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Middlef ieldPOST Volume 8 ~ Issue 13

February 19, 2014

Serving Middlefield, Parkman, Huntsburg and Surrounding Communities

Mission Honduras

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Village of Middlefield Update ~Page 5

Abundant Life Church of God team will be travelling to help in Honduras in late February.

By Anna Futty

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t is unbelievable to think that in the very near future, I will be on my way to Honduras in Central America with Abundant Life Church of God. There are 31 people going on a weeklong mission trip, and I am privileged to be one of them. Already this church is my family and I am so excited to see how close this will bring us and the impact we can make on the Honduran people. We will have new experiences that will draw us together as a church and family. I have been told that Honduras is very dangerous and has a high crime and murder rate. Although the risks are evident, I have peace knowing the work and love we will

be sharing there. We will be going into the mountains to hand out food and help build roofs and lay foundations for families who have only known a dirt floor all their lives. And we will be spreading the love of Christ and bringing hope to the Honduran People. Although I know the activities we will be doing there, I have no idea what to expect. I know the culture will be very different to what I am used to, but am curious to see how different. I already know I will be grateful realizing everything we take for granted. I really believe that it will give me, and the entire group, a new outlook on life, and a wider perspective of

the world in which we live. Growing up in a Christian home was something that I would never trade, but my faith became real this past year. I know this is only the beginning and that this trip will strengthen my faith. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us in Honduras. Anna Futty is a junior at Cardinal High School. She runs cross-country and is a member of the Cardinal Silks Flagline. She was a 2-year member of Cardinaires and also ran track. Anna enjoys being involved in her school and is a member of Student Council and the Relay for Life team.

The Driving Force Behind the Bookmobile

By Christina Porter

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ave you ever wondered who oversees that big bookmobile you see darting around the county? Well, in 1986 Jane Attina was looking for a job and saw an ad in a local paper for a bookmobile driver/clerk for the Geauga County Library. Jane reminisces, “I remembered thinking, I love books and I enjoy driving. This is the job for me. I turned off the stove, leaving dinner for later and drove immediately to the library to apply. That was the best thing that ever happened to me.” It was also one of the best things that ever happened to the Geauga Library system. Attina started soon after the library considered taking their collection on the road. In 1985, GCPL had applied for and received a $65,000 LSCA Grant to purchase a light duty bookmobile to test the water to see if Bookmobile service would be used in Geauga County. On July 22, the Bookmobile began service at 39 locations throughout Geauga County. In 1987, expectations were exceeded and they circulated over 68,000 items. By 1992, that first bookmobile was worn out. It had accumulated over 100,000 miles while carrying a heavy load. A new

vehicle was purchased and began service in June of 2002. That bookmobile had

Jane Attina, at home on the road.

over 200,000 miles on it when it was finally replaced with a new one in 2007. This third and current vehicle and has just under 100,000 miles on it. Attina began as a part-time employee then took a full time position at the Bainbridge branch for 6 months until she moved on to the greater challenge of a full time Bookmobile driver/clerk in 1994 and then soon worked her way up to supervisor. She currently supervises a staff of seven, one full time and six part timers. She hires, trains and evaluates them, schedules bookmobile stops, handles maintenance issues and recruits and trains volunteers to bring books to the Amish schools and to homebound patrons. “I visit Amish schools once a year for the Amish book delivery program and make sure we have enough volunteers to help with this large program. Best of all, I get to go out on the bookmobile and bring books and other materials to our diverse group of patrons.” The bookmobile currently has 80 stops and travels approximately 240 miles Continued on page 2

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per week. Attina has proven to be a perfect fit for the job in every way. “I always like cars and way back when you could work on them I did get one or two of mine going when they died,” she said. “I watched Dad monkey around with cars when I was little and I spent a lot of time with him. Guy things always interested me more than girl things. I also always wanted to be a detective, probably due to the popularity of them in the TV shows of the 1950’s. Since I couldn’t do that, I figured working for the library was kind of like being one. The challenge of finding requested books, movies or music for patrons has always given me great personal pleasure and a sense of accomplishment, and handing over that item and seeing the excitement the patron shows is better yet!” The Bookmobile is more challenging than other library positions. Attina said she has to wear many hats to do her job on the road. She has to be not only a clerk and driver, but also an amateur mechanic and computer technician because she doesn’t have the onsite support she would have working in a library. But the pleasure she


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gets from talking to and seeing people makes any amount of work worthwhile. She loves the job and the patrons, who she knows well. She remembers some of the mothers bringing their children to the bookmobile stops from when they were children themselves. Being out there, she has come to know what her patrons like and want and always has the bus filled with selections that will be savored. “I was most fortunate to be hired to work for such a great library with wonderful patrons,” Attina said. “I have forged many friendships, seen families grow and read a lot of good books along the road. I always compared my job to that of a baseball manager in that I hired a team and my job was to make them the best players they could be. I am so proud to say the entire bookmobile staff is my team and a great one at that!” She does admit she is considering retiring to spend more time with her grandchildren, but the job will be hard to leave behind and she has made no official announcement as yet. If you would like to help the library deliver books to Amish schools or homebound patrons, call Jane Attina at the Middlefield Library, 440-632-1961 ext. 23.

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Visit to enter for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to El Patron Mexican Grill & Cantina in Middlefield. Click on the gallery page, find the special phrase. Submit your full name, phone number and special phrase to editor@, by mail to The Middlefield Post, P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062 or by calling the office at 440-632-0782, by Feb.


26. The winner will be announced in the March 5 issue of The Middlefield Post. If you live outside of the Middlefield area, we will call you if you are the winner. Congratulations to Janice Schwendeman who won the contest from the Feb. 05 issue, chow from Chow Down, by finding the phrase, “chow down at Chow Down.”

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In This Issue ...

Bontrager Groceries Farmington Hardware West Farmington Senior Center

A Look Back in Time............................ 03 Village Of Middlefield Update .......... 05 Cardinal Schools.................................. 08 Berkshire Schools ............................... 09

Dutch Country Restaurant.........12 El Hombre Barber Shop...............06 Frank Agency..................................03 Geauga Credit Union...................04 Geauga Pawn..................................15 Geauga Vision.................................21 Giant Eagle.......................................03 GMHA................................................16 Grandma’s Garden........................21 Grandview Restaurant..........06, 07 H&R Block.........................................20 Hill Hardware Company .............03 Honest Scales Recycling.............13 Howard Hanna...............................17 Ian Suzelis, D.O...............................18 JD’s Post House Restaurant........10 John’s Photography......................08 Journey Health Care & Chiropractic...... 18


Kim Breyley

Copy Editor

Christina Grand Porter

Public Relations Geri Watson

Staff Writers Ellie Behman Jacquie Foote Nancy Huth

Contributing Writers Thad Bergmeier Joe Blasko Jr. Dr. David Fakadej Anna Futty Mayor Ben Garlich Ginny Mullenax Joe Novak Rick Seyer Jon Slaybaugh


John’s Photography

Advertising Sales and Design Gayle Mantush Laura McCune Shannon Hill Christine Pavelka Eileen Epling

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062

Contact Information:

Ph: 440-632-0782 • Fax: 440-834-8933 Watson’s 87 Furniture 15520 W. High St., Middlefield

Out ‘N’ About........................................ 13 Pathways to Faith................................ 20 Community Calendar.......................... 21 Classifieds...................................... 22, 23

Advertiser Index



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Auntie’s Antique Mall...................15 B K Salvage.......................................11 Best Funeral Home........................20 Birth Right........................................20 Body By Vi.........................................18 Burton Chamber (Pancake Town USA)..05 Burton Health Care.......................17 Burton Public Library............10, 21 C. A. Miller Custom Woodworking.....07 C&B Recycling.................................14 Caldwell Pools................................10 Chow Down Catering...................09 Cold Nose Companions..............04 Cornerstone Bible Church..........21 Countryside Gazebos & Furniture..16 Crossroads Country Café............15 D&S Farm and Garden.................14 Darci’s Dog Grooming.................22

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Kent State University - Geauga ....... 07 Kingdom’s Gate Photography......07 Kleve Insurance Agency..............17 Kurtz Salvage..................................15 Lake Orthopaedic Associates....18 Lakeside Sand & Gravel...............14 MC Studios/Preschool smARTS......08 Max Herr Well Drilling..................21 Merryfield Electric, Inc.................21 Middlefield Cheese.......................09 Middlefield Clinic...........................19 Middlefield Market.......................03 Middlefield Original Cheese Co-op..... 16 Mullet’s Harness.............................14 Mullets Footwear & Country Cedar.. 12 NAPA Auto Parts............................06 Newbury Printing & More..........10 Newbury Sandblasting & Painting..10

Orwell Window & Door................10 Pine Valley Bolts.............................14 Pleasant Valley Woodworking.... 16 Portman Electric............................24 Ravenwood Mental Health Center..16 Roadhouse Music..........................04 Russell Funeral Services..............20 Selinick Company..........................04 Spring Fling, Craft Bonanza.......21 Stankus Heating & Cooling........11 State Road Battery........................15 Studio For Hair................................11 Sweeper Man..................................11 Tall Pines Dog Training................22 The Barn Treasures........................15 Vista Hearing Instruments..........19 Watson’s 87 Furniture...................11

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{ days gone by }

a look back in By Rick Seyer

This is a picture of the south side of Route 87 taken in 1941. It is looking west from about in front of the current Cardinal Board of Education building. The first building is the old Middlefield Bank building built in 1901. Next is Middlefield Hardware owned by Charlie Harrington and then the K of P building that housed an IGA Grocery store. Next to that is Henry Thompson’s Dry Goods store. Henry Thompson was a great grandson of Issac Thompson, the founder of Middlefield. The uses of the buildings further down the street at this date are unknown by me. All of the buildings are now gone and the land is the parking lot for Middlefield Bank.

Hill Hardware Company

Your old-fashioned, hometown hardware store 14545 North Cheshire, P.O. Box 413 Burton, Ohio 44021 Phone & Fax : (440) 834-4471 Monday-Friday 8-6, Sat 9-5, Closed Sunday

Did you turn 65 this year? Do you need help with your Medi-gap coverage? Do you want to discuss Medicare Prescription? Give the professionals at The Frank Agency a call to set up your annual review. 440-632-5656

Tuesday is Buckeye Day! This view is a continuation of the previous picture also taken on the same day in 1941. It is looking west from the intersection on Route 87. The building on the far right sat where the mini park is now. Over the years it was used for many different businesses but when the picture was taken, it was being used as a gas station and car lot. Going up the street you can see the railroad tracks of the B & O Railroad. The next building is where Olde Towne Grille currently is located. At the time the picture was taken, it was also a tavern know as the Golden Robin. The last building on the right is the old creamery which burnt down a few months later.

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{ business } Geauga Credit Union, Inc. 14499 N. Cheshire St., PO Box 839, Burton, OH 44021 ph. 440-834-4327 fax: 440-834-0455 ATTENTION SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS: Does your current financial institution consider your loan needs too small? Contact Al Wargo at (440) 834-4327 with your request. GCU offers working capital lines of credit; equipment loans; farm equipment loans and financing of owner occupied commercial buildings or investment commercial property. Loans are also available for company owned vehicles. Membership for those who live or work in Geauga County.

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By Jon Slaybaugh Business tip # 9 What is the one asset you share with the worlds largest companies? TIME ! You have exactly the same amount. 60 seconds in a minute. 60 minutes in an hour. 24 hours in a day. 7 days in a week. 52 weeks in a year. It is your single largest asset; … use it wisely! If it is worth doing, it is worth doing in the least amount of time possible! This does not suggest doing it incompletely or unreliably or in a shoddy manor, but does suggest doing it rapidly. Make plans that allow you to make TACTICAL corrections as you go, versus waiting until everything is perfect to act. You will be collecting valuable customer feedback as you go through product or service iterations, … to zero in on the “best solution”. Whether it is bringing a new product or service to market ahead of competition, or responding to customer’s needs on time the first time, you can create a competitive advantage by being faster and more responsive than your competition. A small business owner has a natural advantage over larger competitors. You must wear many hat in your business, allowing you to make decisions much faster than bigger companies with built-in inertia. Learn to use it to your advantage to identify, then solve problems for your customers faster than larger competitors can. If any action is really worth doing, completing it in the least amount of time will allow you, and your business, to begin getting the benefits now. If it’s not really worth doing, why do it? Rules of Time Based Competition

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In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. ~ Proverbs 14:23 Next time we will finish with Time Based Competition.

State Of The Village Address On Tuesday, March 11, Mayor Ben Garlich will present “The State of Middlefield Village”. The address will take place at noon at Grandview Restaurant, 13404 Old State Road (44062). 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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Manage the Activity: •Define your goals, what you hope to accomplish and why. •Set milestones to accomplish goals, with dates and responsibilities. •Delegate where possible, to others in your business to subcontractors, venders, and some times even to customers. •Review your progress at regular intervals. •Take corrective action when needed. Use Simultaneous Processing: Simultaneous Processing is the same idea as multi-tasking or parallel processing. Take parallel versus serial actions. Learn to do several things all at the same time. Don’t wait for the first step to be completed before starting on the second step. For example, start working on your advertising while you are still developing your product or service. Most activities have multiple parts; if you learn to manage multiple actions at the same time, you will cut completion time significantly. Get to 95 percent and Go! The first 95 percent is usually easiest; it’s the last 5 percent that’s difficult. Take actions when you are at the 95 percent point and complete the last 5 percent as rewards start to amass. Use this as a time to get solid customer group feedback to incorporate in the next iteration. Make decisions that allow you to get into the market rapidly, without spending your capital up front.

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village By Mayor Ben Garlich

I left my office the other night around 5:30 and was amazed it was still daylight. The days are getting longer which is always an encouraging indicator that warmer weather is on the horizon. At our last council meeting, the department heads and fire chief reported their activities for the month. As I listened to their reports, I thought how great it is to live in this community where we have an economic base that provides the resources to support the quality services we enjoy. The frigid weather created more activity in the safety and service departments but they were equipped to handle all situations. We are fortunate to have dedicated employees that sincerely care about the welfare of our residents. I’ve recently attended a few of the Recreation Department’s winter events. I am amazed at the amount of children participating, the number of volunteer coaches, the tremendous facilities the school provides and the healthy environment of competition that is displayed. These programs teach such valuable life lessons which are critical to future success. Thanks to all who are willing to be involved and

help provide character building programs for the youth of the area. On March 27, Middlefield Village will be hosting the Northeast Ohio Section Water Environment Association. The attendees will be touring our state of the art water treatment facilities. This will be excellent exposure for our Village as approximately 100 people from outside the area will be attending. The facilities are neat, maintained and well run. I know when they arrive they will be impressed as the facilities reflect the pride the employees have in their workplace. Our most recent copy of the newsletter was released last week. It is available on our website, copies are available at numerous locations in town or you can have it emailed to you directly by signing up on the Village website, The format has changed somewhat this month with the addition of “Around the Corner”. This is a personal article provided from a local business owner providing history of the business and current services. I think it is a tremendous way to inform residents and visitors about the amenities Middlefield Village has to offer. As always, I encourage you to be informed, be involved, shop local and visit us at

Middlefield Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy Application Eligibility Requirements

You are a resident, employer, or employee in the Village of Middlefield, and are at least 18 years of age. You have never been charged of any felony or domestic violence. You have not been charged with more than one OVI offense You have not been charged with a misdemeanor offense within the past 2 years. You are willing to submit to a records check through OHLEG and an interview by members of the Middlefield Police Department You are willing to firmly commit to the pro gram, which requires attendance one evening per week, 2 hours each evening for 10 weeks. Complete this application only if you meet the above criteria. You may return it in person to the Middlefield Police Department, or mail it to:

Middlefield Police Department, 14860 N. State Ave. Middlefield, Ohio 44062 - Attn: Officer Brandon Gray Name: Address: Employer: City: State: Zip: Phone: Home: Work: Email Address (optional): Driver License #: Date of Birth: Signature


Any questions please contact Officer Gray at 440-632-3535 or email

Pancake Town USA Sponsored by the Burton Chamber of Commerce Burton, ohio

Middlefield Village employee, Logan Berkey cleaning up after a water main break.

Middlefield Water Main Break subcontractors Phil Miller Construction and On Saturday Feb. 8, there was a water main break on Hillcrest Avenue in Al Loze Excavating. A big thank you to all residents who were so patient and put up Middlefield. Around 9 p.m. Charlie Ehrhart, director of with no water for 22 hours, streets and especially utilities, arrived to see the fire Brandon and Rachel Blystone department was also there, who supplied coffee and putting out a sandwiches small house to the crew. fire. Once work Brandon also began on the water line, a assisted the crew all day in malfunction the bitter cold. was discovered Repairs underway on Hillcrest Avenue. A special thank to be the cause you to Mayor of the leak. Ben Garlich for excellent communication Repairs began and it took about 22 hours throughout the ordeal and his support and due to the crew having to work around gas, cable TV and electric lines. They had confidence in the crew, and to Councilman Scott Klein for his generosity in providing to actually work their way out into the road coffee and breakfast sandwiches. Charlie to get to the problem. Charlie said there related that in his 40 years on the job, this were so many helpful people who should was the third-worse leak he has seen. be thanked. First, he extends his thanks to the crew that worked so tirelessly, as did

All You Can Eat PANCAKES Every Sunday in March It’s Maple Time in Burton


All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Sundays March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Pancakes & Omelets Breakfast 9am - 2pm Sponsored by the Burton/Middlefield Rotary

Pancakes, Eggs, Potatoes & Sausage Breakfast 9am - 1:30pm

Call 440-834-8621 for extra dates in April American Legion Post 459

The Burton Log Cabin will be making maple syrup and maple candy, a tradition in the area which dates back for centuries. An Antique and Craft Show will be in full swing at the High School where Beaches & Dreams Travel Co. will be waiting to see you. The Burton Public Library will host book sales and Century Village Museum will bustle with activity. Local antique stores and shops stocked with new ideas for spring are ready for visitors.

Pancake Breakfast...9am - 2pm At Century Village Museum

Additional Pancake Sunday Event Craft Show...8am - 2pm Berkshire High School

Log Cabin is Open Year-Round

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Are Annuities For You? By Joe Blasko Jr.

Annuities have been around for a very long time. Many people have no idea just how annuities work. Very simply, an annuity is a contract between you (the annuitant) and an insurance company to provide you with a future income stream. You give an insurance company an amount of money and, in return, the insurance company promises you regular checks for as long as the contract stipulates. The annuitant has a wide variety of choices regarding how to structure the annuity. Payout can be for a certain period of years or could be paid for your lifetime, and it can begin immediately or sometime in the future. Age, sex, duration of payments, and the amount of payments are determining factors in the initial or ongoing premium. But, are annuities for you? There are several reasons why you should seriously consider annuities in your financial or retirement planning: • Income You Cannot Outlive – Annuities can provide you income, which by contract, you cannot outlive. • Guaranteed Returns – Annuity contracts guarantee a minimum rate of

interest. The amount you get from your annuity will never be less than what you put into the annuity, a guarantee you can’t get in the stock market. • Tax Deferred Interest – Interest earned on a deferred annuity is not taxable until taken out of the annuity. • Proceeds at Death Pass Outside of Probate – While annuities are estate assets, the proceeds pass directly to the beneficiary named in the contract avoiding the probate process. While annuities aren’t for everybody, they do provide a safe-haven for money with guarantees that you cannot find anywhere else. The long and successful history of annuities is one of the greatest arguments. Contact Joe Blasko Jr. at the Frank Agency, 15977 E. High St, Middlefield, 440-632-5656 for more information.

El Hombre Barber Shop “A Modern Old-Fashioned Barber Shop”


Rick Seyer’s hours: Monday and Tuesday 9-5:30 Becky Griffen: Wed-Friday 9-5:30; Sat. 9-1

Spidalieri’s Plaza 14895 North State Ave. • Middlefield (Across from the Fire Station)

{ business } Planning an Event Menu When planning a menu for any event, it’s important to remember that variety is good. The more dishes you have, the more likely it is that everyone attending will find a dish they really love and will remember. Although it might be tempting to choose all your own favorites, keep in mind that what you like may not be what everybody likes. It is essential to consider the tastes and special dietary needs of those who will be attending. You may have vegan guests or some with food restrictions due to their health or the medications they are taking. Ask guests if there are special dietary needs when sending out your invitations so you can be alerted to any particular menu needs. It’s also fun to offer an adventurous menu, but once again, you must consider your guest list. You can always put just one or two different items in to offer the opportunity to try them to those who can. The biggest issues are to simply make sure you have enough food and to consider the time of year, the venue and the type of event so the food can reflect that. People tend to eat more in colder weather. If you know your guests are big eaters, you will want to order a little extra food. Since you will want to supply only the tastiest dishes, when working with your caterer, plan time for tasting. Your professional can’t pull food out of the air; he or she will need time to make it, so arrange an appointment to try the various choices you will be offering to your guests. As Greg Tarr, owner and operator of Chow Down Catering said, “Food is a tool to make your event memorable. Food is a sign of love and caring so the food should show that.” Greg can help you plan a customized individual menu for any event. Call him at 440-632-1444. Chow Down catering is located at 12406 Madison Road in Huntsburg (44046).

KSU Geauga Public Lunch and Learn As part of their 50th Anniversary Celebration, Kent State University at Geauga will host monthly luncheon talks presented by faculty and local authorities based on monthly themes. All talks will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the William T. and Margaret R. Clark Commons at the Geauga Campus in Burton, 14111 Claridon Troy Road. The campus is located just north of the Geauga County Fair Grounds. Attendees

are encouraged to bring their lunch or they may share a piece of the provided pizza. The Lunch and Learn sessions are: Wednesday, Feb.19: To highlight Black History Month, History Professor Molly Sergi will discuss the role Geauga County played in the Underground Railroad and the part women had in the abolitionist movement in Ohio. Tuesday, March 18: In celebration of Women’s History Month, Bari Oyler Stith, Ph.D, director of the Graduate and Undergraduate Programs in Historic Preservation Ursuline College and former Geauga County Archivist, will embark on an entertaining and enlightening saga of the influence women have had in forming this county, state, and nation. Tuesday, April 8: April is Alcohol Awareness Month. The Geauga County Sheriff’s Department will share facts and figures on the impact alcohol abuse has on the county and ways the Sheriff’s Department combats this plague. The public is encouraged to attend these informative Lunch and Learn presentations. Join the celebration of Geauga County’s only university, Kent State University, as the Geauga Campus celebrates 50 years of educating today’s leaders and the leaders of the future.

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(l-r) Donnie Miller, Jenna Osborn, Hennessy Mohnkern and Sheryl Miller.  

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East Geauga Kiwanis recognized four outstanding third graders from Jordak Elementary. They received four literature books , a certificate and a gift card to Crossroads Café. 

The birthday cut off for kindergarten enrollment is Aug. 1, that means your child must be 5 years old prior to Aug. 1. March 1 through March 30: Enrollment Packets at Jordak Elementary, immunizations, busing. March 3 through April 4: Registration, Busing Consult, Vision/Hearing Screenings. In CIS gym. Parents must register children in person. All forms must be completed, Original documents must be brought in for inspection and copying. Completed busing forms must be submitted, vision/hearing screenings. May: Letter from teacher will include teacher assignment, A or B assignment, orientation dates and times. Aug. 15: Orientation. Bring unwrapped supplies, scavenger hunt with your child, meet the teacher, receive Readiness and/or language dates/times assessments (to occur first week of school). Aug. 18 through Aug. 27: Start Strong, Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, Language Assessment. Dates/times assigned. One or both assessments will occur at this time. Sept. 2: A/B Schedule Begins. Regular A/B kindergarten schedule. The phone number for A. J. Jordak Elementary School is 440-632-0262.

After Prom Fundraiser Cardinal S.A.F.E. The After Prom Committee will hold a fundraiser at Vinny’s Pizza, 15620 W. High St. in Middlefield, (44062) on Sunday, Feb. 23 from noon to 7 p.m. Bring your family for dinner or grab carryout, and Vinny’s Pizza will donate a portion of the sales to Cardinal S.A.F.E. After Prom Committee. There will also be a raffle.

Cardinal Middle School girls basketball team took on Cuyahoga Heights Feb. 12.

Hidden in Plain Sight Cardinal Local Schools is pleased to present the “Hidden in Plain Sight” program designed to provide parents with an eye-opening look at the risks that our students face. “Hidden in Plain Sight is a unique traveling exhibit created by the Bath and Copley Township Police Departments. The departments constructed what appears to be at first glance the bedroom of the average teenager. But amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk and personal care products on a vanity are more than 150 items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous and even illegal activity. “Hidden in Plain Sight” will be on display at Cardinal High School Gym, 14785 Thompson Ave. in Middlefield on April 23. Doors open for browsing at 6:15 p.m. with a presentation from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit is open to adults only. There is no charge for admittance. The audience is encouraged to explore and interact with items in the display which may be indicative that a teenager is involved in substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity and more. Participants will be enlightened, educated and astonished.

Reggie Dabbs Speaking in April “You can never change your past, but you can change your future!” ~ Reggie Dabbs These words comprise the central message of a nationally recognized motivational speaker, Mr. Reggie Dabbs. The Cardinal Community will have the opportunity to hear Mr. Dabbs’ message using humor and his love of saxophone as he comes to Middlefield to speak with students and staff on the importance of making positive choices in their lives regarding adolescent pressures, and how positive choices and succeeding in the classroom will affect their futures. Mr. Dabbs also stresses to students the importance of families in their lives and how lucky they are to have families that love and support them. We invite you to share in Reggie’s message by attending one of the following presentations.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cardinal Intermediate School Gym 10:15 a.m. Cardinal High School Gym 12:15 p.m. Cardinal Middle School Cafetorium 1:45 p.m. “This assembly made possible in part by a contribution from Kinetico Incorporated and the Kinetico Community Support Program.”

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berkshire East Geauga Kiwanis Recognizes Students The East Geauga Kiwanis Club recently gave recognition to third graders from Burton Elementary for being outstanding students as chosen by their teachers. They all received a certificate, a gift certificate and four elementary books from the club. Photo at right.

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(l-r) Sophmore Michelle Sohm receives award from teacher Eric Higgs.

High Marks on the Americanism Test (l-r) Jacob Hanson, Caden Graber, Alyssa Maier, Melissa Braun, Paige Trout and Olivia Roach.

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Ky Bowman Madelyn Carver Josiah Cheung* Emily Dingman Teagan Farley Jillian Humes Clark Jackson Bella Jones Hannah Keough Hayley Kumher Dominic Mann* Kaitlin McFadden Nicholas Misconin Cecelia Nemergut Katrina Ostrander James Patterson Benjamin Pelletier Spencer Price Caitlin Wendl

Karsten Bergmeier Leah Braun Aiden Burkley Logan Byler* Alexis Caponi* Alli Dingman* Natalie Girolamo* Hailey Long Asya Martin Samuel Martinjako* Max McClintock Joanne Miller Amy Pfiester Jack Reed Nicholas Romask* Riley Schultz Jack Squire* Amber Taraska McKenna Tucek

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At the February regular meeting of the Berkshire Board of Education, sophomore Michelle Sohm was recognized by social studies teacher Eric Higgs for her scores on the American Legion Americanism and Government Test. The students who were recognized won district championships at their respective grade levels. Michelle scored very well on all three levels: Post, County, and District. Also scoring well was senior Cassandra Cameron. The Ohio American Legion Americanism and Government Test is an opportunity for high school students to understand American government and history through this statewide test program. Over 65,000 students participate annually in this project, which is sponsored by The American Legion Auxiliary.

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Tax Time is Here

Along with this harsh winter another dreaded season is upon us - tax season. It is that special time of year when pencils, calculators and accountants work overtime. If you are a tax DIY person, you’ll want to take advantage of Geauga County Public Library’s tax assistance provided by AARP. Volunteers will be on hand to help file 2013 federal and state taxes. The Middlefield Library is offering assistance on Tuesday mornings through April 8. Space is limited and appointments are required. The appointments fill quickly so call 440-632-1961 to reserve your spot. Participants should bring Copy of 2012 tax returns, all 2013 tax forms, proof of identity and social security cards to the appointment. Not available on Tuesdays? Check out other Geauga County Public Libraries for additional days for tax assistance. If you prefer to complete your own taxes, the library stocks useful books including “How to Pay Zero Taxes 2014” by Jeff A. Schnepper or “The EY Tax Guide 2014.” Let’s hope for warmer weather and a bigger tax return checks!

Friends of the Burton Library Book Sale 
Book sale to benefit the Burton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, every Sunday in March at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Burton Public Library’s Book Cellar, 14588 West Park Street on Burton Square (44021). In addition to books, you will find puzzles, sheet music, magazines and more. For information or to volunteer call 440-834-4466.

Ohio State University Scholarship Award The Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers provide scholarships to Geauga County residents pursuing an education in horticulture, agriculture, environmental science or related fields at The Ohio State University. High school seniors or current students at OSU are encouraged to apply. The deadline for the application is April 25. The student must be accepted and enrolled at OSU or an OSU satellite campus for the school year 2014-2015. This includes the Agricultural Technical Institute of the OARTC in Wooster. For an application and information about the MGV scholarships, call the OSU Extension at the Patterson Center, 440-834-4656.The application is available online at

Pesticide Training/Certification On Feb. 25 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., the Ohio State University Extension in Geauga County will offer training for growers interested in obtaining a private pesticide applicators license. This training will prepare individuals to take the certification test to obtain restricted use pesticides. There is a registration fee of $35 which includes the CORE manual, CORE workbook, handouts, and refreshments. Class will be held in the Geauga County Extension Office located in the Patterson Center on the Burton fairgrounds. Call the Extension Office, 440-834-4656 to register or for questions or mail the registration fee payable to OSU Extension, P.O. Box 387, Burton, OH 44021.

Master Gardeners Teaching Fund The Geauga County Master Gardener Volunteers announces the implementation of the Teaching Fund. This fund supports a major goal of the organization to provide horticulture education to people of all ages in Geauga County. Anyone in Geauga County or any nonprofit organization who is developing or implementing projects that teach children or adults about horticulture is eligible. There is no deadline. For an application visit www.geauga.osu. edu or call the OSU Extension at the Patterson Center, 440-285-8086.

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{ community interest } Cash Exploded for Local Resident Cash exploded for Middlefield Bank file clerk, Diana Koller of West Farmington. She purchased a ticket from Circle K in Middlefield late last year. In January of this year, she was notified by the folks at Cash Explosion that her ticket was chosen. Early in February, she travelled with her husband to Columbus to compete on stage with seven others. She won and came away with $65,000. Diana says she will spend the money on a new roof and kitchen counter tops. The remainder will be banked for a trip to Vegas. The show, in which Diana competed, will air on March 1, Channel 5 WEWS, Cleveland. Congratulations Diana Koller!

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Three schools you attended in your hometown are named after teachers you had as a teen. Your husband doesn’t need to use a comb anymore. Your hair grows everywhere except where you want it to. Staying indoors on a freezing cold day sounds more appealing than taking Fido out for a brisk walk. You prefer oatmeal over steak. You can’t find your glasses and they’re on top of your head. The local funeral home calls to see how you are more often than your kids do. (I swear he has my number on speed dial.) You crank up the television so loud the people down the street can enjoy it with you. You repeat yourself, you repeat yourself, you repeat yourself! The good news is you have reached a ripe old age and can still laugh at yourself. Now that’s the best medicine in the world. Ellie Behman has been a freelance writer for more than 40 years and has written over 400 articles and stories for various publications around the country. She has also written three romance novels and several children’s books, which are as yet unpublished. She has been married nearly 56 years and is the mother of three, grandmother of seven and greatgrandmother of four adorable little boys. Her husband and she spend as much time as possible at their cabin in southern Ohio, which is the perfect, quiet setting for a writer.

On Feb. 11, the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce held their monthly meeting at the Cornerstone Bible Church Ministry Center in Burton Township, pastored by Thad Bergmeier (left). Barbara Titus, vice president of Sheoga Hardwood Flooring & Paneling informed the membership about the company’s history, progress and expansion. Senator John Eklund visited Great Day Child Care in Middlefield on Feb. 14. He read to the children, educating about the importance of voting. He then challenged the children to vote for their favorite cookie. The M & Ms won by a landslide.

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On Feb. 12, residents enjoyed corn hole as a part of the Blossom Hill Health Care Senior Olympics Week in Huntsburg. (l-r) Rhonda Winn, Rose Vesley, Christine Zeitler and Leslie Zakallas.

December at Middlefield Senior Center Feb. 19 - Senior Health Speaker: Noon. Ron from Health Quest speaks on health issues facing seniors today. Feb. 21 - Out to Lunch and Chocolate Tour: Noon. Lunch at Tom and Jerry’s followed by a chocolate tour at White House Chocolates. Carpooling from the senior center available. Feb 25 - Spa Day with Wanda: 9 a.m. Manicures, pedicures, toenail trims. Reduced cost to seniors – call for an appointment. Feb. 26 - Meet the Director: 11:30 a.m. Jessica Boalt, newly appointed director of the Dept. on Aging will meet seniors and answer questions. March 5 - Health Talk: 12:45 p.m. Al from Healthy Pursuits will discuss holistic and natural approaches to well-being. March 7 - Volleyball Outing: 10 a.m. Carpool to Hamlet Village for chair volleyball followed by their famous 50 cent lunch. RSVP by March 3.

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March 12 - St. Patrick’s Party: 10 a.m. Enjoy a day of entertainment by Just For the Fun of It, a catered lunch, games and more. $10/person. RSVP by Feb. 28. March 11 - Diabetes Support Group: 12:30 p.m. Learn and share ideas and tips to manage diabetes. March 19 - Celebrating Life Past, Present and Future: 12:30 p.m. UH Geauga Medical Center presents Healthy Eating at Any Age. Weekly Programs Chair Volleyball: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1p.m. Tuesday and Friday 10:30 a.m. Beginners class Tuesdays 1 p.m. Chair Exercises: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 a.m. Arthritis based exercises open to anyone. The Middlefield Senior Center is located at 12820 Ridgewood Dr. in Middlefield. Call 440632-1611.

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My eldest sister Magda scolds me when I make any reference to being “old”. I am proud that I beat out at least 60 percent of the population that has not survived to my ripe old age of 66.9; I turn 67 this April. I am now quoting my age as I did when I was a child; 66 and a half, 67 in three months, 66; old enough to know better but young enough not to care. I still smile at pretty women and when they smile back my wife comments that they are smiling at a man who reminds them of their granddad and that is just fine because I still enjoyed their smile! If you have your health, and I am happy to report that I do, discounting a few hickups along the way, the “senior years” can be enjoyable. I am not without my aches and pains. Building this new house has opened the door to mornings that challenge my discipline and determination, although they leave me wondering if my wife got the plate number of that bus that ran me over the night before. If you have financial independence, life as a senior gets even better. My wife and I did without many things in our youth so that we can now travel the world, build

a new house and support our favorite charities; it is important to give back and thank God for his blessings. Mark Twain is quoted as having said: “You don’t stop playing because you get old, you get old because you stopped playing”. I have met many elderly people that became cantankerous and grouchy as if it was mandatory to do so as you age. What’s up with that? I encounter dozens of people daily, store clerks, tradesman, business associates and friends. My goal is to put a smile on each and every person’s face that I encounter. Sure, some have heard that same old joke several times but when a store clerk asks me to please choose her line on my return trip because I always “make her day”, it also makes mine! I have a friend who recently injured himself and is now in a wheel chair. I visit him primarily because of his amazing sense of humor. An hour with him is one joke after another; I refer to us as dueling jokesters and both of us enjoy our visits together. Now if I could just remember his name. To find out what Joe would do, email questions to Joe has 20some 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. Joe’s articles are his opinion and are only intended as a guide. Please consult an expert when in doubt.

Senior Depression The changes that come in later life such as retirement, the death of loved ones, increased isolation and medical problems, can lead to depression. Sometimes the cause is not known. Depression prevents us from enjoying life and impacts energy, sleep, appetite and physical health. However, depression is not an inevitable part of aging, and there are steps that can be taken to overcome the symptoms, no matter the challenges. Lifestyle changes can be helpful, but if you find yourself unable to recover from your depression, you should seek professional treatment; both counseling and anti-depressants are proven to be very effective. Depression isn’t a sign of weakness or a character flaw. It can happen to anyone, at any age, no matter his or her background or previous accomplishments in life. Physical illness, loss, and the challenges of aging don’t have to permanently take away your ability to enjoy life. Whether you are 18 or 80, you don’t have to live with depression. Senior depression can be treated, and with the right support and treatment, it is possible to feel better and live a happy and vibrant life. Depression in older and elderly adults is often linked to physical illness, which can increase the risk for depression. Chronic pain and physical disability can understandably get anyone down. Symptoms of depression can also occur as part of medical problems such as dementia or as a side effect of prescription drugs. Chronic medical condition and physical disabilities can greatly increase depression or make depression symptoms worse. Depressed individuals may not want to do anything or see anybody, but isolation and inactivity only makes depression worse. Physical activity has powerful mood-boosting effects. Research suggests that it may help in relieving less serious depression, and can make any treatment more effective. And the benefits come without side effects. There are small ways to add more movement to your day: park farther from the store, take the stairs, do light housework, or enjoy a short walk. There are many safe exercises to build strength and boost mood—even from a chair or wheelchair. Many depressed people find it difficult to reach out to others and spend too much time alone. Those who can’t get

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out to socialize may find it helpful to invite loved ones to visit or keep in touch over the phone or email. And it’s never too late to build new friendships. It can help to join a support group for depression, a book club, or another group of people with similar interests to bring life back into balance. It’s a myth to think that after a certain age you can’t learn new skills, try new activities, or make fresh lifestyle changes. The truth is that the human brain never stops changing, so older adults are just as capable as younger people of learning new things and adapting to new ideas. Overcoming depression may involve finding new things you enjoy, learning to adapt to change, staying physically and socially active, and feeling connected to your community and loved ones. And if that alone does not help, talking to a professional is the next step. Getting the support you need plays a big role in lifting the fog of depression and keeping it away. On your own, it can be difficult to maintain perspective and sustain the effort required to beat depression. Immediate access to care is a critical element of recovery from depression, mental health, trauma and addiction related issues, so Ravenwood Mental Health Center has begun a new intake process that allows same day access to care in most cases to make treatment readily available when the need is the greatest. The Same Day Access system allows potential new clients to call the agency Monday through Thursday before 2 p.m. and, if needed, receive an initial appointment that same day or the next business day. A first therapy appointment for ongoing counseling will be initiated within 7 days of that initial appointment in most situations. Immediate care and stabilization will continue to be provided to those in crisis. Additionally, the COPEline at 1-888-285-5665 or 440285-5665 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The highly trained staff takes 10,000 calls each year addressing numerous crisis issues and offers immediate and appropriate referrals for each caller. If you are a Geauga County resident in need of depression counseling, mental health and/or addiction recovery services, contact the Intake Specialist at 440285-3568 to request an appointment. Ravenwood Mental Health Center is located at 12557 Ravenwood Dr. in Chardon (44024).

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Current government guidelines recommend three glasses of milk daily for every American over age 5 and two glasses a day for kids under age 5. But is milk healthy? Should people consume dairy? Is there real science behind the government standard, or is the standard derived from political lobbying? Got proof? A lack of evidence for government recommendations for milk, based on research by Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Walter Willett from Harvard, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The Harvard scientists found no data supporting the claim that dairy increases bone density, weight loss, or improved health. They found serious risks with dairy consumption including weight gain, increased cancer risk, and increased fracture risk! They found dairy might cause constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, gas, diarrhea, allergies, eczema, and/or acne. This is research by Harvard – not dumb donkeys. So, is milk nature’s perfect food? Yes, if you’re a calf. Dairy is not a human dietary staple. Some people can tolerate dairy in small amounts - for example, descendants of northern Europe and people who don’t have allergies, or “lactose” intolerance, or leaky gut syndrome. In food sensitivity blood tests I perform, I don’t test for lactose. In fact, several patients with medically diagnosed ‘lactose’ intolerance can’t drink Lactaid without severe abdominal or systemic stress. My test shows that milk whey and casein are the factual problem. When asked how the health care professional diagnosed ‘lactose’ intolerance, the patient states that the doctor said so. The doctor performed no test! I suspect the majority of lactose intolerant people have a false diagnosis. People should not add dairy in or on anything. Dairy contains allergenic proteins, such as casein and whey, which are far more problematic than lactose. Worse, the casein

in modern dairy - sourced from modern, hybridized cows – is a genetic alteration creating greater risks of inflammation, autoimmune disease, and type 1 diabetes. If you want to consume dairy, use goat and sheep dairy, cheese, and yogurt, which are widely available now. These sources of dairy are not cash cows . . . pun? It is important to choose organic because pesticides, hormones and chemicals concentrate in the fat in non-organic dairy. However, the milking of organic cows often occurs while they are pregnant, producing milk full of hormones – natural hormones. In fact, the average glass of milk has 60 different hormones in it - anabolic hormones, meaning they help with growth. But cancer cell growth is not good and how many people want to grow big bellies? It must be a lot because the majority of Americans are obese. Recommendation: take a dairy holiday for three weeks and see what changes. Postnasal drip stops, sinuses clear up, acne reduces, bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea go away, energy increases, eczema clears, allergies get better, headaches and insomnia ease, and weight loss. These are some changes people can notice upon eliminating dairy. Then, and this is crucial, eat/drink dairy again, and see what happens. It is three weeks, not forever. The bottom line is government recommendations for dairy consumption, based on the top scientists in the world, is flat wrong. Dairy is not a dietary staple and people should certainly not consume milk every day. Don’t listen to Uncle Sam on this one – listen to the science. Listen to the body. It is your body for which to care. How far should the government go to tell you how to care for the body? Dr. David Fakadej, DC, LMT, is the proprietor at Journey Health Care & Chiropractic, 17652 Munn Road, Auburn Township. Call him at 440-543-2771, or email drfakadej@hotmail. com.

Home Delivered Meal Drivers Needed The Geauga County Department on Aging needs Home Delivered Meal drivers,18 years or older, with a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. Volunteers deliver meals as little or as often as they like Monday through Friday and take between 1.5 to 2 hours to provide a nutritious lunch for 10 to15 homebound seniors. Call the Geauga County Department on Aging at 440-279-2130, 440-564-7133 ext. 2130, or 440-834-1586 ext. 2130.


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{ health } Heart Attacks in Women Each year, about 372,000 women age 65 and older have a heart attack. The average age for women to have a first heart attack is about 70, and women are more likely than men to die within a few weeks of a heart attack. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the USA. A heart attack strikes someone about every 34 seconds. It occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. This happens because the arteries that supply the heart with blood can slowly narrow from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances (plaque). If the blood and oxygen supply is cut off severely or for a long period of time, muscle cells of the heart suffer severe and devastating damage and die. The result is damage or death to the area of the heart that became affected by reduced blood supply. A new study found that one in five women doesn’t experience chest pain when she’s having a heart attack, so it’s important to know the less obvious, sneaky signals the heart sends. Women tend to experience uncomfortable pressure in the chest, shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, weakness, or jaw, shoulder or back pain. Women often chalk up the symptoms to less life-threatening conditions like acid reflux, the flu or normal aging. Watch for small differences. If a daily activity like vacuuming or making the bed suddenly seems exhausting, notify your doctor immediately. Overwhelming and out-of-the ordinary fatigue could be a sign that you’re at risk for a heart attack. If you think you might be having a heart attack, play it safe. Chew an aspirin and call 911 immediately.

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 host a Pantry Collection Easter Fund raiser to distribute food between all seven food pantries in Geauga County. Food Pantries have had cuts in funding and need non-perishable food items, toiletries, tooth brushes, toilet paper and paper towels. All items will be appreciated. Items will be delivered by Geauga Connection Businesses to the following 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. Items can be dropped off 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 help others in our county. Contact Dan Johnson, 440-632-5068, Mark Dolezal, 440-632-5055 or Nick Hall, 440-834-4612.

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One of my favorite actor performances of all time is Tom Hanks in the movie, “Cast Away”. If you remember the movie, he works as a systems analysts for FedEx, traveling around the world fixing logistical issues. On one particular trip, the plane he is on crashes in the Pacific Ocean. He survives the crash, but unfortunately is the only one who does. For about four years, he fights to survive on a deserted island. Maybe the most unique part of the movie is the relationship he forms with a volleyball. Yes, a volleyball. What would lead someone in his right mind to begin talking to a volleyball? That answer is simple: loneliness. I remember the first time I saw this; I was struck with one thought. Maybe his greatest need was not fire, food, or water. Maybe his greatest need, something inherent in his DNA, was friendship. Being overwhelmed with loneliness, he longed for community. And he found this companionship with a volleyball that had a blood-painted face, which he named Wilson. The reason this made for such a good movie plot is because it strikes at the heart of man. At the core of who we are, we long for relationships. Being created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), we long to be known and to know other people. We thrive in life when we have companionship. Even for the most recluse individual, there is something awakened in their soul when they find a good friend. This is a God-given desire in the heart of man. But the good news is that God gives

a solution as well. He provides a forum for that desire to be filled through the local church. We are told in the Bible that when a person becomes a believer in Jesus Christ, they are placed into the body of Christ, the church. And we see this unique community of people form in the book of Acts. Starting in Chapter 2, when the church is born, people begin to orient their lives around each other. They begin to live life with each other. They didn’t just believe in Jesus and then isolate themselves. It would have been unheard of in the early church for anyone to be a Christian and not be actively involved in a local church. The sense of community the church had with each other was fairly radical. They met regularly with each other. They worshipped together. They ate together. They gave to each other. They spent time with each other. They shared their resources with each other. They loved each other. They were committed to each other. They were friends. And this is what the church is to be today. Do you have that longing for friendship in you? Maybe your answer is found in the church; just the way God planned it to be.

Elizabeth Ann Troyer age 97, of West Farmington, passed away at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren with her family by her side. She was born Dec. 12, 1916 in Huntsburg to Jacob and Mary (Miller) Mast. She was a resident of Mesopotamia and West Farmington and formerly of Holladay, Tenn. for 12 years. Mrs. Troyer was a homemaker and was married to David M. Troyer until his death in 1997. Survivors include her loving children, Malinda (Lester Lee) Byler of Middlefield, Jacob (Mary Ellen) of West Farmington, Sara (Jerry J.L.) Miller of Mesopotamia, Elwin (Linda) of Middlefield, Mary (Andy J.) Mast of Lewisburg, Pa., John (Anna) of Guthrie, Ky., David Jr. (Emma) of Leesburg, Ohio, Allen (Anna Marie) of Orwell, Alma (Elmer, Jr.) Mullet of Plain City, Ohio, Esther (Dan, Jr.) Weaver of Leesburg, Ohio, Betty (Ben N.) Troyer of West Farmington with who she made her home and Marvin (Sara) of West Farmington, 59 grandchildren, 192 great-grandchildren and 15 great-greatgrandchildren and sister, Emma Sidley of Austinburg. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband David, two brothers, two sisters, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Online condolences at

James E. Wear, age 71, formerly of Middlefield, died Feb. 5, 2014 at Sycamore Run Nursing Home in Millersburg. He was born Feb. 9, 1942 in West Farmington, son of Lloyd S. and Virginia O. (Garner) Wear. He served in the U.S. Navy 1959 to 1963, and served on the USS Saratoga. He worked at the former Geauga Industries, and was a member of the VFW Post 4678. His hobbies included fishing, playing cards, and watching TV. He will be missed by his friends and family; siblings, Milton “Skip” (Trudy) Wear of Weaver, Ala., Mary (Raymond) Mullenax of West Farmington; and Richard (Donna) Wear of Austintown; and his sister in law Ann Wear of Gustavus, Ohio. He is preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Virginia Wear and his brother William Wear. Online condolences www.

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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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.

Pancake Breakfasts March 2 through 30: Pancake Town U.S.A. Sundays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy Pancake Breakfast to benefit the Geauga County Historical Society, Burton Volunteer Fire Department, Burton-Middlefield Rotary, or the American Legion Burton Chamber of Commerce 440-834-4204, 1-800-526-5630, www. March 2 to 23: West Geauga Kiwanis Pancake Breakfasts Sundays 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The “All You Can Eat Deal” includes blueberry, buckwheat and buttermilk pancakes, French toast, sausage, Geauga County maple syrup, juice, coffee and milk. “Early Bird Specials” between 8 and 9 a.m. West Geauga High School www.wgkiwanis. org/pancake breakfast.html. March 2: Burton-Middlefield Rotary Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Sunday in March. Berkshire High School, 14510 N. Cheshire Street in Burton. $8 adults, $5 children ages 4 to 10. Add an omelet for $3. For information email or visit March 2 through April 6: AYCE Pancake Breakfast Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pancakes (plain, apple, blueberry) sausage or bacon, eggs, toast, OJ, coffee, tea. Children $3 to $3.50 Adults $6 to $7. Chardon Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 440-286-9921. March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30: Pancake Breakfast at Punderson Manor 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a ‘guilt free’ all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast every Sunday, March through May (excluding Easter), then take in the natural beauty of Punderson’s hiking trails $10.95 adults, $7.95 children under 12. Punderson Manor Resort and Conference Center, 440-564-9144, 1-800-282-7275.

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Pictures with the Easter Bunny, Face Painting, Children’s Books, Make Your Own Candles, Thirty One, Perfectly Posh, Kitcheneez, Scentsy, Arbonne, Miche, Damsel in Defense, Flavored Breads, It’s Especially 4 U, Handmade crafts and so much more!

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Are you looking for an inexpensive outing to beat the winter shivers? Middlefield Market’s annual Chili Cook-Off provides a day of warm entertainment to fit any budget. Admission is free into the Pavilion where the doors open to the public at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. There will be live musical entertainment by Soft Tones until the festivities conclude at 4 p.m. Once inside, a chili sampler pack containing eight cups, a spoon and a People’s Choice ballot can be purchased for a suggested donation of $3. Patrons select samples from a wide spectrum of chilies including shredded beef, chicken, hot, mild, spicy and vegetarian. The Farmers Grill will be open with full menu options including French fries and ice cream. “This is a great family day,” explained Tina Mooney, who hosts the event with her husband, Tom. “With free admission, it is inexpensive for families to spend the afternoon in a warm, friendly environment, and the musical entertainment is first rate. Many of our competitors are local business owners who will offer giveaways, raffles and discount coupons at their booths. Some will have examples of their wares for sale.” More than 25 contestants will compete for the cash prizes of the $150 First Place, and $75 Second Place, which will be selected at 12:30 p.m. by a three-judge panel. The $100 winner of the People’s Choice award will be announced at 3:30 p.m. after the patron ballots are counted. Do you think your chili has what it takes to compete? There is a $35 registration fee to be entered, and you need to provide at least 4 gallons of chili. Businesses or individuals may compete. This is a great way to promote your business to area locals by passing out information, coupons, or giveaways. Middlefield Market is located 0.2 mile east of State Route 608 on Nauvoo Road in Middlefield. For information or to enter the competition, call 440-632-3196.

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Unique Custom Garden Art and Gifts

Church Events Feb. 28: God Shares a Meal 4 to 6:30 p.m. Free meal for anyone who wishes to come First United Methodist Church, 14999 S. State Ave. (Route 608), one block south of Route 87 in Middlefield. Handicap accessible, 440-632-0480. March 8: Relay For Life Benefit Dinner and Talent Show Dinner served 5 to 6:30 p.m. BBQ pulled pork, homemade mac ‘n’ cheese, salad, dessert, beverages: $8 adults, $5 children under 12. Community Talent Show begins 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Berkshire High School / Middlefield Methodist Church Team. The church is located at First United Methodist Church, 14999 S. State Ave. (Route. 608), one block south of Route 87 in Middlefield Village. Handicap accessible, 440-632-0480.

Total Family Eyecare Comprehensive Eye Examinations Glasses • Contacts Sport/Safety Eyewear

14901 state Ave., N. Middlefield 440-632-1695 Eye Med, Spectera, Medical Mutual, Care Source & Many Other Plans Accepted 7 Offices tO serve

16396 Main Market • Parkman 440-477-0782 T,W,Th. 7pm-9pm; Sat. 10-4; Sun. 12-4

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{ HELP WANTED } TOWMOTOR Operators with working knowledge of HAND SCANNERS NEEDED immediately $9.00 to $9.75/hour +attendance bonus Apply with Kelly Services Call for hiring details 440-632-3399

Workers Needed in the Middlefield Area Hiring WEEKDAY & WEEKEND shifts Call Kelly Services $9.00/hour + shift diff & attendance bonus 440-632-3399

Wallick Communities is looking for a parttime community manager to manage all

daily operations of an affordable housing apartment community for our senior property Casa Lucia, located in Middlefield, Ohio. Requirements: HS diploma/GED, previous property management experience a plus, valid driver’s license. Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. Please submit your resumé to careers@ or fax to 614-322-8854. EOE/M/F/V/D




Some experience preferred but not required.

Qualified candidates must be able to work weekends & holidays. For qualified employees we offer a competitive salary & comprehensive benefits package including vacation for part time employees & employee meal program. Free lodging at 4 other Ohio State Park Lodges. Apply in person or email resume to

Help Wanted – Seasonal Burton Chamber of Commerce is looking for a family or group to collect sap in a woods just north of Burton Village. Buckets, spiles, and collecting tank provided. A team or tractor would be needed. Interested parties call 440-834-3133 for details.




Briar Hill Healthcare in Middlefield Village is currently seeking a full-time RegisteREd NuRse 6pm–6am (12 hour shift) Please apply in person, Mon – Fri 8am - 5pm 15950 Pierce St – Middlefield, OH 44062 440-632-5241



Holly Hill will teach you!

Holly Hill Health Care is currently seeking State Tested Nursing Assistants. We offer a great benefits package for qualified candidates. Located in Newbury, we’re a family owned and managed team currently seeking dedicated, caring health care professionals. To schedule your interview, call our D.O.N. (440) 338-8220 10190 Fairmount Rd. Newbury, 44065 “Family Owned & Managed”

1 Bedroom Units in Chardon!

19,980sqft with 3 levels to use in this former school. Lower level has gym, kitchen, restrooms & multiple classrooms, middle level has offices, restrooms, plus open and closed classrooms, upper floor has closed classrooms/office...Rent all or part...Lots of parking and 6.27acres in Parkman near Rt 422.


47 Years in Real Estate

CALL TODAY! Pho: 440-632-1904 Fax: 440-632-1003 16394 Kinsman Road Email: Middlefield, OH 44062 Web: Give us a call if you need something sold or leased

CheCk out these listings! BERKSHIRE SCHOOLS

This cute 2 Br, 1 Bath Ranch with detached 2 car garage offers fresh paint, newer updates including elec., roof and more on .32 acre with fenced area and large rear yard. County Sewers

so NO county septic issues! $69,900

PARKMAN CENTURY HOME Plenty of character and charm with this one! Turn of the century

wood floors, wide mouldings, stained glass windows and high ceilings with a touch of updating including beautiful kitchen and thermo-pane windows. Offers 4 or 5 bedrooms, 2 full baths, large 1st floor laundry with full bath, Parlour, formal dining room and more. County Sewer. ~ $125,000


11755 Kinsman Rd • Newbury, OH • 440.564.9144


Geauga Metropolitan Housing Authority Your Key to affordable housing in Geauga County.

“Why step into the cold when you can easily access laundry and community rooms, your mail, beauty services - even trash disposal - though warm indoor hallways.”

Please call 440-286-7413 or visit our website at for more information. Applications are currently being accepted for our 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom Public Housing Units.

4 Bed, 2 Full Bath Ranch home. Updates include kitchen and baths, Metal roof on home, garage and 2 tiered decks and shed, vinyl windows,18x12 enclosed front porch. Asphalt drive with Vinyl fencing for privacy. Neutral paint throughout. 3 car detached garage. Close to everything. Nothing left to do besides move in! A must see home on a quiet village setting. ~ $169,900



15618 W. High St. Middlefield, OH


“Your Local Realtor”


Affordable Carports, Building & Pavilions by CARpORtS complete on your site for as low as


Great Storage for • Cars • Boats • RVs • Equipment • Agricultural Items!

Dog Training Classes (Obedience/Agility) w w w. t a l l p i n e s k 9 . c o m


13065 Mayfield Rd. Chardon • 440-285-2509 • 800-538-2276


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All Breed Dogs and Cats Your pets come first.

Classes in all levels Of ObedienCe and aGility all classes will be held at tall Pines dog training. limited class size, pre-registration is required.

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15 Years of Professional Pet Grooming

Gail Jaite, Owner 440-632-1099 13769 Old state Rd.(Rt.608) Middlefield 44062

Darci Dodge 216-308-3783 16656 Peters Rd. Middlefield, OH 44062




ANY SERVICE New Customers Only Offer expires 3/15/14 MP


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


complete automotive care atv, atv, motorcycle, motorcycle, car car & small truck repair OIL OIL Change • Brakes• exhaust• shOCks • tIres

ken zwolinski

T. brooks repair Terry Terry Brooks, Brooks, Proprietor Proprietor Since 1992


call call today to schedule appointment


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Mast Metal Sales

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


Building Materials

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

Specializing in Countertops

Solid Surface Countertops • Laminate Tops and will also do with Undermount Sinks 18960 Nelson Road, Garrettsville 44231

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

440-548-5872 (let ring)

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Sales & Service

Everything for your working and pleasure animals plus more.

• Handmade, professionally fitted – tack, harnesses and saddles • Feeds, medicines, barn and stable supplies • Dog supplies, pet ID tags and dog licenses Over 30 years of catering to animals and their people!

14698 Bundysburg Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062 440-632-1505 • Levi & Fannie Yoder

Eli J. Miller • 440-632-0891 7842 Bundysburg Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062


M-F 8-5; Sat 8–noon; Sun. closed

M-T-W-F: 8–5; Sat: 8–2; Closed Thurs. & Sun

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{ Marketing } providing advertising, printing and publishing ser vices marketing solutions since 1992 • graphic design • printing brochures | flyers | business cards | stationary | forms

• copywriting • web design • web maintenance • ad planning & placement • media buying PUBLISHERS OF: Country Savings Magazine and Middlefield Post Fairmount Center for the Arts Class Brochure Chagrin Falls, West Geauga, Hudson and South Euclid Lyndhurst Community Education Brochures

Guitar Lessons Geauga Learning how to play guitar/bass does not have to be hard... Let me show you how!


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IELD METAL RECYCLING F E L D D I M Buyers of SCRAP METALS Aluminum • Copper • Brass • Stainless Steel Radiators • Appliances • Steel •Lead • Cars • Other


Certified 60’ Truck Scale

Roll-Off Services 20-30-40 yard dumpsters.

Construction Demolition


VINYLCRAFT WINDOWS & SIDING, LLC (Home Improvements) n Bay

& Bow Windows n Glass Block Windows n Garages n Decks

Free estimates

John miller n 440-321-2474

❑ Liner Rate: First 20 words $15; 50¢ each word thereafter ❑ Boxed Display Rate: $10 per column in. (1.5”w x 1”h), min. 2 col ins ❑ Business Card Rate: 4 issues $120, or $40 per issue prepaid please √ ad classification box above

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Miller’s Engine


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Please send info and payment to: Middlefield Post Classifieds P.O. Box 626 Middlefield, OH 44062 or fax to: 440.834.8933 Our next issue is March 5, 2014 Classified deadline is Feb. 21, 2014

ADVERTISE your company here! Call Today to Reserve Your Space at 440.632.0782 Deadline for the March 5, 2014 issue is Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

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Call us for all your electrical needs: Call us for all your electrical needs: Panel Changes, Service Upgrades, Lighting, Panel Changes, Service Upgrades, Lighting, New Construction or Remodeling. New Construction or Remodeling. AND INSURED BONDED AND INSURED inc. BONDED OH LICENSE OH #18634 LICENSE #18634

Call (440) 564-7756 or(440) (800) 831-3744 Call 564-7756 for a free site evaluation. Northeast Ohio’s First or (800) 831-3744 E-mail us 5-Star Rated Generac for a free site evaluation. Power Pro Elite Dealer E-mail us Northeast Ohio’s First 5-Star Rated Generac Elite Dealer