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Middlef ieldPOST Volume 8 ~ Issue 12

February 5, 2014

Serving Middlefield, Parkman, Huntsburg and Surrounding Communities

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Secrets to Lasting Marriages By Nancy Huth and Christina Porter

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our couples in Middlefield who have been married over 50 years were asked what the secret of their long life together is and what advice they would give to young couples Lee and considering marriage today. Here are their Jeanne answers. Speck Arlin and Clara Becker have been married 55 years. Their secret is good health and being able to forgive one another. Their advice is to make sure you can pay the bills. Ed and Naomi Pollari have been married 57 years. They married young, at ages 19 and 21 and have never considered ending their marriage. They feel faith in God and love for each other helped them survive times of disappointment and the many issues facing a married couple. They advise that couples consider their vows seriously as a life commitment, trust and respect one another, express their love openly, be ready to apologize, look for blessings in life, pray together and remember that tomorrow the sun will shine (even in northeast Ohio).

By Christina Porter


Lee and Jeanne Speck have been together 58 years and say they have worked together continually to make a successful marriage. Their advice is not to expect to have

Bill and Linda Angstrom

married 54 years. Their secret is simply to love one another. They Ed and feel couples must realize Naomi from the start that marriage is life-long commitment. Pollari everything After marriage, be prepared at first; if to compromise, compromise, you want compromise. everything now, Take it from the experts. Marry then it’s better to wait when you are ready, live on love and for marriage. respect, and be grateful for your spouse Bill and Linda Angstrom have been and the many small blessings life brings.

Fascinating Flake Facts

now is a mineral, just like diamonds over 5,000 stunning crystals, he died of like counting how many words Europeans and salt. At the center of almost every pneumonia. have for love. We’ve all heard that no two snow crystal is a tiny mote of dust, We have quite a few misconceptions snowflakes are alike, but that isn’t true. which can be anything from Many crystals are almost identical volcanic ash to a particle from in their early stages of growth, and outer space. As the crystal some of the fully formed ones are grows around that speck, its very similar. Most snowflakes don’t shape is altered by humidity, look like the lacy decorations that temperature and wind, and the kids cut from folded paper either. history of a flake’s descent to Flakes are generally bunches of Earth is recorded in its intricate perfectly symmetrical crystals stuck design. A snow crystal can be together. 50 times as wide as it is thick, There are occasional reports so even though crystals can be of red, yellow, or black snow falling lab grown to more than two from the sky, probably due to inches across, they’re generally pollen, windblown dust, or ash far thinner than a piece of and soot. We know better than to paper. Freshly fallen snow is eat the yellow snow, but don’t eat typically 90 to 95 percent air, the red snow, either. “Watermelon which is what makes it a good snow,” ruddy-tinted drifts that smell thermal insulator. According like fresh watermelon, gets its color to Guinness World Records, from a species of pigmented algae the largest snowflake ever that grows in ice. The snow tastes recorded was a 15-incher that Scouts, Bradley Hill, Ray Kozelka and Blake Reinhart from Parkman Pack great, but eating it will give you the besieged Fort Keogh, Montana 76 enjoyed the snow on Jan. 24 in Parkman. runs. Thundersnow is something in 1887. Wilson A. Bentley was many of us will never experience. about snow. Don’t buy the urban legend known as The Snowflake Man. He took the It’s a blizzard with visible lightning, and it’s that Inuit cultures have hundreds of words first photographs of snow crystals in 1885 by very rare. But some scientists hypothesize for snow. Many linguists say there are so attaching a bellows camera to a microscope that all lightning is born of snow that’s just many Inuit dialects and so many ways to and manipulating his frozen subjects with Continued on page 2 break down and interpret words that it’s a severed turkey wing. After capturing

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out of sight - ice crystals in clouds that collide and generate electricity. Due to our increasing passion for skiing and snowmobiling, avalanche fatalities in the United States have risen sharply in the last 50 years. About 270 people have died that way in the past decade, roughly a fifth of them in Colorado. There’s no need to whisper, though. Shouting, yodeling, and most other loud sounds cannot trigger an avalanche. Here’s another snow danger. Too much snow can drive a person crazy. Pibloktoq, a little-understood hysteria seen in people living in the Arctic, can cause a wide range of symptoms, including echolalia (senseless repetition of overheard words) and running around naked in the snow. We don’t have it as bad here in Geauga as we sometimes think. The whitest place in the United States is Valdez, Alaska, near the site of the infamous oil spill, which receives an average of 326 inches of snow a year. But it doesn’t snow very much at the poles. Most blizzards there are made up of old snow that is blowing around. In Antarctica, the hard, flat snow reflects sound waves with incredible efficiency. Some researchers say they have heard human voices a mile away. Now that you know all these new things about snow, get out there and enjoy and marvel in it. Before you know it, it will be gone for the year.


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is often hollow in the middle. When the Geauga and surrounding counties snow roller grows too large for the wind to recently experienced a strange and rare propel it farther, it stops, winter weather marvel but some have been that many had never known to grow as large as before seen. Blustery barrels. According to the winds sculpted snow in National Weather Service, open fields into fanciful snow rollers need just the shapes known as snow right combination of light, rollers. Strong winds pick sticky snow, strong (but not up moist snow and blow it along the ground. The Snow rollers - Middlefield Library. too strong) winds and cold temperatures to form. It’s rollers grow layer by layer been about 10 years since snow rollers were as they’re rolled along by the wind and reported in western Pennsylvania. eventually build a cylinder of snow, which


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Advertiser Index Agape Christian Academy.................24 AJ&J Roll-off Containers.....................07 Amish Home Craft................................11 Aunties Antique Mall...........................17 B&M Tool..................................................13 B&K Salvage............................................11 Best Funeral Home...............................24 Birth Right...............................................22 Body By Vi................................................23 Brandon Drabek....................................22 Burton Auto............................................10 Burton Floral...........................................16 C. A. Miller Custom Woodworking.09 C&B Recycling........................................16 Caldwell Pools.......................................22 Caldwell Tax............................................22 Chow Down............................................07 Coffee Creek Weld Shop.....................13 Cold Nose Companions.....................03 Cornerstone Bible................................25 Country Arts and Jewelry..................14 Countryside Furniture.........................25 Crosscut Country .................................13 Crossroads Country Café...................18


A Look Back in Time............................ 03 Cardinal Schools.................................. 08 Berkshire Schools ............................... 09 Out ‘N’ About........................................ 15

D&L Flooring..........................................13 D&S Farm & Garden Supply..............16 David RS Saw Shop..............................13 Dutch Country Restaurant................14 Ecowater Servicesoft...........................12 El Hombre Barber Shop......................24 El Patron...................................................28 Fisher Flooring.......................................12 Frank Agency.........................................04 Frey’s Paints............................................11 Geauga Bow...........................................05 Geauga Credit Union..........................17 Geauga Park District............................06 Geauga Vision........................................22 Grandma’s Garden...............................14 Grandview........................................06, 09 H&R Block................................................08 Hershberger’s Housewares...............16 Honest Scales.........................................18 Ian Suzelis, D.O......................................21 JDs Post House......................................10 John’s Photography.............................10 Journey Health Care & Chiropractic. 21

the office at 440-632-0782, by Feb. 12. The winner will be announced in the Feb. 19 issue of The Middlefield Post. If you live outside of the Middlefield area, we will call you if you are the winner. Congratulations to Theresa Miller who won the contest from the Jan. 22 issue, dinner for two at Dutch Family Restaurant, by finding the phrase, “Dinner at Dutch.”

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Kent State University - Geauga .......09 Kingdom’s Gate Photography..........17 Kleve Insurance Agency.....................21 Kurtz Salvage.........................................12 Lake Health Systems...........................20 Lakeside Sand & Gravel......................05 Laminate Flooring / John Byler.......11 Light House Church UMC..................25 M & W Coleman.....................................11 Max Herr Well Drilling.........................21 MC Studios .............................................10 Merryfield Electric, Inc........................22 Middlefield Cheese..............................17 Middlefield Clinic..................................23 Middlefield Original Cheese Co-op.04 Mullet’s Harness....................................12 MulletsFootwear Country Cedar.....13 Nauvoo Family Bakery........................16 Newbury Printing & More.................03 Newbury Sandblasting & Painting.06 Orwell Window & Door.......................11 Pine Valley Bolts....................................17 Pleasant Valley Woodworking.........12

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Reba’s Second Look.............................16 Russell Funeral Services.....................23 Scheid’s Enterprises.............................18 Selinick.....................................................07 Sheffield Monuments.........................25 Spring Fling Craft Bonanza ..............18 Stankus Heating & Cooling...............05 State Rd Battery....................................17 Stoltzfus...................................................13 Studio For Hair.......................................03 Stutzman Bros. Lumber......................19 Sweeper Man.........................................03 Tai Pan......................................................03 The Barn Treasures...............................16 Triple S Construction...........................12 Troyer Millworks....................................13 Turos Law................................................07 United Way..............................................22 Uptowne Barber...................................22 Vista Hearing Instruments.................23 Watson’s 87 Furniture..........................04 Windsor Stairs and Millwork.............19 Yoder’s Fabrics.......................................17

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This picture shows the north side of Route 87 taken in 1915. Preparations are underway to pave the street for the first time. Up until then, all the streets in the village were dirt and generally nothing but mud every time it rained. The picture is showing the work involved in creating the base to lay the cement on.  I am not sure asphalt was readily available and early on most of the village streets were paved with cement.  All the buildings in the back ground are still standing with the building on the far left being “Middlefield Tavern” and the one next to it is now “Totally Fit”. The wagon in the background is a popcorn and peanut wagon.

This picture was taken about 10 years after the previous picture and shows the south side of Route 87 across the street from the other picture. This area today is currently the parking lot for Middlefield Bank. This is one of my favorite early pictures of  downtown Middlefield because is clearly shows signage on the buildings.  The building on the far left is the Shetler Rackett Store that was owned by the parents of Garland Shetler.  Competition didn’t seem to bother business owners because two ice cream type businesses are located nearly next door to each other.  Upstairs in the far right building was a barber shop owned by Orville Burnett, standing out front on the left.  The other gentleman is D. E. Shetler.

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By Nancy Huth

Meet Gilberta Town

If you heard the word “prevaricate,” could you spell it? This is the type of word that is given to grade school spelling bee champs. One person who could spell it would be Gilberta Sawyer Town, a long time resident of Middlefield who was the spelling bee champ in her third, fifth and sixth grades and represented Geauga County at the Cleveland Press spelling contest years ago. It’s no wonder she graduated as valedictorian of Middlefield High School in 1947. Gilberta’s parents came to live in Middlefield when they were young; her father later worked for Johnson Rubber and her mother for White Brothers grocery store. After high school Gilberta attended Kent State and majored in elementary education. However, her teaching career was put on hold when she married Wilton K. Town, also a Middlefield graduate, in 1948. The two became the proud parents of Kenneth and Roxanne, both Cardinal High School graduates. During those years Giberta became Alfred J. Jordak’s (school superintendent) first secretary, a position she held while also being clerk-treasurer of the Middlefield Local School District for approximately five years. Her position with Middlefield, later Cardinal Schools, lasted over 32 years. There she served mostly as secretary to the principals of Jordak Elementary School. Gilberta was also the Methodist Church historian for 25 years and wrote three church histories. The East Ohio Methodist Conference recognized her in 2009 as Historian of the Year. Gilberta’s parents were both musical. Entertainment in the depression’s 1930s,

when people didn’t have much, often consisted of neighbors gathering around the piano and singing. Music became dear to her heart, and she learned to play the saxophone in elementary school, which evolved into her becoming a member of the Middlefield High School band. She also served as piano accompanist for the high school chorus during her high school years. This passion for music later led her into membership in Middlefield’s Progressive Music Club from 1949 until it disbanded in 2007. She served as organist at the First United Methodist Church in Middlefield for over 31 years, retiring from that position in summer, 1994. While organist and pianist she also played for many weddings and other occasions. Even though she is retired and 84 years old, she remains active as secretary of the Middlefield Historical Society, where she has been either treasurer or secretary since her school position ended in 1985. She still plays piano for her own enjoyment and provides musical background for the church’s “God Shares a Meal” every other month. Her most cherished possession is her mother’s piano. Husband Wilton passed away in April of 2000, and her children reside in Maine and Missouri. She is the grandmother of two and great-grandmother of four. Keeping busy allows her to maintain an independent lifestyle and to enjoy the satisfaction of community service even at age 84. Middlefield has been good to her, and she appreciates a lifetime spent here. And, Gilberta, you have been good to Middlefield.

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GCPL Introduces Hoopla™ Digital Downloads Geauga County Public Library is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. All patrons need is a valid library card. GCPL card holders may download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. Patrons are able to borrow up to six hoopla selections per month with their GCPL cards. Movies and television shows are available on patrons’ devices for three days after check out. Music is available for seven days. Audiobooks are available 21 days. Hoopla digital’s interface and sign-up process are simple to navigate, so it’s easy to get to the collection of listening and viewing materials. There’s also no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, albums or audiobooks.  And hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees. To access the system on a mobile device, patrons need to visit or download the free hoopla digital app from the App Store on an Android or IOS device. Simply select ‘Sign Up’ to get started. There is no need to download an app or extension for your internet browser.  The Geuaga Library System hopes you enjoy this new service; let them know what you think. Middlefield Library is located at 16167 E. High St. (44062). Call 440-632-1961 or visit

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Burton Library Chess Tournament Feb. 8: Grades 6 through 8 at 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 15: Grades 9 through12 at 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22: Adults at 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This tournament is Swiss-type, providing each player with four games. Three certificates will be awarded in each division. Prior tournament competition is not necessary. Players should bring their own standard chess sets and snacks or a lunch and beverage. Players are expected to complete all four of their games. There is no entrance fee required, but players must register in advance by calling 440-834-4466.

Burton Library Book Sale A book sale to benefit the Burton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be held Saturday, Feb.15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Burton Public Library’s Book Cellar, 14588 W. Park Street (44021). Books, puzzles, sheet music, magazines and more. Proceeds benefit library programs. For information, or to volunteer, call 440-834-4466.


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Red Key Network Up for Top Award By Kim Breyley On Feb. 26, the Red Key Network, a Geauga County women’s business networking organization, will be considered along with four other northeast Ohio networking groups for the title of Women’s Networking Organization of the Year. Each year Cleveland Business Connects, a B2B magazine, announces its list of nominees for the Connectors Choice Awards. Susan Swartzwelder, founder of the Red Key Network (RKN) is thrilled. The RNK, born out a Swartzwelder’s need for business connections, interaction and support, has grown from the initial group of 11, in June 2011, to having just signed its 94th member in late January. Swartzwelder was running a home-based fledgling business, the OPS Network (Operations Planning Support), a support company that gives much-needed tools to start-up businesses. As she puts it, “I worked from home with no office interface or opportunity to network and build a business base.” After sharing this struggle, she soon found she was not alone. “By our third meeting, we had 44 women, so I knew we were onto something.” What she most respects in the organization is that it’s the woman, not the business being developed. It’s about women helping women with no drama or cattiness. The Red Key Network is an empowering organization, not a competitive one, with members whose ages range from their early 20s to their 70s, with the majority being in their 40s to 60s. Initially, Susan did it all as executive director, from recruiting, to web design and maintenance, to grant writing and anything else that had to be done. This year she will step down from that position to more effectively meet the demands of the growing OPS Network. Since January 2012, RKN has had an active, very supportive board. In 2014, Carol Peter, owner of Cold Nose Companions in Chardon, will chair the Board. She was part of that initial meeting in 2011 and recalls, “I started Cold Nose Companions in 2009, and had done some marketing, but because I had worked for 20 years in Cuyahoga County, I had no base of friends or business connections in Geauga County.” The Red Key Network provided her the opportunity to meet women of kindred spirit and like goals, and to build a network of business acquaintances closer to home. Lori Gorrell, board secretary and professional coach/consultant with Upward Solutions Coaching and Consulting, notes a similar experience. She’s lived in Geauga County since 2002, but was working in

Cuyahoga, so when it came time to move her business home, she was lacking local connections and support. She says, “My business has grown exponentially because of the RKN, but what I enjoy even more is the opportunity to witness the success of the individual women and of the group. I leave each meeting completely energized because I get to interact with women to whom I can provide real support.” Angela Rzeszotarski, Red Key board member, manages a territory for Toshiba but joined this group to help satisfy her aspirations to one day head her own business. She recalls her first meeting, “When I entered the room, I was immediately welcomed which is not always the case in groups of women who already know each other. Also, I noticed some women represented similar businesses but there was no nasty competition. Everyone supported each other.” Susan Paolo is the branch manager/ financial planner for Wells Fargo Advisors in Chardon. Her role in her second year on the board is vice chairperson. Les Bednar, formerly administrative manager with Geauga Growth Partnership, will lead the network this year as executive director. She too has been around since the beginning. She fell perfectly in the role as liaison between the two organizations and says, “I wanted this job because Red Key is at a point where it needs the empowerment it has always provided for the membership. Women have always strengthened women, but when organized under a mission that is focused on education, mentoring and support, this effectiveness moves from strengthening to empowering. RKN provides a safe environment and at the same time encourages women to take risks and that is what our members are doing.” Thanks to the grant writing efforts of Swartzwelder the RKN will receive $10,000 for strategic planning. This process will be facilitated by Carol Willen of the Lakeland Nonprofit and Public Service Center. This board agrees that the future is bright for the Network and due to its strong and committed members, growth will not be an uphill battle. For more information about the Red Key Network, go to www. Stand back and watch them grow. Note: The Red Key Network will be featured at the Feb. 7, Geauga Economic Leadership Breakfast at Kent State Geauga, 7:30 a.m.

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how you will solve problems and create value for your customers. Make sure every associate understands your Mission – that includes all employees, vendors, subcontractors and service providers. Inspiration and Imagination Dream - Vision is not projecting the present forward incrementally. Too often the approach is “Lets see, we sold X this year so 3 percent growth is 1.03 times X, which should be good for next year”. This is not vision. Vision is all about folding a view of the future back into the present! Vision is your sustaining power; it allows you to “get up and go” every day, no matter what current conditions are (or seem to be). You need dedicated time each week to let your inspiration and imagination work; to think about and nurture your vision. • State what you believe is the passion that drives you / your business. Why did you start your business? What were your drivers? • What is your “distant shore” and where/ what do you want your business to be? (This should be a “stretch” goal, not a linear projection of the present) • What do you see as any constraints on reaching this destination? • Do you have a plan to overcome any constraints? What needs to happen? Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it. ~ Proverbs 15:16 Next time we will focus on Time Based Competition.


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Polar Vortex By Scott J. Hunt

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The last couple of weeks, school districts across the state and the country have suffered the grip of the  Polar Vortex. In Ohio, schools are allotted five calamity days that can be used for weather or other situations that would warrant the closing of school. At Cardinal, we have used more than the allotted five days. Currently, schools are waiting to see if Governor Kasich’s proposal to add a onetime request of four additional calamity days will be approved by the state Board of Education. Closing school is never an easy decision to make. There are no clear-cut guidelines or policy regarding the closing of school especially when we deal with weather that is unpredictable. This is the process used when considering closing school due to weather conditions: Monitor weather reports and information. Beginning at about 4:30 a.m., the superintendent will contact the transportation department and our snow plowing service to check on road conditions in the event of snow. The superintendent will also communicate with area superintendents beginning at about 4:30 a.m. to monitor the conditions in their districts and to discuss

to possibility of cancelling school. This communication is on going throughout the morning. Typically, a final decision to cancel school or not is made by about 5:30 a.m. If there is a decision to cancel school, the superintendent will begin the process of informing the community and staff. The local television and radio stations are informed and an Infinite Campus Emergency Messenger notification is sent to the staff and community. The decision to cancel school is sometimes a difficult one for several reasons: Weather conditions are variable in different parts of the district because of our geographic size. The condition of the roads will factor into the decision. If the roads are clear, we will attend school. The condition of the roads is often predicated on when the storm hits and its level of intensity at certain times. For example, a storm that hits at 3 or 4 a.m. is a much greater challenge for road crews than one that hits the evening before at 11 p.m. or midnight. The temperature will factor into the decision. If the temperature is too severe, then a decision to cancel school without a great deal of snow may be made. In addition, weather conditions will be monitored closely throughout the morning. If the severe weather is ending in a reasonable enough time for the roads to be cleared, school may not be cancelled. If the weather is expected  to  become more severe throughout the day, school may be cancelled, even if the snow is limited during that early morning time.  Of course, there are many other factors that go into this decision, thereby making it a challenging one. Cancelling school or staying open is sometimes a “no win” decision, but the final decision is made based on the best interest and safety of our students. Please feel free to contact me via email or in the office at 440-632-0261.

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Future City competetors from Cardinal Middle School (students, l-r) Brendan White, Hayden Cummins and Hanna Traggiai) (far left) teacher, Shaun Spence (far right) volunteer engineer/ mentor, Jason Traggiai. (Post Photo/ CMS)

Future City Competitors During the first semester, students from Cardinal Middle School participated in the Future City Competition program put on by National Engineer’s Week. Students worked together to create a name, location, and various aspects for a future city.  The students also tackle a major problem within the city and research the best ways to solve it.  This year the problem involved transportation and congestion in a city.  Teacher Shaun Spence and volunteer engineer/ mentor Jason Traggiai worked along with Debbie Morgan (Geauga ESC Gifted Coordinator) to guide the students in the various steps of the Future City program.  This culminated with three eighth graders representing Cardinal in Columbus for the competition held at Columbus State Community College on Jan. 18.  Leading up to the actual competition, approximately 40

middle school students (grades six through eight) helped participate in various forms of the Future City program. This included creating a research paper, city narrative, virtual city (using Sim City software), and a 3D model of the city.  The three eighth-grade students (Hanna Traggiai, Hayden Cummins, and Brendan White) prepared a presentation to share before a panel of judges in Columbus. CMS didn’t place in the overall competition, but did receive a few special awards.  Cardinal won first place in Best Architectural Model and Best Land Surveying categories. CMS was also runner-up in the Rookie of the Year Award - given to the top placers among first time participating schools. Overall, the Future City experience was a very rewarding one for students and a proud moment for Cardinal. 

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On Feb. 18, The State Board of Education will be holding their board meeting at Kent State Geauga from 5-8 p.m. for the purpose of hearing from residents/people on the proposed consolidation of Berkshire and Newbury School Districts.

Berkshire Participates in the Scripps Spelling Bee Congratulations to all students who participated in the Berkshire Spelling Bee on Jan. 15! The students are: Lauren Barcikoski, Georgia Lillibridge, Eli Ray, Jude Connors, Kylie Neumore, Justin Heiden, Garrett Hastings, Shayla Grimmer, David Keough, Ian Hotchkiss, Matthew Politzer, Alex Bates, Andy McKinney and Mallory Millet. Our winner, Lenny Barcikoski, will go on to the County Bee to compete. Lauren Barcikoski is our runner up! Great job !

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Notable Athletes Senior Wrestler TJ Malkus and junior swimmer Becca Porter were selected as December’s Student-Athletes of the Month. During the month of December, TJ Malkus recorded his 100th career victory. He also finished fifth at the Kenston Invitational and finished the month with a 10-3 overall record. This was all after coming back from an early season injury. TJ wrestles in the 126 lb. weight class. Becca was selected after finishing 13th out of 43 girls in the 200 IM and ninth of 64 in the 100 yard breaststroke at the Chardon Invitational. She then finished 11th of 37 in the 200 IM and 13th out of 50 in the 100 yard breaststroke at the Coverleaf Stampede. Berkshire’s Student-Athletes of the Month are nominated by the in season coaches, and then voted on by the Berkshire High School Staff and Berkshire Coaching Staff. Special mention for the month of December went to Jarett Smetana of boys basketball and Peyton Neumore of girls basketball.

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By Christina Porter The library stood in a rural, Amish community, a curious amalgamation with all the amenities of modern libraries, such as music, movies, graphic novels and audio books residing alongside books on hunting, flint making, bee keeping, quilting and making goats’ milk soap. The new, cheery, sun-filled building offered, among other services, the option of a drivethrough window. As this branch boasted the largest Inspirational and Western book collections in the state to serve the large Amish patronage, the outside parking had been planned to include buggy parking. The staff was accustomed to executing unusual and time-consuming tasks for their Amish patrons, and always welcomed the challenges the unconventional requests precipitated. One quiet Wednesday morning, an Amish man appeared in front of the information desk, hat in hand. “They told me to come down here,” he said even before the librarian looked up from her work. “Yes,” Maria said, “what can I do to help you?” “I need help to pick books for my Sarah.” Maria smiled. The man was bearded, therefore married, so she automatically assumed these books were for either his wife or daughter. “What sort of books does Sarah like ?” “Ones about history mostly. The stories about history.” “Non-fiction? Biographies?” He stood staring, visibly uncomfortable, so the librarian rose from the desk and led him to the nonfiction section. He frowned at the selections about historical events and said, “She likes the books about people”. Maria nodded, turned the corner and carefully chose a biography about Harriet Tubman. “Books like these ?” “I guess. But she likes to read mostly about royalty. “ “A Princess Di biography? This one is all about her wedding.” He slowly shook his head. “No. More adventure.” “Follow me,” Maria said, heading toward the Inspirational section, the most

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“Now you’re on track!” The man called out excitedly. The horse accepted the trilogy and three other novels. “Well, Sarah,” Maria said, “it has been a pleasure working with you”. The horse released another of her soft sighs and bobbed her lovely head three times before moving forward until the buggy was framed in the window. Maria handed the books and the library card to the man. “Mr. Miller, if you’d like, I could keep track of what you take out and keep my eye open for additional titles that Sarah would like.” “Sarah and me would appreciate that.” Maria watched the buggy pull out and through the parking lot. Her imagination soared as she envisioned the horse in her stall, book propped up and reading lantern burning bright into the wee hours of the morning. Then she imagined the man and horse sitting together on the floor of the stall as he read to her in a soft voice, his inflection changing slightly as he altered his voice for the dialogue of different characters. Always a dreamer, as Maria closed and latched the drive-through window, she decided she preferred to believe that Sarah read the books by herself and that they sat, man and horse, each with their own book, reading far into the night in the quiet comfort of each others’ company.

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In 2011, the latest year for which reliable numbers are available, Amish settlements were scattered as far west as Colorado, south to Texas and northeast into Maine. At that time, 28 states as well as the Canadian providence of Ontario had Amish communities. (Most Amish migrate to search for inexpensive land and/or to flee encroaching urban sprawls.) Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana still hosted almost two thirds of America’s Amish population, which at that time totaled about 261,000. The Old Order Amish form church communities or districts. Each member hosts church in turn. And each community follows the Ordnung (which means “order” in German). The Ordnung consists of districtspecific regulations, usually unwritten, that are passed on by practice and oral tradition. The regulations are meant to apply the biblical principle of “separation from the world” to issues such as clothing, use of mass media, technology, and leisure activities. The regulations both proscribe and prescribe appropriate behavior. Actually, as all aspects of Amish life are dictated by this list of rules, you can think of the Ordnung as outlining the basics of the Amish faith and defining what it means to be Amish. For example, the Ordnung has a say in almost every aspect of one’s lifestyle, from dress and hair length to buggy style and farming techniques. As part of their

Ordnung, Old Order Amish forbid owning an automobile; tapping electricity from public utility lines; owning a television, radio, or personal computer; attending high school or college; joining the military and initiating divorce. The Ordnung varies from community to community and order to order, which for example, explains why Amish women from Lancaster wear prayer caps shaped differently from those worn by Amish women here in Geauga. Members agree to obey the Ordnung at the time of baptism, with the clear understanding that they will be subject to church discipline, and perhaps even excommunication, if they break that vow. Church leaders update the regulations as new issues arise, usually with input from district members. Controversial issues—the use of cell phones, computers for work, fancy furniture, or matters of dress—receive attention at Members Meetings. Disagreements over the details of the Ordnung can sometimes become contentious. Members of each congregation affirm their district’s Ordnung twice a year, following the regular service just preceding the spring and the fall communion services. At this time, called the Ordnungsgemee, the rules of the Ordnung are presented aloud after which members are asked to give assent.

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After celebrating m a n y   V a l e n t i n e ’s Days together with my husband, I have just about run out of original ideas to make it more interesting. We have done the heart shaped box of candy, the poetic cards and romantic movies, which Ron calls chick flicks. Well, I finally came up with one more thought since the special day is around the corner - a “heart healthy” dinner for two. What could be better than treating your loved one to a meal prepared with the right ingredients to strengthen the heart and lower cholesterol? So much for romance. Pouring through recipes, I felt encouraged that we would soon be on our way to a long healthy life. After all, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Get ready for some competition, Cupid. Since the special day is coming soon I felt a practice dinner would be in order. I found the perfect recipe that boasted of containing heart healthy ingredients and being very easy to make. Ron waited with hungry anticipation as I carefully prepared the chicken and stuffing and placed it all in the oven. After about a half hour, according to the instructions, our meal was ready to be savored and enjoyed. Did I say enjoy? This dinner definitely gave the word “tasteless” new meaning. Bite after bite offered no improvement and the saltshaker got a real workout.

Here are my new instructions for making this meal; prepare chicken and stuffing as directed, place in hot oven to bake, open window, open oven door, toss chicken out the window along with the recipe. I know that sounds wasteful, but there are starving deer outside who would love to have a meal or two tossed their way. I’ll be sure to throw a cup of salt out along with it. If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, I missed the mark this time. I can almost hear Cupid laughing. How about a heart shaped pizza this Valentine’s Day, Honey? Now that’s straight from the heart.

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(left) Noah Best plays lacrosse at the Painesville Heritage Middle School. Contact them, ask about one week of free lacrosse lessons for boys and girls grades 3-8. A winter clinic is currently being held. Painesville Heritage Middle School, 135 Cedarbrook Lane, Painesville, 440-392-5250.

On Monday, Jan. 27, Emma Miller of Amish Home Craft hosted 12 students from Prague, escorted by Kent State University main campus staff. Lynda Nemeth (back right) of Geauga County Tourism organized the visit. Freeman Miller (local Amish resident, not in photo) spoke to the group about all aspects of Amish life.

Parkman Pack 76 served dinner to area residents at the Parkman Community House on Jan. 24. (above, l-r) Blake Reinhart, Sandra Rought, Wesley Soltis, Holly Soltis and Casey Smith.

Charlie Ehrhart, Middlefield Village utilities director was honored by the Parkman Township Trustees. For more than 35 years, Charlie has maintained the Township cemetery on Bundysburg Road, on his personal time. (l-r) Don Villers, former trustee; Charlie Ehrhart; Nancy Ferguson, former trustee; Kevin O’Reilly, former trustee.

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Reducing, reusing and recycling benefits our community, our environment and future generations. The best way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Buy used when possible, look for new items with less packaging, maintain and repair what you can, and increase your use of reusable over disposable products. With a little imagination, you can find a number of uses for items that may save you having to purchase something comparable to serve the same purpose. But we all create waste, and the best way to deal with it is by recycling. It’s easy to recycle plastic, glass and cans at Middlefield’s drop site at 14737 Ehrhart Dr., off of Thompson Dr. just past the high school. Paper, magazines and phone books can be recycled on the way at the high school. If you have metals to recycle, you may be able to clean out and clean up. Honest Scales Recycling pays cash for all types of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals while offering supreme customer service. They handle light scrap metals like aluminum, copper and brass and heavy metal objects like motors, appliances and cars. Owner Paul Miller has 17 years of experience in the recycling industry and accepts scrap metals such as, but not limited to, aluminum, brass, copper, steel, cast iron and wrought

iron. Honest Scales even accepts computer towers, electronics, electric motors, radiators and appliances. But if you have an old refrigerator or air conditioner, be aware that the Freon must be properly removed according to legal regulations before bringing it in. Do you have an old non-running vehicle that is becoming an eyesore? Honest Scales also pays cash for junk cars, but you must bring in a title along with the vehicle. If the car is not in your name, the title must be notarized, and Paul can do that for you right at Honest Scales. They will get rid of computer monitors for

you, but there is no cash value in them, so disposal of them is simply one of the many community services they offer. They receive a lot of calls about TVs, but televisions are one appliance they cannot accept. Roll off boxes are available through them, and they also have a clean out service if you don’t want to tackle the job of clearing out a garage, basement or barn yourself. If you are in doubt about what Honest Scales takes and what they will pay you for, give them a call at 440-632-3083. They are located at 15535 Burton-Windsor Road in Middlefield, just off of Route 608.

“The case for recycling is strong. The bottom line is clear. Recycling requires a trivial amount of our time. Recycling saves money and reduces pollution. Recycling creates more jobs than landfilling or incineration. And a largely ignored but very important consideration, recycling reduces our need to dump our garbage in someone else’s backyard.” ~ David Morris

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By Ginny Mullenax Frugal = Fun Resale - Unusual Gems - And Less. Frugal can take on a lot of meanings, but they all boil down to one word - savings. The dictionary defines frugal as “characterized by thriftiness and avoidance of waste and involving very little expense.” There are many ways to be frugal and one is spending less money by shopping at a consignment or resale shop. And why would you shop resale? The seemingly obvious reason to shop at these stores would, at first glance, only to spend less and save money. And that part is true. You can buy products in these stores at a fraction of what the item would cost new. You can start a collection, furnish a dorm room, a summer cottage, a camper or RV or re-decorate your home, all at a tremendous cost savings. Now let’s look at other reasons for resale shopping you might not have

thought of before. It’s fun. Once you get in the habit of browsing at these shops for something you may want or need, you begin to feel “the thrill of the hunt.” Have some fun, enjoy the day and browse at several shops. Each has different consignors and this provides you the customer with a unique shopping experience. It may be a gem, unusual or practical, but the variety in a resale store is endless. Vintage quality. Think for a moment about the majority of what you buy today. Most products are imported into our country. However, many vintage items were made in the USA and hold the quality in craftsmanship and manufacturing standards that we all long for today. A wide array of items are unused and may be in

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their original packaging. Others may be gently used but of fine quality. It’s green. Whether you are buying vintage, primitive, antique or everyday household goods and kitchenware, each purchase keeps something out of our landfills. You are supporting Small Business. The many shops throughout Geauga County are all small business. And we all know that small business owners are the backbone of our great country. Supporting your small business owners supports each other and contributes to keeping our economy healthy to help maintain jobs. Happy Frugal Resale Shopping.

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in this area are helpful if you want to attract a loving relationship, improve a current relationship or develop or improve a nurturing, healthy, happy relationship with yourself. Enhance your feel-good chi in the bedroom with these simple tasks that can help strengthen relationships and create a happy home atmosphere: 1. Place a potted plant in the room to represent growth and life. Romance may intensify if the plant’s flowers are pink or red. Remove cacti and other pointed leaf plants, which could induce prickly conditions between you and a partner; roses are the exception. 2. Place a polished piece of Rose Quartz to facilitate intimacy. It is especially good for couples or to attract a person who will assist in positive life lesson fulfillment. 3. Choose rectangular, wooden frames for pictures or burn incense in a wooden burner. The wood element promotes growth in existing relationships or helps attract a new love. 4. Remove broken jewelry from your jewelry box as broken objects suggest breaks or impediments. 5. Place a piece of Quartz crystal in your bedroom window to reflect light and chi and increase the intention of your romantic prospects. 6. Decorate with two pink or red pillows or candles. Pink seeks long-lasting love and red seeks passion. For books and items to help strengthen positive energy in your home, visit Country Arts & Jewelry, 15864 Nauvoo Road in Middlefield. Call 440-632-5343.

{ community interest } Geauga Director Named Regional President promoting our area as a destination. This is Adventures in Northeast Ohio is a Regional what has kept me active with this group for Tourism Organization that brings tourism the past 17 years. Together we attend trade professionals together from 19 counties in shows, do co-op advertising, the northeast corner of Ohio, host a Media Day, network, have and their new President is no educational speakers at our stranger to the office. Lynda meetings, and so much more. Nemeth, who has served for The intent is, first, to get visitors 7 years as Geauga County to Ohio, and then to zero them Tourism Director, accepted into northeast Ohio.” the presidency at the Dec. 3 Adventures in Northeast meeting at Stan Hywett Hall Ohio meets monthly and their and will begin her reign at meetings are held somewhere the group’s strategic planning retreat in January. Nemeth Lynda Nemeth (Post within the 19 participating counties, which often creates a becomes the first two-time Photo/GCT) wonderful sense of adventure. president of the group with Nemeth said. “We have met in hotels, this appointment, having also served as restaurants, on boats, trains, in barns, president in 2008. wineries, museums, parks… you name “It’s exciting, and such an honor,” said it. We are always ready to explore a new Nemeth. “The diversity of this group really venue!” For information on an array of great symbolizes the diversity of all of northeast northeast Ohio destinations visit www. Ohio. Just as exciting is the way the group works together toward the common goal of

Middlefield Chamber of Commerce The Middlefield Chamber of Commerce has moved from the office in the Depot at the Middlefield Historical Society to the second floor of 16014 E. High Street, above the Noble Reynolds Insurance Office, across from the Middlefield Post Office. The move was made on Jan. 22. Our mailing address is still, P.O. Box 801, Middlefield, Ohio 44062. If you stop in the office, enter by the front porch and the door to the left, come upstairs to the first door on the right. They are still getting settled, and don’t have regular hours in our part-time office, but please call and make an appointment to meet in person. New members are always welcome and this is the renewal of membership period for 2014. 2013 Members need to make renewals now. For inquiries, call the office at 440-632-5705 or search our website The next meeting of the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce is Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 a.m. at Cornerstone Bible Church, 15029 Enterprise Way in Middlefield. Maggie Piwarski from Sheoga Hardwood Flooring will speak on their success in Middlefield and their current expansion plan. Come for breakfast and see what takeaways you might glean from their story. Breakfast will be catered by Chow Down Catering and is available for $8 to members of the Middlefield Chamber, or $9 to non-members. Please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 7. The State of the Village of Middlefield Address will be held at noon on Tuesday, March 11 at Grandview Restaurant. Mayor Ben Garlich will present the Village of Middlefield Address. Lunch will be available. Call the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce Office for updated details and to reserve your place, 440-632-5705.


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Women’s Shooting League in Geauga A Girl & A Gun is the fastest growing women’s shooting league in the country and recently opened a Newbury Chapter in Geauga County. The group’s mission is to educate women about firearm use and safety, and to encourage women’s interests in the shooting sports. Established by women for women, A Girl & A Gun aims to create a positive and supportive environment where women can come together to learn, have fun and if desired, participate in the shooting sports. Facilitator, Candy Lindemer is a certified pistol instructor and range safety officer and has completed the NRA Pistol Marksmanship through Distinguished Expert. She, along with co-facilitators Betsi Sanders and Kathy Allen hope to provide an opportunity for women to develop confidence and become competent in shooting but also to develop new friendships with women who share similar interests. The newly formed chapter is seeking all levels of shooters from beginners to experienced and invites women to join them for a Meet and Greet scheduled in Middlefield on Saturday, Feb. 15 from noon to 3 p.m. at Reba’s Second Look, 14449 Old State Road or Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Great Lakes Outdoor Supply, 14855 N. State Road. For information contact Candy at

Agape Christian Academy Open House Agape Christian Academy will host its annual Open House at both campuses Monday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet and get to know the school’s wonderful teachers and staff, see the classrooms first-hand and gain valuable insight as you consider the many benefits of a Christian education for your children. There will be activities and refreshments, as well as a Teacher Roundtable at 11 a.m. where all the teachers will gather to answer your questions. Agape is a non-denominational Christian school that opened in 2005. It now serves nearly 200 students in Preschool through High School. The preschool through fourth grade is located at its Burton Campus at 14220 Claridon Troy in Burton and fifth Grade through 12th grade at the Troy Campus located at 17791 Claridon Troy Road in Troy Township. See the benefits of small class sizes and teachers who love children and love the Lord. For information go to or call 440-834-8022.

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Frugal Food and Health By Dr. David Fakadej Americans love convenience, which is okay to a point. Convenience drove programmers to make computers userfriendly. Convenience drives the design and manufacture of appliances, vehicles, houses and more. Durable goods must have a level of convenience otherwise they are cumbersome and people will not purchase them. Excess convenience increases costs making products expensive and people will not purchase them. Convenience: too much or too little imparts a loss of sales. When it comes to food, cost - expense (too much) or frugality imparts a deficit of health, which increases health care expense. Health education attends to ‘homeostasis’, which means balance. For example, there is a balance between salt and water. That is why saline solutions (salt water) are 0.9 percent salt in water. Too much water (or not enough salt) and red blood cells (RBCs) will blow up (lyse) or too little water (too much salt) and RBCs will shrink (crenate). Too much or too little, RBCs become dysfunctional, and the patient dies. The outcome is essentially the same, though the causes may be opposite. Homeostasis is vital to health and life. Homeostasis in the cost of food is vital to health and life. In reality, the cost is a reflection of the issue. Gout was once a ‘rich man’s disease’ because only the rich afforded red meat and alcohol at every meal. Today most everybody can afford meat and merriment and gout is a common. Nevertheless, excess expensive food causes disease. For the most part today, I believe the wealthy ‘diseases’ involve psychological health; but perhaps the poor can’t afford that kind of care. Frugality in cost of food is by far the more salient issue today. Convenient foods (pre-prepared, fast, discountable, available with coupons, or offered with gimmicks – toys or contests) cause disease that increases health care costs dramatically. Demonstrating that cheap food increases health care costs is easy. Considering two maps in public statistics. One map plots the incidence of diabetes. The other map plots ease of access to fast food and grocery stores. The two

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A portion of this article is a rewrite of an article I wrote a year ago. I hope my editor allows me to add some additional facts and run it every year. I just past the five year anniversary date of my stroke. On Jan. 5, 2009, 5:15 p.m. I had a stroke that paralyzed my right side and caused my speech to slur. I can tell you that this was the scariest day of my life and I have had a few scares in my life; like the time my Army parachute failed to deploy. My greatest fear was not dying; it was spending whatever remaining time I have left on this earth in a nursing facility wearing a diaper. I don’t think I would look good in a diaper. Stroke is the second leading cause of death in this country and if you have AFIB; (Atrial Fibrillation); not caused by a heart valve problem, you are five times more likely to have a stroke. If you start to experience any of the below listed symptoms, get to a stroke center now. I don’t know how to emphasize the fact that time is the most critical factor in a stroke onset situation. You have, at most, 3 to 4 hours after a stroke to be treated or all bets are off. I knew instantly that I was having a stroke and though I could not talk, I made enough noise and gestures; with my good arm, that my wife decided to call 911. She was not sure if they would transport me to a hospital or an institution for the insane, but I got the message across. I also wrote down: “5:15�, with the good arm and showed it to the paramedic who was first on the scene. This information was transferred to life flight paramedics who then informed the ER doctors. Never, drive yourself or a loved one

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{ health } Geauga Connection Pantry Collection Geauga Connection is a network of small businesses linking you to professional services you can trust in Northeast Ohio. They will be doing a Pantry Collection Easter Fund raiser to be distributed between all seven food pantries in Geauga County. Food Pantries have been cut way back in funds and they are in need of all non-perishable food items and toiletries such as tooth paste, floss, tooth brushes, toilet paper and paper towels. All items would be appreciated. The items will be delivered by Geauga Connection Businesses to the following seven food pantries: Middlefield United Methodist Church, United Community Church in Newbury, Burton Congregational Church, Christ Presbyterian in Chesterland, Chagrin Falls Community Center, Pilgrim Christian Church in Chardon and Grace Lutheran in Thompson. All items can be dropped off at any of the following locations from now until April at Newbury Printing and More, 12424 Kinsman Road; The Kirk Farm Bed & Breakfast, 7900 S. Girdle Road in Middlefield; First Quality Power Place, 16891 Kinsman Road in Middlefield; Western Reserve Title Co., LTD; 15979 E. High St., Suite 207 in Middlefield and the Geauga Credit Union, 14499 N. Cheshire St. in Burton. Please help Geauga Connection to help others in our County. If you have questions contact Dan Johnson, 440-632-5068, Mark Dolezal, 440-632-5055 or Nick Hall, 440-834-4612.

Expanded “The Resale Shoppe” Hours The WomenSafe Resale Shoppe, 12601 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland (in the Drug Mart Plaza) is now open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All donated goods are made available to WomenSafe clients as the priority, and surplus items are sold at the store. The Resale Shoppe offers clothing, furniture and household items at drastically reduced prices with profits directly supporting the mission of WomenSafe to provide emergency shelter and support services to survivors of domestic violence throughout Northeast Ohio. Many volunteer opportunities are available to collect, sort, display and sell merchandise in the shop. Contributions are tax-deductible. For information call 440-729-2780.


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In Memoriam

Charles E. DeMoss Jr., 53, of Middlefield, entered eternal rest Jan. 27, 2014 at UHGeauga Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was born in Cleveland July 19, 1960 to Charles E. and Irene (Ends) DeMoss Sr. He will be missed by his parents; sister, Kathryen DeMoss; uncles and aunts, Paul (Betty) Ends, Sherley (Jane) Ends, Katie Ends, Scottie (Gloria) Ends, Bryan (Dottie) Sponaugle and many cousins and friends. Charles is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Doyle and Lalah Ends; paternal grandparents, Harry Lee and beulah DeMoss; aunts and uncles, Lawrence Ends, Harvey (Geraldine) DeMoss, Frederick (Rosalee) Channell, Jed (Juanita) Poling and Doug (Charletta) Pennington. Online condolences may be sent to

Donna Rae Fair (nee Eck), 72, of Newbury, entered eternal rest peacefully Jan. 17, 2014 after a lengthy illness. She was born Nov. 6, 1941 to the late Norman and Glendora Eck in Toledo. She is now reunited with her loving husband of over 30 years, Fred Fair. She will be sadly missed by all those who loved her, including her children; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many friends. Donna is preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, Judith Eck and husband, Fred. Online condolences may be sent to Margaret (nee Monahan) Schaden, 74 of Mesopotamia, passed away Jan. 24, 2014 at University Hospitals in Cleveland from 45 years of complications with severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. Born Oct. 26, 1939

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in Kalamazoo, Mich., she graduated from Nazareth College and taught several primary grades. She married Kenneth Schaden in Chicago on Aug. 4, 1962. Margaret and Ken Schaden were founders of The End Of The Commons General Store in Mesopotamia 31 years ago. Peter Schaden and the Schaden family will continue to run the store for generations to come. Margaret was a proud stay-at-home mom and raised 11 children. Her greatest love was for her husband, her children, their spouses and her grandchildren. Margaret was known by her grandchildren as “Granny”, and each one of them grew up kissing Granny Eskimo Style. Her hobbies included watching football, Sunday “Family Day” and traveling around the country. She was an accomplished cross-stitch artist, designing and executing over 50 beautiful works of art. Survivors include her husband Kenneth, children Elizabeth (Scott Scherer) Schaden of Littleton, Colo., Cathleen (Phil) Miller of Burton, Michael (Marybeth) of Narvon, Pa. Paul of Colorado, Matthew (Helena) of Burton, Peter (Crystal) of Mesopotamia, Maureen (Mike) Foster of Mesopotamia, Scott (Julie) of Chagrin Falls, Joanna (Randy) Swogger of West Farmington, Marguerite (Mark) Eliazo of Mesopotamia and 28 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Mark from Huntsburg, and her parents Harold and Beatrice (Lynch) Monahan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation Cleveland Office, 4630 Richmond Road, Ste. 240, Cleveland, OH 44128. Online condolences at

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I have no doubt that one of the toughest things in life is developing a good marriage. It just does not come naturally. The serendipity of marriage is portrayed on television in ways that are simply not realistic. Our normal experience is not a romantic comedy, but a shocking war movie. Good marriages are protected and won in the trenches. My experience as a pastor tells me that people struggle with marriage. But it is my experience of being married for over fifteen years that makes me know how difficult it can be. Let me be very clear. I have a wonderful wife. Outside of Jesus Christ, she is the best thing to happen to me. She loves and cares for me better than anyone else ever has in my life. And yet there can be frustrating moments in our marriage. Do you know why? It is because our marriage is made up of two sinners. We are two people who have come together with hearts naturally bent more towards selfishness than sacrifice. My natural tendency is to choose myself over her. And while she does such a better job than I do, she occasionally chooses herself over me. And it is in these moments of serving self that conflict arises in our marriage. I probably don’t even need to ask the question, but can you relate? That is why I am proposing a new gift this year for Valentine’s Day. It is the best gift you can ever give. It is not a box of chocolates

or a dozen roses (although they certainly wouldn’t hurt). I believe the best gift you can give this year is forgiveness. Yep, that’s right. Forgiveness. The greatest gift you can give is to let go of those offenses you have been holding over their head for years. It is the best gift you can give because it is the best gift offered to you. Your sins against a Holy God are infinitely worse than what your spouse has done to you. And yet, He sent His son to die for those sins. He pursued you when you were still His enemy (Romans 5:8). Because of faith in the finished work of Jesus on the cross, God promises to cast your sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). He promises to bury them in the deepest parts of the sea (Micah 7:19). And He promises to remember them no more (Hebrews 8:12). That’s forgiveness! C. S. Lewis once said, “We all agree that forgiveness is a beautiful idea until we have to practice it.” That is why I’m suggesting you give the gift of forgiveness this year. It is a beautiful idea. And yet it will be tough. But it will be the best thing to ever happen to your marriage. Thad Bergmeier is senior pastor at Cornerstone Bible Church, a growing community of believers in Middlefield. Visit or call 440834-1925. Follow Thad’s blog at www.

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How long do you want for the main service and for desserts? The caterer will have to work around certain things, so if there is a cake cutting or awards ceremony, figure out when and how long you want it to be. The more direction you can give a caterer, the more options you can be offered. Many caterers, like Chow Down, design individual customized packages and do not have preplanned packages or merely one set way to plan all events. They plan to fit your needs within your budget and then offer you the best options to make sure your event is pleasant and memorable for everyone attending. Call Chow Down when planning your next event, 440-6321444. They are located at 12406 Madison Road, Huntsburg 44046.

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March 15: Huntsburg Chili Cook-Off 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Huntsburg Gym. Call 440-636-5517 to register to enter your chili. Live music, Chinese auction, cakewalk, raffles, vendors and food.

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U10, U12, and U14 Youth Soccer: Grades 3 through 7 Fee: $55VR/$65NVR. Register by March 31. Designed to teach players basic terminology and techniques to develop shooting, dribbling, trapping and passing skills. Teams will travel to various local communities for games. Register by March 10 and save $10. Two weekday practices and Saturday at Cardinal High School and Christ Covenant Church. Days/ times to be announced after registration. Sporties for Shorties: Ages 4 through 6 years. Fees: $35VR/$45NR. Register by March 31. Fun, fitness, and the basics of sports. Children are introduced to baseball, soccer, basketball and flag football instructions on techniques, drills and possible game time for the sport. Parent participation encouraged. Register by March 10 and save $10. Tuesdays April 3 through 24 at 6 to 7 p.m.

Baseball/Softball Register by March 14. Early Bird deadline Feb. 21. Register by Feb. 14 to save $10 Baseball registration starts Monday, Feb. 3. T-ball: ages 4 to 6 years $50VR/$55NVR.  Pee Wee: ages 7 to 8 years $50VR/$55NVR. Minors: ages 9 to 10 years $65VR/$70NVR. Majors: ages 11 to 12 years $75VR/$80NVR. Ponies: ages 13 to 14 years $85VR/$90NVR/. All registrants are required to submit a copy of a birth certificate at the time of registration. Softball registration starts Monday, Feb. 3. 10U ages 9 to 10 years. $65VR/$70NVR. 12U ages 11 to 12 years $75VR/$80NVR. 14U ages 13 to 14 years$85VR/$90NVR. Season April through July. All registrants are required to submit a copy of a birth certificate at the time of registration.


church Feb. 28: God Shares a Meal Free meal for anyone who wishes to come from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Middlefield First United Methodist Church 14999 S. State Ave. in Middlefield Handicap accessible.

Feb 14: Valentine Dinner Dance Benefit for Charity Children’s Ministries. Dinner 6:30 p.m. followed by dancing at Swine Creek Lodge. $20 ticket includes dinner, dancing and optional ballroom dance lesson at Crossroads Dance Studio Saturday, Feb 8, 2014. Seating is limited,

reservations required. Christ Covenant Church, 16406 Kinsman Road in Middlefield. Call 440-632-9510 or 440-632-0602. Feb. 15: Valentine’s Dinner 4:30 to 7 p.m. Chicken Cordon Bleu, soup, salad, dessert, beverage. Adults $10 children $5 Lighthouse United Methodist Church 14780 Mayfield Road in East Claridon. Takeout available. Call Pauline, 440-479-2485 before 2/15. Call church, 440-635-4744 the day of the dinner.

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Temperatures Rising on Real Estate Sales Despite the frigid weather we are experiencing, the real estate market has been heating up. Mark Dolezal, the 2014 president of the Lake and Geauga Area Association of Realtors, reports that on a national level housing is experiencing a healthy recovery. Job growth, record low interest rates, and a large pent-up demand are driving the market. Existing home sales rose nearly 20 percent since 2011. In Ohio, the Ohio Association of Realtors reports that the Ohio market was filled with a number of positives in 2013 as sales activity jumped 14.7 percent over the prior year of 2012 and the average sales price of $142,004 marks a 5.2 percent increase statewide. Locally here in Lake and Geauga Counties we are experiencing the same warming trends. Data shows a 12.7 percent increase in sales for Lake and a 7.8 percent increase for Geauga. The average sale price of $138,409 reflects a 4.6 percent increase in Lake, and the average sale price of $245,261 was a 5.9 percent increase over 2012 in Geauga. President Dolezal states, “These numbers all reflect the positive rebounding of the real estate market today. They also reflect the hard work and determination of our professional members who continue to drive the real estate economy to levels we have not experienced in the industry since 2006. “ The Lake and Geauga Area Association of Realtors is a trade organization with over 850 members of real estate professionals. If your business is real estate, contact LGAAR to join in our success in 2014. Contact LGAAR at 440-350-9000 or or visit

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Pudder is Looking For Someone to Love Who could resist this face? Meet Pudder, a 10-year young and very handsome male cat. Pudder became homeless after his owner passed away. He is mostly white in color with gray tiger-stripe patches. Pudder has 3 legs, but is able to get around just fine. Pudder is vaccinated, neutered, and has tested negative for leukemia/FIV. He is an extremely loving and outgoing cat. If you’re looking for a cat to be your buddy and give you hours of attention and love, then Pudder is the cat for you. Contact MaryAnn or Eileen at 440-834-4444.


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These two very sweet cats we’re rescued by a Good Samaritan from the bitter cold. Mom cat Wanda is about 2 years old and is a beautiful white patchwork calico cat. Her son Waffles, is an orange tiger, and is about 8 months old. Waffles is a poly dactyl cat, which means he has extra toes. Waffles has an extra toe on each of his front paws, and looks like he is wearing mittens. These cats are very attached to each other, and must be adopted “together”. They are a little shy at first, but quickly learn to trust and love. Both are fixed, vaccinated and have tested negative for leukemia/FIV. For information about any of these cats, contact Kathy Deptola, Animal Rescue, 440-862-0610 kdanimalrescue@ Visit .



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Feb. 5, 2014


el Patron

Mexican Grill & Cantina 15585 West High Street • Middlefield


Mon-Thurs 11am to 10pm • Fri & Sat 11am to 11pm Sun 12pm to 9pm

Full Bar availaBle

Drink Special Thursdays Only

Small Margaritas

$ .99


Choose from Original, Strawberry, Raspberry, Mango and Pina Colada


¢ Taco



Special Kids eat Free TUESDAYS ONLY

Any food purchase




of or more

Not valid with any other offer or discount. Middlefield location only. Expires 2/12/13.

el Patron Mexican Grill & Cantina

15585 West High Street Middlefield • 440-632-0040

Sundays Only

One child 10 or under eats free with purchase of two adult dinners



Any food purchase




of or more

Not valid with any other offer or discount. Middlefield location only. Expires 2/12/13.

el Patron Mexican Grill & Cantina

15585 West High Street Middlefield • 440-632-0040