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Your Community Newspaper Since 1967 Car Accident Sparks Bizarre Investigation

Four Vie for Two Trustee Seats By Cassandra Shofar cassandra@geaugamapleleaf.com

By John Karlovec editor@geaugamapleleaf.com A one-vehicle crash on Wilson Mills Road last week sparked a bizarre series of events that resulted in a Copley woman being charged with obstructing official business, a felony, and potentially facing more serious charges, including kidnapping. At approximately 12:53 a.m. Oct. 3, a woman, later identified as Katelyn Weatherly, called 9-1-1 to report a vehicle had overturned and the female driver had unknown injuries. “While on the line, I could hear a female in the background stating she was OK,” a Chester Township dispatcher wrote in the incident report. “Caller then said everything was fine and we could disregard, then she disconnected.” When the Chester police officers arrived on scene at 9190 Wilson Mills Road, they found the overturned vehicle — but no one was inside, Police Chief Mark Purchase said. “The guys get on scene and they can’t find anybody, so now they’re looking around, did somebody pick somebody up, they run the plate, they figure out where it comes back to, they talk to this girl’s (driver’s) mother, who tells police her daughter isn’t home and has the car,” Purchase said. Purchase explained Weatherly refused to identify herself, but said she had the driver who was inSee Accident • Page 4

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Four people — two challengers and two incumbents — are running for two Chester Township trustee seats in the Nov. 5 general election. Incumbent Ken Radtke is trying to maintain his seat while Michael Petruziello challenges him, and former Geauga County Commissioner Walter “Skip” Claypool is challenging incumbent Frank Kolk — who was appointed to fill the trustee seat earlier this year after former Chester Township Trustee Bob Rogish stepped down — to finish out the remaining two years of the seat’s term. Candidate Karen Austin, who had thrown her hat in alongside Claypool, pulled out of the race, explaining in an email she thought it was “best for the community if there were only two people vying for (that seat).” See Trustees • Page 8

Jarrett Challenges Richter for Position By Cassandra Shofar cassandra@geaugamapleleaf.com

Patricia Jarrett, a certified public accountant, is challenging Chester Township Fiscal Officer Craig Richter for his position in the Nov. 5 general election.

Patricia Jarrett

Jarrett, 56, graduated from Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School (formerly Notre Dame Academy), earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University and received her certified public accountant license in 1996. Jarrett is a past president and treasurer of the Chardon Square Association and member of the Chardon Area Chamber of Commerce. She has decided to run for fiscal officer because she believes

she can use her experience as an accountant who has been in practice for over 20 years to better serve the Chester Township residents. “Under my care … (Chester Town- Jarrett ship) Trustees will receive monthly reports so they can make good decisions with solid, accurate information. As fiscal officer, I will devote the time needed to do a good job, not Richter just show up at meetings.” Jarrett said in her two decades as an accountant, she has never once been penalized for inaccurate payroll deposits. “I am retired and not working

a high demand full-time position with a large corporation,” she said, referring to her opponent’s employment with Nestle USA. “I will have the time to devote to updating Chester Township to the 21st century by implementing the recommended State of Ohio Auditor UAN software for better transparency and accountability of taxpayer dollars.” Jarrett said her clients have included fire departments, townships and cities, and she has had experience in solving bookkeeping, budgeting and payroll issues, including federal and state penalties. See Fiscal • Page 12

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Oct. 17, 4-6 p.m. The merchants at West Geauga Plaza are hosting a Halloween Trick-or-Treat for children ages 2-12 accompanied by an adult. Dress in costume, bring a treat bag and stop by the plaza stores for treats.

Evening of Cleveland History

Oct. 17, 6-9 p.m. DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Homes and Lake View Cemetery - both celebrating 150th anniversaries - are hosting a special evening of Cleveland history with local historian and storyteller, Dan Ruminski and Lake View President and CEO, Kathy Goss at the DeJohn Funeral Homes & Celebrations Center, 12811 Chillicothe Road in Chester Township. Kathy Goss will share “Lake View Cemetery, Your Grounds for Life at 150 Years Old” and Dan Ruminski will share “Favorite Stories from Millionaires Row ~ Funeral Service and Burial Traditions.” Wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres served 6-7 p.m., with presentations beginning at 7 p.m. RSVP online at DeJohnCares.com or call 440-516-5555.

Entrepreneur Success Breakfast

Oct. 18, 7:30-9 a.m. Geauga Growth Partnership’s Entrepreneur Success Breakfast features the Patterson family, owners of Patterson Fruit Farms, a multiple generational farming family. Learn about their farm operation and the evolution and growth it has seen over the years at Patterson Farms, Orchard Hills Center, 11414 Mulberry Road, Chester Township. Free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated; call 440-564-1060 or email info@geaugagrowth.com.

Rescue Mission Oktoberfest

Oct. 18, 5-7 p.m. Parkman Congregational Church is hosting its monthly fundraising dinner for the Geauga Faith Rescue Mission at the church located at 18265 Madison Road, Middlefield. October’s dinner features brats, pierogies and sauerkraut. Donation is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors over 65, $6 for children 5-10. Free to children under 5. Carryout is available.

Free Community Breakfast

Oct. 19, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Ledgewood Christian Church is hosting its free community breakfast at the church located at 8261 Kinsman Road in Russell Township. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, salmon patties, juice, coffee and tea. Ample parking is available in the rear of the church building. All are welcome.

K.I.D. Cancer Chinese Auction

Oct. 19, 3 p.m. The Kayla Irene Daniels (K.I.D.) Cure for Cancer Foundation will host its 11th annual Chinese auction at Mespo Expo Center located at the 4300 Kinsman Road in Mesopotamia. Hundreds of items are up for bid, with hot turkey dinners provided by Mepso Catering. Drawings start at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.KidCancerFoundation.org or call 330-889-9600 or 330-889-0006.

Rescue Mission Fundraiser

Oct. 19, 5-9 p.m. Geauga Faith Rescue Mission’s annual dinner and silent auction will be held at Notre Dame Educational Center, 13000 Auburn Road, Chardon. Special guest speaker Arthur Brite is among the featured guests. Reservations are required. Purchase tickets for $25 on GFRM Facebook or www.gfrmission.org. Tables of seven may be reserved upon request. Sponsorships are available. Call 440-313-8981 for information.

PERI Chapter 86 Meets

Oct. 23, 11 a.m. The Geauga County Public Employee Retirees, Inc. (PERI) No. 86 will meet at St. Mary Church, 401 North St. in Chardon. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $12, payable at the door. The program will feature Carolyn Lookabill, executive director of Residence of Chardon. RSVP by Oct. 19. For information, call Catherine Whitright, president, 440-2863730. See Town Crier • Page 3

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Upcoming Election Events Tea Party Hosts Candidates Night

Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. The Geauga County Tea Party will hold its annual issues and candidates night at the Metzenbaum Center, 8200 Cedar Road, Chester Township. Join to hear from the candidates and representatives regarding the important matters and issues facing Geauga County in the Nov. 5. For more information, call Jim MacNeal 440-622-3165.

LWV Hosts Candidates Night

Oct. 22, 7 p.m. The League of Women Voters of Geau-

ga County has scheduled a candidates night for the Nov. 5 election at West Geauga High School on Chillicothe Road in Chester Township. All candidates are welcome to speak and will have three minutes to present themselves to the voters. Public officials are also welcome to present information about their local levies and issues. All voters are welcome and encouraged to attend to educate themselves about the issues and candidates. Questions and answers will follow each group of candidates. For more information, call Rosemary Balazs at 440-688-3152 or Janet Kramarz at 440-781-7660.

Community Meetings Chester Township: Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Zoning Commission; Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m., Planning Committee, Chesterland Innovation Center, 12628 Chillicothe Road, Unit D; Oct. 24, 6 p.m., Board of Trustees. All meetings are held at the Township Hall, 12701 Chillicothe Road, unless otherwise noted.

Russell Township: Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m., Board of Trustees; Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Zoning Commission. Meetings are held at the Fire-Rescue Station, 14810 Chillicothe Road, unless otherwise noted. West Geauga BOE: Oct. 28, 7 p.m., regular meeting, BOE Community Room, 8615 Cedar Road.

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Oct. 23, 2-7 p.m. American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Mayfield Church, 7747 Mayfield Road, Chester Township. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. For more information, call 1-800-7332767 or visit the Red Cross website online at www.red crossblood.org.

Perennial Gardeners Meet

Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. Paul Pira, Geauga Park District biologist, will present “Planting and Managing Meadows/Wetlands for Wildlife” at the next meeting of Perennial Gardeners of Chesterland at West Geauga Middle School, 8615 Cedar Road. Meetings are open to the public. Membership in The Perennial Gardeners of Chesterland is open to Geauga County residents. For information, contact Gwenn at 440-804-4167 or gbzoeller@yahoo.com.

Geauga Dems Talk Impeachment

Oct. 24, 6 p.m. Raymond Ku, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, will be speaking on impeachment at the Geauga County Democratic Party’s hot topic spaghetti dinner being held at party headquarters located at 12420 Kinsman Road, Newbury Township. Cost is $13 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

Fall Harvest

Oct. 26, 2-4 p.m. Families are invited to a fall harvest at Mayfield Church located at 7747 Mayfield

Road in Chester Township. The free event includes a hayride, snacks, crafts, s’mores and more. Children are encouraged to wear their non-scary Halloween costumes.

Fresh Farmers’ Winter Market

The Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market will open its winter market for its third year inside Lowe’s Greenhouse, Florist and Gift Shop, 16540 Chillicothe Road in Bainbridge Township. The market will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, Oct. 26 through Dec. 28 and then from Jan. 11 to March 21.

International Dinner

Oct. 26, 5-6:30 p.m. Newbury United Community Church, 14916 Auburn Road, is hosting its 50th annual International Dinner. Cost is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. Family cost for two adults and two or more children is $25.

American Legion Council Breakfast

Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The American Legion Atwood-Mauck Post 459 on Goodwin Street in Burton is hosting its annual Geauga County Council fundraiser breakfast. The public is welcome. For information, call Skip at 440-8341191.

Christmas Boutique Vendors

Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Anselm Women’s Guild annual Christmas Boutique will be held at St. Anselm School, 13013 Chillicothe Road, Chester Township. There will be handcrafted and unusual items for holiday shopping as well as a snack bar, bake sale and prize raffle with many great prizes. Admission is $1. Anyone interested in vendor space should contact Karen O’Donnell at 440-729-2476 or ktodonnell@roadrunner.com or Shirley Chambers at 216-832-515.


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volved in the accident — a 27-year-old Chester woman — and was trying to stop the bleeding. When dispatch tried to get more information, Weatherly hung up, Purchase said. “Through the process of trying to figure out who has this girl and where is she at — no luck — the woman (Weatherly) shuts this girl’s phone off so we can’t even ping it to find out where they’re at,” Purchase said. The dispatcher tried in vain to call the driver’s cell phone back, but it was off. Finally, a call went through around 2:28 a.m. “This unknown woman, not the person who owns the cell phone, answers again, starts getting a little bit belligerent with dispatch, won’t give any information, won’t say anything, yells at them for bothering her, hangs up and shuts the phone off again,” Purchase said. At some point, the driver was able to call into dispatch to give some information. The woman was a bit confused and disoriented as

she was talking, the chief added. Fortunately, dispatch had the driver on the phone long enough that police were able to ping her phone. “The officers then went to the address (9215 Wilson Mills Road) where the ping came back, asked if this person (driver) was there . . . of course they were met with, ‘No, there’s no one here by that name,’” Purchase said, adding Weatherly answered the door with a man. “When the officers persisted, the female in the house, who was the one calling dispatch, went to the back of the house, got her (the driver) and brought her forward,” the chief said. According to Geauga County Auditor’s Office records, the home is owned by a Kurtis Jensen. Purchase said the driver reported Weatherly, whose last known address is W. 14th Street in Cleveland, showed up at her car door and helped her exit the vehicle. She then took the driver through the woods and down a hill to the home at 9215 Wilson Mills. The woman also reported she lost control of her vehicle when a deer entered the roadway. Police arrested Weatherly and charged her with obstructing official business. “Initially, this woman won’t give us any information about where this girl’s at, she’s hanging up the phone, shutting off the phone . . . so the obstruction charge from her taking her from that scene and not contacting police, fire or anybody, or giving the information, that’s that charge,” said Purchase. Weatherly was arraigned in Chardon Municipal Court on Oct. 4. Judge Terri Stupica set bond at 10 percent of $1,000 cash or surety. Weatherly later posted bond and was released from jail. A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 15. Purchase said the driver signed off on her injuries on scene and was not transported to a hospital. “There were not any significant injuries,” he said. “She may have been bleeding from something originally, but certainly it wasn’t a significant or serious injury at that point.” Purchase said the driver was interviewed at the police department about what transpired between the time she left her vehicle and officers found her. Once the investigation is completed, Purchase said the report will be sent to Geauga County Prosecutor Jim Flaiz for additional charges, if any. “I have never, in 32 years, experienced anything like this. I’ve had people go to the scene to help and call us right away,” he added. “I have never had anyone go the scene and remove a party from the scene, take them to their house and not call for help, like not make that phone call or allow that person to call. It has never happened.”

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Obituaries Rosemary Elaine Clark

CHESTER TWP. – Rosemary Elaine Clark, 85, of Chester Township, entered heaven’s gates on Oct. 6, 2019, in Newbury Township. She was born to the late Alva and Mary Millet, on Dec. 7, 1933. Funeral services were held Oct. 12, 2019, at Gattozzi & Son Funeral Home in Chester with the Rev. Michael Millet of New Life Church, Aurora, officiating. Visitation was 9-11 a.m. and service at 11 a.m., with burial following at Russell Township Riverview Cemetery at Fairmount Road Russell Center, Geauga County. Rosemary is survived by her husband, Richard Clark, of 67 years; children, Sandi Schaab, of Chester, Dick Clark, of Chester, and Stacey Castle, of Cincinnati; seven grandchildren, Josh Schaab, Christina Osborne, Richard E. Clark, Ryan Clark, Emilee Latini, Ross Clark and Charles Castle; nine great-grandchildren, Keira Schaab, Colette Schaab, Declan Schaab, Faith Clark, Ford Clark, Joe Osborne, Lucrezia Osborne, Sateen Latini, Laicee Latini; brother, John Millet, of Twinsburg; sister, Victoria Stickle, of Whittier, N.C.; and numerous friends and family. Rosemary, a graduate of Burton High School, Class of 1951, enjoyed a wonderful life of building her home and family in Russell Township. She and Richard then took the next stage

of their life with 35 years of retirement, spending time between Lake Erie Islands and Largo, Fla. She filled her life with the enjoyment of taking care of her husband, homemaking, volunteering at the hospital. She dreamed of being a ballerina in her early years, but later found a passion for line dancing and even taught classes. She loved being out with her lady friends for lunches, was an avid reader and could read a book in a day. Rosemary loved all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her faith brought her to a love for her church. Pallbearers were son-in-laws, Joseph Schaab and Charles E. Castle; grandsons Joshua Schaab, Richard Clark, Charles J. Castle; and grandson-in-law, Jonathan Osborne. Memorials may be given to the Diabetes Research Association to fund critical research and honor the memory of Rosemary Clark. (www.diabetesresearch.org/Give) The family of Rosemary wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Holly Hill Nursing Home staff Katy, Krista, Rachel and Marisol. We also sincerely thank Helen Sharrock-Dunn, who took care of her like a guardian angel. Online tribute video and condolences at www.gattozziandson.com

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I would like to address some misinformation contained in political mailers from my opposition that you may have received. First, there is a claim that the fiscal office is not using the Uniform Accounting Software (UAN) that was created by the State of Ohio Auditor. This is not true. In fact, we have been using the UAN software since May of 2004. Prior to taking office, the budget that was presented to me was kept on a year-by-year basis. This did not allow for a historical look at expenses or a future forecast needed for better management of finances. I gathered records from various sources and created a spreadsheet that now has the township budget information from 2008 and estimates the next five years. This was done in order to help both the elected officials and department heads better manage the township. The second claim is that currently the township trustees are not receiving up-todate financial reports at the regularly scheduled meetings. This is deliberately misleading. The UAN system tracks all revenue and expenses, and has a number of financial reports that are provided to the trustees and department heads biweekly. I have found that providing these reports prior to the meeting — instead of at it — gives everyone time to properly prepare for the township meetings, so that they can be as productive as possible. In addition, the fiscal office works directly with the trustees and department heads to determine any financial needs on a daily basis. Third, I would like to reiterate that the required filings, payroll and informational returns are approved by the trustees and filed in a timely manner. I have developed procedures and controls that have been reviewed with the state auditor and the trustees to safeguard the township assets. All checks and electronic transfers that are created by the assistant fiscal officer are reviewed by and signed by the fiscal officer and two trustees.

As far as general claim of a lack of transparency and accountable, the township financials have been put on the State of Ohio Checkbook since 2013. I have reduced the turnaround time of public records requests, which includes financial information to anyone who requests it. I am in the office every night and weekend, so if you like to know more about your township finances, please feel free to stop by. I take the position as fiscal officer and the protection of your tax dollars very seriously and hope I have your support on Nov. 5. Craig Richter, Fiscal Officer Chester Township

Time for a Change in Chester To all citizens of Chester Township, I am no longer a candidate for trustee for the unexpired term ending 12/31/2021. The only two candidates in that race are Frank Kolk and Skip Claypool. Sorry to my friends and supporters that I pulled out of the race, but it is best for the township. Frank Kolk has only lived in Chester Township for about three years and has never been elected to a political office or had managerial or fiscal experience, based on his resume. He wasn’t here to see what needed to be done after the embezzlement of the $4.3 million. He and Craig Richter live across the street from each other. Also, they along with Joe Mazzurco have very strong ties with ex-Trustee Pat Mula, who was in office as $4.3 million walked out of our township under her watch. Our township needs all Chester voters to come out to vote on Nov. 5, for two new trustees and a new fiscal officer for this new cycle. Skip Claypool and Mike Petruziello for trustees, and Patricia Jarrett for fiscal officer. See Opinion • Page 7



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The current board has not been fiscally responsible. They show a terrible lack of following the township’s policy manual so that all employees are treated equally. They gave Mr. Kolk’s wife the job of fiscal officer’s assistant along with more than a $4,000 per year raise over what the very dedicated employee that was in that position for over 13 years was getting. They have shown that friendships and cronyism is the best way to secure a job currently in Chester Township. Karen M. N. Austin Chester Township

Voters Rejected Claypool I am writing to express my opinion in the Chester Township Trustee race between Walter Claypool and Frank Kolk. For the record, I do not know Mr. Kolk personally, whereas Mr. Claypool is my neighbor. I first decided that I could never support Mr. Claypool for any public office when he flew the Tea Party flag above the American flag in front of his home. The way I was raised, in this country, NO flag flies above the U.S. flag. Moreover, I cannot understand why we should vote for Walter Claypool when he

was rejected in the Republican primary for the seat he held as a County Commissioner. When an incumbent loses a primary to a challenger in his own party, that tells us something. By all reports, as a County Commissioner Mr. Claypool was confrontational in public meetings. Not only is this unbecoming of a public official, but it is certainly not the way to accomplish anything positive. Good government should serve the people, not the ego. For these reasons, I will be voting for Mr. Kolk. I urge Chester voters to do the same. Rosemary Macedonio Chester Township

Keep Chester Moving Forward I had the privilege of serving as your trustee for almost a year and a half. I experienced firsthand how negative, rude, demanding and just plain evil people can be. Unfortunately, those type of people exist in Chester and made it nearly impossible for me to continue doing what I felt was best for the township. Now that election time is right around the corner, that same type of behavior is on display. The petty and condescending, negative propaganda is being circulated in mailers, social media and community information groups. Some people will do or say anything to make someone look bad or give their favored candidate or themselves the superior

“smarter than you” image. I would ask you all to please do your homework, get the facts and seek the rest of the story before casting your votes. I will be voting to keep Chester moving forward and maintaining the levels of service that we as residents need and deserve. Please join me in supporting OUR Township Police and Road Departments, along with retaining Ken Radtke, Frank Kolk and Craig Richter as our elected officials this November. Bob Rogish Chester Township

Why did Petruziello, Claypool Lose Before voting in the upcoming general election on Nov. 5, ask yourself these questions: After serving four years as a Chester Township Trustee why did Mike Petruziello lose his re-election for Chester Township Trustee in 2017? After serving four years as a Geauga County Commissioner, why did Walter “Skip” Claypool lose his Republican primary re-election for Geauga County Commissioner in 2018? In June of 2019, Mr. Claypool announced he was going to run for the Ohio Senate 18th District seat in 2020. In the meantime, he is running for Chester Township Trustee. Chester Township does not need career politicians who will just run to get into office. The League of Women Voters has sched-

uled a candidates’ night in Chester Township on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at West Geauga High School. Plan to attend and take the time to find out “WHY” before going to the polls. Pat Mula Chester Township

Answer to Don Rice on Issue 24 I read in earnest the letter to the editor from Don Rice concerning why everyone should vote for a renewal levy for Metzenbaum. In paragraph 1 he states, “I would also like to point out that the renewal of the Metzenbaum levy does not increase taxes.” I talked to Mr. Rice at one of the ESC meetings since he, too, is a resident of Newbury. I talked specifically about a renewal of a 1.3-mill levy for Newbury Schools and he said that asking for a renewal is asking for tax money that the people of Newbury don’t have. Funny how they only have the money for his school, but not our local school. I think maybe he is right, we should not ask the people of Newbury for money they don’t have. Therefore, everyone should vote NO on Issue 24. You can spin it any way you like but, in the end, you are paying taxes and everyone here wants a tax break. Therefore, you can get a real tax break by voting NO on renewal levies like Issue 24. Phil Paradise Jr. Newbury Township

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Michael Petruziello

Petruziello, 71, graduated from Shaw High School and is the owner of Quality Quartz of America, Inc. He took a business management course at the Cleveland Engineering Society, as well as some classes at John Carroll University. The former Chester Township trustee and former Geauga County Park District commissioner currently serves on the Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services and county Metropolitan Housing Board. He is a senior member of the American Society of Metals and American Glass Blowers Association, and a member of the Fiber Optics Society, Ducks Unlimited, Geauga County Farm Bureau and Catholic War Veterans. Petruziello said he is running for trustee again to “give back to the community” he has lived in for over 33 years. “(I) want to represent the forgotten people that have no input into what is going on in Chester,” he said. “Residents in Chester need someone that will speak for them. People need choice and representation with common sense views of which I can bring to the table for them. Chester needs to embrace 21st century technology to reduce costs and taxes for them.” Petruziello said his experience as a past Chester trustee gives him firsthand knowledge about “what is really going on” in the township. “I have knowledge concerning budgets and planning in private business and public entities,” he said. “I have in the past and will continue to reach out to anyone that needs my assistance. I am fiscally responsible and have demonstrated that in my past tenure and would continue to do so based on facts, not hearsay. I will protect property rights of the citizens. I am not an automatic ‘yes’ vote for everything.”

Petruziello said his top priorities would be fiscal responsibility, keeping Chester rural, restructuring zoning regulations to be more residential friendly, controlling all department costs and budgets, disposing of all unused equipment and property, coming up with a long-term program to maintain roads and beautify Chester, meeting all residents’ needs by being proactive with them and department heads, reducing spending to levels that are sustainable for the taxpayers, making decisions based on facts, always keeping citizens in mind when spending tax dollars, and having transparency and accountability to every citizen. “My knowledge as a past trustee and being on other governmental boards within the county has been an eye opener to me since I have seen firsthand the waste in government agencies,” Petruziello said. “People in charge of departments think nothing about the dollars that they are spending. This must stop and accountability needs to be established for the taxpayers. This will be done by educating the department heads on how to reduce costs and increase services that are mandated by (the Ohio Revised Code).” Petruziello said the time that needs to be spent on township business to handle all the issues facing Chester is substantial and he is willing to take it. “These issues are critical and all very important to the taxpayers and I will work my hardest to accomplish these goals,” he said. “Chester leadership needs to change the status quo and move forward with bold new ideas that will result in positive change for the betterment of the community. Doing the same thing over and over again is pure nonsense. New approaches need to be established to create positive long-lasting changes to attract new residents and business that will flourish in Chester and make it a place that everyone wants to move to. “All these things can be done, but it will take bold leadership and cooperation with See Candidates • Page 9

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schools, businesses and the citizens to accomplish,” he added. “Chester needs to come into the 21st century and embrace new technologies and move forward. With this, I humbly request your vote on Nov. 5.”

Ken Radtke

Radtke, 59, has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University and is the owner/president of Environmental Guidance, Inc. Radtke, an incumbent, has served as Chester Township trustee for two consecutive four-year terms and said he has seen “significant progress” on a variety of fronts in recent years. “Some of it is not visible to the public, but organizationally, we have improved our service and response to our residents,” he said. “I want to continue to be involved in these efforts. Also, our township government has significant changes happening in the next few years and my experience and leadership will help make these transitions successful.” Radkte said he has been attending trustee meetings for more than 25 years and volunteered for a variety of community organizations, including the West Geauga Friends of the Library, recycling committee and Citizens Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the Chester Township Planning Committee, the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Policy Committee and is chairman of the Geauga Health District Advisory Committee. “I have a history of serving our residents and I seek the honor and privilege of continuing as your township trustee,” he said. Radtke said his top priorities as trustee are hearing from the people by conducting a public survey currently under development and using those results to shape future township planning; improving fire/EMS service and support by transitioning the staff from 100 percent part-time to include two full-time firefighter/paramedics per shift; hiring a new police chief — adding with the retirement of Chief Mark Purchase in the fall of 2021, the transition to new leadership will affect the township for years to come — and responsibly managing taxpayer dollars by continuing to use the township’s five-year budget plans and 15-year equipment replacement schedules to plan for the township’s future. Radkte said in addition to the above, he aims to find ways to promote and improve the commercial town center, which is something he, along with other volunteers, is already working on. “Chester Township is the gateway to Geauga County,” he said. “Working with department heads, I would like to improve our organizational planning, using annual and long-term goals as a means to measure our performance and service to our residents.” When talking about his knowledge of municipal finances, budgeting and auditing, Radtke said as current trustee, he has participated in three successful financial audits of the township by the state of Ohio. “I served on the original committee that developed five-year budget plans and 15year equipment replacement schedules for all township departments,” he said. “These

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tools are still in use today and with a $7 million dollar annual township budget, this data is extremely valuable in managing, projecting and prioritizing our spending.” Radtke said having served as trustee for nearly eight years, he has significant experience in planning, zoning, budgeting, re-zonings, land use, economic development, labor negotiations and audit review. “I have negotiated multiple union contracts with our department staff and been involved in public hearings on a variety of zoning issues,” he said. “As a volunteer, I have been working with others on our commercial town center and I understand how planning, land use and zoning are all inter-related to economic development.” Radtke said an important “daily matter” is managing people. “With more than 75 township employees, there are always personnel matters to address and I have the experience and temperament to deal with these challenges, as well,” Radtke said. “Our improved safety record (and significant savings under worker’s compensation) is an example of my commitment to our staff. I have an excellent working relationship with the fiscal office and with a relatively new board of trustees, it is important to maintain continuity of operations to continue our progress. My experience and dedication will ensure our township government will continue to serve the needs and interests of our residents.”

Skip Claypool

Claypool, 68, is a Geneva High School graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in math/computer science with a minor in marketing/regional analysis from the University of Wisconsin. He also has had executive leadership and management training throughout his career. The former Geauga County commissioner has served on multiple boards during his term, including the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, Portage-Geauga County Juvenile Detention Center board and Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District. He currently serves on the Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services, as well as the Geauga County See Township • Page 10

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Planning Commission. He is vice president of the Chesterland Rotary Club and a member of the Geauga County Bluecoats. “I am running for the trustee position because our township needs an objective review and overhaul,” he said. “Our taxes have increased significantly over the last five years and cronyism is evident. Chesterland government needs the leadership to create a more responsible and accountable stewardship of Chester’s tax dollars. Given my experience and background, I am the best qualified candidate to deliver on that commitment.” Claypool said he is the most qualified candidate running for trustee, has experience in government and a track record that he is proud of. “I have almost five years of experience as a commissioner managing a $35 million-dollar budget and county personnel,” he said. “I am familiar with working within the bureaucratic systems to deliver services cost effectively. Additionally, I have business experience managing multimillion-dollar budgets and I ran a successful business for over 10 years. When I am faced with a complex situation and important issues that impact our citizens, I research and do my homework in order to make informed decisions. I do not rubber stamp decisions.” Claypool said if he is elected, his top priorities would be transparency, eliminating cronyism and fulfilling his campaign promise of “lower taxes, less spending.” “I will focus on making Chesterland more effective and efficient, while improving ser-

vices,” he said. “Additionally, I will spearhead meaningful discussion with the public on issues impacting our citizens. There is an effort to do a Chester plan. The citizens need to have their voice represented. All my objectives would be aimed at improving services while operating more effectively and efficiently.” Claypool said the key project he would like to accomplish is revamping the township’s budget and getting it “in line to find ways to stop the trend of increasing taxes and possibly even reducing taxes and reducing spending.” “I would like to help foster a plan that is truly representative of what the citizens of our township want,” he said. “I spent (four and a half) years as a county commissioner, working with each elected official and each county department to ensure budgets that were sound and fiscally responsible. Prior to being elected, as a citizen, I spent considerable time reviewing and educating myself on the government budgets and government operations. I was able to provide input to various elected officials. I am very familiar with Chester’s budget, have read and understand the budget and am ready on day one to be effective.” Claypool said prior to being commissioner, he spent “decades managing business affairs, which included many of the same (above) responsibilities.” “I will work very hard, taking whatever amount of time it takes, to address the issues I have laid out,” he said. “I take my responsibility to the citizens of the township very seriously.” See Chester • Page 11

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from page 10 Frank Kolk

Kolk, 53, graduated from Eastlake North High School and received a surgical technologist certificate from the Bryman School of Arizona. Prior to being appointed as trustee, Kolk, who is an owner/manager and contractor of investment properties, served on the Chester Township Board of Zoning Appeals. “I am seeking this position to serve all the residents of Chester Township. My number one goal is to keep Chester a wonderful place to live,” Kolk said. “As Chester Township’s current trustee, I want to continue to serve the residents in our township. I have a great working relationship with the other two trustees. My hard work ethic and dedication to being trustee is extremely important. The residents of Chester will see that I will serve the township well. I truly love living here in Chester Township.” Kolk said his only agenda is to keep the township moving forward, and that he is a very “honest, humble and open-minded” resident. “When I say I am going to do something, I will. I will not mislead the residents of Chester,” he said. “I want the best for this township and I will do my finest to keep it that way.” Kolk said his top priorities are to continue the community services that Chester residents deserve, be fiscally responsible, and communicate to all residents via email, social media or a phone call. “With that said, respecting the residents’ thoughts and concerns are priorities of mine,” he said, adding one definite project he would like to see take shape is getting a single hauler service for recyclables and trash.

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“There are ways to make this happen and keep all residents content. Bottom line is, no one wants to pay more than they have to for this service,” he said. “There are benefits to this in ways that will save our roads, decrease noise and increase the safety of this township.” He added, “I would like to see more outreach to residents. There is too much technology today that we can use to reach our residents. That is an important part of communication.” Kolk said having knowledge of municipal finances, budgeting and auditing is important in any government and any businesses. “They go hand in hand,” he said. “All government accounting is crucial to maintaining townships. There needs to be responsible individuals in place to oversee this accounting. Checks and balances are a vital asset to maintain government accounting. I personally see and take care of my business accounting.” Kolk said as current trustee, he handles the responsibilities of planning, zoning, budgeting, rezoning, land use, economic development, labor negotiations and audit reviews daily. “To have all of these responsibilities on a day-to-day schedule is dedication to the residents as trustee. There has been harmony between the current trustees. I see what Chester Township’s needs are and am applying the time and effort to these responsibilities,” he said. “To ensure all of the aforementioned responsibilities … there needs to be harmony, understanding and dialogue with all three trustees. We have that. I will continue to have greater efficacies on the trustees’ need to work strongly together to accomplish these responsibilities of Chester Township. When this happens, the township will move forward.”

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from page 1 “I consulted and worked with all different types of accounting systems, budgeting, problems with software, employee work flow, auditing standards and polices to safe guard assets,” she said. “As a business owner, I formulated my business budgets and oversaw how all funds were spent and how they were managed. As fiscal officer, my job in the township budgetary process is to identify and certify estimated receipts, certify purchase obligations, maintain financial records demonstrating compliance with budget, prepare appropriation measurers and assist with the preparation of the tax ordinance/tax budget. The trustees’ jobs are to formulate budgets and oversee how funds are spent and are managed.” Jarrett said as fiscal officer, she will be the “keeper of the township records” and be responsible for them. “My job is to oversee and safeguard the township funds and work with trustees to see monies are spent wisely and in the best interest of the residents,” she said. “The fiscal officer oversees and maintains in proper order the township financial records, including issuing checks, preparing payrolls and all associate functions. The fiscal officer is to provide trustees with reports showing appropriation, revenue and fund reports, investment journal, fund statues, bank reconciliation, payroll summary, warrant summary and anything else they would like to see.” Jarrett said the ideal relationship of the fiscal officer and trustees is to work together efficiently, showing respect for each other and a willingness to listen to each other’s opinions.

“We wouldn’t always need to agree, but meetings should be conducted in a professional manner and spirit of cooperation — agree to disagree and move on,” Jarrett said. “Within six months of taking office, I will convert the current Chester Township accounting system to the UAN software created by the State of Ohio auditor for better transparency and accountability of our taxpayer dollars. At all regular scheduled meetings, I will provide trustees with current financial reports as specified by the State of Ohio Auditor’s Office. Currently none are being presented. I will make sure federal- and state-mandated payroll obligations are paid timely. Within six months of taking office, I will form an audit committee as oversight to review quarterly the Chester Township fiscal activities. As fiscal officer, I will be attending all regular scheduled meetings along with working in the Chester Township Town Hall office to be sure we are compliant, transparent and accountable.”

Craig Richter

Richter, 55, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in business administration from John Carroll University, as well as a master’s degree in taxation from Akron University. Richter is the international tax manager of Nestle USA and is a member of the West Geauga Athletic Boosters, past treasurer of

the West Geauga Recreation Council, former assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 91, member of the Chesterland Historical Foundation, treasurer and past international chairman of the Tax Executive Institute, and a volunteer with the West Geauga Band Boosters and Cleveland Food Bank. Richter said he is running for a second term so he can continue to serve the community and add value to the fiscal office with his financial and management skills. “Much has been accomplished during the past term, including the establishment of new accounting procedures, increased transparency by joining Ohio Checkbook and the cutting of considerable waste,” Richter said. “I still feel there is more to accomplish, amongst many things, old contracts need to be renegotiated and records cleaned up. I am running to continue moving the township forward in a positive direction.” Richter said continuity of operations and management is critical in moving the township forward. “I am experienced and excelling in the role,” he added. “I have a master’s degree in both business administration and taxation. My experience, education, along with a 30year career in both public and corporate accounting with knowledge in the areas of tax, accounting and finance make me qualified for re-election. I also have years of experience in project management, leading teams that integrate multi-million dollar business acquisitions. “Finally, unlike some of my predecessors, I remain committed to working with the trustees to manage the township services.” Richter said in his opinion, there is no better education than experience, and the years he has spent serving as the fiscal officer has

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prepared him for the position and to continue the “high quality” work he has started. “During my 30-year career in finance, I have been responsible for legal research, financial planning, budgeting, tax return preparation and project management — all skills used in the fiscal office,” Richter said. “My annual continuing education courses keep me current with changing laws, new technology and ideas.” He said when he first became fiscal officer, the township budget had a one-year outlook. “My industry experience with controlling and budgeting has taught me that you need to look both backward and forward to forecast where you anticipate a budget going as you make decisions in the present,” Richter said. “The budget spreadsheet that I have created has historical costs back to 2008 and a five-year outlook. This allows for better management of costs and better overall financial management of the township.” Richter explained his understanding of municipal finances, budgeting and auditing. He said township finances are kept under fund accounting and, following the Ohio Revised Code, revenues and expenses must be kept track of and managed separately for each department, however, the general fund can assist various departments when necessary. “The tax revenue and levies provide the revenue for the various funds to operate. Budgeting takes place twice a year when the trustees approve the temporary budget and then the permanent,” he added. “Adjustments can be made with both trustees and county budget approval. The state audits the See Officer • Page 13

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Chester Government Update The Chester Township Board of Trustees met at 6 p.m. on Sept. 29. All three trustees and the fiscal officer were in attendance. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Tammy Setlock, of the Metzenbaum Center, spoke before the board. She spoke on the past, present and future of the Metzenbaum Center. In fire department business, the board approved the hiring of part-time firefighter/ EMT-P Neil Perko at the pay rate of $22.05 an hour; the hiring is contingent upon passing a pre-employment medical evaluation, drug screen and background check. He will serve a one-year probationary period. Trustees welcome Neil to the fire department. Judy Zamlen-Spotts gave a presentation for the Ride with Valor veterans’ outreach and support event that will be held on Nov. 16 at town hall. Police Chief Mark Purchase made trustees aware that there will be STAT (Stand Tall American Troops) riders passing through Chester Township on Nov. 16.

The board approved the use of police and fire assistance on Oct. 5 for NAMI Walks though Chester Township. In park board business, there was discussion about trees after a recent storm. In road department business, the board approved $5,000 payable to Nature’s Own Source, LLC for liquid salt for a new brine system. The board approved the meeting minutes. There was a motion to approve police department assistance with West Geauga High School’s homecoming parade on Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. The Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Parkside Park gazebo. The trustees, Service Director Joe Fornaro and Fiscal Officer Craig Richter entered into executive session at 8:03 p.m. and then returned with no new action and the meeting adjourned at 8:51 p.m. Submitted by Frank Kolk, Chester Township Trustee

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spending their carryover dollars by operating at a deficit. “This lost funding requires improved cash flow management,” he said. “During my term, we changed the bank accounts the township was using to receive a higher yield on idle funds. This next term, I will continue to look for ways to increase the return on the townships funds, while keeping the money safe and readily available to pay for the township’s operations. “Another way to work towards a balanced budget is to reduce expenses. In that light, I will continue to review old contracts that allowed for automatic renewal at escalating charges and renegotiate. This will lower or keep expenses in check as I will either find new vendors or revisit each contract at the renewal date. I have already successfully done this on several contracts, saving the township valuable tax dollars. I will continue to look for unused assets and encourage the departments to sell them. This will not only bring in cash, but reduce unnecessary insurance expenses.”

from page 12 books of the township every two years and reviews the financial statements reported by the fiscal officer.” Richter said his idea of an ideal relationship with township trustees is to view the trustees and fiscal officer as a management team. “The fiscal office produces complete and accurate financial data, which is shared with both the trustees and department heads,” he said. “This team approach allows for more efficient work and better management decisions of township services. In addition, by working together, the fiscal officer has a voice, providing a different point of view for trustees even though the trustees do have the final legislative authority.” Richter said the township lost, on average, $500,000 per year in combined Estate Tax and Local Government Fund revenue, which has caused the departments to start

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Police Blotter The following is a sampling of the calls handled by the Chester Township Police Department Sept. 27 through Oct. 8, 2019. In total, the police department handled 169 calls during this period. AGENCY ASSIST Oct. 5 10:50 p.m., South Ridge Road, Ashtabula. SWAT call out in Ashtabula. Barricaded gunman. Deputy advises male suspect in custody without incident. ANIMAL PROBLEM Sept. 27 9:32 a.m., Mayfield Road. There is a farm pig in our parking lot. Officer advised. Owners on scene. Officers were able to wrangle Jellybean. She was returned to owner. Oct. 3 7:52 a.m., Cedar Road. Cedar and Caves at top of the hill there were a bunch of chickens in the roadway. Caller got them back in the yard. Someone should tell the owners. Located chickens, turkey and roosters in the driveway, not in the roadway or close to shoulder. Advised owner of call.

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DOMESTIC DISPUTE Sept. 20 12:33 p.m., Mayfield Road. Female got out of a red sedan and slapped another female in blue sedan. Officers on scene. Female stated unknown female slapped her and drove away. HAZMAT Oct. 7 10:07 a.m., Cranwood Drive. Creek that runs under the road is now a fluorescent green. Possibly antifreeze. Officer and fire department on scene. Water test dye. INFO REPORT Oct. 6 8:21 a.m., Chillicothe Road. 60-80 people with Right to Life will be standing at the intersection of Mayfield Road holding signs for abortion. Can also contact the pastor at the church. PROPERTY DAMAGE Oct. 6 3:25 p.m., Gem Road. Found an arrow stuck

in the bottom of his pool. Incident report completed. SUSPICIOUS Oct. 6 4:02 p.m., Camelot Drive. Someone keeps sending pizzas to the residence. Home owner is not ordering the pizza. They believe a male family friend is ordering them. This has happened at least five times. Worker at pizza parlor would like to see an officer because they are out $34.75 now since they went to deliver the food and it was a prank. Report taken. Oct. 8 6:58 p.m., Winchester Valley. Just noticed bullet holes in the back of his residence. THEFT Sept. 29 2:15 p.m., Old Mill Road. Caller advised her $80 bra was stolen. She doesn’t know who stole her bra and cleaning supplies. Report taken. •••••• The following is a sampling of the calls handled by the Russell Township Police Department Sept. 23 through Oct. 9, 2019. In total, the police department handled 149 calls during this period. ANIMAL AT LARGE Sept. 24 8:10 p.m., Music Street. Caller advised her 5-year-old male fox “Reggie” got loose from his enclose this morning. He was last seen at Red Raider Stables on Kinsman Road and he was heading east from that location. Reggie is friendly but timid. Made contact with GCSO and advised them to let us know if anyone calls on him. ANIMAL – MISCELLANEOUS Sept. 28 8:25 a.m., Hawthorne Lane. Resident reported an owl was tangled in some fishing line around his koi fish pond. Officer responded to assist the owl. Officers were able to catch the bird, remove the fishing line and check owl for injuries. Owl appeared to be OK and was released without incident.

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Coach Amber Baker honors senior volleyball players Madie Cook, Sarah Koach, Zoe Meyers and Natalie Mueller during senior night.

Student Athletes of the Month

Hillcrest Insurance Group Student Athletes of the Month for September are seniors Joey Tirabassi and Emily Allegretti. Joey is a member of the boys cross country team. The team has had an impressive season so far winning the Hawken and George Gross invitationals, as well as finishing second in the Cardinal Invitational. Joey is also a member of the National Honor Society, student council and works on the school’s in-house West G TV broadcast. Joey plans to study civil engineering in college. Emily is a captain on the girls soccer team. She has helped to lead the team to a 12-1 record as well as the first Chagrin Valley Conference title since 2010. She also plays in

the marching band and is a freshman mentor. Emily is involved in community service with St. Anselm PSR and vacation Bible school as well as participating in Interact Club. Emily plans to study biomedical engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall.

Westwood Walk Raises Funds

The annual Westwood Walk gave students the opportunity to raise funds for their school. All students participated in the walk with the support of the staff and the PTO. The walk raised $19,017 for the school. Mrs. Nanney got in on the fun and agreed to a special haircut with the letters WW engraved in the back that was provided by stylists from Avanti Salon in Chester Township. Select students got to smash pies in their favorite teachers’ faces as a reward.


Stylists from Avanti Salon in Chester Township give Mrs. Nanney a special haircut with the letters WW engraved in the back during the Westwood Walk.

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Ag in the Classroom Grants Available The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is offering grants for the 2019-20 school year to increase awareness, knowledge and appreciation of agriculture in the youth of Geauga County. The $1,000 grant will be awarded to kindergarten through 12th-grade core education teachers whose innovative classroom projects use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, nutrition, science and/or social studies as well as to encourage a partnership between the Geauga SWCD and local schools in providing agricultural education. Grant application information will be sent

to all Geauga County Schools. The Geauga SWCD has $1,000 allocated for the Agriculture in the Classroom Education project. The Geauga SWCD will review proposals as they are received. The final deadline is Nov. 7. Approved projects will be notified shortly thereafter. Email applications to knainiger@geaugaswcd.com or mail or submit application in person to Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District, P. O. Box 410, 14269 Claridon-Troy Rd., Burton, OH 44021. Visit geaugaswcd.com or call 440-8341122 for more information.

Senior News & Events West Geauga Senior Center

12650 West Geauga Plaza, Unit 4, Chester Township, 440-279-2163. • Ed Jones Financial Seminar: Oct. 23, 11 a.m. Join for “Health Care and Your Retirement” presentation to learn about Medicare coverage, traditional medical expenses, longterm medical care expenses and strategies for addressing uncovered expenses.

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Ohio Department of Insurance trained Geauga County Department on Aging staff and volunteers will offer one on one reviews at Geauga Department on Aging, 470 Center St., Building 2 in Chardon. Appointments are available through Dec. 5.

Call 440-279-2130, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to schedule an appointment. Bring one’s Medicare card and list of current medicines to the appointment.

Young of Heart

Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m. St. Anselm Young of Heart meets at the parish center. Bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert and coffee will be provided. The speaker is storyteller Sandra Zikursh, who will portray Mrs. Noah. A special Christmas trip has been planned for Dec. 13-14 to Youngstown and Columbiana for two Christmas shows and much more. Hold the date and call Nancy at 440-729-9684 for more information.

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How Stretching Benefits Your Body By Dr. Adam M. Cramer, PT, DPT One of the simplest, most effective things you can do to keep your body in good working order and stay mobile as the years pass is to stretch regularly. Making time at least twice a week to stretch each major muscle groups is how to maintain mobility and prevent injury. Stretching is actually the key to reduce pain and soreness in a muscle or joint. Stretching so beneficial because of all the good things it does for your body. For example: • It increases blood flow and oxygenation of muscles and joints. Cramer • It improves the range of motion of your joints. • It helps you move about more freely and easily, regardless of what age you are. • It protects you from injury by enhancing muscle contraction. The American College of Sports Medicine indicates to spend at least 60 seconds on each stretching exercise. It is a gentle and slow exercise. You may be uncomfortable initially when you start stretching but it gets easier the more you do it regularly.

Benefits extend into lifestyle

Stretching is a natural stress reliever as well and encourages you to think more positively. When you are stressed, think about how your muscles contract, adding to your tenseness. When you stretch, you release this pent-up stress in your body and in turn, your mind feels less burdened.

Specific health benefits researched

The health benefits have been well chronicled for some time, but there are other good effects that we have only gotten to know more about in the last few years as more research has accumulated on the impact of stretching on the body. A 2007 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that women with fibromyalgia may experience significantly improved daily function and fewer symptoms after taking part in a stretching program. I see a number of clients suffering from this condition which causes them to experience debilitating chronic pain throughout their bodies. They are placed on a specific evidence-based program where they learn to manage their symptoms naturally.

Good strategies to get started

Schedule an appointment to consult with a Doctor of physical therapy and ask for an assessment and then a prescribed program of stretches. This will ensure that what you start with is safe and designed specifically for your body. Doing it right, and gearing your specific stretches to accommodate the specific needs of your body and level of mobility is important. Dr. Adam M. Cramer, PT, DPT, is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy, stretching specialist and owner of MyoFit Clinic in Chardon and Middlefield, Ohio. 440.286.1007 or 440-6321007. References available at MyoFitClinic.com

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Kenmore 33” snowblower mounted on tractor, best offer. Also Craftsman riding mower 54” cut, best offer, call 440421-9038.

1950’s white enamel top wood table with one drawer, long legs can be cut shorter, 48”x 24”x 37” tall, $75. call 440-632-0066.

GARAGE/ESTATE SALES CHESTERLAND: Friday, October 18, 8am-5pm: Saturday, October 19, 8am-1pm. 8545 Carmichael Dr. Vintage slat wood table w/2 chairs, Square Bistro High Table w/3 chairs, glass top patio table, vintage dolls & jewelry, accent/end tables, Fitz & Floyd collectibles, Lenox holiday dishes, Many household Items & Decorative Pieces - all priced to sale! I can deliver within 10 miles for $20.

Glider/rockers $69-$89, Kerosene heater, oil lamps, old humpback chests $99, $198, and many old clocks, call 440-338-3563. Simplicity 15.85 HP riding mower with double bagger, $1,100, call 440-285-7915. Ranch hand bumper, legend series off of 2017 Chevrolet $500. Storage space for trailer boat etc. 440-829-1856.

Jack the cat needs a lap to call his own, he’s very affectionate, 5+ yrs old, black, but FIV-positive. 440-321-2485.
























WANTED TO BUY Buying: riding lawnmowers, truck plows, 4-wheelers, farm equip, construction equip, call 440-352-7372

REAL ESTATE Duplex: 4br/2bath up, townhouse style, basement, garage, big yard, Parkman Village, currently rented. Home or investment, $143,000, Craigslist, Zillow, 440-548-8087. LOT FOR SALE-THOMPSON TWP: one acre lot, scenic, gently sloped, wooded, very quiet side street, $9,900. Call 440289-0708.

SERVICES Joe Eicher doing roofing, siding, remodeling, cleanout houses, we do most anything, Call between 8am and 4pm, 440813-4272. No answer, leave message. Owen Mullets Painting, interior and exterior, also staining/varnishing trim and doors, experienced 440-632-9663 or 440-313-2110 leave message. Will grind small tree stumps, $40 each, call Robert 440-286-5065 or 440-520-6573.

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School child advocate: Retired teacher/ School Counselor available anytime for assistance with school conferences and IEPs at school. Dave 440-487-0829.

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