Redwood Elementary School students name Avon Lake Eagles: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville

Lake Avon, Ohio

Students at Redwood Elementary School have chosen names for the eaglets in the nest behind their school. After first nominating more than 60 name combinations and then a school-wide vote, the winning names are Courage and Spirit.

Courage and Spirit prepare to fly out of the nest at Redwood Elementary School in Avon Lake.

The parents of Eagle Stars and Stripes welcomed three eggs into the school’s nest in March, but only two out of three survived.

Other names considered included Raptor and Talon, Spangled and Banner, Soar and Flight, Flapper and Wing; and Yankee and Doodle.

A new life-size wooden eagle with a wingspan of 7 feet has recently been installed on the fence around the nest at the school, ideal for photo ops. School is over for the summer at Avon Lake so eagle watchers can now visit the nest any time of the day, 32967 Redwood Blvd. The Eagle Cam is available live 24/7 for eagle viewing, go to You can also follow the eagles on Facebook; to research Lake Avon Bald Eagle Nest.


Family movie night: Spend a family night watching a movie at Every Child’s Playground, 36265 Detroit Road. The next movie night will be June 24 at dusk and will feature “Encanto.” Food items are available for purchase from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The free event is for Avon residents only and includes free popcorn. The event is sponsored by NOPEC and the French Creek Foundation.

Summer crafts: Avon Parks & Recreation Grab n’ Go crafts (recommended for ages 3-6) are back this summer. Pick up crafts from 10 a.m. to noon every Friday through July 29 at the Schwartz Road Park Pavilion (near the basketball courts), 35001 Schwartz Road. Boat pickup is on a first-come, first-served basis for Avon residents only; and quantities are limited.

Dean’s Lists: Sydney Stone has been named to the Dean’s List at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. Natalie Woods has been named to Lehigh University’s Dean’s List.


Party in the park: Bring the family to the next Party in the Park concert from 6-8 p.m. June 23 at the Veterans Park Lookout, 32756 Lake Rd. The event also includes the CLE market. The band is the Thor Platter Trio (rock and soul), and food can be purchased at Cheesy Dave’s and CLE Cotton Candy food trucks.

The next concert will be June 26 from 6-8pm at Miller Road Park, 33760 Lake Road, featuring the band Jump the Gun (classic rock), Samurai Dynasty and 808 Slush Truck food trucks.

Honors of the Society: The National English Honor Society (NEHS) chapter at Avon Lake High School recently received the Outstanding Chapter Award from the National English Honor Society. The chapter received a check for $250 for future projects.

NEHS members participate in a variety of community service projects throughout the year, including organizing book drives for local charities, as well as reading to local elementary school students. The NEHS counselors are Hilary Bickerton and Krystine Frisch, teachers at Avon Lake High School.

Greenbox program: The city’s popular Greenbox free craft program for kids ages 5-12 is back. Parks and playgrounds have an attendant who helps create crafts with children on a first-come, first-served basis at specific times. Children are welcome to stay and create crafts with the attendants or they can take the crafts home. The Greenbox program is not able to accommodate outdoor daycare centers or large groups of young people. Follow the Department of Parks and Recreation on Facebook for a full list of parks and schedules.

Road closures: There are many projects in the city, so please plan accordingly and find alternative routes. On Moore Road, work continues and the road is closed to northbound traffic, south of Walker Road to Pin Oak Parkway. Southbound traffic uses the northbound lane. The project will continue until late fall.

State Route 83 (Avon Belden Road) is culvert closed in front of Avon Lake High School (175 Avon Belden Road) for culvert replacement.

Electric Blvd., between Fay Avenue and Herrmann Drive, is closed to traffic due to sanitary sewer and watermain work. The closure will last until June 23.

Pantry needs: Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services (CRS), 33479 Lake Road, Suite C, currently needs jelly, individual snacks, small (40 oz) laundry detergent pods, dish soap and towel -everything.


Coffee talk: Director of Security, Jeff Armbruster, will host a coffee and conversation from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. June 20 in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 7307 Avon Belden Road.

Blood collect: The American Red Cross blood drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23 at the North Ridgeville Branch Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road. Appointments are mandatory and can be scheduled online at or by calling 1‑800‑RED CROSS.

Social walk: Walking with Sole is an hour-long community social walk held from 6-7 p.m. every Thursday through August 25 at South Central Park, Pavilion 1, 7565 Avon Belden Road. Each weekly 30-minute walk is followed by a brief informative talk by local health professionals and city officials. In case of bad weather, the walks will be cancelled.

Water Assistance Program: The Lorain County Community Action Agency provides water assistance of up to $1,500 per household through the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIH-WAP). For more information, call 440-245-1870, or visit

Senior Reading Buddy Volunteers: The North Ridgeville Branch Library, in partnership with the North Ridgeville Senior Center and North Park and Rec, is seeking volunteers ages 50 and older to participate in the Senior Reading Buddies program. Senior Reading Buddies is a 60 minute program combining reading, crafts and bingo. Each senior will be paired with one or two school-aged students to help them practice their reading skills. The program runs from 1 to 2 p.m. on June 27, July 11 and 25; and August 8. Pre-registration is required, go to

To yell: Kudos to North Ridgeville Police Officers John Metzo and Brandon Kjaer for recently rescuing two horses that ran from Olmsted Township to the Ridgefield subdivision. Officers used a small rope and two dog leashes. The residents also provided the horses with carrots and apples until the owners arrived. The horses are safe and doing well.

College graduates: Amy Van Dyke (Avon Lake) and Yichun Yuan (North Ridgeville) recently received degrees from the University of Alabama.

Happy Father’s Day!

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