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EDITION OF VON
October 24 - 30, 2014
VON does not publish New Year's week, Easter Good Friday,
the Friday after Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July week, the Friday before Labor Day, Thanksgiving Friday, week before Christmas, or the week of Christmas. The dates for 2014 that VON will not publish are: April 28, May 30, July 4, August 29, November 28,
December 19 & 26, January 2, 2015.24 - 30
At A Glance...This Week
Today, Oct 24:
~St Mary Preschool Playgroup, 10-11 am
~ Terror in the Field Corn Maze, 7-11 pm
~YMCA Halloween Fun Fair, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
~YMCA Dinner with Gatlin @ German's Villa, 5:30 - 10:00 pm
~Tony Twine @ Paper Moon Vineyards, 6-9 pm
Sat. Oct 25:
~ Arts Guild Autumn Art Show & Sale, Gallery Open 12:00 Noon - 4:00 pm
~South Shore Plaza Halloween Children's Costume Parade, 12:00 Noon
~Trunk or Treat, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
~Lance Horwedel @ Paper Moon Vineyards, 6-9 pm
Sun Oct 26:
~Mill Hollo-WEEN, Carriage Barn, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Mon Oct 27:
~All About Alzheimer’s, Ritter Public Library 1 p.m.
Tues Oct 28:
~Grace's Kitchen, Free Hot Meal, Trinity Lutheran Church, 5:30 - 7:00
~Homeless Outreach Drop-Off @ VOL Clubhouse, 3-6 pm
~Haunted Prison Farm Tour, Erie Metro Park, Osborn Park , 6:30 and 7:15 pm
Wed Oct 29:
~Kid's Carnival, Harbortown Community Church, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
~Grace's Kitchen, Free Hot Meal, Trinity Lutheran Church, 5:30 - 7:00
~Vermilion City-Wide Trick or Treat, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
~Historic Ghost Tour, Main Street Vermilion building, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
For more information and details on these on other Vermilion Happenings, read the articles below. Be sure to check in the "Upcoming Events" column!
Vermilion Area Harvest Happenings
Listed below are Harvest & Halloween Happenings for the Vermilion area.
For details on each event, see the October Calendar page on this web site.
Terror in the Field: A Corn Field Maze
Friday & Saturday nights, Sept. 26 thru Oct. 31
Novotny’s Farm Market, 1809 State Route 60, Vermilion
Dusk (7:00 pm-ish) until 11:00 pm
Admission $10 Adults; Children under 48 inches $5; Group rates for 20 or more in an organization is $2 off per ticket - Group of 10 or more in an organization $1 off per ticket.
YMCA's Halloween Fun Fair
Friday, October 24th 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Vermilion YMCA, 320 Aldrich Road, Vermilion
Halloween Costume Parade
Sponsored by the South Shore Plaza Merchants
Saturday, October 25th, 2014
Parade Line-Up is at 12:00 Noon
South Shore Plaza, 4705 - 4813 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion
Trunk or Treat
Saturday, October 25th 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, 3747 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion
Mill Hollow @ Vermilion River Reservation
Sunday, October 26th 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Haunted Prison Farm Tour
Tuesday, October 28th, , 6:30 pm & 7:15 pm
Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave. Huron.
Annual Kids Carnival
Wednesday, October 29th 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Harbourtown Community Church
873 State Street, Vermilion
Historic Ghost Tour
Sponsored by Main Street Vermilion (MSV)
Thursday, October 30th 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Starts @ 685 Main Street, MSV Building
Trick or Treat - CORRECTED DATE
Thursday, October 30th 6:00 - 7:30 pm
(Last VHS Home Football Game is Fri Oct 31)
Trick or Treat hours for the City of Vermilion have been set for Thursday, October 31st from 6:00 until 7:30 pm. Please turn your porch light on if you will be handing out treats.
Janet Ford is Named “Woman of the Year”
The Vermilion Business and Professional Women (BPW) have been pleased to honor a local woman throughout the years with the distinguished “Woman of the Year” Award. It is a time-honored tradition of Vermilion BPW dating back to 1981 when Ruth Jones, now a 67-year BPW member, received the first award. The Vermilion Business and Professional have named Miss Janet Ford as the “2014 Woman of the Year”.
This year's selection was an easy decision to make. The Committee had only to look to one of Vermilion's local treasures, the public library. While there are so many hard-working professional women that deserve and should be recognized, the choice fell to the candidate that the committee believed, in her own perhaps quiet, yet confident manner, continues to steadfastly influence for the betterment of all of Vermilion, young and old, the face of the library we know and love as well as the community we live in.
Janet was born in Lorain at St. Joe's and grew up in Vermilion, attending Saturday storytimes at the old library on Grand Street with Miss Sandra (Sandra Neiding). She was a frequent patron of the library when it moved to the present location and spent almost every day during the summer searching for titles she had not yet read. Graduating high school in 1971, she attended BGSU, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Education with her student practicum at Lake School, her advisor Sandy Neiding. She began her library career in Clyde as the Children’s Librarian, presenting storytimes, class visits and the ever popular summer reading club. One her early storytime attendees was Christa Gagyi, whose father was then Superintendent of the Clyde School System, later Superintendent here in Vermilion.
In 1979, Janet took a leave of absence from her job and studied for her Master's Degree of Library Science at Indiana University. In 1980 she returned to Clyde as Director. In the fall of 1981, she saw the advertisement for the position of Director in Vermilion and applied for the position. She was of course, hired by the Trustees in November and began working December 1st that same year. One of the Trustees that hired her was Dr. Russ Dickason, the doctor that delivered her. Her coworkers comment that she is fair, consistent, quick to acknowledge and recognize, sIow to criticize, open to ideas, approachable, has unquestionable ethics and integrity, is a visionary, and is always hard working.
During her tenure with the library, Janet has orchestrated 3 expansion/renovation projects. She guided Trustees in their decision to join Clevnet in 1986, with Vermilion becoming the 8th library to join what is today a consortium of over 45 libraries in Northern Ohio. Over the years she has worked with many Library Trustees including Roger Watkins her Junior
High School principal. For over thirty years Janet has strived to provide residents with materials and services to enrich and broaden their lives.
In 2002, Miss Ford was invited to join Rotary and is one of 1.2 million members currently involved in this worldwide professional service organization. As a Rotarian she has served as President, and Chair of the Charitable Fund. Janet also initiated the Dictionary Project, providing each third grader at Vermilion Elementary, St. Mary's and Firelands with a free dictionary each year. She is known to volunteer for the yearly triathlon, is eager to support Vermilion in Bloom and even adopted a garden in her spare time. Those that know her outside of work comment that she is a good friend, a wonderful neighbor, an excellent dog walker and house sitter, a flower waterer, quick to smile and wave, eager to help, and slow to say no to invitations to travel.
Vermilion BPW Donates to Grace's Kitchen
Vermilion Business & Professional Women held their Annual Dinner Meeting on Wednesday, October 15th at German's Villa in Vermilion.
Over 50 women attended and participated in a very informative meeting. Congressowoman Marcy Kaptur was the featured speaker educating the crowd on what Ohio needs to do to become a sustainable state and grow into our future.
An auction of many gift baskets raised $430 which was donated to Grace's Kitchen. This money will provide over 2 months of meals for the organization. Thank you to all who donated and to all who purchased baskets.
Library Seeks New Board Member
The Ritter Public Library board of trustees is seeking a new member for a term that begins in January. The board meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month except August. Members are also expected to serve on at least two committees. This is an unpaid position. Applications are available atwww.ritterpubliclibrary.org under About Us and at the customer service desk. The board will accept applications until Nov. 7.
Harvest Festival at
Lorain County Community College
Lorain County Community College Student Senate will host a family friendly Harvest Festival from 2-4 p.m., Sat., Oct. 25 on the LCCC campus.
Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat on Boo Boulevard.
Other activities include: crafts, pictures in costumes for $3, and fair game tickets for $1 each or
6 for $5.
Evening events for ages 14 and older will be held from 6-10 p.m. in the Ewing Center Fieldhouse.
* Backlight Costume Dance: tickets are $10 each, light refreshments included. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, runner up, and best couples costume. Participants can have pictures taken for $5.
* Laser Tag and Archery: tickets are $5 each
For more information, please call LCCC’s Student Life office at (440) 366-4036.
Kingston to Sponsor MyCare Ohio Informational Seminar
A free Informational Session on the changes coming to MyCare Ohio, related to Medicare & Medicaid will be held on Wednesday, October 29th at 6:00 pm at the Kingston of Vermilion facility located at 210 Telegraph Lane in Vermilion. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to 440.967.1880.
There is additional action needed for MyCare Ohio enrollees and Kingston of Vermilion wants to make sure you are aware of the changes coming related to Medicare and Medicaid benefits effective January 1, 2015.
In this session, staff members will eplain the changes and the choices available to individuals and how to communicage your choice. If you or your loved one is elegible for both Medicare and Medicaid, you may be affected by McCare Ohio and will agbain have a choice to make.
Vermilion Ward 3
Remains the Same
The voting location for residents living in Ward 3 in Vermilion remains the same and has not changed. The Church of the Open Door has purchased the former Vermilion Schools Administrative Building on Beechview Drive. The church will continue to allow voting at this location.
Ignite 2015!...A Very Special
Arts Event & Party!!
The crew at Follow the Fish is hot on the trail of an exciting, event-filled year ahead. Plans to Ignite 2015! will be unveiled at a not-to-be-missed art and performance event on Sunday, November 9, 4-8 pm at Legacy Restaurant and Grille in Avon Lake. According to event organizer Helen Wald, “This will be the ‘hottest’ arts event of the season! We plan to spark your imagination and really light up Lorain County in 2015. You’ll be getting an inspiring preview of that at this November 9th evening arts event and party.”
“Our reputation as a community-based arts organization has grown in response to our unique fish sculptures, ArtShop events, and our focus on artists and creative placemaking across our communities,” said Joan Perch, Chairperson. “We’ve built a solid foundation of support for our work and goals. Now people are asking, ‘What’s next for Follow the Fish?’ Everyone who attends this event will find out, and experience the innovative direction FTF has in store. Our sponsors, artists and friends will be part of an exciting preview of the truly hot art, performance, and events we envision for the coming year.”
“Follow the Fish is all about collaboration and partnership,” Perch stated. “Our success is the result of the commitment and hard work by all our sponsors, and friends, and that’s what will sustain us going forward. Of course, new supporters are always welcome! Save the Date announcements are going out this week, so watch your email. For event details and updates, visit www.followthefishtrail.com , follow us on Facebook, and plan to join us at Ignite 2015! on November 9th.”
Follow the Fish Art and Adventure Trails works to sustain Lorain County artists, communities, and our unique natural resources. The project is presented by Lorain County Community College/Stocker Arts Center and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium with support from University Hospitals Health System, the Nord Family Foundation and community businesses and individuals throughout Lorain County.
For more information contact Joan Perch: firstname.lastname@example.org; 440-935-3655.
“Stars and Stripes...
A Tribute to NASA”
The Firelands Symphony Orchestra (FSO) and Terra Choral Society are collaborating with Cleveland/Sandusky-based NASA Glenn Research Center in a music and video celebration of the spirit of exploration and discovery of the men and women of NASA.
This special patriotic pops concert titled "Stars and Stripes - A Tribute to NASA" will be performed at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Sandusky State Theatre. Veterans of the armed services and active duty personnel with military IDs are invited to receive free tickets.
FSO and the Terra singers are supplying the music, while NASA is providing screen footage to accompany several of the musical selections.
The concert program, under the direction of conductor Carl Topilow, will draw from a wide variety of music sources, from the “Jetsons,” and “Star Wars” to music from “Apollo 13” and the extraordinary choral work “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana.
Joining the FSO and Terra Choral Society will be astronaut Douglas Wheelock, veteran of two space missions. Wheelock will introduce “Across the Stars” and “The Blue Danube,” enhanced for the audience with eye-popping NASA footage of space exploration.
Colonel Wheelock has spent more than 178 days in space. During a 15-day space shuttle in 2007, he helped deliver a new module to the growing International Space Station and participated in three space walks to install and repair external components. On a second mission he lived and worked on the International Space Station from June 15 to Nov. 25, 2010. Wheelock responded to an emergency shutdown of half of the station’s external cooling system and was the lead spacewalker for three unplanned excursions to replace a faulty ammonia pump module. For his lifesaving actions during this challenging episode, Wheelock received the American Red Cross 2010 Hero in Space Award, and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale 2010 Yuri Gagarin Gold Medal Award.
James M. Free, director of NASA John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, will provide welcoming remarks during the second half of the program and share insights into some of the imagery shown during the concert. NASA also will provide displays in the lobby and gallery of the Sandusky State Theatre, which illustrate the groundbreaking work of NASA Glenn Research Center in research and technology at their Lewis Field campus in Cleveland and Plum Brook station in Sandusky.
In addition, the FSO Education Outreach program "Symphony Stretch" will be a part of the
Sandusky State Theatre event. Art students from St. Paul and Norwalk High schools will display artwork they created after listening to music from the concert program. English students from Norwalk and South Central High schools will show a PowerPoint tribute they created for veterans, including poetry, biographies and moving messages to veterans they know.
Tickets for the patriotic pops NASA salute concert are available at the Sandusky State Theatre box office by calling 419-626-1950 or toll free 1-877-626-1950 or by accessing the secure website at www.FirelandsSymphony.com. For group discounts call 419-621-4800. Free tickets in the balcony are available for students.
Pick 3 subscriptions are available for three or more FSO concerts for $27 per concert. Regular single event tickets are $32 for gold and $29 for silver; students with a school ID are admitted free for balcony seats.
To the Editor:
Recently the “Friends of Harbourtown”, (Vermilion Historical Society) received a Certified letter from the City of Vermilion, that they would no longer be able to operate their Flea Market at the Commodores Place, because they have no water or electricity!
They have been operating the lights by generator, and have a porta-john in place for personal needs of anyone attending! The purpose of having the Flea-Market, was to help raise money to help with expenses of keeping the property up, and making improvements, and eventually restore the electricity and water! It seems that every move the organization makes, the City keeps coming up with a way to block their every move! Example, denying the caboose to be on their property, preventing them from restoring the old Hull Weigh station, condemning the Old School House, so that no one can enter it, to clean it out, or doing any repairs, doing away with the “Sidewalk to No Where, so no one will walk that area, cross the tracks, where there is no sidewalk on the south-east side of route 60, restoring the old Depot, and any other projects that they come up with!
It is beyond me why they are so against an organization, that like any other organization in the city, that is trying to improve the areas that everyone sees when they enter our city! This area is the first thing that people see when the city from the south, or route#60! That is why I got involved with trying to keep the property up, by mowing and trimming weeds on a weekly basis, painting Commodores place, and painting the old Depot! We have made several improvements to the outside of the grounds, and will continue to improve the grounds as we go along, but it is getting frustrating to know that the city will keep coming up with ways to run the organization out of business! For years, Diane & Don Chestnut, along with their few volunteers, have spent countless hours, without any help from the city, or any other organization within the city, to make this area a point of interest, for its’ citizens! It seems that all the interest is generated to the down-town area, with its’ flower boxes, street lamps, street-scapes and etc. , and they have done a wonderful job, as the downtown does look nice! However, no one seems to want to help the Friends of Harbourtown with their projects, especially the city, with all the road-blocks they keep throwing up to block everything that the Friends of Harbourtown comes up with!
We will continue to abide by what the city dictates, but question why they are being so hard on this organization! “We will not go away, without a fight”
Paul Habermehl, a disgusted citizen!
Here are a few ideas to help make your household a little more green friendly!
Green Kitchen Tips
Run full loads in your dishwasher a dsave energy, and don't pre-rinse your dishes before p utting them in. Do both and you'll save
up to 20 gallons of water per dish load, or 7,300 gallons over a year. That's as much water as the average person drinks in a lifetime. If you do your dishes by handwashing, turn off the tap while you scrub.
Keep your microwave clean and you'll be able to m aximize its energy. This means less electricity used, less money spent,and less time cooking. Microwaves are between 3.5 and 4.8 times more energy efficient than traditional electric ovens. If it costs ten cents to cook one item in a microwave, it would cost forty eight cents to cook the same item in a standard oven. If everyone in North America cooked exclusively with a microwave for one year, we'd save as much energy as the entire continent of Africa consumes during that same time.
If you want to be sure the tap water in your house is clean, try installing water filters on your faucets instead of buying bottled water -- you'll save money over time and get better-tasting water. You can buy a water filter for as little as $29, or about a month's worth of bottled water (if you drink a litre per day). About 1.5 million tons of plastic are used in the bottling of 89
billion liters of drinking water each year. That's enough plastic to make two water filters for every household on the planet. One billion people around the world lack access to clean drinking water.
@ Ritter Public Library
Free Family Fun
Celebrate World Pasta Day with a fun craft program for all ages in the children’s department at Ritter Public Library Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. Please let us know you’re coming so we can plan. Call 967-3798 or sign up on the calendar at www.ritterpubliclibrary.org.
Ritter’s evening book club is now reading John Grisham’s very first novel, from 1989. “A Time to Kill” was initially rejected by many publishers. After "The Firm", "The Pelican Brief" and "The Client" became bestsellers, interest in Grisham’s first effort grew and it was republished and also went on to become a bestseller. Call the library to order your copy and get reading. Then join us for a lively conversation the first Tuesday of the month, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.
Improve your skills with the Microsoft program Excel at a free, hands-on class in the computer lab at Ritter Monday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to turn your data into easy-to-read charts and graphs. Some experience with Excel is required. Call 967-3798 to reserve your seat today or sign up on the online calendar.
All About Alzheimer’s
Find out the facts about this devastating illness and get answers to your questions at a public awareness program Monday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing research and providing support for all people affected by Alzheimer's.
Another session of Ritter's popular knitting class begins Saturday, Nov. 1. The series of four classes meets Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and is for beginners as well as advanced knitters interested in new techniques. For details about supplies and to reserve your spot, go to the calendar at www.ritterpubliclibrary.org or call 967-3798.
Make informed choices about your energy provider. Learn about your options – natural gas or electric – and how to choose the one that’s right for you at a free program at Ritter Public Library from PUCO’s Office of Retail Competition Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Bring a copy of your electric or natural gas bill.
Just in time for your Christmas mailings! Learn how to take information from an Excel spreadsheet and merge it into letters, envelopes and labels at a free class in the computer lab at Ritter Monday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your address book and we'll make address labels in class. Bring a flash drive so you can take your projects home.
Access is a computer program that helps you create and manage desktop databases and easily share them with colleagues. Get an overview Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the computer lab. Learn how to set up data entry and create a basic form. Reserve your seat on the online calendar or call 967-3798.
Is Our Language Falling Apart?
Is the Internet wrecking the way we talk? Are texting and the rest of the digital world having a bad influence on the English language? That’s what we’re talking about at the next Socrates Café, the new community discussion group that meets the first Wednesday of the month at Ritter Public Library. Join us Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.; no philosophy degree required!
Ritter Public Library is located at 5680 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion. Telephone number is 440.967.3798, website address is www.ritterpubliclibrary.org. Hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 am-8:30 p m; Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sunday, 1:00-5:00 pm.
For information on the clubs and
organizations of Vermilion, visit the ORGANIZATIONS PAGE
of Vermilion Online News
located at the top of this page.
@ the American Legion Auxiliary
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 397 collects items for the homeless shelter those items include: trial size (the kind you get in otels/hotels) soap,tooth paste shampoo, any non-perishable foods, paper plates, cough drops. For more information please call Rita Hart @ 440-213-1306.
The Vermilion American Legion Post #397 is located at 2713 State Route 60 in Vermilion, Ohio 44089. Phone 440-967-2919 website: www.vermilionamericanlegionpost397.org
@ AMVETS Post 22 Auxiliary
Annual Craft Show & Bake Sale
Saturday, November 15th
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
For more information or if you would like to participate please call Rita Hart @ 440-213-1306
The Vermilion AMVETS Post #22 is located at 1517 State Rte. 60, Vermilion, Ohio 44089
Phone 440-967-9269; E-Mail: email@example.com.
@ The Vermilion Area
Brownhelm Santas at Archival Society
The Vermilion Area Archival Society will meet on Monday, November 10th at 7 P.M., in one of the Community Rooms of the Ritter Public Library. The evening's program will be a history of the Brownhelm Santas. This meeting is free and open to the public. For information on the Society or to make donations of items of historical interest to the greater Vermilion area, please contact Sandra Neiding at 967-4190. And don't forget, the 2015 Archival Society calendars are still available for only $5 each.
@ the Arts Guild
Vermilion Main Street Arts Guild brings fall colors into their “Autumn Arts Show” which began on Saturday September 13th. The collection is being shown at the Gallery which is located in the Main Street Vermilion building at 685 Main Street Vermilion and will run through Sunday, October 26th.
Stop in to enjoy the new show filled with all mediums of fine art. Various artists will be at the building on weekends to help you with your selections.
There is no better gift than a piece done by a local artist. Thank you for supporting your local artists.
@ Main Street Vermilion
Upcoming Main Street Events
October 25 - Noon - 3 - "Trick or Treat" at the Shouth Shore Shopping Plaza stores
October 30 - Ghost Tour in downtown Vermilion
November 29 - Shop Small Saturday
December 11 - 5:30 - 8:30 - "Light Up Vermilion" Shopping Night
Thank you to our sponsors, teams and committee members who all worked together to make this a huge event for Main Street Vermilion! Committee chairs and volunteers worked countless hours beginning in February to coordinate this fun and unique fundraiser for Main Street Vermilion.
Historic Ghost Tour is SOLD OUT!!!
Main Street Vermilion is planning a Historic Vermilion Ghost Tour in downtown Vermilion on Thursday, October 30th, 7 - 8:30. This is a guided walking tour through downtown by historian and paranormal Annie Tarpley. Learn what tales our historic buildings have to tell! Tickets - $20, age 16 (with adult) and up A few tickets are still available. Call Main Street Vermilion for tickets: 440-963-0772
Trick or Treat at the South Shore Plaza Shopping Center
Saturday, October 25th from Noon - 3 pm. A safe place for children to come for treats!
Lighthouse Preservation Committee
Love our Lighthouse? Main Street's newest committee, the Lighthouse Preservation Committee, is seeking energetic, imaginative individuals who love our lighthouse. The committee's goal is to raise funds to preserve our lighthouse, replace the Fresnel lens, and educate residents and guests regarding the history of the Vermilion Lighthouse. The committee will be holdidng a fundraiser at Quaker Steak and Lube on Monday, November 10th to benefit the lighthouse preservation effort. 10% of all food purchases that day will be donated back to Main Street Vermilion for the Lighthouse Committee. If you are interested in becoming a part of this committee, please contact Reenie Rak at 850-602-0450 of Main Street Vermilion, 963-0772, for more information.
Time to Join Main Street Vermilion!
Whether you are already a member, a volunteer or just want to support our programs , now is the time to join! Main Street Vermilion is beginning our 2015 calendar year membership campaign. Your membership will extend through December 31st, 2015. $35 Individual - $50 Family - $125 Business. Every new member receives a MSV Cling for your car or business! Call, email or stop in to join! You may now pay for your membership online on our website! Main Street Vermilion
Shop Small Saturday, November 29th!
Shop Small Saturday is a national program organized by American Express. The goal of the program is to encourage shoppers to support their local merchants when shopping for the holidays. Beginning this year, Main Street Vermilion is the local connection to Shop Small Saturday. Shop Small logo items will be provided free of charge to Vermilion businesses on a first come, first served basis. There will be more information in the near future, but for now - mark November 29th on your calendar and make Shop Small Saturday a part of your holiday shopping plans!
Main Street Vermilion is an Ohio Main Street Program dedicated to the preservation of Vermilion's historic commercial and residential district. Located at 685 Main Street, Vermilion, OH 44089, Phone: (440) 963-0772, www.mainstreetvermilion.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
@ Vermilion In Bloom
The plants and blooms of 2014 are gone...
but the photos and memories will last forever........
View the slide show of Vermilion In Bloom's 2014 Season of Flowers at www.vermiliononlinenews.com/vermilion-in-bloom
@ the YMCA
Fall Hours (through December 31st)
Monday - 6 AM to 9 PM
Tuesday - 7 AM to 9 PM
Wednesday - 6 AM to 9 PM
Thursday - 7 AM to 9 PM
Friday - 6 AM to 8 PM
Saturday - 7:30 AM to 3 PM
Sunday - Closed
The YMCA staff and Silver Sneakers Members would like to send our condolences to the family of David Nicholas Whyde. Nick was a member here at the Y and very involved in the Silver Sneakers Program.
Every year National Karate hosts 1 of the premier tournaments in the country, the Diamond Nationals. This year we had 5 students go from our school: Kim Dewey instructor, Patti Ross, Daniel Rico, Max Hecht, Allison Leopold, and Jim Gagan. Congratulations to all!
ARTISTS OF THE MONTH
New at the YMCA is a display case for the Vermilion Local Schools Artists of the Month Showcase. For October, artwork is displayed from Izzy Herchler in the 1st grade, Gracie Porter in the 3rd grade, Liberty Oliver in the 7th grade, and Parker Shockley in the 8th grade. Congratulations to these students. New art will be on display every month. New artwork will be on display every month.
GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE 4th ANNUAL DINNER SHOW FEATURING GATLIN
Friday, October 24, 5:30-10:00 pm, at German's Villa. Tickets $30 per person, available at the YMCA. Balloon Raffle for a 1-week stay at a Gatlinburg, Tennessee Condo! Balloon raffle, 50/50 raffle, plus liquor basket raffle. BBQ Chicken/Pork and all the sides, catered by German's Villa. Proceeds from this event benefit the YMCA Scholarship Fund.
Halloween Fun Fair October 24, 6:30- 8 pm. Bring your child in their costume. They will play carnival games and win treats. Buy tickets at the door for 0.25 cents for 1 or 5 for $ 1.00. Hot dogs, chips and drinks for refreshments. Cookie decorating. Loads of fun!
Sports Skills Classes
Have fun while learning basic skills in a game-first approach. Classes are free for Family Plus and Family Members. Program Members $40.
Ages 3-5 Tuesdays 5:00-5:30. Ages 6-9 Tuesdays 5:30-6:00. Include dribbling, passing, scoring, and more.
Ages 3-5 Wednesdays 5:00-5:30. Ages 6-9 Wednesdays 5:30-6:00. Includes dribbling, shooting, passing, and defense.
Ages 3-5 Thursdays 5:00-5:30. Ages 6-9 Thursdays 5:30-6:00. Learn basic skills in basketball, soccer, football, hockey, and more.
Active Older Adult Program
boasts 3 different class formats for all fitness levels, including Silver Sneakers, Silver & Fit, and Tai Chi for Arthritis. We also have several events per month including bus trips, potlucks, and crafting. We have over 150 active participants! From now until the end of the year, we will host Cleveland Clinic for a Nutrition Talk, we'll be forming our own holiday choir, and we've planned a bus trip to Miller Conservatory to see the holiday lights. Come join us for fitness, fun and fellowship! Call the front desk at 967-4208 or call Lori DePietro, AOA Coordinator, for more information.
Youth Volleyball League
Boys and girls ages 7-12. One practice a week, games on Saturday afternoons. Registration deadline Oct. 20. First team practice Oct. 25, second practice week of Oct. 27. Games Nov. 1 through Dec. 13. Member Plus $10/Members $15/Program Member $20.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
October 24 - Gatlin Dinner Show
October 24 - Halloween Fun Fair
Check out our website at http://www.clevelandymca.org/ . "Like" us on Facebook! The Vermilion YMCA is located at 320 Aldrich Road, Vermilion, OH 44089. Phone 440.967.4208, web site is www.www.clevelandymca.org/branches/vermilion/.
@ Vermilion Local Schools
VERMILION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!
Halloween is coming! Do you have your costume ready? In order to wear your costume to school on Halloween, you must buy a ticket from a Leo Club member at lunch. Tickets will be on sale starting Monday, October 27. Tickets are $1.00 per person. All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life.
The ticket is a number, which must be worn all day in a clearly visible spot. At lunch, students may buy a ballot for 25¢ to vote for the best costumes in different areas. Votes will be made by writing the numbers of the best costumes on the ballot. Prizes for costume winners will be $10 Subway cards. Winners will be announced at the end of the school day. The categories for Best Costume are: Best couple or group, Cutest costume, Most Creative, Most Authentic, and Best Teacher Costume.
PARENTS AND GUARDIANS!!
Please plan to join us for VHS Senior Night on Friday, October 31, to honor all Senior fall athletes and marching band members. Updated information will be sent home with the Seniors, and 2 admission tickets for the game that evening will be provided to each Senior student. We hope to see you there!
4th & 5th Grade Fun Night
The first Fun Night for 4th and 5th graders is scheduled for Wednesday, October, 29 from 2:30 to 4:00. Permission forms will be given to students on October 20. Please make sure your child's form is completed and returned to the school as early as possible. Parents and guardians are asked to send snacks and/or drinks prior to the event date. Items will be accepted up to 2:30 PM on the day of the event. We appreciate your contribution!
6th Grade Mohican Outdoor School Trip
This year's trip is scheduled for December 10-12
Payment Schedule as follows:
- First Payment of $50.00 with Registration and Health Forms are due Friday, October 17, 2014
- Second Payment of $50.00 and Medical Forms are due Friday, October 31, 2014
- Third Payment of $50.00 is due no later than Friday, November 14
- Spending money for snacks and souvenirs can be sent to the school to be put in a student account. No money can be taken to Mohican by the student. Check with the school office for additional details.
"So You Think You Can Sing"
Come show off your singing talent at the 3rd Annual "So You Think You Can Sing" vocal talent competition taking place in the state-of-the-art auditorium at Seneca East High School. If you can sing and enjoy being on stage to share your gift of music, don’t miss this chance to perform in a regional contest for cash prizes in front of a live audience. The event will take place on Saturday, November 8 at 6:00 PM. Entry fee is $20.00. Application forms can be found online at www.seneca-east.k12.oh.us. Only 16 contestants will be taken for the performance in each category up to November 5, 2014 on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Visit the Vermilion Local Schools website at: www.vermilionschools.org
St. Mary School
Free Monthly Playgroups
Free monthly playgroups for infants toddlers & preschoolers! Friday, October 24th from 10-11am St. Mary Vermilion Gym. 5450 Ohio Street. Perfect way to meet other families while the children play and develop social skills in the spacious gymnasium with toddler ride on toys! Story, crafts & snacks! Open to the Community! Questions call St. Mary parish office 967-8711. Like us on Facebook for future Playgroup dates "St. Mary School Vermilion." Parents/Grandparents/babysitters Welcome!
3330 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion
440.967.1770 for reservations & info
The Holidays are fast approaching. Time to order your holiday turkeys and hams.
Annual Fall/Holiday Craft Show
Saturday, November 8th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost is $2.00 admission or a non-parishable good to be donated to the local food pantry.
2014 Safe Harbor Milk Bone Mania Fundraiser
Sunday, November 9th 12:00 Noon - 3:00 pm
German's Villa to Host Billy Dean Concert
CMA Award Winner, Country Western Night
Saturday, November 22nd, Doors open at 5:00 pm
Tickets are $40 per person, includes buffet dinner and acoustic solo concert by Country Music Award winner Billy Dean. Cash bar available. Tickets are selling fast!
Billy Dean, aka "Billy the Kid" will be bringing his talents north to Vermilion at German's Villa on Saturday, November 22nd.
It is official! God willing, Vermilion's own, Kenny Clark, will open the show for Billy! Billy Dean will be performing an solo acoustic show.
There will be a full buffet dinner including, desert and cash bar available. This evening promises to be an all around exciting, entertaining night out for couples, families and country music fans alike!
Tickets are $40.00/ea. Ticket price includes the show and the full buffet dinner. Stop in at German's Villa, 3330 Liberty Avenue to get your tickets or call 440.967.1770. You may also contact German's at email@example.com .
This show will sell out fast! Don't Miss Out! Tell Your Friends & Family! Invite everyone you know! Don't miss this event!
St. Francis Animal Sanctuary Spaghetti Dinner Benefit
Saturday, December 6th Dinner served 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Special Guest Appearance Dick Goddard
Tickets $20 pp ** Cash Bar ** Raffles ** 50/50
Pre-New Year's Eve Party
Saturday, December 27th Swing City Band
Details to come
German's Villa is located at 3330 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, phone 440.967.1770. Website is www.germans-villa.com.
@ Paper Moon Vineyards
In Season Hours: May 1 - December 27th, 2014
Tuesday, Wednesday: 12-5PM
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 12-10PM
Sunday, Monday: CLOSED
8th - PIG ROAST (Second Saturday Supper)
Evening Entertainment, Live Music
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Friday, October 24th - Tony Twine; Acoustic Pop
Saturday, October 25th - Lance Horwedel; Pop, Rock
Friday, October 31st - Acoustic Scotty; Blues, Rock, Folk
Paper Moon Vineyards is located at 2008 State Road, OH St Route 60 in Vermilion, Phone 440.967.2500, web site www.papermoonvineyards.com.
@ Vermilion River Reservation
Programs & Events for October 2014
Sat, Oct 25th
11a-1pm Vermilion River Reservation
Join trainer Tina Carey for a walk with your dog and optional cook-out following the walk. $15 per dog at door. Please register by 10/23
Sun, Oct 26th
1-4pm, Vermilion River Reservation, Carriage Barn
Games, crafts, music, cider and donuts, face painting and more! Please register by 10/24, pay $2 at the door per child over 2years. Under 2 years free.
Wed, Oct 29th
10-11am, Vermilion River Reservation, Carriage Barn
Kids learna bout wild animals with scary reputations. Craft and hike. Easy Hike.
Vermilion River Reservation, Mill Hollow is located at 51211 North Ridge Road, Vermilion. Phone 440.967.7310. metroparks.cc.
@ Schoepfle Garden
Lorain Co. Metro Parks
Programs & Events for October 2014
Thur, Oct 30th
Garden Tram Ride
10a-1pm, Schoepfle Garden, Schoepfle Garden Visitor Center
See the garden from our tram
Schoepfle Garden is located at 11106 Market St. in Birmingham, Phone 440.965.7237, www.metroparks.cc
@ Erie MetroParks
October 2014 Public Programs and Events
HAUNTED PRISON FARM TOUR
Tue, Oct 28, 6:30pm & 7:15pm, Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave. Huron. Tour the grounds and offices of Osborn MetroPark, which was previously a working prison farm for the State. View areas not typically shown to the public and hear never before heard ghost recordings. Be prepared to be scared!!! Registration required, limit 20 per session.
Wed, Oct 29, 9:30am-12:30pm, Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave, Huron. Learn to paint watercolors following step by step directions and demonstrations by instructor Clela Stelnicki. $60 for 4 week session or $15 per class. Register by calling Clela at 440-371-5637 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A supply list will be provided by the instructor.
Programs and events are subject to scheduling changes. For information or to register for a program, please visit our website at www.eriemetroparks.org, call 419-625-7783 ext. 221, or come to the Visitor Services Department located at 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron OH, 44839, open M-F, 8am-4pm.
Church of the Open Door
Sunday Worship Services
9:00 am & 11:00 am
If you are looking for a church where you and your family can discover the Adventure of Becoming more like Christ or if you’re just trying to figure out what Church is all about – we hope you will stop by and check us out!
Church of the Open Door - Vermilion Campus is located at the former Vermilion School Administration building at 1230 Beechview Drive, Vermilion OH 44089. If you have questions about our services or programs contact Pastor Bob by email at email@example.com. For more information about Church of the Open Door visit www.opendoor.tv
@ Grace United
Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Meetings are every Monday
5:30 pm Weigh In, 6:30 pm Meeting. Attend your 1st meeting free of charge, bring a friend! www.tops.org
On Facebook – Facebook.com/worshipbythewater
On web - worshipbythewater.com
Grace United Methodist Church is located at 13406 Coen Road, corner of Coen Road and West Lake Road), Vermilion. Sunday Worship Service is at 10:15 am. The telephone is 440.967.5206, church website is www.vermiliongrace.org. The Reverend David Hull-Frye is Pastor.
@ Harbourtown Community Foursquare Church
"Handkerchiefs for Heroes"
Donations are being accepted for "Handkerchiefs for Heroes". "For He orders his Angels to protect you wherever you go." It started as one handkerchief for one soldier...over 6.000 have been sent all over the world! There is no charge for the handkerchiefs, no matter how many are requested. After they are made, they are annoited and prayed over by members of the Harbourtown Foursquare Church. Make donations at Harbourtown Community Foursquare Church, c/o Jane Stanley, 873 State Street, Vermilion OH 44089
Harbourtown Community Foursquare Church, 873 State Street, Vermilion OH 44089. Phone 440.967.5728, website address www.hcfcoh.com . Worship Services 9:00 am and 10:45 am Sundays, Mid-week activities Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
@ Lakeview Baptist Church
Baby Shower for the Pregnancy Crisis Center
Scantity of Life Sunday January 18, 2015 12:30 - 2 p.m.
This event is open to the public, you may donate any new or gently used items for the crisis center, For more information or pickup you may call Rita Hart @ 440-213-1306.
Lakeview Baptist Church is located at 591 Ferndale Avenue in Vermilion, Phone 440.967.5104, web site www.lakeviewvermilion.org
@ St. Mary
Saturday: 4 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
Weekdays: Consult weekly schedule in bulletin Most often 8:30 a.m.
Holy Days: Day itself: 9:00 a.m. and 7 p.m.
St. Mary is located at 731 Exchange Street in Vermilion, OH 44089. Phone 440.967.8711. www.stmaryvermilion.org
@ St. Matthew Lutheran Church
Sunday School meets each Sunday at 9:30 am. We have new classes starting for all ages, including a new Confirmation class. Your child will receive a warm welcome. All are welcome at St. Matthew! Please come and visit us.
Sunday Worship Services
Pre-Christmas Rummage Sale, with Bake Sale
Saturday, October 25th , 10am-1pm
Bible Study on Prayer in the Bible
led by Rev. Dr. Karl F. Fry (Pastor)
Sunday, October 26 - 9:30am
Saturday, November 8, 5-7pm. Tickets: Adult: $8, Child (Under 10): $4. Dinner will include Bratwurst (or hot dogs), German potato salad, sauerkraut, buns, dessert, and hot apple cider. We will also have live musical entertainment from Double Treble (Nancy Konery and John Parmer), a bonfire, and hot air flying prayer lanterns. Take-out available with reservation. All Welcome! Call (440) 967 9886 to make a reservation. Ticket sales end on Sunday, November 2. (Flyer attached)
Men's Bible Study
Thursdays @ 10:00 am. Bible Study is led by Pastor Karl. All welcome.
You can watch some of Pastor Fry's recent sermons at www.vimeo.com/stmattvermlcms
Web site: www.lutheransonline.com/stmattvermlcms
St. Matthew Lutheran Church is located at 15617 Mason Road in Vermilion. The mailing address is P O Box 774, Vermilion OH 44089. Phone number is 440.967.9886, and web site address is www.lutheransonline.com/stmattvermlcms. The Reverand Dr Karl F. Fry is the pastor.
@ Trinity Lutheran Church
Trinity Trunk or Treat
Saturday, October 25 from 2-3:30 pm (rain or shine)
“Trunk or Treat”, a safe, family event will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church of Vermilion located at 3747 Liberty Ave. (next to NAPA) onSaturday, October 25 from 2-3:30 pm (rain or shine). Free hotdogs and chips will be served. In the church parking lot, children will enjoy fun activities and church members will be handing out candy and trinkets from their decorated car trunks to the afternoon’s trick-or-treaters (12 years old and under, please.) There is no cost to participate. For more information on this event, call 440-967-4225.
Drive Up Chicken Dinners
Drive Up Chicken Dinners will be held the third Wednesday of the month from 5:00 until 6:30 pm for $9.00 each. The chicken dinner includes all sides and desserts. Drive up, we greet you at your car, you pull away with a chicken feast, all to benefit the ministry. Dates for the upcoming months are May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17 and October 15.
Vermilion Soup Kitchen
Serving Dinner every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.
Worship & Sunday School
9:00 am Tradition Worship
10:00 am Sunday School for Children & Teens
10:15 - 10:45 am Adult Sunday School
10:45 am Contemporary Worship
Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 3747 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion. Mailing address is P O Box 2, Vermilion OH. Email address is www.trinityvermilion.org. Phone 440.967.4225.
@ United Church of Christ Congregational
Opportunities to Serve
Showing God's love through the living of our lives. Be sure to mark the following dates on your calendars. They might seem like a long way off now, but they'll be here before we know it!
Saturday, April 18 - Vermilion Hunger Walk
Sunday, April 26 - Our Second Annual "Love Reaching Out" Sunday.
Monday Morning Bible Study
has decided to join with the Monday night Fellowship group since both groups are now doing the same study.
Monday Evening Fellowship
7:00pm. Began the Catch Fire in Fifty Days study. and has been joined by the Monday Morning study group in this endeavor. Please keep all involved in your prayers as they proceed through this exciting time together.
Worship This Sunday, October 26
Reformation Sunday. Texts for Sunday are Psalm 1 and Matthew 22:34-46.
As you read the Psalm, think of where you have searched for happiness and where you have found it. Then compare your experience with that of the psalmist.
BEFORE you read Matthew, ask yourself the same question asked of Jesus - "What is the greatest commandment?" Then compare your answer with the one Jesus gives.
ALSO THIS SUNDAY - we're beginning the first of our stewardship talks - "What UCCC Means to Me." Be asking what does your church mean to you and to our community?
Youth Group News
This Sunday, October 26. Oral Histories at Kingston, 1:00 - 3:00.
Remember those wonderful people we met and sang for a few weeks ago? We're going back this time to talk with them to hear and record stories from their lives. We'll have questions ready to go to get you started - and once you do, you'll be amazed at what you hear!
We'll meet at the church at 1:00 and plan to return by 3:00. (If you have a camera to lend us, or can help drive, please call Jen Bertoni.)
Mission Committee's Chili Cook-off
was a popular competition! With over 14 entrants in our chili cook off, taste testers had a lot to sample before they chose a winner. Chili came in all varieties: vegan, with meat, with and without beans etc. After everyone had a chance to vote, the winner was Kim McGuinn's "Cincinnati Chili" that took top prize. Congratulations Kim!!!! Thanks to everyone who entered their version of chili and thanks to all who brought deserts. Our committee turned in $533.00 profit to go to the general fund of our church.
Fall Peterson Nut Sale Continues
The Women's Coordinating Committee annual Peterson Nut Sale starting is now underway! Orders can be placed through November 2 with delivery on November 16. Please support one of Ohio's own, the King Nut Company in Solon, OH as well as your Women's Coordinating Committee. Thank you.
DNS Apple Strudel
DNS is once again selling apple strudels! You may place your orders at coffee hour or by calling 967-5230. DNS is also looking for donations of items such as sugar, cinnamon, sticks of butter, and extra long foil. If you would like to donate items, please drop them off in the DNS office. Strudels will be made and ready for pick up on Saturday, November 8th. Anyone who would like to help work a shift that morning can sign up at coffee hour or call 967-5230. Thank you for supporting DNS!
Beer With Jesus
(and Pastor Bob) Tuesdays at 8:00pm, Lake Erie Tap House
Don't forget we meet every Tuesday. Each week is different and every week is better than the last. If you've not been with us, plan on coming out next Tuesday, and bring a friend or two with you!
The United Church of Christ Congregational is located at 990 State Street in Vermilion. The website address is: www.vermilioncongregational.org . The mailing address is
P.O. Box 228, Vermilion, Ohio 44089 and the phone number is
440-967-5212. Church email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and the church newsletter email address is: email@example.com
@ Vermilion E & R
(Evangelical & Reformed) Church
The Pastor's Table
The Pastor's Coffee Table will be held Thursday mornings from 10:00 - 11:00 am beginning in September through May at Decidedly Different, 590 Main Street, Vermilion. The Pastor's Table is sponsored by St. Mary's Church and Vermilion E & R Church. Come for prayer or to talk.
7:30 am every Monday
Back room of The Nest Restaurant
Bible Study and Fellowship
Everyone is Welcome!
Ladies Bible Study
Every Tuesday morning @ 9:15
in the Church Library
Mothers of Preschoolers
Meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Childcare is provided
Kid's Boutique is held each month on the second Tuesday from 1:00 until 4:00 pm. Vermilion E & R Church knows that these are trying financial times and the church would like to offer assistance to the families in the community. Free clothing is offered in sizes ranging from newborn through juniors. There is no obligation. All we ask is that a parent or guardian accompany children. The church is located at 752 Grand Street in Vermilion. The entrance to the Kids Boutique is behind the Education Building, which can be accessed from Grand Street or Ohio Street. Clothing donations may be placed in the dock box on the north side of the property by the side stairs.
Worship Cafe, a coffee social time, takes place every 3rd Sunday at 9:00 am.
A Hymn Sing takes place every 3rd Sunday at 10:30 am.
Vermilion E & R (Evangelical & Reformed) Church is located at 752 Grand Street in Vermilion. Sunday Worship services are at 10:30 am, with Sunday School beginning at 9:15 am. Telephone number is 440.967-3559, church website address is www.vermilionchurch.com.
These events were published in
previous editions as an article. They are listed here by date for your reference.
Nut Sale runs Oct 5th thru Nov 2nd
The UCC-Congregational 'Women's Coordinating' will be conducting their annual Peterson Nut Sale from October 5th through November 2nd with delivery on November 16th.
These delicious nut, and candy, and gift item-products make wonderful Thanksgiving hostess gifts, Christmas gifts and snacks for football season as well as year-round.
Please support one of Ohio's own, the "King Nut Company" in Solon, OH as well as the Women's Coordinating group. For more information on the many catalog items, and to place your order, please call Shirley at 967-6536 or Marilyn at 967-6900.
2014 Ohio Fair Trade Expo is October 25th!
5th Annual Ohio Fair Trade Expo
Saturday October 25, 2014
At the John Carroll University Dolan Center for Science and Technology
Initiated in 2009, The Expo brings people together from across the state to learn about and become more involved in supporting FAIR TRADE – a model for socially and environmentally conscious consumerism.
Expo 2014 includes keynote speakers, educational workshops, a Fair Trade marketplace with thousands of artisan and food products around the world, and much more! The keynote speaker this year is Chris Treter from Higher Grounds. His company was featured in the recent documentary Connected by Coffee.
Attention Girl Scouts....Be a part of the Ohio Fair Trade Expo program and earn a Fair Trade patch! Go to the Girl Scout page to register today.
Fair Trade in Northeast Ohio - The Fair Trade movement in northeast Ohio has been grounded in the hard work of non-profit organizations and Fair Trade-only retailers for many years. In more recent times it has been advanced by local and national retailers offering Fair Trade certified products and initiatives of local high schools and colleges promoting growth of the Fair Trade market through education and advocacy.
Additionally, the region is home to one of the oldest regional solidarity organizations focused on Central America and Colombia, the InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF). IRTF has been engaged in the Fair Trade movement for 16 years, initially partnering with Equal Exchange for IRTF’s Café Salvador Project. Immediately following IRTF’s involvement in Fair Trade, northeast Ohio became one of the largest Equal Exchange markets in the US, with Heinen’s Fine Foods as the first grocery store chain to offer Equal Exchange products. IRTF continues to be a leader today in the local Fair Trade movement, having co-organized two Northeast Ohio Fair Trade Summits and an annual high school Fair Trade Fashion Show. Schools, congregations, and civic groups look to IRTF when organizing their own Fair Trade bazaars. Equal Exchange developed a coffee blend (North Coast Roast) to celebrate IRTF’s leadership in the Fair Trade movement and northeast Ohio’s commitment to Fair Trade.
Northeast Ohio also has a number of public and private universities with student leaders and campus offices engaged in the work of promoting Fair Trade through consumer education and providing access to Fair Trade products on campus. At Hiram College, located about 30 miles from Cleveland, students and their chaplain’s office have developed an on-campus Fair Trade store that offers students, faculty, and campus guests the opportunity to purchase Fair Trade certified food products and fairly traded items made by artisans throughout the world. In 2007, John Carroll University, nine miles east of downtown Cleveland, initiated a Fair Trade Intern program with financial support from the Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Fund. The year-long internships empower students to educate their peers about Fair Trade and advocate for increased Fair Trade offerings on campus. The work of the interns mobilized a cross-campus movement that succeeded in getting food service providers to serve 100% Fair Trade certified coffee in the campus dining hall, catered events, and two of the three coffee shops. The interns are continuing to work for more fairly made clothing to be purchased by the university and offered in the campus bookstore.
In September 2009, a group of Fair Trade retailers and advocates organized the first annual Ohio Fair Trade Expo. This day-long event consisted of educational workshops and a Fair Trade vendors’ fair, bringing together 200+ participants from universities, high schools, faith communities, and advocacy organizations from across the state, but especially from northeast Ohio. The event received sponsorship from Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade, TransFair USA, the Fair Trade Federation, Equal Exchange, a number of regional and national Fair Trade retailers, and the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. This significant event provided a foundation for an initial step toward developing a Fair Trade network in Ohio.
Fair trade traces its roots to 1946 when Edna Ruth Byler, a volunteer for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), visited an MCC sewing class in Puerto Rico where she discovered the talent the women had for creating beautiful lace and the extraordinary poverty in which they lived despite their hard work. She began carrying these pieces back to the United States to sell and returning the money back to these groups directly. Her work grew into Ten Thousand Villages, which opened its first fair trade shop in 1958 and is now the largest fair trade retailer in North America. In 1949, Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation and Vocation (SERRV International) began helping refugees in Europe recover from World War II. Today, they support artisans in more than 35 countries.
History of Fair Trade - In the late 1970s, US- and Canadian-based entrepreneurs who defined their businesses with the producers at heart began to meet regularly, exchange ideas, and network. This informal group would evolve into the Fair Trade Federation and formally incorporate in 1994. In 1989, the World Fair Trade Organization (formerly IFAT) was founded as a global network of committed fair trade organizations, aiming to improve the livelihoods of disadvantaged people through trade and to provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas.
In 1988, as world coffee prices began to sharply decline, a Dutch NGO, Solidaridad, a farmer organization, UCIRI, created the first fair trade certification initiative. Named after a best-selling 19th century book, the Max Havelaar label initially applied only to coffee in the Netherlands, but similar labeling initiatives grew up independently across Europe within a few years. In 1997, these organizations created Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO), an umbrella organization which sets the fair trade certification standards and supports, inspects, and certifies disadvantaged farmers. In 1997, FLO affiliate TransFair Canada opened, followed soon after by TransFair USA in 1999.
Since 2000, fair trade sales and consumer awareness have increased tremendously, as the range of fair trade products has also expanded. From the early days of lace and home décor, handmade items now include clothing, sports equipment, toys, and other items. From its initial focus on coffee, fair trade product certification has expanded to tea, chocolate, sugar, vanilla, fruit, wine, and much more. In 2002, the first World Fair Trade Day was celebrated to heighten consumer awareness and to strengthen connections among fair traders and interested citizens around the globe. In 2006, IFAT reported that total fair trade sales topped $2.6 billion.
From its early days in Pennsylvania, fair trade continues to move forward across the globe, because of the efforts of consumers, entrepreneurs, non-governmental organizations, and other communities.
Vet to Fed - Federal Job Tips for Veterans Monday, October 27th
Veterans and others job seekers can learn how to find employment with the federal government at the next meeting of Transitions networking group at Lorain County Community College.
The meeting will be held from 5-6 p.m., Mon., Oct. 27 in SP 210. Chuck Bonacci, recruiter at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, will present a special program for veterans. Attendees will learn how to get hired by the federal government, about veterans’ preferences, and other resources to help veterans find employment.
Transitions, a free networking group for area business professionals, is sponsored by LCCC Career Services. Transitions meetings feature short seminars on topics relevant to a successful job search, job leads and support, and networking contacts. The group meets the second and fourth Monday of every month. To ensure adequate seating and handouts, registration is appreciated. To register for this session or for more information about Transitions, call 1-800-995-5222, ext. 4076, or 440-366-4076. Registrations can also be made on line at www.lorainccc.edu/transitions
Historic Ghost Tour
Anyone walking through Vermilion's historic downtown can imagine some of the history hidden behind the walls of our beautiful buildings. There are lake captain's houses, former hotels and lodging establishments, merchants, fishing history along the river and shipwrecks out in the lake. What tales could be told?
To learn a little of what has occurred here over the years, Main Street Vermilion has enlisted the services of historian and paranormal, Annie Tarpley. Ms. Tarpley has done extensive research on Vermilion's history and has interviewed numerous individuals in town. Everything to be learned in our first annual Historic Ghost Tour is factual.
The tour will be held on Thursday, October 30th from 7:00 pm until about 8:30, weather permitting. Rain date: Saturday, November 1st. Cost to join the tour, for 16 year olds (with an adult) and up is $20. The fee is non-refundable. There is a limited number (25 - 30) who can join this special tour. Participants will meet at Main Street Vermilion by 6:45 pm and should be dressed warmly, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight.
To reserve your spot or if you have questions, please call or email Main Street Vermilion at 440-963-0772, firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Around the World...A Wine Tasting Benefit takes place on November 8th
The Vermilion News Print Shop Museum will be hosting a wine tasting event on Saturday, November 8th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the museum which is located at 727 Grand Street in Vermilion.
The fund raiser is to support the Museum's efforts to preserve and educate the public in the manner which early weekly newspapers were published. Funds are needed to replace the valves on the hot water radiator system and for window restoration of the museum building.
The public is invited to attend and view original printing presses, newspapers, photos, books, posters, and more that were printed by the Vermilion News from 1905 until 1964.
Tickets are $25 in advance and may be purchased by sending your check to Vermilion News Print Shop Museum, 727 Grand Street, Vermilion OH 44089. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the evening of the event.
For advance tickets or more information contact Margaret Wakefield Worcester at 440.967.2495 or email@example.com
Vermilion Community Bus Trips Announces Upcoming Tour Dec 12
Norm Felix's group, The VCBT, has entered it's seventh season of service to everyone in the Vermilion and surrounding communities with a trip to Windsor on MLK Day. Norm's Group is now working with the Vermilion Knights of Columbus and the Vermilion Family YMCA to provide entertaining and fun bus trips leaving from and returning to lovely Vermilion. As in the previous six seasons, all trips are nonprofit with all proceeds going to local charities.
Where to next?
Oglebay Festival of Lights on Friday, December 12th, 2014. All trips are planned for your enjoyment... even the bus rides are fun! Join us on one or more of these exciting trips. See you on the bus.
Please send checks made out to "K of C #4539" to Norm Felix, 1094 Arrowhead Drive, Vermilion, Oh 44089. Remember all proceeds go to local charities.
Get Alerts &
Emergency Notifications by Text
In an effort to communicate through various media, the City of Vermilion is providing “Text Alerts”. Text VTOWN to 36000 to receive information concerning city events and alerts.
For additional information text HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel. Msg&Data Rates may apply. Terms & Conditions available at www.homepagesdirectories.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-800-807-6870.
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