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“Out ‘N’ About” Page 13

Community Calendar Page 21

ave you been to The Great Geauga County Fair in Burton, Ohio? An individual would be hard pressed to hear a “no” from anyone who lives in the vicinity of our quiet country landscape. The fair has been a faithful mainstay to our community for nearly 200 years. It is one of the oldest, continually running events of its kind in the United States of America. That is why “National Geographic” magazine included our steadfast event in their October 1997 article “County Fairs” (http://photography. n a t i o n a l g e o g r a p h i c. c o m / photography/enlarge/geaugacounty-race_pod_image.html). Personally, I have long suspected that The Great Geauga County Fair is indeed great. Born and raised just 5 miles from its entrance, I am very familiar with the details of this “jollification” (as it was first referred to in its early days before formal organizing bodies were established). The fair is chock-full of activities, exhibitions, demonstrations, live entertainment, vendors, games, rides, food and friendly competitions. If you are bored, it is not for a lack of things to do.

anticipate this occasion. I may look forward to it more than Christmas morning. There are certain expectations that I trust will be fulfilled

every year. This fair does not disappoint. It is assumed that being fun and reliable is an unlikely combination. The Great Geauga County Fair has proven otherwise. Since my early days of being pulled down the thoroughfare in a little red wagon, I have been developing a list of favorites things to see and do. Thankfully, the list of musts persist from my youth and have not been faded out as “old” or “out of fashion”. To this day, I drag a friend through the goat and sheep barns, where I resist exiting before petting every creature. The flower barn is another favorite of mine. It is important to stop and smell the blossoms, and I do. As a youngster, I entered baked goods and volunteered my time at the honey tasting booth in the honey barn. I continue to make a point of inhaling the scent of fresh hay and allowing my eyes to behold the walls of color in the produce barns. The Great Continued on page 2

Middlefield Chamber of Commerce Supports Cardinal School Safety Program

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ave you ever participated in a golf scramble? It happens to be my favorite way to golf because it doesn’t matter if my ball goes in the right direction or into the woods. In a scramble, each player tees off on each hole. The best of the tee shots is selected and all players play their second shots from that spot. The best of the second shots is determined, then all play their third shots from that location and so on until the ball eventually goes into the cup. I ride the coattails of my teammates and get all of the joy that comes from hitting the ball with zero pressure of staying on the fairway. Some golf outings are held as a way for companies to thank their customers and some outings are held to fundraise and to support charitable organizations.

The Second Annual Middlefield Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing on Aug. 23 is about supporting our local school district with all proceeds being donated to the Cardinal School Safety Program. Our 2012 outing allowed us to donate $3,000 toward safety cameras on the school buses and we are hoping to make an even larger impact this year. We are able to do this by having local businesses sponsor the outing by way of signage at each hole, donating prizes for the golfers and supplying the meal so that more of the money raised can go to the Safety Program. You don’t have to be involved Continued on page 2

Participants in the 2012 Middlefield Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing (l-r) Matt Smith, Radioactive Electronics; Diane Hall and Nick Hall, Ecowater Servicesoft.

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Continued from Page 1 Geauga County Fair is a delight to the senses. For those who like a little more action, there are horse races, fire department competitions and demolition derbies. There are plenty of things for the kids to do too, like fishing, being in the diaper dash, entering a frog jumping contest or tending to their 4-H project. There is always something going on at The Great Geauga County Fair and the fair board continues to add and improve to the already wonderful schedule. For educational purposes, a person could question representatives from various companies at The Great Geauga County Fair. If you are considering the purchase of new equipment, perhaps you should peruse the showcase at the fairgrounds. If you are simply looking for a way to spend your money, no major purchase necessary, the fair is accommodating. From tractors, to food, to beaded purses. What could you want that the fair does not have? You can even go camping there. The saddest thing about The Great Geauga County Fair is that it officially marks the end of summer. Kids go back to school. Evenings become cool. Leaves begin to change color. Another year winds down. And behind the scenes, people are already preparing for the next year’s Great Geauga County Fair.


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Burton Family Restaurant Burton Laundromat – Burton Library Coffee Corners Dutch Country Restaurant Geauga Credit Union – Italian Garden JC’s Restaurant – Joe’s Window Shop Kent State Geauga Campus Mullet’s Harness Gas USA – Tom & Jerry’s Grill Claridon Mini Mart BP IGA McDonald’s

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Amish Home Craft & Bakery B&K Salvage – BT Gas Station Crossroads Country Cafe D&S Farm and Garden Harrington Square – Hershberger’s Housewares Mary Yoders Amish Kitchen Middlefield Cheese – Middlefield Library Middlefield Mini Mart – Mullet’s Footwear Tai Pan Chinese Restaurant Watson’s 87 Furniture


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Continued from Page 1 with a business in order to golf with us, and you still have time to contact us to enter your foursome (four people riding in two carts chasing a ball around a bunch of beautiful acres for a few hours). You can visit the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce Web site at or call 440-632-5705 for more information. It is a fun way to take a day off of work and support your local school district all at the same time. There will be prizes and food for all participants, thanks to our many generous sponsors. Call today to reserve your spot. Lori Gorrell is a local businesswoman who provides serious customer-service skill training to companies that are serious about their customers. You can reach Lori at 440-548-2079 or

In This Issue ...

A Look Back in Time.................................... 03 From The Fire House................................... 06 Middlefield Village Updates...................... 07 Out ‘N’ About................................................ 13

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Advertiser Index Auburn Career Center........................... 07 B & K Salvage............................................ 11 Best Funeral Home................................. 15 Birth Right................................................. 20 C. A. Miller Custom Woodworking... 08 C&B Recycling.......................................... 11 Cal’s Restaurant & Pizza Express........ 09 Caldwell Pools......................................... 11 Chow Down.............................................. 04 Cleveland Coin & Currency................. 10 CoCo Beans............................................... 05 Company 119........................................... 12 Crossroads Country Café..................... 09 Diabetes Partnership............................. 19 Dutch Country Restaurant.................. 17 El Hombre Barber Shop........................ 15 First Light Home Health Care............. 19 Frank Agency, Inc (The)........................ 10 Geauga County Tourism...................... 06 Geauga Credit Union............................ 03 Geauga Septic......................................... 08 Geauga Vision.......................................... 16 Geauga Metropolitan Housing Auth... 14 Grandmas Garden.................................. 03 Great Day Child Care............................. 05 Honest Scales Recycling...................... 13 Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival.............. 03

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Ian Suzelis, D.O........................................ 16 John’s Photography............................... 04 Journey Health Care & Chiropractic.16 Kleve Insurance Agency....................... 16 Lake Metroparks..................................... 21 Lake Orthopaedics................................. 19 Lakeside Sand & Gravel........................ 11 Main Street Grill...................................... 06 Max Herr Well Drilling........................... 11 MC Studio/Pre School smARTS.......... 03 Merryfield Electric, Inc.......................... 14 Middlefield Chamber of Commerce.03 Middlefield Clinic.................................... 20 Newbury Printing & More................... 11 Newbury Sandblasting & Painting... 10 Pleasant Valley Woodworking........... 11 Quest for Health...................................... 24 Stankus Heating & Cooling................. 04 Studio For Hair......................................... 04 Stutzman Bros. Lumber........................ 14 Sweeper Man........................................... 04 Tall Pines Dog Training......................... 08 Twizted Cone & Grill.............................. 09 UHGMC (Brokow)................................... 20 Village Peddler......................................... 14 Vista Hearing............................................ 18 Watson’s 87 Furniture............................ 07

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Pathway to Faith.......................................... 15 In Memoriam................................................ 15 Community Calendar.................................. 21 Classifieds...............................................22, 23

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The Great Geauga County Fair 322 Claridon Barns..................................25 AJ Enterprises...........................................05 AJ&J Roll-Off Containers.......................26 Auntie’s Antique Mall.............................11 Best Funeral Home..................................03 Bosler Bros.................................................21 Cedar Log Homes....................................04 Cold Nose Companions........................03 Country Arts and Jewelry.....................11 Country Bird Café....................................07 Countryside Bicycling............................07 Countryside Gazebos & Outdoor Furniture.....04 Courtesy Home Improvements..........05 Crossroads Dance....................................21 D&L Flooring.............................................12 D&S Farm & Garden................................18 Dangler & Williams..................................12 Don & Sons Excavating..........................24 Ecowater Servicesoft..............................11 End Of The Commons General Store.10 Geauga Farms Quality Meats..............02 Geauga Pawn............................................07 Giant Eagle.................................................20 Habitat ReStore........................................27 Hauser Services........................................06 Hill Hardware............................................07 Hills (the).....................................................06 Jerry Kehoe Used Cars...........................12 JS Lawn Structures..................................21 JS Stairs.......................................................26 Junction Auto...........................................13 Kent State University Geauga Campus.10

Kepich Ford................................................23 Kruis Auto Service...................................27 Kurtz Salvage............................................12 Let’s Go Travel...........................................20 Mark Thomas Ford..................................01 MB Realty....................................................18 Middlefield Cheese.................................03 Middlefield Original Cheese Co-op..22 Monroe’s Orchard....................................19 Mullet’s Harness.......................................08 Mullets Footwear and Country Cedar..05 Newbury Tire.............................................12 Orwell Window & Door..........................17 Paradise Waste and Recycling.............10 Pauline Kurtz Northwoods Realty.....17 Pine Valley Bolts.......................................09 Pleasant Hill Golf......................................25 Portman Electric......................................19 Psychic Lilly Reed.....................................21 Rustic Rewind...........................................17 Sears.............................................................21 Sheffield Monuments............................08 Sheoga Hardwoods................................02 Shetler’s.......................................................19 Southwind Drilling Inc...........................25 Stutzman Bros. Lumber.........................08 Tim Frank Septic......................................27 Titan Asphalt & Paving Inc...................09 Triple S Construction..............................09 Windsor Stairs and Millwork................20 Yamaha of Warren...................................28 Zeppes.........................................................16

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Homeschool • After School • Adults Middlefield Dairy was located on Route 87 where Russell Funeral Home is now located. It was owned by Thomas Mihokovich. Middlefield Dairy provided home delivery of milk in real glass bottles in the 1940s and early 50s. It was later sold to Max Gooding who operated it until he closed it a few years later. Mr. Gooding then developed housing on Springdale Avenue on the former dairy farm property in 1953. The little building directly west of the funeral home is the only building left from the dairy. It was actually used as the bottling house.

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Here is a great inside view of then Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company grocery store whose corporate name was later shortened to just the A & P. It was located on the south side of East Elm Street where Middlefield Bank’s parking lot is currently. MIilton Foust pictured in the center, was the manager. There were three grocery stores existing side by side here in the 1940s: an IGA store, the A & P store and next to that was a Kroger’s store. Across the street was the Patchin store. Hard to believe that four grocery stores could operate successfully in this era.

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By Ben Clutter

Classes in Costa Rica

This past summer a group of nine students and three adults from Cardinal High School travelled to Costa Rica to study ecology, biological diversity and experience new cultures. The 10-day trip included a visit to La Fortuna Waterfall, kayaking at the base of Arenal Volcano, a zip-line and horseback riding tour in Monte Verde and white-water rafting on the Sarapiqui River while taking in the natural beauty and wildlife of the multiple microclimates of the tropical region. The group observed over 40 species of birds and 15 species of mammals as well as many different reptiles and invertebrates. Students also made a visit to an elementary school near Santa Elena to learn about the importance of education to Costa Rica and to better understand and appreciate how different education can be in other countries. Other highlights included a folklore dancing festival, a visit to hot springs, hiking, and a day at the beach. This is Cardinal’s second trip to Costa Rica with a tentative trip scheduled for the summer of 2015. (above, Cardinal students who took the trip to Costa Rica)

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Preschool refers to an early-childhood educational class for 3, 4 and 5 year-olds. A childcare center with experienced, welltrained teachers and stimulating activities offers kids advantages. In fact, many preschools are part of childcare programs. Here at Great Day Child Care Learning Center, we offer this program. “There’s increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to preschool,” says Kathleen McCartney, PhD, dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education, in Cambridge, Mass. “At preschool, they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes. And, more important, they learn how to socialize -- get along with other children, share, and contribute to circle time.” Every child should have some sort of group experience before he starts kindergarten. What preschools do that less formal classes don’t, is teach kids how to be students. Your child will learn how to raise her hand, take turns and share the teacher’s attention. What’s more, she’ll learn how to separate from Mommy and Daddy. All of this makes for an easier transition to kindergarten. Kindergarten teachers will tell you that the students who are ready to

learn are those who come into school with good social and behavior-management skills. In addition to strengthening socialization skills -- how to compromise, be respectful of others, and problem-solve, preschool provides a place where your child can gain a sense of self, explore, play with their peers and build confidence. Young children can certainly learn letters and numbers, but to sit kids down and ‘teach’ them is the wrong way to do it. They learn best through doing the kinds of activities they find interesting. Keep in mind that for small children, school is all about having fun and acquiring social skills -- not achieving academic milestones. Kids need to be imaginative and to socialize. Childhood experts agree: Attending a high-quality program prepares kids for kindergarten and beyond. The Great Day Child Care Learning Center at 14810 Madison Road in Middlefield offers both preschool education and childcare. We teach with Creative Learning programs. Enroll now for the 2013-2014 school year by calling 6321832. We have limited openings. Give your child the advantage that they need.

Auburn Career Center Auburn Career Center offers a number of programs and services to help you jumpstart your future. They are proud to be recognized as one of the premier career and technical high schools and adult education centers in the state of Ohio. State-of-the-art facilities provide a unique, hands-on approach that offers real-world experiences and prepares students for the workforce. The Center works closely with local businesses and offers internships and job placement opportunities. Auburn has high school programs, adult workforce education programs and career counseling services. The high school services 11 local school districts in Lake and Geauga County in over 20 career fields. They have a wide variety of course offerings through Adult Workforce Education, including: Manufacturing, Machining and CNC, Facilities Maintenance, Industrial Maintenance, HVAC, Practical Nursing, computer courses and much more. Visit the new Adult Workforce Education Catalog online for complete course offerings. Auburn Career Center is located at 8140 Auburn Road in Concord. Call 440-357-7542 or visit

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School Days By Dr. Scott J. Hunt, superintendent

The opening of school is always an exciting time. I can  recall addressing students and parents at the annual end of the year awards ceremony and all of the students were smiling and happy. They knew that school was about to end and summer was about to begin. Each year, I held a welcome back assembly for students and parents. I was always amazed at the ear-to-ear smiles from parents and how happy they seemed to know that their student was going back to school and their “vacation” was about to begin. Seriously, the start of the school year marks a new beginning for each student who walks through the doors at Cardinal Schools. It also sets a challenge for all of our staff to take the very best care of those students and provide them with quality learning experiences throughout the year. Those experiences begin with what we teach. As you may be aware the state of Ohio has adopted new College and Career Ready Standards and the Common Core curriculum. Teachers throughout Ohio are looking at how Ohio’s New Learning Standards will change classroom teaching

during the 2013-2014 school year. It will be our goal this year to define our guaranteed and viable curriculum. It should be no secret what it is that we want our students to know and be able to do. In fact, it is something that we should be able to post electronically via our Web site or other social media outlets. The whole community should know what it is that students are learning while they are with us. That being said, we must also look closely at our student data; where are students performing? How can we use that performance data to provide instruction to guarantee that all students learn? It is imperative for teachers and parents to understand what the students have mastered and how they learn best. This summer, I was able to work closely with the Board of Education to develop three district goals. Two of those goals are focused on student learning and student performance. I am excited for the school year to open so that we can begin this important work toward reaching our goals. The bottom line is that we are responsible for making sure that all students are ready for whatever path they choose when they leave us. I look forward to meeting all of our families as the school year opens. See you on Aug. 22! Please feel free to contact me by e-mail or phone. I can be contacted via e-mail or in the office at 440-632-0261.

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“I am pleased to be able to bring these individuals to Cardinal Schools. They will be part of our journey into the future as we provide our students with high quality instruction and academic programming.” (l-r) Christine Schroeter, classroom aid; Julie Fulton, assistant principal, grades six-12; Jennifer Sabol, interim Middle School principal; Dr. Scott J. Hunt, superintendent; Darcy Horvath, fourth-grade teacher and Adam Johnson, fifth-grade teacher.

Art is For Us All By Carlene Exline Art is for everyone! No special skills required. The biggest misconception about taking an art class is that you have to be an artist. I believe that everyone is an artist, but sometimes it takes some kind of inspiration to pull it out. Don’t get me wrong - it does take practice. Inside everyone there are gifts and talents, whether it be in sports, music or art. In all these things, practice is the most important. No athlete comes out on the field as an amazing player. They learn and practice and become amazing. I always tell my students that practice makes better because art is not meant to be perfect. It is a reflection of the person behind the pencil or paintbrush. If you have the desire to do art, then just try it. Most people are intimidated because they don’t think that they can do it or are afraid of what others will think. But a blank piece of paper or canvas will always be blank until you put something on it. Every day that you don’t create is a creation that will never be. Join us at MC Studio in Burton, to explore the art within you. MC studio offers classes for everyone. Visit for class offerings or call 440-313-8012 to meet me and tour the studio. I’m looking forward to creating with you.

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Firehouse from the

The summer months can bring hot humid days with high heat indexes. Firefighters a re   c o n t i n u a l l y exposed to heat, so we have become accustomed to preventing and dealing with heat related illnesses, when we have worked for a period of time we go to a station known as “rehab” where we peal off hot heavy clothing (our turnout gear) and hydrate (take on non-alcoholic, non-sugary fluids). This is also necessary for the average person in days of high heat. The most susceptible to heat illnesses are the very young, the elderly and individuals with other existing medical conditions. I will address three types of heat-related illnesses ranging in severity from mildest to worst. The first illness, heat cramps, are considered the mildest. Heat cramps are spasms or cramps caused by over-exertion and excessive sweating in high heat. For heat cramps move the individual to a cool place to rest, remove excess clothing, place cool cloths on the skin; fan the skin. Give water, or cool sports drinks avoid alcohol and heavily sugared drinks. Stretch cramped muscles slowly and gently. Heat Exhaustion is a more severe heat related illness, it is characterized by muscle cramps, pale, moist skin, usually a fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fatigue, weakness,

anxiety and a faint feeling. If there is no response to cooling measures and hydration, seek advice from a physician or call 911 as IV therapy may be necessary. The final and most severe heat illness is heat stroke. Heat Stroke is characterized by warm or hot dry skin (no perspiration) high fever usually over 104 degrees Fahrenheit, rapid heart beat, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, headache and fatigue. Move to a cool place. Heat Stroke is life threatening. The patient needs to be seen by a physician, so call 911 or local EMS. Remove excess clothing, drench skin with cool water, fan skin, place ice bags on the armpits and groin areas. Offer fluids if the patient is alert and able to drink. These symptoms and suggestions are from articles from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC. In these hot days of summer, never leave children, pets, elderly persons or persons with medical conditions in hot cars! Use common sense. Avoid hot foods and heavy meals they add heat to your body. Drink plenty of fluids; do not take salt tablets except under medical supervision. Be aware of any medications that people are on that may magnify the risk of fluid loss and heat illness, i.e. diuretics or certain blood pressure medications. Hydration is the key to protecting yourself from heat related illnesses, but too much fluid could backfire. Drink slowly at regular intervals. Do not chug large volumes. Have a great summer and avoid prolonged exertion and exposure to high heat conditions. Stay safe. We are happy to serve you.


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village By Mayor Ben Garlich

It has been another busy month with ac tivities and business. I am pleased with the level of support demonstrated by Village employees, elected officials and residents. We’ve had numerous inquiries about business opportunities to which we have responded immediately. It is a pleasure to work with a team that shares the goal of looking at opportunities and then commits the energy to address. Everyone has a “can do” attitude, which yields positive results. Residents are providing suggestions which tells me they care about where they live and the health of our community. Apathy makes our jobs easier, but we prefer residents who are involved and provide input both positive and negative to help guide this Village. I just received the analytics for our Web site activity and the numbers continue to grow. In the final 3 weeks of July and the first week of August, there were 7,629 visits to our site, compared to 6,078 in the previous 4 weeks. As this activity grows, the Village becomes more transparent which is extremely important for a vibrant community. The service and safety employees have been asked to aid in all of the social functions as well as supporting the Middlefield Farmers Market. They do this expertly and we all have confidence that everything is addressed and the events will go smoothly. They do this in addition to their normal activities, as they are dedicated and talented.

I spent the day of Aug. 4 at the car show to benefit “Shop With A Cop”. Registration was to start at 11 a.m. I arrived at 8:15 to see many cars already in the lot along with Carl Hornung, his wife Donna and their posse of supporters already hard at work. The event was huge and expertly organized. They have my respect and appreciation for the hundreds of hours they donated to make this worthy cause a success. They will all be rewarded some day for their dedication and kindness. We just completed the Middlefield Village promotional video. The link is on the Web site,, and I encourage you to view it, as it depicts the value of this area, which we so often take for granted or fail to realize. Thank you to those involved in the creation of this video from its inception and idea: those from the EDC (Economic Development Committee) and those business leaders and residents that took their time, not for personal benefit, but to help bolster this Village by providing detail of their successes and to encourage others. This is what I call sense of community. All major construction projects will soon be over. I am sure you have had many frustrating situations and we appreciate your patience. The traffic loops have been reinstalled so you will no longer be sitting at a red light for 5 minutes without another car in sight. Sperry Lane has been extremely challenging for all and especially for the residents on the street. I can’t wait until it is complete. They are starting the curbs and sidewalks and it should go quickly from this point forward and be much less of an inconvenience. As always, I encourage you to be informed, be involved and shop local.


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Thanks to everyone who helped in any way with the Kelly Miller Circus in Middlefield this past July 24 and 25. Our businesses purchased children’s tickets to the Circus in advance, and many of these tickets were donated back to be given to Geauga Job and Family Service, who were able to give the tickets to some select families in our county.

Thank you Geauga JFS, Cardinal Local School for use of their property, Middlefield Post and The Good News for organizing the Coloring Contests, our generous business owners and ticket sales outlets, Bob Baker and Staff at Huntington Bank in Middlefield for organizing the Kelly Miller Circus’ visit to Middlefield.

Specifically, Thank you to: Ticket Sales Outlets: Middlefield Bank (Main and West locations), Huntington Bank (Middlefield and Burton locations), Cortland Banks, Merryfield Electric, Fig Tree, Hilltop Variety, Coffee Corners, Save A Lot. Businesses that donated tickets: Speed Selector, Dimondale Co., H & R Block, Merryfield Electric, Cortland Banks, Save A Lot, DB Kosie, Middlefield Rental, Advance Accounting, Tai Pan Restaurant, Whitehouse Chocolates, Burton Sheet Metal, Old Barn Veterinarian, Countryside Trucking, Ted Reed Accounting, Georgio’s Pizza, Sheoga Hardwood Flooring and Paneling, Owen and Associates, Reynolds Insurance, Sears Hometown Store of Middlefield, ELS Office Support, Claridon Resale Cars, Geauga Savings



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(l-r) Chief Arnold Stanko; Middlefield resident, Rosanne Williamson; Cardinal tenth-grader, Hayley Williamson; Sergeant Brandon Savage and Cardinal eighth-grader,Stephanie Williamson.

Middlefield Police Help at JFS Middlefield Chief of Police Arnold Stanko and Sergeant Brandon Savage supported local school children on Monday, Aug. 12 by distributing school supplies through the “Help Me Learn” program. Sara Shininger, Job and Family Services community support/volunteer coordinator and the program developer, said that Geauga JFS provides more than 600 kids throughout the county with much needed and appreciated supplies.

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Car Show Huge Success

Sunday, Aug. 4 turned out to be a great day for the fourth annual Summer Fest Car Show at Great Lakes Outdoor Supply in Middlefield. The sun was out and so were the cruisers, the show included more than 250 classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and one tractor, a Farmall M.V. owned by Rob Rall of Parkman. The lot was filled to capacity. D.J. Crazy Dave filled the air with oldies tunes. Greg McClain and Cardinal Huskies Touchdown Club and CoCo Beans Coffee Shop provided the hungry cruisers and spectators with great food. There were several fabulous local cars at the show. Dave Moddox’s, Henry J Gasser; Dennis Parton’s, 2008 Saleen Mustang; Joe Klima’s, blue Super Bird; Ken Yamamoto’s 76 Olds Cutlass and Dick Bahnicks, 66 Ford Fairlane, a Summit Racing Catalog cover car/with three-page pullout. Nearly $7,000 was raised for the Shop With a Cop program, a unique program that provides holiday shopping for local families in need. Thanks to all who donated items for the car show raffles, including very generous donations from Bonner Ohio Properties, Third Dimension, Ben and Karen Garlich and Tim and Betty Rillahan.

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Special thanks to all who helped me the day of the car show. Car Show Helpers: co-chair, Dawn White; setup/cleanup, Middlefield Service Department; registration, Donna Hornung and Karen Sardella; photos, Mike Hornung, Kim Breyley and John’s Photography; food and judge, Dennis Parton; parking and judge, Dan Thayer; 50/50 drawing and door prizes, Ken Yamamoto; parking and judge, Todd Butkus; traffic control police officers, Julie Aveni and Brandon Gray; facility parking lot owner, Ralph Spidalieri; Chinese and silent auction, Mike and Carla Davidson; food, Greg and Shelly McClain and Touchdown Club and Indian’s loge, Chinese and silent auction, prize solicitation, Tim and Betty Rillahan. It was a great day for cruisers and will be an even greater day for local kids at Christmas.

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{ local eateries } Enjoy the Fair Journey Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Life is a journey, not a destination.” So on your journey to the fair, enjoy the trip there and back. It’s good to go into the fair with a full stomach so you can enjoy things at a leisurely pace without being goaded straight to the food midway by your stomach. No matter which direction you are coming from, there are wonderful eateries to fill you up and prepare you for walking the fairgrounds. And on your way home, if you need something a bit more substantial and nutritious than the things you ate at the fair, stop in and relax where someone else will do the dishes. In Middlefield, visit Crossroads Country Cafe at 15916 W. High St. Friday they serve fresh Lake Erie perch, and Saturday and Sunday they host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. 440632-0191. Visit If you’re coming from or through Garrettsville stop in at Cal’s, 8301 Windham (44231), 330-527-2133. In Newbury, enjoy the fare of Twizted Cone and Grill, 12399 Kinsman Road. They have 19 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and salads, coffee/expresso and pastry all local and as fresh as it gets, 440-564-5545. This list highlights only a few of the fine eateries advertized in this issue of the Middlefield Post. Look through the paper for many more.


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440.564.5545 John Selick, the executive chef at Ahuja Medical Center described his competing dish during the Iron Chef’s competition at the Middlefield Farmers Market on Aug. 3. Middlefield Council members and Mayor Ben Garlich judged the dishes. (l-r) Chef John Selick; Middlefield Council member, Carl Hornung; Middlefield Mayor Ben Garlich; Middlefield Council member, Ron Wiech and Middlefield Council member, Bill Blue.

Middlefield Farmers Market Moving Middlefield’s weekly farmers market, located currently at Mineral Lake, will continue to support the community, but in a new location. Beginning on Saturday, Aug. 31. the vendors will relocate, in town, to the Great Lakes Outdoors Supply parking lot, just north of Route 87 on 608 and will remain at this location every Saturday until Sept. 28. “I think the community has been very supportive of the market from the beginning. Many have found that the Middlefield Farmers Market is a great place to catch up with neighbors and friends while stocking up on local produce for the coming week. While the initial location was successful, I felt it wasn’t supporting the community as much as it could have. I feel the new location will provide more available space, more parking and better visibility for the Middlefield Farmers Market (MFM),” says Kaitlyn Sirna, market manager. Saturday, Aug. 24, RAD Granola and Master Gardeners will be joining us. Also Blaze from Vinny’s will be cooking in the University Hospitals tent. For information, contact Kaitlyn Sirna at 440-336-0594 or e-mail

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End of the Commons General Store is pleased to announce that the chain saw carving by Mr. Bob Anderson, a Rock Creek artist, is complete. The carving was sculpted in a 350-year-old Oak tree trunk that stands 15 feet tall located at the End of the Commons General Store in Mesopotamia. The focal point of the carving is a multidimensional frontiersman representative of the early settlers to Mesopotamia and which honors the many frontiersmen that helped build this great community. Master carver, Bob Anderson grew up in northeast Ohio and spent much of his time since age 5 whittling and carving with knives. Mr. Anderson is a carpenter by trade and woodcarving is his hobby. Bob learned the art of chainsaw carving in the last few years and has worked on other smaller sculptures in the area. This is the largest and most detailed of all his sculptures. Bob utilized four to five chain saws of various sizes and lengths along with hand rotary tools such as dremels and sanders for specific detail. The artistic creation, all carved by chainsaw in oak, is a beautiful centerpiece at End of the Commons General Store. The mighty burr oak was struck by lightning several times over the years and the End of the Commons General Store decided to have the tree preserved in a new form so that it may stand tall for many more years

to come. End of the Commons General Store, Ohio’s oldest general store, is located in the scenic Amish community of Mesopotamia, where Geauga, Ashtabula and Trumbull Counties meet. End of the Commons General Store has been continuously run as an old-fashioned general store for over 170 years and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the oldest operating general stores in the United States. Kenneth and Margaret Schaden purchased the store in 1982 and the Schaden family continues to run the business today. The 15,000 square foot retail store is lined with antiques dating back to the early 1800s. A visit to the general store is reminiscent of days gone by; one will find a treasure of old-fashioned goods, hardto-find kitchen gadgets and an antique collection that is certain to bring back fond memories of childhood. During the summer months one may find the owners car collection dating from 1916 parked outside. Take a journey back into yesteryear by visiting this unique general store and the quiet surroundings of Amish country. End of the Commons General Store is located at 8719 State Route 534 in Mesopotamia (44439). Call them at 440693-4295.

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Sheoga Hardwood Flooring and Paneling, Inc. was founded in 1982 as a flooring offshoot of the Hardwood Lumber Company. With our 31 years of recognized quality production, we now supply flooring to distributors throughout the US, Canada and overseas, in far-reaching places like Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Our solid 3/4 inch flooring is available in Unfinished and Prefinished styles. We offer flooring in a variety of widths (2 ¼”, 3 ¼”, 4 1/4”, 5 ¼” and 6 ¼”) and in a variety of textures: Smooth, Handscraped, Country Worn, Saw Cut and Wire brushed options. We can also supply herringbone, patterned floors and wainscoting. We are currently constructing a 65,000 square-foot expansion that will permit us to double our production capacity and expand into engineered flooring. Engineered flooring is ideal for below-grade applications and geographical locations with high heat and/or humidity. Our 61 employees pay critical attention to producing high-quality tongue and grooved flooring and paneling. We encourage you to come see for yourself. We are located at 15320 Burton-Windsor Road in Middlefield, and our showrooms are open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Locally, we can sell direct to homeowners and do-it-yourselfers. We also have a list of qualified flooring contractors who can assist you with your project or new construction. So, call us at 440-834-1710 to talk with our knowledgeable, helpful sales team.

{ community interest } ”Fix Our Faces” Campaign

Geauga SWCD Rain Barrel Auction The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Annual Rain Barrel Yard Art Campaign auction has begun and the barrels are at locations all throughout Geauga County. Eleven local artists and groups have donated their time, talent, and materials to the District by painting barrels and creatively transforming these recycled plastic barrels into beautiful and functional yard art. These decorated rain barrels are now on display and available for silent bidding at various locations throughout Geauga County through September. You can view all the barrels and also place a bid online by visiting Minimum bids start at $90, but don’t wait for a rainy day to place your bid this year. There is now a “BUY IT NOW!” option for $200. Just include all the requested information and the barrel will be yours once method of payment is approved. Two barrels have already sold with this option. Sold barrels will be indicated on the Web site. Remaining barrels will be available for final bids at the Geauga SWCD Annual Meeting, Oct.24. For information, visit the Geauga SWCD Web site at or call 440834-1122. A special thanks to the artists for their generosity and to Ken’s Auto Body, Inc. in Troy Township for donating their time and materials to apply protective clear sealant to the barrels.

Geauga SWCD Fall Fish Sale The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Fall Fish Sale is right around the corner. Orders are being taken for fingerling-size largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill/sunfish mix, minnows, white amurs, and yellow perch. The Fish Sale will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24 on the midway of the Geauga County Fairgrounds. Order deadline is Sept. 20. Visit the district Web site at or call 440-834-1122 to obtain an order form or more information. To guarantee your order, complete an order form and send with your payment to Geauga SWCD, PO Box 410, Burton, Ohio 44021 before Sept. 20. Make checks payable to Geauga SWCD or to pay by credit card, please contact the office. All proceeds support the District’s education programs.

Family Fishing Derby Benefit Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland will hold its Second Annual Family Friendly Fishing Derby on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the shores of Camp Ho Mita Koda’s freshwater lake located at 14040 Auburn Road in Newbury. The event is rain or shine for young and old alike and there is no advanced registration, no fishing license required, and prizes will be awarded. Parents bring your kids with bait, fishing poles and a cooler with ice to store all your “catches of the day” and spend the morning fishing for hungry bluegill, crappe, small mouth bass and a variety of other fish. While supplies last, loaner rods are available for children who do not have their own. This is a benefit for Camp Ho Mita Koda. It is a very special place for children with type 1diabetes to have fun, make friends and learn about diabetes. The cost is adults $10, children 12 and under $5. An adult must accompany and sign a waiver for all participants age 18 and younger. For information, call Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland, 216-591-0800 or visit www. Follow the signs for parking and then look for the registration signs.

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On any Friday evening in summer, Chardon Square is bustling with activity and excitement: live music in the Gazebo, shoppers at the Farmer’s Market, couples dining at locally-owned restaurants, families picnicking on the green and hundreds of people attending top-notch performances at the Geauga Theater. We, at the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, are honored to be a cornerstone to this vital community meeting place on our square and a destination for thousands of local residents and visitors from all over northeastern Ohio each year. Unfortunately, our theater’s facade, the mural of the Tragedy/Comedy Masks, above the marquee is in sad disrepair. First hand painted on the Geauga Theater’s front in 2001, this eye-catching mural has been degraded by extensive weather damage. The Geauga Lyric Theater Guild has begun a campaign to raise at least $12,000 to renovate the masks. Through raffles and private contributions, we are approximately 1/3 of the way towards our initial goal. Now, we need your help! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our facade renovation project. Should we be fortunate to receive funding beyond what is needed for the facade during this campaign, we will use the additional funds to make needed improvements at the theater, including: • replacing wallpaper in restrooms or lobby • repair of the box office counter • repair of tiles in entryway • stage curtain repair We are a non-profit organization, and we depend on contributions like yours to allow us to serve and enrich our community. Your tax-deductible support will help us to continue growing as a center for performance, cultural enrichment and community art education. We believe (and research supports) that creative organizations, like the GLTG, provide a foundation for the growth of Chardon’s business community and a point of interest for community members and visitors. Our masks are among the first sights that visitors have in our city center, and they signify our community’s commitment to arts and culture. These “faces” gaze over our amazing town square reminding us that creativity and innovation are vital parts of a vibrant community spirit. To find out more, visit

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{ community interest } A Successful School Year Begins With Healthy Vision for Kids The first day of school is quickly approaching and a key part of academic success starts with healthy eyesight. Prevent Blindness Ohio encourages parents to add “get my child’s eyes checked” to their back-to-school list of things to do. Oftentimes, children do not realize they have vision problems, so they learn to compensate. Many students are misdiagnosed as having learning or behavioral disabilities when they may simply have a correctable vision problem. That’s why Prevent Blindness Ohio recommends a continuum of eye care throughout the lifespan beginning at birth and including regular vision screenings and comprehensive eye exams. For more information, visit

Experience The Golden Age of Shopping WomenSafe is pleased to present a visual experience of shopping in Cleveland in the early years. A narrator, from the Western Reserve Historical Society, will showcase the experience of shopping in Downtown Cleveland and the honor it was to be a part of it. There will be a Chinese auction and a sit-down brunch catered by Dinos. All are invited on Sunday, Sept. 29 from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Pine Ridge Country Club, 30605 Ridge Road in Wickliffe. Individual tickets are $38. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Proceeds from the event assist WomenSafe, a domestic violence shelter providing shelter and outreach services to adults and children fleeing violence in their homes. To make reservations, call WomenSafe’s Event Line, 440-286-7154 extension 248 or Information about this fundraiser and WomenSafe services is available at

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Happily Homeschooled By Sheila and Susie Roberts Do you have any friends? Do you do school in your pajamas? As home-schoolers, we often hear questions like these. People tend to envision home-schoolers as denimskirt-wearing, anti-social nerds, but we’re really quite normal; to be home-schooled is not like being an alien from Mars. We hang out with our friends. We e-mail. Some of us even use smartphones. Imagine this: a group of about 25 kids, ages 12 to 17, sitting and leaning on the counters in a church kitchen. Conversation ranges from farm subsidies to “The Avengers” to what happened in logic class. Everyone’s laughing at themselves and each other and watching younger siblings play Secret Agents. That’s what lunchtime at our home-school co-op looks like. A group of teens playing duck-duckgoose with a 7-year-old isn’t a reason to stare; it’s a reason to laugh – and join in, if you have the time. Home-schoolers tend to share a similar mind-set, partly because of our parents’ decision not to use the traditional route in education, and partly because of the environment we’re raised in. We’re not

afraid of other people’s opinions, we care about the quality of our work, and we’re not constrained by what’s ‘cool’. We respect our parents and their dedication; their decision to home-school us shows how much they care about us. Because homeschoolers care less about being ‘cool’, we have more freedom to express ourselves creatively. Last weekend, our family went camping with other families from our church. The teens always split into two groups. One talked about pop culture while sitting on picnic tables. The other, comprised of homeschoolers, spent their time filming a movie, impersonating washing machines, and building a model sandcastle of Minas Tirith, the seven-leveled city from “The Lord of The Rings”. As high school students, becoming more aware of what is happening nationally to the education system, we can see why home-schooling is becoming widespread. Sheila and Susie Roberts are happily homeschooled twins.

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Ron and I took a ride on the ATV alongside Wolf Creek, adjoining our field. The day was sunny and crisp, unlike the rainy afternoons of weeks before. Looking into the creek’s muddy water I found it difficult to visualize the swollen waters prior to our coming. Signs of dried mud, adorning the weeds of the field told a story. It told us the creek must have risen at least 8 feet for the water to have covered the field 2 to 3 feet higher. I stared at the swiftly moving water, which was now thick and brown as chocolate pudding and thought about my own life. When my mind becomes clouded and as muddy as that swollen creek, I can’t possibly let the Lord’s words get through to me. When I choose to follow my own ideas and dwell deep inside my own frame of mind I can never receive the crystal clear direction of the Lord. Once the creek has a chance to flow free and clear, the fish will again flourish

and reproduce and every living creature will enjoy the cool clean liquid that is their home. I refer to Psalm 40:2, which says “He lifted me out of the slimy pit out of the mud and mire, He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” This scripture surely applies to my life. Just as the Lord clears the muddy waters and replaces it with clean flowing liquid, allowing all the creatures to enjoy their habitat once again so too does He clear my mind and allow His love and understanding to come through, if only I let Him. When the rains come and the mud takes over the land we need to have patience and faith that the Lord will send us a message that he will restore everything as it should be. When our minds become filled with the mud of worry, judgement, bitterness and unforgiveness, we need to pray that the Lord will cleanse us and remove the obstacles so that we can be open to His clear concise words.


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pathways to Discovering Faith at the Fair By Roger Kruse

When God created the earth it included an amazing variety of plants and animals. It seems like the Creator’s imagination ran wild with delight as he brought forth one unique creature after another. I’ve been enjoying the amazing little hummingbirds that grace our feeder each day. Wow, talk about energy! They chitter-chatter to each other as they zoom in and out like fighter jets in the sky. Last week, my daughter and I watched in wonder as a weasel crossed the road near our home . . . . sneaky little thing! Of course, don’t get me started on the flowers. My hibiscus are just dazzling this time of year as they proudly produce their fancy blossoms so vibrant with yellow, orange, and red colors. What about fruit? The blueberries bushes have been laden with plump berries. My morning bowl of cereal will not be the same when they finally run out! Soon the peaches will take center stage as the red and yellow hues invite us to enjoy their sweet and juicy taste! The great Geauga County Fair is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the wonder and diversity of the world our God has made. The Bible says that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” When you enjoy seeing a giant

pumpkin or a towering tall sunflower, you are really complimenting your Creator. Why not just say, “thank you!” When you marvel at the majestic power of a Belgium horse or the gentleness of a furry rabbit, tell the Lord how much you enjoy his creative touches. He likes a good compliment and the spontaneous expressions of thanksgiving in your heart will make your soul alive. Of course there is great value in gathering with God’s people for worship each week. I encourage you to do so. However, faith must not be relegated to a Sunday morning sanctuary. God wants you to enjoy His loving fellowship wherever you are. As you anticipate discovering the many and varied pleasures of the 2013 Geauga County Fair, why not walk about with your unseen Companion. As Jesus enables you to see with the eyes of faith, together you can truly appreciate the wonder of life as He has made it. Hope to see you there! Roger Kruse relishes life in Geauga County. Each time he returns from another ministry journey to India he recognizes just how blessed we are. If you would like to follow his travel log, contact him at rjkruse22@gmail. com.

Christian Basics By Pastor Chuck Horvath How well do you know your Bible? How well do you live your faith? Is your church as important to you as it is to Christ? I will help you answer these questions in a four course program on Christian Basics. Each course runs for 8 weeks. Here is a summary of what you’ll learn: 1. Christian Basics I: Hermeneutics Hermeneutics is the study of the Bible. Anyone who reads will know what the Bible says. The key though, is to know what it means. We’ll look at the original Hebrew and Greek see how our modern English Bible came to us and use commentaries and Bible dictionaries to get at what God wants us to understand and live. 2. Christian Basics II: Theology Theology is the study of God and His will for us. It takes the ideas from the

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Bible and “puts them in order”. We’ll learn what those fancy words mean. Words like salvation, atonement, sanctification. We’ll, also, learn why Christians disagree about baptism and communion. You’ll be surprised by what you didn’t know. 3. Christian Basics III: Praxis Praxis means action. In this course we learn about the four roles of a Christian: disciple, pilgrim, ambassador and steward. If our study of the Bible and theology explain our beliefs, praxis challenges us to live them and shows us how. 4. Christian Basics IV: Ecclesiology Ecclesiology is the study of the church. Many Christians think of “church” as the building or as an hour worship service. The Bible presents “church” as the body of Christ and as His tool for making disciples. We’ll see how Christ wants to use us in a local congregation and how He wants to use that same congregation to equip us for work in the world. These courses start on Sept. 8 and run from 9 to 10 a.m. each Sunday. For information, call the Parkman Congregational Church 440-548-4829 or e-mail Pastor Chuck at

In Memoriam

Charles R. Hunt, 60 of Nelson Township died, Aug. 5, 2013 at Robinson Memorial in Ravenna. He was born June 23, 1953 in Chardon, son of Everett and Norma (Easterly) Hunt. After he graduated from Cardinal High School in 1971, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Clark Construction for over 30 years; then at Philip Miller Construction; at Bonner Farms; and then at Sayre Construction in Mantua for 5 years. He married Ellen Dolgan and was a lifelong resident of the area. Charles was a member of the NRA and enjoyed working on tractors; spending time outdoors; watching old movies such as westerns, Andy Griffith, and TV land. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be missed by his friends and family; his wife Ellen of 29 years; daughters, Serena Hunt (Raymond Oliver) of Nelson and Sarah Hunt of Cleveland; grandson Kaiden; sister, Pat Malunas; brother, John (Lynn) Hunt of Saegertown, Pa. and numerous friends and other relatives. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Kenneth, Larry and Donald; and sisters, Roxanne Chismar and Norma Walker. Online condolences Jennifer R. McDougall, age 37, lifelong resident of the Geauga county area, died Aug. 2, 2013 at Metro Health. She was born Jan. 21, 1976 in Claridon, daughter of James McDougall and Denise (Casserlie) Parnaby. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Psychology. Jennifer worked for Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services, then briefly at Geauga Human Services and presently at Pleasant Hill Home in Claridon. She will be missed by her friends and family; her fiancé, Corey Narusch; her daughters, Allaina Rose and Morgan Rainn; her mother Denise (Don) Parnaby; her father James (Robin) McDougall; her sister Alyssa; stepsister, Christine (Eddie) Ebelender; stepbrothers, Joseph (Cassie) and Robert; nieces and nephews, Ella, Liam, Eddie, Bobby and Jimmy; her grandmother, Mary “Grammy” McDougall; her godmother, Kathey Koller; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She is preceded in death by her grandpa Joseph “Grampa Mac” McDougall; maternal grandparents, Richard and Georgine Casserlie; step grandparents, Leon “Bill” and Hope Parnaby; her godfather, Ray Miller and her aunt, Terry Parnaby. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to an account in the name of Corey Narusch at Huntington Bank for her daughters. Online condolences, www. Christine R. Pettry (nee Holsten), 42, of Nelson, entered eternal rest Wednesday evening, Aug. 14, 2013 due to the result of an automobile accident. She was born April 14, 1971 in Fairview Park, OH. Christine was employed at the Garrettsville Eagles and Bowling Alley and enjoyed spending time with her children. She will be missed by parents, John D. and Nancy L. Miller; sister, Sandy Holsten; brother, Martin Wiggins; children, Carrie Ann Pettry, Jordan Dale Pettry, Jackie Lynn Pettry, John P. Davis, Mackenzie Davis; niece, Mariah Wiggins and many friends. Online condolences may be sent to



Aug. 27: Free Produce to People 4 to 6 p.m. Free produce pickup, rain or shine, provided by the Cleveland Food Bank. Middlefield First United Methodist Church, 14999 S. State Ave. (Route 608), one block south of Route 87, 440-632-0480. Aug 30: God Shares a Meal 4 to 6:30 p.m. Free meal for anyone who wishes to come. Middlefield First United Methodist Church, 14999 S. State Ave. (Route 608), one block south of Route 87. Handicap accessible, 440-632-0480. Sept. 29: St. Lucy/St. Edward Open House Noon to 5 p.m. to celebrate The Year of Faith. St. Edward Church 16150 Center St. Parkman. St. Lucy Mission 16280 E. High St., Middlefield.

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Choosing And Using School Backpacks Summer is winding down and the new school year is just around the corner. Along with books and all of the supplies parents and students stock up on every August is another important item. A backpack to carry it all from home to classes and back again – for up to 10 months. According to Scott Zimmer, MD, orthopaedic surgeon and Medical Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Center, University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, style should not be the only consideration when buying and using a backpack. “The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offer very specific recommendations when it comes to choosing the right backpack and how to wear it,” says Dr. Zimmer. “Your backpack should have two wide, padded shoulder straps and you want to make sure you always use both straps. Some backpacks have a waist strap that can help stabilize it, but if you find you really need a waist strap, you probably have too much weight in the pack. In that case, you may want to consider a rolling backpack.” Backpack position and strap snugness matter when it comes to avoiding back and neck problems that can occur during the long school year. “Be sure to always tighten both shoulder straps so they are close to the body and position the backpack above

your waist,” advises Dr. Zimmer. “If the pack hangs down below the waist, the weight can pull your body into an arched position. This can strain the back muscles and cause neck problems.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a backpack and its contents should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of the student’s total body weight. “If your child weighs 80 pounds, there should not be 25 or 30 pounds of books and supplies in the backpack,” says Dr. Zimmer. “Eight to 15 pounds would be the optimum range – closer to eight pounds in this case, to be completely safe. You also should use the backpack’s compartments to position the heavier items in the center.” Finally, putting the backpack on correctly should also become a healthy habit. “Bending both legs to slide the backpack on will reduce the risk of back pain or injury, rather than bending at the waist,” says Dr. Zimmer. “If the backpack is heavy, you should place it on a countertop or table that’s at about waist level. That way, you can slide the straps over your shoulders without bearing the full weight of the pack.” For more tips on backpack selection, usage and safety, Dr. Zimmer and UH Geauga Medical Center recommend that you visit the American Academy of Pediatrics Web site, www.healthychildren. org and search “backpack safety.”

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According to a National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) survey, 44 percent of caregivers are men. In past generations, the role of caregiver so often fell to women that many people just assume that it’s a gender specific job. Take a look at the nursing industry for instance. It’s only been in recent decades that the idea of a male nurse has become much more common place.  And, you will find more and more men filling the role of “stay-at-homedad”. There are many situations that require men to be caregivers as well. It’s not always an elderly parent that necessitates men to step up. We are hearing about and seeing more cases of spousal care due to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and multiple sclerosis just to name a few debilitating diseases. USA Today reported that male caregivers for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients has risen from 19 to 40 percent in the last 15 years.  Keep in mind that many times people don’t really see the person who is pushing the wheelchair. Who are these kind hearts that balance checkbooks, clean homes, bathe, dress and dispense medicine for and to those in need?  These kind-hearted people are just that…people, too.  People that include 44 percent of men.  So the next time you see a male caregiver, maybe give him a kind word or two.  But regardless of gender, caregiving is a huge responsibility and commitment.  If you need help with care-giving for a loved one, contact FirstLight HomeCare at 440-286-1342. We are here to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

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{ health } 2013 National Senior Olympics The National Senior Olympics came to Cleveland this year with nearly 11,000 participants in 19 different events. The games generated nearly 36 million dollars to the City of Cleveland. The Burton Horseshoe Club (BHC) did their best to help out and promote this awesome event held at Van Horn Field at Case Western Reserve University. The BHC ran the 6-day horseshoe competition event with participants aged 50 to 101 years old! The BHC met the needs of a 75-year-old wheel chair competitor who rolled his chair up and down the courts during the 2 days of competition. The 90 to 100 age group held four competitors. Members of the Burton Horseshoe Club donated their time to set up and fill the courts with clay on a 94-degree summer day. With the courts up and ready, the competition began. Bob Filla, of Middlefield, was the event coordinator and liaison to the National Senior Olympic Committee. Bob spent months planning the event and along with Paul Buttari, of Burton, shared the tournament director duties. Bob coordinated all of the man power to run the event as well as arranged for 14 sets of portable horse shoe courts to be brought in for the games. The Ohio Horseshoe Pitching Association generously donated the portable courts to be used in the events. Kudos to Bob Filla for an outstanding job coordinating and running the horseshoe event at the 2013 National Senior Olympic games. Job well done! Alongside Bob was Paul Buttari who served as the public relations man. Paul taught multiple volunteers how to keep score, welcomed all of the 79 participants and handed out all of the round robin cards. Paul directed all of the classes to their designated courts and did his best to ensure that everyone was happy. Greg Taylor, Walt Pierce, and Jeanne Neil all took a week off of work to help run the event. Greg, Walt, and Jeanne did their best to help keep the courts watered and turned, and given the heat, this was not an easy job. They filled in as score keepers, set up and tore down each day and were invaluable to pulling off this 6-day event. BHC members who also donated their time to provide invaluable assistance to the success of this event were Harry Lockemer, Glenn Luoma, Art Jackson, Mile Calal, and Cody Neil. On a special note, Danny Szespaniak, of Independence, won the Gold Metal in the 65 to 69 year age bracket. Way to go Denny! All in all the 6-day event was pulled off, without a hitch, and nothing but good praise was heard from all participants. Special kudos to Burton Horseshoe Club for putting Ohio and Horseshoes on the national map.

Need a Ride to Medical Appointments? Are you a senior citizen who lives in Geauga County? Do you have doctor’s appointments outside of Geauga County and are looking for safe reliable transportation to get you there and back? The Geauga County Department on Aging’s Escort Program offers transportation for Geauga County Seniors (age 60 and over) to their “out of county” medical appointments in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, Portage or Trumbull Counties. The program runs Monday through Friday and has wheelchair accessible vehicles. For information on this and other programs available for Geauga County Seniors, call the Department on Aging, 440-2792130, 440-564-7131 extension 2130, or 440-834-1856, extension 2130.

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CASA for KIDS of Geauga County (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is recruiting volunteers to advocate for the “best Interest” of abused and neglected children involved in the juvenile court. No particular background is required, but you must be at least 25 years of age and have no criminal record. Couples may work together. Diversity of age, gender, ethnicity etc. is welcomed. Professional CASA staff provides 32 hours of pre-service training. Supervision and continuing education is also provided after appointment by the Juvenile Court to serve as the Guardian ad Litem. The next training sessions will be in October 2013. Call Chris Steigerwald, 440-279-1696 for information or to begin the application process. An application and interview must be completed prior to training. To learn more about CASA for KIDS, visit

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Brooks House Gardens by Residents This vibrant flower garden outside the kitchen door of the Brooks House Assisted Living (Troy Township) is enjoyed by residents, family members and staff! Planted and cultivated by an experienced volunteer, the multi-colored patch features salvia, zinnias, marigolds and sunflowers. What a delight to have a bright piece of summer parked right outside for all to enjoy! Brooks House Assisted Living is located at 18144 Claridon-Troy Road (State Route 700) in Hiram (44234). Call 440-834-0260 for information or visit www.brookshouse-assistedliving. com.


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{ health } Desiring Pain and Suffering By Dr. David Fakadej An old saying, “Pain and suffering come from wanting things to be different than the way they are.” From the journal “Spine” Jan 1, 2013, a study concluded that increased painrelated disability occurs in patients with impaired fasting glucose tolerance, greater pain-related disability, higher BMI, and lower quality of life. Another study looked at factors that increase the chances of long-term pain. The factors include: smoking, obesity, too much sugar and excess alcohol (excess means getting even the slightest buzz more than once per year). An insurance company assembled a list of factors that increase the risk of developing cancer: diets low in fruits and vegetables, alcohol intake, lack of physical activity, obesity, diets high in red meat and cured meats. The problem is that according to convention, all the above factors are the ingredients of ‘fun’. Few people consider health and longevity as part of their quality of life. Most people consider living it up as ‘quality’ of life. There are things in life nobody wants: Alzheimer’s, dementia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, being bedridden during the final years of life; factors in Morbidity and Mortality (M&M). We do not look forward to this in ourselves nor in our family members for whom we must extend personal time and money caring for them. Let us imagine for a moment that Christmas is every weekend all year. We buy brand new gifts every week for every person in the family, friends, [and ourselves]. We throw out brand new gifts every week to receive more brand new gifts every week. The toy industry will support this and I am certain indeed we can build a thriving economy through this imagining. But in the conventional lifestyle we share, our wallets and common sense do not support this imagining. Yet this is our convention, with alcohol, tobacco, and sugar every week and on weekdays. And those industries support

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the conventional lifestyle that quality of life is demonstrated by living it up. Government also supports the conventional lifestyle for funding government programs like the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms). The ATF does not consider sugar a deadly weapon; this is distressing. Sugar is responsible for more M&M than firearms. Health care is not screaming about the number of bullet wounds. Health care screams about cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cholesterol to name but a few – the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Sugar (ATS) diseases. The healthcare motto could be: save lives, buy firearms, ban sugar! After years of consuming ATS, people end up in hospice, nursing facilities, or set up at home extending pain and suffering to family. I ask myself, how do I tell people that if they want to live long healthy quality lives, they need to stop ATS or at least reduce it to no more than once per year, like Christmas, birthdays, Independence Day – but once per year ATS? No, the warnings were stated, repeatedly, everywhere, for more than 30 years. This must mean that people with M&M wanted pain and suffering. Yet they complain of the pain and suffering of M&M from ATS while continuing to consume more ATS. And then I remember this is where drugs come in to our lifestyle. Drugs don’t stop M&M. Drugs ease pain and suffering so that people may continue consuming ATS. As long as people support the conventional ‘wisdumb’ that consuming ATS and drugs as quality of living, I have job security. And yet I find myself suffering with this ongoing process of guaranteed job security. And in my suffering I remember, “Pain and suffering come from wanting things to be different than the way they are.” Dr. David Fakadej, DC, LMT, is the proprietor at Journey Health Care & Chiropractic, 17652 Munn Road, Auburn Township. Call him at 440-543-2771, or e-mail drfakadej@hotmail. com.

Volunteers Needed Geauga County Job and Family Services is looking for caring, motivated adults who would like to make a difference in a child’s life. The Volunteer Tutoring program matches volunteers with local elementary students who need help in basic reading and math. Volunteers will be required to attend training at Geauga County Job and Family Services and complete a criminal background check. The training will take place on Sept.12 at 9 a.m. Contact Sara, 440-285-9141, extension 1263 for more information or to register.


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Stay posted at Aug 23: Benefit Fish Fry A benefit fish fry for Shady Lane School. Carry out 3:30 p.m. Dinner 4 to 6 p.m. Auction 6:30 p.m. at Mast Metals, 13828 Bundysburg Road in Middlefield (44062). 440-693-4486.

Aug. 23 and 30: Chardon Square Farmers Market 4 to 8 p.m. Friday nights through Sept. 27. Newly enlarged Farmers Market on Chardon Square has local produce, bakery, meat and other tasty treats. 440-285-3519 Sept. 1 through Oct. 31: Sunrise Farm’s Corn Stalk Maze 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Explore the “State of Ohio” cornstalk maze to learn exciting historical and geological facts about our Great State of Ohio. School groups and families welcome. Sunrise Farm, 13115 Kinsman Road in Burton (44021) 440-834-1298, Sept. 5: French and Indian War Program Punderson’s Pioneer History of Ohio Programs. Free tours start 7 to 8 p.m. in front

of Punderson Manor House. 11755 Kinsman Road, Newbury (44065) 440-564-9144. www.pundersonmanorstateparklodge. com. Sept. 6: First GEL Meeting GEL meetings will take place the first Friday of the month, September through May. Doors open 7:30 a.m. for networking, program starts 8 a.m. Kent State University at Geauga,14111 Claridon Troy Road in Burton. Sept. 7: Annual Tomato Tasting Contest 10 a.m. to noon. Taste the best of locally grown tomatoes and vote for your favorite. All entries grown by market vendors and available for sale at the market, www. Sept. 21: Community Airport Day 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pancake breakfast, Young Eagle rides, lunch concessions, displays, demonstrations and Middlefield Mayor Ben Garlich will speak. This year’s theme is “Geauga County Airport Means Business”. See the next issue of the Middlefield Post for full details.

Hometown Hoe-Down Kicks it up a Notch The big Hoe-Down in Middlefield will mark the fifth anniversary for this fabulous night in the country. On Saturday, Sept. 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. the indoor Middlefield Market Pavilion at15864 Nauvoo Road will transform into the perfect backdrop for a country BBQ buffet dinner featuring the award winning ribs and chicken of Blazin’ Bills, and delicious goodies from all the best restaurants in the area. Dig out your cowboy boots, as Whiskey Courage will take the stage with their Country/ Southern rock. Belly up to the ‘Brew Saloon’ for a tall cold one or take your chance at the Wine Pull. Get great deals in the silent and Chinese auctions or jump into the action in the live pie auction! Of course everyone gets into the excitement of the “Cow Plop Drop!” That’s right, this is one contest nobody can ‘rig,’ It’s all up to the cow! Geauga County Tourism hosts this event annually as a fundraiser and the money raised goes directly back into marketing Geauga County to visitors. The Hoe-Down provides a great return on investment to benefit the county while having a fun night out, so round up your friends and join the fun. Tickets are on sale $20 per person ($10 for kids 4 to 11) and can be purchased by phone with a credit card. If space allows ‘walk-in’ tickets may be available at the door for$25. Advance tickets are recommended. If you are interested in donating an auction item or becoming a sponsor, contact Geauga County Tourism 440-632-1538 or 800775-8687. You can also “Like” Geauga Co. Tourism on Facebook to keep up on all the details.

Burton Uncorked On Aug. 24, spend a Saturday in Burton at Burton Uncorked. Sample local wines and purchase bottles from local wineries. Representatives from St. Joseph, Myrddin, Chateau Tebeau, Candlelight, Lalure, and Sharon James Wineries will sell wine by the glass as well as whole bottles from 1 to 7 p,m., and Western Reserve Food Co-op will sell cheese and crackers to eat as you are sipping on your wine. As a special treat, Sophisticated Swing will play from 3 to 5 p.m., bringing the rich sounds of 40s Big Band music to the village green. Local shops will have special sales, events and activities going on all day long. Enjoying shopping 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at artisan vendors in the park and the booths set up along Main Street. Spend the day with us and consider dining in one of four local restaurants. If you hate to leave, two lovely Inns will have comfy accommodations for you. For information, call Coffee Corners, 440-834-0076.

Seed Starting and Plant Propagation On Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Save money and have a beautiful garden. Let Master Gardener Barb Begam take you through the steps of choosing seeds and knowing when and how to sow them successfully to produce healthy mature plants. While walk-ins are welcome, early registration and payment for this popular class is appreciated. Light refreshments, handouts and cuttings included. Registration fee of $15. Call 440-834-4656 to register. Send check payable to OSU Extension, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021. Class will be held at the Geauga County OSU Extension Office, Patterson Center on the Burton Fairgrounds, 14269 Claridon Troy Road, Burton 44021. View updates and a list of MG class offerings:



Cows and Ghosts at Middlefield Library. By Nick Fagan

The Middlefield Library has something to meet everyone’s taste; a wide variety of books, ebooks, movies, music, audiobooks, Playaways and programs. To illustrate our diverse offerings, simply look at two upcoming adult programs at the library. Did The Great Geauga County Fair provide you with an interest in farm life? The Middlefield Library is hosting “Why Cows Need Names: and More Secrets of Amish Farms” on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Join Randy James for a presentation based on his recently released book “Why Cows Need Names: And More Secrets of Amish Farms.” Many people will remember Dr. James’ previous book, “Why Cows Learn Dutch: And Other Secrets of Amish Farms.” This presentation will allow a glimpse into the lives of a young Amish family as they contemplate, start and then struggle to establish a profitable small farm. Dr. James served as the County Agricultural agent in the Geauga Amish settlement for almost 30 years. His book will be available for purchase after the presentation. Please stop by the Middlefield Library or call 440-6321961 to register for this program.

From farm life we move onto the afterlife. The Middlefield Library is proud to host local author and ghost whisperer Mary Ann Winkowski on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. Mary Ann is the author of “The Ice Cradle: A Novel of the Ghost Files,” “The Book of Illumination,” “When Ghosts Speak,” and “Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whisperer’s Cookbook.” The television show “Ghost Whisperer” was based in part on her experiences. She will discuss her eerie experiences while hunting ghosts across the world. Registration is required and space is limited, so sign up early. Registration begins Sept.1. As always our programs are supported by the hard work of the Friends of the Library and their Book Sale Room. Check out their ongoing sale weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. These programs are just the beginning of what awaits you at the Middlefield Library. Stop by and uncover more diverse resources and opportunities available through your local library! The Middlefield Library is located at 16167 E. High St. (44062).

Volunteers Needed to Deliver Amish Books The Middlefield Library’s Bookmobile and Outreach Services is looking for one or two volunteers for their Amish School Book Delivery Program. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity, and many of the volunteers have been coming back for 10 to 15 years from all areas in and out of Geauga. But a couple of the regular folks are not able to help out this year. This is a once a month commitment. Basically, volunteers pick up the books (already crated and ready to go) and take them to their assigned school, returning the previous month’s set to the office. If the weather is bad the teachers know the volunteer will be out the next good day. If you are interested in volunteering to help take books to an Amish school, contact Jane Attina at the Middlefield Library, 440-632-1961, extension 23.

Burton Public Library Programs Sept 12: Book and Art Silent Auction, Sale, noon to 6 p.m. Silent Auction 6 to 8 p.m. Vintage books, prints and original art. Refreshments will be served. Sept 17: “Basketful of Broken Dishes, ”6:30 p.m. Author Naomi Stutzman shares her family’s story of leaving their Geauga County Amish heritage. Signed copies will be available for $10. The Burton Library is located at 14588 W. Park St. on Burton Square, 440-834-4466.

Arms Trucking to host Success Breakfast! The Entrepreneur Task Force of the Geauga Growth Partnership announces the next quarterly Entrepreneur Success Breakfast, one in a series of networking events for Geauga County entrepreneurs and early stage business owners. The event will be hosted by The Arms Trucking Co., 14818 Mayfield Road in East Claridon (44033), from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. From modest Geauga County beginnings 40 years ago, Arms Trucking has grown to a five-division company operating in seven states. Owner Howard Bates will tell the Arms Trucking story. Bates will also demonstrate the newest addition to the company’s truck fleet, a heavy duty truck that has been converted to burn natural gas by NatGasCar, LLC, of East Cleveland, a Dan T. Moore Company. The Arms Trucking Co. vehicle is one of the first of its type in the region to be converted to run on natural gas. The Sept. 20 event is complimentary, but registration is requested. For more information on Arms Trucking or NatGasCar, see, www.armstrucking,com. This is a complimentary event hosted by the Geauga Growth Partnership Entrepreneur Task Force chaired by Christian Klein, Company 119. Register at

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