Vermilion Ohio News

The World Animal Foundation, of Vermilion, Ohio, is encouraging Vermilion residents and visitors to become advocates for animals. An animal advocate is one who fights for animals to have the right to exist without the fear of being mistreated, exploited or exterminated. The welfare of animals is foremost in the mind of a genuine animal activist.

Ohio is expected to receive more than 238,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines next week. Governor DeWine encouraged those administering the vaccine to do so with urgency. "Although we'll never know whose lives have been saved, we do know that these vaccines are saving lives," said Governor DeWine. "We all have a moral responsibility to get the vaccine out to those who choose to receive it as quickly as we possibly can."

Kwanzaa, a Swahili word that means “first fruits,” is a seven-day festival that honors African heritage in African-American culture. Kwanzaa takes place each year in the United States from December 26 to January 1 and celebrates family and community through music, dance, poetry, storytelling and art. Maulana Karenga, an African-American civil rights activist, first established Kwanzaa in 1966.

On Monday, Governor DeWine announced that Ohio surpassed 8,000 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths over the weekend. Between Sunday and Monday, 6,548 new cases and 301 new hospitalizations were reported. A total of 17 counties have a case rate over 1,000, meaning that at least 1 percent of people in these counties either have or recently had the virus and are at risk of spreading it to others.

Brownhelm Community Christmas takes place December 24th, annually. Santas visit all homes in Old Brownhelm delivering gifts, candy and fruit. In 1931 a young child, 8 years old, was told there wouldn’t be any Christmas presents for her. The Great Depression had taken its tole on Northern Ohio and her father was out of work. The little girl confided the heartbreaking news to her pastor of the Brownhelm Congregational Church.

On December 25, people around the world celebrate Christmas. Some people celebrate by giving gifts. Children may be thanking Santa Claus for new toys. They may also be going to church with their families. Christmas has so many traditions and symbols associated with it that it's hard to determine exactly how it came to be the celebration it is today. Christmas has been celebrated around the globe.

Governor DeWine announced the goals of Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine distribution are to save lives and for schools to be fully open by March 1st. “Ohioans in the 65 and older category make up just under 87% of COVID deaths. This is a stunning number, and it’s critical that we protect our older Ohioans,” said Governor DeWine. In the next phase, vaccines will be available.

Kingston of Vermilion congratulates the Benson family, the winners of the Vermilion Small Business Scavenger Hunt. They made it a fun family activity getting the answer to the hunt at each of the participating local stores. Kingston of Vermilion thanks each of the small business that participated.

For the past 7 years the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce has worked with the Vermilion Salvation Army on the “Adopt A Family” program, and for 3 years the Chamber has worked with the Lucy Idol Center on the “Lucy Friends” adoption program. The Chamber is very thankful for everyone that helped make these two Chamber programs a success again this year.

The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce announces the winners from the Shop Small, Win Big Holiday Campaign are: 1st place $700 Brenda Kammer, 2nd place $300 Betsy Wakefield. Almost $7000 in receipts from purchases from Vermilion businesses were submitted into the contest from December 2nd to December 20th. Sponsors included Pat O'Brien Chevrolet Vermilion and Brummers Chocolates.

On Saturday, Ohio surpassed 8,000 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. As of today, 8,122 people infected with the coronavirus have died since the beginning of the pandemic. In the past 24 hours, 6,548 new cases and 301 new hospitalizations were reported. A total of 17 counties have a case rate over 1,000, meaning that at least 1 percent.

Main Street Vermilion announces the Light Up Vermilion Winners. The judges picked Mike Tomshack at Big Ed's Soda Grill for 1st place for their nostalgic display that lights up the corner and Erie and Anchor came in second for the beautiful red canoe filled with presents! Fan Favorite was Bicycle Bill's Wheel Shop on South Street, all light up and greeting people as head into downtown.