’s life or touched by his missing person’s case, to attend with candles, signs or balloons. Arroyo said Day’s Dam was a place Zimmerman felt comfortable, and he traveled to the location almost daily to find peace. Those who cannot attend the vigil but are interested in donating to help the Zimmerman family pay for funeral costs can donate at any FirstMerit Bank in Lorain. Checks can also be mailed to bank branches in care of the Aaron Zimmerman fund. — from staff reports NEWS OF NOTE Zimmerman Pot group can petition Brad Dicken The Chronicle- Telegram ResponsibleOhio has cleared a final procedural hurdle and can now begin collecting signatures to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot that would legalize marijuana in Ohio if voters approve the measure. The Ohio Ballot Board, chaired by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, approved the measure as one issue during a meeting Friday. Had the board decided it was more than one issue, ResponsibleOhio would have had to refine its language and resubmit it to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office for approval. ResponsibleOhio must gather the signatures of at least 305,591 registered voters in order for the legalization effort to be put in front of voters, something the investor- backed group hopes to do by the July deadline in order to make the November ballot. “ We have the procedural stuff in place to begin our signature effort, which is exciting,” ResponsibleOhio spokeswoman Lydia Bolander said. She said the group will use a mix of paid and volunteer workers to gather the necessary signatures and they intend to collect as many as 500,000 signatures to ensure enough of them are valid. If approved, the amendment would legalize marijuana for medical and personal use. It also would allow for the creation of 10 marijuana growing facilities, one of which would be in Lorain. A marijuana testing facility also would be in Lorain County, most likely in Oberlin. Other marijuana advocates pushing their own legalization amendments have criticized the ResponsibleOhio plan for limiting who would be allowed to grow the drug for sale. ResponsibleOhio responded to that criticism by altering its plan to allow adults 21 and older to grow up to four marijuana plants for personal use. ResponsibleOhio is the second marijuana legalization With procedural hurdles cleared, ResponsibleOhio now must obtain 305,591 signatures to get on ballot See PETITION, A2 SPRING OFFICIALLY ARRIVES Vigil for Lorain man set for this evening BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE Spring returns Friday, as did the crocuses in front of a home on Washington Avenue in Elyria. District group testifies to state reps SHEFFIELD- SHEFFIELD LAKE SCHOOLS Jon Wysochanski The Chronicle- Telegram SHEFFIELD — A Sheffield- Sheffield Lake Schools Board of Education member, teacher and group of students went to Columbus on Wednesday to testify about a proposed state budget that will negatively impact the district if passed. The already cash- strapped district relies heavily on support from local taxpayers. But district officials say the proposed budget under House Bill 64 will place even more of a burden on local taxpayers if a proposal to cut more than $ 400,000 is approved. Board member Amy Deluca, high school English teacher Valerie Rion and three Brookside High School students spoke before the House Subcommittee on Finance for Primary and Secondary Education in an effort to open the eyes of representatives about the repercussions of the proposal. Deluca said the proposed See TESTIFIES, A2 Learwood student earns a trip to D. C. Melissa Linebrink The Chronicle- Telegram EATONTWP.— ItwasEmma Jankowski’s bee to win. After placing runner- up in the 2014 East District Spelling Bee and being crowned the winner of the 2015 East District Spelling Bee this year, taking home the first- place trophy for the district finals Friday was sweet success. Emma, an eighth- grader at Learwood Middle School in Avon Lake, will represent the district at the 88th annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D. C., May 24 to 30. Runner- up was seventhgrader Andy Hoffman, a student at Holy Trinity in Avon. After Andy incorrectly Emma Andy Loose dog rescued from Lake Erie ice Melissa Linebrink The Chronicle- Telegram LORAIN — When Amy Pritchard’s 4- month- old Labrador mix Kimberly escaped from a fenced- in yard Sunday evening, she never imagined where the puppy would end up. Kimberly was spotted Friday on the slightly iced- over Lake Erie in Bay Village, nearly 15 miles from where she was last seen. “ We’re not exactly sure how she escaped, but she pulled down a fence at my sister’s house,” Pritchard COURTESY AMY PRITCHARD Lorain resident Amy Pritchard with her 4- month See DOG, A2 old Labrador mix Kimberly. REGIONAL SPELLING BEE FINALS See BEE, A2

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