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Open Enrollment Challenges Loom at West G Schools By Josh Echt Open enrollment? More like open season on the tons of questions asked at the West Geauga Schools Board of Education meeting. About 80 residents, teachers and staff learned about open enrollment — a contentious issue in the 2,400-student district — and how it ties into potential closure of Lindsey Elementary School. However, further discussion was slated for the Jan. 13 regular board meeting, board members said. Prior to last week’s meeting at West Geauga Middle School in Chester Township, school board member Ben Kotowski said the board has been considering whether or not to end open enrollment, a policy that nets the district roughly $1.4 million per year. As of now, a student can open enroll at West Geauga
From left, board member Jacqueline Dottore listens while board member Thomas Phelps, center, addresses a question from the audience. Board President Mike Kilroy is pictured right.
from any of the state’s roughly 613 school districts. When a student enrolls at West Geauga, the student’s home district subsequently deducts about $5,700 in its budg-
et and West Geauga receives $5,70 0. The amount of funds depends on the amount of students currently enrolled, according to the Ohio Department of Education website.
Chester’s New Trustees Pledge Teamwork, Communication By Diane Ryder During its three hour reorganizational meeting Thursday, Chester Township Trustees assured residents a different board, with two new members, was now in charge and would work together to improve the way the township is run. Ward “Bud” Kinney and Mike Petruziello were elected Nov. 5 by a wide margin from a field of six candidates, soundly defeating veteran Trustees Mike Joyce and Judy Caputo. Thursday, it immediately became evident things had changed, when new chairman Ken Radtke announced residents
were welcome to ask questions or make comments at any time during trustees’ discussions. Under the previous board, public comments were limited to five minutes per resident at the end of the meeting. Trustees had made the rule to discourage interruptions, but the restriction often led to frustration in the audience. Several times, police had been summoned to restore order. “There’s a little bit of a change to the agenda,” new Chairman Ken Radtke said. “It’s important to pay attention to what your government is doing. As we’re going through
Of the district’s roughly 2,50 0 students, about 250 kindergarten through 12thgrade students are open enrolled, Kotowski said. Board President Mike
Kilroy said the district started open enrollment in response to budget concerns in 2005-06. “We as a district worked hard on finances,” Kilroy said, adding the district utilized such measures as technology acquisition to free up funds. He also said the district’s other cost-saving measures included securing improved interest-rate payments and gaining funds via better management practices. Kotowski said if the board considers doing away with open enrollment, about 15 teachers could be cut. He also said the district has $9 million in the bank. “If we lose that $1.4 (million), we will have to dip into the $9 million,” Kotowski said, adding any income generated by levies is at a fixed level and the district must supplement its budget with other means of income.
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discussions from the township trustees, we’ll then ask for your comments.” He added, “They should be helpful, but not a dialog or heated exchange or anything.” The new board did not use the dais that usually seated trustees slightly elevated above the audience, but chose to sit at a square table at floor level. Some residents, including former Trustee Pat Mula, complained they had trouble hearing the trustees without the microphones that had been used in the past.
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Lou Cirino has been named Ohio Div. III football coach of the year by the Associated Press.
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Chester Township Trustee Ken Radtke, who was elected chairman of the board, and new trustees Mike Petruziello and Ward Kinney discuss issues during their organizational meeting Thursday.
Lou Cirino, after finishing his fourth season as West Geauga High School varsity football coach, has been named the Div. III Coach of the Year by the Associated Press. “It’s by far the biggest individual accomplishment,” Cirino said, pausing, “I might have ever had — the biggest.” The Wolverines went 7-3 last season, securing a first-round home playoff game. Cirino, a 2002 West Geauga graduate, has
guided the team to a 25-17 record in his career. “I will tell you this, the big thing is,” Cirino continued, “I’m in a great district with great kids and great families. They’ve bought into the program. It was a lot of work, but I’m really proud of it.” Cirino and his coaching staff are already looking at the 2014 season. He said awards like this motivate him to focus on next season. “Your team is formed from now until two-a-days,” he said. “That’s what is on my mind.”
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Enrollment from page 1 “In two and a half years, we will no longer be in the black," he said. Board member Jacqueline Dottore said there are “many other ways” the district can save money. “We’ve taken cost-saving measures elsewhere, even to the point where we save money on paper towels,” she said, adding a final decision on open enrollment would take place over the next two to three months. Newly sworn-in board member Tom Phelps said he and fellow new member Dan Thoreson campaigned last fall on the strength of their commitment to review the enrollment policy. “We said it should be reviewed, not revised,” Phelps said. “I don’t understand it.”
Losing Lindsey? Two days prior to the meeting, Kotowski was quoted by a local publication, stating open enrollment issues could potentially affect the status of Robert C. Lindsey Elementary School. Prior to the meeting, Kotowski said the board is considering either ending the policy completely or choosing a restricted policy instead. The restricted policy would limit open enrollment to contiguous school districts such as Mayfield and Newbury. If the board does decide to either end the policy or go to a limited-use policy, Kotowski said two options could be put into place: 1) A complete closure of Lindsey and its roughly 400 students being sent to Westwood Elementary School in Russell Township. Kotowski said Westwood is more centralized within the district. 2) Closure of both Lindsey and Westwood. All elementary students would then be educated in a special wing of the middle school. Eighth-graders would be transferred to a section of West Geauga High School. Also tied into the issue is that of potential $750,000 roof repairs to Lindsey Elementary. Kotowski argued if Lindsey closes, the district could be stuck with the bill. Without open enrollment, student population could decline and the board would have to make cuts. He also said the course of actions were just discussion. The board would have to research public opinion before taking a future vote on the issue. At the meeting, Phelps said he and his family fielded questions about the issue after
Kotowski’s quote appeared in the publication. A district resident, who wished to remain nameless, asked Kilroy whether or not closing Lindsey Elementary was a financial issue. “Do we have to have open enrollment? Is there any active analysis being done on this?” he asked of the board president. “Not that I know of,” Kilroy replied. “I’m assuming the board did not do anything. Something might have to be done somewhere.” He then asked Kilroy if and Westwood Lindsey Elementary were being held hostage. Then, Kotowski jumped in and said “yes.” Phelps’ wife, Judith, asked Kotowski when the Lindsey issue came up, as it was not part of a prior board discussion at a December board meeting. She said both her husband and Thoreson were not privy to any discussion regarding Lindsey. Kotowski said his discussion were technically public, as he sent an email outlining Lindsey’s potential fates to board members earlier this week. When Judith Phelps asked him about his on open enrollment, Kotowski said he was currently in favor of it as long as it benefited the district. When it no longer did, he said the policy should come to a close. “I have no position on closing Lindsey, which I only have brought it up because of the possible consequence of eliminating open enrollment, but I do support open enrollment,” he said. After the meeting, Kotowski explained how he derived his figures used in the discussion, citing this year’s enrollment numbers by grade for both open-enrollment and resident students. District resident Anthony Kosley said he is opposed to open enrollment and pays about $6,800 annually in property taxes. “I don’t want to pay for someone else’s kid to come here to school,” Kosley said. After the meeting, Kosley said the district could gain more
money if it became a tuitionbased district. He said discussion at an Oct. 30 information meeting on open enrollment centered on per-student amounts received by the district. “At that meeting, the board told us we were getting $5,740 per student (from his or her home district),” Kosley said. “When (Superintendent Geoff) Palmer asked (Treasurer) Michele Tullai what we’d get if we were a tuition-based district, she told him about $9,80 0 (per year). Where’s the benefit in that?” Richmond Heights resident Christine Ule said her daughter attends West Geauga High School and is enrolled in all honors classes. She said she pays $5,000 in property taxes, of which a percentage goes to the Richmond Heights Schools. However, Ule said Richmond Heights does not offer her daughter what West Geauga Schools' curriculum does. In an email, Ule said the open-enrollment kids have “made a lot of really good friends from West Geauga and their friends would hate for them to leave because of a few resident parents that want to ruin it for everyone.” Another parent, Sue Pavilonis of Bainbridge, said her daughter — as well as other open-enrollment students — came to West Geauga for specific reasons. "I ask that, as open enrollment is discussed, that the board thinks about the effect it will have on the children," Pavilonis said. The board ended discussion after a half-hour and said it would address it in a few weeks. In other news, Chardon Municipal Court Judge Terri Stupica swore in Phelps and Thoreson. It also named Kilroy board president and Dottore vice-president. After the meeting, Kilroy said although Kotowski is entitled to his own opinion, he has no right to speak for the board. “This board does not have a plan to close Lindsey,” Kilroy said.
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8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The community is invited to the 11th annual STEM Fair (Science/Technology/Engineeri ng/Math) at West Geauga Middle School. Come see the science projects that middle and high school students have been working on for the past several months. Watch the results of the high school junior and senior teams compete in the popular Junk Box Wars at 11 a.m. (each team of students build a solution to a problem just presented to them from identical boxes of supplies). The building, contraptions and solutions are always fun to watch. Building starts at 9 a.m., competition at 11 a.m. This is the first year for an eighth grade only event “How do I Fare? in Science and Technology.” This event like the Junk Box Wars is for the time strapped or “not quite sure about science” students, that allows participation in the fair with no prior preparation, with a friend.
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Trustees Pledge from page 1 “It’s a really long meeting tonight,” Mula said. “You started out talking clear and loud, but then too soft. I really think you should use the microphones or look up when you’re talking.” The 13-page agenda included lists of all township blanket certificate accounts in each department, and Radtke and Kinney took turns reading aloud each account number, its title and its amount, a process that took up much of the meeting. Several times, Petruziello or Kinney questioned what the account was used for, especially those designated “other/other.” “How do we get rid of these redundant other/other accounts?” Petruziello asked. Fiscal Officer Craig Richter explained the state’s UAN accounting system had categories for each account, under each department and the “other/other” designations are used for items not covered by any other category. Park Board Chairman Lance Yandell asked whether his board will be given authorization to spend small amounts without going before the full board, and told trustees that three times, recently, the park board had been given permission by one trustee to purchase items such as “No Parking” signs or hanging floral baskets, only to be rejected by the full board. “We wound up paying the bill,” Yandell said. Radtke said that was a “very good point.” “Were you informed of them paying for that?” Mula asked Radtke. “Off the cuff, I don’t know,” the trustee replied. Radtke asked if Yandell ever approached him. “We need to work the details out so we’re all on the same page,” Petruziello said. “No more he said, she said. We need to have work sessions open to the public so we can avoid the problems (of the past). We have to work these things out so we’re on the same playing field and everyone knows where we stand.” Trustees decided to hold work sessions with each department head to go over each budget line-by-line to learn the needs and operating procedures. They tentatively decided to hold work sessions on alternate Thursdays and Saturdays as needed. The board approved spending up to $8,000 for an audit of the township’s fiscal year 2013 by Local Government Services, at Richter’s request. “The audit for 20 11 and 2012 came back with a number of issues,” Richter said. “When I took office on Dec. 1, I thought it necessary to do a one-year audit. I thought it appropriate
because the two new trustees didn’t have any authority over the budget at that time.” Petruziello agreed, adding “It’s important that we start fresh.” Trustees also discussed whether to appoint among themselves liaisons with the departments. Radtke said most townships use liaisons as “point persons” to acquire some expertise with a specific department so he can address questions from residents and report to the other trustees what he has learned. Trustees appointed Kinney as road department liaison, Petruziello with the police department and Radtke with the fire department. Radtke said other liaisons to boards and community groups may follow later. At the end of the meeting, resident Lois Jeffery suggested doing a community survey and complimented trustees on the tone they were setting. “It’s been a very pleasant meeting,” Jeffery said.
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Open Enrollment During the recent school board campaign, both winning candidates promised that they would reassess open enrollment, which allows a limited number of students from other school districts to attend West Geauga at the expense of the state. The new board president, Michael Kilroy said “the voters have spoken on open enrollment." But do they know that elimination of open enrollment would also cost the district $1.4 million dollars? Do they know that without open enrollment, the district will need to ask for higher taxes to keep the same level of instruction, sooner rather than later? Do they know that without open enrollment, the district would most likely be forced to close Lindsey Elementary? That's right, without open enrollment, this year's kindergarten class would be down 41 percent from a decade ago. Without open enrollment, we just don't have enough resident students to keep two elementary schools open. Last month, the board of education hired an architectural firm to design a new roof for Lindsey Elementary. If, without open enrollment, Lindsey must be closed, the new roof the board wants to install would be a waste of a $750,000 of taxpayer money, money that could
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Letters from page 6 better be used for other pressing needs. Just discussing closing a school is painful, and Lindsey School is a precious part of the fabric of West Geauga. Geoff Superintendent Palmer has begun discussions with the community to plan the district's future. My colleagues on the board of education need to do their part and listen to the community, doing what's best for our students â€” and make a decision now on open enrollment before putting three-quarters-of-a-million dollars into a building they may not be able to fill. Ben Kotowski, Member WG Board of Education
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Horse Racing ‘For Others’ During the holiday season, most people think of those in need and feel compelled to contribute in their own way.
Oftentimes, after the season passes and the decorations are removed, people go back to their crazy, hectic lives and lose sight of those in need until they are filled with the warmth and generosity of the next holiday season. Care For Others, a Geauga County-based organization, dedicates its entire year to prevent hardworking individuals and families from potentially entering the cycle of poverty by providing them with financial assistance during a particularly difficult time. The Chesterland Chamber of Commerce believes in the mission of Care For Others and is proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds from their sixth annual Night at the Races will benefit this important cause and they are asking for the community’s help. All tickets are $50 each and include two drink tickets (beer, wine, top-shelf liquor and nonalcoholic selections), dinner
buffet stations, complementary valet parking and an entry into a $500 cash drawing. Consider donating an item for the Chinese, silent or live auctions. All donors will be highlighted in the Chesterland Chamber of Commerce Night at the Races program. Sponsorship is available for races ($100 each) or a horse(s) ($20). All horse and race sponsors will be listed in the racing program along with the name of their horse/race. Corporate Sponsorships are available at every level. Visit the chamber’s website, www.chesterlandchamber.com, for more information. Night at the Races 2014 will be held on Feb. 22 at the newly owned and renovated Berkshire Hills Party Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. Call the chamber of commerce to purchase tickets, donate auction items and/or sponsor, 440-729-7297.
Christmas Tree Recycling Chester Township has received a grant from the Geauga Trumbull Solid Waste District to fund the recycling of Christmas trees. Residents will be able to take their Christmas trees to the township-owned property at 8565 Herrick Drive and leave them for recycling at any time during the day through Jan. 20. Before leaving tree at the site, remove all decorations including the tinsel. These trees will be chipped by the Chester Township Road Department and any decorations could create equipment damage. The drop-off area will be marked with caution tape and a sign. Please leave tree within the designated area. Call the road department office, 440-729-9110, for more information.
meetings Listed are public meetings and executive sessions in the county for the coming week, unless otherwise noted. These meeting notices are NOT legal notices. Chester Twp.: Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Board of Trustees. All meetings are held at the Township Hall, 12701 Chillicothe Road, unless otherwise noted. Munson Twp.: Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m., Board of Zoning Appeals. All meetings are held at Township Hall, 12210 Auburn Road, unless otherwise noted. Russell Twp.: Jan. 15, 7 p.m., Board of Trustees; Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., Zoning Commission. All meetings are held at Fire-Rescue Station, 14810 Chillicothe Road, unless otherwise noted.
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months and caregivers is available. This class will engage children in circle time, art, stories, songs and gross motor activities. Cost is $65 for eight weeks. A new session will begin Feb. 28. Call 440-729-2043 to set up a complimentary visit. Call or visit www.chestercooppreschool.com for more information.
Registration for the 20142015 school year begins on this day. Community Preschool offers classes for 3-year-olds, 4year-olds and a pre-kindergarten class for those 5-yearolds who will not be attending kindergarten in the fall. A $50 non-refundable registration fee is due at this time. Community Preschool is offering a parent-toddler class at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Your 2-to 3-year-old child will have the opportunity to participate in dramatic play, gross motor activities and art activities. A seven-week session begins on Jan.15. The cost is $56. Call Peggy Jakab, 440-7293522, to register or for more information.
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ND Preschool Toddler/ Parent Class Notre Dame Preschool is sponsoring a Toddler/Parent Play and Learn Class at 13000 Auburn Road, Chardon. Children ages 18 months to 3 years are invited to come with a parent/adult companion for stories, songs, music, fingerplays, crafts and a snack. Classes will be offered from 8:15–9:30 a.m. and from 1:15– 2:30 p.m. on Fridays. The six-week session begins on Jan. 24. Cost for the session is $90. Call 440-286-710 1, ext. 5920 to register or for more information.
Jan. 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend the Community Preschool open house at 11984 Caves Road, Chester Township. Bring your 3- to 5-year-old child to take a tour of the facility, meet the staff and engage in many fun activities in this unique educational environment.
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All programs are wheelchair/stroller accessible unless otherwise noted. For more information on these programs or to register, call the Geauga Park District at 440286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Jan. 19, 2-3 p.m. The West Woods Follow Tom Sampliner during his two-week tour in the company of plant hunters from the U.S. and England as they explored the rich flora and saw some of the archaeological wonders of this ancient Mediterranean land. Program held in collaboration with The Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio.
Timbertots: Nature on the Move Jan. 17, 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. Jan. 18, 10-11 a.m. The West Woods Join Nora the Explorer to discover all the different ways animals and plants can get around. Weather permitting, there will also be a short walk outside. Program designed for ages 3-5 with adult. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show Jan. 19, 2-3 p.m. Observatory Park Join for a planetarium presentation on what to watch for each week. Building open house hours are 1-4 p.m. Sundays.
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Jan. 19, 3:30-4:15 p.m. The West Woods It's the dead of winter, so come out and enjoy a foretaste of spring while learning about some of the colorful gossamerwinged butterflies seen the past five years on the surveys at Observatory Park, Frohring Meadows and Oakton Preserve.
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How do I Fare in Science and Technology? Feb 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A new event has been added to this year’s Kiwanis STEM Fair held at West Geauga Middle School. It is for eighth graders only and complements the popular high school-only Junk Box Wars event. This event is intended for eighth graders who were not able to participate in the fair with an individual project. There is no prior preparation required, just show up the day of the fair. There will be 12 stations of hands-on activities that need to be solved using life experiences or problem solving skills (science knowledge helps). Teams of two; space is limited to 12 teams. Find a friend and register at wg.kiwanis.org or contact Ken Mantey, 440-729-2869 or email@example.com.
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CHESTER TOWNSHIP Robert G. and Judith L. Hoffman, 11514 Chillicothe Road, to Bank of America N.A., $56,700. (1.26 acres)
MUNSON TOWNSHIP Elizabeth E. Jasper and Linda L. and David A. Riehl, 12304 Fowlers Mill Road, Linda L. Riehl, $150,000. (4.00 acres) Sondra C. Seaman, 11780 Tall Pines Drive, to Jeffrey S. Seaman and Jennifer L. Monachino, $300,000. (2.80 acres)
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CARS & TRUCKS 2008 Chevy Avalanche: black, LT3, 65,000 miles, heated leather, sunroof, 6-disc CD/ MP3, new brakes- 2012. GM serviced. $25,000. 440-552-6996. 2006 Chrysler 300C. AWD, loaded, 29,000, leather, DVD, showroom condition. 216-4039500.
Chesterland: 500 sq. ft., heat and A/C included. $600/month plus security deposit. 400-7290445 before 2 p.m., 440-729-3753 after 2 p.m. Chesterland: For lease- up to 1600 sq. ft. can be used as office space or kitchen. Great rates. Please call 440-557-5045 for more information.
FOR SALE Great Christmas presents! Little Tykes workshop, free weights, bench press, rubber mats, multi-purpose exercise bench. All excellent condition. 440-256-2304. Cemetery Plot: Western Reserve (ChesTary). Your pick, your choice. $500. 216-214-4979. Gardener Denver Air Compressor: 220 volt, $500. 216-2144979.
Car Tipper: (tips cars on its side) Easy way to work. $500. 216-214-4979. Remote control gas car. $300 or best offer. Brian, 478-9061. Remote control gas boat. #250 or best offer. Brian, 440478-9061. Lifestyler Fitness Trainer Treadmill. Asking $150. 440479-5455. Coleman Generator, two 110 + 1 220 outlet; Mig welder 175 220; steel table with vice; drill press; cutting torch with tanks an gages. 440-256-1107. 2002 Toyota 4-Runner, 4WD. Very good condition. 127,000 miles. All services current. $7,000 OBO. 440-729-3697.
GARAGE SALES If you need to have a moving sale, estate sale or garage sale, call Kathy Willis at 440729-2790 for assistance. Experienced. References available. We are now doing partial estate buyouts. Wanted: Grandma’s costume jewelry, compacts, perfume, linens, knickknacks. Grandpa’s toys, trains, coins, bottles and fishing lures. Also buying misc. collections and estates. 440-338-5942. Lowe's Greenhouse Community Garage Sale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Every Sunday in
Jan. and Feb. Space Available, $25. Huge greenhouses filled with many sellers of cool stuff. Call for details: 440-543-5123. 16540 Rd., Chagrin Chillicothe Falls. Mentor Antique & Collectible Flea Market Grand Opening: Thursday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. Beer signs (neon, table and wall), other beer memorabilia, sports cards and other sports items, barware, glassware, pottery, pewter, metal ware, pictures, books, records, toys, novelty items, much misc. 7560 Tyler Blvd., Unit E, Mentor, OH 44060. Call Chad for more information, 440-429-9486.
MISC. Flyers to distribute? Do it the easy way. Insert them into the Chesterland News or Kirtland Chronicle for only $37.50 per thousand or 3-3/4c per piece. Call 440-729-7667 for details. Please check your ad! We make every effort to avoid errors. We ask that you check your ad the first day that it appears. Any errors should be called in to the Classified Dept. at 440-729-7667 by noon Friday. We cannot be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion if you do not call the error to our attention. Thank you.
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HELP WANTED LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN! PT/FT Must be willing to learn, work hard & lift weight. A great opportunity to learn expert floor business from the ground up. Serious inquiries only.
Call 201-424-9500 or 440-287-6882 Snowplow drivers wanted: looking for snowplow drivers to drive our company vehicles in the Chesterland area. Experience preferred, clean driving record required. Must be on call all winter, 24 hours a day when snow is falling. Mayfield Road, Chesterland. 440-729-7667. Resumes: Resumes can be typed for you at the Chesterland News, 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland. 440-7297667. Offering special discounts for interior and exterior painting and staining this season. 14 years experience. Professional and insured. Call Dan, 440-342-4552. Music Lessons: guitar- beginning to advanced. Rock, jazz, classical. All band instruments. Drums (winter/spring road lessons). Consignments, repairs, sales. 440-221-2274.
SERVICES Flyers to distribute? Do it the easy way. Insert them into the Chesterland News or Kirtland Chronicle for only $37.50 per thousand or 3-3/4c per piece. Call 440-729-7667 for details. Color copies, great price! The Chesterland News offers full service copying. Color or Black ink, any quantity on any paper. 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland. 440-7297667. Scanning and fax service available at the Chesterland News, 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland. 440-729-7667. Graphics, design, typesetting: Beautiful work done at the News. Logo Chesterland designs, letterheads, brochures and business cards. 8389
Fall Clean Ups and Snowplowing: reasonable and dependable. 440-729-9400. Plumbing: Professional, affordable, reliable. Water heaters, toilets, faucets, drain cleaning. 440-537-6045 or 440285-0800.
Please call 440-343-1662 for interview. Full-time teacher/director needed for daycare facility. Must have experience. Please send resume to 440-729-0410 or call 440-729-0404. steeples, decks, gutters, clean-out houses. You name it, we do it! Insured. 440-8134272.
VACATION RENTAL Pete Beach, Florida St. Rental: Spectacular two story home. Breath taking viewssunrise, dolphins, pelicans, water birds. 4500 SF, BR, 4.5 BA, sleeps 8-10. Intercostal Island. Private pool, spa & New furniture. pavilion. Game room, ping pong room, pool table and wifi cable/TV. Biking, fishing dock, boating, water skiing, golfing, tennis, shopping within five minutes of Gulf beaches. See pictures on internet. Weekly, monthly, seasonal rentals. Prime winter dates still available. 440-729-9001, dawneedee @aol.com.
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Yard and storm damage clean-up, down tree removal and brush chipping. Call 440729-9400. Carpenter: 30 years experience. Kitchen, decks, finish work, doors, storm doors, small jobs also. 440-729-8157.
Fluid Film Undercoating and Rust Preventative. $125 Truck, add $25 for Plow, $100 car. Nights and weekends. Brian, 440-668-6164, by appointment. Joe Eicher doing roofing, siding, plumbing, church
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