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VOL. 7 NO. 1

Aug. 1, 2012 Inside this issue...

Middlefield Events Page 4-5

Get to Know Our “Cold Nose Companions” Page 12

See What’s Happening “Out N About” Pages 14-15

iddlefield’s Summer Fest is coming Aug. 11 and promises to be a full day of pure fun. It all begins with a huge parade with over 50 local businesses, organizations and individuals taking part. Participants will line-up in the Third Dimension Inc. parking lot, 15332 South State Ave. (Route 608) at 11:30 a.m. The parade will step-off and head to the Middlefield Fire Station at 1 p.m. for the car show. Sign up for the car show is 9 to 11 a.m. and show time is noon to 4 p.m. Trophy and award presentations will begin at 3 p.m. Goody bags and dash plaques will be given to the first 100 vehicles registered and all registered cars and trucks will be judged. Bestof-show will receive a 7 foot Aboard this float, this past Memorial Day were some of the members of the Middlefield Activity Committee trophy. The top 30 picks will also It is this committee that has worked tirelessly to plan the Middlefield Summer Fest that will take place be awarded prizes. Food and soft drinks will be available and there downtown Middlefield on Aug. 11. will be a 50/50 raffle, a Chinese 440-739-0448 or Mike 330-608-2414. The event program, so stop by to lend your support. There will be food vendors lining the streets auction, tunes by Crazy Dave, will take place at the Middlefield Municipal Center, and door prizes. For information, 14860 North State Ave. (44062). All proceeds go and a beer and wine tent to quench your thirst. call Dennis 440-632-5555, Carl to Middlefield Police Shop With a Cop Christmas Continued on page 2

Spot the Differences and Win! See if you can find the 10 differences between the two photos below. If you can, you may be the lucky winner of an extra large one topping pizza from Zeppe’s Middlefield or winner of one of two $5 gift certificates for The Depot at the Middlefield Historical Society. Three winners will be chosen from the correct entries received. Deadline for entries is Aug. 15, 2012. The winner will be announced in our Aug. 22 issue. To enter, on only one of the photos clearly circle the 10 differences you find between the two photos below and complete the entry form at the bottom. Mail your entry to: Middlefield Post Contest, P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062.

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Continued from page 1 Majorettes, gymnasts and cloggers will entertain, and then timber will take over with axthrowing demonstrations and chainsaw carving. Austin Adams will sing the great melodies he’s written himself. Then the crowd will tap their toes to lively modern square dancing music as the dancers swirl around and around. The Hubs, Broken Wheel, The Cloverleafs, Buckeyes and Mapletown will demonstrate their moves, and audience participation is encouraged. At 7:30 there will be a pizza eating contest with the Middlefield and Chardon Police Departments, Hamden Fire Department, Geauga County Sheriff’s Department and others competing. As everyone rests their poor stretched out stomachs, they’ll enjoy Lethal Synergy and their classic rock tunes. Then The Moxies will take the stage with their 50s rock’n’roll, Delta blues and garage rock stylings at 9 p.m. The Moxies are Marco Ciofani on lead guitar and vocals and Kevin Werfield on drums; both were born and raised here in Middlefield. How did The Moxies get their start, you ask? Well, in December of 2011 Marco was in his basement playing guitar and writing songs. He had been at this for a while but never had anyone to start a band with. His best friend, who had never felt musically talented, came over, and Marco said, “Kevin get behind those drums and let’s see what we can do.” What was first a crazy idea became the start of two pals playing rock’n’roll music in the basement. The Moxies started writing songs and once they had enough live-wired bluesy music to play a whole set they hit the stage in front of an audience. If you spot two young men with slicked hair and two-tone dress shoes at Summer Fest, be aware that it’s The Moxies and they will get your toes tapping, no matter what kind of shoes you have on. So head over to Summer Fest for a full day and night of fun, food and festivities.

Our Contest Winners Congratulations to all our contest winners, and thank you to everyone who entered the four contests in the July 11 issue of The Middlefield Post. The winner of our Operation Quiz is Edna Mae Yoder who received a mystery gift basket from Quest for Health. The Circus Word Search first place winner is Erma and Robert Miller who won a gift certificate for an extra large one topping Zeppe’s pizza, second place is Mary Ellen Slabaugh who received a certificate for an 8-inch Dairy Queen cake, and third place is Aaron R. Miller who walked away with a $5 gift certificate to The Depot at the Middlefield Historical Society. The Pun Fun winners are: first place Annie M. Miller who won a gift certificate for an extra large one topping Zeppe’s pizza, second place is Carolyn Troyer who received two $5 coupons for The Depot at the Middlefield Historical Society, and the third place winner is Nancy Miller who won $5 in McDonald’s gift certificates. In our Urban Growers Gardener’s Quiz, Taylor K. Gibbs won the first place prize of a $35 gift certificate from Urban Growers, second place of a $25 gift certificate to Urban Growers went to Dolores Painley, and the third place prize of a $15 Urban Growers gift certificate went to Anna Miller. We wish to extend a sincere thank you to all participants, and to the generous sponsors who provided these great prizes. We hope you had fun.

In This Issue ...

Community Bulletin Board.......................4-5 A Look Back in Time...................................... 3 Health...........................................................7-9 Animal Antics......................................... 11-13 Out ‘N’ About.......................................... 14-15 Library............................................................ 17

The Rolling Green........................................ 19 In Memoriam................................................ 22 Church Events.............................................. 22 Community Calendar.................................. 25 Classifieds............................................... 26-27 To A Good Home.......................................... 27

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Many readers have asked me where I get all my pictures. Over the past 40 years, I have collected them from many sources. Some have been given to me, some loaned and I have bought many of them on the Internet. This picture of the employees of the Middlefield Post Office was purchased on the Internet from an individual in New Hampshire. I don’t think it held any special meaning for him but it was one I had to have. The Post Office was located at this time in the Fig Tree Building in the space formerly occupied by Roose Drug Store. The added significance to me was the photo was taken by the Newcomb Studio in Middlefield. This studio was located on Mill Street here in the Village and was operated by two Newcomb sisters, Oris and Olive. It also was the home of my grandparents, Walter and Eloise Seyer for over 30 years after the studio closed.

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This picture of the Cleveland and Eastern Interurban rounding the corner by the Belle Vernon Creamery was taken on West High Street around 1910. The C & E was an electric railway that provided transportation from Middlefield to Cleveland in about 2 hours 15 minutes. Middlefield was actually the end of the line and the last car would spend the night and be the first car out in the morning. The Belle Vernon Creamery was located where Roadhouse Music is currently. The car in the picture is actually coming through the current parking lot of Dollar General. The tracks run along the edge of the road in front of now CVS and then turned into the car barn that was located just east of Town Tavern. It went out the back of the barn in the morning. It operated until about 1925 when the age of the automobile killed it.

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JOIN US SATURDAY AUGUST 11th Celebrating Middlefield’s SUMMER FEST!

Cops and kids enjoyed a day of fishing at Mineral Lake Park, sponsored by the Village of Middlefield. (back, l-r) Police Officer Nick Divita, Officer Mike Kleinknecht, Officer Mike Rizzo, Chief Arnold Stanko, Mayor Ben Garlich and Council Member Carl Hornung. (front, l-r)Recreation Director Missy Hatch, Pietro Maloney, Anthony Sinito, Alex Fabiny, Sophia Sinito, Cole Fabiny and Nathanial Metheny.

SALES! LIVE MUSIC! FOOD! OPEN JAM STAGE OUTSIDE from 3:00 pm til 7:00 pm! (PA and drums provided!!)

Middlefield Third Annual Classic Car Show The Middlefield Police and Fire Departments will hold their third annual car show with classic cars, trucks and motorcycles on Aug. 11. Sign up is 9 to 11 a.m. and show time is noon to 4 p.m. Trophy and award presentations will begin at 3 p.m. Goody bags and dash plaques will be given to the first 100 vehicles registered and all registered cars and trucks will be judged. Best-of-show will receive a 7-foot trophy. The top 30 picks will also be awarded prizes. Food and soft drinks will be available and there will be a 50/50 raffle, a Chinese auction, tunes by Crazy Dave, door prizes and lots of fun for everyone. For information contact Dennis 440-632-5555, Carl 440-739-0448 or Mike 330-608-2414. The event will take place at the Middlefield Municipal Center, 14860 North State Ave. (44062). All proceeds go to Middlefield Police, Shop With a Cop Christmas program, so come out and lend your support.

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Middlefield Fire Chief Bill Reed (front right) dedicated the Middlefield Firefighters Memorial on July 28. This memorial was taken on as an Eagle Scout (Troup 197) project by Ryan Mayoros (left). Mayor Ben Garlich (middle) and Concord Township Fire Chief Mike Warner (back right) also addressed the crowd.

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One day garage sale from the trunk of a car!

Great Lakes Outdoor Supply parking Lot, north of Rt 87 on Rt 608 Vender space is limited. Remaining spots on day of sale will be $25 per space. No refunds for any reason! Must supply own table, can be set up in front of your vehicle. Set up begins 6:30am sharp, no vendor set up after 8:45am.

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Schedule of Festivities

9-11:00am Car Show Registration

12-4:00pm CAR SHOW: Classic Cars, Trucks & Motorcycles 1-10:00pm Bounce House, Barrel Train Ride ($1 per ride) Food Vendors and a Beer & Wine Tent 1:00pm –

4:15pm –

The Fun Begins with a Community Parade Featuring Over 50 Participants! Team Elite Majorettes from Chardon Directed by Debbie Staple Gymnastics Demonstration by Emeth Gymnastics of Middlefeld

4:30pm – 5:00pm –

Performance by Walnut Hill Cloggers Great Lakes Timber Show featuring Ax Throwing, Modifed Chainsaws, Wood Carving, Audience Participation

5:30pm –

Enjoy the Musical Stylings of Austin Adams

6:00pm – 6:30pm –

Great Lakes Timber Show Modern Western Square Dance Demonstrations by The Hubs, Broken Wheel, The Cloverleafs, Buckeyes & Mapletown (Audience Participation Welcome)

7:00pm – 7:30pm –

Great Lakes Timber Show Middlefeld Police, Geauga County Sheriff, Chardon Police, Hambden Fire & Others Compete in a Pizza Eating Contest sponsored by Franco’s Pizza Plus of Chardon

8:00pm – 9:00pm –

Lethal Synergy Performs Classic Rock The Moxies Perform 50s Rock ‘n’ Roll, Delta Blues, Garage Rock & More

Golf Outing August 24, 2012 Hosting Course: Grandview Golf Course Registration: 7:30 - 9:00 AM n Tee Off: 9:00 AM Format: 4 Person Scramble Lunch: At The Turn n Dinner: Following Golf Dress Code: Casual Attire n $65/Person $260/Team *All Teams Must Be Registered By Friday August 17th.

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We just completed a successful The Economic Development Committee Middlefield Community Days and are looking (EDC) continues to focus on marketing forward to our first annual Middlefield Middlefield Village as an area with an Summer Fest. The Community Days did not edge and attractive amenities. Our new have the best of weather but fortunately and exciting Web site will be rolled out in all  events August after with a little a tremendous manipulation amount  of came off as effort. It will scheduled. have a business I   w a s and residential privileged to focus making present at the it user-friendly dedication of and practical. the Fireman’s The committee Memorial is also exploring and also be options  for present at the creating  a M i d d l e f i e l d ‘s revolving Got Talent Too loan  fund Mayor Ben Garlich (left) called upon Senator John Eklund finals. where we as a T h e to assist with the funding of a newly created Revolving Loan village can set u p c o m i n g Fund during the Economic Development meeting on July 18. ourselves apart Summer Fest will include a car show to benefit by offering attractive financial assistance Shop with a Cop ( a very worthy cause) and for retention and creation of new jobs. We a parade and many other festivities. I love a recently solicited the assistance of Team NEO parade and plan on making this an annual and Senator Eklund to help secure funding event during my tenure in office. I think it is for this worthwhile program. The EDC a tremendous way for area businesses to has worked with a dedication that is truly get exposure while showing support for our amazing. This is a group of residents that community. Summer Fest Aug. 11 is the final have a burning desire to make this Village a activity of the year for the Middlefield Activity tremendous place to live and do business. Committee (MAC) which has been hard The MAC and EDC, though very different working and will have hosted four successful in structure, have common characteristics. events this year. I am deeply appreciative of They are both high energy and dedicated their efforts and promised them a month to making Middlefield Village a location of off after Summer Fest. I can assure you in choice for residents and businesses. The addition to the weekly meetings they have support I have from these committees, spent a lot of time and energy making these current Village Council and positive residents events successful. I hope to see everyone on makes the job of Mayor both exciting and Aug. 11. rewarding.


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LIVE entertainment Banjo the Clown A Variety of Gospel Music Bands The E. Ray Miller Memorial Softball Tournament

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Residents and volunteers help in caring for the home and farm. Ed and Linda are seen tending to the chickens, while others gather eggs, tend the garden and will feed and clean the pen when the beef steer arrives.

Pleasant Hill Seeks Community Help Pleasant Hill Home, Geauga’s county home, is supported by our resident’s personal income and local tax dollars only. Donations and small grants make it possible to purchase household items. They receive donations from various community groups and individuals, but more are always welcome. This year they have a garden to supplement meals for the residents, who enjoy caring for the home, garden and farm. In the past, this was a working dairy farm on which the residents were required to help, but now, they only participate in the farm chores by choice. There are presently a few chickens at the home that contribute a lot of fun and a few eggs daily. The residents will raise a donated beef steer this year, and while it will be great for the pantry, the cost can be high so there is a need for donations of straw, hay and feed. Next year they will raise pigs as well. If you are able to donate goods or services, or volunteer your time to help with the home, farm or garden, please call Karen DeCola at 440-279-2161 or Barb Warren at 440-2792162. Pleasant Hill Home is located at 13211 Aquilla Road in Chardon.

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Summer heat makes people sweat. A patient found a quote, “Sweat is fat crying.” Well, yes, but the first sweat to come out of your body is sick. You will understand this dramatic statement as you read further. The body retains water to keep toxins away from our cells. Another doctor rhymed, “The body’s solution to pollution is dilution.” The body keeps pollution (toxin) safely away from our cells by diluting it with water. Inflammation is the buildup of toxins and water in the tissue. Sweating gets inflammation out. But which is first –fat sweat or inflammation sweat? Many people ‘diet’ and ‘exercise’ to lose weight, to get the fat off. Using a weight scale that measures body fat percent, I consistently record the first 5 to 30 pounds of weight loss is not so much fat. If a person is 250 pounds with 50 percent body fat (125 pounds fat), and if they lose 30 pounds in one month, the follow-up scale might read 220 pounds with 52 percent body fat (114 pounds fat). Hence, of 30 pounds lost, 11 pounds was fat and 19 pounds was inflammation. The person lost 30 pounds and got fatter (by percent). Faced with eliminating fat or inflammation, the body opts first to eliminate inflammation more than fat. The mind wants a thin body and so the mind wants to believe the body gets thin by losing fat. The body does not care about the mind’s desire. While explaining this, I realize inflammation is quite plainly tissue storage of vomit. Sounds gross, which is my intent. I am not writing this article to a body; I am writing to a mind. I prefer the UK word for vomit; sick. Hence, for anyone overweight, there is too much fat and too much sick stored in the body. The body will opt to eliminate sick more than fat; worded this way, it makes sense that sick is worse than fat. Only after all the sick is gone, will the body eliminate fat. Very few make it to sweating only fat. The reason the body has so much sick is because people (their minds) don’t do what is best for their body. Instead, people listen to ‘authorities’ to tell them what to do. That is partly the reason for all diet plans – vegan, South Beach, Bible, Atkins, etc. and all exercise plans. Such plans carry on through hearsay. One mind to another, people are sick and fat because of hearsay. And by hearsay, people believe that losing

weight means losing fat. In practice, I see patients lose inflammation more than fat for up to 3 months getting ‘fatter’ while getting thinner. Sweat is first and foremost up to 30 or more pounds of sick. Then, when they ‘trim up’ (fatter but thinner) they quit exercising and go back to eating the way they did before. Hence, yo-yo diets and exercise plans prevail, as though a month or two of dieting and exercise worked, each time, time and again, while the dieter gets fatter. The average American carries 5 to 50 pounds of sick in the tissue.  I am one of the few that achieve fat sweating because I push a mountain bike 50 miles once a week at an average 17 mph and I don’t eat foods that produce an inflammatory immune reaction. There is a way to differentiate between sick sweat and fat sweat.  Sick sweat stinks because bacteria on the skin eat sick and release noxious odors.  Fat sweat is strictly water, which doesn’t feed bacteria, so fat sweat has little to no odor. Ever go to a gym and smell people’s sick? In the summer, when riding my bicycle 50 miles, I pour sweat and I don’t stink. But when I start training in the spring (a short 20 miles) my sweat is so sick I use a garden hose to clean off before going inside. The results of winter inactivity and holiday food, food brings in sick, exercise gets it out. The quote should read: “Healthy sweat is sick. Healthier sweat is fat crying.” Now you can understand as I state, “Have a healthier summer.” Dr. David Fakadej, DC, LMT, is the proprietor at Journey Health Care & Chiropractic, 17652 Munn Road, Auburn Township. Call him at 440543-2771, or e-mail

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{ health } August at Geauga Senior Centers Please join us for Chair Volleyball Mondays and Fridays, 1 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Open to anyone. Vision Screenings are free all month. Contact your local senior center for information. Mind Bending Trivia every Monday 10 a.m. Kayaking and Beach Walk Friday, Aug.17. Join the Middlefield Senior Center staff as we kayak or canoe down the river to the shore of Lake Erie. Lunch on your own following at Trader Jack’s. Call for cost and information. Facing Difficult Situations. Aug. 8, 11a.m. Adam VanBoxel discusses ways to face struggles and share in open communication. Diabetic Support Group Aug. 14, 12:30 p.m. Headed by UH Geauga Medical Center. Open discussion and information on daily living with Diabetes. Open to seniors in Geauga County. Free Blood Pressure Checks. Aug. 22, 10 a.m. Burton Healthcare will provide this free service. No appointment needed. The Park District will present a free nature program for seniors Aug. 22 at 11 a.m.. Dr. Kessinger offers basic podiatry care for seniors Aug. 24 at 9:30 a.m. Appointments required. For information call the center directly. Monthly Breakfast Aug. 27, 9 a.m. Breakfast burritos, fresh fruit, muffins, more. $3 per person. Reservations by Aug. 20. Manicures and pedicures at reduced senior rates. Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call for information or to schedule appointment. Ceramics class open to seniors, all supplies provided. Aug. 29, 9 a.m. Call for this month’s project and cost. Senior Day at the Fair all day Aug. 31. All Senior Centers will be closed this day. See full page ad in the Senior News for information. Middlefield Senior Center,15820 Ridgewood Dr., Middlefield, 440-632-0611.

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{ health } Help Me Learn Day Geauga County Job and Family Services is sponsoring Help Me Learn Day, a program designed to help low income families in Geauga County obtain necessary school supplies for their children. This distribution program will be held Monday, Aug. 6 at Geauga County Job and Family Services, 12480 Ravenwood Dr. in Chardon. A second Help Me Learn Day will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Chagrin Falls Park Community Center, 7060 Woodland Ave. in Chagrin Falls. Families must meet eligibility criteria and pre-registration is required. Donations of school supplies, back packs, flash drives and calculators are needed and can be dropped off at Geauga County Job and Family Services. Monetary donations will be used to purchase supplies. Checks can be mailed to Geauga County Job and Family Services, P.O. Box 309, Chardon, OH 44024. Checks must be made payable to “Special Services” and should have “Help Me Learn” in the memo portion of the check. For additional information on donating, volunteering to pass out supplies, or registering to receive supplies contact Sara at 440-285-9141, extension 1263.

Relay for Life – Golf Outing On Aug. 8, a Four-person Scramble will be held at the Rolling Green Golf Course to benefit Relay for Life. Check in time is 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The cost per person is $65 and $260 for four. This price includes breakfast of donuts and coffee, lunch of hotdogs and chips and the dinner and prizes will be announced. Rolling Green Golf Course is located at 15900 Mayfield Road, Huntsburg (44046). For information, call Kelly Whitney at 440-636-2003 or e-mail

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I’m a “dog person.” I’ve had a dog in my life for as long as I can remember. King, a massive German shepherd, was my childhood protector. Wooley was my confidant and pal during my teenage years. Tessa, Tank, Lacy, Daisy and Penny, a sweet black Labrador, followed. Pugs, Oliver and Walter live with us now. They are absolutely certain that my husband and I were put on this earth to wait on them paw and foot. Dogs are truly man’s best friends. They give unconditional love and acceptance. They provide us with hours of entertainment and companionship. For most people, their dogs give them an increased level of happiness, calmness and overall emotional wellbeing. In skilled nursing facilities, dogs, as well as other animals, provide a very much-needed service. Dogs are recognized as a positive addition to the healing process. Therapy dogs are invited to hospitals, longterm care facilities, hospices, adult day care centers, schools, libraries and senior citizen programs, to name just a few. It has been clinically proven that through petting, touching and talking with the animals, a patients’ blood pressure is lowered, stress is relieved and depression is eased. A dog who is friendly and really likes people is a good candidate for therapy dog training. They must also behave well – no jumping up on people, wildly running around, licking – doing all those “dog” things that my dogs frequently do. Yes, training certainly comes into play, but I think the consensus is that the dog must be able to

handle an unpredictable situation, such as when an upset patient waves a cane around in the air or shouts, and look to their handler for the proper way to respond. Their training consists primarily of obedience training, and to be certified, they must pass rigorous testing protocols. What does it take to become a therapy dog? A dog must pass a series of tests to be accepted into a training program. Their temperament, appearance and grooming are inspected. How they walk on a leash and move through a crowd is observed. These tests demonstrate that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog must have good manners, follow simple commands and come when called. Their reaction to other dogs, children and distractions are observed. Ivy, a beagle owned by Pat Steiner, and Max, a golden retriever owned by Crystal Yoder, routinely visit Briar Hill Health Care Residence. Everyone knows that Ivy enjoys her “job” by her expression of exuberance and joy. Max is friendly and sweet. Their visits at Briar Hill greatly increase the quality of life for our residents, as well as our staff. Everyone loves to see Ivy and Max come through our doors. We are very thankful to Crystal and Max, as well as Pat and Ivy, for their friendship. Vicki Wilson is the director of admissions/ marketing at Briar Hill Health Care Residence, 15950 Pierce St., P.O. Box 277, Middlefield. Call her at 440-632-5241.

Fix Your Pets Thousands of pit bulls and pit bull mix dogs enter shelters and rescues each year and many are euthanized simply because they can’t find homes. Petfix Northeast Ohio is working to “fix” the program with its “Primp Your Pit” spay and neuter promotion sponsored by Petsmart Charities. Throughout August, Petfix will spay or neuter owned pit bulls and pit bull mixes for $20. Each dog will also receive a free rabies shot, a nail trim and Petfix bandanna. Today, 35 percent of dogs and cats in U.S. households are not spayed or neutered, yet the procedure is the most effective way to reduce the homeless pet population. Pit bulls end up in shelters in large numbers because of the myths and negative media that impact public perception of the breed. The American Veterinary Medical Association endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as 8 to 10 weeks old, and research shows the procedure can improve the behavior of the pet and reduce the risk of cancers and infections. On Aug. 12, the Petfix mobile clinic will perform $20 surgeries for owned pit bulls and pit mixes in partnership with the Cleveland Animal Protective League. On Aug. 19, the program will continue at the Ashtabula Animal Protective League. Petfix will also provide surgeries in Geauga, Lake, Portage and Trumbull counties. Call for an appointment at 216-536-0930. Pet owners must live in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Portage or Trumbull counties and should mention the promotion when appointments are made.

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The West Farmington Festival (July 26, 27 and 28) was three days of fun-filled events, horse and pony pulls, Jungle Terry, square dancing, clowning around, live entertainment, food galore, topped off with a huge parade on Saturday evening. The winners for the Watermelon Eating Contest during the festival were brothers Robbie Troyer (left) second place, Matt Troyer (middle) first place, and cousin Wayne Detweiler, third place.

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The Middlefield’s Got Talent Too was a great success and there were some amazingly talented performers. Here is a recap of the participants: Adam Warren sang “The National Anthem,” Mercedes Roskelly danced to her own mix, “Mix 7, “Jenna Moore sang “The Mortician’s Daughter,” Kelsey Klingman clogged to “Dynamite,” Matthew Stanziale performed with juggling sticks to “Bangarang,” Megan Elizabeth sang “Take a Bow,: Ayla King and Shannon Linberg sang “Defying Gravity,” Lina Coury clogged to “Just a Little Bit,” Asia Stone sang “Gravity,” Rachel Tidwell sang “If I Die Young,” Kayla Magla and Brooke Murfello sang and danced to “Call Me Maybe,” Austin Adams played guitar and sang a song he wrote, Zak Gray performed magic tricks, Kyle Rhodes performed Streetball Tricks (basketball moves and skills), Kaitlyn Shantery and Taylor Ziegler sang “One Thing,” Tyson Sinclair performed juggling he calls, “The Awesome Juggling Routine.” Everyone was thrilled with the level of skill and diversity of the participating acts. It’s obvious that Middlefield truly does have talent. Thank you to everyone who got up there to perform, and thank you also to everyone who came out to cheer them on and lend their support. A special thank you to our judges, Mayor Ben Garlich, Karen Garlich and John Mark Burton of Roadhouse Music. (Top) Talent show finalists that performed at Middlefield Community Days on Saturday, July 28: (l-r) Missy Hatch, Middlefield Recreation Director, Asia Stone, Kelsey Klingman, Lina Coury, Mercedes Roskelly, Kyle Rhodes, Tyson Sinclair and Scott Klein, Councilman and Emcee. (Above l-r) And the winners are ... Asia Stone, first place $150, Tyson Sinclair, second place $100 and Mercedes Roskelly, third place $50 pictured with Mayor Ben Garlich.

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By Emilie Hickox It was a dreary winter day at college when I stumbled upon a poster. I was instantly captivated by the image of a tall ship’s sails filled by the summer wind. I read the small print on the poster offering a 3-week internship as part of the crew aboard a 19th century warship, the U.S. Brig Niagara. A couple meetings, a stack of forms, and a signature later I was on my way to becoming a trainee crew member. The U.S. Brig Niagara served as Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s relief flagship during the War of 1812. On Sept. 10, 1913, nine American ships faced a British fleet of six vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie. The battle was going poorly for the Americans, until Commodore Perry brought the Niagara into the fight, flying his famous “DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP” flag. With its powerful broad sides, the Niagara decimated the British fleet and won the battle for the Americans. The victory secured the Northwest Territory, opened supply lines and proved that the young United States was more than a match for the British. Today, the Niagara resides at her original home in Erie, Pa. A reconstruction of the original ship, she sails the Great Lakes as a living piece of history. She is a twomasted, square-rigged vessel referred to as a brig, built in 1813. She has 14 sails, with a foremast of 113 feet, a mainmast that stands 118 feet high, an overall length of 198 feet and a beam of 31 feet. With over 200 lines to control, she takes 16 professional crewmembers and about 24 volunteers and trainees to operate; a small number compared to the 155-member crew in 1813. This summer I was to be part of her crew as a trainee. On May 31, I arrived at the Maritime Museum in Erie, the ship’s homeport, and boarded the deck where a large group of people stood. “Are these tourists?” I thought to myself. Just then, they called my name and I hesitantly answered, “Here.” I realized then that this group was the crew’s muster, not tourists. The Niagara operates on a three-watch system, Alpha, Bravo and Charlie, rotating the crew to maximize effort and rest. I was assigned to Charlie watch. When underway, crewmembers are generally on watch for one four to six hour shift, and then off for two. Instantly, the crew took us in as their own, sharing a common smile and welcoming spirit. They reviewed the ships daily routine and safety procedures. Housekeeping routines regularly performed to maintain a clean and safe ship included deck wash, onshore cleaning and below deck cleaning.

This meant scrubbing the deck, sweeping and mopping below deck and yes, cleaning the heads (toilets). They then took us below decks to the berth deck, where the crew, excluding officers, slept. With less than 5 feet of clearance, you crouch as you walk. Each trainee was assigned a specific sea bag and a hammock. The sea bags held our luggage; what did not fit was left behind. The hammocks were our beds for the next 3 weeks, strung up before sleep and taken down when awake. The first week consisted mainly of training; learning the names of the 200 lines, the sails, the parts of the sails, what the commands meant, the order of operation to sail the ship, and emergency drills. At first, it was overwhelming and seemed impossible. On our first day sail, witnessing the crew in action I quickly realized I had no idea what they were saying or doing. It was as if they were speaking another language. If I wanted to be useful on the ship, I needed to learn the commands and the nomenclature. I stayed up late each night in my hammock with my little book light studying the lines, sails, and nomenclature of a sailor. Determined to be an asset rather than a burden, a handful of trainees practiced together the names, locations, and functions of all the lines at the end of the day. The crew’s high spirits were tested by the harsh weather the first week. For hours on end it poured, and stormed with high winds of over 30 knots. Temperatures were low and not even our foul weather gear could prevent the rain from soaking us. Most of our day sails had been cut short and we still had yet to leave the bay. After that cold and damp week of training, the Captain himself addressed the trainees, asking, “You guys think you’re ready for a voyage?” A collective response of excitement assured him we were ready. Early the next morning we prepared the ship to go underway. Our voyage would take us west to Put-in-Bay, Ohio and from there sail northeast to Port Colborne, Canada. With hopes of favorable weather, we set sail. It took us 2 nights and 3 days to reach Put-in-Bay. It was a tiresome and relentless routine. All the trainees’ hands started to blister and sting. The pro-crew assured us that we would get used to it. In between watches, we took full advantage of the couple of hours of free time to catch up on sleep, learn lines, write in our journals, read, listen to Captain’s fascinating lectures and sometimes even enjoy the weather. Finally, after a week of miserable weather, the sun Continued on next page

{ family } Continued from previous page came out. The warmth was a foreign feeling but very welcome. As part of the crew, every member is assigned a station for General Quarters. The order is called typically when entering or leaving port and the crew swiftly attends to their designated positions. My General Quarters station was lookout, a position responsible for sightings; detecting all other vessels, obstructions in the water, and reporting the bearing and estimated distance of objects to the mate on watch. One afternoon, after I had been relieved on lookout, the captain decided to set the royal, the highest sail on the ship, for the first time this season. To set the royal requires two crewmembers to climb aloft to the highest point, one pro-crew and one trainee. By good fortune, I was chosen. Having only been aloft once before, I grew very nervous. I tightened my harness and ascended the rope ladders, called shrouds, and got to be the first trainee of the season to set the royal. Afterwards the captain congratulated me for making it. That, for me, was one of the best experiences of the trip. We spent one night at Put-in-Bay, and then set sail for Port Colborne. The wind was in our favor so it took us 3 days to reach our destination, during which we had excellent conditions for sailing even at nightfall. One of the most serene moments of the voyage was the during the 3 a.m. night watch, listening to the quiet lapping of waves hitting the ship, the gentle warm breeze,

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the city lights on the horizon, the majestic full sail masts stretching into the starry sky. It was as perfect as sailing gets. In the morning, we docked at Port Colborne, and took a bus tour to Port Erie, the Welland Canals, and Niagara Falls. In the evening most the crew gathered at a small diner where we enjoyed stories and adventures told by the crew as we ate. The next morning we prepared to go underway on our final passage back to Erie. On our passage back, our luck ran out with the good weather. During the night, we encountered large foot rolling waves making most the crew sick and incapacitated. After a long night of seasickness, we arrived back in Erie with a celebratory gunshot of our carronades. With the core part of the journey behind us, we spent the last remaining days doing day sails with passengers. By the time our 3-week internship was over, most of the trainees didn’t want to leave. Reluctant to go, a couple of the trainees and I decided to stay 2 extra days. Overall, it was a life changing experience and an incredible adventure. It was a total immersion into a seafaring lifestyle. A lifestyle that is challenging, enlightening, and exciting. In those 3 weeks, I developed an immense respect for sailors of today, and those of years past. Once the key to one of the United States greatest naval victories of the 19th century, the Niagara now sails as a historical icon, an icon that I was fortunate to experience firsthand.

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Summer is nearing its end and the new school year will be starting soon. Start the school year off right with a trip to the library. If you haven’t yet finished your school required summer reading, stop in to pick up your book or place a hold. Need extra help? Some titles are available on CD so you can read and listen at the same time. Your Geauga County Public Library card is your most important back-to-school supply. Cardinal High School Summer Reading: Ninth-Grade Honors English: “A Night to Remember” by Walter Lord “Across Five Aprils” by Irene Hunt 10th-Grade Honors English: “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch 11th-Grade AP English: “How to Read Literature Like a Professor” by Thomas C. Foster “A Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger 12th-Grade AP English: “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickins Cardinal Middle School Summer Reading:

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain “The Contender” by Robert Lipsyte “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London “The Face on the Milk Carton” by Caroline B. Cooney “Hiroshima” by John Hersey “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien “Hoops” by Walter Dean Myers “The Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell “Lincoln: A Photobiography” by Russell Freedman “No Talking” by Andrew Clements “School of Fear” by Gitty Daneshavri “Tangerine” by Edward Bloor “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson “The Lightening Thief” by Rick Riordan “The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket “A Child Called It” by Dave Pelzer “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling Contact the Middlefield Library, 16167 East High St. (44062), at 440-632-1961,

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Hello everyone. I would like to tell you about some Nite lze pet products that Neetlights carries. We have dog collars with LED lights inside of them that come in sizes small, medium and large. When you turn the light on it stays lit constant or will flash an orange color so you can see exactly where your dogs are when you let them out at night. This is also a great safety feature when walking dogs at night, especially if you live, like I do, on a road with no street lights. If you combine the collar with the light-up dog leash, you have the peace of mind of knowing you can be easily seen by oncoming cars. But it’s also a good idea to always have a bright flashlight when walking at night. Another great product we have is the Metorlight Ball with a red, blue or green light inside. You will love playing with your dog and throwing the Metorlight ball in the dark. We also have the Petlit which comes in two styles: crystal clear and green paw. This is a light that can be clipped onto or taken off your pet’s collar whenever you want. The Spotlit can also be clipped onto your collar or zipper pull and is available in red, white and multi colored. Stop in and take a look at all these products and many other items we have. Neetlights is located at 14533 North Cheshire St. (Main St.) in Burton (44021) across from Tom and Jerry’s Grill. Our hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday noon to 6 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday and Sunday, call 440-2187153 to see if we can accommodate you.

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There comes a time in every person’s life when the decision to retire, sell the business, cut back or just let the younger generation take over your duties needs to be made. It seems that many people are reluctant to give up power or prestige as in congressman from New York Charlie Wrangle’s case. Some don’t believe that anyone else but they can run things correctly, or at least as well, so they never give up the reins. Another reason to hold on may be a need to feel needed or the sheer joy of serving their fellow man. When I sold my business many people told me I was too young, at 58, to retire. I have not once missed the enormous responsibility of running the day to day business and the headaches that come with the job. I do miss the customer contact and interacting with my employees, however the freedom that comes with retirement is priceless. Since my retirement I have traveled to Alaska, the Grand Canyon, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Europe and the Mediterranean, places I never would have had the time to visit while still working. If I can sell my farm, I plan on traveling the world before my health and money run out. The freedom to plan a trip on my time table is great, and not thinking about work is an added bonus. There is a down side to retirement. Retirement without a plan or purpose can be devastating. I have heard people say they will decide what to do after they retire. I’m going to quote myself in 2005: “The shortest distance between retirement and the grave is boredom.” Retirement takes planning and planning for. If you think you will need less money when you retire, think again. The only money you will not need is for the gas traveling to and from work, parking fees and special clothing if your job calls for it. Talking with a financial planner who can assess your ability to fund your retirement is a must, long before you turn in your retirement date to HR. Getting to Carnegie Hall involves practice, practice, practice. Getting to a comfortable retirement involves planning, planning, and more planning and knowing in your heart when it is time to retire? You don’t think I actually have an answer for that, do you? To find out what Joe would do, e-mail questions to Joe has 20some years experience in manufacturing and says that as a small business owner, he found that you either learn how to solve a problem yourself or pay to have it done.

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In Memoriam Thomas E. “Tom” (Valvoda) Malunas, age 57, of Middlefield, passed away after a short battle with cancer, July 25, 2012 at UH Geauga Medical Center. He was born Aug. 5, 1954 in Chardon, son of Frank and Olive (Durey) Valvoda. He graduated from Chardon High School in 1972 and was a long time resident of Middlefield. Tom was a Foreman at the Service Department in Middlefield Village for 34 years and retired March 2012. He was a member of NRA; enjoyed tractor pulls, especially anything with John Deere; traveling, dining out; and enjoyed local baseball games and Snapper’s games. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be missed by many friends and family. His survivors are his wife Patsy Malunas of Middlefield; his mother Olive Malunas of Middlefield; his brother David (Dale) Malunas of Newport News, Va.; his sister Tammy Malunas of Middlefield; two stepchildren, Gary Raymond of Middlefield, and Jammi Hunt of Niles; grandchildren, Bobby, Tessia, Tera, Megan, and Michael Raymond; great grandchildren, Beau, Angel, Makaylynn, Grayson, Collin, Gatlin, Camryn, and Ryah; and his lifelong best friend, Charlie Ehrhart of Middlefield. He is preceded in death by his father Frank Valvoda; his adoptive father, Charles Malunas; and his daughter-in-law Donna Dickert Raymond. Thank you to all the people who have had him in their prayers and thoughts. Burial was at Middlefield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family to help defray expenses. Sandra G. McDonald, age 69, lifelong resident of Middlefield, passed away July 2, 2012 at UH Geauga Medical Center. She was born on Nov. 29, 1942 in Burton, daughter of John and Olive (Chittle) Dobay. Sandra worked at Geauga Industries in Middlefield; and at Sajar Plastics in Middlefield. She retired as a cook at Linda’s Restaurant in Middlefield. She married James “Pete” McDonald and loved spending time with her friends and family. Her hobbies included cooking and being outdoors. She was an avid hunter and fisherman. She will be missed by her friends and family; her husband Pete of 42 years; her brothers and sisters, John “Jack” (Pat) Dobay of Orwell, Kenneth (Karen) Dobay of Greene, Rose Sidoti of Mentor, and Cecil “Bill” Dobay of Niles; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by two infant sons; her parents; and three brothers, Ronald, Robert “Boone”, and Larry Dobay. Burial was at Middlefield Cemetery. Online condolences at www.russellfuneralservicesusa. com. Jane “Betty” Painter, age 78, passed away peacefully July 14, 2012 at Briar Hill Health Care Residence. She was surrounded by her loving family, and her devoted husband Keith, was by her side, as he was throughout their marriage. Jane Janecek was born on Jan. 8, 1934 in Tiffin, Ohio. She married Keith Painter April 19, 1952. There was rarely a time when you did not see them together. Jane was a school bus driver for Chardon Schools and Metzenbaum. After she retired from Metzenbaum, she drove for the Amish Schools, and made many close friends. Jane loved to be on the go. You would most often see her at Linda’s Restaurant with Keith, shopping at Wal-Mart, or driving an Amish trip. She also enjoyed helping her granddaughter Angela with Bridal Shows. On the rare occasion when she did relax, Jane liked to knit, crochet, read, play canasta, and watch cooking shows. She loved her family, and enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren, and spending time with her husband and children. She will be missed by her husband Keith, her daughter Sue (Gary Jacobs) of Geneva; two sons, Don (Rita) of Middlefield, and Rob (Lori) of Montville; four grandchildren, Angela (Aaron May), Brian (Caity), Chris (Shay), and Shawn (Ashley) Painter; and her great grandchildren, Emily, Skyler, and Eleanore May. She is preceded in death by her parents, Florence and Louis Janecek; her brother Don Janecek; her aunt Alice Lehman; and her uncle Chuck Wichert. We know there are those in heaven who are glad she’s there for a “hot game” of Canasta. The rest of us will miss being told where to sit and park, what to eat, and how to do just about anything. Contributions suggested to Geauga Co. Dept. of Aging home delivered meals, 12555 Ravenwood Dr., Chardon, OH 44024. Online condolences www.russellfuneralservicesusa. com.

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Edith C. Secoy (nee Cummings), 73, of Middlefield, entered eternal rest July 14, 2012 at Briar Hill Health Care Residence. She was born Jan. 18, 1939 to the late Harl and Frieda Mae (Lance) Cummings. Edith is now reunited with her husband, Roy Secoy. She enjoyed crafts and gardening. Edith also spent many years being an active member of the Church of the Nazarene in McConnelsville. Edith will be missed by children; Debbie (James) Frost of Chardon, Kenneth Gingerich of Colorado; grandchildren, Amy (Shawn) Chamberlin, Monica (Kris) Shepherd, Crystel Secoy, Ryan O’Neal, Benjamin Shriver; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers; three sisters; and many friends. She is preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Diane Mekker; three brothers and one sister. Edith’s final resting place is in Middlefield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the family to assist in funeral expenses. Online condolences may be sent to www.

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Aug. 5: Outdoor Worship Celebration Worship by the lake (under pavilion if rain) 10:30 am. Stay for burgers, hot dogs, beverages, tableware provided. Bring a dish to share. Games and swimming (lifeguard on duty). Meadow Ridge Farm, 17395 Route 322, 2.5 miles east of Route 528, in Huntsburg. Sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Middlefield. Church phone 440-632-0480, or go to www. Aug. 24: God Shares a Meal Free meal from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Donations accepted to cover food cost, but not required. First United Methodist Church, 14999 South State Ave. (Route 608), Middlefield, 440-632-0480.

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Aug. 4: Estate Auction Starting 9 a.m. Household collection, years of accumulation. Glassware, antiques, lots of items from 1800s and up. Estate auction for Joe Jay and Elizabeth Yoder. 16860 Kinsman Road, 440-632-1888. Lunch provided by South Hayes School.

Aug. 4 and 5: Book Sale The Chardon Friends of the Library will hold their annual Arts Festival Book Sale in the Library’s Bostwick Room. Aug. 4 is a Members Only Preview from 9 to 10 a.m. Join the Friends or renew membership at the door. General Book Sale hours are Aug. 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Aug. 5, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday is $3 a bag. Call 440-285-7601. Aug. 4: Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic Johnson Rubber Annual Picnic for former employees and retirees will be held noon to 5 p.m. at Mineral Lake Park, Sperry Road Pavilion in Middlefield. Bring dish to pass, own table service, beverage, lawn chairs. Punch and hot dogs provided. Maryan 330569-7057, Jeannie 440-749-0518. Aug. 4: Community Yard Sale in Thompson You do not need to be a Thompson resident to participate. Contact Amanda, or 968-3879. Cost is $10 a spot to help with advertising costs. Aug. 10: Free Soup Supper at Crossroads There will be a free soup supper, the second Tuesday of every month from 4 to 7 p.m. at Crossroads Country Café Party Room, 15916 West High St. in Middlefield. The room is handicap accessible, so come share a meal if you’re hungry or would like some companionship with dinner. For information, call Judy 440-413-0557. Donations to East Geauga Kiwanis are appreciated but not expected. Aug. 11: Preserving Foods

9 a.m. to noon. Learn to preserve vegetables, herbs and fruits by freezing, drying and pickling. $15. Call 440-834-4656. Patterson Building on Burton Fairgrounds,14269 Claridon Troy Road. Mail check payable to OSU Extension, P.O. Box 387, Burton, OH 44021. View Master Gardener classes at

Aug. 11: Booksigning Kathleen Fuller will be at the Sparrow Christian Bookshop in Middlefield, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sparrow Christian Bookshop is located at 14962 S. State Ave. at Routes 87 and 608 in Middlefield. Call 440-6320011 or visit Aug. 11 and 12: Zucchini Festival Cooking demonstrations, craft show, Chinese auction, bake sale, raffle drawing, zucchini bake off, three-legged race, egg toss, water balloon toss. To benefit building Emerald Fields of Troy, a therapeutic farming campus for the mentally ill. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Troy Community House, 13950 Main Market Road in Burton (44021). Contact Joy Black, or 440-376-5097. Aug. 17 to 19: Troy Homecoming All are welcome to these free, familyfriendly events with live entertainment, competitions, Civil War reenactments, carnival rides, tractor pulls, bake sales, contra dancing, live music and fire department demonstrations. Visit TroyHomecoming. Contact Jerry Matzek at 440-834-4774 or Aug. 20: Chagrin Falls Contra Dance No need for dance experience. Introductory dance lesson 7:30 p.m., Contra Dance 8 to 10:30 p.m. Admission 17 years and under $8, adult $10, family $25. Chagrin Falls Township Hall, 83 North Main Str..

Seventh Annual Juried Art Show Artists in northeast Ohio are invited to enter their two and three dimensional art work to the juried art show sponsored by the Geauga Council for Arts and Culture. Categories are oil or acrylic, watercolor, photography and other. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category. Items should be brought to the Geauga West Public Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland on Aug. 6 between noon and 4 p.m. Entry fee is $15 for the first piece and $10 for two additional items. The show will run from Aug. 8 through 18. A “Meet the Artist” free reception will be held Aug. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. when prizes will be awarded. The entry form is available at the Council’s Web site, Call Paul Newman at 440-286-9549.

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Grant-In-AidProgram The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators in Geauga County, is offering a grant-inaid to a female student who is entering her senior year in college and is majoring in education. The applicant must be a graduate of a Geauga County high school. The deadline for completed applications is Aug. 16. Interested applicants should contact: Mrs. Deborah Hofstetter, Grant In-Aid Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma, P.O. Box 313, Chardon, OH 44024.

Middlefield Chamber News The Middlefield Chamber would like to thank everyone who came out to The Taste of Middlefield, and many thanks to all the volunteers and donators who made this a very successful event. On Saturday, Aug. 4 the Chamber will once again sponsor the annual Trunk Sale to be held in the parking lot of Great Lakes Outdoor Sports from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To reserve a vendor space, call the Middlefield Chamber at 440-632-5705. The cost for one space is $20 or two spaces for $35. Admission is free for the shopping public. Goodwill will be there at the end of the Trunk Sale to collect items not sold. Now you have a great excuse to play hooky from work, grab your golf clubs and head out to Grandview. The Middlefield Chamber of Commerce is hosting their first annual golf outing Friday, Aug. 24, and proceeds will go to the Cardinal School System. Registration will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m. with a 9 a.m. tee time. There is a casual dress code for this Four Person Scramble format with lunch At The Turn. Dinner will follow golfing. There will be skin games, proximity games, long drive contests, and prizes for first, second and third place. Cost is $65 per person or $260 per team. There is also an opportunity to be a beer cart sponsor for $50, a dinner sponsor for $75, a hole sponsor for $100 and an event sponsor for $500. Registration is required by Aug. 17. E-mail the Chamber at or call 440-632-5705.

Burton Uncorked The Burton Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual Burton Uncorked Aug. 25 as part of Saturday’s in the Country. Burton Village will be filled with crafters, artisans, antiques, collectables, farmers’ markets and Amish bake sales. Saturday in the Country will take place from 10 to 5 p.m. This is not a flea market. Burton Uncorked is from 1 to 10 p.m. There will be a wine tent featuring seven local wineries. Wines are as unique as each winery and this an opportunity to expand your wine experience. Composer, guitarist and arranger, Bob Niederriter will perform jazz and modern classical music in the wine tent, sponsored by the Western Reserve Honey Bee Conservation Society. The Honey Bee Society will be on hand with educational displays and local honey for sale. Saturday’s in the Country winds down Sept. 29 with a celebration of the local farms, when you can pick up some of the bounty of the land with fresh fruits, vegetables, apples, pumpkins and other locally grown items. Parking is free around the park and town. The picturesque Main Street shops and tasty restaurants in Burton will have special sales and events each Saturday. There are also two beautiful and comfortable inns for those who want to extend their visit. Saturday’s in the Country are sponsored by the Burton Chamber of Commerce. For information or to be a vendor, contact Sue at 440-834-0076.

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