Mayor’s Notes – May 30, 2019

By Mayor Jim Forthofer Last week, our heroic middle school teachers took their students on the annual town walk. They visit the water plant, police department, downtown merchants and…the Mayor’s office among other places. EVERY group asks me the same question, “What is your favorite thing about being mayor?” I always say, “You are.” And…

Mayor’s Notes

By Mayor Jim Forthofer Warmer weather…finally! Don’t you feel better already? Vermilion is getting ready to bloom and our snowbirds are returning. It also means we can get down to the job of making repairs and improvements to our city. All of the above are good for our beautiful town. Ohio Gas Tax and YOU!…

Remembering the Lake Erie Drive-In

By Rich Tarrant Several weeks ago the owner of the Vermilion Martino’s restaurant asked someone if they knew of any pix of the old Lake Erie Drive-In when previous owner (Phil Provenzano of the Philbo House) owned it. As a result the question eventually came to me and…well this is what followed: Well, someone may…

At a certain age, you don’t know these things

By Rich Tarrant “I live upon a raft of words. / My compass is the wind / And the changing tides of time / My friend.” When I recently came across an article, which appeared in The Vermilion News on July 19, 1917, I became curious about the person who authored it. It is a…

School Zone

 By Superintendent Philip Pempin This article, titled “Manufacturing is Not Necessarily a Dirty Job and Someone Will Be Paid Well to Do It” is written by Steve Gratz for “Extra Credit”, the official blog of the Ohio Department of Education.  Dr. Gratz is senior executive director of the Center for Student Support and Education Options at…

As always, parades and time keep marching on

By Rich Tarrant The accompanying photographs are those of an early 20th century parade in good ol’ Vermilion. I believe this one occurred around 1906. While I am unable to be 100% certain it appears that the procession was on Ohio Street just east of Vermilion’s St. Mary’s Catholic church. Among the many interesting things…

Mayor’s Notes

 By Mayor Jim Forthofer Korean fried chicken, facials, ballet shoes and coffee. You have heard me say it before. I believe that commercial and light industrial enterprises developed in the east end of town are critical to Vermilion’s future. We have had some initial success.  With this success comes new jobs and an expanded tax…

It is a good thing I don’t wear socks while working

By Rich Tarrant Though I’ve been retired for about a decade I think the only thing that has really changed is that I don’t receive a paycheck for my time. Now, that’s not really a complaint. It’s just an observation. The compensation for doing what I do (i.e. slogging through history) is very rewarding: The…

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…