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Avon/Avon Lake notebook: June 29, 2009


New BMV location to open this week

The new location for the Avon Lake Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Deputy Registrar agency will open today or Tuesday.

Customers are being asked to call ahead to determine when the opening date will be for the new location, 684 Avon Belden Road, Suite D, in Avon Lake. The number is the same, (440) 933-3266.

Crews had been working quickly to install new equipment and it isn't clear whether they'll be finished in time, which is the reason for the questionable opening date.

The old location off Walker Road closed Saturday.

Hours will remain the same: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Deputy registrars are contracted agents who offer driver's license, state ID card and vehicle registration services in each county for the BMV. Customers with questions regarding BMV service issues are encouraged to visit the Web site at or call the customer service line, (614) 752-7500.

Peter Miller House open house July 7

The next open house for the Peter Miller House Museum will be July 7.

A member of the committee that operates the museum will guide a tour of the museum and flower garden starting at 6:30 p.m. A presentation about the U.S. flag will be at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is in Miller Road Park, next to Avon Lake Boat Landing.

Smiles for Sophie birthday bash

Celebrate the Fourth of July with the Smiles for Sophie

Forever second annual Birthday Bash & Dash.

The event will include activities that will be fun for the entire family while raising money in memory of 4-year old Sophie Quayle, of Avon Lake, who lost her battle with brain cancer on Oct. 6, 2007.

The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. at Walker Road Park in Avon Lake with a 5K for runners and 1-mile run/walk for families, following a course over the same roads Sophie traveled during her short life, including a pass by her home.

Upon the conclusion of the race, the real party will begin. In typical birthday fashion, the celebration will feature birthday cupcakes and loads of activities for children, such as face-painting, bounce houses, sack races, candy scrambles, balloon artists, a fire truck and much more. Concession-stand food will be available for purchase. Flat-screen TV raffle and 50-50 tickets will be sold.

From now until race day, participants of all ages can register for $25. The children's activities are open to non-race participants for a small donation that can be made on race day.

For more information or to register visit All proceeds will support Smiles for Sophie Forever. This event is held annually on July 4 - Sophie's birthday.

"To date, SFSF has given over $21,000 to families with a child suffering from brain cancer," said Kristin VanEuwen, race director for the second year in a row. "Additionally, SFSF has given $15,000 to St. Jude - $10,000 of which directly researches the donated DIPG tumors."

DIPG, or diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, is the cancerous brain tumor that Sophie had. It affects primarily children and is the rarest and worst of pediatric brain tumors.

Avon Lake grad passes basic training

Avon Lake native Nicholas G. Heinrich has graduated from basic combat training with the Army National Guard.

Heinrich, a 2008 graduate of Avon Lake High School, spent nine weeks of training studying the Army mission, history, tradition, core values, physical fitness and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

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