Covid Update: August, 2021

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

I have not sent out an update lately because there was nothing to update you on. That has changed somewhat as we now have some cases. In June we had no cases at all then in July we had seven and so far in August we are at six. I have been informed by the Health Department that most of these are un-vaccinated people. This variant seems to be more contagious but the symptoms are so far not as severe. I know two people who have it and one is vaccinated and the other is not. Both have very minor symptoms and only got tested because of lack of taste. The Health Department thinks this could go on for about three weeks and then start to tail off, let’s hope this is true. I will continue to keep you informed of this situation until it calms down again.

 I would like to thank everyone who came out to support our First Responders at the 2021 National Night Out on August 3, 2021. We had a great turn out and I think children and adults alike had a great time meeting our Policeman, Fireman and Paramedics. I would like to give a special shout out to Councilman Rick Honer and his family for organizing another great event and to Patrolman Mark Turner for handling the grilling duties. Also, I would like to thank all the First Responders for coming out to meet the community members and demonstrate the different vehicles used to keep our Village and Township safe. Great job!!!!!

Once again, I hope you all stay safe and that we get through this with limited cases, and it starts to slow down and eventually subside.

          Stay safe:

          Mayor Kim Straus
          Village of Lagrange
          440-355-5309

Covid/Village News, May 2021

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

I have not put out an update lately and it is for a good reason. We have had virtually no cases to report in the last three to four weeks in the Village. The county numbers have also been minimal along with hospitalizations overall and this is great news. I did not want to bore you with non-informational updates but I have been asked to send one out and I hope this makes people feel a little bit more at ease. Governor DeWine has also announced that health mandates will be lifted on June 2nd except for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. What this means is businesses or schools are not required to make you wear a mask or to continue social distancing, but if they choose to do so it is up to them. The same can be said for you, if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask then by all means you should do so. The governor has put the responsibility back on us as individuals and on the businesses themselves. Please remember that a business is privately owned and if they choose to continue the mask requirement you should wear a mask in that business or go somewhere else. This does not mean that Covid is gone, but it does mean that more people are now vaccinated, including myself and my family, and the numbers are trending down and that is a good thing.

The Keystone Graduation Parade was such a success last year that the school has requested it again, the parade will start at the Village Municipal Building and end at the high school. The parade is this Sunday May 16 at 6:30 and should be completed around 7:30. Please come out and give these seniors a great send off and congratulate them for all that they have accomplished. We have limited the social distancing so we will not be going through the park this year, you can come up to the square or park at the school and greet them on Opportunity Way at the end. A lot of you will have a bird’s eye view in your front yards so partner up with your friends to watch. There is a parade route on the Village site if you would like to check exactly where it will go.

I hope this update finds everyone well and I want to thank you all again for doing such a great job through this pandemic. Even though we have lost people along the way, I do believe that many were saved by these mandates and by you diligently following them.

Stay safe!
Mayor Kim Strauss
Village of Lagrange
440-355-5309

New Police Chief Appointed

At the January 28th Village Council meeting, Mayor Kim Strauss appointed patrolman, Mark Laubenthal to be the new Chief of Police for the Village! Congratulations on this appointment, with the concurrence of the Village Council! A heartfelt appreciation was given to Lieutenant and acting Chief, Wayne Ramsey, for his service in this position over the past year. Former Chief, Chad Duensing was in attendance and was recognized for his service. A pizza and cake celebration followed the Council Meeting.

COVID-19 Update: December 23, 2020

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

Lately, the updates I have been giving have been pretty depressing, but I am happy to report that things are looking up. We went from thirty-one COVID-19 cases two weeks ago to fifteen last week to nine this week. We have also gone down to red level three, instead of purple level four, in the county as their numbers continue to slowly go down. I hope these numbers continue to drop as the vaccine is also being given at this time to many front-line workers. They were given to Keystone Pointe staff and residents this Monday and I hope this helps our elderly population as well. I was just given permission to give everyone some very good news, Keystone Pointe tested one hundred and five staff members and residents Monday and the results came back with no positives. I believe the hard work these people do on the front lines is making a huge difference in peoples lives. Great job to everyone at Keystone Pointe!!!!!!! Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers.

I would like to give a shout out to the Durham Ridge homeowners association, the Lagrange Fire Department, the Lagrange Police Department, Village workers and everyone else involved with Santa visiting the community by firetruck. Not only was this great for the kids but it brought in much needed food for the Lagrange Lions Second Harvest Food bank and toys for the Keystone Girls’ Softball team. Also, a big shout out for everyone who has donated food and toys for people in need!!!!!!

On a different note, I would also like to thank the local businesses on the square for adopting a waste container on the square. During the summer they watered plants for the Village that were put there and then they took it one step farther by decorating them for Christmas. They look great and I hope this continues and becomes a tradition along with Santa on the firetruck!!!!

I would like to end this update by wishing everyone a safe and Merry Christmas along with a prosperous New Year!!!! Please continue to practice social distancing when appropriate, you have all been doing a great job!!!

Mayor Kim Strauss
Village of Lagrange
440-355-5309

COVID-19 Update: November 29, 2020

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

The last three weeks have been the worst we have seen as we have been upgraded to Purple in Lorain County. There have been a little over forty cases total with unfortunately several deaths. The majority of the cases and the deaths have been at Keystone Pointe, with only a small number in the Village. The cases at Keystone Pointe involve staff also and not just residents. Please keep everyone at Keystone Pointe in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to fight through this to make sure their residents receive the best care possible while working in an environment that for the most part, is as safe as they can make it. They have a COVID-19 unit where they can keep patients isolated but the staff must still take care of these people while in this unit. These front-line people deserve our respect and gratitude for continuing to do their job along with all other front-line people out there in hospitals, fire departments, EMS squads and police departments. Even our small police department has been hit and we have an officer on quarantine. Please continue to practice social distancing when necessary and wear a mask when appropriate.

Speaking of masks. I have seen some people in businesses without masks when it is clearly marked on the door that it is required. I know that some people out there do not want to wear masks and I somewhat understand, but when you walk in that business where it is posted you are putting that business in jeopardy, they could be subjected to fines or the loss of there license. If you don’t want to wear the mask, don’t enter those businesses.

We have a tradition in Lagrange of having Christmas on the Square. After speaking with people from The KEEP organization and the school, we have made the decision not to have it. Since moving to Purple in Lorain County, I don’t feel it would be safe, especially when we are not to have a gathering of more than ten people. I know the Alumni Band along with the school choirs will be saddened but we hope we can have a spring concert at the Village Hall next year to fill the void. I thought Christmas on the Square would have been good for the children considering what they have been through. Hopefully it will be back next year.

Stay safe out there and act responsibly and we will get through this together.

Mayor Kim Strauss

Village of Lagrange

440-355-5309

Village Update: September 20, 2020

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

I would like to start this update with an apology. My life the last couple of weeks has been a blur losing two family members and I should have already put out this update. I would also like to thank everyone for the wonderful thoughts and prayers sent to my family during this time of grievance, they were very much appreciated.

In the last three weeks we have had three cases and so everyone understands these are cases that are confirmed by the Lorain County Health Department. If someone works in the Village but lives out of the Village, they are not counted against us. I was told there were a couple at the school before school started but they did not all live in the Village so not all were counted. This brings our total to fourteen which I believe is amazing when you consider our population to be approximately twenty-four hundred. We were in the yellow designation for a short period but have now moved back to orange because of a spike on hospital and emergency room visits. Please continue to do your part with social distancing and the wearing of a mask when appropriate so we can keep our Village safe.

I have been asked a lot about Halloween and it is scheduled for October 31 as usual and along with this update included are recommendations from the Health Department to guide us through a safe Halloween. I would encourage you that if you do not feel comfortable participating this year please stay home and turn your porch light off. If you are inclined to participate please do so and follow the guidelines sent out by the Health Department and have your porch light on to let the children know to come to your house for a treat.

I have also been asked many times what the new buildings on the end of Opportunity Way are, these two facilities were built to handle severely disabled people who need round the clock care. These individuals live at these facilities full time and need constant care.

I hope these updates bring everyone up to date and I will continue to keep you informed as I am informed with any new numbers or information.

Stay safe

Mayor Kim Strauss

Village of Lagrange

440-355-5309

Covid 19 Update: July 9, 2020

As of Wednesday, July 9, 2020: one new case in the Village and two new cases in the Township. Based upon our best information available.

To the residents of the Village of Lagrange

I have not put out any updates lately and that is a good thing. I am putting out one now to let people know where we stand as far as our numbers. We had one more case last week in the Village and I believe that brings our total to ten. Most have been through quarantine and have been released and are doing well other than the one from last week who is thirty years old and I’m sure is still in the fourteen-day period. Mr. Covell from Lorain County Public Health has informed me that even though the numbers in the County have gone up hospitalizations have stayed flat in that same time period. I hope this trend continues because that is what we need to watch.

I am sure most of you heard Governor Dewine has moved Lorain County to a level three category beginning July tenth at six pm, to see what that entails you can go to the Lorain County Public Health website and read the rules governing this. It will explain what you can or should do and what you shouldn’t do. Once again, I encourage everyone to observe social distancing especially if you have underlying health issues.

Also, just to let everyone know I believe we still have masks available at the Village Hall if needed.

Stay Safe

Mayor Kim Strauss

Village of Lagrange

440-355-5309

Village Update: Coronavirus, Senior’s Parade, Safety Town May 18th, 2020

To the Residents of the Village of Lagrange:

Once again, I have no new news on the Covid 19 virus which is good news. Everything is still the same and holding and my hope is that it stays that way. I applaud everyone for doing a great job with social distancing.

As we all have been told restaurants, gyms and other facilities are allowed to open this Friday. I hope everyone supports these businesses while following the state guide lines to keep everyone safe and to help keep these businesses stay in compliance so they can survive. Along these same lines I believe if you can go to a gym inside you should be able to go to a basketball court or tennis court outside so we will be opening these this Friday also. Please help keep them open by respecting other people’s space when at the courts. If you do not want to go to these places yet, I understand, this decision is totally up to you. I have been torn by this decision but at the same time there has to be some sort of normalcy as we proceed to open things up. I am still waiting for conformation on the baseball diamonds at the park because there are conflicting stories on the baseball and softball seasons. I will update you as soon as I get clarification.

On a positive note we have been contacted by Fox 8 News and weather permitting they are going to send their SkyFox helicopter to video the parade of seniors this Friday at 6:00 PM and broadcast it live on the Fox 8 News Facebook page and Fox 8 News website for the parents and the community of Lagrange. Thank you, Bryan Gruden from Fox 8 News, for helping our community give these seniors a great parade they can all remember. We will be marking the square with sidewalk chalk in 6-foot intervals to show we are following the social distancing guidelines. I want to keep everyone safe as they enjoy this tribute to the class of 2020 as well as following the Health Department regulations.

I have had a lot of questions about safety town. There will be no safety town this year but we will accommodate all the children who would have gone this year, in next years class. We will either have a morning and an afternoon class or we will have two weeks of classes. This will be determined next year but I want you to know we will definitely take care of the children who lost out on this year’s class.

I will send out another update this week before the parade with suggestions on where to park.

Hoping to see everyone this Friday!

Mayor Kim Strauss
440-355-5309