Friday, August 30, 2013

Labor Day weekend brings with it the 55th annual Milan Melon Festival, and the 105th annual Firelands Festival.

The Melon Festival begins at 10am tomorrow, and runs through Monday. Highlights include Melon Bowling, and Sunday’s Grand Parade, which begins at 2pm. If you’re going to the parade, get to Milan early.

The Firelands Festival opens at 6pm tonight, at Recreation Park in NewLondon. Like the Melon Festival, it runs through Monday, and there’s plenty of attractions, including tomorrow’s 1pm parade, a truck pull, demolition derby, rough truck challenge and fireworks.


Monday is Labor Day, a federal holiday.

Most banks and government offices will be closed, along with schools. No mail, and trash pickup will be delayed one day.


Travel will be up this holiday weekend.

AAA says 34.1 million Americans will go at least 50 miles from home, a 4.2 percent increase from last year. In Ohio, 1.3 million residents will hit the road. If you’re traveling, you’ll see plenty of law enforcement officers out and about. The increased presence is part of the nationwide “Drive Sober, Or Get Pulled Over” campaign.


To Vermilion, where a burglar got more than he bargained for.

Anthony Christian was arrested early Thursday morning, after he was caught breaking into a Sweetbriar Drive home. According to reports, he was ‘clobbered’ by a female homeowner. Christian remains in jail, on multiple felony charges.


Construction work caused a gas leak that led to evacuations.

About 20 residents of Elyria’s Cherry Ridge Condominiums were evacuated Thursday afternoon after a backhoe hit a nearby natural gas line.  Those residents were allowed to return home within 90 minutes.