Community spirit took center stage as the mayors of Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield and Sheffield Lake gave their annual States of the City addresses during a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored luncheon Wednesday, March 16, at Tom’s Country Place.
West Shore Chamber Executive Director John Sobolewski welcomed guests. He remarked on the success of teamwork as the West Shore, North Coast, North Olmsted, Fairview Park, Olmsted and North Ridgeville chambers teamed for this Power of More event.
“I couldn’t be prouder of what Avon stands for,” said Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen as he asked staff members in attendance to be recognized. It is teamwork and community spirit, he said, that work together in making Avon the success it is today.
Mayor Jensen introduced Nakon Foundation’s Matt Nakon, Ed McNamara of Prayers from Maria and the regionally renowned Sunflower Field along Chester Road and I-90, and Avon firefighter John Gansor, an American Cancer Society ‘Living Angel’ award winner for his work in fighting breast cancer. “We are successful because of our partners in the community,” he said.
Mayors Zilka, Hunter and Bring good-naturedly referenced Avon’s growth on several occasions, but it was Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring who captured the spirit of community best of all.
“We are a small community with little room for growth,” he said. “What stands out, however, was last summer’s search for Sidney (Heidrick, the four year old who went missing and was later discovered deceased near his grandparent’s home).
“I saw people who searched for him all day, women who came out of the woods scratched and bleeding, turned around and went right back in to look for him,” said Mayor Bring.
He said more than 3000 volunteers came out to help with the search last summer.
“You never know what kind of city that you have until something like that happens, and I truly appreciate it,” he said. “That is the kind of community we live in.”
The Power of More, personified.