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Preservationists seek funds to restore original area meeting house

LEROY TOWNSHIP – The white paint is badly weathered and peeling. The windows rattle in the wind. One window leaks every time it rains. The front porch is sagging. There’s no running water or indoor plumbing.
Where those with little imagination see a tired old building, Leroy Heritage Association members see a piece of area history worth preserving.
“I remember as a little girl crawling under the robes of people in the choir during Sunday services,” reminisced Lori Watson, secretary of the Leroy Heritage

Park rangers honor their own

MENTOR – A memorial service was held at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site July 27 honoring park rangers who had lost their lives during the previous year.
“This is the first time this commemoration – known as World Ranger Day -- has been held at this site,” said Andrew Mizsak, executive director of Friends of James A. Garfield National Historic Site. “Sixty-seven Rangers were killed worldwide between Aug. 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014. Nineteen more were added

Historical Society takes a ribbing

PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP – The Lake County Historical Society held its third annual Bags and Bones fundraising event Aug. 9.
The “Bags” in the event’s title refers to the bags tossed in corn hole games. “Bones” refers to what’s left on the plate after people finished their barbequed rib dinners.
Although there breathes nary a soul so dead who doesn’t love an exciting game of corn hole, the highlight of the festival was the rib cook-off.
Barbecue has a messy, greasy-fingered, slippery grip on Mentor, with three restaurants

Beacon Health holds open house Sept. 12

MENTOR – Beacon Health Services, located at 9220 Mentor Ave., Mentor is hosting an open house Sept. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. to celebrate the grand opening of its renovated mental health services facility.
The building renovation (formerly Staples), done by Then Design, Inc. of Willoughby and PCS Contractors, took four months to complete and houses offices,

Headlands footnote: Was there a seiche?

Rose Around Town

My recent story on the history of the Mentor Headlands brought a question from a reader. He had heard "rumors" of a tidal wave or tsunami at the Headlands many years ago, and he wondered if that was just an urban legend.
No, that's not an urban legend, though Lake Erie doesn't have anything that could accurately be called a "tidal wave" or tsunami. What we do have occasionally are smaller entities called seiches---pronounced "saysh" or "sesh-ay" or "sigh-sh," depending on where in the world you are discussing them. Seiche is a French word

Lake Metroparks presents special lake project

PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP – The Lake Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners recently announced a special $2 million project for Painesville Township Park at 1025 Hardy Rd.
Lake Metroparks Executive Director Paul Palagyi said the park system entered into a 25-year cooperative lease agreement with the Painesville Township Park Board of Commissioners to manage and operate the park in 1991.
“The lease was expiring here in 2016, so we’ve been talking to them for the last year and a half about what we’re going to do moving forward,” Palagyi said. “The

D-Day was an event to remember


CONNEAUT - Record re-enactors, record crowds, and new weapons made the weekend’s 15th annual D-Day Event at Township Park one to remember.

Lake Metroparks presents the Fall Art Show

KIRTLAND - Lake Metroparks is pleased to present “Nature from Three Perspectives” for its annual Fall Art Show.
Discover the nature of art from a feminine perspective in this multi-media show featuring Jaymi Zents, Britta Franz and Lisa Ruschman; three talented local artists, each with her own unique interpretation of the world around us. From lush floral and Italian Renaissance-inspired figures, to modern mosaics

Ashtabula Bucket List #12: Disc Golf


This week Larry from Ashtabula invited Zach to play Disc Golf.

When I was a schoolteacher, my car’s trunk could have passed for a small sporting goods store. Of course there were basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, baseballs, softballs, dodgeballs and footballs, but I also had bats, bases, jump ropes and pinnies. The one thing that did not fit in my trunk was a portable Frisbee catcher.
I bought it out of a catalog with my own money and used it as unit in gym class and sometimes at recess. I would set up a small course and move it around to pre-marked spots.
I have not taught for many years, and it started to take up dust in my parents’ basement until my nieces discovered it one summer and wanted to know what it was. We patched it up and it was fun for about a half hour until they lost interest.
So I was intrigued that there was a real Disc Golf Course at Lake Shore Park and is the home course of the Shoot the Breeze Disc Golf Club. If you visit, you can read about the history of the sport and the course itself.  There is even a virtual tour of the course.
I contacted the club and the current president Larry Jennings invited me to join the members of their handicap league on a Wednesday evening.
Jennings told me at one point, the club would attract 15-20 on Sunday night and maybe half on a weeknight. The club now gets about four to six on Wednesday nights. While the average age of the sport across the county is a young, in Ashtabula the regulars are in their mid 40s.
On the day I stopped by the course, Jennings was joined by Bob Klinger, Reggy Woodworth and Kevin Smith. For their league, each hole is considered par 3. The rules are basically the same as golf. The holes range from 160 to 500 yards. The course is quite hilly and there are a lot of trees.