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Area’s First Messianic Jewish Synagogue Comes to Chester Township By Diane Ryder Just like the people of Moses, wandering in the desert for 40 years on their way to the Promised Land, a congregation of Messianic Jews in Northeast Ohio has been four decades without a synagogue to call home. Until now. Just as Joshua lead his flock across the Jordan River into Canaan, Rabbi Eric David Lakatos will be leading a procession Dec. 1 as his flock brings their Torah from rented facilities in Lyndhurst to their newly constructed Ark at Tikvat Israel (Hebrew for “Hope of Israel”) in Chester Township. The congregation — one of an estimated 400 Messianic Jewish groups in the United States, Isreal and worldwide, and the only one on the east side of Cleveland — follows Jewish traditions, but worships Jesus, or Yeshua in Hebrew, as the Messiah. See Synagogue • Page 2


Jeff Roberts, left, media director for the Tikvat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue, and sound and video director Rick Bihary pose with a display at their new location in Chester Township..

Baptist Church Launches Bicentennial Celebration By Diane Ryder Where are Mulberry Road’s mulberry trees? Is there an actual Chesterland? And what is the connection between Chester Township and the City of Hudson? Those questions, and many more, fueled a program on local history Nov. 10 at Chesterland Baptist Church to kick off its 200th birthday next year. Lifelong church member Garland Likins gave a brief history of the historic white-framed church, followed by a talk from historian Sylvia Wiggins, of the Chester Township Historical Society, dressed in period costume. During the earliest days of the Connecticut Western Reserve, when the State of Ohio was only two years old, missionary Thomas Robbins walked from New England

to the forested wilderness of the new territory to minister to the earliest settlers of the area. It was a time called “The Great Awakening,” when churches began to flourish across America. By 1819, seven pioneers of what is now called Chester Township met to form a Baptist congregation called the Baptist Church in Christ in Chester. They included Nancy and James Gillmore, and Lebbeus and Nancy Norton, who had arrived in the Western Reserve in 1812 from Massachusetts. That small congregation flourished as the area grew and is now the Chesterland Baptist Church, 12670 Chillicothe Road, just north of Mayfield Road. The current building dates back to 1870, Likins said. Wiggins told the audience of about 60 people the first settler of the township was Justice Miner See Bicentennial • Page 5


Local historian Sylvia Wiggins shows a reproduction quilt similar to one made by a Chester Township pioneer.

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Eduardo Rodriguez, of Parma, blows the traditional ram’s horn Shofar, calling people to worship at the new Tikvat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in Chester. In the background is the ark where the Torah will be stored.

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“We are Biblically-based at the intersection of Judaism and Christianity,” explained Chester Township resident Jeff Roberts, media director for the synagogue. “We are ideal for interfaith couples, for Christians who love Israel and want to learn more about the Jewish roots of their faith, and for Jewish people who desire a more Biblical approach to worship,” Roberts said. Services are mostly in English, with some liturgy in Hebrew, and both the Old Testament and New Testament are used. “We observe both Jewish and Christian holidays,” Roberts said. Current members come from Parma, Akron and as far as Pennsylvania. The congregation is part of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America. The 40-year-old Tikvat Israel congregation recently purchased the former Prince of Peace Church — which the synagogue will continue to share with the church since the synagogue’s Sabbath services are on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and Prince of Peace worships on Sundays. The modern building at 9319 Mayfield Road — designed by a Jewish architect for its original Methodist church owners — has gone through several identities through the years, including serving as the Chesterland Senior Center. The building eventually fell into disrepair. Prince of Peace Pastor Kevin Sowers said his congregation purchased the property in 1991 and has put about $150,000 in repairs and upgrades to the building, including new

siding, a new roof, new flooring, an updated kitchen and a new HVAC system. Sowers said his congregation, part of an outreach from the Prince of Peace Church in Mentor, has been dwindling in numbers for the past several years and could no longer sustain itself. “We had reached out to several churches that are meeting in schools and other places, and found this congregation,” Sowers said. “This will allow us to continue worshipping here every Sunday at 10:30 (a.m.) because we’ll be utilizing the same space at different times.” The congregation will hold services jointly. Signs have been going up in the building in both English and Hebrew. Sowers said his members will be able to learn more about the historical Jewish roots of Christianity. “I think the Lord has opened this door for both of our congregations,” Roberts added. “I can’t wait to see what He has in store for us.” On Dec. 1, Lakatos will lead his congregation at 9:30 a.m. in a motor caravan Sefer Torah parade from Lyndhurst to the new synagogue, where Eduardo Rodriguez will blow the traditional ram’s horn, also known as a Shofar, calling people to worship. The Shabbat service will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hanukkah services, including lighting of the Menorah, will be held every night from Dec. 2 through Dec. 8 from 5-6 p.m., and a special Hanukkah Shabbat service will be held Dec. 9 at 5 p.m., followed by an Oneg dinner at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited, but people are asked to RSVP for the dinner by calling 216-297-9929 or visiting

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West Geauga Girl Scout Troop 71292 is collecting gently used and new shoes for a shoe drive fundraiser. Men’s, women’s and children’s sneakers, dress shoes and boots will be accepted. Shoe donations will help the girls fund a trip to Savannah, Ga. Collection boxes are located at the Geauga West Library, West Geauga Senior Center in the West Geauga Plaza and R&B Motors, 11711 Chillicothe Road. Shoes should be dropped off by Dec. 31.

Yoga at Community Church

Community Church of Chesterland offers three different types of yoga classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:307:30 p.m. in the church located on the corner of Caves and Wilson Mills roads. Classes are $10 each, but the church is offering a buy one, bring a friend for free yoga offer during November and December as a way of giving thanks and celebrating the holidays. For more information on the specific types of yoga offered and instructors on the different days, call 440-729-7898 or visit

Dorothy’s Porch Giveaway

Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1 A free giveaway of clothing for the family, household items and toys will take place Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 9-10 a.m. at Celebration Lutheran Church, 10621 Auburn Road, Chardon.

GGP Networking Event

Nov. 29, 5-7 p.m. Geauga Growth Partnership is holding a member networking event at Sharon James Cellars, 11303 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township. The event is free. Cash bar with appetizers will be provided. Members, guests and colleagues are welcome. Call 440-5641060 to register or just drop in.

Food Pantry Open

Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Food Pantry at Chester Christian Center will be open to anyone in need of food; one does not need to be a member of the church to attend. The church is located at 11815 Chillicothe Road in Chester Township.

Czech Christmas Bread Sale

DTJ Taborville is selling traditional Czech Christmas bread by order only. Vanocka, or houska, is a sweet dough with golden raisins and almonds baked into a braided loaf Cost is $7.50 for a two pound loaf. Orders must be in by Dec. 12 and can be picked up Dec. 16 at DTJ in Taborville, 9850 North Blvd., Auburn Township. Call 440-543-8494 to place orders.

Christmas Craft Show

Dec. 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Geauga County Historical Society will host a Christmas Craft Show inside the Lennah Bond Activities Building on the

grounds of Century Village Museum in Burton. Purchase handcrafted and unique gifts created by local artisans. After shopping, stop by the Christmas open house in the Hickox House from 12-4 p.m. Docents will provide information and a history of the home and grounds. Refreshments offered. Admission is free. For more information, call Century Village Museum at 440-834-1492.

Mrs. Claus Returns to Village Store

Dec. 2, 12-3 p.m. Mrs. Claus will be returning to the General Store at the Chesterland Historical Village located on the corner of Caves and Mayfield roads in Chester Township. What fun is planned for the children with stories, games, a craft and writing letters to Santa. Mrs. Claus and the elves will be taking the letters to Santa on their return to the North Pole. Hot chocolate and sugar cookies will be served. The event is free and all are welcome. Call 440-729-7768 for more information.

Picture Your Dog with Santa

Dec. 2, 2-6 p.m. The fifth annual Picture Your Dog with Santa event, which is a fundraiser for the Geauga County Dog Shelter, will be held at Cold Nose Companions, 12531 GAR Hwy., Chardon. For a minimum $5 donation, Cold Nose Companions will take digital photos of families with their dogs posed with Santa. Photos will be emailed to each participant within a week after the event. All donations go entirely to support the care and adoption of the homeless dogs at the shelter on Merritt Road in Chardon. No preregistration is required. Family activities and light refreshments will be offered. People are also encouraged to drop off noncash donations for the shelter.

Dining Around Town

Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m. Join others from St. Anselm Church to enjoy dinner on the first Wednesday of each month and try out different restaurants in the area. Meet at Oak and Embers, 8003 Mayfield Road in Chester Township. All are welcome. RSVP to Joan Gambrill by email at or text 440533-5015.

GEL Breakfast

Dec. 7, 7:30-9 a.m. Geauga Economic Leadership (GEL) and Geauga Growth’s Entrepreneur Task Force present “Women in Manufacturing” at the next GEL breakfast being held at Kent State University at Geauga, 14111 Claridon Troy Road in Burton. Meet three leaders of Geauga County companies who are part of a dynamic and evolving manufacturing industry: Marian DeVoe, president, Chardon Custom Polymers; Ann Kelley, owner and vice president, IntelliPak, Ltd.; and Tracie Roberts, partner and vice president, Montville Plastics & Rubber. Learn about their backgrounds, how they got their start, what they love about manufacSee Town Crier • Page 5

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Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, located in Chester Township for the past 36 years, will celebrate its recent move to a new headquarters in Newbury Township during an “Adopta-Thon” event 1-4 p.m. Dec. 1 at Pet Supplies Plus, 425 Water St., Chardon. The event, free and open to the public, will feature cats and kittens, Chinese auction items and a 50-50 raffle. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. The sanctuary’s new location is at Cats’ Inn in Newbury Township, owned and operated by Lynn Tezak. As in Chester Township, it provides a mostly cage-less environment for the cats, said Doreen Lazarus, media contact for Happy Tails. Following the death of Happy Tails founder/director Jeanne Bones in 2015, the cats remained at the all-volunteer Chester facility for nearly three years until the property was put up for sale by Bones’ family in October. “Jeanne would be pleased to know that we continue her mission of cat rescue, adopting domestic cats and kittens into good homes, and when possible, placing feral and semi-feral cats into suitable environments,” said Happy Tails President Tom Vasko. “I commend our volunteers. Never wavering in their dedication, they were on-site ‘through thick and thin,’ caring for the kitties. We’re grateful that Jeanne’s family allowed our volunteers to care for the cats on their property for nearly three years following her death. We’re also grateful that we have been able


LuLu, a sweet senior cat with lots of love to give, is among the cats who will be up for adoption at Pet Supplies Plus in Chardon from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 1. She has very few teeth remaining following a dental procedure, but she is otherwise in good health.

to take them to Cats’ Inn, where they are in capable hands. “We also thank the people at the Chardon Pet Supplies Plus store for their support. In addition to hosting this event, they are donating prizes and some Chinese auction items.” Vasko said people who cannot attend the Dec. 1 event, but would like to help the nonprofit sanctuary, can send tax-deductible donations to: Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026. Donations can also be made using Pay Pal via the Happy Tails website, For more information, call Lazarus at 440-759-0076 or email

West Geauga Schools Facility Master Planning

On Nov. 13, the West Geauga Schools hosted the second of two open community meetings to discuss upgrading the facilities of the district. During the meeting, architects offered construction options and provided the survey results from the previous community meeting. Attendees then had an opportunity to select the option that they felt was the most beneficial for the schools. The data collected at the meeting will be used in determining the final option to be presented to the West Geauga Board of Education at an upcoming meeting. According to Superintendent Rich Markwardt, “This is an exciting time for West Geauga as the district explores options that will affect its present and future building needs.”

Rotary Donates Dictionaries

The Chesterland Rotary visited Westwood’s third-grade classes to distribute dictionaries to entire grade. The yearly program gives students the opportunity to utilize the dictionaries in the classroom for work in their language arts classes as well as other subjects. The students look forward to this program each and every year.


Middle school student Tristan Shorten uses the Lifeliqe program on iPad Pros.

Students Use 3-D Technology

A new program, Lifeliqe, has been launched at the West Geauga Middle School. Using iPad Pros, students are now able to experience district curriculum through 3-D imagery. The Lifeliqe program offers more that 1,300 3-D and augmented reality models that students can use to better understand STEM concepts. The program was funded by a grant to West Geauga’s media specialist Sarah Thrasher from the West Geauga Educational Foundation.

Chester Rotary Delivers Holiday Food Baskets Chesterland Rotary member Ed Slane helps to organize another successful holiday food basket drive this year. Rotary members contributed donations and food items to prepare baskets for delivery to six families in Chester Township and nearby communities. Baskets included turkeys, which were provided through Geauga United Way, along with a variety of fruits and vegetables, salads, pies, cheeses, cider and other goodies. Baskets were delivered Nov. 17. SUBMITTED

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turing and what they see in the future. Breakfast and networking begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by the presentation from 8-9 a.m. Free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated. For information or to register, call 440564-1060 or email

Christmas Train and Toy Show

Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. TrainMaster of Cleveland with the Painesville Railroad Museum will host the Christmas Train and Toy Show in the main gym of Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Drive in Kirtland. Admission is $6 for adults $6, $15 for families and $3 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 and active military members are free. See over 200 dealers with model trains and operating train layouts. Buy, sell and trade. Santa Claus will be at the show from 12:30-2 p.m. Get a photo with Santa with a

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(1762-1850), a Revolutionary War veteran who walked to the area in 1801 and built a cabin near what is now the south side of Mayfield Road between Heath and Sperry roads. “He cleared the land, built a cabin and then walked back to New York to get his family,” Wiggins said. “In 1802, they got here. They decided to call the area Wooster, after a Revolutionary War general.” As other families arrived in the township, it soon became clear that “Wooster” already existed in Ohio, so because the Gillmore family hailed from Chester, Mass., “Chester” became the community’s new name. “But eventually they found that their mail was being sent to Chester Township in Meigs County, so they decided to use the name ‘Chesterland’ for their post office purposes,” Wiggins explained. The “Old Settlement” of Chester Township was on what is now Mayfield Road near Heath, Sperry and Kenyon roads. A small old cemetery can still be seen from the road, although the original houses are long gone. In those early days, the township was teeming with wildlife, particularly bears and snakes, Wiggins said. When Ohio became a state, the new government paid local men to build a road from Painesville on Lake Erie south to the state capital at Chillicothe, which Wiggins said is a Shawnee word meaning “place where many people gather.” Recounting the sights a stagecoach passenger would have seen riding along Chillicothe Road in the early 19th century, Wiggins described how Steven and Sally Bassett settled in the north end of the township in about 1815. “He had a big idea that he could make his fortune manufacturing sewing silk, so he planted mulberry trees and brought in silk worms,” Wiggins said. “Over time, his wife and daughters made a lot of sewing silk, but they found it was too much work, so he cut all the mulberry trees and got rid of the worms. But although they are long gone, we still have Mulberry Road.” Other pioneering families in the township included names like Gilbert, Whitman, Lyman, Covert, Lamoreaux, Knapp, Hewitt, Norton, Philbrick, Stephenson and Hudson. David Hudson, founder of the city in Summit County that still bears his name, was a prominent landowner in Chester Township in 1811, Wiggins said. He owned much of what is now the township’s main intersection of Mayfield and Chillicothe roads. “He donated land at the northeast corner to the township for a park that would re-

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A Christmas Tea

Dec. 9, 1 p.m. The Friends of WomenSafe annual Christmas Tea will be held in the banquet room at St. Mary’s Church, 401 North St. in Chardon. The theme is “Christmas Traditions.” Award-winning speaker Jenilee Taylor will talk about various Christmas traditions – how they started, what they mean and why people continue to practice them today. Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets for the lavish gift raffle will be on sale. The three-course tea service begins at 1:30 p.m., catered by UpScale Eats. Tickets are $45 per person, with a vegan/ vegetarian or gluten free meal available by request. Children 12 and under are $20. Make reservations online at www.fows. info or call 440-285-3741. main a park ‘forever and ever,’” Wiggins said. “Why, I don’t know. But we still have it today.” The park was the scene of many major celebrations in the community over the years, including one celebrating the Armistice ending World War I. Wiggins said the township burned effigies of the Germans Kaiser Wilhelm and military leader Von Hindenburg at the park as part of the celebration. The Hudson family included 14 children, including David’s son, William, who owned land that is now Guido’s commercial complex. He was paid $10 from Geauga County to work on the construction of Chillicothe Road in front of his farm. He moved to Meigs County, Ohio, in 1838 and was killed there by Morgan’s Raiders in 1863, Wiggins said. The restaurant currently known as the Buck Stop was built on what had been William Hudson’s land in 1843 and served as a stagecoach stop, she said. Also in 1843, the people of the community decided to build a school for higher learning — a forerunner of the public high school — on the north edge of town, near the current township recycling center. Called the Western Reserve Seminary, the three-story building, plus basement, housed boarding students. Probably the most famous student, James A. Garfield, became a student there, along with his cousin, in 1849. “He was a laughingstock, in his patched pants and faded shirt, and he worked for his room and board,” Wiggins said. He was known for his frugality and his skills in speech, shorthand and debate. Garfield joined the Disciples of Christ Church in the township and was baptized in the Chagrin River at a spot near Fairmount Road. Later, he was known as the country’s first and only president who was an ordained minister. At the seminary, young Garfield met another student, Lucretia Rudolph, whose boyfriend had died. Rudolph became Garfield’s wife and, eventually, first lady of the United States. “Garfield became the champion of abolition, Negro suffrage and women’s suffrage,” Wiggins said. Although there appear to be no records of the Underground Railroad in the township during the Civil War, Wiggins guessed the area was strongly pro-abolition and fear of reprisals from the Fugitive Slave Act, which forbade people helping enslaved people escape, may be the reason there are no historical records about any activity. The historian, who has spent much of her life researching local history, said studying history is addicting. “The more answers I get, the more questions I have,” Wiggins told the audience.

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Staff Report Thousands attended the spectacular grand opening of Bethlehem Hills Christmas Light Park Nov. 23 at Berkshire Hills Golf Course, 9760 Mayfield Road, in Chester Township. Among the invited guests were Denise Dufala, Emmy award-winning journalist and Cleveland TV anchor for more than 30 years, who presented two readings of her book, “Bomba the Brave,” and Larry Morrow, legendary hall-of-fame broadcaster. (Of course, Santa Claus also made an appearance.) The drive-thru light park will be open now through Dec. 30 (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 5-10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 5-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Admission is $25 per car, which includes a program with local coupons as well as a $10 off coupon toward the purchase of a Christmas tree at Santa’s Workshop (on site). (No motor coaches or vehicles nine feet or higher). Walter Miraglia, owner of Berkshire Hills Golf Course, said a percentage of park proceeds will benefit three charities: the American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and Valor Retreat at High Rock. The Valor Retreat is a new, local, nonprofit organization involved in building handicap-accessible cabins in Hocking Hills for returning armed services personnel to vacation free of charge with their families. Miraglia proudly served in the Marine Corp as a young man. For more information on Bethlehem Hills Christmas Light Park, visit or call 440-862-4735.

Notes of Gratitude Health District Positive Changes

Protecting Geauga’s Safety

As chair of the Geauga County Health District, I would like to thank the voters of Geauga County for their strong support in the renewal of the Geauga County Health District levy. I would also like to thank Vicki Pate of the Lake & Geauga Area Association of Realtors for their countywide mailers in helping to get the word out to Geauga County voters. Your support was tremendous and greatly appreciated. A special thanks to Geauga County Health Board member Rich Piraino for the significant amount of personal time and money he invested in this campaign. His presentations to multiple civic organizations and attending four League of Women Voters’ candidates nights is a demonstration of his commitment to serving Geauga County and I thank you for that. With a new health commissioner starting in January, there will be changes in the health district. These changes will provide new opportunities to serve the health needs of Geauga County and to improve upon existing programs.

Thank you to all of those who voted “no” on State Issue 1, which failed in Geauga County 69 percent to 31 percent. While seeking effective treatment for drug addicted individuals is a worthy goal shared by judges and law enforcement, the harmful impact of the passage of the flawed proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution would have had a harmful impact on both addicts and our community. A heartfelt thank you to Probate/Juvenile Court Magistrate Abbey King, Prosecutor Jim Flaiz, Sheriff Hildenbrand, Chester Township Police Chief Mark Purchase, City of Chardon Police Chief Scott Niehus, Bainbridge Township Police Chief Jon Bokovitz, Burton Village Police Chief Rick Smigelski and Middlefield Village Police Lt. Brandon Savage, as well as troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Geauga County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Judge Terri Stupica, Judge Carolyn Paschke and Judge Forrest Burt, for their efforts in helping protect the integrity of our State Constitution and our community. Ohio judges will continue to address the challenges in guiding drug addicts into successful treatment and recovery outcomes, while maintaining public safety. Again, thank you for protecting the safety of our county.

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West Geauga Girls Basketball Preview

Young Wolverines Hope For More Wins in 2018 By Jamie Ward

The Wolverines have a new head coach for the first time in 22 years. Bob Beutel takes over with 694 wins in 38 years as a head coach. He won a Division III state title with Gilmour in 2017. And while he has moved to Geauga County, he still is catching up with West Geauga. “So far I’ve seen a bunch of kids who are hungry and willing to work,” Beutel said. “And what I’ve told them is, embrace the change.” The team expects to be led on the floor by three super sophomores in Nikola Ehrbar, Athena Hocevar and Elana Zebrowski. Ehrbar and Zebrowski started last season. Hocevar grew up at West Geauga but transferred to Gilmour her freshmen year. Now she’s back. She said the transition has been easy. “I think we’re playing good as a team and talking a lot,” said Zebrowski, who expects the defensive pressure to be a big change this year. Hocevar said despite her grade, she looks to help her teammates on the floor with some of the things she learned playing in a state title game last year with Gilmour. Ehrbar is excited about the potential of this group. “We are starting to figure it out, and I think that will make for a good season,” Ehrbar said. “I think you’re going to see a lot of intensity. We don’t want to have another losing season.” Ehrbar will be the team’s point guard. Zebrowski and Hocevar are going to be on the wing. The three seniors on the team — Bridgette Sexton, Alex Desciscio and Sarah Suba — will work into the rotation as the season progresses. “I think we’re doing really well and adjusting to changes,” Sexton said. “We are trying to build up the new program.” Defensively, Sexton wants to see more communication. Beutel said he is a coach who tends to work with a smaller rotation of players, but




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he could see using a nine- or 10-player rotation this season. He expects to know more by the end of December about how things will shake up. Desciscio has good size in the post. Juniors Rose Lamento and Natalie Mueller figure to be in the rotation, along with Bella Burkhard, who will play guard. Lauren Munko is another sophomore who played varsity at the end of the last season. The Wolverines want to run an up-tempo offense and score more points than they have in the past. Part of the scoring, coaches hope, will come from defensive pressure. West Geauga wants to pressure teams into turnovers and turn those into easy buckets. Marissa Bican, Rae Ehrbar, Meghan Zebrowski and Vivienne Weir round out the West Geauga varsity roster. “We need to make some easy opportunities for our offense to score,” Beutel said, “and also to have the wherewithal to pull it out if need be.” “Scrimmages are scrimmages, I know that,” Beutel said. “But these kids needed wins, and we won all three scrimmages.” The Wolverines won just one game a season ago. A game this season in Erie will require an overnight stay. Beutel said taking team trips is a big part of his philosophy to bring the team together, and hopes for more ambitious trips in the future.

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West Geauga Boys Basketball Preview

It’s Reload, Not Rebuild, For Defending CVC Champs By Jamie Ward

The bad news is the Wolverines graduated six seniors from a year ago. But the good news is seven more seniors stepped up to this team that was 19-3 a year ago. Those seniors will provide the foundation for whether or not the Wolverines can repeat as CVC Chagrin Division champions. “Most of these guys have been in our program long enough that they kind of understand what we do and the philosophies we preach,” said Jeff Javorek, now in his fourth season leading the Wolverines. “Everything is coming full circle now.” Yet sophomore Josh Irwin is still the standout forward who will drive West Geauga’s success again this year. Irwin won CVC player of the year as a freshman, the first time that has ever happened. “He was the difference,” Javorek said. “And he’s worked really hard this offseason in being an all-around player. I’m expecting him to have another breakout year, as crazy as that sounds.” Irwin is a mismatch nightmare for opponents because of his ability to play inside and outside at 6 feet 6 inches. “I feel very confident in my team,” Irwin said On the inevitable extra attention he will get this year, he said: “I just need to block it out and play. I’ve dealt with it my whole life. I just need to help my team win.” Peyton Bissler is a junior transfer who started for NDCL for two seasons. He will be a big addition to the team as a 1-2 punch with Irwin. “My role is going to be to bring some scoring,” said Bissler, who is an outside shooter. Senior Stephen Javorek will start as a good-sized strong forward who does a lot of things well for the Wolverines — particularly the things that don’t always end up on the stat sheets. “My role as a player is going to be help my teammates out,” he said. “I’m not going to




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be a scoring guy, but whether it’s getting rebounds or getting them open, that’s my role.” Aidan Pitcock is a junior guard will also start. And seniors Marco Formichelli and Elijah Cutting will play significant minutes from the guard positions. Senior Shaun Podojil is a 6-5 forward who will be relied upon heavily. Coach Javorek preaches defense and defensive rebounding as the difference-maker in high school basketball games. “We will play with two bigs most of the time, so from that standpoint that makes us pretty solid,” Javorek said. “You have to win possessions. You can’t turn the ball over. You can’t give up offensive rebounds. You need more possessions than the other team.” Jack Musser, Gabe Phan and Jackson Gruber are the other seniors on the team. Expectations are high, with a back-to-back CVC Chagrin title the goal to continue this new West Geauga tradition. Stephen Javorek is the coach’s cousin, and remembers watching Jeff when he played at West Geauga. “Growing up, he was a role model to me,” Stephen said. “Now, being able to play for him, you just try to impress him even more. Impress him as a coach, but impress him as a cousin.”

Community Meetings Chester Township: Dec. 5, 7 p.m., Zoning Commission; Dec. 6, 6 p.m., Board of Trustees; Dec. 10, 7 p.m., Board of Zoning Appeals; Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., Planning Committee, at Chesterland Innovation Center, 12628 Chillicothe Road, Unit D.

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All meetings are held at the Township Hall, 12701 Chillicothe Road, unless otherwise noted. Russell Township: Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., Zoning Commission; Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Board of Zoning Appeals; Dec. 5, 1p.m., Board of Trustees; Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., Zoning Commission. Meetings are held at the Fire-Rescue Station, 14810 Chillicothe Road, unless otherwise noted. West Geauga BOE: Dec. 10, 7 p.m., regular meeting, BOE community room, 8615 Cedar Road.

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Obituaries Gary D. Coberly

CHESTER TWP. – Gary D. Coberly, age 74, passed away Nov. 9, 2018, in Cleveland. Born July 17, 1944, he lived in Chester Township for the past 43 years. Gary was a graduate of Cleveland State University, with a degree in business and finance. He was an avid golfer and also a 25-year member of the Geauga County Republican Party, serving as its county chairman for seven years. Gary was a national sales manager and consultant for various corporations. Survivors include his wife, Sharon K. (nee McCloud); daughter Belinda Coberly Phan, and her son, Gabriel; daughter Natalie Coberly Spurrier (John), their children, Jacqueline, Jocelyn and Nate (Kristin), and their grandchildren, Leighton, Spencer, and Gracen; son-in-law, Arch Shriner, his children Jud, Melanie, Luke and Cory (Meagean), and his grandchildren, Joshua and Justin; Gary’s siblings, Iris (Oral), David, Lanny (Flora), Ronnie, Phil, Rebecca (Brian) and Stanley (Sharon); and numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. Gary’s parents, Ross and Emma Coberly; brother, Gail; beloved daughter Sherry; and sisters-in-law, Joan, Maxine and Frances are deceased. Visitation and funeral service were held Nov. 15, 2018, at Gattozzi and Son Funeral Home, 12524 Chillicothe Road, Chester. Dr. Lanny Cuberly officated services. Interment in Chester Township Cemetery. Online tribute video and condolences at

Mary R. Detelich

Mary R. Detelich (nee Martiscius), age 87, passed away Nov. 15, 2018, at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights. Born Nov. 19, 1930, in Cleveland, she lived in Willowick before moving to Chester Township 50 years ago. Mary loved her house and continued cutting the grass and tending to the garden beds up until this past July. Her yard also won awards in years past. She loved nature and working in the woods with her dogs, Trixie and Dee Dee. Mary is survived by her sons, Stephen (Charlotte), Tim and Mark; grandchildren, Andrea, Steve and Katie (Colton); great-grandchildren, Steve, Blake and Westin; and nephews, Bill Martiscius and Paul Koch. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael; parents, Anthony and Pauline (nee Stravinsky) Martiscius; sister, Florence; and brothers, Leo, Ray, Tony and Bill. Graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Nov. 20, 2018, at All Souls Cemetery, 10366 Chardon Road, Chardon Township. Online tributes and condolences may be made at

Richard D. Guarnera Sr.

CHARDON – Richard D. Guarnera Sr., age 81, of Chardon, current resident of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., entered into heaven on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. He was born May 13, 1937, in Cleveland, and raised his family in the Chesterland community. Rich was a member of the U.S Navy and he also was a Forth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He is remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend to many and a child of God. His interests included, playing golf, helping others and spending time with his family. Rich was a self-motivated entrepreneur of many successful businesses that involved his three sons. Survivors include, his beloved wife of 61 years, Bernice (nee Bucalo); sons, Rick (fiancée Annette Violante), Mark (Bonnie Humbert) and David (Theresa Terry); grandchildren, Richard III, Anthony, Mark Jr., Lindsey, Justin; great-grandchildren, Jordan and Nevaeh. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Brandon, who passed away Jan. 13, 2017. Future memorial services to follow in Sarasota, Fla., and Cleveland. In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s name can be made Tidewell Hospice.

Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 3 and 7 p.m. West Geauga Middle School will present the Music Theatre International (MTI) Broadway Junior production of the pop-rock musical comedy “Xanadu JR.” in the school auditorium located at 8611 Cedar Rodd, Chester Township. The student version of the award-winning Broadway musical is set in 1980, done in the style of a classic Greek tragedy and follows a Greek Muse named Kira who chooses to

Board of Zoning Appeals

The Chester Township Board of Trustees is seeking applicants to fill two open positions (one member, one alternate) on the Board of Zoning Appeals for a five-year term expiring December 31, 2023. Applicants are required to be residents of Chester Township. The proceedings of this Board are quasi-judicial and individuals who are licensed attorneys or who have legal training and experience are encouraged to apply.

Interested parties are requested to submit a letter with a description of their qualifications by December 3, 2018 at 4:00 PM to: Chester Township Board of Trustees, 12701 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026.

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The Chester Township Board of Trustees is seeking applicants to fill two open positions on the Zoning Commission (one member, one alternate) for a five-year term expiring December 31, 2023. Applicants are required to be residents of Chester Township. The proceedings of this Board are legislative and involve writing or amending Chester’s Zoning Resolution.

Melvyn Susnis

CHESTER TWP. – Melvyn Susnis, age 76, passed away Nov. 13, 2018. He was born April 8, 1942, in Cleveland, and was a resident of Chester Township since 1980. Melvyn was active with the World Wildlife Fund and the National Geographic Society, and was a member of the Cleveland Sports Car Club. By trade, he was a Jaguar mechanic and chemist, but always considered himself an aficionado of chemistry. He also worked at the Clark gas station in Chester. Melvyn was a voracious reader, an English linguistic expert and was a confidant in those he deemed worthy. He is survived by his brother, Ronald, of Chester; and cousin Diane (Peter) Jacobson of British Columbia. Melvyn’s parents Anthony and Adeline Susnis; and cousin, Joan Procher, are deceased. Services will be announced at a later date. Online tributes and condolences may be made at

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Russell Township residents interested in serving as volunteer members of either the Zoning Commission or Board of Zoning Appeals are encouraged to apply to the Russell Township Board of Trustees by noon, December 19, 2018. Full terms are for five years and appointments are made by the Township Trustees. Zoning Commission members work cooperatively on issues relating to land use policy in Russell Township. Responsibilities include maintaining the integrity of Russell's comprehensive land use guide plan by applying its principles to the creation and amending of Township zoning regulations. The Board of Zoning Appeals hears appeals and considers applications for variances, changes of use and conditional uses. The Board of Zoning Appeals applies the provisions of the existing zoning regulations and works to identify & improve zoning problems. Interested residents: Please submit a resume and a letter indicating your board preference and interests by noon, December 19, 2018 to Russell Township Board of Trustees, P.O. Box 522, Novelty, Ohio 44072 or email Call The ZONiNg OffiCe aT 440-338-5811 wiTh quesTiONs. Equal Opportunity Employer

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Police Blotter The following is a sampling of the calls handled by the Chester Township Police Department Nov. 9-25, 2018. In total, the police department handled 283 calls during this period.

THEFT Nov. 25 7:01 p.m., Shiloh Drive. Theft of delivered package from Amazon.

CITIZEN ASSIST Nov. 13 5:37 p.m., Warwick Lane. Caller has received a suspicious document/citation in the mail, possible scam.

TRAFFIC HAZARD Nov. 12 3:37 p.m., Mulberry Road. Landscaper blowing leaves in the roadway south of Mulberry. No leaves observed in or near the roadway at the listed location.

Nov. 16 11:06 a.m., Kenyon Drive. Tow truck blocked in by homeowner and she will not let him out. Issue was resolved without police interaction. HARASSMENT Nov. 25 1:12 p.m., Sharp Lane. Complainant in the lobby to ask about a protection order. Officer met with a male subject and his mother regarding telecommunications harassment. ROAD RAGE Nov. 20 9:11 p.m., Caves Road. Caller was behind a cranberry-colored Chevy SUV and she honked her horn because he was in the wrong lane. Vehicle started driving erratically and at one of the lights the driver got out and was pounding on the passenger side of her vehicle. Officer was advised. Caller did not want to see officer. SUSPICIOUS Nov. 12 7:11 p.m., Fraser Lane. Can hear a girl screaming in the ravine behind her house.

•••••• The following is a sampling of the calls handled by the Russell Township Police Department Nov. 5-19, 2018. In total, the police department handled 114 calls during this period. ANIMAL PROBLEM Nov. 15 4:28 p.m., Fairmount Road. Officers were dispatched for a report of several ducks with no food and frozen water. Upon arrival, officers met with the homeowner and explained the reason for being there. Homeowner and officers walked over and observed the domesticated ducks to be in good health and had both fresh water that wasn’t frozen and lots of food. All checked OK. FLEEING Nov. 14 9:50 p.m., Hemlock Point Road. 20-year-old female arrested for fleeing from officers.

Nov. 14 9:55 p.m., Spring Road. Caller states his daughter believes someone cut the power. No one else on the street is without power. Officers responded and checked exterior. Everything OK; power is out in general area. Lines down in Gates Mills; CEI en route to fix them.

HARASSMENT Nov. 6 10:46 a.m., Watt Road. Officers were dispatched for a report of a male threatening to shoot tree trimming company employees for trimming trees in front of his property. Upon arrival, the subject left. Complainant stated he just wanted a report on file, just in case the subject comes back and starts harassing them. Officer asked if complainants wanted to press charges and they both stated no.

Nov. 17 12:26 p.m., Chillicothe Road. A woman was stealing flowers from the graves. Officer advised. Flowers were returned to gravesites.

THEFT Nov. 5 1:30 p.m., Chillicothe Road. Complainant called the station to report theft of lottery tickets. Report taken.

Chesterland Rotary Club Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Chesterland Rotary Club is again hosting its annual pancake and sausage “Breakfast with Santa.” Families can join Santa and his special friends, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, face painters, elves and others at the West Geauga High School cafeteria, 13401 Chillicothe Road (state Route 306), Chester Township. This is the 28th year for this community event. Attendees will dine on delicious, freshly-made pancakes with sausage, real Geauga County maple syrup, juice, milk and coffee. This is an all-you-can-eat event, with seconds and thirds included at no extra charge. Tickets are $6 per person at the door. Children under 1 years old are free. The kids will light up in the arms of Santa, as they present him with their important lists. Parents can catch the moment with their own cameras or the Rotary Club will offer a framed 4-inch by 6-inch color photo of the moment for only $3. Every child receives a free gift. There

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Holiday Card Collection

The Chesterland Rotary Club is collecting new, unused holiday cards. They will be signed by guests at the Breakfast with Santa and sent to our service personnel, with the help of the USO. To donate, contact Reena Kanner at 216-218-9180.

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Letters to the Editor Truly Sorry In July of 2018 a group of friends and myself made the horrible decision to go out and terrorize the neighborhood. Over several weeks, we destroyed mailboxes and garbage cans with whatever we could. I regret this decision and I have paid heavily for what I have done.


Two Men and a Truck Wraps Movers for Meals Program Submitted Thanksgiving is a time to reflect, surround oneself with family and give thanks for everything one has received over the course of the year. However, some families don’t have enough food to put on the table and are just thankful to have a roof over their heads. To aid families facing hunger this holiday season, Two Men and a Truck Cleveland recently wrapped up its “Movers for Meals” donation drive to provide families facing hunger this holiday season with nonperishable food items. This year, the Cleveland moving company worked with local businesses such as Howard Hanna & ReMax offices, Lake County Captains and the Willoughby Western Lake Coun-

ty Chamber of Commerce to collect nonperishable food items. More than 800 items were collected and delivered to the Eastlake Kiwanis food pantry. The Eastlake Kiwanis food pantry has been operating for more than 10 years and feeds more than 130 families year round. “The Two Men and a Truck Cleveland donation by has been a huge part of helping these families in need during the holiday season,” says Diane Raggetts, food pantry coordinator. This fall marked the eighth anniversary of the Movers for Meals program. For more information on the program, visit

Chester Government Update The Chester Township Board of Trustees met on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. The meeting began with Fiscal Officer Craig Richter presenting the minutes from the October meetings, which were approved by the trustees. Chester Road Department business included the termination of a seasonal employee. Road Superintendent Mike Farrell was approached by the West Geauga Kiwanis Club offering to donate insulated, hi-visibility rain gear for the road crew. Ten sets of raincoats and pants will be presented at a later date. Thank you to Kiwanis for the generous donation. A change order request that was certified by the Geauga County Engineer’s Office for various roads in the township was approved along with the final invoice to Chagrin Valley Paving for those projects in the amount of $685,510. The Chester Fire Department had a resignation of a part-time firefighter/paramedic due to his commitment to a full-time position elsewhere and completing his degree. Trustees approved $49,000 to Fitness and Rehab Solutions for the purchase of replacement of 20-plus-year-old fitness equipment. The funds will be reimbursed through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant, which was approved by the board earlier in the fall. The Chester Police Department had two vehicles that were recently placed out of service and listed for sale on The township sold a 2013 Dodge Charger for $3,525 and a 2011 Ford Expedition for $4,800. Two new Ford SUV cruisers were put in service for road patrols and Police Chief Mark Purchase is now using another 2013 Dodge Charger that was taken off of road patrols.

Right To Life Concert

A request came to trustees from Geauga County Water Resources along with a resident on Willow Hill Drive to allow them to tie into the sanitary sewer on their street. This particular property is the last remaining parcel that had yet to connect into the sewer system that was installed many years ago in the neighborhood. The process to permit the property access to the sewer is called a 208 service extension. Trustees approved the expansion as it was a very small increase in the sewered area and would complete the tie-ins in the development. Township employee hospitalization and prescription insurance was renewed with Anthem and administered by Burnham & Flower effective Jan. 1, 2019. Trustees also approved participation in vision, dental and life insurance for 2019. There was approximately a 3 percent increase in premiums over 2018. West Geauga Baseball Federation submitted dates to use Parkside Park ball field in 2019, which were approved. A reminder was given about the Veterans Day ceremony that was held on Nov. 11. Thank you to the park board for putting that on. Discussion was had about setting policy for obtaining multiple quotes and sending out bid notices for purchases; more to follow on that. The elected officials agreed to do a thank-you ad for the overwhelming support of township levies and will each pay for the ad personally. An executive session was held to discuss union contract negotiations and upon returning to open session, the meeting was adjourned. Submitted by Bob Rogish, Chester Township Trustee

Dec. 2, 7 p.m. The annual Geauga County Right to Life Christmas concert will be held at Chester Christian Center, 11815 Chillicothe Road in Chester Township. The church will also host Christmas carols and cookies at 7 p.m. Dec. 19. For information, call 440-729-6203 or visit

I want to apologize to everyone affected by my thoughtless offenses and for the people of Geauga County to know that I will not do this type of thing ever again. Truly sorry, Adjudicated Delinquent Geauga County Juvenile Court (name withheld per Ohio confidentiality requirements)

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Chesterland News

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Oil changes include 5 quarts of oil. Extra quarts will incur an extra cost. Full Synthetic Oil Change is $39.95. Diesel Oil Change by quote. Manufacturer specifications for newer vehicles require synthetic blend or full synthetic. Please ask service advisor for full manufacturer recommendations. Conventional oil still available for older, higher mileage vehicles at your request. Alignment check will determine if your vehicle is aligned properly. Needing an alignment will incur an extra cost. Shop fees and tax are extra. See your service advisor for full details.