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Gone But Not Forgotten: Brine Well Permit Could Resurface

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CONNEAUT  -  There is good news for residents opposed to the local digging of a brine injection well by Cortland’s American Energy.

Lakeside Junior High is awarded $10,000 grant from Dominion

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SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP – As any teacher will share, hands-on learning is key. The Ashtabula Area City School district wants to expose their students to projects related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education - or STEM. The problem is funding.
Lakeside Junior High School is ecstatic after applying for and receiving a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, Dominion East Ohio’s parent company. This year the foundation had a budget of $80,000 and 45 grant proposals were submitted. Only 12 grants received any funding, and

Two new walking trails open to the public near Austin Road

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GENEVA – Walking just got a little more fun. Two new public access walking/fitness trails have completed their initial phase of construction and are open to the public.
The trails were officially opened on Sept. 23. The trails begin on Austin Road north of the Recycling Center on the same property as the John McCroden Memorial Fire Training Center located at 800 Austin Road.

PUCO approves the upgrade of Jefferson railroad crossing

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JEFFERSON - A railroad crossing in the Village of Jefferson will be made a little safer.

Action in Motion producing new CDL careers

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ASHTABULA – Earlier this year, the Community Action Agency was nominated for the Best of the County Community Impact Award for its new Action in Motion Academy.
Action in Motion helps individuals gain their CDL licenses. The first three students have graduated from the program and are beginning careers in the trucking industry.

Ashtabula Freedom Walk honors 9-11

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ASHTABULA – On Sept. 11, the Ashtabula community gathered for the third annual Veterans & Family Memorial Care Providers Freedom Walk to honor those who lost their lives on that fateful day 13 years ago.
The event began with a solemn service at Zaback-Williams-Ducro Funeral Home on West Prospect Street attended by approximately 100 people. Two local high school seniors blessed the crowd with their amazing singing voices. Edgewood’s Kayla Phares sang the National Anthem and Lakeside’s Tessa Askew sang “God Bless America.” Sue Curtis Ducro read her poem “Spirit of America 9/11” during the service.

Ashtabula takes advantage of contract to purchase 2,000 tons of salt

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ASHTABULA – It is no secret that the price of salt has skyrocketed. Municipalities across the state are tightening their belts as they are forced to accept major price increases for salt for their roads this upcoming winter. For instance, last year the City of Geneva paid $27.50 per ton. For the next winter, the cost will be $102.39 per ton, or a 272 percent increase.

GOTL considering ordinance to increase sewer fees by 4.5 percent

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GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE – Council had a first reading of ordinance 2014-50 that will increase village sewer fees by 4.5 percent. Council has indicated it will have all three readings of the proposed ordinance before a vote is taken.
The village is faced with series of Sewer Plant studies and improvements. If passed, the ordinance would pay for the increased cost and expense of maintaining, siting and improving the Wastewater Collection System and Treatment Plant. The new ordinance would modify ordinance 2013-58. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, premises within the corporate limits of the village would be charged $17.98 for the first 50 cubic feet, each 100 cubic feet thereafter would be charged $4.51 and the CIF Debt Retirement charge would be $2.18. Premises located outside the corporate limits of the village would be charged $36 for the first 50 cubic feet, $9.15 for each 100 cubic feet thereafter and $4.37 for the CIF Debt Retirement charge.
Members of the public can speak on the matter at the Oct. 6 and Oct. 20 meetings. A vote is expected to take place on Oct. 20.

West 37th Street resident Romie Lee honored by council

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ASHTABULA – At the start of the Sept. 15th council meeting, Romie Lee was presented a certificate of recognition for his neighborly deeds.
Several residents contacted City Council President J.P. Ducro IV to see if council would honor Lee.
“West 37th residents embarked on a mission to clean up and rid their neighborhood of unwanted elements and activities,” the certificate of recognition read. “Mr. Lee’s West 37th Street neighbors and those in surrounding neighborhoods believe he has and continues to play a vital role in changing the face of their neighborhoods by unselfishly volunteering his time and resources to pick up trash and debris, mow lawns and shovel driveways and sidewalks.
“Mr. Lee’s neighbors believe his genuine kindness, care and volunteer spirit has caused neighborhood pride to be restored because the neighborhoods are looking nice again and unwanted elements and activities have substantially decreased. They wish every neighborhood could have a Mr. Lee on their side.”

Geneva has third bank robbery in six month

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GENEVA – After over a decade without a bank robbery, the city had its third this year on Monday, September 8.
At approximately 11:40 a.m., a black male wearing dark clothing, including gloves, a dark hat with an Indians Baseball Logo and mask entered the Lakeview Federal Credit Union at 583 S. Broadway.
The man demanded money from the teller and fled with an undisclosed amount of money from the bank.
It is believed that the suspect may have entered a silver vehicle on E. Tibbetts Street. Witness reports indicate the vehicle may have traveled from E. Tibbetts to Sherman Street before eventually travelling southbound on Route 543.
The Geneva Police Department is requesting anyone with information to please call the department at 440-466-1111.

Loss of grape harvest makes for difficult 2014, but wine industry remains strong

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GENEVA – Local wine growers will suffer a huge economic impact this year because of last winter’s brutal weather. However, wine customers are not likely to feel much impact and the industry as a whole should recover.
Nick Ferrante of Ferrante Winery said last winter was a crippling one.