Garrettsville – The August meeting of The Heart of Doll Country was held at Garrettsville’s United Methodist Church on August 2nd.  After the minutes and Treasurer’s report were read, members discussed some upcoming proposed trips.  A visit to the Museum in Erie, Pennsylvania to see a display of life-sized needle sculpted dolls, the Strongsville Doll and Bear Show, and Kent State Museum of Fashion were all proposed.  We will check to see what the current display is at Kent, and decide if we will be going.  A lively discussion about next year’s luncheon was held, and a Christmas in July theme was decided upon.  We also talked about where we will hold the Christmas party this year, since we are not going to be meeting over the winter months.  At Share and Tell, member Barbara Dupay showed a carved wooden doll she had purchased from The Toy Shoppe, as well as passing out some catalogs from there.  Carolyn Englert had her Bleuette-type doll that had belonged to her mother.  Pat Dutchman provided refreshments as well as a program on Travel Dolls.  Jean Lawrence won the door prize, a lovely tote bag.  Sue Lehota held an extra drawing, which Carolyn won, a beautiful Japanese American Girl small doll.  The Heart of Doll Country meets on the first Tuesday of the month, at the Methodist Church, anyone who loves or makes dolls is welcome.  For more information, email

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The Antique Tractor Club of Trumbull County has had a busy summer.  They’ve participated in many parades, open houses, block parties, and sold gallons & gallons of bean soup for the Ashtabula Tractor’s clubs summer show.  We donated time & tractors plowing a field for the Grace Fellowship Church’s new property on Kings Graves Rd. in Vienna and so many other things I don’t have the space to mention.
We’ve been planning & having meetings to promote and prepare for our Annual Summer Show to be held at 1653 Ridge Road, Vienna Ohio.  This years show will be three days — Friday, Saturday, Sunday the 19th, 20th & 21st.We have 3 classes of tractor pulls (kiddie pedal tractors, bring your own or use one of ours) they are very competitive and a lot of fun to watch, garden tractors and the larger tractors everyone likes to compete between tractor brands.  What’s it going to be this year, Red, Green, yellow, gray or blue.  Come watch your favorite.  This year we’re promoting Fords.  Come and see how well you can drive a tractor or ride in our special made wagon (with nice cushy seats) on a trip through the fields and woods.  We have free homemade ice cream for all kids 12 & under.  Come watch Nick make ice cream right on the spot and a dish you’ll never forget  There is something for everyone including a flea market.  If you need more information, you can call: Joe Toth @330-240-6407 or Terry Taylor @330-637-8946.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary went into its international mode recently, entertaining Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars Yeonmin Kim of the Republic of South Korea and Sayuri Minakuchi from Japan at their August 10 meeting at the Main Street Grille and Brewing Company.  These well-spoken and personable individuals are both studying at Kent State University and made interesting presentations concerning certain cultural aspects of their homelands and their own educational paths.

Sayuri Minakuchi is a second-generation Ambassadorial Scholar; her mother had been designated as such during her scholastic career.  Sayuri spoke of the Japanese language, both spoken and written.  Japanese script is, basically, a simplified form of a system borrowed from the writing of China, employing seventeen sound elements–some English sounds are not among them.  Some  English/American words have appeared in modern Japanese usage without translation, especially in areas such as sports (baseball) or entertainment or food (pasta).  Students in Japan begin learning English as a second language from about the fifth grade level on.  Many international students–who have probably begun learning English in their respective countries at about the same time–come to the United States to study at least partly to improve their language skills, particularly in the area of idiomatic speech.  As is the case in most countries of the modern, industrialized world, some aspects of traditional culture are found side-by-side with western culture and can be confusing to the outside observer.
Yeonmin Kim spoke of  some social and political facets of  the Republic of South Korea,  where his Rotary District was #3670.  He is studying for a Ph.D. in Literature, with a focus on Irish literature, as he feels that there are certain similarities between South Korea and Ireland (Eire), particularly as regards the partition of the countries and their similar historical paths.  Political sensitivities and economics and hopes for unification play into the situations in both places.  The young father and former South Korean Marine also touched upon some topics that Americans actually did have a concept of, namely, tae kwan do and kimchi–a form of martial arts, and a signature Korean-style relish of sorts, that can do about as much damage as the fighting

Once again Rotary displays its bona fides  as a bridge between nations.

Addendum : the discussion continues for local Rotary groups–“sink or swim”…what stroke?  If you’d like to get into the conversation, visit your local club, they’ll love to have you and your suggestions.

Garrettsville – Village Council met on Wednesday August 10, for their regular scheduled monthly meeting.   Minutes from the July meeting and a motion to pay the current bills were approved.  Revenue, expenditure, cash balance, and income tax reports were reviewed.  Councilman Klamer discussed year-to-date revenue as compared to last year with Mayor Moser.  Both were pleased to report the village is currently financially sound.

The Mayor and Village Council presented a plaque to the family of Charles Abraham, in recognition of his life-long service, commitment and generosity to the Village of Garrettsville.  His promotion and support of the community was instrumental in its development.  Mr. Abraham (who passed away in May 2011) was a friend and inspiration to many.

A public hearing will be held before the September 14 council meeting to discuss several pending ordinances including Ordinance 2011-36, which will provide regulations to the use of large portable signs within the village and several other ordinances relating to clarification of zoning rules.

Discussion resumed from last month’s meeting about Garrettsville’s athletic fields and how to control use, limit liability, and collect revenue to help with improvements, repairs and upkeep.   Ordinance 2011-45 was presented on first reading, outlining a fee schedule and regulations for the use of these fields by outside organizations.  Concern was voiced about the fees being too high.  It was decided to re-evaluate and further discuss this ordinance at the September meeting.

Council voted to enact Ordinance 2011-46 that clarifies and updates the codified ordinances of the village in relation to the Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Volunteer Fire Department and the appointment of the fire chief.

Discussion also resumed regarding the importance of declaring an urban renewal for the village.  Ordinance 2011-48 was presented at first reading.  This ordinance would allow the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) ordinance that is already on the books to be reactivated and updated.  The passage of this ordinance could be key in improving Garrettsville’s competitiveness to entice new businesses to the area partially through tax abatements that may be available from the state.

Ordinance 2011-47 was also presented at first reading and is a recommendation from the Board of Public Affairs (BPA) to establish a policy limiting the amount of bulk water that may be purchased and prohibiting the initiation of new bulk water accounts.  After some discussion council voted to send the ordinance back to the BPA for some revisions and clarifications before the next reading during September’s meeting.

Council gave approval to pay additional costs over initial estimates of work done on the Liberty Street sidewalks and the chip and seal of the new Garrettsville public parking lot behind the old Irwin Hardware building.  The mayor reported on the status of the Liberty Street bridge, that is closed between Center Street and Park Ave.  The mayor and Council President Rick Patrick met with the Portage County Engineer who told them that repairs can be made that would last between five and ten years for approximately $35,000.  To wait for demolition and rebuilding could take two to five years dependent on state and federal monies.  The mayor suggested the village offer a monetary incentive to get repairs done to the bridge by the engineer’s office before the end of the year.  After much discussion, council approved spending $10,000 toward repairs of the bridge with the understanding and assurance that the county would pay the rest of the costs, repairs would be completed by December 2011, and payment will only be made when the contract terms were met.

The guardrails at the post office parking lot were a topic of discussion at last week’s Planning Commission meeting and again tonight at the Village Council meeting.  The Planning Commission had asked the owner of the property to get his property surveyed to assure that the other adjacent owners’ property lines were not crossed by the ‘fence’.  The Planning Commission and Village Council understand the owner’s desire to limit access to his property, however, there was concern that the guardrail had been installed across property lines.  Permits would need to be applied for by each owner of the property that the fence may be on.  If one of the owners of the adjacent property does not want the guardrail, it will have to be moved to the actually property line.

Once business was taken care of, the mayor asked for  public comment.  A recommendation was presented for defibrillators to be carried in Garrettsville’s police cruisers.  A recent incident had prompted the recommendation after realizing that, in most cases, our police were first responders to 911 emergency calls and if the ambulance was out on another call, the police had limited resources to aid victims.  The mayor and council agreed it was worth exploring the suggestion.

During roundtable discussion, Councilman Hadzinsky commented on the cost to replace three fire hydrants.  He was surprised at the cost involved.  Councilman Kaiser reported his findings on purchasing a new leaf vac for the village.  He also stated trying to find a used one was very difficult.  The cost for a new one would be around $24,000 with a 45-60 day delivery.  Mr. Klamer asked council for approval of having Councilman Hadzinsky added to the Village Property and Sidewalk Committee.  Approval was granted.

Council President Patrick reported that the status of the Irwin property is still unknown.  He also stated he was approached by a resident to see if the village has a emergency shelter plan for those without basements during severe weather.  It was suggested that a formal plan should be made available to the public.  The Mayor reported on the economic development meeting from last Friday.  He stated the topic of discussion was “what would be an inducement for industry to locate here and what is distinguishing and unique about Garrettsville”.  He also wanted to remind everyone that school will be starting soon, the athletes and band students are already practicing and everyone needs to be aware of the students as they travel on our roads and sidewalks to and from school.

The next regular Village Council meeting will be held on September 14th.  A public hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the meeting will commence immediately after at Village Hall.

Hiram – Mayor Bertrand called the meeting to order at 7 pm.  All members present.  The Mayor asked for approval of the minutes from the 7/12/11 meeting and the motion passed.
Guests and public comment:  Doug McGee of McGee & Associates, Inc. spoke on behalf of Hiram College: A HUD grant is available that college would like to apply for.  McGee would like to work with the Village on this 80/20 grant for a  Master Plan.  This new program was just announced on 8/3/11.  McGee wanted to apply  for $130k meaning that HUD would kick in $104k.  The Master Plan would cover the campus area and area around the campus which is part of the Village.
Councilperson Spencer questioned the distribution going to the college, he felt it should go to do work for the public.  The Council asked for more specifics; the grant is a planning grant for any neighborhood or any segment in the US.
Councilperson Spencer wanted to amend McGee’s proposal to allow it to be more for the village.  The monies go to writing the plan which would cover planning for what new facilities are needed in the area, documenting how are facilities being used at this time and a plan for the future.  A comprehensive plan will help the college make future plans and detail how it can benefit the community.  “If it benefits the college, it benefits the community” was McGee’s explanation.
The college is open to making amendments to  incorporate the village.  Council President Wadkins would like to partner with the college so that the benefits are for the college and for the village.  September 9th is the deadline.
The Mayor encouraged McGee to put something together and Councilpersons  Dempsey, Spencer and Donley agreed to work with the college as village representation.
Hiram 4th of July:  It was suggested that council consider taking over this endeavor.  It is a large undertaking and needs more people involved in the process.  The Western Reserve Kiwanis might be interested in taking over the project.  It was suggested that whoever takes over would want to keep Fire Department involved.  The best person to head the project would be someone who knows  the college resources as well as resources from the village.  This project needs a focus person or set of people.  The wonder of the event is that everyone participates.  The grant  for this event does not have to be done until May or June so there is time for the project to change hands.
Councilpersons Donley and Dempsey will discuss it further with the Kiwanis club and report back to the Council.  Elements of this event include the parade (Village entity), fireworks, kids games .  It is a great tradition and wonderful for village, but more volunteers are needed.   Will report back at September meeting with Kiwanis decision.
An update was provided for the Hinsdale Project.
Police Report: The Police Chief was unable to attend meeting, however the chief’s report was submitted to council.  No questions were asked.  There were 100+ activities for the month of July.
Fire and EMS Report:   The average response time was 4 minutes and  4 seconds.  The Fire and EMS are ahead 70 calls from last year.  Fire loss report $40-50K from last month.  Many calls lately have been coming in back to back but the department is doing a great job responding.
Village Administrator:    There was a major water main break on Sunday.  Most of the day was spent on repair work.  It was explained that periodically this is going to happen because of some of the materials used date back many years.  The break was on Route 305.
Mayor’s Report:    Highlights include: work was done with Planning and Zoning.  A  commission conducted a special meeting to approve/amend the Hinsdale project and the Commission approved plans so that it could go forward and be bid publicly.  A formal commitment was signed by Hiram College President Chema regarding 1.5 acres of land to be sold to the college.  The construction projects at the college’s Miller Hall, Hinsdale and  library are all progressing, as well as the locker rooms project.
Fiscal officer’s report was submitted.  Council needs to take action per the codes of the Board of Tax Appeals. A motion to approve tax appeals was passed.
A “Then and Now” payment in the amount of  $13,874  for fire truck #2 for ladder work as brought before the board.  Motion passed.
Another “Then and Now” item for over $3K for CT Consultants was submitted.  Some work needs to be done by them to work within the constraints of government.  There are certain procedures to follow.
The Village is getting a new phone system.  The current phone system went down on Monday. They were able to get it back up and running but for a while it was totally dead.  Council has a quote from Dunk Electronic Services for the new phone system and telephones.  A motion to ratify the fiscal officer’s actions  and a  motion to spend $7,804 of capital for phone system were  motion passed.
Fiscal officer’s report accepted, motion to pay bills was passed.
2011-12:  An ordinance continuing the investment policy for the Village of Hiram with respect to investing funds that can be made by the fiscal officer (third reading)-motion to adopt – so moved.
2011-19:  A resolution authorizing specific enumerated transfers by the fiscal officer between funds of the Village of Hiram from the General Fund (1000) to the First Energy Grant Fund (2908) in the amount of $919.88 and authorizing an advance of $5,651.20 from the General Fund to the First Energy Grant Fund and declaring an emergency.  Motion passed.
2011-20: A ordinance amending the permanent appropriations in the general fund by $6,572 and declaring an emergency. Motion passed.
2011-21: An ordinance amending the permanent appropriations in the First Energy Grant Fund by $12,224 and declaring an emergency.  Motion passed.  Motion to approve as emergency.  Motion passed.
2011-22: An ordinance amending the permanent appropriations in the State EMS Grant Fund by $2,100 and declaring an emergency.   Motion to adopt.  Motion passed.
2011-23: Amend Income Tax Regulations – First reading
2011-13: Transfer to Capital Contract (for township contract).  Motion approved.
2011-18: New Special Revenue Fund. Motion approved.
2011-19: Enumerated Transfers. Motion approved.

No other business.  Council went into Executive Session.  Meeting adjourned.

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Mark Twain House in Hartford

Hartford, CT – It’s been 25 years since my sister and I have simply hung out together for a week at her home in Connecticut. Last week, we did just that. One day, we took a tour of the Mark Twain House & Museum, just a few blocks away.
I had loved reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, and various quotes and quips from the prolific writer. I had even impersonated him when I had to make a speech in seventh-grade language arts class, because we shared the same birthday, November 30.

But I never realized Mark Twain (actually, Samuel Clemens) had lived in Hartford. I’d only heard of his boyhood home in Hannibal, Missouri, of his adventures as a riverboat captain and newspaper journalist, then of his worldwide meanderings as an observer and critic of human nature, expressed in the spoken and written word. Having lived from 1835-1910, Clemens had a lot to say about the direction our country (and our world) was headed through a historic period of rapid change that covered the Civil War, the end of slavery, westward expansion, industrialism, Victorianism, racism, immigration, big government and foreign wars. With every observation he made, he delivered stirring comments that exposed the absurdity and shortcomings of human nature. Usually, he railed against injustice for the powerless at the hands of ‘dictators,’ which often came in the guise of respected authority figures.
Clemens was committed to walking the thin line between acceptable free speech and dangerous, inflammatory expression which would sully his name and result in censorship. Perhaps that’s why his pen name is so fitting. A “mark twain” is a traditional riverboat phrase, meaning “exactly two” fathoms of water. This was the minimum depth needed for boats to operate safely without running aground. Clemens was constantly navigating along that thin margin between safe and treacherous waters.

As we learned from the outset of our guided tour, Clemens reached way beyond his rough-and-tumble pedigree in his choice of a wife. Speaking of his own lineage, Clemens wrote, “my parents were neither very poor nor conspicuously honest,” and that almost all of his ancestors were born to be hanged – and for the most part were hanged, according to Clemens’ recently-released Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume I. It was published in 2010, 100 years after his death, kept under lock and key until Clemens was “dead, and unaware, and indifferent.” Therefore, he was free to speak his “whole frank mind” when he dictated his unsuppressed, rambling life story from 1876-1903 in fits and starts.

Olivia Langdon Clemens was born Olivia Louise Langdon in 1845‚ in Elmira‚ New York. Her father, Jervis Langdon, was very successful in the timber and coal business. The Langdons were one of the leading families of the community‚ both financially and in terms of their idealism, participating in the Underground Railroad and socializing with leading doctors‚ theologians and suffragists of the time.

Sam Clemens wrote about his future wife to his sister in 1869: “I take as much pride in her brains as I do in her beauty‚ & as much pride in her happy & equable disposition as I do in her brains.” Samuel and Olivia Clemens were married in 1870 and moved to Hartford in 1871. The family purchased land on Farmington Avenue and commissioned New York architect Edward Tuckerman Potter to design their house in 1873. Construction delays and the ever-increasing costs of building their dream home frustrated Clemens‚ but he and his family enjoyed what the author would later call the happiest and most productive years of his life in their Hartford home.

The sprawling house — set atop a hill overlooking the Park River and wooded rolling expanses — was part of a scholarly neighborhood known as Nook Farm. Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin) was a notable neighbor, along with other famous writers, social activists, suffragists, actors and Civil War generals. Among his personal friends, Clemens counted Ulysses S. Grant, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rudyard Kipling and Helen Keller, to name just a few.

The Clemenses’ house boasts 11‚500 square feet‚ and has 25 rooms (with many modern conveniences of the time, including seven bathrooms) distributed through three floors. Louis C. Tiffany & Co.‚ Associated Artists‚ (the son of the founder of the famed jewelry store‚ Tiffany & Co.) stenciled the walls and ceilings of their home to look like inlaid mother-of-pearl‚ particularly the entry hall.
He wrote, “To us, our house had a heart, and a soul, and eyes to see us with; and approvals and solicitudes and deep sympathies; it was of us, and we were in its confidence and lived in its grace and in the peace of its benediction.” The Clemenses and their three daughters lived in the whimsical Victorian mansion for nearly 20 years, until after daughter Susy’s death in 1896.

The Clemenses sold the property in 1903, after which other families moved in. But over time, it was converted to apartments, used as a children’s library, and finally as a storage facility. Its original features were covered over, taken down and nearly forgotten before renovations began in the 1960s to restore the house to its former look and glory, as the Mark Twain House & Museum.

Each room tells a powerful story. Learn more at or plan to visit yourself, next time you travel to Hartford, Connecticut.

Chicago – Intellectual property law firm Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione is pleased to announce the five finalists for its 3rd Annual Brinks Innovation Competition, a leading Midwest competition for entrepreneurs in clean and green technology. The five finalists are AquaMost Inc.; Catacel Corporation; cycleWood Solutions LLC; Ecologic Tech; and Lightweight Structures LLC.

Companies submitting entries in the Brinks Innovation Competition, held annually in conjunction with the Midwest Clean Tech Conference, are required to provide solutions to global challenges in such areas as environmental technologies, renewable and alternative energy, infrastructure and community improvements, or green building science, and must offer competitive returns for investors and customers. Products, services and processes eligible for entry must improve and promote the productive and responsible use of natural resources, reduce or eliminate negative ecological impact and provide superior performance at lower costs compared to other approaches. Each entry was evaluated by a panel of experts representing regional universities, venture capitalists and business executives familiar with clean technology.

The five finalists come from across the Midwest and are a showcase of diverse clean technologies in a variety of industries.
Locally, Catacel Corp., based in Garrettsville, engineers and manufactures novel, proprietary catalytic materials that significantly increase process output and improve energy and operating efficiencies.

Catacel shapes special metal foils into a variety of geometries, then coats the foils with different catalysts designed to enable specific reactions within specific environments. The resulting shaped and coated foils are used within components that enable combustion, catalytic partial oxidation, fuel reforming, tail gas combustion, gas-to-liquid, de-sulphurization, hydrogen production via steam methane reforming, and carbon capture processes. Such components are commonly  used in fuel cells, syngas and industrial gas applications.

By combining and improving heat transfer and catalytic functions. The reactors are smaller, lighter, lower-cost and more energy efficient than alternatives.

For nearly 30 years, Catacel has created unique solutions for environmental and energy applications, resulting in numerous new catalytic reformer products and efficient processes for manufacturing those products.

This year’s finalists will present their clean technologies to an international audience of early-stage investors, researchers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and financiers focused on clean technologies, and corporate research and development and business development executives. Presentations are at Midwest Clean Tech on September 14, 2011, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Newton Falls – Recently Station 43 in Newton Falls played host for an emergency training procedure involving area fire departments. Members of three different stations – Southington, Lordstown and Mesopotamia – joined the first responders from Newton Falls in a tanker shuttle relay to practice how to efficiently haul water from one location to another.

How it works: one fire truck pumps water out of the river into one of the waiting fire trucks designated to shuttle the water to a location across town. Once there, the shuttle truck dumps the water into a collapsible pool serving literally as a portable pond from which the fire truck that is actively working on extinguishing the fire can pull needed water. At the same moment, a second shuttle truck en route to the river balances out the response time opposite the first shuttle truck so there is a continuous flow of water to the destination. The shuttle trucks will go back and forth to the river to replenish the available water in the portable pond as long as is necessary.

This maneuver is valuable in situations where there is no vast water supply or hydrant within easy reach of a pumper truck trying to fight a fire. In an emergency such as this, local stations will be called in for mutual aid and will work together shuttling water from the nearest water source such as a river or lake to the area on fire. This assembly-line type method is a more effective way of fighting fires as the designated trucks on site spraying water don’t have to continually hook and unhook heavy hoses and can instead spend the time and present resources actively focused on the task at hand.

After the practice concluded, participants were invited back to the host station and treated to a delicious homecooked lunch provided by the ladies of the Station 43 Auxiliary.

See your favorite first responders in action again soon and come support them as they take on members from the police department in the 2nd Annual Battle for the City softball game on Saturday, August 27th. This year the stands are open to the public and admission is free, with donations going to support the local USO. Will the second time be the charm for the firefighters or will the badges in blue put up their shields and successfully defend their 2010 title? First pitch is at 4pm!

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, 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

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Elementary/Intermediate Routes
*Estimated Times*

Bus #1
7:40    Gotham Rd.
8:00    Stanley Rd.
8:02    Slagle
8:05    Smalley Road
8:07    Nichols Rd.
8:27    Right on S.R. 88

Bus #2
7:55    Center St.
8:07    Garfield
8:12    Center St.
8:15    Maple
8:17    North St.
8:20    Clover Lane
8:25    Meadow Run
8:30    Wolff
8:32    Elm Street
8:35    State Street
8:37    Park
8:38    Maple/Center

Bus #4
7:35    Streeter
7:45    Stamm Rd.
7:50    Streeter
7:55    Stamm Rd.
8:00    Hankee
8:05    Blackbrook Trailer Park
8:15    White Street

Bus #6
8:00    Pritchard
8:03    S.R. 282
8:06    Kool Lakes
8:10    Nelson Trailer Park
8:12    S.R. 282
8:15    S.R. 305
8:20    Parkman/Center St.
8:25    Brosius
8:30    Crestwood Drive

Bus #7
7:40    S.R. 88
7:43    Asbury Rd.
7:50    S.R. 88
7:55    Limeridge
7:59    S.R. 303
8:00    Wygle Road
8:15    King Road
8:20    Vair Road
8:25    Freedom Road
8:41    S.R. 88/303
8:45    St. Rt. 88

Bus #8
7:50    Bancroft
7:55    S.R. 422
8:00    Bancroft/ Chalker and Herner
8:03    Reynolds Road
8:06    Hobart
8:10    S.R. 422.
8:11    Reynolds
8:15    Fenstermaker
8:20    S.R. 305
8:25    Bloom Rd.
8:38    Just For Kids Daycare

Bus #9
7:40    Silica St./Pierce
7:48    Right on Newell Ledge
7:52    East Silica Sand
7:54    West Silica Sand
7:58    Windham/Parkman
8:02    Pierce
8:08    Knowlton
8:12    Sophia/Paul St.
8:15    Hopkins
8:20    Pierce
8:25    Brosius-Homestead Manor
8:32    Hewins

Bus #11
7:55    S.R. 305
8:00    West Ely
8:05    South Brosius
8:10    Ely
8:13    Prentiss
8:15    East Ely
8:20    Nelson Parkman
8:25    S.R. 305
8:28    Mills
8:35    Southwood Apts.
8:36    Creekwood Apts.
8:37    South Park Ave.

Bus #12
7:50    Anderson
7:55    S.R. 303
8:05    Limeridge
8:10    Streeter
8:11    Goodell
8:12    Limeridge Rd.
8:25    Asbury
8:30    S.R. 303
8:35    S.R. 88

Bus #15
7:50    Collins
7:51    Bloom
8:00    Knowlton
8:05    Shanks-Down
8:08     Nicholson
8:10    S.R. 305
8:15    Kyle
8:20    Knowlton
8:25    High
8:30    Water
8:31    Liberty
8:33    Eagle Creek Dev
8:35    Sky Plaza parking lot
8:36    Highland
8:37    Freedom
8:38    Windham Street
8:40    Liberty

Bus #17
7:56    State St. & S.R. 82
8:00    Wrenwood
8:01    Wheeler Rd.
8:02    Shawnee Trail
8:04    Wheeler
8:10    S.R. 305
8:12    Left on S.R. 88
8:14    S.R. 88
8:16    Norton-(West)
8:20     Norton, back to Mumford
8:28    Mumford
8:33    Norton
8:34    Mumford
8:35    S.R. 88
8:39    French St to South St
8:42    Right on South Street, Right on Zupancic-AM ONLY!!!

Bus #18
7:50    S.R. 700
8:05    East Streeter
8:10    S.R. 700
8:15    Hankee/Freedom
8:18    Village Dr/Vanderslice
8:22    Freedom St.

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Middle/High School Routes
*All times are approximate*

Bus #1
6:40    Gotham
6:48    Stanley
6:55    S.R. 303
6:42    Slagle
6:55    Smalley Rd.
6:56    Nichols Rd.
7:13    Slagle

Bus #2
6:42    Center/Maple
6:45    Garfield Drive
6:50    High St.
6:51    Maple
6:52    North Street
6:54    Meadow Run
7:00    Harris Drive
7:01    Forest
7:06    Park
7:08    French Street
7:12    Vanderslice
7:15    White St.

Bus #4
6:25    Asbury
6:30    Streeter
6:40    Limeridge
6:51    Goodell
6:55    Limeridge
7:00    S.R. 303
7:10    Blackbrook Trailer Park

Bus #6
6:50    Kennedy Ledge
6:52    S.R. 282
7:00    Kool Lakes
7:02    NTP Shelter
7:07    Bloom Rd.
7:09    Knowlton
7:10    Sophia
7:12    Center St.
7:16    Liberty
7:20    Windham St.

Bus #7
6:30    S.R. 303
6:33    Freedom Road
6:35    Vair
6:40    King
6:45    S.R.88
6:50    Limeridge
6:55    Wygle
7:01    S.R. 88
7:05    Asbury
7:15    S.R. 88

Bus #8
6:40    Bancroft
6:45    S.R. 422
6:47    Bancroft
6:50    Reynolds Rd
6:52    Hobart
6:55    SR 422
7:01    Fenstermaker
7:03    S.R. 305

Bus #9
6:33    Hopkins
6:35    Center
6:37    Win/Parkman
6:40    Knowlton
6:45    Windham-Parkman
6:46    Silica Sand
6:49    Newell Ledge
6:50    Windham-Parkman
6:53    Hopkins
6:56    Pierce
6:57    Riverview Dr
7:01    Silica St./Pierce Rd
7:05    Brosius- Homestead Manor
7:10    Liberty
7:15    Hewins

Bus #11
6:35    Brosius
6:45     Ely
6:47    Adams
6:48    Brosius
6:50    Prentis
6:55    Ely
7:00    Nelson-Parkman Rd.
7:05    S.R. 305
7:10    Mills
7:20    S.R. 88

Bus #15
6:31    Liberty
6:33    Silica St.-turns into Pierce
6:35    Windham Parkman
6:36    Collins
6:37    Bloom
6:39    Knowlton
6:40    Knowlton where Nicholson meets Knowlton
6:55    Shanks-Downes
6:56    Nicholson Rd.
6:58    S.R. 305
7:05    Kyle
7:07    Knowlton
7:10    Knowlton
7:15    Windham St.

Bus #17
6:37    State Street & S.R. 82
6:43    Right on Wheeler Rd.
6:45    Shawnee Trail
6:46    Right on Wheeler Rd.
6:48    Right on Wrenwood
6:49    Right on Wheeler Rd.
6:50    Right on S.R. 305
6:57    Left onto S.R. 88
7:02    Right on Norton
7:04    Right on Mumford
7:09    Right on Norton
7:12    Right on Mumford
7:20    Right onto S.R. 88
7:22    Save 4 Group Stop

Bus #18
6:43    Anderson Rd.
6:57     S.R. 700
7:00    East Streeter
7:05    Cross over S.R. 700
7:10    Right on Asbury
7:12    Hankee
7:13    Stamm
7:15    West Streeter
7:16     S.R. 700
7:20    Hankee
7:25    Freedom St.

8th Count Dance Studio in Garrettsville  is sponsoring a “Biggest Loser” contest at the studio.  Registration is $25 for 6 sessions of Zumba. Each week a $3 fee will be charged which goes into the “Winner’s Pot”. There will be a weekly weigh in and the person who loses the most weight at the end of the six weeks will go home with the Winners Pot!! For more information or to sign up, contact 8th Count Dance Studio at 330-527-0358 or go online at

Newton Falls – Still looking for a job or wishing to find a different one? The Newton Falls Public Library is offering Make It Work: job hunting, networking, & resumes. The series includes how to network, job search, and write a resume that will get you noticed.  Participants are encouraged to attend all three of the two-hour sessions.  Class size is limited so register today.

•    The first session is Networking and Job Seeking on Tuesday, September 6, 1 – 3pm.  The instructor will help participants create a networking list and plan, practice a 30 second elevator speech, and go through some websites of interest.

•    Writing a Resume is on Tuesday, September 13, 1 – 3pm.  . This class focuses on the content of the resume, specifically writing accomplishment statements and summary statements. Participants are encouraged to bring the resume they are currently using to the class.

•    The final is Creating a Resume in Microsoft Word on Tuesday, September 20, 1 – 3pm. This is a basic Word class that teaches how to create a resume using Word and is especially useful for those responding to those employers who wish to have resumes emailed. Again, the instructor suggests that the participants bring a handwritten or typed resume from which they can work.

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Vienna – The Trumbull County 4-H Shooting Sports Pioneers Club will host a free NRA Youth Sportsfest on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Fish & Game Club of Vienna on SR 193 across from the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport.  The purpose of this event is to teach basic gun & archery safety, demystify firearms by providing hands-on experience, and provide an enjoyable learning experience to all youth ages 9 to 18 years old.

Participants will have the opportunity to safely shoot .22 rifle, .22 pistol, shotgun, muzzleloading rifle, and archery equipment with adult supervision.  We will have the Vienna Township Fire emergency squad exhibit at the event.  Youth and their parents will receive a gun safety lesson taught by a Certified Instructor prior to the shooting events.  A picnic lunch will be provided.

Pre-registration before September 9  is required at (330) 898-4486 or email at  Parents must sign a release.  And, no guns owned by the participants are to be brought to this event!!  Further information is available at (330) 898-4486.
Major funding is provided for this event by The Friends of the NRA Foundation and the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources.

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Warren – Anglers Anonymous of Warren will be hosting a first time fishing event for fifteen pre-registered ladies on Tuesday, September 6, 2011. The event will be held at Fish & Game club of Vienna on St. Rt. 198 across from the Cafareo aircraft hanger. There is no charge or fee for the event.

With the program being held on the pond of Fish & Game Club of Vienna, ladies will not be required to have an Ohio Fishing License to take part. The idea of  “Ladies on The Lake”  is also a part of the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s “Step Outside” program which is designed to introduce people to outdoor activities for the first time.

Ladies On The Lake will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening and will encompass  a classroom introduction to basic fresh water sport fishing. Following the class room introduction, the ladies will be able to go out to the club pond which is stocked with game fish to actually apply their class room techniques.

Because this program is limited to fifteen ladies at a time, those ladies who are interested need to pre-register by sending their name, address, and  phone number to Anglers Anonymous c/o All Outdoors, 1404 Warren Ravenna Rd., Newton Falls, Ohio, 44444-9751 by  Friday, September 2 nd., 2011.

The ladies will be treated to pizza for the evening and four lucky ladies will go home with a complimentary gift basket  donated by Nancy Hagmire of Sluggmasters at Center of The World.

Ladies are encouraged to bring a fishing rod and reel if they have one. If not, the anglers will have rods and reels available. Ladies of all ages are invited to take part. The pond is accessible to handicap folks.

This is an opportunity for ladies to learn about a whole new recreation sport which can be most relaxing and restful.

Participants and spectators alike gathered at the GFN Fire Station to enjoy the final cruise of the summer. Close to 200 cars were on display -- some traveling from Canton and New Philadelphia. It appeared to be one of the best attended cruises. Before the end of the night all of the peach pies, sundaes and sliced peaches were gone. A big thank you to all who donated their time peeling, slicing and serving as well as those who baked and donated peach pies.

Garrettsville – The last Garrettsville Cruise Night of the season was just peachy, thank you very much.  Joe Leonard got to take his “new” fire engine out for several spins, with passengers and the ever-popular plush dalmatian on board.  The band was keeping things lively, interrupted at intervals by the inimitable Jerry Kehoe announcing winners of various raffles–prizes from all over town.  The crowd was sitting in chairs–shaded, if they were early…and lucky, strolling from vehicle to vehicle, catching up on the latest news, eating all things peach–peaches with ice cream, peach pie, peach pie with ice cream, peaches plain, peaches fancy…didn’t see any barbequed peaches, but I wouldn’t put it past anyone; I know that there is a peach salsa.  Where does one go from there?
You can tell by the shine that the entrants in the car show LOVE their cars and tend them assiduously–polishing here, upholstering there, historical accuracy, ineffable “cool”, all on wheels.  Fun!

Freedom Twp - The Regular Meeting of the Freedom Township Board of Trustees was called to order by Chairman Hammar at 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 4, 2011. Present: Trustees James Hammar, Roy Martin, John Zizka; Rosemary Nicholas, Fiscal Officer; Jeff Derthick, Zoning Inspector; Charles VanSteenberg, Road Supervisor. Also present: Charles Duffield, Dan Grafton, Pam Wilke and Kyle Wilke.

Mr. Hammar led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mr. Martin made the motion, seconded by Mr. Zizka to approve the minutes of the July 21, 2011 Regular Meeting as presented. Motion carried.

Zoning: Mr. Derthick reported that one permit was issued, for an addition. The building on Vaughn Road has been moved out of the township; we are still working with the Prosecutor’s office to make sure that it doesn’t come back. We are moving forward with the junk car and storage trailer cases, both on S.R. 700. Mr. Derthick has paper work for a variance as well as a conditional use that he will pass on to the BZA; their next meeting is August 16. The Zoning Commission will not meet in August. In response to a question from Mr. Zizka regarding the portable accessory building on S.R. 303, Mr. Derthick said they will be contacting the resident to get that issue resolved. Mr. Zizka also asked about the PODS unit on S.R. 88, and Mr. Derthick said this will be removed this month. Mr. Zizka said there was a new PODS on S.R. 303 between S.R. 700 and Asbury. Mr. Derthick will check it out.

Roads: Mr. VanSteenberg said they worked on getting the water and electric lines to the pavilion. The water is in; we are waiting for the electrician. Six residents called for brush pick-up this past Monday.

Todd Lamb Paving will start his road work the week of August 8, and Mr. VanSteenberg asked the trustees if they wanted Lamb to cover the trench between the town hall and the pavilion. The board agreed this was a good idea but suggested it be done last, after the road work, to give the trench more time to settle. Mr. VanSteenberg said that Karen Martin has finished the wallpaper and paint at the church building. It looks good, and a thank you letter will be sent to Mrs. Martin. Mr. Zizka said he had contacted the right-of-way agent for Dominion and told him that one excavation point has never been blacktopped and there also seems to be a crack most of the distance of the line they bored. Mr. Zizka suggested they clean the crack and put some sealer in it. The R/W agent said he would contact Dominion and the contractor. Mr. VanSteenberg said he’d like to have the trustees consider chip and seal for the town hall drive and parking area next year.

Mr. Zizka said the Bethel Springs Fellowship members painted the door and trim at the church building.

Mrs. Nicholas questioned the name on the sign in front of the building, and suggested it be changed to more accurately reflect its purpose and, more importantly, to protect our property tax exempt status.

After some discussion, Mr. Hammar made the motion, seconded by Mr. Martin, to name the church building the “Freedom Community Center.” Motion carried.  Mr. Zizka will follow through on this.

Park: Organic Roots will be replacing two trees at the Community Park this fall, as well as doing some fertilizing and trimming. Mr. VanSteenberg said that the Weed Wizard has not treated the ball field at the town hall. Mr. Zizka said the playground area also needs some attention, as well as the edges by the poles. Mr. Hammar will contact the Weed Wizard. Mr. Martin said the regulations have been changed and he may be able to spray for the township under his applicator’s license. He will check into this, as well as the insurance requirements. We have not received anything regarding the park grant application.

At the request of Mrs. Nicholas, Mr. Martin made the motion, seconded by Mr. Hammar, to transfer $2,000 from the General Fund to the Zoning Fund, to support the Zoning Fund. Motion carried.

New Business:

Crown Castle: Mrs. Nicholas will contact Mr. Meduri to see when he is available for a teleconference with Crown Castle’s outside counsel. She will relay this information to Mr. Hammar who will contact the attorney.

Health Insurance Renewal: Mrs. Nicholas reported that the insurance applications have been sent to Butler Insurance and to Burnham & Flower. Sean Sprouse of Burnham & Flower is planning on attending our August 18 meeting.

Old Business:

Town Hall Porch Update: Mr. Zizka said he talked with Mr. Miller regarding the town hall porch work and his quote of $9,500 did not include the $500 architect’s fee. Mr. Zizka will get more information and a sketch from Mr. Miller describing what he plans to do King Road Water Problems: Mr. Hammar said he has not had time to do anything on this. Mr. Duffield asked what the delay was, since the property owner had offered months ago to meet with the trustees. Mr. Hammar said he would definitely make some calls to set up a meeting.

Oil Well Lease: Mr. Hammar is waiting to hear from Mr. Smith, the attorney in Alliance. He has left messages for Mr. Smith who is out of the office. Mr. Zizka said he also called Mr. Smith’s office and the receptionist confirmed that he was out of the office.

Discussion followed regarding the Portage County Township Association meeting being hosted by Freedom Township on August 20, as well as the Freedom Community Picnic on August 21. Many details were discussed and finalized.

During the meeting, warrants #5664 – 5698 in the amount of $16,278.44 were presented to the Trustees for approval and ordered paid by signature.  In addition, EFT in the amount of $848.39 was made to the IRS.

There being no further business,  the meeting was adjourned at 8:35 pm.

Middlefield – Mayor Poole called the meeting to order at 7 pm.  All council members were present.

Approval of minutes from July 7, 2011:  Motion passed

Payment of bills in the amount of $339,581.20:  Motion passed

Fiscal Officer’s Report:  Report was submitted to council.  Fiscal Officer would like council to think about meeting Friday, December 30 for final meeting of the year to discuss cost cutting and budget issues.  Nothing was finalized at this time.  The income tax packet was also distributed to council.

Streets and Utilities Report:  There were a lot of street repairs done last month.  Many holes were patched up.  Grass mowing, field maintenance and street sweeping were also done last month.  There were six water leaks last month, they were repaired and some pipes had to be replaced.  At the time of the meeting, all leaks were fixed.  The cemetery project is completed except for some landscaping. Council thanked Charlie and his department for all the work they did to get the leaks fixed.

Police Report: Report was submitted to Council. Last month, there were 841 incident reports,  1070 incoming calls and dispatch was up last month.  There were  996 business checks and 34 traffic citations issued. Departmental training and CPR and AED certification/recertification took place last month.  The department received a new radar unit which was donated because of the department’s emphasis on safety.   Safety presentations were given.  The department handled a few high profile cases last month and the officers involved were commended on their excellent work.

Zoning Report:  Report was submitted to Council.  The town hall needs some maintenance.  That request was submitted, in writing, to the owners now that it is privately owned.

Recreation Department Report:  Report was submitted to Council.  The Cops and Kids fishing derby had over 150 participants this year and was a great success thanks to help from Police Department. Community support included worms and juice donated by Wal-Mart.   Community Days was another successful event even though the weather was a bit warm and the water leaks occurred in the area during this event.  Participants did not seem to mind.  The park was full the entire day.  There were many positive comments stated about the event.  The Department is now in transition from summer to fall programs and currently doing registration and preparing winter events.  Council commended Missy for a good job done this summer.

Ambulance Report:  Report was submitted to Council.  The work load is up but there were no issues to speak of.

Financial Report: Report was submitted to council.  There were no questions or comments.

Public Hearing regarding Ordinance 11-121:
Opened at 7:16 pm, there were no comments made and the hearing was closed shortly thereafter.

A concerned citizen wanted to thank Charlie and Dan on the work done on Glen Valley Drive.  It is more pleasant to drive on.  He also asked if Charlie get a quote for other work that needs done.  Charlie replied yes they did and will meet with contractor next week and will have a plan to move forward.  Everyone hopes that some of the work can get done this year.

Another concerned citizen had several issues to bring to the Council.  She thanked the Police Chief and all the police for their work during fireworks and power outage.  The Police handled the situation very quickly and kept everyone safe.

She is also concerned with Wal-Mart driveway, as she uses a motorized chair to get around.  She is concerned about being hit when entering Wal-Mart and asked if they would put in a sidewalk for pedestrians and wheelchairs access without actually having to be in the road. Council took the suggestion under advisement.

Another concern stated was if council was working toward bringing business to Middlefield.  She was concerned with the billboard just outside of town for an industrial park in Newbury that was advertising for new businesses to “grow” there.

Then she explained that residents need to be replied to when they ask questions of Council.  For example, she then asked if anyone take care of Tony Lombardo and the resident with flooding basement issue?  She wants the council to respond quickly to persons who bring issues to them.  It was stated that some residents feel that council does not care about residents.  She just asked that they respond in a timely manner.

1st Reading: Ordinance 11-117: Confirming the appointment of William R. Tench as a part-time police officer and establishing his rate of pay and declaring an emergency.   Motion passed.  Tench has worked in Portage County and comes highly recommended.

Ordinance 11:119:  Confirming the appointment of Bridget M. Jones as a part-time police officer and establishing her rate of pay and declaring an emergency.  Motion passed.  She is very highly recommended.

Ordinance 11:120: Approving the editing and inclusion of certain ordinances as parts of the various component codes of the codified ordinances of the Village of Middlefield, Ohio.

Ordinance 11:121: Rehiring Kathy Jacobs as “crossing guard” effective August 23, 2011, pursuant to specified terms and conditions, and declaring an emergency.  Motion passed.

Ordinance 11: 122:  Authorizing the Mayor and Fiscal Officer to enter into an agreement with the Village of Roaming Shores, Ohio, for Middlefield to provide Roaming Shores with dispatch services and declaring and emergency.  The Safety and Finance committee also discussed this issue and recommended that the agreement go for 15 months.  That time frame would give council time to review fees/pricing.  Councilperson Seyer was concerned that it is costing the village residents too much money and he will not support any of these costs.  Motion passed.

Ordinance 11:123:  Authorizing the Mayor and Fiscal Officer to enter into an agreement with the Village of Orwell, Ohio, for Middlefield to provide Orwell with dispatch services and declaring an emergency.   Motion passed.  Councilperson Seyer disagreed.

Ordinance 11:124:  Authorizing the Mayor and Fiscal Officer to enter into an agreement with the Village of Andover, Ohio, for Middlefield to provide Andover with dispatch services and declaring an emergency.  Motion passed.  Councilperson Seyer disagreed.

Ordinance:  11:125:  Authorizing Mayor and Fiscal Officer to enter into an agreement with the Village of Jefferson, Ohio, for Middlefield to provide Jefferson with dispatch services and declaring an emergency.  Motion passed.  Councilperson Seyer disagreed.

New Business:

  • Christ Covenant Church has requested to hold their Rib Burn Off. It would be the same as years past and held on the church grounds.  Motion passed.
  • Charges and polices for columbarium:  Dan put together an application which includes residential and non-residential rates, along with a discount break.  There are 18 policies involved with this project and are described in paperwork.  Inscriptions will be uniform so that the units stay good looking.
  • There is also a unit location guide.  Council urged participants to look it over.  The units are not offered for purchase yet, they wanted to wait until the project was complete.  All funeral directors in the area will be notified.  It was suggested that something be put on the village website regarding this issue.  Moved to adopt the columbarium rules and regulations and pricing schedule as proposed by the administrator.  Motion passed.
  • Will village look into establishing a crosswalk at Hillcrest?  Police Chief feels that a lot of children do cross from there.  He feels it is needed.  Mayor thinks a crosswalk needs to be manned and that an unmanned crosswalk may be more of a hazard.  The Village may need to get permission from state to do a crosswalk since it is a state road.  Council needs to find out if the state needs to give their permission, and then discuss it at a later date.

No other new business.  Meeting was adjourned.

Next meeting to be held  September 1, 2011.

Windham Twp. - Windham Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled August meeting recently with all board members and fiscal officer present. The board approved the minutes from the regular July meeting and the emergency meeting as they were presented.

First item on the agenda was guest recognition. Lynnea St. John of the Bicentennial committee thanked the trustees for the use of the township Green for the Bicentennial Celebration held the last weekend in July. Residents in attendance also thanked the trustees and the Bicentennial Committee for a wonderful celebration. Speaking of thanks, the trustees would like to thank Pete Kepich of Kepich Ford for the use of their mustang convertible for the Bicentennial Parade.

Zoning inspector Rich Gano said there were several residents in attendance who would like to address a nuisance property located on Gotham Road.  The residents wanted to know what the township was doing about the eyesore and what they (the residents) could do to speed the process along. Residents claim the empty mobile home is housing pets and lots of garbage and they want to see the land cleaned up. They also complained that eyesore is lowering their property values and is making it hard for those on the street who are trying to sell their homes. Chairman Dann Timmons said they were working with the prosecutor on the issue and had to follow the proper legal procedures; which unfortunately will not be a quick process.  He told them to keep calling the authorities on the noise and pet issues. Some asked Timmons if they should contact the prosecutor’s office he said couldn’t hurt to apply a little pressure there as well.  Another resident also complained about the junk aka farm equipment in the front lawn at Timmons’s Farm.

Dann explained that the so called junk was farm equipment that they use and right now the barns were full of hay and the fields had crops in them so the equipment was being stored in the yard until they are done using it for the season and until space opens up in one of the barns. Timmons noted that the situation was exempt from zoning because it is considered agricultural. The concerns that the resident had would be passed along to Adam Timmons who runs the farm. Residents also complained about the farm smells as well, again it was stated that there was nothing the trustees could do since agriculture is exempt from zoning. Gayle Pootz will be presenting zoning amendments to the board soon. Prior to making any zoning changes to the code the trustees will hold a public meeting on the issue.

Discussions were held about removing the old light poles from the township Green. Dann said he would draft a letter to the village addressing the issue.

Residents questioned the installation of the new doors on the town hall. They claim the doors were installed backwards and none of the new doors have panic hardware on them which many thought were a requirement for public buildings. The trustees will look into getting the problem solved. Following the board’s approval to pay the bills and wages the meeting was adjourned.

The trustees meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7pm at the township hall.

Ya got yer debt crisis.  Ya got yer deficit crisis.  Ya got yer health/obesity crisis.  Ya got yer apes takin’ over the planet.  What else can go wrong?

OMG!  It’s Rotary!

Well, actually, it’s sort of systemic thing.  Communal and fraternal organizations (not to mention churches) everywhere are facing declining membership and participation.  Where once-upon-a-time every little town had its own Odd Fellows, Masons, Kiwanians, Lions, Rotarians, and so on, meeting in their own halls or church basements or meeting rooms on a regular basis, nowadays groups have gone out of existence or consolidated with others still breathing, numbers are down at scheduled gatherings and cherished projects and activities for the good of the community are in danger of elimination and/or reduction.  Where have all the members gone?

Well, it’s at least partly societal…partly economic, for sure.  There didn’t used to be so many things for kids to be involved in–sports, arts, you know all that–and for their parents to be following (driving to).  There used to be more business owners who lived in town, not answering to a franchise headquarters.  There used to be fewer women working outside the home (They always worked inside the home). There used to be a slower pace about a lot of things.  That was then; this is now.  What to do?

Local Rotarians (Garrettsville-Hiram, Mantua-Shalersville…do you see the consolidation?) would like to seek some community input…maybe some new members with great ideas…in their quest to address this situation.  Each club has a history of contribution and meaningful activity (Think Talent Shows, Family Weeks, Santa Claus deliveries, group excursions, Christmas Walks, exchange students, roadside clean-ups, Power of the Pen, many more) which they are loathe to abandon.  Plans may be undertaken to more co-operative ventures but these are LOCAL groups within an INTERNATIONAL framework (Check out the Rotary International float entry in the Rose Bowl Parade) and they like to focus on the people that they see every day.

So…have you any contribution to make?  Are you an individual who would like to “give back” to the community?  Would you like to know more people in your community, to make a difference?  Would you like to meet with like-minded individuals to try to put some of your hopes and dreams into action/reality?  Got some great ideas? Could you put a group on Facebook or Twitter?  Willing to actually WORK–on your own and with others– to get those ideas on the map?  Have they got a deal for you!!!
Come to a meeting (If that’s a problem, try to get to at least one and explain the difficulty, none of them are written in stone).

Garrettsville-Hiram meets at 5:30 on Wednesdays at the Main Street Grille and Brewing Company; Mantua-Shalersville meets at a place and time to be discovered.  They will be happy to see you.  They will listen to suggestions.  They will quite possibly have a program that you’ll really enjoy and learn from.  Could be something that you’ll really groove on.  Give it a shot.  Expand your world…it IS Rotary International, after all.

Speaking of which…M-S Rotary annual picnic at Camp Hi August 17 (They did an excursion to Porthouse Theatre earlier this month)…G-H Rotary president just received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary International Foundation and the club recently entertained two Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars.  This is good stuff.  Think about joining…or rejoining, they’ll be glad to have you.

Nelson Twp. - Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting recently with all members and fiscal officer present.

The road supervisor Chuck Vanek reported that they had been working on hot patching on the following roads Adams, Pritchard, Prentiss and half of Bancroft roads. Vanek also stated that they were working on getting the township roads mowed as well. The new water well at the township garage is drilled and the water is better but no one has actually tasted it to see if it is. The bathrooms at the town ship garage need attention. Mrs. Vanderhoeven who cleans the facility stated that the urinal in the men’s room needs repaired as well as the toilet in the ladies room. Vanek said he would take care of it.

Trustee Bill Wilson reported that they were pulling the generator out of the old ambulance and it would be up for sale if anyone was interested.

Trustee Joe Leonard reported that the well was drilled and the water still has an oil smell to it but it looks better than the old well water. Aces Water Service got the approval from the county to fill the old well with concrete rather than the usual Bentonite. The oil in the well will cause the bentonite to break down where as the concrete will not be affected by the oil. Aces Water Service is considering flushing the new water well to remove any oil deposits that might be in it. The township hasn’t received an invoice for the work yet so the total cost for the new well in not known yet.

Pixley Park:   The trustees agreed to remove the sod from the batters boxes and replace it with gravel. They also agreed to put in a fire pit at the park for roasting hot dogs and such. In other park news the concrete slabs for the bleachers are poured and the bleacher will be installed soon. Thanks to the Pixley Park committee for picking up the tab for the bleachers and concrete at the park.

The trustees also decided to put in a yard hydrant at the park, so they will have access to water.
Fiscal officer J. David Finney presented the board with the new insurance option for the fiscal officer and the one trustee who was under a different policy. After explaining what the township could legally do with the option the two who it affected agreed to voluntarily go with the new option thru Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority (OTARMA) The switch over could save the township as much as $12,000 – $20,000 depending on the number of health claims filed.

Questions were raised about the grass issue at the corners of SR 88 and Ely Roads.  Trustee Bill Wilson stated he would get someone to cut the grass to improve visibility at the intersection. Trustee Leonard stated that the old turkey farm property is under receivership and currently they have been advised by the prosecutor to stay off the land. A resident questioned why the zoning inspector hadn’t been up there to see what kind of mess they would be leaving for the township to clean-up. Leonard said he will inquire with the prosecutor on the issue, but as right now the owner has denied the zoning inspector access to the property. A resident questioned about having the meetings video taped and put on the web site. Leonard said he was ok with it, but after a discussion about storage of videos and other liabilities no decision was made on the issue.
In zoning inspector Anna Mae Vanderhoeven reported that the Board of zoning appeals will hear two cases next week for variances. She also reported that board member Chuck Sharp turned in his resignation effective immediately. Mr. Sharp cited health reason for the resignation. The trustees meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 at the community house. More township news is available on the web at

Pictured: Wally Lininger (left) being presented the commemorative plaque by District Governor Dave Gauch. In other Lions news, the celebration of 54 years of service to the Windham community and Lions International was recently marked by the installation of new officers for 2011/2012.

Windham – Wally Lininger was recently honored for his long and dedicated service to The Windham Lions Club and Lions International by being presented the Melvin Jones Fellowship.

Lions International recognizes outstanding individuals by bestowing on them an honor that is named for its founder, Melvin Jones. This fellowship is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. The recipient of this honor becomes a model because of the exemplary service to his club and the community for which he serves.

In other Lions news, the celebration of 54 years of service to the Windham community and Lions International was recently marked by the installation of new officers for 2011/2012.

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.

Garrettsville – James Irwin who was part owner and operator of Irwin Hardware on Main St. in Garrettsville for over 30 years,  is now an independent insurance agent known as “Irwin Health & Life”.

Jim services many individuals in the north east Ohio region. He  specializes in the senior age markets, (65 and older), those  who are in the Medicare and Medicaid markets.  Jim  also has many additional health and life insurance lines for those “under 65”.
Jim is hosting an educational seminar in Garrettsville on Monday, August 22, 2011 at the Portage County District Library from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

This is a no cost affair that is open to the public.  The purpose is to inform and answer any questions that people may have concerning Medicare and  senior market products available in Ohio.

There will be no sales or applications given at this event. Jim will accept  appointments on request.

(Photo: Library of Congress)

Chardon – On October 14, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. in Judge Fuhry’s Courtroom at the County Courthouse, Geauga County Auditor Frank J. Gliha will hold a forfeited land sale.

The terms of sale are cash, money order, or certified check and any parcel purchased must be paid for by 3:00 p.m. the day of the sale.

There are 10 parcels located in Bainbridge Township, 1 parcel in Auburn Township and 9 parcels in Newbury Township
Parcel and tax map information marking the location of the properties are on display in Auditor Gliha’s Office at 231 Main Street, Chardon, Courthouse Annex, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and also on our website:

Registration for the sale will start at 8:30 a.m. in the Courthouse. All bidders must be current on all Real Estate Taxes owned in Geauga County.

Newton Falls – Tickets are on sale at the Superintendent’s Office located at 9091?2 Milton Blvd., for the upcoming Newton Falls Tiger football season from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The cost for reserved season passes for 5 homes games will be $40.00. We also have a 10-game pass available for adults to purchase for $50.00, and students 10-game pass for $30.00, which is good for any Varsity game, i.e., volleyball, soccer, football or basketball.
We appreciate the support that the community of Newton Falls has given to the football, soccer, golf, basketball and volleyball teams.   The first football game will be Thursday, August 25th, 2011, against Southeast at home.  Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m.

If you are a senior citizen (65 years of age or older & retired) and a resident of Newton Falls, you are eligible for a complimentary senior citizen’s pass. This will admit you to all home games.  See Mrs. Dunlap in the Superintendent’s Office for tickets and passes.

Pictured are the 2011 participants with Ken Childress & Jimmy Mullins (center). In the back row - Mike Shilling, Ryan Bell, Corey Riggs, Greg D’Aurelio, Patrick Myers, Dane Engelhart, Ann Toothman. Front row ia Paula Tooth & Jay D’Aurelio.

Mantua – A group of four adults and five high school teens from Mantua’s St. Joseph Church participated in the Housing Repair Program based at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clintwood, Virginia, the week of June 18-25. Volunteers made the 400 mile, seven-hour trip to the western tip of Virginia for the week-long experience to help low-income residents maintain decent housing for their families by doing household repairs at owner occupied homes.After arriving and attending Mass, the group settled in. On Sunday they traveled to The Breaks Interstate Park to enjoy site-seeing and recreation in the area before work began on Monday.

Paula and Ann Toothman and Jay D’Aurelio worked mostly at the home of a women named Faye. Tasks included replacing her whole floor next to the window, repairs to the under pinning of her trailer and landscaping improvements, and painting trim on the trailer and the wood work on her deck. She was very friendly, sharing stories about her life growing up and things from a time gone by.
Greg D’Aurelio, Corey Riggs, and Dane Engelhart worked mostly at the home of Lucille and Bob. They braced up their porch/deck, put siding up on one side of their house, and scraped the house to get it ready for the next group of people. The homeowners were also very social with the group, making them cookies and fudge!

Mike Shilling, Patrick Myers, and Ryan Bell worked the farthest from town at the home of Catherine and her husband. Their responsibilities included adding to an existing deck and ramp to accommodate a gurney for the gentlemen of the house who is not doing so well. They also dug a ditch to handle water run off to the side of the mountain.

Not only did the experience include some hard work, but also meeting new people, learning new things, local site-seeing, and discussions around Appalachian issues. The group heard a coal miner speak and enjoyed a parish pot-luck picnic which included storytelling and folk songs from Ken Childress and Jimmy Mullins. They also took a trip up to Birch Knob Observation Tower, once the site of a fire tower that allows one to see Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and, on a clear day, Ohio. On another evening the group traveled to nearby Pound, Virginia to enjoy “Pickin’ in the Pound”, a bluegrass jam session held at the town hall. Several members even joined in with dancing, singing, and guitar playing. On Friday volunteers enjoyed music and dancing at the Jettie Baker Center, a theatre in Clintwood that was built in the late 1940’s that now features various entertainment.
All in all, St. Joseph volunteers had a good time. They worked hard and played hard. Each year Appalachian Experience participants genuinely feel a sense of accomplishment helping the truly needy of this area be safe, warm, and dry. Not only did they work hard but they’ve acquired friendships and a camaraderie with those they worked for and with.

Members of St. Joseph Parish have been taking part in this program since 1998. High School teens and adults are welcome to join us in future trips as we follow Jesus’ example and use our gifts to reach out to others! Watch for details in future bulletins about how you can become involved in 2012. For more information about St. Joseph’s Appalachian Experience, including details and photos from past trips, please visit or contact Kathi Trares at the Parish Office (330-274-2253 or

Windham’s Bicentennial is now just chapters in the history books but before we close the book out lets take a walk through the pages where memories were made, shared and lived. Folks from all over the country flocked back to Windham this past weekend to celebrate the town’s bicentennial. Some traveled from as far away as California and Mexico to be a part of history. The four-day event was dubbed as the biggest celebration Windham has ever seen. I do believe it measured up to the title as the township Green was jam-packed Saturday night as folks anxiously waited for the fireworks.
The rain tried to put a damper on the event as the skies opened up over the village about 30 minutes prior to the opening ceremonies, but like the postman, neither rain, sleet or snow could stop the event which went on without a hitch.
The opening festivities gave everyone a chance to get reacquainted with the town’s history as well as old friends that hadn’t been seen in a longtime.  The unearthing of the time capsule that was buried in 1986 and the children’s parade were the highlight of the first day’s events. There can’t be a birthday party without cake and there was plenty of delicious cake made by local cake artist Carolyn Miller. When the cake was cut it gave the old timers a chance reminisced about days gone by and wonder what the future would hold while the younger sector was looking to creating their own history and memories as they wandered the grounds.
There were class reunions, tours of the school, car shows, music for everyone, contests, a quilt show, an antique show, along with the artwork of the late Huber King and more. The kids were busy creating memories of their own on the train, in the bounce houses or learning about the animals from Jungle Terry. I even caught a few youngsters checking out the army tank up close and personal. Hmmm, I wonder if there were any seeds of being a soldier planted this weekend. Who knows? Only time will tell.
The Grand Parade Saturday morning had folks out early lining the streets with their chairs as they searched for the perfect spot to watch the grand parade. The 100 unit parade took about an hour and a half to run and left no one disappointed with the event. Floats, fire trucks, jeeps, civic groups, bands, baton groups all marched down the street wishing Windham a Happy 200th Birthday!
Saturday evening was another evening for making memories. One could see folks gathered in various parts of the Green socializing or just hanging out and enjoying the music. Some were catching up with old friend who came into town for the festivities others were just kicking back and taking in the entire scene. Fireworks capped off the days events as “Vicious Cycle” rocked out the night.
Sunday morning started off with a community worship service followed by an ice cream eating contest, burying of a new time capsule, awards and recognitions along with closing ceremonies. It was a bittersweet time as the bicentennial came to a close.
The event will go down in history as the biggest party Windham has ever seen and a time which memories were made. Yes, it was a party to remember, they came, they ate, they danced, they reminisced and most of all they created and shared memories that will last a lifetime. Happy Birthday Windham! May the next 200 years be as great as the first ones!

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Lake Milton –  Are you tired of the long, cold winter without access to fresh, locally produced foods?  Have you missed seeing your friends at the farmers’ market?  Well, your wait is over!  The Lake Milton Farmers’ Market will open at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Amphiteater located at the Beach at Lake Milton State Park on Grandview Road. Follow the signs. You can come by car, by walking the beautiful path or by boat and park at the new marina!
Opening day of the 2011 market season will feature fresh locally produced vegetables, fruits, and other seasonal produce as well as a variety of baked goods and much, much more!   Be sure to meet and greet our vendors to find out what they have planned for the coming season and learn what they have been doing over the winter.
Also on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. the Lake Milton Nature Arts Council will be hosting the annual Beach Party. The event features Rudy & The Professionals as well as a steel drum player born and raised in the Caribbean. The Beach Party is sponsored by MillerLite and Barefoot Wines. Food will be available for purchase from the Fifth Season Restaurant. Bring a beach blanket and/or chair. It’s at the area’s only “real” beach and discounted tickets are on sale now at the Lake Milton Pharmacy on Mahoning Avenue.
For a complete listing of the vendors who will be participating in the 2011 Lake Milton Farmers Market, please check out the website  The market will run through October every Saturday at  8 a.m.  The market is located at the Lake Milton Amphitheater, located just north of the swim beach and south of the dam on Grandview Road.  We look forward to seeing you there!
Farmers wishing to participate can call the Lake Milton State Park office at 330-654-4989.

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Portage County District Library’s August service spotlight shines on our children’s multimedia kits. When one book on a particular subject is not enough, look to Portage County District Library’s children’s multimedia kits. Each kit contains an assortment of books videos, toys, music and/or CD-ROMs with themes ranging from Alligators & Crocodiles to Music to Zoos. The Library also has a variety of math and science kits covering topics ranging from Fossils to Fractions. The latest additions to our kit collection are the Cultural Kits. These can be a wonderful aid for school reports and include the countries and regions of China, North Africa and Central America. Kits range in age appropriateness from preschool to upper elementary. Kits must be checked out on an adult or teacher card and for a two-week loan period. You can reserve a kit online or by calling a branch library location, and they can be renewed as well. To find a kit in the PLC catalog, select the “Media Type” search function and then the “Kit” link.
Don’t have a library card yet? Signing up for a library card is free and can be done at any branch library location, or by downloading an application online  at

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Parkman Twp – An abundance of shooting stars to wish upon and a full moon will greet those who celebrate the annual Perseid meteor showers by tenting at a Geauga Park District program scheduled for the peak display night.
The Music & Meteors Campout will be held on Friday, August 12 – 8:15 p.m. through Saturday, August 13 – 9 a.m. at  Chickagami Park, 17957 Tavern Road, Parkman Township.
After setting up tents, plan to gather around the campfire for songs and stories and join a naturalist for a twilight hike. As it grows darker, grab your binoculars for enhanced viewing of the full moon, star clusters, planets and other amazing night sky features while watching for fleeting glimpses of streaking meteors. Moon lore, plus myths and legends of the summer constellations, continue past midnight, when viewing of the Perseid meteor shower improves. A whisper of wind in the pines and cricket song add to the magic of this mid-August outing.
Registration is required at or 440-286-9516. Camping costs $5 for Geauga residents and $8 for out-of-county folks. Registration includes a pancake breakfast served from 7:30  to 9 a.m. Saturday. This program is best for those school-aged and up.
Campers are encouraged to set up their tents and sleeping bags before dark, as early as 8:15 p.m., with organized activities beginning at 9 p.m. In addition to tenting and personal gear, you may also want to bring a blanket or reclining chair, binoculars, flashlight and personal snacks to make your time most enjoyable.
Music, stories and alternative activities will simply move into a shelter if it rains or cloudy conditions prohibit sky viewing. (Refunds will only be issued if severe weather warnings force cancellation.)

Geauga County – Works of art will be accepted for the 6th annual Juried Art Show hosted by the Geauga Council for Arts & Culture on Monday, August 8, from 12:00, noon until 4:00 p.m.  The exhibit will be housed at the Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Rd. in Chesterland.  Categories in the show include Oil or Acrylic, Watercolor, Photography and Other Media.  All artists, professional or amateur and over 16 years of age, in Northeast Ohio are eligible to enter.
Cash awards will be given for Best of Show and First and Second in each category.  Awards will be presented at a reception to honor the artists on Wednesday, August 10 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Artists and their families and friends are encouraged to attend along with the general public.
Entry forms are available at the Geauga West Library and online at  If you have questions, please direct them to 440-286-9549 or 440-537-3344 or to

Summer is almost over but the bargain hunting has just begun. Last month the ordinarily sleepy little town of Newton Falls was filled with crowds looking for some Fourth of July excitement. This weekend the same streets will be flooded with yard sale shoppers looking for a great deal. All the planning that the Newton Falls Community-Wide Yard Sale Committee has put into the last year will come to fruition when the Sale officially opens at 9am on Friday, August 5th.
Over 75 residents have bought permits and will have sales in their yards, garages, parking lots, and basically wherever they can plunk a table. The map of where those sales are located has been completely revamped for 2011 and will be available at various businesses in the town during the sale. Eager shoppers can plan their route in advance by viewing the map online and printing a copy from the Committee’s Facebook page. The easier-to-read map includes not only the addresses of each participating sale, but also a few clues to what goodies can be found at each location. Can’t see it all in one day? Don’t worry – the sale will run all weekend (August 5th, 6th, and 7th) to give bargain hunters plenty of time for prime shop ’til you drop opportunities.
Things to keep in mind when you go: there are plenty of places to park in the town and traffic laws still apply, so be respectful and avoid parking in the middle of the road or in residents’ yards. Please be mindful of pedestrians! To save hassle (and gas!), it’s a good idea to find a spot in a central location and walk to several sales clustered together. It’s sure to be hot out so dress for the heat and keep hydrated for the long haul. Also, it’s helpful to bring small bills to get the best bang for your buck!
Residents, shoppers, and Committee members alike are looking forward to a safe, enjoyable, wallet-friendly weekend for all. Don’t be late – it’s going to be great!

Windham – Windham Board of Education (BOE) met for their regularly-scheduled meeting for August with one member missing.  The meeting was opened with the pledge and a moment of silence before moving forward with the agenda.
The first item on the agenda was a technology update from Brian Shanower who is the districts techie guru. According to Shanower, their system has been updated to improve speed, allow individual student log ins and an improved help-desk ticket system. The district has also received a technology grant for the high school  that will allow the district’s system to go wireless in all three buildings, he noted that everything will still be filtered through SPARCC so there are no worries about students accessing things they shouldn’t, like Facebook and My Space. The grant also allowed the district to purchase six new projectorless smart boards, new computers for the teachers and 10 new laptops for the library for study use. Shanower stated that all the obsolete and broken equipment was disposed of through a recycling company out of Youngstown. The district expects all the updates to be completed prior to the start of school.
In the Legislative report Melissa Roubic announced that union members from around the state were able to obtain enough signatures on the petition to have the repeal Ohio HB5 placed on the fall ballot. She also noted that Ohio has changed the school year from required days to hours allowing more flexibility for districts that are in areas where they could potentially use all their calamity days.
In the superintendent’s report Gregg Isler reported that the district received a notice from the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) for alleged unfair labor practices in this spring’s contract negotiations. Isler stated that a response to the allegations was sent. He also said the district has applied for a book grant that will provide 300 books for students. Other items in the superintendent’s report were that the application for title one funds is pending and the preschool grant was approved.
Transportation and Building Maintenance Supervisor Craig Alderman said the buses all passed the Ohio State Highway Patrol Inspections and the buildings were right on schedule to be ready for the first day of school. Bus routes will soon be re-evaluated and possibly some rerouted so they can continue to be fiscally responsible.
In other board news the board approved a five cent increase for lunches making high school lunches $2.55 and Elementary lunches $2.05 per meal. They also approved the calamity day alternative make-up plan, which is where the district can hold school online rather than cancel the day. Those who do not have access to a computer will receive study packets on the assignments.
Lastly, the board accepted a $200 donation made in memory of  former kindergarten teacher, Chloe Ann Small,  to help defray the cost of the kindergarten zoo trip.
The BOE meets regularly on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7pm. However, due to schedule conflicts, the August meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 16th at 7 pm.

Freedom Twp. – The regular meeting of the Freedom Township Board of Trustees was called to order by Chairman Hammar at 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 21, 2011. All  trustees  were present.
Mr. Hammar led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mr. Martin made the motion, seconded by Mr. Zizka, to approve the minutes of the July 7, 2011 regular  meeting with one correction: the charge for brine application is $60 per load.
Mr. Martin made the motion, seconded by Mr. Zizka, to approve the minutes of the July 13, 2011 Public Hearing as presented. Motion carried.
Zoning: Mr. Derthick reported that he met with the Assistant Prosecutor regarding current cases, to go over paper work and make sure everything is in order. He has also taken pictures of all violations, which is something Mr. Meduri wanted him to do. The BZA did not meet this month. The Zoning Commission (ZC) met and worked on a definition for portable storage units. They also discussed gambling parlors, and internet cafes. The ZC will not meet in August. Mr. Zizka asked Mrs. Nicholas to provide the Zoning Inspector, Assistant Zoning Inspector and Zoning Secretary with copies of the township’s personnel manual. Regarding the use of paper in the zoning office, Mr. Zizka said the trustees came to the conclusion that the zoning commission is part of township government; therefore, we will not be keeping a ledger of copies made. He told Mr. Derthick that if there was a problem in the future with office supplies disappearing at a rapid pace, it should be brought to the attention of the trustees. In response to a question from Mr. Zizka regarding the building on the north side of S.R. 303 by what used to be the “Emporium,” Mr. Derthick responded that it is a temporary building, it is on skids, and it can be moved.
Roads: Mr. VanSteenberg reported (1) paving of Stamm Road has been completed; (2) the door knobs in the church building and town hall have been replaced with handles; (3) he has the new agreement for brine application; (4) the new refrigerator for the church was delivered and installed this week. Mr. Zizka noted that Mr. VanSteenberg kept the trustees advised on the overage of materials on Stamm Road.
Fire: Mr. Martin reported on activities of the July 12 GFN district meeting. He and Jeff Kaiser attended the FEMA webinar on June 16. Plans are proceeding for the new storage building (being done by the Association). While doing an auto extrication, a blade broke on the cutters; it will cost $900 plus labor for replacement blades. They have a quote from Scotchman Electric for replacement lights.
EMS: Mr. Zizka reported that they approved the bid to have the shakes on the building cleaned, and the damaged and missing shakes replaced. They also approved some vinyl fencing and the purchase of a power washer from S&K Sales & Service. The district has  an opening for a paramedic. The board met in executive session to deal with a complaint against a public official.
Regional Planning Commission: Mr. Hammar reported that they went over the financial report for the coming year and also discussed extensions on subdivisions.
The trustees signed a cemetery deed for Mary Judith Stevens, Lot 580 B/C/D, Drakesburg Cemetery.
Mr. Hammar will call Ellerhorst Agency regarding the health insurance renewal. Mrs. Nicholas asked that the applications for Butler be completed and returned as soon as possible.
New Business: Mr. Zizka reported on the special meeting (as published in the Record Courier) with Ronyak Paving regarding work on Stamm Road. The County Engineer’s office estimated 66 cu yd of material for the berm; Ronyak used 144 cu yd. The revised invoice in the amount of $146,100.26 reflects the extra material charge over the original bid amount of $142,776.48. Mr. Zizka made the motion, seconded by Mr. Martin, to approve the revised invoice from Ronyak Paving in the amount of $146,100.26 for Stamm Road Improvements, OPWC Project #CT90N.  Motion carried.
The trustees reviewed recent correspondence regarding the proposed Crown Castle lease extension. They agreed that they wanted to go back to their original proposal; i.e., to extend the lease for an additional 20 years with a $5,000 signing bonus plus 25% of any revenue for each subsequent tenant after the first one. Mrs. Nicholas will convey this to Crown Castle.
Unfinished Business: Mr. Zizka has a verbal quote from Mr. Miller of $9,500 to do the town hall porch and roof, with the township removing the existing roof, slab and footer. Mr. Zizka will check as to whether or not this includes the $500 fee for the architect.
Mr. Hammar said he would like to proceed with making some improvements to the town hall pavilion.
Mr. Duffield said he would be available to assist the first week of August. The trustees discussed putting in electricity and water. Mr. Hammar will get updated quotes on the electrical work.
Mr. Hammar said he had nothing to report on King Road but asked about the beaver dams by the garage.
Mr. Zizka said the water is still high but he talked to the turnpike division superintendent about a week ago and they are not concerned at this point. The trapper has removed his traps and if the weather holds, we can start removing the dams.
Mr. Hammar said he has a number of groups willing to pick up stones in the newly-plowed field at the Community Park.
Mr. Zizka reported that Bethel Springs Fellowship made a donation to the Park Improvement fund. The  trustees will send them a thank you letter.
The trustees looked at wallpaper samples for the church basement meeting room and bathroom, and an estimate for materials and labor to do the work. Mr. Zizka made the motion, seconded by Mr. Hammar, to approve the purchase of materials to wallpaper the church basement meeting room and bath (approximate cost $200) plus labor at the rate of $10 per hour.  Motion carried.
During the meeting, warrants #5649 – #5663 in the amount of $49,213.09 were presented to the trustees for approval and ordered paid by signature.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:41 pm.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if stores offered free gifts for just walking through the door?  That is exactly what will be happening for sewing enthusiasts when 9 area sewing stores band together for the first annual Charming Quilt Shop Tour August 25 through Sept 3.
What makes it even better for sewing fans is that the purchase of their shop hop passport for $2 or donation of two canned goods benefits local food banks and shelters.
Each store has chosen a special quilt block and designed a surprise project just for this event.
Just for walking through the door of each shop, passport holders receive the quilt block pattern and get to see the quilt project made up and unveiled the first day of the tour. In addition, each participant receives free fabric squares, a treat and chances to win many prizes.
“It is so fun visiting all the shops during the hop. Everyone is just having a great time,” said quilter Diane Kropp of Leavittsburg.
The grand prize is a Viking Emerald sewing machine valued at $899.
Each of the nine stores has donated a $100 prize basket along with two $25 gift certificates. Sewing manufacturers from around the country have donated bundles of fabric, patterns and sewing tools for the event.
“Everyone asks just what is a shop hop,” said Peg Viole, owner of Designers Two Quilt Shop in Cortland. Shop hops are a way for stores in an area to work together in cooperation with leading sewing manufacturers to encourage sewing.
Anyone can join the shop hop by picking up a passport beginning Aug. 25 at any of the participating sewing stores. To qualify to win many of the prizes, participants must visit each of the shops on the tour and turn in their completed passports.
Participating shops include:
*        Cotton Pickers, Chardon
*        Designers Two Quilt Shop, Cortland
*        Forever Quilting, Jefferson
*        Just Quilt It, Warren
*        Megen’s Quilt Parlor, Albion, PA
*        Quilter’s Fancy, Cortland
*        Olive Grace Studios, Fowler Twp.
*        Shaker Tree, Garrettsville
*        Viking White Sewing Center, Niles
To receive a free brochure describing the shop hop tour with all the participating shop addresses, web site address, contact information and store hours, stop in at any of the shops.

Keep digging in the attic.  Keep swamping out the basement.  Tote that barge.  Lift that bale!  Clear those cupboards.  Empty those shelves.
The Antique Appraisal Fair is on the way.  August 20 at the James A. Garfield Middle School there will be a flea market/rummage sale benefitting the Garfield Middle School football program, AND the James A. Garfield Historical Society’s first annual Antique Appraisal Fair where anyone can–for a small fee–truck in beloved family heirlooms, reeeeealy old bubble gum card collections,  that vase Great-Great-Great Grandpa won on the midway at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago–same one where a farmer from Nelson took the gold medal for maple syrup– in 1893(Betcha he never told Great-Great-Great Grandma that he saw “Little Egypt” do the “hootchy-kootchy” at  that very same first world’s fair).
Competent local dealers and experts will give you their best reckoning of the value of your goodies and listen to a brief recitation of your family lore concerning how that stuff got into the hall closet in the family homestead…and when.
At $5 for one item and $10 for three of them, you can’t lose.  If nothing else, you can later make fun of all the other people who brought in things waaaay uglier than yours.

Garrettsville – Nice job by the Marching Pride at their Premier performance last Friday.  It was a showcase for all of the music and routines they worked on during a super-heated week at BAND CAMP and a thank you to all of the contributors to the program–this year and every year.  Amazing results, considering that the weather for the entire week was “hot – hot – hot” and frequent breaks for water and cooling off were de riguer.
Rumor has it that the Scarlet Guard is hard at it now , with their own high standards as their guiding principle.

From kittenhood through the twilight years, our feline companions continually bring joy, love, and laughter to the lives of their “staff.”  In  Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat’s Life you will share the experience of living through the natural life cycle with our cats — from the laugh-out-loud antics of kittens and tear-your-hair-out escapades of teenage cats to the more mature adult years and final stages of life.
Included in this collection is a submission by local author and Hiram College Professor, Karen Donely-Hayes. Her story,  “Cats Are Like Potato Chips” will make the animal lover in you smile.
Stories cover each age and stage with all the fun, frustrations, special bonds and routines involved. The book also holds a special chapter about grieving and recovery when our feline friends leave us.

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Columbiana – Eastern Ohio’s No. 1 family craft festival is celebrating its 29th year with three exciting weekends: August 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28, 2011. Shopping, food and entertainment are featured during this six-day event.
The Shaker Woods Festival, founded to honor the 18th century Shaker community, offers more than 200 craftspeople, representing artists and crafts from all across the country.
“It’s hard to believe that Shaker Woods Festival will be celebrating its 29th year! We are so blessed to be continuing our journey and we have so many wonderful people to thank for our success,” said Sue Ferguson, who along with her husband Sam, are promoters of the festival. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank our outstanding craftspeople, food vendors and overall staff at Shaker Woods Festival. Without the hard work of all these individuals, we would not be what we are today. We also would like to thank each and every one of our visitors who year after year have made wonderful memories coming together with family and friends at Shaker Woods Festival.”
In the early 1980s, the Fergusons were concerned that a time might come when the sale of their farm products might not cover the rising cost of producing them. While deciding how to extend the land into a more profitable enterprise, the Fergusons hosted an Apple Butter festival in 1982. That first fall festival has blossomed into the highly acclaimed annual Shaker Woods Festival. Shortly thereafter, Sue Ferguson researched the Shaker history and incorporated it into the festivals.
The Shaker community was a group of industrious and devout people whose inventions include the washing machine, spinning wheel and flat broom, as well as clothespins and packaged seeds. Shaker furniture is known for its simple, beautiful lines and fine workmanship. Each year, the Fergusons choose crafters whose work carries on the tradition of exceptionally fine workmanship.
Each juried craftsperson, dressed in Shaker period clothing, offers his/her wares in a cool, manicured, wooded area. The level grounds feature crushed gravel footpaths for easy walking and access from acres of free parking.
Crafters demonstrate their unique skills without the use of modern conveniences–not even electricity. The diverse crafts include basket weaving, blacksmithing, broommaking, leather work, paintings, pottery, quilts, custom garden stones, plants, toys, jewelry and woodwork. The items for sale range from small miniatures to rooms of custom-made furniture and hand-carved masterpieces. Some of the crafters exhibit only at the Shaker Woods Festival.
An extensive selection of food is also available, from soups and sandwiches to complete meals — some cooked over an open fire. Snack foods and delicious desserts are also available.
Entertainment, from bluegrass to cloggers, is featured on all three stages throughout the festival.
Darryl Gatlin, a native of Beaver County, PA, returns to Shaker Woods on August 13, 14, 27 and 28, performing on The Meeting House Stage. His professional singing voice is sure to charm audiences and keep the fans coming back for more.
Returning August 20 and 21 on the Garden Stage is the uniquely talented David Young. His relaxing music has enriched people’s lives for more than 10 years. Playing two Renaissance flutes (recorders) simultaneously in harmony, David creates a soothing, unforgettable sound. More than 500,000 copies of his CDs have been sold in North America alone.
The Free Spirit Cloggers from northeast Ohio, performing August 13 & 14 on the Garden Stage and under the direction of Jean Baird, clog to a variety of music including traditional clogging music, country and pop. There are 33 dancers on the show team that range in age from 8 years old to retired folks! Come on out and see them and maybe you’ll get the urge to “learn to clog.”
Additional performers include Vanessa Campagna, Jim Haner “The Banjoman,” Hot Pursuit, Blue Moon Rising, Blue Shades and Davis & McKay.
Robert Griffing will be signing autographs on August 13 & 14. An artist, Robert describes himself as a painter of the Eastern Woodland Indians of the 18th century. His work focuses on a time that marked the beginning years of chaos and uncertainty for the Woodland tribes as they struggled to survive the European encroachment.
Now in its 19th year, the Children’s Order offers one-hour classes for youth. Classes include “Beginner Knitting,” “Working with Gourds” and “Sunday Toys.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Daily general admission tickets ($7.00 for adults) will be sold at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. No pets or alcoholic beverages are permitted on the grounds. Children’s strollers are not recommended.
Shaker Woods grounds are located at 44337 County Line Road in Columbiana, Ohio, one mile north of the intersection with Route 14, and only minutes from the Ohio Turnpike and the Pennsylvania state line.
Additional information may be obtained by calling (330) 482-0214 or by writing to: Shaker Woods Festival 217 State Route 7 Columbiana, OH 44408.

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield Historical Society met in the Mott Building headquarters on Main St. to speak of “ many things, of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings.”  Well, not exactly.
They did accept a   pair of donations from Roslyn Bauman–a green bottle imprinted “L. Caldwell, Garrettsville, and a flax spinning wheel.  Maintenance items came up :  cleaning and sorting and putting away costumes, especially those used in the recent vintage photo activity ($160–a good start for what may become an on-going fund-raiser), the garden fence needs painting, summer potluck picnic will be August 15, thoughts on re-applying for a Hiram Community Trust grant to do digitizing of microfilm files, thoughts on the approaching Business Showcase in the fall and the Windham Bicentennial which is upon us now…and the Antiques Appraisal Fair to be conducted at the Garfield Middle School in conjunction with a flea market/rummage sale benefiting the Garfield Middle School football program.  Coach Mark Apple was present to provide information on the football program plans and to discuss advertising proposals, printing options, concessions…lots of stuff.  Time and tide wait for no man…or woman or historical society.  Plans are rolling!
Tickets are ready.  Posters are on the way.  Newspaper advertising in several marketing areas–Record-Courier, Middlefield Post, Warren Tribune, Chagrin Times, Villager, etc.–is coming as well as a spot on the Garrettsville website and on Facebook.  Everybody know; everybody come!  August 20 from 1:00 to 5:00.

And speaking of the Antiques Appraisal Fair….
Do not confuse this with the popular TV program where amazed folks find out that a professional appraiser has just declared that Aunt Ida’s gilded chamber pot once belonged to Louis XIV and is worth thousand upon thousands.  But it is our very own, small-scale operation wherein four local professionals will give the lucky finders of attic-stashes of monumental proportions the news that most, if not all, of the detritus piled up in out of the way places in the house can safely be given away or disposed of…but that little carved-wood clock with the kookaburra instead of a cuckoo…hmmm…we might want to look at that more closely.   Should your treasures actually call for further investigation, you can, of course, at a later date talk to these folks who have generously donated their time, to pursue any further course of action which you might like to follow.
The chances of your finding a twin to the Koh-i-Noor diamond in Grammy’s jewelry box are slim but you might find out that Uncle Delt was actually a primitive painter of some repute and the bunch of his old scenes in the family home could be worth your while to dust off.  Antiques, at any rate, have fads and fashions like anything else and that big crock with naughty pictures inside might be just the thing this year when five years ago you couldn’t have sold it to Hugh Hefner.   Hang on to it, the wheel could turn yet again.
For a small fee (one item for $5, three for $10), if nothing else, you may get bragging rights about that antimacassar from Aunt Faye’s estate sale that turns out to be a snippet from the Bayeaux Tapestry that  Great , Great Grandma smuggled across the Alps tucked into her knickers as she was fleeing the Huns…or was it the Mongols?  At the very least, someone other than your family can give a little insight as to whether it’s the real McCoy or a really good copy.  And look around to see what kind of junk other people have in their attics.  Maybe you’re not the craziest folks on the block after all.  Maybe you have taste…. Maybe not..

Nelson Twp. – The Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the Community House with all members and fiscal officer present. The first item on the agenda was to hold a public meeting on the zoning amendments concerning  storage of vehicles on vacant lots. After some discussion on what exactly the amendment was proposing, the trustees decided to send amendments back to the zoning commission for clarification before making any decisions on them.
The fiscal officer presented the bills and wages, and a resolution to renew their membership with the Bureau of Workers Compensation. The board approved these measures.
Trustee Jim Turos suggested changes to the bleacher plan for Pixley Park. He suggested using gravel in front of the stands rather than grass. Turos claims the grass will not tolerate the traffic as well as gravel and he feels they will have to dig it out and replace the grass with gravel at some time in the future. He said gravel would be easier to maintain and it would be easier to dig out the sod now for the gravel rather than have someone have to do it later when they discover the grass was not a good idea. After some discussion the trustees decided to leave the bleacher plan as is with the grass in front of them so small kids can play while others are watching the game. Work on the bleachers will begin soon.
Trustee Joe Leonard stated that the electric violations were just about corrected with a few minor details to be finished up this week. The corrections will bring the Community House up to the current code.
He also stated that they had received an application for a conditional use permit for Isaac Mills to house the food bank. The food bank committee asked if the trustees would waive the $75 fee for the permit as it will be an ongoing community service project. After some discussion the trustees agreed to waive the permit fee. A public hearing on the conditional use permit is scheduled for August 10, 2011 at 7pm at Pixley Park.
Lastly, the trustees announced that the new water well at the maintenance building will be drilled soon. The current well had water quality issues that could not be corrected, so a new well is being drilled.
The trustees meet on the first and third Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the Community House. More information on what is happening in Nelson can be found on their web site

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As this year’s Portage County District Library Summer Reading Club (SRC) comes to a successful close, Portage County children have  enjoyed activities at all five branch locations. “One World, Many Stories” was this year’s theme and library staff provided attendees with a great sampling all summer long. This year’s performers included Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show, Magician Paul Gerber, Illustrator Barry Gott, Kent State’s Summer Stock Theater, and Abstract Juggle Art. Also, the Garrettsville Library is featuring a collage of mythical characters in its Children’s Area, created by local artist, Ken Zander.
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Garrettsville – Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians confronted a mystery at their recent meeting.  Speaker was Guy Alexander of Park Ave., Garrettsville, and he told of the boat in his house.
Embarking upon an renovation/remodel of his house in 2007, he recalled a chance conversation some years before with Adelle Cline (nee Baird) who had grown up in the residence and lived there after her marriage to Jim Cline and through the subsequent raising of three children.  While engaged in who-knows-what ministrations of the hair care personnel at  the Golden Mirror, she asked him if he had yet found the boat that resided above the dining room ceiling, something shown to the family by her father in the early twentieth century and, to all intents and purposes, likely to be still there–they had not removed it.
As it happened,  the remodeler needed access to the area in question and –lo, and behold–between the rafters and the lath-and-plaster, there rested the skeleton of a boat, two nested halves, a pair of slave collars(!) and some old batteries, along with newspaper clippings from 1898 concerning a popular player of the day, Homer Enos.  An interesting treasure  trove, no mistake!
After considerable investigation–Antique Road Show and a number of other avenues, such as the Smithsonian Institution–Guy found that he was in possession of a “portage boat” or “slave boat”  used during the era of the Underground Railroad (Which, you may recall, was not always underground, nor had it any rails, though the roads were many and  so too the conductors and the passengers).  Only one other specimen is thought to be in existence, and that in Canada.  One appraisal firm in Cleveland put its value at “priceless”–not real helpful, when you get right down to it.  The collars–one had a metal nameplate reading “W. F. Brown” in ornate script–were far more common and a Wm. Brown (pauper) was found  listed at that address in a census search of the decade.
The “portage boat” might be classified as what archivists/historians/archaeologists and their ilk call “ephemera”, things that were not designed to last, in this case they were to be put together quickly, covered with a canvas or leather skin, used to cross a stream or body of water, then dismantled (Under the Fugitive Slave Act, one could be arrested and tried for aiding and/or abetting a runaway slave, so   the evidence was destroyed whenever possible).  How did the bones of the boat get in the ceiling over the dining room?  Nobody knows. The house has  paper trail back to at least 1895, possibly 1860–lots of records were lost in a fire at the old courthouse in Ravenna many years ago.  There apparently a construction project of some sort at this address in 1908.  Was it found or moved around then by the Bairds?  Mystery still.
Then , of course, there are the unexplained shadows and creaks and footsteps…the nearby tunnels to the creek, possibly used by the UGRR–Northeast Ohio was pretty strong Abolitionist territory….  Who knows how much more of the story waits to be uncovered?

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The Mayfield Drive-In Theater and Geauga County Public Library will present Library Night at the Drive-In on Sunday, August 7.
The movies to be shown that night are:  THE SMURFS (PG) at 8:45 p.m. and ZOOKEEPER (PG) at 10:25 p.m.  The box office opens at 7:00 p.m.  The sound will be broadcast over an FM radio channel.  If your car does not have a radio, remember to bring a portable radio along with extra batteries.
The Mayfield Road Drive-In Theater is located at 12091 Mayfield Road, Chardon, Ohio  44024.
The admission fee will be discounted to $15.00 per carload for this evening only.  (Normal gate price is $18.00 per carload.) If any outside food or beverage is being brought into the theater, a $5.00 outside food and beverage permit must be purchased at the box office in addition to the admission fee.
Special events include appearances by the Geauga County Public Library Bookmobile (Bring your library card.  The Bookmobile will  be open for business!)  the Geauga County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit, Munson Township Fire Department and rescue squads, University Hospital’s Life Flight helicopter, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Herbie the Love Bug.  In addition there will be door prizes and giveaways. (Subject to changes.)
Pack the car with family and friends for an entertaining night everyone will enjoy.
Further information is available at the Chardon Library, Bainbridge Library, Geauga West Library, Middlefield Library and Bookmobile, Newbury Public Library Station and Thompson Library Station.

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Columbus- The Portage County Board of Elections validated 11,958 signatures to Repeal SB 5, the unfair attack on employee rights and worker safety. Only 1,497 signatures were required to meet 3% of the total vote in the last gubernatorial election in Portage County.  According to this information from the Portage County Board of Elections, We Are Ohio has received enough signatures in Portage County to place the citizen’s veto on the November 8th, 2011 ballot.
“The historic number of signatures collected shows the broad-based enthusiasm behind repealing SB 5”, said Melissa Fazekas, spokeswoman for We Are Ohio. “Nearly 1.3 million Ohioans signed petitions to show their support for stopping the attack on working families. They understand that SB 5 goes too far and that the extreme politicians who supported SB 5 also exempted themselves from the bill. It is clear to many Ohioans that firefighters, police officers, teachers and nurses are not the enemy. We Are Ohio and our more than 10,000 volunteers sincerely appreciate the hard work of all the county board of elections officials and we look forward to receiving official ballot placement from the Ohio Secretary of State.”
On June 29th, thousands of volunteers with We Are Ohio marched in downtown Columbus to the Ohio Secretary of State office to deliver 1,298,301 signatures to repeal SB 5. We Are Ohio volunteers collected more signatures than any other petition drive in Ohio history. The citizen-driven petition drive exceeded the 3% threshold and collected at least 6%, or double the amount required by Ohio law in all 88 counties.
We Are Ohio is a citizen-driven, community-based, bipartisan coalition that has come together to repeal SB 5, the unfair attack on employee rights and worker safety. We Are Ohio includes public and private sector workers and employees, police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, pastors, small business owners, Republicans and Democrats, local elected officials and business leaders, students, Moms, Dads, family members, and your neighbors.

Pictured at right (front row) Ethan Milko, Jessie Chechak, Scott Everett, Josh Masters, Brad Martin, John Reid, Todd Barton, Marcus Miller (back row)Coach Rich Martin, Coach Kevin Savitts, Logan Steiner, Alex Duderstadt, Nick Jurcevic, Nick Kaiser, Coach Brian Masters, Coach Joe Kaiser.

Congratulations to the Garfield G-Men. These young men have worked really hard to accomplish their goal in making it to the state tournament in Alliance.

Pictured are: (front row) Haley Prusky, Sidney Drake, Kayla Mock, Emma Rader, Madi Pelyak, Jordyn Cline  (back row) Olivia Hedge, Ashley Benetis, Alisha Delisle, Anga Fowler, Meghan Workman, Kate Wainwright
Pictured are: (front row) Haley Prusky, Sidney Drake, Kayla Mock, Emma Rader, Madi Pelyak, Jordyn Cline (back row) Olivia Hedge, Ashley Benetis, Alisha Delisle, Anga Fowler, Meghan Workman, Kate Wainwright

Newton Falls 12U Girls fast pitch team won the Meander District tournament defeating Austintown 11-1 to finish the regular season 15-0.
This team has advanced to the Ohio Girls Softball Organization (OGSO) state tournament and won its first 2 games.  The girls will play in the OGSO State finals on Saturday, July 30, at 4:15 in Randolph, Ohio.  They play against Garrettsville who is also undefeated  —  a rematch of the OGSO finals from 2 years ago.

Pictured at right are: Coaches Robert Brown, Danny Neer, Ryan Miller, Kristine Miller.  Ethan Marek, Derek Miller, Kyle Turrentine, Erik Roche, Jackson Neer, Noah Owens, Ryan Brown, Nick Scarl, Zayne Veon, Nicholas Cornicelli, Kyle Workman, David Bowden.  Not Pictured: Andrew Morrissey
Pictured at right are: Coaches Robert Brown, Danny Neer, Ryan Miller, Kristine Miller. Ethan Marek, Derek Miller, Kyle Turrentine, Erik Roche, Jackson Neer, Noah Owens, Ryan Brown, Nick Scarl, Zayne Veon, Nicholas Cornicelli, Kyle Workman, David Bowden. Not Pictured: Andrew Morrissey

Parents and fans would like to wish Head Coach Kristine Miller and the Garfield Thunder the Best of Luck as they head to Alliance for the State Tournament on Saturday July 30th and July 31st.
We are so proud of all your hard work and dedication and PROUD to be a part of such a wonderful team!