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Kilroy Replacement Has Been Named Dan Thoreson Now Leads as BOE President By Gwen Cooper In a five-hour meeting May 28 that has not yet ended, the West Geauga Schools Board of Education chose Chester Township diversity expert Michael A. Douglas as a new member and elected Chester real estate agent Dan Thoreson as its president. The meeting was recessed until 5 p.m. June 5 with the venue moved to the high school because of a conflict at the middle school.

Douglas was appointed to fill the vacant seat on the board left by former board President Michael Kilroy’s May 15 resignation. That term expired Dec. 31, 20 15. Both Douglas and Thoreson received unanimous approval from the board and applause from the approximately 250 people attending the meeting. The decisions were made after the board interviewed five

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Attendees at the May 28 West Geauga Schools Board of Education meeting applaud parents and students as they ask the board to reconsider cuts made to current open enrollment numbers.

Emotions Erupt Over Open Enrollment Policy at WG By Gwen Cooper JOHN KARLOVEC/CN

Michael Douglas, left, is sworn in by interim Treasurer Shawnna Jones to replace former board of education President Michael Kilroy, who resigned May 15.

Chester Promotes Pomnean To Police Lieutenant Status By Diane Ryder In a move Thursday that Chester Police Chief Mark Purchase called “a pretty big day for the township,” trustees unanimously approved the promotion of a detective sergeant to the department’s first-ever detective lieutenant. Robert Pomnean, a 15-year veteran of the department, will take over his new duties on June 8 and will receive a 10 percent raise to $37.99 an hour, after trustees approved Purchase’s recommendation. “A lot of thought went into this,” Purchase told them, adding he was not recommending adding any more personnel. Pomnean will become second-in-command for the 16member department.



Chester Township Trustee Ken Radtke, right, pins a gold detective lieutenant’s badge on Robert Pomnean after trustees approved his promotion Thursday.

Purchase praised Pomnean for his work helping to solve recent big cases, including a

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Parents and students pleaded with the West Geauga Schools Board of Education this past Wednesday night to reconsider the 47 open enrollment students cut from the program. A Newbury mother, Phyllis Fuchsman, with daughters at Westwood Elementary School, said she appreciates the opportunity for her children to attend West Geauga, but sees the cuts potentially hurting the quality of the school. She said she appreciates her family is a “guest” of the school district and that her children do not have an “inherent right” to attend West Geauga or to remain there, nor does her family have a vote in how the district is run. “We do have a right to apply for enrollment and to be treated fairly when we do so, and we have the right to leave if we’re not satisfied,” she added. Fuchsman said her family chose the West Geauga school district because they perceived the community was more willing to support its school system than their home district — Newbury — and because of the

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course offerings and support for the arts. “I’ve since learned that this high quality is partly funded by open enrollment. Our open enrollment students bring nearly three times as much tax revenue — at least double — compared to the local tax revenue of resident students,” she said. “If you cut open enrollment, you’re endangering the financial stability that supports the current high quality that attracts families like us.” The biggest disadvantage of West Geauga, in her opinion, is the lack of diversity in the student body. “I went to an integrated school as a kid and I wish that my children had that positive experience as well,” Fuchsman

said, adding that cutting open enrollment would only exacerbate the problem. “So cutting open enrollment would make school quality go down and local taxes go up, and there’s no way that protects property values,” she contended. Fuchsman said she did not know how the board arrived at their open enrollment quotas. “However, the appearance is that the school board is pandering to a vocal minority and that minority is motivated by some combination of misinformation and bigotry,” Fuchsman said. “That’s what it looks like and that’s very distressing.” She added, “Above all, for

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Chardon Urban Forester David Allen discusses cemetery buffer options with Chester Township Trustees during Thursday night’s meeting.

Chester Trustees Table Arborvitae, Discuss Recycling, 80-Acre Parcel By Diane Ryder





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After hearing from a local tree expert, Chester Township Trustees have backed away from purchasing 88 arborvitae bushes to serve as a natural buffer between 10 homes and a retention pond that is part of a recent cemetery expansion project. Since August of 2013, two trustee boards have gone back and forth about how to keep children from having access to the pond, which is close to several back yards along Whiting Drive. Last year, Trustee Ken Radtke had recommended the township build sixfoot-high fencing, either chain link or wooden, but residents had preferred a natural buffer of arborvitae bushes. No final action had been taken. More recently, Trustee Mike Petruziello had questioned the expense of planting the bushes. Thursday night, professional arborist and urban forester David Allen told trustees he had inspected the area and did not believe planting trees or arborvitae bushes was the best approach. “Trees are not the answer to stop people from going into the cemetery area,” said Allen, who serves as urban forester for the City of Chardon. He said there was not enough room to plant trees, which have root systems that could interfere with the dam that created the retention pond. In addition, each tree will require 20 gallons of water a week to thrive. He added there is not space enough for township workers to do the necessary watering.

“What about arborvitae?” Radtke asked him. “That would cost about $9 to $10 a foot,” Allen said. “They would have to be four- to five-feet-tall and at about 180 feet. That would not be worth the money.” Radtke said they would need closer to 350 feet. Allen said the only way to keep children from the retention pond would be a fence because there was not enough room to stagger the plantings so they would overlap to create a thick enough screen. He recommended planting small trees or native shrubs, or building a fence. “Stop talking about the fence,” exclaimed one woman in the audience, who apparently was a Whiting Drive resident. Radtke asked her to save her comments until the public comment portion of the meeting. Allen said it is too late to plant bushes this spring and recommended waiting until September so that seasonal rains can help the plantings get established. “The key to success is September or wait until next spring,” he said. Trustee Bud Kinney and Petruziello said they were not in favor of fencing. They asked Allen to prepare a list of plants he would recommend. Kinney asked him to submit an estimate for his services if he was interested in overseeing such a project.

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Bank Robber Pleads Guilty By Cassandra Shofar The Hambden Township man accused of robbing the Chase Bank branch in Chester Township in January pleaded guilty May 23 to the robbery as well as making false alarms and possession of heroin. William Brejcha, 50, of 12068 Nikki Lane, was arrested the day after the Jan. 21 heist — he stole $10,589 — and was indicted on Feb. 13. The robbery charge is a seconddegree felony, the false alarms charge is a firstdegree misdemeanor and the possession of heroin charge is a fifth-degree felony. In his plea agreement, B re j c h a a g re e d t o p ay C h a s e Ba n k $ 2 , 1 14 i n addition to all the money seized from his home — a total of $8,500 — as restitution. During Brejcha’s ar- Brejcha raignment in February, Geauga County Prosecutor Jim Flaiz said he had multiple prior felony arrests in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including two felony convictions in Lake County in 2002 for illegal production of drug documents and deception to obtain dangerous drugs, a 2013 conviction in Geauga County for illegal possession of heroin and a 2003 federal conviction for bank robbery. Brejcha was convicted on Dec. 3 of heroin possession and ordered to serve three years of community control, Flaiz added. He was also convicted on six misde-


meanor charges for passing bad checks in 1997. On Jan. 21, Brejcha entered the Chase Bank branch in the West Geauga Plaza, brandished a semi-automatic pistol at bank tellers, then escaped with $10,589. Brejcha created a diversion prior to entering the bank by calling Chester Township police to report a man living on Sandgate Drive had just been shot by his wife. An eyewitness provided a description of Brejcha and his vehicle, and, with the help of social media, Brejcha was arrested during a traffic stop in Chardon within 24 hours of the robbery. In a search of Brejcha’s home, Chester police and Geauga County Sheriff’s deputies recovered most of the stolen cash, some of the clothing worn during the robbery and heroin. Brejcha originally plead not guilty on Feb. 20 to charges of kidnapping, robbery, tampering with evidence, grand theft, possessing criminal tools, making false alarms and possession of heroin before Geauga County Common Pleas Court Judge David Fuhry. As part of the plea agreement, the remaining charges will be dropped at the time of sentencing. He faces up to nine years in prison and a maximum $17,500 fine on the two felony charges and up to 180 in jail and a $1,000 fine on the misdemeanor charge, Flaiz said.


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Ten Years Later, Mom and Daughter Still Going Strong Transplant Success Story Celebrates at Kidney Walk By Josh Echt Three women. Two involved in a kidney transplant; the third to support and lift spirits. One tale of caring, survival and resilience. Rachel Lemmings, of Chester Township, and her mother, Elizabeth Lentz, of Gates Mills, will celebrate their 10-year transplant anniversary at the upcoming Kidney Walk in Cleveland June 8. Lemmings, at age 19, donated a kidney to her mother in 2004 after Lentz went into kidney failure the year before. The Kidney Walk is the nation’s largest walk to fight kidney disease. Held in nearly 100 communities, the event raises awareness and funds lifesaving programs that educate and support patients, their families and those at risk, according to the donation website. Lentz was diagnosed with microscopic polyangiitis in February 2003. She became sick and was forced to go on peritoneal dialysis, which did the work while her kidneys were not functioning. The mother immediately was put on the National Donor List. The family also started looking for a living donor and conducted research. Once they realized statistics showed the operation was relatively safe, both Lemmings and Megan Campbell, her sister, wanted to see if they could donate one of their kidneys to their mother. Although Campbell, a sophomore at Miami University of Ohio, did not have the proper blood type, Lemmings, a freshman at Ohio University, did have the required B-positive type. So the process to transplant one of Rachel’s kidneys into her mother began. “Normally, if you are on the National Donor list, you can expect to wait five to


Elizabeth Lentz (holding Tyler Lemmings, 18 months) and Rachel Lemmings (holding Kaitlyn Lemmings, 2 months) are celebrating 10 years of a successful kidney transplant operation.

six years before an organ becomes available,” Lemmings said. “We did not want our mother to wait that long.” Well over 100,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for life-saving kidney transplants, she said. In Ohio, a person can elect to be an organ donor when he or she dies and that choice will show up on his or her driver’s license, Lemmings said. Unlike a cadaver donor list, a living donor can become available as soon as he or she is determined to be a “match” and undergoes all the necessary screening. Living organ donation is not as wellknown, she added. “With a kidney, for instance, it may be possible to find a living donor. Everyone has two kidneys and one can be donated,” Lemmings said. “People can’t donate their heart while living.” The surgery — which took Lemmings’ right kidney for her mother — was conducted in March 2004 at University Hospitals in Cleveland without complications. Lemmings was in the hospital for

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COMMUNITY MEETINGS Listed are upcoming public meetings in Chester, Munson and Russell townships, and West Geauga Schools. These meeting notices are NOT legal notices. Chester Township: June 4, 7 p.m., Zoning Commission; June 9, 7 p.m., Board of Zoning Appeals; June 12, 7 p.m., Board of Trustees. All meetings are held at the Township Hall, 1270 1 Chillicothe Road, unless otherwise noted. Munson Township: June 10, 5:30 p.m. –

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Board of Trustees, special meeting for workshop regarding town hall landscaping with regular meeting at 6:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. – Park & Recreation Board All meetings are held at Township Hall, 12210 Auburn Road, unless otherwise noted. Russell Township: June 4, 1 p.m., Board of Trustees; June 9, 7 p.m., Park Commission, The West Woods Nature Center. All meetings are held at FireRescue Station, 14810 Chillicothe Road, unless otherwise noted.

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TOWN CRIER June 7: Chesterland Cleanup/Recycling Day

main drive, back onto Chillicothe Road. Drop off stations include furniture, appliances and household items in good condition for resale by Geauga County’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore; a “Leave and Take” area for items you no longer want, but might be of use to someone else; electronics recycling; community cleanup waste (Chester residents only, driver’s license check required); metal recycling; value metals recycling; and document shredding. Call Ken Mantey, 440-729-2869, to volunteer or for more information.

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year, the annual Chester Cleanup Day and Kiwanis Shredding Day will be merged for a combined event with increased attention to recycling. Recycling is something we all can do better given the opportunities. The site has changed from what appeared in the May 14 edition of the Chesterland News. The event will be held at the Old Chester School and not at the West Geauga high school and middle school parking lots. The entrance will be at the circular drive on Chillicothe Road in front of the Old Chester School. Vehicular traffic will be in a large loop allowing residents to bypass stations they are not dropping off at and will exit off the

June 27-28: Community Church of Chesterland Flea Market 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations accepted until June 20. Call 440-729-7898 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Leave message if no answer. degree in business administration. Currently, she’s working as a human resources professional at Cleveland Clinic and is pursuing an MBA from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike. Lentz receives bi-annual checkups to make sure the anti-rejection medication she is on for the rest of her life is at the proper dosage and that the transplanted kidney is functioning as it should. “Every year that goes by is another year celebrated post-transplant,” she said. Both women said their families have been supportive and have helped them through the process. Lemmings, now 30, has two healthy children: Tyler, 18 months; and Kaitlyn, 2 months. “You can lead a healthy life after a transplant as the recipient of an organ or as the donor,” Elizabeth said. “We are just grateful to those who have supported us.”

Transplant from page 4 almost a week and was able to return to OU in five weeks to resume her college education. Her mother was off of dialysis right away. “I was feeling much better very quickly,” Elizabeth said. Both women said Megan provided crucial support and helped take care of them when both were recovering. “Since I couldn’t donate my kidney, I wanted to help my mother and sister recover as much as I could,” Megan said. The women said they were able to get back to normal relatively fast. Lentz went back to work for Mayfield City Schools after awhile, while Lemmings graduated from OU with a bachelor’s

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the school board to set a quota that is so low that students who have already been attending West Geauga schools … that those students should be kicked out for no compelling reason is a disgrace and it is a disgrace that should be fixed now.” A Chester man said his son’s locker mate was “kicked out,” causing his son to be upset. “If you want to get rid of open enrollment, let the current 47 students enrolled stay and finish,” he said. “You’re throwing out $250,000 in fees you need (to pay for improvements) for the football field. You got all these teachers here without a contract. Go back and reconsider (your actions).” Jill Kent, of South Euclid, spoke up about the cuts as well. “Please take one step back to discuss the levels you cut from the ninth grade,” she said to board members. “Ideally, there’s a grandfather clause you put into place.” She thanked board members for her child’s opportunity as an open enrollment student for one year, but said being cut from the program “came upon us suddenly.” She said for her child to return to her local school would be a “one year setback in education.” “It didn’t allow us time to prepare and we really have nowhere else to go,” she said. “Open enrollment children were accepted into the band program. They had already paid fees and purchased their uniforms. I hate to see you lose the enthusiasm these kids bring to your school.” She added, “Ideally, what we’d like to see is a grandfather clause put in place. It’s definitely your prerogative to cut back on the program, which we would hate to see, but if that needs to be done, we’re asking that you do it in a way that won’t hurt the children who are here right now.” Michelle Allen, of Cassie Lane in Chester, shared a different perspective. “No one wants to choose sides and this madness has to stop. I have friends that live in neighboring communities, I mean we grew up together, it’s awful because it seems like I’m against them,” she said. “I’m not against them. I’m not against the teachers. The kids are put in a horrible situation and it’s got to end.” Allen said a proud, hard-working and generous community supports West Geauga Schools. “The fact is, a prior board expanded what was a limited open enrollment policy to a policy that was growing out of control,” she said. “The current board was elected by the community and we need to give the board the opportunity to do their job. The disunity with the board and the past superintendent is good for no one. The watchdog group further adds to this disunity.” The division that statewide open enrollment has caused is not what Chester Township is about, Allen said. “We pride ourselves with excellence in our schools. I do not think that expanding classroom numbers is part of that equation. Statewide open enrollment is only contributing to a bigger problem with reducing the number of families moving to our community,” she said. “To the open enrollment students and families, I would like you to know that we know you’re good parents and that you want what’s better for your children. And to the kids, you’re great kids. We like having you here, but we would like you to move to the community and be part of the entire community.” Followed by applause, Allen added houses sell in their area because of the schools.

“If no one has to live here to go to school, the results will be disastrous. No levies will pass, because the people that vote for the levies are the people that live here,” she said. “Property values will drop; we will not have the money to continue educating students at the current level we do. Oak Hill Drive resident Blake Andres said the school is at a crossroads and needs to be “solutions focused,” with strong leaders. “We are at a really critical juncture, all of us — the school board, the parents, the administrators — because we’ve adopted a vernacular in our back yards, in our editorial page and, quite frankly, in these meetings that is us versus them, administration versus school board, in district versus out of district,” he said. “Our kids live up or down to our expectations. Employers want 21st century citizens with solutions-focused thinking. They will interact in a multicultural world and hire administrators to support them and help them do their job. “Not every decision can be put up to a popularity vote,” he told the community. “There’s a lost opportunity cost and a leadership cost. It’s a tough, complicated and controversial decision.” Sarah, a 14-year-old open enrollment student from Sagamore Hills, said she was “not welcomed back after two years.” “I was going to be a ninth-grader,” she said. “I made the cheerleading team for both football and basketball. In my district, I can’t do any of the sports I wanted to because of how late it is. It’s very rough knowing that I’m going to start all over and make new friends. An emotional seventh-grader from Richmond Heights recounted being bullied and physically abused in his former school. “At my past school, I’ve been shoved down the stairs. I’ve had dirty hands wiped on my shirt,” Steven said. “I was treated like I am nothing. Going back ... is not an option. I have forged friendships with not only teachers, but students who have accepted me. It has been life changing. I felt happy.” He added, “Now, I have another lifechanging experience. I got a letter two weeks ago saying that I would no longer be accepted to the school, that I’m forced out.” A Richmond Heights girl said the board did not take their feelings into consideration when making its decision. “This was a warm, loving place where everyone was accepted,” she said. “You took that away with one letter. Friendships are affected. There’s a domino effect for all students” In other points of discussion at the meeting, West Geauga Turf Field Committee member Bill Patterson asked the board to contribute roughly $165,000 toward the estimated $675,000 turf project at the school stadium. He said the committee has raised $510,000 and needs the remainder to start the project. He further said the decision would have to be made in one week to meet the construction schedule and be completed in time for the fall sports season. The board asked for more information and will plan to hold an Operations Committee meeting early next week. Interim Treasurer Shawnna Jones presented a five-year budget to the board that points to deficit spending that spends down the school’s current surplus of funds by the 2017-2018 school year. Board member Ben Kotowski expressed concern that her budget shows an $8 million deficit, which would indicate that a large mill levy would have to be placed on the ballot in the next few years, along with renewal levies.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thank You Just a quick letter to thank all those who supported me as school board member these past six years. It has been my pleasure and honor to serve you and the district. My special thanks to all who wished me and my family well during our present family health needs. Thank you, your prayers are appreciated. There have been many needed changes these past six years and WG is far better off for the rigorous oversight and review. There is still a ways to go to get back into the top 5 percent where WG was when I moved out here in 1995. The district fell five places last year down to number 47, but I have confidence that the new board will get us back on track. I also hope the board will address the various fabrications and character assassinations that have been spread these past few weeks by a group that lost in a land slide election. The board needs to take a stand and act, not just to protect the present members but future board members as well. In the meantime, thank you again for the chance to make a difference. It has been a pleasure representing the West Geauga school district.

to discard them. One young man told of having been bullied at his former school, pushed down the stairs and more. On switching to a West G school, he found acceptance, and said for the first time in his life, he “looked forward to going to school,” until West G sent him a letter saying he is no longer welcome. How can any school board act this way? If they want to bicker about finances, OK. If they can’t agree on a treasurer or superintendent, alright ... But mess with the kids personally? The very kids we’re all trying to educate? As a community, we cannot let this action stand. Doug and Barb Bletcher Russell Township

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Impact on Students Last week’s shocking West Geauga Schools Board of Education meeting opened our eyes to the real impact of the Board’s decision to reduce its open enrollment numbers for the coming year. Nevermind that this action will cost the district $250,0 0 0 per year in lost income. The real story is the upheaval this action will cause in the lives of children. That’s right, many kids who attended West G schools this year under sevenyear-old open enrollment rules have now received letters tersely stating that they are not invited back. These are good kids, high achievers, cheerleaders. And they lined up to plead with the board not

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Last Thursday, the Chesterland Chamber of Commerce presented a ribbon cutting ceremony to Chesterland Family Dental. Family, friends and community members gathered together to welcome the business to Chesterland.

Dental Family Opens New Office in Chesterland By Laura Goehrke Last Thursday evening, the Chesterland Chamber of Commerce celebrated and welcomed one of its newest members, Chesterland Family Dental Care, owned by Dr. Nicholas Fratantonio, at a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new office at 8276 Mayfield Road—the former location of the KFC and Taco Bell. More than 75 people attended, and the crowd was filled with friends, family, coworkers and members of the Chamber. Chamber President Derek Nevar hosted the ceremony and presented a speech about the history and background of the practice, as well as recognizing the staff. Then Fratantonio thanked the community and everyone involved with the process of officially opening the doors October 2013, after purchasing the practice from Dr. Jeff Rosenthal in 2011. Fratantonio went to John Carroll University and then graduated from CWRU School of Dental Medicine and has owned and operated Highland Dental Professionals in Highland Heights since 1983. In 2011, the decision was made to open up a second practice in Chester Township, where he and his wife, Nicole, the CFO of the business, have raised their three children and lived for 29 years. “I consider Chesterland my home, and being from the neighborhood, there is a lot of familiarity with people, so the

opportunity was perfect. We feel committed to give back to our community and couldn’t be happier,” Fratantonio said. In the new office, he works with Nicole and their daughter, Brianne, who will be joining the practice in July after graduating from CWRU School of Dental Medicine, as well as associate dentist Zachary Hickman. The staff at the new office also includes Melanie Hochman, Knicole Nims, Diane Turner, Nicole Davis and Rebekah Albert. The staff at Chester Family Dental Care prides themselves on focusing on establishing strong relationships with their patients to create the best experience for them. Hickman, who has more than 30 years of experience in dentistry, points out how much he enjoys working at the practice. “Dr. Fratantonio has been a fabulous mentor, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better, and the community here is amazing,” he said. Chester Township Trustee Bud Kinney added, “It’s fantastic to see a local family adding to the services offered in this town, as well as to see the Chamber of Commerce get so involved. It’s been a great partnership.” Chesterland Family Dental offers extended hours and weekend appointments to accommodate their patients and anyone interested can set up a free consultation.

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Danny Parmertor Memorial 5K June 29 – 8 am. Distance: 5K Run & 1-Mile Fun Walk Location: Mayfield Village Parkview Pool. Contact: Bonnie 440-479-7383.

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Believe In Yourself 5K July 19 — 8:30 a.m. Location: Avon Little League Park Distance: 5K Run & 2 Mile Walk Contact: Susie 419-577-0102

Gary Jordan Wellington Cheese Heritage Festival July 19 — 8:30 a.m. Location: Wellington Athletic Field Debbie Hudacko Hat Trick Run / Wellington July 13 — 7 a.m. Distance: 5Distance: 5K & 10K Mile, 5K, 2-Mile Run, 2-Mile Walk Contact: Gil 440-647-2909 Location: Mayfield Village Contact: 440-461-5163 Website: www.wellingLittle Helping Hands June 29 — 9 a.m. Distance: 5K & Mayor Alai’s 5K & 1-Mile Walk 1-Mile Family Walk B’nai B’rith Health Run Location: Holy Name High School for Health July 13 — 8:30 a.m. July 20 — 8:30 a.m. Contact: Hermes 216-623-9933 Distance: 5K & 1-Mile Walk Distance: 1-Mile & 5K Location: Braodview Hts Location: Rascal House Pizza, The River Mile Contact: Hermes 216-623-9933 University Heights June 29 — 8 a.m. Contact: Robert 216-291-4045 Location: Rocky River City Hall Friday Night Lights Park, Rocky River July 18 — 9 p.m. Distance: 5K Distance: 1-Mile Road Race Location: Mentor High School Sunrise Run Contact: Second Sole River Stadium July 20 – 7:30 a.m. 440-895-1311 Contact: tdennison@greatercleveLocation: Veteran’s Park / Painesville Distance: 5-Mile Run & 2-Mile Walk Jride-bike event Ox Roast Fair “Run for the Ox” Contact: Chris 440-392-5912 June 29. Distance: 10, 25, 50 July 19 — 9 a.m. Distance: 5K mile. Location: Beachwood Location: Mantua Contact: HMA Promotions Contact: HMA Promotions Greater Cleveland XC Camp Cleveland Clinic Race for Well- July 22 — July 26 ness Grades: K-12 Aurora Fun Run July 19 — 8:30 a.m. Location: Mentor July 4 — 8 a.m. Distance: 5K & 1-Mile Contact: tdennison@greaterclevDistance: 1-Mile/5K Run Location: Strongsville Location: Aurora Contact: Hermes 216-623-9933 Contact: HMA Promotions River Rampage Mud Run June 29 — 9 a.m. Distance: 5K Location: Outdoor YMCA, Perry Contact:


37th Annual North Canton YMCA July 4 — 7:45 a.m. Distance: 5 Mile, 2 Mile & Kids Dash Location: North Canton YMCA Contact: Chardon Schools Race for Education July 4 — 8:30 a.m. Distance: 5K & 1-Mile Run/Walk Location: Chardon High School Contact: Mardi Gras 5K July 5 — 9 a.m. Distance: 5K & 2-Mile Walk Location: Fairport Harbor Contact: Parma Run for Pierogies July 5 — 8:30 a.m. Distance: 5K & 1-Mile Walk Location: Tri-C Western Campus Contact: Hermes 216-623-9933

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Boys and Girls Club Race for Kids June 28 — 8:30 a.m. Distance: 5K & 1-Mile Fun Walk Location: Cleveland Zoo Contact: HMA Promotions

3rd Annual Escape on the Lake July 12 — 8 a.m. Distance: 5K & 1 Mile Walk Location: Villa Angela St Joseph High School Contact: Hermes 216-623-9933

Run For the Health of It June 28 — 8 a.m. Location: Ellen Shapiro Natatorium, Wooster Distance: 5K & 10K Run Contact: Wooster YMCA 330-2643131

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The West Geauga Kiwanis Club March Student of the Month is Tara Ritt.

West Geauga Kiwanis Students of the Month March: Tara Ritt is an eighth-grade student at West Geauga Middle School. She enjoys gymnastics, competitive and school cheerleading. She has a 4.0 GPA and aspires to being a lawyer. April: Molly Gallagher is an eighthgrade student at West Geauga Middle School. She is interested in playing soccer and will be traveling to Europe for soccer. She carries a 4.0 GPA and is interested in becoming a forensic psychologist. May: Caleb Ramey is an eighth-grade student at West Geauga Middle School. He plays basketball and baseball and has a 4.0 GPA. He is undecided about his future. The West Geauga Kiwanis Club congratulates these students.

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PARKS & RECREATION G E A U G A PA R K D I S T R I C T All programs are wheelchair and stroller accessible unless otherwise noted. For more information on these programs, call the Geauga Park District at 440-2869516 or visit

Shutterbugs Camera Club June 5, 7-9 p.m. The West Woods Vacation season is an ideal time to perfect your skills. See Things to Do on the website for topics/optional assignments.

Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run June 8, Registration 7-8:30 a.m.; Costume Contest 8:15 a.m.; Race 910:30 a.m. The West Woods Experience a one-of-a-kind trail run through these wooded hills — cave costumes encouraged and walkers welcome. Register at the Meyer Center, The West Woods Nature Center or online via the Bulletin Board at Cost is $20 in advance, $25 on race day. Course has primarily well graded dirt and gravel with minimal pavement running.

Unique awards for winning runners and most creative costumes. Proceeds benefit the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure. Registration required.

Wildlife of the Landfill June 8, 1-4 p.m. Waste Management’s Closed Lake County Landfill Explore the grasslands and wetlands of this restored landfill to see how the former solid waste site protects and is naturally re-claimed by an amazing diversity of animals and plants, including bobolinks, bluebirds, rare dragonflies, damselflies and tiger beetles. Registration required.

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show June 8, 2-3 p.m. Observatory Park Join for a planetarium preview of what to look for in the sky this week.Learn how to participate in the Globe At Night program, a worldwide science project to measure light pollution.

RELIGION Old vs. New Testament June 6, 7 p.m. Shofar Ministries presents an Old Testament look at the foretold New Testament Kinsmen Redeemer (Jesus) from the book of Ruth, during the time of Pentecost. All are are freely welcome to regularly join on the first Friday of the month. Held at Chester Christian Center Church, 11815 Chillicothe Road, Chester Township. Call 440-834-9006 for more information.

St. Mark Vacation Bible School June 23-27, 9 a.m. to noon Set sail on a wondrous “free” adventure where Jesus gives amazing grace. Invite mates and get into ship-shape, for Jesus is the captain of this vessel. First mates learn that Jesus is big on grace, mercy, might and majesty-and he’s also “big on us.” All-aboard for this voyage with Jesus and his disciples around the Sea of Galilee. Join at the seashore for Storytelling, go the Big Catch for Bible Challenge, play at the Sink or Swim Games, eat at the Sunrise Snacks, be creative at the Splash-tacular Crafts and sing along with the Set Sail Songs. Call Director Kathy Zehnder, 440729-1668, to register or for more information.

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Entrant: ______________________________ Entrant: _______________________________________________ ______________________________ ________________________________________________

Sport Teams will assemble at Chester Town Hall. All other entrants will assemble at St. Anselm's parking lot at 12969 Chillicothe Road Judging at both locations will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by the presentation of awards - approximately 10:30 a.m.

Give a brief description of your entry (to help the announcer) Year:_______ Make:_____________________________________ Model: _________________________ Color: ________________ Number of People: _____________________________________

The parade will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. and follow the normal route, south on Route 306 to the West Geauga High School. When entering the school grounds, please use extreme caution because there will be a lot of activity in the area.

Other: _________________________________________________ PLEASE CIRCLE THE CATEGORY FOR YOUR ENTRY 1. Floats 2. Marching Bands 3. Marching Units (20 members or less) 4. Marching Units (More than 20 members) 5. Decorated Bikes (Boys) 6. Decorated Bikes (Girls) 7. Just for Fun 8. Sport Team 9. Pre 1942 Cars & Trucks-Stock 10. Pre 1942 Cars & Trucks-Modified 11. Post 1942 GM Cars- Stock 12. Post 1942 Ford Cars-Stock

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Parade Rules 1. All entrants driving a motorized vehicle must have a valid driver's license on their person. 2. Throwing candy and other objects can be dangerous. Participants are liable for any injury or damage they may cause. Passing out candy is acceptable and encouraged. 3. Squirt guns and other water dispensers have become a nuisance to the spectators and should NOT be part of the parade.

18. Motorcycles

I have read the above rules and by signing my name hereto, I agree to not hold the Kiwanis Club of West Geauga responsible in the event of personal accident, injury, or damage.

19. Riding Horses

Signed: ___________________Print: ______________________

20. Horse Drawn Vehicles 21 Farm Vehicles

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SPORTS NEWS Game On for Kids June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 7-8 p.m. Boys and girls grades K-6 are invited to get their game on at Chester Christian Center A/G Church, 11815 Chillicothe Road, Chester Township. Children will have the opportunity to learn how to play a new sport each week led by Rosella Glodkowski, head coach from Mayfield High School and staff. Children will also learn faith-based foundations pertaining to sportsmanship. Sports to be played will include track/field, volleyball, soccer and basketball. Wear tennis shoes and proper attire for athletic exercise. This event is free. Register by June 4 through email or by contacting the church office, 440729-6203. Space is limited.

Fundamental Basketball Camp June 23-27, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Emphasis on fun and mental “stuff” for athletes. A basketball camp for girls, run exclusively by girls’ basketball coaches. Division I is for grades 6-7, division II is for grades 8-9 and division III is

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for grades 10-11. Held at Perry High School, 1 Successful Blvd., Perry. Enrollment limited to 120 campers. Camp includes individual instruction, T-shirt and basketball, insurance coverage, lunch, daily special awards and end-of-the-week all stars. Brochures available by request. Email or call 440-729-8393 for more information.

WG Football Camp July 14-19 The West Geauga Football Coaches will be hosting football camps for boys this summer at the front football fields of West Geauga High School. Boys going into grades 1-6 will attend from 10 a.m. to noon. Boys going into grades 7-8 will come to camp from 6-8 p.m. Registration forms are available online at Camp registration fee of $65 is only good until June 4, then price increases to $75. Proceeds benefit to the West Geauga High School football program. Email Coach Cirino, at Lou.Cirino, for more information.

BUSINESS MRC Stables MRC Stables is located at 10817 Sperry Road, Kirtland, on the southeast corner of U.S. Route 6 and Sperry Road. Owners Michele and Randy Clark are celebrating 20 years of offering horsemanship lessons, boarding, training and leases to the public. The business fosters a non-competitive environment where clients can learn about riding and caring for horses. The number of campers in the summer day camps and lesson programs are limited to ensure days are filled with fun, riding lessons, hands-on equine education and plenty of personalized attention. Adults and children of all ages and

experience levels (beginner through advanced) are welcome. Both English and Western disciplines are offered. Experienced horses, tack and other necessary equipment, including helmets are provided. The motto is “safety first, last and always.” The goal is to help the student reach his or her fullest potential. While consistency is the key to horsemanship, there is not a requirement to sign up for a set amount of lessons on a specific day or time. The business works to accommodate needs. Slots fill quickly, so call today to schedule a visit, 440-478-8415. Visit for more information.





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LIBRARIES GEAUGA WEST LIBRARY The Geauga West Library is at 13455 Chillicothe Road. For information on these programs or to register, call 440-729-4250.

Fizz Boom Read There is still time to register for Summer Reading Club. Stop in to sign up and to pick up a reading log. Read to win prizes. The more you read, the more chances to win. Summer reading begins the last day of school and will continue until Aug. 9. Every child through grade 12 is invited to participate.

LEGOs and Sundaes: Celebrate Dad June 12, 7 p.m. Celebrate dad, uncle or grandpa by building a LEGO and ice cream masterpiece. Program is designed for family.

Build Your Own Robot June 17, 2 p.m. All materials will be provided to make own robot. Program designed for teens entering grades 6-12.

Kitchen Chemistry June 19, 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. Find out how to cook up chemistry in a kitchen with hands-on experiments and demonstrations. Program designed for youth entering grades 1-5.

Angry Birds Live June 24, 2 p.m. Play a real, life-size game of Angry Birds. Program designed for teens entering grades 6-12.

Make a Necklace with Literary Elements June 25, 6 p.m. Make a necklace using print from the pages of a real book. Cost is $10 for materials due at class time. Limited class size. Program designed for adults.

Plop, Plop, Fizz Fizz June 26, 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. Come and try different experiments and learn the science behind AlkaSeltzer. This is both a hands-on and demonstration program. Program designed for youth entering grades 1-5.

Literary Elements All adults are invited to participate in this summer’s reading contest, “Literary Elements.” Simply read a book, fill out a ballot and drop it in the box. Weekly drawings are held and prizes include gift cards from favorite establishments. Program designed for adults.


inspired and named after the late Mrs. Newton B. Chapman of Chardon, is presented at the Foundation’s annual ceremony and social event in October. Past recipients include Norma B. Chapman (1994), Anderson A. Allyn, Sr. (1995), Barbara Inderlied (1996), Donald Cornish (1997), Jeannette “Teeter” Grosvenor (1998), Patricia CaunterBillington (1999), Isabelle Gardner (2000), Elizabeth “Lee” Fisher (2001), Amy Kenneley (20 02), Beverley Buettner (20 03), Hope Merryfield (20 04), Larry Dolan (20 05), Anne Prusha (2006), Paul Newman (2007), Betty Wallis (20 08), Regina “Sunny” Doxey (20 09), Nancy Speck (20 10), Mona J. Trybus (2011), Judy Carruthers (2012), Ann Lyman (2012), Mary Jean Moreno (2012), Pat Weyandt (2012), and Mary Ann Moczulski (2013). Deadline for submissions is July 14. Nomination forms are available at all Geauga County Public library branches including Bainbridge, Chardon, Geauga West and Middlefield Libraries, Newbury and Thompson Stations, the Bookmobile, and at the Geauga County Public Library Administrative Center, 12701 Ravenwood Dr., Chardon. More than one nomination form may be submitted per person. Call 440-286-6811 for more information.

••••••••••• G AT E S M I L L S L I B R A R Y Gates Mills Library is at 1491 Chagrin River Road. For more information on these programs or to register, call 440423-4808 or register in person.

Author Visit and Writing Workshop June 8, 3-4:30 p.m. Author and Boston University writing professor CB Anderson will read from her newly published book of short stories, “River Talk,” at the Gates Mills Branch Library. Following a wine and cheese reception, she will also offer a one-hour writing workshop entitled “Beyond Show, Don’t Tell: The Balance Between Scene and Exposition in Writing a Narrative.” Registration required.

Tuesday Book Discussion June 10, 7-8 p.m. Join for a discussion of “419,” by Will Ferguson. Everyone is welcome.

Kindergarten ReadinessCelebrate Together June 11, 10-11 a.m. Preschoolers ages 4-5 with caregiver are welcomed to help make the transition into first year of school. Explore hands-on activity stations together. This program will focus on celebrating togetherness and exploring community. Registration required.

Chapman Award Nominations

Family Storytime

The Geauga County Library Foundation is currently accepting nominations for its 2014 Chapman Award. This yearly recognition is bestowed upon a special individual (or group of individuals) whose deeds have promoted the enjoyment and value of books and reading and whose involvement has directly benefitted the Geauga County community. The prestigious Chapman Award,

Wednesdays, 10-10:30 a.m. Join for a program of rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories for children not yet in kindergarten.

Baby & Me/Toddler Storytime Thursdays, 10-10:30 a.m. Join for a program of rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books for babies from birth through 35 months old and caregivers.

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St. Anselm’s Young of Heart will meet at noon June 6 at the Parish Center. Bring brown bag lunch. Dessert and beverages provided. Speaker will be Jane Furzillo, who will talk about how she came to write the books “Wicked Women of North East Ohio” and “Murder and Mayhem Train Robbers.” A Mystery Treasure Bag Tour is planned for June 30. Everyone will receive a “treasure” from each “mystery” stop. Included is a fabulous lunch. Cost is $65 for members or $68 for non-members. For reservations call Jeri, 440-729-2239.

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major drug bust, a bank robbery and a string of recent thefts. “I rely on him,” the chief told trustees. “During the investigation of the drug house, Bob and I both worked 38 hours straight.” He added that, as a lieutenant, Pomnean will not qualify for overtime pay, but will receive comp time for extra hours worked. Geauga County Prosecutor Jim Flaiz also praised Pomnean’s work. “I came in support of Bob,” Flaiz told trustees. “As prosecutor, I work closely with your department and your detectives. Only one other township department — Bainbridge — has a lieutenant detective. Bob is really an asset to your community and your department.” He added, “I’m very supportive of the board taking this action.” Purchase said as second-in-command, Pomnean will be in charge of the department in the chief’s absence.

On July 8-9, the Young of Heart will be going to Lancaster, Pa. to see “Moses” at the Sight & Sound Theatre. Also included is the beautiful Longwood Gardens and four meals. Cost is $275 for members or $281 for non-members. Call Nancy for reservations, 440-729-9684. A trip is planned to the Smoky Mountains Sept. 28-Oct. 2. Included is a visit to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., several dinner shows, the Titanic Museum, Dollywood and more. Cost is $785 per member. Call Nancy, 440-729-9684, for more information. Everyone is welcome on Young of Heart trips. “He will be the immediate supervisor of the sergeants,” Purchase said. He explained the sergeant positions are part of the union collective bargaining authority, but the lieutenant position is supervisory and non-union. His working hours will normally be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 40 hours per week, but the schedule will have some flexibility when needed. Under a memorandum of understanding, Pomnean will receive 80 hours of vacation time annually. Radtke asked whether the promotion will mean there will be an opening for a new sergeant, but Purchase said there will be no additional hiring. He told trustees the promotion will help him toward his goal of improving the department’s services and efficiency while cutting down on overtime costs to help tighten the budget. Other improvements include cutting paperwork by doing more online and establishing wellness programs to decrease sick time. “We’ve set a real high bar and are always striving to do better,” Purchase told trustees. “Bob makes that happen.”

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West Geauga Schools Board of Education member Jackie Dottore speaks during last Wednesday night’s board meeting as new board President Dan Thoreson, right, board member Ben Kotowski, far right, and board member Thomas Phelps, left, participate in the proceedings.

Replacement from page 1 candidates in a closed-door executive session portion of their May 28 meeting lasting about an hour, while teachers, administrators and the community waited. It was the second closed-door session of the evening. The first one was a halfhour closed door session to discuss the search for a school treasurer, which continues to be unresolved. Douglas has lived in the community for 21 years and has a son graduating from West Geauga High School on Wednesday. He also served on the board of trustees for the Geauga County Public Library for five years. “In my 20-plus years, I did not like the tone and direction I saw this board taking, particularly with the open enrollment situation,” he said after the meeting when asked why he wanted the position. “I moved here in 1993 because of the strong schools and I saw them begin to slide. Our school is the crown jewel of the community.” He added, “My work involves helping schools work through thorny issues. I decided I could sit on the sidelines and watch or I could step in to help.” When asked about his stance on open enrollment, Douglas replied, “You don’t want to hurt the children.” “We heard some of their stories here tonight,” he said, referring to students who were cut when the board voted in March to reduce open enrollment. “Stories matter. It affects young

I decided I could sit on the sidelines and watch or I could step in to help. –Michael Douglas

people,” Douglas said. “I’m willing to listen to both sides. This school opened up its boundaries to other communities in 2007. We have to address that with honest, open dialogue. I’m also willing to vote on tough decisions, when necessary, but first there needs to be more information.” Douglas is a diversity management consultant and training professional. He provides executive-level coaching and education to increase awareness of and sensitivity to diversity concerns within public sector institutions, including schools, as well as healthcare companies and private industry. Some of his clients have included school districts, such as Nordonia Hills City School District, TRW Inc. and the Cleveland Clinic. Other candidates who applied for the open school board seat included former board member Kathy Leavenworth, former Russell Township Trustee Kristina Port, Nick Martin and Joan Kelly. Following the meeting, Leavenworth approached Douglas to congratulate him and she offered to assist him “in any way.”

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Following is a list of real estate transfers for Chester, Munson and Russell townships for the week ending May 23, provided by the Geauga County Auditor’s Office. Transfers may involve sale of land only.

CHESTER TOWNSHIP Nancy Rae and Gary Temple, 12056 Bardwell Drive, to U.S. Bank National Association (trustee), $66,700. (1.26 acres)

MUNSON TOWNSHIP Nick Frank Simone (trustee), 12775 Mill View Lane, to Joshua J. and Jeanette L. Peters, $200,000. (5.24 acres) John J. and Lori A. Wawrowski, 12540 Ashton Trail, to Chrstopher and Ilene Ray, $211,000. (4.24 acres) James J. and Lori R. Stanicki, 11596 Forest View Drive, to Nicholas E. and

Jocelyn Ritacco, $242,000. (2.66 acres) Enzoco Development LLC, 11110 Nicoles Way, to Nicholas R. and Donna M. Gentile, $343,500. (2.71 acres)

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“We appreciate your help and are extremely grateful for your time,” Kinney told him. “We were leaning in the direction of arborvitae until about 15 minutes ago.” Former Trustee Pat Mula asked Allen if he was hired to do that work or if he was doing it out of the goodness of his heart, adding he had volunteered his own time to look over the area and make his recommendations. “I like to help people make good decisions,” Allen said. Trustees decided to table the agenda item that, if passed, would have purchased 88 arborvitae plants.

Road Repair Updates In other business, trustees approved purchasing a $40,000 Dura-Patcher road repair machine and a $22,0 0 0 used asphalt “hot box” at the recommendation of Road Superintendent Rob Pealer. Pealer said the purchases were part of his long-term plans to keep roads in better repair and using fewer outside contractors, which he told trustees will save the township a lot of money. Trustees unanimously rejected a proposal to spend $1,20 0 for annual street sweeping, which the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency recommends to reduce the amount of winter road material and sediment that eventually goes into the Chagrin River aquifer. “It’s not mandatory and we shouldn’t spend taxpayers’ money on this,” Petruziello said. “It’s not a mandate and it doesn’t say ‘shall,’” Radtke agreed. “It’s too late in the season anyway.” He asked Pealer if the sweeping is beneficial. “It is,” Pealer said. “It’s still not too late, but a lot of the sediment has already washed out. From a road department standpoint, it’s minimal, but from a sediment standpoint, it’s beneficial.”

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In other discussion, trustees said they had recently discovered, during a survey of a controversial township-owned 80acre parcel, that a small portion of the property had never been officially titled to the township after it was purchased in 2001.

Radtke said the discovery came when trustees hired a surveyor to conduct a survey in preparation for combining the three current parcels into one. “One small piece was never deeded to the township,” Radtke said. “A survey was done in 2001 when it was purchased, but it transferred without being put into the township’s name.” Radtke said he would discuss the issue with the Geauga County Prosecutor’s Office or the county Auditor’s Office to straighten out the problem. Mula, who had served as trustee in 2001, said she had been unaware of the error and told trustees they should ask Chagrin Valley Engineering — the company that conducted the 2001 survey — to pay for any expenses involved in correcting the error. “We shouldn’t have to pay for that, even if it’s $50,” Mula said. Trustees approved a then-and-now purchase order for $3,700 to Marino for conducting the survey, which the previous board had approved in 2012, but the purchase order had never been paid. Radtke said the work has been about 75 percent completed.

A Formal Committee or Not? Fiscal Officer Craig Richter told trustees he had researched an issue that Petruziello had brought up, questioning whether two trustees can serve on the same recycling advisory committee. “I talked to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Ohio Township Association, and did further (Internet) research,” Richter said. “Both the OGA and the OTA said they could give me no real guidance.” Richter said he had found out that if two trustees are present at the committee meeting, it becomes a special trustees meeting, which falls under the Ohio Sunshine Law. Minutes must be taken and proper notice must be given, he told trustees. “The AG said they can only give us some guidance, not a legal opinion,” Richter said. “I’d be real, real careful,” Petruziello said. “We wouldn’t want to violate the law. Since you are both on this, this board has to approve those minutes.” Radtke said they need to formally recognize the committee. “Otherwise there will always be a cloud over it,” Kinney added. Radtke said he would prepare a formal motion for the next meeting.

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2 cemetery lots, $750 each. Western Reserve Memorial Gardens. Jackie, 704-463-0302.

Home Based Business: We need serious and motivated people for expanding health and wellness industry. High-speed internet/phone essential. Free online training. www.Good

Dresser/lighted mirror, oak kitchen set, dining room table, 2 hutches, end table, chairs, lamps, pictures, brass fireplace screen. Must see! 440-2568787.



Leadership Development Business Expanding: income earning information session on Friday, June 6 at 7 p.m. Qualified individuals must be teachable, honest and motivated. Seating is limited. Please call Susan, 216-408-6698.

you check your ad the first day that it appears. Any errors should be called in to the Classified Dept. at 440-7297667 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.

Handyman needed to do odds and ends around the house, lawn maintenance. Call 440-729-6000.

Mulch, dark, double ground. Free delivery with 6 yards or more. 440-3527372.

Elderly man needs assistance in Chesterland home. Variable shifts. References required. Beth, 440-3829122.


Wanted: Landscaping/yard worker. Starting at $9/hour, more with experience. 440-338-3563. 2008 Chevy Avalanche: black, LT3, 65,000 miles, heated leather, sunroof, 6-disc CD/MP3, new brakes- 2012. GM serviced. $25,000. 440-552-6996.


If you need to have a moving sale, estate sale or garage sale, call Kathy Willis at 440-729-2790 for assistance. Experienced. References available. We are now doing partial estate buyouts.

Volunteers needed at Geauga County Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. consistently. Please call 440-564-5848 ext. 101 or


Moving Sale: Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 12696 Barfield Drive, Chesterland, east off Route 306. Appliance, piano, etc.

WANTED Wanted: Vintage Stanley woodworking planes, hand tools and machinist tools. Will pay reasonable prices. Call Karl, 440-812-3392.

Multi-family Garage Sale: 8599 Prescott Drive (off route 306), Chesterland. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wedding items, jewelry counter, vintage wedding dress, David Winter cottages, designer purses and much misc. Church Rummage Sale - Kirtland Fellowship, 10001 Christian Chillicothe Road in Kirtland. Friday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rummage sale benefiting Grace Extension Program, a classical Christian education for 6th through 12th grade students. We are located on the east side of Chillicothe Road (Route 306) just south of Eagle Road. Sign out front. Come and shop for some great bargains! No early birds.

Chesterland: For lease- 350sq. ft. office space. Great rates. Please call 440-557-5045 for more information. Kirtland: just west of 306 on Route 6. Space available for commercial and industrial use. 440-283-9191. Party Tent Rental: 20’ x 40’, delivery, set-up, tear down included, $220. Proceeds used for community projects, scholarships. Chesterland Rotary Club. Call Fred Nevar, 440-7292717. Wedding/Party Music Sound System for rent: Perfect for weddings/parties. Yamaha professional sound system with wireless microphone included. $175, delivery and set-up included. Chesterland Rotary Club. Jim Bohinc, 440-729-2717.


Garage & Craft Sale: June 5, 6 & 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Handmade items, floral arrangements, yard chairs, Bissell sweeper, 3 pc. stereo, fabric pieces, puzzles, furniture, clothing, glassware, lamps, rototiller, RC aircraft, lots of new house items, linens. 7863 Birchwood Drive, Chesterland, off Caves Road.

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Hemlock Hills Neighborhood (HOA) Yard Sale: Route 87 & 306. Thursday, June 5; Friday, June 6; & Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Numerous homes participating! Flea Market at Community Church of Chesterland. June 27-28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations accepted until June 20. Call 440-729-7898 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Leave message if no answer. Summers Road multiple garage sales! Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Look for balloons! Estate Sale: Everything must go! Women’s clothing sizes 16, 18, 20; collectibles, new rustic cottage & adirondack furniture. 10402 Mayfield Road, Chesterland. Near Alpine Valley.


driveways, patios, etc. Cemetery Plot: Western Reserve (ChesTary). Your pick, your choice. $500. 216-214-4979. Car Tipper: (tips cars on its side) Easy way to work. $500. 216-214-4979. Remote control gas car. $300 or best offer. Brian, 440-478-9061. Remote control gas boat. $250 or best offer. Brian, 440-478-9061. Lifestyler Fitness Trainer Treadmill. Asking $150. 440-479-5455.

Help Wanted! Two Men and a Truck Moving and Storage is hiring movers and drivers. No CDL required. Must be drug free with reliable transportation. We offer great pay as well as benefits after 90 days. Motivated applicants can apply in person 8-4 M-F at 1420 Lloyd Road, Wickliffe, OH 44092.

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Part time CDL driver. Asphalt experience preferred. Lawn Care company needs part-time help. 2 years+ experience. 440-3386404.

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Chesterland News June 4th, 2014

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Chesterland News June 4th, 2014