2017 Elyria Township Hall of Fame Recipient: Robert J. Repas

Rob Scheithauer, Trustee, Bonnie Repas, Bill Holtzman, Trustee and Polly Onderko, HOF Chair; Photo by Rick Hutman, Trustee

Bob passed away at the age of 83 years old. I believe Bob lived multiple lives and had many careers. I think that is what kept him going for many, many years. The grass certainly did not under Bob’s feet. He did not waste his time or delay in doing anything. He was always busy. Bob and his wife Bonnie provided voluntary and paid services for the residents of Elyria and Elyria Township for a long time. They both served their community well. Bob was on the Elyria City School Board for many years and served as President for two terms. He served as the Elyria Township Clerk and retitled to Elyria Township Fiscal Officer since 2008.  Mr. Repas was involved in many projects for Elyria Township including the nature preserve, joining NOPEC, and the sale of the cell tower to purchase a new engine for the fire department.  Bob was certainly a friend to the fire department as well as each and every resident in Elyria Township. He will be sorely missed by all.

All of this praise is not to say Bob was perfect. He was a man, a human, and therefore made mistakes just as we all do in life. The great thing about Bob was he was humble enough to admit when he made a mistake and to learn from it. As many of you know, he was not always the easiest person to work with. This may be a shock to some, but Bob was a little on the stubborn side. Bob was also a negotiator and was willing to compromise for the better good of the people. He cared deeply for his family, coworkers, neighbors, and his fellow-man.

Robert J. Repas is more than qualified and deserving of being inducted into the Elyria Township Hall of Fame. Thank you, Mr. Repas, for your friendship and professionalism. Rest in peace.

~Chief Brian D. Bell

Buddy Connect Pilot Program

Friendships are just plain good for you. In fact, social connectedness is strongly linked to a person’s overall health, including risk for chronic diseases, depression, happiness, and suicide. To better connect Lorain County adults ages 55 and over to the community, the Lorain County General Health District is launching the Buddy Connect Pilot Program—for no cost. Starting this fall, two phone calls from a volunteer buddy will help you or a loved one to connect to the community; home visits are also available. Call 440-567-4120 to sign up or to volunteer.

Railroad Crossing Repairs

Over the past few months,  CSX Railroad has been repairing several crossings throughout Lorain County.  Listed below are road crossings that are scheduled for repair beginning late November – starting in the City of Elyria and working south to Grafton.

The Lorain County Engineer’s office will update you as we receive more specific dates of closure.   The attachment shows maps and detours of affected crossings.

SR 611 in Elyria
N. 36th St.
SR 254 North Ridge Rd. in Elyria
Griswold Rd.
Parmely Ave.
Brace Ave
Bell Rd.
Lowell Rd.
Woodford Ave.
Infirmary
River Rd.
Mussey Rd.
AM Vets
Butternut Ridge Road
Slife Rd.
Indian Hollow Rd.
Main St (SR 57)-Grafton
Railroad St. – Grafton
Mechanic St. – Grafton

Having Trouble Paying your Gas Bills?

FirstEnergy’s (NYSE: FE) Ohio utilities, remind customers having difficulty paying their utility bills that they may be eligible for special financial assistance programs. In Ohio, customer assistance programs include:
• Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus)
The Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) is an extended payment arrangement that allows Ohio customers meeting program guidelines to pay a percentage of their income or $10.00 per month, whichever is greater, instead of their usual electricity bill. Eligible customers must have a household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. For more information, call (800) 282-0880.

• Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
HEAP is a federally funded grant program administered by the State of Ohio Department of Development through a network of local community action agencies. HEAP provides customers help with paying winter heating bills, and occasionally summer cooling bills. For more information, call (800) 633-4766 (Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison customers); or (800) 589-3101 (Illuminating Company customers).

• Salvation Army Emergency Hardship Programs
The Salvation Army organizations across the Ohio utility territories offer emergency assistance programs for those who have suffered a recent financial hardship and need temporary help to pay their electricity bill. Program funding is provided by FirstEnergy’s Ohio employees and customers. The distribution of funds is administered by Salvation Army agencies located throughout Ohio. Contact your local Salvation Army agency to learn more.

• Emergency Assistance
Additional help in paying utility bills may also be available to low-income residents through local county departments of human services, community action agencies, soldier’s relief commissions or veteran’s services offices. Listings for these resources can be found in the blue pages at the front of your local telephone directory, or you can call your county government or visit them online to learn
more.

Ohio residential customers of FirstEnergy’s utilities looking for a convenient way to manage their electric bills also can sign up for the FirstEnergy Installment Plan, which allows customers to make consistent monthly payments to avoid the impact of seasonal highs and lows in their electricity bills. To apply or learn more about programs to help keep electricity bills affordable, visit www.firstenergycorp.com or call Ohio Edison customer service at (800) 633-4766; The Illuminating Company customer service at (800) 589-3101; and Toledo Edison customer service at (800) 447-3333. Ohio Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., serves more than 1 million customers across 32 Ohio counties. Connect with Ohio Edison at www.ohioedison.com, on Twitter @OhioEdison and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OhioEdisonThe Illuminating Company serves more than 750,000 customers across Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties. Follow The Illuminating Company on Twitter @IlluminatingCo and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IlluminatingCo.  Toledo Edison serves more than 300,000 customers in northwest Ohio. FollowmToledo Edison on Twitter @ToledoEdison or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ToledoEdison.

FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company’s transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Visit FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com and follow on Twitter at @FirstEnergyCorp.

2017 State Issues Report

Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State, wants to ensure information about important issues are available and accessible to all Ohio voters.

Issue 1 – Proposed Constitutional Amendment: Rights for Crime Victims

Issue 2 – Proposed Law: To require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs that the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs and require state payment of attorney fees and expenses to specific individuals for defense of the law

Please click on the button below for more information.

Important Dates from the Lorain County Board of Elections

October 10th – Voter registration deadline (Board of Elections open until 9 pm)
October 11th – Early voting begins
November 4th – Last day for mail absentee requests
November 6th – Early voting ends at 2 pm
November 7th – Election Day – Polls open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm
Who’s running?
CTRL + F and then type in Elyria Township
The Board of Elections is located on North Ridge Road at Clinton Avenue.

Flu Vaccine Clinics

Anyone can catch the flu. The flu strikes without warning and symptoms can be severe and life-threatening. To protect both you and your loved ones the Lorain County General Health District (LCGHD) will provide the flu vaccine this fall and throughout the flu season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a flu vaccine as the first and best way to protect yourself and your family. They also recommend that all persons 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccine.

LCGHD Health Commissioner, David Covell, MPH, RS, announced flu shot clinic dates and locations for the 2017 flu season, listed below.

Visit LorainCountyFlu.com or call the flu clinic hotline at 440-329-7926 to find all flu clinic locations.

Come to flu shot clinics prepared using these steps at home:

  1. Fill out your flu registration form online at LorainCountyFlu.com/FluRegistrationForm.
  2. Print the completed form and bring it with you.

Lorain County Office on Aging

The core services offered by Lorain County Office on Aging are designed to promote the health, well-being, and independence of at-risk aging and disabled adults living throughout Lorain County.  Services include:

  •   Aging & Disability Resource Network (residents 60+ & adults with a disability)
    • Information & Assistance
    • Benefits Screening & Assistance
    • Options Counseling to help aging & disabled adults remain safely in community settings
    • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • Support Services to maintain health, well-being & independence
  • Housekeeping Services
  • Chore Services
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Transportation Assistance to Health Care Appointments
  • Food Pantry Services (including home delivery of commodities and fruits & vegetables)
  • Senior Dining Program
  • RSVP (volunteer opportunities for Lorain County residents 55+ years)
  • Senior Years Newspaper
  • Health Education Services
  • Kinship Care Program

Main Office
 320 N. Gateway Blvd., 2nd Floor
Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 326-4800

Services:   Benefits Assistance, Support Services, Options Counseling, Information & Assistance, Senior Dining, Food Pantry Services, Chore Services, Housekeeping Services, Transportation to Healthcare Appointments, Kinship Services, RSVP Volunteer Program, Senior Years Newspaper, Health Education Services.

Service Area:    Lorain County

http://lcooa.org/index.php/about-us