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Burton –  Countryside Home Baker is pleased to announce their 5th Anniversary celebration on December 17 & 18, from 8am-5pm, with drawings, free coffee and more! A family owned business that opened in 2005 as a way to generate a little extra income has grown into a self sustaining business through the hard work and traditional recipes used by the store’s bakers. By baking everything from scratch and using real butter Countryside Home Bakery provides the community a product that is readily available, yet does not lose the homemade, down-to-earth taste. Another distinctive feature of the bakery is its traditional wood burning oven, the results are products unique in their own way. Stop in and taste the difference!

At Countryside Home Bakery you will enjoy traditional, home-made breads, pies, cookies, and more all made from scratch. With Christmas just around the corner, the bakery offers Christmas cookies, gift baskets, delicious breads and specialty items like chocolate covered candies! Also available is a selection of locally-produced jams and maple syrup.

Regular business hours are Wed.-Sat. 8am to 5pm. The bakery will be closed from Christmas through February 2. Christmas orders need to be placed by December 23rd to be picked up by December 24th.

Countryside is located at 17075 Mumford Rd., Burton,   approximately 2.25 miles north of Rt. 422 and 1.5 miles south of Rt. 168. Phone 440-834-0776.

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Middlefield - All council members were present for this meeting.  After the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Poole asked for approval of the November 4 minutes and they were approved.  He also asked for payment of bills (two separate requests) and both requests were passed.

The Fiscal Report was submitted to Council.  It was mentioned that the Council needs to meet as close to the end of the year as possible to finish the fiscal bills for 2010 and to approve the budget for 2011.  Due to holiday schedules, it was determined that the meeting would have to take place after the New Year on January 3.

The Streets & Utilities Report stated that the leaf pick up was complete and that there were fewer loads this year than the previous year.  Christmas decorations were up. Normal maintenance was done as were some sidewalk repairs at various locations throughout the Village.

The Police Report was submitted to the Council.  Police Chief Samec reported that there were 791 incident reports, 166 walk-ins, 1,063 phone calls, 937 business checks, 31 traffic citations and 20 criminal charges last month.  The Fill-A-Police-Car food drive was done on November 11 and garnered over 4,000 pounds of food products and several cash donations.  The Police Department will be doing it again on December 10.  Also the Shop-with-a-Cop program is progressing. Right now they are able to help 15 families but may be able to add five more.  Volunteers are needed for this program.  Details are available on the Village website.

The Zoning Inspector did not have a written report to submit but discussed two on-going projects.  Council asked if there was any news about the Habitat for Humanity homes and it was discussed that they are in the process of transferring land.  No formal plans have been submitted at this time.

The Recreation Report was submitted to Council.  Now that the weather is turning cold, activities have switched to indoors which means more supervision is necessary.  They now have 40 basketball teams in the league, which is up from 32 last year.  Wrestling registration is also up; double last year.  They are busy working on spring schedules.

The Ambulance Report and other Fiscal Reports were submitted to Council.

Mr. Nick Frank spoke on behalf of the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce during the Public Participation portion of the meeting.  Mr. Frank wanted to let Council know that the Chamber was planning three mini-festivals next summer on the third Friday in June, July and August.  Frank wanted Council to be aware in case ordinances would need to be  passed.  These events are being geared to promote Middlefield businesses and to increase foot traffic in town.  The Council was supportive and will be working with the Chamber as needed.  The Mayor will work on a resolution for the January meeting.

First Reading: Resolution 10-15 Authorizing the Village Administrator to purchase various materials and supplies from certain sellers during 2011 and declaring an emergency.  Motion passed.

Resolution 10-16 Indicating the services the Village of Middlefield will provide, and an approximate date by which it will provide them, to the territory proposed to be annexed to the Village by the Diocese of Cleveland.  (Standard services will be provided.)

Ordinance 10-138 Employing David M. Ondrey as Village Solicitor and Legal Counsel for the Village of Middlefield for the years 2011 and 2012 and declaring an emergency.  Motion passed.

Second Reading: Resolution 10-14 Adopting a “Drinking Water Source Protection Plan” for the Village of Middlefield.  Motion passed.

Third Reading: Ordinance 10-133 Extending the employment of Marie Shipek as a Village employee for three (3) years, through December 6, 2013, pursuant to specified terms and conditions.  Motion passed.

Old Business:  St. Lucy Annexation Agreement:  It was suggested that the Church sign the agreement in order to keep the process moving forward.  The Church did not sign the agreement as they were waiting for funding, but now that is not an issue.  There is a question about the number of units, it was decided that 40 would be the number with a possibility of it being fewer than that number.  Catholic Charities requires that the Church put down some sidewalks and that will be completed by the Church.  The approximate date for ground breaking of this project is spring 2011.

The New Business included a discussion as to pay Burton Scot the full amount ($41,274.54) due at this time for the basketball court project as some of the work is not complete.  The Village has requested several times that the fencing be put up so that there is no damage done to the new concrete.  Since this is only the first payment, a motion was passed to make the payment contingent on the fencing being completed.  That motion passed.  Other work is due but cannot be done until the weather warms up again.

D. Weir brought up for discussion about the columbarium.  The land has been bought and the title transferred.  Weir was able to get the price down to around $24,500 and wanted Council to approve the purchase of this item so that they could have the spot ready by spring.  There will be 32 units made of all US marble and it will be guaranteed for life.  It was mentioned that the price above does not include the pad.  Councilperson Seyer has volunteered to look at other columbariums in the area.  A motion was passed for purchase not to exceed $24,999.

Meeting was adjourned.

Burton – The Burton Grille and Pizzeria in the center of historic Burton Village will be transformed into an elegant dining location the evening of Friday, December 31, 2010.  Plans are to close the restaurant to regular dining at 3:00 p.m. on that date.  Later, when the doors re-open, the interior space will have become festive and glittering, and ready for serving an exceptional New Year’s Eve dinner.

But don’t expect to find pizza on the menu.  Instead, diners will be treated to hors d’oeuvres, a choice of fish or beef, several accompaniments, and a selection of fine desserts. A vegetarian meal will also be available.  Diners are permitted to bring their own alcoholic beverages.

Joe Brown, the owner of Burton Grille said, “I wanted to offer a festive and fine dining option close to home for New Year’s Eve.”  Brown continued, “This menu is a lot of fun for me.  Our regular menu leans toward Italian food, and our usual desserts are centered around our homemade ice cream.  This once-a-year change gives me an opportunity to get creative with a very upscale menu and desserts that we otherwise don’t offer.  For instance, I can get beautiful maple wood from an Amish friend, so we will be serving maple-glazed salmon – each piece baked and served on a slab of maple wood.”

Dinner will be served at only two seatings:  6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  When you call to reserve, you select your dining time.  All diners are expected to arrive at, or close to, their chosen time.

Because space is limited, it is necessary to reserve and pre-pay in advance for this New Year’s Eve elegant dinner.  The meal pricing is “prix fixe”, which means that the overall price is set in advance, and includes all of the courses of the meal.  The cost is $37.50 per person.  A separate children’s menu will be available at reduced cost.  To reserve your space, call or stop in to the Burton Grille before December 24th.

The Burton Grille and Pizzeria is located in the center of historic Burton Village, across from the Burton Log Cabin.  The address is 14614 East Park Street.  Burton Village is midway between Warren and Cleveland – about 40 minutes east of downtown Cleveland.

For more information, telephone Burton Grille and Pizzeria at 440-834-9050.

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Burton - All Council members were present at this meeting which  began with a special visit by the Burton Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troop 197.  The boys led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Then Chief of Police Smigelski explained to the Council and visitors that the local troop was being honored for their commitment to helping the seniors in the community.  Each member was mentioned by name, shook hands with the Council members and received a certificate.  Linda Swaney was thanked for her assistance in finding community members who were in need of assistance.  Mayor Blair gave his advice to the boys by quoting “service above self” and commended the young men on the steps they have already taken to achieve that goal.

The Mayor then read a proclamation thanking other community volunteers.  Those volunteers were from several different boards and committees.  They included Charles Boehnlein, James Clark, Dianne Valen, Marcianne Kimpton (who received several citations), Robert McCullough, Ken Kleve, Sue Fisher, Newell Beaumier, James Koster, Curt Johnson, Karolyn Squire, Paul Emch, Glen Bomback, Sharon Moster, Roberta Dobay, Judith Beaumier, Pat Hauser, Sharon Ronyak, Jim Wohlken, and Kurt Updegraff.  The Mayor commended all those volunteers for their tireless efforts and the time they donate to the various causes.

Police Chief Smigelski submitted an official Police Report to the Council.  He detailed that there were 345 calls last month, 5 arrests were made, 731 hours were logged and 3,691 miles were patrolled.  He explained that traffic enforcement was still a big issue but that drivers were starting to slow down due to weather.

He also mentioned that the records project was now finished.  All records dating back to 1980 had been reviewed and categorized.  With that done, a new project was starting regarding evidence.  Evidence dating back to 1976 has been gone through and a log created.  That log will then go to the prosecutor’s office and a determination will be made whether to keep or destroy the evidence.  This process is still on-going.

Police Chief Smigelski reported to the board that Police Officer, Danny Grant, with 29 1?2 years of service would be retiring at the end of November.

The last police issue was regarding a Bonus Grant for $30,000 that the Village was trying to win.  He explained it briefly to the Council and then asked them to think about improvements they would like to see made and asked them to contact him with ideas before the end of the month.

The Solicitor had nothing to report at this time.

Ordinance/Resolutions:

Ordinance 2207-10, adopting and approving the 2011 Interim Budget, second reading.

Ordinance 2209-10, approving, adopting and enacting the 2010 replacement pages to the Codified Ordinances, and declaring an emergency.  This motion was adopted.

Ordinance 2210-10, amending section 1113.04(b) of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Burton for official posting places of approved and disapproved zoning applications.  First reading.

Ordinance 2211-10, amending section 521.07 of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Burton to allow electrified pet containment systems and modify where electrified fences are allowed within the village limits.  First reading.

The Fiscal Officer asked for approval of bills to be paid and that was moved and passed.  He also asked for approval of minutes for the November 8 meeting and they were also moved and passed.  He had nothing else to report at this time.

The Mayor’s Report gave an update about an on-going issue with a property owner having two cows and having an electrified fence on their property inside the Village.  The Mayor felt this was being handled by the above mentioned Ordinance.  A member of the audience asked for clarification of the issue.  The Mayor explained that a resident with a two acre parcel had two cows and an electrified fence.  Another issue was  run-off  that ran downhill, but  it was really the fence that was being challenged.  Agriculture is not a permitted use of this type of land without a variance, due to the location, the homeowner was in violation of zoning codes.

The property owner stated that they had permission from a former zoning inspector for the fence, but after quite a bit of investigation, no such permission was found.  This issue will be worked on and discussed again at the next scheduled Council meeting.

The Mayor also brought up an issue about the alleys behind the stores in the Village.  Apparently, they are in need of repair and ownership/responsibility is not clear.  The Mayor determined that it was necessary to find the owners and then resolution could be discussed.  Also he wants to find out who provides snow removal services for that area.  He asked that Chip Hess and his people investigate this and get back to Council.

Old business included the 2011 Interim Budget and the Mayor asked if there were any questions or further discussion about this issue.  There was none.

Also in Old Business, the Mayor asked for comments on the Capital Improvement Plan.  He reported that there were lots of ideas submitted and that Chris Paquette was creating a report with them and would be submitting that report as soon as Council was ready for it.

Linda Swaney received a call from a resident of the Village, in which they wanted to thank the Police Department for watching their property while they were on vacation.  The resident was very impressed with this service.  The Police Department, once you advise them of your travel plans, will have an officer from each shift check a property not only for security purposes but they will detail other problems as necessary.  A letter with times and dates of inspections is sent to the homeowner upon their return from vacation.

An audience member mentioned that the American Legion hall is holding a fundraiser next weekend to benefit their scholarship programs.  The event includes Breakfast with Santa and a craft fair.  She encouraged Council members to attend.

Meeting then went into Executive Session.

Burton-Have you ever thought about continuing your education but thought you were too old or that it was too expensive?  To tell the truth, you probably have come up with lots of excuses not to do it.  The truth is there is a place just for you that offers the opportunity to go back to school, get financial aid assistance, choose from several convenient class times and gets you all the guidance you need to take the steps necessary to get started on your degree or to just learn something new.

The Kent State University, Geauga Campus, is located at 14111 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton and is north of the Geauga County Fairgrounds.  They offer many Associate and Bachelor Degree Programs.  The Geauga Campus offers day, evening and weekend classes to fit your schedule.  For those students interested, on-line classes are also available.  You can take classes in the spring, summer and fall which allows you to get that degree faster.

They also offer a complete Financial Aid office to help you wade through all the financial options available to you.  There are many options for helping you get back to school such as student loans, grants, scholarships and benefits for veterans. You may even qualify for one of several payment plans available to students.

The thought of going back to school can be very intimidating for some, especially if you have been out of school for a few years.  The great thing about the Geauga Campus is it is smaller than the main campus and, therefore, not as overwhelming and the cost is about 40% less than attending in Kent.  Finding your classes is much easier and the number of fellow students is much smaller.  The Geauga Campus serves about 900 students and offers an 18:1 student to teacher ratio, so you will not be just a number.  When you are just starting back, smaller classes are much less intimidating and can help get you back into the academic swing of things.

The Geauga Campus offers a virtual Bookstore where you can buy all the supplies you need for your class on-line and they will be delivered right to your home.  In the case of the Geauga Campus, smaller is better.

There may be any number of reasons holding you back from fulfilling your dream of furthering your education.  Just let me say that I went back to school and got my Associate’s Degree at the age of 45 and am hoping to finish my Bachelor’s Degree next year at the age of 48.  It was scary to start and I was extremely intimidated but it was the best decision I ever made.  The fear passes and quickly turns into excitement.  It is hard work, and you have to create a new schedule that allows for classes as well as homework time, but it is amazing how easy it is to find the time for something you want to do.  Even if you do not pursue a degree, just taking classes and learning new things makes life so much more interesting.

The Geauga Campus was founded in 1964 so they have been doing this for a while.  You can trust that you will get the services and guidance you need.  If this is a dream you have had, you CAN realize it.  If you have thought you might want to go back to school, the time is now.  You can still enroll for classes in January.  Check out the campus website at www.geauga.kent.edu/ or call 440-834-4187 to schedule a campus visit.  It really is never too late; why not take the first step today.

Burton – The holiday season is fast approaching.  Historic Burton, Ohio, has so many ways for you to celebrate this magical time of year.  Mark your calendar for the weekend of November 26 as the beginning of all the fun.

The festivities start on Friday, November 26, from 9 am until Noon at the Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village at 14653 Park Street.  Here you can have a pancake breakfast while visiting Santa, peruse a holiday gift store and take a wagon ride, if the weather permits.  Also be sure to make a card to send to a soldier, as that is so important to do this time of year.

Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 440-834-1492.  The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 years old and free for children under 6.  Sorry, but no member discounts can be used for this event.

Later that evening, stop by the Gazebo in the park to watch the lighting of the Christmas tree.  After the lighting of the tree, there will be caroling and then refreshments at the Burton Congregational Church.  This event is free and starts at 6 pm.

There will be other events happening around the square all weekend, such as live music at Coffee Corners, hot chocolate and cookies with Santa in the afternoon at the Log Cabin, special events and demonstrations at many of the local stores and a gingerbread house display at the Burton Public Library.  You can also drive east on Route 87 a little ways to White House Chocolates to watch candies being made from 10 am until 6 pm (White House Chocolates is closed on Sunday).

Santa stops by Burton again on November 27 at the Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post 459 located at 14052 Goodwin Street in Burton.  Here is another chance to have breakfast with the jolly man in the red suit from 9 am until 1 pm.  You can even do some gift shopping at the craft fair that runs from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday at the post.   Proceeds from this event will benefit Atwood-Mauck’s scholarship fund.  The cost to have breakfast with Santa is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12 and free to children 5 and younger.  You can reach the American Legion hall at 440-834-8764 with any questions.

On Sunday, November 28, you can visit the Crossroads Country Store at Century Village from 10 am until 5 pm.  Santa has also set up shop there with lots of Christmas goodies and you can visit Santa at the Log Cabin from 12 pm until 4 pm.

If, perhaps, you cannot get to Burton on the weekend of November 26, you can enjoy many of the Burton activities again the following weekend on Saturday, December 4 and 5.  The gingerbread houses will still be on display at the library, Santa will visit the Log Cabin in the afternoons, hot chocolate and cookies will also be available there, and Coffee Corners will be having live music.  White House Chocolates will be making chocolate candies on Saturday also.

On Sunday, December 4, the Red Maple Inn (just south of Burton Square) will be hosting a Christmas Floral Design Show and Luncheon from 10:30 am until 1 pm.  Seating is limited and reservations are required.  Please call A.H. Christianson’s at 440-834-9760 to make your reservations for this delightful event.

As you can see, the people and businesses of Burton are full of Christmas spirit and they want to share it with you.  Any one of these events, or a few, are a great way to get into the holiday mood, so think about coming out to Burton and visiting with Santa, enjoying some treats and doing a little shopping.  A good time will be had by all.

Burton - Burton is a sweet place to visit. Burton is well known for its maple syrup and maple sugaring activities.  We all know that the Burton Log Cabin offers maple syrup and candy all year round.  But there are two more reasons to find Burton so sweet.  Buckeye Chocolates and White House Chocolates have upped the sweet factor in the town of Burton.

Buckeye Chocolates is located at 14646 Ravenna Road in Burton.  Buckeye offers so many sweet treats in milk, dark, white or sugar- free options.  Stop by their store and you will find nuts, caramels, meltaways, truffles and fudge, just to name a few of their popular items.  They also offer peanut or cashew brittle as well as roasted almonds, cashews or pecans.  Their buckeye candies are a true tribute to Ohio’s state tree, the Buckeye.

If you are looking for a gift for that special someone, Buckeye has just the option for you.  You can choose from assorted chocolate trays or baskets.  Their gift wrapping is beautiful which makes your gift ready-to-give.  They also do favors for special occasions such as weddings, baby showers and other events.

Buckeye Chocolates was started in 2004 by brothers Brian, Craig and Eric Hart.  Hopefully, when you stop by they will be making candies and you can watch from their lobby which offers a view into their workshop.  If you are a chocolate lover, Buckeye Chocolates is a must-see and a must-taste.  Their hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am until 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am until 3 pm.  Many local grocery stores offer their boxed chocolates and candy bars.  If you cannot get out to their factory in Burton, this is always a great alternative for trying their delicious chocolate concoctions.

White House Chocolates is located at 14607 Kinsman Road in Burton.  White House offers many sweets in milk, dark, white and sugar-free chocolate options.  Check out their assortment of chocolates, chocolate-covered items (pretzels, cookies and potato chips) as well as fudge and fruit slices.  White House offers many pre-packaged items as well as a counter full of goodies so you can make up your own assortment.  Their truffles and triple-dipped malted milk balls are simply fabulous.

Inside the white house that contains their chocolate store, you will not only be able to enjoy all the sweet treats, but you will also find a wide selection of gift items and greeting cards.  They also carry the largest selection, in this area, of Jim Shore figurines which make perfect gifts.

Ken and Debbie Butler are the owners of White House Chocolates and take pride in the quality of their products.  Their store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 6 pm.  They offer weekly specials and have great holiday specials too.  For example, their triple-dipped strawberries are a huge hit on Sweetest Day and their chocolate, caramel-dipped apples leave me wanting more.

I cannot say which chocolates I like best, as they both offer superior products and taste great.  My suggestion would be to try them both.  Remember, one can never have enough chocolate, chocolate is what makes life so sweet.

Geauga County – The Geauga County Public Library Board of Trustees will be holding open public forums throughout the county shortly after Election Day, November 2.  Members of the public are invited to comment about what library services need to be funded in the 2011 library budget and beyond.  This will help the Library Board to make decisions about what services to keep, add or drop beginning in 2011.

Everyone is invited to these forums which will be held at each of the larger community library buildings.  Times vary to accommodate family life and work schedules.  If you can not attend the meeting nearest you, feel free to attend a different session.  There is no pre-registration needed for these forums.

Meeting dates and locations are:

Saturday, November 6, 10:00 a.m. at Geauga West Library; 13455 Chillicothe Road; Chesterland.  The phone number is 440-729-4250.

Monday, November 8, 7:00 p.m. at Bainbridge Library; 17222 Snyder Road; Bainbridge.  The phone number is 440-543-5611.

Wednesday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. at Chardon Library; 110 East Park Street; Chardon.  The phone number is 440-285-7601.

Tuesday, November 16, 6:00 p.m. at Middlefield Library; 16167 East High Street, Middlefield.  The phone number is 440-632-1961.