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VOLUME 46 No. 10

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New Clothing Store Caters to Women By Maureen Mooney A unique shopping experience is right in your own backyard. Glissful Boutique, a women’s clothing store, founded in 2011 by Michelle Graneto, had its official Chesterland Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony last Tuesday. “The start up process was overwhelming, trying to get everything to come together within a deadline, but once it did, things just fell into place,” Graneto said of the journey to start her own business. “It’s great to finally have a clothing store in Chesterland,” said Chesterland Chamber Treasurer John South.

Derek Nevar, vice president of the chamber, presented Graneto with a certificate in honor of her business and as a welcome into the community. Graneto, a Kirtland resident, grew up in Pepper Pike and graduated from Miami University, earning a bachelor's degree in marketing and East Asian studies. After having a difficult time finding a job in the marketing field, Graneto worked at Express Fashions, forging her way into management within two years. “After learning so much about the industry, I felt I was ready to go on my own to make

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Glissful Boutique owner Michelle Graneto (center), celebrated the opening of her new women's clothing shop with Chesterland Chamber of Commerce last Tuesday

Russell Trustees Pass Five Zoning Seeing the Light With Changes, Redefine What ‘Family’ Is New Guide Dog School By Diane Ryder

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On the recommendations of the Russell Township Zoning Commission, trustees unanimously approved five zoning amendments July 18, including a re-definition of what constitutes a “family.” “This is the sticky one,” said Trustee Jim Dickinson. The zoning code’s definition of a family has been one or more persons living together and related by blood, adoption or marriage, and who cook together. It does not include live-in employees.

They came, they saw a new facility and they barked with joy. Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a well-known guide dog organization assisting those with disabilities, opened its Cleveland East puppy raising region facility in Concord Township on July 11. During the celebration, Guiding Eyes workers delivered

“We’re in changing times right now, and we’re trying to stay with what’s happening right now culturally and socially.” – Ric Machnics The new definition of family will mean up to five people who live together as a single economic unit, Zoning Inspector Ric Machnics explained. “We’re in changing times right now, and we’re trying to stay with what’s happening right


now culturally and socially,” he told trustees. Added Trustee Justin Madden, “Our definition didn’t comply with case law. The term ‘family’ is all over the place now. This is a reflection on the latest consensus in the law.” Madden, an attorney, said that zoning commission members were careful to avoid including group homes, fraternity houses or communes in the definition, or any relation to criminal activity, such as halfway houses. He said the new definition is needed because the tough economy has forced many people to move in with friends and relatives, possibly creating a multi-family situation. Machnics told trustees he is

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dealing with a situation right now where someone is living in a converted accessory building on a resident’s property. “It’s going to occur during these economic times,” Madden said. “We have to provide the zoning inspector with guidelines on what is OK and what’s not OK.” Trustees also approved requiring corner lots to use the same requirements for side yards that it does for frontage. A house must be 100 feet from both the front and side roads, according to the amendment. They also approved an amendment that would allow the zoning inspector to inspect proposed lot splits before the issue goes before the Geauga County Planning Commission. “This is just a step so the county won’t record it without

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three 8-week-old puppies to new volunteers and welcomed older puppies visiting from the current Cleveland West location in Berea. The west location has experienced more than a decade of success raising over 150 puppies, said Guiding Eyes Regional Manager Leslie Stephens, who oversees both the

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Russell Police Begin Drug Disposal Program By Diane Ryder The Russell Township Police Department has begun a drop box program to allow anyone to bring in their old, unused medications for safe disposal. “We now have a drug drop off box installed in the lobby of our station, where anyone can bring expired medications, old pet medications, unused or unwanted medicines,” Police Chief Tim Carroll told township trustees July 18.

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my hobby into a career,” she said, crediting her entrepreneurial father, Dave Graneto, for his unconditional love and guidance throughout the years. He provided Graneto with important information and the ups and downs of owning a business. Shortly after, she opened Glissful Boutique, 12762 Chillicothe Road (next to Subway). “My biggest challenge is the inconsistency of customers, which is something I need to be patient with,” Graneto said. “Advertising is so important, but word of mouth is crucial.” She added, “People assume it’s a consignment store, so it’s important that the community knows that everything is brand new.” Graneto's boyfriend, Alex Gritto — who is happy with his role as an unofficial employee as well as a Madison Township police officer — expressed excitement for his girlfriend's new endeavor. “I’m proud of Michelle’s ambition and success as a business owner,” he said. When asked why Graneto chose Chester Township for her store's home, she said, “I looked at many different places to open

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my boutique and I saw an opportunity in Chesterland.” She added, “It’s often overlooked in the fashion industry.” Graneto does all the buying for her store, which carries women’s clothing and accessories — scarves, jewelry, belts, handbags, etc. The eclectic styles seem just right for anyone and any occasion. It’s a perfect place to shop for a dress for a graduation party or wedding, all while supporting a local business, Graneto said. She chose the slogan “Where you are what you wear” to put a positive twist on the phrase, helping women feel positive, unique, classy and sophisticated. Graneto said her mission is to provide the boutique feel and shopping experience, without the hefty price tag. All items are averaged priced, with clearance sections and coupons available (see coupon on page 12). Another exciting prospect is the launch of the website,, where

people may purchase items online and see inventory. Much of the inventory contains bright colors, abstract prints and embellishments. “I get to see the benefits of my business on a daily basis,” Graneto said. “Every time a customer comes in and tells me they received tons of compliments on an outfit, it makes me so happy. It's so rewarding to know I assisted in helping another woman feel good about themselves.” Graneto is a member of the Chesterland Chamber of Commerce, Businesses Supporting West G and Cage Sponsor at Geauga Humane Society. She also sponsors community fundraisers and is a volunteer member for West Geauga High School's “Intro to Business” and business plan competition class. “It’s important to me to stay involved in the community and schools as much as I can,” she said. Glissful Boutique is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Contact Graneto at 440-729-0622.

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From the Eyes of the Visually Impaired

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New Facility, New Reflections Chester Township resident Elizabeth Dunn said the owner of the Goddard School — an early childhood education center with a gym and outdoor area — is providing space to Guiding Eyes to use as a training facility on Wednesday evenings. Dunn, a volunteer and puppy raiser, also assists the organization with promotional duties. She said the owner of the Goddard School, a special-needs school, is a supporter of Guiding Eyes, a relationship that helped secure the facility. “Most importantly, it has a nearby shopping center, which helps the dogs learn ‘underfootings’ or various surfaces like grass, asphalt, grates and gravel. It’s a good way to get the dogs accustomed to different areas,” Dunn said of the complex, located just off the Ohio 44 and Interstate 90 interchange. Dunn also said the new facility benefits eastsiders, who used to commute to Berea via busy highways. The Concord facility gives them a place to call their own. “It was a good way to get us eastsiders involved,” she said of puppy raisers from Lake and Geauga counties. Susan Boccarielli, of Munson Township, has 5-month-old McGee, her fifth guide dog. “This is something I’ve wanted to do my whole life,” she said of volunteering. “I lost a dog and I knew it was time to check into Guiding Eyes.” Her veterinarian checked with the organization and connected her. She acquired her first dog, Winslow, and fell in love right away.


(L to R) Chester Township resident Betsy Dunn poses with Gilmour, her Yellow Lab, and Gilmour Academy educators Jennifer Ault and Yvonne Saunders.

Each litter is alphabetically named with a letter — in this case, Winslow was one of several pups named after the letter “W.” McGee graduates in a year and a half, and Boccarielli said she couldn’t wait. The new facility will help her enjoy the program even more. “It’s better than driving across (Interstate) 480 to Berea,” Boccarielli added. Paul Smith, of Fredericktown, near Mansfield, said he was the beneficiary of two guide dogs and retired each of them at 10 years old apiece. But now, the former Chester Township resident has become a puppy raiser. He works at Ohio State University with transitional students at the nearby Ohio School for the Blind as a vision rehabilitation specialist. “When my first dog was ready to retire, he still wanted to get into the harness with my new dog,” Smith said. “He didn’t want to quit working.” Frank Chenette and Michelle Simko have raised Halo, a yellow Labrador, for the past 16 months. Halo will soon head back to New York for formal training. Then, the Orange Village couple will let the dog continue onto “greater and bigger things,” Simko said. “As puppy raisers, we provide food and toys (comfort kits) for the dog,” she said. “We do find a veterinarian to sponsor the dog for veterinary care. She is a puppy with a purpose; she is poised to live a big life.”

A Career Shift, A Flyer and A Lab Dunn’s path to Guiding Eyes involved a new career change and a well-worn flyer. In 20 08, Dunn wanted to retire from her job as a sales representative for Microsoft Corporation. That year, she found a flyer for Guiding Eyes. Interested, she kept it nearby, but did not do anything with it. In 2010, she finally made her move and joined the organization. “It seemed like a good use of time for me,” said Dunn, adding it was a good change of pace. “At Microsoft, I worked 10to 12-hour jobs and this was a good way for me to stay busy,” she said. She also had another reason — Her mother. “She has macular degeneration, which is hereditary,” Dunn said. “There’s a chance I could get it. So I wanted to give back now.” She acquired Gene, a yellow

Labrador, as her first dog. One of the first things she realized was that a guide dog provided exercise — 3- to 5-mile mile walks were the norm. During her time with Gene, she lost 40 pounds. Her second and current dog, Gilmour, is a 10-week-old yellow Labrador as well. Part of her role will be to introduce Gilmour to new stimuli, such as noises, smells, people, fire engines and even playground equipment. Why the unique name? “Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills has been instrumental in my dog’s growth,” she said, adding two Gilmour educators used the pet as part of math and science lessons at the school. At last Wednesday’s event, those two educators — Gilmour Academy Middle School Director Yvonne Saunders and science teacher Jennifer Ault — stressed the importance of Gilmour to their students’ learning. “We’re both good friends with Betsy,” Ault said. “Even when she had Gene, she dropped by (the school) and asked to bring her dog to help the students. So she did and it’s been great ever since.”


Cleveland West and Cleveland East regions. “We’re also here tonight to recognize puppy raisers and their efforts,” Stephens said. “Without them, we could not do our work as well as we are doing it.” Puppy raisers come from all walks of life, including couples, families with children, young adults and senior citizens. They welcome the 8-weekold pups into their homes — and with full financial support from Guiding Eyes — nurture them for 14 to 16 months. At that point, they send them back to the organization’s facility in New York for six months of training before being matched up with blind or visually impaired people or children with autism. Guiding Eyes Puppy Program Director Linda Damato said three puppies met their new raisers at the celebration, while four others had been given to experienced with those Cleveland West puppies over the past few weeks. Guiding Eyes, founded in 1954, is an internationally accredited nonprofit operation and has raised over 7,300 guide dogs since, said Damato. The program is composed of more than 400 volunteers from Maine to North Carolina. Puppy raisers sometimes have their own pets in addition to the pups they take on to raise for over a year, Damato added.

What better way to show off the importance of guide dogs than with someone who lives with them first-hand. Nicole Pedone, a visually impaired worker at the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, talked about the importance of guide dogs and even showed off her black Labrador, Ikea. Pedone was diagnosed with type I diabetes — formerly known as juvenile diabetes — at age 23. She received a pancreas transplant, one of the first patients at University Hospitals health care system to do so. Consequently, she lost her vision. She received her first dog, Lorenzo, in 20 04 and the memories she made with that dog stuck with her — including some funny stories.

“I was in the hospital one time. Normally, I have a rule that my dog is not allowed on my bed. But, I told my fiance that that rule could be broken as long as that involved hospital beds,” she said. “So, he brought Lorenzo to the hospital and I got to see him.” After she lost Lorenzo, she said she “felt like she had lost a limb.” Day-to-day living with a dog was a challenge, but ultimately worth it. “You get lost together; you find your way out together,” she said of navigating unfamiliar territory with her dog. In the end, she thanked everyone involved — directors, volunteers, puppy raisers — for their efforts and quoted the famous deaf and visually impaired author, Helen Keller: “Alone we can do so little. But together, we can do so much.”

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Drug Disposal from page 1 Maintenance Department Director Jack Gallagher said the township’s service is probably the second in the Geauga County, joining a similar program at the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office. “You’ll see more and more of them (prescription drug boxes) as time goes on,” Carroll said. The township recently received an $800 grant through the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, a non-profit organization that works with law enforcement and the health care industry to prevent drug abuse and diversion, the chief explained. “It’s a nice service, especially for seniors,” Carroll said, adding that anyone can use it, regardless of whether or not they are township residents. The box has a chute, similar to a mail box, where people can dump expired or unwanted prescription medication, unknown tablets or capsules, unwanted over-the-counter medications or veterinary medications. The program does not accept liquids, thermometers, needles or syringes, medical waste, bathroom or personal hygiene products, nonmedicated over-the-counter items or non-medical chemicals of any type, Carroll noted.

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Russell Township received an $800 grant to begin a prescription drug drop box program. The box is located inside the police department on Chillicothe Road and allows the public to safely dispose of their unused medications.

“Prescription drug disposal is a problem,” Trustee Jim Dickinson said. People should remove labels or mark out prescription information from containers before disposal, Carroll said. “It’s an environmental problem, too, because flushing puts it into the ecosystem,” township Zoning Inspector Ric Machnics said. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, however, flushing is recommended for some medications, especially narcotics that could be fatal to children or pets that could come across them.

Trace amounts of such drugs get into the ecosystem anyway, through normal body processes, the FDA website points out. The FDA recommends drop-off programs as the best way to dispose of medications overall, but also approves of disposing medications in the trash if dropping them off is not possible. In that case, the person should mix the old medications in a plastic bag, add cat litter or used coffee grounds, and throw them in the household trash. For more information on medicine disposal, go to

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your blessing,” Dickinson told Machnics. “The county will notify each township’s zoning inspector about a proposed lot split or combining of lots,” Machnics said. “We’ll have so many days to check and make sure it’s in compliance.” Added Dickinson, “This was recommended by the county planning commission.” Trustees also approved an amendment that would require a traffic impact study before approving an application for a conditional use variance. “I think this is a very wise amendment,” Dickinson said. The fifth amendment changed the term “clerk” to “fiscal officer” in several locations in the zoning code. The term was changed throughout the State of Ohio several years ago.

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Chester Trustees to Transfer EMS Funds to Balance FD Budget By Ann Wishart Some questions raised by former Chester Township officials about the fire department’s 2013 budget have been answered, said Trustee Ken Radtke. During the budget hearing July 12, former Fiscal Officer Karen Austin asked about the legality of transferring $200,000 from the emergency medical service account to the fire department account in 2013. “You cannot move money from fund to fund,” she said. “I’d like to see where the ORC (Ohio Revised Code) has changed.” Radtke said he would check with Geauga County Treasurer Chris Hitchcock. Sunday, Radtke said he had spoken with Hitchcock who had no problem with shifting money from the EMS account to the fire department account. Radtke said the treasurer recommended simplifying the accounting system used by the fire department to include EMS income. That income is not from a levy, he said, adding the EMS bills insurance companies for its services and that money can be used by the fire department if approved by trustees.

About $44,000 in building sites and equipment were included in the 2013 expenditures to cover a new air conditioning/furnace system for the sleeping area, upgrades of extraction equipment for accidents and office furniture, according to the budget. Under “contingencies,” Wargelin had placed $52,000 for 2013, compared to $32,900 for 2012, which adds up to about 5 percent of the budget — a figure Austin questioned. “What percentage did the board decide on? There’s always been a ceiling of 3 percent,” she said, adding the figure for contingencies should be no more than $36,000. Trustee Judy Caputo said the overage could be assigned to a different line item in the budget. Austin said the five-year renewal levy for the fire department of 0.9 mills will bring in about $273,055 and keep the fire department carryover stable. “You’re about where you want to be with the levy,” said former trustee Ron Cotman. Wargelin said the department tries to be very careful of expenditures and will be replacing a squad at a cost of $140,000.

Radtke offered a summary of the fire department budget as it was finally submitted to the county last week. As of January 20 13, the department should have an estimated balance of $419,000, he said. The EMS transfer was set at $190,0 0 0 and revenue was estimated to be $90 0,0 0 0 throughout the year. With expenditures of about $1.21 million, the end of year balance should be about $111,000, assuming the levy fails, Radtke said. At the meeting, Wargelin said the department is also due to replace a tanker truck next year and there is a discussion about keeping the old tanker as a back-up to share with Russell and Munson fire departments, so there is one available if any of the three departments find themselves short a tanker. “We haven’t gotten into the legalities of sharing, since Munson is private and Russell is not,” Wargelin said. If there is an agreement reached, the truck would probably stay at Chester since the title is in the township’s name, he said. In other business, Wargelin said there is a burning ban in

place all over the township until further notice, due to the drought. The notice is on the township website, he said. The department has put out two brush fires in two days caused by cigarettes tossed out of car windows. The department is planning to

put signs along the township roads warning of the danger of fire. Additionally, Wargelin said the lakes in the area are very low and full of algae, making it difficult to fill pumpers in case of fire, but he was not alarmed, yet. “I don’t think we’re at a critical level,” he added.







Chief Arrests Costs In 2013 Budget By Ann Wishart The Chester Township Police Department budget for 2013 was examined with a fine-toothed comb by township trustees and former township officials at a recent trustees meeting. The budget presented by Police Chief Mark Purchase showed a sharp drop in revenue from $2.98 million in 2012 to about $2.13 million in 2013, while expenditures are projected to remain fairly level, increasing from $1.72 million in 2012 to about $1.73 in 2013. By not replacing personnel who left, Purchase said he is keeping salaries down, with an increase of about 10 percent showing in the 2013 budget from $960,120 in 2012 to $969,920. Although the health costs were estimated to be $186,522 in 2012, the actual costs are on track to be closer to $170,000, he said. Department employees haven’t been meeting their township-covered deductible costs, so far, which saves the township money, Purchase said. “That’s a good thing,” he said, adding he is looking at the rest of fiscal year 2011. Health care costs only went up about 3 percent in 2012 over 2011, but legislation taking effect in 2013 will likely increase those costs about 12 percent, he said. Workers’ compensation insurance premiums may take a big leap in 2014, but should be steady in 2013, Purchase said. Former fiscal officer Karen Austin said the township is counting on passage of a (renewal) levy in November for revenues of about $576,000 — a revenue stream that can’t be included in the budget because the election outcome is uncertain.

If it passes, the department will have revenues of more than $1.7 million and carryover exceeding $900,000, Austin said. “The police department (will be) carrying over a significant amount of taxpayer dollars,” she said. The chief said the township could be facing a loss of tax dollars, which could draw revenues down to $1.4 million, in which case the department will have to dip into the carryover fund. “Why couldn’t you reduce (taxes) like in the past?” Austin asked. “That showed taxpayers you were being prudent with your money.” At one point, the carryover balance had built up over nine years to $1.5 million, she said. Purchase said the department has cut costs by not having an inhouse dispatcher and not filling his former position of assistant chief when he became chief. The carryover means the employees have job security and that enables the department to keep good people. “That makes sure we’re strong in the future. I look at it as good planning,” he said. Austin said Purchase took on some of the duties of the employees who were not replaced and she recommended he fill that position by hiring new help so he doesn’t get burned out. “At the end of the day, the decision is up to the board (of trustees),” he replied. Trustee Ken Radtke said there are concerns about the police department’s carryover. He said he met with Purchase and the fiscal officer to discuss the department’s five-year projection. There is a possibility the township will decrease the

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amount of the levy in the November election, he said. A five-year police levy not to exceed 1.9 mills will be on the November ballot. Without passage, the department’s carryover will shrink from $1.26 in 20 12 to about $400,000 in 2013, Purchase said. After the township budget had been submitted to the Geauga County treasurer last week, Radtke summarized the police budget for 20 13 and projected the balances out five years.. In January 20 13, the department will have a balance of about $1.26 million and should collect revenues of $865,404 throughout the year. The levy would yield about $573,000. Expenditures are estimated to be $1.73 million, leaving the police department with about $400,000 in carryover, Radtke said. If expenditures continue in the $1.7 million range and revenues in the $1.4 million per year range, in five years the department will no longer have a carryover, so decreasing the levy is not necessary, Radtke said.

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7-9 p.m. Held at Chester Township Park gazebo. The Dan Zola Orchestra will be performing. Band Bio: This 19 piece big band orchestra steeped in the tradition of famous swing and dance bands. Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Les Brown, Harry James, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra are samplings of the many authentic sounds featured. Whether it’s swing, Latin, waltzes or fox trot, the band has arrangements that bring back the nostalgia of the big band era. Featured vocalist, Dianne Palmer, recreated the vocals of Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Helen Ward and Doris Day. Parking available at Chesterland Baptist Church until town hall parking lot is re-opened.

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July 29: Hillcrest Concert Band 4 p.m. Christ Presbyterian Church invites guests to a free live performance concert at the church, 12419 Chillicothe Road, Chester Township. Hot dogs, chips and beverages available. Call 440-729-1688 for more information.

2-6 p.m. The Geauga County Republican Women and GOP are serving the Geauga County Republican Party picnic at Patterson Farms, 8765 Mulberry Road, Chester Township. Hosts are Jim and Nancy Patterson. Guest speaker to be announced. Cost is $10 per person; $15 per couple. Children eat for free. RSVP to Dorothy Fromhercz, 440-729-7275.

Aug. 1: Chester Twp. Concert in the Park 7-9 p.m. Held at Chester Township Park gazebo. Deutscher Musik Verein will be performing. Band Bio: This 30 piece costumed German concert band plays a wide variety of German and European music. They have performed extensively at concerts and festivals throughout the area as well as European tours in Vienna, Salzburg and entertaining over 1,000 patrons at Munich Hofbrauhaus. Parking available at Chesterland Baptist Church until town hall parking lot is reopened.

Aug. 8: Chester Twp. Concert in the Park 7-9 p.m. Held at Chester Township Park gazebo. The Lenny Russo Band will be performing. Band Bio: The Lenny Russo Band is a popular favorite returning to the bandstand. They create a celebration air with a broad and varied repertoire of happy music. This well-rehearsed band of accomplished professional musicians mixes humor into their selection of Swing, Dixieland and Latin favorites. Parking available at Chesterland Baptist Church until town hall parking lot is reopened.

Aug. 10-11: Word of Grace Flea Market There is still time to reserve a space for the annual Word of Grace Flea Market. The event is 5-9 p.m. Aug.10 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 11. 10' by 10' space is $15, 20' by 20' space is $20 and 20' by 40' is $25. A free concert the evening of Aug. 10 will feature "The Afters." In addition to the Flea Market on Aug. 11, there will also be an Ox Roast, live bands and more. Call the office at 440-7297006 to reserve a spot.



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Aug. 18: CCOC Community Picnic Noon to 5 p.m. Just one month left until the second annual Chesterland Community Picnic. There will be food from area restaurants, local entertainment from local bands and the West Geauga Marching Band. There will even be a bounce house and dunk tank … something for everyone. Make sure to stop by with the entire family or just the kids and enjoy everything exciting the community has to offer. Email Kaily Cunningham, for more information.

Aug. 17: Fix it in the Farmland 9 a.m. Pet Fix, a low cost ($10 per animal) mobile spay and neuter clinic for pets qualifying low income Geauga County residents, will hold a clinic at A Dogs Life, 12654 West Geauga Plaza, Chester Township. Call Kay Rasoletti, 440-3384819 xt. 21 to qualify and register.

Sept. 7-8: This and That Sale This and That Community Rummage Sale will be held at St. Mark Lutheran Church. A space, inside or out, is $25 or $35 if you use a St. Mark table. Doors open from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 7 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 8. A $1 donation is requested on Sept. 7 to help feed the hungry in Geauga County. Call Edie, 440-667-5996; Lori, 440-338-3537; or Joan, 440256-8229 for more information. The church is at 1190 0 Chillicothe Road, Chester Township.

Sept. 15: KOC Polka Fest 6-10 p.m. The Knights of Columbus will hold a polka fest at St. Helen gymnasium, 12060 Kinsman Road, Newbury Twp. Live music, door prizes, raffle and Chinese auction available. Dinner includes pork, kraut, dumplings, beer and wine. Tickets are $12.50. Call Bill Molnar, 440-2855026, or Ed Rowan, 440-3385836, for more information.

Sept. 15: Outdoor Flea Market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual Munson Township Outdoor Flea Market will be held at Munson Township Park, 12641 Bass Lake Road. Browse for a special treasure or rent a space to get rid of unwanted clutter. Call the township office, 440-286-9255 for more information. To download a space rental form, go to

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Aug. 4: Kirtland Library Book Sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Friends of the Kirtland Public Library's August Book sale will be held in the Book Cellar. There will also be a community yard sale during the book sale. Call 440-256-7323 for more information.

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

Teddy Bear Camp and Summer Finale July 26, 7 p.m. Do Teddy Bears like camping? Come see at the Summer Reading Camp Out Finale. All children will be reunited with a favorite stuffed animal and sing songs, eat fireside snacks and watch a slide show of what the bears were doing while staying at the library. A great story will be read and a craft to help remember the special evening. Registration required.

Youth Services Summer Reading Logs All Youth (Read-to-Me through the 12th grade) should continue reading and charting progress in Summer Reading logs until Aug. 10, when all logs are due into the library. Good luck and many happy days of reading to everyone.

Aug. 1-4: Book Sale The annual Summer Book Sale sponsored by the West Geauga Friends of the Library begins Aug. 1 with the Members’ Preview (memberships are available at the door) from 4-6:30 p.m. There will be an open public sale from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 2; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3; and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 4, which is $3 bag day. There will be a large variety of books, puzzles, games, CDs, DVDs and videotapes. For information on specific books, call Mary Ann Moczulski, 440-729-7683. Funds raised from the book sale benefit the Geauga West Library. 24 Hr. Hotline 1-800-550-4900

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The Friends will hold a community book sale on the following dates. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28; 1:30-4:30 p.m. July 29; 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. July 30, which is also $5 bag sale day. Gently used books, CD’s, DVD’s and magazines will be available from 50¢ to $2 with the exception of some special priced items.


July 30 and Aug. 1: Media Arts Camp

Gates Mills Library is located at 1491 Chagrin River Road. For more information on these programs or to register, call 440-423-4808 or register in person.

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This two-day program, presented by the Progressive Arts Alliance, is a multidisciplinary experience where students will produce original work, such as the creation of their own website, a recorded piece of original electronic music using turntables and a digital stop motion animated video. Bring brown bag lunch. A model release form must be signed by a parent or guardian before the start of camp. Students asked to be present both days. Registration required.

July 26: Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties 2-3 p.m. In conjunction with the Cleveland Museum of Art’s exhibition, “Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties,” a staff member from the art museum will present this program at the library. It will lay the foundation for understanding the history and art of the “Roaring Twenties,” including the art found in the museum’s collection. The exhibition runs from July 1 through Sept. 16. Registration is required.

July 27-30: Friends Book Sale A special Gates Mills Friends member's preview sale for Sponsor and Life Members will be from 4-5:30 p.m. July 27. If not a member, join that night.

Aug. 1: The Beatles - An Acoustic Guitar Extravaganza 7-8:30 p.m. Bring the whole family and enjoy the music of locally renowned acoustic guitarist Rick Iacoboni as he interprets the most popular Beatles songs. As a scintillating bonus, find out how the songs were written and recorded. Registration required.



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Aug. 2: GAT: Hairpins 4-5 p.m. Join at the library as the Gates Awesome Teens create hairpins using beads and wire. Program is for students going into fifth grade and older. Registration required.

Aug. 7: What It Takes to Write a Book 6:30-8:30 p.m. Have a book idea that just won’t go away? Come to the library for this three-week class (Aug. 7, 14, 21) that will help you get started, whether you want to write a nonfiction book, novel or memoir. From expanding your idea, to organizing chapters, to finding a publisher, author Deanna Adams, a freelance writer, award-winning essayist and author of three books, will answer questions and get you ready to write that book. Must have a concrete book idea. Bring a two-page sample of the idea or another sample of writing to first class.

Commitment to attend all three sessions necessary. Class limit of 15. Registration required.

Aug. 8: Wednesday Night Book Discussion 7:30-8:30 p.m. Join at the library for a discussion of Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. Everyone is welcome.

STORY TIMES Family Storytime Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Come to the library for a program of rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories for children not yet in kindergarten. Registration not necessary.

Baby & Me/Toddler Storytime Thursdays, 10 a.m. Come to the library for a program of rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books for babies from birth through 35 months old and their caregivers. Registration not necessary. No storytimes in August.

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Aug. 5: Chardon Square Arts Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Chardon Square Association's 32nd annual Arts Festival will be held on beautiful historic Chardon Square at the intersection of state routes 44 and 6. The juried, outdoor show will host over 100 artists, both local and out of state, providing a wonderful opportunity for a day of shopping and dining in a park like setting. An estimated 5,000 people enjoy this show each year. The artists represented will cover many different genres including painting, stained glass, leather, fabric art, wood carving, pottery, photography, weaving, copper, jewelry, stone cutting and more. A great selection of

restaurants will be open on the square during the festival for your dining pleasure as well as food vendors at the show. Call 440-285-8686 for details.

Aug 8-18: Geauga Council for Arts Show Northeast Ohio artists are invited to enter two- and threedimensional art work to the juried art show sponsored by the Geauga Council for Arts & Culture, held at the Geauga West Public Library. Categories are Oil or Acrylic, Watercolor, Photography and Other. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category. Items should be brought to the library between noon and 4 p.m. Aug. 6. Fee is $15 for first piece and $10 for an additional two items.

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be made much lighter with help from friends, family or professionals. The support shared amongst survivors of domestic violence through WomenSafe’s peer support group provides comfort, inspiration and reminds participants they are not alone. A crucial part of the healing process is the support and sense of connection participants feel through sharing their grief with other victims. Some victims of domestic violence attend support groups almost immediately and some wait for years.

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Checks should be made payable to the Geauga Council for Arts & Culture. Pieces not accepted into the show should be picked up between 5-7 p.m. Aug. 7. A “Meet the Artist” Reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 8. Prizes will be awarded at this event. The reception is free and open to the public. Each year the arts council purchases one of the pieces for donation to a local organization. The announcement of the organization will be made at reception and the organization will choose the piece that will best fit with its mission and decor. Entry forms available at Call Paul Newman, 440-2869549, for more information.

Others are still in abusive situations, while several have found safe, independent living. It is natural to feel a bit uneasy going to the first support group. WomenSafe, Inc. is currently taking registration for the next support group scheduled to begin Sept. 11. Call 440-286-7154 ext. 237 for more information. Call COPEline at 1-888-2855665 for 24-hour crisis support.

Children and Adolescent Immunization Clinic Geauga County Health District will hold an immunization clinic from 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 1 and 3-6 p.m. Aug. 9. There is no charge for Geauga County residents. Non Geauga County residents cost is $5 per child. Bring immunization records. Held at 470 Center St., Building 8, Chardon. Call 440-279-1950 for more information.

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Maple Town Tune Traders Jam Session July 26, 7-9 p.m. The West Woods Singers and musicians: Share songs and tunes in all genres each fourth Thursday. Acoustic and gently amplified instruments and vocals. Snacks to share welcome. Host Dan Best offers everyone in attendance the round-robin opportunity to sing or play to the accompaniment of others.

Explore the Solar System July 27, 8:30-11 p.m. Observatory Park Take a walk through the solar system during a guided, easy one-mile stroll on the Planetary Trail. A planetarium preview of the sky that night will follow with outdoor sky viewing with the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society and its telescopes, weather permitting.

"Sounds of Elvis": Jim Felix in Concert July 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Big Creek Park Enjoy some of The King’s best selections performed by Jim Felix, an Elvis tribute artist who strives to keep Elvis’ music and memory alive for future generations to enjoy. Join in Cherry Room if inclement weather. A fun-filled show with lots of audience participation.

Hikin' on Horseback July 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Big Creek Park Bring own horse for this leisurely naturalist-led trail ride on the Creek and Highline Trails for 5.8 miles under saddle. Enjoy stream vistas and wildlife traversing field and forest. Helmets encouraged and you must trailer your own horse to the site. Registration required.

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show July 29, 2-2:30 p.m., Open House 1-4 p.m. Observatory Park Join every Sunday afternoon during building open house for a preview of what to look for in the sky this month.

Cart Tours: Eldon Russell Park July 30, 9-11 a.m. Reservable spots are available for EZ Go Cart 30

minute interpretive trail rides. Five seats per rides. Call 440-279-0880 to reserve a seat.

Full Moon Cuyahoga Canoe July 31, 8:30-10 p.m. Eldon Russell Park Enjoy the nightlife in the Flats of the Upper Cuyahoga River: beaver, barred owl, bullfrogs, herons, etc. Basic canoeing proficiency required. Ages 10 and up with adult, 12 and up to paddle, one 10- to 12-year-old in middle. Phone registration July 24-31.

Timbertots: Leave it to Beavers Aug. 2, 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. The Rookery Join Nora the Explorer on an adventure to discover nature's engineers through fun activities and a walk. Activities will be outdoors, weather permitting; dress accordingly. Program is designed for a specified age group of 3 to 5 years old with adult; older or younger siblings will not be considered registered participants. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Shutterbugs Camera Club Picnic Aug. 2, 7-8:30 p.m. Orchard Hills Park Pack a picnic basket with a passing dish, table service and beverage on this full moon night. Bring a photo of "animal architecture" (by or for a critter) if you wish to participate in the critique.

Full Moon Program: Green Corn Moon Aug. 2, 8-9:30 p.m. Observatory Park Unravel the mysteries of this special full moon with a naturalist and view it through the telescope.

Observatory Park Building Open Houses Every Friday in Aug., 1-4 p.m. Observatory Park Peak into the buildings at Observatory Park to see the meteorite display, planetarium dome and huge Oberle telescope.

Nature Arts Festival Aug. 4-5, 10 AM-5 PM The West Woods Don’t miss fine arts on display and for sale by regional artists. Mediums include woodcarvings, paintings, handcrafted jewelry and other forms of nature art in various price ranges as well as a People’s Choice Competition and food

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chatter Amy Reinhard, Anthony Pirc, Nikolas Mannella, Stephanie Javorek, Nicolas Pirc, Richard Kunsman, Joseph Drenski and Kelly Nero, of Chester Township, and Kelly Johnson, Nicole Johnson and Dakota Gerard, of Russell Township, were named on the dean’s list at Ohio University for the spring quarter. David Marano and Jane Frires, of Russell Township, received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Ohio University. Leah Fry, of Russell Township, received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University. Anthony Pirc, of Chester Township, received a Bachelor of Science in Sport Sciences degree from Ohio University. Emily Rowen, of Chester Township, received a Bachelor of Science in Hearing, Speech

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and Language Sciences degree from Ohio University. Stephanie Bricklebank, of Chester Township, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Ohio University. Kristin Preyss, of Chester Township, received a Bachelor of Science in Communication degree from Ohio University. Jaime Diadiun, of Chester Township, received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Ohio University. Valerie Ann Headley, daughter of Dan and Joan

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Headley, of Chester Township, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training from Hope College. She was awarded her degree magna cum laude. Melissa Alcorn, of Chester Township, graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry. Melissa is a 2008 graduate of West Geauga High School. She will be attending The University of California Santa Barbara to pursue her doctorate in molecular, cellular and developmental biology in September.

For more stories on Chester Township and the surrounding communities, pick up a copy of this week’s Geauga County Maple Leaf.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Munson Mud Hens Baseball Tryouts Choose any date to tryout for the Munson Mud Hens 11U Travel Tournament: 3-5 p.m. July 29; 6-7:30 p.m. July 31 or 67:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Munson Fire Station Fields, 12210 Auburn Road. Players from surrounding communities are welcome to try out. Must be 11 years old or under on April 30, 2013. Call Dave Strichko, 216-9737592 if interested in trying out or an alternate date is required. The 10U Mud Hens were BBL Division champs and League runners-up. They amassed a 16-2 league record; a 27-14 overall record and Gary Bowen Tournament runners-up. Visit www.munsonmud for more information.

WGRC Fall Soccer Registration West Geauga Recreation Council’s soccer program is open to all boys and girls from preschool to eighth grade. No experience necessary, no tryouts, all are welcome to play. Registration available for fall session or whole year. Last day for registration is July 31. Teams created based on grade level. Grades preschool through fourth grade will be co-ed; grades fifth grade through eighth grade will be all boy or all girl, but may become co-ed, depending on enrollment. Cost is $85 for ages 6 and older. Whole year registration is $130. T-shirt or jersey included. A six-week Learn to Play program available for kids age 5 and younger. Cost for program is $40 and includes a T-shirt. Registration for all programs is available at Email for more information. Referees needed for fall soccer leagues. Training classes available. Must hold a grade 9 referee certification. Call Eric Kercher, 440-7819916 by July 31 if interested.

Berkshire Barracuda’s This past week was jammed for the Berkshire Hills Barracudas, with three swim meets in one week. The Barracudas, coached by Lisa Ziegler, Alex Graham and Erin O’Neal, were victorious in two of those three meets. On Monday night, they faced Lakes of Aurora. Going into the meet, the


team was a little apprehensive because many swimmers were absent. But with a strong showing from the first event of the girl’s medley relay team — made up of Ally Ziegler, Carlee Duggan, Courtney Kirchner, and Grace Platek — the girls took first place and slowly, the confidence grew. The 9-10 girls took first place in every event. Even though many boys were missing, Ethan Kulp, CJ Contizano, JT Wenger, Xavier Zup and Jay Vober stepped up. The boys won most events. The winning streak continued When CJ, JT, Xavier and Jay locked up the team's win with a win in the boys free relay. The next victory of the week came when facing Lake in the Woods swim team. With this meet being home, the Barracuda’s were confident. In the medley relay, the boys were on fire and secured the first win of the evening with spectacular showings from CJ Contizano, Jay Vober, Ryan Zuzek and Chris Stone. The 8 and under girls, Liza Mara, Amelia Zup and Julia Warholic not only swam fast, but looked great while doing it with much improved strokes. With the help of tremendous 13-14 girls, Marin Musser, Grace Platek, Emily McBride, Natalie Cizek, Angela Warholic and Olivia Duggan, the girls gained many points that helped the team. However, this win was not nearly as easy as the Barracuda’s thought it would be. Berkshire and Lake in the Woods were neck and neck the whole time in both the events and score. When thunder struck, the meet had to be postponed.

At this point, the score was close and the Barracudas were not in the lead. Once the meet started back up again, the score grew closer. In the final two events, the girls and boys free relay, winning was crucial. Luckily, the girls relay team of Abbey Wrobel, Oriana Zup, Natalie Cizek and Emily McBride won the relay. The win became more crucial when learning that the team was behind by three points. Relays are seven points, and only the winner receives the points. Winning this event would not only mean first place ribbons for our boys but a win for our team. Ryan Zuzek, Xavier Zup, Chris Stone and Adam White won the relay by a tremendous amount with awesome swims by each of the boys. Chris Stone, who made his swim meet debut, was definitely the star of the night. Chris took first in all of his events and really made an impact on both the medley and free relay. The Berkshire Barracudas head into the final meets of the season with confidence and satisfaction.

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Katy Geither, of Chester Township, is participating in “Bike MS Pedal to the Point Ride 2012,” Aug. 4 and 5, riding from Brunswick to Sandusky and back. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is committed to building a movement by and for people with MS that will move everyone closer to a world free of the disease. Geither is asking others to join the movement by making a contribution to support her efforts. Donations collected for “Bike MS” continuously fund research for a cure, while also providing services and support for those currently living with MS. More than 400,000 Americans live with MS and every donation will help to find a cure. Get involved by making a donation or joining Geither's team. She greatly appreciates any support. To make a secure, online donation, search for Geither's personal page at www.national To send a donation, make all checks payable to: National MS Society and mail to: Kathryn Geither, 12118 Parker Drive, Chesterland, OH 44026-1913.

Pease support the following local businesses that support West Geauga Schools Apex Land Management Arabica Bada-Bing Pizza Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Cardinal Physical Therapy CD&J’s Landscaping, LLC Ceramics & You Chase Bank Chesterland Chamber of Commerce Chesterland Mini Storage Chesterland News Debord’s One Hour Heating & Air Eddy Fruit Farm Edward Jones Investments/Allyn McNaughton Garrett Painting Geauga Floor Care Georgio’s Pizza Glissful Boutique Intensive Care Doll Hospital Joshua Saxon/Ruscher Insurance Lisa Thoreson/Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Luczkowski Agency/Nationwide Insurance Merrill Lynch/Anthony Anderson Monticello Garden Center Mr. Gettysburg Ohio Connect, LLC Our Town Café Painting Solutions/Dan Peck Palma’s Hair Design Playground World Power Marketing SAK Automotive Spencer Printing Concepts, Inc. TecXpert & Computer Options The Miniature Cellar Tom Basista/West Geauga Plaza Zeppe’s Pizza

Business or residents that wish to join this networking group may contact: Lisa Thoreson | 440-834-9800

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Following is a list of real estate transfers in Chester, Russell and Munson townships for the week ending July 13, provided as a public service by the Geauga County Auditor’s Office. Transfers may involve sale of land only.


Dennis A. and Colleen Dolgan, 12442 Bentbrook Drive, to Michael and Tara Mulica, $409,000. U.S. Bank National Association (trustee), 12252 Shiloh Drive, to Nicole Milan

and William C. and Kathleen Rodgers, $129,900. George Homula, 12995 Caves Road, to Kevin C. Delisio, $83,000.


Nottingham Woods LLC, Sutton Place (s/l 21), to William and Sharon Howser, $80,000.


William J. and Marion J. Slack (trustees), 15245 Hook Hollow Road, to Christine Ann Somosi, $157,000.

Chesterland Historical Society

The Chesterland Historical Village is located at the corner of Caves and Mayfield Roads. Call Judith Schwed, 440-729-7768 for more information.

Living History

Aug. 4-5 The seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry will return to the green offering “Living History� with Civil War Encampment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 4 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5. Soldiers from Company K set up camp along with

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blacksmith, cook’s tent, the camp laundry, General Waffler’s and Captain Schinness’ quarters, drilling, firing and gatlin gun demonstrations. No admission charge. Village Vittles will be open for a light lunch and beverages. Music and scavenger hunt also available.

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Aug. 8: St. Anselm Open House

7 p.m. Thinking about becoming Catholic or returning to the church after being baptized as an infant? When beginning to search for meaning and purpose, it often indicates a search for God, for belonging, for truth. Join for an open house in the Hospitality Room of the office building. There will be casual conversation with the initiation team, information on the inquiry process and plenty of refreshments. Call Jean Fitzgerald, 440729-9575 for more information.

Good News Weekend

July 27 and 28, 6-9 p.m. In a world that seems on the verge of chaos and collapse on a daily basis, there is hope. The “Good News� of the Gospel of Jesus Christ brightens the lives of those who wish to experience the world as God intended it to be. With this focus in mind, the Chesterland Ministerial Association has the prescription to heal, and would like to invite neighbors and friends in the community to join at the Chester Township gazebo for a heavy dose of “Good News�. Featuring local churches, the evening will present the gospel message through music, prayer, preaching and fellowship, allowing the community the opportunity to come and experience what it means to share in the love of Christ in a variety of ways. Parking available in the township parking lot and the parking lot of Chesterland Baptist Church. Children welcome to do crafts and a video is available. Bring lawn chair or blanket and bring an open heart for God to share in a time of “kingdom-building�.


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L etters the editor to the Editor Top Gun I would like to thank Word of Grace Church for the community service they have given to Chester Township by opening a shooting range on their property. Not only is this a community service, for which a church should support, but it also promotes friendship. I can find nothing in church law or the Bible that would prohibit a gun range on church property. The volunteers that run the range are safety minded and very good at their job. I know there are some people who think a shooting range on church property is a bad idea, but I am sure there are a lot more people that think a shooting range on any property, including a church, is a good thing for Chester residents. The volunteers that run the shooting range do not charge a fee to shoot there. They request donations to cover the cost of a continental breakfast and all the targets any one wants to shoot at. Again, thank you Word of Grace Church and all volunteers who run this program. I hope you continue to keep it going. George Murphy Chester Township

Uncle Goofy Years have passed since I have regularly called Chesterland my hometown. Until I moved away to go to college, I knew no other home growing up. I even delivered for this very newspaper I am writing today. I guess the town name is officially Chester Township, but it will forever be Chesterland to me. Like this name correction, I recognize that Chesterland has many quirks that add to the charm and local flavor of my hometown. For example, being perhaps the only place with a fire house whose trucks must make lots of twists and turns before actually being on the main road. I have never seen another quite like it. Some may choose to call that “problematic,” but as this is my hometown, my heart makes room and finds it is best to be gracious and call it a quirk. Chesterland has an exciting, colorful history. Every now and then I would meet residents who lived there before there was much of anything, “a long time ago,” and the stories they spun captured my attention and fueled my imagination. I, in turn, fancy myself a great storyteller, developing

and crafting this art form first in my hometown. Some of these residents, like other facets of Chesterland, I also found to be “quirky.” Growing up I had one of those quirky residents in my own family. Since this is my story, I will call him “Uncle Goofy.” I never had a really meaningful relationship with Uncle Goofy because he was, well, maybe just a little goofy. I remember when my mom and dad got our family an answering machine. As a young boy, I thought, we have finally made it. That was a time when I knew only rich persons and businesses to have answering machines, and until then, I knew us to be neither of those things. I loved the possibilities of that answering machine: leaving messages, retrieving messages, listening to messages for my older siblings. Of course, I learned, there was a dark side to this answering machine — messages from Uncle Goofy. Sometimes I would be the first to listen to new messages. On occasion, Uncle Goofy left messages, intended for my mom and dad. I was young and did not understand why Uncle Goofy left such messages. They seemed messages intended to hurt. The messages would leave me feeling angry, confused. Above all else, these messages made me feel profoundly sad. If the answering machine was blinking lights and I knew I was the first one to hear the new message from Uncle Goofy, I deleted it. I didn’t want anyone else to feel that way from his messages. Over the years, I learned many things about my Uncle Goofy, mostly strange and unpleasant. I learned how he got into a physical altercation with my 75year-old grandpa. Grandpa, a picker of wild Chesterland blackberries, secretly followed Uncle Goofy into the woods and discovered a small marijuana plantation Uncle Goofy had been growing. Grandpa ripped it out later, which apparently Uncle Goofy found distressful. Knowing now what I didn’t know then about Uncle Goofy, and considering myself a bit sensitive while growing up, I am thankful to my parents for not letting me have a relationship with him. I hope that residents of my hometown find my story to be insightful. My quirky Uncle Goofy just might not have the capacity to know how to not hurt someone’s feelings. So, if you have ever found yourself angry, confused or sad from the message of Uncle

Goofy, I have advice. Do what I did, delete it from memory. Over time, you will have learned “that’s just Uncle Goofy.” No reason to get yourself in a tizzy over another one of those quirky things in my hometown. Dave Paoletto (Chesterland resident who decided it was time to move out before winding up living in his parents’ basement.)

Against Idea of Liaisons I would like to share with you a letter I wrote to a citizen who asked why I did not back the idea of liaisons. This was my response and still is. I agree with the one person in charge for each department. I also believe that person must be the department head. I believe in a team approach to management. When you have a department head answering to one trustee, you often end up with that trustee micromanaging the departments. It never seems to start out that way, but it always ends up that way. The department head must dedicate so much time to educating someone, not from that particular discipline, while the liaison would feel obligated to ask many questions in order to “stay on top of things.” That is why we have a department head, to take care of the details and to come to the board for decisions. Further, we run the risk of each board member trying to show how sharp they are by “grandstanding” during board meetings. “Look what I found out,” “I think it should be done this way” or the ever-present “Let’s try it for a while and see how it goes.” These all seem to be innocent in themselves, but they tend to dilute the department head’s self confidence. It is not easy to be the one out front. There are times when a department head will want something, but does not want to be the one who takes the heat for a particular decision for fear of losing the respect of his or her people. If a person never came up through the ranks into a position of leadership, it will be hard to understand that concept. It seems wrong, but it is true (most often before the department head has fully matured at the job). If they never lived under the thumb of someone who does not understand the basic philosophy of the job, this all seems minor. If they never tried to do a job with true dedication, while trying to understand what the underlying agenda of someone else is and how to get things done the “right way” by trying to work through a liaison — and particularly liaison(s) who change every year — then it is difficult to understand the human factor of being a department head. The department head was hired to do a job. Hold him or her to that job.

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If there is a problem, fix that problem through that person. No liaison can be there all of the time. The liaison is part time and, while the concept seems to be innocent enough, all of the above actions tend to undermine the department head’s authority. If the work crews do not like the department head’s policy, they only need to talk to the liaison or wait for the liaison to change to one more sympathetic to their point of view. All too often the liaison would appreciate the “confidential trust” the workers place “in a particular liaison” by telling him or her “the way it really is.” That would or could impair the department head’s ability to be consistent and would tend to destroy the chain of command. If you do not have a chain of command, you are in big trouble. There is a reason the use of a consultant is only part time. I believe in building a solid team. “Tiger teams” or “hit and get” teams are good to come in and hit a specific problem and then disband, but a solid team of departments that will be in place even after the petty politics and politicians are gone takes time to build. It may be slower, but the lasting effects are much better for the township. That is the job I signed on to do. I started this year as chairman knowing that I would be in the “crosshairs” and knowing that I would not have the full support of the board of trustees, but I feel strongly about what is needed. It is far simpler to sit back and to snipe at the one who stepped up. I knew that, but this is my home and I will do what I think is best for the township. While I disagree with the use of liaisons, I do appreciate comments on liaisons. They force me to stop and to think about how to verbalize my feelings. It even forces me to admit certain inconsistencies in my actions. You see, I am the liaison to zoning. The reason I am is because I was the zoning inspector for over 12 years and I had developed a certain reputation in the county, something which I never understood or wanted. My philosophy was always to be fair in following the zoning resolution and to offer help wherever I could. In other words, to treat people with dignity and respect they deserve. That is every person’s due, regardless if I was taking them to court or approving their plans. In other words, I never did anything I ever considered outstanding or special. I also helped several other townships train their zoning inspectors. Our current zoning inspector has qualities that stood out to me in the interviews, so I voted for him and now I am training him. Shortly, I will surrender the position of liaison to zoning while still answering his questions and offering my advice. I still do that with other township’s zoning inspectors. Sorry for my long winded

response, I guess I am just frustrated by the opinions of a few being forced upon the whole township via unrequested publications of opinions being passed out. It seems the few are well funded and have little else to do except to be negative. I expect that will change slightly in the future as they back their person of choice. That is why this is America. I fought for it and I still will. I salute you for saying your piece, honestly and directly to me, and not as the sniper. I also wanted to take this opportunity to share my point of view with our current department heads. Mike Joyce, Chairman Chester Township Trustees

Kiwanis Independence Day Parade Reunion The Kiwanis Club of West Geauga once again orchestrated a wonderful July 4 parade and show. For as long as I remember, this community get-together has been the highlight of my summer. I applaud the Kiwanis members for such a seamless and well organized event. We are always greeted with a heartfelt handshake and welcome. An event such as this is so well planned that we as community members oftentimes take it for granted. Just as with the Kelly Miller Circus or pancake breakfasts, countless hours of planning and work are involved. The parade is also a reunion of sorts. Since my graduation from West Geauga High School, my personal contact with school classmates has been infrequent. I do communicate with many of my childhood associates via the Internet, but this community celebration is the only time I really get to meet with them one on one. Just as we treasure our school system and semi-rural lifestyle, we also have to thank each Kiwanis member for sponsoring numerous community events. My hat goes off to Christina Livers for her editorial letter concerning “Keep Geauga Green.” Her brief lesson in history shows how a few strong willed individuals were able to launch a successful grassroots effort to preserve our rural way of life. Elizabeth J. Check West Geauga Class of 2011

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Asphalt Sealing Hot Crack Filling • Patching Call Nick • 440-786-1375


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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 33/4c per piece. Call 440-7297667 for details.

Motorcycle: 2004 Hon da Shadow, low mileage, mint condition, must sacrifice, $3600 OBO. 440-339-8584.

Please check your ad! W e 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.

2000 GMC ton pick-up, 4 X 4. Poor condition, over 100,000 miles. Asking $300 OBO. 440729-2489. 2006 GMC Envoy SLE, 101k, new tires, brakes, wheel bearing, oil. Clean and well maintained. $11,200, 216-401-8075.



Kirtland on Rt.6, just west of 306. Ideal space available for lease. Warehouse, offices and any type of service shops. Call 440-283-9191 or 440-3131611. Three car g arage ren tal available, single bay at $100/month or all 3 bays for $285/month, 6 month/1 yr. lease, Russell, 440-759-2475. Party rental - 20x20 tent, one 3 foot cooler full of ice, 10x10 pop up tent, one eight foot table, one 6 foot table, $225 per day. Set-up and take down Chesterland, included. Russell area. Steaming pot, charcoal grill, chafing dishes, cambro’s, outdoor fire pit are available at additional costs. Mike, 440-479-5723.


Trombone with case. Great for your student, for band, lessons, $125. 440-382-8639. July Blowout Sale - all remnants 40% off while supplies last, Worthington Custom Drapery, 102 Sherry Ave., Chardon.

Accounts payable clerk, parttime. Must be detail oriented and experienced with Excel. Send resume to Payne & Payne Builders, 10750 Mayfield Road, Chardon OH 44024.

Geauga County’s First place maple syrup, second time winner. Now available at Farmer in the Deli. Also sold at Mulberry Corners, September through October.

Housekeeping - part-time, all shifts. Employee membership. Apply in person to Geauga Family YMCA, 12460 Bass Lake Road, Chardon, or apply online.




W anted extra large black walnut trees 24” diameter and larger. 440-834-4232.



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RUNNING OR NOT 440-679-7293 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. 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.

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If you need to have a Moving sale,, Estate Sale or Garage Sale, call Kathy Willis at 440729-2790 for assistance. Experienced. References available. We are now doing partial estate buyouts. Wanted: Grandma’s costume jewelry, compacts, perfume, linens, knickknacks. Grandpa’s toys, trains, coins, bottles and fishing lures. Also buying misc. collections and estates. 440-338-5942. Moving sale - tools, toys, golf equipment, sports equipment, furniture, kitchen equipment, light bulbs, automotive tools & supplies, luggage, gardening tools and products.

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South Euclid Estate Sale 1374 Dorsh Rd. (off Mayfield Rd.)

Fri., July 27 & Sat., July 28 10-4 10-4

Desks, Metal & Poster Beds, Slate Top Pool Table, Couches, Side Chairs, Lovely English Porcelains & China, Dining Rm. Table & Chairs with China Cabinet & Server, Glass Top Kitchen Table & Chairs, Patio Furniture, and LOTS OF OTHER GOODIES. 440-840-3226 • Kathy Willis - Estate Liquidator • 440-729-2790 Friday 7/27 & Saturday 7/28, 9639 Winchester Valley, Chesterland. 12873 Manches ter Drive. Jewelry, depression glass, Hobnail, wooden sewing table, collectables, sports cards, linens, antiques, vintage 40’s - 60’s, jewelry, toys, tea pots, tea carts, hats, more jewelry, misc. Friday & Saturday, 7/27 & 7/28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Road finally done sale! 13370 Chillicothe Road (across from West Geauga H.S.) Perego stroller with car seat and 2 bases. Dresser, TV’s, boys clothes (NB to 12 months), boys teen clothes - great condition, girls clothes. A little of this and a lot of that. Thursday 7/26 and Friday 7/27. Garage sale - furniture, tools, household items, much misc. Friday & Saturday, July 27 & 28, 12882 Kenyon Drive, Chesterland.

WORK WANTED Babysitter, 19 year old student, experienced, very responsible, loves children, call 440-321-1703. Computer Repair, Reasonable Rates, Spyware & Virus Removal, Hardware & Software installation, Troubleshooting, Networking, Ray, 216-315-0508. Located in Chesterland Area. Experienced OSU students available for driveway seal coating, power washing, painting, gutter cleaning and yard work. Call Eric at 440488-5057.



July 26, 27 & 28th

Thurs. & Fri. 8-5 • Sat. 8-1 12470 Falcon Ridge Rd. • Chesterland (off Sherman, east of Rt. 306, west of Sperry, across from Shiloh)


Wanted: work for two people. Pole barns, re-roofing, landscaping and other odd jobs. Contact Al at 440-796-5454. Local man available for jobs around the house. Painting, light home repair, window glazing, yard work, etc. Call Jim, 440-729-4457.

REAL ESTATE House for sale - Colonial, 4 bedroom, 2.5 baths, 5 acre wooded lot, 9639 Winchester Valley, Chesterland, $289,000. 440-729-7052.

PETS 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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Res umes: R es umes can be typed for you at the Chesterland News, 8389 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, 440-729-7667.

HORSES Horse stall coming available in fall. Excellent full care, outdoor ring, pasture, some trail access, $375/month. 440338-1364.

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

Lawn mowing and maintenance. Per cut or contract. Call now: Office, 440-729-9400, Mobile, 440-342-4552. Amish girl looking for more work. Will clean your house, help with laundry, spring cleaning, babysitting. For more information call Lori at 216-215-0822. 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 one time cleanings. do Reasonable rates! Please call if interested. Heather at 440384-1137. Con struction and backhoe Specializing in service: replacing old drain tiles and catch basins, reshape gravel driveways. Hauling of demolition materials. Call Mike, 440-729-7810.

Offering special discounts for interior and exterior painting and staining this season. 13 years experience. Professional insured, call Dan at 440-342-4552. Mu sic 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. Plumbing: Profess ional, affordable, reliable. Water heaters, toilets, faucets, drain cleaning. 440-537-6045 or 440285-0800. Skip’s Painting, wallpapering, power-washing, and small repairs. Insured. guaranteed! Satisfaction Member of Angie’s List. Over 25 years’ experience. 440-3385098. Y ard and s torm damage clean-up, down tree removal and brush chipping. Call, 440342-4552. Y ou recently publis hed George Zetzer rebirth. He is not dead. This depressed those who knew him. 216-3810551.

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meetings Chester Township: July 26, 7 p.m., Board of Trustees; Aug. 1, 7 p.m., Zoning Commission. All meetings are held at the Town Hall, 12701 Chillicothe Road, unless otherwise noted. Munson Township: July 26, 6:30 p.m., Board of Trustees, special meeting for regular business. All meetings are held at Township Hall, 12210 Auburn Road unless otherwise noted.

Russell Township: July 25, 7:30 p.m., Zoning Commission; Aug. 1, 7 p.m., Board of Trustees. All meetings are held at Fire-Rescue Station, 14810 Chillicothe Road, unless otherwise noted. WG BOE: July 30, 6:30 p.m. Regular meeting. Held in the middle school community room, 8611 Cedar Road, unless otherwise noted.

for the Young of Heart St. Anselm Young of Heart will have an annual Potluck Picnic on Aug. 3 at Sunnybrook Preserve. Bring favorite dish to share. Table settings and beverages provided. Bring lawn chairs and/or games. On Sept. 25, a trip is planned to Columbus for a tour of the Ohio State Capitol Building, the Supreme Court of Ohio Visitor Center, a guided tour of Columbus and German Village, a plated lunch at Lindey’s

Restaurant, Graeter’s Ice Cream shop (with the best ice cream around) and a surprise stop on the way home. Cost is $75 or $78 for nonmembers. Call Jeri for reservations, 440-729-2239. On Aug. 8-10, a trip is planned to the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. There will be a covered wagon ride into the Canyon’s upper gorge and much more. Cost is $390 or $399 for nonmembers. Call Nancy at 440-729-9684 for more information.

Chesterland News July 25th, 2012  

Chesterland News July 25th, 2012

Chesterland News July 25th, 2012  

Chesterland News July 25th, 2012