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Elyria Chronicle Telegram (Newspaper) - May 21, 2015, Elyria, Ohio Republic and Rumpke will not collect trash Monday and service will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week for both of those companies. Lorain County government and the court system will be closed Monday, as will government offices in area cities and communities. AMHERST: The city will start with a Memorial Day service a little before 10 a. m. when veterans will march from the Cleveland Street Cemetery to City Hall. There, The Rev. Karson Collins will give a prayer and a marching band will play the national anthem. The celebration parade starts after 10 a. m. when trucks and cars will drive from Washington Street to City Hall. Participating vehicles can start lining up for the parade at 9 a. m., when Washington Street will be shut down in anticipation of the events. Participants must drive in on Sunset Drive and park along Washington Street. AVON: The Memorial Day Parade will start 9 a. m. Monday at the Avon Senior Center, 36786 Detroit Road, and will head east on Detroit Road to the cemetery at the intersection of state Route 83 and Detroit Road. The parade is sponsored by the Avon/ Avon Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 735, which will host a ceremony at the cemetery. AVON LAKE: The American Legion Post 211 will conduct Memorial Day services at the post 8 a. m. Monday. At 9 a. m., the post will conduct a second service at Lake Shore Cemetery followed by a community parade that steps off 10 a. m. at the Avon Lake High School and ends about 10: 45 a. m. at Veterans Park, where a memorial service will take place. There will be a flyover by the Air Force veterans of the Civil Air Patrol. After all the services are completed, there will be an indoor picnic at the American Legion, 31972 Walker Road. COLUMBIA STATION: Memorial Day events will start 11 a. m. Monday with the parade procession leaving from the Columbia Middle School parking lot, 136446 West River Road, continue to the cemetery and then to the Veterans Memorial. Charlie and Mark Hyatt will serve ribs for $ 2 a bone to support the “ Home for Heroes” at the rear entrance of the VFW Club. EATON TWP.: There will be a memorial service 1 p. m. Sunday at Butternut Ridge Cemetery, Eaton Township. The service will be presented by the American Legion Post 7171 and the Eaton Township Veterans Committee. ELYRIA: The Elyria VFW Memorial Day service will be 9 a. m. Monday with retired Capt. Stanley J. Beach, Chaplain Corps of the U. S. Navy, as the guest speaker. A veteran of 27 years of sea service ministry, Beach saw combat action with the Third Marine Division in Vietnam. There, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines during Operation Prairie when, on Sept. 28, 1966, he was assisting wounded Marines when an enemy mortar round exploded less than six feet away from him. He suffered serious injuries to his arms and left leg. Among his many awards are a Bronze star with a “ V,” Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal with a “ V,” Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation and Philippine Presidential Citation. GRAFTON: The 79th annual Grafton Village Firemen’s Festival is May 22 to 25 at Willow Park. Admission and parking are free. There will be amusement rides and food. New this year is the 5K run or walk on Saturday, May 23. Registration begins at 7: 45 a. m. with the race at 9 a. m. Portions of the proceeds will go toward the Fallen Firefighters Memorial. The Grafton VFW Post 3341 will host the Memorial Day parade. The parade will line up at the Grafton Police Department, on Mechanic Street, and step off at noon. The parade will stop at the south end of town near the memorial, where the Boy Scouts will raise the flag, then continue to Village Hall. Navy Chaplin Capt. Stanley Beach will be the speaker. He is a Vietnam veteran who received the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, the Bronze Star with “ V” and several other accolades. GRAFTON TWP: The annual Grafton Township Memorial Day parade and program begins 10 a. m., Monday, May 25. The parade kicks off at 10 a. m. from the Grafton Township Fire Hall and heads toward the Grafton Township Veterans Memorial Park for the flag- raising and program. This year’s program features the Midview High School marching band and Air Force ROTC. Local veterans will be honored. Rev. David Walker, pastor of Belden United Methodist Church, will deliver the message and the choir will perform a patriotic song. Refreshments will follow at the township Fire Hall. Only handicap parking will be available at Veterans Memorial Park because of limited space. Additional parking will be in front of the fire hall for spectators. Parade participants are encouraged to park near the ball fields, next to the hall. KIPTON: There will be a parade downtown Sunday beginning at 2 p. m. followed by a Memorial Day program at 2: 30 p. m. Those participating in the parade will begin lining up at 1: 30 p. m. State Route 511 will be closed during the parade and program. For more information, call ( 440) 775- 3944. LAGRANGE: The New Hope Apostolic Church is sponsoring “ A Day in the Park” honoring past and present military members 11 a. m. to 4 p. m. May 24 at the LaGrange Lions Club Community Park, 240 Glendale St., LaGrange. Before the festivities, a memorial service will take place at 10: 30 a. m. The park event will feature food, inflatables, prizes and entertainment. There will be carnival- type games for children. For more information, call ( 440) 355- 5418. LAGRANGE TWP.: LaGrange Township will celebrate Memorial Day with a parade starting at Keystone Middle School at 11 a. m. Monday. The parade will include the Keystone High School Band. The parade will stop at the Civil War Memorial at the center of town to lay a wreath to honor the area’s Civil War Veterans. The parade will continue on to the LaGrange Veterans Memorial, at the corner of West Street and state Route 303. The speaker for the day is retired Sergeant First Class Brian Mount, a Purple Heart recipient who was critically wounded in action July 19, 2009. LORAIN: Members of Jewish War Veterans Post 222 will gather at Salem Cemetery at 11 a. m. Sunday. A tribute by the Lorain Memorial Association is 2 p. m. Sunday at the Palace Theater, 617 Broadway. The annual parade is 11 a. m. Monday at Broadway and West 17th Street. A retreat will be 6: 30 p. m. Monday at AMVETS Post 47, 3009 Broadway. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 451 at Lakeview Beach also will have a retreat at 6: 30 p. m. Monday. NORTH RIDGEVILLE: The North Ridgeville Lions Club and North Ridgeville VFW Post 9871 will sponsor the community’s annual Memorial Day Parade that steps off at 9: 45 a. m. from the Marc’s parking lot on Center Ridge Road. The parade continues west to Rangers Stadium for a short program honoring veterans. OBERLIN: Oberlin will commemorate the end of the Civil War this season by adding 46 Union Jacks to the downtown banners of 50 State and American flags. This year’s display of “ Old Glory” will be in remembrance of the 96 volunteers who died during this conflict and whose names are engraved in stone at the Soldiers Monument on Vine Street. The Karl Wilson Locke Post 102 of the American Legion is sponsoring this joint endeavor with the city to have the additional flags flown along the North and East entrances of Main and Lorain streets extending into downtown in time for the Commencement/ Memorial Day weekend and to highlight the 150th anniversaries of the passage of 13th Amendment and the National Freedom Day “ Juneteenth,” celebrating the abolition of slavery in the United States. Memorial Day Services are 9 a. m. Monday at Wright Park. The observance will be in recognition of all who have served. The Legionnaires will render a 21- gun salute and taps will be performed before dismissal. SHEFFIELD: A Memorial Day Service is 8: 15 to 8: 30 a. m. at Garfield Cemetery, 4820 Detroit Road. The service is presented by the Sheffield Lake AMVETS Post 55. SHEFFIELD LAKE: VFW Post 8686, 577 Harris Road, will have a 21- gun salute 11 a. m. Monday and a ceremony honoring soldiers killed in action. AMVETS Post 55 will provide 21- gun salutes at five different locations in Sheffield Lake, Sheffield and Avon Lake. Those interested in traveling to each location should meet at the post, 530 Abbe Road, at 7: 45 a. m. SOUTH AMHERST: The parade begins at 10 a. m. Monday with participants lining up on Kenwood Street. The parade heads down Main Street into Evergreen Cemetery on West Main Street. VERMILION: The city parade begins at 10: 30 a. m. Monday starting from the intersection of Main Street and Liberty Avenue. Lineup will be behind Ritter Public Library. The parade will end in Victory Park, at the corners of Ohio and Main streets. A program honoring four local prisoner of war veterans will take place in the gazebo in Victory Park. Joe Delmonico and Mayor Eileen Bulan will speak. WELLINGTON: The parade starts 10: 30 a. m. Monday at the square in front of the Town Hall. Veterans and other participants will then march down to Pioneer Cemetery on West Herrick Avenue where they will hold a ceremony. The Lake Shore Railway Association is presenting the replica of Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train over Memorial Day weekend. The funeral car will be pulled by Leviathan No. 63, a working reproduction of an 1868 steam engine. There will be four runs each day at 11 a. m. and 1, 3 and 5 p. m. A photo shoot is offered at 8 p. m. Saturday. Trains will depart from the Lorain & West Virginia Railway Station at 47689 state Route 18 W. in Wellington for a short trip. Tickets are $ 5 for admission and parking, $ 5 to walk through the train, $ 30 to ride, $ 25 for seniors and $ 15 for ages 12 and younger. Parking and admission included in early ticket purchases. Tickets available from www. lsra. org, calling ( 678) 648- 1005, or at the event. The Wellington Heritage Festival will coincide with the train’s visit. Organizers plan to have music in the gazebo in Howk Park and churches and organizations will sell food. A car cruise- in is Saturday and The Spirit of ’ 76 Museum will be open. Shuttle buses will run from local lots. A list of events is at www. wellington chamberofcommerce. org. The Chronicle- Telegram Thursday, May 21, 2015 A5 LOCAL & STATE Cyan A5 magenta A5 yellow A5 black A5 Cyan A5 magenta A5 yellow A5 black A5 SOLUTION UNDER: HEAVY EQUIPMENT Young Security Services 616 Cleveland St., Elyria 440- 366- 0735 Offering Bathroom Grab Bars 24” Stainless $ 39.00 each Installed ADD $ 44.00 each An antique engine show and classic car cruise- in will be 11 a. m. to 4 p. m. May 31 at Frostville Museum, 24101 Cedar Point Road, North Olmsted. Classic cars will be on display and the LaGrange Engine Club will show big and small antique farm engines. The museum houses will be open and food and beverages will be available. The museum consists of six historic buildings maintained and run by the Olmsted Historical Society. These buildings include the Prechtel House, which is the only home original to this site, Jenkin’s Cabin, Brigg’s House, Carpenter House, Stearns Carriage House and Frostville Village Church. The Gifford General Store, Strelau Events Barn and Wensink Display Barn also are part of the village. Records from the historical society’s archives show that the Olmsted Historical Society was founded in May of 1953. The name Frostville has historic significance because Dr. Elias Carrington Frost settled on Kennedy Ridge Road around 1819. In the early part of the 1800s, this region of Olmsted Township was called Frostville. Frost opened a post office on his farm in 1829. The postal station was named Frostville although it was within the township first called Lenox and later named Coe Ridge. The official name of the postal station was eventually changed to Olmsted. For information on the engine show, call ( 216) 789- 5298. Summer reading ready to begin Library patrons of all ages can register for the annual Cuyahoga County Public Library’s summer reading game, “ Make Your Summer Count.” The program runs June 6 to Aug. 7. Those who register can pick up game boards and a gift from the library district’s sponsors, while supplies last, beginning June 6. Readers will earn raffle entries for grand prizes that include tickets to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Great Lakes Science Center, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Children’s Museum of Cleveland, NASA Glenn Research Center or Cleveland Museum of Natural History. There also will be a chance to win a Roku streaming TV and media player. All youth participants will win a free book for completing their game board. To register, visit www. cuyahogalibrary. org. Surrogacy support group to meet June 3 A surrogate support group will meet 5: 30 to 6: 30 p. m. June 3 at the Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton Road. This is a support and informational group for women who want to help people create a family through surrogacy. For information or to RSVP, call ( 440) 356- 4604. Forever young ladies down by the sea The Forever Young Ladies of the North Olmsted Senior Center will have a “ Day at the Seaside” brunch 11 a. m. June 5 at the North Olmsted Community Cabin, 28114 Lorain Road. All members are invited to the brunch, provided by Joshua Tree. A fashion show will be presented by Laura Loew with giveaways by Life Care Centers. Blue and gray cotillion Fort Lee Burneson came to life May 20 as Westlake’s Lee Burneson Middle School eighth- graders performed skits showing what life was like during the Civil War. Students in costume adopted personalities of fictional characters from that period. The next event is the Blue and Gray Cotillion on Friday, in which students commemorate the Civil War unit and dance a traditional waltz and Virginia reel. They also will perform a play, sing and read poetry. These extracurricular events were created 25 years ago to enhance the eighth- graders’ study of American history. To submit news for this column, contact Debbie Klinec by calling ( 440) 329- 7155, fax items to 329- 7282, email to ctnews@ chroniclet. com, or write Cuyahoga County Community Notes, The Chronicle- Telegram, 225 East Ave., Elyria OH 44036. D EBBIE K LINEC CUYAHOGA COUNTY Antique engine fans invited to cruise in MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS Jon Wysochanski The Chronicle- Telegram LORAIN — Veterans are passing around petitions and gathering signatures to let the Veterans Administration know they want the VA Clinic to remain in Lorain. During the annualVA2KWalk and Roll on Wednesday, a 1.2- mile walk at the Lorain VA Clinic that promotes wellness and benefits homeless veterans, petitions were circulated that will be sent to Robert McDonald, Secretary of the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Ray Kershaw, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy from 1969- 73, said more than 300 signatures have been collected so far. Kershaw, who is the president of the Council of Lorain County Veterans, said more than 5,000 veterans live in Lorain. “ We’re pleading with the VA to try to keep a clinic here in Lorain,” he said. “ We’re trying to promote this because we feel Lorain has the most veterans in need.” The Veterans Administration has indicated over the past several months that it’s looking for space to move the clinic, but it hasn’t offered any details about where it intends to go. A public records request by The Chronicle- Telegram seeking information about developers and locations who have submitted materials to the VA hasn’t been fulfilled. Avon Lake had promoted a site that the VA said was too large, and Sheffield Mayor John Hunter has said several developers are talking to the VA about potential locations in the village. Mayor Chase Ritenauer said the clinic should stay in the city of Lorain, and even if it leaves St. Joseph Community Center, he has said several other ideal sites in Lorain exist. “ Lorain is a veterans’ community,” he said at the event. “ I’m fortunate to be the mayor of a city with so many people who have served their country and who continue to serve the city.” Veterans at Wednesday’s Walk and Roll, like Air Force veteran Steve Smith who was in Vietnam from 1966- 67, didn’t hesitate to say they feel the care at the Lorain VA Clinic at St. Joe’s is superb. But they also said over the years there have been problems with the HVAC system and other structural issues. “ It would be great if they could stay here if this facility could be made acceptable,” he said. “ But that’s a major project in itself because the building hasn’t been maintained.” Arthur Goodman, a World War II Army veteran who served in the chemical warfare department from 1944- 46, said everyone needs to get behind the veterans and let the VA know it should stay in Lorain. “ There are a lot of people in Lorain who don’t have the transportation to get elsewhere,” he said. “ We need more public involvement and more veteran involvement. I’d like to see the clinic grow.” And that’s a sentiment three- time war veteran Fred James, who served in the Army, also feels strongly about. James said the VA was able to build a state- of- the- art facility in Brecksville and there is no reason it shouldn’t be able to do the same in Lorain. “ I believe if they can find an applicable piece of land to build they should do so,” James said. For information on the petitions, contact Rosa or Joe Gee at 949- 4883. Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329- 7123 or jwysochanski@ chroniclet. com Veterans create petition to keep VA center in Lorain Steve Fogarty The Chronicle- Telegram NORTH RIDGEVILLE — An Elyria man died in a onecar crash that occurred near the intersection of Sugar Ridge and Maddock roads about 3: 20 a. m. Wednesday. Edgar Kirsch, 67, of 132 Meadow Lane, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police Sgt. Corey Sabo Fire and police reports were unavailable Wednesday. However, Fire Lt. Rick Knowlton said the eastbound red Hyundai Sonata Kirsch was driving veered off the road and struck a guardrail. It then traveled 50 feet over a small creek and struck another guardrail on the other side of the creek before coming to rest. “ There is a curve in the road there, and the driver didn’t handle it,” said Dr. Stephen Evans, Lorain County coroner. Police spokesman Capt. Marti Garrow said the crash occurred near a new, small bridge that spans the creek beneath Sugar Ridge Road just west of Maddock Road. Kirsch, who was alone in the car, died from blunt force trauma to the head, chest and extremities, Evans said. It took firefighters some time to free the man from the vehicle, but Garrow and Knowlton said they didn’t know how long. Garrow said excessive speed may have played a part in the crash. The posted speed limit in the area is 35 mph. Garrow said the way the driver veered off the road indicated he may have fallen asleep at the wheel or experienced a medical problem. The crash closed Sugar Ridge between Avon Belden and Race roads for nearly five hours. Sugar Ridge reopened about 8: 15 a. m., police said. Reporter Evan Goodenow contributed to this story. Contact Steve Fogarty at 329- 7146 or sfogarty@ chroniclet. com Elyria man dies in N. Ridgeville single- car crash “ There are a lot of people in Lorain who don’t have the transportation to get elsewhere. We need more public involvement and more veteran involvement.” Arthur Goodman, World War II Army veteran

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