Avon takes home SOUPer Bowl, Silver Rail trophies: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville

Avon Lake, Ohio

The communities of Avon and Avon Lake came together in a spirit of friendly competition, raising food and cash donations for Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services (CRS). The 12th Annual CRS SOUPer Bowl was another successful initiative, with the winning community taking home the SOUPer Bowl trophy.

Avon receives the CRS SOUPer Bowl trophy during Friday’s football game at Avon Lake.

For the fourth straight year, Avon was presented with the SOUPer Bowl trophy at halftime last Friday night in the Avon vs. Avon Lake college football game. Both communities combined raised 7,023 pounds of food and $16,901 in monetary donations, totaling 91,531 pounds of food for the CRS pantry.

“On behalf of CRS, we would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support of this year’s SOUPer Bowl,” said Sheila Roth, CRS special events/customer coordinator, in an email. “We are incredibly grateful for the support from individuals, organizations, businesses and both school districts who have donated or volunteered for the SOUPer Bowl. All proceeds go directly to our mission to reduce the impact of poverty in Avon and Avon Lake. Avon won that friendly competition, but of course the real winner is CRS and the families of Avon and Avon Lake that we serve.”

The overall record of SOUPer wins is Avon 6 – Avon Lake 6.

Since its inception in 2010, the SOUPer Bowl has raised £76,532 in food and $150,922 in cash donations for CRS.

“All donations go directly to our mission, and we do that through our on-site food supply or financial assistance such as rent, utilities, auto repair, medical prescriptions, fuel cards, ration cards and more,” Roth said.

In addition to the SOUPer Bowl, the two football teams also played in the “Border War” rivalry game, in which the winner took home the Silver Rail trophy. The Silver Rail Rivalry Trophy was created by the Avon Lions Club in 2015 to recognize the rivalry between the two neighboring schools.

Avon and Avon Lake first played each other in six-man football in the fall of 1939 when both were part of the Lorain County League.

According to information provided by the Lions Club, prior to the 2015 season and with the Eagles joining the Southwest Conference, the Avon Lions Club approached former Avon Lake Head Football Coach Dave Dlugosz and Avon Head Football Coach Mike Elder to create a traveling rivalry trophy give to the winner of the annual soccer game. Both thought it was a great idea and with the Norfolk & Southern railway tracks as the border between the two towns; the Silver Rail Rivalry Trophy was born.

Avon won the football game 42-21 and was presented with the trophy after Friday night’s game.


Final concert in summer: Enjoy an evening at the Heritage Gazebo (corner of Detroit Road and Stoney Ridge Road) on September 15 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and listen to the tunes of the Michelle Romary Trio. Parking and restrooms are available on Avon Isle, 37080 Detroit Road. Bring a blanket or a lounge chair.

Shred tag: Two trucks will be available at the municipal paper shredding event on September 17th from 9am to 12pm at the Town Hall, 36080 Chester Road.

Safe Sitter Course: Offered by university hospitals, the instructor-led course is designed to prepare students in grades 6 through 8 to be safe when they are home alone, looking after younger siblings or babysitting. Students also have the opportunity to use mannequins to practice rescue techniques such as suffocation rescue and CPR. Two courses are available: October 17th or December 22nd at the Avon Community Center 2155 Eaton Drive. The cost is $50 and students should bring a packed lunch.

Face masks required for students and teachers. To register, call 216-983-1110 or email [email protected]

Beekeeper presentation: A Buzz About Bees event will be held on September 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Ragan Hall, 1783 Moore Road. Guests will hear from an experienced beekeeper explaining how he easily handles 50,000 bees without encountering any sharp or penetrating effects, as well as other bee information. The public is welcome. RSVP to [email protected] Snacks and refreshments are served.


Homecoming Parade: The annual Avon Lake Homecoming Parade takes place on September 24 at 10:30 am. The parade begins in Bleser Park and ends at Avon Lake High School. The committee is looking for parade registrations. Groups can walk, have vehicles, or build rafts. The school district celebrates its centenary. Carriages depicting a decade theme are encouraged. Registration closes on September 16th. Email to [email protected]

Bake pizza: The North Coast Rotary Great Pizza Bake Off will be held on September 22nd from 5pm to 7pm at Avon Lake High School (Commons), 175 Avon Belden Road. The All You Can Probe event is $12 for adults and $6 for children (5-12 years old). Vote for your favorite pizza during the event. Tickets can be purchased from any Rotary member, online (fees apply), or at the event. Go to northcoaastrotary.org.

Run for Sewa: Sewa International’s mission is to “serve humanity in need, help local communities, undertake development projects for the underserved and empower people through the power of innovation through the mobilization of partners, donors and volunteers to make transformative change.” The annual run for Sewa takes place on September 24th at 9am at Weiss Field, 33401 Webber Road. Visit runsignup.com/Race/OH/AvonLake/RunforSewa for more information.

Shred tag: Bring all your papers to shred during the city‘s Shred Day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on September 24 in the parking lot of the Ellen Trivanovich Aquatic Center, 32850 Electric Boulevard. From Electric Boulevard, enter the pool lot and exit onto Lake Road. Each household may bring up to five boxes of standard-size copy paper or five food-size bags of personal, confidential documents.

Password help: Twice a month, staff at the Avon Lake Public Library cover a technology topic (check the library calendar for upcoming topics). The next topic is one that many may find informative…Password Help. The topic will be discussed on September 20th at 5:00 p.m. and will go into the different ways to manage and recover lost passwords. There will also be a discussion on password manager reviews, two-factor authentication, and password backup strategies. To register, go to alpl.org/programs

CPR/AED Certification Class: The Avon Lake Police Department, in partnership with the city and fire department, is offering residents a free Heartsaver CPR/AED certification course. This program will be held on September 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd. instead of. To register, go to tinyurl.com/yckpsupu. If you have additional questions, email [email protected]


Culver’s restaurant is coming: City officials are reviewing plans to bring a Culver’s restaurant to town. Joshua Clark, representing Dirt Holdings, is seeking approval for a proposal to build a new 4,393-square-foot, single-story Culver’s restaurant with 58 parking spaces and a drive-through on a 1.57-acre lot owned by Iannelli Autocars plot to be detached at 32626 Lorain Road. A proposed fenced patio area will also provide outdoor seating. Avon is also home to a Culver’s Restaurant. Visit culvers.com for more information about the chain.

Food donations: Members of the North Ridgeville Lions Club will be at North Ridgeville Community Care, 34015 Center Ridge Road on September 17 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to collect groceries via a drive-through. Stop by and donate to the Food Chamber to help those in need in the community.

Coffee chat: Mayor Kevin Corcoran’s Monthly Coffee & Conversation will be held on September 22nd from 8:30am to 9:30am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 7307 Avon Belden Road.

Spaghetti Dinner: The North Ridgeville Senior Center will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on September 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center, 7327 Avon Belden Road. The dinner, sponsored by the North Ridgeville Lions Club, includes spaghetti and meatballs, side salad and bread. Pop and dessert are available for $1 each. Take away is also available. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children under 10. Proceeds benefit programs at the senior center.

Royals run: The first annual Royals Run 5K benefiting Lake Ridge Academy will be held on October 1 at 9:00 am at the school, 37501 Center Ridge Road. Walkers and runners of all ages and levels as well as teams can take part. A virtual option is also available. The cost is $30, $15 for children under 12 through September 30th. All participants will receive a t-shirt; Virtual participants will receive a t-shirt in the mail. Race prizes will be awarded to first place finishers. You can register online by visiting the events section of the Lake Ridge Academy website. Registration and check-in starts at 8am. To register, go to lakeridgeacademy.org (events section)


Fundraiser Golf Outing: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County are hosting a Swing Fore Kids Golf Outing on October 3rd at Red Tail Golf Club, 4400 Nagel Road, Avon. The shotgun launch begins at 10am. Foursomes are $500 and singles are $150 (lunch for all attendees). Sponsorships are also possible. Visit 2022BBBSGOLF.givesmart.com for more information and registration.

Trick or treat: “What day/time is trick-or-treat?” For all three communities (Avon, Avon Lake, and North Ridgeville), it’s scheduled for October 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Plenty of time to watch the Cleveland Browns game, which starts at 8:15 p.m. on Halloween night.

If you have any news/information or a story idea you’d like to share, or a “call”, please email [email protected].

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