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

2021 KHS Senior Parade

The 2021 Senior Parade begins at the LaGrange Administration Building (old KHS) at 6:30 pm on Sunday, May 16th, and ends at Keystone High around 7:30 p.m. Due to relaxed Covid restrictions, more people can now view the parade from the Square!

2021 SAFETY TOWN Information

LaGrange Police Department
301 Liberty Street
LaGrange Ohio 44050

Dear Parents,

 The LaGrange Police Department is pleased to announce the 2021 Safety Town program.

The program will be held 9:30am-11:30 am June 14th thru 18th, 2021. The graduation will follow the final session on June 18th at 11:30 am.

The Safety Town program is a 4-day course designed to teach a child safe practices both at school and at home. The children are instructed on when, where and how to cross the street, also about school bus safety, fire safety, and stranger danger.

All kindergarten students entering school for the 2021-2022 school year are encouraged to attend.

Cost per student is $15.00, which includes a Safety Town shirt. The registration form can be found under “DOCUMENTS” and should be completed and returned to the LaGrange Police Department before May 28, 2021.

We are looking forward to seeing you and your child this summer at Safety Town. For further information, please contact Patrolman Dozier Hendershot at LaGrange Police Department at 440-355-4469.

Dozier Hendershot II
School Resource Officer
Office (440) 355-2400
Cell (440) 759-2043
Police Dept: (440) 355-4469


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Changes in Brush Pickup!! FYI!

Starting June 22nd, we will be moving our brush pickup day to Tuesday. Brush will be picked up on Thursday, June 10th then we will switch to Tuesday June 22nd. We are switching to Tuesday to avoid the trash pickup day and bulk pickup day. Please be advised of this change.

2021 KHS Seniors’ Parade May 16

The 2021 Senior Parade begins at the LaGrange Administration Building (old KHS) at 6:30 pm on Sunday, May 16th, and ends at Keystone High around 7:30 p.m. Due to relaxed Covid restrictions, more people can now view the parade from the Square!

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

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