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VOLUME 45 No. 44

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Chester Boy With Autism Wins Wine Label Contest By Cassandra Shofar Joe Rataiczak has loved coloring, drawing and painting since he was 3. And while the 12-year-old Chester Township resident might not fully comprehend contests, winning this year’s

Grand River Cellars’ wine label contest drew a smile across his face. The annual event, put on by Grand River Cellars and Northeast Ohio Autism Group, supports the local autism community, which Joe is a part of.

Joe Rataiczak displays his award-winning wine label for Grand River Cellars.

“I think children with autism and all disabilities are capable of doing amazing things if people would see them for their capabilities and not their disabilities,” said Joe’s mom, Kim. “Autism should not define who they are as person. Having a child with autism can be emotionally and mentally draining and challenging at times, but I see it as a gift. My son has taught me a lot — most of all patience.” Joe, along with an 9-year-old boy named John from Madison Township, both won the contest, placing their respective artwork on the labels of two specific wines for the rest of the year along with information about each of them on the back label. “He wins $10 0 and his drawing will be on Grand River Cellars ‘Austin Red’ wine label,” Kim said. “I have a very supportive family and they would do anything for Joe. His sisters are very protective of him and think the world of him. My extended family are all very excited as well, about him

Chester Meeting Visitors Behave, Austin Accuses Trustees By Ann Wishart With more than 40 residents attending Thursday’s Chester Township Trustees meeting, a fair amount of crowd participation might have been expected in this often outspoken township. However, it wasn't the audience that dragged out the meeting to nearly three hours, it was the debate and questions over permanent appropriations by Fiscal Officer Karen Austin and trustees. But Chairman Mike Joyce, true to his word, kept audience contribution to a minimum, recognizing a handful of speakers during the Public Comments/Questions section of the agenda after the department reports. When residents asked to speak during the lengthy debate over permanent appropriations, he responded simply, “No. Thanks.” After the first two hours, the crowd thinned and as the third hour approached, only a handful of residents remained. Joyce announced last week in the Chesterland News that, to avoid rambling and repetition by those attending the meeting, he would limit speakers to three minutes. He also revised the agenda and added at the top of each of six pages: “This meeting is a

meeting of the Board of Trustees of Chester Township held in public for the purpose of conducting township business and is not considered a public community meeting. There is time for public participation during the meeting as indicated in the agenda item 'Public Comments/Questions.’” The chairman’s determination to begin clearing the backlog of more than 30 sets of minutes started modestly as he presented one set dated June 16, 2011. Joyce noted he was the only trustee at the meeting in question because Trustee Judy Caputo was absent and former Trustee Clay Lawrence is no longer on the board. However, the state auditor told him to go ahead with the motion and just attach a note to the minutes explaining the problem. Austin asked when the trustees received the minutes and Caputo said maybe in November or December. Austin said they should let the auditor know the board didn't receive them recently, but awhile ago. Joyce moved to approve the minutes while Caputo and Trustee Ken Radtke Jr. both abstained and the motion failed. He directed the action to be recorded with the note as described.


The discussion about permanent appropriations revolved around certified estimated resources and a $270,000 bond for Sperry Road. Austin said she would need to research the matter more thoroughly because she didn't have the paperwork with her. The matter of the permanent appropriations, which must be submitted by the end of March, took about an hour to discuss and no resolution was reached. Radtke said he would sit down with Austin after the meeting to discuss the issues. Caputo had numerous questions for Austin and few answers were forthcoming. “I have spent countless hours on this and I recommend it stays the same and the new fiscal officer makes it a priority,” Caputo said. In the end, trustees agreed to submit the permanent See Accused • page 2

winning and are coming to the wine tasting, even my sister who lives in Virginia will be attending.” Joe, who attends the STARS Autism Program in Middlefield, loves to draw or paint letters, numbers and the colors of the rainbow, Kim said. “Joe loves Disney movies, so he is constantly drawing the Disney/Pixar logo and the movie names that go along with it,” she said. “He is a very visual person, so he interprets things literally and is pretty good at looking at something once and recreating it on paper.” She added, “He recent created a melted crayon piece of art on canvas. I think he was

having more fun with the glue gun.” Kim said Joe doesn’t really understand contests, but she thought his recent drawing, which resembles a stained glass window that he saw in church, was something different from what he’d created in the past. “The contest ended in December, so I actually forgot about it, thinking he didn’t win,” she said. “When they called, I was so excited and happy for him. I showed him the copy of his artwork and told him he won. He smiled. “He probably would have been more excited if there were See Wine Label • page 2

Repaving of County Line Road in Russell Cancelled By Ann Wishart At least three miles of County Line Road will not be repaved because Hunting Valley Village reportedly cannot afford to pay for its half. Road Superintendent Gene Layne recommended last Wednesday that Russell Township Trustees put the funds they had earmarked for repaving County Line back into the road budget. The road runs for about three miles along the east edge of Hunting Valley Village, which is largely in Cuyahoga County. Layne said he understands the village council has decided not to proceed with the project, which was first discussed three or four years ago. “That road really needs (repaving),” Layne said. Trustee Jim Mueller asked what was causing the hold up and Layne said he was told the village doesn’t have the money to pay for its half of the project and doesn’t anticipate having it for the next two years. Hunting Valley Village Service Director San Cunningham said when village council spoke to Russell three or four years ago, they said they would prefer to make repairs to County Line, then chip and seal the entire width, but Russell wanted to go with a full-surface repaving. “We don’t have it on our radar this year,” Cunningham said. “Financially, we’re not in any position this year to do anything.” Layne said the village road department will likely patch the road in the meantime. Mueller added the road has been in poor condition for several years.


“What really put the road over the edge was when they (the village) put a water line down there. I didn’t think it was a particularly good job,” he said. Concrete was used on the project and it heaved in the winter, Layne said, adding the village has since replaced the concrete with asphalt. Other township roads will be paved this year. Trustees voted to have the Geauga County Engineer’s Office prepare bid packages for repaving of Coy Lane, Hunting Lane in Scarsdale Estates, Surrey Downs Drive, and Braeburn, Sunrise and Wildflower lanes in the Eagle Ridge subdivision, Fiscal Officer Geraldine Heck said. The county engineer estimated the projects will cost about $900,000, she said. Bids from three contractors were open for 800 tons of hot mix and 20 0 tons of hot mix binder. Layne recommended trustees accept the bid for hot mix from Allied Corporation at a cost of $52.20 per ton for a total of $41,760 and the bid for hot mix binder from Kokosing for $58.50 per ton for a total of $11,700. See Repaving • page 5

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Fish Bars Benefit Geauga County Communities White House Chocolates in Burton once again is offering its chocolate fish bars as a donation to any church physically located in Geauga County. The bar has the Christian fish molded into it with “Jesus” printed within the fish. White House Chocolates had the mold specially made for this donation project, which it began three years ago. The finished bar weighs almost three pounds and measures 8-by16 inches. Churches can choose between milk and dark chocolate.

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To obtain a bar for your church simply call ahead and place an order and White House Chocolates will have it ready for pick-up. Although the economy has improved somewhat, many still come to the church for help. Ken and Debbie Butler of White House Chocolates are hoping that more churches will ask for this bar to raise monies to help those in need within the community. To order a bar, call White House Chocolates at 440-834-3133 or email

Ken and Debbie Butler, of White House Chocolates in Burton, display one of the fish bars they will donate to any Geauga County church that wants one, so long as it is used to benefit the community. To place an order, churches should call 440-834-3133 or email Debbie Butler at

Wine Label from page 1 cake and balloons,” Kim joked. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of those two wines are donated to Northeast Ohio Autism Group, which provides financial assistance to local schools, programs and services that care for children and adults with autism, according to the contest guidelines. Joe will be honored at an event on April 26 at Gavi’s Restaurant in Willoughby where his label art will be displayed along with samples of wines from around the world. All proceeds benefit NEOAG as well, the event flier said.

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Each bar is packaged in a beautiful gold box with purple ribbon. The lid is clear so that the rich chocolate bar is fully visible. White House Chocolates makes the bars available year round and can be used by churches for any good works. They are especially good for fundraising projects. Some local churches have received multiple bars while some have never requested a bar. Again, these bars are a donation to the churches, no charge and no obligation other than to use them to benefit the community.

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“I think that contests like these are a great platform for children with autism, who often don’t have a voice to showcase their talents, “ Kim said. “One thing we’ve made a point of in our family, is to make sure that people know that children with autism are not autistic, they just have autism. Their autism is just one of their many characteristics, just like everyone else has certain characteristics about them.” She added, “A good friend

told me that with all their behavior issues and episodes, you have to just laugh sometimes. She’s right, but usually the laughing comes after.” Tickets for the April event — which are $50 per person and include all tastings, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music by Superfly and various auctions — are for sale online at Space is limited.


advised it or did it themselves,” Austin said. “If I didn't change that computer and my assistant didn't change that computer, who in this township went in and changed that computer? I have to believe there was a trustees' directive to put two users on the computer.” She said when she asked her assistant, Mary Lou Florentine, who had made changes, Florentine told her to talk to Joyce or Caputo. “I need an answer so we can get back into compliance,” Austin said, adding her computer wouldn't allow her to do her work. “I could not print and I could not back up.” Joyce said he gave no such directive. “We have no answer,” he said. Austin then said Caputo must have done it. “As far as the UAN system goes, I did not change anything,” Caputo said. Joyce called for the next order of business.

from page 1 appropriations as they stand and have the incoming fiscal officer, Michael Stark, amend them as necessary. Austin also said the computer in her office that she uses to keep the financial records for the township had apparently been altered recently without her knowledge. “Somehow, between the last time I used the computer and today, someone changed it and made two users on the computer,” she said. “We are in violation of our agreement with UAN (Unified Accounting Network). We can't have it set up that way. She added, “I'd like to know from the board who was in and made two users on that computer.” All three trustees denied having changed the computer or directed anyone to do so. “I have to believe a trustee

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Chester Resident Raises Issue of Flooding With Trustees By Ann Wishart Torrential rains in mid-March caused flooding and property damage in Chester Township and brought Liz Wetrz to the trustees’ meeting last Thursday. Wertz, who lives at 13020 Marilyn Road, wanted to know when trustees will address the issue of flooding in her neighborhood. Her home sets on an acre at the intersection of Marilyn and Dorothy roads in Chester Estates and she said the recent rains caused as much as three feet of water to flood some areas near her home. “There’s a safety factor there,” she said, adding she took pictures of the flooding and thinks the drainage of her area is insufficient. “You’re not going to fit all that water into a 12-inch pipe. It has to go somewhere,” she said. Trustee Mike Joyce said this is not a new subject, adding previous boards of trustees faced the same problem and found no solutions to help the low-lying sections of the township. “We can’t raise a neighborhood if it’s the lowest in the area,” he said. Trustee Judy Caputo said she wanted to see Wertz’s photos. “There is work underway. It’s a top priority,” Caputo said. Joyce added trustees are seeking advice from the Geauga County Engineer’s Office on how to handle the problem because it is a much bigger challenge than the township can handle alone. He recommended Wertz stay in touch with Caputo on the matter. Earlier in the meeting, Road Superintendent Rob Pealer spoke of the most recent deluge and the issues he’s working on. “There are some serious flooding problems,” said Pealer, who has been on the job less than a year. The police department called him out when the downpour resulted in flooding, he said. Parts of Marilyn Drive, Cedar and Caves roads had up to three feet of water over them and Winchester Bridge was also under water. “We had a mess,” Pealer said, adding he has three or four pages of notes from residents about their flooding problems. “Water’s a nasty, nasty animal. You can’t predict it and you can’t control it,” he said. Residents temporarily repaired a retention basin on Marilyn Drive by wiring the grate back together when the welds broke, he said. “That helped us out. That’s what you do when your house is in danger,” he said, adding that a new grate is being made for the basin. Some of the problems he has listed include berm erosion, flooded garages, washed out driveways and damaged property. Since the flooding, the road department has been working to make sure everyone can get in and out of driveways, Pealer said. He has also documented road

damage in order of how hazardous it is to the public and has been assessing other property damage. Joyce asked if he had directed residents to report personal property damage to the county and Pealer said he hadn’t been aware of that practice. “No one was in dire, dire danger from the washouts,” he said. Pealer said he and Amy Brennan from the Chagrin River Watershed Partners recently took a tour of the check dams at the downstream side of the bridges to investigate the erosion problems in those locations. Over the years, the riverbed has sunk five to 10 feet at several abutments, he said, adding there may be grants available to help improve those areas. In other road business, Pealer listed the streets due for repaving in the township’s 17-year cycle. A rough estimate of cost for the work is $800,000, he said. There is only about $400,000

“Water’s a nasty, nasty animal. You can’t predict it and you can’t control it.” –Road Superintendent Rob Pealer available in the road fund for resurfacing, he said, adding he is studying other methods of extending the life of some of the roads such as microsurfacing and slurry surfacing. Pealer said roads on the tentative list for attention are, in order of the 17-year schedule: Hill Drive, Summers Road, Lyman Drive, Norton Drive and County Line Road from Mulberry Road to the Lake County line. Norton Drive doesn’t appear to need resurfacing at this time, but it is on the list because it has been more than 17 years since it was last paved, he said.

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March 30: Free Community Dinner 5 - 7 p.m. Mayfield Church is hosting a free dinner from 5-7 p.m. at the church, 7747 Mayfield Road. There will be chili, including a vegetarian version, cornbread, coleslaw and dessert. All are welcome.

March 31: Triple Tap Set 3 - 6 p.m. Triple Tap, Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s annual celebration of spring, at Patterson Fruit Farm, 8765 Mulberry Road, Chesterland. Join us as we tap sugar maple trees, tap our taste buds and tap our feet to the music of Brent Kirby. The Pattersons will be serving up hot pancakes with their delicious maple syrup. WRLC will provide hot dogs, fixings and non-alcoholic beverages; attendees should bring a potluck dish to share. Event is BYOB for adult beverages. RSVP to Kim Bihler at Dress for the weather.

March 31: “Fun-Raiser” for Healing Fund 6 - 10 p.m. The Pond Ice Rink in Auburn Township is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Chardon Healing Fund. Enjoy an evening of ice skating, dodgeball, broomball and music. Admission is $6 and skate rental is free. One hundred percent of admission proceeds will go toward the Chardon Healing Fund. The rink is located at 9999 E. Washington St. Call 440-5433884 for information.

April 4: United Way Annual Meeting 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The 2011-2012 annual meeting for United Way Services of Geauga County will be held at Sisters of Notre Dame, 13000 Auburn Road, Munson Township. The event starts with networking from 11:15-11:45 a.m., followed by a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Call Kathleen Munch, 440285-2261 ext. 223, for more information or sponsorship opportunities.

April 6: Fish Fry 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Chardon Eagles Ladies Auxiliary Friday Night Fish Fry March 30 and April 6. The Eagles Club is at 317 Water St. Call 440-286-992 for more information.

April 13: Wine Country Progressive Dinner 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. The evening begins at Grand River Cellars with appetizers, soup or salad. Proceed to Debonne Vineyards for a wonderful meal. Afterwards, move up the road to South River Vineyards for dessert. Reservations required; seating is limited. This is a prepaid, non-refundable ticket event. Grand River Cellars Winery and Restaurant, call 440-2989838 for more information.

April 19: CCOC Wine Tasting 5:30 p.m.

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The Chesterland Chamber of Commerce is hosting a wine tasting at Colonial Wine and Beverage, 8339 Mayfield Road, Chesterland. Enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres while sampling various wines provided by host and Sommelier Bob Eppich, owner of Colonial Wine and Beverage. Space is limited, so reserve a spot today. Call Wendy at the chamber office, 440-729-7297, before 2 p.m. April 13. Cost to chamber members is $20 per person and $25 for nonchamber members.

April 20: ‘Ladies Night Out’ Fundraiser 6:30 p.m. West Geauga Girl Scout Unit 773, which represents 26 troops in the area, including Chester and Russell townships, will hold its ninth annual Ladies Night Out to raise money for its scholarship fund. Nine years ago the unit established a fund to offer scholarships to graduating senior Girl

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Scouts who have earned the Gold Award. This fundraiser will be held at Fowler’s Mill Golf Course, 13095 Rockhaven Road. Tickets are $30 for dinner and dessert. 50/50 and Chinese raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each or 24 for $20. Call Jackie Dottore at 216906-9408 for information.

April 21: WGHS Football & Wrestling Raffle West Geauga High School football and wrestling team families will be hosting their annual Football and Wrestling Reverse Raffle at the E.O.U.V. Party Center, 8636 Pekin Road. Contribution of either a completed theme basket or any items or service that could be added to create a theme basket appreciated. Any donation will be recognized in a printed program available the day of the event. Any check donation should be made payable to: West Geauga Wolverine Gridiron Club. Contributions can be mailed to West Geauga Fundraiser, c/o Laurie Corbo, 12222 Norton Drive, Chesterland, OH 44026. Questions or to arrange a pickup of a donation, call Laurie Corbo, 216-401-0688, or Christine Polin, 440-338-1058.

April 26-29: Geauga County Maple Festival The Geauga County Maple Festival, the oldest maple festival in the United States, celebrates the production of pure maple syrup in Geauga County and Northeast Ohio. Festival dates are April 26-29. Enjoy four days of fun, food and “everything maple.” Events include arts & crafts, bathtub races, concessions, continuous grandstand entertainment, golden old-timer’s luncheon, historical display, invitational lumberjack competition, pancakes in the park, two grand parades. Call 440-286-3007 for information and hours, or visit

April 27-29: Arbor Day Celebration 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate Arbor Day at the Holden Arboretum. Familyfriendly activities. Free weekend admission. Call 440-946-4400 for more information.

April 27: Champagne Guest Party 8 - 10:30 p.m. The Fred Astaire Dance Studio is hosting a champagne guest party at its studio in Bainbridge Township. This event is open to the public, but please RSVP. Everyone that comes will receive a free 20-minute private lesson (new students only, 18 years old and up). Call 440-543-1559 for more information.

April 28: KoC Poor Man’s Reverse Raffle 6 - 10 p.m. The Knights of Columbus will be holding a “Poor Man’s Reverse Raffle” at St. Helen’s Gym, 12060 Kinsman Road, Newbury Township. Top prize is $1,500. Live music by Matt Frank. Tickets are $20. Call Bill Molnar at 440-2855026 or Ed Rowan at 440-3385836.

2012 Summer Camp & Activity Program Geauga County Job and Family Services is once again coordinating the summer camp and activity program, which provides low-income children with an opportunity to enjoy a summer camp experience or summer activity. The program is funded solely through donations and matched more than 140 children to a meaningful summer program or activity in 2011. Foster children in the agency’s custody receive first priority. Some of them, because of special needs, must go to camps that are quite costly. In addition, children who live with their family and are receiving social services and children whose families are struggling financially are also considered. Along with resident and day camps, children can also experience activities such as dance camps, little league baseball, football and basketball camps, YMCA camps, music lessons, soccer, cheerleading and karate camps. Monetary donations to the summer camp program also assist families with fees to participate in after school activities. Limited funds and failed school levies have forced many schools to institute a “pay to participate” policy. These fees range anywhere from $100 per year up to $425 per sport. For many families who struggle every day to make ends meets, this is an expense that they simply cannot afford. To learn more about the program, call Sara Shininger at 440285-9141. People wishing to donate to the summer camp program should make their check payable to “Special Services.” Include “Summer Camp” in the memo portion of the check. Checks can be mailed to Geauga County Job and Family Services, P.O. Box 309, Chardon, OH 44024.

$25 Cats Swing into spring with a new feline friend! Right now at Rescue Village, cats one year and up are just $25. It’s been a long winter, and the cats are ready to enjoy the warm, sunny weather in a new home. Kitten season is quickly approaching and we need to make room to save more lives, so help us adopt out these perfectly happy and healthy adults. Hurry in, promotion ends March 31. For more information, call 440-338-4819 ext. 10. Rescue Village is at 15463 Chillicothe Road, Russell Township.

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Chester Township Trustees Update By Trustee Judy Caputo The Board of Trustees held its regular trustee meeting on Thursday, March 22. The board was excited to see new residents in attendance along with a large number of high school seniors who have to attend local government meetings to meet their criteria for completing their government classes. This was the first board meeting where Chairman Mike Joyce implemented his new agenda format for the trustees meetings. Mike had spent numerous hours researching other community’s formats and talking to various county and state officials. As a fellow trustee, I would like to thank Mike for his diligent work and I believe this format will be successful for future meetings.

Department Head Reports Fire Chief John Wargelin gave a report on a project he currently is working on called CERT, or Citizens Emergency Response Team. There are more than 70 CERT teams in the State of Ohio organized and trained to assist the community safety forces during catastrophic emergencies like tornados. Munson and Russell townships already have CERT teams in place for their communities. There is research being gathered for possibly combining forces into one large CERT team to cover all three communities. The chief will update trustees as more information becomes available. Trustees also approved Lt. Andy Nagy to attend Bowling Green University State Fire School May 6-11 for a Fire Inspector Certification. Lt. Nagy has been with our fire department for more than 15 years.

Repaving from page 1 Both were the low bids. In other action, trustees approved purchase of a police vehicle to replace the 20 06 Crown Victoria, which has 128,000 miles on the odometer, Russell Township Police Chief Tim Carroll said. Liberty Ford in Solon offered to give the township a trade-in value of $3,600, he said. Trustees voted to buy a Ford Taurus with all-wheel drive and Ecoboost for $28,966 minus the trade in. Carroll said the Ecoboost will give the vehicle additional horsepower, adding the light bar and computer were not included in the cost. Mueller said the township did not buy a new police vehicle last year and suggested Carroll might want to replace the next oldest vehicle in the fleet, which has 125,000 on it. But the chief said he was planning to take care of that next year.

Police Chief Mark Purchase presented updated information on a traffic study concerning the intersection of Sperry and Mayfield roads. This evaluation included not only the Chester Police Department, but input from the Geauga County Engineer’s Office along with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). There is information being gathered on whether the intersection warrants a traffic light. In order for the installation of a light it must be based on the flow of traffic and cannot be based on accidents. Over the next few months a series of small changes will occur to make the traveling vehicles more aware of the intersection. The state has notified us the speed limit on the newly paved section of Sperry Road has been set at 45 mph. While we would have preferred it to be 35 mph, the state has the final word. Speed limit signs will be installed shortly and police will monitor enforcement of the speed limit. Chief Purchase also informed everyone the drunken driving presentation to the schools will be held April 24. This is an annual event to show the students what can actually happen while driving intoxicated. The police department has also set the dates for the annual Safety Township Classes as June 11- 15 and July 9- 13. Look for more information on these classes in the near future. Road Superintendent Rob Pealer informed trustees of the rain damage over the past few weeks and, while we have been fortunate this past winter on the snowfall, we have been able to save on salt costs. The township continues to have several flooding areas in the township that we are going to address in the near future. The road superintendent along with several other agencies have been re-

Trustees also voted to double the price of making copies for the public from five cents to 10 cents per sheet. Resident Charlie Butters of River Glen said the cost of paper hasn’t gone up since the 1990s and the trustees should do a cost analysis to determine if increasing the price is justified. Mueller said the staff checked with six other townships in the county and discovered they were all charging ten cents per page for copies, however, Butters said that method might not hold up in court and trustees should check with the Geauga County Prosecutor’s Office on the matter.

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viewing and examining all of the bridges and dams in the township to assess damage and problem areas. The township has set a bid opening date of April 5 at 7:05 p.m. for the furnishing and delivery of various types and quantities of slag, limestone, cinders, ice grit, dust control and asphalt. The board also approved the hiring of two part-time seasonal employees beginning April 2 to perform ground maintenance and other related duties.

Other Township Business Trustees approved the normal financial items like payroll and accounts payable. There was much discussion at a special working meeting earlier in the week where the board met with the department heads to discuss their departmental permanent appropriations in preparation for the Thursday night meeting. Trustees had to table the motion for the approval of the 2012 permanent appropriations until

the financial questions could be answered. According to the Ohio Revised Code, the permanent appropriations must be approved by the board and submitted to the Geauga County Auditor’s Office by the end of this month. Trustees will have to set a special meeting prior to the end of the month to approve the 2012 final appropriations. The next regular Chester Township Board of Trustees meeting is 7 p.m. April 5 at the town hall.

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L etters the editor to the Editor Thank You

Colin Ecker performed in The University of Findlay’s Jazz Ensemble Sunday.

Corie Cappelucci, daughter of Charles and Kathy Cappelucci, of Chesterland, was named on the dean’s list for fall semester at Wittenberg University. Colin Ecker, a 2008 graduate of West Geauga High School, son of Susan and Eric Ecker, performed in The University of Findlay’s Jazz Ensemble spring concert March 25 in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary TLB Auditorium. Colin is a grad pharmacy major and is active in symphonic band, wind ensemble and marching band.

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Jessica Herman, a  freshman  pre-veterinary medicine major, will perform with  The University of Findlay’s concertchorale at 3 p.m. April 1 at Findlay High School in the R.L. Heminger Auditorium.  The group will present “Kismet: A Musical Arabian Night." Jessica, a 2011 graduate of West Geauga High School, is the daughter of Carolyn and William Herman of Chester Township. Kristin Preyss, a senior majoring in communication and public advocacy, made the dean’s list for the winter quarter in the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University. Kristin, a 2008 graduate of West Geauga High School, is the daughter of Gail and Erick Preyss of Chester Township.


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The Kiwanis club would like to thank the people of the West Geauga community for their outstanding effort put into making this year's pancake breakfast successful. Remember, all profits are donated back to the community. It is the people and businesses of our community who generously give of their time that make our project what it is today. People came from miles around... from the North, South, East and West, but mostly from the West Geauga community. We will be back again in 2013 to serve you for the 60th year. Thanks again. The West Geauga Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Baptist

Church on Chillicothe Road. Anyone interested in membership can call Ken Mantey at 440729-2869. Visit for more information.

Thank You On behalf of the Barrier Breaker Ministry at Mayfield Church and many hungry men, women and children living in the City of Cleveland. we want to thank our friends at Chesterland Giant Eagle for sharing fruits and vegetables to help meet their need for nutritious meals. For the past two years, employees at Giant Eagle have gone the extra mile to help those in need with enthusiasm and joy. Burton, will share their design experience and passion for floral art. They will demonstrate how you can freshen your home décor and create a spring-like at-

Fresh As Spring The Perennial Gardeners of Chesterland is offering a free open presentation as their gift to the community on March 28, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road. Nancy Bonnema and her son, Thom Bonnema, of A.H. Christianson’s Floral Design Studio in

mosphere inside and out. Light refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required. Call Linda at 440-338-8644 to register. To learn more about the group, visit The next open Perennial Gardeners meeting will be on April 25 at 7 p.m. at West Geauga Middle School. Membership is open to those living in the West Geauga School District.

obituaries Joanne E. Berenstein Joanne E. (nee Rockwell) Bernstein, a longtime Chester Township resident, passed away March 10, 2012, at Vinney Hospice of Montefiore in Beachwood. She was 79. Mrs. Bernstein is the daughter of the late Hubert and Betty Rockwell of Lancaster, S.C., and South Portland, Maine. Mrs. Berenstein is the past president of the Geauga Humane Society and Japanese Chin Rescue. She spent countless hours rescuing stray, abused and neglected animals. She was guardian of all creatures big and small. She found homes for hundreds of pets in need. She worked for Carnegie companies in Solon for 45 years. She was a dedicated and loyal employee of the family owned business.

Mrs. Berenstein and her family lived in Chesterland for over 30 years. She is survived by her devoted husband, Daniel, who she shared a life with for over 50 years; daughter, Lisa Lowry (Phillip) of Chesterland; son, Eric Bernstein (Barbara) of Columbus; and grandchildren, Adrian Berenstein of Columbus, Audrey Russo (Marco) of Riverside, Calif., and Jillian Lowry of Dublin, Ireland. Funeral services were held at Berkowitz-Kimin Memorial Chapel in Cleveland Heights on March 13. Memorial donations may be made to the Geauga County Dog Warden’s Office, 12513 Merritt Road, Chardon, OH 44024 or The Geauga Humane Society, 15463 Chillicothe Road, Novelty, OH 44072.

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Wolverines Have Strength Up the Middle By Jamie Ward Don’t be jealous of West Geauga’s softball team. After basking in last week’s sunny Chesterland temperatures, the girls traveled to Myrtle Beach this week, taking the 70degree weather with them. Eugene Iacona takes over the program after three seasons as a volunteer. Iacona, who will coach the varsity with his daughter and 2010 West G graduate Kristina and Gus Komar, is a familiar local face, having helped with boys and girls soccer, as well as tennis. “I preach defense more than anything else,” he said at the team’s facility behind the middle school. “Not only the physical part of the game, but the mental part. I tell my kids before every game there’s three questions they have to ask: if the ball’s hit to me, what do I do with it? If it’s hit into the infield, or the outfield, where do I go?” On this particular practice the Wolverines spent time working on nothing but bunting and baserunning. “Do I like playing small ball? No, I hate it. But I will because we have a ton of speed,” he said. “I want to put pressure on our defense so that it doesn’t freak out and make bad throws.” The team will be anchored up the middle by seniors Rachel Komar at shortstop and Taylor Tercek at second base. “I think we’re going to have a good team this year,” Tercek said.

“We have a lot of talent, and we want to win the CVC.” Komar agreed, saying the team has a mix of experience — there are three other seniors on the roster in Carlie Kosley, Jessica Powers and Sasha Carter, and promising young players, like freshmen Nicky Luciano and her sister, Abby. “We were captains last year, and I think we know what we’re doing,” said Tercek, a four-year starter in the infield. Komar transferred from Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin after her sophomore season. “The talent level, unfortunately, is better at NDCL,” she said. “But that’s just because they’re a private school. The sense of community and team chemistry here is so much better. The seasons have been so much more enjoyable.” Tercek added, “It’s been really nice to have her back.” Meghan Dayringer, a sophomore, is the staff ace with the most power on the mound, Iacona said. Dayringer has four pitches, he said, “a decent fastball, very good changeup, drop curve and screwball. She won’t blow it by the hitters, but she will keep them off balance. That, to me, is one of the keys in softball.”

The team’s outfielders are a strength because of their speed and athleticism. Sophomores Brianne Sexton, Allie DeLooze and junior Kayli Doll are expected to start in the outfield. “Every one of them I have confidence in,” Iacona said. “They have a good track to the ball, they can make a basket catch, they turn and fire the ball where it should go.” Of Luciano at third base, Iacona said, “She’s going to be a stud. But that’s a tough spot for a freshman.” Marley Praprost will be the team’s catcher. DeLooze will also pitch and was named a captain as a sophomore. First base is still an open competition that will be decided in South Carolina while the team plays during Spring Break. Iacona thinks the team can compete in the Chagrin Valley Conference’s Chagrin Division, but admits Kenston and Aurora are perennially tough programs. “The minimal expectations are for us to win our conference,” he said. “If we make less mistakes than they do, we will score runs. I have six hitters that no matter how fast you pitch the ball, they will get the bat on it.” If Komar and Tercek can lead



the young Wolverines from the middle, the Wolverines have a chance to compete on the diamond for years to come. “We’ve had a new coach each

of the past five years,” Tercek said. “I think the transition from last year’s coach to this year’s has been smoother. Hopefully he’ll last.”



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Optimism High For West G By Jamie Ward It was a tough 2011 for the West Geauga baseball program. The Wolverines ended up just 28 in the CVC Chagrin, beating only Orange. The win against Aurora came on a forfeit. But the team was full of optimism on a sun-soaked practice last week. “Our program right now is where our basketball program was three years ago,” said new head coach Phil Byron. He would know as a varsity basketball assistant. “Our numbers are down. We have a lot of really good athletes in this school. But baseball is different. Say you’re not the best offensive team (in basketball), well you can D up on people, do something crazy. In baseball if you can’t pitch strikes, if you can’t hit a batted ball, it gets ugly really quickly.” There are seven seniors on the Wolverines roster. And plenty of quality kids, Byron said. “I coached these guys two years ago on junior varsity,” Byron said. “We ran through the CVC as sophomores.” Seniors Andy Bryan, Brian Tecco, Charlie Fryer, Zak Kucera and Ryan Nozling are going to be important parts of this 2012 team. Kucera, who will only bat as the team’s designated hitter this year due to an arm injury, said the team has a good group of leaders, something that was lacking last season. “That showed on the field,” he said. “We had all the talent in the world. This year our leadership will produce some wins on the field.” “My expectations are a CVC championship and nothing less,” Bryan said, getting laughs from his teammates and Byron. “Way to call out the rest of them, Andy,” his coach said. “Want to throw anything else out there?”

“This is my last chance to win a CVC, and I’ll be mad if I don’t,” Bryan continued. “We’ve had a successful summer baseball team,” Kucera said. “Last year was frustrating, and it motivated us in the offseason. We had a good football season, a good basketball season ...” “I think there is a new mood in West G baseball,” said junior Harrison Sigman, a captain. “We have good chemistry, stuff like that.” Added Nozling, “I think we’re looking really good this year. We pick each other up when something goes wrong. We all love the sport, which I love to see.” In two scrimmages against University and Riverside — a positive sign given the team hadn’t thrown on a real field last season due to weather until it traveled to Florida — the team proved it will hit the baseball. “I think any of these guys,” Byron said, “I think they could step in and be four hitters anywhere. Our lineup 1 through 8 is solid. There’s big bats everywhere.” But he added, “You give some, you get some. We’re not going to be stealing a lot of bases, but I don’t think we’re going to have to.” The team opened its season today in a game against Beachwood at Disney World in Florida. Charlie Fryer was the projected Opening Day starter with Tecco, a starter as a sophomore, behind the plate.


Alex Grazia will play second base, Cal Slusarz will be at short. Junior Noah Bidar will play center with Bryan in left field. Sigman, the team’s 1-A pitcher, according to his coach, will start at first base. Senior Matt Hanzlick will also get spot starts for the Wolverines. The competition for third base and right field will be competitive throughout the first weeks. Byron expects Aurora and Kenston to be the class of the Chagrin Valley Conference’s Chagrin Division, but expects to be “near the top of the food chain in the conference.” This group of seniors split with Aurora and Kenston at the JV level, Byron said. And he exSee West G Baseball • page 9

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entertainment Meet Cinderella and Prince Charming Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical “Cinderella” is coming to the Geauga Theater, and there will be two special events during Maple Festival weekend where children can enjoy meeting Cinderella and Prince Charming. On April 28, girls can dress in their best princess attire, and have their hair done in royal updos with tiaras at Marci’s Hair On the Square. Then, the little princesses may join Cinderella and her Prince for a meet and greet with cupcakes. On April 29, children may make a noble craft with Cinderella and her Prince. Both events promise to be royally fun and will provide wonderful photo opportunities for those that bring cameras. Preregistration is required. Saturday Princess Style appointments run from 12:15-1:15 p.m., followed by the meet and greet from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Cost is $12. Sunday’s craft event is from 1-2:30 p.m. and the cost is $6. Call the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild business office at 440285-7701 for information and reservations. Performances will run April 20-22 and May 4-13. Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. The theater is located at 101 Water St., Chardon. For information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 440-286-2255.

Thiel Choir Concert The 44-member Thiel Choir and Thiel College Chamber Singers will present a variety of sacred works and spirituals that celebrate hope and love and works of Native American culture and Earth consciousness. The free concert takes place at 7 p.m. April 27 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 11519 Wilson Mills Road in Chardon. For information, call the church office at 440-285-4641.

“Christopher Columbus” Sets Course “Christopher Columbus” will land on the shores of Northeast Ohio aboard the Nautica Queen April 12 and begin an adventure to Geauga County that will highlight Ohio Chautauqua and its stop at Century Village Museum in Burton this summer. Christopher Columbus will arrive at Chardon Square at 12:15 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. performance at Century Village Museum in Burton. The 2012 Ohio Chautauqua, sponsored and presented by the Ohio Humanities Council, is a traveling tent festival that com-

bines education, drama and other entertainment to focus on the time “When Ohio was the Western Frontier.” The festival’s trademark redand-white-striped tent will be erected on the grounds of Geauga Historical Society’s Century Village Museum July 3-7. The Ohio Chautauqua tent will serve as the central location for five free evening performances by humanities scholars who assume the costume and personality of historical figures: pioneer naturalist Johnny Appleseed; Iroquois leader Chief Logan; frontier aristocrat Margaret Blennerhassett; York, a Lewis and Clark Expedition member; and Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the Battle of Lake Erie. Throughout the week, these same scholars will present 10 additional daytime programs on

varying topics at five other venues around the county. Five of these programs will be aimed at younger audiences, and five will be geared toward adults. Geauga County is one of only five sites throughout the state chosen for the privilege of hosting the 2012 Ohio Chautauqua, which is as much a social and educational movement as it is an event.

Geauga Area Youth Orchestra The 2012 season of the Geauga Area Youth Orchestra begins April 7. The orchestra is open to all school age string players who have had at least one year of lessons and are good music readers. For more information, call Sally Dawson at 440-834-4391.

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recreation Geauga Park District announces its programs, activities and events for April, May and June 2012. April Foolery Sunday, April 1, 10-11:30 a.m. The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge Bring your sense of adventure and imagination for this lighthearted indoor/outdoor look at whimsical natural features, common names and other plant and animal-seeming tricks of nature. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Spring Wildflower Preview Sunday, April 1, 2-4 p.m. The West Woods Nature Center Refresh your memory of native spring wildflowers soon to bloom in Northeast Ohio. Photographer Tracey Knierim presents a virtual walk through spring, sharing native wildflowers from February through May, where to look for them and their folklore. Joint program with Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Geauga Walkers Tuesday, April 3, 1-2:30 p.m. Eldon Russell Park Join other active seniors on weekly hikes in Geauga County and the surrounding area – this

time hiking off trail to investigate vernal pools with a naturalist. Hikes are typically 1 to 1 1/2 miles long and held year-round, but canceled if the temperature is 20 degrees or lower. Waterproof footgear recommended. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137.

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West Geauga Symphonic Band competed in the Ohio Music Education Association District VII competition at Mentor High School on March 17 and received the highest rating of I – Superior. The OMEA district contest is an event in which concert bands perform and are judged by a panel of adjudicators. After performing three prepared pieces for the panel of judges, the band then goes into a separate performance space and is handed a piece of music they have never played or seen before. Bands are given a total of eight minutes to study and discuss the piece of music, and then perform it for a rating. The three judges in first area and the judge in the sight-reading room submit their ratings, which are averaged out to determine the band's overall score. Ratings range from I through V, with I being superior and V being poor. Congratulations to the West Geauga Symphonic Band on their superior rating.

John Cermak, an eigth grade student at Notre Dame Elementary, received the following awards at the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair Held at Cleveland State University: Dominion East Ohio (first place), The Irene Heller Award for Chemistry by the Cleveland Regional Council of Science Teachers, Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (second place for chemistry).

WG After Prom Selling HoneyBaked Ham No lines, no waiting for Ham. The HoneyBaked Ham store comes to you with all you need for your Easter feast. Make this spring holiday easy for you and help WGHS After Prom by buying a ham or gift certificates. Hams are $60 and gift certificates are $25. Send order and payment to After Prom, 1014 Chesterland, OH 44026 or call Tamara Brininger at 216-3105873. More details are available at the West Geauga High School website under Parent Organizations and After Prom. Order by April 2 for pick up on April 5 at West Geauga High School gym. Thank you for supporting After Prom.

NDCL Students Win First Place in Writing Contest Joe Cermak and Zach Geizer, sophomores at NDCL won first place in the “Write It and Do It” contest at the Solon Science Olympiad.

Rotary 4-Way Speech Winners Congratulations to the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest Winners: First Prize, Layla Nosek and Second Prize, Marlena Nosek. Both students are 10th graders from West Geauga

The Lubrizol Corp. Minority Scholarships Minority students who are graduating seniors and Lake and Geauga County residents are invited to apply for a scholarship offered by The Lubrizol Corporation. The Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation is administering this scholarship program. Two renewable awards of $4,500 will be given to students who are eligible based on the following additional criteria: U. S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen; be a graduating high school senior who is a Lake or Geauga County resident; be an African American, American Indian, Asian Pacific American, or Hispanic American; minimum grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale); 2.5 GPA maintained in college; must be accepted to attend fulltime at a four-year accredited college/university to study in one of the following fields: chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, polymer science, computer science, information systems management, business, accounting, finance or communication. Selection will be based on academics, financial need, leadership, extra-curricular activities and recommendations.

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Applications are available by calling LEAF at 440-358-8045 or by contacting your LEAF advisor at your high school. They may be downloaded from the website at The deadline to apply is May 4. Scholarship recipients may also be able to participate in Lubrizol summer internships in their area of study. Opportunities will depend upon the total number of internships available during any given period and the students’ areas of interest.

NOVA Scholarships NOVA Films & Foils, Inc. through the Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation is offering scholarship awards for the 2012-2013 academic year. Renewable awards between $500 and $1,500 will be granted, with $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded in 2012. Awards will be sent to the school to be used meet student academic (tuition, fees, books) expenses. Scholarships will be given to students who are eligible based on the following additional criteria: applicants must be U. S. citizens and eligible non-citizens who reside in Lake or Geauga County; dependents of NOVA employees, who meet all other criteria, are welcome to apply; applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need; applicants may be any age student who is currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited trade/technical, two- or four-year college or university (graduate students not eligible) in the fall of 2012; schools/programs must be eligible to receive federal financial aid (i.e. Pell grant, Federal Direct or Stafford loans); if applicant is a graduating senior a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.5, not weighted, is required; minimum ACT score of 22 or SAT score of 1030 for Critical Reading and Math (combined score) is required; if applicant is currently enrolled in college, a cumulative 2.5 GPA is required; applicants must be studying or planning to study full-time in one of the following areas: engineering: (chemical, electrical, mechanical, computer [including Computer Science]), engineering and manufacturing technologies, information technology, marketing or business. Applications are available by calling LEAF at 440-358-8045 or by contacting your LEAF advisor at your high school. They may be downloaded from the website at Deadline to apply is May 4.

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Christian speaker, Brian Talcott, a former U.S. Air Force Chaplain, from Berkley, Calif., will share ideas and experiences on how we can pray effectively about community challenges.

events Free Talk April 1 First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chardon is sponsoring a free talk at 4 p.m. April 1 at Park Elementary Auditorium on Chardon Square.

All are welcome to a concert and worship service on March 31, from 5-7 p.m. at New Freedom Ministries’ new location, East 152nd and Kinsman Road (just west of Shaker Heights border). Worship will be held by the New Freedom Choir and Mayfield Church’s Brian Otte. Out of the Box, a youth drama group, will perform two heart touching skits on domestic and school violence. Call 216-295-1530 for more information.


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S.A.K. AUTOMOTIVE • 440-729-0999 7998 Mayfield Road • Chesterland• 3/4 MILE WEST OF RT. 306 HOURS: MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8 AM to 6 PM • SATURDAY 8 AM to 4 PM

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Chester Police Beat



White House Chocolates

A Mayfield man was arrested for drunk driving and possession of drugs after being stopped on Sherman Road.

and Candy Kitchen


Family Owned and Operated Since 1997

Our Own Fudge Filled Eggs Unique Easter Candy Traditional Easter Favorites

Made Here Daily!

STOP AND TASTE! 14607 Kinsman Road (Rt.87) Middlefield, Ohio 44062 | 440.834.3133


KNIFE & SCISSOR SHARPENING SAT. MARCH 3 FREE SHAVER ! INSPECTION 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. For more information call Ray, 216-577-8666


Customer Appreciation Day at Refound Treasures Join us on March 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a day of fun for the entire family. Bring the kids to see the Easter Bunny, while mom and dad can meet with a travel agent, get a massage, or talk to a trusted gold buyer to make some cash with that unwanted gold or silver. There will also be pony rides and art for sale. Don’t forget to shop around and receive special discounts. Free refreshments will be available. Call 440-285-7071 for more information.

A Chester man was arrested after weaving down 322. He was charged with drunk driving. An auxiliary officer located a man slumped behind the wheel of his car at a local body shop. This led to his arrest for physical control and possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

DISTURBANCE Police and park ranges received a 911 call reporting 20-25 juveniles fighting with sticks and bats at Metzenbaum Park. Police were first on scene, and confronted the large gang of youths. Investigation revealed only two youths were in a physical altercation. Park Rangers will handle the investigation.





Several motorists were cited for excessive speed on Cedar west of Caves. The highest speed was 68 mph in a 35 zone.

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SATURDAY MARCH 31ST 10am to 5pm

SHOP OUR ANTIQUES, FURNITURE & COLLECTIBLES! Handpainted Czech Eggs & Duck Eggs Patio Furniture • Swaim Pub Tables McCreary Chaise Sofa & Loveseat Wicker Furniture • Oak Gun Cabinet Howard Miller Grandfather Clock Demolition Man Pinball Machine Large Antique Flax Spinning Wheel

Customer Appreciation Day Tons of Fun for the entir entiree family!! • Pony Rides from Free Spirit Farm ($5/ride) • Art Display from Vancura Gallery (items available for purchase) • Travel Agent • Trusted Gold Buyer • Massages 2-5:00 (only $1 per minute)

Free Refreshments! Special Discounts AND Deals!!

MVA A male answering his cell phone lost control and crashed into a ditch. He was cited with failure to control his vehicle.

SUICIDE Police responded to a wooded area for a suicide victim. The coroner was also on scene. Kirtland Fire supplied a Gator all terrain vehicle for access to the scene.

A sheriff’s deputy requested assistance from CTPD after he stopped a man with an active warrant. The man was arrested without incident.


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The detective bureau is investigating the theft of prescription drugs from a local business.





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The Chester Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing Monday, April 9, 2012, in the Chester Town Hall. 12701 Chillicothe Road, at 7:00 p.m., at which time the following appeal will be heard: Conditional Zoning Certificate 1999-2 C. – Boris Bubnow for the Mayfield United Methodist Church is applying for a new Conditional Use Certificate under Section 6.00.0 Conditional Zoning Cer tificate Required, of the Chester Township Zoning Resolution. As part of their conditional use application, the applicant is seeking to construct an accessory building but fails to meet the requirements of Section 5.01.03 Accessory Buildings and Section 5.01.05 Maximum Heights of the Chester Township Zoning Resolution. Mary Lou Fende, Secretary Board of Zoning Appeals Publish March 28, 2012






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CLASSIFIED ADS MISC FLYERS TO DISTRIBUTE? Do it the easy way. Insert them into the Chesterland News 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. 3-hole punch and stapling also available. 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, 440-729-7667. FAX SERVICE available at the Chesterland News, 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, 440-729-7667. GRAPHICS, DESIGN, TYPESETTING: Beautiful work done at the Chesterland News. Logo designs, letterheads, business cards and more. 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, 440-729-7667. RESUMES: Resumes can be designed for you at the Chesterland News, 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, 440-729-7667. 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 Friday. We cannot be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion if you do not call the error to our attention. Thank you.


LIMESTONE DRIVEWAY STONE. All sizes, delivered and spread, $26.95 per ton. 440-915-8227 TWO UPRIGHT MAYTAG WASHERS for sale. 440-286-6623 MULCH - DOUBLE SHREDDED, top quality bark. All colors, delivery included, $27.95/per yard. 440915-8227


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FREE REMOVAL $100 -- $10,000 $10,000 $100 CASH CASH 440-897-9929



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PAYING CASH $50 - $15,000 FOR: cars, trucks, scrap, running or not, construction equipment, tractors, muscle cars, antique cars, tools. 440862-5706 or 440-254-4281.

Call Dan for a Great Price!

440-342-4552 INTERIOR - EXTERIOR

TOP DOLLAR, WRECKED, JUNKED AND unwanted vehicles. Scrap clean-ups, free removal. Used parts and tires for sale. Call 440-3211469 or 440-321-1467.

Painting & Staining


JUNK CARS AND WANTED TRUCKS. Pay 4250 and up. 440-2938504 or cell 440-228-5921.

1998 AUDI A4 QUATTRO, 2.6 V-6, manual transmission, 5-speed. Runs, but needs work, body in good condition. Asking $1200. 440-7290021. 1988 CORVETTE 4+3 STICK, 80,000 miles, black removable top, new tires and exhaust. 440-429-1679.




Yard & Storm Damage Cleanup


13 years Experience Insured • References Chesterland Resident

FORD 1998 ESCORT, 4 - DOOR. Runs great, gas savor, $75,000 miles, automatic, new tires, air Echeck ok. Great college car. Asking $3800, 440-729-3991. FORD 2011 RANGER. Regular cab, XLT, auto, air, cruise, C.D., power windows, P.L., keyless, fog lights, bed liner. Trailer hitch, 2K factory warranty, 4 cylinder, great gas mileage, Sirius radio, aluminum wheels, mud flaps. $17,800, 440-7293991.



• Ceramic • Vinyl • Hardwood • Carpet • Laminate LOCAL PROFESSIONAL

Specializing in Tree Stump Removal



Call Dan Nice • 440-476-7563 SAVE

Free Estimates


Licensed - Bonded - Insured TO

Rich Lynce 440-289-6541

SMART CAR BY MERCEDES BENZ, 2009. Automatic, power steering, leather interior, 7000 miles, automatic wipers and lights. Window tint and aluminum wheels, $13,000. 440-729-7452.

OFFICE SPACE Chester Business Park 8437 Mayfield Rd.


• Rental Units from 400 sq ft. & larger • Leases available 6 mos. & longer • All Utilities included Beautiful renovations ongoing Call for YOUR space TODAY!


KIRTLAND on RT.6, just west of 306. Central location, for any type of work or warehouses and offices. Good space for lease! Call 440-2839191 or 440-313-1611. HUGE TWO BEDROOM, one bath home in West Geauga School District. Two car detached garage, 2 fireplaces. Newly remodeled and updated. Pets OK. $900/month plus security deposit. Call 216-533-3779. FOR RENT - NICE HOME, Middlefield in Woodsong. Close to all the things you need! Call, 440-283-9191. CHESTERLAND: RANCH, 3 BEDROOMS, family room, living room, laundry room, all appliances included, 2 car pole barn. 1 acre lot. Snowplowing & landscaping included. Call 440-729-3601 for appointment. Available April1, to May 1, $950 month plus security deposit. No pets. FOR RENT IN CHESTERLAND, 1 bedroom garage apartment. Included in rent is heat, electric, rubbish and a heated garage. Rent is $650/month. Security deposit first months rent required. Call 216-3440707.

GARAGE SALES IF YOU NEED TO HAVE A MOVING SALE, Estate Sale or Garage Sale, call Kathy Willis at 440-7292790 for assistance. Experienced. References available. We are now doing partial estate buyouts. WANTED: GRANDMA’S COSTUME JEWELRY, compacts, perfume, coins, bottles, linens, knickknacks. Grandpa’s toys, trains, fishing lures. Also buying misc. collections and estates. 440-338-5942.

HELP WANTED TWO PART-TIME POSITIONS CASHIER - PT, must be available for weekends, no experience required. STOCKPERSON - must be available for weekends, PT. Stop by & Pick up an Application

TURNEYS HOME & AUTO CENTER 12670 W. Geauga Plaza • 729-2130 HELP WANTED - YARD CLEANUP. Weeding, landscaping, etc. Prefer high school student. Looking to have start April 15. Chesterland area, call 440-655-4791. GENERAL OFFICE ASSISTANT Part-time. AR and AP, proficient in Quickbooks, Excel, Word; able to multi-task in a fast paced environment, willing to learn POS retail software, customer service. Casual and friendly, but professional. Email resume to

FOR SALE COLOR COPIES, GREAT PRICE! The Chesterland News offers full service copying. Color or Black ink, any quantity on any paper. 3-hole punch and stapling also available. 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, 440-729-7667. RESUMES: Resumes can be designed for you at the Chesterland News, 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, 440-729-7667. FOR SALE - THOMASVILLE DINING ROOM SET, table has 2 leaves,

DRIVER/DUMP TRUCK, CLASS A, B, OR CDL. Experience Class A or B CDL driver wanted for asphalt company. Benefits available, experience needed. Contact Jon at 440543-2253 at Chagrin Valley Paving, 17290 Munn Road, Chagrin Falls. YARD WORK FOR SERIOUS high school boy in Chesterland. 440-7291727. CNC OPERATOR’S - MINIMUM OF 5 years experience. Must have own tooling. Over time and top pay. Call between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. 440-7292616.

table pads, 6 chairs, china hutch & serving cabinet. All in excellent condition. Asking $850 or best offer. Call 216-215-4085.

YARD WORKER/MISC. Reliable, part-time. Starting at $9/hr. Call Bill at 440-338-3563.



24/7 Day Service $100-$10,000 - CASH Zac 440-897-9929

HELP WANTED, SMALL PRIVATE dog kennel looking for weekend help for care and cleaning. Call 440-729-4007.

“Forget the Rest, Call THE BEST”


Chesterland News, 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, 440-729-7667.

WANTED EXTRA LARGE black walnut trees 24” diameter and larger. 440-834-4232

GRAPHICS, DESIGN, TYPESETTING: Beautiful work done at the Chesterland News. Logo designs, letterheads, brochures, business cards, and more. 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, 440-729-7667. RESUMES: Resumes can be typed for you at the Chesterland News, 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, 440-729-7667.

WORK WANTED COMPUTER REPAIR, Reasonable Rates, Spyware & Virus Removal, Hardware & Software installation, Troubleshooting, Networking, Ray, 216-315-0508. Located in Chesterland Area. LOOKING FOR MORE WORK. Amish girls will clean your house, help with laundry, babysitting, pet sitting, spring cleaning. For more information, please call, 216-2150822. HEALTH CARE - ELDERLY ASSIST. Chesterland area. Friendly, reliable, flexible hours. 440-729-0859 BABYSITTING - COLLEGE STUDENT from Chesterland, looking for full or part-time babysitting from May to August. Experienced with all ages. Flexible schedule. Call Sarah at 440-799-1043.

FREE REMOVAL of scrap metal and appliances, 440-342-4552 JENNY’S AUTO DETAILING - All year round. 440-321-9406 ASPHALT PATCHING, EXISTING DRIVEWAYS, dig outs or surface repair. FREE estimates, 440-9158227. DECKS - POWERWASHING AND STAINING, protective coatings. Free estimates, references. 440-5647404. OFFERING SPECIAL DISCOUNTS for interior and exterior painting and staining this season. 13 years experience. Professional insured, call Dan at 440-342-4552.

PETS MISSING TORTOISE NAMED SNAPPY “NAPPY”. Brown African spur thighed sulcata desert land, 12” X 8”. Likes lettuce and grass. Last seen near Mulberry and Rust Dive in Chesterland. Please call if found. Gentle. 440-729-1555, 440-8407953 or 440-413-3153.

SERVICES FLYERS TO DISTRIBUTE? Do it the easy way. Insert them into the Chesterland News 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. 3-hole punch and stapling also available. 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, 440-729-7667. FAX SERVICE available at the

MUSIC CO-OP, 440-221-2274. MUSIC LESSONS on all instruments. Retail sales, rentals, consignments. Guitar, amp and band instruments and repairs. 12661 CHILLICOTHE ROAD. PRESSURE WASHING AND DECK refinishing. Chesterland resident. References, 440-342-4552. CARPENTER, 30 years experience, decks, kitchen, finish work, storm doors. Small jobs also. 729-8157. PAINTING - HOME EXTERIORS and interiors. Free estimates, references. 440-247-5452. PLUMBING: Professional, affordable, reliable. Water heaters, toilets, faucets, drain cleaning. 440-537-6045 or 440-285-0800. SKIP’S PAINTING, wallpapering, power-washing, and small repairs.



Mailboxes • Posts Snowshields

440-729-8213 CUSTOM MADE


1 2 3 Reflective 3 ve Signs


Address Signs


PERKINS EXCAVATING Over 30 years Experience & Loyal Service Drainage Work • Driveway Grading Land Clearing • Demolition Work Basement Waterproofing • Ponds Hauling Gravel, Topsoil, Mulch • Tree Work 440-862-5706 • 440-254-4281 Call for Free Estimates


Plumbing, Electrical Carpentry


- Over 20 yrs. exp. FREE ESTIMATE - Highest quality (440) 840-5259 Small Jobs Welcome workmanship


Interior & Exterior


No Job Too Small! 440-729-7471 • 440-346-4463 Insured. Satisfaction guaranteed! Member of Angie’s List. Over 25 years’ experience. 440-338-5098. YARD AND STORM DAMAGE CLEAN-UP, down tree removal and brush chipping. Call, 440-342-4552. LOCAL TILE SETTER SERVICING the area. Installs any type of tile including Culture Stone. Tuck pointing and brick repairs. Reasonable rates! Quality workmanship! Call Ron for a free estimate, 440-3362845. No job too small! TWO BOYS AND A SCRAPPY IDEA. Metal recyclers. Removal of unwanted lawn & garden equipment, hot water tanks, washers, dryers, batteries, cans, etc. Call 440729-8213.

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