City celebrates the grand opening of the new Highbridge Road bridge

By Melanie Williamson On Tuesday, October 30, city and state officers, residents, and project participants gathered on Highbridge Road for the grand opening of the new bridge that now connects the southern and northern portions of the road allowing for quicker access. The Highbridge Road bridge has been a focus and point of discussion inContinue reading “City celebrates the grand opening of the new Highbridge Road bridge”

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Residents once again gather together for community prayer breakfast

By Melanie Williamson The Community Prayer Breakfast held Thursday, October 18, has been going on for over 30 years providing several local churches the opportunity to come together along with residents and other community stake holders to discuss issues pertinent to the community, as well as simply come together in fellowship to strengthen community bonds.Continue reading “Residents once again gather together for community prayer breakfast”

VHS yearbook staff launches district-wide shoe drive to help those in need

The Vermilion High School Yearbook Staff is running their second shoe collection drive until Wednesday, December 19th. The Yearbook Staff’s first ever shoe drive kicked off three years ago and had great success with the help of many community partners. “Now that people’s closets have had time to fill up again” says Yearbook adviser AnnContinue reading “VHS yearbook staff launches district-wide shoe drive to help those in need”

The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce gives back while organizing fun events

As the leaves on the trees begin to change and flutter down to the ground, the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce begin to adjust their sails in the direction of the fall season.  The absents of the boats along the shores of Lake Erie does not mean that our beautiful small quaint town goes into hibernation. Continue reading “The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce gives back while organizing fun events”

Harbourtown Community Foursquare Church celebrates 75 years in Vermilion

By Melanie Williamson This past weekend, Harbourtown Community Foursquare Church celebrated their 75th anniversary with a reception and special service. Over the course of the weekend, hundreds of people came together to celebrate the occasion including 20 of the church’s former pastors. As part of the festivities, congregants watched a video history of the churchContinue reading “Harbourtown Community Foursquare Church celebrates 75 years in Vermilion”

Vermilion businesses get needed upgrades with the help of grant

By Melanie Williamson 17 Vermilion businesses recently had the opportunity to make significant improvements to their properties with the help of the Community Development Block Grant. Projects that were partially funded by the grant included new siding, HVAC repairs and upgrades, painting, masonry work, façade repairs, accessibility projects, and gutter installation. Main Street Vermilion administeredContinue reading “Vermilion businesses get needed upgrades with the help of grant”

Parks board discusses beach bathrooms and increases recreation fees

By Melanie Williamson The Parks and Recreation Board met on Tuesday, October 16, for a regular meeting. Among the other topics discussed was a proposal to put a bathroom on Main Street Beach and increases in recreation fees. Main Street Beach bathroom proposal At the September parks board meeting, parks director Dana Corogin presented aContinue reading “Parks board discusses beach bathrooms and increases recreation fees”

Downtown merchants and Main Street Vermilion look for solutions

By Melanie Williamson After months of complaints to both city council and the parks and recreation board by merchants regarding public land usage, Ward 1 councilman John Gabriel organized a town hall style meeting inviting both merchants and representatives from Main Street to attend, share their positions, and hopefully come to a resolution. Six businessContinue reading “Downtown merchants and Main Street Vermilion look for solutions”

Vermilion Education Foundation raised over $33,000 for teacher grants

The trustees of the Vermilion Education Foundation held their 31st annual dinner on Tuesday, September 25, for the Vermilion Local Schools and St. Mary School of Vermilion. The evening was an amazing success raising over $33,000 for grants requested by the various educators within the district. The Vermilion Education Foundation seeks to identify needs withinContinue reading “Vermilion Education Foundation raised over $33,000 for teacher grants”

Woollybear Festival is big business for small businesses

By Melanie Williamson For many residents, the Woollybear Festival brings thoughts of massive crowds and endless traffic, but for local businesses it means an amazing one-day opportunity to get their name and products in front of tens of thousands of people. Businesses along Main Street between Liberty Avenue and the train tracks get the opportunityContinue reading “Woollybear Festival is big business for small businesses”