Medical Marijuana, The Who, What & Why, takes place on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 7 pm at Ritter Library in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.
Dr. Corie Kovach, from Ohio Holistic Healthcare, will talk about the history of medical cannabis, the many forms that are approved in Ohio, and the advantages of, and qualifying conditions, for using it.
The program is hosted by The College Club of Vermilion, dedicated to promoting cultural, social educational and civic interests in the community. The program is open to the public.
Ritter Public Library is located at 5680 Liberty Avenue in downtown Vermilion. Call (440) 967-3798 for more information.
Brownhelm Historical Association is pleased to announce that they will be welcoming back the 14th Ohio Volunteer Infantry reenacting unit at the 3rd Annual Civil War Days. They will be joined by members of the 41st Ohio Infantry reenactment group as well.
These fantastic groups represent both military and civilian life in the 1860s. They will be setting up camp down at Mill Hollow and welcoming visitors to stop in and ask them anything. They will also be performing firing demonstrations several times each day.
The 3rd Annual Civil War Days are October 5th & 6th, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm each day at Mill Hollow & Bacon Woods Reservation on North Ridge Road in Vermilion, Ohio. Free admission!
Lorain County Metro Parks congratulates Eagle Scout candidate Jacob Webb. Jacob worked with Park Manager and Ranger, Dustin Frey, to build a custom fire ring and log benches for the Vermilion River Reservation.
"The Metro parks have helped me figure out what I want to do by giving me opportunities to learn or use skills that I plan on using in my future," stated Webb.
Main Street Vermilion hosts another delightful Tour of Homes. This year is extra special with an easily walkable tour of four beautiful homes in Historic Harbourtown, as well as looks inside the Captain Gilchrist Guesthouse, Vermilion Opera House, Vermilion Lighthouse and Moes Marine Historic Boatyard. This unique neighborhood is filled with historic and lake captain homes, just steps from the Vermilion River, Main Street Beach and Lake Erie.
The Tour of Homes begins at 10 am on September 28, 2019. Come to Main Street Vermilion, 685 Main Street, to pick up maps and enjoy refreshments. There will be a selection of themed raffle baskets on display for you to browse and purchase tickets (winner need not be present). The tours will conclude at 3 pm.
There is plenty of free parking conveniently located near Main Street Vermilion and throughout the neighborhood.
Tickets are on sale now. Advance sale tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at https://www.mainstreetvermilion.org/shop-online/tour-of-homes (online tickets include a small processing fee) or at Main Street Vermilion Monday through Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Tickets will be available the day of the tour for $30.
Following the tour, you are invited you to stay in town to shop and dine.
Need more information? Call Main Street Vermilion at (440) 963-0772.
An unusual amount of dragonflies have been observed in Vermilion and surrounding areas; so many that swarms were seen by National Weather Service radar.
A radar image from the National Weather Service Cleveland was posted to social media showing swarms of the insects over Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana.
"This is not rain being observed by the radars across IN/OH/PA today," stated the National Weather Service. "While we are not biological experts, we have determined (through input from out followers) that it's most likely dragonflies mixed with other insects/birds."
A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the suborder Anisoptera. Dragonflies have large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, sometimes with colored patches, and an elongated body. Many dragonflies have brilliant iridescent or metallic colors produced by structural coloration, making them conspicuous in flight.
There are about 3000 species of dragonflies in the world today. Most are tropical, with a few species in temperate regions.
Dragonflies can be mistaken for the related group, damselflies (Zygoptera), which are similar but usually lighter in build. The wings of most dragonflies are held flat and away from the body when at rest, while damselflies hold the wings folded, along or above the abdomen. Dragonflies are agile fliers while damselflies have a weaker, fluttery flight.
Dragonflies are predators, both during the aquatic larval stage, when they are known as nymphs, and as adults. Up to several years of the insect's life is spent as a nymph living in freshwater; the adults may be on the wing for just a few days or weeks. They are fast agile fliers, sometimes migrating across oceans, and are often but not always found near water.
Many dragonflies, particularly males, are territorial. Some defend a territory against others of their own species, some against other species of dragonfly and a few against insects in unrelated groups. Defending a breeding territory is fairly common among male dragonflies, especially among species that congregate around ponds in large numbers. The territory will contain desirable features such as a sunlit stretch of shallow water, a special plant species or a particular substrate that is necessary for egg-laying. The territory may be small or large, depending on its quality, the time of day and the number of competitors, and may be held for a few minutes or several hours. Some dragonflies signal ownership with striking colors on their face, abdomen, legs or wings. Other dragonflies engage in aerial dogfights or high speed chases. Any female will need to mate with the territory holder before laying her eggs.
Dragonflies have a uniquely complex method of reproduction. During mating, the male grasps the female at the back of the head or on the prothorax, and the female curls her abdomen under her body to pick up sperm from the male's secondary genitalia at the front of his abdomen, forming the "heart" or "wheel" posture.
Egg-laying involves the female darting over floating or waterside vegetation to deposit eggs, with the male hovering above her or continuing to clasp her and flying in tandem. The male attempts to prevent rivals from removing his sperm and inserting their own. When the female submerges to deposit eggs, the male may help to pull her out of the water.
A clutch of eggs may number as many as 1,500, and they take about a week to hatch. Most of a dragonfly's life is spent as a nymph, beneath the water's surface. The nymph feeds on animals such as mosquito larvae, tadpoles and small fish. They breathe through gills in their rectum, and can rapidly propel themselves by suddenly expelling water through the anus.
The larval stage of large dragonflies lasts up to five years in large species, and between two months and three years in smaller species. When ready to metamorphose into an adult, dragonfly babies stop feeding and go to the surface, generally at night. They remain stationary with heads out of the water while their respiration system adapts to breathing air. They then climbs up a plant, and moult. The adult dragonfly crawls out of its larval skin.
Dragonflies are powerful and agile fliers, capable of migrating across oceans, moving in any direction and changing direction suddenly. In flight, the adult dragonfly can propel itself in six directions: upward, downward, forward, back, to left and to right.
Being cold-blooded, dragonflies raise their temperature by basking in the sun. Early in the morning they may choose to perch in a vertical position with the wings outstretched. In the middle of the day, a horizontal stance may be chosen. Another method of warming up used by some larger dragonflies is wing-whirring, a rapid vibration of the wings that causes heat to be generated in the flight muscles. Becoming too hot is another hazard, prompting a dragonfly to find shady area for perching.
Adult dragonflies hunt on the wing using their exceptionally acute eyesight and strong agile flight. They are almost exclusively carnivorous, eating a wide variety of insects ranging from small midges and mosquitoes to butterflies, moths, damselflies and smaller dragonflies.
Although dragonflies are swift and agile fliers, there are predators fast enough to catch them. These include falcons such as the American kestrel, the merlin and the hobby. Nighthawks, swifts, flycatchers and swallows also take some adults, as well as some species of wasp. In the water, various species of duck and heron eat dragonfly larvae and they are also preyed on by newts, frogs, fish and water spiders.
The wonderful, wacky Woollybear Festival returns Sunday, October 6, 2019, from 10 am to 6 pm, in beautiful downtown Vermilion, Ohio. The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in this fun, wacky event as a food vendor, craft vendor, or commercial vendor. Or, join in the parade, the Woollybear King & Queen Contest, and the Animal Woollybear Look-a-like Costume Contest.
The Woollybear Festival is the largest one-day festival in the state of Ohio. The event features food, crafts, live entertainment and the annual parade.
Paddlepalooza is a kayak and paddleboard event to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Leukemia Cup Regatta. In partnership with West River Paddling Co., this event will take place at the South Boat Ramp in Vermilion, Ohio on September 21, 2019.
Teams and individuals are invited to participate in this super fun event. Individuals can participate in a 3-mile Paddleboard or Kayak Elite Race for $45 per person. Teams of 4 can participate in a paddleboard or kayak Relay Race for $100 per team (paddle boards or kayaks can be rented for all events for a small fee).
Each registered participant (individuals and team members) will be given a fundraising page. Although fundraising is not required, it is encouraged that all participants share their pages with family and friends. All donations help in the fight against all blood cancers.
In the event of inclement weather, organizers will try to reschedule for a later date. If they are unable to reschedule, all registration fees/donations will be put towards the mission and will not be refunded.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is at the forefront of the fight to cure cancer. The mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS has invested more than $1.2 billion in cutting-edge research, funding nearly all of today's most promising advances.
Interested in Genealogy? Genealogy Club meets at Ritter Public Library in Vermilion the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10 am to 12 pm.
Whether you're a beginner or have been researching for years, you're welcome to join. Club members do research, ask each other questions, share findings, and make new friends. Laptops, a printer, scanner, and big tables to spread out on are available to use.
Most sessions are very informal, however a few speakers come in throughout the year. Bring your favorite morning beverage in a cup with a lid; goodies are provided.
All the garbage you throw away is destined to end up in a landfill. What’s more, most of the items constituting your garbage (metal, plastic, paper, and everything else) was probably created using environmentally harmful methods. When you produce less trash, you ease up your environmental impact. The World Animal Foundation, of Vermilion, Ohio, offers these tips to make less waste:
Purchase reusable products, and avoid buying new ones. Take care of, and repair, the ones you currently own. Use glass containers instead of plastic. Stop using plastic bags and opt for reusable cloth. Don’t use disposable kitchenware; use reusable items. Store your food in reusable containers and avoid plastic wrap and aluminum foil as much as possible.
Repair your clothing instead of purchasing new. Equip your most frequently used devices with rechargeable batteries. Opt for used furniture – there is a large supply of it and it costs much less than new. Don’t buy products that are packaged in several layers, when they could have been packaged in one. Almost 33 percent of our waste consists of packaging material.
Choose recycled paper. Print and copy on both sides. Reuse your folders, envelopes and paper clips. Reduce your paper mail by relying more on emails and mobile texting.
Cook your own food. And if you are up for it, grow it yourself! In any case, try to make as many meals as you can from the most basic of ingredients – which you can also buy in bulk to save on packaging.
Try making your own personal care products. Homemade soaps and shampoos are much more environmentally friendly than commercial ones that are often full of toxic chemicals. There are literally no personal care products that you can’t make on your own, including toothpaste, lotion, conditioner and shampoo. Begin by replacing one product at a time. Most homemade products have a variety of uses (IE baking soda can be used as soap, shampoo, conditioner, facial cleanser, teeth whitener and toothpaste – as well as for cleaning.)
Reduce your reliance on chemical products. Synthetic chemicals in cleaning and personal care products end up in the water supply. Because the bulk of chemicals used today are toxic, they end up harming aquatic life and waterways significantly. What’s more, these substances harm people as well, so it’s only in your best interest to reduce their usage. Also, avoid herbicides and pesticides and opt for natural ways of combating pests and weeds.
Revert to homemade cleaning products. You can make all sorts of cleaners – in fact all of your cleaning products – with natural-only ingredients. Read up on how to make alternative cleaning products that exclude harmful chemicals. For instance, you can do your basic cleaning using a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar, that works just as well as most conventional cleaners on the market. Virtually all your cleaning can be accomplished with baking soda, vinegar and water. You help protect the environment, your health, and save a lot of money.
When there are no reliable alternatives to a harmful item, try to use the minimum amount needed. By doing so, you help the planet and also help your wallet.
The Friends of Harbour Town, Inc. is an all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation and community enrichment within the City of Vermilion Ohio. The organization has been preserving and promoting the heritage of downtown Vermilion since the late 1960’s. Friends Of Harbour Town was fashioned to unite those interested in the revitalization, preservation, restoration and improvement of an area in the City of Vermilion designated as Historic Harbour Town 1837.
In 1967 a small group of concerned residents came together to discuss the deteriorating downtown business district and residential community of Vermilion. Through their efforts, research, fund raising and dedication to their community the group formed The Friends of Harbour Town, Inc. officially in 1968. They worked tirelessly to legally establish the old plat portion of the city as an historic district and to get it listed on the National Trust of Historic Places.
For over fifty years the organization has continued to be active and dedicated to the mission of historic preservation, continuing both new and old projects to enhance both the quality of life and the natural beauty that remains a vibrant portion of the Vermilion Ohio community. Over the past five decades hundreds of volunteers and Friends of Harbour Town members have come and gone; and some are still around, continuing to work to make the City of Vermilion the grand and elegant lady that she is.
Successful endeavors of The Friends Of Harbour Town include: scheduling and providing welcome services for tour buses to historic downtown Vermilion; development of tourism through the Historic Sites and Markers committee and headquarters located within the Historic District; and cooperative trade advertising with Vermilion Ohio merchants, the local visitors and convention bureaus, and the Greater Cleveland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Friends of Harbour Town’s expertise is represented by their active memberships with the following prestigious organizations: The National Trust for Historic Preservation; The Ohio Association of Museums and Historical Societies; The Cleveland Restoration Society; The Firelands Council of Museums and Historical Societies; The Lorain County Visitors and Conventions Bureau; and Erie County Visitors and Conventions Bureau.
Become a Friend of Harbour Town. Contact The Friends of Harbour Town:
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.
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 Brownhelm Historical Association is sponsoring another one-day gravestone preservation workshop where you will learn how to properly and effectively clean, restore, and preserve gravestones. The training will be led by Mark Morton of Gravestone Guardians of Ohio on September 28, 2019 from 9 am to 5 pm at Brownhelm Cemetery, 3025 North Ridge Road, Vermilion, Ohio.
Specifically, you will learn the 6 basic and most important steps to cemetery preservation. Lunch and drinks will be provided by the Brownhelm Historical Association.
1. CLEANING: Proper grave marker cleaning with a safe & gentle biowash product. The same one used at Arlington National Cemetery.
2. THE SIMPLE 2 PIECE TABLET & BASE SOCKET: We will reset a marble tombstone in a sandstone base by leveling the base & mortaring in the tombstone.
3. TABLET SET: We will dig a level a slot in the ground & use the rule of 1/3’s to teach the proper way to set a simple tablet type of tombstone. This procedure is also the way similar upright military markers are placed.
4. EPOXY: A demonstration of how to clean, align, and fix a broken tablet with a state of the art epoxy will be given.
5. SMALL MULTI PIECE MONUMENT RECONSTRUCTION: A small monument will be chosen & used as an example. This is where we use the tri-pod, hoist, & straps to disassemble the monument, clean it, level it, & reassemble it.
6. INFILL INSTRUCTION: This is the final touch to tombstone & monument repair. It’s basically the fine mortar used to fill in cracks & aesthetic damage when the repairs are finished.
At least 17 attendees are needed to host this workshop. There is no rain date, so if the weather looks to be too poor BHA will cancel and refund the registration fee.
Tickets are available on www.eventbrite.com, or email [email protected] to pay by check.
The Vermilion Harbor Yacht Club recently raised $20,500 during the Wishes By The Water fundraiser for A Special Wish Foundation, Cleveland Chapter.
A Special Wish Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children under the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder.
Founded in 1982, A Special Wish Foundation was the first wish-granting organization in Ohio, and now has chapters across the U.S. Since 1982, wishes have been granted to thousands of qualifying children. A Special Wish Foundation is the only major wish-granting organization in the United States which grants wishes to qualifying infants, children, and adolescents from birth through, and including, the age of 20 years.
A Special Wish Cleveland Chapter is locally operated by dedicated Clevelanders. All donations to the Cleveland Chapter stay right here in Northeast Ohio and are directly applied to granting the wishes of local kids battling life-threatening disorders.
Raccoons are intelligent, fascinating and highly adaptable mammals. As we destroy more and more wildlife habitat, we force animals like raccoons to come into closer contact with us. There's no need to panic or pay hundreds of dollars for trapping services because most problems can be easily resolved with some simple advice and household materials. Many conflicts occur in spring and summer when raccoons take advantage of cavities in human dwellings to raise their young. This is why it's vital to solve problems in a way that doesn't separate a mother from her cubs. The World Animal Foundation, of Vermilion, Ohio, offers some solutions to common raccoon problems:
KEEPING RACCOONS OUT OF GARBAGE
Overflowing or uncovered garbage cans provide an open invitation to hungry raccoons. The simplest solution is to put out your garbage cans for pick-up in the morning, after the nocturnal raccoons have returned to their dens. If you must put out your garbage cans at night, get the kind of plastic garbage can with a tall (4' high) TWIST-ON lid which raccoons can't open. Another option is to build a simple wooden box outside for storing garbage cans. For easy access, the top should be hinged and have a latch in front secured with a snap hook.
RACCOONS IN DUMPSTERS
Often garbage disposal companies don't close dumpster lids after emptying them in the early morning hours. Raccoons are enticed by the food smells, jump in, and can't climb the slippery sides. This problem is easily resolved by putting some strong branches or plank-like pieces of wood in the dumpster so the raccoons can climb out. If your company leaves dumpster lids open all the time, post a sign telling employees that it's vital to keep the lid closed so animals don't become trapped inside.
DO DAYTIME RACCOONS HAVE RABIES?
Even though raccoons are considered nocturnal, mother raccoons sometimes nap in trees or forage during the day when they have nursing cubs which depletes their energy. Coastal raccoons take advantage of the tides and are often seen by day. Call your local animal control officer or police if an adult raccoon seen in daytime is acting at all sick or showing abnormal behaviors such as partial paralysis, circling, staggering as if drunk or disoriented, self-mutilating, screeching, or exhibiting unprovoked aggression or unnatural tameness. Otherwise, just leave the raccoon alone and keep people and companion animals away from the animal.
GETTING RACCOONS OUT OF ATTICS & CHIMNEYS
In spring and summer, mother raccoons often take advantage of chimneys and attics as denning sites for raising cubs. The easiest and best solution is to wait a few weeks for the raccoons to move out on their own. As soon as the cubs are old enough to go on nighttime outings with their mother, she will take them out of the chimney once and for all rather than continually carrying them back and forth. Mother raccoons clean their babies meticulously to avoid attracting predators. If you absolutely must evict the raccoon family, remember that raccoons look for quiet, dark and non-noxious smelling places to raise their young. By creating the opposite conditions, you can evict them using the following methods:
Eviction of Chimney Raccoons: Keep the damper closed and put a blaring radio (rock or rap music works best) in the fireplace. Then put a bowl of ammonia on a footstool near the damper. Apply these deterrents JUST BEFORE DUSK; mother raccoons won't want to move their cubs in broad daylight. Be patient, it may take a few days for the mother to move her young. Once you inspect and make sure all the raccoons are gone, promptly call a chimney sweep to install a mesh chimney cap (the best kind has a stainless steel top) and this situation will not recur.
Eviction of Attic Raccoons: Leave all the lights on and place a blaring radio and rags sprinkled with 1/4 cup of ammonia around the attic. You can also enhance the deterrent effect by adding cayenne pepper or the commercial repellent Repel around the attic and also hanging an electrician's drop light over the denning area. Apply these deterrents JUST BEFORE DUSK; mother raccoons will not want to move their cubs in daylight. Be patient, it may take a few days for the mother to move her young. Once the raccoons are gone, promptly seal any entry hole and this situation will not recur.
RACCOONS EATING CAT FOOD
If you leave food outside all the time, you will attract raccoons and other animals. The solution is to feed the cats only at a certain time in the morning or midday, then take away any uneaten food. The cats will get used to the schedule and modify their behavior accordingly.
RACCOONS COMING THROUGH CAT DOORS
No self-respecting raccoon is going to ignore a free buffet! The best solution is to feed your cats indoors and not use a cat door at all. There are strong, electrically controlled doors that you can purchase which only let your designated animals in.
RACCOONS & POND FISH
It is difficult to have a delicacy like fish in an area and expect raccoons not to take notice! The best solution is to maintain a higher water level (at least 3 feet deep) and stack cinder blocks, large rocks, or ceramic pipes in the bottom of the pond so the fish can escape from the raccoons and take refuge.
RACCOONS DESTROYING LAWNS
The raccoons are going after the grubs in your lawn. If you keep your lawn well watered, this exacerbates the problem since it drives the grubs to the surface layer of the soil. The good news is that the grubbing activity, although unsightly, does not permanently damage the lawn. A long-term, ecological solution is to apply the product "Milky Spore" to the soil. This natural bacteria will spread and get rid of the grubs, but it takes a long time to work (1+ years). Don't use chemical pesticides due to their toxic effect on the environment, people and animals.
RACCOONS IN THE CHICKEN COOP
The only answer is to reinforce your chicken coop so the raccoons cannot have access to the chickens. Heavy gage welded wire should be used and another layer of finer mesh put over it to prevent raccoons from being able to reach through. Although an inconvenience, once an animal pen is well reinforced and maintained, there will be no more problems.
Trapping is rarely a solution to wildlife nuisance problems. As one animal is removed, another from the surrounding area will soon take his place. The answer is to exclude the animal from the food or nesting source that is attracting him.
Nuisance wildlife control companies charge a fee -- sometimes hundreds of dollars -- for problems that homeowners can often resolve themselves. In addition, when animals are trapped during birthing season, starving babies may be left behind. Homeowners are then horrified to find a foul odor emanating throughout their house. Animals should never be trapped under extreme conditions, such as on sunny rooftops, in rain, snow, sleet, or other bad weather which will cause the animals to suffer and die.
Don't trap unless an animal is stuck somewhere and can't get out or poses an immediate threat to humans or domestic animals. If you do hire a nuisance trapper, ensure that humane practices are followed and no animals are orphaned in the process.
MAKING SURE RACCOONS ARE GONE
Most attics contain clutter, making it hard to verify if the raccoons are gone. Before sealing any entry hole, stuff it first with newspaper and see if the paper stays in place for 3 successive nights. If so, the den is vacated. After sealing the entry hole with hardware cloth, make sure no raccoons are left behind by leaving a sardine or marshmallows in the attic and check if the food is uneaten after 24 hours, or sprinkle flour in front of the entry hole and check for footprints of a raccoon trying to get out.
Brownhelm Historical Association's Cemetery Preservation Committee is working to restore the historical headstones in the Brownhelm Cemetery. Historical Brownhelm Cemetery, located at North Ridge and Sunnyside roads, is the resting place of early settlers and prominent residents of the area.
Dirty, broken, cracked and toppled headstones are being repaired by volunteers trained through preservation workshops. Workshops were held at the Brownhelm Cemetery led by Mark Morton of Gravestone Guardians of Ohio. Participants came from near and far to take part in this important workshop to learn how to properly and safely restore headstones. Dozens of volunteers learned how to properly clean, repair, and reset gravestones without causing further damage. Volunteers of all ages are participating in preserving the history of Brownhelm Township.
While some of the headstones simply need cleaned due to years of weathering and neglect, others require new concrete bases or need to be pieced back together. Special cleaning solutions are used to scrub the headstones, cleaning out each letter in order to make it readable again.
Brownhelm Historical Association volunteers also host the annual “If Tombstones Could Talk” Cemetery Walk. Visitors can walk back in time and meet some of Brownhelm’s earliest pioneers and residents buried at the cemetery. Costumed reenactors share their life stories in a program that brings history to life.
Early settlers and prominent residents of the area buried at the cemetery include:
Col. Henry Brown, a New Englander, was among the first pioneers who settled the area. The township was named after him. He was a successful businessman and civic leader. Brown helped found Oberlin College and was instrumental in the development of Case Western Reserve University.
Hannah James was the second wife of Ezekiel Goodrich, a well-known cabinetmaker. The couple had several children. They divorced in 1837, an act unheard of during the times.
George Bacon Sr., at the age of 17 years old, dumped tea into the Boston Harbor during the Revolutionary War-era incident known as the Boston Tea Party. He lived to be 85 years old.
Grandison Fairchild was the father of James H. Fairchild, third president of Oberlin College who was an abolitionist and took part of the 1858 Oberlin-Wellington Slave Rescue of the fugitive slave John Price. His sister, Harriet Fairchild Alverson, taught the first school in Brownhelm in her own home in 1819. Grandison was the first teacher in the first schoolhouse built next to his sister's home. He lived to be 98 years old.
Amanda Church Bacon was the wife of William S. Bacon, the grandson of Benjamin Bacon, one of the area's most famous pioneer settlers. He was justice of the peace, county commissioner, and owner of Bacon’s Mills. Her mother, Anna Bacon, was Benjamin Bacon’s third wife.
The Brownhelm Historical Association works to preserve the rich history of Brownhelm, Ohio. The mission of the Brownhelm Historical Association is to honor Brownhelm’s rich heritage by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of its people and the area. The Brownhelm Historical Association currently maintains three historic sites and organizes a variety of community events throughout the year.
The Brownhelm Historical Association holds meetings the first Wednesday of each month beginning in February, March, April, May and June; off July and August; resume September, October, November, and December. Meetings are held either at the Carriage Barn in Mill Hollow or at the Historic Brownhelm School and Museum on North Ridge Road. Note: the December Christmas Meeting is held at the Brownhelm Heritage Museum (formerly the German Evangelical and Reformed Church) at 1355 Claus Road, Vermilion. Doors open at 6:15 pm for those who wish to attend the business meeting from 6:30-7 pm. Those wishing to only attend the program should arrive between 7-7:15 pm for refreshments and socializing. Programs start at 7:30 pm.
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.