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Funding for Water Pollution Control Plant upgrades moves forward

ASHTABULA -  Ashtabula City Council moved forward in the process to fund an overhaul of the city's Water Pollution Control Plant Monday night after passing ordinances which will allow the city manager to pay for preliminary engineering design, final design, construction plans and bid assistance for the overall project.

Y breaks ground for 2015 Dream House


CONCORD TOWNSHIP – The Lake County YMCA broke ground for the 2015 Dream House Dec. 22. The annual fundraising event gives YMCA supporters the chance to win the home of their dreams. Proceeds allow the Y to strengthen the community with improvements to the Y’s facilities.
The 2015 Dream House will be located on sublot 37 in the Concord Ridge Development.
Concord Ridge is a conservation subdivision

Geneva Business Association receives $500 grant


GENEVA - The Geneva Business Association recently learned that it is the recipient of a $500 grant through the Ashtabula County Convention and Visitor Bureau’s Community Promotions Program.

Lake Erie College presents annual Christmas Vespers


PAINESVILLE — Lake Erie College will present its annual Christmas Vespers on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Paul S. Weaver Memorial Auditorium of the Morley Music Building on campus.
New this year will be the Lake Erie College Men of the Chorus providing prelude music of familiar Christmas carols

Ring in the holidays for a good cause

LAKE/ASHTABULA COUNTIES – The economy has still not rebounded completely from the last recession so many people are still in need of a helping hand.
The Salvation Army is one organization which provides assistance to many people, but it needs help to do that in the form of monetary donations. So, every year, starting right after Thanksgiving, volunteers take up stations with the familiar red kettles to collect money

Popular children’s book author and illustrator attends local event

PERRY – Steven Kellogg was a keynote speaker at Perry High School’s In Search of Wonder – Common Core and More Oct. 17.
Kellogg has been writing and illustrating children’s book since 1963.
“I attended the Rhode Island School of Design.” Kellogg said. “When I graduated I taught etching

AMVETS Auxiliary still collecting for hospice

PERRY VILLAGE - The members of the Perry AMVETS Post 1971 Ladies Auxiliary brought out the rocking chairs again to raise money for Hospice of the Western Reserve Sept. 27.
“Gertie Rorabaugh, along with her family, friends and members of AMVETS Post 1971 Ladies Auxiliary

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.

The Fighting 99th: The Battle for Ashtabula County’s future

JEFFERSON - If you are looking for a positive point of view, the Internet can often be a lonely place. It is much easier to ignore decorum and unleash a brutal retort when you don’t have to look someone in the eye as you say it.
It is not that hard to find places on the Internet where some people can share some pretty negative things about Ashtabula County. There is a lot of finger pointing, complaining and name calling to be found.
What these places don’t have a lot of is solutions - well, at least realistic solutions. There is no blank check or magic wand available. The problems facing Ashtabula County did not happen overnight and, frankly, fixes are not cheap or easy.
LeBron James concluded his Sports Illustrated essay detailing his return to Cleveland with the following:
“In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have. I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.”

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