Archives for May 2016

Lake County Wednesday AM News

The Lake County Department of Utilities is conducting dead-end fire hydrant flushing in Eastlake through June 10.
Signs will be posted in the areas that are to be flushed.
Residents are warned not to do laundry on days that hydrants are to be flushed. Discolored water may occur, and can be flushed from the cold water tap.
For up to date information, visit the Lake County website.

Mentor is ready to kick off two summer seasonal concert series.
The new Music at the Manor concerts have already begun at Wildwood estate. The next free performances are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays through June 14, on the garden patio.
Shivering Timbers performs tonight. On June 7 — “In2ative”, a high-energy flute/cello duo will perform.
On June 14 — Nick Costa & Bill Pirie present the classics of Sinatra and the Rat Pack.
Mentor Rocks is a free concert series at Mentor Civic Center Park. This summer’s lineup opens June 21 with Dirty Deeds, an AC/DC tribute band.

$40 million more from DOE for Lake Eerie wind

The nation’s first offshore wind farm on Lake Erie has received an additional $40 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.
And Ashtabula County officials are hoping for new industry and jobs if similar projects spread east.
The department awarded Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation the additional funding after it was re-designated as a front-runner among its demonstrative offshore wind energy projects, according to Lorry Wagner, LEEDCo CEO.
Last year, Norwegian wind developer Fred Olsen Renewables announced it would back the project, a six-turbine, 20-megawatt structure dubbed the “Icebreaker,” set for seven miles off Cleveland’s coast.
It was named in part because it seeks to show competitive wind energy can be affordable and technologically feasible; also because the “ice cones” are designed to wrap around each turbine, which will push down and melt encroaching ice during winter months.
It had also received commitment from Cleveland Public Power and other yet-to-be-identified energy providers to purchase two-thirds of the farm’s energy over the next 16 years.

Browns begin final session of OTAs today

The Cleveland Browns begin their final week of organized team activities today.

They end on Thursday.

Mandatory minicamp follows next Tuesday.

Tuesday AM Sports

The Texas Rangers handed Josh Tomlin his first loss of the season, as the Cleveland Indians went down 9-2 on Sunday.
Tomlin took his first loss since Sept. 15 after allowing eight runs in 3 2/3 innings.
The Indians had won 14 straight games started by Tomlin following a Cleveland loss. The Tribe committed four errors, including three by third baseman Juan Uribe. Four of the eight runs Tomlin allowed were unearned, and Tomlin also committed a throwing error.
Indians manager Terry Francona was ejected in the third inning by plate umpire Manny Gonzalez. Tito argued that the Rangers’ Mitch Moreland should have been called out for running inside the base path while going to first base on a ground ball. Moreland was hit in the back of the helmet by a throw from Tomlin, allowing a run to score and giving Texas a 4-0 lead.
Rangers lefty Derek Holland pitched six innings and gave up one run — a homer by Mike Napoli — to win for the first time since April 30.
Up next; Rangers righty Colby Lewis is trying to get off to a 5-0 start. Corey Kluber starts for the Tribe. He’s won his last two outings and looks to even his record this afternoon, with coverage beginning at 5:37pm on ESPN-970-WFUN.

In Minor League ball;
The Lake County Captains hit three home runs for the first time this season and hung on late to capture a 5-4 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Memorial Day at Classic Park in Eastlake. Martin Cervenka, Anthony Miller and Willi Castro all hit homers and reliever Kieran Lovegrove escaped a stressful ninth inning to earn a split in the four-game series with Fort Wayne.
The Captains welcome the Bowling Green Hot Rods to town for a three-game series at Classic Park starting tonight.
It’s a Charitable Donation Tuesday, so, fans making a $5 donation to the Lake Health Foundation’s Safe Sleep Program will receive a free ticket to the game tonight.
Game time is 6:30 PM.

Lake County AM News

Painesville presented Bringing out the Community Fun and Sports Day on Memorial Day. Painesville native and musician Alex Parker, along with his record label Scrilla Records and associates OG Entertainment and BCNU Productions organized the event. Hundreds gathered outside the Morse Avenue Center yesterday for this first annual event.
It was supported by the community with nearly 20 sponsors. There was free food and activities. Fun and Sports day featured dunk tanks, basketball tournaments, inflatables, face painting, live performances, and free kid’s haircuts. There were also prize giveaways and a car show.

The pastor of Old South United Church of Christ Ian Lynch blessed animals during its May 29 Blessing of Animals service.
Lynch said they’re saying thank you God for these creatures that come into our lives and give us joy. The service was held in an outdoor worship area called “The Dell”.
Following a prayer in unison, pet owners and about 10 dogs sat on the first two rows to receive blessings.

Ashtabula arts center shows war through letters

The Star Beacon reports that the Ashtabula County Arts Center is planning a special exhibit to show war through the eyes of veterans and those who experienced all aspects of war first hand.
This fall, the arts center will put on a performance of “If All The Sky Were Paper.” The play is based on the work of author Andrew Carroll of Chapman University in California.
The play is based on Carroll’s search for war correspondence from every American conflict, starting with the Revolutionary War.
The dialogue comes primarily from Carroll’s collection of more than 100,000 letters from across the world. Arts Center marketing director Mandi Frazier said starting July 5, the library will scan war letters and photos from local veterans.
The exhibit will run from Sept. 9 to Oct. 30, while the play will start Sept. 23 and run weekends through Oct. 7-9. Carroll is expected to be at opening night to speak and possibly sign books as well.

Make running good for you in Lake County

A recent running-industry report highlighted a slight decline in the number of road-race finishers over the last two years. But that hasn’t affected the popularity of the sport of running in Northeast Ohio, according to area enthusiasts and organizers.
Running USA’s 2016 State of the Sport, U.S. Road Race Trends report said The number of recreational athletes completing road races declined for the second straight year in 2015, but the decrease was felt mostly among nontraditional races like those incorporating obstacle-course components.
The decline came on the heels of a more than two-decade boom the sport experienced between 1990 and 2013, when the number of race finishers catapulted from 5 million runners to over 19 million, said Running USA.
More traditional road races — 5Ks and half-marathons without any obstacles thrown in, for example — have apparently been proliferating locally in recent years.
On this Memorial Day weekend, remember that what’s important about your run– whether it’s 5K or 26.2 miles– is that it’s good for you.

Ashtabula Memorial Day Edition

Ashtabula’s Memorial Day festivities will begin at 10:45 a.m. today at Veterans Park at the corner of Main Avenue and West 44th Street.
The ceremony will pay tribute to soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in service to their country. The parade will begin at noon along Main Avenue.

Former New York Giants No. 1 draft pick Jarrod Bunch will host a USA football FUNdamentals clinic for kids ages 8-13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 at Lakeside High School. Registration is 8-9 a.m. The event is free. Online registration is at

The Senior Senior Prom for people ages 55 and older will be held 5-9 p.m. June 17 in the ballroom of Signature Health, it’s the old Ashtabula Hotel on Main Ave. Cost: $13 per person.

The Light of Day Duo will provide entertainment. Catering by Culinary Delights. Tickets may be purchased at any of the county’s senior centers.

Monday AM Sports

Playoff hoops;
Your Cleveland Cavaliers are returning to the NBA Finals. LeBron James’ 33 points,11 boards and 6 assists powered the Cavs to a 113-87 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday to win the Eastern Conference championship. Cleveland will make their second consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals, and King James told ESPN that he belives the team can still improve.
The home faithful in Toronto rarely fell quiet, continually hoping for a miracle after their Game 5 blowout at the hands of the Cavs in Cleveland, but home cookin’ wasn’t enough for Toronto on Friday.
In the Western Conference finals, The Warriors and Thunder are tied at 3-3 going into Monday’s Game 7 in Oakland. A day after a demoralizing Game 6 loss to Golden State, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder were back on the practice floor and noticeably upbeat on Sunday.
The NBA Finals Game One is scheduled for Thursday, June 2nd on Magic 102.5FM.
In the Major League;
CLEVELAND dropped Sunday’s game in Baltimore 6-4 to the Orioles, as Hyun Soo Kim hit his first major league homer in one timely seventh inning swing for the Birds.
Kim hit a tiebreaking solo shot with two out in the seventh, and the Orioles hung on for the win over the Indians on Sunday.
Carlos Santana, Mike Napoli and Jason Kipnis homered for Cleveland, while dropping into second in the AL Central, a half-game back of Kansas City.
Balotimore’s Chris Tillman allowed three homers and four runs in six innings, but improved to 6-0 in his last seven starts. Zach Britton got his 14th save.
Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco, coming back from a strained left hamstring, pitched four innings on a rehab assignment at Double-A Akron on Saturday and could rejoin the rotation this week.
Indians 7-0 righty Josh Tomlin starts the opener of a three-game series against the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field, with coverage beginning at 5:37pm on ESPN-970-WFUN.

But the Lake County Captains get your Memorial Day baseball started against Fort Wayne today at 12:40PM on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Indians begin 10-game homestand, take on O’s

The Cleveland Indians begin a 10-game homestand tonight by hosting the Baltimore Orioles.

Coverage begins at 6:37 on ESPN 970 WFUN.

The Indians sit a half-game behind the Chicago White Sox for first place in the American League Central.

Trevor Bauer pitches for the Indians. Mike Wright starts for the Orioles.