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WESTSHORE — With Thanksgiving behind us, we are now knee-deep into the season of holiday craft shows, special theater offerings and a variety of seasonal fun. Here is a listing of the top offerings in our area.

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SHEFFIELD LAKE – They looked under their beds and had parents searching cupboards and under their car seats. Some broke into piggy banks. Children in kindergarten through second grade at Sheffield Sheffield Lake's Forestlawn and Knollwood elementary schools learned every penny counts when it…

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SHEFFIELD LAKE - Goblins, ghouls and witches have overrun the community, at least for the next few weeks, as residents and business owners go all out to decorate for the 5th annual Halloween house and business decorating contest sponsored by the all-volunteer Civic Pride Committee.

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SHEFFIELD VILLAGE – On Tuesdays at 9 a.m. sharp, seventh-grade students at Sheffield-Sheffield Lake's Brookside Middle School return to the intermediate school they left last spring. They cluster outside the classroom door of third-grade teacher Kim Pajor, where a group of her students is al…

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SHEFFIELD VILLAGE – From now on, one seat at Dick Sevits Football Stadium in the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake School District will remain perpetually empty. Last Friday evening before kickoff, school and elected officials, accompanied by several dozen veterans, unveiled a POW/MIA Chair of Honor.

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AVON – They may be 6 years old, but first-graders at Holy Trinity School in Avon are solving grown-up problems. So are their older peers through eighth grade. Their efforts have earned the school the Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research.

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WESTSHORE — Moving the south entrance to the Huntington Reservation away from the Lake Erie Science & Nature Center is one of a series of changes the Cleveland Metroparks has outlined in its draft, long-term master plan for the park district.

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AVON LAKE – The city’s yearlong bicentennial celebration continues with the Bicentennial Beer Festival from noon-6 p.m. on Saturday at Miller Road Park, Lake Road.

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AVON LAKE – Doggie paddling will be the stroke of choice at the Big Splash dog swim from noon-5 p.m. Saturday at the Ellen Trivanovich Aquatic Center, 32850 Electric Blvd. The 13th annual event attracts about 400 dogs and their families, and is a fundraiser for Avon Lake-based Love-A-Stray d…

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AVON LAKE – Just in time for the city’s yearlong bicentennial celebration is local historian Sherry Spenzer’s new book, “The Avon Lake Story Continues.” This is Spenzer’s third book and second dedicated to her hometown’s history.

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AVON – Gracefully flitting through the air in their figure-eight motion, more than 100 butterflies are making their home in the Butterfly House at the Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Road, Avon. These flowers of the air can be seen for free now through Labor Day.

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AVON –The Lake Erie Crushers will hold their third annual Crushers Craft Beer and Wine Festival from 6:30-10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Sprenger Healthcare Stadium. The event features 20 local and national craft breweries and several northern Ohio wineries.

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AVON — Classic cars, hot rods and muscle cars will take over the grounds of Avon United Methodist Church on Detroit Road from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, for the seventh annual Wheels for Wags car show benefiting Friendship Animal Protective League of Lorain County. The rain date is Aug. 25.

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AVON — Grab your blanket for Avon Parks & Recreation Department’s inaugural Movie Night in the Park at 7 p.m. this Saturday on the Every Child’s Playground campus, 36265 Detroit Road.

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WESTLAKE—Soon she’ll tackle the seventh grade, but for now, Amara Brahmbhatt is filling her summer vacation stating her case as one of Northeast Ohio’s elite young tennis talents.

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AVON LAKE — Natural beauty products, scratch-made bakery, homemade dog treats, handcrafted slime, child-authored books, hair braiding, paper flowers and home décor items are just a few of the products and services that will be offered at the Avon Lake Children’s Business Fair from 10 a.m.-2 …

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CLEVELAND – It wasn’t until 2011 that Sarah Johanek decided she wanted to be a rower. The then freshman at Saint Joseph Academy High School, who had and still does enjoy running, came to school the same year that rowing became an official team sport at Saint Joe’s.

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WESTSHORE - During his 40-year career as a suburban Cleveland journalist, Dave Lange frequently dealt with controversial topics. Now he’s used his award-winning skills to write about coming-of-age during one of the most highly-charged times in American history – the Vietnam era.

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LAKEWOOD - Ann and Kevin Thomas stood in their 100-degree distilling facility on a July day. The smell of corn mash and fresh alcohol sticks to the heat emanating from the still, and burns the nostrils. Thousands of liters of water run through grains. The water evaporates and returns through…

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AVON LAKE — The Summer Market, Cleveland's original lakeside market of all things vintage, beachy and handmade, returns to Veterans Memorial Park July 27 and 28. The free event celebrates its 13th year along the shores of Lake Erie. 

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AVON — Homegrown raspberries, scratch-made cookies, homemade jam and small-batch soaps are just a few of the products that will be sold at Avon Montessori Academy’s outdoor Children’s Farmers Market, 37701 Colorado Ave., from 1-4 p.m. on July 22.

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AVON — When 75 percent of your nonprofit’s volunteers are kids, you have to think of the best way to include them. Enter the Official Moose’s Mission Lemonade Stand, which kicked off late last month.

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AVON — About 100 families participated in a ceremonial Planting Day June 24 at Maria’s Field of Hope on Chester Road. Children and adults planted sunflower seeds for the massive field along Interstate 90 that blooms yellow each September as part of the Prayers from Maria foundation’s outreac…

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AVON—Dunkin’ Donuts has selected Avon to be a test location for its Next Generation concept store, one of the first of its kind in the United States. The new restaurant, Avon’s third Dunkin’ Donuts, broke ground June 13 at 1990 Moore Road (at Colorado Avenue near BJ’s Wholesale Club, just of…

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AVON LAKE — Residents Dennis and Andrea Luke have opened The Caslon at 33451 Lake Road. The upscale-casual bar and restaurant held its grand opening on June 20, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony coordinated by the city of Avon Lake. The couple named the establishment after their two daughters, …

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AVON — Andy Monda, 90, isn’t used to being on the receiving end of good deeds. The longtime Avon resident, who advocates for area seniors via the Avon Senior Center and volunteers for the American Heart Association, Avon Eagle Run and other events, was recently surprised when an anonymous do…

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AVON — Armed with Duck Tape, cardboard, newspaper, PVC piping, a circular saw, miscellaneous tools, and enough snacks and juice boxes to fuel the creativity of 40 children and adults, Two Feathers members gather on Caroline Drive for one of their float-building sessions. They were getting al…

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LAKEWOOD - Tyler Hannah, didn’t always envision himself as the state-qualifying track and field star is he today. The Lakewood High School junior began running track in seventh grade, and said at the start, he wasn’t so sure if there was a future for him in the sport.

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AVON--The Main Event Entertainment company issued a statement on Wednesday, June 6 saying that it has pushed back its Avon complex's opening date to Friday, June 15 with the time to be determined. The bowling-anchored entertainment and dining facility features laser tag, video games, billiar…

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AVON — Bowling is the main attraction at Main Event, a 50,000-square-foot entertainment complex opening Tuesday at 35605 Chester Road. This is the first Northeast Ohio location for the Dallas-based entertainment company, second in Ohio (there’s one outside Cincinnati) and 41st nationally.

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AVON -- An outdoor gym is coming to the city’s Every Child’s Playground campus near the pool on Detroit Road. The Fitness Court, opening June 15, features an outdoor bodyweight circuit-training system, and using it will be free. 

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AVON LAKE — What’s old is new again. Artstown plaza is now Beach Park Station — Stop 65, the center’s original name from 1893 when it was a stop along the Lake Shore Electric Railway.

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The screeners give each film a letter grade from A to D, along with their comments, which are passed along to the producer and director. Festival organizers advise screeners not to be mean-spirited in their comments. 

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SHEFFIELD LAKE - "Crrrunch!" Knollwood first graders responded gleefully and the "big kids" continued reading to admiring six- and seven-year olds. The "big kids" hail from Sheffield-Sheffield Lake's Brookside High School where they are enrolled in Honors English.