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The GCRTA will be holding a luncheon meeting on Tuesday October 7Th at Grand River Cellars Winery and Restaurant in Madison. Participants are asked to gather at 11:15 followed by a business meeting beginning at 11:30. A lunch of chicken parmesan, mixed green salad, penne pasta, vegetable blend, peach cobbler and beverages will be served at noon. A cash bar will be available for wine. Grand River Cellars Winery and Restaurant is located at 5750 Madison Road (Rte 528) in Madison. Robert Grau will be presenting the program, ‘Five Million Steps: Hiking Thru the Appalachian Trail’.

Reservations must be made by Monday, September 29, 2014. Please write your $18.00 check (which includes a $1.00 donation to the Grant-in-Aid fund) to GCRTA, and mail to Judy Miller at17130 Kinsman Rd.  Middlefield, Ohio 44062. Judy’s phone number is 440-487-4324.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a newly retired teacher, school personnel or someone who may need a ride. Remember to bring paper products or canned goods for the ‘Geauga County Hunger Task Force’.

If you need a ride from the Geauga Transit call 440-285-2222 or 440-564-7131 Ext. 516 a week ahead of time and make a reservation.

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Middlefield  – On September 27th, back by overwhelming demand… the TWO headliners at the 6thAnnual Hometown Hoe-Down will be the Whiskey Courage Band, and Blazin Bills amazing BBQ! On the 27thfrom 6pm-10pm, the Middlefield Market Pavilion (indoors) will transform into the perfect setting for some good ole’ fashion country fun! The evening starts with the BBQ blazing right outside as ribs & chicken are cooked for the buffet, which is served 6:30pm-8pm. Buffet also includes the best of the best Geauga County restaurants with salad, baked beans, veggies, Amish baked rolls, desserts and soft drinks. The ‘Brew Saloon’ will once again be open for those of you looking for a tall cold beer. Or have some fun and head over to the Wine Wagon for a chance at the Wine Pull.

Dust off your dancin’ boots as Whiskey Courage is back by popular demand! If you are not familiar with the band they play a great variety of upbeat Country/‘Southern Rock.’ Get up for a fun interactive line dance lesson or just enjoy watching the fun!Get great deals in the silent & Chinese auctions and, f course everyone gets into the excitement of the “Cow Plop Drop!” That’s right, this is one contest nobody can ‘rig,’ it’s all up to the cow!

Geauga County Tourism hosts this event annually as a fundraiser for marketingGeaugaCounty to  visitors, which in turn supports our local businesses, restaurants & lodging facilities.The Hoe-Down provides a great return on investment to benefit the county while having a fun night out, so round up your friends and join the fun! Thank you to Presenting Sponsor Great Lakes Cheese, the proud manufacture of the world gold medal winning Adams Reserve Cheddar.

Tickets are now on sale $30 per person/$50 per couple ($10 for kids 4-11) and can be purchased by phone with a credit card.  If space allows ‘walk-in’ tickets may be available at the door for $35.Reservations highly recommended!If you are interested donating an auction item or becoming a sponsor contact Geauga County Tourism 440-632-1538; 800-775-8687. You can also “Like” Geauga Co. Tourism on Facebook to keep up on all the details, of visit our website for more details www.TourGeauga.com.

photo courtesy of Kim Breyley

photo courtesy of Kim Breyley

Middlefield –  Early Sunday evening, storms pounded Middlefield Village and the surrounding areas, drenching them with approximately five inches of rain in an hour and a half. The heavy rain fall caused flash flooding, that took residents by surprise, forcing nine families to be evacuated from their homes.

The hardest hit area was Grove Manor Apartments on Grove Street in Middlefield near Mineral Lake Park. Eight families were stranded by the rising waters, which called for immediate evacuation. The fire department was on hand with a boat to assist residents who needed to evacuate. According to Lieutenant Anderson from the Middlefield Village Fire Department,(MVFD) the firemen assisted eight families in the village and one in the township with evacuation, due to rising waters.  There were no injuries or loss of life, including animals. Anderson said the MVFD received assistance with the storm emergencies from Burton, Windsor, Troy and Parkman Departments.

Although the biggest area hit was the Grove Street region, the entire village suffered from flooding issues. The intersection of State Routes 87 and 608, in the heart of the village was under water for some time as well. Other area businesses that suffered minimal flooding:  Wal-Mart had flooding in the loading dock area, the Good News, Rite Aid, Great Lakes Outdoor Supply and Briar Hill suffered lower level flooding along with many other businesses. Also, many resident experienced severe basement flooding as well.

All day Monday, the County EMA, the state and the Red Cross were assessing the damage from Sundays’ storm, while residents and businesses attended to the clean-up.

 

The Geauga County Retired Teachers’ Association will hold their annual picnic on Tuesday August 5th at Swine Creek Park in Middlefield at the Lake Side Shelter. Swine Creek Park is located at 15900 Hayes Rd. which turns off of Rte 87 east of Middlefield. (Please refer to a map which is posted on our website: gerta.net.) Attendees may gather at 11:15 with a business meeting beginning at 11:30 followed by picnic lunch at noon.

Each participant is asked to bring their own table service and a dish to pass. Pulled pork sandwiches will be supplied by Nancy Speck, and drinks will also be provided. After the meal, the Grant in Aid recipients will be introduced and presented with their awards.

Please RSVP to Nancy Speck at 440-286-3864. Guests are encouraged to bring a newly retired teacher, school personnel, or another guest who may need a ride. The association will be accepting donations of flour or kidney beans for The Geauga County Hunger Task Force, as well as SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR GEAUGA STUDENTS.

If transportation is needed to the picnic, please contact Geauga Transit at 440-285-2222 or 440-564-7131 ext. 5160 a week before the scheduled event to make your reservation.

 

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Photo: The Barn Treasures

Middlefield – We’re celebrating the Summer Solstice marking the first day of summer and the longest day of the year with our first annual Barn Sale Sat. June 21, 10am-4pm Rain or Shine. Outside we’ll have some of our Artisans with their hand-crafted works of art under tents, an Antique Dealer and an Amish Bake Sale with all proceeds being donated to the new Amish school. Inside, and out you’ll find many special one-day deals and new treasures. Win a door prize, enjoy a lemonade and some Amish bakery! Come join the fun and bring a friend and spend the day in beautiful Middlefield and Geauga County Ohio. Some of the Artisans are also introducing new products at this event. Artisan products will be both outside and inside and include: Repurposed Glass Garden Art, Quilted table runners, Hand poured Garden Art pavers, Plain and Simple jewelry designs, Lighted wine bottles all outside and inside. Artisan gifts inside include wood turned walking sticks, Painted repurposed slate roofing, Steam Punk jewelry, Lake Erie Beach Glass jewelry, Needle felted sculptures, Alpaca Happy Butt Mats, Amish poured Soy Candles, Butterfly Goats Milk Soaps and Hand painted glass ornaments and Votives and lots more!!! And don’t forget, we are a Consignment Store and carry QUALITY gently used items from Antique and Vintage, to everyday useful kitchen tools, farm tools and everything in between. The Barn Treasures is located at 15264 Kinsman Rd (Rt 87) Middlefield, and open summer hours of Monday through Friday 10-5 and Sat. 10-4. Our phone number is 440-632-1858. Find us on Facebook.com/the barn treasures.

Middlefield – The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association (GCRTA) will hold their next luncheon meeting on Tuesday June 3rd at Mary Yoder’s Restaurant, 14743 North Street in Middlefield, Ohio. Attendees should arrive at 11:15 a.m. and the business meeting will begin at 11:30. The luncheon will follow at noon with a menu of roast pork, potatoes, green beans, cole-slaw dinner rolls, pie and beverages. The cost of the meal is $18.00 which includes a$1.00 donation for the Grant-in Aid Fund. Reservations must be received by May 30th, and the checks should be written to GCRTA. Please send your reservation and check to: Judy Miller, 17130 Kinsman Road Middlefield, Ohio 44062 (phone: 440487-4324). Linda Pentilla will present a program on energy conservation. Remember to bring a canned food item or a paper product for the Geauga County Hunger Task Force.

Please consider bringing a newly retired teacher or other retired public school personnel. The association welcomes any person who was employed by a school district anywhere in the United States. If you need more information about membership into GCTRA, contact Jean Paine at 440-286-4992.

For those attendees needing a ride, call Geauga Transit at 440-285-2222 or 440-564-7131 Ex.16 a week in advance to make your reservation.

Middlefield – A new shop will soon open in Middlefield, notable not only for it’s distinct mix of products offered, but for the individuals who staff it. Upon entering the storefront, you may be greeted by Celeste, a friendly, hard-working store employee from the Metzenbaum Center, part of the Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, who helps staff this unique store.

The shop will focus on selling an equal mix of handcrafts, and gently used treasures. Artisans from Metzenbaum will supply wood products, jewelry, key rings and handmade cards. Local artisans will also consign handmade items including woven wicker baskets, aprons, and pillow covers. Other inventory will include collectible glassware, pottery, toys, books, home items, magazines, and kids items. The shop is unable to accept upholstered furniture, clothes or shoes. Individuals are welcome to consign items, or simply donate gently used items. If any donations aren’t used at the store, they will be given to another local charitable organization.

In addition to greeting customers, some of Celeste’s tasks at Special Hands Shoppe will include checking in consigners, ringing out customers at the cash register, as well as setting up and helping to design display areas of the store. Celeste will work closely with Metzenbaum staff, including Debra Griggs. The goal is that the shop’s inventory will augment what is found in the local community. “We won’t sell items that would compete with nearby stores. We want our store to be a wonderful addition to the local community.” To that end, the shop is soliciting local artists, including Amish crafters, to provide a wide selection for local residents, visiting tourists, and tour groups.

In addition, Griggs and her team hope to work with residents on beneficial community projects. And that community spirit doesn’t stop with Griggs and her staff.  Consigner Martin Weaver, a local artisan, donated a tabletop wishing well to be kept near the cash register. His only request – that any loose change donated would benefit the Ronald McDonald House. So, if you’re looking for some good gift items, but you also want to do good for the community, visit Special Hands Shoppe in Middlefield. The store, located on West High Street near Dollar General and Roadhouse Music, won’t officially open until Memorial Day. Local artists and consigners are encouraged to contact Debra at dgriggs@geaugadd.org or (440) 632-0659 to schedule an appointment.

Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, known as The Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Center, was started in 1966 to help individuals in Geauga County with developmental disabilities. As of January 2014, they serve over 725 individuals and their families with community-based therapies, day-programming, residential services, and transportation. For more information, visit geaugadd.org.

 

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Middlefield - Cold-hardy plants are already in the ground at the 10 farms owned by the farmers of Geauga Family Farms. GFF is a co-op of 10 farmers who grow certified-organic produce for their community supported agriculture (CSA) program.

CSA members pay up front for the weekly box of produce, or share, they receive weekly for 20 weeks from June to October. This allows the farmers to buy seeds and pay for any labor needed to get the crops in the ground. In return, members enjoy truly fresh, locally grown vegetables.

Members choose from three sizes of shares that can be picked up weekly atHealthya GFF farm on Bundysburg Road in Middlefield.

The farmers harvest the vegetables, pack them in boxes, and have them ready for pickup within 24 hours. Simply choose a share size, and in early June members start receiving veggies – lettuces, green onions, and radishes will start off the season. In midsummer members see tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, beans, potatoes and melons in their shares, with cabbage and squash in the fall.

Many farms mean a wider variety. This region is able to produce an amazing array of vegetables. GFF farms grow more than 50 types of vegetables, and multiple varieties of many of them.

Participating in a CSA program encourages members to try new vegetables. Members talk about how participating in a CSA has taught them to eat new and different things and changed how they eat for the better.

There has been much discussion of GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, lately. GMOs are plants whose genetic material has been altered to withstand direct application of herbicide. GFF farmers are committed to the stewardship of earth’s resources, and since each of the GFF farmers grows certified-organic vegetables, you won’t find any GMO food in your share.

GFF also offers eggs, maple syrup, honey, baked goods and more. Members have access to chicken, turkey and grass-fed beef as well.

Other sites are in Cleveland Heights, downtown, Kirtland, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Macedonia, Mentor, Painesville, Parma, Seven Hills, Shaker, Solon, Willoughby Hills and the Beachwood area.

Sign up for your share by May 15. For more info, visit www.geaugafamilyfarms.org or contact Laura Dobson at 440-478-9849, LDobson@geaugafamilyfarms.org.

 

 

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Middlefield - It’s hands-on, educational, inspirational and celebrational!

Bring your family and friends out to Geauga Park District’s Sap’s-A-Risin’ for a taste of how maple sugaring has evolved since the Native Americans, then a taste of the sticky stuff itself. Sap’s-A-Risin’ is held from Noon – 4 p.m. on March 9, 16 and 23 at Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield/Parkman Townships.

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Middlefield -  For more than two years, the Middlefield Economic Development Committee (EDC) has been aggressively promoting the Village of Middlefield on a state and national level with the goal of attracting business and industry to the village. As a part of this initiative, the Committee contracted Cleveland State University’s Community Planning Program Manager Kirby Date to develop a retail market analysis for the village.

Geauga County - The Geauga County Retired Teachers’ Association will hold its next luncheon gathering on Tuesday February 4th, 2014 at The Pilgrim Christian Church at 202 South Hambden Street on the Chardon Square.

Attendees should arrive at 11:15 a.m. The business meeting will begin at 11:30 followed by lunch at noon. Chicken casserole, salad, rolls, beverages and dessert will be served. Linda Pentilla from the Chardon Schools will present a program on ‘How to develop an energy awareness’.

Reservations for attending this luncheon are required by Thursday, January 30th. Please make your $11.00 check out to GCRTA and mail it to: Judy Miller, 17130 Kinsman Rd. Middlefield, OH 44062 (phone: 440-487-4324). The cost of the event includes a $1 donation to the Grant-in-Aid Fund.

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

Please remember to bring canned goods or paper products for the Geauga County Hunger Task Force.

For those attendees who need a ride from Geauga Transit, call 440-285-2222 or 440-564-7131 ext. 5160 to schedule transportation a week in advance.

 

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Middlefield – Amish Home Craft & Bakery will host their 7th Annual Holiday Open House from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm on November 29 & 30 at 16860 Kinsman Road (State Route 87) 1.5 miles east of Middlefield. Enjoy free coffee and cookies as you get your holiday shopping off to a great start. Local crafters will be setting up their goods inside the Amish home adjacent to the store location. These visiting crafters will be offering a variety of handmade items such as soaps, rugs, gift baskets, jams, jellies, holiday treats, homemade candies and much more. New this year are beautiful handcrafted wood butcher blocks and cutting boards.

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The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will meet on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 for a luncheon and meeting at Century Grille at Grandview, 13404 Old State Road (Rt 608), Middlefield, Ohio  44062.

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Middlefield – The Middlefield Banking Company today announced the hiring of Eric P. Hollinger as Senior Vice President – Commercial Lending.  In this role, Mr. Hollinger will focus on the needs of small businesses in Geauga and Lake Counties.
“The addition of Eric Hollinger reflects our commitment to adding well recognized professionals who share our focus on developing and expanding client centric relationships,” stated Thomas G. Caldwell, President and CEO of The Middlefield Banking Company.  “Eric is highly regarded as a key advisor by entrepreneurs and leaders in the local business community.  We look forward to sharing in his passion for delivering superior customer service.”
In accepting the position with The Middlefield Banking Company, Mr. Hollinger stated, “I am excited to be a part of a team that values true community-focused banking, built on strong interaction with customers and community.  The Middlefield Banking Company, with its local decision-making and ability to craft solutions to the needs of its customers, offers the focus and relationship-enhancing opportunities that I look forward to providing.”
Mr. Hollinger has 30 years of banking and sales-related experience, much of which he acquired at the former Bank One.  Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Commercial Lender, with FirstMerit Bank, serving Lake, Geauga, and Cuyahoga counties.
A native of Worthington, OH, Mr. Hollinger holds an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.  He completed his undergraduate degree in Marketing and International Business at Bowling Green State University.  A resident of Chardon, Mr. Hollinger and his wife, Kim, are the parents of three adult children.

The Middlefield Banking Company is an operating subsidiary of Middlefield Banc Corp. (OTCQB:  MBCN).  Headquartered in Middlefield, Ohio, Middlefield Banc Corp. has assets in excess of $657.0 million.  The bank operates full service banking centers and an LPL Financial® brokerage office serving Chardon, Cortland, Garrettsville, Mantua, Middlefield, Newbury, and Orwell, Ohio.  Middlefield Banc Corp. also serves the central Ohio market through its Emerald Bank subsidiary, with offices in Dublin and Westerville, Ohio.  Additional information is available at www.middlefieldbank.com and www.emeraldbank.com.

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Middlefield – When one thinks of a Summerfest they think of blue skies, a balmy 80°, food, live entertainment and just good ole fun, and that was just what the committee for Middlefield Summerfest had in mind when they planned the event. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. Cloudy skies blanketed the area Saturday, along with on and off showers throughout the day, but the soggy weather didn’t put a damper on Middlefield Summerfest.  It went off without a hitch under a sea of umbrellas.

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For two consecutive Saturdays, shoppers have enjoyed the opportunity to purchase locally produced goods such as Amish grown produce, fresh bakery,  jams and jellies, kettle corn, fresh-squeezed lemonade as well as sample free delicious grilled goods prepared by UH chefs at the Middlefield Farmers Market in Mineral Lake Park.

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Middlefield – This Saturday, July 27 promises to be a full day of pure fun with more than 100 local businesses, organizations and individuals taking part. It all begins early with the Amish Buggy Classic 5K Race.  An Amish-driven buggy actually leads the 100 plus runners at the starting line.
At 11 a.m. the entertainment begins with “The PopTarts” performing a decade of top hit favorites from the best of the 60s girl groups and female pop singers. The parking lots of Great Lakes Outdoor Supply and the Middlefield Fire Department (just north of the main light in Middlefield) will be jam-packed with bounce houses, barrel train rides, a dunk tank as well as local food vendors and businesses who will sell and display goods and services.

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Middlefield – The Kelly Miller Circus will be in Middlefield July 24th & 25th, with two shows each day. The shows are 4:30 and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 2 to 12 years old. Under 2 years old are free. Everyone is invited to come out and watch the animals being unloaded and fed, and the elephant raising the big top. The Circus will be set up at Cardinal Middle School. Activities will begin Wednesday at 7:30 am, and the tent will be raised at 9 am.

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Middlefield – Although summer break has barely begun, it won’t be long before your kids will say, “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” When you hear those words, or if you’re just ready for a little summer fun yourself, here are some ways to enjoy summertime with your kids without spending a fortune. 

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Middlefield – Meet three authors from Northeast Ohio for a Triple Book Signing at Sparrow Christian Bookshop in Middlefield, Ohio on June 15th .  Kathleen Fuller, Mary Ellis and Amanda Flower will be signing copies of their latest novels from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Kathleen Fuller is the author of over twenty-five books, including several  best-selling series The Hearts of Middlefield, Middlefield Family and Mysteries of Middlefield.  Her latest Amish Romantic Novel,  Letters to Katie was released in May 2013. Kathleen and her husband of twenty years, James, live with their three children in Geneva, OH. For more information about Kathleen, visit her website at www.kathleenfuller.com.

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Middlefield - As a part of its ongoing “healthy county” initiative, University Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Center will be a community supporter of the Middlefield Farmers Market, which will take place every Saturday morning from July 6th through September 28th at Mineral Lake Park on Sperry Lane in The Village of Middlefield, Ohio. 

At Senior Night at Cardinal High in Middlefield, Hiram-based Communications Factory recognized Elaine Warren as the firm’s eleventh annual college scholarship recipient. Chosen from a large field of highly qualified applicants, Warren demonstrated a great knack for balancing the academic rigors and extracurriculars with her commitment to helping others. She’ll use the $1,000 award from the Factory to help offset some of the costs associated with her college education. 

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Nine Northeast Ohio quilt shop owners have come together to offer a ‘taste’ of their craft to attendees of the Quilters’ Fling “Sweet Treats Quilt Shop Hop.”  The eighth annual hop is themed “Strips and Dips” and will focus on narrow batik fabric strips, and dip recipes to sample.

The Sweet Treats Quilt Shop Hop will run from Wednesday, April 10 to Saturday, April 20, 2013.  At their first stop, participants receive a free passport which they get stamped at all the shops they visit.  The shops have designed exciting projects from bright colorful batik strips, often called “jelly roll strips.” Attendees with completed passports will receive a free copy of Confetti in the Corner, a quilt book written by Terry Atkinson of Atkinson Designs. The book contains quilt block patterns and recipes and is a $19 value.  Fabric packets of batik strips will be available to purchase for those interested in making their own quilt.  Hoppers will also be eligible to win door prizes, gift baskets and gift certificates.

Middlefield – The Middlefield Chamber of Commerce invites all to a luncheon with Middlefield mayor, Ben Garlich.

When Ben Garlich took over as mayor of Middlefield Village on Jan. 1, 2012, his primary goal was to build the economic base of this community.

Under Mayor Garlich’s leadership, the Village of Middlefield now offers to residents, a state-of-the-art Web site, is experiencing positive results from a strategic international marketing campaign and has increased in size by 11 percent. Local industries report record sales and are enthusiastically supporting the momentum.

Mayor Garlich will present the State of the Village at noon on March 12 at the Middlefield Fire Department community room, upstairs.

Enjoy a homemade, hot lunch of soup, hot and cold sandwiches, pie, cake and a beverage. $12 per person. Please RSVP for this annual meeting to 440-632-5705 or by e-mail mccinfo@middlefieldcc.com. Call the chamber office if you have any questions. The Middlefield Chamber has part-time office hours; so if there is no answer, leave a message with your name, phone number and information needed. Lynnette will call you back.

Middlefield – Looking for an inexpensive outing to beat the winter shivers?  Middlefield Market’s annual Chili Cook-Off provides a day of warm entertainment to fit any budget!

Admission is free into the Pavilion where the doors open to the public at 11:30am Saturday, February 23, 2013.  Live musical entertainment will be performed by Soft Tones until the festivities are concluded at 4:00 pm.

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Middlefield – Musicians who are interested in helping the many people in the local community affected by the recession can now benefit from their helping hand. Roadhouse Music is teaming up with the Independent Music Store Owners Group and SIT strings for their fourth annual Food for Strings food drive. The event is taking place on November 10th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Musicians need to bring at least three non-perishable food items, and the experienced staff will install a brand new set of SIT strings, tune and polish the instrument for no charge. All food collected will be donated to the First United Methodist Church of Middlefield’s food bank, which distributes food through the Geauga Hunger Task Force. Donations will be accepted even if the customer is not interested in a restring.

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Middlefield - Mary Ellis, bestselling author of Amish fiction, will sign books at Sparrow Christian Bookshop on Friday, Nov. 18 from 2-4 p.m.

Mary grew up close to the northeastern Ohio, Amish community in Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. She loved the peaceful, agrarian lifestyle, the respect for the land and the strong sense of Christian community among the Amish.

She, her husband, dog and cat now live close to the largest population of Amish in the country, a four-county area in central Ohio. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, research for her best-selling books, and enjoy a simpler way of life.

All three of her Miller Family series, A Widow’s Hope, Never Far from Home, and The Way to a Man’s Heart have made the CBA and CBD bestseller lists. A Widow’s Hope was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards for 2010 in the long contemporary category, and a runner-up in the 2010 Holt Medallion Awards. A Marriage for Meghan is the second novel in the Wayne County series, following ECPA bestseller, Abigail’s New Hope. These books will be available for sale and signing at the Sparrow Christian event.

Sparrow Christian Bookshop carries a broad assortment of P Graham Dunn engravable items and artwork, as well as the latest in Christian bestselling fiction and non-fiction books and Bibles. Shop a large selection of gifts for the holidays.

Sparrow Christian Bookshop is located at 14962 S. State St., the intersections of Routes 87 and 608 in Middlefield. Call 440-632-0011 or visit www.sparrowchristian.com.

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Middlefield – Mrs. Mona J. Trybus of Middlefield has been named the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Chapman Award. Each year, the Geauga County Library Foundation bestows this award on an individual who, through his or her actions, has best promoted the interests of reading and books.

Mrs. Trybus’ devotion to the library began with the founding of the East Geauga Friends of the Library in 1973.  She served as secretary/treasurer, wrote its newsletter for several years, compiled scrapbooks of the organization’s history and events, and helped to raise the funds necessary to include a meeting room in the library that opened in 1977.  She continues her Friends volunteer work every Thursday afternoon in the Friends’ book sale room in the new Middlefield Library.

It is safe to say that without Mona J. Trybus, there might not be a new Middlefield Library.  She tirelessly visited businesses and individuals, seeking donations to the campaign fund for the successful bond issue that made the Middlefield Library a reality.  Recognizing the significance of her contributions, the Library Board named the conference room in the new library the Mona J. Trybus Conference Room.  In addition to raising the funds, Mrs. Trybus continues to serve as campaign treasurer for Geauga Citizens Preserving Libraries, funding all campaign expenses since 1991.

A member of the Library Board for 30 years until her retirement in July 2011, Mrs. Trybus served on every committee and in every officer capacity on the Board.  She was appointed to the Geauga County Library Foundation Board in 1993 as a Library Board representative until her retirement from the Library Board earlier this year.  At that point, the Foundation Board recognized her great contributions and sought her permission to appoint her back to the Foundation Board as a community representative.

A native of Altoona Pennsylvania, Mrs. Trybus married Dr. Henry G. Trybus in 1957 and moved to Middlefield. She has two daughters, one son, and nine grandchildren.

Mrs. Trybus will receive her Chapman Award from the Geauga County Library Foundation at a reception in her honor on Friday, November 11, 2011, at Middlefield Library.

[pulledquote]“It’s for the kids, we will be there!”[/pulledquote]The Middlefield Police and Fire Departments held the second annual “Middlefield Car Show” event as a fund raiser for the “Shop with a Cop” program. The event was well attended and raised as $4,955.

The “Shop with a Cop” program is a unique program that provides resources for Middlefield area children to holiday shop for themselves and their families. The children get to holiday shop with a member from the Middlefield Police and Fire Departments. The “Shop With A Cop” program is very special to us in that it brings holiday joy to Middlefield area families that otherwise might not be able to celebrate with food and gifts”.

I want to deeply thank everyone that attended the car show. The weather was great, a short rain shower did not stop folks from visiting, then the sun came out and we had a beautiful day for the event. All of the proceeds raised at the car show will support the Shop with a Cop program. The Shop with a Cop program operates solely upon fund raisers and donations.

Special “Thank You” to Carl Hornung, Dennis Parton, Mike Davison, Middlefield Fire Department Chief Bill Reed, and the Middlefield Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for their participation of coordinating the car show. There were Hot Rod Car enthusiasts that came from as far as Pennsylvania.

“When people learned that the proceeds from the Middlefield Car Show went to the Shop with a Cop program”, they said, “It’s for the kids, we will be there!” This is so heartwarming, that people from all over are so willing to support our community programs.

The “Shop with a Cop” program is a wonderful program that the Middlefield Police Department intends to hold every year. Donations make the program possible. “I would like to thank all of the sponsors of the Shop with a Cop program.” “We hold this program close to our hearts and it means a lot to us, if it was not for your generous donations we would not have been able to offer the program to the community.” If you would like to provide resources for the Middlefield Police Department “Shop with a Cop” program, please call Chief Ed Samec  (440) 632-5225

Middlefield – You have probably seen statistics thrown out and about in the media regarding the advantages of music programs in local schools.  Some statistics show that students who are in band tend to do better in their other classes and are more likely to stay in school.  There are many programs to “Save the Music” (a VH1 program) and are designed to keep music in the schools especially during these times of extreme budget cuts.  There is a definite division in thinking regarding music, and the arts as a whole, among many Americans.  Some believe it is not as necessary as skills training or college preparation classes.  Others believe that society would be lacking in humanity, empathy and basic feelings without the arts.
Music can be a friend to the lonely, an encourager to the heavy laden, bring  relaxation to the tired; it can lift your spirits, take you back in time, and change your attitude.  Music is at the heart of life, in my humble opinion.
Roadhouse Music located at 15910 West High Street in Middlefield (440.632.0678) is a premier location for musical equipment, sheet music, repairs, announcing equipment, parts and so much more. They live and breathe music for students as well as adults.
John Burton opened Roadhouse Music in January 2004 and has made quite a name for himself and the store in the local area, not just with schools but  with musicians as well  for the quality and the quantity of products and services offered.  They even offer vintage instruments, which is a rare commodity today, due to so many on-line auction sites.  At Roadhouse you can actually see a wide range of vintage equipment.  When I visited, they had a 1934 Gibson guitar which was playable and quite beautiful.
Some of the services offered include a full range of school band instruments to rent or buy, electronics set-up and coverage for events or permanent installation of equipment for groups and others who need public speaking equipment. They can buy/sell/trade instruments or equipment; you can buy sheet music or access it electronically, buy a beginner’s pack to help future musicians get started, take lessons, get parts for your instrument, have a broken instrument repaired. Just about any other instrument-related need you might have can be taken care of by John and his crew.
One of the many advantages of utilizing local merchants is the high level of customer service you receive.  When you purchase an instrument at Roadhouse Music, they make sure it is right before you take it home and the knowledgeable staff  makes sure your purchase is exactly what you were looking for. Plus, their prices are comparable to those big box stores.
They are members of IMSO (Independent Music Store Owners).  This membership adds years and years of experience and assistance to further help with your shopping needs.  Have a question that Roadhouse Music cannot answer? No worries…they can query IMSO and glean knowledge from many sources to help get you what you need.
Many smaller stores have closed in Northeast Ohio in the last few years due to economic hardships.  John feels it is their high level of customer service that has allowed the doors to stay open.  The love of music is everywhere, in all the nooks and crannies of Roadhouse Music.  So if you are looking to learn to play, buy an instrument, get one repaired or other number of music related services, think about Roadhouse Music in Middlefield as being your first (and only) stop.  Check out their website (http://www.roadhousemusic.org/) for more information and current hours.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said that “music is the universal language of mankind.”  That language is fluently spoken at Roadhouse Music, why not stop by and speak  for yourself.

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Middlefield – Pirate Musician Joshua Nelson will be performing at the Ye Olde State Renaissance Faire at Settlers’ Village in Middlefield on September 10, 11, 17 and 18.
Nelson was born and raised in the small town of Burton before moving to Los Angeles, but his alter-ego Rillian Rauchbach has led a more unusual life. Rauchbach is an orphan who murdered his abusive care-taker uncle and then was captured by pirates. Because of his singing voice, Rauchbach’s life was spared, and he was welcomed onto the ship as a cabin boy and shanty-man. While on the ship, Rauchbach met up with three other pirate musicians who together formed the pirate band “Rillian and the Doxie Chicks.”

“Rillian the the Doxie Chicks” released two CDs, “Get Down (Like an Anchor)” and “Left in the Longboat.” The pirate band performed many shows in California, including the Disneyland red carpet premieres of “Pirates of the Caribbean” 2, 3 and 4.
Nelson will be performing at the Cow Stage at Ye Olde State Renaissance Faire. CDs will be available for purchase. Settlers’ Ye Old State Renaissance Faire is an annual event and will feature live music, demonstrations, puppet shows, comedy acts, improv, a talent show, jousting, vendors, and more.

Settlers’ Village is a village of shops located at 14279 Old State Road on the corner of Rt. 608 and Nauvoo Rd. For more information call Vancura Gallery at 440-632-1124 or visit www.settlersmiddlefield.com.

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Middlefield – On Saturday Aug. 27, 2011, the Sparrow Christian Bookshop in Middlefield will be collecting manual wheelchairs, canes, crutches, and walkers for the Joni and Friend’s, Wheelchairs for the World program, between the hours of 9 a.m. 2 p.m.   Since 1994, the Wheels for the World ministry has presented the Gospel by delivering wheelchairs and Bibles in developing countries. But Wheels for the World is not simply about “dropping off a wheelchair”. It’s about changing the hearts, minds, and lives of people. It’s about transforming societies, village by village, person by person.  Each piece of equipment will be restored and given to people in need in developing nations.

Wheels for the World shares the love of Jesus Christ extended through the gift of mobility by bringing hope, joy and salvation to children and adults with disabilities around the world.

Sparrow Christian Bookshop is located at the intersection of Routes 608 and 87.  Store hours are Monday – Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.sparrowchristian.com

Middlefield – Entrepreneur Magazine on-line published an article entitled “Crafting: A Silver Lining in a Tough Economy.1”  Although the article was published in 2009, much of its information rings true today.  It explains how a bad economy brings out the inner crafter in many people.  It is a well-known fact that when there are times of turmoil or economic downturn that crafting, in all forms, gets renewed interest.

I ,personally, remember after 9/11 trying to learn to knit as did many of my friends.  When the economy took a downturn a few years ago I started to cross-stitch again after many years of not doing any crafts.  Crafting is a way for people to stay close to home, use their hands for something productive and is a great way to give gifts without a lot of expense as opposed to being gifts for birthdays, baby showers and the like.  Crafting feeds that internal need many people have to go back to simpler times.

If you are looking to start a new craft, refresh existing skills or everything in between, The Craft Cupboard located in Middlefield may very well be the place you are looking for.  Sure you can shop in the big box craft stores, but Mary Lou and Roger Kalb, the store’s owners, have a delightful shop full of craft supplies as well as many types of pre-made craft items.  They also offer classes.  The Craft Cupboard is located at 14275 Old State Road at Settler’s Village in Middlefield (right behind Middlefield Cheese).  They are open from 10 am. until 5 pm. Monday through Saturday.  Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.

Just looking around the shop I saw folk art paint supplies, stencils, silk flowers, idea books, penny rug kits, many different types of yarn, tins, untreated wood crafts, clay, doll parts, seasonal crafting items, jewelry making materials, ribbon, card and scrap-booking items, quilting supplies and fabrics – just to name a few of the items offered.  There are two rooms devoted to just fabrics and wools.  You can also find sewing accessories and patterns galore.

Please call Mary Lou or Roger at 440.632.5787 to find out more about upcoming classes.  Classes are usually run in the Spring and Fall, but it is always best to call if you are interested in learning what options they have available.
Their website, www.thecraftcupboard.com, offers a chance to view some of the kits and options available for crafting.  Nothing compares to walking into the store though.  It is like a candy store for crafters with craft ideas abounding from every available inch.  The longer you can stay and shop, the more ideas you will come up with and the more fun you will have.

After 32 years in business Mary Lou and Roger know their crafts.  They are available to help you find just the right supplies for just the right project.  The personal touch is one of many advantages to shopping at a local store rather than a huge mega-store.  It makes no difference if you are a seasoned veteran or new to a craft, crafting is for everyone.  If you have ever thought you are not crafty enough, forget that thinking…everyone has talent, sometimes you just need someone to help you find yours.  The journey is half the fun and at the end, who knows, you might have even learned something about yourself.  The Craft Cupboard is a great place to expand your horizons and stretch yourself.  Why not try a new craft today!

Do not forget to visit the other unique shops of Settler’s Village

Middlefield – Have fun at Settlers’ Village Ye Old State Renaissance Faire on Saturday and Sunday September 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 14279 Old State Rd. Middlefield Ohio. Pirates, Celtic Highlanders, Mother Goose and more will invade Settlers’ Village of Shops for two weekends. The Faire will feature live music, demonstrations, puppet shows, comedy acts, improv, a talent show and much more. Dress as a pirate, a renaissance or fairytale character, or your favorite costume and become a part of the Faire.
Learn how to become a Highlander and show off your new-found skills for all. Sing along with Settlers’ Pirates.

One of our featured pirates will be Rillian the Pirate from “Rillian and the Doxie Chicks”. They are most noted for performing for Disney at the release of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies,  performing at the the “Red Carpet” industry premieres at Disneyland, as well as the public premieres of all three movies at Disney’s ‘El Capitan’ theatre in Hollywood. If you want to hear more, Rillian will also have 2 full length pirate CDs to be purchased at the faire.

Have you named Settlers’ 15-foot Holstein cow? Share it with Settlers’ Village for a chance to win dinner from Mary Yoders’ Amish Kitchen and a cheese basket from Middlefield Cheese.  Email your choice to dvancura@windstream.net, or mail or drop in with your suggestion to 14279 Old State Rd, Middlefield 44062. The winning name chosen will receive a dinner from Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen and a cheese basket from Middlefield Cheese.

The Phoenix Players from the Great Lakes Medieval Faire will be back again this year performing improv, street faire, dancing and much more.

Settlers’ Ye Old State Faire is a family-friendly faire offering fun activities for youngsters such as pony rides, a play yard, crafts, toys, face painting and puppet shows. Children of all ages will be greeted and entertained by Mother Goose and Friends.
Music will be performed by Renaissance musicians including Rillian the Pirate, Amy Timco, Jeff Hise and Terry Griffith.
Comedy acts I Verdes Confusi, Patchwork Players and Two Dumb Men and Their Swords will be performing through out the faire.

Along with the regular shops at Settlers’ Village which are: The Craft Cupboard, Tiny Stitches, Settlers’ Trains Cargo and Toys, Settlers’ Amish Co-op and Vancura Gallery, many Renaissance vendors will be joining them such as: chainmaille, Renaissance clothing, iron works, leather, swords, glass etching and tarot cards.

Do you want to show off your talent and win $200? Settlers’ Ye Old State Renaissance is hosting their first annual talent show. Two daily winners from September 10, 11 and 17 will perform for three celebrity judges: Police Chief Ed Samec, Mayor Bill Poole, and Garrettsville theatre “Impresaria” Iva Walker at the final competition on Sunday September 18.

For more information on Settlers’ Ye Old State Renaissance Faire call Vancura Gallery at 440-632-1124 or visit us online at www.settlersmiddlefield.com.

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Middlefield – Ridgeview Farm is pleased to announce a Blue Grass Festival on  Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 5488 Kinsman Rd, Middlefield, OH  44062.  The farm is located on State Route 87 in Mesopotamia Township, 3 1?2 miles east of Middlefield.  The music will start 1 p.m. and run until 5 p.m.  The suggested donation is $10.00 per car, which includes free parking.
All proceeds go to Beth Vanek.  Beth is recovering from breast cancer.  Funds are being raised to help Beth defray the cost of expenses not covered by health insurance and lost wages.
Ridgeview Farm is asking everyone to bring their own lawn chair.  Amish bake sale and lunch stand will be available.
For further information, please call the farm office at 440-693-4000 or visit the web site at www.Ridgeviewfarm.com.

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Middlefield - You are invited to come and listen to The Gospel Echoes Quartet in concert on Sunday, July 24 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m.
Bring a friend, a lawn chair and be ready for a wonderful, relaxing evening of good old tunes under the open sky, in a beautiful garden setting. This concert is one of the “In the Garden Concerts” series taking place in the garden at the light in downtown Middlefield at Routes 87 and 608.
The Gospel Echoes Quartet is comprised of Wes Kretzer, Eric Nelson, Jim Rudesill, and Paul Hiner.
This concert series is sponsored by Sparrow Christian Bookshop, located at SR 87 and SR 608. Store hours are Mon-Thurs 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Phone 440-632-0011 or visit www.sparrowchristian.com.

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Middlefield – Are you looking for something different to do this Memorial Day?  Middlefield Market offers the thrill of a live auction, the slower pace of walking the flea market and a great place to get a really good meal all while saving money.  Middlefield Market is located at 15848 Nauvoo Road, just about 500 feet east of Settlers’ Village and Middlefield Cheese.  You can check their website at www.middlefieldmarket.com.The live auction, which starts at 8 am, will offer live plants, the freshest produce and eggs around, chickens as well as a myriad of other items such as tools, furniture and more.  The Sale Barn will be full of tables with folks that have great items at great prices.  Many of the vendors are there every Monday.  You can shop for unique items as well as everyday products like cleaning and food items.  Most of the individual vendors are cash and carry, while the auction house does take credit and debit cards for payment on auction winnings as well as cash.If you have never participated in a live auction, do not worry.  Tom and Tina Mooney, the owners, have made it easy for everyone to participate.  When you arrive, just check in at the office in the back of the main sale barn.  You will need to show your ID and then you will be given a temporary number which you will show when you want to bid on something.  If you win the bid, the item and your number will be entered into the computer system.  When you are ready to check out, simply go back to the office and show them your number.  The clerks will have an itemized list of the auctions you won, then pay and you are on your way.Once you have looked around at all the many items available for sale, be sure to stop by the Farmers Grill.  Roxanne Blair, who owns the grill, offers breakfast as well as lunch to visitors at Middlefield Market.  You can enjoy eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes and hash browns before you start shopping and bidding.  People come from several counties just to have her special Breakfast Pizza Deluxe.  Prices are so reasonable, you won’t believe it.For lunch Roxanne offers sandwiches such as hot dogs, hamburgers, fish, chicken Philly Steak and gyros with sides of French fries, onion rings or mozzarella sticks.  You can also enjoy pizza by the slice or just get a whole one.  For dessert try an apple fritter or cinnamon roll.  A variety of beverages, hot or cold, are offered, as well as a kid’s menu.The auction and flea market are known in the area because  they have been a staple of Mondays in Middlefield of many, many years.  The Mooneys have continued the tradition and have made Middlefield Market a fun place to shop.  There are a variety of other shops on the property.  You can find everything from antiques, jewelry and beads, gently-used furniture and clothing, to wood-burning equipment and more!  It is truly a fun-filled, family-friendly day.  Memorial Day is one of the busiest sale days, so you may want to plan to get there early or you may have to walk a spell.  Don’t forget that you can enjoy the live auction, the flea market and the Farmers Grill every Monday.  Just that Memorial Day is extra fun and extra busy.  Come out to beautiful Middlefield and enjoy a day full of shopping, great deals and great eats!

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.

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Middlefield – To honor  women, Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen is planning a special event just for women. Ladies in all walks and areas of life are invited to join us for the Ladies’ Tea & Treasure event on Friday, June 3rd, at 4:00 pm.  You will enjoy a buffet luncheon which includes assorted finger sandwiches, a fruit cup, tossed salad, beverage, and assorted desserts.  We will celebrate with a door prize and special discount coupons, and more.We are excited to have Laura Straniero here to talk about the freedom from slavery being extended to women in Bolivia through the work there, and to show the Suti Sana handbags that help to make that freedom possible.Tickets are $15.00, and can be purchased at Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen, or online at maryyodersamishkitchen.com.

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Middlefield - On February 26 the Middlefield Police Department and CWE Championship Wrestling Experience teamed up for fun filled night of “High Flying”, “Hard Knocks” and “Total Excitement”. The wrestling event was a fund raiser for the Middlefield Police Department’s “Shop with a Cop” program. CWE promoter  Kyle Terreri and Chief Ed Samec discussed the event as a fund raiser several months ago. Kyle contacted several CWE and PWO (Pro Wrestling Ohio) wrestlers and talked to them about “Shop with a Cop”. The wrestlers were excited and honored to do what they could to promote and raise funds for the program. Some of the wrestlers came from as far away as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The evening’s event was exciting and even included Chief Ed Samec stepping in the ring for some pro wrestling action. “Chief Ed will do anything that is necessary for the community, I think that is pretty obvious given that fact that he stepped in the ring with Jason Gory”, Mayor Poole said.  On behalf of the Middlefield Police Department, we would like to thank all of those who attended the event and supported our “Shop with a Cop” program.

Columbus - Area wrestlers did a fantastic job in representing northeast Ohio and their respective high schools in Columbus last week.
Leading the way were the Crestwood Red Devils who qualified a school record seven wrestlers.  After finishing second in the Akron Firestone district the week before, head coach Dave Wrobel was confident that his team could make a run at a top 5 finish in Columbus.  Five of his seven qualifiers had previous state tournament experience and that experience paid off in the first round as the Red Devils won 5 out of 7 matches Thursday afternoon.  On Friday the Red Devils found themselves competing against many of the pre-tournament favorites in their respective weight classes and success was harder to come by.  When wrestling concluded for the day the only Red Devil to be unscathed was senior Cody Ryba who kept alive his hope of being Crestwood’s first state wrestling champion since 1994 (Brian Singleton).  Coach Wrobel, like most wrestling coaches had mixed feelings as he assessed the results from Friday’s action.  He felt his team “competed well” … was “ecstatic for Cody Ryba’s results” …  and “dealt with the pain of not seeing all his wrestlers make it to the placement round”.  On Saturday evening, Cody Ryba put the finishing touches on a brilliant season for Crestwood when he won the 171 lb. championship with a 5-4 decision over Jake Cramer of Oak Harbor.  The victory moved Crestwood up to 6th place in the final team standings.
The Garfield G-Men qualified three wrestlers for the state wrestling tournament which was also a school record for them.  Coach Alan Harbert was “pleased with how well we competed” … “thrilled that all 3 kids were wrestling in the placement round” … and “very excited that two of his wrestlers were underclassmen and would be returning to his practice room next season”.  Kevin Stock was the highest finisher (4th) for the G-Men but lost his chance to wrestle for an individual championship when he was defeated in his semi-final match, 8-7.  The final score was  ultimately decided by a penalty point earlier in the match.
Cardinal’s Casey Johns lost his opening match and then rallied to win his next four matches to make the consolation bout. Johns found himself in familiar territory matched against his freshman nemesis from Beachwood, Sammy Gross, whom he defeated in the districts by a pin in the second period. Sammy, however, got his revenge by besting Casey 4-1 in Columbus.

Cardinal’s other state placer, Ziegler, won his first round match before falling to the eventual second place finisher. In the consolation bracket Chad won two more matches before falling to a third place finisher and winning his fifth place match 7-3.
The Southeast Pirates were looking to get back on track after a one-year absence from the state wrestling tournament.  The Pirates had two wrestlers qualify this year, with one of them trying to finish a Cinderella season.  Junior Tylor Brokaw placed 5th in the sectional wrestling tournament two weeks ago and thought his season was over, only to gain entrance into the district tournament last week as an alternate.  Tylor took full advantage of his second opportunity by placing 4th at districts and punching his ticket to the state tournament.  His story book season ended in Columbus when he lost his first two matches.  Teammate Ravonne Lawrence did however take 6th place at 171 lbs to give second year Coach Bob Noall his first state placer.  Coach Noall was extremely happy for Ravonne,  “he did all the right things to put himself in position this year and hopefully it will lead to bigger things for our program”.

Complete results can be found at the OHSAA website:  http://www.ohsaa.org

Middlefield - Vinny’s Authentic Italian Eatery located at 15620 West High Street in Middlefield is sure to please any lover of Italian food.  Vinny’s offers its patrons mouth-watering Italian cuisine at a very reasonable price.  You can expect good, fresh food as well as friendly service.  Their hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 am until 8 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 am until 9 pm and Sunday from 12 pm until 7 pm.  They are closed on Monday.

Appetizers include fresh fried mozzarella, calamari, bread sticks and more.  Pick a pizza with your choice of toppings or choose from one of the specialty pizzas: White pizza, basil portabella, or meatball morsel.  You can even pick up a slice or two of cheese or pepperoni for lunch (between 11 am and 4 pm).  There are several wonderful entrees to choose from, including pasta, Chicken Picatta or Marsala, Veal Marsala, sautéed shrimp, lasagna and vegetarian options.  They also offer “sangwhiches,” salads, soups and a kid’s menu.   Sides include Italian Risotto-rice with cheese and mushrooms or with shrimp and spinach.  Be sure to leave room for one of the delicious desserts of Tiramisu, Cannoli, Spumoni, caramel apple cheesecake or chocolate confusion cake.  When you are there check out their specials too.

Blaze Tishko and Sam Crea, the owner’s of Vinny’s, have a wonderful and interesting story.  Both men ended up at Newbury High School, although not friends during school,  Blaze knew Sam’s younger brothers and visited the house all the time.  Sam’s mother owned a restaurant called Kitty’s Place.

After high school Sam became a police officer and then went into construction.

Blaze worked at a friend’s uncle’s restaurant in Little Italy.  There he started washing dishes and eventually started to do some of the cooking.  Blaze thought about chef’s school but decided to take a different path, hotel management.  This is when Blaze learned the business from all angles; he washed more dishes, waited tables, tended bar and worked room service in hotels from Cleveland to Columbus and back again.  He left the business for two years to tour America and Europe with his band.  After the tour, he met a woman, married her and quit the band for good.

That is when he started running a restaurant for his stepfather, and decided to move to Geauga County to raise his family.  Unfortunately, the restaurant endeavor did not work out, but Blaze soon found out he was going to be a father and decided he needed to have a trade job in order to raise his family.  He began work as a union bricklayer but did not particularly like it so a friend got him a job at Sand Ridge Golf Course.  After golf season, he got work at Fowler’s Mill as a server then moved into management, but ended up going back to work at Sand Ridge the next season.

Then came a job at Welshfield Inn which helped Blaze to hone his craft and learn the actual business of running a restaurant.  Unfortunately Blaze got cancer and had six months of chemotherapy that laid him up.  There were days he could not get out of bed for being so weak.  The people at Welshfield Inn really helped him through this rough patch.

Blaze then started working at Fowler’s Mill again.  It was there that he and Sam started thinking about and talking about opening a sandwich/pizza shop, this went on for a few years.  With chemotherapy done and a new zest for life, Blaze found this time to be right to make a change and he was ready.  Soon they found a location (the one they are in now), bought a pizza oven and opened Vinny’s on March 1, 2010.

Both Blaze and Sam are completely committed to adhering to strict Italian cooking and recipes as well as always providing the customer with a superior product.  You will not find a deep fryer or dried seasonings on the premises.  This is not fast food but it is great, fresh, authentic Italian food.  Food is in these guys’s blood and it shows in the quality and commitment they have.  It shows in the taste of the food and in the atmosphere.  They know what they are doing.

They are approaching the anniversary of their first year in business and have a loyal following.  If you want to learn more about Vinny’s, check out their website at www.vinnyspizzashop.com.  The next time you have a craving for authentic Italian cooking, why not try Vinny’s.  You will not be disappointed.

A Special Election will be held on Tuesday, February 8, 2011.
Those residents of Geauga County residing in the Cardinal Local School District who would like to vote an absentee ballot should make arrangements now.
In order to request an absentee ballot for the Election, registered voters must fill out an absentee application. Each request must have the applicant’s original signature. Requests may be mailed to:
Geauga County Board of Elections
470 Center St., Bldg. 6-A
Chardon, Ohio  44024
440-279-2030
The Board of Elections will accept mail-in requests for absentee ballots for the February 8, 2011, Special Election thru noon on Saturday, February 5, 2011.  Voters may also vote absentee in person at the Board of Elections office January 4, 2011, through the close of business on Monday, February 7, 2011.
The Board of Elections will be open extended hours for absentee voting on Saturday, February 5th, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Voters can download an Absentee Application on line at:
http://www.co.geauga.oh.us/Departments/BOE/Absentee.aspx

A Special Election will be held on Tuesday, February 8, 2011.Those residents of Geauga County residing in the Cardinal Local School District who would like to vote an absentee ballot should make arrangements now.In order to request an absentee ballot for the Election, registered voters must fill out an absentee application. Each request must have the applicant’s original signature. Requests may be mailed to:Geauga County Board of Elections470 Center St., Bldg. 6-AChardon, Ohio  44024440-279-2030The Board of Elections will accept mail-in requests for absentee ballots for the February 8, 2011, Special Election thru noon on Saturday, February 5, 2011.  Voters may also vote absentee in person at the Board of Elections office January 4, 2011, through the close of business on Monday, February 7, 2011.The Board of Elections will be open extended hours for absentee voting on Saturday, February 5th, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noonVoters can download an Absentee Application on line at:http://www.co.geauga.oh.us/Departments/BOE/Absentee.aspx

Because of voter support in November, the Geauga County Public Library system will reinstate opening at 9:00 a.m. six days a week at Bainbridge,   Chardon, Geauga West, and Middlefield libraries beginning January 3. Sunday hours remain 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Story-time classes continue, and additional programs for school-age children, teens, and adults will begin soon.
The website has been updated and provides valuable information, databases, catalog connection, and ebook titles. The Ohio E-Book Project found at www.geaugalibrary.net offers titles to library card holders that can be downloaded to such devices as Nooks, Sony e-readers, and Kobos.  If you have questions about accessing any library service, there is now more time available for staff to assist you!

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Middlefield – Come visit Vancura Gallery at 14279 Old State Road, Middlefield during our 4th annual Christmas in the Country on Friday and Saturday December 3rd and 4th and 10th and 11th. The lineup this year includes: Amish feather painter Ben Miller, music duo Amy Timco and her father Jeff Hise, well-known published area artist Florian Lawton, candle smoke artist Laura Fields, and Somerset-published artist James Seward. These artists will be available for meet-and-greet, sales, and demonstrations.

Purchase your raffle ticket for a chance to win a dinner for two at Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen, a sleigh ride for two from Ma and Pa’s gift shack, and an overnight stay at the Red Maple Inn. Ticket price is $3.00 per ticket. Raffle tickets are also for sale for a custom framed giclee Christmas print painted by Greenwich Workshop artist Paul Landry. This art piece is valued at $500. Ticket price are $1.00 per ticket or 10 for $5.00.

All this money goes to two Middlefield Police Charities which are: Shop with a Cop and Middlefield Cares! (the area food cupboard) Refreshments, Christmas fun, artists, raffles, live Christmas carols  and unique Christmas gifts will be available at Vancura Gallery during Christmas in the Country.  Enjoy old-fashion friendly service, no long lines and plenty of parking, and smiles

Call Vancura Gallery at (440) 632-1124 for more details and times, or visit us on line at www.vancuragallery.com, or Settlers’ Village on facebook or in person at 14279 Old State Road, Middlefield 44062.

Middlefield – Celebrate Christ’s coming at Sparrow Christian Bookshop in Middlefield during the month of December.
The Church Boys will perform in the shop on the evening of Friday, Dec. 3rd from 6pm to 8pm. The Church Boys are a local quartet and will perform many Christmas and gospel favorites.
On the evening of Wed. Dec. 8, at 7pm, The First United Methodist Church Junior Choir will perform special selections from their annual Christmas musical – It’s A Wonder-Ful Life.
For all your Christmas gifts, music, cards and ornaments, stop by the bookshop.   Sparrow Christian is located at SR 608 and SR 87. Christmas hours are:  Dec. 6- Dec. 19 Mon-Fri 9-8pm, Sat. 9-6pm. Dec. 21 – Dec. 23 9am-9pm, Christmas Eve. 9am-5pm. 440.632.0011, sparrowchristian.com

Middlefield – If you are looking for a unique place to buy locally-made, handcrafted gift items, you need to stop by Amish Home Craft & Bakery.  They are located at 16860 Kinsman Road in Middlefield, just 1 1?2 miles east of downtown Middlefield.  Their regular hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 am until 4:30 pm and closed on Sunday.

Owner, Jonas Miller, Jr., spoke with me about the diversity of visitors that come to the shop.  They have several return customers from Utah, Texas, and as far away as  Dubai.  I took a look at their guest book and there were visitors from Arizona, Nevada, Canada and the Czech Republic.  While I was there Mr. Miller was regaling visitors from the far west side of Cleveland with delightful local stories.

The store provides its customers with a variety of handmade items.  They have items for the children such as Amish dolls, wooden trains, wooden puzzles, story books, use-your-imagination toys and games, corn hole bags and warm blankets.  You can pick from many items for the home, like quilts of all sizes, natural soaps from Pine Breeze Farms, rugs, table runners and placemats, baskets of every size and shape, wall hangings, hickory rockers and coat hooks.  You can also find lamp parts and other smaller household items.

Other items available are a line of Nature’s Sunshine herbs, supplements and vitamins.  Nature’s Sunshine first encapsulated herbs in 1972 and has been around ever since.  Miller’s Country Jams are available as well as other canned items and honey.

The homemade items are one component of this adorable shop and the other component is the daily bakery.  The Millers have an on-site bakery kitchen and offer a large variety of baked goods.  You will find several varieties of breads, cream rolls, cakes, pies, cookies, donuts, crème sticks and fry pies.  Now with the larger ovens, they are able to offer large fruit danish and other specialty baked items.  The bakery is in and of itself a worthy reason to stop by.

With the holidays fast approaching, you can get special orders made for your holiday meals.  By calling 440-632-1888 (let it ring as the phone is not in the shop or the house), you can order pies, dinner rolls, breads or sweets so you can do other things and enjoy the holidays more without the extra work for you.

The renewed consumer interest in locally-made products makes shopping for gift items and home items a perfect option at Amish Home Craft & Bakery.  Mr. Miller told me that most of the items they offer are locally made either by Amish or Mennonite artisans.  Buying there helps local economies and helps your personal economy because the pricing is extremely reasonable.

Christmas is a great time to stop by and do gift shopping, but don’t forget gifts for yourself and your dinner table.  You will be glad you stopped by.