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Middlef ieldPOST Volume 8 ~ Issue 15

March 19, 2014

Neighborly News from Middlefield, Parkman, Huntsburg and Surrounding Communities

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By Christina Grand Porter hil and Patty Garbo were They each produce about an egg prompted to take up raising a day although they don’t lay chickens about two years quite as many in the cold winter ago when their daughter months despite their easy life Teelea wanted the family to take a in a warm, cozy barn. Chicken more organic approach to eating. raisers often have to feed their The Garbo’s two sons were both hens supplements to make the body builders and could easily go eggshells hard because although through a dozen eggs every day, soft shell eggs are fine to eat, so it made sense to take steps to they are extremely fragile. But have a lot of eggs readily available. the Garbo chickens don’t have The family did some research, that problem and produce hearty mail ordered 16 chickens and hard-shelled eggs. soon after picked them up at the The Garbos, owners of Scenic post office. Once they got home, Run Equestrian Center, live on 56 Patty set up an inflatable baby acres with pastures, house, riding pool lined with wood shavings center and horse boarding barns and heat lamps for them in the on Dines Road in Novelty, so they Garbo sunroom. She soon learned are always surrounded by animals. that even the tiniest chickens like New APL rescue puppy, to roost, so added little wooden Pecos, is the latest family member, perches for them. The next step and the Garbos consider the was to give them their own home, chickens family members, too. so they had a coop built and “People usually think of having planned to raise them free range. chickens only for a purpose, but They had good luck with ours are pets. They each have a their little brood. They all grew name, are sweet as can be and up into hens, and only one died, are very friendly,” Patty said. “And unexpectedly, once grown. Soon they’re not dumb like a lot of after, they learned, the hard people think they are. Each has way, that the chickens have to their own personality.” The hens be continually protected. Phil live on a diet of organic chicken and Patty left their hens out one grain, but get treats like apples, warm sunny day to run errands. Patty Garbo and some of her happy hens in a protected outside area. popcorn, pizza crust, or even They were only gone a couple of spaghetti every day. hours, and when they returned When asked what advice care to safeguard the rest of their brood home, they found only 10 chickens and a she would give people considering raising and still have the 10 remaining hens. Patty few piles of feathers. They never found out chickens, Patty said, “Have everything ready states that her chickens are all good layers. what happened to them, but took extra Continued On Page 2

Hershey Montessori School - Adolescent Program nyone who has driven down Route 528 has probably seen the sign for the Hershey Montessori School – Adolescent Program at 11530 Madison Road. Dr. Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy, devoted her life to the study of how children learn and opened her first school in 1907. Based on her scientific observations, she developed a comprehensive, childcentered approach to education founded on the principles that education should prepare children for life, children are motivated by their innate need to explore and discover, so learn best without undue interference. Specially designed environments facilitate children’s development to their fullest potential and children should be allowed to progress at their own pace, regardless of ability level or age. Dr. Montessori’s background in science, psychology and anthropology, along with her deep humanitarian interest, influenced her ideas of educational reform. Today, her findings influence teachers in schools throughout the world. In the United States

alone, some 200 public schools and close to 4,000 private schools trust in the Montessori method’s proven success. The Hershey Montessori School has taken a truly unique approach to these principals on their Huntsburg Campus. The school has working farm, residential house, program barns, bio-shelter and

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(above, l-r) Students Marie and Michaela working in the bioshelter. (right, l-r) Students Kiersten, Caleb, and Chris with the cows.


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Continued From Page 1 for them when you bring them home. Think about what warm, safe place you have to keep the baby chicks. If you are getting the chickens for eggs, don’t keep roosters. Then you won’t have to worry about the eggs being fertilized and getting a nasty surprise when you crack open an egg.” The family maintains the coop all the time, but gives it a good cleaning once a week, sweeping it out and providing clean, fresh straw. Raising chickens is all a matter of thinking about the chickens’ comfort and making the right and most humane space for them. The compassion pays off; the Garbos firmly believe that the happier the chickens are, the more they will lay and the better the eggs will taste.


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Agriculture.............................................. 2 A Look Back in Time.............................. 5 Village of Middlefield ........................6-7 Berkshire Schools ............................... 10

Cardinal Schools.................................. 11 Reading Room ..................................... 14 Health.................................................... 17 Faith....................................................... 20 Community Calendar.......................... 21 Classifieds...................................... 22, 23

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classroom buildings on 97 acres of predominantly wooded land. It is the first farm school model of its kind to fully implement Dr. Montessori’s ideas about education for adolescents. Hershey Montessori children come from all over the world and represent a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, races, religions and cultures. As students interact on the farm, they understand how society is organized and learn divisions of labor. Compassion, diplomacy and collaboration skills are developed through experiencing human interdependence. Relationships with animals, plants and the planet are also emphasized, as the importance of sustainability is personally experienced. Students ages 12 to 15 are provided an exceptional foundation to young adulthood by learning to take care of themselves and their community by growing and cooking their own food, managing natural resources, caring for dependents (animals), overseeing a budget, operating businesses, repairing and maintaining facilities and providing services to neighbors. They are also groomed in public speaking, arts, sports and after school activities. Belonging to a genuine community where people live, work and study full-time prepares students for life in ways traditional schools cannot.

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First Quality Power Place.................... 24 Fitness Plus.............................................. 17 Fox Hollow............................................... 12 Frank Agency.......................................... 03 Geauga Bow............................................ 14 Geauga Credit Union........................... 03 Geauga Job and Family Services..... 16 Geauga Park District............................. 18 Geauga Pawn.......................................... 20 Geauga Vision......................................... 16 Grandma’s Garden................................ 08 Grandview Restaurant......................... 06 H&R Block................................................. 17 Halstead’s Specialty.............................. 15 Hill Hardware.......................................... 04 Honest Scales.......................................... 13 Ian Suzelis, D.O....................................... 17

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JD’s Post House Restaurant................ 05 John’s Photography.............................. 09 Journey Health Care & Chiropractic.. 17 Keller Williams Realtors....................... 06 Kent State University - Geauga......... 08 Kleve Insurance Agency...................... 15 Kurtz Salvage.......................................... 09 Lakeside Sand & Gravel....................... 05 Max Herr Well Drilling.......................... 16 MC Studio Preschool Smarts............. 10 Merryfield Electric, Inc......................... 14 Middlefield Cheese............................... 09 Middlefield Cheese Co-op................. 15 Middlefield Clinic, Dr. Jon Floriano. 18 Mullet’s Harness..................................... 16 Mullets Footwear and Country Cedar.. 05

Newbury Printing & More.................. 04 Newbury Sandblasting & Painting.. 15 Orwell Window & Door........................ 15 Pine Craft Storage Barns..................... 07 Pleasant Valley Woodworking.......... 15 Sears, Middlefield.................................. 05 Selinick Transmission........................... 04 Stankus Heating & Cooling................ 03 Studio For Hair........................................ 09 Sweeper Man.......................................... 15 Tall Pines Dog Training........................ 22 Tim Frank Septic.................................... 07 Troy Oaks Homes................................... 19 Urban Growers Greenhouse.............. 08 Vista Hearing Instruments.................. 18 Watson’s 87 Furniture........................... 07

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New Interstate Livestock Rules Are you planning on showing, selling or participating in a trail ride with your horse in another state? Will you be moving livestock or poultry across state lines? If you answered yes to either question, you need to be aware of the new Traceability for Livestock Moved Interstate Rule in effect for the movement of horses, cattle, sheep, goats, swine, and poultry. As of March 11, 2013 the United States Department of Agriculture has established minimum documentation requirements for national official identification for the traceability of horses and livestock moved interstate. On March 19 at 6:30 p.m., you are invited to an Animal Disease Traceability Workshop at the Patterson Center on the Burton Fairgrounds hosted by The Geauga County OSU Extension in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the United State Department of Agriculture. Representatives from the USDA Aphis and the ODA will be the guest speakers. Because Geauga County is one of the largest equine counties in the state, a special emphasis will be given to the documentation and identification of horses moving interstate. Free and open to the public. For information, call the OSU Extension Office, 440-834-4656.

Forestry and Wildlife Scholarship The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is pleased to offer scholarship funding for the 2014 Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, held June 8 to 13 at FFA Camp Muskingum in Carroll County. Sponsored by the Ohio Forestry Association, this weeklong camp for high school students explores branches of forest ecology including silviculture, tree identification, wildlife and forestry management and forest products. Campers learn firsthand about Ohio’s forests and natural resources through challenging and engaging activities, woodland hikes, demonstrations, and outdoor experiences taught by resource professionals. Situated on Leesville Lake, Camp Muskingum provides clean, comfortable accommodations, delicious meals and diverse recreational activities including volleyball, swimming, fishing, and boating. Special evening programs are planned for social and academic value. There’s fun for everyone, plus college scholarship and career interest opportunities. Applicants must be current Geauga County residents enrolled in high school at the time of camp (including those about to enter freshman year and recently graduated seniors). Applicants must complete the Geauga SWCD Scholarship Application Form by 4 p.m. on April 1. For more information and application, visit the Geauga SWCD website at www. or call 440-834-1122 ext. 2.

Soil Health Seminar The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District invites you to attend Soil Health Through the Seasons: How to Naturally Nourish Your Lawn, on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Novelty (44072). Want a green lawn without applying chemicals? Resource professionals from Good Nature Organic Lawn Care will guide us through month-by-month practices that build organic matter, improve soil health, and create a low-maintenance, chemical-free lawn. Topics include soil tests, grass types, and proper mowing and watering methods and more. Participants will receive a soil testing kit and helpful resources. This workshop is free and all are welcome. Registration required by March 20. For information or to register, call Gail Prunty at 440-8341122 or visit

Agri-Tourism Visiting sugarhouses and enjoying pancake breakfasts is one way to treat cabin fever after a long hard winter. A trip into the woods is a part of agri-tourism, a growing high yield way to attract visitors. Agri-tourism is the crossroads of tourism and agriculture. When the public visits working farms, ranches, wineries or sugarhouses, to buy products, enjoy entertainment, participate in activities, shop in a country store, eat a meal or make

overnight visits. They enjoy the scenery, visit family and friends and spend money. They are seeing something they would never see in the city and soon discover that agricultural activities have a lot to offer. Statistics show that on average, people drive 80 miles and spend $45 for great shopping trips close to home, and new experiences. No two stops are alike and they get to spend quality family time. People want to get back to their roots, rural life, and all that it offers. Over the next decade agri-tourism is expected to grow 30 percent. People are willing to pay for the experience. It is an adventure, enjoyable, relaxing and educational. A trip builds family memories. Plus it is a bargain. How much will a family of four spend for just one day at an amusement park? Buy local and know how it is grown. See how pure Ohio maple syrup is made and purchase it directly from the producers. Agri-tours attract a larger customer base, expand market dollars and increase sales of local farm products. Visitors eat in local restaurants, purchase gas, spend nights in local accommodations and shop in area stores. It all adds up and becomes a strong base to begin the tourism year. For information about Maple Madness go to

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When considering the technological ages of man, as a baby boomer, I am sure I grew up in the age of oil, and nobody can deny that we are now firmly in the computer age. But about a century and a half ago civilization entered what should be known as the age of steam. Great steam engines powered the factories of the industrial revolution, locomotives crossed the continents and steam ships traversed the globe. Children were transfixed by that magic and wanted to replicate it at playtime, thus model steam toys were born. Working model steam toys were first produced in Nuremberg, Germany in the 1880s and were known as Nuremberg engines. The toymakers of France, Great Britain and the United States soon joined in the manufacturing of steam toys. Steam toys consisted of stationary engines like the ones used in industry, often driving miniature factory tools, steamrollers, traction engines and steam locomotives were also produced. How did these models work? Just like the real thing. The boiler had to be filled with water and a burner, usually filled with alcohol, was lit and placed under the boiler. When steam was up, a turn of the flywheel sent them off and going. What lucky child would not want to wake up to a shining model steam engine under the Christmas tree? Up until the 1930s steam toys were very popular, but with airplanes, automobiles and electricity becoming commonplace, steam toys began to fade in popularity but never completely left the scene. In fact, they are still produced on a limited scale today. Wilesco, of Germany, Mamod of England and Jensen of the United States are all companies that can trace their roots to the period before World War II and still produce classic working steam toys. Model steam is more of a hobby for adults these days, although children are still fascinated by it. To see steam toys, stop by Hill Hardware, 14545 N. Cheshire in Burton, where we still talk steam. Call 440-834-4471.

Middlefield Historical Society Art Show The Middlefield Historical Society will host its 30th annual art shows in April and May on the lower level of the Society, 14979 S. State Ave. The display area is directly off the parking lot and is handicapped-accessible. There is no admission, but donations are accepted to help cover the cost of judging, prizes, ribbons and advertising. The invitational high school/middle school show will take place Saturdays and Sundays, April 5,6,12 and13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Berkshire, Cardinal, Chardon, Grand Valley, Ledgemont and Newbury schools participating. The invitational elementary school show will occur Saturdays and Sundays, May 3,4,10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Berkshire, Cardinal, Chardon and Newbury schools participating. Both shows are judged by artists and art teachers, with ribbons and prizes given for outstanding entries. Student work is chosen by the art teachers and put on display by them. Each year, The Historical Society is amazed at the quality of the student work and they encourage visitors to come out and see what area students produce. The Frank Agency, Inc., and Western Reserve Farm Cooperative, Inc. generously support these shows as co-sponsors.

Why We Love to Collect Antiques An antique is an object having a special value because of its age, especially a domestic item or piece of furniture or handicraft esteemed for its artistry, beauty or period of origin. The best antiques are really unique in every aspect such as form, history, design and color. People most often collect antiques because the items hold sentimental value. We may hang onto something as valuable as Grandma’s diamond ring or something worth nothing on the market, like a ragged toy we had as a child, because they both evoke fond memories. Some people enjoy collecting items that center around a favorite game or comic book. Antique Dealers buy and sell antiques as a business or hobby. The price of an antique changes, based on the quality and how preserved the artistic design of it is. Antique Dealers should have a wealth of knowledge about different antiques and they try to find deals on antiques to make a profit from selling them. Those who are meticulous in their work have the added satisfaction of every day being a history lesson when they learn more and more about what life was like in days gone by. Today we all realize the value of antiques and many people have started an antique business because they enjoy restoring antique pieces and selling them to people. But it’s really not about the money for a lot of collectors. Some of us experience a certain level of excitement when searching for antiques. Many collectors enjoy visiting stores or antique shops all over the country. The antique hobbyist doesn’t always buy antiques, but likes to window shop for antiques just to see the types offered in different stores or countries. Then there are those of us who buy antiques to decorate our homes because we like the antique feel. Antique pieces can decorate a home in a beautiful fashion. Some old items are desirable based on rarity, condition, utility or other unique features. It is also an object that represents a previous era in human society. Every antique has its own history. Some histories are known and some are yet to be discovered. Knowing the history of a piece will make you fall for it even more and that is one of the reasons why people really love antiques. Owning an antique is being a part of the history of a piece as it passes through hands and through time.

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During the 100 plus years that the train operated and passed through Middlefield on its way to either Painesville or Warren, there were many train wrecks. Cars were always jumping off the tracks, sometimes with little or no damage. This photo shows a wreck of the B & O on July 6, 1905 in downtown Middlefield. As you can see, it was a major train wreck that brought out the townspeople to help with the cleanup. The area shown is the rear of the stores on East High Street, where Western Reserve now has their grain storage silos. The building on the far left, with the loading dock is the depot, now used today by the Middlefield Historical Society as the Depot Ice Cream Soda Fountain.

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On March 5, eight community members convened for the first class of the Middlefield Police Citizens Academy in the Great Lakes Outdoor Supply meeting room. Mayor Ben Garlich addressed the group, thanking them, acknowledging the positive statement they are making in the community regarding their commitment and respect for law enforcement. Safety Committee chairman, Carl Hornung greeted the group as well. Officer Brandon Gray, organizer of the academy, presented the 10-week course outline stating they would learn about all aspects of police business. During the

weeks to come, Lieutenant Joe Tucholski and Sergeant Brandon Savage from MPD; Tracy Jordan and Lieutenant Scott Niehus from the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office; Brian Ayers from Ravenwood and Brenda McNeely from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations will share their expertise. Chief Arnold Stanko led this first class presenting police policies and procedures. It is the hope, that those who graduate from this class will become part of the Middlefield Police Auxiliary team available as eyes and ears in the community, volunteer to assist with community events and will donate time for in-office clerical work.

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The Middlefield Police Department has confiscated stolen property from an incident that occurred on Feb. 11, 2014. Items include six navy blue Walls FR hooded sweat shirts, two grey NFL Steelers long sleeve shirts and one black NFL Steelers leather coat. Please bring proof of purchase to MPD, 14860 N. State Ave. in Middlefield or call Records, 440-632-3527 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to these claim items.

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village By Mayor Ben Garlich

Recently, I had the privilege of speaking at the monthly Middlefield Chamber of Commerce meeting and was pleased to see the number of individual business owners and managers present. I thank the Chamber for their hospitality and for promoting this event thereby creating the large number of attendees. I discussed the activity in the Village and some of the future plans and projects that will occur in 2014. Again, this event magnified the reality of how important local business is to our community. Repeatedly, I include the tag line in my articles encouraging all to shop local and I hope this becomes more than just words. We have a great opportunity with the efforts I see and hear about in different segments of the community, to see real improvement in our local quality of life. We will see substantial area job creation this year. Cardinal schools are moving positively and creatively to make a tangible difference in our school system. Retail businesses are remodeling, such as CVS and Harrington Square. I want this to be an area that provides all services, employment and quality education and I am more enthusiastic and encouraged this year than ever before. I thank all of you that have a stake and are contributing to the maintenance and betterment of our community. We are experiencing some personnel changes this month and next in a couple of positions at Village Hall. Tiffany Mekeel our financial officer has accepted a new opportunity and although we hate to lose her, I wish her and her family the best as

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East Geauga Kiwanis Club recently donated $250 to Burton Elementary for their “Author Night”. This PTO event invites an author to Burton Elementary where the children bring their own books that they wrote and receive advice from the adult author. This year children’s book creators Jeanette and Christopher Canyon visited Burton Elementary.

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Berkshire/Ledgemont/Newbury and Geauga Growth Partnership Career Day On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 the Geauga Growth Partnership (GGP), Great Lakes Cheese, and the Berkshire, Ledgemont and Newbury Schools have partnered to host a career event at Kent State’s Geauga Campus. The purpose of the career day is to give sophomores the tools to write effective résumés and to interview with Geauga County employers in the future. Additionally, the students will attend sessions on social media pitfalls from Eric Johnson LLP and PERCEPTIONOLOGY from Donald Wayne McLeod. The day will begin at 8:10 a.m. and end at approximately 1:45 p.m. Any questions, please contact Doug DeLong, Superintendent, Berkshire Local Schools at 440-834-3380 or email

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Given all of the calamity days due to the extreme w e a t h e r,   i t is difficult to believe that our students are getting enough time to learn what we are asking. If you didn’t know it, I am going to share this again that our teachers and support staff are doing an outstanding job of getting the work done around teaching and learning despite the weather and the pressures of the state. On March 12, 2014, both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate took action and passed HB 416. This is the calamity day bill brought forward to address the many districts across the state that have exceeded the five calamity days given per year. Currently, Cardinal Local Schools has used nine calamity days. This is four days above the state approved five. After the Governor signs the legislation, the bill will become effective immediately. The district will be working on what our contingency plan is, as there are several options included in the bill that will be clarified once signed. Additional communication will be provided to the

community once we have a final plan. Regardless of the weather, teachers will continue to teach and students will continue to learn. There is still work to be done in the schools as we look at changes for the future. I have scheduled a State Of The Schools address on April 8 at the Middlefield Fire Department community room at 5:30 p.m. My intention is to connect the dots and provide an overview of where the district has been, where we are, what we are doing now, and what we can look like in the future. This address has been a collaborative effort with the Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Kathy McClure has been instrumental in generating interest in the community and taking care of some of the particulars in getting this scheduled. As we approach April, state-testing season for grades 3-8 will be in full swing. This is an important time of year for all schools. Our staff has been working hard to prepare students to do well and succeed. These assessments are important, as they will help us determine how to align our curriculum and how we can provide the best possible interventions when students struggle. Please encourage your student to do their very best! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or in the office 440-632-0261.

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Cardinal High School is presenting the musical Annie on April 11, 12 and 13. Each year, students at Cardinal work hard to produce award winning musicals, which have become a long standing tradition and trademark for the school and the community. Please join the businesses and individuals who financially support the students’ hard work and efforts. Typically, nearly 1,000 people will look through the programs where your ads will be displayed. It is a great opportunity to be seen and gain new clients and customers. The students may approach your business with sponsorship and Benefactor Ticket information. Please support them. Benefactor Ticket cost is $12 each. Call Cardinal High School, 440-632-0264.

Seventh and Eighth Graders Compete in 2014 GCCTM Math Contest When other middle school-aged youngsters are wearing pajamas, watching cartoons and eating cereal, a few of our local students were sitting in a cafeteria wielding calculators and pencils. In school on a Saturday? Yes! These students are participating in the 2014 GCCTM Math Contest held at Cardinal M i d d l e School on March 8. The purpose of the contest is to stimulate interest in mathematics among middle-school students. Students who are mathematically talented are able to find a broader field of competition, a chance to apply their knowledge and a chance to meet other students with similar interests. Students from Cardinal Middle School worked in teams of three on four events during the contest. CMS was represented by 2 teams of seventh graders and 2 teams of eighth graders. The teams competed at Cardinal Middle School against approximately 80 other students from six other area schools. The seventhgrade teams of Leona Mullet, Emily Soltis, and Mikayla Vlach and Matt Carney, Kevin Hammitt, and Jacob Volante each earned a blue ribbon. The eighth-grade team of Matt Stanziale, Hanna Traggiai and Brendan White also earned a ribbon. The remaining eighth-grade team of Anna Avalon, Patrick Lanstrum and Ella Rhodes earned a red ribbon. At about 9 a.m., the contest got underway. The first event, Six Places to Start, presents seven problems. The first six problems must be solved by the team

before the seventh can be attacked because the answers to the first six problems are incorporated into the seventh problem. The second event, Mental Math, will have students working individually to solve two sets of mental math questions. Each set has 15 questions. For event three, Hurdles, the team will solve a sequence of problems. The first problem must be solved before the team can dash to a designated point to pick up the next problem. This active event is a student favorite. In the fourth and final event of the contest, the team of three at t a c k s   t we nt y problems known as The Pile. They solve as many problems as possible within a time limit. The problems used in the contest consist of challenging problems of the types found in textbooks and other math contests. While algebraic techniques can provide an advantage in any problem solving situation, all the problems can be solved by non-algebraic means. A committee of the Greater Cleveland Council Teachers of Mathematics prepared the contest questions. Performance in these events is scored by a group of volunteers, often including teachers from the visiting schools. Each team receives an award. The GCCTM math contest is held at various locations around northeast Ohio. This is the fourth year that Cardinal has been a host site. Many volunteers including teachers, staff and parents helped in making this memorable for all the students involved. There are plans for Cardinal Middle School to be a competition site again next year.

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Wrestling Congratulations to Ian Mast for qualifying to the state wrestling tournament this year. Ian lost his first two matches on Thursday, ending his tournament run. We know, Ian was disappointed with the result, but we are very proud of him and of the entire wrestling team. Boys Basketball The Huskies finished the season with a 12-12 record overall. Jake DiBlasio was named CVC Valley Division MVP. Jake and teammate Craig Kaser will represent the Huskies at the “Post Your T” all star game in Knightsville Indiana on April 5. Girls Basketball The Huskies finished the season with an 8-14 overall record. This was the most wins by the program since 2003-2004.

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Leadership Geauga, a non-profit organization designed to develop well-informed, responsible leaders in Geauga County through experiences representative of issues of county life - from Arts and Leisure to Youth - is pleased to announce the theme for this year’s Business Day: “Networking Geauga County: Locally, Regionally, Globally.” On March 7, 2014, the team looked at a variety of local businesses: Junction Auto, First Light Home Care, Company 119, Great Lakes Outdoor Supply, Geauga County Airport in Middlefield, Kinetico, Sweets and Stems, Geauga County YMCA and Chardon Local Schools. Speakers, facility tours and other activities demonstrated how county businesses use local, regional and global networking to grow and meet the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Geauga County. Speakers included Christian Klein, owner of Company 119; Annette Smith, owner of First Light Home Care; Ralph Spidalieri, owner of Great Lakes Outdoor Supply; Margie Wilbur from Write to the Point; Patty Fulop, manager of the Geauga County Airport and several members of the staff at the airport; Becky Klein, owner of Sweets and Stems; Kinetico, Human Resources John McLaughlin, Jake Stechman from the Geauga YMCA; Dr. Michael Hanlon, Superintendent of Chardon Local Schools and Ed Babcock, owner of Junction Auto. This impressive line-up illustrates large to small, retail to manufacturing, governmental and leisure type businesses. The Business Team members are Steve George, Madelon Horvath, Jeff Powers, John Schlobohm, Annette Smith and Jake Stechmann. Thank you to these local businesses for their help in making our day a successful learning experience for the members of our class. For information go to or contact Dr. Bob Faehnle, executive director, Leadership Geauga County at 440-286-8115.

(left) The Leadership Geauga County Class visited the Geauga County Airport in Middlefield on March 7. Details on page 12. (l-r) Jake Stechmann, Steve Yaney, Joyce Padavick, Mark Verdova, Ryan Anstron, Darrin Cook and Brian King, captain for United Airlines.

On March 11, Mayor Ben Garlich (top right) delivered the State of the Village of Middlefield address for the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce and guests. (above) Jerry Wayman accepted the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce membership plaque on behalf of Grandview Restaurant.

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This winter has been a rough experience! Has cabin fever set in yet? With warmer weather (hopefully) on its way, the Middlefield Library has some informative and inspiring events to get you out of the house. All horse owners will not want to miss “Equine Emergencies and Treatment: When to Call the Vet” on Saturday, April 12 at 2 p.m. Having horses is like having children. You worry about their health and well being all the time. So how do you know when to call the vet? How do you know what is an emergency and what is not? Dr. Ken Keckler of Buckeye Veterinary Service will provide tips and solutions in managing the unexpected with your horse. Anyone interested in an intriguing true story, will not want to miss “In Her Footsteps: Finding Her Ancestors’ Voices” on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. Follow Sandra Beane-Milton on a genealogical journey back to the ancestral home of the family who owned her ancestors. She will share the story of two families, one black, one white and how their lives intertwined in fascinating connections. Her research of these two families spans two hundred years and hundreds of miles as she walked in their footsteps. This program is not to be missed.

Uncover your own genealogical stories with “The World At Your Fingertips and Genealogy Search Session” on Saturday, April 26 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Use online wikis and catalogs to discover what records exist for your ancestors and how to access them. This one-hour presentation will be followed by research time on library computers and databases. Staff members will be available to assist. Space is limited, so call now to reserve your spot. Finally, history comes alive in the “Underground Railroad” Wednesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. Was the Underground Railroad treason or a higher moral calling? Paul Goebbel will recount the exciting story of brave individuals who risked their personal finances and faced possible jail to help an enslaved race. The program will also trace slavery from its beginnings in the Western Hemisphere to the Civil War. A warm thank you goes to the East Geauga Friends of the Library who provide financial support for our programs through their Book Sale Room. The Friends Room is open weekday afternoons from noon to 3 p.m. We hope you will venture out and join us at the Middlefield Library, 16167 E. High St. (44062). Call 440-632-1961.

Connie Schultz at GW Library Pulitzer Prize winning writer Connie Schultz will speak at the Geauga West Library on April 24 at 7 p.m. in the Eykyn Room. Schultz was a nationally syndicated columnist based at The Cleveland Plain Dealer. She won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and had been a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. She has written two books: “Life Happens: and Other Unavoidable Truths” (2006), a collection of her previously published columns, and ... and “His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man” (2007), a journal of her experiences on the campaign trail. Schultz is often a guest on cable news, sharing her valuable insights and opinions. She also writes a syndicated column for Creators Syndicate and is an essayist for Parade magazine. Schultz grew up in Ashtabula and currently lives in Cleveland. She will talk about her life and working class roots, career and current

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Speechless in Ohio By Nancy Huth When I returned to the U.S. after living many years out of the country, I noticed American English had taken on some peculiarities. First, I became aware that I was now a guy. The waitress addressing my husband and me (yes, me, not I) didn’t say, “Can I get you anything else?” but “Can I get you guys anything else?” or “Would you guys like any dessert?” I informed her that I wasn’t a guy, but, except for one waitress who said, “Oh, yes, my grandmother always tells me not to say that, too”, most just stared at me quizzically as if I were dressed in medieval garb. I am now aware of the epidemic proportions of “you guys” and of the futility of my trying to stamp it out. Even the president says it. Waitresses also say “You got it” when you order something or “no problem”. I always expect to get it and don’t imagine that it will be a problem, but somehow these little phrases creep in. After a while they may creep out. Then there is “awesome”. The first time that I went to an eye doctor’s office the receptionist handed me a pencil and said it would be “awesome” if I signed my name on the patients’ list. I had always thought things like sunsets and rainbows were awesome, but the word had lost its “awesomeness” and come to describe my meager signature. It left me wondering how

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I could now describe the sunset. “Awesome” is also acquiring epidemic proportions. And third and most definitely there is “absolutely”. It is no longer sufficient to say, yes, of course, or sure. One needs to express more assuredness. At first, I felt I had asked a stupid question, when to a simple query like “Did your mother like her Christmas present?” “Absolutely” came shooting back at me. As if I should have known better. There’s a superlativeness creeping into the language. Words previously used more sparingly now become commonplace. Simple words need back up. If we’ve gone all the way up to “absolutely”, where can we go from there? Even the little pronoun “I” has maneuvered it way into phrases requiring me. Perhaps “I” sounds more elegant, even if incorrect grammatically. You wouldn’t say “John gave his old records to I.” But how often we hear something similar to “John gave his old records to my brother and I,” rather than “my brother and me” as it should be. If you wonder whether to use me or I, just take the noun out of the sentence and read it with just the pronoun. Language is a living entity and it does change, but as a recent writer in the New York Times wrote, some overused words should be relegated to the dumpster. Is that absolutely awesome to you guys?

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Lobsters in a Pot By Dr. David Fakadej There is one way to enhance health. Anything and everything that can improve health starts foremost with one simple thing: the will to change. First, recognize that errors do not confer health. In fact, errors produce fear. A flat Earth prevented expansion (health) and promoted fear (monsters). Where fear exists, there is error. To get healthy, it is vital to change lifestyle and belief. An unwillingness to change comes from fear, which stems from a desire for surety and security even though the fear promotes illness. The scientific method is good because it is our single best tool to thwart fear and error and promote health. Science never proves anything. Science reduces error, provided the scientist is willing to change erroneous beliefs and lifestyles. But scientists too are often not willing to change beliefs in spite of the scientific method. As evidence, the general recommendation to reduce salt to lower blood pressure when research in fact shows salt may reduce blood pressure. People, including scientists and doctors resist change even when evidence shows that change improves health. For some people, changing belief or lifestyle may indicate they were wrong. Nobody wants to admit they were wrong. For other people, change means giving up something they cherish more than health – like smoking, drinking, a particular food or diet (like vegetarianism), or working a toxic job that pays well. The ‘benefit’ that comes from an error is intoxicating and addicting. Ultimately, it is important to recognize that where there is fear of change, a person cherishes an error. If you want to get healthy, look to eliminate the error that is causing fear of change. Most likely it is necessary to go it alone. Society scorns those who change, exerting a form of peer pressure by not supporting that which is different or those who try to change. Society acts

like lobsters in a pot. Invariably, one lobster tries to get out as if perceiving danger by staying. The other lobsters will drag the one back into the boiling water because water represents safety. Do you know of a family of smokers where one person had to quit to prevent imminent death, but others in the family continued to smoke in the face of the person trying to quit? Consider how many times we hear people say, “I don’t want to know ... !” This stems from a deep-seated resistance to change. Keeping faith to an erroneous habit is too often preferable to the truth and healing. The lobster says, “The water is safe!” To lose weight requires a change. To get off prescriptions requires change. To feel good or healthy requires change. To stop feeling anger requires change – not a change in the thing or person responsible for causing anger, YOU must change your anger response. To live without fear requires change within the person that holds error causing fear. New Year’s resolutions are attempts to delay and avoid change. Too often the willingness to change is based on how close to death or how morbid a person becomes. Fear of death or permanent illness is too often the only thing that makes people turn their back on peer pressure and finally embrace change. Do you want to feel healthy? What will it take to change a belief and lifestyle, to reduce fear, to eliminate error? Too often my job is not reducing pain, which I do every day. Occasionally, I must work to convince people that what they believe is erroneous, causing fear and producing illness. There are a lot of lobsters calling me a quack! 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.

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Events at Middlefield Senior Center March 19: Celebrating Life; Past, Present and Future - 12:30 p.m. UH Geauga Medical Center lectures on Healthy Eating at Any Age. March 21: Spring Luncheon - 11:30 a.m. Welcome spring with games, entertainment, catered lunch and more. $5. RSVP by March 11. March 26: Geauga Parks -10:30 a.m. Free program on Geauga’s Amazing Aquatic Mammals. March 26: The “Shocking” Truth - 11:15 a.m. Bob Debevits and certified electrician Vince Klave present a free lecture on electrical safety in the home. March 31: Monthly Breakfast - 9 a.m. Croissant breakfast sandwiches, fruit salad and beverage. $3/person. Following breakfast Holly’s Hearing will lecture on Hearing Loss and Seniors. Free testing after the lecture. RSVP by March 24. April 2: Retirement Presentation - 10:30 a.m. Geauga Saving Bank representative discusses how to know you have enough money for retirement. Lunch at noon. 12:30 Monthly Site Meeting, everyone welcome. April 8: Trip to Mustard Seed in Solon - 9:30 a.m. Transportation available from the center. Sample healthy shakes , eat lunch, shop. Limited seating RSVP by April 1. April 9: Musical Entertainment, Lunch -10:30 a.m. Hosted by Claire Besse. Burton Health Care will do blood pressure checks. April 15: Diabetes Support Group - 12:30 p.m. Learn and share tips to manage diabetes. Guest speaker. April 16: Benefits of Dark Chocolate - 10:30 a.m. Learn why it’s healthy to eat dark chocolate. Samples. RSVP by April 8. April 23: Celebrating Life, Past, Present and Future - 10:30 a.m. UH Geauga Medical Center lecture, Backed up, Running and Rumbling.

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Are you a senior citizen who lives in Geauga County and has doctor’s appointments outside of Geauga County to which you need safe reliable transportation? The Geauga County Department on Aging’s Escort Program offers transportation for Geauga County Seniors (age 60 and over) to their “out of county” medical appointments in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, Portage or Trumbull Counties for medical appointments. The program runs Monday through Friday and has wheelchair accessible vehicles. The program offers rides on a first come, first served basis. If the time you are requesting is already scheduled, or there is not a driver available, we will work with you and your doctor to reschedule your ride when possible. This is a free program for Geauga Seniors, but donations are always welcome. For information on this or other programs available for Geauga County seniors, call the Department on Aging, 440-279-2130, 440-564-7131 ext. 2130, or 440-834-1856, ext. 2130.

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fascinating Meet These - With Silver Sneakers By Nancy Huth

A former postmaster, a Spanish teacher and an X-ray technician help keep seniors in shape. Meet Joyce Charnock, Ray Barnum and Pauline Burnett. Heading off in a new direction as a senior can be challenging, but more and more seniors are finding new meaning in life by doing just that. After attending Silver Sneakers classes at Fitness Plus for a year or so, Joyce, Ray and Pauline were asked by owner Paul Porter if they wouldn’t like to train as instructors. Since January, they are the “plus” at Fitness, leading the one-hour exercise sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Each attended a training program in Solon to become certified. Joyce Charnock, a widow in her 70s retired after 40 years as an X-ray technician at Geauga Hospital. She was born in Cleveland, lived in Troy and now resides in Middlefield. Her hobbies are her two grandchildren ages14 and 16, yard work and Silver Sneakers. Joyce loves to exercise and also attends the Zumba classes held at Fitness Plus. She has a CPR license. Joyce is full of fun and loves being with people. Now she helps others be enthusiastic about keeping in shape. Ray Barnum retired from teaching in 2012. He’s a graduate of Cardinal High School and Hiram College. In addition, he holds a Masters in Business from Ohio State University. Ray spent 20 years in education as a Spanish teacher and 11 years in business as an IT (Information Technology) professional. His personal interests are fitness, landscaping, home remodeling and investing. Ray ran six marathons in his mid to late 40s and is

still running today whenever he has the chance. Last year Ray placed third in his age group in the Middlefield 5K. He and his wife Linda live in a century home in Mespopotamia. Ray’s teaching background is evident as he urges other seniors to improve their health. The youngest of the threesome, Pauline Burnett, was born in Charleston SC. After living in many different states due to her father’s job in the Navy, Pauline graduated from Ledgemont in 1973. She began work for the US postal service in 1980, first as a clerk, then as officer in charge and finally as the Postmaster of Huntsburg. She retired in 2012 as the last postmaster to serve Huntsburg. A recent article in the Post told of Pauline’s difficult road to fitness after battling bulimia, anorexia and obesity. In July 2012, she was challenged to make a fitness change: exercise. No way, she thought. Exercise had always been a 4-letter word in her book, but she decided to try Silver Sneakers. When a training class came up, owner Paul Porter invited her, saying that Joyce & Ray were going to the class, too. Since she loved spending time with seniors and had learned to love exercising, it was a natural fit. All three of these leaders hope that more and more area seniors will realize how important good nutrition and exercise are to living a long healthy life and they are eager to help others when when they do.

Foster and Adoptive Parents Needed Geauga County has been experiencing an increased need for certified foster and adoptive parents, as there are many local families in crisis who require the support of Job and Family Services. You and your family could provide children with a nurturing family, stability, love and guidance while their own families work on making positive changes until they can be reunified. Consider becoming a foster and/or adoptive family for the Geauga County children who need and deserve your support. The agency will walk you through the process of becoming certified and providing support along the way. There will be an information meeting Wednesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. at the Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. on Burton Square. RSVP by April 2 to Amanda Ward, 440-285-1205, or email

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faith By Ellie Behman

The Ailanthus Tree

One bright and sunny day a few years ago, I walked outdoors by our cabin in southern O h i o  e n j o y i n g the beauty of the surrounding area. I don’t know much about trees or plants but I do appreciate the different species that grace our property. Through the years, Ron has transplanted many tiny little pines that had little or no chance of surviving in the woods and today they have soared to great heights. Others have been there for decades and have become thick and lush, huddled together to create a living border. I marveled at the fact that the Lord provides a multitude of gifts for us and sometimes we don’t even realize that we didn’t need to ask or beg. I thought about the trees and how they provide so much for us. The dried branches fall down and then become kindling for our fires. The walnut tree supplies food for the squirrels, not to mention the nuts used for baking. Some offer us shade from the hot summer sun and the heavy branches of others have supplied solid arms for the swings which brought hours of fun for our grandchildren. Happy memories of days gone by flashed through my mind when I stopped to admire a tree that I had barely noticed

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before. To me it resembled a tropical plant, with fern like leaves and it seemed a bit elegant and out of place among some of the others. I began to do a little checking in a book filled with information regarding trees and plant life. After comparing the picture to the leaves on the tree I found that it is called an “Ailanthus Tree” and is a native of China. It is known to spread rapidly and is almost invincible against smoke, dirt and insects. The leaves are lance shaped with smooth edges. It was all very informative but not incredibly interesting to me until I read further. I found that this tree I had been admiring is called “The Tree of Heaven.” Here, smack in the middle of a potpourri of greenery is a tree that doesn’t supply fruit, nor kindling or anything else we can use but its name tells me it is there for a reason. Its vast arms reach out and touch the broken limbs of surrounding trees as if to comfort them. A heavenly tree among our midst. What better message from the Lord to let us know He is never far away and lives among us? Ellie has been a freelance writer for more than 40 years and has written over 400 articles and stories for various publications. She and her husband spend as much time as possible at a cabin where they enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. This is where the majority of her writing is done as it is the perfect quiet setting for a writer.

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By Anna Futty

My mind is racing as I try to find words that can describe this trip to Honduras, and honestly, no words can. But I will feebly attempt to describe this life-changing experience. I, along with 29 others from the Abundant Life Church of God went on a missions trip to Honduras in Central America. We stayed with Pastor Luis Sorto and his family. We were blessed to be able to go to villages to spread the love of Jesus Christ, feed and do work for families and churches in need. The trip was put on a halt in the beginning because there were weather difficulties in Atlanta and all flights were canceled, so we flew out a few days later. It was amazing how God had His hand on the whole trip, even this set back. God prepared me for this trip and basically restarted my relationship with Him. It was unbelievable how, in one week, He could drastically change my perspective, outlook, and attitude toward life. When we first landed in Tegucigalpa, it was unlike any American city. It was very cramped and the poverty was evident. The first thing that broke my heart on this trip was when I saw a little girl picking out of the trash on the side of the road. From that moment on, we all knew we were in for quite an experience. I had been told about the danger in the area before I went, and many nights we would hear gunshots, of either celebration or killing. Somehow, God still granted us the peace of knowing that everything was in His control. Every day, some of us would travel up into the mountains, while others went to go build roofs and lay concrete flooring. Up in the mountains, we spent time with the people enjoying music and a church service together. Then we would pray for the sick, poor and broken hearted. It was life changing to see God heal and work miracles right before our eyes. Lastly, we would pass out food to the families. In the week that we were there, God blessed us with being able to feed thousands. The best part of the trip for me, personally, was being with the children. They would run into our arms, embrace us, and from then on be our new best friend. Although communication was difficult, God worked through love, which was an even a

more powerful language. We met children with broken, abusive homes, and yet they still had pure joy on their faces that I have never seen before. One experience that really struck my heart was one day when a woman told me that she liked my shoes. I brushed it off, and then looked at the tattered, torn and ragged shoes she had on, with holes in the toes and barely anything left of them. It struck me how much I have and how little she had. I took off my shoes and gave them to her. She looked at me with a face of pure and genuine joy. She thanked me repeatedly and gave me the tightest hug I have ever received. A simple pair of tennis shoes broke my heart and made me realize how much we take for granted. The next day I saw her and, sure enough, she was wearing the shoes, along with a big smile. She came to me with a homemade headband, trying to repay me any way that she could. These people have nothing, and yet they still give anything they can. Reliving these memories makes me long to return and see their faces again. These people and children have nothing in comparison to what we have, but are still content. It makes me realize how unhappy we can be even when we have luxury at our fingertips. These kids have found pure joy. Being on this trip I learned the difference between joy and happiness. I learned that having joy is being grateful even amidst a hardship or struggle, and being happy is only when everything seems to be going your way. Personally, although we fed them and tried to bless them, the true blessing was given to us. It was a gift to have the privilege of meeting and learning from the Honduran people. Thank you for joining with us and supporting us in this journey. I pray that one day I will be able to see those children’s smiling faces again. 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.



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March 21, 28, April 4,11,18: Fish Fry 4:30 to 7 p.m. Dine in or carry out. $9 adults, $5 Children 5 to 10. Alternate kid’s dinner available. Desserts with additional donation. Sponsored by Huskies’ Touchdown Club (March 21, 28) Parkman Boy Scout Troop 76 (April 4,11) Parkman Cub Scout Pack 76 (April 18). Parkman Community House, 16295 Main Market Road (44080). March 26: New Plants for 2014 6 p.m. Geauga County Master Gardener volunteer, Chris Pappas will introduce the new annuals, perennials and vegetables for 2014. Light refreshments. At Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chesterland (44026).

March 28: God Shares a Meal 4 to 6:30 p.m. Free meal for anyone who wishes to come. Middlefield First United Methodist Church, 14999 S. State Ave. (Route 608), one block south of Route 87. Handicap accessible, 440-632-0480. March 29: Hiram Dinner and Concert Social hour 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. The Diamond Project Band, a Neil Diamond tribute band plays 8 p.m. Forever in Blue Jeans is sponsored by the Gridiron Club. Tickets, $40 or $75 per couple includes dinner and show, drink tickets available for purchase. At the Coleman Athletic Center in Martin Fieldhouse, 11715 Garfield Road 
in Hiram (44234). Tickets can purchased online at Call Anthony Baldesare at 614-314-1959 or email April 1: GCRTA Luncheon Arrive 11:15 for 11:30 meeting. Noon lunch. The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association asks you bring paper products, canned goods for Geauga County Hunger Task Force. Reserve rides by Geauga Transit 440-285-2222 or 440-564-7131, ext. 516 a week in advance. $15 includes dollar donation to Grant-in Aid. Checks to

GCRTA by March 27. Reservations to Judy Miller, 17130 Kinsman Road, Middlefield, OH 44062, 440-487-4324. Held at Geauga County Library Administration Center, 12701 Ravenwood Drive in Chardon. April 4: Swing Dance, Dr. Zoot 8 to 11:30 p.m. Lesson 8 p.m. Dance, live music by Dr. Zoot, 9 to 11:30 p.m. Adult $10, student $8, family $25. Bainbridge Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Chagrin Falls (44023) 216-316-0068. April 5: Cirque du Cleve’ 6 to 11 p.m. Aerial fabric acrobatics, flair bartending, food by Streat Bistro, live music, auctions, raffles, prizes to benefit WomenSafe. Admission $78 each through PayPal (visit http://www.newclevelanders. com/pay-for-social/) or $75 each mailed to Karen Winship, 18970 Eastwood Drive, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023 by March 21. At Crystal Brook Farm,19000 Snyder Road in Chagrin Falls. April 5: NAMI Family-to-Family Class 1p.m. for 12 Saturdays beginning  April 5. Each class meets 2 1/2 hours.  Education program for family members, friends and caregivers of person’s affected by mental illness. Geauga Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services, 13244 Ravenna Road in Chardon. Visit  or email Linda Reed, at  lreed@ April 8: Dinner Meeting with Middlefield Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Scott J. Hunt Meeting at 5:30 p.m., Middlefield Fire Department in the Community Room. Dr. Scott J. Hunt, superintendent of Cardinal Local Schools and Andrea Pollock of “The Next Step” program will speak. Crossroads Country Cafe will cater dinner. Cost to be announced. RSVP by April 2 to 440-6325705, please leave a message with your name, phone number and number to be reserved for dinner.

Annual Sap’s-A-Risin’ Celebration If you’ve been before, come back – otherwise, welcome to Swine Creek Sugar Bush! It’s hands-on, educational, inspirational and celebrational! Bring your family and friends out to Geauga Park District’s Sap’s-A-Risin’ for a taste of how maple sugaring has evolved since the Native Americans, then a taste of the sticky stuff itself. Sundays, March 23 – Noon to 4 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield/Parkman Townships.

After School Archery Cardinal Middle School students will be filling the archery lanes at Geauga Bow & Outdoor Sports starting Tuesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 27 to take a shot at some target practice. “We are extremely excited to see our local youth take an interest in the sport of archery and look forward to working with parents and Cardinal Schools,” said owner Thomas DeLong. This eight-week event, Geauga County’s first after school archery club, is currently being offered for seventh and eighth graders from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Geauga Bow will be donating the lane time and offering traditional archery equipment to those students who don’t have their own. “Our archery lanes have been booming this season with customers of all ages. We’ve noticed an increase of youth participants and an especially a big rise in females participating this year. We hope to teach students the fundamentals of archery and provide a fun after school program that they will go home talking about,” said DeLong. Archery is a great sport for boosting mental and physical health and fitness. “The great thing about archery is that most equipment can be adjusted to the physical demands of the archer,” DeLong added. “It’s really a sport that all ages and levels can enjoy. We hope to improve students’ focus and self-confidence and teach them the importance of safety.” Geauga Bow & Outdoor Sports is located at 15622 W. High St. in Middlefield. Call 440-632-1245.

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March 22: Abundant Life Church of God Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. to noon. All you can eat buttermilk pancakes, regular or with blueberries or bananas, sausage, maple syrup, beverage. $7, eggs for $1 more. This is a fundraiser to buy camping supplies for the Middlefield Royal Rangers. Abundant Life Church of God, 14662 Old State Road (Route 608). March 23, 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 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 breakfast.html. March 23, 30: Burton/Middlefield Rotary Pancake Breakfast Sundays 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Omelets are also available. Berkshire High School, 877-2833496; 877-283-3496, March 23, 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 23, 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.

“The Westing Game” at Geauga Theater Mark Cipra is returning to Geauga Theater as an actor for the first time in seven years. Previously seen with the GLTG in Proof, and You Can’t Take It With You, Mr. Cipra is cast in the role of “Sandy” in the current production of The Westing Game. When asked why this show, Cipra replied, “I’ve long admired Angela Miloro-Hansen’s work. She’s been in the two GLTG productions I directed, and I’ve seen some of the shows she’s directed and wanted the chance to work with her.” It’s mutual admiration, as he is also one of Miloro-Hansen’s favorite directors. She met her husband after they were cast together in Mr. Cipra’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Mr. Cipra is a well respected actor, IT consultant and an adjunct professor at Lake Erie College, with theater roles ranging from the Beck Center to The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival. This production of The Westing Game interests him because of the multiple plot mysteries that puzzle the audience right up to the last moment. Cipra and the rest of this talented ensemble are pawns in The Westing Game from March 14 to 30. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 student/senior, and $8 for ages 12 and under. The historic Geauga Theater is located on beautiful Chardon Square at 101 Water Street, in Chardon, Ohio. For information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 440‑286‑2255.

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of the doctors, and animal caretakers Pam and Eileen, Ike has been making tremendous improvements. He is eating and drinking and gaining  weight. He is a playful and affectionate and loving kitten that just wants someone to hold him and love him back. My take on this virus is that we’re all sick or dying from something someday, and animals are no different. The only difference is that we are now aware of the leukemia, and are better able to care for Ike. You cannot catch leukemia and neither can dogs. Ike will need to be a strictly “indoor cat” and preferably the only cat in your home, unless you have another leukemia positive cat or kitten that is looking for a buddy. I am asking for someone to please give Ike a chance in a “loving” home, for however long that may be. Please contact Kathy Deptola, Animal Rescue 440-862-0610 deptola.




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