To the Editor - The Press

Mayor’s Column for August 31, 2016

Some of us remember when school started after Labor Day and colleges began their school year several weeks later. Well, times have changed and unfortunately it has affected the operation of the Ellen Trivanovich Aquatic Center. The pool will be open for one final weekend with the last day for swimming on Monday September 5th, Labor Day. With many lifeguards off to school or busy with school-related activities, we have had to change the way we operate the pool. Last weekend sections of the pool were closed and swimmers directed to alternate sections of the facility after each break due to a shortage of lifeguards. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but safety is a priority. The spray ground will remain open for the next several weeks, weather permitting. So bring the kids and cool off!

The residents and business owners in our community are very caring and generous. Their acts of kindness were demonstrated once again this year by supporting the city’s annual Americans with Disabilities Picnic which was held on August 14th at the American Legion Hall. Our ADA coordinator Tom Carleton, Liz Carey, Anne Heczko and other members of the building department once again organized the event and solicited donations for those in attendance. You can find a list of donors and other helpers in the August 24th edition of The Press. We salute them all for their generosity and community spirit.

We hope you enjoyed the concert series this year and welcome your input. Five concerts were held on Sunday evenings throughout the summer at Miller Road Park. An estimated 500 people enjoyed the final concert of the summer performed by Revolution Pie, a Beatles tribute band. Concerts on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie, another example of why life is better on the lake! Revolution Pie will be back next year as the recreation department is planning a special June event with a classic car show and more.

Despite the gloomy weather forecast all day and eventually a heavy rainfall, the Avon Lake WaterFest was an enjoyable and educational experience. The staff from Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory educated us about snakes and their habitat. Those who were brave had a snake draped around their shoulders during the demonstration! In addition, the Lorain County Metro Parks enthralled children and adults with a session about raptors and then brought out an owl bearing large talons and a sharp beak. It was both beautiful and a bit frightening. Thank you to Elana West (Avon Lake Regional Water), the Parks and Recreation Department, and the Public Works Department for all their hard work in making this a memorable event.

Enjoy the last remaining days of summer!

Upcoming events:

Love a Stray Big Splash Dog Swim on September 10th at the Ellen Trivanovich Aquatic Center: Noon- 5:00 PM

Big Trucks on September 17that the Safety Center: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Homecoming Weekend October 7th – 9th

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