Lake Erie Crushers baseball games are definitely a fun family activity. This year, fans under the age of 12 have the opportunity to join the new free Kids Club. Club perks include Crushers tickets, merchandise, special member access to Crushers children’s activities, and a discounted Sunday Fun Day ticket offer.
MVP membership is also available and includes a Crushers swag bag with membership card, t-shirt and autograph book. MVP members will also be front and center at Kids Run the Bases nights and Sunday autograph games. MVP members will also receive two Sunday Fun Day game tickets, a photo with Crushers mascot Stomper and discounts on merchandise, Crushers Summer Camp and birthday parties. The cost of MVP membership is $16 for the entire season.
The Crushers also have a large number of jobs and internships to offer for the coming season. For more information, see lakeeriecrushers.com/employment.
Update library building: The crazy winter weather didn’t stop the construction of the extension at the Avon Branch Library, I’ve been including monthly updates in short takes throughout the process. Construction over the last month included: a new plumbing connection to Colorado Avenue, wall finishing for the south annex, and steel structure preparation.
February will be a busy month as the steel erection of the south annex will be completed. The outer wall framing and roof trusses begin. The foundations of the north extension are also being installed.
The project includes renovations and a 16,000-sq.-ft. There is also a reading garden, a drive-in window, expanded meeting rooms, technology upgrades and a special room for children and youth programs.
Children’s toilet: The Avon Early Childhood PTA (AECPTA) Fall Kid’s Toilets resale event features gently used infant and children’s clothing, toys, games, furniture, strollers, swings and more.
The event will take place on March 19th from 7am to 12pm at Avon Middle School Commons and Auxiliary Gym, 3445 Long Road. Shop early from 7am to 9am for the best selection. Early entry is $5. Admission to the general sale after 9:00am is $2.
Registration for the table sale begins on February 9th. The cost is $30 for current AECPTA members and $35 for the general public for a 10×12 seat. No second spaces will be available for sale as organizers limit vendors and try to maintain social distancing for the event. The faces are increased by 2 feet in width. Sellers are encouraged to wear masks and offer cashless payment options (Venmo, PayPal). Each seller will receive a bottle of hand sanitizer.
Garden Club Meetings: The Avon Garden Club meets on February 15 at 6:30pm in the Orchid Room at Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Road. Alan Lund from the Westshore Orchid Society will give a presentation on the Phalaenopsis Orchid, its culture and care. The public is cordially invited.
summer jobs: The Avon Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of summer jobs including lifeguard (age 15+ – certification required), pool cashier (age 17+), pool technician (age 15+), pool attendant, pool cashier (age 21+). ), supervisor of the summer program (playground days, etc., minimum age 16 years) and supervisor of the summer program. For more information, see www.cityofavon.com.
Night at the races: After a two year hiatus, the Avon Athletic Boosters Night at The Races returns on March 11 from 6pm to 11pm at Tom’s Country Place, 3442 Stoney Ridge Road. The gates are now open to purchase tickets, tables and horses. There are also several sponsorship opportunities. To register or sign up for a sponsorship, go to my.cheddarup.com/c/natr2022.
February artwork: Mayor’s Choice Award winners with artwork on display at City Hall this month include Laney Tokarczyk (Class 4, Heritage Elementary) and Fatima Abuamsha (Class 2, Avon East).
Dean’s list: Natalie Knaggs was named to Ithaca College’s Dean’s List.
Bike survey: City officials are asking for feedback from residents to improve current bike routes across the city. To complete the survey by February 28, go to AvonLake.org/Bicycle-Survey.
Snowman Contest: There’s no excuse not to enter the City’s Park and Recreation Snowman Contest. There is a lot of snow that will likely be here long after the February 28 competition deadline. If your company would like to donate an award, please contact the department. Voting will take place March 1-7 on social media. Send submissions to [email protected] along with family name and address.
Summer leisure programs: Registration is open for all summer baseball and softball programs in the city. Go to avonlakerec.com.
Summer Hoops are back in a new location too. This year the game will be played outside on the new Bles basketball courts. There are a minimum of five players per team, a maximum of six. Team members must be from the same class. Each team must have a team parent, but the children train themselves. To register, go to avonlakerec.com.
Exclamation: I saw this on Facebook last week and had to record it in short takes. Salad KraZe honored the hard-working employees of the Avon Lake Service Department (Public Works) with a complimentary menu item of their choice. It’s been a brutal few weeks of winter and this act of kindness goes a long way. Thank you Salad KraZe and thank you to the staff at the Avon Lake Service Department for all you do.
Dean’s list: Anna Franko was named to Ohio Wesleyan University’s Dean’s List. Amber Webb was named to the list of deans at Southern New Hampshire University.
Road closures: Recent inclement weather has delayed the installation of new sewers and manholes at the intersection of Center Ridge Road and Barton Road. A temporary road closure is now in place on North and South Barton Roads at the Center Ridge Road junction. Center Ridge Road will remain open during the works. The Barton Road closure will end around 5pm on 18 February (weather permitting). Detour signs are posted, please use caution when driving in the area.
Dual coffee chat: Mayor Kevin Corcoran’s monthly coffee break features a special guest appearance from North Ridgeville City Schools Superintendent Roxann Ramsey-Caserio. The event will take place on February 15 from 8:30am to 9:30am at the Council Chambers at City Hall, 7307 Avon Belden Road.
Live Theater: North Ridgeville will come alive with the ‘Sound of Music’ when the show opens next week at the Olde Towne Hall Theatre, 36119 Center Ridge Road. Show dates/times are 18.-19. February at 7:30 p.m.; 25-26 February at 7:30 p.m.; 4th-5th March at 7:30 p.m.; March 6 at 2 p.m.; and March 11-12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online, go to othtnr.com.
Virtual fundraiser: North Ridgeville Community Care’s annual fundraiser, Soup for the Spirit, is going virtual again this year. Registration is free and allows guests to bid online for prizes and sweepstakes. The event starts on February 22 at 2:22 p.m. and ends on February 26 at 10:00 p.m. To sign up, go to nrcommcare.org.
job fair: North Ridgeville City Schools will be hosting a virtual job fair on March 2nd from 3pm to 7pm. Participants must fill out an online registration form in order to participate nrcs.net.
Dean’s list: Owen Albers and Ryan Stefancin were added to Ohio Wesleyan University’s list of deans. Ashley Dubois and Alex Miller were named to Southern New Hampshire University’s list of deans.
JVS competition: Several students from the area’s Lorain County Joint Vocational School (JVS) are participating in the state’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) competition in March. The students competed in the BPA regional competition last month.
Students advancing to the state level include: Peyton Stefanich (Avon Junior), Web and Graphic Design, First Place in Business Law and Ethics. Robert Simms (Avon Lake Junior), Web and Graphic Designer, took first place in the Extemporaneous Speech event and second place in the Advanced Desktop Publishing event. Haiden Skiles (Avon Lake Senior) Cybersecurity and Networking, took first place in the Interview Skills Event.
Lauren Anderson (North Ridgeville senior) Web and graphic design, first place at Administrative Support Team event; James Clarke (North Ridgeville Junior, Digital Media Arts, First Place Video Production Team Event; Jack Harrington (North Ridgeville Junior), Web and Graphic Design, First Place Fundamentals of Web Design Event; Zackary Hart (North Ridgeville Senior), Web and graphic design, first place finisher in computer animation team; Eric Jurina (North Ridgeville Junior), cybersecurity and networks, first place finisher in Linux Operating System Fundamentals event; Owen Kopp (North Ridgeville Junior), web and graphic design, first place finisher in Video Production Team event and Anthony March (North Ridgeville Junior), Cybersecurity and Networking, took first place in the Computer Network Technology event.
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