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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.

Burton – Enjoy an evening insect concert as cricket/katydid specialist and musician Dr. Lisa Rainsong introduces us to members of the Burton Wetlands insect orchestra.

Insect Orchestra: Nature’s Musicians will be presented on Friday, August 26 – 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve, 15681 Old Rider Road, Burton/Newbury Townships.

A musician, composer and music theory professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Rainsong spent four months surveying the “singing insects” of Oakton Preserve and Observatory Park during the summer and fall of 2009, funded by a Geauga Park District Small Research Grant of $1,000. She has led this free, popular Burton Wetlands program three years straight. Registration is not required; those school age and older will experience it best.  Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

Burton – In these days when good customer service is hard to find, David and Mary Anne Lamppert are keeping the concept alive and well at Hill Hardware.  Hill Hardware is a place where people who want to fix things can go to find the parts they need.  Items are fixable here, not just disposable.
David is an industrial engineer by trade, so his expertise in many areas helps him help his customers find just the right part or tool to get the job done.  In fact, many of his customers come there to get his advice.  The Lamppert’s bought Hill Hardware in 2007 and are enjoying the experience.
When David was a child, he and his father, on Saturday morning would make the trip to Chagrin Hardware and search for parts and tools they needed to complete whatever project was to be done that weekend.  David enjoyed those trips so much, he put it in the back of this mind that someday he might want to own a hardware store.  Then while shopping at Hill Hardware one day, he noticed that there was a for sale sign in the window.  He went home and discussed it with Mary Anne, then discussed it some more.  Finally, they decided to give it a try.  David was getting “tired of making other people’s widgets” and with Mary Anne’s bookkeeping experience, it seemed like a great fit.  The rest, as they say, is history.
Hill Hardware is located just north of Burton Square at 14545 Main Street.  Their phone number is 440.834.4471.  They are open Monday through Friday from 8 am until 6 pm, on Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm and closed on Sunday.
One customer commented that this “is a real hardware store.”  The space may be small, but every inch is utilized to supply customers with the items they need.  Just a few of the items they offer include: sanding belts, seeds, water filter cartridges, terminals, glues, locks, clamps, bolts, nails, hooks, bulbs, plumbing supplies, electrical components, yard tools, paints, stains, housewares, sandpaper, lawn mowers, light fixtures, pulleys, auto parts and so much more.  Mary Anne’s “side of the store” includes greeting cards, handmade cutting boards, locally made soaps and artwork.  She has several local artisans who display and sell their goods there.  If you don’t see something you need, it can be special ordered.
Mary Anne explained how the community has supported them and how they try to support the community back by being involved with the Burton Chamber of Commerce and in other ways.  The Lampperts embrace the idea of providing local businesses and local residents with this resource.  The pricing is extremely reasonable also because the overhead is not as high as the big box stores and that savings is passed on to the customer.  You may have to wait a little longer at checkout but the wait will be worth the service you get.
Hill Hardware also offers other services such as knife-sharpening, key-making, screen-making and repair, pipe-threading and glass-cutting.  They also carry stove pipes for wood stoves and hardened bolts for farm equipment.  This is a full service hardware store with a small town appeal.
At Hill Hardware, customer service is not just a marketing concept but a way of doing business every day.  David and Mary Anne are the real deal and Hill Hardware is too!

Burton – Herbert Hoover once said “The supreme purpose of history is a better world.”  As each generation grows older, history does become more important as it connects us to our roots and grounds us in our present.  Northeast Ohio is full of history and one such historic place is the Welshfield Inn.  With land donated by Jacob Walsh, Alden Nash built the inn during the 1840s.  It was originally called the Nash Hotel and was a frequent stop on the two-day stagecoach trip from Youngstown to Cleveland.  When you walk in the front door it is hard not to imagine finely dressed travelers enjoying a refreshing afternoon repast or socializing over a fine dinner after the day’s travels.
A few decades later, the facility became part of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.  Over time the building has housed a school, a barber shop, a post office and was the social center for the community.
In 1946, Brian and Pauline Holmes became the proud owners and renamed  it the Welshfield Inn.  The Holmes’ owned it for over 45 years.  In 2007, the SKHM Group bought the inn and renovated, restored and re-opened it.  In 2010, they bought the church next door and turned it into a banquet center.  There have been many changes to the property over the years, but the commitment to the community is the one thing that has not changed.
The Welshfield Inn is located at 14001 Main Market Road (State Route 422) in Burton, Ohio.  Their phone number is 440.834.0190 and their website is www.welshfielddining.com.  They accept reservations, but walk ins are always welcome.  The staff at the Inn is more than happy to meet your needs; whether it is a casual meal with friends, a rehearsal dinner, an anniversary, birthday, an after-golf meal or any other occasion, they will accommodate your wishes.  Larger parties from 20 to 250 are also welcome. If you have a special request, be sure to call them and they will work with you to make it happen.  Bob Peterson, the General Manager, has over 20 years in the industry and knows how to make customers happy.
Toby Heintzelman, Operations Manager for SKHM, explained that they “love being part of the community” and try to use local products whenever possible.  They offer lunch and dinner seven days a week along with a locally-famous Sunday Brunch.  The varied menu offers salads, sandwiches, lunch entrees, appetizers, dinner entrees including seafood, beef, chicken as well as comfort food.  The original cinnamon roll recipe from the Holmes’ is still part of the menu today. The Executive Chef, Amber Schuetzman, makes sure that there is something for everyone and every price range.
Other dinner specials include Monday’s $5 Burger Night, 2 for $40 dinners (an appetizer, two dinners and a bottle of wine) on Thursday, Friday night fish fry, once-a-month wine dinners, in addition to the Sunday brunch.  The cooler weather in the fall beckons with clam bakes outside. Other specials and discounts are available from time to time on their website and in their on-line newsletter.
If history’s purpose is to make a better world, the history at Welshfield Inn makes the world a better place and definitely more tasty. Be sure to stop and enjoy the view from the beautiful front porch.


Burton - Three new distinctive shops recently opened in Burton Village.  Each one is unique and offers shoppers something special.

Talk became action when four friends working at a restaurant decided to turn their love of vintage and period pieces into a business.  Off Center was born.  The four, Chrysti Clark, Diane Evans, Jodi Almstead and Sue Skomrock, will “pick” for the best items and antiques at estate sales and other locations.  They also take consignment and handle new things.

In addition to vintage furniture, they have some pretty diverse pieces, such as a 1917 Cornona typewriter with the box and instructions.  They are currently awaiting the arrival of six bentwood chairs from Vienna, Austria.

Off Center is located at 14538 N. Cheshire.  Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 to 5, Wednesday 10 to 7, Saturday and Sunday 11 to 4, closed Monday.  They can be reached at 440-834-1020, offcenter145@yahoo.com, or visit them on Facebook.

Anna Peel began her journey to Burton Village from Chesterland.  Peel relocated her Bella Candy, Cards & Gifts to 14542 N. Cheshire.  She carries everyday and seasonal cards, Willow Tree angels, Precious Moments items, balloons, along with Melissa & Doug brand toys.  Gift wrapping is available on site plus she will wrap gifts brought in.

Those with a sweet tooth will appreciate the store because it carries Gorant Candies, along with Jelly Belly and other sweet tooth treats.

Store hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 to 5, Wednesday 4 to 8, Saturday 10 to 4.  You can visit her on Facebook or call 440-834-1678.

An amazing medium to create in is glass.  Douglas and Daneal Hansel are designing  works of art in glass.  Locally Blown Glass is a glass  gallery featuring their work, work of other glass artists and local artists working in other mediums.

On display in the store are glass vases, lighting, home decor, glass flowers, and sculptures.  They also do commission work for those seeking something individual.  For those who would like to learn how to blow glass, they offer classes.

Locally Blown Glass is located at 14533 N. Cheshire.  Hours are Wednesday 5 to 8, Friday and Saturday 11 to 5, Sunday noon to 4, and by appointment.  To make an appointment call 440-635-0550 or visit www.locallyblownglass.com or Facebook.

These three business join Coffee Corners Coffee & Antiques, Lilac Garden Gifts & Framing, Spring Street Antiques, Hill Hardware, Fezziwigs Baby Gifts,  and AH Christiansons in the business district of Burton Village.  When exploring the shops, a tasty meal can be enjoyed at Tom & Jerry’s Diner, Bell’s Grill or JC’s Restaurant.  Don’t want to leave?

Two Inns, Goodwin House B&B or Red Maple Inn, welcome guests year-round.

For more information on planning your visit to Burton Village go to  www.burtonchamberofcommerce.com.


Burton – Remember the days when a car was a thing of beauty and American- made?  When every fall you anxiously waited for the new models to be unveiled?  When an American- made car was parked in every driveway?Step back in time to the glory days of American cars every Wednesday night from May 11 to September 28, in Burton Village, when vintage cars and vehicles return for Burton’s original Cruise Night.  The evening’s activities run from 5:00 to 8, and it is free.Historic Main Street comes alive with the rumble and roar of vintage vehicles and the foot tapping music of the 50’s and 60’s.  Bring a lawn chair to sit and talk or you can wander the street peeking under the hoods and seeing how powerful engines once looked.  Tom & Jerry’s Diner will be serving up classic burgers and fries or try one of their evening specials.Depending on the weather, it’s not unusual for more than 100 vehicles to park along Main Street.  It’s an opportunity for old friends to meet or to make new friends.It’s an event that welcomes everyone of all ages. Rain or shine, there are also door prizes and a 50-50 raffle. Cruise into Burton Village this summer with your classic car or just to enjoy Wednesday Cruise In Nights.



Burton – EcoWater/Servisoft of Middlefield is celebrating their seventh annual Customer Appreciation Day and Open House on Saturday, June 4th from 9 am until 2 pm.  They are located at 14299 Kinsman Road in Burton, just one mile east of Burton Square.  This year will mark their 46th year in business.This annual event provides a way for everyone at EcoWater/Servisoft to thank their customers for their business but also allows for new relationships to be formed.  Water softening salt, water treatment chemicals and filters are offered at the lowest prices of the year as a way of saying thank you.  Each customer will also have the chance to win a great prize donated by EcoWater/Servisoft or another generous local businesses.  Do not forget to stop by the food table for hot dogs, pizza and beverages.This year there will be a Home and Garden show featuring several local businesses.  You will be able to talk with representatives from AC Drain Rite, Geauga Credit Union, Geauga PC, Koon Landscaping, Radioactive and Stollard Farms to name a few.  Geauga County Sheriff Junior Deputy Rick O’Shay will be there for part of the day; he is an adorable 34” tall mini horse.  The Customer Appreciation Day and Open House is a time for the community to come out and experience great prices, good food and old-fashioned fun.  Chuck and Ella Hall started Servisoft of Middlefield in 1965 to help local residents have better water.   In 1987, EcoWater was added to the name.  Still a family business, EcoWater/Servisoft of Middlefield provides products for purchase or rent, salt and bottled water delivery and exceptional service on almost every brand and type of equipment.  Integrity and reliability are the names of the game at EcoWater/Servisoft of Middlefield, along with the business philosophy to always exceed the customer’s expectations. They offer their services to residents in six counties.  They are also the largest commercial dealer for EcoWater in the country.  Awards and accolades line the walls, but it is the dedication to doing the right thing that has allowed this company to stand the test of time.  The first Saturday of the month (unless it is a holiday) is always a salt sale, where water conditioning supplies can be purchased on discount, but the Customer Appreciation Day sale allows for a deeper discount and a lot more fun.  So whether you are an existing customer or thinking about becoming one, you are welcome to stop by on June 4, meet everyone and find out just how much EcoWater/Servisoft has to offer for your water treatment needs.


Burton – On May 4, from 6 – 8  p.m. come in and learn successful high school-to-college transition strategies for young people with disabilities.  Find out the five key transition skills that you need to have, know the differences between high school and college, eligibility requirements and accommodation descriptions.  Plus, much more!

Graduating high school seniors and recent graduates with disabilities are encouraged to attend.  Parents, guardians and counselors are also welcome.  This event is open to the public and will be held in the Quiet Lounge, Kent State University at Geauga, 14111 Claridon-Troy Road, Burton, Ohio 44021.  The event is sponsored by KSU Geauga’s Student Accessibility Services.


Burton – UN declarations and Presidential proclamations have made April 2 World Autism Awareness Day. According to President Obama’s proclamation, autism spectrum disorders or ASDs currently affect nearly one percent of children in the US; the statistics vary, but some numbers say that 1 in 110 children are affected. This effect can be felt rippling through families, schools and societies worldwide. This day is an opportunity to create awareness about these disorders, to continue research into the understanding of them and to look for a cause, in hopes of preventing them in the future.
One such awareness event took place at Century Village in Burton on Saturday, April 2. This grassroots event started with a little boy, Jason, who has autism and his family, which supports and adores him. Balloons are one of Jason’s favorite things, and he thought it would be fun to have a balloon launch to raise awareness of autism. Jason’s parents, Rachael and Tom, thought it was a great idea and started planning the event at the school Jason attends, as well as on Facebook.
Armed with a location which was donated by the Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village, ribbons donated by another family affected by autism, ballons from a local autism chapter — blown up for free by Northeastern Party Outlet located in Harrington Square in Middlefield– and a lot of heart, this event took shape.
The weather was perfect for a balloon launch, the sun was out and the wind was brisk. It may have been a bit chilly for some tastes, but what can you expect in Northeast Ohio in April? The cold temperatures did not seem to deter anyone from coming out though. I counted over 110 people and many four-legged friends in attendance. Smiles and hugs were as prevalent as the blue and white balloons. Each child in Jason’s class had a balloon dedicated to them as did other children who wanted to participate.
The children were playing with balls and the grown-ups were talking and laughing. I stood there as an outsider to this world. Looking in, all I could see was love and support for each other… a world where the children mattered and we were all there for them. No monies were raised, no huge strides came from this event, just the knowledge that these children are not being forgotten and that the families have each other to lean on. I thought, if only more of the world was like this, think of what strides we could make.
As the time drew nearer to do the release, the children were given their balloons, a few got set off early, but it was no matter. Precision was not the desired outcome of this event. Jason’s dad started the countdown and then all the remaining balloons were released. The wind took most of them on their way to Middlefield and points east, some got tangled up in the trees and a few even popped before being set free. It was an exciting event that was over in no time, but the moments shared there and the sounds of the laughter will have a lasting effect.
The concept that a little boy can come up with an idea and that so many people can come together to make that come to fruition is a testament to the human spirit.
Thank you to Jason for coming up with the idea, and thank you to everyone who participated in this event. If you happen to see a blue or white balloon in a tree, be sure to pick it up and read the card. Awareness is knowledge and knowledge truly is power.


Burton – The senior nursing students in Community Health Nursing at Kent State University at Geauga planned and implemented a community health and wellness fair on Wednesday, March 16th at the Geauga Campus in Burton. Several community agencies participated, including:  the Department on Aging with a balance screening, Visiting Angels, River of Life, WIC, MRC, Briar Hill, Mental Health Association, Lake Geauga Recovery, Geauga Medical Center Orthopedics, Parkside Care Corps, and Middlefield Library. Four KSU departments had tables: the library, student services, Geauga Student Nurse Association, and the School of Public Health.

Six majors or disciplines were represented by student poster presentations: psychology, sociology, nutrition, microbiology, geology, and nursing. The students researched health-related topics and designed posters bringing theory to practice, sharing this information with the public visitors at the fair. The senior nursing students researched topics related to the health of the people in our Geauga Community, presented information on health promotion and disease prevention, and did health screenings such as blood pressures, pulse oximetry readings, height and weight measurements, and body mass index calculations. With these screenings they offered possible interventions to improve the participant’s health such as increasing activity, follow up with health care providers, and improving health through better food choices. During the month of April, the students will take their poster presentations to area senior centers to share their research.


Burton – Do you long for the taste of real homemade baked goods made with fresh ingredients from scratch?  If so, Countryside Home Bakery located at 17075 Mumford Road is the place to go.  Countryside Home Bakery offers many different types of baked goods such as breads, dinner rolls, pies, cookies, pecan rolls and their specialty cinnamon rolls.  You can also find a variety of fry pies on Fridays and Saturdays.  In order to provide their customers with other  quality food options, they also offer  locally-produced regular and sugar free jams and jellies, dill pickles, barbeque sauce, cashew crunch, honey, maple syrup and concentrated homemade iced tea mix.  Want something special, no problem, they also take special orders.
Ivan Bender, the owner, explained that the bakery opened in 2005 to help supplement the family income but has turned into a successful family-run business.  Mr. Bender explained that it is the use of fresh ingredients, the homemade touch and the wood burning baking oven that has helped make the business a success along with a lot of hard work.  The baked items contain real butter and they use canola oil in the baking as often as possible.  Mr. Bender explained that there are just some things that do not work well with canola oil, but they use it whenever they can.  They use tried and true traditional recipes and basic baking techniques.
Mr. Bender also explained that everything is homemade, even the pie fillings.   The idea is to provide their customers with high quality, homemade baked goods.  That idea has worked as their customers come back time and time again and they gain new ones all the time.
The bakery is normally open Wednesday through Saturday from 8 am until 5 pm.  The bakery is located approximately 1.5 miles on Mumford off of Route 168, also known as Tavern Road. There is a sign at the corner of Mumford and 168.  If you are traveling on Route 422, turn onto Mumford Road and drive approximately 2.25 miles north.   The bakery is located between Patch Road and Nash Road on Mumford.
Do not forget about them when holidays approach, during those special times of the year they offer holiday cookies and gift baskets as well as specialty baked items.  You can get your dinner rolls and breads there.  You can make any meal special with homemade breads and rolls from Countryside Home Bakery.
If you have specific questions or want to place a special order, you can call them at 440-834-0776, please let it ring; someone will pick up or you can leave a message. The bakery may be a little off the beaten path, but is well worth the time and the trip to stop and taste the difference freshness and traditional homemade baking makes.  Countryside Home Bakery is another one of many Geauga County treasures.