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WESTSHORE - This past weekend, communities across the West Side braved Friday and Saturday cold and rain to celebrate the official beginning of the Christmas season in their communities. Food trucks, Santas, elves, carriage rides, public speeches, caroling and fireworks rang in the season.

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AVON LAKE – If you see Avon Lake firefighters sporting a little more facial hair these days, there’s a good reason for it. The department is participating in No-Shave November to bring awareness to men’s health. 

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AVON – Moose’s Mission, the Avon-based nonprofit that makes no-sew blankets and care packages for shelter and rescue dogs, has a new addition — Coco’s Hot Cocoa Stand. The stand is named after Moose’s Mission founder Jenny McClear’s newest family member, Coco the rescue dog.

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AVON LAKE – Avon Lake resident Tom Getz recently donated a piece of local history to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – rare, on-camera footage of former Plain Dealer rock critic Jane Scott.

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AVON – All About Avon, the city’s new business- and resident-friendly website, launches in early January. Allaboutavon.com is phase one of Avon’s visitors bureau project.

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AVON LAKE – Avon Lake Community Television (ALCTV) was honored at the 2018 Philo Festival of Media Arts Award Ceremony in Alliance late last month. This is the first year ALCTV entered the regional video contest.

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AVON LAKE – A proposal to redraw the boundaries for the Avon Lake City Schools’ four elementary schools is on hold because of  possible new housing developments in the city. Changes in the current maps would have gone into effect for the upcoming school year. 

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AVON LAKE – The eagle cam at Redwood Elementary School received an overhaul late last month. Two new cameras were installed to allow for clearer images, different angles, a 360-degree view and even night vision. Previously there was only one camera.

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AVON – They may not be hung by the chimney, but about 1,500 Christmas stockings have been assembled and packed with care by Westshore-area volunteers over the last month as part of Operation Christmas Stocking. The stockings will be shipped to U.S. troops who won’t be home for Christmas.

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AVON – Ever wonder what your city does with your tax dollars? The city of Avon has a new online tool to show residents and those curious to see.

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AVON LAKE – Investigators suspect an electrical problem caused a fire that destroyed a trailer early Oct. 28 at the police department’s firing range on Avon Belden Road.

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AVON – Whether you run with the pack or strut your mutt, you can help provide a veteran with a service dog by participating in the Vet Day 5K Run and 1K Mutt Strut. The fifth annual event steps off at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Avon Veterans Park, 3701 Veterans Memorial Parkway.

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AVON – For a little more than a year, members of Girl Scout Troop 50419 have been volunteering and fundraising for the Prayers from Maria foundation in Rocky River. Their time, talent and treasure recently earned the high school freshmen Silver Awards for their efforts.

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SHEFFIELD LAKE — Mayor Dennis Bring named Mark Erdei to fill the Ward 4 Sheffield Lake City Council seat - again - at the Oct. 9 council meeting. Erdei resigned the seat in August to take care of some personal business. No Ward 4 resident applied to fill the seat within the 60-day time perio…

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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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AVON – The city of Avon wants to develop a master transportation plan that would lay out pedestrian and bike paths to connect to major workplaces, schools, commercial districts and parks. That plan took one step forward Oct. 9, when council voted to accept a $30,000 grant from the Northeast …

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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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AVON/AVON LAKE — With unseasonably warm temperatures earlier this month, Avon and Avon Lake elementary schools took advantage of the extended summer-like weather with wellness walks that included mystery guest Mayor Bryan Jensen in Avon and wacky hat day in Avon Lake.

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AVON LAKE – Four city charter amendments that address deficiencies or ambiguity in the city of Avon Lake’s charter are on the Nov. 6 ballot.

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AVON LAKE – The familiar old water tower that’s been part of the landscape near the intersection of Walker and Moore roads for 50 years will come down next week.

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AVON – About 12 Ohio veterans will exhibit their art work in Creative Space Avon’s Veteran Artists 2018 Gallery Art & Charity Show running Oct. 27 through Nov. 15. The exhibit runs concurrently with Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, which will be observed on Monday, Nov. 12.

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AVON LAKE – Voters in the Avon Lake school district will decide Tuesday, Nov. 6 the fate of Issue 4, a 16.32-mill combined school tax levy that if approved would generate $14.4 million for the district’s daily operating expenses.

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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 LAKE – JPMorgan Chase and Co. announced it will close the branch at Shoreway Shopping Center at noon Dec. 13 and consolidate operations to a branch in Lorain.

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Avon – For the fourth time in two years, vandals have damaged the entrance of the Reserve at Summerhill subdivision at Jaycox Road and Reserve Way.

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AVON LAKE – Empty Bowls by the Lake is fighting to end hunger one bowl at a time. The nonprofit’s seventh annual fundraiser is from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post 211, 31972 Walker Road. About 800 guests are expected.

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AVON — Six city charter amendments will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. All residents will vote on the elimination of the Director of Parks position, while only residents in Wards 2-A and 2-B will decide on Sunday alcohol sales for several current and new establishments within those districts.

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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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AVON LAKE – Junior fishermen ages 15 and under are invited to cast a line from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Walker Road Park, 31565 Walker Road, for the sixth annual Avon Lake Fall Fishing Derby. The free event is coordinated by Avon Lake Parks & Recreation with the help of Avon Lake Bo…