New Lake T Apparel shop celebrates Avon Lake: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville


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A new shop celebrating all things Avon Lake is opening this week (2 p.m.Dec.7) at 150 Lear Road (white house).

Lake T Apparel, owned and operated by Avon Lake resident Chris Kreitzer, sells clothing, apparel and other items celebrating familiar elements of local life in the community.

Kreitzer’s background is in corporate print/promotional sales with companies including Staples and OfficeMax.That business experience will serve him well as he works to grow Lake T Apparel after re-evaluating his home/life balance during the Covid pandemic.

“We were able to pause and take stock in what was truly important to our family,” Kreitzer said in a press release.“Client facing, T-shirt design has always been a passion of mine so it started small as I began working from home full-time with a few clients having apparel needs, to fundraising opportunities with our local sports organizations, and finally the realization as we were talking with our friends that this was something our Avon Lake community needed.”

Right now the shop is stocked with sweatshirts and hats for the winter, but T-shirts are also available.There are also Avon Lake football apparel items, as well as soccer (Kreitzer is on the Avon Lake soccer board).Avon Lake alumni will appreciate the vintage Avon Lake repeat logo shirts available at the shop.

The logo once adorned the gym shirts worn by Avon Lake students.The soccer board sold the T-shirts last year as a fundraiser and it was hit.Kreitzer used that momentum and inspiration for many of the other designs within Lake T Apparel.

According to Kreitzer, the city’s name is not the only draw for the items in the store.

“Avon Lake is a ‘lake community,’ he said.

“This location has the small hometown feel, ability to walk to get ice cream, a slice of pizza, our community thrift store, and even a couple of bars.The actual building is extremely warm and inviting.We want this to be a community store, some place where our clients feel like guests in our own home.Lake T will have your obvious Avon Lake gear to support our teams and activities we all go to daily.

These will be on-trend and in various children and adult sizes.Something for the whole family.”

Lake T apparel also pays tribute to the community offering Close Quarters T-shirts, Andy Fowkes with AF Photography prints available for purchase, Ashley Leber with Palm Beads offering trendy bracelets, and other local partners selling their merchandise.

“I have been able to take a passion of mine, involve my family, and give back to our community… it’s a win-win,” said Kreitzer.“Now we will have Avon Lake and other items in stock for purchase year-round, plus the ability to complete custom orders, as well.”

Store hours will be Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 3 p.m, and also by appointments for larger custom orders and other opportunities.

For more information, go to


Durable medical equipment loans: Residents can borrow donated medical equipment from the Avon Senior Center, 36784 Detroit Road, on a short-term, temporary basis while recuperating from surgery or an injury.A cash security/damage deposit per item is required.Wheelchairs and rollators require a $40 deposit, and all other equipment is $20.Deposits are refunded after equipment is returned in the same condition as when it was loaned.Residents can call the senior center for inventory, drop-ins are not accepted.Call 440-934-2417.

Technology support for seniors: Having trouble figuring out your iPad, iPhone, tablet, laptop, or other electronic device? Stop by the Avon Senior Center, 36786 Detroit Road, for technology support with Dan White from 10 a.m.

to noon Dec.

14 and/or Jan.11.White is a retired tech support analyst with Hyland Software.

There is no cost for the service and no appointment is needed.

Family Grinch Night: The Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, is hosting a Family Grinch Night complete with the showing of the movie from 6 to 7:30 p.m.Dec.20.Families can play mini golf, play games, and make crafts together.Pre-registration is required, go to


Leadership honors: Cleveland State University’s Leadership Academy recently honored two deserving Avon Lake city officials with awards.Mary Siwierka, human resources director, was named by her fellow classmates as “Leadership Academy 31 Outstanding Fellow.” According to information provided in a new release, the award recognizes an outstanding fellow who has gone above and beyond in their role.

Each year’s class spearheads a community outreach project.Class 31 selected Cleveland Christian Home as their community outreach project.

The organization works with children and families who are struggling with mental illness, abuse, and neglect.

Siwierka led a team of classmates organizing a golf outing (which netted over $100K); spring cleaning on the grounds of the home, and raising funds and donating hundreds of toiletry products.The products went into duffle bags (purchased by the cohort or donated by individuals) that were gifted to the children of the home.These “dignity bags” will be in their permanent possession and used for overnight visitation and/or easing their homelessness conditions.

Mayor Greg Zilka received the William M.Denihan Legends of Leadership Award (formerly known as the Legends of Leadership Award).

The award is named in honor of Denihan’s outstanding civic engagement.Zilka is the first recipient of the newly renamed award for his full career in public service.

In addition to Siwierka and Zilka, past academy participants from Avon Lake include Martin O’Donnell, council president, Jennifer Fenderbosch, councilwoman; and David Kos, councilman.

Basketball registration: High School Basketball League registration is now open through Dec.18.The program is open to all high school students who are not on the high school basketball teams.

Games are played on Monday nights.To register, go to

Shout-out: If you are not following the Avon Lake Public Library on Facebook, you need to now! Apparently a young library patron left a stuffed animal kitten named Aurora at the library.While library officials are desperately trying to reunite Aurora with its owner, they have been posting the kitten’s mischievous antics within the library.Aurora has been having fun in DiscoveryWorks, riding a train, keeping an eye on fish in the Children’s Department aquarium, as well as a host of other fun escapades.

The daily posts are hilarious and show that Aurora is in good hands and having a blast! If your child has lost their adorable kitten, please contact the library at 440-933-8128…but we hope the fun continues for a bit longer.


Funeral home addition, car wash coming: During the Dec.13 Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m.members will hear a presentation from Randall Smith with DSC Architects, Inc., regarding a proposal to construct a Life Celebration Center at 7295 Greenlawn Drive, for use by Bogner Funeral Home.The property is zoned B-5 Architectural Business District and the city’s board of zoning and building appeals has already approved variances.The building would be across the street from the existing funeral home and next to the Greenlawn office building.

During the initial meeting with city officials last month, Smith explained that the Life Celebration Center was proposed as ‘currently most people are opting for a more informal gathering after a funeral service.’ He said that Bogner looked at expanding the existing (funeral home) building to the south but that wasn’t a possibility.He added that Bogner owned the Greenlawn property and were asking for variances because if they followed code, they would only be able to build a 1,400-square foot-building.

He discussed that the new building would be a one story colonial and would match the existing funeral home with brick on two sides and vinyl on the other two to tie them together and would fill the gap on that side of the road.Smith also said that capacity would be for 150 people with a kitchen that would act as a caterer’s pantry or warming kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave.

He added that there would be a utility room and restrooms.The building would be specifically used with the funeral home with no rentals for weddings or other events.

Planning commission members will also hear a presentation to bring another car wash to the city.Representatives from Always Stay Unlimited, LLC, doing business as Sgt.Clean Car Wash, are seeking approval to construct a new full-service Sgt.

Clean Car Wash location at 32499 Lorain Road.The proposal consists of redeveloping the one-acre site of the former Marathon gas station (next to the new Starbucks) for a new full-service car wash.The site will be served by two curb cuts.

The western curb cut will be full access and the east curb cut will be right in, right out only.Cross access will be provided between Starbucks and the car wash, providing additional access onto Cook Road.


Clean Car Wash operates several locations in the greater Cleveland area including Westlake and North Olmsted.For more information, go to

Levy feedback: North Ridgeville City School District officials are seeking residents’ input on the recent defeat of the November 2022 bond issue to support ongoing planning efforts.To complete the survey, go to

Holiday lights on: I had to see it for myself after reading on social media and writing last week that the famous 34907 Cambridge Drive house light display in the Wildwood Subdivision was not going to be as grand this year.

Well, it’s not exactly the same as in previous years (I think it’s pretty close), but it’s definitely full of lights.It’s still worth a trip to visit the house this year.Another social media post this week reads, ” WInter wonderland lives in 2022! Not quite as big, but still beautiful! You can come check it out anytime from 5 to 10 p.m.Just couldn’t stand people being disappointed! Enjoy the display, happy holidays!”

There is a mailbox in front of the garage for donations.

Please give if you can.

Holiday concert: Enjoy the sounds of the season during the Windjammer Big Band holiday concert from 2 to 4 p.m.Dec.11 at the North Ridgeville Branch Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road.

Pre-registration is required, go to

Coffee chat: Join Mayor Kevin Corcoran for his final Coffee & Conversation for 2022 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.Dec.14 in council chambers at city hall, 7307 Avon Belden Road.

The mayor plans to continue his monthly chats next year.

Shout-out: North Ridgeville Fire Captain Dan Rogers recently graduated from the Ohio Fire Executive (OFE) program.According to information posted by the fire department, the leadership program is a ‘highly sought after achievement, and includes a very extensive curriculum.’ Over the course of the last three years (partially delayed due to COVID), Captain Rogers attended nearly 200 hours of classes, wrote eight papers, delivered several speeches, and completed an organizational evaluation of the department.

He also completed more than 400 hours of out-of-class work.

Save the date: The city’s annual State of North Ridgeville Address will take place at 11:30 a.m.Jan.9 at the North Ridgeville Academic Center.


Community health worker: Lorain native, Felicia Randleman, was recently named to the new position of Community Health Worker for Lorain Public Library System (LPLS).The role is a new initiative in partnership with the Lorain County Health Department, funded by the Ohio Department of Health.Randleman will act as a liaison for families and individuals as they navigate and access community services and resources and adopt healthy behaviors.

Library help wanted: The LPLS is hiring for several library positions at the Avon, Main, and North Ridgeville library branches.Positions available include public service associates, public service professionals, and a student library aide.The library is also seeking a full-time maintenance worker in the facilities department.For more information and to apply, go to

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