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Grand Valley Pymatuning Valley HE EWS 75 CENTS Periodical’s Postage Paid Serving the residents of the Pymatuning Valley and Grand Valley School Districts THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012 VOL. 41 NO. 18 GAZETTE NEWSPAPERS, INC. Health Fair attracts hundreds BY WENDY GRUSKIEWICZ Gazette Newspapers No slacking at PV Primary BY WENDY GRUSKIEWICZ Gazette Newspapers ANDOVER - The last school day for students at Pymatuning Valley Primary School is May 31, with report cards going home the same day, but a busy spring schedule will allow no slacking off for students. According to PV Primary Principal Traci Hostetler one of the biggest milestones of the school year will be passed this week as students sit for the annual Ohio Achievement Assessments. Third grade students have had their reading skills assessed on Tuesday and math skills challenged on Thursday. Fourth grade students will be assessed for reading knowledge on Wednesday and math on Friday. See PV PRIMARY page 7A Orwell DQ holding benefit Blizzard sale ORWELL - The Orwell Dairy Queen crew in Orwell is holding a benefit on Blizzard sales to customers this Friday, May 4 to aid a 28-year-old Jefferson cancer patient, Jessica Cook with medical expenses, says Lynette Gregory, manager. “For every Blizzard we sell during the day from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., one dollar from each Blizzard will be given to Jessica. She is undergoing treatment now for breast cancer. Her mom, Jennifer is one of our coworkers, but is helping care for Jessica,” Gregory said. The restaurant wanted to help the family in some way they could, she said. Gregory and co-workers from the Orwell DQ are also putting together a relay team for the June 9 American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life coming up countywide. The DQ crew and other volunteers this week, Gregory said, have been busy decorating the downtown Orwell area with purple and white ribbons and other art promoting the June 9 Relay for Life event. ANDOVER - The cold and windy weather on Saturday helped contribute to a record turnout at the St. Joseph’s Emergency Center Health Fair as hundreds left their yard work for a warmer day and flocked to the twelfth annual event. Held in the community room of the Andover Christian Church on Stillman Avenue, visitors were treated to dozens of health related exhibits in addition to many free health screenings. Kathy Alexander, director of nursing for St. Joseph Emergency and Diagnostic Center, said the very first Health Fair was billed as a senior fair. She quickly realized the need to open the fair to all ages as she fielded calls asking how old a person needed to be to attend the fair. Entire families from young to senior citizen enjoyed this years’ fair. Drew Payne of Andover came to investigate the fair with friends and family, including toddlers. See FAIR page 9A PHOTOS BY WENDY GRUSKIEWICZ It won’t hurt one bit. Eric Dugan of Community Care Ambulance pricks the finger of Hartford Township resident Ciera Rodgers in preparation for a free glucose screening at the 12th annual Health Fair. GV Elementary Walkathon came ODOT road, bridge projects off successful in cool weather on Routes 6 and 85 underway By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers ORWELL VILLAGE Scarves, winter coats, knit hats was the typical attire seen last Saturday for the annual Grand Valley Elementary School Walkathon. The big fundraiser PHOTOS BY DORIS COOK Getting out her fancy winter knit hat and warm clothes to participate in the April 28 Walkathon at GV High School is sixth grader Brooke Poyer of Hartsgrove. The Inn Crowns Andover Idol Winners sponsored by the GVES PTO drew about 180 people who walked and walked and walked around the high school track. “Everything went pretty well. We had some no shows, but that’s pretty usual. My son, DJ raised about $1,200 of which I’m very proud of him,” said PTO president Anita Webb. The whole walkathon idea sprouted years ago at the old Rome Elementary School by elementary teacher Marsha Hunt. She was out again this time joking about it takes her longer these days to get around the track. “I think I have a couple more years to do this before I retire,” Hunt joked as she got her lap card clipped by students. The goal for this year is $13,000, said Ellen Winer, GV Elementary School principal. Winer, school staff and lots of volunteers came forward to help out at the registration tables, work in the concession food stand or help in other areas at the football field track area. Lots of family members including grandparents either got in the walk or stood around supporting their kids and adults, who took pledges for so many laps to go for the event. PHOTO BY WILLIAM A. WEST Koski Construction Inc. crews are busy tearing out the old underthe-road culvert and rebuilding the bridge on Route 85 east of Andover public square. The road is closed during this portion of the ODOT project and expected to reopen early this month. By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers ANDOVER-Local residents and commuters are seeing orange barrels and detour signs up on Route 85 east in the village,and will also see construction starting on repaving State Route 6 soon. Ohio Department of Transportation officials awarded a $1.2 million bridge, culvert replacement and See WALK page 15A paving contract to Koski Construc- tion Inc. of Ashtabula for the highway projects, said ODOT district spokesperson Brant Kovacs. Koski crews began more than a week ago to replace the aging under-the-road culvert east on Route 85 near Stateline Auto dealership. Detour signs are up on both the Ohio and Pennsylvania side of the Pymatuning Reservoir lake roads warning motorists of the road closure on Route 85. Andover woman opens consignment shop — Page 8A Budding Artists at the Jr. Picasso Art Show — Page 17A — Page 3A See ODOT page 3A

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