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Burton – The Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market, in its fourteenth year, will hold its 2015 annual organizational meeting from 10am to noon Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Patterson Center, Claridon Troy Road, at the north end of the Geauga County Fairgrounds in Burton.  Farmers, producers and artisans who are interested in the market for the coming season are welcome to attend. For more information call 440- 991-7432 or email geaugamarket@yahoo.com.

Volunteers who help at the market are also needed and welcome to attend. The volunteers are important to the overall success of the market, helping with parking and special events.

The Market is held from 9:00am to Noon Saturdays at the South Russell Village Hall parking lot, at Bell and Chillicothe (Route 306) roads in the village beginning May 9, 2015 and running until early October.

Vendors at the market sell fresh seasonal produce, flowers, baked goods, eggs, cheese, and meat, honey and maple syrup, herbs, oil and spices, soaps and lotions, crafts and other locally produced products.


Burton – Geauga Credit Union’s Board of Directors consists of nine credit union members.  Any member of GCU can apply to serve on the board.  The board consists of members who are actively involved in the community with a range of skills and serve without compensation.

Only July 1, 2014, long-time board member Rita Kenney retired.  Rita started on the Board in 1970 and at the time of her retirement she held the position of secretary.  Rita is a retired Home Economics teacher from Kenston School District.  She is also a member of the Burton Congregational Church where she was actively involved in the food pantry mission; which has been serving the community for over fifteen years.

“Per Rita’s wishes, we are not having a retirement party for her” says CEO Lisa Briggs.  “To honor her many years of service, Geauga Credit Union will donate $1,500 to Burton Congregational Food Pantry.  Rita believes in the same philosophy as credit unions: ‘People helping People’ and GCU wants to continue helping those in our community”.

Additionally, GCU is conducting an in house food drive throughout the months of November and December.  All the items collected will be donated to the Burton Congregational Church Food Pantry.  GCU will accept all nonperishable food items and toiletries and will have a ‘goal thermometer’ set up in the lobby to tally donations.  “As the donated items reach different goals, we will be donating money to the other six food pantries in Geauga County.  Our goal is to collect enough items to donate $100 to each food pantry that is part of the Geauga Hunger Task Force” said Lisa.

Geauga Credit Union is very grateful to Rita for all the dedicated years of service as an active Board Member and hopes to carry on Rita’s passion for helping those in our community.  We need your support!  Please drop off all donations at Geauga Credit Union, 14499 North Cheshire Street in Burton starting November 3 through December.  Be sure to visit our website “geaugacreditunion.com” and our Facebook page to view the ‘goal thermometer’ and the generous donations from our members and friends in the community!

Every year GCU has a ‘Giving Tree’ for Geauga County Job and Family Services’ foster children.  Look for the “Giving Tree” in our lobby after Thanksgiving.

At Geauga Credit Union, our members make a difference!


Burton – The Burton Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Country Hearth Christmas November 28, 29, 30, and December 6 and 7.  Picturesque Burton Village will be decked out in its finest holiday wear and welcoming everyone to visit for a unique and old-fashioned holiday experience.

The Log Cabin in the Park will be the hub of activity over the five-day event.   Come snuggle up to the roaring fire in the fireplace and enjoy a holiday tradition when you bring the youngsters in with their gifts requests for Santa.  Santa will be assembling his list each day from noon to 4.  While in the Log Cabin, be sure to check out the maple products that make excellent and tasty gifts.

Friday November 28, there will be a lighted holiday parade at 6 P.M.  Everyone is invited to participate, as a marcher in the parade or by watching throughout town.  The parade will assemble in the Berkshire High School parking lot at 5:45 P.M. All marchers, floats and participants must have some sort of lighting.

At the completion of the parade, the holiday lights will be turned on in Burton Village Park.  Hot chocolate and cookies will be available in the gazebo during the parade.  Carolers will be singing in the gazebo and around town.

The shops on Main Street will be hosting various special events and  activities along with one-of-a-kind holiday gift ideas.  All shops are locally owned and different.  Hand-blown glass items, Amish made rugs, flowers, vintage furniture and unique, one-of-a-kind gifts are just a few of the many things waiting to be discovered in Burton Village year round.

Picturesque and historic Burton Village is a wonderful place to visit in any season.  The holiday time brings out the very New England feel of the town and area.  Just a peaceful walk through the Village Green relaxes and refreshes.  For those who wish to extend their visit, the Red Maple Inn and Goodwin House B&B are ready to welcome you.  And there are three different restaurants for your dining needs.

For more information on Country Hearth Christmas contact Amy at the Log Cabin 440-834-4204, Sue at 440-834-0076, or the website www.burtonchamberofcommerce.com.  All events subject to change.

Burton – Enjoy a day of holiday shopping in the country at a collaborative event featuring local artists, craftsman and direct sales vendors.  This event takes place Saturday, November 29th from 10am – 4pm and Sunday, November 30th, 2014 from 11 am to 6 pm at the picturesque Red Maple Inn at 14707 South Cheshire Street in Burton, Ohio.

Unique gifts, stocking stuffers, local crafts, chocolates and more will be available to purchase or custom order.  Every vendor will donate one item to go into a basket which will be raffled off to one lucky winner.  Proceeds will go to Sponsor-A-Family in Geauga County.  Last year’s event raised over $300!

Some of our vendors include Origami Owl, Gold Canyon Candles, Thirty-One Gifts, Buckeye Chocolates, Pampered Chef, Lilla Rose, Avon, Libby Lane Creations, His Daughter Soaps and Scrubs, Haute Mess Creations, Two Cheeky Cats, Jenny’s Jewelry, Hand Painted Ornaments, Beaches and Dreams Travel, Reversible Aprons and more!

We hope you will join us at this stress-free holiday shopping event!

Burton – Autumn is the perfect time of the year to visit Burton Village.  The beauty of fall is never the same from year to year as the hardwood trees explode into an amazing array of colors.  Slower days and starry nights combine for a soothing season before being tucked in for a long winter.

The Burton Chamber of Commerce’s annual fall tradition of an Ox Roast and Ox-Tober Fest will be October 11 & 12 on the Village Green.  The Log Cabin and Green will be the center of the weekend’s activities.   Come enjoy the lush fall foliage while enjoying a delicious ox roast sandwich along with a frothy beer in the beer tent and foot stomping polka music. It will be a celebration of good food, good drink, good people and toe tapping music.

The original German Oktoberfest began with the marriage of the Crown Prince of Bavaria in 1810.  Today, the folk festival observance is linked to the bounty of the harvest and the goodness of creation.   The tradition of a Burton ox roast goes back nearly 60 years when the Burton Volunteer Fire Department began serving the hearty meal as a way to raise funds for new equipment.  It was later passed on to the Burton Chamber of Commerce to continue the fall ritual.

The Chamber will be serving delicious roast (ox) beef sandwiches along with baked beans, coleslaw and dessert until 8 P.M., or sold out.  Later in the afternoon hot dogs and brats will be added to the menu.   All the work is done by an army of volunteers from Burton and the surrounding area and proceeds benefit the Burton area.

Take time to enjoy music in the beer tent.  Saturday from noon to 4 Patty C & the Guys will be playing polkas. From 5 to 8 come rock & roll with the Ted Riser Band.  Tap your toes Sunday from 2 to 6 with button box music from Kathy Hlad and Julie Tabaj.

The celebration begins both days at 10 A.M. The beer tent will be open until 8 P.M.

It may be fall and the maple trees are getting ready for winter, but maple syrup will be flowing in the Log Cabin in the park. Learn how pure maple syrup will be made come spring and enjoy a sweet maple treat or sit a spell in a rocker and enjoy the warmth of the fire in the huge stone fireplace.

There are a lot more things to see and do Ox-tober Fest Weekend. Each fall, the Scarecrows return to Burton Village.  Business around town put up fun, not scary, creations. Kids of all ages enjoy touring town and seeing the fall handiwork.  They will remain up until October 30.

Burton Village is home to an array of unique locally owned businesses.  Explore the glass-blowing shop filled with unique works of art for the home, the vintage furniture store, the new funky boutique with clothing, jewelry and accessories, art in flowers at the florist, the old-fashioned hardware store or the gift and Amish rug shop. Each store is filled with items not found in a big box store or mall.

The park will be filled with craft vendors selling an assortment of items from 10 to 5.

For those who are enjoying their visit and don’t want to leave, the Red Maple Inn and Goodwin House B&B offer comfortable accommodations.

The Apple Butter Festival will be held on the grounds of the Geauga County Historical Society the same weekend.  Large copper kettles are set up and fresh apple butter is being made.  You can sample some fresh from the kettle on homemade bread or take a jar or two home to enjoy later.

Fall in Burton Village is a special time of the year. October 11 & 12 will have many extra things to see and do.  Plan to bring the family and spend the day, or two. For more information call Tom Blair, 440-834-4949, Amy at the Log Cabin, 440-834-4204 or visit www.burtonchamberofcommerce.com.


Burton – Traditional music – bluegrass, old-time, blues, folk, polka, calypso and more – will be the centerpiece of a day-long festival on Saturday, Aug. 16 in the Geauga County village of Burton.

The Raccoon County Music Festival, which runs from noon to 8 p.m. in downtown Burton, will feature performances on two stages, square dancing, spontaneous jamming and workshops for children (blues guitar and songwriting) and adults (clogging and old-time banjo). There will be food for sale at the festival, but event-goers are also permitted to bring their own meals as well as chairs and blankets.

Admission is $10 for those ages 13 and older; $4 for children ages 6-12; and free for children under 6.

The festival will be held at the Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum, 14653 East Park St., Burton. Historical village buildings and the Crossroads museum store will be open. The event is sponsored by the historical society.

For up-to-date information on the event schedule, visit www.raccooncountymusicfestival.com or the festival’s Facebook page.

The Raccoon County Music Festival brings excellent local and regional musicians together for one day of traditional American music. What distinguishes each of festival performers is that each has dedicated himself or herself for years to learning and expanding the tradition.

Performers this year will include Geauga County’s Kate & Ray Ritchie (folk songs), Cleveland’s The Polka Pirates (polka), Ashtabula County-based Young & Blue (bluegrass), Lakewood based Kristine Jackson (blues), Washington D.C. based Bill Schmidt & Friends (old-time), Cleveland’s The SpYder Stompers & Sister Sugar Pie (Pre-War Country Blues), Geauga County’s The Family Dog (folk and originals), The Five Islands (early calypso), Brady Lake’s Tina Bergmann & Bryan Thomas (hammered dulcimer & bass), and Sacred Harp (traditional Appalachian singing).

About the festival name: It comes from the name of the host county, Geauga, which is said to be derived from the word “sheauga,” a Native American word meaning “raccoon.”

About the festival’s origins: The first Raccoon County Music Festival was held on July 4, 1977, a year after the National Bicentennial had cultivated countrywide interest in American history and tradition. The festival was originally conceived as a venue for the performance of tunes and songs passed down through the generations via the oral tradition. Over the years, the festival has taken many forms, but it has always focused on traditional American music. In the past, festival events have included fiddle, banjo, and flat picking guitar contests, an open stage, clogging, fiddle workshops, spontaneous “jamming” and main stage performances by local and nationally touring performers.

About the festival’s history: Raccoon County Music Festival was a yearly event from 1977 until 1989. Thereafter the festival was held intermittently until finally it stopped running after 1999. In 2006, the festival was revived as a celebration of the Geauga County Bicentennial.

You probably didn’t know: In 1987, a young Alison Kraus & Union Station graced the festival stage at Century Village Museum. And from 1982 to 1988, Jim Blum, the WKSU folk music radio personality and Geauga County resident, directed and hosted the festival.

About the sponsors: The mission of the Geauga County Historical Society is to ensure that the history of Geauga County is preserved for the education and appreciation of present and future generations. The historical society was founded in 1873 for the express purpose of “collecting and preserving interesting facts pertaining to the early settlement” of the county. The society’s Century Village Museum is an authentic representation of a Western Reserve Village from 1798 to the turn of the 19th Century. It boasts more than 22 historically accurate buildings and more 15,000 museum artifacts that include original art from the 1800’s, antiques, textiles and more.

Friday, July 25, is a preview and set-up day with reduced admission. Show hours are 10 a.m.  – 5 p.m.each day. Admission is $2 Friday and $6 Saturday and Sunday. For more information please contact (440) 669-2578, (330) 544-4438, or www.historicalengine.org. This event is held in cooperation with the Geauga County Historical Society.

Friday, July 25, is a preview and set-up day with reduced admission. Show hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.each day. Admission is $2 Friday and $6 Saturday and Sunday. For more information please contact (440) 669-2578, (330) 544-4438, or www.historicalengine.org. This event is held in cooperation with the Geauga County Historical Society.

Burton – The Historical Engine Society will be holding their 44th Annual Antique Power and Steam Exhibition July 25, 26, 27, 2014, at the Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum in Burton, Ohio. On display will be demonstrations of various types of antique machinery, such as steam engines, stationary and portable gas engines, tractors, excavating and construction equipment, grain threshing, sawmilling, cars and trucks, and blacksmithing. There will also be a parade of machinery through downtown Burton on Saturday and Sunday morning, children’s rides on Murphy’s Railroad, and open house tours of Century Village’s restored homes and shops.

Friday, July 25, is a preview and set-up day with reduced admission. Show hours are 10 a.m.  – 5 p.m.each day. Admission is $2 Friday and $6 Saturday and Sunday. For more information please contact (440) 669-2578, (330) 544-4438, or www.historicalengine.org. This event is held in cooperation with the Geauga County Historical Society.


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Julie Ann Dingman

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Burton - The Geauga County Historical Society Century Village Museum in Burton is sponsoring a festive Memorial Day weekend Rib Burn Off at the Museum.  The event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 from 12:00 to 8:00, rain or shine, just off the square in Burton.  So, Bring YOUR party to OUR party and you won’t have any work to do at home to entertain for the holidays!

Several featured rib vendors such as Blazin’ Bills, Eli’s Ribs from Warren, Stewart’s Smokin’ Backyard BBQ from Kirtland, and Dickey’s BBQ and Old Carolina BBQ both from Mentor will be cooking their delicious ribs and pulled pork sandwiches.  You will be able to buy ribs by the bone or by the dinner . . . taste them all!  After tasting, you will be able to vote for your favorite in the “People’s Choice Award” which will be presented to the winning vendor.

Other events include a classic car showing, craft show, pony rides, hobby train ride, kids’ game, and other featured events.

Under the tent, live music will be going on all day, courtesy of Preston Superstore.  On Saturday from 2 to 4, enjoy Fletch & The Catch; from 4 to 6, the Geauga Highlanders will perform, and from 6 to 8 the lively music of the Ted Riser Band will fill the park.  On Sunday, from 2 to 4, 2Guys12Strings will entertain, and from 4 to 6, the group Blue Lunch will round out the music groups.

Bring your family and friends to a great entertaining event.  There is no admission charge and parking is free.    For more information, call 440-834-1492.


century-village-logoBurton – Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum is inviting the community for an evening of music and socializing at its second-annual Wine Tasting, 2pm-7pm, April 26.

The Wine Tasting, featuring wines from six wineries from throughout the region, is part of a continuing series of events aimed at bringing the community together on the picturesque grounds of Century Village Museum, one of the county’s most beloved treasures, said Historical Society Board President Bill Jackson.

He said gatherings like the Wine Tasting and next month’s Rib Burn Off are in the spirit of community-building inspired by the positive response to Ohio Chautauqua, which Century Village Museum hosted in the summer of 2012.

“It is part of Geauga County’s heritage to get together and socialize with neighbors on our village greens and town squares,” Jackson said. “We hope to revive that tradition with events like these.

“Century Village belongs to all of Geauga County,” he added. “No matter where you live in the county, this is your gathering place.”

For tickets, call 440-834-1492. Cheese platters and tickets for additional tastings will be available at the event. Guests 21 and older, please.



Seventh Grade Honor Roll

Ky Bowman, Stephen Chase, Josiah Cheung*, Robert Czekaj, Emily Dingman*, Alexander Eggleston, Lauren Evans, Clark Jackson, Hannah Keough*, Hayley Kumher, Dominic Mann*, Hayden McCartney, Kaitlin McFadden, Jessica McKinney, Nicholas Misconin, Katrina Ostrander*, James Patterson, Benjamin Pelletier, Spencer Price, Shannon Valerio


Merit Roll

Sara Bongivonni, Madelyn Carver, Madison Chapman, Teagan Farley, Olivia Freiling, Lindsey Hill, Jillian Humes, Bella Jones, Jarrod Malkus, Carson McCandless, Emily Nelson, Samuel Roach, Caitlin Wendl


Eighth Grade Honor Roll

Karsten Bergmeier, Zachary Budin, Logan Byler*, Alexis Caponi*, Alli Dingman, Natalie Girolamo, Sadie Hopkins, Catherine Lillibridge, Hailey Long, Asya Martin*, Samuel Martinjako, Max McClintock, Joanne Miller, Christopher Morgret, Lisa Pavilonis, Amy Pfiester, Jack Reed, Nicholas Romask*, Riley Schultz, Ian Semler, Jack Squire*, Amber Taraska*, McKenna Tucek


Merit Roll

Nicholas Aldridge, Mackenzie Bitner, Rachel Breckenridge, Jeffrey Burnett, Seth Byler, Ryan George, Jared Hinkle,

W James McClellan, Timothy Pillot, Haylie Scarton, Georgia Schiewe, Emily Young


Freshman Honor Roll

Joseph Bennington, Melissa Braun*, Daniel Bridavsky, Abigail Carlson*, Miles Chapman, Katherine Dingman*, Cennidie Hall, Brandon Jones, Krystal Mechling, Kylee Minick, Lauren Parrish, Aaron Pawlak, Breanna Pennypacker, Justin Politzer, Corinne Rockefeller, Kylie Scott*, David Tucek*


Merit Roll

Thomas Blaha, Nicholas Boyk, Stephen Ellis, Anthony Granny, Samantha Hargis, Emil Hess, Ryan Johnson, MaKayla Lovejoy, Kaitlyn Moses, Denise Petersen, Jonathan Shantery

Sophomore Honor Roll

Samuel Fisher, Barrett Jackson, Bradley Lockhart*, Alyssa Maier*, Shannon McGee, Nathan Millet, Rachel Rich*, Alexandria Sanda, Jarett Smetana, Jared Squire, Margaret Topalian*, Alec Vizy*


Merit Roll

Samuel Anderson, Breonna Barker , Amber Bowman, Amber Brickell, Stephanie Harden, Amelia Monroe, Cecelia Parker, Nathaniel Schultz, Connor Teare, Kieran Wichert


Junior Honor Roll

Alivia Alfredo, Megan Arnold*, Alexandra Berman*, Rachael Bongivonni, Benjamin Bresnahan, Luke Byler, Anna Carlson*, David Cheung, Christin Dornback*, Mollie Farragher, Madison Kacica*, Suzanne Koziol, Gwen Losasso, Katelyn Luther, Clare Lynn, Zakari Martinjako*, Robert Maxwell, Carolyn Mayer, Abrielle McDermott, Grace Noce, Vincent Noce, Nicholas Paul*, David Pelletier, Rebecca Porter*, Christian Price, James Sandrick, Josiah Sawyer*, Brianna Steigerwald, Kyle Storm, Adam Thompson*, Ryan Zeitler


Merit Roll

Ayshli Barrientos, Robert Blair, Samantha Cannella, Ashley Curry, Amber Demko, Connor Dudinsky, Timothy Harden, Alexis Johnson, Klarissa Lipstreu, Sarah McClellan, Nicholas Parrish, Emily Shantery, Steven Stotlar


Senior Honor Roll

Ryan Acker, Mikayla Ashba, McKenzie Blau, Lindsey Burnett, Cassandra Cameron*, Julie Combs, Branden Conrad, Mackenzie Cossick, Kaitlyn Freiling, Joshua Garrett, Max Gilliland, Breanna Girolamo*, Gage Green, Brandon Haycox, Stephen Horvath, Samuel Kwasniewski, Amy Lasco*, Lisa Marcy, Megan McCartney, Caroline Milano, Nicholas Millet*, Alison Moss*, Peyton Neumore, Olivia Roach, Ronald Simpson, Steven Sitko, Megan Thomas*, Brandon Vander Maas, Ben Wiley, Danielle Young*


Merit Roll

Madison Barber, Kaylee Evans, Jonathan Kreuz, Timothy Malkus, Romolo Rabasi, Darren Redd, Anthony Tiber, Joshua Williamson, Emma Yokules


* – denotes 4.00 G.P.A. or higher




Burton - The Burton Public Library will host the annual Edible Book Festival on Saturday, March 29  from 11 a.m. until noon.  The Edible Book Festival is celebrated world-wide every year on or around April Fool’s Day.  The object is to make an edible book, document it, and then eat it!

All ages are welcome to participate in this fun and creative time – just use your imagination and make something edible that somehow represents a book.  It can be a cake, a sandwich, or anything else you can think of.   Make your edible book at home and bring it to the library at 11 a.m. on March 29.  There will be prizes for Funniest, Most Book-Like, and Most Creative edible books. For ideas and inspiration, visit the Burton Public Library website at www.burtonlibrary.org

If you do not wish to make an edible book at home, come anyway.  We’ll have some “books” you can decorate, plus stories and FUN!  (Books decorated at the Library will not be eligible for prizes.)   Please call the library at 440-834-4466 to register.  The Burton Public Library is located at 14588 West Park Street in the center of Burton Village.


Though winter is definitely here, think spring with the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) 2014 Spring Tree and Fish Sale!  This year the District is offering both “Conifer Seedling Packets” and “Root Production Method” (RPM) trees and plants.  The Conifer Seedling Packets are tree seedlings in packs of 25 and offer one tree species per pack of either White Pine or Norway Spruce.  The RPM trees and plants are sold as singles and have large fibrous root systems that promote higher survival and rapid growth.  RPM trees come in 3-gallon containers, while the RPM plants come in 1-gallon containers.  An incredible variety of species are offered including Ohio Buckeye, Pignut Hickory, American Elderberry, and Hazelnut.  Also available are both of the 2014 Woody Plants of the Year – Black Gum and Witchhazel – as featured by the Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Native Plants (LEAP).  Whatever your needs, Geauga SWCD has the plants you need to accomplish your landscaping goals at about half the cost of your local nurseries.  These trees make conservation sense and cents!


Burton - The Burton Chamber of Commerce will host Country Hearth Christmas Nov. 29 & 30, Dec. 1, 7 & 8 in Burton Village. The log cabin in the park will be the hub of activity over the five-day event offering horse drawn carriage rides. Come snuggle up to the roaring fire in the fireplace, relax on a rocker and learn all about making pure maple syrup. Santa will visit each day from noon to 4 p.m. While in the log cabin, check out the maple products that make excellent and tasty gifts. There will be a lighted holiday parade at 6 p.m. Nov. 29. The parade will assemble in the driveway between Huntington Bank and Berkshire High School at 5:30 p.m. All marchers, floats and participants must have some sort of lighting — but no unit can have a Santa. Santa will be at the end of the parade for all the young ones to enjoy. At the completion of the parade, the holiday lights will be turned on in Burton Village Park. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available at the Burton Congregational Church after the Caroling and lighting ceremony.


Burton – Enjoy a day of holiday shopping in the country at a collaborative event featuring local talent, Amish craftsman and direct sales vendors. This event will take place at the picturesque Red Maple Inn at 14707 South Cheshire Street in Burton, Ohio.  It will run on Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st, 2013 from 11 am to 6 pm.


Burton  – Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum will host one of the region’s most beloved autumn traditions with the 65th annual Apple Butter Festival Oct. 12-13.

Since 1948, the old-fashioned harvest festival has welcomed visitors to spend the day on the grounds of Century Village with the smell of wood fires and hot apple butter on the breeze and some of the most beautiful fall foliage in Northeast Ohio. This year, the festival will feature demonstrations by historic artisans in the museum’s restored 1800s-era houses and buildings.

The popular Apple Butter Festival is quintessential Americana, with volunteers and visitors taking turns stirring apple butter bubbling in cast-iron kettles and watching giant kites flying overhead in the Museum’s back meadow. Vendors will be on hand selling everything from potpourri and hand-made candles to kettle corn and apple cider. The Crossroads Museum Store will be open for shoppers looking for locally made art and food products. Jars of fresh apple butter, still warm from the kettle, will be available for purchase.

Festival organizers are looking for volunteer apple peelers and stirrers. Anyone interested in helping should contact the Geauga County Historical Society office at 440-834-1492.


The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will meet on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 for a luncheon and meeting at Troy Community Center, 13950 Main Market Road (Rt. 422) Burton, Ohio.

Gathering time at 11:15 AM, followed by the business meeting at 11:30, and  lunch at 12:00.  The menu will consist of fried chicken, dressing, vegetable, mashed potatoes and gravy, salad, bread and butter, and pie.

The program will be “Antiques – What to Keep, What to Throw Out”.

Cost is $18.00 (which includes a $1.00 donation to the Grant-in-Aid Fund).  Mail your reservations to Ruth Holm, 15920 Arbor Trail, Newbury, OH 44065 (Phone 440-564-6652).  Please make your check out to GCRTA and send your reservation by September 24, 2013.

Bring a newly retired teacher, school personnel, or someone who may need a ride.

Our association welcomes any person who was employed by a school district anywhere in the United States.  For further information about membership, please contact Jean Paine at 440-286-4992.

Remember to bring paper products or canned goods for the Geauga County Hunger Task Force.  The Hunger Cupboard is especially in need of canned peas.

If you need a ride from Geauga Transit, call 440-285-2222 or 440-564-7131 ext. 5160 a week ahead of time to make your reservation.


Burton – Geauga County Fair Band celebrates their 75th year as they perform at the 191st Great Geauga County Fair (GGCF) this Labor Day Weekend.  The band is the only all-volunteer fair band in Ohio and was organized by Cliff Rossiter after the 1936 fair. They first performed at the 1938 Great Geauga County Fair, under the direction of Azro Cheney and have performed at every fair since that time.


Burton – The Historical Engine Society will be holding their 43rd Annual Antique Power and Steam Exhibition July 26, 27, 28, 2013, at the Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum in Burton , Ohio .  On display will be demonstrations of various types of antique machinery, such as steam engines, stationary and portable gas engines, tractors, excavating and construction equipment, grain threshing, steam powered sawmilling, cars and trucks, and blacksmithing.  There will also be a parade of machinery through downtown Burton Saturday and Sunday morning, children’s rides on Murphy’s Railroad, and open house tours of Century Village ’s restored homes and shops.
Friday, July 26, is a preview and set-up day with reduced admission.  Show hours are 10:00AM – 5:00PM each day.  Admission is $2 Friday and $6 Saturday and Sunday.
For more information please contact (440) 669-2578, (330) 544-4438, or www.historicalengine.org.  This event is held in cooperation with the Geauga County Historical Society.


Burton – Come and spend a Saturday in the Country in Burton Village.  The last Saturday of June through September, the beautiful Burton Square will be filled with crafters, artisans, antiques, collectables, farmers’ market, and Amish bake sale. This is not a flea market, it is an upscale event and there will be no yard sale items.  


If you are a gardener, you don’t want to miss this event.  There’s so much going on and over 1500 perennials, trees, bushes, herbs, annuals….all donated by Master Gardeners, friends of Master Gardeners, arboretums and Master Gardener nursery friends.  Admission is free.  People from out of state have come each year to this event.  The Geauga County Master Gardeners invite you to their plant sale and a day of free fun activities and demonstrations, all in the name of community education and scholarships.  Come to Burton Century Village on the circle at Rt. 87 and Claridon Troy Road for Gardens Galore, Art and More,  Wednesday, June 19, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Pick out your plants from the large selection — perennials, annuals, houseplants, herbs, trees, shrubs, vegetables and tropicals —  and put them on hold while you peruse the Garden Art and Attic Treasures for special one-of-a-kind pieces.  Sample the free decadent desserts and visit the mini gardening classes and demonstrations.  Enjoy the  craft demos from local artisans in quilting, rug weaving, willow furniture, origami and dyeing with plant colors.  Bring your tools for sharpening at a small fee.

This is a fun gardening event with much to offer.  It’s a day packed full of gardening tips and advice.  Profits support the Geauga Co. Master Gardener Scholarship Fund.  For more information call or visit our site.  440-834-4656  www.geauga.osu.edu


Burton – Don’t miss what promises to be one of the most exciting events of the antiques show summer season. Now celebrating its 52nd year, the Burton Antiques Market returns to the Geauga County Fairgrounds for the first of this year’s semi-annual shows on June 8th. With 400 of America’s leading dealers displaying their finest antiques and vintage collectibles, there promises to be something for everyone in all price ranges.

Burton – Veterans helping Veterans. Stuff our vehicles on Memorial Day, May 27 either uptown in Burton or at the open house at the American Legion Atwood Mauck Post 459, following the Memorial Day service at 11 am. Items will be for our Veterans in hospitals, nursing homes. Veterans’ Wish list includes:

Razors (twin or triple blade), shaving cream, after shave, toothbrushes, mouthwash, body lotion, baby powder, deodorant, shampoo, combs, brushes, soap (hospitals request large bars for men), soap travel & hotel size, covered soap dishes, white socks, white undershirts (sizes med, large, XL, 1x & 2x), underwear (same sizes), word searches, sudoko, crossword, books, magazines, hard candy, tootsie rolls, chocolate bars, sugar free candy (hard & chocolate), Gum- regular & sugar free.

For more info 440-834-0764


Seventh Grade Honor Roll

Karsten Bergmeier, Aiden Burkley, Jeffrey Burnett, Logan Byler*, Alexis Caponi*, Alli Dingman, Natalie Girolamo, Catherine Lillibridge, Hailey Long*, Asya Martin, Samuel Martinjako, Max McClintock, Christopher Morgret, Amy Pfiester, Richard Reed*, Nicholas Romask*, Ian Semler, Jack Squire*, Amber Taraska, McKenna Tucek, Emily Young


Seventh Grade Merit Roll

Zachary Budin, Seth Byler, Dylan Carroll, Megan Casalandra, Ryan George, Sadie Hopkins, Mekaylie Iadimarco, W James McClellan, Joanne Miller, Timothy Pillot, Riley Schultz


Eighth Grade Honor Roll

Ellen Adams*, Joseph Bennington, Melissa Braun*, Daniel Bridavsky, Abigail Carlson*, Miles Chapman*, Katherine Dingman*, Molly Emig*, Cennidie Hall*, Samantha Hargis,

Brandon Jones, Garron Laymon, Kaitlyn Moses, Breanna Pennypacker*, Justin Politzer, Kylie Scott*, David Tucek*


Eigth Grade Merit Roll

Thomas Blaha, Samantha Kaser, Lauren Parrish, Corinne Rockefeller


Freshmen Honor Roll

Samuel Anderson, Amber Brickell, Logan Burton, Samuel Fisher*, Barrett Jackson, Nicole Kreuz, Bradley Lockhart*, Alyssa Maier, Nathan Millet*, Halla Reed*, Rachel Rich*, Alexandria Sanda*, Nathaniel Schultz ,Jarrett Smetana*, Michelle Sohm, Jared Squire, Margaret Topalian*, Alec Vizy*, Kieran Wichert


Freshmen Merit Roll

Amber Bowman, Stephanie Harden, Shannon McGee, Cassidy Mizner, Amelia Monroe, Cecelia Parker, Nicholas Soltis, Parker Strong, Connor Teare, Madalyn Timmons


Sophomore Honor Roll

Alivia Alfredo, Megan Arnold*,Alexandra Berman*, Robert Blair, Benjamin Bresnahan, Samantha Cannella, Anna Carlson*, David Cheung, Andrew Cook, Christin Dornback, Kayla Hadlock, Alexis Johnson, Madison Kacica, Gwendolyn Losasso*, Katelyn Luther, Zakari Martinjako*, Robert Maxwell, Carolyn Mayer*, Abrielle McDermott, Grace Noce, Vincent Noce, David Pelletier, Rebecca Porter, Christian Price, Josiah Sawyer*, Kyle Storm, Adam Thompson, Ryan Zeitler


Sophomore Merit Roll

Luke Byler, Madison Cannella, Ashley Curry, Connor Dudinsky, Mollie Farragher, Timothy Harden, Timothy Hlad, Samantha Jackson, Suzanne Koziol, Klarissa Lipstreu, Clare Lynn, Nicholas Paul, Lauren Petersen, Brianna Steigerwald, David Stotlar, Erin Wiggins


Junior Honor Roll

Madison Barber, McKenzie Blau, Lindsey Burnett*, Cas, sandra Cameron*, Julie Combs, Mackenzie Cossick, Max Gilliland, Breanna Girolamo, William Hess, Amy Lasco*, Nicholas Millet*, Ronald Simpson, Steven Sitko, Megan Thomas, Danielle Young*


Junior Merit Roll

Kaylee Evans, Kaitlyn Freiling, Luke Freiling, Joshua Garrett, Mackenzie Gilliland, Gage Green, Rachel Hodge, Jonathan Kreuz, Megan McCartney, Caroline Milano, Alison Moss, Peyton Neumore, McKinley Parker, Kathryn Paul, Olivia Roach, Brandon Vander Maas, Benjamin Wiley, Emma Yokules


Senior Honor Roll

Austin Ambrose*, Brian Arnold*, Alex Blaha, Alexandra Corrigan*, Nathan Dornback, Jacklyn Hadlock, Olivia Hess*, Anna Jolly, Alison Lace, Iain Laymon*, Jennifer Leonetti, Thomas Lockhart*, Timothy Ludlow*, Michelle Merickel, Ian Monroe*, Ian Patterson*, Sara Patterson, Rachel Pelletier*, Lindsay Porter*, Chase Rowell, Ryan Scott

Brooke Sell, Alysa Spangler, Jordan Springer, James Valerio*, John Vinecourt*, Benjamin Vizy*, Brian Wendl,

Alyssa Zeitler


Senior Merit Roll

Darianne Armstrong, Abbigail Blechschmid, Erick Burzanko, Kayla Byler, Kristen Fabian, Brianna Hackett, Cassidie Hall, Kyle Hall, Jason Kaser, Courtney Kotrlik, Alyssa Malcolm, Jenna Maxwell, Samantha Mighton, Heather Mocella, Emily Osmeloski, Alyssa Peel, Robert Stucky


* – denotes 4.00 G.P.A. or higher


Burton – Its Easter Egg Hunt time once again in Burton Village. Burton Village’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2013 in the park on the south end of the square. The hunt will start with the sound of an air horn  promptly at 11:00 a.m. Children aged one (1) through six (6) are eligible to participate and are divided into three age groups: one-two, three-four and five-six. Be sure to bring a basket or bag to put the goodies in.

It is believed that Burton Village’s annual Egg Hunt is the oldest and longest running hunt in Geauga County. It has been traced back to starting with the Jaycees in 1959.

The Easter Egg Hunt is organized every year through the hard work of Lee and Jane Koroshes, who go out and purchase the variety of cookies, crackers, and candy along with prizes for each age group. Each age group contains thirty eggs and a special marked egg that represents a grand prize.

The Easter Bunny will hop into the park to greet the kids and be available for pictures, so remember to bring your camera.

This event takes place every year due to the generous donations and support of many local community organizations, local businesses and private individuals. If you would like to make a donation, you can mail a check to P.O. Box 318, Burton OH or place it in one of the donation cans the morning of the Egg Hunt.



Burton – Italian food is one of the most popular ethnic foods in America, and Tim Weiss knows how to make it. With over 15 years of experience, you might say Weiss has marinara in his veins. He started the Italian Garden Restaurant in Garrettsville in 1997. He eventually sold the business to spend more time with his wife and ten children. In June of 2010, he purchased Extreme Pizza in Mantua, converting it to the Italian Garden concept. He has since franchised the Mantua location out, but when space became available to bring Italian Garden food to Burton, Weiss jumped at the opportunity. 


Burton – The Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum has announced plans to step back to 1941 for an event to honor the area’s World War II military veterans and those who supported the war effort at home.

The event, Remembering Our World War II Veterans, will commemorate the era with entertainment and attractions on the grounds of Century Village Museum this Memorial Day weekend, May 24 and 25.

Burton – The Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market will hold its 2013 Annual Organizational Meeting on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the OSU Extension office – Patterson Center on the Geauga County Fairgrounds at 14269 Claridon-Troy Rd. in Burton. The meeting will start at 9:00AM and refreshments will be served. Those interested in participating in the market this year are invited to attend. There will be a presentation by the Board and applications for 2013 will be available.


The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will meet on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 for a luncheon and meeting at the Bond Building in Century Village, 14653 East Park Street, Burton, OH  44021.


Burton – The Friends of the Burton Public Library will hold their annual Chess Tournaments on all Saturdays in February at the Library.

All tournaments will begin at 10 am and are broken down by age group as follows:

February 2nd  is for  students in grades K through 5.

February 9th is for grades 6 through 8.

Both tournaments are expected to be completed by 1:00 pm.

February 16th  is for students in grades 9 – 12.

February 23rd tournament is for adults.

Both tournaments are expected to be completed by 5:00 pm.

This tournament is Swiss-type, providing each player with four games. Three certificates will be awarded in each division. Prior tournament competition is not necessary. Players should bring their own standard chess sets and a snack or lunch and beverage. Players are expected to complete all four of their games. Players must register in advance. There is no entrance fee required.

For registration and information call Burton Public Library at 440.834.4466.



Geauga County – Geauga Park District is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicholas J. Fischbach as Park Board Commissioner. Mr. Fischbach, sworn in the morning of Friday, December 28, 2012 in the offices of Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Tim Grendell, will commence his term of service beginning January 1, 2013 and ending on December 31, 2015.


Burton Public Library announces four “New Year, New You” programs in January.  The first is New Year, New You: Makeovers on Wednesday, January 9 at 1 p.m.   Limited to 6 lucky ladies, you will leave with your “new look” and personalized color scheme from Mary Kay.  No products will be sold.  A $5 class fee is payable at registration.


Burton – The Burton Public Library announces four upcoming programs for adults.  On Saturday, December 1 at 11 a.m., local author Patrick Hartory will discuss his book Your Ageless Mind.  Mr. Hartory offers great advice on how to keep our minds nimble as we age.  He will have signed copies of his book available for purchase and there will be a drawing so one lucky audience member will go home with a free book.


Burton – On Saturday October 20th and Saturday, October27th  2012, Century Village, in the center of Burton in Geauga County will be the site of an historical Ghost Tour.  This is the sixth year for the Ghosts Of Burton Historical Tour, and the third year the venue is the historical grounds of Century Village, owned by the Geauga County Historical Society.


Burton – The 64th Annual Apple Butter Festival comes to Century Village Museum Oct. 13 and 14. This year, for the first time, fans of this Geauga County tradition will be able to compete for the titles of festival King and Queen.
Participants in the king and queen contest will earn points by competing in traditional harvest-festival activities, including archery and apple toss as well as contests for apple-pie baking, homemade (non-alcoholic) cider-making and apple pie- eating. Points will be awarded for participation and achievement.

See something you’ll never forget, then notice it for years to come – guaranteed!

Witness the annual phenomenon of hundreds of chimney swifts swirling tornado-like and then plummeting into an old chimney en route to South America – an unforgettable spectacle by all accounts.

The Bird Tornado Strikes Again will be presented on Wednesday, September 5th at the Chardon Square Gazebo  and on September 12th at the Burton Square Gazebo.  Both programs will take place  from  7:30 to 8:30 p.m. 


Burton – The Historical Engine Society will be holding their 42nd Annual Antique Power and Steam Exhibition July 27, 28, 29, 2012, at the Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum in Burton,Ohio.  On display will be various types of antique machinery, such as steam engines, gas engines, tractors, excavating and construction equipment, cars, and trucks.  There will be demonstrations of the machinery, including sawmilling, grain threshing, and shingle making.  There will also be a parade of machinery through downtownBurton Saturday and Sunday morning, children’s rides on Murphy’s Railroad, and open house tours of CenturyVillage’s restored homes and shops. Friday, July 27, is a preview and set-up day with reduced admission.  Show hours are 10:00AM – 5:00PM each day.  Admission is $2 Friday and $6 Saturday and Sunday. For more information please contact (440) 669-2578, (330) 544-4438, or www.historicalengine.org


Burton – Don’t miss what promises to be one of the most exciting events of the antiques show summer season.  Now celebrating its 51st year, the Burton Antiques Market returns to the Geauga County Fairgrounds for the first of this years’ semi-annual shows on June 9th.   With 400 of America’s leading dealers displaying their finest antiques and vintage collectibles, there promises to be something for everyone in all price ranges. 


Burton – “Christopher Columbus” will land on the shores of Northeast Ohio aboard the Nautica Queen April 12 at 8:30 AM, and begin an adventure to Geauga County that will highlight Ohio Chautauqua and its stop at Century Village Museum in Burton this summer. With his journey east, “the explorer” will offer bystanders and social-media followers a preview of how Ohio Chautauqua’s scholar-performers bring history to life through dramatic characterization. “Columbus’s” trip to Geauga County will include an appearance on Chardon Square at 12:15 p.m. and a 6 p.m. performance at Century Village Museum. The 2012 Ohio Chautauqua, sponsored and presented by the Ohio Humanities Council, is a traveling tent festival that combines education, drama and other entertainment to focus on the time “When Ohio was the Western Frontier.” The festival’s trademark red-and-white-striped tent will be erected on the grounds of Geauga Historical Society’s Century Village Museum July 3-7. The Ohio Chautauqua tent will serve as the central location for five free evening performances by humanities scholars who assume the costume and personality of historical figures: pioneer naturalist Johnny Appleseed; Iroquois leader Chief Logan; frontier aristocrat Margaret Blennerhassett; York, a Lewis and Clark Expedition member; and Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the Battle of Lake Erie. Throughout the week, these same scholars will present ten additional daytime programs on varying topics at five other venues around the county. Five of these programs will be aimed at younger audiences, and five will be geared toward adults. Geauga County is one of only five sites throughout the state chosen for the privilege of hosting the 2012 Ohio Chautauqua, which is as much a social and educational movement as it is an event. Follow “Christopher Columbus’s” observations on Twitter (#FollowChristopher) or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/2012OhioChautauquaGeauga<http://www.facebook.com/2012OhioChautauquaGeauga> as he readies for his journey. For more information about the 2012 Ohio Chautauqua in Burton, visit www.ohchautauquageauga.com<http://www.ohchautauquageauga.com/>.


Burton – Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village in Burton, Ohio is eagerly seeking dedicated, interested gardeners to join its volunteer gardening team for the coming year.  Gardeners will have the opportunity to “adopt” and tend their favorite garden from a choice of 25+ available plots.  Garden choices range in size from the very tiny (urns, kettles, containers), to medium and larger beds and borders around historic buildings.  Most gardens are established and simply need sprucing up, weeding and watering throughout the growing season.  Several new gardens will also be introduced, allowing gardeners the opportunity to participate from the ground up in designing and creating these. All volunteers will be cheerfully welcomed and accommodated, regardless of age or expertise.  Whether you are an individual or family, youth group, garden club, civic group, or landscaper, we can find a place for you.  In its second year, the educational goal of the “Garden Project” is to demonstrate styles of gardens that might have been planted in the 1800’s Western Reserve area.  That these gardens also provide present day spots of colorful beauty to visitors at the Village is a bonus!  This year’s garden planning session is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. in the basement of the Auburn Church, situated in the heart of the Century Village property in Burton, Ohio.  Please consider attending and joining our 2012 team.  You will find fun, friendship, sunlight, fresh air, and an opportunity to make YOUR Century Village a beautiful place to visit. Please direct all inquiries to Louise Jackson, “Garden Project” coordinator, 440-834-1492.


[pulledquote]Nearly one million inkjet cartridges end up in landfills daily.[/pulledquote]Burton – The Burton Public Library is now collecting empty inkjet cartridges for recycling.  Cartridges can be deposited in a collection box located in the front lobby of the library.  Simply place your old cartridge in a plastic sandwich bag and deposit it in the collection box. Both businesses and individuals are invited to recycle inkjet cartridges at the library.  Unfortunately, large laser cartridges are not accepted for this recycling program.  Nearly one million inkjet cartridges end up in landfills daily.  In addition to raising money for the Burton Public Library, this inkjet cartridge recycling program has a positive impact on the environment.

Burton – Even though winter has been reluctant to arrive, plans are underway to begin making pure Geauga County maple syrup in Burton Village.  The Burton Chamber Of Commerce will hold the 4th Tree Tapping Ceremony Saturday February 11, from 10 to 4.  It’s a great time for the entire family to see how pure maple syrup is made.

Carol Starre-Kmiecik portraying Amelia Earhart

Burton - Usher in your holiday season at the elegant Friends of WomenSafe Christmas Tea.  Enjoy nibbling on dainty sandwiches, freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and jam while hearing the life story of Amelia Earhart and shopping a Chinese auction offering a variety of enticing certificates, baskets and unique items.  Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Red Maple Inn, 14707 S. Cheshire Street in Burton.  Tickets are $45.00 per person.

Space is limited, so call 440-285-3741 today to make your reservations.  Thanks to the generosity of Lake Health and the Red Maple Inn, we are able to provide this wonderful afternoon at such a reasonable price.

Friends of WomenSafe is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation with the sole mission of generating unrestricted funds for WomenSafe.  In our first four years we’ve donated $140,000.00 to WomenSafe and built a strong team of over 60 members.  We’re actively seeking new friends to help plan and execute fundraisers.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to lend your talents to a growing organization that provides support for people in crisis.  Why not join us today?  Ask for a membership application when you call #440-285-3741.



Friends of CASA for KIDS of Geauga County will present its fifth annual Kids’ Safety Day at Century Village in Burton on Saturday, September 10th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Held on the beautiful grounds of Century Village near Burton Square (Rtes. 87 and 168), this free event is designed to teach kids and their families how to stay safe in many different environments. Representatives from area police and fire departments as well as other organizations will be on hand to teach about bike safety, fire safety, outdoor safety, water safety, firearm safety and more. Safety Town and safety education demonstrations will also be held to provide information, interactive experiences and valuable resources for everyone concerned.

Burton – The Great Geauga County Fair is Ohio’s oldest fair, featuring more than 65 performers, acts, shows and contests, including the annual Fair King & Queen Contest. It’s an ideal family-friendly destination over Labor Day weekend, September 1-5, 9 a.m. to midnight daily.

Since 1823, Geauga County residents of all ages have made their mark at the fair. In 2010, 14,000 exhibits were entered for judging in a variety of competitions and categories including livestock, horticultural and agricultural products, fine arts, domestic arts, antiques and collectibles, culinary and baked goods and many more.
The main grandstand features five live action shows this year, including Demolition Derbies, TNA Live Wrestling, Truck Pulls, FMX (Free Motocross) Championships, and a hot air balloon demonstration. Children 6 and under attend all shows for free. On opening day, TV8 Cleveland news weatherman Dick Goddard will host the Chicken Flying Contest at noon at the small grandstand.
Exhibit halls will be open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and rides will be operational from noon-midnight. All exhibits close at 8 p.m. on Monday. Registration for Junior Fair livestock sales starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 3 in the arena.
Advance gate admission is $6; and an online advance sale five-day pass is $25 (http://geaugafair.com). Daily gate admission is $7 for adults, while kids 12 and under attend for free. Also, parking is free at the fairgrounds. Thursday will be Youth Day, with admission free for those 18 and under; plus reduced ride prices from noon through 10 p.m. Friday will be Senior Day, Veterans’ Day & Youth Day; when anyone 65 and older, 18 and younger, and veterans attend the fair for free.
Four sets of young men and women from Geauga County have been nominated by their 4-H clubs for 2011 Great Geauga County Fair royalty. Those vying for the King & Queen crowns include:

Bryan Briggs

Bryan is the son of Rick and Lisa Briggs of Troy Township. He is a 2011 Berkshire High School graduate. While at Berkshire, Bryan was a five-year member of the marching band and concert band.  He is a 10-year member of Auburn Swine 4-H Club, being president for two years, and a three-year member of Breeders and Feeders. During his 4-H career he has held many positions in his clubs, including Health Officer and Environmental Officer. Bryan has served on the Junior Fair board and is a past president. He is a 4-H camp counselor and has done many volunteer hours with the Geauga Park District and the Department on Aging. This fall he is attending OSU ATI, studying beef and sheep management.

Rick Loveland, Jr.

Over the past eight years, Rick has been involved in Geauga County 4-H, Junior Fair, Junior Leaders, Junior Fair board, and his 4-H club, Little Porkers.  He has served as president of Little Porkers, President of his class, Vice President of Student Council, Editor of Ledgemont’s yearbook and newspaper, Teen Institute Youth Staff, LAB Alumni Representative, and Relay for Life Team captain. He has also been involved in National Honor Society, HOBY (a youth leadership conference), Project Love, Teens Against Bullying, and Envirothon. A senior at Ledgemont High School, he is a member of the Varsity Football and Wrestling teams.  Rick has raised swine for eight years, turkeys for three years and ducks for two years through Little Porkers.

Sam Sharpnack

Sam is a senior at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin High School and is the son of Linton and Patricia Sharpnack of Claridon. He is an active member of Geauga Caprine Kids, having served as President, Vice President, and currently as treasurer. He has received Gold Medal Awards for poultry, goats, leadership, and achievement and has also received the Ambassador of 4-H award.  He is a member of Junior Leaders and Junior Fair board and is a camp counselor. Sam is active in Spanish Club at NDCL and is a member of the track and cross-country teams, and has been a member of the football team.  He hopes to join the military after graduation from college.

Tom Somrack

Tom lives in Newbury with his parents, Larry and Colletta.The 16-year-old is a junior at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin High School.  Tom serves on the Campus Revitalization Task Force and is involved in St. Joseph of Arimathea Pall Bearer Society. Tom is also active at St. Helen’s Church, where he is involved in the Ross Group, cooking for spiritual retreats, and serving on the altar.  Tom is also a member of Boy Scout Troop 99 in Newbury. A Life Scout, he is working on his Eagle Scout badge by coordinating a project at the Geauga County Fairgrounds.  Tom is an active member of several 4-H clubs:  Flockmasters, Granny’s Kids, Junior Leaders, and Plantmasters, along with his activities on Junior Fair board and being a 4-H camp counselor at Camp Whitewood. Tom attended HOBY, a youth leadership conference, in the spring of 2011, and is a volunteer for Leadership Geauga. Tom runs a farmer’s market and shadows a veterinarian in hopes of pursuing a career in agriculture.

Sarah Anderson

Sarah is the daughter of Rick and Wendy Anderson. The 18-year-old is a graduate of Cardinal High School, where she participated in Cardinaires for four years, the school musical for four years, two years of varsity soccer, and two years in National Honor Society. She also spent the year as a Post Secondary Education student at Kent State.  Sarah has been involved in 4-H for 11 years, raising rabbits, ducks, turkeys, goats, and pigs. She is also a three-year member of Junior Fair board and was a member of Junior Leaders. In the fall, Sarah is attending the University of Findlay to pursue degrees in animal science and pre-vet medicine, specializing in large animals.  While pursuing her dreams, Sarah hopes to remain involved with 4-H as an advisor.

Elise Bruening

Elise is a senior at Madison High School and lives in Montville Township. She has been a member in several 4-H organizations for the past 12 years and has taken swine, dairy, and poultry projects to the Great Geauga County Fair.  She has held the positions of President, Secretary, Treasurer, Health, and Safety officer in these clubs and has been the recipient of a Gold Medal Award for Leadership and one for Achievement. She is also a member of the Geauga County Junior Leaders 4-H Club and is a counselor at Camp Whitewood.  At school, she is active in Math Club, Student Council, Prom Committee, and National Honor Society where she holds the office of President.  Elise has varsity-lettered in track, volleyball, and soccer.  She represented her high school at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference. Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Elise co-chaired a fundraiser which raised over $1,100 dollars for Haitian orphans. She recently organized and completed a six-day, 325-mile fundraising bicycle journey from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC and raised over $16,000 for Honor Flight Cleveland and World War II veterans. She will attend Lake Erie College as a post-secondary student, where she plans to get a head start on her goal of completing the Physician’s Assistant Masters degree program.

Kelsey Rumburg

Kelsey has been in 4-H for 10 years. She is the current President of her two 4-H clubs, Geauga Beef & Swine and All Cooped Up. Over the years, she has shown breeding beef, breeding sheep, pack goats, cavies, and poultry. Last year she completed and won the All Animal Showmanship Sweepstakes.  Kelsey is also the current Vice President of Junior Fair board, and treasurer of Junior Leaders.  She has been a camp counselor for two years.  Kelsey resides in Hambden Township with her parents, Ed and MaryBeth, and her many animals. She is a senior at Chardon High School and a full-time student at Lakeland Community College. She is a recent graduate of the Leadership Geauga Youth Program.

Ashley Winters

Ashley is 17 years old and a senior at Chardon High School, where, as a junior, she was an office assistant and a student tutor. This year she is a family consumer science teaching assistant.  She lives with her parents, Tom and Debbie Winters, and her sister, Leigh, in Hambden Township. She is the President of the Geauga County Junior Leaders 4-H Club and Braided-n-Banded Horse 4-H Club. Ashley has been a member of Geauga Horse & Pony Association for 10 years and represents them on Junior Fair board.  She is also a member of National Honor Society, Symphonic Band, the American Quarter Horse Youth Association, Northern Ohio Quarter Horse Association, and Northeastern Ohio Horseman’s Association. She has shown her quarter horse at all levels of competition. Ashley has been a volunteer visitor and made holiday gifts and cards for the Geauga County Home residents and has helped organize, collect, and wrap gifts for special families in Geauga County through Job and Family Services.  She plans to study medicine or animal science at the University of Findlay after graduation.