“A lot of people use the phrase ‘we can never forget,’ and it’s because World War II taught us so many lessons. It’s about how Allied forces came together. If we didn’t work with our partners around the world, we would not have won that war. I think that’s a really important lesson that resonates even today.” — D-Day Conneaut COO Lori McLaughlin on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

 

“Our museum is a gem — Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorit really is. I love talking to visitors about our collection and sharing stories — not only the stories of the Great Lakes and their harbors, but also the industries and people that influenced the culture and lifestyle of Ashtabula and surrounding communities. Visitors always get more than they expect.” — Shelley McKay, volunteer docent at the Ashtabula Maritime and Surface Transportation Museum, which recently opened for the 2019 season.

 

“I don’t think it’s possible to overstate the need (for natural gas).” — Conneaut City Manager Jim Hockaday on the $86 million Risberg Pipeline beginning construction in Ohio. It is expected to be done by mid-to-late summer.

 

“The Great Lakes are an invaluable natural resource and an economic powerhouse, and it is of the utmost importance to protect and preserve them for future generations. This important funding helps us do just that. I commend the EPA for recognizing the need to provide these funds so we can continue to treat the Great Lakes like the national treasure they are.” — U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, R-14th District, on more than $1 million awarded to the Ohio EPA for continued restoration work at four contaminated sites along Lake Erie, including the Ashtabula River.

 

“It feels great, I just really have a lot to be thankful for. Obviously I came in here today wanting to treat it like any other meet and focus on myself and it paid off.” — Nolan Landis, the Madison senior who won two state titles in the discus and shot put. 

 

“Everyone is just so excited and it’s super amazing. There’s just so much pride and joy from everyone. There were so many people who just wanted to tell us congratulations and that was the best. It was just so fantastic that they found so much joy in our accomplishments. It was amazing.” — Matt McBride, who won Conneaut track’s first state championship since 1993.

 

“I always felt that once I committed to being a board member and then medical director that it was my duty and civic responsibility. I don’t think I’ve missed a board meeting in 46 years that I can count on both hands.” — Dr. Robert Malinowski , who has retired from the Ashtabula County Health Department after almost five decades.

 

“As part of the newly created task force, Ashtabula County will continue to utilize the existing and experienced TAG drug enforcement officers previously assigned to Ashtabula County and to cooperatively and more inclusively work with other county law enforcement agencies to carry out its attempts to aggressively enforce drug trafficking and possession laws.” — Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nick Iarocci on what will come next following the county’s decision to leave the Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Drug Task Force. More details will be released at an upcoming and yet to be scheduled press conference.