Public hearing set for Vermilion bus

Vermilion Mayor Jean Anderson will hold the first of three planned public hearings to gauge interest in a circulator bus from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the Ritter Room of the Ritter Public Library.

The meeting will include a brief presentation of questions about the implementation of regularly scheduled bus service in Vermilion, followed by public comments on subjects including possible stops, pick-up points, frequency of service, fares and funding.

Information gathered by consultant Brian McCann will provide the basis for an operational plan for a bus route linking the downtown area with destinations that could include the city’s YMCA, library and Lakeside Center shopping area.

A survey of 101 respondents conducted during the city’s recent Festival of the Fish revealed: 82 people would use the service, 35 would ride once or twice a week, 58 wanted it to run year-round, 43 would ride mainly for the convenience, 44 want the bus to be run by the city, 55 want it to be paid by corporate sponsors or local sales tax, 48 want fares to be $1, $1.25 or $2.

Local author wins honor

Amherst author Debbie Alferio’s second novel “Waiting for Tomorrow” was named the Silver Award winner in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards for the romance category.

The book is a sequel to her 2005 novel “A Forever Kind of Love,” which was also a 2005 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards finalist in the romance category.

The honor is bestowed by a panel of librarians and booksellers from across the country. Released in May 2008, “Waiting for Tomorrow” continues the story of Mitch and Dana, a young couple facing the challenges of life as newlyweds.

The new book resolves the cliffhanger in Alferio’s first novel while raising some new surprises.

Describing her writing as “moral and tasteful fictional romance,” Alferio’s books contain no sexually explicit material, adult language or adult situations.

Interested readers can visit her Web site at or e-mail her at: Alferio donates a portion of her profits to the American Cancer Society.

Some plants love the rain

Learn how to create your own rain garden at a free program at 6:30 p.m. today at Ritter Public Library in Vermilion.
Rain gardens are natural stormwater solutions featuring perennial, native plants that don’t mind getting wet.

Breann Hohman, coordinator for the Firelands Coastal Tributaries Watershed Program, will talk about how to select a site, design a garden and plant.

Each participant receives a free guidebook. Call (440) 967-3798 to sign up, or register online at

Getting in shape for triathlon/duathlon

Training for triathletes planning to take part in the second annual Vermilion Harbour Triathlon/Duathlon Aug. 16 in Vermilion is now under way, including open water swim training for local athletes in Linwood Park.

Athletes can train in beginner and intermediate level groups with coaches Daniel Smith and Yvonne Saul Craigo.

The inaugural 2008 triathlon drew hundreds of competitors and several thousand spectators who watched athletes swim in Lake Erie, as well as bike and run through the Lagoons, downtown Vermilion and along picturesque country roads outside town.

Anyone needing additional training information should e-mail Daniel Smith at, or Yvonne Saul-Craigo at Individuals may also visit the training Web site, or

Those needing additional information or who are interested in volunteering for the Vermilion Harbour Triathlon/Duathlon should contact Staicey Scholtz at or (440) 829-2639.

Gourmands for Genesis House

“A Local Flavor,” an annual event that boasts Lorain County’s premier select dining and benefits Genesis House, Lorain County’s only domestic violence shelter, will be 6 to 9 p.m. July 10 at Puskas Family Flowers, 2493 North Ridge Road, Lorain.

The event will showcase a live auction of professionally framed artwork created by the children of Genesis House.
A wine tasting will be hosted by the Wine Room of Avon.

Tickets are $35 per person in advance, $40 day of the event. Call (866) 213-1188 for more information.

Church social

Vermilion E&R Church at 752 Grand St. in downtown Vermilion will sponsor an outdoor lemonade social each Sunday in July and August following the weekly 10 a.m. service.

The public is invited to attend services and stay for the socials.

Get archival about Vermilion Boat Club

The Vermilion Area Archival Society will meet at 7 p.m. July 13th at the Vermilion Boat Club, 5416 Liberty Ave., Vermilion.
The meeting will feature John Heideman of the boat club, who will discuss the history of the organization.

As always, archival society meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information about the group, or to make donations of archival/historical items to the society, please contact Sandra Neiding at (440) 967-4190.

Jungle safari

Pat Catan’s Craft Center store in Amherst will hold a “Jungle Safari” Kids Camp July 6 to 10.

The afternoon, weeklong camp invites children to create a different jungle-themed project each day. Cost is $3 per session and includes all craft supplies and a snack.

For more information, contact the store at 1955 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst.

Rotary Park concerts

The second in this summer’s weekly series of free Amherst Rotary Arts in Rotary Park Concert Series will be 7 p.m. Thursday.

This week’s concert features the music of the Blue Dot Praise Band.

This contemporary Christian group performs blues, boogie-woogie and bluegrass with a faith-based twist, along with a familiar hymn or two.

South Amherst alumni to meet

The South Amherst Alumni Banquet will be July 18 at New Russia Township Hall.

Reservations are $30 and should be made by calling Fran Foor at (440) 984-0006, Marilyn Wilhelm at (440) 986-2642 or Pam Pollack at (440) 775-7887. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. For more, visit or e-mail

Class reunion

Amherst Steele High School Class of 1979 will hold its 30th reunion as part of the Dancing in the Streets weekend Aug. 1.
There will be a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Amherst Veterans of Foreign Wars, 165 Cleveland Ave.

Cost is $30 per person with a cash bar. For more, e-mail or call Ken Daidone at (800) 211-0017, ext. 102.

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