Movies in the Park: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, hosted by Main Street Vermilion, takes place on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 8 pm to 9:30 pm at East Exchange Park in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. In Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, a villain's plan for world domination sidetracks five super- heroes who dream of stardom.
Main Street Vermilion and Vermilion Parks & Rec brings another season of free, family-friendly flicks under the stars and riverside at East Exchange Park in the heart of downtown Vermilion. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and your favorite movie snacks. Or walk over to Poppin’ Around at 5491 Liberty and get a bag of free popcorn from this popular merchant. Movies start at dusk.
Sponsored by Bulan's Boat Yard, Gross Brothers Plumbing, and Brad Schwab/State Farm Insurance.
3rd Thursday, Music, Flowers and a Sunset continues on July 18, 2019 in downtown Vermilion, Ohio from 6:30 pm to sunset. Stroll the streets of beautiful Vermilion while listening to your favorite genre of music. Watch for some new added entertainment inside local downtown businesses, along with live music in front of many of Vermilion storefronts.
This free, family friendly event is brought to you by the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce. Please note, vendors, booths, tents, etc. are not permitted during this event. Visit our many storefront businesses and restaurants during 3rd Thursday in Vermilion, Ohio.
Coyotes are extremely adaptable. They are the only large wild predator that have extended their range despite human intrusion into habitat…..they now live in rural and urban areas from California to Maine, from alpine to desert habitat. They have adapted to life in Vermilion seamlessly. The World Animal Foundation offers these tips for living with coyotes in Vermilion, Ohio.
The coyote is a true survivor of all conditions. They can be found in swamps, grasslands, dense forests, deserts and high mountains and can live off just about anything. Being a natural scavenger, the call of the city, town and suburb makes more additions to their habitat. Over and above their normal diet of snakes, rodents, rabbits, frogs, birds and grasshoppers, coyotes have added dog and cat food and garbage to their repertoire.
Coyotes resemble collie dogs and have brownish gray fur and a belly that is cream-colored. They weigh 20 - 45 pounds and are highly reproductive animals, something that has made their proliferation into towns and cities easier. Big parks and landscaping surrounding golf courses are some of the creature’s favorite urban hangouts.
Coyotes come into heat once a year in late winter or spring. About two months later they bear roughly six pubs, which begin to emerge from the den about two weeks later. They are less social than wolves or domestic dogs and usually hunt alone, although they sometimes hunt in pairs for larger prey.
Coyotes are carnivores, and opportunistic. 90% of their diet is meat, carrion, mice, rats, ground squirrels, marmots, prairie dogs, other rodents, and the occasional bird. Any environment that attracts small rodents will, in turn attract coyotes.
So, since we all live in coyote country.....
Closely supervise small children, dogs and cats and keep them in, especially at dusk and dawn.
Eliminate hiding cover in landscaping and dwellings. Make it difficult for coyotes to approach unseen.
Install outside motion detectors.
Predators follow prey. Securely store garbage, grains, pet foods and other items that attract rodents.
Make sure trash is secure at all times. Trash receptacles should be kept tightly closed at all times. Wild animals will not live where they cannot eat. Removing the food source is the most effective way to evict them.
Feed companion animals inside. Don't allow a build-up of uneaten bird seed near human residence.
If putting out food for stray cats, only put out enough food to satisfy their hunger. Pick the food up when the cats finish so the leftovers don’t attract rodents or wild animals. Always trap, neuter and return cats in a feral colony you are managing.
Try deterrents. Sprays and other agents that are designed to keep unwanted animals away can be purchased at most garden or hardware stores.
If you are confronted.....stay calm, look big and tough, and back away.
View the live webcam overlooking Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. You can access the live feed 24 hours a day from mainstreetvermilion.org or discoververmilion.org and watch activity on the beach, the lake and in the harbor, storms, sailboat racing, Third Thursdays and more.
The live webcam is a project of Main Street Vermilion and was provided by Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands. The City of Vermilion and Dale Reising assisted in making it operational.
A Classic Car & Motorcycle Cruise-in, hosted by the Vermilion American Legion, will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 11 am to 5 pm. Vermilion American Legion Post 397 is located at 2713 State Road in Vermilion, Ohio.
Take a trip down memory lane with some of the finest automobiles made in history. All vehicles are welcome, and no registration fee is required. Participation is on a voluntary basis. Donations will be accepted.
A commemorative dash plaque will be given to the first 50 participants. Live DJ/emcee services will be provided by Outlaw Entertainment. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.
All proceeds will go directly to the Lucy Idol Center's Next Direction program to assist those with developmental disabilities to integrate into their community through various outings and activities.
The Vermilion Farmers Market sells locally grown produce and products, local cottage industry products, local art, and local crafted items directly to consumers each Saturday in Victory Park at the corner of Ohio and Main streets in downtown Vermilion. The 2019 Vermilion Farmers Market will run July 6 through September 7.
Fresh seasonal produce, herbs and flowers, home baked goods, quality artwork and crafts, and much more are offered. The open air market is the place to gather with friends and neighbors, a shady stop on a bike tour, or just a fun place to hangout. Every week there is a special event that makes the Market even more fun!
From the Market, it's an easy walk to downtown merchants and restaurants as well as the lake and library. Make it a point to wander down, browse the stores and shop local!
This is a wonderful opportunity to bring local products for sale to residents and visitors coming to downtown Vermilion, as well as to encourage them to visit the different merchants and restaurants.
The Friends of Harbour Town 1837 recently announced the historic Weigh Station Building has been moved from behind the Old State Street School House on Rt 60 to its new location on Liberty Avenue in downtown Vermilion. The organization is pleased that this iconic building, built one hundred and ten years ago, will again have a useful purpose in Vermilion's historic district.
The building will be used by local entrepreneur Dan Roth for a hot dog stand in Harbour Town. Its new location is across from Ritter Public Library on Liberty Avenue.
“We're glad we could save it,” stated Roth. “We're really excited about it.”
The historic structure was used as an ice and coal weigh station in the 1800s, and was used by Hull Coal and Supply in the 1940s, according to Roth. It was originally located near the railroad tracks on Main Street. The building has been behind the State Street School for over 30 years waiting for a new purpose.
The Board of Trustees of the Friends of Harbour Town, Inc. decided in late 2017 that the organization had not been able to rehabilitate the building, and that it was unlikely that they would have sufficient resources for the rehabilitation to happen. The board offered the building to anyone who was able to move and re-purpose the structure for $100.00, or free to any non-profit organization or government entity.
ADT Construction moved the building to its new location, a challenging task.
“There are some projects that are bigger than the job itself,” said Roth. “The teamwork, and sense of accomplishment and pride becomes more important. These guys never said, 'can't', and will have stories someday to tell their kids.”
The new hot dog business is expected to open next year.
“The whole inside needs work and we're going to build a deck on the outside,” said Roth. “So it probably won't open until next season.”
Living by the beach is the ultimate dream for many Americans. After all, beachside communities often represent a relaxed and luxurious way of life. But few realize their dream of living by the water, precisely because of the misconception that beach towns are relatively more expensive and generally less livable than landlocked cities.
Contrary to popular belief, however, many beach towns are suitable to everyday life — and easy on the wallet. So in order to determine the beach communities that are ideal for making one’s permanent home, WalletHub compared 192 cities across 62 key indicators of livability. WalletHub split the comparison into two categories, towns located by the ocean and towns located by lakes. Six key dimensions were compared: 1) Affordability, 2) Weather, 3) Safety, 4) Economy, 5) Education & Health and 6) Quality of Life. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for beach-town living.
Vermilion, Ohio ranked 24 in Best Lake Beach Towns to Live In with an overall score of 51.3. Vermilion ranked #1 for Highest Water Temperature and #2 for Lowest Violent Crime Rate.
The World Animal Foundation, of Vermilion, Ohio, is encouraging Vermilion residents and visitors to keep animals out of hot cars and off hot pavement. When outdoor temperatures reach the 80s, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to well over 100 degrees in just minutes—and asphalt temperatures can reach 140 degrees, causing pain, burns, permanent damage, and scarring on dogs’ paws after just a few minutes of contact. Locking dogs in parked cars and walking them on hot pavement places them at risk of deadly heatstroke.
If you see a dog showing any symptoms of heatstroke—including restlessness, heavy panting, vomiting, lethargy, and lack of appetite or coordination—get the animal into the shade immediately and lower the dog’s body temperature by providing the dog with water, applying a cold towel to the animal’s head and chest, or immersing the dog in tepid (not ice-cold) water. Then immediately call a veterinarian.
Remember: When dogs’ long tongues hang out, it means they are uncomfortable, even in danger.
Follow these suggestions for safeguarding animals during hot weather:
Keep dogs indoors: Unlike humans, dogs can only sweat through their footpads and cool themselves by panting. Soaring temperatures can cause heat stress, injury, or death.
Provide water and shade: When outside, animals must have access to fresh water and ample shade, and the shifting sun needs to be taken into account. Even brief periods of direct exposure to the sun can have life-threatening consequences.
Walk—don’t run: In very hot, humid weather, never exercise dogs by biking and making them run alongside you or by running them while you jog. Dogs will collapse before giving up, at which point, it may be too late to save them.
Avoid hot cars: Never leave an animal in a parked car in warm weather, even for short periods with the windows partially rolled down. Dogs trapped inside hot cars can succumb to heatstroke within minutes—even if a car isn’t parked in direct sunlight.
Never transport animals in the bed of a pickup truck: This practice is dangerous—and illegal in many cities and states—because animals can be catapulted out of a truck bed on a sudden stop or strangled if they jump out while they’re tethered.
Stay alert and save a life: Keep an eye on all outdoor animals. Make sure they have adequate water and shelter. If you see an animal in distress, provide him or her with water for immediate relief and contact humane authorities right away.
Avoid hot pavement: When outdoor temperatures reach the 80s, asphalt temperatures can reach 140 degrees, causing pain, burns, permanent damage, and scarring on dogs’ paws after just a few minutes of contact. Walk on grass when possible, and avoid walking in the middle of the day.
At the Vermilion Parks & Recreation Board meeting on June 18, 2019, Chairman Parker conveyed the Harbor View Project Committee is recommending they demolish the mansion and museum addition, and that the property be converted to green space. They are recommending just green space, not building another structure. A subcommittee has been assembled to begin fundraising for this phase, pending approval from the Parks Board. The project would be funded by donations and grants.
Parker said the museum is not viable as a city property – it would be tremendously costly to continue to operate it and renovate it for any use. There cannot be any commercial use of this property because of the grant money that was used to purchase the property. They had public meetings at the library and they invited the community to come. At those meetings they announced this would be the recommendation, and following those meetings the Parks Board said this was the way they were going to go. He said it is painful in some ways, but there is no way they can sustain that facility since there is asbestos and mold.
Mayor Forthofer said it’s becoming a hazard the longer it sits there. He wouldn’t even recommend going in there unless you really had to because the air is bad, there are leaks, and there are fire hazards.
Parker stated they will have a monstrous hole following the demolition, and hauling dirt is expensive, so they may want to consider expanding the concept. In his opinion, it will be difficult to raise money for a tear down without adding something to this green space.
Board Member Cann agreed that fundraising for demolition, basically a hole, versus fundraising for a project, would be difficult. She felt they should come up with something.
Parker said the committee suggested that they bring in a landscape architect to determine what the best use of the property is, and at the same time they can look at the erosion that has happened on this property.
Board Member Wakefield said she didn’t think the committee was far enough ahead to even know what Phase 3 would be in terms of a structure or any other thing they could add.
Parker said they have spent a long time investigating structures that might be put there, and they don’t have a clear enough sense of what the public is going to really want in the long term, so he suggested letting residents get use to it and live with it for awhile to see what suggestions it generates. The idea of a rental building was considered, but it would be cost prohibitive as they would never recuperate the investment. It would likely cost more to operate than what they could charge to rent it.
Improved parking will also be a major project due to the infrastructure under the street.
Vice-Chair Scholtz said the committee feels they need to get a stake in the ground and show movement, but he also thinks it will take awhile to raise this money. He feels they should continue to move forward with what makes sense – green space may be a little more than creating lawn and a hole because they still haven’t addressed the restroom issue. He thinks they could be working on a couple more pieces at the same time.
Parker said the committee is in suspension until they hear back from the Parks Board, so perhaps they should give them the green light on fundraising for the green space, and then maybe go back to work on these other things. Wakefield didn’t see this as mutually exclusive issues. She suggested the Parks Board continue their path by giving them the green light. This is work that is just being started and they’re all trying to find the best approach and bring in the dollars to do this.
$1.65 million was initially raised to acquire the property. $32,000 remains in the donation fund that has been funding the mowing and maintenance of the property. The city holds title to it, but because it is officially a city park leftover funds must go through the Parks Board for approval before they are spent.
Mayor Forthofer said that of the $1.65 million that was raised to purchase the property, 70% of donations were $300 or under. There were a lot of grassroots donations. There was a general sentiment that they wanted to preserve this land for future generations for the city.
Council Member Cann asked what the cost for demolition, and to make it a usable green space, would be. Parker said the quote for demolition came in at $450,000 because of the asbestos and mold mitigation. The costs to make it usable green space hasn’t been determined yet.
A discussion also took place regarding restrooms. It was noted there is a restroom subcommittee. Parker said the initial push was for beach restrooms but this isn’t feasible in the foreseeable future because of property issues, but the subcommittee could give the board recommendations. They may have to sell the Pilot House as it was purchased and donated to the city, but the city no longer wants it.
The Parks & Recreation Board decided to accept the Harbor View Project Committee’s recommendation (6 YEAS; 1 NAY (Warden)). They will ask the committee to seek input from a landscape architect on the best way to shape and use the site, and to consider the erosion issues that have occurred. The committee will be instructed to pursue fundraising for the demolition and creation of the green space.
Lake Erie water levels have reached an all-time high, again, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
In May Lake Erie averaged 574.3 feet over sea level, which is about 30 inches above normal, beating records set in 1986 by a quarter-inch. In June Lake Erie averaged 574.62 feet over sea level, just over the all-time record set in May and 4.1 inches higher than the previous monthly record of 1986.
Record amounts of rainfall have contributed to rising lake levels, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Several months of wet weather have pushed water levels higher than originally forecasted.
The Great Lakes region will continue to see the threat of coastal flooding and shoreline erosion, especially during storm events. Localized water levels are often impacted by winds and can be significantly higher during storms. Water levels and flow rates in the connecting channels of the Great Lakes are also high and may, depending on winds and other atmospheric conditions, lead to localized flooding.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has authority to support communities in flood fighting by providing technical expertise, and in certain instances, provide flood fight supplies, such as sandbags and plastic sheeting. This assistance must be requested by state authorities.
The Vermilion Rotary Club #3514 meets every Wednesday at noon at German's Villa, 3330 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, Ohio. The Rotary motto, "Service Above Self", conveys the humanitarian spirit of the organization’s members. Strong fellowship among Rotarians, and meaningful community and international service projects, characterize Rotary.
The Vermilion Rotary Club was chartered in 1928. Some of the projects supported by the Vermilion Rotary Club then have continued up to today, while the club has also picked up new projects to fund.
Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Rotary clubs work together to: Promote peace; Fight disease; Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; Save mothers and children; Support education; Grow local economies.
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our community, and in ourselves. Rotary clubs provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through their fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace, to water and health, Rotary is always working to better the world and they stay committed to the end.
Join Vermilion Rotary Club #3514 every Wednesday at noon at German's Villa, 3330 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, Ohio.
Plants have been the main source of substances for pharmaceutical use for millennia. The majority of medicines have a natural origin before they are fortified with synthetic substances by the pharmaceutical industry. You can avoid the intermediary process and produce your own pharmaceutical plants in your own backyard, according to the World Animal Foundation of Vermilion, Ohio.
Fresh herbs are cheap, can be grown easily, can help with a wide array of symptoms, and cause relatively fewer adverse effects than drugs. Avoid running to your pharmacist whenever you have a minor ailment; go to your garden instead. Populate your pharmaceutical garden with the following potent medicinal plants.
Basil may be a common element of Italian food, but it also has great medicinal properties. This fantastic herb can help transform both you and your garden. It is very rich in beta-carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for good vision, cell development, and immune health. Basil oil is rich in a compound named eugenol, which has anti-inflammatory properties and can comfort painful bones and joints just like over-the-counter ibuprofen. What’s more, it exhibits potent antibacterial properties and is effective even against antibiotic-resistant microorganisms.
Lemon balm belongs to the mint family, which explains its beautiful aroma. It has been traditionally used for hundreds of years as a sleeping and anti-anxiety remedy, to facilitate digestion, and to treat cold sores and lesions. It has been scientifically proven that lemon balm helps fight herpes lesions around the lips and the genitals. Eugenol, which is also present in lemon balm, has antibacterial properties and is also used in dentistry, as a topical agent for cavities. You can use dried leaves of lemon balm to decorate your salads, or to make hot tea.
Marigolds are yellow and orange flowers that are common in gardens and backyards. They are rich in antioxidant substances that scavenge free radicals, extremely reactive particles that can damage cells and genetic material and cause cancer. Research has shown that lutein, a substance with antioxidant properties that is present in marigold extract, has tumor-fighting properties. What’s more, marigolds fight inflammation, making them useful in the treatment of burns, scrapes, and irritated skin. Finally, they are useful in fighting pests, as insects are paralyzed within seconds after consuming it.
Sage is a native Mediterranean plant that can grow anywhere in the world, notorious for its multi-color appearance, with its purple, blue, pink and white flowers and leaves. With strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity, sage strengthens the immune system and is particularly helpful against fungal infections. It is also traditionally known as a treatment for indigestion, mental issues, and muscular spasms. Moreover, it has been successfully used to treat hot flashes and menstrual cramps in women. There is some evidence that sage extract may positively affect cognition, making it a good candidate for an Alzheimer’s disease treatment. Finally, the plant itself adds a beautiful touch to any garden and can also be used as a potent additive to any cuisine.
Comfrey, as its name suggest, is comforting in numerous ways. Its drooping flowers and bristly hairs are its distinctive characteristic. It was widely used in Ancient Greece to treat open wounds and broken bones, a use that continues to this day. These claims have been vindicated by science. The main ingredient of this herb is allantoin, a compound with moisturizing properties – hence its use in several products for the skin. It has been scientifically proven that comfrey is useful against ulcers, dermatitis, and swollen ankles. However, caution should be exercised, as comfrey also contains minute concentrations of alkaloids that have cancer-causing properties. This is why it is often recommended only to use comfrey externally.
Thyme is a member of Thymus, a genus indigenous to Asia and Europe. It has been typically used as a decoration element, while bees make honey from its pollen. Thyme exhibits strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Research has shown that thyme can be valuable in antimicrobial resistance, and is more effective in treating acne than many prescription topical preparations. It is also used to ease gastrointestinal and respiratory issues, arthritis and sore throat. In general, it is a great addition to your garden, and can also be used as a flavor-enhancing herb in your kitchen.
Echinacea is a famous herb, known for its use by Native Americans as a means of treating wounds and fighting off infections. Because it is resilient to drought, Echinacea can be cultivated very easily. During mid-summer, it blossoms into a gorgeous coneflower. Today it is widely used to shorten the course of common colds and infections of the sinuses. Also, many herbalists use it to treat bee stings, migraines, and urinary tract infections. During the summer, you can make Echinacea ice tea.
Nettle has been used for centuries to treat gout, arthritis, insect bites, allergies and infections of the urinary system. What’s more, nettle has a great taste and valuable cleansing properties with many uses in the kitchen. You can recognize it by its stinging hairs. Although they sting anything they touch, they surprisingly sooth already irritated skin.
Greek mythology holds Achilles, the legendary warrior king, used yarrow for the treatment of open battle wounds. Yarrow is easy to cultivate and has an effect on almost every bodily function, with the liver, spleen, kidneys and bladder among others. Exhibiting potent antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity, this panacea has a marvelous effect on a wealth of conditions, ranging from open wounds to indigestion. It has been successfully used to treat fever, rashes, and hypertension. In addition, its alkaloids can soothe menstruation pain as well. Collect yarrow from your garden to treat minor ailments and also fortify your soups, salads, and stir-fries.
Chinese yam is a vine with great fame surrounding its medicinal properties. It has been used in the past for the treatment of diarrhea and sore throat, and also for controlling blood glucose and to counter weight gain. It has potent stomach and spleen-strengthening properties. Rich in vitamin B6, it shields against heart disease by removing homocysteine from circulation, an amino-acid that can harm the walls of veins and arteries. You can even eat this cinnamon-scented herb raw.
Gardens can be so much more than a pleasing sight; they can provide food, pharmaceutical herbs, and life. If you grow your own pharmaceutical herbs, you can save money and improve your well-being.
Ritter Library Storytimes hit the road this summer! Find Ritter at the beach, in the park, even at the pool during rest period. Enjoy stories, songs and fun and teach your little ones to love reading.
Preschool storytime is at the library Mondays at 10 am for ages 3 1⁄2 to 5, with an adult. Beachside storytime is Tuesday at noon at Main Street Beach. Look for Miss Bethany. She'll be the one with the ukulele! Play & Learn storytime is Wednesday at 10 am at the library for children from birth through preschool, with an adult. Poolside storytime is Thursday at 2:45 pm at the Community Pool, 4846 Pineview Drive. Pool admission is required. Storytime in the Park is Friday at 10 am at Victory Park on the corner of Main and Ohio streets.
Ritter Public Library is located at 5680 Liberty Avenue in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Call (440) 967-3798 or visit www.ritterpubliclibrary.org for more information.
Friends of Ritter is Ritter Public Library's official volunteer group. Their mission is to promote reading and to support the library. They manage the annual and the ongoing book sales and host community events. The board meets every first Tuesday of the month at 2 pm in the library. Guests are always welcome.
The Friends of Ritter Public Library are dedicated to focusing public attention on library services, facilities and needs; helping promote the use and enjoyment of the library; and developing supplemental funding for the library.
Every day, you can find dozens of gently used books – some right from the library shelves – for sale at the Friends’ ongoing book sale, located just inside the main entrance. An Annual Book Sale, held in June, features thousands of items.
The Annual Chocolate Festival is held in February during the town-wide Ice A-Fair.
Grace's Kitchen is a community wide grassroots endeavor to provide hot, nutritious meals and companionship for those in need in the Vermilion, Ohio area. Eight local volunteer groups provide assistance in this collaborative outreach.
Meals are served on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 pm to 7 pm throughout the month, and are prepared by the churches on a rotating basis and presently serve an average of 1200 meals a month.
Graces's Kitchen operates under the umbrella of Grace United Methodist Church located at 13406 W. Lake Road in Vermilion, Ohio, but the meals are served onsite at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3747 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, Ohio. Grace's Kitchen relies on private donations and food grants from Second Harvest.
The Vermilion Food Pantry is a community-wide project sponsored by the Vermilion Ministerial Association and operated out of United Church of Christ, Congregational Vermilion at 990 State Street in Vermilion, Ohio. The Pantry collects and distributes food and clothing for people in need within the Vermilion school district.
Bags of groceries are distributed the third Friday of the month from 10 to 11:30 am (except in December, when the distribution date is the second Friday). Food is also available on an emergency basis weekdays from 9 am to 1 pm.
More than 20 volunteers are needed every month to keep the Pantry in operation. The project is funded almost entirely through donations.
You can help. Volunteer, make a cash donation, make a food donation. Call (440) 967-5212 for more information.