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Middlefield Post Thanksgiving Section


The Pilgrims

bout 392 years ago, members of the English Separatist Church we know as Pilgrims, landed at Plymouth Rock. They had a lot to be thankful for. For one thing, their ship, the Mayflower, made it across the Atlantic Ocean, no mean feat in those days, even for the stoutest of ships, which the Mayflower really wasn’t.  The Pilgrims were grateful for their captain, Captain Christopher Jones, a man strict but steady, a real “ship handler .” In fact, the Mayflower wasn’t meant to be a passenger ship at all. It had been built to be a wine transport ship. There are differing opinions as to the benefit of traveling in a vessel that smelled strongly of wine. Some feel this scent is much better than the usual stink of ships in those days, others point to the attraction such a transport would have for rats. Since we know that the Pilgrims brought barrels of beer with them on their voyage to the new world, we can be reasonably sure that the smell of wine wouldn’t bother them.

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By Jacquie Foote

The Pilgrims, of a Puritan sect, fled from persecution in England. Like many since, they were looking for a better, freer life in America. They negotiated with a London stock company to finance the pilgrimage to America in return for a percentage of the wealth they obtained there. (Think furs, think precious metals, think tobacco!)  However, two thirds of those aboard the Mayflower were not Separatists. These people, many of them “second sons” went along for the adventure and/or the chance of wealth. You could tell the difference between Pilgrims and non-Pilgrims by their dress. The Separatists avoided the ostentation of the clothing of the time, dressing plainly. Everyday wear was not the formal gowns and headgear we see in pictures. For example, for everyday wear, both men and women wore wide brimmed hats more or less like “farmers” hats. In addition, women wore caps of a lightweight fabric under their hats. This helped to confine their hair. Besides being thankful for the safety of their voyage, the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620 could be grateful that the members of the Iroquois nation at that time were not more numerous and more belligerent. In fact, members of the Wampanoag tribe were surprisingly friendly and helpful.

For many reasons, the winter of 1640 was deadly for the Pilgrims. The weather was severe, and the attitude of some of those who came didn’t help. Some wanted to spend all their time looking for riches instead of getting down to brass tacks building adequate shelter and providing food for themselves before the winter came. By spring of 1621, many of the weakened survivors still refused to carry their share of the responsibility for survival. So, by the fall of 1621 almost half of the original 102 settlers had died of hardship. In fact, history tells us that only five women Pilgrims survived the first year at the Plymouth settlement (and they were the ones to cook and prepare the first celebration meal in 1621. But before this celebration feast, the Pilgrims had to learn to grow crops such as maize and pumpkins. Their leaders had to learn that having everyone work in a communal garden and having all share the harvest equally didn’t work out well as some people are lazy or unmotivated. But dividing the land and making each family responsible for growing their own food or tobacco provided motivation. Thanks to the lessons the Pilgrims learned, to the skill of Native Americans like Squanto, and to good fortune, the harvest of 1621 was bountiful. It was time to celebrate.

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When I first arrived in northeast Ohio, I saw something I had never seen in Europe— people dressed in black clothes and traveling with horse and buggy. I discovered they were called Amish, and I quickly became interested in learning more about them. Geauga County has the fourth largest Amish population in the world. The Amish began settling Geauga County in 1886, when Sam Weaver made the journey from Holmes County to Parkman. Most of the Amish trace their ancestry to Switzerland, where their religious forefathers called themselves simply “Swiss Brethren.” Their belief in such things as adult baptism (as opposed to infant baptism), separation of Church and State, not swearing an oath and not bearing arms, were considered by the state to be radical and subversive. Because of this the Swiss Brethren endured severe persecution in their homeland, many facing imprisonment, exile, being sentenced as galley slaves, and even martyrdom. The reason the Amish have no church buidings dates back to this time. They celebrate their Christian church services every two weeks at houses/farms of members within each district. Because of the intense persecution in Europe, many Swiss Brethren fled into neighboring Alsace (now part of France) and southern Germany. A division among the Swiss Brethren in the 1690’s resulted in some members following a young bishop named Jakob Amman. Today we know the descendants of his followers as the Amish. The Amish began settling in America in the 1730’s at the invitation of Quaker William Penn, with several large migrations from Europe taking place up until the mid-1800’s. The last Amish Church in Europe merged with the Mennonites in the 1930’s. Geauga County has 99 church districts, each with 20 to 30 families. Today we find these peaceful pacifists living among us, still adhering to their centuriesold beliefs of living a simple and God-fearing life separate from the world, and practicing adult baptism. Although they themselves would admit that, being human, they sometimes fail in trying to achieve these goals, it is the life they have chosen, the path they walk of their own free will. The Amish are good and peaceful neighbors, and they are an important part of life in this area. We are thankful to have them as our neighbors. Dieter Huth lives in Middlefield and is a German citizen. He has given programs on the European Origins of the Amish at libraries and historical societies. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ~ Melody Beattie

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{ thanksgiving } Stressed Out By Thanksgiving? By Jamie Sitko Thanksgiving is a time of the year for many families to reconnect, but it’s also a stressful time for many. Instead of denying the realities of your family’s drama, plan for it. Chances are you’re not the only one who is irked by your family’s dysfunctional routines. Figure out who you can call on to help make things different. Then do some pre-event strategizing. Give challenging relatives an


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assignment: Is someone always critical of the menu? Ask her if she would please bring that delicious dish that is her specialty so she’ll have a place to shine. If there are problem drinkers in the family, let everyone know ahead of time that you are holding an alcohol-free party. People in your family who can’t stand being at a gathering without alcohol will probably leave early or decline the invitation Have some of the younger kids make place cards and assign seats. Put people who rub each other the wrong way at opposite ends of the table. Seat the most troublesome person right next to you or one of your co-conspirators so that you can head off unfortunate conversation topics as soon as they start. Kids are simply not going to enjoy being trapped at a table with adults (especially dysfunctional adults) for extended periods of time. They should be expected to behave during the meal, afterward, plan something for them to do while the adults linger at the table. Have a Happy Thanksgiving - or at least one that has just a little less stress this year. Additional information available at, or call 330-6875483 or e-mail Jamie@sitkocounseling. com. All inquiries are confidential.

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Interesting Thanksgiving Trivia While “gobble” is the call most people associate with turkeys, the birds have at least 28 different known vocalizations. Other calls, including “yelps,”“clucks,”“putts,” “cackles,” “purrs,” “hoots” and “hisses,” are used to indicate danger, advertise the caller’s sex, establish control and keep the flock together. The National Turkey Federation has given a turkey to the White House every Thanksgiving since 1947. Until 1989, when George H. Bush began the tradition of pardoning the White House turkey, nearly every president chose to eat the bird. Spared turkeys spend the rest of their days in the happiest place on earth, Disneyland.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Calorie Cuts Thanksgiving brings to mind a plentiful bounty of indulgent foods. From mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole, to apple cobbler and pumpkin pie, this is one holiday that is hard on the waistline. Many people struggle with maintaining a healthy weight during the holiday season, and feelings of frustration can cause individuals to ditch their healthy eating habits altogether. Instead of sabotaging your healthy weight, there are some simple steps you can follow that will help you cut those Thanksgiving calories. Cook stuffing in a dish by itself instead of inside the bird, where fat drippings add significantly to the calorie count. Substitute each whole egg with two egg whites to save 30 calories per serving. For instant portion control, bake your stuffing in muffin tins. One more trick to slim down stuffing is to prepare it with barley instead of bread for a high-fiber, whole grain alternative. When you make your famous green bean casserole, swap out high-calorie sour cream for plain yogurt to save about 48 calories per serving. Use part-skim or lowfat cheese instead of the full-fat kind to save 2 grams of fat per serving or 16 grams total. Better yet, stir-fry fresh green beans with a little olive oil, garlic, and a smidge of salt and pepper for a healthier veggie side. Trade heavy cream for whole milk in mashed potato recipes to keep the creamy taste while saving 168 calories and 9 grams of fat per serving (that’s 1,342 calories and 72 grams of fat overall). To add flavor to mashed sweet potatoes, try mixing in spices such as ginger and cinnamon For a tangy taste, add a little orange juice for sweetness and you might not even miss the marshmallows on top. When it comes to turkey, dark meat really isn’t that much higher in calories than light meat. White meat has 44 calories per ounce; dark meat has 53 calories per ounce. Eat whatever color meat you want, but avoid the skin since that has the most fat. If you leave the fatty skin in the roasting pan with the rest of the grease, you’ll save more than 50 calories and 6 grams of fat per serving. Go ahead and have the apple or pumpkin pie, but instead of topping it with ice cream, try frozen yogurt to save 28 calories and 4 grams of fat. You can also make lower-fat crust by using phyllo dough and butter spray. Use portion control. Many people run into problems when they mistakenly confuse portion control for serving size. They are not one and the same. The term portion refers to the amount of food that you eat in one sitting. A serving size is the measurement of the food that you eat as determined by cups, tablespoons, ounces, etc. For example, the portion of corn bread you put on your plate may be two 4-inch squares. The serving, however, is only one square, which would mean you are consuming two servings of corn bread in your portion. By exercising good portion

control and limiting the amount of food you add to your plate, you can decrease the overall calorie intake of your meal. Eat fresh. Try to add as many natural, whole food ingredients to your shopping list as possible. Opt for fresh vegetables when possible. Frozen is another healthy alternative because these vegetables are usually flash frozen when they are at their nutritional peak. Steer clear of canned varieties, which are packed with artificial flavors, chemicals and preservatives, and are often very high in sodium. Don’t forget to monitor what you’re drinking all day. Apple cider, wine spritzers and pumpkin spice ale are common beverages consumed on Thanksgiving Day. Unfortunately, these drinks are heavy on calories. If you drink several over the course of the day, you can easily consume 500 to 1,000 calories or more in beverages alone. But that doesn’t mean you have to skip these tasty drinks altogether. When you are feeling thirsty, skip the high calorie options and reach for a zero calorie glass of water instead. Squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice in for added flavor or for a lower calorie treat, try fresh raspberries in sparkling water. Save the wine or other holiday beverages for during the meal or as an after dinner treat. Go for an after-dinner stroll. After the meal is over and the table is cleared, think twice before you claim your permanent spot on the sofa for the rest of the evening. Of course you want to relax a bit and allow your body time to digest after eating, but remaining sedentary for hours is not a good idea. While no one says you need to change into your jogging pants and hit the pavement running for an hour, going for a leisurely after dinner stroll is a great way to burn off some of those extra Thanksgiving calories. Not only will it help you with calorie cutting, but it can help bring back some of the energy that was zapped when your body was working overtime to digest the big meal. That extra energy will leave you feeling good. And feeling good is one thing for which we can all be very thankful.

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Ballroom dance class is a great gift idea for teens, couples, and future wedding plans. A gift certificate for children’s dance is a wonderful solution for grandparents’ giving. All the dancers at Crossroads are working very hard to produce their annual Christmas show for their families and friends. Bright, sparkling holiday costumes and lively and sacred music will highlight the talented kids on a stage. This holiday production is always highly anticipated, and this year it will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 20 in the Cardinal Middle School auditorium. Children ages 2 through teens participate, and each class performs three numbers for the audience’s enjoyment. A party will be held after the show to celebrate the holidays together.


Signing children up for Pre-School In The Arts is great one-stop shopping. The students, ages 3 to 5 take dance, art, music, tumbling and lots of extras such as Spanish and geography. They are introduced to good books, learn about weather, days and months, good manners, safety, making friends and much more. The cost is minimal for the four combined programs. Register soon by calling Crossroads Dance Studio at 440-632-9510.

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{ thanksgiving } Burton Village Celebrates the Holidays The Burton Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Country Hearth Christmas, A Dickens Of A Christmas, Nov. 23, 24, 25, Dec. 1 and 2. Picturesque Burton Village will be decked out in its finest holiday wear and welcomes everyone to visit for a unique and old-fashioned holiday experience. The Log Cabin in the Park will be the hub of activity over the 5-day event. Come snuggle up to the roaring fire in the fireplace, relax on a rocker and learn all about making pure maple syrup. Enjoy a holiday tradition when you bring the youngsters in with their gift requests for Santa. Santa will assemble his list each day. While in the Log Cabin, be sure to check out the maple products that make excellent and tasty gifts. On Friday, Nov. 23, there will be a lighted holiday parade at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate, as a marcher in the parade or by watching throughout town. The parade will assemble in the Berkshire High School parking lot at 5:45 p.m. All marchers, floats and participants must have some sort of lighting. School groups, 4-H clubs, sports groups, bicyclers, walkers, horse and riders are invited to join the fun. Groups can have

Burton Chamber Of Commerce Presents:

Country Hearth Christmas - A Dickens Of A Christmas

November 23, 24, 25 & December 1 & 2 Schedule of Events NOV. 23 10am-5pm

10am-8pm: Stores Open 10am-5pm: Candy Demo at White House Chocolates Noon-4pm: Santa & Mrs. Claus, Tram &Tractor Rides at Log Cabin 5-8pm Glass Gallery open 6pm: Carolling, Lighted Holiday Parade,Tree Lighting Ceremony, Church Cookies & Hot Chocolate in Gazebo during Parade

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his beautiful gift box is patterned after the Log Cabin in Kentucky in which Abraham Lincoln was born. Your holiday gift purchases from the Burton Log Cabin will be packaged in this unique gift box designed exclusively for the Burton Chamber of Commerce. (This gift box is available at the log cabin on the square in Burton through the holiday season. Variations of the holiday gift box will be available throughout the year and as always all of your unique purchases can be shipped worldwide.)

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9am-1pm: Breakfast with Santa at Amercican Legion Hall 9am-3pm: Craft Show at American Legion Hall 9am-4pm: Book Sale at Burton Public Library 10am-5pm: Stores Open 10am-4pm: Kids’ Craft at Burton Public Library 10am-5pm: Candy Demo at White House Chocolates Noon-4pm: Santa & Mrs. Claus, Wagon Rides at Log Cabin 5-8pm: Wine & Cheese Reception at Glass Gallery

NOV. 25 9pm-5pm

DEC. 1 10am-5pm

10am-5pm: Stores Open Wagon Rides at Log Cabin, Cross Roads Store Open at Century Village, Candy Demo at White House Chocolates 11am-4pm: Make Footprints at Fezziwigs Baby Gifts and Gear, Church Bazzaar at Burton Congregational Church Noon-4pm: Santa & Mrs. Claus, Wagon Rides at Log Cabin

DEC. 2 12pm-5pm

Noon-5pm: Stores Open Noon-4pm: Santa & Mrs. Claus, Wagon Rides at Log Cabin


Nov. 23 - Dec. 2: Scavenger Hunt Nov. 23 - Dec. 12: Giving Tree at Geauga Credit Union Nov. 24 - Dec. 20: Burton Public Library Gingerbread Display Nov. 24 - Dec. 30: Burton Holiday House Decorating Competition Dec. 7: Party for a Purpose at the Bond Building in Century Village Dec. 15: A.H. Christiansons Floral Design Studio at the Bond Building in Century Village

9am-1pm: Stores Open Breakfast with Santa at American All events subject to change. Legion Hall Noon-4pm: Santa & Mrs. Claus, For a complete listing check website, Wagon Rides at Log Cabin

floats and decorated vehicles or use your imagination to create something fun and festive. Put a light on your dog, alpaca, llama, pig or other pet and light up a horsedrawn wagon to join the celebration. Please note: No unit may have a Santa. Santa will be at the end of the parade for all the young ones to enjoy. At the completion of the parade the holiday lights will be turned on in Burton Village Park. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available in the gazebo during the parade. Carolers will be singing in the gazebo and around town. The shops on Main Street will be hosting various special events and activities along with one of a kind holiday gift ideas. All shops are locally owned and unique. Antiques, hand-blown glass items, baby and kid gear, Amish rugs, flowers, vintage furniture and one-of-a-kind gifts are just a few of the many things to be discovered in Burton Village year round. To assist visitors in getting about town each day, a wagon will be ready. Be sure to pick up a Scavenger Hunt registration card from participating merchants or at the Log Cabin. Get them stamped at designated merchants, then return them to the Log Cabin and enter to win the lovely gift basket on display. The Burton Public Library will celebrate the holidays in grand style. Check out the Gingerbread House display through the holidays. Then visit the Book Cellar Saturday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to hunt for a special book for a gift or to keep and curl up with when the hectic holiday season is over. All money raised helps with special programs and events at the library. The American Legion Hall will have a Breakfast with Santa and a craft show Nov. 24 and 25. Breakfast with Santa is from 9 a.m. to noon. Food will be served until 1:30 p.m. The craft show will run until 3 p.m. On Dec. 1 only, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Century Village will have the Hickox Brick and Cross Roads Store open and decorated for the holidays. Crossroads Store will be stocked with historic gift ideas. Just east of Burton Park on Kinsman Road (Route 87) is White House Chocolates. The Candy Kitchen will be open for demonstrations. All visitors will receive a chocolate covered holiday pretzel rod. For those who wish to extend their visit, the Red Maple Inn and Goodwin House Bed & Breakfast are ready to welcome you. And there are four different restaurants for your dining needs. For more information on Country Hearth Christmas, A Dickens Of a Christmas, contact Amy at the Log Cabin at 440-8344204, Sue at 440-834-0076 or the Web site

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{ thanksgiving } A Merry Middlefield Christmas What could be better than getting all your Christmas shopping done early and saving gas to boot by doing all your shopping close to home? The Middlefield Chamber of Commerce and our area merchants are here to offer you gift giving suggestions and money saving coupons as your reward for shopping locally. And the coupons (on pages 6 and 7) are valid for the entire months of November and December. Satisfy everyone on your shopping list with some of our area’s most popular and unique items. Look over the many coupons to see how much money you can save. Our quaint shops and friendly merchants will give you all the personalized service you need to make this a special Christmas. Remember, when you shop locally, you help our whole community become stronger and healthier. So shop early, shop local and have a merry Middlefield Christmas. The Middlefield Chamber of Commerce is made up of business owners and workers who love our town and are always looking for ways to improve it. We hold monthly meetings to network and gain insight into what’s important to running a business. We have found over the years that good communication is vital to helping one another and to making things happen. Often we can work together in our businesses to improve a product, learn new skill and share information. We have much more that unites us than divides us. We all care about our employees, our community and our customers. We sponsor numerous events, including annual Taste of Middlefield celebration, annual Golf Outing, annual Cardinaires concert, periodic Trunk Sale, tours and open houses of area businesses called “Be Our Guest,” and we are the sponsoring agency for the Geauga Safety Council, dedicated to worker safety. We try to be responsive to the needs of the business community and the requests of the consumers we serve. November is membership month, and we would love to have you join us. Membership fees are reasonable and based on number of employees. If you would like more information or are interested in being our guest at an upcoming meeting, please contact our office in the Historic Depot at 440-632-5705 or visit

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Bakery Fresh Pies • Breads • Apple Butter

Order Your Thanksgiving Pies Today! 440-632-1939

Mon, Fri, Sat 7am - 8pm Tues, Wed, Thurs 11am - 8pm

14743 N. State St. Middlefield 44062

location and receive a special stamp, then leave your card at your last stop. The drawing for the Grand Prize will be Dec. 5. The Holiday Open House will be Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join in the festivities at this year’s scenic Amish Country event where 15 local businesses are bursting with great holiday gift giving ideas. Spend the day, or just a few hours in a relaxed hometown atmosphere. Visit each shop to view and enjoy handcrafted, locally made and home-baked items for you, your family and friends. Enter raffles at select shops to win great prizes. All money raised goes to the local Middlefield Food Cupboard. Be sure to stamp your free Holiday Passport at each shop you visit. Middlefield Cheese, Country Arts & Jewelry Bead & Southwestern Shoppe, The Craft Cupboard, Country Collections Antique Mall, J.M.J. Woodstoves, Rustic Rewind, Nauvoo Family Market, Country Side Furnishings & Amish Gifts, Amish Home Craft & Bakery, Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen, Maggie’s Donuts, Sparrow Christian Bookshop, Crossroads Country Café, White House Chocolates and Ma & Pa’s Gift Shack. Support your community and find a vast array of lovely and unique gifts to please everyone on your Christmas list while helping those less fortunate by filling the shelves of our local Middlefield food cupboard. Count your blessings this year -and share them. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward

General Merchandise, Groceries, Medicine, Paper Products & More !! ts of Kurtz Salvage LLC CLo hristmas 16777 Dead End Shedd Items Have (Off of Old State Rd.) 440.632.5623 Arrived! Monday-Thursday 8-5 • Friday 8-6 • Saturday 8-3


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7th Annual Christmas in the Country Geauga County knows how to make the holidays shine, and the Middlefield/ Burton area is kicking off the 2012 winter events with another Christmas in the County. Shop early and enter the grand prize drawing today. You could be the lucky winner of an overnight stay at the Goodwin House B&B, dinner for two at Grandview Restaurant, or a sleigh ride for two at Ma & Pa’s Gift Shack. Just purchase the $3 grand prize tickets at Country Arts & Jewelry, Middlefield Cheese House, Craft Cupboard, White House Chocolates and Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen. Holiday Passport Tour is now through Dec. 1. Simply pick up your free Holiday Passport. Use the card and visit all 15 participating shops for a chance to win Holiday Grand Prize gifts. Shop at each

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4 Toys & Games 4 Melissa & Doug Toys

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4 Yankee Colonial & Woodwick Candles. Soy candles, too. 4 LED Battery Lamps 4 Lamps & Lamp Oil 4 Kitchen Gagets & much more! 440-632-9065 • 15419 Madison Rd (Rt 528, 1mi. S. of Rt 87) • Middlefield Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30–5:00

Marble • Pepper Jack • Cheddar White Colby • Monterey Jack Trail Bologna • Beef Sticks • Cashew Crunch Honey • Homemade Apple Butter

Medium Gift Box • $34.99

White Colby • Marble • Cheddar Marble Pepper Jack • Pancake Mix Maple Syrup • Summer Sausage Wire Whisk

Small Gift Box • $20.89

Cheddar • Monterey Jack • Marble Pepper Jack • Beef Sticks

& gift Baskets Oval Gift Basket • $28.99

The Gift of Bird-watching Lasts a Lifetime!

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Bird Food • Identiflyer Bird Feeders • Bird Books Bird Baths • Puzzles Suet Cakes • Clocks And So Much More!

Pepper Jack • Colby • Marble • Cheddar Monterey Jack • Marble Pepper Jack Makes Great Gifts for Employees & Friends Call for Quantity Pricing Now Making Our Own Swiss Cheese

15444 Shedd Road, Middlefield (1.6 miles west of Rt. 528)

VM: 440-332-4713 OPEN: Monday-Saturday 9-5

16942 Kinsman Rd., Middlefield 440-632-5567 • Fax: 440-632-0892 We Ship UPS Direct to Anyone - Anywhere!

Nov. 23 & 24 10% OFF STOREWIDE! Children’s Playsets Picnic Tables Porch Swings and more!

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We challenge you to find a better-built line of Outdoor Products! 440-693-4363 4853 Kinsman Middlefield

(Rt. 87–1 mile West of Mesopotamia or 4 miles East of Middlefield ) Alan Mullet

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Large Assortment of o H Homemade Holiday Baked Goods – y p Specialty Orders Welcome! ap H Holiday Catering ~ We’ll Do the Cooking So You Can Enjoy the Season Closed Thanksgiving Day

crossroads country cafe OPEN 7 DAYS — BrEAkfASt, LuNch & DiNNEr

15916 W. High St. • Middlefield • 440.632.0191 Mon-Wed 5:30am-2:00pm • Thurs–Sat 5:30am-8:00pm • Sun 7:00am-2:00pm

CusTOM Orders WelCOMe

Cornhole Games Team Colors & Many Others

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Picnic Tables: Octagon & Straight 5’ to 8’ • Arbors • Gliders • Adirondack Chairs & Benches Swings • 4 Sizes of Wishing Wells • Mini-Bridges • 6 - 16-Ft. Bridges • Screened Gazebos & More!

17071 Tavern Rd. (Rt. 168), Middlefield • 440-548-2657 Open Mon-Sat 8am-5pm • Closed Tues & Sun

“Sponsor a Family” is a holiday program that provides food and gifts to low income families and seniors in Geauga County. For more than 40 years, Geauga County Job and Family Services has coordinated the Sponsor a Family Program during the holiday season. In 2011, 580 families, from every geographic location in the county, received help through this program. Over 1,240 children received toys and gifts, and 15,000 to 20,000 pounds of food was donated, sorted, packed and delivered. Sponsor a Family matches low income families who need assistance during the holidays with area churches, organizations, companies, families and individuals who would like to help. Families, foster children and seniors are referred to the program. The goal is to match as many families as possible with Sponsors from the community. Those not matched with a designated sponsor will receive food, toys and gifts from the donations Job and Family Services receives. Sponsor a Family would not be possible without the generosity of community members. Area individuals, families, schools, businesses, organizations and churches collect food and toys to donate. Monetary donations are used to purchase meat, staples and other basic items. Sponsor a Family volunteers are essential. Last year, approximately 300 volunteers donated over 900 hours to sort and pack food and gift donations, and deliver the gifts to the families. Toy collection drives will begin the week of Nov. 12 at: The Middlefield Banking Company in Middlefield (main branch), Huntington Banks in Middlefield, Chardon and Burton, and Geauga Savings Bank in Newbury. To make donations, volunteer time or for information contact Sara at 440-285-9141. Checks for monetary donations must be made payable to “Special Services” with “Sponsor a Family” in the memo portion of the check. Mail checks to P.O. Box 309, Chardon, OH 44024. New toys, coats and other donations are accepted at Geauga County Job and Family Services, 12480 Ravenwood Dr., Chardon.

Holiday Meals for County Seniors The Geauga County Department on Aging will once again offer a traditional holiday meal to any Geauga County Senior, age 60 and older, who will be home and alone on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 and Christmas Day, Dec. 25. A friendly volunteer will deliver a hot holiday meal to the senior’s home, usually delivered between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and then spend a little time visiting. If you are, or know, a Geauga County Senior who will be home and alone on the holidays, please fill out the form below and mail to the Department on Aging at 12555 Ravenwood, Chardon, OH 44024, or call the GDA offices at 440- 279-2130 or 440- 564-7131 or 440-8341856, both extension 2130, as soon as possible. ****************Thanksgiving and Christmas Day Meal Sign Up**************** Name(s) ___________________________________________________________________ Street Address_______________________________________________________________ Town/City______________________________________________ Zip ________________ Home Phone Number ________________________ Number of meals requested ______

Fill a Police Cruiser By Brian Kerr

A new shipment of guitars have arrived! Shop local ~ Shop early 15910 West High St. Middlefield (44062)


Lessons • Sales • Rentals • Repairs Private Music Lessons for Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Drums, Violin, Voice and All Band Instruments

Layaway Now for Christmas

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Hey Geauga County! We are having our “Fill A Police Cruiser” on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have a cruiser ready to fill at Walmart and SaveA-Lot. Non-perishable items and canned goods will be collected. If you aren’t sure what to give, cash donations will also be accepted. All donations will be gathered by St. Lucy’s Church and put into baskets for area families. This fundraiser has been very successful in the past and has brightened the holidays for many of our friends and neighbors. It’s a great cause to support, so pitch in and do what you can to spread the cheer and assure that Geauga County families will have a merry holiday season. Come out and help if you can, or just stop by to say hello.

Christmas on the Farm Nov. 23, 24, 25 Fri. 5–8 pm, Sat. 10-4 pm, & Sun. 12-4 4224 Donley Road Middlefield/ Mesopotamia All kinds of crafts available for unique Christmas gifts!

Fast Delivery • Quality Materials • Competitive Prices


Since 1954 • 58 Years of Service

• Washed Sand & Gravel • Road & Driveway Gravel • Limestone Products

Happy Thanksgiving

Residential & Commercial • Screened Topsoil • Fill Sand & Dirt • Landscape Boulders

3498 Frost Rd, Mantua •


Holiday Passport Tour Nov. 10th - Dec. 1st, 2012

Pick up your Free Holiday Passport ! Use this card & visit all 15 shops for a chance to win Holiday Grand Prize gifts. Shop at each location & receive a special stamp, then leave your card at your last stop. Drawing for the Grand Prizes on Dec. 5th.

7th Annual

Christmas in the Country

Holiday Open House

Sat., Dec. 1, 2012 ~ 10am-5pm (for most)

Join us this year in scenic Amish Country ... featuring 15 local businesses with great holiday gift giving ideas !! Spend the day, or just a few hours in a relaxed hometown atmosphere. Visit each shop to view and enjoy handcrafted, locally made & home baked items for you and your family and friends! Enter raffles at select shops to win great prizes. All money raised goes to the local Middlefield food cupboard.


Enter the Grand Prize Drawing for ...

... Overnight Stay at the Goodwin House B&B ... Dinner for Two at Grandview Restaurant ... a Sleigh Ride for two at Ma & Pa’s Gift Shack

Purchase $3.00 Grand Prize tickets at... Country Arts & Jewelry Middlefield Cheese House Craft Cupboard White House Chocolates Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen

Be sure to stamp your FREE Holiday Passport at each shop ! Middlefield Cheese House

Visit the gift box center to place an order. Take home or we will ship! Order cheese trays in time for the Holidays! Rt. 608 & Nauvoo Rd. Middlefield • 440/632-5228

Rustic Rewind

Country Arts & Jewelry Bead & Southwestern Shoppe

Country Collections Antique Mall

J.M.J. Enterprises

Unique “one-of-a-kind” gemstone, Opal, Turquoise & fashion jewelry. Crystals, candles, pottery & more ! 15864 Nauvoo Rd., Middlefield 440/632-5343

Holiday craft projects & card making, wool & cotton fabric, yarn & rubber stamps. Country & Primitive home decor & gifts. 14275 Old State Rd. (Rt. 608) Middlefield • 440/632-5787

Formal, country, farm, & primitive furnishings. For the collector on your list, or decorating for the holidays ! 47 dealers & 4,500 sq. ft. 15848 Nauvoo Rd., Middlefield 440/632-1712

Nauvoo Family Market

Country Side Furnishings

Amish Home Craft & Bakery

Crossroads Country Cafe

White House Chocolates

Inspiration from the past. Specializing in painted furniture & antiques. 15864 Nauvoo Rd. Middlefield • 440/632-1253

Bulk & fresh baked goods. Deli meats, cheese, hardware & gifts. 15979 Nauvoo Rd., Middlefield

Maggie’s Donuts

Sparrow Christian Bookshop

Offering apple fritters, donuts, muffins & brownies. Enjoy coffee & cappuccino. Open 4am to Noon. 15963 E. High St., Middlefield Bank Plaza. Open 7am to 6pm. 15561 High St., Harrington Square Mall, Middlefield • 440/632-5222

The Craft Cupboard


Full service Christian bookstore. Bibles, music, cards, gifts & laser engraving. 14962 S. State Ave., Middlefield • 440/632-0011

Amish hand-crafted furniture & gifts Fresh baked goods & fry pies. that last a lifetime! Small handcrafted Handwoven baskets, rugs, gifts & chimes. 16403 Nauvoo Rd., placemats, wooden puzzles, Amish Middlefield • 440/632-0248 quilts & gifts. 16860 Kinsman Rd. (Rt. 87), Middlefield • 440/632-1888 Home-style cooking, homemade pies & desserts. Serving breakfast lunch & dinner. Catering available. 15916 W. High St., Middlefield 440/632-0191

Delicious holiday chocolates & fresh hand-made fudge. Toffees, truffles, caramels & sugar-free too! 14607 Kinsman Rd. Middlefield • 440/834-3133

Full line of alternate heating fireplace inserts, freestanding wood/pellet stoves & more. 15848 Nauvoo Rd., Middlefield 440/632-0780

Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen

Enjoy Amish cooking family style. Visit our bakery & gift shop. 14743 N. State St. (Rt. 608) Middlefield • 440/632-1939

Ma & Pa’s Gift Shack

Horse drawn sleigh rides. Shop the 1820’s log cabin for holiday gifts. Ohio grown Christmas Trees. 15161 Main Market (Rt. 422) Burton • 440/548-5521

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