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VOLUME 45 No. 52

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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Straight Talk: Former Heroin Addict Shares Stories By John Karlovec Joe Smith, 26, just locked down a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is eagerly pursuing a master’s in clinical counseling. The path of promise is clearly under his feet, but the truth of the matter is — Joe is lucky to be alive. The Chardon resident, who has been given the alias “Joe” out of a request for anonymity, was once a heroin addict. “I am not here to tell you guys what you should and shouldn’t do or put my finger in your chest,” he told a class of 26 freshman students in Michael Mikes’ 7:30 a.m. health class Thursday at West Geauga High School. “I’m just going to share my experience in the hopes that maybe it will help you make better decisions than I do, so you won’t have to go through what I went through,” said Joe, who has been sober a little less than three years. Chardon Municipal Court Judge Terri Stupica brought Joe, whom she met through the Geauga County Opiate Task Force, into the high school to share his story in the hopes it educates students about the dangers of drug use.

“I always hear alcohol is not a drug or it's just drinking, or it's just pot,” Stupica said. “Believe me, those are the stepping stones to ... harsher, more dangerous drugs.”

The Path of Destruction Joe echoed Stupica’s sentiments, telling the classroom he started drinking and “smoking weed” during his freshman year in high school. He was 15. “I had just moved to Chardon at the time and started going to Chardon High School,” he recalled. “I didn’t know anybody out there and I was trying to find out which group of kids I wanted to hang out with. And it seemed like everybody was drinking, like it was the thing to do.” Until then, Joe never had anything to drink nor smoked weed. But one night changed everything. Joe was driving around with a group of people after they all had been drinking and the girl he was with “pulls out a joint and starts smoking it.” “I was young and naïve, and I was actually scared of it at the time because I had always


Ten percent of Geauga County's total population is addicted to or abusing opiates, Chardon Municipal Court Judge Terri Stupica told students in Michael Mikes' health classes at West Geauga High School. The recidivism rate for heroin addicts is about 97.5 percent, meaning less than 3 percent of addicts will recover.

heard drugs are bad,” he said. “But I guess I gave in to peer pressure and I was smoking.” Joe said the first time he smoked and drank, he loved the way it made him feel. “I began to do it on almost a daily basis,” he said. “Drinking was more on the weekends, but smoking weed every day ... anytime I could get it.” Joe would get together with

friends before school and get high. “Back then, when I look back on it, it all seemed like it was fun and harmless,” he said, adding, however, he began to see his grades suffer, dropping every semester. “I’m doing this on a daily basis now. I want to be high or drunk all the time,” he recalled.

The Rabbit Hole Gets Deeper A year later, painkillers were added to the menu. The father of one of his friends had Vicodin. They looked it up online and discovered, when combined with alcohol, the drug could cause dizziness.

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Chester Twp. ‘Government Chester Trustees Talk Around Update’ Issues Unresolved Item Regarding Land Acquisition By Ann Wishart

By Ann Wishart

Trustees Ken Radtke and Judy Caputo argued last Thursday on various points regarding the column “Government Update” that appears in the Chesterland News. The agenda item “Discussion regarding informational releases from trustees” precipitated a dialog about the column, which is penned by Caputo with the intention of keeping residents informed about what happens in the trustees’ meetings. Caputo writes the column, then passes it on to the other trustees for their information prior to submitting it to the Chesterland News for publication, but does not invite them to change or contribute to it. Caputo said she had contacted the Geauga County Prosecutor’s Office and received an opinion that since “Government Update” is not a board-mandated item, it is not subject to the Sunshine Law. She said she doesn’t have a

Chester Township Trustees refused to disclose any information about land they are considering for acquisition when residents asked for details at last Thursday's regular meeting. Chairman Mike Joyce said any details the trustees might divulge could allow a competing bidder to undercut their offer. Burton Village Council recently lost its chance to buy a parcel because the amount they hoped to spend was released to the press, Trustee Ken Radtke said. “It’s a secret because the price has not been set,” Joyce said. Radtke said he supported Joyce’s decision. Resident Ron Cotman, also a former trustee, said the township already owns a number of properties — including Henry House bought two years ago — and many of them are not being used. “I see money being spent on properties that have no public


copy of that opinion, but she will ask the township administrative assistant to look for it. Radtke asked why she will not make any changes trustees suggest. Caputo said she is following normal protocol. In the past, a vote was taken by the board to release the information, she said.

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use,” Resident Cathy Cotman said. When property is bought without public input, people are uncomfortable, she said. The longer conversation about the land acquisition centered around trustees’ indecision about enlisting or not enlisting a real estate agent to handle any deal that might occur. Joyce said he favors working with a Chester-based real estate company so the agent’s commission and the brokerage fees stay in the township. Trustee Judy Caputo said Joyce was an agent with the Chester Howard Hanna real estate office so, if possible, it might be better not to use that firm. A vote to acquire land may need to be unanimous, in which case all three trustees need to be able to vote in favor of the purchase, she said. “I’d rather use someone (an agent) I don’t even know,”


Caputo said, adding she would prefer no one on the board knows the agent they choose in order to avoid any possible claim of conflict of interest. Joyce said he prefers using someone from Chester, but finding one none of the trustees knows would be difficult. “I’m not certain of the basis of this conversation, so I have

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Memorial Day Events Call Chester Town Hall, 440729-7058 for more information.

May 28: Burton Memorial Day Service

May 28: Chester Twp. Memorial Day Service 10 a.m. Join for the Memorial Day Observance Ceremony at the Chester Township Cemetery on Route 306. Rain or shine. This remembrance service is designed to honor veterans. Sponsored by Chester Township Park Board.

11 a.m. The community is invited to a Memorial Day Service hosted by American Legion Post 459 at the Burton Square gazebo. An open house will follow the service at 14052 Goodwin St., Burton. Call Bo, 440-834-8764 for more information.

May 28: Newbury Twp. Memorial Day Service 10:30 a.m. Newbury Legion Post 663 will host Memorial Day service in the Newbury school auditorium.

The event will honor past and present veterans. Guest speaker Lt. Col. Thomas E. Lippert, U.S. Army retired. Everyone is welcome. Call 440-564-5450 for additional services held or for more information.

May 28: Munson Twp. Memorial Day Service 8:30 a.m. Munson Township will host its Memorial Day Service at Maple Hill Cemetery, 13480 Auburn Road. Veterans and active duty service members will be recognized. Call 440-286-1180 for more information.

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from page 1 no comment right now,” Radtke said. He did say the Ohio Revised Code precludes purchasing property through the office of someone related to an elected official, but it doesn’t rule out buying through acquaintances. When the trustees acquired Henry House, it was done with the assistance of the Geauga County Prosecutor's Office, Caputo said. Joyce said if the property under consideration is listed with an agent, the trustees might need an agent, too. Caputo said trustees could check with legal counsel. “That may be prudent action,” Radtke said. Joyce asked what the purpose of legal counsel is. “What is the purpose of a Re a l t o r ? ” R a d t ke a s ke d , adding trustees can ask the county prosecutor's office if it would be better to handle the deal internally or through an agent, he said.

Update from page 1 Radtke said he talked to the assistant prosecutor and was told it would not be a problem for the other trustees to add to the column. Two hours after that conversation, the assistant prosecutor emailed him that “the two circumstances are distinguishable” and the previous prosecutor’s opinion stands, Radtke said. He is uncertain what that means, he said Saturday evening. If the whole board is not involved in the production of “Government Update,” there should be a disclaimer at the end to that effect, Radtke said. He added names of the visitors to the meetings shouldn’t be included in the column.

counsel could Legal determine if either way might appear to bias their decision. “Do we have the legal authority to do it?” Radtke asked. Fiscal Officer Mike Stark said if the property is listed with a real estate firm, he would prefer using an agent. If it has not been listed, the township is probably competent to handle the arrangements, he said. “There’s no down side to using a real estate agent. You could still run it by the prosecutor’s office,” he said. “There’s no cost to the township.” Caputo said she would contact legal counsel and, based on the attorney’s answer, set up a meeting in executive session, if necessary. “That would eliminate this abstract conversation,” Radtke said. Joyce added, “It only costs time.” Trustees were scheduled to have a meeting in executive session with legal counsel Wednesday morning, he said Friday. Caputo said she avoids slanting “Government Update.” “I’ve tried to be objective,” she said, adding she doesn’t know what ramifications there may be in using individuals’ names in the column. Caputo took over writing the column from a previous trustee, she said. “I’m happy trustee Caputo took on the task,” Radtke said, adding, however, if the material in the column is only written by one trustee and relates to the board's conduct of business, a disclaimer is appropriate. “If I wrote it, I’d consult the other trustees,” he said. Caputo said it has to do with government business. Radtke added he would be contacting the prosecutor’s office to try to obtain a copy of the opinion.

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May 24: Chesterland Tea Party Meeting 7 p.m. Held at the Orchard Hills Event Center, 11414 Caves Road. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments served.

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June 1: Bainbridge Swing Dance New Location

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8 p.m. Due to construction, the Bainbridge Swing Dance will be located at Kenston Intermediate School gym, 17419 Snyder Road, Bainbridge Township. Dance lesson at 8 p.m., dance and live music 9-11:30 p.m. Adult $10, student $8, family $25. Call 216-316-0068 for more information.

St. Anselm Church will hold its 40th Anniversary festival on Memorial Day weekend. The festival will have daily open to close entertainment including: Shattered Glass, Dave’s Planet, They Wayne Tomsic Band, Festivus, The Don Wojtila Band, Sophisticated Swing and LMNOP. Daily food specials available. There will be a cornhole tournament, magic show, Jungle Terry, pie eating contest and more. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Monte Carlo held nightly from 7 p.m. to midnight.




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May 25: Food Pantry Open to Community 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Food Pantry at Chester Christian Center church is open to anyone in the community who is in need of food. Do not need to be a member of the church to come to the pantry. Chester Christian Center is located at 11815 Chillicothe Road. Look for sign by road.

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June 1: CVLT Women’s Committee Hosts Fundraising Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Women's Committee of the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre will be holding a special fundraising salad luncheon in the River Room of the theater, 40 River St., Chagrin Falls. Luncheon will feature 8 different homemade gourmet salads, rolls, butter, dessert and beverages for $15. Guests will be entered into a drawing for tickets to CVLT's “A Night in Provence” (June 1 23). Tickets can be purchased online at or by contacting the box office at 440247-8955. The luncheon takes place during the Chagrin Falls Historic Home and Garden Tour. Tickets for the home tour are available for purchase between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Town Hall, 83 North Main St.

June 2: Stop! Shop! or Swap! 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find affordable original art to purchase outright or to swap with a piece you currently own, but no longer want. Bring artwork stored in the garage, attic or closet to the Geauga Arts Council booth at the Chardon Square Flea Market on Chardon Square.

There will be many to choose from, all under $99. Bring up to 6 pieces of art, preferably original (but prints will be accepted) and receive a credit towards the purchase of one or more of the pieces that are on display. A great opportunity to acquire unique art at affordable prices. Call Teresa Runion, 440-8340502 for more information.

June 2: WG Marching Band Fundraiser 6 p.m. The West Geauga Marching Band will hold a fundraising event at Spectators Sports Grill, 8003 Mayfield Road, Chester Township. Dinner will include spaghetti, pizza, salad and soft drinks. Advance tickets are $16 and $20 at the door. There will be raffles, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Call Marsha Marin, 440-7291667 to purchase tickets or for more information. Proceeds will benefit the band program (grades 5-12) at West Geauga.

June 2: Community Church of Chesterland Flea Market 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Community Church of Chesterland, 11984 Caves Road, will hold its 2nd annual flea market. Admission is free. Browse through a huge selection of items from household, books, tools, small furniture, craft and garage sale items. Bake sale and food available. Call 440-729-7898 to donate or for more information.

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Towne Crier from page 4 American Business Women’s Association will hold their monthly meeting at Dino’s Restaurant at Route 306 and Interstate 90 in Mentor. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Cost for dinner is $10. Program speaker is Cynthia L. Hardman, Certified Financial Planner, M.S., C.F.P. Call Donna Gedeon, 440666-4160 for reservations to the meeting. For more information on ABWA, visit or email

June 8: American Legion Golf Outing 10:30 a.m. Burton-Middlefield Post 459 will hold its 3rd annual golf outing at Pleasant Hill Golf Course, 13461 Aquilla Road, Chardon. Call 440-897-2396 for more information.

June 9: Art in the Garden 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Geauga Council for Arts and Culture and Kyle’s Garden Center are hosting Art in the Garden at Kyle’s Garden Center, 11148 Chardon Road. Live music, local artists displays and demos, kids crafts, face painting, refreshments and raffle will be part of the event. There will also be a container garden design class from noon to 1 p.m. Call 440-537-3344 for more information.

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Aerie 4521 will hold its 3rd annual golf outing at Rolling Greens Golf Course, 1590 0 Mayfield Road, Huntsburg Township. Cost is $75 per person, which includes golf, cart, steak dinner and a keg of beer. Dinner only cost is $35, which includes steak and non alcoholic beverage. Activities include a cash prize, raffles and games. Sponsors needed. Call Todd, 440-346-0571; Carol, 440-729-3228; or Gwenn, 440-729-9542 for sponsor information, advanced tickets or more information.

June 30: Metzenbaum Golf Outing The 7th Annual Metzenbaum Center golf outing will be held at Tanglewood National Golf Course, 8745 Tanglewood Trail, Chagrin Falls. Modified shotgun start begins at 1 p.m.; dinner and prizes at 6 p.m. Fee is $100 per golfer, which includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner and prizes; or $30 for dinner only, choice of chicken, steak or vegetarian. Activities include 50/50 raffle, skins game and competition holes. The event benefits Geauga County citizens with developmental disabilities. Call Kelly Ericsson, 440-7299406 to register or for more information.

WG Spirit Shop Sale The WG Spirit Shop, located outside of the gym in the high school, will hold its annual spring clearance sale from 3-5 p.m. on June 1 and from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 2. All current inventory will be on sale.


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Chester Rotary to Reset Gazebo Walk, Sell New Bricks By Ann Wishart If you missed your chance 16 years ago to buy a brick for the Chester Township Park gazebo path, you may get a second chance. Ben Pintabona, a member of the Chesterland Rotary Club, asked Chester Township Trustees Thursday to allow the Rotary to take up the brick walkway, clean the mossy bricks and rebuild the walk in a new bed. In the process, they would like to have a new round of brick sales. Pintabona said the bricks the Rotary sold before are engraved and dedicated to whoever or whatever the buyer requests.

By selling bricks, they raised funds they earmarked for Chester and Russell township children services, he said. “It was a real good project. We raised a lot of money last time. We stretched it out 10 years,” he said Inflation has taken its toll, however. Pintabona said 16 years ago, the bricks were sold for $39 each and the Rotary expects to charge $50 for a brick this round. The Rotary took on the responsibility of maintaining the gazebo with help from other organizations like the Perennial Gardeners club, he said. “We work hand-in-hand

with other groups in the community,” Pintabona said, adding the Rotarians would like to enlist the help of the local Kiwanis Cub on the brick project as well. “We’d love to say we have the support of the trustees,” he said. Trustee Mike Joyce added, “I like the idea.” Trustee Judy Caputo asked Pintabona to let the trustees know the dates of the brick sale so the board can help get word out to the community. In other business, trustees voted against allowing the Geauga County Republican Women to use the town hall meeting room June 23 for a

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Joyce said if legal counsel gives an OK to the social, there is still time for the Republican Women to resubmit their request. Under “Open Projects” on the agenda, Joyce said the cemetery expansion project seems to be in limbo. A bid is needed to remove 83 trees from the property to allow expansion, he said, adding the Chester Township Road Department was responsible for the project. Caputo said there has been no discussion for several months and she will send the road superintendent an email on the subject.

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Nature Writers’ Coffee House June 1, 7-10 p.m. The West Woods Nature Center Anyone who enjoys natureinspired composition, coffee and other refreshments won't want to miss this event. The following writers of all ages and literary expertise entered and won the contest this year. Poetry 1st Place–Child: Henry Massey; Adolescent: Francis Kennedy; Adult: Hilary Grimes. 2nd Place–Child: Benedict Kennedy; Adolescent: Benjamin Harvey; Adult: Nancy Murphy. 3rd Place–Child: Emily Dingman; Adolescent: Hannah Sellers; Adult: Mary Petrich. Honorable Mention– Adolescent: Sophia Kaplan; Adult: Melissa Pantel-Ku & William Schwing. Prose 1st Place–Child: Virginia Williams; Adolescent: April Wade; Adult: Shane Wohlken. 2nd Place–Child: Samuel Wade; Adolescent: Liam Vertal; Adult: Sheila Stauffer. 3rd Place–Child: Megan MacCartney; Adolescent: Kayla Bertholf; Adult: Mildred Dennis. Honorable Mention – Adolescent: Benjamin Wade; Adult: Rose O’Donnell. Winners won’t be required to read aloud if they prefer, though many will. Guests are invited to the microphone and recite nature-inspired works of art. This event is free and open to all ages without registration. Refreshments served.

In celebration of this Earth Day, area youth shared stories of their experiences in nature by entering the Earth Day Writing Contest hosted by Geauga Park District and sponsored by West Geauga Plaza. Children entered stories in three age categories: 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14 years old. Prizes were awarded for first, second and third place in each category. Prizes are gift certificates ranging from $25 to $10 along with a Geauga Park District Plants & Animals Guide. Winners include: Ages 6-8 1st Place– Max Goble, Chagrin Falls 2nd Place– Elisabeth McHugh, Chester Township 3rd Place– Makena Piepsny, Auburn Honorable Mentions– Colin Oakes, Chagrin Falls; Samantha Henrikson, Burton Ages 9-11 1st Place– Benedict Kennedy, Newbury 2nd Place– Grace Sipula, Middlefield 3rd Place– Annie Scott, Chagrin Falls; Madeleine Scott, Chagrin Falls Honorable Mentions– Alexa Goble, Chagrin Falls; Moriah Wilson, Chagrin Falls Ages 12-14 1st Place– Lina G, Solon 2nd Place– Frances Kennedy, Newbury 3rd Place– Nicole M. Fiorelli, Euclid

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coffee and doughnut social. Joyce said he was unsure if the group meets the township criteria for building use. “It’s a political group, obviously,” he said. Only non-partisan groups are allowed to use the building, he said, adding he would like to check with legal counsel before approving the request. Trustee Ken Radtke said he was in favor of allowing the Republican Women to have their social and sited the First Amendment, but Caputo supported Joyce’s concern. “It’s only right if you have questions and want to research it, you should have that opportunity,” she said.

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June 2, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Headwaters Park Accompany a naturalist on this 7-mile hike around East Branch, including the restricted east side. This program is built for adults, who will meet at the main parking lot off of Route 608. Dress for the weather, and bring water and a trail snack Registration is not required.

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Westwood Security Discussed by Trustees, School By Ann Wishart Russell Township Trustees’ May 5 proposal to donate $20,000 to improve security at Westwood Elementary School was met with approbation during a conversation with the West Geauga Schools superintendent last Wednesday. Superintendent Tom Diringer told trustees he appreciates the offer and West Geauga Schools Operations Manager Jim Russo said the building’s security has been evaluated by a security firm that proposed the installation of 16 cameras around the school. The one camera at the main entry needs to be upgraded and 15 others purchased, he said. Two weeks ago, when he walked through the building with the security expert, he understood the locations of the cameras would provide surveillance for the entire school, Russo said. The cost of the cameras would be about $17,0 0 0, he added. Trustee Jim Dickinson said if an incident occurred, it would be helpful to the police if the cameras projected their view to the laptop computers recently installed in the police cruisers. At the May 5 trustees meeting, Trustee Jim Mueller suggested the camera, door locks and buzzer system at Westwood’s main entry be

“You’re doing a good thing for the schools.” – Superintendent Tom Diringer

moved to the foyer between the main outside doors and the inside doors. He said Russell Township Police Chief Tim Carroll also recommended a window from the office be placed so someone could look into the foyer and see who is asking for admittance. Russo questioned the need for the window, since a camera would be in place, and said there are a number of other minor security issues in the school such as doors that don’t properly lock that could be addressed. The chief also said a foyer with a locking mechanism on the second set of doors could minimize the number of random visitors who enter the school during the school day, Mueller said. “A fair number of people come and go, dropping stuff off, picking something up,” he said, adding those individuals don’t need access to the building, but could leave the items on a bench in the foyer. The locks could be moved from the outside to the inside

doors by maintenance or at a cost of about $2,500, Mueller said. Dickinson said the trustees didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes, just to help the district. “We’re more than grateful for the officer,” Russo said. Diringer added, “I’m happy with it. You’re doing a good thing for the schools.” Dickinson said the matter needs to go to the township’s legal counsel first. If it is approved, Russo said he can have the system up and running before the end of the school year. Later in the meeting, trustees agreed to table the matter. Russell Fire Department Sgt. Scott McDermott said cameras in the schools can be helpful in the event of an emergency. Both public and private schools in the township have been holding lock down sessions and evacuation drills so staff knows what to do in a variety of situations, he said. In other business, trustees voted to submit a request for Ohio Public Works Commission funding for two roads in 2013. It is time for Watt Road, between state Route 87 and Fairmount Road; and Peking Road, from state Route 306 to Watt Road, to be resurfaced, Road Superintendent Gene Layne said.



computer to centralize information on the township Land Use Guide Plan being updated by the zoning commission and zoning department.

The township doesn’t plan to widen the roads and the funding doesn’t require it, he said. Trustees also voted to spend up to $1,50 0 for a laptop

transfers Following is a list of real estate transfers in Chester, Russell and Munson townships for the week ending May 11, provided as a public service by the Geauga County Auditor’s Office. Transfers may involve sale of land only.



Mark A. Mallon, et al., 11600 Twin Mills Lane, to Federal National Mortgage Association, $206,700.

Lisa and Mark Rychcik, 14949 Hook Hollow Road, to U.S. Bank National Association (trustee), $275,400.

for the St. Anselm Young of Heart Join St. Anselm’s Young of Heart’s trip to the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster to see “Guys and Dolls” on Aug. 5. Included is a buffet lunch at the Barn Restaurant and a stop at the Everything Rubbermaid Store with 15 percent off all

purchases. Cost is $98 or $101 for non-members. Payment due now. On July 19, a trip is planned to see “Always .. Patsy Cline” at the State Theatre in Sandusky. Lunch included. Cost is $73 or $76 for non-members. Call Jeri, 729-2239 for reservations to either show. Everyone is welcome.

in the 40s and 50s. Photos, books and memorabilia will be safely displayed in the case at the church for the anniversary celebration. Call Gene Roseum, 440-7297218 to donate or for more information.

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events Church Memories Needed Chesterland Baptist Church will be 200 years old in 2019. The historical committee of the church is seeking to find a glass display case, similar to the kind used in department stores

Mondays, June 4-Aug. 6; 6:308:30 p.m. This support series offers encouragement and practical guidance for anyone who has lost a loved one through death or who has experienced other profound losses at Mayfield United Methodist Church. Explore topics such as the meaning of grief, blaming God and adjusting to separation and loneliness. Call Betsy, 440-729-4006, ext. 106 for more information. No classes held July 16 and 23.

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Hitting Rock Bottom Before he knew it, Joe was shooting up heroin everyday. He’d try to get sober, but last only a couple days. “I had planned to go to college, but that was looking kind of grim,” he said, adding he was 18 when he had his first stint in rehab at Laurelwood Hospital in Willoughby. Joe spent several weeks at the hospital and was able to stay sober for several weeks after being discharged. However, he relapsed and continued using for another year while attending classes at Lakeland Community College. “My family had an intervention and I went to rehab a second time at the age of 20,” he said. “This time I was more serious than I was the first time and I managed to stay sober for a year.” Things were looking better for him then, having graduated from Lakeland with an associate’s degree. “I decided I could probably drink again and on my one-year anniversary, called up some old friends and I was going to go out and drink. I don’t know what I was thinking,” he recalled. “And I got some heroin. Back doing the same old thing.” Joe convinced himself the best thing he could do was enroll at The Ohio State University “to get out of this area, because that was my problem.” “Needless to say things got way worse at Ohio State,” he said, remembering coming home one Christmas break in a blackout. “I was stumbling around my house,” Joe said, adding his only recollection of the event is from his family. “At this point, I’m doing any opiate I can find,” he said. “I’m

“Here I am thinking he left me or abandoned me, but really he had to push himself away from me because he was watching me kill myself.” – Joe Smith doing benzodiazepines like Valium, doing amphetamines to stay awake, because I’m so knocked out from all the sedatives I’m on. I’m drinking to taper off the amphetamines. I was a mess.” His family, which thought he had been sober at OSU and doing well, had another intervention and this time, he went to a halfway house — a “sober house” — in Painesville called “The Lake House.” Joe lived in a controlled environment with other addicts and alcoholics while he attempted to put his life back on track. He lived there for about a month and a half, but was kicked out when he started getting high again. “At this point, my mom is the only one who will have anything to do with me,” he said. “I’d burned every bridge.” His mother took him in, but his destructive behavior continued. “Finally, she kicks me out and this is the first time I have nowhere to go,” Joe said. “I’m pretty much facing homelessness. I’m 24, 23 years old.”

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President MaryAnn Moczulski honored Ruth Aster for over 10 years of service to the Friends group. Aster is an artist and currently is the Friends’ historian. A book about the Italian realist Caravaggio was donated to the library in Aster’s name.

Free Computer Classes Free computer classes will be offered as part of the Connect Ohio statewide training program. This complete basic computer course will be split into four sessions and offered at 7 p.m. on June 5, 7, 12 and 14. Topics that will be covered in the course include computer basics, Internet basics, email and advanced Internet. Participants must attend all four classes. This course fills quickly; call to register.

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community events Thank You Chester Christian Center’s Food Pantry would like to thank the USPS of Chester Township and the residents of Chester Township for their participation in the USPS “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive held on May 12. All food that was donated by residents in the township area and collected by the Chesterland Post Office went to the Chester Christian Center Food Pantry. This pantry serves local

residents on a monthly basis who are in need of food. Those generous donations are going directly back into the local community.

Donations Needed The Metzenbaum Center’s Aktion Club, a service club for people with disabilities, is collecting items and gift cards from area businesses. The items will be used to make bags for children who have been temporarily removed from their homes and placed in foster care, benefitting the Geauga County Department of Job and Family Services. Items needed include, but aren’t limited to: pajamas, blankets, toiletries, coloring books and crayons, toys, writing supplies, notebooks, art supplies and gift cards. Donations can be sent to or dropped off at the Metzenbaum Center, 820 0 Cedar Road, Chester Township. Call Michelle Avram, 440729-9406, ext. 1117 for more information.

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chatter Kristen Elia, of Chester Township, was named on the dean’s list at Lyon College for the spring term. David Gorski, of Chester Township, was named on the dean’s list at Malone University for the spring term. Hillary Kay Anderson, of Chester Township, was named on the dean’s list at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. for the winter quarter. Hillary is a 2010 graduate of

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Amelia Grace Assisted Living Lester Cain, a resident of Amelia Grace Assisted Living in Chester Township, makes American and Ohio flags out of duct tape during his spare time. Born in 1921, Cain went to Brush High School in Lyndhurst. He was a U.S. Air Force sergeant in World War II, where


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he worked in the map room. His duty was to hand out maps to pilots flying across the country. Cain went on to tell that his experience was one he would never take back. He has been a Geauga County resident for over 45 years and owned a Texaco gas station on the corner of state Route 306 and U.S. Route 322, and worked as a mechanic fixing the West Geauga Schools

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news Chester Co-op Preschool & Youth Summer Camp Chester Co-op Preschool will hold summer camp for children ages 3-7. Camp will be held in week long sessions. Times are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Call Emily, 440-708-4171 for more information.

West Geauga Kiwanis Scholarships The West Geauga Kiwanis Club held its annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on May 15. Over $7,500 in scholarships were awarded to students.

The following students received awards: Clay McMullen received the Charlie Christy Community Service award. Others receiving awards were Zachary Kucera, Connor Judson, Austrin Wright, Vincent Demarchi, Ricardo Vidal, Joe Egan, Jordan Simunich, Emily Watsom, Josh Suba, Rachel Komar and Megan Schneider. The West Geauga Kiwanis Club would like to thank all the students who applied for the scholarships and wish all the best of luck in future endeavors. WG Kiwanis Club meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday evening at the

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West Geauga Kiwanis Scholarship Recipients. Pictured from left to right: Back row: Clay McMullen, Zachary Kucera, Connor Judson, Austin Wright, Vincent Demarchi, and Ricardo Vidal. Front row: Joe Egan, Jordan Simunich, Josh Suba, Rachel Komar, and Megan Schneider.

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Layla Nosek: Rated Superior and won a scholarship of $15,000 per year (renewable for up to 4 years) to Ohio Wesleyan University. David Hartman’s: Project rated excellent. Lauren Finkenthal: 2nd place in the Behavioral Science Award from the Ohio Psychological Association and $50. Also entered into the Broadcom Masters competition.


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School News from page 14 Key Club Service Award Brittany VanHorne, Mackenna Crosby and Benjamin Ljubi Spanish Excellence Award Jeremy Kundtz Student Council Executive Board President Hayden Diedrich Student Council Executive Board Vice President Burton (Connor) Judson Patrick Ambrose Memorial Award/Scholarship Nicholas Cuthbert Irene Sukle Memorial Scholarship Award Sara Scarano Walter E. Moll Award Derek Meer and Taylor Tercek Science Service Awards Shawn Cooper, Zak Kucera and Clay McMullen Cross Country Scholarship Mark Barber National Latin Exam AwardsCompetitions Clay McMullen, Toni Erne, Stacey Everhart, Meghan Grover, Lyle Wilcox, Emily Wilson, Taylor Tercek, Zak Kucera, Haley Blazek and Connor Judson Mr./Mrs. Wolverine Zac Kucera, Andrew Bryan and Lindsey Visner O.A.P.S.E. Scholarship Nicole Harmon Terrence Wenger, D.D.S. Scholarship Clay McMullen Dr. Stephen Winkler Scholarship Mackenzie Clapp Mr. Paul DeRamo Scholarship Shawn Cooper Mr. Bob Wilcox Scholarship Meghan Grover

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Phi Beta Kappa Jeremy Kundtz Coca-Cola Clay McMullen Coca-Cola Honored Teacher Kimberly Zannetti 2012 National Young Arts Winner AXA Achievement Scholarship Arianna Körting, Clay McMullen and Zachary Kucera Chagrin Valley Women’s Scholarship Joe Egan and Megan Schneider West Geauga Kiwanis Club Scholarships Clay McMullen, Zachary Kucera, Connor Judson, Austin Wright, Vincent Demarchi, Joe Egan, Jordan Simunich, Emily Wilson, Josh Suba, Rachel Komar and Megan Schneider NROTC Scholarship Award Kyle Wilcox Lakeland Associate Degree Recognition Award Peter Tenkku and Megan Schneider Principal’s Special Recognition Award Burton (Connor) Judson National Merit Scholars Christopher Heintz and Clay McMullen Student Council Scholarships Hayden Diedrich, Burton (Connor) Judson and Taylor Tercek Chamber of Commerce Kelly Messer, Joshua Suba and Austin Wright West Geauga Athletic Boosters Jordan Simunich, Vince DeMarchi, Jacob Keta and Nicholas Cuthbert

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Girl Scouts Honor Volunteers West Geauga Girl Scout Service Unit 773 held its annual Leader Dinner on May 16. The unit presented the following awards to volunteers who have given superior service to their troops and the unit. Patti DeChellis: Outstanding New Volunteer award for the effort put into starting the kindergarten troop at St. Anselm. Donna Walkuski and Linda Pintabona: Outstanding Volunteer award. Donna has supported troops for nine years and is currently a great help in the fourth grade troop at Westwood Elementary. Linda has supported troops for 16 years, has held several positions on the service team and started the Military Collection this year. Thanks to all parents for allowing their daughters to participate in scouting and assisting the leaders. Also appreciated is the continued support of the community, especially the schools and churches where meeting and events are held.

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Fourth grade economics students at Notre Dame Elementary School decided on a product with student appeal, figured the cost, sale price and marketability, advertised it to the student body and hosted a business fair. Over $2,30 0 was raised, which will be used to pay tuition for three students at St. Julie School in Africa and will allow the class to make another generous contribution to the completion of Observatory Park in Montville Township. Students are most grateful to

their investor parents for supporting their business ventures and community outreach.

Deadline is 4:30 p.m. May 30. See ad on page 3 for more information or call 440-729-7667.


Thank You

Paperless LCD tablets called Boogie Boards, Stability Balls and iPad covers designed for school use were all introduced to West Geauga Schools through ideas from innovative teachers and funding from the West Geauga Educational Foundation. The foundation awards money for innovative and creative programs in the West Geauga school system and helps those interested in finding better ways to teach and learn to try new approaches. WEDGE, a nonprofit organization run by volunteers, received donations in honor of recently deceased Fred C. Prasse. A West Geauga school board member for 22 years and board president for 20 years, Prasee’s contributions to West Geauga will continue through generous donations made by Kathy Leavenworth, Thora Jackson, William Bassett, William McClung and Hahn Loeser. These donations go directly to fund innovative education programs and learning experiences for students in West Geauga Schools. Call WEDGE President, Jerry Pignolet, 440-338-5196 for more information.

The Girl Scouts of West Geauga Service Unit 773 would like to thank their Girl Scout troops, leaders, parents, friends, Chesterland Chamber of Commerce, Chesterland Rotary Club, members of the West Geauga Kiwanis Club and members and numerous individuals who supported their Girl Scouts 10 0th Anniversary Service Project. They collected comfort items and food to ship to the Army Reserves Task Force Scorpion, deployed to Afghanistan from May 2011 to March 2012. They were able to ship over 120 individual and group boxes of items due to hundreds of donations and over $1,400 in money received, with many of the boxes shipped in November and December before the holidays. All of the Task Force troops returned home safe and a formal “Welcome Home” ceremony will be held at a later date in Buffalo. Thank You cards as well as Girl Scout cookies that have been donated from Unit 773 will be presented to the troops and families at that time, since they returned home before cookies could be shipped to them. West Geauga Girl Scout troops donated boxes of cookies to be taken to the troops. Please think of these military troops while attending community Memorial Day ceremonies or pause on that day to honor veterans who sacrificed of themselves for the nation’s freedom.

West G Graduates The Chesterland News is featuring a “Graduation” special section in the June 6 issue. Parents, relatives or friends of a senior student may place a “grad ad” for only $20, commemorating a graduate. The ad may include a photo and up to 20 words.

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West G High School Students Are VIP’s in 2012 By Maureen Mooney

Madison Leanza designed and painted a Cleveland themed guitar.

West Geauga Senior Prom went “backstage” for its prom this year. After a formal dance and dinner at Landerhaven last Friday night, 270 senior students and their dates attended the after prom party, held in the high school gymnasium from midnight to 4 a.m. The Class of 2012's theme — VIP Backstage pass — is a red carpet event, featuring different genres of music. Kathy White, the mother of Senior Justin White, came up with the theme, which was voted on along with other theme ideas by senior parents. “I wanted to try and incorporate something that all students would be interested in,” said White. “Everyone likes music, no matter what genre or type, everyone can relate to it in one way or another.” After Prom has been an ongoing tradition at West

Geauga that parents, students and the community organize for the seniors to attend safely and enjoy their last class event before graduation. “The After Prom committee began designing and planning for the night over 6 months ago,” said chairperson Tamara Brininger. They host a number of fundraising events, including a flea market, 50/50 raffles, TV raffle, a gourmet dinner and candy sale, Brininger said. 100 percent of the proceeds from these fundraisers go towards After Prom. The week before prom, the gym starts to transform into an unrecognizable space. From the ceiling to the flooring, every little detail is carefully planned out and executed. Around the gym, it’s hard not to notice life-size posters of Elvis, Justin Bieber, Lil’ Wayne and the Jonas Brothers. This year, senior students became much more involved than in past years. 24 seniors, all of Andi Janhke’s art 3 and 4 classes, designed and painted 21 guitars, all over 6-feet tall and made of plywood, to be displayed in the entrance during the party. The students were able to choose any design or theme desired. Senior Madison Leanza painted the Cleveland skyline

The gymnasium bleachers were filled with silhouettes of people, the senior gifts displayed below the crowd.

on her guitar. Madison began working on her guitar over a month ago, using house and acrylic paint. She said her guitar inspiration came from seeing a photo of Cleveland.

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Entryway to West Geauga High School's "After Prom" where several guitars made out of plywood and painted by students were on display.

Perhaps a perfect quote for the senior class as they take on new endeavors after graduation, senior Jessica Kennedy painted the lyrics “Tonight we are young, so lets set the world on fire, we can burn brighter than the sun,” on her guitar. They are lyrics from a current hit song by an American Indie Pop band “Fun.” The designs on the guitars were not limited to painting only. Ashlee Claypool featured melted crayon on her guitar while another student had a photo collage of Chester Township landmarks with the theme “Never Forget Where You Came From.” Glitter, silk flowers, lights and stones were featured on other guitars. After Prom had food and refreshments, a West Geauga “House of Blues” stage where senior soloists performed as well as dancers of the 216

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Seniors designed and painted plywood guitars for the VIP Back Stage Pass After Prom party. Artists include: Andi Jahnke (teacher), Mike Nerone, Kelsey Shaprio, Sara Riedel, Jessica Kennedy, Lindsay Koncler, Alex Roth, Jessica Powers, Madison Leanza, Alexandria Elghanayan, Jenny Schanz, Haley Blazek, Ashlee Claypool, Anna Cole, Christina Keil, Derek Isaiah Lewis, Sarah Scarano, Kali Todd, Toni Erne, Stacey Everhart, Shannon Wilt, Maria Tripodo, Ashley South and Chelsea Heppert.

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Burton Village Classic Car Cruise Nights Return on Main Street Hot summer nights and cool classic cars have returned to Burton Village. Every Wednesday night, weather permitting, historic Main Street will be filled with a wide array of classic and vintage cars, plus a few other surprises. Remember the days when a car was a thing of beauty and American made? Come see them again on Main Street. Step back in time to the glory days of American cars every Wednesday night from May 23 to Sept. 26. The evening's activities run from 5-8 p.m., and it is free. The purpose of the event is

to just have fun and enjoy America's classic cars. Historic Main Street comes alive with the rumble and roar of vintage vehicles and the foot tapping music of the 50's and 60's. Bring a lawn chair to sit and talk or you can wander the street peeking under the hood and seeing how powerful engines once looked. Dads love showing the kids what's under the hood. Tom & Jerry's Diner will be serving up classic burgers and fries, or try a hot or cold coffee drink at Coffee Corners. Both also serve tasty ice cream,

perfect on a hot summer night. Depending on the weather, it's not unusual for more than 100 vehicles to park along Main Street. Cruise In Nights are an opportunity for old friends to meet or to make new friends. It's an event that welcomes all ages. There are also door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. All funds raise help finance the event. Cruise into Burton Village this summer with your classic car or just to enjoy Wednesday Cruise In Nights.

entertainment July 27: WG Kiwanis Kelly Miller Circus The Kiwanis Club of West Geauga is pleased to announce the Kelly Miller Circus is coming to Chester Township at the high school grounds. It is one of the few traveling circuses still in existence and is the same circus that has performed in the past, but with a variety of new performances. The circus is not only a wonderful community event, but it is also a fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club, which helps to do

West G VIP from page 16 Beatriders group and two live local bands. Students could play “Guitar Hero,” there was gambling, gifts and prizes, and even a penthouse suite, where students could relax and watch the “Blues Brothers” movie, Brininger said. She added the entire event is made possible by the dedicated senior parents, who volunteer their time, money and ideas. The community and many Chester Township businesses also volunteer and donate to the event. CCM Rental donated the stage where their performances took place and West Geauga Plaza owner, Tom Basista, donated a space in the plaza for the work and planning to be done and stored until set up, Brininger said. Many of the parents help out during the party to assist with the games, prizes, food and anything else that helps make the night exciting and safe for their children. Guitar winners were announced during the After Prom party.

much for the community, schools and local projects. A telemarketing effort will begin soon, offering businesses the opportunity to purchase special tickets for children or people in group homes. Tickets are $5 each and can be used for the promotion of the company or can be turned back to the Kiwanis Club, which will distribute them. The Metzenbaum Center is one organization that receives and appreciates these tickets. Contact Bob Steinberg, 440-

Chagrin Valley Little Theater presents “A Night in Provence,” June 2-23, at 8 p.m. Fr i d a y and Saturday evenings. Ticket prices are $16 regular, $12 for students a n d s e n i o r s. C a l l 4 4 0 - 2 4 78995 for more information. Th e p l ay c o n t a i n s a d u l t situations and may be inappropriate for children.

The 5 categories of awards and winners are: Best of Show: Haley Blazek; Southside Community Award: Ashlee Claypool; Its Raining Crayons

Senior Award: Madison Leanza; Cleveland Judge’s Award: Alexandria Elghanayan; Children of Bodom Most Creative: Sara Riedel; Where’s Waldo.

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Mulch - best prices, free delivery. Dyed bark $28.50/yd, regular bark $26.50/yd. All delivered prices. 440-915-8227.

Chesterland split level, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 acre lot, 2 car attached garage, central air many updates, move in ready. $139,000, 440-878-1610.

Browning Sweet Sixteen semi-automatic shot gun. Field barrel, slug barrel and hard case. $1000 or best offer. 440-429-1679.

For sale by owner: Colonial family home, 2800 square baths, 3, possible 5 feet, 3 bedrooms, all new windows, new roof, new siding, zone heating throughout, 1 acre of land. Excellent location. Move in condition. Must see, call Maria 440-488-0736.

Driveway limestone, free delivery. All sizes delivered and spread. Best prices, $26.50 per ton. Topsoil available. 440-915-8227. All vegetables $1 each, 13113 Marilyn Drive, Chesterland. 440-596-7808, Wayne.


Lincoln mig welder, 220 volts, $500. 440-256-1107.

Geauga County Dog Warden is in need of dog and puppy food both dry and canned (nothing from China). We also are in need of bleach. Please help us care for the 700+ dogs that come to our shelter each year. Geauga County dog Warden, 12513 Merritt Road, Chardon. Call 440-286-8135 for more information.


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2001 Toyota Avalon XLS, 94K miles, 6 cylinder, leather, all options. Very nice. $7500, 440951-8176.

Wanted extra large black walnut trees 24” diameter and larger. 440-834-4232. Wanted riding lawnmowers, 4 wheelers, farm tractors, etc. 440-352-7372.


1988 Corvette 4+3 stick, 80,000 miles, black removable top, new tires and exhaust. 440-429-1679.

Local restaurant to hire the following: Part-time cook, dishwasher/prep. Must have a minimum 2 years high volume diner experience. Days only. Weekdays and weekends a must. Call 440-729-0101. Alfredo’s at the Inn is now hiring professional day and night servers, hostesses, and line and prep cooks. Full and part-time positions are available. Please apply in person, Alfredo’s at the Inn, 780 beta Drive, Mayfield Village, OH 44143.


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Kirtland on Rt.6, just west of 306. Central location, for any type of work or warehouses and offices. Good space for lease! Call 440-283-9191 or 440313-1611. Apartment for rent - East 185th and lakeshore. Large one bedroom apartment, ground floor, quiet, clean. $450/month. 440-729-0323. Graduation party rental 20x20 tent, two 3 foot coolers full of ice, 10x10 pop up tent, $225 per day. Set-up and take down included. Chesterland, Russell area. Steaming pot, charcoal grill and tables available at additional cost. Mike, 440-479-5723.

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.

Graphics, design, typesetting: Beautiful work done at the News. Logo Chesterland designs, letterheads, brochures and business cards. 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, 440-729-7667.

Wanted junk cars and trucks. Pay $250 and up. 440-293-8504 or cell 440-228-5921.


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.

Fax service available at the Chesterland News, 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, 440-729-7667.

Top dollar, wrecked, junked and unwanted vehicles. Scrap clean-ups, free removal. Used parts and tires for sale. Call 440-321-1469 or 440-321-1467.

2008 Toyota Tacoma, regular cab. 2.7L, 5-speed, AM/FM/Disc, A/C, aluminum storage box, 2 studded winter tires mounted, 2 extra wheels, excellent condition, 61,000 miles, $10,000 FIRM . 216-789-2638.

If pregnant or just looking for child care, would love to take care of your child! I have a full time 306/322 area. Eighteen years experience. 440-487-9220. Pressure washing and deck refinishing. Chesterland resident. References, 440-342-4552. Local cleaning women with ten years experience has openings for bi-weekly or monthly cleanings. Will also do one time cleanings. Reasonable rates! Please call if interested. Heather at 440-384-1137. Decks - power-washing and staining, protective coatings. Free estimates, references. 440-564-7404. DJ-Force, disc-jockey service. 27 years experience for all occasions. Weddings, birthday’s, anniversaries and private functions. Call Roy at 216-288-3328. Painting - home exteriors and interiors. Free estimates, references. 440-247-5452.


Paying cash $50 - $15,000 for: cars, trucks, scrap, running or not, construction equipment, tractors, muscle cars, antique cars, tools. 440-8625706 or 440-254-4281.


If you need to have a Moving sale,, Estate Sale or Garage Sale, call Kathy Willis at 440729-2790 for assistance. References Experienced. 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. 440-3385942. Garage Sale - Saturday only, 11945 Oakwood Lane, Chesterland, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Miscellaneous, household, adult bikes, basketball hoops, other. Garage Sale- 5/24 & 5/25, 12304 Chillicothe Road (Rt. 306), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Household items, tools, toys, kids clothes, T.V., bikes, books, Chevy snow plow frame, misc. Perennial plant and garden art sale. May 16, through May 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 10565 Worrell Road, Kirtland. 8900 Antelope Run, Russell. May 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tons of great treasures and over 200 plants! Decorative accessories, collectibles, vintage doll clothes and accessories, craft and gift supplies, floral and holiday supplies, great pictures and frames, linens, 1950’s pottery, hammered aluminum, household and plenty more! Hardy perennial flowers $2 - $5.

WORK WANTED Computer Repair, Reasonable Rates, Spyware & Virus Removal, Hardware & Software installation, Troubleshooting, Networking, Ray, 216-315-0508. Located in Chesterland Area.

LOST & FOUND Missing tortoise named snappy “Nappy.” Lost brown sulcata tortoise, 12” X 8.” Likes lettuce and grass. Last seen near Caves and Mulberry in Chesterland. Please call if found. Gentle, does not bite. 440-729-1555 or 440-413-3153. Reward of $200 if found.

Resumes: Resumes can be typed for you at the News, 8389 Chesterland Mayfield Road, Chesterland, 440-729-7667. Zetzer, teaching George painting for fifty years. Graduate of CIA, home studio. Philospher, rackentour, agnostic, humorist, versatile, transgender, theorist, free spirit, 216-381-0551.

Asphalt repair, replace and repair damaged or hole spots in driveway FREE estimates. 440-915-8227. Construction and backhoe service: Specializing in replacing old drain tiles and catch basins, reshape gravel driveways. Hauling of demolition materials. Photographer/videographer, available to capture all your special memories for any occasion; graduation parties, family reunions, birthday parties, office parties, etc. Call Michelle for more information, 440-286-4848. Jenny’s Auto Detailing - All year round. 440-321-9406. Offering special discounts for interior and exterior painting and staining this season. 13 years experience. Professional insured, call Dan at 440342-4552. 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. Carpenter, 30 years experience, decks, kitchen, finish work, storm doors. Small jobs also. 729-8157.

Professional, Plumbing: affordable, reliable. Water heaters, toilets, faucets, drain cleaning. 440-537-6045 or 440285-0800. Skip’s Painting, wallpapering, power-washing, and repairs. Insured. small Satisfaction guaranteed! Member of Angie’s List. Over 25 years’ experience. 440-3385098. Yard and storm damage clean-up, down tree removal and brush chipping. Call, 440342-4552. Two boys and a scrappy idea. Metal recyclers. Removal of unwanted lawn & garden equipment, hot water tanks, washers, dryers, batteries, cans, etc. Call 440-729-8213.

MISC. Flyers to distribute? Do it the easy way. Insert them into the Chesterland News for only $37.50 per thousand or 33/4c per piece. Call 440-7297667 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. Holy Spirit, you made me see everything and showed me the way to reach my ideals; you who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me, and you who are in all instances of my life with me; I, in this short dialogue, want to thank you for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from you no matter how great the material desire may be. I want to be with you and my loved ones in perpetual glory. Amen. Thank you for your love towards me and my loved ones. Person must pray this prayer 3 consecutive days without asking for their wish. After 3 days your wish will be granted, no matter how difficult it may be. Then promise to publish this dialogue as soon as the favor is granted.

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