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Urban Growers Gearing Up for Best Season Yet

Slated to open for this season, the third week in April, Urban Growers is preparing for their busiest spring to date. Currently the rafters and floors of the greenhouses are exploding with hundreds of hanging baskets, and the floors are covered with large flats holding maturing healthy, flowering plants and vital vegetables that will be ready for sale just in time for Mother’s Day. For the past 12 years, Urban Growers has been rooting a solid reputation in gardens and villages in this area and beyond. For Urban Growers the “growing pains” have been weathered well and owner, John Urbanowicz says that the infrastructure is in place and Urban Growers is eager to do what they do best. “Our focus is to be an excellent finished-plant grower and retailer,” John says. The greenhouses are energy efficient, planting processes are fine-tuned, and a comprehensive selection of plant offerings is of the highest quality.

“We will pass on all our learning and savings to our customers,” he adds. In the early years, Urban Growers was structured to supply only a wholesale consumer. Since 1999, Urban Growers  has evolved into a wholesale and retail operation boasting 50,000 square-feet of covered growing space. John says, “We continually strive to be known as the greenhouses that provide premier quality plants at an affordable price. We have learned what works and what doesn’t and are supplying area homes and businesses with first-class flowers and vegetables.” The Urban Growers staff pays close attention to the quality of the plants. John walks through the greenhouses regularly inspecting plant growth and health. All plants receive dedicated fertilization, trimming and are cared for thoroughly throughout their growth to assure strong roots and tight, sturdy stalks. Urban Growers hardens plants off early in the season so they will mature outside and

“We now welcome kids on field trips. We want them do not shock to understand what really takes place when they are placed here,” John says. Urban Growers also opens in vegetable gardens or its doors to local community organizations flowerbeds. Urban staff members are and the area readily available Chambers of to  educate Commerce. and  answer U r b a n questions G r o w e r s so that each s u p p l i e s customer is many  area well equipped villages, such w i t h   t h e as Garrettsville, n e e d e d Middlefield, knowledge Chagrin Falls, o f   p l a n t Chardon and maintenance many others, at the time of with the huge purchase. beautiful U r b a n baskets  and Growers offers Inside Urban Growers’ Greenhouse planters  that every  tool decorate  their streets. and  supply necessary for plant and garden Look for the Urban Growers name maintenance including garden seeds, at the seasonal (April through August) soils, fertilizers etc. “We are ramping up Garden-Marts located in Garrettsville, in the our selection of perennials,“ says John. The IGA plaza; Streetsboro, on Route 303 in the selection of plants is unsurpassed, and plaza; and Kingsville, on Main Street. comprises hundreds of varieties of annuals, John is the third generation of the perennials, herbs and a full selection of Urbanowicz clan to cultivate the 80-acre vegetables. property located at 16130 Claridon Troy Custom planting is available by Road in Burton (44021). He, his wife Julie, appointment. Customers can contact and their two young daughters, Grace and Urban Greenhouse to design and fill their Faith still reside on the family farm. own pots by either purchasing or bringing Urban Growers Greenhouse will open plant containers in to be filled. the third week of April 2012. Call 440-834Plans are in the works to offer many 1143 or visit . learning capacities for adults and children.

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Today, with electric heat, self-cleaning ovens, etc. spring cleaning is less a family affair. But walls still need to be cleaned, blinds, drapes and shades need the winter’s dust removed and, in general, our homes need fresh air let in. So, I guess spring cleaning is one tradition not likely to disappear very soon. Doing it with the whole family almost makes the work sound like fun, especially if you try the old recipes that housewives used to make their own cleaners and fresheners.                                                        Jacquie Foote is a volunteer for the Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum, 14653 E. Park St., Burton. For information call 440-834-1492 or visit www.

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I guess wallpaper cleaner isn’t a big item these days. But the company holding the patent for it made a smart business move. They altered their product a bit and came up with something called Playdough. Cleaning wallpaper of the soil caused by coal burning furnaces revealed which rooms needed repainting. (So off Dad went to the hardware store for paint, and maybe stain for the woodwork.) The furniture had to be moved to get to the walls, exposing the dirt and lost toys that had collected under it over the winter, so the floors got a good scrubbing and waxing and rugs got beaten. Kitchen cupboards were cleaned out and cans and boxes of food were examined and rearranged or disposed of. Each dish was removed, washed and replaced on new shelf paper. Finally, my mother’s small, precious store of art glass was taken from its china cabinet and lovingly washed. Mom told me each piece’s history, and it was replaced on the sparkling clean shelves. That was in the 50s.  In early Geauga, spring cleaning was even more extensive. Remember, winter heat was provided largely by fireplaces, so soot and ash accumulated everywhere. The normal routine called for everybody in the family to pitch in to spring clean starting on the first warm, dry day of the season. Every stick of furniture and scrap of cloth, basically everything that isn’t nailed down, had to be removed from the house. Beds were stripped down and sometimes taken apart entirely. Quilts, blankets, comforters, and mattress covers were hung out on the line and spread out on hedges or on the lawn if not enough clothesline space was available. These items were allowed to  bask in the sun for the day. Sawhorses were set up and the mattresses were set out on them for a good airing, too. Actually, the whole house got an airing as the windows were flung open wide to get rid of the winter smells and let fresh air in. Then armed with brooms and washrags, the family would return to the house to sweep and scrub every inch of floor and to wash every wall working from the top of the house to the bottom. Outside, others  aired out linens, brushed and beat soot and ash from rugs and upholstery, dusted chairs, tables,  books, paintings, and just about anything else that didn’t move.  Mom and Dad kept a sharp eye out for anything that had to be repaired or mended.  Considering the large families of those times, the modest sized homes and the relatively small number of possessions, things could be made “summer ready” in a day or so.

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Country Collections Antique Mall The world of antiquing will always be for the collector, but today antique shops are also a decorator’s paradise. Many of the Country Collection Antique Mall’s displays are set-up in a home like atmosphere to give shoppers decorating hints. If you are looking for country and farm primitives, this is the place to find grain cradles, wagon wheels, buggy seats and more. The name implies country but you won’t be disappointed by the quality of fine furnishings such as tables, chairs, art, lamps and glassware. For the collector, there are trains, pottery, jewelry, books, paper, coins, toys and the best postcard and license plate display in the area. The interior of the mall is done in rustic barn siding which makes it quite charming. There are 50 dealers in a 4,500 square foot setting. Step back in time and find everything from an 1880’s wood washing machine to a lovely Victorian hat pin. These antiques are clean and affordable, and after 16 years in the business, they know how to try to locate something for you if they don’t have what you want. Just ask. Country Collections Antique Mall is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are located at 15848 Nauvoo Road in Middlefield, the heart of Geauga County’s tourist area, and they look forward to your visit. Call 440-632-1712.

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Sweet Treats Quilt Shop Hop Explore eight area quilt shops, collect quilt block patterns, kits and recipes as you sample tasty treats along the way. Purchases are appreciated but not required. Get your passport stamped at all eight delightful shops to receive a free recipe-card-sized organizer box, and become eligible to win gift certificates, baskets and tons of other prizes. Start in Geauga County at The Craft Cupboard, 14275 Old State Road in Middlefield (44062), 440-6325787,w w w.thecraf tcupboard. com. Head to Tiny Stitches LLC, 14277 Old State Road, Middlefield (44062), 440-632-9410. Then work your way north to Cottonpicker’s Quilt Shop, 209 Center St. in Chardon (44024), 440-279-0610, Other participating merchants are listed here. A Piece in Time Quilt Shop in Akron 330-664-6100, www. Bernina Store and Sew Much More in Twinsburg 330-487-0460 www.berninastore. com. Mara’s Fabric and Gifts in Eastlake, 440-942-7849 www. Quilter’s Source, LLC in Parma, 440-843-2464 The Polka Dot Pincushion in Richfield, 330-659-0233, www.pincushion. com. For your convenience, there will be contact information and regular hours at each location. Hop hours are 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and the event will go from Wednesday, April 18 through Saturday, April 28. This is a great opportunity to support quilting in Northeastern Ohio.

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I just returned from vacation at one of those all inclusive resorts and I am hesitant about stepping on the scale. I’ll look later after I unpack. I try to go on cruises or “all you can stuff in your face” vacations in the spring since working in the yard all summer helps shed a few pounds. I love working in my garden but most of all I like the spoils of my labor when the fresh lettuce, onions and tomatoes are ready to harvest. We were in Europe last year and everyone had a garden. I noticed that they all covered their tomato plants with a rain roof. Being the inquisitive type, I needed to know why and here is what I was told. Tomatoes should only be watered when needed and too much rainfall will cause black spots, mold, and produce fruit that contain too much water. This waters down the flavor and produces tomatoes that are juicier than necessary for high quality tomatoes. Always water the roots and not the plant. I was in Europe too early to try ripe tomatoes, however I am going to plant some covered this year and see what results, only watering when they start to wilt. I have a small greenhouse (6-by- 8 that came in a kit) and this great weather has kicked my gardening gene into high gear. As soon as I finish this article, I am heading

out to plant lettuce and onions, with any luck I will have some tender lettuce shoots by Easter or shortly after. I planted potatoes last year for the first time and I am going to try my luck again this year. If anyone has tips on growing great potatoes, please pass them along so that I can share them with my readers. With the price of produce rising with fuel costs, planting a garden makes great sense; you get exercise, you’re out doors, save money, eat fresh veggies and lose a few pounds in the process. What a winning combination. I am going to promote a produce exchange at my church this year where those with green thumbs and excess produce share with their faith community. A friend told me about having to lock his car at church. “If I don’t, I end up with a bag or two of zucchini in my car every week,” he explained. To find out what Joe would do, e-mail questions to Joe has 20-some years experience in manufacturing and says that as a small business owner, he found that you either learn how to solve a problem yourself or pay to have it done. Joe’s articles are his opinion and are only intended as a guide. Please consult an expert when in doubt.

End of the Commons General Store Hop into spring at End of the Commons General Store in Mesopotamia. They have a huge variety of spring time candies and spring themed baking sprinkles shaped like flowers, bunnies, Easter eggs and chicks. In addition to a large variety of old-fashioned candies, they now have spring candies such as Jelly Beans, pastel colored Candy Corn, Gummi Bunnies, Jelly Belly jelly beans, and many more. You will find an expanded line of hard to find house wares and kitchen gadgets including Granite-Ware cookware, stainless steel Rada knives, meat smoking supplies, food grinders, Camp Chef iron skillets, a full line of canning supplies, Mrs. Wages pickle mixes and Ohio made crock pots. This is northeast Ohio’s largest bulk food store which features specialty foods, over 30 baking flours, assorted dried goods, gluten free products, sugar free candies, Amish country popcorn, penny candy, over 100 varieties of old-fashioned soda pop, homemade fudge and a full service deli featuring Amish country meats and cheese. Enjoy this beautiful summer like

weather by visiting the End of the Commons for a sample of fresh, homemade fudge, or a delicious, hand-dipped ice cream cone while sitting on the front porch enjoying the tranquility of a small town. The store serves lunch and dinner in a country cafe with seating for 25, a varied menu including hamburgers, chicken, made to order pizza, French fries, hot and cold deli sandwiches, a full-service deli including made to order sandwiches, soups, salads and several specialty items. End of the Commons, Ohio’s oldest general store, is located on the corner of Routes 534 and 87 and is open Monday through Saturday. They are handicap accessible and can make arrangements for your small or large group. 440-693-4295.

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Clean up the yard and brush and get ready for spring by having your yard tools serviced. Joe’s Saw Shop tunes up all brands of lawnmowers. Bring in the mower for oil changes, new air filters and spark plugs, and regular maintenance. Or just bring in the blades to have them sharpened. Don’t forget your string trimmers also need regular care, so bring those in and then cut through your chores quickly and cleanly. If you’re in the market for a new lawnmower, Joe’s Saw Shop is a Briggs and Stratton dealership. He also carries chain saws and trimmers. This is the place to have all brands of yard tools serviced, and if they don’t have the parts you need, they can get them. Keeping your tools in good shape helps you finish your chores easier, safer and faster. Joe’s Saw Shop is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 14530 Butternut Road (44021) 440-834-1196.

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Grandma’s Garden Has Moved Grandma’s Garden has been very busy opening their retail store at 15065 Kinsman Road in Middlefield (near the License Bureau). They have expanded their inventory to over 150 molds and the store now has fulltime hours six days a week. Many options are available to welcome guests to your home in a cherry and delightful manner that shows your personality. All products are cast and painted by Grandma’s Garden. They can customize the design, offer color options on cement, mosaics and paint, or even personalize and add a picture. Their selection of patriotic, military, sports, inspirational and memorial stones offers many choices. They will personalize custom stones for moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas. The “Love Collection” offers unique wedding and anniversary gifts. A stone from the “Celtic Inspirations” or “Garden Critters” can add just the right finishing touch. Custom “Support Your Cause” stones are also available. Landscapers are always welcome. Grandma’s garden is bird, butterfly and fairy friendly. Stop in to see how they can

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{ home and garden } A New Steel Mill in Northeast Ohio—Really? By Professor James Bolchalk, Kent State University Geauga Within the last two years, a $680 million seamless pipe mill is being constructed in Youngstown by the V & M Star Steel Company. This comes 34 years after “Black Monday”—the day the area’s largest steel employer announced its closing. Why build a new steel mill now, in an area where just about all the steel buildings and associated jobs were destroyed? The simple answer is the Utica Shale formation. New drilling and exploration techniques have made the recovery of natural gas and natural gas liquids in shale deposits both economically feasible and profitable for energy companies. Since the eastern to central part of Ohio is dominated by the Utica Shale formation, energy interests are seizing the opportunity to establish mineral rights in order to drill for the natural gas. A recent study conducted by researchers from Cleveland State University, Ohio State University, and Marietta College (Thomas, Lendel, Hill, Southgate, & Chase, 2012) found the economic impacts of drilling, extracting, and processing the natural gas and natural gas liquids could be very large and possibly add 65,000 jobs to Ohio by the end of the year 2014. Although parts of the Marcellus Shale formation are present in eastern Ohio, the Utica Shale formation is getting most of the attention. The reason being, the gas recovered in the Utica Shale formation is rich in hydrocarbons, and thus, worth more. In addition to the increase in jobs, the report indicates a potential output of almost $10 billion added to the Ohio economy because of shale related activities. Included in this amount is the direct spending by drillers, the indirect spending by ancillary businesses, and the induced spending by households. Tax revenue alone

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from Utica Shale development is expected to be around $430 million by the end of 2014. The report cautions there are many unknowns in developing impact models so early in the process. Therefore, the researchers took a guarded approach in setting up the model taking into consideration other variables that could influence the impacts such as well output and the quality of the gas and gas liquids, the amount of drilling expenditures and wages remaining within the state versus “leakages” going out-of-state, and other such considerations. Even with the conservative assumptions, the potential economic impacts are significant enough that investors were willing to spend over a half a billion dollars to build a pipe making steel mill in Youngstown, in the Northeast part of Ohio—yes, really!. When completed, the mill will provide permanent employment for over 300 workers. The new mill and the other possible economic benefits mentioned above would not be possible without the fortuitous circumstance of the Utica Shale formation being located under the eastern part of Ohio. If used wisely and in an environmentally safe manner, the economic benefits should outweigh the costs of exploiting this resource.

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Works Cited Thomas, A. R., Lendel, I., Hill, E. W., Southgate, D., & Chase, R. (2012). An Analysis of The Econonmic Potential For Shale Formations In Ohio. Retrieved from http://urban.csuohio. edu/publications/center/center_for_ economic_development/Ec_Impact_Ohio_ Utica_Shale_2012.pdf.

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As spring approaches so does the desire to clean up yards and properties. Ohio and the Federal Government have restrictions for open burning. Open burning inside or within municipal boundaries such as Middlefield Village is restricted to small well-attended cooking firesthat require no permits. But if it causes a problem to other residents we will ask it be extinguished or extinguish it ourselves. In outlying areas brush piles can be burned with a permit from the fire department. Call Sandy at 440-622-1907 or me at 440-478-7320. You will be given a written permit with burning instructions and usually about 2 weeks to finish your burn. Requesting a permit and notifying our dispatch when you start to burn helps prevent a response from the Fire Department or a Sheriff’s Office. The Geauga County Sheriff’s Office has Deputy Mike Matsik, a special environmental officer who enforces the Ohio Open Burning Regulations. We encourage you to burn in the proper manner with proper permits. Burning structures without permits is strictly prohibited. They must be tested for airborne hazards such as asbestos. It is also prohibited to burn, among others, the following items: rubber such as tires, vinyl siding, plastics, chemicals, shingles, rolled roofing and garbage. As a service to the public we will burn your brush and yard waste piles Wednesday nights, and sometimes weekends as training for our personnel. If you need a structure burned, we will inspect it and advise you of required permits and/or tests. We are authorized by law to extinguish even a permitted burn if we deem it to be a potential fire or health hazard. If you burn and smoke crosses the highway, you are liable for any accidents this may cause. If you burn and your fire gets out of control, you are liable for damage to adjacent properties or structures. We want to assist you, so please get a permit and call before you burn. Or contact us to do the burn. Stay safe and we are pleased to serve you.

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