To the Editor - The Press

Mayor’s Column for June 10, 2015


This is the time of the year for graduation and a look to the future. Approximately 275 Avon Lake High School seniors walked across the stage Saturday at Avon Lake Memorial Stadium to receive their diplomas. Once the celebrating ends, the next phase of their lives will begin. Hard work mixed with the fun and the pain of growing up will take each graduate down a path that will shape their lives and influence the tone of our society. We are proud of our graduates and our schools. A job well done!

A large contingent of teachers have retired from the Avon Lake Schools. They have been honored by their respective schools and recognized by the school board for their many years of service, during which they shaped the lives of many. Their dedication and commitment are the reason why our school system is recognized as one of the best in Ohio.

One person retiring this year is Patricia Vaccaro who has been the Principal of St. Joseph School for the past 26 years. Pat taught second and third grade before assuming the head position at Avon Lake’s only parochial school. Pat has been selfless with her time and talent as she has devoted herself to her community and Northeast Ohio. We commend her for her efforts and wish her the best in her retirement.

Congratulations to Emma Jankowski for her hard work, resulting in the honor of representing Avon Lake at the National Spelling Bee. She is the first Avon Lake student to attend the spelling bee in 20 years. Emma and her family traveled to Washington D.C. where she participated in several rounds of the competition. We are proud of you, Emma.

Kudos also to the Avon Lake Rugby Club! The team finished the regular season with an impressive 13-0 record. They then rallied from a 10-point deficit to defeat Perrysburg by a score of 12-10 to win the Division II State Championship. Congratulations to coach Steve Maynard and the whole team on their outstanding accomplishment.

Thank you for your patience as many of you have endured the sewer separation project in the west end of the city. You have endured the dust, mud and inconvenience with the end result being a cleaner lake. The waterline replacement has begun along Walker Road and will be finished within a few weeks. The asphalt street program has begun and the concrete street program will start in about a month. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the construction. All of these disruptions will result in a better infrastructure which will keep our city a quality place in which to live.

Several events are coming up that may interest you. The Waterfront Wine Festival will take place at Veterans Park on June 20th from 4:00 PM until sunset. You don’t have to purchase a wine bracelet to attend as there will be soft drinks and food vendors from several fine establishments offering samples of some of their best dishes. Come and visit with your neighbors and friends, or just enjoy a relaxing evening out.

Independence Day celebration will take place on Thursday, July 2nd at Weiss Park. Begin your long holiday weekend with Anne E. DeChant and Redneck Agenda on stage beginning at 7 PM. The evening will conclude with fireworks at sunset.

Hooks for Hunger fishing tournament will take place on July 11th. The competition begins at Miller Road Park from 6:00 AM – 2:00 PM. There will be raffles and prize packages for winning teams. All proceeds will go to our community service organization, Community Resource Services. And finally, the summer wouldn’t be complete without The Summer Market scheduled for July 24th and 25th at Veterans Park. Come shop at one of the best markets of its kind in the Midwest!

Enjoy the summer and everything our wonderful city has to offer!

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