Vermilion Ohio News

Just east of downtown Vermilion on Rt. 6 on the north side of the road are an easily overlooked apartment complex, a gas station and a bank. On this acreage, as early as 1870 stood a picnic grove called Shadduck Lake Park. This pleasant grove became popular because the tree shaded area was accessible to horse-drawn buggies.

The Vermilion On The Lake Clubhouse is celebrating 100 years. The Clubhouse has been in VOL since 1919. An Open House will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 2 pm to 4 pm. The Vermilion Community Band will play at 3 pm. Join the celebration for complimentary cake and coffee. Lemonade will be available for children.

At a Special Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, December 9, 2019, City Council voted unanimously to pass an emergency ordinance to allow the city to issue and sell bonds in the maximum principal amount of $2,200,000 to acquire and install new water meter equipment and related technology improvements for the municipal water system. Mayor Forthofer had reiterated at the Utilities Committee Meeting on October 21, 2019.

Santa is in the Santa House greeting children after arriving By Icebreaker at 11 am on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at East Exchange Park in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Santa is in the House at Exchange Park in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 11:15 am to 3 pm, and 4 pm to 6 pm. Santa is in the House at Exchange Park in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 11 am to 3 pm.

The Vermilion Fire Company, Inc., the social club for firefighters, will host the annual Santa On The Fire Truck on Sunday, December 22, 2019 in Vermilion On The Lake and surrounding areas - including Woodlands, Highbridge, and the Elberta Beach area. Children will have an opportunity to meet Santa and receive a treat bag. The Vermilion Fire Company Inc. invites the children of Vermilion to join them.

Vermilion E&R Church offers a free Kids' Clothing Boutique. The Kids' Clothing Boutique is open the second Tuesday of each month from 1 pm to 4 pm, and the fourth Tuesday of each month from 5 pm to 7 pm. Helping our community, the free Kid's Boutique offers free children's clothing.

This fall, Ritter Public Library introduces a new program: every first Monday a specially selected movie will be screened at 1 pm in the Community Room – a blockbuster, classic, even a documentary. Check the calendar for titles at

Vermilion was once known as the "Village of Lake Captains," and no other place has so many captains' homes in its historic district. Vermilion was initially settled in the early 19th century and formed as a village in 1837. In 1840, the US Corps of Engineers finished building the tow piers at the mouth of the Vermilion.

The “green ripple” effect of buying local, like the local multiplier effect, can yield multiple rounds of benefit. Local independent businesses — especially restaurants and retailers — typically carry a greater portion of locally-produced goods and use more local inputs, meaning less fuel consumption is required to keep the business running and shelves stocked.

Operation Christmas Joy needs you! Consider helping to make this a merry holiday for those less fortunate. Hands and hearts are needed to load bags and boxes for delivery to needy families. A minimum 2-hour shift on Saturday, December 21 from 8 am to 12 noon would help the cause of spreading Christmas joy throughout the local area.

Winter is the season to get cozy and read! New book clubs at Ritter Public Library are open to new members. True-crime fans love the Tuesday Night Mystery club, which meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. The Which Was Better club compares books with their movie version. It meets every third Thursday at 1 pm.

Lester Allan Pelton (September 5, 1829 – March 14, 1908), considered to be the father of modern day hydroelectric power, is one the most famous inventors of American history. Pelton invented the impulse water turbine. Lester Pelton was born in Vermillion, Ohio in 1829. His father was a farmer. He lived on Risden Road and attended the Cuddeback School.