Church gets okay for huge expansion

by Glen Miller

MENTOR – They may have not said it publicly, but Grace Church leaders may be gotten some divine guidance on their efforts to have their neighbors and the Mentor Planning Commission approve a 30,000-square-foot addition on March 2.

Liz Ferro of Girls with Sole addresses Women’s Leadership Council

by Gail Stuehr

Wickliffe – Liz Ferro, founder and CEO of Girls with Sole, believes that fitness and sports, combined with a curriculum and art projects instills confidence, self-esteem, physical strength, teamwork and a passion for life in girls and young women. Since its founding in 2009, the organization has impacted the lives of more than 1,000 girls and young women in Northeastern Ohio.

No changes in Homestead Exemption Act coming

by Glen Miller

Mentor – An effort launched last year by Mentor school officials to beef up Ohio's Homestead Exemption Act for senior citizens has been rejected because of concern over lower than expected state revenues.
The effort's demise is the result of declining Ohio revenue and state legislative concern over how changes in property tax rollbacks for seniors could adversely impact state income, school district Chief Financial Officer Daniel Wilson said.

Student helps promote Exchange Club Time Out Teddy program

by Robin Luthanen

FAIRPORT HARBOR – First, he sits, chatting with customers. Next, he promotes Time Out Teddies by posing for a photograph. Afterwards, he stacks chairs at the Fairport Harbor Senior Citizens Center.
Meet Antonio Patriarca, a 14-year-old special-needs student who donates his time volunteering with the Exchange Club of Painesville.

Mentor approves a feral cat ordinance

by Glen Miller

Mentor – After weeks of discussion, public comment and changes, city council approved a feral cat control ordinance at its March 7 meeting that a cat rescue advocate considers a model for nearby committees.
“I think the result has been a very nice compromise,” said Cindy Valerio, a leader of Community Cat Companions.

New access to Great Lakes Mall area in the making

by Glen Miller

Mentor – By the end of this summer, Mentor motorists should be able to access the Great Lakes Mall area thanks to an extension of Plaza Boulevard that will cross two sets of railroad tracks, connecting it with Tyler Boulevard via Clover Avenue.

Mentor schools, police host awareness program, Hidden in Plain Sight

by Submitted

MENTOR - Mentor Schools and the Mentor Police Department are hosting an awareness program for parents and other adults at the Mentor High School Fine Arts Center Wednesday April 12. Hidden in Plain Sight is an interactive program designed to help attendees spot signs of trouble.

Man assaults bus driver

by Submitted

WILLOUGHBY - On Thursday, March 2 at 4:25 p.m., Willoughby Police responded to Grant Elementary School on Lost Nation Road for a disturbance in the parking lot. Upon arrival, officers learned that an assault had taken place inside one of the school buses.

Lake County Master Gardener volunteer training offered this summer

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PAINESVILLE - The Lake County Master Gardener Volunteers and Lake County’s OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator Tom deHaas are taking registrations for their new Master Gardener Volunteer Training program which runs June 7 through Aug. 30 this year. The application deadline is Monday, April 3.