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Garrettsville – On Saturday, October 11th the Daisies of Girl Scout Troop 90206 learned valuable lessons in community service, fundraising, and salesmanship by selling pumpkins which were donated by J.A. Garfield alum Dennis Pochedly.

The girls, and their parents, raised $556 for the #GarrettsvilleStrong fund in only five hours! The remaining pumpkins were donated to the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard.

On Sunday, $402.26 was raised for the fund by customers taking part in the Streetsboro Chipotle fundraising event. Thank you to everyone who supported these great fundraising events.



Streetsboro – After learning about lemonade stands and fundraising at school, Streetsboro students Bradley Stevens and Owen Murphy enlisted the help of their friends Connor Stevens; Jaedon Keba, Hayle and Mason to launch their own lemonade stand.

Working together these young entrepreneurs raised $80 for the #GarrettsvilleStrong fund! Last Friday Connor, Bradley, and Owen met with Chamber President Benjamin Coll at Middlefield Bank to make their donation.

Last week, during their spring break, eight Girl Scouts from Crestwood Intermediate and their siblings took a tour at Streetsboro Metal Recycling to get a head start on Earth Day. The girls brought aluminum cans with them, which they had started collecting  when the school year began. While at the facility, they learned first-hand about recycling, while earning funds for their troop in the process.

Main Presenter: Sean Kelly, Attorney: Legal Issues with Pipelines

Secondary Information: Citizens’  Self-Protection Plan

Time:  7:30-9:00 P.M. Thursday Evening, Sept. 19, 2013

Where:  9052 State Route 14, Unit D (The Eagles Meeting Hall–north end of building) Streetsboro, Ohio 44241. The building is directly across Route 14 from K Mart in Streetsboro.

The workshop will include legal information about easements, citizens’ rights, eminent domain, and a segment on “Defend Yourself,” a Citizen Self-Protection Plan. Printed leasing information with do’s and don’ts,  handouts, a filebox for records, folders, planning calendar,and other supplies are included.

Our purpose is to answer questions arising from the new pipelines proposed through 16 Ohio counties (especially Portage, Summit, Stark, Geauga, and Medina ) and help citizens locate easements already on their lands or provide information about easements proposed by landmen now moving through this area.

The workshop is FREE although donations are gratefully accepted to help with our materials costs.  Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration guarantees your place with supplies.

Concerned Citizens Ohio is not affiliated with any political party or religion. For more information, call Mary Greer  330-472-8086


Streetsboro – Concerned Citizens Ohio/Shalersville Free Water Monitoring is again offered the first Sunday in August, August 4, at  3:15 P.M. at the Eagles Meeting Hall on Route 14 in Streetsboro, and right across the street from the K Mart.  (9052 State Route 14, Unit D, Streetsboro.)
Citizens who would like to have their water tested for total dissolved solids, chloride, and several other chemicals in order to establish baseline data should collect about two cups of cold water before the water enters a softener, water heater, or other treatment system. Cold water should run freely for about 5-10 minutes so that water standing in pipes does not alter the monitor results.
Samples should be taken in a wide mouth glass jar, such as a jelly or Mason jar. Doing several loads of laundry in cold water can accomplish the same goal.
C.C.O./Shalersville just borrows space from the Eagles so to respect their membership, we ask people to park in the back lot behind the building.  CCO/Shalersville is not associated with any political party, religion, or industry.  Our monitoring results do not take the place of EPA certified lab results, but they do act as a guide in the event of contamination to water wells in our area.
For more information, call Mary Greer at 330-472-8086


Streetsboro – The Streetsboro Quilt Guild is preparing for its 31st annual judged quilt show to be held at the Faith Baptist Church in Streetsboro on October 4th and 5th.   The public is invited to enter items in this show.  Items can be quilts of any size, wearable quilted items or other quilted art pieces.  Although this is a judged show, entrants can choose to display quilts, without having them judged, if desired.  The entry deadline is September 17th.  The entry fee is   $3.00 per item for entrees submitted by the deadline and $6.00 for entrees submitted later.  All items entered must be on display for the duration of the show.
This show is a popular  event among quilters and quilt lovers.  Last year over 200 quilts were entered, and over 600 visitors attended.    In addition to being inspired by the wonderful quilts, guests enjoyed shopping at the vendors mall for quilt fabrics,  quilt and other  needlework patterns and supplies, and shopping at the Country Cupboard and the Bake Sale, where items made by guild members were for sale.
If you are interested in entering the show, please contact   Judy Boyle (122160boyle@gmail.com or 330-653-9329) Kim Jasko (kim.jasko@gmail.com or 330-650-0472.

Streetsboro – Ever dream of escaping to tranquility in a lush field of aromatic lavender? Did you think you had to travel to Provence, in France, or to some lovely herbal farm on the West Coast? Well, think again! Jody Byrne and her husband, Michael Slyker, founders of DayBreak Lavender Farm in Streetsboro, have been quietly growing lavender here since 2001. And on their 14-acre farm, they also create handmade natural soaps and other bath and body products. I went to visit recently, so see for myself what the Ohio State Senate designated “… the first lavender farm in Ohio’s history.”

Streetsboro – The City of Streetsboro hosted the Tough Towner competition on Saturday, April 20th. The four-mile course’s starting and finish lines were at Streetsboro City Park and included a section through school grounds. According to Matt Campana, owner of Corporate Motivation, which is the company that brought the race to Streetsboro, 191 competitors braved Saturday’s chilly temperatures to complete the course, including a mud bog, a stream to run through and walls to climb over.

Streetsboro – Streetsboro City Schools (SCSD) has been offered the opportunity to rebuild all of the district’s educational facilities. This opportunity comes from the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC).

According to Streetsboro City Schools Superintendent Dr. Tim Calfee, the district will build a new high school on the east side of the single campus location and will include an auditorium. The current high school building will be renovated and have an addition built and will then house a 6-8th grade middle school. The 4-5th grade Henry Defer Intermediate School will remain as is and the existing PreK-1 building will be renovated and have an addition built so it can then accommodate Prek-3rd grade. The existing middle school will be kept for district use such as for the indoor sports facilities as well as Board of Education offices and meetings, but the existing 2-3 elementary school will not be used as a school building.


Streetsboro - The City of Streetsboro will host the Tough Towner competition on April 20th. It will start and finish at Streetsboro City Park and the 4-mile course, which will also travel throughout school grounds, will include 25 obstacles such as a mud bog as well as a wall for contestants to climb over. According to Streetsboro Parks and Recreation Director Greg Mytinger, the competition was brought to Streetsboro by Corporate Motivation, Inc.

Streetsboro – Navigators USA, a co-ed, youth-adventure organization committed to opening minds and creativity through direct contact with nature, announces the formation of a new chapter in Streetsboro, Ohio. Robin Bossert, Executive Director, Navigators USA, welcomed the new chapter in an email sent to the founding committee members. “Pack your backpacks!  You can now go camping as Navigator Chapter 40 Streetsboro! Welcome to our family of spirited, open-minded Americans who want to build community in all the varieties that make this country strong!”


Streetsboro – The City of Streetsboro has plans to update its new park, which was recently named Thomas Heritage Park via a vote by the residents last November. The name comes from Osman Thomas, who operated the property as a farm in the 1920s.

According to Mayor Glenn Broska, the land was actually acquired as the result of a lawsuit that had been filed against the city a couple of years ago, but they have recently begun updating the property to turn this parcel of land, which offers a number of ponds, including a fishing pond and a beaver pond, into a nature park and recreation haven for residents.


Streetsboro – Author James Fennimore Cooper is quoted as saying, “The air, the water and the ground are free gifts to man and no one has the power to portion them out in parcels. Man must drink and breathe and walk and therefore each man has a right to his share of each.” If recent developments in the area have you questioning the quality of your share of these necessities, a local group may help put your mind at ease, at least as far as water is concerned.

CLEVELAND—“This next band isn’t from Streetsboro High School, it IS Streetsboro High School!” quipped emcee Jeff Kutz as he introduced Streetsboro’s own ‘We Regret to Inform You’ at the Tri-C® High School Rock Off on January 27th. All joking aside, Kutz wasn’t too far from the truth. Brought together in a Streetsboro High School songwriting class, this fifteen member band comprised of  Jake Edgerton, Zack Madden, Marcus Bowman, Nathan Bailey, Maddie Oslejsek, Austin McDone, Alex Hahn, Ryan McCormack, Desiree Anderson, Samantha Palania, Jacey Kepich, Amber Lesak, Marissa Campisi, Cassidy Emch, and Dion Hetzel certainly filled the stage, and rocked the packed House of Blues. 

Streetsboro – On Saturday, January 26, at 7:30 P.M., Concerned Citizens – Shalersville, will host Dr. Deborah Cowden, speaking on the Health Impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Dr. Cowden, President of the Greene County Medical Society, currently serves as Clinic Physician at Knox County Health Department in Mount Vernon, Ohio. During her talk, Dr. Cowden will discuss air contamination resulting from hydraulic fracturing. 


Washington DC - Congressman-elect David P. Joyce announced Portage County resident Nick Ciofani as his District Director:

“I’m very pleased to announce Nick Ciofani as my District Director,” said Congressman-elect Joyce. “Nick has worked in the district for several years and his extensive knowledge of northeast Ohio will allow our office to provide the best constituent services possible.”

Ciofani graduated from Hillsdale College in 2002 and Solon High School in 1998. Prior to accepting the position of District Director, Ciofani ran the Twinsburg office of Congressman Steven C. LaTourette and worked in the Finance Department for the City of Solon. Ciofani currently resides in Streetsboro.


Streetsboro – A conversation between friends on Facebook transformed into a whole community pulling together to help fellow Americans who have been suffering these past few weeks. On Sunday, November 11th, the community of Streetsboro held a benefit dinner at Stringz and Wingz to gather donations for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. In addition to the dinner, donations were collected via drop-off and pick-up through Friday the 16th. This past Saturday, the items were loaded onto a semi and driven to Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY, with four community members following behind to coordinate the delivery. The fundraiser has earned $4,100 plus supplies to be used in the effort to help the victims.


Streetsboro – Just five minutes from the heart of Streetsboro, nestled within soft rolling hills, lies an oasis that few seem to know about, DayBreak Lavender Farm. The 14 acre farm boasts of colorful fields that contain 13 varieties of lavender, a 2 acre pond, woods to explore and an off- premises boutique.

The farm is owned by Jody Byrnes and Michael Slyker, who just happen to love lavender. They started the farm in 2000 after planting a test field of 150 lavender plants. The couple planted several varieties to see what would do well here. Now, 12 years later, they have thirteen varieties of organic lavender, growing on the rolling hills of their farm that was declared Ohio’s first lavender farm.

The farm is opened to the public on Wednesdays thru Saturday noon until 5 pm and on Sundays from Noon until 4pm.  It is located at 2129 Frost Road and admission to the farm is free.

During the harvest season, when one exits the car and inhales they will think they have been transported to France where fields of lavender are a commonplace. The aroma is intoxicating, yet brings a sense of peace and tranquility to one’s soul while strolling through the breathtaking  sea of violet.

DayBreak Lavender Farm’s harvest time is usually from the middle of June through early August, however this year it will be winding down in the next week or two due to the early, warm spring and massive heat wave we have experienced as of late. During harvest time, folks are welcome to pick bouquets to take home for a small charge. The bouquets run between $5 and $15, depending on size. They also have lavender plants for sale, and dried lavender at the farm.

Although Michael and Jody love lavender, the farm offers a lot more. It is a peaceful, serene, oasis where one can come to meditate, draw, paint, read or just hike the trails. It is also a place for shutterbugs. The farm has a small pond where one can kick back on a lounge chair, relax, daydream, watch the clouds or do nothing.  Bring a picnic and the kids; spend the day communing with nature.  Children and well-behaved, vaccinated pets on a leash are welcome to visit the farm. Michael and Jody love seeing children exploring their farm, along with their furry friends.

Michael is always on hand to talk lavender. He will educate you on the herb so you can create your own lavender garden at home. He also shares his knowledge of other purposes for the herb. Did you know that lavender is more them just an aromatic?  Lavender has many uses today besides bouquets and fragrances. More recently, folks have begun using lavender for its culinary qualities and have realized that it is great in truffles, scones  or other baked goods.  Besides baked goods, it is often used as a tea, in jellies, honey, salads, soups and more. Many of the culinary mixes, jellies, honey and teas are for sale in their off-premises boutique located five minutes away at 9292 Market Square in Streetsboro. Besides food items, one can find DayBreak’s line of natural, organic lotions, oils, soaps and spa items and more at the boutique. The boutique hours are Wednesday thru Saturday Noon until 5 pm Sundays noon until 4 pm. For more information on the farm and boutique one can visit them on the web at www.daybreaklavenderfarm.com