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Moose’s Mission provides comfort to shelter, rescue animals: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville

AVON, Ohio — Jenny McClear and her husband, Kyle, moved to Avon from Chicago just eight months ago, but they are already making a big charitable impact in the area. The couple has founded Moose's Mission, a non-profit organization that provides blankets and toys for dogs in shelters and rescues. Moose's Mission is named after the couple's Goldendoodle, Moose.

Moose's Mission.jpgMoose's Mission is a non-profit organization that provides blankets and toys for dogs in shelters and rescues.

"I started making these items in Chicago after we learned that blankets and toys were needed," said Jenny. "It grew organically from there. People wanted to donate materials or help make the items. We would throw monthly blanket making parties to get people involved.

"Here (Avon), it's completely evolved and I couldn't be more impressed with the Avon community. We have a station set up here for people to pick up Moose at Home Kits. All of the supplies are available and people can help provide comfort to shelter animals on their own time.

"Moose's Mission has donated more than 1,500 handmade blankets and 1,750 handmade toys to shelter and rescue animals, all made with love."

Kyle is originally from Avon and his parents still live in the city. He is a 2005 graduate of St. Ignatius High School.

According to information posted on the group's Facebook page (@moosesmission), while waiting for their forever homes in shelters and rescues, Moose's Mission believes that every dog should have their very own blanket and toy. These items provide comfort both physically and emotionally. When an animal feels safe and happy, it is more likely to show its true personality and find a perfect home.

Moose's Mission donates to approximately four to six different shelters/rescues monthly, including Friendship APL, Love-A-Stray, Cleveland APL, and the Lorain County Kennel. In the past two months, Moose's Mission has provided nearly 250 blankets to shelter/rescue animals in the area.

"We have sponsors who cover most of the materials, but ask for a minimal donation of $5 per blanket to help cover supplies," Jenny said. "All of the supplies for toys are fully sponsored through 2018.

"We've worked with classrooms, Girl Scout troops, ladies' wine and craft nights, and local businesses. Everyone seems to love it and new people reach out every day."

A new business in Avon, Nothing Bundt Cakes, 35925 Detroit Road, has recently partnered with Moose's Mission for its Grand Opening. Visit the bakery Friday, and 20 percent of all sales will be donated to Moose's Mission. The bundt cakes are amazing!

For more information on Moose's Mission, or to become a sponsor, email Jenny at [email protected] or post to Facebook, @moosesmission.


Menards moving forward: The Avon Planning Commission recently granted final approval for the new Menards store to be constructed on the north side of Chester Road across from Cabela's. Construction will begin later this year and the store is expected to open in spring 2019.

The planned 173,248-square-foot location is expected to bring approximately 115 new jobs to Avon (mix of full and part-time positions).

The developers made their first presentation to the city in 2015. The project experienced some delays due to wetland issues in the area, internal issues and changes in design plans.

Pinewood Derby: Area Girl Scouts will be participating in their first-ever Pinewood Derby at 4 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Elementary School. The father/daughter event is a Service Unit project for the Scouts.

Pinewood Derby has been a long-standing tradition for Boy Scouts. It is a racing event for the Scouts. With the help of parents, Scouts build their own small cars from wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles. More than 150 girls from kindergarten through high school will be participating.

Spaghetti dinner: Holy Trinity's 16th annual Spaghetti Dinner will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the school, 2610 Nagel Road. Dinner items available include lasagna, chicken parmesan and spaghetti. A children's menu is also available.

For more information, contact Lindsay Kalberer at kalbererlindsay[email protected], or Megan Buettner at [email protected]

A Pre-K to Grade 8 Open House and Art Show will be held prior to the dinner, from 10 a.m. to noon at the school.

Coffee with a Cop: Meet Avon police officers during a Coffee with a Cop event from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31 at Starbucks, 35825 Detroit Road. No agenda or speeches, this event is a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers. For more information, call 440-934-1234.

Football readers: Avon High School football players will be reading with kids during the annual Football Reading Buddies event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Avon Library. Football-related literacy games and activities are also planned.

Class of 2031: Kindergarten Information for the Avon Local Schools will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Avon Early Learning Center, 3075 Stoney Ridge Road. The event is for parents only and will feature representatives from the school outlining the registration process, as well as providing an overview of kindergarten. Registration for kindergarten will open online after the Feb. 1 event.


Story time, music enrichment: From now through April, the Avon Lake Public Library is offering two new programs, Adapted Story Time and Music Enrichment, which are designed for children with any type of special need and their families.

Adapted Story Time begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and also March 24 in the Story Time Room. This is a flexible 20-minute story time, followed by open play and sensory time for kids who might find it challenging to sit still through a typical story time session.

Music Enrichment sessions will be held at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and at 7 p.m. April 19, both in the Story Time Room. The library has partnered with Avon Lake-based Music on a Mission, whose purpose is to use the power of music to enrich the lives of individuals who have special needs by providing creative, interactive programming.

Content for both programs is geared for children ages 3-7, but all ages are welcome, with a participating adult. For more information, go to or call 440-933-8128.

Garden Club: The Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Avon Lake Public Library. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a program by Garrett Ormiston, a botanist and landscaper at the Cleveland Natural History Museum. Ormiston will discuss which native plants are best for the shady areas of the garden. A short business meeting will follow. For more information, call 440-933-0893.

Ward meetings: Residents have the opportunity to submit a question to be answered at upcoming ward meetings in the city. To submit, go to The name and address fields are optional, but it is important to include your ward. If you are unsure which ward you live in, go to

The meeting for Wards 1 and 2 will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Learwood Middle School. The meeting for Wards 3 and 4 will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Troy Intermediate School.

Big show: Mighty Goliath Productions presents "Big Fish" at the Daniel B. Ross Performing Arts Center at Avon Lake High School, 175 Avon Belden Road. Show dates and times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9-10, 2 p.m. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, and two shows, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Feb. 17.

Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the film directed by Tim Burton, "Big Fish" tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest. Edward's larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his wife, Sandra. But their son, Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales.

All proceeds from the shows go to arts programming at the Avon Lake City Schools. To purchase tickets, go to


Lake Ridge Open House: Learn more about the offerings at Lake Ridge Academy, 37501 Center Ridge Road, during an open house at 1 p.m. Sunday. The college preparatory school is open to students in grades K-12. RSVP at 440-327-1175

Wonders of Weather: CBS-TV 19 meteorologist Jon Loufman will present the Wonders of Weather from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 29 at the North Ridgeville Library. The hands-on, interactive presentation is intended for children ages 6 and up with their families.

Lorain County JVS Open House: More than 2,000 prospective students and their parents are expected to take part in the annual Lorain County JVS open house from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Attendees will get an in-depth view of the JVS career-technical programs in the following career areas: Building Trades, Business/Marketing, Community Service/Healthcare, Culinary, Manufacturing/Engineering and Transportation.

Instructors from the JVS Connections Academy will also be available to discuss program options for students in grades 9 and 10 in the Career Readiness and Career Explorations programs.

Campus tours will also be given.

Lorain County JVS is located at 15181 State Routes 58 and 20, Oberlin. For more information contact the JVS at 440-774-1051, or [email protected], or go to

If you have news to share regarding an event, award or other interesting tidbit happening in Avon or Avon Lake, and North Ridgeville send me an email at [email protected] The column's online version is at, which offers direct links for many of the news items listed.

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