Vermilion Ohio News #Announcements


The Vermilion community mourns the loss of community advocate Karen Lynn Miller. Karen, 59, passed away on January 1, 2021, at UPMC Jameson Hospital due to COVID-19. She was a resident of Huron, OH and Pulaski Township, PA, and actively involved in promoting and preserving the town of Vermilion, OH. From 2011 to 2015 Karen owned and published a weekly online community newspaper, Vermilion Online News.

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.

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.

Ritter Public Library will be closed beginning December 21, 2020 and reopen at 9:30 am on January 2, 2021. This is in accordance with the Stay Safe Ohio Protocol, in an attempt to limit community contact. ritterpubliclibrary.org will be available with books, movies, music and magazines. Connect with Ritter during Winter Reading Challenge on Beanstack. The book drop will close at 5 pm on Sunday, December 20, 2020.

“Main Street Vermilion’s Board of Directors and the volunteers who have delivered Ice-A-Fair for the past 12 years have made the very difficult decision to not conduct the event this coming February,” announced Marilou Suszko, executive director, citing the increase in COVID cases in Lorain and Erie counties as well as the health and safety impact of the pandemic across the state of Ohio.

Nothing can stop the holidays even though they will look different this year. Together we can make them fun and meaningful. Main Street Vermilion has created a variety of ways to celebrate and add joy to the season. MSV hopes you’ll take advantage of a few ways to make a difference in your holidays…and for others, too. MSV created 25 days and more than 25 ways to shop.

Everyone’s wearing them these days, so make a holiday fashion statement with your mask and win! Main Street Vermilion has four $25 gift certificates from Erie & Anchor, Vermilion’s newest and coolest nautical and Lake Erie inspired clothing store. One could be yours! All you have to do is snap a selfie of you and your holiday-themed mask.

Mercy Health – Lorain will affiliate with The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute’s The James Cancer Network (OSUCCC – James) to enhance cancer care services for cancer patients throughout Lorain County and beyond. Mercy Health – Lorain Cancer Center provides care in all cancer types.

It's getting colder, but for some even colder. Help out by donating your gently used (clean) or new coats, new hats and gloves in children's sizes and non-perishable canned goods and paper products. St. Mary's Knights of Columbus will gladly welcome them for their drive this Saturday.

Santa will board a big red boat and depart on the river at noon Sunday, November 29th, 2020. He will be seen at the Liberty Road Bridge, McGarvey’s Landing, East Exchange Park, and along the river, till he turns at the mouth and comes back till about 12:45 pm. He will not be stopping for photos. Friends of Harbour Town asks the public that does come out to see Santa to please abide by the State’s mandate of masks and social distancing.