Vermilion Ohio News

A Free Family Fallfest takes place on Saturday, October 31 at 6716 West River Road in Vermilion, hosted by First Baptist Church of Vermilion. Join the Blocktober Party on Saturday, October 31 from 1 pm to 4 pm for Trunk or Treat, pumpkin decorating, barrel train rides and more. All activities are free. Hot dogs and popcorn will be served, in case you get the munchies.

Halloween Pirate Treasure Hunt takes place on Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 10 am to 4:30 pm at Vermilion River Reservation’s Carriage Barn. Pickup a map at the Carriage Barn and explore the park for clues! Find all the clues to receive a Halloween prize. Preregistration is not required. Face masks are required when inside the Carriage Barn and strongly recommended while outside.

Lights and decorations. Costumes and masks. A constant parade of strangers at the door. Without question, Halloween can be a downright spooky experience for our companion animals. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers the following tips on what animal guardians can do to make Halloween safer for their furry friends.

Scales and Tales! takes place on Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 11 am to 11:45 am at Vermilion River Reservation’s Carriage Barn Learn about reptiles, enjoy a story about turtles, and then meet a live turtle. Child and adult, pre-registration is REQUIRED at Pre-register by October 30th. Masks required for all participants. Meet at the Carriage Barn.

Throughout the week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was joined by Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and provided updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other state initiatives. On Tuesday, Governor DeWine announced that hospitals across Ohio are currently treating 1,221 COVID-19 patients which is the most hospitalized patients at one time since the start of the pandemic. A total of 216 of these hospitalizations were reported in the previous 24 hours.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted have announced that the administration, in partnership with the General Assembly, is developing a package of more than $419.5 million CARES Act funding to help Ohioans. This package includes funding for small businesses, restaurants and bars, hospitals, higher education, arts, nonprofits, and low-income Ohioans impacted financially by the pandemic.

Governor DeWine released Ohio's updated Public Health Advisory System map. New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health found that 38 counties currently have a very high risk of exposure and spread (Red Level 3), up from 29 counties last week. This represents the highest number of Red Level 3 counties since the launch of the advisory system in July. As of today, 92.8 percent of Ohioans are living in a county that is Red Level 3 and/or high incidence.

Counties may go red, COVID cases may increase, but the City of Vermilion is still having outdoor Trick or Treat from 5 pm to 7 pm on Saturday, October 31, according to Mayor Forthofer. Is this safe? “Health Department officials advise me that outdoor trick or treating is a reasonable risk,” stated the mayor. “Indoor parties of any kind carry an unacceptable risk.”

Halloween activities will be different this year than in years past. Local and state officials are encouraging parents and children to wear a mask, practice social distancing, avoid large groups, and to stay home if sick. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to use caution and plan ahead for Halloween festivities. This guidance is designed to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

Join the Tree Trotter More To Explore Hike & Run Challenge at Lorain County Metro Parks. Walk, hike, or run ahead of those holiday pounds and finish 2020 strong! 75 days to walk, hike, jog or run as many miles on any Lorain County Metro Parks trail as possible. Register for free at to get started and receive a few suggested course maps.

Harbourtown Fine Arts Center in downtown Vermilion, Ohio is holding a "Renovation Raffle" to raise funds to begin some of the renovations to the old Town Hall building. The drawing will be December 1st, just in time for your holiday shopping. The first prize is $300; second prize is $200 and third prize is $100. Tickets are $5 each! Winner need not be present.

A Veterans Drive Thru Lunch, hosted by Kingston of Vermilion, Kingston HealthCare Company and Kingston Residence of Vermilion, will take place Wednesday, November 11, 2020 from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Kingston Residence of Vermilion parking lot. As Kingston continues to honor and celebrate our Veterans for all that they have done for our country, it welcomes all vets to a complementary lunch.