Know your rights: Landowners learn about their rights at oil-and-gas briefing

by Stefanie Wessell

JEFFERSON - Landowners learned about their rights during a special briefing on oil-and-gas exploration and related pipeline construction activities sponsored by the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau in cooperation with Ashtabula County Extension and Ashtabula Soil & Water Conservation District on Wednesday, March 8.

Relay for Life teams plan fundraisers

by Stefanie Wessell

ASHTABULA COUNTY - People have a number of ways they can support the Ashtabula County Relay for Life organization, all leading up the main event on June 24-25 at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds.
And they can have plenty of fun while doing so.

JCPenney in Ashtabula County to remain open

by Stefanie Wessell

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP - Shoppers in Ashtabula County can breathe a sigh of relief - the JCPenney store located inside the Ashtabula Towne Square is not among the stores slated to close this year.

State Rep. Patterson speaks at Business Compass

by Stefanie Wessell

JEFFERSON - State Rep. John Patterson shared updates about state legislation during his appearance at the Business Compass held Monday, March 6, at Pueblo Real in Jefferson.

Sign up now for a chance to win a Tour the Shore experience

by Stefanie Wessell

ASHTABULA COUNTY - The seven visitors’ bureaus along Ohio’s north coast have partnered together to give away a seven-day, seven-night Lake Erie experience called Tour the Shore.


One lucky winner will receive overnight accommodations and tickets to area attractions at a new location along Lake Erie each day beginning June 1. Some meals are also included in the prize, but transportation is not.
“There is so much to do in the Lake Erie region,” said Stephanie Siegel, executive director at the Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This promotion will help to make people aware of vacation options that they may not have considered. Lake Erie is the perfect backdrop for a getaway and has become so accessible with great food and so many things to do.”
Sign-ups for the chance to win the Tour the Shore experience began March 1. To sign up, visit www.tourtheshore.net. The winner will be drawn on May 1.
Siegel said the idea for Tour the Shore came about as she was looking at the bureau’s promotional list and considered how she could get Ashtabula County’s name in front of the travelers in the Shores and Islands area.
So she called up the visitors bureaus along Lake Erie and they came up with the Tour the Shore, which will allow the winner to tour the counties along Lake Erie, beginning in Ashtabula County, and stay overnight in each county.
The tour begins in Ashtabula County with a tour of several wineries and a night at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. On day two, head west to Lake County for a day at the Holden Arboretum and night at the baseball game with fireworks, followed by a night downtown on day three with Destination Cleveland and a visit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Zip line in Lorain on day four. On day five, a lucky winner will hop on the ferry to Put-in-Bay where a cart will be waiting for the winner to explore the island. On day six, enjoy a historic stop in Sandusky County, home to 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes.
Sleep well before the finale on day seven in Toledo at the zoo and Maumee Bay Resort with their many amenities and activities.
Participating destination marketing organizations include: the Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Lake County Visitors Bureau; Destination Cleveland; Visit Lorain; the Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Lake Erie Shores & Islands; and Destination Toledo.
For a listing of prize details and to enter the contest, visit www.tourtheshore.net.

Board of DD reports to commissioners on possible spin-off of Ash/Craft

by Gabriel McVey

KINGSVILLE TOWNSHIP – During a Feb. 28th Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners meeting, Director of Adult Services Lynda Perry said the Ashtabula County Board of Developmental Disabilities faces serious challenges in light of recent regulatory changes by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that may force Ash/Craft Industries to spin off from the Board of DD and become a private nonprofit.

TAG reports on progress, obstacles in fight against drugs in the area

by Gabriel McVey

JEFFERSON – A delegation from the Trumbull Ashtabula Group (TAG), a law-enforcement task force comprised of members from the Ashtabula and Trumbull County Sheriff's Offices, prosecutors and law-enforcement agencies in both counties, made a report to the Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners on March 7 – highlighting areas where they've succeeded and challenges posed in the uphill fight against drugs.