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Don’t Miss Our Special Holiday Section “Yes, Middlefield, There is a Santa Claus” By Nancy Huth In the past two years, a Green House, Flower Shop, Tailor Shop, Tucked away on quiet Bundysburg Road outside of Middlefield Fish and Tackle shop, and 2,000 feet of fencing have been erected. are 93 acres of magic and miracles. Reindeer and horses graze, The next project is flooring the three covered bridges with white munching apples donated by Sunrise Farms, as they await oak planks so children can enjoy the clipSanta’s call. clop of horse hooves. This project is being “Santa’s Hideaway Hollow” has organized by a 17-year-old Boy Scout for touched the lives of 79,000 critically or his Eagle Scout project. Spring’s big task terminally ill children over the past 30 will be laying a 100 by 100 square foot years. It is a non-profit corporation, not Medivac-Helipad with a huge “S” in the open to the public, which was started in center. This will help the hospitals fly in ill the spirit of Christmas by Elf-in-Chief, Bill children or pick them up in emergencies. Dieterle. Sick children and their families Upcoming projects are a house with a are taken, anytime of year, in horse-drawn movie theater and bathrooms, a gazebo, carriages over three covered bridges to an outdoor train ride, and a schoolhouse. the little town. The hideaway is composed Santa and Mrs. Claus rely exclusively of small wooden structures that dazzle the on volunteers and donations. All elves eyes. Christmas trees, ornaments, dolls, who serve, ready at Santa’s call, are from games, nutcracker men and red and green the area, many from local high schools. decorations are everywhere. Some of the Although the economy has been tough stops are at Santa’s Workshop, the general for Santa, with businesses moving out of store, Bernie Kosar House, a flower shop, the area, he counts on many generous a bank and a post office. In Santa’s Bank, contributors and helpers. children write their wishes on small pieces Some of these are Middlefield Sign, of paper and hand them to the Elf WishMentor Lumber, The Frank Agency, Don Keeper, who deposits them in a beautiful Basch Jewelers of Macedonia, Willoughby safe donated by Fifth Third Bank. The Supply, Pepsi Co., Middlefield Bank, magical Bundysburg Road Post Office is full of letters addressed to the North Pole. Santa’s Hideaway Hollow, Post Photo/Nancy Huth Preston Motors, Shetlers Printing, Zeppe’s Pizza, McDonalds, Kraftmaid, WalMart, Santa works in close collaboration Middlefield Kiwanis, Eli Miller and many wonderful people of with University, Metro, Lake and Cleveland Clinic Hospitals, who Geauga County. notify him about critically or terminally ill children. Besides Santa said, “One young very sick girl got hungry during her visit. transporting the kids to his Ohio North Pole, Santa also visits children She came to me and said, “Santa, I’m hungry, can you touch in hospitals or in their homes when hospice is there. He travels in your nose and get me a pizza?” I called Zeppe’s and we had a pizza the new white pick-up truck he won in a contest held by Toyota in three minutes.” Motor Company which, for 100 days, gave one car a day to a charity. Continued on page 2 On the truck’s side are the letters NPFD (North Pole Fire Dept.)

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By Nancy Huth Middlefield, Ohio is home to the fourth “The Amish Heritage Center will stand as a largest Amish settlement in the world, so it seems bridge between two cultures. The exhibitions and fitting to open an Amish Heritage Center here, content will recognize the contributions that the where the story of the northeast Ohio Amish Amish, and especially settlements have made the Geauga Settlement, to the state and its would be preserved. history since 1886.” Sam Weaver, a Recognition descendent of the extends to the Geauga first Amish to settle in County Historical Society Middlefield, states, “We in Burton and their are grateful to see a board of directors for collaboration between their input on the Amish Amish and English Heritage Center. neighbors to realize the Ken Lawton is the Amish Heritage Center son of artist Florian in Middlefield. It’s been Lawton who passed “Sugar Running,” painting by Ken Lawton a topic of discussion for away in January, 2011 over a dozen years among the Amish.” at age 89. Florian created numerous watercolors Sam is one of four Amish on the seven- of the northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania Amish member Heritage Center Advisory Board. The whom he had known for over 40 years. His other three are Eli Miller, Crist Miller and Joe artwork is displayed in the White House and in Miller. According to board chairman Ken Lawton, Continued on page 2

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If your company can donate time and supplies, or if you wish to make a donation to this worthy cause, please contact or send a check to William Dieterle, Santa’s Hideaway Hollow, 15400 Bundysburg Road, Middlefield, OH 44062. For more information call 440-632-5000. Visit the Web site at At Santa’s Hideaway Hollow, terminally ill children and their families can, for a short time, forget about the pain, the medication and the sadness, and experience the warmth of a man whose heart is as big as his belly.

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many Fortune 500 companies, as well as museums around the world. A Heritage Center was his dream and now his son Ken Lawton hopes to carry on with this vision. The Vancura Gallery has presentedFlorian’s artwork in the past, and now owners Donna and Randy Vancura will lease the gallery space to the Lawton Foundation for the new Amish Heritage Center. This location is ideal as many tourists visit the area and attractions such as Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen, the Middlefield Cheese, and the Middlefield Market. The museum design firm of ROTA in Dublin, Ohio will design the center and help create the exhibits. President Joseph Wisne says, “ROTA is honored to be working with the Amish Heritage Center. Working for clients around the world as ROTA does, we find the effort to bring this story to life here in our own backyard to be quite motivating.” The focus of the Amish Heritage Center is to present the story of the Geauga Settlement to a diverse audience, including local residents and international visitors, through education and exhibits. Within the story, the following elements of the Geauga Amish will be presented: • Origin of the Geauga Amish Settlement, from where and when. • Amish religious beliefs and how they differ from Mennonite and English. • Amish customs and traditions and how they have evolved in the last 50 years. • Amish language and its origins as well Amish lifestyle and work. • Differences among Amish communities and what makes the Geauga Settlement unique. The future of the Geauga Amish Settlement and how the Heritage Center will enrich the understanding between Amish and English, ensuring the Amish settlement’s continued growth and prosperity. Watch for a sign at year’s end on State Road to announce the opening of the Amish Heritage Center in June, 2012.

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A Look Back in Time................................ 04 Glimpse of Yesteryear............................. 05 Senior Living............................................. 06 Health Pages....................................... 07-09 The Rolling Green.................................... 11 Out ‘N’ About...................................... 12-13 Reading Room.......................................... 14 Behind the Badge.................................... 15 From the Firehouse................................. 15 Cardinal Schools................................ 16-17 Pathways of Faith..................................... 18

Special Holiday Section

Holiday Gift Ideas Close to Home......... 01 Spotlight On ... Textile Republic............ 03 Thank You From Area Businesses... 04-05 What Would Joe Do................................ 06

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{ family } The Gift of a Second Chance By Martha Hammonds the rising snow to call 911, they had to spend the night waiting for rescue. The next morning there still no help in sight, so Doug, dressed for the warmer weather of Tennessee, knew he had to go for help. He wrapped up the best he could, and covered his feet in plastic bags. He thinks he walked for about two miles, and then stopped, and looked across the horizon. He could see nothing but snow covered mountains. Then Doug turned to God. He told God it was fine if this was the way He wanted to take him but he asked that He please take care of Gina and the kids. Ready to lie down and die in the snow, Doug heard an engine, and a Toyota truck suddenly popped over the top of the hill. The man was out looking for his dog. The driver told Doug he had sat at his kitchen table and prayed that morning, telling God that he was going to look for his dog, but if he couldn’t find him to please let him help someone who needed him. Back home again, Doug told his story, over the phone, to a Christian friend. Doug explained that he knew God had saved him for some reason, but wasn’t sure what it was. They both agreed that God would let him know. Doug had just hung up the phone when it rang. It was from someone who needed help. They needed clothes. Doug says that God routes resources to him daily, using the store and Caring Heart to minister to people in need. Doug now knows that when he gets something he doesn’t normally handle, a call will be coming shortly from someone who needs it. For Doug and Gina, giving is not just a word on a business card, it is the response of a grateful heart who understands the gift of a second chance. Comfortably Used and Caring Heart is located near the intersection of Routes 87 and 528 in Middlefield. 440-632-9720 or 440-632-0050.


Martha Hammonds has ministered to the persecuted church in China, Egypt and India and currently writes for Open Doors USA. Martha lives in Middlefield and attends Huntsburg Baptist church with her husband Mike.

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Myron Raymond

Rich Hermit Slain in Middlefield Most people think that a murder could never happen in Middlefield, but in May of 1917, two Middlefield brothers were tried and convicted of killing Myron Raymond. Raymond, who was 77, was known as a rich, eccentric recluse who lived on Bundysburg Road, north of Route 87. For years he had been a widely known and picturesque figure. He delighted in going about looking like a tramp, his trousers held up by bits of twine, but he carried considerable money at times. It was said that he kept from $500 to $5,000 scattered about his home. The brothers, in their confessions, are quoted as having told how they hid in Raymond’s barn, stole into the house while he was out, and waited for his return. When he saw them he struck at them with his cane. The older brother then stuck him with a heavy club made from the handle of a cross-cut saw with the top bored out and filled with bullets. It was broken from the force of the beating, and lay on the floor with the bullets scattered. At the time the crime was said to be the most brutal in the history of Geauga County. The crime was solved when, the Middlefield marshall, Charles Wilkerson noticed the bullets at the crime scene had been made from a bullet mold that he himself had made. Wilkerson, in addition to being the town marshal, operated what today would be called a machine shop, probably very similar to the one operated by the late former Mayor Glade B. Harrison. He had loaned the mold to a Middlefield resident and after talking to him, learned he had let one of the brothers borrow it. When the marshal searched the bedroom of the older brother, he found a quantity of similar bullets to the ones found at the scene and had been made from the same mold. The older brother was sent to the penitentiary for life and the younger brother, who was a juvenile at the time of the murder, was sent to the Lancaster boys industrial school. A few years after the case was closed, long time Middlefield resident Garland Shetler, who at this time was a teenager, was at an auction at a residence on South Thompson. He noticed that in a box of junk that was being bid on was the very bullet mold made by Marshall Wilkerson. Garland was the highest bidder and for over 80 years had the piece of Middlefield history that solved the Raymond murder case. Shortly before he died in 1998, he gave the mold to Middlefield Historical Society President Rick Seyer, along with the details of its history.

Editors Note: Rick Seyer added a point of interest to this story. The Middlefield Post masthead is a copy of the painting displayed on the side wall of the Middlefield Tavern. In the center of the masthead are the depictions of three men standing on the steps of the H B Caslow Drug Store. The man on the left is Myron Raymond. In the center, is store owner Harry Caslow and on the right is possibly a man named Rob Rose.

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A Civil War Christmas

The war was over.  On April 9, 1865 General Grant accepted General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.  In acts of gallant generosity, Grant refused to accept Lee’s sword as a symbol of victory, and also allowed the Confederate soldiers to keep their rifles so they could hunt food for their families.   Eight months later American families celebrated Christmas, many with an empty chair or two at the table, but nearly all with more joy than had been present the previous five years.   By the mid-1800s Christmas had become a major time of celebration in America. It was a far cry from the early 1800s when more than a quiet dinner in honor of the Birth of Christ was considered “Popish” and avoided by most Geauga settlers.  Of course, the few Catholic pioneers had religious services, gifts, grand feasts, the old carols, and a “day of rest”, as being “Popish” was just fine with them. But by the 1850s things had changed.  The expanding industrial economy of the nation had not only brought quantities of new goods to market, but had helped establish a virile middle class which placed strong value in home and family life. Christmas celebrations gained popularity as a time which could draw families together. Further, in cities now

more crowded than ever with immigrants, celebrating Christmas was seen as a way to create a sense of community. It was not until the late 1860s that Christmas came into its own again, and took off running. By the 1870s blown glass tree ornaments were replacing homemade fabric ornaments and gilded fruit and nuts which had hung on American Christmas trees. The first patent for a Christmas tree stand was granted in 1876 to Hermann Albrecht and Abram Mott of Philadelphia.  Silver tinsel was developed in 1878 and “spunglass” angel hair in 1880.  Electric lights were first used on a Christmas tree in 1882 at the home of Edward Johnson, assistant to Thomas Edison. Citizens concerned about fires caused by candles on Christmas Trees eagerly adopted the electric bulbs.  The post-Civil War Christmas tree would fit into the modern home nicely. Christmas as we know it was on its way.                                                                               Jacquie Foote is a volunteer for the Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum, 14653 East Park St., Burton. For information about the events at the Geauga County Historical Society’s Century Village Museum, call 440-834-1492 or visit the Web site at

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Do you remember a favorite Christmas? I have many treasured memories of holidays: how my mother always decorated with red candles and fresh pine boughs, the first Christmas after my husband and I were married, our three children shrieking, laughing and tumbling down the stairs on Christmas morning. I think my favorite Christmas memory is decorating my grandmother’s house before the holidays. We children were allowed to decorate Grandma’s house as we wished. We hung gaudy green and red crepe paper streamers, construction paper chains and felt poinsettia leaves all over the living room. Grandma helped us decorate the balled tree that she received every year, a gift from a friend that owned a tree nursery. The ornaments were old and fragile; I assumed she’d had them as a child. We were so careful with them. I remember a candle that bubbled when you plugged it into the light strand. I still have that ornament, wrapped in tissue paper and saved in a box. I unwrap it and smile over it every year, savoring the warm feeling I get when I think of the love at Grandma’s house. I am so fortunate to work at Briar Hill Health Care Residence where I see my friends, the residents, every day. Nancy and I were reminiscing about memories and traditions that stand out in our minds. She and her family always went to church

on Christmas Eve and were taught to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. As children, they were reminded to be grateful for each other and for what they had. She still remembers the horse–drawn carriage from Hillside Dairy delivering the milk, even during the Christmas holidays. The bubbling lights hung on her tree, as well. I’m sure all of us have warm memories of family Christmas traditions. My son asked me if I remembered filling bowls in our kitchen with oranges stuffed with whole cloves. I was surprised that he remembered. I never thought, when he was a little boy, that he noticed things like that. Food and special treats are a huge part of holiday memories for most people. It wouldn’t have been Christmas dinner when I was a child without my mom’s Waldorf salad of apples, grapes and walnuts. My husband and I make anise-flavored pizzelles every year. I look forward to that time together in the kitchen and I love the way the house smells as we’re baking. The smell of goodies baking in the kitchen, cozy Christmas music, drifting snow, pumpkin pie, sledding, the warm smell of the barn and cows in the winter, warm boots, furry puppies, and favorite dolls have all blended together in my mind and represent the best memories of my childhood to me. I hope you all have special memories as well. I’m truly thankful for mine. Vicki Wilson is the director of admissions/ marketing at Briar Hill Health Care Residence, 15950 Pierce St., P.O. Box 277, Middlefield. Call her at 440-632-5241.

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{ health } Diversity Enhances Life By Dr. David Fakadej I am not proud to be a chiropractor. Chiropractic is simply the most rewarding work I have ever done. Prior to becoming a chiropractor I ran a lawn care business. I worked on engine, truck and trailer repairs, landscaping, purchases, and business management such as accounting, payroll, scheduling, and taxes. Through my father and other jobs I learned carpentry, electrical, plumbing, concrete work, appliance repair, auto body, auto mechanics, and a smattering of other things like how to make an ice cream cone or a monster shake at Dairy Island in Bainbridge. My varied background gives me a variety of skills and though I am by no means an expert, I am not ignorant, and am ‘dangerous’ to scam artists and egotists. People that changed careers to become a chiropractor include lawyers, MDs, landscapers, physical therapists, pharmacists, chemists, coroners, nurses, moms, radiologists, CEOs, police and paramedics, accountants, schoolteachers, and more. Chiropractors have a varied background. A Web server for chiropractics allows us to bounce ideas, problems, and issues off one another for consideration to enhance ‘services.’ There are very few, and perhaps no other endeavors that offer and invite such a wide forum of comment for immediate enactment. When a doctor presents an issue to the Web forum, the issue gains consideration with far reaching prospects. For example, if congress considers a law on nutrition, some chiropractic comments may include legal ramification, pharmaceutical involvement,

effects on health care education and delivery, changes in business practice and accounting, or research on drugs, nutrition and herbs showing similarities and differences between them. Moms comment on caring for children. The portable potty people even commented on their ‘supply’ of ‘used’ drugs and nutrition - all within minutes of presenting a topic. This can be dangerous when people are following the advice of those who don’t know what they are talking about. A limited mind cannot consider a wide range effect from a single decision. An open mind can. A limited mind tells you what to do. An open mind comes up with other considerations. Some people need to be told what to do. Most people want options. In my experience, most health care sciences, religions, and laws tell you what to do. Do you want options? Holidays bring families together and an opportunity to join diverse fields to enhance life. As the year closes, I hope your family gathers to encourage enhancements that come through your diverse lifestyles rather than rehashing old disagreements. No one knows all there is to know; we can only hope to know enough to be ‘dangerous’ to anyone who claims to know all. I wish everyone a flourishing new year. Dr. David Fakadej, DC, LMT, is the proprietor at Journey Health Care & Chiropractic, 17652 Munn Road, Auburn Township. Call him at 440543-2771, or e-mail

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NAMI (Geauga County National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides support for persons diagnosed with serious mental illness and their families. Join them Wednesday, Dec. 28 and the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Middlefield Public Library, 16167 E. High St. No registration necessary, the program is free. For information, call the Mental Health Association at 440-285-3945.

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{ health } If the Walls Could Talk in Grama’s House Community Wellness

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Do you have pain? Attend a knee and hip pain class offered by the health care professionals of University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. You’ll learn the latest treatment options available, the causes of your pain and information on medication, nutrition and exercise. Call 440-285-7757 to register. Thursday, November 17 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Orthopaedic Center at UH Geauga Medical Center

Other wellness opportunities Back Pain Classes Thursday, December 15 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Orthopaedic Center at UH Geauga Medical Center Bariatric Information Sessions Friday, December 2 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. UH Concord Health Center, 7500 Auburn Road, Concord Township Thursday, November 17 | 5:30 – 7 p.m. UH Geauga Medical Center Stroke Support Group Wednesday, November 23 | 11 a.m. West Geauga Senior Center, 11414 Caves Road, Chesterland Diabetes Support Group Tuesday, December 13 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. UH Geauga Medical Center Lobby Conference Room Cancer Support Group Wednesday, December 7 | 5 – 7 p.m. UH Seidman Cancer Center at UH Geauga Medical Center Visit or call 440-285-7757 to learn more or register. Preregistration is required for all events. At University Hospitals, our mission is you.

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As I look around the house I wonder what the walls would reveal if they could talk. Would they reminisce about how quickly the children have grown and moved on? Would they share happy stories of all the holiday events, the weddings and the births? Would they shed tears when remembering the passing on of loved ones? We’ll never know, but I can only imagine how many stories would come out of our home that has been filled with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren over the years. The old walls have witnessed many events, some sad, others happy but all an important part of the past. The kitchen walls have seen meals prepared for holiday get-togethers with family. They stood by solidly as little pudgy hands rolled dough into tiny balls for Christmas Snickerdoodles. They watched as the grandchildren came into this world and became a part of a warm, loving family. They stood by tall and silent when a young grandson climbed into Grampa’s lap to share popcorn night after night. That grandson has his own little boy now who sits on his lap. Another young lad practiced Karate with Gramps, kicking as high as he could. Back in those days Grampa was agile enough to stay out of the way without getting hurt. Now that child is a grown man, managing a fast food restaurant and Grampa would be no match for his Karate chops any more. A third grandson was energetic and his “kicks” reached their goal as they made contact with Grampa‘s legs. Who knew this impish young man would become a mechanical engineer? Perhaps the walls did, but

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they aren’t talkin’. Not to be outdone, our youngest grandson is the entertainer of the family with his guitar playing, joke telling style. Let’s not forget the girls. All special in their own ways (a nurse, a college student, a high school teen) and the apple of their Grampa’s eye. Oh yes, if the walls could talk they would especially want to share the Christmas celebrations when the children were small; the happy screams as they opened each and every gift and the brightly colored wrapping paper being torn off gifts in a matter of seconds and scattered throughout the living room. Bells rang out to announce the arrival of Santa Claus who made the trip year after year without fail, carrying with him the familiar red bag, filled with more gifts for the little ones. I can easily imagine the stories that the walls would tell. I too can look around and relive beautiful memories from the past. Each memento that I see has a special meaning behind it: the hollowed out bull horn that belonged to my dad and is still used in making our holiday sausage, the baking pan where mom’s mouthwatering braided sweet bread would rise, the silver Christmas tree that belonged to our grandfather. When the house is dark and the only lights shining are the ones on the tree, I can close my eyes and picture Grampa and Grama passing out candy to the children who were kneeling beneath that very same tree so many years ago, in awe of its colorful beauty. There is no limit to what memories lie in a home. All one has to do is pause, look around and re-connect with the memorabilia that we all have with us. While reminiscing is good and most of the time it brings a smile to our faces, there are those moments when the tears roll freely down our cheeks. Like the second I began to write this story. Who knows? If, one night in the darkness we sit very still and not make a sound, we just might hear a noise, ever so soft. Could it be the walls joining in and enjoying the past with us? Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

Home Energy Assistance Program The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program designed to assist households whose energy source (usually electric) has been disconnected, are threatened with disconnection, or who have 25 percent or less of the fuel capacity of their bulk fuel tank. Geauga County residents may apply, by appointment only, at Geauga County Job and Family Services,12480 Ravenwood Drive in Chardon until March 31, 2012. Eligibility is based on emergency criteria and income guidelines. A household whose total income is at or below 200 percent of the 2011 Federal Poverty Level guideline may be eligible. Applicants will need to provide primary and electric heating bills, verification of income for the most recent 90 days, proof of disability if disabled, and social security numbers for all household members. For additional information on applying for HEAP, or to set an appointment to apply, contact Geauga County Job and Family Services, Monday through Friday 8:30 4 p.m. at 440-285-1299.

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Wish List

Even adults have a wish list…so what is on yours? When I coach people to make their wish list, I encourage them to think big because an adult’s wish list goes beyond Santa. My sister recently said that she had been doing her current job for over 30 years and it was time to decide what she wanted to do when she grew up. That’s a great place for her to start making a list. What did you want to do when you were about 10 years old? You may find that it still sounds like a great idea; but somewhere along the way someone told you that it wasn’t possible or you shouldn’t do it – you may have even told yourself reasons why you couldn’t or shouldn’t. Now, let yourself think like a kid again and make that list of absolutely everything that you want to be or do. Remember looking through the Sears Christmas Catalog and putting your name next to nearly everything in the toy section of the book as possible ideas for Santa? It’s the same idea. When the list is ready to mail to the North Pole, stop and decide which item on the list you are willing to start working toward in the coming year. Are you willing to set a goal for how far you would like to get toward that idea in 2012? Being willing is the first step in being successful and from that point, you can do anything. I wish you a very happy holiday season and an exciting 2012. Lori Gorrell offers True Colors Coaching & Consulting and says, “A personal coach is someone to help you gain clarity and focus about what you want and who you are by using proven tools to help your ‘True Colors’ come to light.” Call her at 440-391-4771 or e-mail See her Web site at

Womensafe Resale Shop Opening

Through funding provided by the Lake/ Geauga Fund of The Cleveland Foundation, The WomenSafe Resale Shoppe will officially open its doors Thursday, Dec. 8 at 12061

Chillicothe Road, Chesterland (in the Drug Mart Plaza). Holiday hours are Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community donated goods will continue to be made available to WomenSafe clients. Additional clothing, furniture and household items will be offered to the public at drastically reduced prices. Profits will go towards emergency shelter and support services for survivors of domestic violence throughout northeast Ohio. Most store workers will be volunteers, and opportunities are available to collect, sort, display and sell merchandise. Contributions to The Resale Shoppe are tax-deductible. For information call 440-729-2780.

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2012 New Construction Real Estate Appraisals Geauga County Auditor Frank J. Gliha would like to notify the public that the auditor’s appraisers will be working throughout the county over the next several months. Appraisers are updating property records for properties engaged in new construction or remodeling during 2011. Appraisers will be in personal marked vehicles and will have ID badges. If concerned contact the Geauga County Sheriff’s office or their local police department. Contact Geauga County Auditor’s Appraisal office at 440-285-2222, 564-7131, or 8341856, extension 5960 or direct line 440-279-1600 or ask for the appraisal office.

Watson’s 87 Furniture Helps Local Charities Give and you shall receive. Enjoy deals like zero percent financing and free layaway while helping others. Watson’s 87 Furniture in Middlefield announces that they will donate 5 percent of all accumulated December sales and disperse them evenly between the charitable organizations of Middlefield United Methodist Church food pantry, Geauga County Job and Family Services and WIC. Watson’s 87 Furniture is located at 15520 W. High St. in Middlefield (44062), 440-632-5966.

Middlefield Chamber News The last meeting of the Middlefield Chamber was held 7:30 a.m on Nov. 8 at Crossroads Country Cafe. The meetings are always held on the second Tuesday of each month, usually at 7:30 a.m. The speaker for November’s meeting was Rhea Benton from Geauga County Department of Community and Economic Development, who presented information on their programs to help businesses of any size. We thank Rhea for being at the meeting. The First United Methodist Church of Middlefield hosts the monthly “God Shares a Meal” program. Carol Gappa and Marcia Stanton attended to tell us how the program came about. The Middlefield Chamber of Commerce donated to support the November “God Shares a Meal” program, and are thankful to be able to help. The newest member of the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce is “Retro Al’s Internet Cafe” at 15423 W. High St. in Middlefield, behind Wendy’s and next to Sherwin Williams. Call 440-632-9459 with questions. It’s time to call 440-632-5705 and reserve your seat for the asnnual Cardinaires Christmas Concert and Luncheon Buffet. The concert is at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Grandview Restaurant, 13404 Old State Road, Middlefield. Tickets are $20 each, and include the concert and luncheon of chicken marsala, vegetables, potatoes, roll and butter, beverage, and dessert. Checks may be made to “The Middlefield Chamber of Commerce” and mailed to P.O. Box 801, Middlefield, OH 44062. Proceeds from this concert will go toward the Middlefield Chamber Scholarship fund and a donation will be given to the Cardinaires.




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What are Winter Rules? The term is something golfers made up when playing conditions are wet and cold and they want a chance to improve the lie of the ball to get a fair shot off. There is no such thing as Winter Rules according to the official Rules of Golf, they are part of Local Rules inserted by a committee running a late season golf tournament. The conditions of the course usually allows for a lot of plugged and muddy balls. The Local Rule inserted is to lift, clean and place the ball within six inches of where it lies. Good flexibility and strength in the legs and back are essential to making consistent quality shots. During the winter it’s good to do strength training for power, and stretching to maintain or improve flexibility. Lifting heavier weight with fewer repetitions creates bulk and power in the muscles and aids balance during a shot. One good exercise to strengthen back lateral muscles is to put one knee on a bench and bend at the waist, so the upper body is parallel to the bench. With the opposite hand lift a heavier weight up to your chest in a curl movement. Work this exercise up to three sets of six repetitions about three or four times a week. Walking or running at least four miles three times a week will keep the legs strong. A good stretching exercise is to sit on the floor and lower your upper body as close as possible to the floor. This should be done without bending the knees, first with legs together and then with legs spread. Bend as close to the floor as possible to the outside of each leg while they are spread. Hold the bend for at least twenty seconds. Do flexing exercises every day until spring and the weight training until March. And have fun.


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Middlefield Recreation Programs Preschool Open Gym - Children run, climb, jump, roll, ride, and hide with other toddlers. Designed to improve socialization and motor skills. Parents assist in creative play. Ages 18 months to 3 years. 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 6 (No class Jan. 16). $30 Village residents/$35 nonresidents. Register by Jan. 2, 2012. Sporties for Shorties - This program is fun, fitness and sports basics of baseball, soccer and basketball. Children will receive a certificate of participation and a sporties t-shirt. Parent participation required. Ages 4 to 6 years. 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 6 (No class Jan. 16). $35 Village residents/$40 nonresidents. Register by Jan. 2, 2012. Save $10 by registering by Dec. 19, 2011. Pee Wee Basketball - Focus on good sportsmanship, fundamental skills, teamwork and game rules. Participants will be split into teams coached by parent volunteers. Practices will be one hour, Saturdays Jan. through March. Co-ed 4 years through grade 2. $45 Village residents/$50 nonresidents. Register by Dec. 16, 2011. Middlefield Recreation Department,14860 North State Ave., P.O. Box 1019, Middlefield, OH 44062, 440-632-5248,

Give the Gift of West Geauga Football Camp The West Geauga football coaches will host a summer camp for boys grades 2-9 the week of July 9-13, 2012. Cost of camp, if registering early, is $50. To pre-register, send your check, payable to West Geauga Gridiron Club, to P.O. Box 203, Novelty, OH 44072. Include camper’s name, grade they will enter in fall 2012, and a mailing address for the camp form and waiver to be sent. The coaches wanted to give parents an opportunity to schedule vacations around camp week and to give the camp as a holiday gift.

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In mid October a mobile canning unit housed in a semi, operated by the Mennonite Central Committee, parked for two days in the yard of the Middlefield Market. Over 300 volunteers processed and labeled over 16,000 pounds of turkey in 8,000 cans prepped for developing countries worldwide. Post Photos/Faith Kumher

Chief Ed Samec accepting a food donation from Jessica Welcome from Windham, in the on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Cardinal boys junior and varsity basketball teams at the “Meet the Huskies” event sponsored by the Cardinal Athletic Boosters on Sunday, Nov. 20

Chris Hughes and Amy Higgins visited Jordak Elementary with rescued, therapy dogs, Gremlin a pit bull and Emma a Rottweiler on Friday, Nov. 18. The children in all classes enjoyed reading to the dogs.

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Santa had breakfast in Parkman Saturday morning on Dec. 3. (top) Shari Truce, Phyllis Miller, Declan Miller, Addison Truce and Bryton Miller with Santa. (below) Morgan checking out Santa. Sponsored by the Parkman Chamber of Commerce.

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(r-l) Shirlie Hardy, Mary Kay Shy, Patty Drejca and Tiger K’lynn selling and buying at the “Guns and Hoses Relay for Life” craft sale at the fire department in Middlefield on Friday, Nov. 18.

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Middlefield Library Season’s Greetings

Have you caught the holiday spirit yet? Are visions of sugar plums dancing in your head? The Middlefield Library has excellent resources to help you through the holiday season whether you are looking for gift ideas, recipes, desserts, or just a good Christmas story. Check out some new nonfiction books for gift giving inspiration including: “Gooseberry Patch Quick & Easy Christmas,” “The Creative Kitchen: Over 100 Food Gifts to Make and Give“ by Leisure Arts, “Gifts from the Kitchen: 100 Irresistible Homemade Presents for Every Occasion” by Annie Rigg, “Gourmet Gifts: 100 Delicious Dishes for Every Occasion to Make Yourself and Wrap with Style” by Dinah Corley. If you are looking for a book to put you in the Christmas mood, try these recent releases: “Christmas Treasures” by Thomas Kinkade, “Paper Angels” by Jimmy Wayne & Travis Thrasher, “The Christmas Wedding” by James Patterson & Richard DiLallo and “Lost December” by Richard Paul Evans. Do not forget about our collection of Christmas CDs ranging from classics to new arrivals such as “Heavenly Christmas” by Jackie Evancho and “Glee Christmas Album Volume 2.” Middlefield Library is planning an exciting new year for 2012. Watch your mailboxes for the latest issue of Lines and Links at the end of December. Also, please remember that the library will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31, 2011and Jan. 1, 2012. Happy Holidays from the Middlefield Library. Nick Fagan is head of adult services at the Middlefield Library, 16167 E. High St., Middlefield (44062). Call him at 440-632-1961, extension 24 or visit

December Library Programs Storytimes (through Dec. 9) Babies and Toddlers – Thursday, Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m. Ages 6 months to 3 years Twenty minutes of stories, songs, and rhymes for babies, toddlers, and their parent or caregiver.

Children and Teen Programming Family Movie Friday – Friday, Dec. 9 at 6:45 p.m. Enjoy popcorn and a movie. Call the library for current movie selection. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Young and the Restless – Thursday, Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m. Ages 2 to 5 years A noisy, interactive story program for active children ages 2 to 5 together with their caregivers.

Write Now (Teen Writers Group) – Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. If you’re a teen who likes to write, come share your current creative writing endeavors and get inspired.

Preschool Storytime – Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 to 6 years Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and FUN! Parents are welcome to attend or browse the library. Adult Programming Middlefield Writer’s Group – Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. If you’re interested in improving your writing skills, working toward publication, or having your writing critiqued, join us. Book Discussion – Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Gone Tomorrow by P.F. Kluge

Christmas Craft Day (Family) – Friday, Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Drop in and craft creations straight from your favorite holiday stories. Teen Movie Day – Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 3p.m. Enjoy popcorn and a movie after school. Call the library for movie selection.

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On Nov. 5, and Dec. 3, the Middlefield Police Department held its “Fill-A-Police-Car” Food Drive at the Middlefield Wal-Mart and Middlefield Save-A-Lot. The drive was adopted by the Middlefield Police and Fire Departments in 2005 and has been conducted on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter ever since. The program offers the community the opportunity to donate non-perishable food items and the goal is to fill a police car. All donated nonperishable items are forwarded to St. Lucy’s church where food baskets are made and distributed to Geauga County area needy families during the holiday season. The donations stay in our area, to help our own friends and neighbors. If you were unable to attend the event, please drop your donation off at the Middlefield Police Department or contact me. I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to you and your families for your donations and warm generosity. This year we collected about 1,000 food items and $195, enough to make 65 food baskets for our area families in need. We need volunteers to wrap presents at the Dec. 17 Shop with a Cop event, 5 p.m. at the Middlefield Wal-Mart. If you can help, please call 440-632-5224 or 440-632-5225.

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As the Christmas Holidays approach, be alert to the fire safety problems that could occur this time of year. First, it is essential you have changed the batteries in all smoke and CO detectors. This is normally recommended during the time change each spring and fall. The time most recently changed Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011.   If you are planning to prepare a deep fried turkey, remember you are using a combustible liquid in the preparation of this delicacy. Fires have caused personal injury and damage to structures, some of catastrophic proportions. Most often, the cause is too much hot oil in the cooker or the cooker being left on after finishing the bird. Lowering a frozen bird into hot oil creates a violent reaction that results in hot oil boiling over the confines of the cooker, and onto people, combustible items and surfaces. Use correct levels of oil and a thawed bird. Lower the turkey slowly and carefully into the cooker and always perform this OUTSIDE, not in the house, garage, or any other structure. Another seasonal danger is holiday lighting.  Use only UL approved lights, outlets, power strips etc., and be alert to any problems. At the first sign of breaks, cracks, smoking or arcing, replace defective units immediately. Keep live trees and other greenery well hydrated (watered) to keep them from drying out and lowering their ignition temperatures.  Keep cords and power strips visible and not concealed under carpets rugs or packages. Use extension cords and power strips and timers with in-line fuse or breaker protection. Avoid the cheap brown “zip-cord” extension cords. Keep all wrapped presents and wrapping materials away from ignition sources such as wood-burners, fireplaces, electric heaters and candles.  Exercise extreme caution with candles. Candles have been the cause of many a residential structure fire. Always extinguish candles before retiring for the evening. Never leave candles burning unattended, especially in rooms occupied by pets. Limiting the number of candles is advisable to reduce fire risk. Also many candles in a small poorly ventilated room can burn up oxygen and replace it with harmful carbon monoxide. One last tip, chimneys must been kept clean to avoid chimney fires. Keep all combustibles away from heating devices solid fuel burning and electric. Use smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. There is no excuse not to have them. Residents with Middlefield or Huntsburg mailing addresses can get detectors for free. Call 440-632-1907 to get on the list, and we will install it for you. There are plenty remaining from our federal grant. Remember the sound of a smoke detector is a sound you can live with.

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Caleb Fry ~ Junior What goals do you have for this school year? Pass all my classes. What is your favorite thing about CHS? Wrestling and football. Describe yourself in three words? Big bad beard. What is your favorite out-of-school activity? Sleeping. What is your favorite animal? Dog.

Josh Minnick ~ Sophomore What goals do you have for this school year? Get good grades. Now thru December 23, 2011

What is your favorite thing about CHS? Cross-country, track, marching band. Describe yourself in three words? Fun, Active, Outgoing. What is your favorite out-of-school activity? Running, hanging out with friends. What is your favorite animal? Chinchilla.

Chad Delbo – Freshman What goals do you have for this school year? I would like to receive straight A’s this school year. What is your favorite thing about CHS? I enjoy the teaching staff. They are all very nice and willing to help. Describe yourself in three words? Outgoing, Energetic, Respectful. What is your favorite out-of-school activity? I enjoy 4-H the most, but I also enjoy football and wrestling. What is your favorite animal? A baby cow. Post Photos/Sarah Weizer and G-TV

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The  kindergarten students in Mrs. Dyer’s class at Jordak Elementary  School used their imaginations as they created outfits to disguise their turkeys from becoming a Thanksgiving meal!!

The third grade students in Mrs. Alvord’s art class were practicing their sewing skills for an upcoming art project.

Miss Tropf’s class had a rally for their classroom candidates for President of the Animal Kingdom. Jane Owl believes animals should be free to choose where they live. Ollie Elephant believes animals should be safe and live in the zoo. After some of Miss Tropf’s students participated in last week’s levy parade, they wanted to take their posters on their health walk. It’s was great to see how the current election has spilled over into the classroom unit on elections.

The Geauga County Public  Library Foundation wants to help the kindergarten students at Jordak Elementary School become better readers. Two volunteers from the library read a story to all the students. Each child received a certificate which they can redeem at any Geauga library for a “Beary Good Reader” teddy bear, a Little Bear book and their own special library card.

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Christ Covenant Church Candlelight Christmas Eve service 7 p.m. 16406 Kinsman Road, Middlefield Cornerstone Bible Church Christmas Eve Service 6 p.m. Christmas Day service, 10:15 a.m. Both services at Cardinal Middle School 16175 Almeda Drive, Middlefield First United Methodist Church The Junior Choir presents “Legacy of Love” Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 11, 9 and 10:45 a.m.; Candlelight Christmas worship Sunday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.; Senior Choir presents “Heaven on Earth” Christmas morning service and song at 10 a.m. 14999 South State Ave., Middlefield Handicap accessible, 440-632-0480 Hambden Congregational Church Nativity with live animals featuring Rupert the camel. Dec.10, 5 to 8 p.m. Free crafts for children. Free admission, parking and refreshments. 13840 GAR Hwy. (Route 6), Chardon, 440-286-4369 Horizons Christian Assembly Christmas with a family candlelight service, Dec. 23, 7 p.m. 14920 White Road, Middlefield, 440-834-4776 Huntsburg Baptist Church Christmas Eve Service 6:30 p.m. Christmas Day service 9:45 a.m. 16401 Mayfield Road, Huntsburg

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The #1 Dog in Geauga County is ... By Frank J. Gliha, Geauga County Auditor A few weeks ago, I announced the “#1 Dog in Geauga County” contest. I am pleased that we had 39 essays judged on Nov. 21 by Burton Public Library’s employee Kathy Schaefer, Geauga County Public Library, Bainbridge branch employee Maureen Stern, Geauga County Public Library, administrative branch employee Rachel Simpson, myself, Frank Gliha and administrative assistant, Lori Myllykoski. The judging was difficult, but we were able to find the one essay that conveyed the loyalty and love we were looking for in the #1 Dog in Geauga County. I presented the #1 Dog Tag for Geauga County to Kenston Intermediate School fifth grader, Emily Walker and her dog Shadow.

Puppies for Christmas

Buster A wonderful, relaxed Buster was rescued from a life of being a stray. He is about 2 years  old,  neutered, vaccinated, and has tested negative for leukemia/FIV. To meet Buster, contact Kathy Deptola Animal Rescue 440-474-9721,  Deptola.

Holiday Scavenger Post Hunt

Enter to Win a 3-Pound Premium Milk Chocolate Bar Sponsored by White House Chocolates

Calling all chocolate lovers ... this contest is for you! Tell us on which page of which section in this Dec. 7 issue of the Middlefield Post that you found the Post Hunt items below. If you correctly report where all 12 listed items appear and send in a completed entry form to the Middlefield Post, P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062 by Monday, Dec. 19, you will qualify to win a 3-pound premium milk chocolate bar donated by White House Chocolates. Winner will be able to claim their prize at White House Chocolates, 14607 Kinsman Road (Route 87), in Burton after Dec. 21. The winner’s name will be announced in the Jan. 25, 2012 issue of the Middlefield Post. Good luck!

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The Geauga Dog Warden has a litter of 7-week-old puppies that need homes. The dog warden is in need of bleach, paper towels, canned dog food as some dogs are too thin, puppy food and soft treats (not from China please). Donations can be dropped off at 12513 Merritt Road, Chardon (44024), 440-286-8135.

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Dog Training Classes (Obedience/Agility) w w w. t a l l p i n e s k 9 . c o m

Classes in all levels Of ObedienCe and aGility all classes will be held at tall Pines dog training. limited class size, pre-registration is required.

Gail Jaite, Owner 440-632-1099 13769 Old state Rd.(Rt.608) Middlefield 44062


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NO SEPTIC INSPECTION REQUIRED Townhouse style condo with 3 bedrooms located just minutes to Newbury’s school. Bonus features include: cov patio off eat-in kit, cov balcony off the master bdrm, 1.5 car att gar, new carpet in 17x12.5 liv rm new laminate flooring in din rm, kit & foyer, new linoleum in the large 1st fl laundry & both baths...ONLY $115,000


ONLY $100,000 Bring your tool box to make this home your own! This 3 bedroom bi-level home has dual heat, a 4 car garage & 1.79 open acres....Middlefield Twp. SINGLE OR DOUBLE Currently this home is being used as a fully occupied duplex with a 2 bedroom apt up & another down...w/ an inside connecting door to easily be used as single family home again... Located in W. Farmington Vil for only $52,500 LAND IN COUNTRY SUBDIvISIONS: 2.04 to 4.36acres in West Farmington OR 2.59 acres in Parkman


MIDDLEfIELD vILLAGE RENTALS: 3 bedroom/2 bath home that is freshly painted & has new floor covering, OR 3 bedroom/2 bath home that has a 2 car gar, OR a 2 bedroom apt in a triplex... all 3 w/ laundry hook-ups – no pets, no smoking OffICE, RETAIL, STORAGE OR COMBINATION: For lease in Madison on Rt 20, in Burton on Rt 87, in Bainbridge on Pettibone, in Orwell on Rt 322, in Middlefield on Rt 528 & also on Rt 87

Phone: 440-632-1904 Fax: 440-632-1003 45Years in Real Estate

16394 Kinsman Road • Middlefield, OH 44062 Give us a call if you need something sold or leased

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Ken’s Auto Body, Inc.


14430 Main Market Rd.(Rt. 422) • Burton

Large 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments No Pets South Wood ApArtmentS 8140 South Wood Dr. • Garrettsville • 330 527-4150


Phone (440) 834-1293 Toll-Free (888) 601-8380 Fax# (440) 834-1112 RESPITE CARE • ADULT DAY CARE • PERMANENT CARE

Building Materials

• Metal and Vinyl Siding • Steel Truss Buildings • Cannon Ball Track • Metal Roofing • Shingles • Door Frames & Accessories

Melvin J. Mast 13828 Bundysburg Rd., Middlefield • 440-632-0093 (let ring)

Bosler Bros. supply 16011 Madison Rd., (St. Rt. 528) Middlefield • 440-632-0088 Monday-Friday 8-5; Saturday 8-Noon

Anthracite is Clean Coal Technology { HOME INSPECTION }



Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm Saturdays by appointment

Ohio’s Largest Anthracite Dealer

ken zwolinski

18144 Claridon-Troy Road (St. Rte. 700), Parkman 440.834.0260

Mast Metal Sales



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Holiday Entertaining Made Easy on You! Where Customers Send Their Friends

for Casual Custom Catering - from an intimate dinner for 2 to a backyard bash for 400 Call for a free consultation Serving Northeast Ohio Since 1988


Greg Tarr, Proprietor Huntsburg, Ohio


GRAND RIVER PET CARE CENTER, LLC lots of personal Dog Boarding with attention for your pet!

440.548.2170 • • • •

Peaceful location in the country! Lots of exercise and personal attention! Climate controlled for your pet’s comfort! Reasonable rates and multi-pet discounts!

P.O. Box 691, Parkman 44080 •



FISHING AND MARINE SUPPLY STORE 4896 Gates Road, Middlefield • 440-693-4612 Fri 8am-5pm • Sat 8am-Noon • Other Times by Appointment

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C-Town Painting Complete Painting & Wallpaper Services Residential & Commercial Drywall & Repair Insured • References • Free Estimates

440.543.3874 • 440.487.8962

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SHAMROCK FINISHING Residential/Commercial

• Removals • Trimming • Pruning

Demolition & Renovation • Drywall — Start to Finish • Painting — Interior/Exterior • Bath Remodel Owner

Robert Barrett


Specializing in large hazardous removals!

Free Estimates – Insured Scale hrs: M-F 7:30-4:15; Sat 7:30-2:45 • 13862 Old State Rd., Middlefield

440-321-9554 Customer satisfaction is our goal. Amish owned and operated.

ADVERTISE your company here! Call Today to Reserve Your Space at 440.632.0782 Deadline for our Jan. 25 issue is Friday, Jan 13.

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