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Took a walk through the Lorain County MetroParks Kopf Family Reservation last week. The leaves haven’t started turning yet, but I saw some other interesting things, including one of the locally famous piebald deer just resting near a young buck.

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Just wrapped up a series on suburban agriculture. My last piece was on the Klingshirn Winery in Avon Lake, the city’s last owner-run growing operation. The winery has been passed down through three generations, starting out as a vineyard and press for grape juice (sometimes for home wine making) during Prohibition. The winery has focused on growing grapes and making wine, but in recent years, the owners have looked at growing some fruits and vegetables on a small scale as well as experimenting with hops for some local microbreweries.

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The Avon Lake fire and police departments hosted a mass casualty drill Aug. 7 at Avon Lake High School. The drill included neighboring safety services and emergency rooms. Students from the drama club and teachers volunteered as victims. The training scenario had an armed intruder in the high school that police had to search for and neutralize before they and paramedics could rescue victims from the building.

While taking pictures of the drill, they kept media at two observation posts to allow us access but keep us from getting in the way. On one hand, I wish they would have let me move around more for better pictures, but then again, I realize I wouldn’t have anywhere near this kind of access during an actual event.

Being when the drill began gave me a very strange feeling. I don’t know quite how to describe it. It was definitely eerie seeing something like this unfold, even if it was only a training session. After speaking to some of the other media and the first responders there, I found out I wasn’t alone feeling that way.

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Avon Lake had its first Chalk Fest over the weekend in the parking lot of the city pool. There were a handful of people coloring at any given time, from kids to art students to professionals. It was pretty cool to watch the progression from blank square into something, whether it was a bunch of squiggles or something recognizable.

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