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Avon, Ohio

Avon has many great parks for residents to enjoy. Next year a new park catering to the four-legged residents will be constructed at Veterans Memorial Park, 3701 Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Avon resident, Paul Burik’s winning “Avon Dog Village” design for dog park.

This past summer city officials held a contest for residents to submit ideas for the design of the new dog park. Last week the winning idea was present to city council members.

Long-time Avon resident, Paul Burik, who also happens to be an architect, was the first place winner of the Avon Dog Park Design Contest. Nine entries were submitted for the contest, and Burik’s vision stood out the most. The irony in Burik’s winning design is he doesn’t own a dog, but has two cats.

“The designs were all very creative,” said Clare Harasimchuk, Avon’s recreation coordinator. “We have very talented individuals and it was great to share ideas with the residents.”

According to Burik, his concept was for an “Avon Dog Village,” as opposed to just strictly a dog park – addressing the K-9 people community, as well as the dogs.

“The proposed entry plaza would allow for social gathering by the people visiting the facility,” he said in an email after the presentation to council. “Of course the K-9 grounds would have an area for large and small dogs, even a “time out” area, water feature, activity stations and shade trees. A pavilion serving inside and outside areas could facilitate picnics. Use of fencing to suggest a “village” and define the entrance creates a unique destination.”

City council will vote soon on the 2022 budget for the Parks and Recreation Department which will include the funding for the dog park. The Canning family of Avon also donated nearly $20,000 in supplies that will be used for the dog park. The location of the 340-foot-by nearly 190-foot (at its widest point) dog park is near the first baseball field just past the entrance in Veterans Memorial Park.


Crushers manager: A familiar face is coming back to manage the Lake Erie Crushers.  Team officials recently announced that Cam Roth will be returning to the organization for the 2022 Baseball season.

“We are thrilled to welcome back Cam Roth to Mercy Health Stadium”, said Tom Kramig, Crushers co-owner in a press release. “Cam had a lot of success here in Lake Erie, and we believe he can help us capture a Frontier League Championship in the very near future.”

Roth managed the Crushers from June of 2016 through the end of the 2019 season, when the Crushers won the Frontier League Eastern Division title and Roth was named Manager of the Year. He was hired by the Detroit Tigers organization, but was released when COVID and minor league contraction led to the shutdown of the 2020 season and elimination of the Tigers minor-league team in Connecticut.

Roth managed the Gateway Grizzlies in 2021, compiling a 38- 57 record. He will serve as the Director of Baseball Operations and Field Manager. The rest of the coaching staff will be announced at a later date.

Youth basketball: Registration is now open for youth basketball through the Avon Parks and Recreation Department for boys and girls grades 3-8. Practices begin in January. Deadline to register is Nov. 5 or until the leagues are full. Cost is $75. To register, go to, or stop by the recreation department office at 35001 Schwartz Road.

School board candidate: Alissa Gault, a former sixth-grade teacher in Avon, is running for election to the Avon Local Schools Board of Education. According to information provided by the candidate, she is a Sunday and Bible School teacher at Providence Church, Avon Soccer League Association coach, and French Creek Foundation volunteer. She has four children who attend the Avon Local Schools. If elected, she “promises to do all I can to make an impact, assure all voices are heard, and that our schools are continuing to move forward in the right direction.”

She holds a bachelor of science degree in Middle Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University, and a master degree in Educational Technology from Baldwin Wallace College.

Hotel name change: The Cambria Hotel and Suites, 35600 Detroit Road, is now a Wyndham hotel. To make a reservation, call 440-695-1270, or go to

Garden Club meeting: The Avon Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Oct. 19  in the Orchid Room at Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Road. Katherine Jensen, Indoor Plant Manager at Don Mould’s Nursery, Amherst, will present “Happy Health Houseplants” with a focus on easy growing plants, and techniques to keep them disease and bug free. The public is welcome to attend.


Trunk-or-Treat: Avon Lake Girl Scouts are hosting a fundraiser at Avon Lake High School to celebrate Halloween. The group is encouraging local businesses to decorate a trunk and pass out candy to all the ghouls and boys. The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 30 in the North Parking lot of Avon Lake High School, 175 Avon Belden Road. All are welcome. Cost to participate in the candy distribution is  $15 per trunk, and there is a $1 General Admission charge. Payments can be made in advance, go to

Basketball hoops ready: The new basketball courts at Bleser Park are now open. Thank you to the many sponsors including: Avon Lake Public Works Department, JB Bickerstaff, Todd Houston, the Becker Family, Lil Buff, Salad KraZe, Plas Paving, Avon Lake Hall of Fame, and Playground World. Sealing, striping, and painting will be coming soon. A formal re-dedication of the courts will take place in the spring.


Hop Brothers Brewing now open: Back in February I wrote about the former Aces Bar & Grille space, 32650 Lorain Road, would soon be home to the new Hop Brothers Brewing. The wait is finally over and Hop Brothers Brewing is now open. Hours of operation are still being finalized while the staff continues training.

This past winter, Mathias Hauck, co-owner of Avon Brewing Company (ABC), confirmed ABC was opening a new location in North Ridgeville under the new branding name, Hop Brothers Brewing.

I stopped by the new restaurant this past weekend to pick up a menu and all I can say is, “wow,” what a transformation from the old Aces. The renovations look amazing and the patio is huge.

Appetizers offered include beer cheese fries, pickle chips, Bavarian pretzel, handmade mozzarella sticks, calamari, truffle fries, beer battered onion rings, and pub chips. Two salads are listed, as well as Lobster Bisque.

The menu also includes wings, pizza, burgers, and sandwiches (Cuban and Philly steak). Entrees listed include strip steak, lobster mac and cheese, spicy creole mac and cheese, Buffalo mac and cheese, blackened grouper mac and cheese, BBQ pulled pork mac and cheese, and Guinness beer battered cod.

But it’s the beer, wine and spirits menu that’s worth noting. Several craft beers named on the menu pay homage to North Ridgeville including the Construction Cone IPA, Ranger IPA, and South Central IPA. Specialty cocktails, wine, and domestic beers round out the beverage menu.

Hop Brothers Brewing is a great addition to North Ridgeville. Follow them on Facebook @hopbrothersbrewing or online at for business hours.

Bridge inspections: Inspections of the 18 bridges in the city are underway by the Mannik & Smith Group hired by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The inspection work is not expected to delay traffic.

Coffee chat: Mayor Kevin Corcoran will host his monthly Coffee & Conversation with Mayor from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 22  in council chambers at city hall, 7307 Avon Belden Road.

Book Sale: Stop by the North Ridgeville Branch library, 35700 Bainbridge Road, for a Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22-23; and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24. A special Preview Sale will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 for members of The Friends of North Ridgeville Branch Library, Inc. New members may join, or former members may renew their annual memberships that evening. The book sale is open to the public beginning Oct. 22. The bag sale will take place Oct. 24.

Spaghetti Dinner: North Ridgeville VFW Post 9871 is sponsoring the Senior Center Spaghetti Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29. The cost is $7 per dinner (adults); $6 for seniors and children; and $4 for children age 10 and younger. Dessert is $1 and pop is $.50 extra. Carry out is available and  pre-sale tickets are currently on sale at the Senior Center reception desk, 7327 Avon Belden Road.

Deer hunting season: Registration is currently open for residents who would like to have their land available for longbow/crossbow deer hunting season (now through Feb. 6). Registration can be in person at the police station lobby, 7307 Avon Belden Road, or forms are available to download from the department’s homepage ( Drop off forms at the police station or email

Shout-out: Smash Pizza Express is recognized in this month’s Cleveland Magazine Best of Cleveland issue for their unique Dilly Dilly Pickle Pizza. According to the information in the magazine, what started as a viral pizza challenge turned into a menu mainstay. Three years ago, chef and managing partner Jenso Soto was repeatedly tagged in a trending pickle pizza post by friends and customers asking him to make the pizza. Soto thought the pizza was “disgusting” and said he wasn’t going to do that. He later gave in and found the recipe online and tried making it one night. Soon after, customers couldn’t get enough of the pizza. He tweaked the recipe a bit to make it his own. The Dilly Dilly Pickle Pizza features a garlic butter base, and is topped with dill pickles, whole-milk mozzarella cheese, bacon and spicy horseradish ranch. The pizza is made in five minutes and is delivered straight to your car at the Zip Thru Drive Thru, 6349 Jaycox Road.

Dean’s list: Phillip Buser made the Spring Dean’s list at Southern New Hampshire University.


JVS internship program: As part of the 2021 Lorain County JVS Summer Internship Program, 84 students successfully completed the program earning over $293,000.  A total of 75 local companies employed interns, providing mentoring and opportunities for students to practice the technical skills they learned at the JVS, according to the press release from the JVS.

The Summer Internship Program is an opportunity available to junior students who have successfully completed their first year of career-technical training, and who have superior attendance and strong teacher recommendations. This experience extends student learning beyond the classroom and provides students with real world work experience. Students can interact with company mentors and develop a direct pathway to additional education, training, or future employment.

Area students who participated in the internship program include: Isabella Wildo (Avon), Bakery and Pastry Arts student who worked at Nothing Bundt Cakes; Matthew Markutsa (Avon Lake), and Edward Shilliday (Avon Lake) Industrial Electricity students who worked at Jim’s Electric; Lauren Anderson (North Ridgeville), Web and Graphic Design student who worked at JCPenney Portraits; Matthew Brooks (North Ridgeville), Collision Repair student who worked at Spitzer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Cleveland; Zachary Casey (North Ridgeville) Carpentry student who worked at Erie Shores Contracting LLC; Taylor Conaway (North Ridgeville), Cosmetology student who worked at Beauty by Bergan; Joseph Dominak (North Ridgeville), Carpentry student who worked at McAllister Construction Inc.; Abigail Gould (North Ridgeville, Bakery and Pastry Arts student who worked at Schild’s IGA; Ajanea Kinter (North Ridgeville), Culinary Arts student who worked at Avon Brewing Company; Garrett Melton (North Ridgeville), Industrial Electricity student who worked at Electrical Accents; Jaden Perez (North Ridgeville) Industrial Equipment Mechanics student who worked at Worchester’s Inc; Elizabeth Rickard (North Ridgeville), Industrial Electricity student who worked at Jim’s Electric; Jordan Sherrill (North Ridgeville), Heating and Air Conditioning student who worked at LK Heating and Cooling; Jaidyn Vargas (North Ridgeville), Cosmetology student who worked at Fine Bella Salon; Joshua Velez (North Ridgeville), Heating and Air Conditioning student who worked at Bay Heating and Air Conditioning; Madylin Waugh (North Ridgeville), Industrial Electricity student who worked at JP Electrical Services Co; and Carver Williams (North Ridgeville), Heating and Air Conditioning student who worked at Westland Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing.

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