Vermilion Ohio News

Lake Erie water levels continue to reach record highs. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, recently announced that January 2020 water levels were higher on all Great Lakes than they were in January 2019, and are expected to continue that trend into the spring and summer. “This sets the stage for coastal impacts and damages in 2020."

After a brief Brownhelm Historical Association (BHA) business meeting, Author R. C. Durkee will present: Good Guys or Bad Guys: The Rum Runners of Lake Erie on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 8 pm at the Historic Brownhelm School & Museum. Come early for refreshments and meeting. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Prohibition in the United States.

Calling all artists! The annual Community Art Show at Ritter Public Library opens Friday, May 1, 2020 with a public reception at 7 pm. Get an application today and get started on your project. Applications are available at the library, or online at This year there is a new category: Design A Vermilion Postcard!

Since 1971, federal employees and school children have enjoyed a three-day holiday weekend each February. The long weekend is often filled with Presidents’ Day sales—no long weekend for many hardworking retail employees—family time, and relaxing. Yet despite the holiday often being referred to as “Presidents’ Day” in practice, the official federal holiday continues to be known as “Washington’s Birthday.”

Parents of children with special needs will find valuable information plus training and the chance to network with others at a new resource center set to open this spring in the children’s department at Ritter Public Library. The center is being funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Education won by Melissa Wagner.

A concert with Chu Dat Frawg, hosted by Brownhelm Historical Association, takes place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at the Historic Brownhelm School at 1940 North Ridge Road in Vermilion, Ohio. Local acoustic band, Chu Dat Frawg, will play from 6 pm to 8 pm; doors open at 5:30 pm. There are 100 tickets available for $5 per person on a first come, first served basis at the door.

At the Streets, Buildings & Grounds Committee meeting of February 10, 2020, Terry Parker, Chairman of the Vermilion Parks & Recreation Board, explained they have created a subcommittee to the Parks Board. The subcommittee consists of himself and Dennis Brudney from the Parks Board.

At the Streets, Buildings & Grounds Committee meeting of February 10, 2020, Mayor Forthofer provided a power point presentation to Council on the plans of the Fulper Lot. He explained eight months ago they had discussion about the city-owned property at the corner of Liberty and Grand. Some suggested they should turn this area into a parking lot.

A new book discussion group for kids in grades 4 to 8, Junior Book Club, meets at Ritter Public Library every third Thursday at 3 pm. Check the calendar at for upcoming titles, also available at the customer service desk. Books can be picked up in advance from the hold shelf.

Ohio Edison will be conducting inspections of area power lines and structures this week in Lorain County, weather permitting, according to Mayor Forthofer. “For efficiency, they are using a small helicopter,” stated the mayor. “It will hover and circle around the area.” “Don't call us. Its not from the U.N. or a secret government monitoring bureau,” joked the mayor.

Mayor Forthofer has proposed a plan to Vermilion City Council to convert the vacant lot at Liberty and Grand Streets downtown Vermilion into a paved parking lot. According to the mayor, it will have a community area along Liberty for 3rd Thursdays, parade viewing, etc. It will also provide a path from Liberty to the large parking lot along the tracks in back.

Love, Cupid, hearts, chocolates, cards and flowers are everywhere - it's Valentine's Day! On February 14, Americans celebrate love and friendship. But where did this holiday of affection come from? The origins of Valentine's Day are murky. We do know that the ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the 15th of February.