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Middlefield Post May 29, 2013 Following in a Hero’s Footsteps

By Kim Breyley Middlefield Fire Department Chief Bill Reed and his wife Lynn raised their four boys on Thompson Avenue in Middlefield. When asked what he would share with others about son rearing, Bill remembers many years back, sitting in the back yard, thankful that he fathered four healthy boys. He challenged them by saying, “You guys need to do something that will make a difference. Dedicate your lives to helping others.” And they listened; three out of the four currently serve in public service. Erik Wright and Brandon Reed are dispatchers for the Geauga County Sheriff’s Department. Third eldest son, Ben, is first lieutenant for the Middlefield Fire Department and an independent contactor for the Hiscox Insurance Agency in Burton. Middlefield Save-ALot currently employs youngest son, Cory. Cory served for a time on the Middlefield Fire Department. Everyone in the family is a Cardinal School graduate. Lynn Reed has also been involved in the business of the fire department and is currently the secretary. Ben recalls, as a young boy, hanging out at the department while the firemen, including his father, were out on calls. He enjoyed trying on the gear and

(l- r) Firefighters, Middlefied Fire Chief Bill Reed and son, First Lieutenant Ben Reed pretending to be a fireman. Ben says,” I was raised on the front bumper of a fire truck.” It’s apparent that Ben and Bill have a very close bond. Ben attributes this to the fact that his father coached his baseball team, from T-ball, through his formative years and until he played high school ball. Ben says, “I had to grow up a lot faster than most of my friends. I remember when

I was about nine, there was a chimney fire outside of town and the family lost everything including a young child. It was Christmas time and I was complaining. My dad pulled me aside and explained to me how that family had nothing. That was a defining moment for me. Never again, to this day, do I ever feel sorry for myself.” The chief vividly remembers this fire, too, upstairs

crawling around on the floor, trying to find the missing toddler. He entered a room with Legos and Matchbox cars on the floor which reminded him of his sons and hishome. They finally found the boy, wearing a onesie, tucked back in the closest, but the child only survived a few days. Both men recall their first fire together. Bill expressed his concern en route. He knew it would be very tragic going in. It was at an Amish home and three lives were lost. Ben says, “He was driving, I was riding.” He remembers the rewarding feeling of he and his dad being on the lines together for the first time. Bill was careful to warn his sons when responding to fires and accidents, “We are in a small town, and you are going to see someone you know, your friends and family.” Public safety is definitely a family affair. Ben says, “It’s pretty cool. Many times I will be on a call when my dad is in charge and my brothers are on dispatch. If I need something, I know I will have it quickly.” This community has that same assurance and is fortunate to be protected by these men and the many others who risk their lives daily to save ours.

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Adventures of a New Father By Nick Fagan She was definitely worth the wait. I’ve survived almost 2 months I learned a great deal in those early of fatherhood! I consider this huge weeks. First, I realized being a dad is difficult. accomplishment. The arrival of a new baby I also discovered that I could handle more has brought sudden changes to my life and than I thought - including changing dirty daily routine. Every room in my house has diapers. I also learned that, in my opinion, been welcomely invaded by swings, play my wife has the harder job. I attempt to mats and other assorted toys. Long spans of better understand my wife’s perspective by sleep and uninterrupted dinners have gone waking up in the wee hours of the morning by the wayside and a loop of children’s and learning more about her experiences. songs and nursery rhymes constantly Amazingly, she just keeps going despite play in my mind. Very small smiles fill the being dead tired. I do not know how she house with joy and laughter. Despite these does it. Being a family requires teamwork changes, it is still strange to think of myself and it truly takes two! I’ve never been more as a “Dad.” I’m still waiting for the title to set proud of my wife in. and I appreciate all If these weeks that she does! have taught me Now, back anything, it is that I to Anna. She is do not know much an absolutely about parenting... beautiful baby with yet! I’ve been alert eyes and a reading books head of thin hair. I and gaining realthink she looks like life “training,” but a little elf. During I cannot offer any those first weeks sage advice at this I saw her grow point. I’m just new and adjust to the and I’m learning. “outside world.” I’ve But I hope my learned that she experiences of changes quickly. becoming a father Sometimes, the will spark others’ changes are very fond memories small. She loved of their own lifebeing curled up changing events. tight during the We wanted our Anna first weeks. It took child’s birth date extensive poking and prodding to stretch to include a big surprise. My wife, Kristan, her out. As time passed, the tightness left as and I decided not to learn the baby’s she became accustomed to the additional gender until the day our little one arrived. space. While she has only grown 2 inches We discovered many things in making this since birth, she seems so much longer! choice. First, people are VERY opinionated When friends and relatives comment on regarding whether a couple should find out her tininess, I think of how big she has their baby’s gender. Some people cheered become! Other characteristics have already “good for you -- that’s the way it is meant to come and gone. During her first days, Anna be!” Others assertively asked, “How are you emitted a loud squeaking noise whenever going to plan if you do not know if baby is a she cried. We could identify her from across boy or girl!?” Some people reasoned that “It the hospital floor by just her cute squeaks. would be a surprise the day the ultrasound Alas, the squeaking as already stopped technician tells you too!” and been replaced with just plain old loud While we did not want to know crying. scientifically, it did not stop us from Seeing Anna grow up is already a little guessing. We loved hearing other people’s bittersweet. I do not want to give up some thoughts on the baby’s gender. Some experiences yet. Like how she holds onto people suggested we were having a boy my finger as I feed her a bottle and how her for such-and-such reason. Others cited the entire length can fit within one of my arms. exact same reason as proof that we were We would not mind giving up the late night having a girl! We heard countless old wives’ feedings, but Anna seems very attached to tales. The vast majority of these “tests” them. pointed to a boy. The baby’s heart rate I also see Anna’s progress since those was low and the baby was being carried first days and welcome her growth. Now low. Other people were overwhelmingly she frequently greets me with big smile. guessing boy too. My wife and I were so She plays a little game where she sticks convinced that we purchased thank you out her tongue and waits for me to do the notes with a pale blue sky. Even while in same. Before I know it she will be crawling labor, the nurse commented that she heard and talking. I am sure time will fly and she “a boy’s heartbeat.” will become a grown woman in a blink of While readers will likely guess where an eye. the story is heading, we were genuinely I’m still absorbing what it means to shocked when the doctor announced the be a father. Raising a child is a tremendous birth of our little girl! Words cannot do that responsibility but also an incredible moment justice and I wish I could relive privilege. I know there will be fun experience the experience over and over again. Our ahead along with the occasional rough expectations were erased and replaced spots. I may not have learned much so far, with new emotions. Over the past 9 months but I think the ideas are important: always I abstractly understood we were having be open to learning, expect surprises, a child, but it truly set in at that moment. laugh, encourage teamwork, cherish the It was now our responsibility to love and small things, and embrace a positive future. guide this little girl. We named her Anna. “A father is someone who carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be.” ~ Anonymous


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Inherited Traveling Bug By Jenny Hershberger My dad, Ralph Elmer Hershberger, was 48 years old when I was born. He was old enough to be my grandfather. For this reason, I intentionally savored our limited years by rarely declining his invitations to attend concerts, forestry meetings, courses (in various subject matters) and road trips (my favorite). My father was always going somewhere or experiencing something new. His thirst for knowledge and exploration over flowed and poured beautifully into my life. He often said that the best education came through traveling. I whole heartedly agree. There is no better classroom than the real world. My dad’s love for traveling may have begun when he graduated from Heidelberg College. Upon liberation, he bought a Ford Model A and headed west for Alaska, but never made it there. Instead, he ended up living in Montana for a couple of years and had wonderful stories of his road trips beyond the Mississippi River. It was rare to hear my father tell the same story twice. Imagine all of your life hearing about a place of mountain men, bears, old log cabins, twisting steep roads, wild beautiful country, smoking pipes with the local tribes, learning forestry, stomping out fires, watching for fires from towers, cooking from a tin can, sleeping on pine boughs. Imagine the fantastic picture a father can paint in his daughter’s head from her infancy. He learned a great deal in those years out west. My dad had pleasant memories. I am my father’s first born. He lived a full life before settling down. His history built a treasure trove of information to share with

his children. Because of his extensive love for traveling, nature and history my dad’s brain was full. He particularly appreciated local history. He knew a great deal about many of the little, sleepy, quiet, seemingly uninteresting, dots in a USA atlas. He knew more about someone’s backyard than they knew in the 30 years they had been living there, really. It happened more than thrice. I cannot recall a time that my dear old dad did not have an answer for some obscure or trivial question. He could rival Google and with greater accuracy, I have no doubt. The traveling bug has been passed down to me. Educational road trips are precious. I sop up the sounds of steam engines and retain the impressions of wildflowers my father knew. I stop to smell the roses and apple blossoms and lilacs and iris that are planted to complement various historical sites. I place my hand on a rock’s cool wall and recall the lesson of its formation. I reminisce about my dad while having a beer and hamburger at a greasy spoon diner after a long day behind the wheel of my Ford. It feels good to remember. But I miss him and that part still hurts. Maybe someday I will have a treasure trove of information to share with my children. Perhaps they will inherit the traveling bug that my dear old dad gave to me.

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{ of interest to men } Outdoors With Our Families By Kelly Whitney I was asked to write an article about the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Immediately, my mind went right to that time spent in the outdoors with my father. Although I grew up in “the city” (Lakewood) I can say that I spent the majority of my childhood outdoors. It wasn’t until I grew up and had a family of my own that I truly appreciated it. Looking back now on the endless Friday night trips to Pennsylvania, I smile. Back then, not so much. My mom would get off work and we would load up and head out. We would cram into the Jeep or pickup truck. I was always squished in the middle or the back. After the same 2 ½ hour ride we would arrive at a place that seemed boring to me. Most of my dad’s family lived in and around Franklin, Pa. If you never heard of it, that’s no surprise. I would be left with my grandma or my aunts, and the years when my Aunt Areta worked at the ice cream parlor weren’t so bad. But I couldn’t understand why my parents would leave before dawn and not come home until dark. I was a kid and loved to play outdoors, but all day? When I was 13, I was able to take my hunter’s safety course. This was a real treat for my dad; the instructor had been his lifetime friend and Boy Scout leader. For two days I learned and read, and then took my test. I passed, of course. Since I had been hearing about this stuff my entire life, it was pretty easy. This began my hunting adventures. I was sure that on the first day of deer season (which is like a national holiday in Pennsylvania) getting up at 3:30 a.m. wasn’t

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Malcolm Ray Boorn, son of Frank and and Emma Miller bought the farm from him Blanche (Totten) Boorn, was born July 27, around 1957 and the Miller family still lives 1916 in Middlefield. He had one brother, there today. Paul, and a sister Florida finally called Marion. In 1939 he Malcolm south for what married the love of his he thought would be life, Elizabeth Hazen. retirement, but by then They had five children real estate was in his and were together blood. He sold many for 55 years until her horse farms in the Ocala passing in 1999. He area and developed a grew up during the Standard Bred training Great Depression facility in Trenton, Fla. making just 25 cents Finally, at age 70, an hour. Gas at that he did retire and found time was 11 cents a a hobby in computers. gallon. Knowing nothing about Malcolm’s first these new contraptions, car was a 1930 Ford he marched right down Coupe. Of course, he to the local community drove many others college and enrolled in Malcolm Ray Boorn along the way, as he a computer class. This owned a Chrysler Plymouth dealership from was at age 84, and his teacher and fellow 1949 to 1955. He also owned Middlefield classmates were all quite impressed. Along Community Sales where he learned the art with spending time on the computer, of being an auctioneer. Malcolm enjoys reading books and two Before the cars came along, he local papers every day. He exercises three stayed busy bottling and selling milk from days a week at a local cardiac rehab center. 1936 to 1946 at his farm, called Big Elm In July, his family and friends will Dairy. Once all his children were grown he celebrate his 97th birthday with him. He decided to change gears a little and began would love to receive birthday cards or selling real estate as an Industrial Developer letters from the community where his and Real Estate Broker. He sold many parcels many life adventures began. Cards and in Middlefield, including 42 acres that was good wishes can be sent to 5731 SW 64th his family farmstead and is now the Geauga St. Road, Ocala, FL 34474. County Airport. He also owned the Boorn’s Corner 80-acre farm that sits 2 miles south Kim Barwick is Malcolm’s granddaughter and of Middlefield on Old State Road. It’s the last Connie Boorn Sims is his daughter. They both place on the right before Route 528. Bob Jr. reside with and care for Malcolm in Ocala, Fla.

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Spring Yard Maintenance Spring has arrived, although a bit later than predicted by the groundhog and later than its calendar scheduled date of March 21. But now it is here in all its glory. The short days of winter have turned into the later sunsets of spring, and it is time to prepare for the lawn-mowing season. Many people will visit supply stores to prepare their lawn and gardens for a bountiful growing season. They will spend time cleaning up limbs and branches that the winter winds have blown down. They will rake fall’s leftover leaves from their flowerbeds and rake the gravel that had been pushed and repositioned by the snowplows. Much time will be spent this spring to prepare our homes for the summer season. But as this preparation and planning is taking place, don’t forget the lawn equipment. This is the time to service and maintain these items before it’s too late and the grass is up to your knees. Do it before the grass is a lush green color and in need of a trim. Take time to check over your lawnmower, lawn tractor, zero turn mower, rototiller, string trimmer, chainsaw or whatever equipment you will be in need of this season. Now is the time to check them over for maximum performance. It is time to check those air filters, change the spark plugs, check the oil and other fluid levels, check the belts, see if the blades are sharp and ready to go.

Your owners’ manual has information to help with these tasks. It can give you the correct maintenance schedule for your unit and direction or instruction on checking these items. If you can’t find the manual or prefer to have some else perform these services, contact your local outdoor power equipment dealer for advice or set up an appointment to have your equipment serviced. Most independent local dealers have staff trained and experienced to perform routine service and repairs. Don’t wait until the last minute. Just as you have been waiting for spring, so has your neighbor. He wants his lawn to look as good as yours and his equipment needs service too. Dealers can get very busy once the growing season starts. Having scheduled maintenance and performing routine service to your lawn equipment will help make your mowing season a pleasant and trouble free season. As you prepare your “to do” list don’t forget your outdoor power equipment. Your equipment needs to be ready. So get those mowers, tillers, tractors and all those small engine items out of the garage or shed and make sure they are ready to go. Then you can enjoy this summer season around your beautiful home. First Quality Power Place is located at 16891 Kinsman Road in Middlefield. Phone 440-632-5068, wwwfirstqualityonline.com.

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