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Officials designate more than $130K to Lorain County Bicentennial, Gold Star Memorial

Jan 23 2024
Heather Chapin | The Morning Journal

Lorain County officials will be using $130,000 in recently discovered funds for the county’s bicentennial celebration, which kicks off with a spaghetti dinner Jan. 27.

The funds were found in two accounts in the Visitor’s Bureau’s budget, according to Lorain County Commission Vice President David Moore.

“We’re grateful for the genius of Commissioner David Moore, who heads the Lorain County Visitor’s Bureau board, for dusting the cobwebs off this fund and investing in our history and our Gold Star families,” said Andrew Lipian, founding chairman and committee member of the bicentennial celebration.

The accounts were dormant, and officials decided to use the funds for the upcoming events leading up to the May 24 celebration, Lipian said.

“People are going to start seeing money in May being spent, but I want the public to realize this money isn’t coming from your general fund,” Moore said during a commission meeting Jan. 19.

The Lorain County Bicentennial Committee and others have planned for the event since mid-2021, according to Lipian.

“Our committee is fired up to usher in the next 200 years of Lorain County’s majestic history with celebrations befitting this important milestone,” he said.

Some of the funds also will be used to create the Lorain County Gold Star Memorial, which will honor fallen military members, the first of its kind in Lorain County, he said.