North Ridgeville’s Lake Ridge Academy will reopen for the 2020-21 school year with in-person classes for all students beginning Aug. 21.

The private, independent school promotes its intentionally small class sizes and 93-acre campus as unique qualities allowing the school to be confident that it can educate students while adhering to the relevant COVID-19 health and safety guidelines put forth by the state and Lorain County Public Health.

“Lake Ridge Academy is excited to be uniquely positioned to safely educate our students at school again this fall,” said Mitch White, head of school. “We know students learn best in an in-person environment with small classes led by caring teachers. Our small size combined with our expansive campus and established natural-world curriculum allows us to be nimble as we adjust to educating during the coronavirus pandemic.”

The school established a school reopening planning committee that will work through the summer to determine the adjustments needed to meet all guidelines.

The detailed plans will be made available to the school community by Aug. 10.

New North Olmsted school treasurer hired

Former Avon and Elyria school district treasurer Katie Henes will succeed Robert Matson as treasurer of the North Olmsted City Schools when he retires at the end of July.

District officials said they’re glad to have found an treasurer, particularly with experience in Northeast Ohio. Henes was approved at the school board’s June meeting.

Henes was selected from a pool of 15 candidates. She received a three-year contract for $115,000 and benefits annually.

Henes has been serving as a financial consultant for the Lakewood City Schools. She was treasurer of the Avon Local School District from August 2015 to December 2019. Prior to that, she worked for the Elyria City Schools from 2004 to 2015 as assistant treasurer, interim treasurer and treasurer. She also has worked for the Clearview, Olmsted Falls and Ashland school districts in financial positions.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ashland University in business administration in 2002 and a Master of Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2009.

Matson has worked for the North Olmsted City Schools for 23 years. His longtime assistant, Mary Kurtz, also is retiring.

North Olmsted levy discussion delayed

Discussion about placing an operating levy on the November ballot has been postponed until July.

In making the decision at their meeting Thursday, school board members said the district is still waiting for information from the state about educational guidelines for the district. The board also should have more information about whether it will hold classes in schools, virtually or a combination of both by July, said board President Terry Groden. The district will also know more about what steps it will have to take to cope with the effects of COVID-19, Groden said.

The board has asked district Treasurer Robert Matson for information on potential operating levies of 6.9 and 7.9 mills.

The district last passed an operating levy in 2010 and a capital-improvements levy in 2014. The $80 million capital levy paid for the middle school-high school campus that opened two years ago. It also paid for a performing arts auditorium and new stadium.

The filing deadline for the November ballot is Aug. 5.

Matson estimated the district would pay $15,000 to put a levy on the November ballot. He said it costs less this year because it is a presidential election year and many other elections are taking place.

Avon Lake’s Fishing with Friends open

Fishing with Friends, through the Avon Lake Department of Recreation, is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays at Walker Road Park. Catch bluegill, bass and catfish. Poles, bait and knowledgeable attendants will be available. For age restrictions and more information, visit This program is made possible with the support of ODNR Division of Wildlife, the USFWS Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Act, Baumler’s Outdoors and Erie Outfitters.

Frostville Summer Farmers Market ongoing

The summer farmers market will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 31 at the Frostville Museum, 24101 Cedar Point Road, North Olmsted. Visitors must wear masks and follow social-distancing rules. A complete list of guidelines is available at The market features seasonal produce, meats, poultry, eggs, pastries, maple syrup, honey, jams, breads, tea, coffee, wine, plants, pet treats, arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing and more. For more information, contact Angie Obbish at 330-592-6518 or

Free takeout meal in North Olmsted

A free grab ‘n’ go meal will be available Saturday at Clague Road United Church of Christ, 3650 Clague Road, North Olmsted. The free meal distribution will start at 4:30 p.m. and last until the food is gone. Drive to the rear door of the church, and the meal will be brought to you. The meal is hosted by Church of The Redeemer in Westlake and Clague Road Church.

Summer concert in Westlake

Bring your lawn chair and listen to live music at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd., featuring classic rock band Jump the Gun. This is a free event open to the public. This week features The Little Piggy Food Truck.

Westlake seeks levy renewal

City voters in November will be asked to renew a 0.9 mill levy to help support city police and fire services. City Council voted June 18 to put the levy on the ballot.

The levy pays for seven police officers and an equal number of firefighters, said city Finance Director Prashant Shah. It raises about $1.4 million annually, he added.

Voters first approved the levy in 1966 and have passed renewals every five years since then, most recently in 2015, said Mayor Dennis Clough, adding that anticipates renewal again. City Council President Michael Killeen agreed when council, on May 21, introduced legislation placing the issue on the ballot.

“People understand this supports our police and fire,” he said.

Westlake’s police force consists of 60 officers along with approximately 40 civilian personnel, Cough said. The fire department is made up of 33 firefighters, along with the chief and his staff, and a total of nine captains and lieutenants, according to the city’s website.

Levy passage will not increase property taxes, Clough has emphasized. For property valued at $100,000, the cost of the levy is approximately $27 annually, Shah said.

Popular concert series to be held virtually

You can’t stop the music in Lakewood. LakewoodAlive announced last week that the 10th annual Front Porch Concert series will be held virtually from July 3 through Aug 21 due to health and safety concerns from COVID-19.

Concerts will begin at 7 p.m. and will be performed live on the organization’s Facebook page. The schedule is:

July 3 | FireSide CLE

July 10 | Red Light Roxy

July 17 | Syn & Shuffle

July 24 | Tot Rock (children’s concert)

July 31 | Matt Moody

Aug. 7 | The Pocket

Aug. 14 | Open Spaces Trio

Aug. 21 | The Light of Day Band

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