A tale of city lots staked above soldiers’ graves

By Rich Tarrant “And city lots are staked for sale, / Above our soldiers’ graves.” – I have for a long while admired the poetry American poet Walt Whitman. Some years ago I had a nice biography of him that I have since lost. But I remember bits and pieces of it. One of the…

Mayor’s Notes

By Mayor Jim Forthofer Woollybear is uniquely Vermilion. It swells our population tenfold for one day every year. Some residents participate, some hunker down. Either way it is a tremendous shot in the arm for Vermilion’s image. While I was standing on the street Sunday, waiting for my part in the big show, no less…

Municipal court and police department thankful for new transport van

By Judge Zack Dolyk The Vermilion Municipal Court and the Vermilion Police Department have acquired a transport van.  We want to thank the Erie County Commissioners, William Monaghan, Mathew Old, Patrick Shenigo as well as Sheriff Paul Sigsworth. Chief Christopher Hartung had attended a meeting of area police chiefs and learned the Erie County Sheriff…

SCHOOL ZONE  

By Superintendent Philip Pempin   Check the internet for articles about school safety and you will find an abundance of columns like the one below.  Parents are frightened to send their children to school, and they want to know what schools are doing to keep students safe.   School shootings and armed teachers: Sending my…

Louis “Cloudy” Noel: gone but certainly not forgotten

By Rich Tarrant I am aware of the existence of only three tokens like the one pictured with this essay. The first was one owned by Vermilionite Irvin G. Howell (1906–1997) that was apparently misplaced during a local history celebration. A person walking along the beach near Linwood Park found the second token. Vermilionite John…

Mayor’s Notes

By Mayor Jim Forthofer Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that I receive in the Mayor’s office.   Why did my water bill double?! Your consumption may change but the water rates rose only $1.00 per CCF (19%) in 2017. Our water rates are on par with those in other communities…lower than…

Mayor’s Notes

Mayor’s Notes, June 14th The warm weather puts people in contact with our police officers more frequently at festivals, in parks and on the water. Occasionally, questions about the Vermilion Police Department will reach my office. I will try to answer a few of the broader questions I am asked aboutour VPD.   Can’t we…