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Vol. 5 No. 11 Inside This Issue...

April 20, 2011

Jack’s Journey By Christina Porter

Spotlight On ... Pleasant Valley Greenhouse Plain Country Page 4

Jack Arnold of Montville will be 62 on April 25, and has big plans for his special day. He had been blessed, eight and a half years ago with triplet grandchildren, but one of them, Maiya Jean, passed away this past June from mitochondrial disease. Her sister, Sadie May, also has the disease, but the third triplet, Tucker James, and the triplets’ older brother, Mitchell, does not. Mitochondrial diseases result from failures of the mitochondria, specialized compartments responsible for producing more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. When they fail, less and less energy is generated within the cell. Cell injury and even cell death follow. If this

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Maiya Jean, Jack Arnold and Sadie May

London Walsh, En Route to London, England

By Kim Breyley

In Honor of Moms Page 10

Several months ago, London Walsh, an engaging, soft-spoken sophomore, from Cardinal High school in Middlefield, was chosen to participate in an amazing overseas assignment. London does not know who nominated her, but is speculating that it was a teacher or counselor from her high school. In mid June, she will travel throughout Europe to experience the mores and customs of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. People to People, a student travel service founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, arranged this excursion. Based in Spokane, Washington, the organization offers international travel

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Die-hard egg hunters weathered the rain and cool weather in search of Easter eggs on Saturday, April 16 at Mineral Lake Park hosted by Middlefield Recreation Department. Not only were there eggs to find, but goodie bags of candy and prizes were also handed out to all attendees as favors. The Easter bunny congratulated the three lucky egg hunters at Mineral Lake Park who found the eggs containing $15, $25, and $50 gift certificates, (from left to right) Kristen Yoder, Jillian Kunher, and Serenity More. The Great Lakes Outdoor Supply egg hunt was held on Sunday, April 17 at Middlefield’s Eagle Park, and offered, among other treasures, themed prizes. The biggest winner of the day at the Eagle Park egg hunt was Cole Fabiny (center), who found the coveted Golden Ticket. Aiden Magumer (at right) was doubly lucky and found two prize winning tickets among the eggs he gathered. Post Photos / John’s Photography.

Easter Egg Hunts – Hooray!

The Easter Bunny hopped his way through Geauga County, leaving candy, eggs and prizes for all the good children in Huntsburg and Middlefield. Mrs. Easter Bunny stayed home to get more eggs and candy ready, so if you missed these events, you can catch up with the Easter Bunny at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 in Parkman at Overlook Park, and Burton at Village Park (ages 1 to 6 only at Burton, please.) The egg hunts will take place rain or shine. If you’re wondering how that generous bunny will be able to be in both places at once, the answer is simple – magic!

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Mangia Mangia Newbury Printing Company & More


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process is repeated throughout the body, whole systems begin to fail, and the life of the person in whom this is happening is severely compromised. The disease primarily affects children, but adult onset is becoming more and more common. To raise both awareness and money to fight the condition, Jack is riding his bike 50 to 100 miles a day, with a day of rest on the sixth, across eight states, starting in San Diego, Calif. and ending in St. Augustine Beach, Fla. He aspires to do this in 90 days or less, and he hopes to raise $50,000 for the Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. You can follow his journey and his daily progress through the blog on his website, pedalfromthe The site also allows you to enter your credit card information so you can contribute to the Foundation and help Jack to meet his fundraising goal. Jack has been in training five days a week for over two and a half years. His preparation includes core work, strength training, yoga, power sculpting, cardio and a lot of bike riding, often in organized events in Ohio. “When Sadie May and Maiya Jean were born, I thought I would be teaching them about the world. Instead, I will be teaching the world about them,” Jack said. “This ride will be in memory of Mayia Jean and in honor of her sister, Sadie May. I learned a lot from Mayia Jean, but most of all how to love totally, and be happy with the littlest things in life. Life is short, for all of us, so care deeply and love generously. She was planted on earth, to bloom in heaven. And my heart will never be the same.” To help sponsor Jack, learn more about mitochondrial disease, and follow this amazing journey, go to


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Drawing for tour participants only to win a beautiful handcrafted 4ft x 2ft Oakwood, medium-stained bookcase. Prize will be drawn at the finale!

Yoder’s Coleman 15890 Durkee Rd. Huntsburg (44046)


Lamps, toys, giftware … Great variety of products and serving homemade chocolate chip cookies!

Alpacas Run Hideaway Farm & Gift Hut 7940 Plank Rd. Thompson (44086) 440-298-1299

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Geauga’s Pathway to Spring

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Western Reserve Country Store

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Ridgeview Farm & Country Market

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Patio Tomatoes to the first 100 families. Free coffee and refreshments served. Petting Barn Open.

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_ Join us at the Finale between 3-4pm at Middlefield Market for food, entertainment, and a Silent/ Chinese Auction. Kids’ Activities 3:15pm with Geauga Park District.

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Visit the County’s Best Kept Secret! Tour the airport, enjoy a free cup of coffee and see the antique aircraft exhibit!

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Sample Maple candy, coffee, nuts, caramel corn, cookies. Select items on sale. Tours, candy making demos, and hot stirs for sale.

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Take a break from touring with a short shoulder massage and see what Relaxation Station is all about!

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Shop in a 1820’s log cabin, FREE horse drawn wagon rides (weather permitting), FREE Maple Coffee, FREE Banana Nut Bread, FREE Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Here is a picture of MIDDLEFIELD BANKING COMPANY’s very first location. It was originally right on East High Street. In later years a two-story front was added along with an inside ramp up to a second floor, where you went to use the bank. In the early 1990’s a new modern building was constructed on land just east. With some additions, this is the present day picture. The bank was founded in 1901 by a group of Middlefield businessmen who recognized the need for a local bank. The wooden building on the right was thought to be Middlefield’s first town hall. It was later incorporated in to Middlefield Hardware Company. These buildings were removed sometime in the early 90’s for the development of the Middlefield Village Center by the bank.

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This night time picture of LORSON’S GOLDEN DAWN grocery store, located just a couple of doors down from the bank, was taken sometime in the early 1950’s. Clarence Lorson operated this neighborhood grocery store and meat market until the early 1960’s, when it moved to the current location of the downtown Circle K. In the basement of this building was a little place to eat called the NIBBLE NOOK, accessible also downstairs from Route 87. It was here, at 13 years old, that I got my first after school job, bagging, carrying out groceries and stocking shelves. I worked until 6 p.m. on Thursday, 9 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday for 60 cents an hour. That was considered an acceptable starting wage for a young kid. I think I made about $6.25 a week clear. It was a great job. I look back on it with a real sense of fondness to a much simpler time in our history.

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during Spring Driving Tour


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Spring Chores in Geauga County

By Jacquie Foote

  Springtime in the 1800’s in Geauga was a lot like springtime in any other rural area back then. It was also like ... and different from ... springtime in rural areas today. When we take a look at the likenesses, a big one is “spring fever.” As the long hard Geauga winter gave way to warm weather and blue skies, people then, as now, experienced a bogged-down laziness. (A doctor friend of mine said this feeling is due to the body adjusting to a change in blood flow occasioned by the increased warmth.) But Dr. Mom knew the cure. The many recipes used by the Dr. Moms of that time centered on bitter tasting vegetation or foul tasting oily stuff. (Think castor oil.) Dandelion roots and leaves were favorites as the dandelions come up in early spring, just in time to have their leaves eaten with vinegar and salt (one recipe) or vinegar and honey (a kinder, gentler recipe). The roots were excellent for brewing into a tea to be served strong and hot (unkindest recipe of all). It is my opinion that the effectiveness of these remedies stem more from their bitter or oily taste than from any chemical help. Who, in their right mind, would admit to or act like spring fever knowing what the cure would taste like?  A Geauga spring in the 1800’s was a very busy place. There was plowing and planting

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of crop fields, preparing the kitchen garden, cleaning the house and outbuildings, washing, repairing and putting away winter clothing, and unpacking, washing and repairing the warm weather clothing. Of course, many of these activities are also part of everyday life in the Geauga spring of the 2000’s. But the differences!  The farm work was labor intensive, done with hand tools and horse power (real HORSE power). Kitchen gardens were also put in without benefit of rototillers, bagged fertilizers and such. Spring cleaning included beating rugs and restuffing mattresses with fresh straw, and pillows with fresh feathers and goose down. Until well into the second half of the 1800’s, most of the soaps and polishes used were homemade from recipes handed down for generations. Of course the laundry was washed by hand, using homemade soap, and hung on a line to dry. Clothing repair was done by hand or, after 1860, by using a treadle sewing machine. (It is believed that some of the clothing myths and customs stem from this spring ritual of cleaning change of season clothing. But more of that another time.) Naturally, all this work had to be done in addition to the regular work, such as taking care of farm animals, sugaring, repairing whatever winter had done to the buildings and fences, making clothing and cooking everything from scratch.  Some said the tradition of the “wedding season” being in June stems from the fact that the spring chores were finished by May allowing for the planning of weddings.

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in Japanese gardens to balance out the busier spaces, as balance and harmony are the most important elements in any Asianinfluenced garden. Japanese gardens are also designed with seasons in mind, so that lack of foliage doesn’t mean the garden won’t be used. Your first step in any situation is to sketch out your ideas on paper and decide what you want. Whatever garden type you choose, you will do best if you have an integrated vision. Consider ways you want the garden to be used and what kind of traffic that will engender. Leave space for any kids or pets that will use the garden. Draw in paths, sitting areas or resting spaces you want to keep. You can make any design with a little persistence and some careful planning. Get professional help when needed and work hard to make your dream come true.

If you’ve always wanted an herb gardens, take the plunge this year, and before you know it, you’ll be able to harvest your herbs. Use as many as you can fresh, and dry and store the rest. Drying herbs is not difficult, but does take some time. First, cut the herbs right before flowering early in the morning. You should cut annuals at ground level and perennials a third of the way down the stem. Next, wash the herbs in cold running water to get rid of dirt and dust. Hang them upside down, or lay them on a towel in the sun to dry. When they are dry, strip the leaves from the stalks, leaving the top six inches, and remove the blossoms. One of the most common ways is to let them air dry. Just tie the herbs into bunches and hang them upside down in a warm, dark, well-ventilated area. The temperature should be between 70 and 80 degrees. You may also dry them flat on cheesecloth. The herbs will be ready to go in about one to two weeks and be crumbly and dry. You may dry your herbs in the oven as well. Place the leaves on a cookie sheet and bake them at 180 degrees or less for two to four hours. For faster drying, use the microwave. Place the leaves on a paper plate and cook them in the microwave for one to three minutes, turning them every 30 seconds. Use silica gel or non-iodized table salt to dry non-hairy leaves. Place them on a cookie sheet with the gel or salt, and allow them to dry for two to four weeks. Then remove the herbs from the pan, shake off the excess gel or salt, and store them. If you use this method, make sure you rinse the herbs before using them. When you have finished drying your herbs, store them whole or screen them into powder. Store them in airtight containers in a cool, dry place and check them daily to ensure no moisture has developed. If you see any moisture, repeat the drying process.

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Flowerbeds are blooming, and we can’t wait to grace our tables with vases of fresh flowers. In addition to decorating our homes with cuttings, we can also decorate our baked goods with them. That’s right. Some flowers are edible. Not every flower is, of course, so do your homework and find out which flowers in your garden you can eat. Some common ones include apple and plum blossoms, violets, and pansy and rose petals. Once you have selected some edible flowers and picked them from your garden, you can candy them. First, rinse and dry them. Then separate them from the stem. Next, get out an egg and separate the egg white. Beat the egg white until stiff and set aside. Fill another bowl with superfine sugar. Take a flower or petal, and brush it all over with egg white. Then sprinkle both sides with sugar. Lay the candied flower on waxed paper to dry. Repeat the process until you have used all of your flowers or petals. The flowers must be completely dry before you store them. You may let them sit on the waxed paper for 12 to 36 hours or dry them in the oven for a few hours. Just set the oven to 150 degrees, slide the flowers onto a cookie sheet and bake for a few hours with the oven door ajar. You should store your candied flowers in airtight containers. They will keep for about a year, giving you plenty of time to use them to decorate your cakes and such.Your family will be pleasantly surprised to learn that they can eat their cake and their flowers, too.

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what would By Joe Novak Spring is here ... well at least on the calendar but not according to the temperature; must be that global warming that is keeping temps 20 degrees below normal. Regardless of the current temperature, lawns will still need to be cut and gardens will be tilled. If you did not follow my advice last fall and put your power equipment away properly, now is the time to get at it and see what runs and what needs to get into the repair shop, right NOW. First thing is to drain all the old gas out of your equipment unless you used a gas stabilizer last fall. Now change your oil; here are some guidelines: If your equipment does not have an external oil filter you should use a NON-detergent motor oil. Small lawn mowers, tillers and tractors normally use a straight 30 weight oil. Don’t forget to clean or change the air filter, all engines need to breath. Sharpen or replace the blades on a lawn mower and don’t forget to balance them, they vibrate less if balanced and the engine will last longer if it is not shaken to death. If the blade is severely damaged from mowing the bricks, rocks or garden statues, replace it. This is also the time to replace worn belts, bolts, or hoses. If you run a brush hog or finish mower behind your tractor, check that the gear box has gear oil in it. Also check for zerk (grease fittings) on the blade bearings. Some bearings have a removable plug that is removed before greasing. If too much grease is added to the bearings the seals can be pushed out and removing the plug prevents this. Make sure to replace the plug after greasing. Also replace all safety covers and shields. On diesel powered equipment it is very important to change the fuel filters. The new ultra low sulpher fuel may also need an additive to prevent bacterial growth. Your tractor dealer can supply this. If you are a large volume user, check with your supplier to see if they are adding this to their fuel supply. If you have an old storage tank or fuel tank on your equipment that has years of sludge in the bottom, it may be necessary to have it cleaned, some additives will release this sludge from the tank and put it into suspension where it enters your fuel supply clogging filters. Always buy fuel from a dealer that has plenty of turnover, and use fuel filters on your storage tanks. Always refer to your equipment owner’s manual! If you threw it away, you may be

able to find it on-line in PDF format. Here is a tip: Whenever I purchase a new piece of equipment, I always negotiate a service manual as an added incentive to buy.

To find out what Joe would do, e-mail questions  to  editorial@middlefieldpost. com. Joe has 20-some years experience in manufacturing and says that as a small business owner, he found that you either learn how to solve a problem yourself or pay to have it done. Joeís articles are his opinion and are only intended as a guide. Please consult an expert when in doubt.

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Looking back at Easter 30 years ago, I am reminded of a true story about a 13 year old girl who was diagnosed with cancer. Instead of celebrating Easter with her family she lay in a hospital bed, awaiting surgery. Everyone prayed for her healing, but none so hard as her dad who continually stated “the Lord can heal her if that is His will.” His faith was as unwavering as the woman in the Bible who said, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed” and Jesus said, “Your faith has healed you.” The young girl endured a year of treatment, being told of many possible side effects. Among them were loss of hair and the probability of never having children in the future. After a long year of tests and therapy the doctors prepared her for a “second look“ surgery. This was to make sure the medicine did its job and there was no re-occurrence of the disease. As the doctor entered the waiting room afterwards and saw the faces of the distraught family members he simply smiled and said, “good news, no cancer.” The medical staff was wonderful and caring but the greatest physician was in control. The years passed by swiftly but each Easter brings with it a memory of a spunky little girl who refused to believe that any side effects could possibly occur. She still had a full head of hair and her health was good. At the age of 22 she married the love of her life and three years later gave birth to a beautiful little boy, something the doctors had told her might never happen. To date she has two handsome sons, Kyle and Austin, and as we gather around the dining room table this Easter to give thanks and celebrate the Risen Lord, we will also watch Kyle blow out 19 candles on his birthday cake. Did I mention that the spunky little girl in the story is my daughter Kris? Her boys are but two of the many miracles we have witnessed since that Easter so long ago. Faith can surely move mountains.

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MARY ANN TORRES (nee Hobbs), 70, of Hiram, Ohio, entered eternal rest April 1 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna surrounded by her family. She is reunited with her loving husband, Frankie, who passed in June 2010. She was born in Charleston, W.Va. on Jan. 13, 1941 to the late Wesley and Sadie Mae (Hunt) Hobbs. Mary Ann retired from Moser Bag and Paper Co. in Cleveland. She enjoyed fishing and riding motorcycles with her husband, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Mary Ann is survived by children, Frankie Torres Jr. of Hiram Twp., Johnny (Denise) Torres of Diamond, Debbie (Scott) Sukey of Hiram; brother, Wesley Hobbs; sister, Gertrude Estep; and 10 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband; son, Timothy; four brothers and one sister. Family and friends will be holding a gathering in memory of Mary Ann at a later date. LOIS J. PIERCE (nee Ferguson), 74, of Burton, entered eternal rest early Monday morning, March 28 at UHGeauga Medical Center. She was the loving wife of John Pierce for 57 years. She was born in Lake County, Ohio to the late James E. and Vera (Miles) Ferguson on March 12, 1937. Lois worked several years as a nursing aide at Blossom Hill Nursing Home in Huntsburg, Ohio. She enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her family. She will be sadly missed by her husband; children, John Jr. (Linda) Pierce of Painesville, Joan (Joe) Pierce-Thomas of Montville, Edward (Debbie) Pierce of Garrettsville, Robert Pierce of Garfield Heights; grandchildren, Crystal Pierce, Cory Pierce, Tony Pierce, Heather Ball, Ryan Pierce, Ashley Pierce, Ryan Burzanko; and great-grandchildren, Gavin Ball, Tanner Ball, Emma Pierce, and Owen Pierce. She is preceded in death by her sons, James and Fred, and sister, Marge. WAYNE B. YORK, 64, of West Farmington, entered eternal rest peacefully April 3, at his home surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Claudia (Miller) York for 39 years. Wayne was born in Warren to the late Louis and Grace (Cross) York on Feb. 21, 1947. Wayne is a U.S. Air Force Veteran and served in the Vietnam War. He retired after 38 years from Painters Local #476 and was employed at Carney Painting. Wayne was an active member of the West Farmington Senior Center and helped with Boy Scout Troop 70 of Southington. He also enjoyed gardening and working on computers. He will be sadly missed by his wife; children, Roxanne (Bob) Gorman of Warren, Kevin (Manida) York of McLean, Va., Carrie-Lynne (Rick) Umbach of Kettering, Ohio; and sister, Charlotte Grantham. Arrangements were entrusted to Best Funeral Home, Middlefield. On-line condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at

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people could be more important than her is something I can only blame on the mystery of adolescence. When I went away to college, I enjoyed the freedom, but I missed her a lot, and began to realize what she went through to raise me, and I better understood her choices. My father had traveled for his job during my entire childhood, and was often gone for weeks at a time. But no matter what problems had arisen, my mother handled the situation smoothly, without ever letting her children know they were in the middle of a crisis. I remember once when the whole family came down with the mumps, and I was lying in bed, feeling sorry for myself. She came into my room to fluff my pillow and bring me some juice. I asked her why, when she was sick, too, was she taking care of everyone else. She laughed and said, “I’m the mommy. It’s my job.” I felt fortunate to be the kid rather than the mom that day, and it was only in hindsight that I saw how strong and amazing she had been. I am now old enough to realize that it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, how old you are, if you’re famous or not, or even if your mother is alive or dead – Mom is one of the most important people in our lives. She’s the person who has the most influence over us, gives us the best and worst advice, cooks like nobody else in the world, and does more for us than anyone else ever will. My mother’s been gone for twenty years, but I wistfully watch the lucky ones – those who have their mothers long enough that the roles reverse, and they have the honor of caring for her.

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All Daughters’ Tea on May 7 We are all daughters. Join the United Methodist Women of Middlefield from 10 a.m. to noon for brunch/tea in the church social hall, 14999 South State Ave. Dress up and wear a fancy or wacky hat. Listen to harpist Eleni Timas. Donation at the door: $4 adults/$2 children under 10. RSVP by April 30, call Sharon Janoski 440-632-8079.

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Middlefield History & Genealogy at Your Library By Nick Fagan We can discover our cultural heritage, migration through America, and the sacrifices of our ancestors by studying our family history. Genealogy involves creating a record of your descendants and is becoming an increasing popular hobby. The recent television series “Who Do You Think You Are” explores the ancestry of celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Lisa Kudrow, Brooke Shields, Matthew Broderick, and Spike Lee. The show illustrates that amazing stories can be found by simply digging into our past, and the Geauga County library system owns the first season, so be sure to check it out. To discover your own family history, come to the “Genealogy Lock-in” on Saturday, May 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. Bring your family tree charts and notes, and use the library computers’ HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition databases for an after-hours ancestor-hunting session. Staff will be available to assist. Registration is required and limited to 15 people. Mark your calenders for “The Chatfield Story: From Middlefield, Ohio to the Civil War and Beyond” on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. This event follows the life of Edward L. Chatfield, via letters, dairies, and research, from his birth in Middlefield, through his stint in the Civil War (including being captured and spending time in the notorious Andersonville and other prisons), to the end of his life in Littleton, Colo. Terry McCarty and Margaret Chatfield McCarty will discuss Chatfield’s life, their research, and travels. This program is co-sponsored by the East Geauga Friends of the Library and the Middlefield Historical Society. May will be a great month to explore history, so let the Middlefield Library help uncover your stories. Call 440632-1961 or stop by the library to register for these programs. Nick Fagan is head of adult services at the Middlefield Library, 16167 East High St., Middlefield. Call him at 440-632-1961, extension 24 or e-mail

Middlefield Art in the Mart Claire Zurbuch, a resident of Hambden Township for nearly four decades is the season’s featured artist at “Art in the Mart” at the Middlefield Library. Zurbuch is a photographer who specializes in film, and his work features nature, landscapes and photos from a recent trip to Italy with his wife, Kay. Zurbuch will present “Photographing Italy” Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Middlefield Library. This free program will include tips on photographing your vacation, and is a must see for both aspiring photographers and armchair travelers. “My hobby of photography began when I borrowed my father’s 35mm camera in 1963 and I am still ‘nuts’ about taking pictures,” said Zurbuch. “I am on my third camera now and still use film instead of doing digital photography. I follow two main rules when using the camera: I always ask permission when going on private property to photograph and I never sacrifice an animal to get the ‘perfect’ picture.” Zurbuch was director of the Lake County Media Center and the Porter Science Center. He still gets in the classroom occasionally when he assists the Cardinal Elementary teachers with science lessons. “Art in the Mart” is sponsored by the Geauga Council for Arts & Culture whose mission is to bring art and people together. All of the items are for sale and the proceeds benefit the artist, the council and the Middlefield Library. Other Art in the Mart locations include, the Geauga Y and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. If you are interested in purchasing a piece, contact or call 440-537-3344. The Middlefield Library is part of the Geauga County Public Library System and is located at 16167 E. High St., Middlefield. The library phone number is 440-632-1961.

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Cardinal High School February Students of the Month*

Alex Fakhoury – Senior

What goals do you have for this school year? To enjoy my senior year as much as possible Describe yourself in three words? Chill, Amiable, Smart What is your favorite out-of-school activity? Weight lifting What is your favorite animal? Tiger

Alexis Brown – Junior

What goals do you have for this school year? To maintain a good GPA Describe yourself in three words? Bright, Dependable, Confident What is your favorite out-of-school activity? Hanging out with my family and friends What is your favorite animal? Dog

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Becca Wolff – Sophomore

Brooke Hauser – Freshman

What goals do you have for this school year? To have a good balance between hanging with friends and schoolwork Describe yourself in three words? Loud, Energetic, Talkative What is your favorite out-of-school activity? Playing my violin What is your favorite animal? Dolphin

What goals do you have for this school year? My goal is to have a great softball season Describe yourself in three words? Outgoing, Determined, Athletic What is your favorite out-of-school activity? Basketball What is your favorite animal? Dog

*The February Students of the Month above were printed in error in our March 30 issue. Our apologies for the error.

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Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Award Congratulations to Trevor Adams, who won Regional’s at the 2011 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. The State Judging took place at Mentor High School and Columbus between March 5 and March 12.

CMS 8th Graders to Auburn Career Center Cardinal Middle School 8th graders went to visit Auburn Career Center, which has a vast array of programs Cardinal 11th and 12th graders can take part in. The visit gave 8th graders a quick view of programs offered, the jobs available through this program, and skills they can learn and master.  The students will have another visit in 10th grade with a more in-depth visit of two programs they choose.  All of the programs at Auburn include hands-on learning to prepare for the real world work environment.  In this photo, one of our students, Tim Moran, is riding a bike to create electricity.  This was an experiment in the class on alternative energy technology.

Mrs. Melissa Cardinal and Haley Adams

Ohio Lottery’s March Student of the Month Congratulations to Haley Adams for being selected as Ohio Lottery’s March student of the month. Haley earned this award for her academic accomplishments, being a responsible person, having a positive attitude,  displaying leadership and school spirit and her involvement in extracurricular activities. Haley will  receive a certificate of excellence, tickets to an event where she will be recognized and placed on the Ohio Lottery webpage. Haley was nominated for this award by Mrs. Melissa Cardinal, her teacher at Cardinal Middle School. Congratulations, Haley!

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The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting, has been awarded to Cardinal Local School District by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR.) This award covers the reporting period of June 30, 2010. An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individual(s), department or agency designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR. This has been presented to Merry Lou Knuckles, Treasurer. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government financial professionals with offices in Chicago, Ill, and Washington, D.C.

Important Dates April 18 – 25 May 7 May 19 May 23 – 24 May 24 May 25 May 26 May 27 May 30 June 1 – 2 June 2

Spring Break (No School) Prom at Sun Valley Party center Senior Awards Night 7p.m. at CMS Senior Exams CHS Spring Sports Awards 6:45 p.m. CMS CHS Underclass Award Assembly Auburn Senior Ceremony 2011 Commencement 7p.m. Memorial Day (No School) CHS Underclass Exams Student Last Day

Congratulations Leah! Jordak First Graders Perform Play The students in Mrs. Huge’s first grade classroom performed a Reader’s Theater of The Little Red Hen for the office staff.

Leah Christine Hostetler, a graduate of Cardinal High School, has received her Master’s Degree in Science and Nonprofit Management with Honors from The New School for Management and Urban Policy. Her proud parents are Dave and Debbie Hostetler of Middlefield, and her brother, Jared Hostetler of Great Falls, Mont. is serving in the United States Air Force. Commencement for Leah will be, May 23 in New York City.

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Cardinal Third Quarter 2011 Honor / Merit Rolls !

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Iain Adams Sarah Anderson Sebastian Anderson Miranda Baker Emily Bandiera Thomas Bandiera Rachel Blakely Alexis Brown Travis Brown Rachelle Debevits Truman Dorn Cory Duncan Barbara Dyrcz Alexander Fakhoury Nicholas Felger Alex Fulop Alyssa Futty Destiny Gates Landon Gates Samantha Gates Alyssa Gingerich Lacie Green Katelyn Hanzel Trevor Haueter Rosemary Heredos

Samuel Heredos Jacklyn Hetrick Neil Hetrick Emilie Hickox Grace Hickox Matthew Holcomb Nicole Humpolick Ayla King Tyler Kish Allison Klein Rebecca Klein Kristina Klima Megan Kolesar Elizabeth Kumher Marissa Lechene Paige Macek Samantha Mach Marie Mahoney Anne McCaslin Allison McMahan Chad Miller Christina Morris Kaitlyn Naperta Kayla Neikirk Jessica Nguyen Jonathan Nieves

Joseph Nieves Joseph Peters Jenna Phelps Chloe Porter Jonathan Porter Kayla Reiter Mary Ribar Emma Ross Rachel Shrock Miranda Skitzki Alexis Smith Nicole Stanley Zachary Stefancin Michael Tamburro Gregory Tessier Eleni Timas Elizabeth Timas Michael Timas Blaine Volpe Alexis Vystrcil Kalyn Ward Hannah Weber Noel Wolf Rebecca Wolff Amber Wrentmore

CHS HONOR ROLL 3.60 to 3.99 Billie Anderson Raymond Andrews David Burton Stacy Burton Jason Clisby Sarah Coggins Tyler Duncan Carlie Frank Kendal Gingerich Andrew Greco Codie Hart Rachel Hart

Brandon Hauser Brooke Hauser Dmitry Klingensmith Shannon Linberg Eric McCaslin Christine Morris Sydney Nishizaki Elizabeth Ohtola Samantha Palla Ashley Pitorak Jessica Ricker Joseph Roach

Samantha Schinness Emy Lynn Smoot Benjamin Stefancin Daniel Sullivan Richard Szasz Jacqueline Tucci William Tyler Elaine Warren Sarah White Kaitlyn Witlicki Ashleigh Wright Mark Young

CHS MERIT ROLL 3.30 to 3.59 Kelsey Adams Gregory Amentini Samantha Anderson Kaitlyn Arganti Kelley Arnold Kayla Bailey Amanda Benge Jacob Bennett Jacob Bosak Nicole Buckley Logan Cala Courtney Clark Timothy Czacherski Deanna Dedek James Dhayer Chastity Franks Rachel Gingerich

Nevada Hacker Brandon Haney Doris Harper Jr Kayla Hess Cassandra Hofstetter Amber Housel Andrew Jesunas Brian Kaser Chelsea Kelly Amie King Michael Kramer Julia Kronauer Brandon Lee Alexus Loze Ryan Mack Laura Maddox Drew Mast

Justin McClain Scott McNish Joshua Minnick Samantha Pemberton Michael Peters Tyler Peters Vincent Polverine Madalyn Ricci Tyler Sodee Clayton Thurling Rebecca Toth Sarah Weizer Kevin Werfield Nicholas Wolff Katherine Zajac Mazie Zajac

8TH GRADE HONOR ROLL Anna Johnson Maria Klingensmith Zak Kmiec Jessica Koches Cassidy Kolson Nicole Lamont Evan List Ashley Lucarelli Christa Lunger Isabelle Macek Ashley Mach Lauren Maji Ian Mast Christian Noreika Cheyenne Polverine

Jeremy Andrews Kaitlin Bean Faith Brown ***Ryan Bruncak KC Cress Michael Darocha Logan Daw Chad Delbo ***Courtney Ellis Alyssa Faulhaber Spencer Folk ***Lucas Fulop ***Anna Futty Avila Gyorki

Sean Shantery Ashleigh Shepard Alyssa Shirkey ***Destiny Sodee Brent Stauffer Lars Torres ***Joseph Tucker Jasmine Vunak Carsten Weizer Brendan Whitney ***Stephanie Wolff Jessica Yoder Brant Zemelka ***Jordan Zenisek


Sierra Barlow-Potter Phelan Bennett *** Anna Blubaugh Dario DeCaro

Phillip Grover Ethan Gumino Bryn Havel Dominyc Karasek ***Emily Kruse Caitlyn Lechene Linsey Lee Ariel Lehman Jennah Lindley Britney Loving Caleb Martin Alex McMillin ***Michelle Michael Andrew Miller Mabel Miller Kathleen Morris

Haley Adams Jonathan Anderson Aleyna Bandiera Breonna Barker *** Jocelyn Bowling Caitlin Byler Julianne Carney Tyler Carroll *** Brittany Chapman Rachael Chapman Blaze Crawford *** Kathryn Dhayer Madison Dobay ***Gillian Dorn Donovan Drebus Noah Farmwald

Michael Mulh Dakota O’Brien ***Nick Priem Kyle Root Dylan Schmitz Paige Smith Kayli Staric Josh Utz ***Matthew Utz ***Marissa Vidal Kailyn Vontorcik ***Justin Warren ***Aidan White Angel Wright Anthony Zajac ***Cole Zemelka

6TH GRADE HONOR ROLL Megan Baril Austin Barker ***Madison Barlow-Potter Madison Bean Nick Brewster Sidney Cala ***Trisha Cesar Hunter Clifford Shane Delbo Addison Dorn Doug Ellis Makayla Fritinger ***Kerrigan Fuduric Taylor Hahner Brenna King Katerina Klingensmith

Makenzie Roskelly ***Erin Ross McKinzy Rupp ***Jordyn Schultz Dawn Scribben Brianne Shantery ***Jessica Skitzki Kyle Simms Shelby Smith Joseph Stanziale ***Megan Tucker Korey Valentine Maxwell Warner Kaitlyn Weaver Wallie Weaver Stephanie Yeager

Jeremy Koscelnik Austin Light Kasey Linberg Trent Mast Emma McBride Tori McClain Doug McIntosh ***Julia McIntosh ***Alexandria Michener Sally Miller Shelby Miller Jenna Moore Allissa Nevison Emily Nuzum Christina Pemberton Ricky Reed

3RD GRADERS MRS. HARLEY’S Abby Geesling Hunter Hacker

HONOR ROLL *** Casey Horner David Kapis Millie McBride

*** Emmeline Rayburn Emma Traggiai

Anthony Sinito Kaitlyn Starr Josiah Zurick

MERIT ROLL Hunter Kochy Jacob Miller Ian Pierce

Kevin Byler Josiah Epling Erica Kish

Donald Reis Ryan Shanower



Justin Detweiler Ethan Everett Grace Mast *** Hannah Sauberan

Phelan Bennett

Josiah Epling

Principal’s Award Kevin Byler

Barbie Troyer

Kiwanis Award Ian Pierce


Clayton Sauberan Joshua Wilcox

Michael Lucarelli Ashley Rutkowski *** Jonathon San-Miguel Zins

*** Lauren Dines Logan Keller *** Rachael LeQuyea

Zane Freiberg Mya Kirven

MERIT ROLL Tiffany Purcell Avery Volpe

Marlin Miller Nicholas Backer


Cade Shantery Joshua Wilcox Jonathon San-Miguel Zins

Timothy Miller Tiffany Purcell Cyndle Reese Ashley Rutkowski

Isaiah Arnold Lauren Dines Taylor Fenselon Michael Lucarelli

Principal’s Award Rachael LeQuyea

Cade Shantery

Kiwanis Award Taylor Fenselon

MS. BAKOS’ ***Cooper Boggs Andrea Mack Michael Miller

HONOR ROLL Ian Reed Hannah Rennolds Kayla Valentine

***Alyssa Wood *** Jacob Zirm

MERIT ROLL Robbie Granny Jillian Kumher

Evan Lewanski Megan Melter

Jacqueline Zajac


Cooper Boggs Darcy Brandt Marlene Burkholder Robbie Granny Jillian Kumher Evan Lewanski

Andrea Mack Megan Melter Michael Miller Ian Reed Hannah Rennolds Carl Scribben

Kayla Valentine Jay Webb Alyssa Wood Jacqueline Zajac Jacob Zirm


Principal’s Award

Principal’s Award

Kiwanis Awards

Taylor Gibbs

Mya Revak

Mya Revak

Roger Roach

Kiwanis Award Albert Ray Weaver

Alyssa Wood

Jacob Zirm

Carl Scribben

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I would like to take this opportunity to invite area youth between the ages of 14 and 21 to become a member of Explorer Post# 2838 at Middlefield Fire Department. The Post is an active part of the Boy Scouts of America, and offers a taste of the exciting and rewarding fields of Firefighting and EMS. Officers and firefighters of our department will be your advisors and instructors. Participation is tailored to your availability and firefighters are here seven days a week and many evenings to instruct and assist you in learning the basics, and as you gain experience, more advanced techniques. You will become a member of a special family of Public Safety responders, police, fire and EMS networking throughout Geauga County and northeast Ohio and have an opportunity to take part in many community service endeavors. Parental consent is a requirement, and they can, at any time, halt your coming to the fire station. Grades in school must be kept at an acceptable level. Breaking of the law, underage drinking and drug use will not be tolerated. You must uphold high moral and ethical demeanor as not to dishonor the Department, the Post or the community you serve. This has been an excellent program for developing young people into part-time paid and career firefighters. Our Explorers excel in firefighter certification classes and four former Explorers are currently serving as part-time paid firefighters in Middlefield. Several attended the 315 hour IFSAC Firefighting Academy at the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg and excelled in their classes. To apply call the non-emergency number at Station #1, 440-632-1907 and ask to speak with the officer in charge of the shift or a post committee member. Or call me, Chief Bill Reed, after 5 p.m. weekdays or anytime on weekends at 440-478-7320. This program has been very rewarding for both our department and the youth members. Please consider us when making those difficult future career choices or if you have a desire to serve in a very rewarding Public Safety capacity. Stay Safe and we are pleased to serve you.


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What Are Signs That Your Child Might Be At Risk On-line? Your child spends large amounts of time on-line, especially at night. Most children that fall victim to computer-sex offenders spend a lot of time on-line, particularly in chat rooms. They may be latchkey kids whose parents have told them to stay at home after school. They go on-line to chat with friends, make new friends, pass time, and sometimes look for sexually explicit information. While much of the knowledge and experience gained may be valuable, parents should consider monitoring the amount of time spent on-line. Children on-line are at the greatest risk during the evening hours. You find pornography on your child’s computer. Pornography is often used in the sexual victimization of children. Sex offenders supply their potential victims with pornography as a means of opening sexual discussions, and for seduction. Child pornography may be used to show the child victim that sex between children and adults is “normal.” Parents should realize that a child may hide pornographic files on diskettes, especially if the computer is used by other family members. Your child receives phone calls from men you don’t know or is making calls, sometimes long distance, to numbers you don’t recognize. While talking to a child victim on-line is a thrill for a computer-sex offender, many want to talk to the children on the telephone. They engage in “phone sex” with the children and attempt to set up an actual meeting for real sex. While a child may not give out his/her

home phone number, the computer-sex offenders will give out theirs. With Caller ID, they can readily find out the child’s number. Some offenders obtain toll-free 800 numbers, so their potential victims can call without their parents finding out. Others tell the child to call collect. Both methods result in the computer-sex offender being able to find out the child’s phone number. Your child receives mail, gifts, or packages from someone you don’t know. As part of the seduction process, offenders send letters, photographs, and gifts to their potential victims. They have even sent plane tickets so the child could travel across the country to meet them. Your child turns the computer monitor off or quickly changes the screen on the monitor when you come into the room. A child looking at pornographic images or having sexually explicit conversations does not want you to see it on the screen. Your child becomes withdrawn from the family. Computer-sex offenders will work very hard at driving a wedge between a child and their family by accentuating minor problems or disagreements. Children may also become withdrawn after sexual victimization. Your child is using an on-line account belonging to someone else. Even if you don’t subscribe to an on-line service or Internet service, your child may meet an offender while on-line at a friend’s house or the library. Computer-sex offenders will even provide potential victims with a computer account for communications with them. Watch the next Middlefield Post for Part 3 in this important series, and learn what you should do if you suspect your child is communicating with a predator on-line.


{ community interest } APRIL 20: Pisces Support Group ‘Pisces Support’ will meet monthly for 6 sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. The first meeting is at Dutch Country Restaurant at 15015 Kinsman Rd. in Middlefield.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Go to Facebook under ‘Pisces Support’ and click the like button.  APRIL 23: Bottle Dump Clean-Up Celebrate Earth Day from 1 to 3 p.m. by helping to clean up a 50 to 100 year old bottle dump, Frohring Meadows, 16780 Savage Rd., Bainbridge. Geauga Park District will collect all historically significant discoveries, and recycle or properly dispose of the rest. This off-trail experience, is not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or http:// Bring gloves and a hand trowel. Geauga Park District is on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. APRIL 23: Earth Day Celebration Kent State University Geauga Campus’ Gaia Society will gather from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Geauga Campus, 14111 Claridon Troy Rd., Burton for an Earth Day celebration. There will be a variety of displays, music, food and fun for all ages. Gaia Society is collecting old cell phones to donate to the Cleveland Natural History Museum recycling  program.  A  tree  planting ceremony will be held. For information contact Dr. Sue Clement sclement@kent. edu, or 440-834-4187. APRIL 23-MAY 7: Spring Quilters Event  Twelve northeast Ohio quilt shop owners have come together to offer a ‘taste’ of their craft at the Quilters’ Fling “Sweet Treats Quilt Shop Hop.”  Participants will collect a quilt block pattern, a recipe card, a tasty treat, and a chance to win prizes in this fun annual quilting event which runs April 23 to May 7. All the shops will be open at least from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday during this event, which offers all that quilters love … fresh new designs, recipes, food, and shopping. For information, including  shop  locations  and  phone numbers, visit APRIL 25: Free Dyslexia Seminar Lorraine Charbonneau of Dyslexia Ohio, will give a free seminar to parents, teachers and tutors on learning strategies for the dyslexic student at the Hambden Town Hall in Chardon on Monday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m., and once again on Tuesday, April 26 at 10 a.m. APRIL 30: Master Gardener Programs Twenty-one Tips for Boosting Curb Appeal will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Prior to class, participants are encouraged to email photos of their own homes for class discussion. $15 fee includes light refreshments and  handouts. Roses 11 a.m. to noon, rose expert and author Peter Schneider and his wife share their experiences and success with roses. $35 fee includes Peter’s book Right Rose, Right Place, and light refreshments. Space is limited. Call 440-834-4656 to register. Send check payable  to OSU Extension, P.O. Box 387, Burton, OH 44021. Classes will be held at the Geauga  County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton  Fairgrounds),  14269  Claridon Troy Rd., Burton. View MG class offerings: http:// APRIL 30: Earthlight Faerie Scouts The EarthLight Faerie Scouts will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Settlers’ Amish Coop Building (Brown and Green) at Settlers’ Village 14269 Old State Rd., Middlefield. After stories and a snack, we will make a

community “Faerie Spirit Chime.” The cost is $15 per project. This project is for ages 7 and up, ages 7 to 11, bring a helper. For Information and to register, call Robin Anne Payne at 216-397-0128, email, or go to APRIL 30: Kite Festival It will be a breeze to have fun at this highflying event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Parkman’s Overlook Park. APRIL 30: Celebrate Spring at the Farm Steve and Sharon Grover welcome one and all to celebrate spring at the farm on April 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a spring open house at Ridgeview Farm, 5488 Kinsman Rd. in Mesopotamia Township. The first 100 families will receive a free patio tomato plant, and Farmer Steve will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer gardening questions. Customers will have the opportunity to sample many new items, refreshments will be served, and a petting barn will be open. The farm is open April 30 to Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday throgh Saturday. For information about Ridgeview Farm, visit or call 440-693-4000. MAY 4: Transition Seminar This seminar will teach students with disabilities how to be successful with the transition from high school to postsecondary education. There is no cost and parents are also encouraged to attend from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quiet Lounge, Kent State University at Geauga 14111 Claridon Troy Rd., Burton. or call/email us at 440-834-4187 or MAY 6: Chicken Dinner A chicken dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community House in Parkman, next to the fire station. Adults $14, Children 12 and under $7. MAY 7: Horizons Christian Assembly Sale and Flea Market A Spring Rummage Sale and Outdoor Flea Mart will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Horizons Christian Assembly at the corner of Route 87 and White Road. Donations will be accepted beginning Monday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call the church at 440-834-4776. MAY 11: The All County Business After Hours Event The Morning Star Friends Church, 12550 Ravenna Rd., Chardon will host this free business symposium from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is open to the public and will include food samples, prizes and raffles. Participants can choose between Speed Networking ($20) or two free Special Mini-Seminars. After 4 p.m., everyone may stroll through the Business Show with the many Geauga County businesses. Show tables need to be reserved by April 22. Pre-registration is required by May 9. Registration forms with show table information can be found at For more information call 440-285-9050 or go to MAY 11: “Stagecoach Mary Field” Comes to Chardon Come see Robin Echols Cooper’s portrayal

of Stagecoach Mary, the first AfricanAmerican female mail carrier in the United States, at the annual Friends of WomenSafe Spring Luncheon, Wednesday, May 11 in the Banquet Room of St. Mary’s Church, 401 North St., Chardon. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. to buy tickets for the Chinese auction. Harpist Virginia Dickson will play during the meal, prepared by Jay Walker’s Café and Catering. Thanks to the support of UH Geauga Medical Center, Kinetico, Inc. and Gattozzi & Son Funeral Home, the price is only $30 per person. Call 440-285-3741 to make your reservation. MAY 12: Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village presents WOOF! Bring your kids and grandkids to Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village on Friday, May 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the reading and book signing of WOOF! Chat with author Neil Markey and illustrator Pam Spremulli of

Chagrin Falls, and meet the lovable canine inspirations for WOOF! Signed books will be available and Rescue Village will receive 25% of the sales. The Golden Barkery (www.  will  co-sponsor the event with delicious (human) treats and will be selling their specialty dog treats, donating 10% of their proceeds to Rescue Village. MAY 12: Attracting Birds and Butterflies Learn how attracting birds and butterflies to your garden is an important beginning to protecting the larger ecosystem, $15 fee. Light refreshments and handouts included.  Call 440-834-4656 to register. Send check payable to OSU Extension, P.O. Box 387, Burton, OH 44021. Class will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center (on the Burton  Fairgrounds),  14269  Claridon Troy Rd. View MG class offerings: http:// MAY14: Community Garage Sale The American Legion Hall on Goodwin Avenue in Burton will hold a community garage sale from 8 a.m. to1 p.m. Vendors are needed. Set-up time is 7:30 a.m. Call Mike Karlinsky 440-286-1202 for details.

Career Center Workshops Geauga County Job and Family Services, 12480 Ravenwood Dr., Chardon is a one stop resource center for job seekers. They are offering the following free career center programs: Resume Workshop on Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Introduction to Computers on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m., Microsoft Word Excel 2010 on Thursdays from 10-11 a.m., Microsoft Excel 2010 on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m., and an Email Workshop on Fridays from 10-11 a.m. Seating is limited to four per workshop. Call the GCJFS Career Center 440-2851116 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. for more information or to sign up.     

Vendors Needed The Burton Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a new event this summer. Saturday’s In the Country is looking for artisans, quality crafters, antique dealers, farm market and bake sale vendors. The Village Park in the center of town will be the site of five special Saturdays through the summer months: May 28, June 25, July 30, Aug. 27, and Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $25 for a 10 X 10 space. Book all five weekends by May 20 and pay only $100. Set up begins at 7 a.m. with no vehicles on the lawn. Make checks payable to Burton Chamber of Commerce and mail to P.O. Box 537, Burton, OH 44021. The event is rain or shine, no refunds. Pre-registration only. For information and registration, contact Donna Cook, 440834-9019.

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Thurs – Rides Open (Bargain Day) Fri – Maple Festival Senior Day ‘Pancakes in the Park’ 8am Sat & Sun Live Music and Entertainment Competitions and Contests Bathtub Races 11am Sun Grand Parade 3 pm Sat & Sun

For more information, call 440-286-3007 or visit Some parking is available on the square for a fee. FREE PARKING & shuttle bus service is available from the ‘SHEETZ’ SHOPPING plaza to the square. Busses run continuously from 9am to 9pm on Saturday and 9am. to 6pm on Sunday. Please note: the shuttle bus does not run during the grand parade!

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Continued from page 1 opportunities to middle and high school students. It was the president’s staunch conviction that face-to-face interaction between ordinary citizens around the world would support cultural appreciation and world peace. He believed that if students were exposed, during their formative years, to other civilizations, that the experience as a student ambassador would positively influence their viewpoints and future choices. He said, “I have long believed, as have many before me, that peaceful relations between nations require mutual respect between individuals.” Qualification for this honor required London to sit with several other students through an interviewing process; whereby she answered questions about her ideals and perspectives. She was notified immediately that she had been chosen. London will be the only Geauga County resident on this Celtic adventure. She has attended several orientation meetings where students were assigned practical activities to teach them to relate and communicate more effectively. London struck up a friendship with one of the other students, with whom she shares similar interests. They look forward to developing their friendship abroad. London is very excited about this trip and says, “I am willing do anything that will build a more peaceful, understanding community and world. I don’t like wars, my brother is in the Air Force and I worry about him. I think I can make a difference.” She contends that if those in her community will invest in her; they will really be investing in themselves. London sees this voyage as an

opportunity to expand her education, and hopes her world-view will be enlightened as she becomes more familiar with Celtic cultures and attitudes. She feels that she will return a well-informed student, enabling her to impact the student body, and community in intentional, positive ways. Following high school, London has plans to study the arts, hopefully at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her interests and talents vary. She enjoys drawing, song writing, and story writing. Tuition costs for this excursion total over $7,000, and raising funds has been challenging. London’s mom, Tammy has been working tirelessly to assist her daughter with fundraising endeavors and feels that this is the opportunity of a lifetime, and worth every effort. With great determination, they have solicited local businesses, sold candy bars, held a Chinese auction, and called on friends and neighbors for help. To date, they have raised over half of the tuition. People to People provide travel journals for their ambassadors, and requires these students to record all events and happenings, and London will provide an article for the Middlefield Post when she returns to share her many adventures. On Friday, April 22 starting at 10 a.m., London will hold a bake sale at the Wal-Mart in Middlefield, offering cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and other goodies. If you would like to contribute to London’s adventure and future, please donate  on-line  at  http://payment., use her last name, Walsh-Wilkes and her delegate ID#10108929 to make a donation.

82nd Geauga County Maple Festival The Geauga County Maple Festival is ready to celebrate the maple season April 28 through May 1 on Historic Chardon Square. In 1926, Chardon businessman Arthur Carlson established the Maple Festival to raise awareness of Geauga County’s rich maple heritage. Today the tradition continues as Chardon welcomes thousands of visitors to celebrate all things maple. Festivities kick off at noon on Thursday with rides opening at 4 p.m. and the Battle of the Bands at 6 p.m. The Maple Festival Baking Contest is open to bakers of all ages who use Maple Syrup as the key ingredient. Pancakes in the Park is at 8 a.m. on Friday until 2 p.m. Sunday. Friday is Senior Day, and there will be dancing on Main Street at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday is the Invitational Lumberjack Competition. There will be two huge parades Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. SHARP. Sunday everyone can participate in the festival with the Sap Run at 10 a.m., followed by the Tug of War and Bathtub Races at 11 a.m.  Entry forms and information for all events can be found at www.chardonchamber. com and or at the Chardon Area Chamber of Commerce, 111 South St. in Chardon.  Be sure to come out and have a sweet time.

Maple Max Announces Winner Maple Max has chosen the winner of Geauga County Tourism’s latest contest. To enter, contestants had to scrutinize the 2011 Visitor Guide to spot Maple Max, and the winner was randomly drawn from all correct entries. Don Jones of Streetsboro won a Geauga County Gift Basket for his answer of 13 photos. 2011 Geauga County Visitor Guides, can be picked up at area businesses or by calling the Tourism office 440-632-1538. Visit to receive a monthly newsletter, or become a fan on FaceBook to keep up on all the events in the county.

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Ask Dr. Parsons Q: My son is a baseball player and has had ongoing pain with throwing for the last few months. He went for an MRI and was told he had torn his labrum. What does this mean for him? A: The labrum is a fibrocartilage ring that runs around the socket of the shoulder joint. A good way to picture the shoulder joint is to think of a golf ball perched on a golf tee rather than a ball in a socket. The labrum functions much like a bumper that encircles the tee and adds some depth and therefore stability to the joint. At the top of the joint the labrum also serves as the attachment point for the biceps tendon, a cord-like extension of the upper arm muscle. It is in this area that throwers can run into problems with structural damage to the labrum. With repetitive overhead activity, the labrum is subject to forceful traction injury and can become dislodged from its attachment to the shoulder socket. When this occurs continued efforts at throwing can become painful. Initial treatment for labrum injuries involves rest and eventually rehabilitation of the neighboring muscles. Should this approach fail, surgery is typically performed to restore a secure anchorage of the labrum to the socket. Recovery from this surgery requires 4 to 6 months before resuming unrestricted throwing. Dr. Eric M. Parsons is an orthopaedic surgeon with Lake Orthopaedic Associates, Inc., at Tripoint Physician Pavilion in Concord. For more information on this subject or others, please call Dr. Parsons at 888-377-1711.

Warm Weather Walking By Chief Ed Samec The weather will be breaking soon as summer approaches us. Walking is an activity that increases in popularity as weather conditions improve. Here are some safety tips for pedestrians: Walk on sidewalks. If sidewalks are not available, walk on the edge of the road or on the left shoulder of the road, facing the traffic flow. Cross at marked crosswalks or intersections. Pedestrians are most often hit by cars when they cross the road at places other than intersections. Look left, right, and left for traffic. Stop at the curb and look left,

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day By Vicki Wilson As parents and grandparents, we need to be aware of a growing threat to our teenagers. Statistics show that teenagers abuse prescription drugs more often than any illegal drug except marijuana. Painkillers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medications and stimulants like Ritalin are examples of the drugs most commonly abused. Many kids believe prescription medications are “safer” to abuse than illegal drugs like marijuana, heroin or cocaine. However, medications taken the wrong way, or mixed with other drugs or alcohol, can be just as addictive and deadly as any illegal drugs, and these medications are easily accessible to our children from our own bathroom medicine cabinets. Don’t allow anyone access to your medicines, even if you trust your children, your grandchildren and their friends. It is their responsibility to respect drugs and use them appropriately, but it is our responsibility to protect and guide them. The safest way to dispose of unwanted medications is to put it in the trash but there is a specific way to do this. Follow specific instructions for disposal on the label or in the information pamphlet that comes with the prescription. If there are no instructions, take the medication out of its original packaging and put it into a plastic container or bag that can be sealed, like Ziploc. Add something to the bag to make it unappealing, like kitty litter, dirt, used coffee grounds or hot pepper flakes. Add a little water to dissolve pills or capsules.

Close the bag tightly and throw it in the trash. Mark out the personal information on the label of the box or bottle, including the Rx number and your name, and throw it away, as well. Certain medication should be flushed when no longer needed, including Percocet and the Duragesic patch. Even after use, these pain patches can still contain some of the drug. For a listing of drugs that should be flushed, go to and enter ‘how to dispose of unused medicines’ in the Search bar. Please keep careful count of your medications, store them in a secure location and dispose of unneeded drugs promptly. Saturday, April 30, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. In Geauga County, you can take all of your outdated or unused medications to the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office at 12450 Merritt Rd. in Chardon for disposal between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Remove all personal names and prescription numbers from the bottles or boxes. No information will be collected and this is a completely confidential program. No questions will be asked. Law enforcement officers will be collecting the medications in the parking lot and they will be disposed of safely. To find a collection site near you, visit Vicki Wilson is the director of admissions/ marketing at Briar Hill Health Care Residence, 15950 Pierce St., P.O. Box 277, Middlefield. Call her at 440-632-5241.

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Dry Eye Syndrome, a painful condition that can impair vision and increase the risk of eye infection, affects millions of Americans. Dry Eye is actually a group of disorders caused by the inability to produce enough tears with sufficient lubrication. Symptoms can include burning or itchy eyes as well as increased eye mucus and a gritty or scratchy feeling on the eyes.  Severe cases may even include corneal scarring or ulcers.  Dry Eye is one of the leading causes of visits to eye care professionals.  Treatment options vary from eye drops and ointments to some types of surgery. The risk of Dry Eye increases with age.  Other risk factors include patients who have undergone refractive surgery (such as LASIK), have severe allergies, are on certain medications, or are contact lens wearers. Those with rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases are also at increased risk. Women are also more likely to develop Dry Eye. Women who are pregnant, on certain types of birth control, or experiencing menopause have increased rates of Dry Eye. Women taking only estrogen are 70 percent more likely to experience Dry Eye, and those taking estrogen and progesterone have a 30 percent increased risk of developing the condition. “Not only do more women have Dry Eye, they are also more likely to develop eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. And, because of increased longevity, women are more likely to develop macular degeneration,” said Sherry Williams, President & CEO of Prevent Blindness Ohio.  “It is imperative that women of every age make an appointment with their eye doctor as soon as possible to ensure that they are protecting their vision for the future.”  For more information on Dry Eye or other eye diseases, please contact Prevent Blindness Ohio at 800-301-2020 or visit

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Last year a Dutch radiologist tested an 1896 X-ray machine stored in a warehouse. A severely blurred image of a cadaver hand required a 90 minute exposure. The radiation was 1500 times greater than modern X-rays, which take 21 milliseconds for the same image. Early X-ray operators, researchers, and patients suffered burns and health maladies not seen today. I read a book by A.T. Still, an osteopathic doctor that operated in tents alongside MDs on injured Civil War soldiers. After operating, cleaning a scalpel involved wiping the blade on the bottom of their boot before working on the next soldier. From cut-em-wide-open with dull scalpels in a tent, surgery advanced to orthoscopic with sterile tools in a clean room. Doctors in old England exhumed graveyard cadavars at night to secretly teach anatomy because beliefs favored the sanctity of deceased over advancing health. Over 100 years ago, the AMA scrutinized ‘quack-salvers’, often MDs quacking like a duck on a soap box selling dubiously researched health ‘salves’ (opium or mercury ‘snake-oils’). Health care advanced a lot over the centuries. But, perhaps we are not as advanced as we believe. The greatest impediment in health care is belief. People argue beliefs pitting, for example, theories of Creation against Evolution. ‘Authorities’ submit these theories as your only options. The Pope stated they are not mutually exclusive, hence a third option: Evolutionary Creation! People ignore ‘Intelligent Design’ and other theories because they prefer belief over advancement. Belief mandates single-

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minded exclusive thinking that prevents the believer from going beyond the limitations - of their belief ! Belief made Ripley rich, believe it or not! Ripley, religion, politics, and medicine rely on beliefs. Belief impedes technology, freedom, health, and life . . . a flat Earth delayed Europe’s expansion, Columbus’ exploration, imprisoned Gallileo, and killed Capernicus. Belief promoted all wars that creatively killed, maimed, or imprisoned unbelievers. Once accepted by a ‘believer’, beliefs limit thoughts, words, and deeds. Belief dictates political agendas for economics, education, and health care “reform”. Belief shackles people preventing individuals from looking beyond sanctioned limitations under penalty of ridicule, death, imprisonment, or drugs! Who are the quacks today? Me! The pen is mightier than the sword. Penmanship promotes belief. If you don’t believe something, you’ll fall for anything! A limited saying. Belief endorses stagnation. Advancements come from thinkers going against beliefs and limitations. An old saying notes that youngsters make advancements because they have yet to learn what they can’t do. It took centuries to advance health care because of beliefs, and beliefs still hinder advances. When a doctors limit your options based on their belief, the doctors limit your chances of healing. When patients limit information they give to doctors based on the patient’s belief, the patients limit the chances of healing. “Modern medicine has degenerated into a shadow of its original intended purpose, preoccupied with politics and intoxicated by its own power. The new medical religion is predicated upon mechanism, reductionism, and materialism, and has set itself up in opposition to common sense, spiritual understanding, and holism. Medicine cannot be healed until it comes to the realization that these traits are not enemies . . .” Larry Malerba, D.O., DHt. Doctors believe they know best. What do you believe? Believe nothing; only then may you see what is . . . Dr. David Fakadej, DC, LMT, is the proprietor at Journey Health Care & Chiropractic, 17652 Munn Rd., Auburn Township. Call him at 440543-2771, or e-mail

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“Bearly” Spring By Linton Sharpnack Spring does not seem to be right around the corner. We are rapidly approaching the middle of April and there are very few signs of seasonal change. It seems more appropriate to say that summer is around the next bend. When we were children we would talk about the hungry bears that would arise from a winter sleep looking for all the meals that they missed during hibernation. With our hectic pace few people seem to have time to appreciate the small things of nature, the seasonal changes, and the behavior of forest animals. Fortunately for us the First Nation, or Native Americans, had both the time and the skill to see details in nature. Because of that we are rich in plant medicine knowledge. There are thousands of plants, and determining which of them were beneficial and which were harmful would have been a long and dangerous process. One particularly good example is a wild crafted herb called “osha.” Osha has a long history of use in traditional Chinese and Native American medicine. The Navajo Indians referred to osha as bear root. They credited the bear with the gift of the plant and used it for food, hunting, medicine, and spirituality. Field research has shown that the Kodiak bear will rip the plant from the ground and chew the roots. It then rubs the saliva over its skin. One of the primary medicinal uses of osha is to treat skin infections, abrasions, ticks, and sores. How the Kodiak bear learned to do this can be pondered over late night campfires. This chain of discovery is truly a marvel of nature. Osha is still used for a variety of medical conditions including the previously mentioned skin conditions, fevers, pain relief, as an anticonvulsant, and for various respiratory problems. While it is not yet endangered, it is being closely monitored for prevalence. Take the time to look around and see what nature has to offer. Linton Sharpnack is the proprietor of Healthy Deposits, 14950 State Ave., Middlefield. For more information call 440-632-5484.

Nominations Sought by Geauga Board The Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services is seeking nominees who excel in supporting and advocating for behavioral health care services, as a direct service volunteer, a board member, a human services professional or a combination of all three. Awards are based on having exhibited a commitment to Geauga County’s children, adults and/or families, coupled with a passion for their work. One will be chosen for the Professional Contribution award and another for the Volunteer Helping Hand Advocate award. If you would like to nominate someone, the form is on the Board’s website www. Nominations must be received by May 5. Awards will be presented at the Geauga County Behavioral Health Care Recognition Dinner, May 19 at St. Denis Party Center.

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The weather is good enough for the courses to open and golfers are taking advantage of the situation. Start the season swinging your club selections at about sixty per cent of your normal swing speed. Make sure that even though the swing is slower you still make a complete turn on the back swing. Work on the rhythm of your swing. Good rhythm consists of proper weight shift on the back swing and the down swing. Keep the club in front of you by turning your shoulders when initiating the back swing. The shoulder will be under the chin and the back will be facing the target at the completion of the back swing. Shifting the weight back to the lead foot will start the down swing. This will drop the hands down to the hitting area. Clear the lead hip and rotate your shoulders around with a pulling motion. Make sure that the hands are kept passive and the back elbow is kept tucked into the back hip. The club will release on the ball as you are pulling your shoulders into the finish position. The weight should be ninety to ninety five percent on the lead foot when contact is made on the ball. When the sequence of these events is in sync it is called the tempo or rhythm of the swing. The contact on the ball with good tempo should find the sweet spot on the club with regularity. Starting the season with less velocity in the swing makes it easy to find the temp. This will let you have a lot of in between yardage shot in your bag just by increasing or decreasing the velocity of your swing. Have fun! Talk to you soon. Robert Kacica is the golf professional at Rolling Green Golf Course, 15900 Mayfield Rd., Huntsburg. Call him there at 440-636-5171.


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Earth Day-Inspired Clean Up Celebrate Earth Day on April 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. by helping to clean up a 50- to 100-yearold bottle dump, Frohring Meadows, 16780 Savage Rd., Bainbridge Township. Participants won’t need to dig to discover glass, as much is on the surface. Geauga Park District will collect all historically significant discoveries, and recycle or properly dispose of the rest. This is an offtrail experience, so not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration is required for all ages at 440-286-9516 or, and limited to 40 due to the program’s huge popularity in 2010. Please bring gloves and a small hand trowel if you have one. Geauga Park District is also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Birding Tradition Continues The Annual Spring Bird Walk Series is part of a long-standing tradition in Greater Cleveland that provides opportunities to spot a wide variety of migrating birds. Geauga Park District will host six walks throughout April and May: April 10 at Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve, April 17 at Frohring Meadows, April 24 at The Rookery, May 1 at Eldon Russell Park, May 8 at Big Creek Park and May 15 at Swine Creek Reservation. All are Sundays from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. (Please note: A previous release incorrectly stated the walks occur in the evening.) Naturalists, volunteers, and seasoned bird-watchers, will actively assist all ages and take novices “under their wings” to observe and identify. “We pick the best park for the best bet for birds at a particular stage in the migration,” said Senior Naturalist Dan Best. “Then we share aspects of the bird’s ecology, like where it’s been wintering, where it’s going to breed and what it’s doing now, and conservation issues, like habitat loss and migration hazards, to foster a greater appreciation for the birds.”Other free spring bird walks are sponsored by the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Metroparks, Lake County Metroparks and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. Registration is not required. Dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and a bird guide. Geauga Park District is also online on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Call 440-2869516 for more information.

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Keeping Your Pets Safe Anyone who has experienced the heartbreak of losing a pet knows that responsible pet ownership requires more than food, water and shelter. The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) encourages pet owners to outfit their animals with an updated ID tag and microchip. Even the most well-behaved dog or a strictly indoor cat could be at risk of slipping through an open door, clawing through window screens or climbing over a backyard fence. As many as 8 million dogs and cats across the United States enter animal shelters each year, and less than 2 percent of cats and 15 to 30 percent of dogs are reunited with their owners. Make sure your pet wears a collar and ID tag at all times that includes your name, your pet’s name, and your phone number and address. Implanting a microchip is an inexpensive and effective means of identification in the event your pet’s collar comes off. A microchip is a small electronic chip enclosed in a tiny glass cylinder that is placed under the skin. This chip contains your pet’s identification number, which is used to look up your contact information in the microchip registry database. If your pet is lost, the chip can be activated by a scanner, common in veterinary clinics and animal shelters. Make sure the microchip is registered (most are at the time of implantation) and updating the information every time you move or change your phone number.


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located in 322 Claridon Barns 13065 Mayfield Rd. Chardon 440-285-2509 •

Clear Out Your Clutter. Sell it in the Middlefield Post classifieds. Call today 440-632-0782

For sale

Gestetner DSc 38 Printer • Printer has always been under service/maintenance contract. • Well maintained. • Has printed 73,638 BW copies and 83,222 color copies, still has plenty of life left. • Full Color 28 ppm • Black & White 38 ppm • 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution • Duplex printing • Paper Sizes: 5.5” x 8.5” thru 12” x 18” • Network Protocols: TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, NetBEUI, AppleTalk • Operating Systems: Windows 95/98/NT 4.0/2000/Me, Macintosh 7.61 or later

Price: $300.00 firm. Printer sold as is. Locally owned. 800-259-5869

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT Large 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments No Pets South Wood ApArtmentS 8140 South Wood Dr. • Garrettsville • 330 527-4150

Ken’s Auto Body, Inc. 14430 Main Market Rd.(Rt. 422) • Burton Phone (440) 834-1293 Toll-Free (888) 601-8380 Fax# (440) 834-1112

ken zwolinski

Alternative Energy Supplier • Since 1980 A Battery For Every Application WHOLESALE & RETAIL DISTRIBUTOR • golf • solar panels • marine • auto • truck • rv • watches • cell phone • camera • flashlights We Buy Your Old Batteries!

Serving Northeast Ohio Since 1988

Brooks Repair

Building Materials

• Metal and Vinyl Siding • Steel Truss Buildings • Cannon Ball Track • Metal Roofing • Shingles • Door Frames & Accessories

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Great Day Child Care Learning Center

Byler Construction

Where Customers Send Their Friends

14810 Madison Road Middlefield, OH 44062

from an intimate dinner for 2 to a backyard bash for 400

Pho: 440-632-1832 • Fax: 440-632-5482

for Casual Custom Catering

Email: www.

Call for a free consultation



Great Day Management, Inc.

Call 440.667.2897 for a Free Estimate



Colonial Structures Inc. Winston-Salem, N.C.

Julie Howes

Authorized Local Dealer REALTOR with Howard Hanna 440.477.7864

Local Amish Craftsmen are Ready to Build Your Dream Home

If you can dream it, we can build it!

440-286-6211 • 440-477-6691 800-331-3325 Celebrating our 25th Anniversary


Most energy efficient of all wood available Sell three ways *Kit Only *Rough-In *Turn-Key Lifetime warranty against termites and decay Priced for all budgets, delivery in 30 days Many plans to choose or use your own plan

13862 Old State Rd. Middlefield, OH 44062

Chain Saws • Chains • Bars Oils • Files • Wedges Trimmers • Accessories

We We Sharpen Chains & Blades Repair! We Have Gas Cans in Stock

14530 Butternut Road • 440-834-1196 Open: Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm

GRAND RIVER PET CARE CENTER, LLC lots of personal Dog Boarding with attention for your pet!

440.548.2170 • • • •

Peaceful location in the country! Lots of exercise and personal attention! Climate controlled for your pet’s comfort! Reasonable rates and multi-pet discounts!

P.O. Box 691, Parkman 44080 •



Joe’s Saw Shop Buyer of All Types of Metal Industrial and Commercial Container Service

• New Homes IN BUSINESS SINcE 1986 • Pole Barns • Additions • Remodeling • General Contracting • Carpentry • Siding • Roofing

$30 off Registration for new clients.

Cedar Log Homes

440-632-3455 Fax: 440-632-0155


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Danielle Hensley, Director

Quality work References 5 year Warranty on labor Special low rate financing available

Call to schedule your appointment

Melvin J. Mast 13828 Bundysburg Rd., Middlefield • 440-632-0093 (let ring)


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2 6 ye a r s ex p e r i e n c e

• Oil Change • Brakes • Shocks • Tires • Exhaust Systems

Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm Saturdays by appointment

440.632.1846 call any time 15789 Old State Rd.(Rt 608) Middlefield • 8a-7p M-F; 8a-4p Sat

q Room additions ~In-law suites ~Great rooms q Pole barns q Garages

ATV, Motorcycle, Car & Small Truck Repair

Mast Metal Sales


Greg Tarr, Proprietor Huntsburg, Ohio






Trade-In On New Saws

wanted LOGS

Buying standing timber and saw logs. Removal by horse or machine.

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7377 Wiswell Rd. • Windsor, OH 44099

ADVERTISE your company here! Call Today to Reserve Your Space at 440.632.0782 Deadline for the May 11 issue is Monday, May 2

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ATV TechnicAl clinic April 28 5-6pm refreshmenTs & Door prizes

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