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The Great Geauga Fair Auxiliary By Linda Smallwood, Fair Auxiliary president auction. Thanks to the generous bidders It has been a busy year for the Great and auctioneer, Dave Rennolds, the auction Geauga County Fair Auxiliary. Replacing was a huge success. This year, Shari from the old wooden picket fence around the Rocky Mountain Carving Creations donated Antique Hall, Domestic and Flower Halls “Brutus Buckeye” the Ohio State Mascot for with 365 feet of vinyl fence was our biggest auctioning. Our project.We other source of replaced two funding is the arbors and Country Store added a new located in the one on the Domestic Arts West side of our Building. We sell park. The fence fair memorabilia looks beautiful including and will be t - s h i r t s , maintenance sweatshirts, free.Janet w o o d e n J a c q u e s , p a d d l e s , A u x i l i a r y pins, onsies, m e m b e r , notecards and designed a new this year, commemorative cookbooks. All pin, which was monies raised presented to the are used for Great Geauga beautification County Fair projects on the band members fairgrounds, to celebrate which includes t h e i r  7 5 t h A n n i v e r s a r y . Meredith Canfield (sister), Matthew Canfield, Megan f l o w e r s   a n d We also threw a Green (cousin from Nashville), Linda Smallwood plantings. T h e pizza party for (Grandmother + President of Fair Auxiliary), Christina the 97 members Canfield (mother), Francis Schwendeman (Great A u x i l i a r y are of the Junior Fair Grandfather), Curt Canfield (father & Fair Director), members by Band. They are a Mary Schwendeman (Great Grandmother) Matthew’s appointed favorite pedal toy has always been his John Deere each director great bunch of tractor. Last summer he pulled his sister in a wagon to of the Geauga kids! These are the post office and back to his Grandparents house a Agricultural just a few of the few times a week. As it turned out, pedaling 2 miles was Society. We projects we have good training for the tractor pulls. also have worked on. associates, who Our main are past members. During the fair and source  of funding is our Apple Pie Auction, throughout the year, each auxiliary which is held on Saturday of the fair. We are member assists a director in charge grateful to the bakers of the 66 pies that of the exhibit buildings (i.e. Domestic were entered into the Apple Pie contest, Arts, Flowers, Fine Arts, Farm Products, sponsored by Patterson Fruit Farm, this Baked Goods, Culinary, and Antiques). year. The Best of Show winner was Wilma Sweet, whose pie sold for $2,000 at the

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49 Ethanol

It seems impossible to find gasoline without ethanol especially in the summer months. There is much debate as to whether or not ethanol burns cleaner and if it is actually good for the environment, however that is not the subject of this article; what ethanol does to your small engine is my main focus. Ethanol in gasoline has a very short freshness cycle, slightly longer than milk; no more than a few weeks and it is turning to goo. Ethanol will separate out the moisture in most fuels and eat away at your carburetor and fuel tank components with a vengeance. The microbial little monsters that start growing in ethanol after a very short time will attack anything that they can, rendering your small engine useless. What to do about this and what not to do is very important to keep your equipment running. 1. Purchase gasoline with the smallest percentage of ethanol and stay far away from E-15 gas, its junk and may even void your warrantee. 2. Dump any old gas into your car or truck in small amounts to get rid of it. Larger engines are least affected by ethanol. 3. Purchase gas additives that are made to reduce the effects of ethanol and add them to your small engine fuel especially 2 stroke fuels. 4. ALWAYS empty your fuel tanks at the end of the season and run the engine till it runs out of fuel. 5. Start every season with new fuel filling the tank only enough to do the job; better to refill as you use the equipment than leaving the same gas sitting in it all season. 6. If you store any gas-powered vehicle; drain the fuel tank! 7. Remember that adding ethanol to gas was an idea dreamt up by Congress; the people who go to Washington dirt poor and leave as millionaires.

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Left: Garrett Hastings (10) with his brother Jack (8) and Garrett’s calf Lucy (6 months). Garrett and Lucy did well in the Junior Fair Dairy Show placing 1st in Beginner Showmanship and 1st in the Spring Heifer Calf class.

By Nancy Huth

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Cows won’t bite you. This is one enlightening fact this city girl learned on her tour of Hastings Dairy Farm on Claridon Troy Road in Burton. They also have personalities. Some cows are people-friendly and others keep their distance.  But all of them spend six hours a day eating and eight hours a day chewing their cud.  Cud, for those of you like me, who moved to Geauga County’s farmlands from the big city, is coarse regurgitated food.  A cow has a HUGE stomach with four chambers and is lucky enough to taste and enjoy its food twice.  Lad and Brenda Hastings moved to their 104-acre dairy farm in 2004 and have 550 milk cows.  That’s a big operation.  The average dairy farm in Ohio has 88 milk cows.  Each cow is milked three times a day and produces nine gallons of milk a day. Do the math.  That’s a lot of ice cream!  It takes 7 ½ hours to milk all 550 cows. When the Hastings’ purchased the farm, it included a beautiful visitors center connected to the milking parlor, where through glass windows you can watch the black and white Holsteins being milked.  Lad studied animal science and Brenda studied agricultural business in college. They have ten employees working for them.  Last year they welcomed over 1,300 visitors, mostly children.  Their two boys, Garrett (10) and Jack (8), enjoy the company of others who visit their dairy farm.  An outside and an inside play area provide educational and fun farm time. The Hastings grow corn and grasses for their cows, but must still buy feed.  They

sell their raw milk product to Middlefield Cheese, which processes it into Swiss cheese. Another fact I learned was that “milk is milk” whether organic, name brand or generic.  All milk must meet the same rigorous standards for antibiotic or hormone testing.  An Ohio Department of Agriculture inspector will arrive unannounced and stays several hours checking all aspects of the farm.  Females are called heifers before they have calves, and are inseminated artificially.  All male cows (bulls) born on the farm are sold after one week to beef farmers.  Newborn female calves spend 2-3 months in individual “hutches” which resemble miniature outhouses out on the property.  This ensures that they remain healthy and eat well. Our tour included 1) milking parlor, 2) free stall barn, 3) calf area, 4) classroom talk After our group left the farm I realized I hadn’t heard much mooing.  Why do cows moo? Like babies, they moo when there is something amiss.  It’s their body language. The Hastings cows were happy contented cows.  You can book a tour or get information by contacting Brenda Hastings at e-mail:, by calling 440635-0313 or checking the dairy website at There’s a wealth of information on the web about cows.  To learn where your milk is from, go to http://  If you happen to be giving a lecture on cows, there are even cow jokes for you to use in your introduction.  Learning about cows has been fun for me and I hope this short lesson has wet your appetite to drink more milk.



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Fair highlights Montville farmer, Robin Stanley with one of her six Brown Swiss cows at The Great Geauga County Fair. This fair event involved many of Robin’s family members, including her cousins Allyssa McMullen, an agriculture teacher at Riverview Local Schools in Warsaw, Ohio, and Kathleen Stanley, a chemical engineer in Buffalo, New York.

Brown Swiss at the Fair By Robin Stanley We showed our six Brown Swiss cows in the open class dairy show on Saturday at the fair. Our farm is in Montville. We sell hay and straw and beef. My cousins came to help, one, Allyssa McMullen, is an agriculture teacher at Riverview Local Schools in Warsaw, OH, and Kathleen Stanley, a chemical engineer in Buffalo, New York. She showed a cow for the first time. The main farmer is my dad, Kenneth Stanley. I also coached the Ledgemont Local Schools cheerleaders for the Band-a-Rama. We thought that maybe two of our cows might have their calves at the fair but we are still waiting. We won several ribbons and all of the cows placed in their classes. We sent all the ribbons home with Kathleen. She is going to display them in her office. Robin L. Stanley, Esq. is an attorney with Petersen & Ibold in Chardon.

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How to Win Next Year’s Fair Games Did you win anything playing the games at the fair this year? The games are there to make a profit, so even though they may look easy, many are surprisingly difficult, and the bigger the prizes, the more challenging the game. One that always draws a crowd is the milk bottles. There are three to five weighted jars or cans and the object of the game is to knock them all down with a ball or beanbag. Yes, all of them. So if there is even one still standing, you’ll have to shell out more money to try again. The game is not rigged, it is not a ripoff, it’s just downright hard. It takes a strong arm and good aim. A lot of times, people aim for the bottom, figuring if you knock down the supporting pieces, they’ll all go down. But what you have to do is hit them in the middle, and hit them hard. Aim so you’re hitting the bottom row high and the upper row low all at the same time. The balloon pop, where you throw a dart and win by breaking a balloon has smaller prizes than the milk bottles, so is a

bit easier. But one tip is to aim for the most inflated balloons. Many are a bit under filled, so they are hard to pierce and the dart can bounce right off. Once again, put ample elbow grease into it and aim well at the largest balloons to walk away with a prize. The mini ball basketball game stands about six foot high and looks like it would be a breeze to win. Because of the size, kids are often better at this one than adults. Adults tend to shoot straight and too hard, hit the backboard and wind up with the basketball flying right back at them. Kids have an easier touch, and that’s what it takes to win this game. Arc the shot so the ball drops in from above, or try shooting underhand. These games have all been around for a long time, and people do win at them. Set up your own games in your basement or garage and start practicing now so you can wow your friends next year by winning the best prizes on the midway.

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fill the New Testament Baptist Church’s food cupboard, gave out gas and food cards, and even helped a Veteran get a new American Flag. The group offers a free meal every third Tuesday of the month at the First Congregational Church in Claridon. People come to the dinner to share a meal, to donate, and to see neighbors. Many hands make light work, and CCH is looking for new members to join them in the kitchen at the monthly dinners, or whenever the need arises. You may be asked to drop something off or make dinner for someone who is unable to get out. They are also seeking board members. Claridon Community Helps is a 501 (c) (3) organization. To help, contact Mike Farrell at 440-477-7670 or dmfarrell@ or Judi Maloney at 440285-3667, 440-897-1818 or jmalon35@ Making a difference in the community can be contagious, so believe and dream big. God can do great things.

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The volcanic mountains were set off in the distance with the remnants of a distant winters snow still gracing their peaks. As the high altitudes joined the rolling tundra of lower elevations, the waters of the great Becharof Lake could be seen expanding toward the horizon. The sun shone brightly across her waters and sparkled like diamonds. That place was truly a jewel as seen through my eyes. To me that was peace. To me that was beauty and serenity. That place was wild. That is the wilderness known as Alaska. Just a couple of hours earlier I had left the safety of my group in exchange for a solitary pursuit of the beautiful upland birds known as Willow Ptarmigan. These beautiful and bountiful birds of the northern tundra that change colors with the seasons were ones I had not encountered living in the lower 48 and this day was my opportunity to put some in the bag. With my 12 gauge in hand, I walked. Feet turned to yards and before long I was miles from my group and hundreds of miles from any place called civilization. There was no sign of anything but God’s creation and one solitary man wandering places that perhaps no man had walked before. It was totally surreal! As I traversed the expanses of tundra, it was very clear that I was not alone in this place. Wolverines, wolves, bears, and numerous other animals called this wild place home. This always gives me a healthy respect for the places I find myself and this day was no different. The tundra was covered that afternoon on the Alaskan Pennisula and before long with a few birds in the bag, it was time to find the group of fisherman I had left. The easiest way for this to happen was to find the creek and walk it step by step until I found them. Knowing that this could take some time, and with a plane pick-up in a matter of hours, I wasted no time finding the water. Now, for those who aren’t familiar with the summer waters of Alaska, water most often means salmon and salmon means bears. This was nothing new to me, but a fact you are quickly reminded of every time you get close to water holding salmon. After a short time of navigating from high point to high point in the tundra, I could see the thicker brush meandering toward the mountain. Thick brush, often known as bear brush, was getting thicker with each step, so I knew the creek was

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close. Within minutes I was at the creek’s edge and the reason why this brush was called bear brush was evident. There were Sockeye Salmon pieces and parts strewn about the ground and bear trails were beat down to mud. This was bear country and their trail was my trail for the time being. So, cautiously I proceeded down stream. I continued stepping off the paces rounding bend after bend of scenic stream. At times I was in the water and at times I was back up winding my way through willow thickets to get around the deeper holes in the stream. As I had already covered miles of terrain that day, I was hoping the next bend would show me a group of very happy fisherman catching all the Arctic Char their hearts desired. Up ahead was yet another bend…one of what seemed like a hundred that day. Would I find my group there I thought to myself? With a few more steps I rounded the bend and instead of finding my friends, I was staring at seven Brown Bears (often known as Grizzly’s) all about 60 yards away…yeah you heard me right… seven Brown Bears at very close range. River right stood a large sow (female) with three cubs and river left were three boars (males). I immediately alerted them to my presence by hollering, “Hey Bear,” as loud as I could. The big mother immediately looked at me, gathered her cubs and hit the brush as fast as she could get them to move. I had encountered her numerous times throughout my day and wasn’t worried about her. At the same time she was heading right into the brush, the youngest boar on the opposite shore, which was the closest of the boars, headed left into the brush. There were two more bears standing on the stream and they didn’t seem to be worried about my presence. That being the case, I just kept talking to them. Finally I got a bit belligerent with them and hollered, “Get out of here! Ha, get, go on”. With that the smaller of the remaining bears headed up into the brush. That left just one bear standing on the stream and he was a large boar, most likely a dominant boar in the area. It was a bit disconcerting that he would not clear out, but I wasn’t going around, so he would have to leave. Therefore, I persisted in my harassment. After a couple more minutes he looked at me clearly bothered by my noise that was ruining his fishing experience. After being

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worn down, he slowly meandered up into the willow thicket where his counterparts had disappeared just moments earlier. Not wanting to rush anything, for good reason, I gave him a couple minutes to distance himself from the stream to insure my safe passage down the middle of the creek. After a few minutes passed, it was time to continue my journey. I picked a course right down the middle of the creek to remain equidistant from both shorelines in case there were still bears close. Of course, I was hoping that they had headed well away from the creek. As I got to the area the bears had been my headed swiveled from side to side scanning the brush. As I scanned to the right…no sow…as I scanned to the left… no small boar…back to the right…still no sow…back to the left…no medium size boar…back to the right…sow must be gone…back to the left, and that is when my heart stopped. There I stood in the middle of a creek no more than twenty yards wide and five yards into the willows I saw a large 1000 pound Grizzly with his head low, posturing, and growling at me! All the while he was closing the distance slowly coming to the creeks high bank edge. As you can imagine, my blood pressure was skyrocketing as it clearly became evident that this would be my closest bear encounter ever. I have had close, passing encounters at fifteen yards or so in the past, but never face to face with one posturing and growling. As he approached the edge of the bank, he was now just ten yards away…thirty short feet. Without hesitation, I calculated how many bounds it would take him to overtake me. Three I deducted. One bound would get him off the high bank and two more would put him on top of me. I quickly thought, I will shoot a warning shot over his head, but then wisdom hit me. Don’t waste a shot. After all, you may need that shot to save your life. I was now closer to a Grizzly than I ever thought I would be and instantly everything I had been taught about how to handle myself around bears went out the window. “Are you kidding me,” I thought. Park rangers in bear school at Brooks Falls told me that you should never look a bear in the eyes because they might be threatened by you. In this moment, that advice was ludicrous in my opinion! That is exactly what I wanted

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was for him to feel threatened by me. Being a God fearing man, I quickly remembered what my Bible said. It says early in the book of Genesis (1:26) that God gave us dominion over the birds and the animals…that means we can prevail against them. Now, I don’t know about you, but I tend to take the Bible literally and not merely as some piece of random literature that has stood the test of time. Therefore, being reminded of what God had given us when we were created, I looked that bear directly in the eyes and with every bit of confidence and courage I could muster up (mixed with a little attitude), I had a heart to heart with this magnificent beast. I started by stating the simple facts. I told him in no uncertain terms that he was merely an animal, I was a man, I had a twelve gauge with a very controlled trigger finger, and would wait until he was too close to back out before using it! After making that declaration to him (yes I was having a full blown conversation with a bear at this point) I told him exactly how all of it would go down shot for shot, blow by blow just in case he was curious. I’ll spare you the gory details. After I finished my discourse I closed it all with one simple statement. I said, “So…the way I see it you have one of two choices…you can rush me in a fit of rage and suffer the consequences or, you can just let me continue on my way to meet up with my friends and you can get back to fishing.” And with that I turned and walked away. That bear, like problems sometimes do, followed me downstream for quite some time. Why, I don’ t know, but he knew where I stood and he eventually gave up and left me alone. For that I am very thankful! After all, I really didn’t want him to take the first option I gave him anyway! Looking back on that day, I see a lesson that we all can take away. When life is a bear, we have one of two choices. We can either run from them or face them. Don’t let your problems take care of you; you take care of your problems. Don’t run from them, but instead do what God has given you the ability to do and that is to be an overcomer! Because that is who He created you to be! Here’s to you overcoming your next unbearable day! Patrick J. Robinson is senior pastor of Horizons Christian Assembly Church located at 14920 White Road in Middlefield; 440-834-4776.

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My Middlefield Experience By Noel Wolf Hello again Middlefield. My name is Noel Wolf, from Frankfurt Germany, and I have just completed my second visit to Middlefield. I was an exchange student here at Cardinal High School for the 20102011 school year. I formed such a close relationship with so many residents of Middlefield, including my host family, Scott, Laura, Allison and Becca Klein, that I could not wait to visit again! I arrived back here in Ohio on July 23, and returned “I feel to Germany on Aug. Middlefield 30. That gave me fiveplus weeks to visit with gave me the friends made two years ago, and experience truest taste life again in the United of America.” States. While here, we visited Niagara Falls, and traveled to Allison’s college, Miami of Ohio. We went to a Browns game, an Indians game and a Moxie’s concert. We ran in two 5K’s, the Middlefield Amish Buggy Classic, and the Run or Dye in Cleveland. We went to volleyball matches and soccer games…GO HUSKIES! I got to spend a day at the school shadowing Becca in her classes, and seeing my teachers again, and


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so many students I remember from two years ago. I was able to spend a day at the Great Geauga County Fair and I wish I could have spent the whole weekend there. America has been so welcoming to me, and I thank all of you for that special hospitality. I truly love it here, and plan to visit again. Meanwhile, we are also working on the potential of Allison and Becca visiting me in Germany next year. Last visit, I was fortunate enough to also travel with the Kleins, and visit New York City, Chicago, and Washington D.C. So although my travels were not limited to Middlefield only, I feel Middlefield gave me the truest taste of America. I love this small town atmosphere, where friendships and kindness are prevalent in everyone I see. My host Dad, Scott Klein, being on Village Council, shares with me how things are growing in Middlefield, the exciting projects they are constantly working on, and stores and businesses they are working hard to attract. He is such a cheerleader for the Village and all the great things it has to offer. Middlefield is such a great community, and I love the slogan “Middlefield, where families grow strong”. I feel like a part of the Middlefield community, and feel I have grown stronger by being here! I am preparing to attend College this fall, when I get back to Germany. I look forward to continuing my education and the growing process into adulthood. I enjoy learning new languages and plan to major in languages and communications in College. I can think of no greater education than my experiences here in America, learning about another culture, and sharing my culture with others. I also look forward to going home and sharing some “American” recipes that my host Mom, Laura, has taught me while here (Rice Krispie Treats, banana bread and many other delicious meals). I thank all of you that I got to know. I plan to be back again someday, and look forward to seeing you all again. To those I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet, hopefully next time! Your friend from across the Atlantic…. Noel

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An Intern’s Story By Gregory Tessier

accepted. Several unlikely interns turned I had heard on the morning out to be great friends whom I still keep announcements one day that Mr. Bronson in touch with today. There was Paul, a had information regarding a summer large Arabic high-schooler who loved internship program at the Cleveland Clinic. rugby and people; David, a loud guy who I had been employed at the Middlefield somehow was able to form a metaphor of McDonald’s since July, and I was getting the Cleveland Clinic with a sandwich during along well there. I had plans for my summer one of our meetings; Zyle (zee-lee), a softas well; I was going to go to Alaska to visit spoken kid who was my father for the first time always getting dragged since he moved (I am to places someone else now set to do that next from his school wanted summer instead). When to go. Then there was I talked to Mr. Bronson Andres, a tall white guy about it, I learned who could do the robot that the last Cardinal like no one’s business. student to get accepted He was my peer mentor. graduated years ago. These interns and Others talked to him, but many others always in the end I was the only had something to talk one at Cardinal to finish about and were fun to the paperwork. I entered be around. In fact, June the Science program; through July 30, Cedar the internship offers Point tickets for all clinic eight different programs employees were $30, students can enter, so five of us carpooled each with unique lines to Sandusky on the of clinical work. I was accepted to the interview Cardinal senior, Greg Tessier at the Fourth of July. We got process, which I was Internship Graduation at the Lerner rained on twice and I ecstatic about; only one- Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic. had no extra clothes, so when we went to Olive fourth of all applicants Post Photo/Greg Tessier Garden for lunch I had move on to an interview. some soup in sopping jeans. Nevertheless, To my surprise, I was given a clap-out by it was an enjoyable day that had Andres the school the day I went for my interview. calling off of work the next day. It went well enough, with myself talking The lab that I was in had about half about radiation, the benefits of research, Ph.Ds. and half undergrads and interns. Dr. and why I was willing to do it all. To my great Janigro is an immigrant from Italy whose excitement, I was accepted to the program. I father was a famous orchestrator; Dr. Chaitali was to work at the Lerner Research Institute Ghosh, my co-mentor, is from India, and at the Main Campus of the Cleveland Clinic. was once described by Phil Iffland as “small My mentor was to be Dr. Damir Janigro, but mighty”. I ended up working with the Director of Cerebrovascular Research, doctorate candidate, Phil, since my mentor Department of Cellular and Molecular was travelling half the time and Phil’s line Medicine. of research seemed the most interesting. Before meeting my comrades at the Together with a junior attending Cedarville lab, I met the other interns who were University named Stephen, we worked on developing a mouse model for Epilepsy using Lupus. Phil published a paper saying that people with epilepsy may commonly have something in their brains that was not known before, something similar to Lupus. He works with mouse brains now since we can get nice whole brains without the hassle of human sacrifice. I fiddled with $100,000 microscopes, almost broke a cryostat machine, and, surprisingly, never dropped any glass bottles of dangerous chemicals. This research was compiled into a project that can be viewed at <webcast1.>, search “Tessier”. The internship was a valuable experience. Not just because it is one of the last ones in the United States that actually pays its participants, but also because of Cleveland Clinic’s clout. We were expected to behave like adults and dress professionally just like any other member of the clinic. We could travel with our lab and attend seminars hosted by world-renowned doctors. A couple nights of paperwork and essays were well worth the time for this nine-week program.

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I was born in Connecticut and moved to Ohio when I was two years of age. Possibly because of my encouraging parents or extremely engaging science teaching, I was able to tell from an early age that I loved learning about how the universe works. This intrigue has influenced many aspects of my life over the years, including entertainment preferences, classes taken, places volunteered, college interests, and my decision to apply for the Cleveland Clinic Summer Internship Program of 2013.

Thanks From the BMR Motorcycle Run The June 30 Burton Middlefield Motorcycle Ride was a great success thanks to the generosity and energy of numerous sponsors, veterans and volunteers. 135 motorcycles signed up and the group left from a new location this year – the Geauga County Fairgrounds. Everyone at the fairgrounds were fantastic at cooperating to make this event a success. The newly added pancake breakfast was a big hit. Sheriff Dan McClelland and Midge led the 55-mile ride that ended with a picnic lunch and an afternoon filled with great events. The Sly Fox Motorcycle Club hosted a motorcycle pull and race, and Art Pratt was responsible for the great food. Middlefield Sign Company provided the signs and Business Works made the t-shirts that were sold at the event. Pat Preston allowed the use of his motor home for office space and made a generous donation. All the Rotarians and volunteers who helped that day were wonderful. Thank you also to the Burton, Middlefield, Munson, Newbury and Chardon Fire Departments and the Burton Police and Geauga County Sheriff’s Office. Master Builder sponsors were Concord Color Distribution, Leaders Properties, The Chevy Network, Preston Chevrolet, Chagrin Animal Clinic, Newbury Business Park, The Great Geauga County Fair, and the band Switch. The Hammer Swinger sponsors were Bill Conti Plumbing, H&H Land Clearing, Todd Moskowitz, Burr Funeral Home, and Great Lakes Cheese. Geauga County’s Habitat for Humanity set up a Veteran’s Housing Fund and $11,000 was raised to purchase materials and supply quality labor and construction. The Construction Buddy sponsors were Tyler B. Robbins, Junction Auto Sales, Arms Trucking Company, Portman Electric, Kleve and Associates Insurance Agency, Geauga Door Sales and service, Tim Frank Septic Tank Cleaning Company, Ken Emerick Machine, Just for Fun Honda, Molten Metal Equipment, Hal Goodwin and Todd Hornak. The Helping Hand sponsors were Middlefield Tavern, Alvord Insurance, Four Green Fields Nursery, Pet Care Services, Claridon Mini Mart, BP, Owen & Associates, NOF Metal Coating North America, Ryser Insurance, TLC Auto Service, Claridon Resale Cars, Marge’s Smoke Shop, Douglas B. Brown, Flip Flop Cove Tanning, Reynolds Insurance, First Quality Power Place, Geauga Pawn, Frank Agency, Shade Tree Powersports, Fastlane Truck Accessories, Chesterland Auto Body & Cab Towing Services, Gardner Competitive Engines, VFW Post 9678, Ohio Charities, Hi-Lite Maintenance, Burton Station Fixture Company and Kellis Eye Center.

Thank you so much to sponsors, veterans, volunteers, and participants for helping with this worthwhile project. We all have lovely memories of this year’s ride and look forward to next year’s.

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Back to the Grind By Dr. Scott J. Hunt, superintendent

Cardinal L o c a l Schools opened the 2013-2014 school year with great enthusiasm a n d   _ a renewed sense of purpose. This year the Ohio Department of Education granted us four waiver days. Waiver days are a means to provide professional development activities for teachers so they can learn and grow so they impact student learning. We started our year with two waiver days. Our teachers spent time learning about how to map their curriculum so that we have written objectives for all content areas. This aligns with District Goal #2: By the end of the 2013 – 2014 school year the Cardinal Local School District will complete the initial stages of curriculum development by having a written and vertically articulated K-12 Standards and Objectives for ELA (English Language Arts) and Math as aligned to the Common Core. It shouldn’t be a secret to anyone what our students are learning. Although the focus is on ELA (English Language Arts) and Math, all content areas have begun the work on this important goal. Once the work is completed we will be able to post our curriculum online for all to see. In addition, teachers worked to understand the new OTES (Ohio Teacher Evaluation System). We are implementing this system as part of a state requirement to evaluate all teachers using a standards-based approach. The first two days for teachers were

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Brand New By Devin Maze You say that you aren’t beautiful but I say you are exquisite. You claim that you’re not perfect but I say you are a blessin’. You say that you are weird but I call you remarkable; sweet-hearted and kind, you are so freakin’ adorable! Many people may judge by your looks but I like you for much more than that. Adorable and compassionate and yet there’s so much beyond that. Flawless is the word that I use to describe you so don’t let the drama in life make you feel blue. I may be unqualified to get a girl like you but I do know what it takes to make you feel brand new. And even though you were gone for the past three sixty five I still feel the urge to come and make you mine.

definitely packed with new learning so that teachers could be ready to greet students on Aug. 22, the first day of school! And so they did. I had the opportunity to visit all of the buildings on opening day. The opening was smooth and in some ways it was like students never left for the summer. Teachers were teaching and students were learning. As we continue into the school year we will also focus on student learning. The Ohio Department of Education also provides the public with a District Report Card. This report card focuses on many areas but what most of us focus on is student achievement. I am pleased to share that the Cardinal Local School District rated a B on the 20132014 report card for meeting 20 out of 24 indicators and a B on the Performance Index which is a measure of student performance levels in the district. This year we will focus on our goals; continue learning best practices to impact student achievement, and work to build quality educational programming for students. Please feel free to contact me by email or phone. I can be contacted via email scott. or in the office at 632-0261.


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By Anna Fair

Leaves are changing color, pools are being emptied, and the sound of frustrated students trying to get back onto normal sleeping schedules can be heard for miles. Cardinal Students are already dealing with the pressures that the school year brings; pressures that only get worse once students hit high school. As I prepared for my junior year of high school, I thought about the things that I’ve learned - and the things that I wish someone would have told me earlier. 1. Don’t overwhelm yourself. With thoughts of grades, college, friends, family, and jobs, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. When you get overwhelmed, you get discouraged. Instead of being your best, you’re worried about whether you’re doing enough. A good way not to get overwhelmed is signing up for more classes or activities than you can handle. There’s nothing wrong with having free time in your school day. You deserve it! 2. Procrastinate responsibly. Procrastinating is the one thing that everyone does. Telling students not to procrastinate is useless. Instead, get a handle on procrastination. Work for a certain period of time, using Internet blockers or site blockers on your browser. Then reward yourself with a small period of procrastination. As long as you remind yourself to get back to work, it’s harmless. 3. Remember to take breaks and reward yourself. Take a breather whenever you can during the school day and reward yourself in unique ways when you’re studying. “If I get through my science homework, then I can do my favorite subject’s homework next!” Or spend a few minutes writing, drawing,

or doing whatever you find solace in. Even reward yourself with a small amount of procrastination time after a chunk of work is done. Breaks like this can even be healthy, as it gives the brain time to absorb what it’s learned and encourages creativity! 4. Don’t compare yourself to others. This applies to both the public schooled kids and the ones learning from home. A large part of education is working at a pace you’re comfortable with. No one learns in the same way, just like how no two people are the same. When you compare yourself to others, it adds a lot of stress and worry onto yourself and your performance. Instead of doing your best, you’re again worrying if your best is enough. While some of these tips seem obvious, a lot of teenagers don’t hear them enough. Parents and teachers are more likely to nag their child, telling them that they need to do better instead of encouraging them to do their best. Teenagers are put under more pressures than people realize, and with all of those pressures, they forget that they can do things to make it better. High school only goes on for so long, but the memories and lessons stay with you forever. Hopefully these tips make it easier for students to build good memories and enjoy high school. Good luck students – and early congratulations to the class of 2014!


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Take a trip to Brosius Road Park, 11176 Brosius Road in Garrettsville (44231) and cheer on soccer greats ages 4 through 14 (Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade) from all the surrounding communities: Freedom, Garrettsville, Hiram, Mantua, Nelson, Shalersville, Windham, etc. Volunteer coaches and assistant coaches are needed. Volunteers are also needed for concessions, field maintenance and picture day. To volunteer or to find information about the Mantua Soccer Association, game schedules and soccer camp, e-mail Brian Gorby at or visit the MSA website at http://www.mantuasoccerohio. com.

Boosters Auction The Cardinal Athletic Boosters will be holding their seventh annual Chinese Auction on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Doors open at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 (includes 20 bidding tickets) Additional bidding tickets are 10 for $1. Big Prize tickets are 20 for $5. Door prizes, sideboards, lotto board, “Buy a Block for A Buck”, 50/50, money jar, flat screen TV giveaway and much more! Concessions available. Great prizes, great food and great fun for a really great cause! For more info contact Tally Hostetler at tally.hostetler@ or call 440-632-0263.

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Carl Douglas Gibbs, 81, lifelong resident of Middlefield, died Aug. 25, 2013 at University Hospital Case Medical Center. He was born Sept. 18, 1931 in Middlefield, son of Myron J. and Cora (McGurer) Gibbs. Carl graduated from Middlefield High School in 1949 and married his sweetheart, Arlene Boorn on June 24, 1951 at First United Methodist Church in Middlefield. Carl loved fishing, traveling and working outdoors. He was the owner “Carl Gibbs and Sons” of a 3rd generation family business in Excavation and trucking. He volunteered at Geauga Hospital; conducted church services at Pleasant Hill and Burton Health Care and was very active with his church. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Middlefield and the Gideon’s International. Carl was a humble servant of God. He will be missed dearly by his friends and family; his beloved wife Arlene of 62 years; sons, Darell (Joyce) Gibbs of Dempsytown, Pa. and Gregory (Roxanne) Gibbs of Port Orford, Ore.; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Myron and Cora Gibbs; his brothers, Hubert, Wilmer, and Edward; his grandparents, Frank and Carrie McGurer and Wilmer L and Estelle Gibbs. Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church land and building fund, P.O. Box 207, Middlefield, OH 44062. Online condolences www. Daniel T. Malone, age 69 of Claridon, died Aug.28, 2013 at Pine Grove Manor in Geneva. He was born March 9, 1944 in Cleveland, son of Daniel J. and Evelyn (Smith) Malone. He graduated from Burton High School in 1962. He married Joan Petrik and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chardon. Dan was a CNC Computer Operator for Newbury Industries in Newbury and Towmotor Corp. in Mentor and retired in 2001. He received several Certificates for Manufacturing Skilled Technologies from Rose Training Systems. Dan served as Treasurer for the Burton Jaycees. He enjoyed playing cards, hunting, camping, going on fishing charters, and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Joan of 49 years of Claridon; three sons, Daniel (Joni) of Madison, Jeffrey (Stacie) and Joseph (Sharon), both of Chardon; and his daughter Angela (David) of Chardon; 10 grandchildren, Hannah, Jenna, Lauren, Allison, Jordan, Ashlea, Morgan, Nick, Beth, and Shawna; two great grandchildren, Anthony and Alex; his mother, Evelyn of Middlefield; his brother William (Debbie) of Burton; and his sister Kathy (Leonard) of Columbus. He is preceded in death by his father Daniel J. Malone. Burial was in Claridon Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P O Box 74924, Cleveland, OH 44194-4924. Online condolences Phyllis L. Wells, 61, of Burton, entered eternal rest Aug. 28, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 13, 1952 in Louisville, Ky. She will be missed by children, Jerry (Dawn) Lawson, Jessica (Maurice) Wells, Jevonna (Chris) Wells; special friend, Gary Schrekengost; eight grandsons; four granddaughters; one great-grandson; one god-daughter, Sheila Acree; two brothers; and two sisters. Online condolences may be sent to Allen Ray Miller, age 18 of Parkman Township, died from injuries due to a vehicle accident Sept. 4, 2013 in Russell. He was born Nov. 1, 1994 in Warren, son of Allen M. and Linda (Troyer) Miller. He was a tree trimmer for Ripley Enterprises. Allen will be missed dearly by his friends and family; his parents, Allen and Linda Miller of Parkman; his sister Melissa Mulanax Miller, serving in the Air Force in South Carolina; his maternal grandmother Magdalena Troyer of Parkman; and numerous Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Monroe and Lydia Miller and his Maternal Grandfather Roman Troyer.

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pathways to A Day We’ll Never Forget By Thad Bergmeier

I don’t have to tell you what today is. You may have forgotten your anniversary. You may have forgotten your wife’s birthday. You may have forgotten other special occasions in your life. But I doubt anyone will ever forget 9/11. It is a day that is indelibly marked in our memories. It is the day our world changed forever. I distinctly remember where I was and what I was doing on that day. Don’t you? I remember the shock and awe as I watched the towers fall from the sky. Don’t you? I remember the fear and sadness that swept over every person I talked to that day. Don’t you? It is a day that we’ll never forget. But there is something else I remember about that day. On Sept.11, 2001, I learned that our nation, no matter how great it is, is vulnerable. Evil men with evil agendas can attack and deeply wound us. Our nation is vulnerable to being destroyed. Don’t get me wrong. I am not a gloom and doom guy. I love our country and pray that our nation will be preserved for generations. But 9/11 reminds me there are chinks in the armor of our great nation. As an American, this saddens me. But as a Christian, I have no fear.You see, as a Christian, America is not my kingdom. My freedom is not my goal. Economic prosperity is not my hope. Achieving the American dream is not my ultimate desire. They might all be special blessings we can enjoy, but they are not what I live for. As I mourn and remember those fallen today, I am reminded that I am a citizen of a kingdom that will never fail. This kingdom will never be destroyed. There are no chinks in the walls of this kingdom. It is eternal. And it is ruled by One who will never be removed from His throne. As the Apostle Paul said, “Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). The Psalmist said, “For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet…God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.” (Psalm 47:2–3, 8). Today is a day we’ll never forget because of the pain it brings us. But it is also a day I’ll never forget because of the hope it brings as I am focused on another King and another Kingdom.


VFW Benefit for Andy Andy Gardner is an Iraq vet who broke his leg in an accident. A benefit steak dinner will be held at the VFW Post 16013 E. High St. in Middlefield Sept. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. The proceeds will go toward helping with Andy’s medical expenses and income loss. Dinner will be an 11ounce strip steak fresh cut that morning, baked potato, salad, roll, coffee, juice and desert. The bar will also be open. The VFW is using the same meat supplier they used last time and the steaks were very tender and tasty. Tickets are $12 and are available at the club Monday thru Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. The club phone number is 632-1257. Please buy tickets in advance so the club knows how many steaks to purchase.

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Sept.11: Awana Clubs 6:30 to 8 p.m. For children 3 years through 6th grade. Huntsburg Baptist Church, 16401 Mayfield Road (44046). Call 440636-5203 or visit www.huntsburgbaptist@

Sept 27: God Shares a Meal Free meal for anyone who wishes to come 4 to 6:30 p.m. Middlefield First United Methodist Church. 14999 South State Ave. (Route 608). Handicap accessible. 440-6320470.

Sept 15: Geauga Hunger Task Force Benefit Fun Run $15 per person. Motorcycles and cars welcome! Ride to several Geauga County Parks on secondary roads, ending with a picnic at 4 p.m. Registration 12:30 p.m., ride starts 1 p.m. Meet at Middlefield First United Methodist Church, 14999 S. State Ave. (Rt.608). Rain date Sept. 22. 440-6320480.

Sept. 24: Produce to People 4 to 6 p.m. Rain or shine. Free produce provided through the Cleveland Food Bank. Distribution at Middlefield First United Methodist Church, 14999 South State Ave. (Route 608) 440-632-0470.

Holiday Bazaar Crafts and Holiday Gifts When: Saturday, October 19th 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (set up at 8:00 a.m.) Where: Aquilla Christian Fellowship 13925 Stanley Rd, Burton

(Near the intersection of Aquilla & Stanley)

Tables: $15 – 8 foot, $12 – 6 foot, $10 for your own table Contact: Call Becki at 440-376-4037 or Jeanne at 440-548-2929 (eves) Space is limited, so register early. (No flea market or yard sale items please.

We welcome all crafters & shoppers to join us for an enjoyable day.

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Stop in and Visit our Museum, Video Viewing and Cheese Outlet.

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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.

Feeding People Feed My People Inc., a 501(c)(3) outreach ministry of the community is having an open giveaway of clothes, household items, and toys for families in need on Sept. 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 2p.m., and Sept. 14 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Celebration Lutheran Church, 10621 Auburn Road across from E-check. Taxdeductible cash contributions can be mailed to Feed My People Inc. 401 South St. #4B PO Box 82 Chardon, OH 44024. We hope to see you there. Please call Chris with questions at 440-679-2483.

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SHETLER’S • 440-693-4477 4809 Kinsman Rd. (St. Rt. 87) 3/4 miles west of Mesopotamia (Rt. 534), Middlefield, 44062 Store hours: Mon–Fri 7:30 am-5pm; Sat 7:30am-4pm; Closed Sun.

(Only 8 miles East of Burton at Rt. 87 & 534)

It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean. Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier. Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now. Everybody’s gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts ... and his bucket of shrimp. Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing on the end of the pier. Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, “Thank you. Thank you”. In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn’t leave. He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place. When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home. If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, Ed might seem like ‘a funny old duck,’ as my dad used to say. Or, to onlookers, he’s just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp. To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant ... maybe even a lot of nonsense. Old folks often do strange things ... at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters. Most of them would probably write Old Ed off, down there in Florida. That’s too bad; they’d do well to know him better. His full name was Eddie Rickenbacker.

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He was a famous hero in World War I, and then he was in WWII. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his sevenmember crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft. Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger and thirst. By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were or even if they were alive. Every day across America millions wondered and prayed that Eddie Rickenbacker might somehow be found alive. The men adrift needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle. They tried to nap. Eddie leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged on. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft. Suddenly, Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull! Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal of it - a very slight meal for eight men. Then they used the intestines for bait and caught fish, which gave them food and more bait ... and the cycle continued. With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued after 24 days at sea. Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull. And he never stopped saying, “Thank you”. That’s why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude. Eddie Rickenbacker was the founder of Eastern Airlines. Before WWI he was racecar driver. In WWI he was a pilot and became America ‘s first ace. In WWII he was an instructor and military adviser, and he flew missions with the combat pilots. Eddie Rickenbacker is a true American hero. And now you know another story about the trials and sacrifices that brave men have endured for your freedom.

Pig Roast Hear ye … Hear ye ! You are invited to a good old-fashion community pig roast sponsored by the Thompson United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 28, 1 p.m. at Thompson Ledges Park (44086). This will be a great time for fellowship, food and music with Thompson’s own Jim Rudesill and his Gospel Echoes Quartet. But wait …There’s more … Special guests will be the 10 or 4 Quartet from the Chardon UMC Church. Please bring your friends and all of the little oinkers along with a lawn chair and get ready for some music southern style. See you there!

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