BRIEFS: Road work, political signs, leaf collection, contest, more

Staff Report


Absentee voting is open for the Nov. 3 general election.

The board of elections will start mails absentee ballots to those who request them. Voters must complete, sign, and seal their voted ballots, taking care to provide the required information, including proper identification.

Voted ballots must be postmarked the day before Election Day and received no later than Nov. 13. Absentee ballots may also be delivered in person to the board of elections office no later than the close of the polls on Election Day. They may not be returned at polling locations.

Voters have until noon on Saturday, Oct. 31 to request an absentee ballot by mail. In addition to the statewide mailing, voters can also get an absentee ballot by contacting their county board of elections for more information or by downloading an absentee ballot request form at


It’s political season in Amherst.

“Please keep your signs out of the city right-of-way,” law director Tony Pecora issued a public plea Monday during an Amherst city council meeting.

If you don’t have sidewalks, the right-of-way extends from the utility pole to the street. If you do have sidewalks, it is the treelawn.

Pecora said there have been reports that political signs are being stolen. He warned against such theft, saying the city will prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law.


Don’t be fooled — work on Rt. 58 on Amherst’s north side is not yet done, mayor David Taylor said Monday.

The contractor on the Ohio Department of Transportation project is finishing manholes now. Once complete, the final course of pavement will be laid, then signage and restoration work will be done.

“Their contract is due at the end of the month and they’re pushing it,” Taylor said.


Regina Lough of Amherst was awarded both the Charles Lindbergh Award and the Jimmy Doolittle Award and promoted to cadet senior master sergeant by the Lorain County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

The Lindbergh Award is named for Charles A. Lindbergh, the American aviator, engineer, and Pulitzer Prize winner who was the first person to make a nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic.

The Doolittle Award is named for Jimmy Doolittle, a pioneer in field of aeronautical engineering and leader of the World War II air raid on Tokyo.

In addition, Lough has been appointed cadet squadron first sergeant, the most prestigious and challenging position available to a cadet NCO.

Lough’s responsibilities include leading cadets in physical training, drills and ceremonies, and providing support to the cadet commander.

The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.


Do you have a horse so adorable that he or she should be on a pin-up calendar? If so, enter them in the inaugural 2016 Mane Stride Horse Pin-Up Calendar Photo Contest.

The entry fee is $10 per photo and your horse is guaranteed to be in the 2016 Mane Stride calendar. Send photos of horses only, no people. Horizontal photos are preferred. Photos generally will not be returned and will become property of Mane Stride. However, you can request your photo to be returned by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your entry and payment.

Rules and entry forms can be found at or requested by email at You may also call 419-202-3538 and request them via postal mail.

Entries may be sent to Mane Stride, Attn: Calendar, P.O. Box 632, Amherst, OH 44001. You can also send them to with “Horse Calendar” in the subject line, then send your entry form and payment under separate cover to the above address.

Staff, volunteers and board members of Mane Stride will blind judge all entries. The top 12 winning photos will win “Horse of the Month” honors and will receive one free calendar. All “Horse of the Month” winners will be notified by phone or email asking for more detailed information. Other entries will be featured throughout the pages of the 2016 calendar.

Memorial/celebration blocks are also available on the calendar for $5 each (first come/first served) so you can pay tribute to a special horse who has passed away or a special date in your life. You can pre-order 2016 Mane Stride pin-up calendars for $10 each plus $3 per calendar shipping and handling.

The deadline to enter is Friday, Oct. 16.

All proceeds from the entry fees, personal blocks, and calendar sales will help adults and children with special needs participating in Mane Stride’s hippotherapy and therapeutic riding lessons.


National Teen Driving Safety Week is Oct. 18-24. It’s the perfect time for teens and their parents to discuss the dangers new drivers face so they can make safe and responsible decisions.

Drivers who are 15 to 19 years old were involved in about 15 percent (128,349) of all traffic crashes from 2012-2014, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Of those crashes, a teen driver was at-fault 73 percent of the time.

These crashes resulted in 282 fatalities and 41,311 injuries.

While crash causes may vary, speed-related factors contributed to a majority (59 percent) of the crashes caused by teens. Another 20 percent of crashes were brought about by failure to yield, running a red light, or running a stop sign.

“Teen drivers need to realize that poor decisions while driving now can stay with them for the rest of their lives,” said Lt. Matos of the OSHP. “That is why responsibility, awareness, and safety are so important for our youngest drivers.”


Fall leaf pick-up in Amherst will begin Nov. 2 and last through the end of the month.

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