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OSBA Official Heckled During Meeting By Diane Ryder editor@geaugamapleleaf.com Newbury Schools Board of Education members might be sharply divided over the issue of transferring the school district to West Geauga, but for the sake of a smooth transition for the students, board members must show a united front, an Ohio School Boards Association official told board members at their Sept. 12 meeting. Neither of the school board members who publicly oppose the transfer — Kirk Simpkins and Marty Sanders — attended the meeting. About 30 residents were in the audience. During a PowerPoint presentation, Steve Horton, OSBA senior board and management services consultant, said he was aware of the division in Newbury over the transfer, and how badly it has affected the entire community. “I don’t have to tell you guys See Newbury • Page 8


Ohio School Boards Association representative Steve Horton addresses Newbury Schools Board of Education members Sept. 12 about the need for unity as they deal with the transition to West Geauga Schools next year. Two board members who oppose the transfer did not attend the meeting, and audience members heckled Horton following his presentation.

Making a Difference One Straw at a Time New Group Aims to Lessen Pollution By Rose Nemunaitis editor@geaugamapleleaf.com The short-term conveniences of choosing plastic water bottles, bags and straws are often inviting. But, these same single-use plastics are having inconvenient, longterm and uninviting consequences. Geauga Plastic Coalition wants to help lessen the impact of plastics on the environment through recycling awareness, reducing plastic use and partnering with local businesses and governmental entities. “I was recently encouraged by


Geauga Plastic Coalition, which met in August at Chardon Public Library, aims to lessen the impact of plastics on the environment through recycling awareness, reducing plastic use and partnering with local government and business entities.

numerous local and state initiatives to enact legislation to reduce the use and subsequent pollution from single-use plastic bags,” said GPC founder Kevin Peterca, of Chester

Township. Neighboring Cuyahoga County recently passed an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags starting Jan. 1, 2020.

“I contacted some of the proponents of that Cuyahoga effort to determine if we could have a similar impact in my home county, Geauga See Plastic • Page 4

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Town Crier Geauga Co. Tea Party Meets

Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. Climate change will be the topic of the next meeting of the Geauga County Tea Party at the West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road, Russell Township. Sam Horowitz, climate investigator, and James MacNeal, specialty gases chemist, will present “CO2NOT the Culprit You Have Been Told: Some Things You Just Might Want to Know Before Making up Your mind.”

CV Herb Society Meets

Sept. 20, 12:30 p.m. Danny Pollack, a Burton producer, will present “Making Maple Syrup in Geauga County” at the next meeting of the Chagrin Valley Herb Society at the Bainbridge Library. The program will begin after refreshments and a brief business meeting. To attend a meeting, RSVP to Chagrinvalleyherbsociety@gmail.com. To learn more about the group, visit Chagrinvallyherbsociety.org.

Free Community Breakfast

Sept. 21, 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.

Geauga Dems Steak Roast

Sept. 21, 6 p.m. Judge Mary Jane Trapp will be the speaker at the Geauga County Democratic Party’s annual steak roast at the party headquarters located in Newbury Township. Join like-minded friends to discuss local and national politics. Reserve steak or chicken online at www. geaugadems.org or by calling 440-669-6062. Cost is $45.

St. Anselm Pancake Breakfast

Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. St. Anselm will host its ninth annual pancake breakfast in Kelly Hall. Everyone is invited to feast on pancakes, waffles, sausages, hash browns, coffee and juice. The breakfast

benefits St. Anselm’s missions in El Salvador and Uganda. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-10 $5 or $30 for families.

Fairmount Open House

Sept. 22, 12:30-2pm Fairmount Center for the Arts is hosting an alumni and friends open house. The community is welcome to enjoy the current art exhibition - Nature in Art, Art in Nature with Stefanie Verish - as well as view historical pictures and other documents from the last 49 years of arts programs at the center. Refreshments will be provided. The free event is open to the public; no RSVP is needed.


American Red Cross will hold a blood 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.redcrossblood.org. Sept. 23, Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road, Chester Township, 1-7 p.m. Sept. 26, St. Mark Lutheran Church, 11900 Chillicothe Road, Chester Township, 2-7 p.m.

Wine and Beer Tasting

Sept. 26, 6-9 p.m. Friends of WomenSafe is partnering with Adams Reserve Cheddar to host the 10th annual wine and beer tasting event at the Sharon James Cellars, 11303 Kinsman Road, Newbury Township. The evening includes live music for dancing, heavy appetizers, 50/50 raffle, gift raffle and wine pull. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50. Cost is $35 per person or $25 for adults not wishing to sample wine. For reservations, visit www.fows.info or call 440-285-3741.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Sept. 27, 5-8 p.m. A spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Diane Grendell, candidate for Ohio House of Representatives, will be held at the Metzenbaum Center, 8200 Cedar Road in Chester Township. Enjoy a spaghetti and meatball dinner while listening to the music of Sweet River Band. Cost is $25 per couple, $15 per person and free for children. All are welcome. RSVP to Carole at 440-552-4385.

GCRTA Meeting

Oct. 1, 11 a.m. The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will meet at the Grand River Cellars Winery, 5750 Madison Road, Madison. Gathering time will be followed by the business meeting at 11:30 a.m. and chicken lunch at noon. Dan Rager will present a program on the Geauga County Interurban Railroad and discuss his recently published book, “The Maple Leaf Route, Vol. 2.” See Town Crier • Page 3

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For reservations, send a check for $22 made out to GCRTA to Judy Miller, 17130 Kinsman Road, Middlefield, OH 44026. Payment must reach her by Sept. 22. Call her at 440-487-4324 with any dietary restrictions. The meeting will include a winery gift certificate raffle along with the usual 50/50 and free lunch raffles. Remember to bring paper products or canned goods for the Geauga County Hunger Task Force.

Medicare Enrollment Info Sessions

To help the community prepare for the Medicare annual open enrollment period, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, Paula Amicarelli, of Medicare Advisors of Ohio, is hosting information sessions at the Geauga West Library that are free and open to the public. Learn how to create a MyMedicare.gov online account and have general Medicare questions answered. Sessions will be held Oct. 3 and 7, from 1-2 p.m., and Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Protect Geauga Parks

Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Join Protect Geauga Parks for a Conservation Conversation at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road, Russell Township. Steve Madewell, a conservationist and musician who has worked for four park districts, will present “The Intrinsic Value of Protected Public Open Spaces.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free. Refreshments will be provided. Questions? Contact Kathy Hanratty, president, at 440-285-3722 or kathryn.hanratty1@gmail.com.

Munson Guided Trail Hike

Oct. 5, 10:30 a.m. and noon Celebrate the opening of the new 1.1mile trail at Scenic River Retreat by hiking with a naturalist from the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. Dress for the weather and wear waterproof footwear. Information will be available about the contributors to the trail, the Foundation for Geauga Parks and ODNR NatureWorks. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Irene McMullen, Munson Township trustee, 440-7966825.

Kiwanis Park Fundraiser

Oct. 5, 5-7:30 p.m. Support the third annual fundraiser for the Kiwanis Park/Clay Eddy soccer and baseball fields used for Special Olympic events, rec council use and travel soccer in Chester Township. Profits will help pay for the fields’ upkeep. Dinner options include lobster, steak or clams with grilled chicken. Enjoy live music by The Big 5 Show. Colonial Beverage will be hosting wine tasting and the $45 meal ticket includes dinner, sides and all beverages For more information, visit eddyfruitfarm.com or call the farm at 440-729-7842.

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Geauga Benefit Auction

Oct. 12, 9 a.m. The 19th annual benefit auction for D.D.C. Clinic - Center for Special Needs Children will be held at the Buster Miller farm, 17719 Newcomb Road, Middlefield. Breakfast starts at 5:30 a.m.; the auction begins at 9 a.m. Lunch begins at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy the fun of a live Amish auction along with a silent auction and raffle prizes, train rides and more. To donate items for the auction, contact Patti at patti@ddcclinic.org or call 440-6321668.

Flying Club Hosts Swap Meet

Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Geauga Radio Controlaires is hosting the eighth annual Jim Gardner Memorial RC Model Swap Meet in the school gymnasium at Willo-Hill Baptist Church, 4200 state Route 306, Willoughby. Seventy-seven exhibitor tables of radio controlled planes, helicopters, drones, cars, boats, radios, tools and accessories will be displayed for sale, barter and trade by regional modelers. There will be an auction of new planes and equipment at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Youth 11 and under are free. Hot food will be available. Parking is free. Proceeds support the club’s RC flying education programs and maintenance of its flying field in Burton. For information, visit www.GeaugaRC. com or call Tim at 440-785-9519 or TKearns4@aol.com.

Slow the Flow

Oct. 17, 6 p.m. Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District is collaborating with the Geauga County Master Gardeners to provide an overview of rain gardens and rain barrels, including how to get started, things to consider, design, installation tips and many helpful resources. The free introductory workshop will be held at The West Woods, 9465 Kinsman Road, Russell Township. Contact Geauga SWCD at 440-834-1122 or email gprunty@ geaugaswcd.com to register by Oct. 15.

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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Maggie Topalian, a member of the new Geauga Plastic Coalition, hikes the trails in Ogden Canyon, Utah. She wants to help make a difference in the reduction of plastics pollution on our environment.


from page 1 County,” Peterca said. “I was encouraged to start a coalition and spread the word to other Geauga residents. I did just that through community announcements, environmental groups, flyers, etc..” GPC meets monthly and May’s first meeting attracted 11 members. Membership has since tripled. Member Maggie Topalian, of Burton Township, is a strong proponent. She attends Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where she is majoring in zoology with a minor in neuroscience. “Animals and the environment have been my greatest passions for as long as I can remember, and given that plastics pose immense threats to wildlife and nature as a whole, I was excited to learn that Kevin was taking the initiative to start the GPC to get Geauga residents involved in addressing the huge issue of single-use plastics both within our county and beyond,” Topalian said. The group discusses all types of plastic pollution and possible solutions. “While we have chosen plastic bags and the goal of a plastic bag ordinance as our first action to focus on, this is just one aspect of the plastic crisis,” Topalian said. According to National Conference of State, “Reducing bag use can mitigate harmful impacts to oceans, rivers, lakes, forest and the wildlife that inhabit them. It can also relieve pressure on landfills and waste management.” While some states are focusing on implementing effective recycling programs, others are imposing bans or fees to discourage plastic bag usage altogether. Eight states — California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Oregon and Vermont — have banned single-use plastic bags. “I’ve hiked Caves Creek (adjacent to Orchard Hills Park) hundreds of times over the past 25 years and am both amazed at its natural beauty and saddened by the plastic pollution I’ve witnessed and cleaned up,” Peterca said. “Plastics are choking our land and waterways and will become increasingly detrimental to our environment, marine animals and human health unless we significantly lessen use of plastics and eliminate plastic pollution.” This topic is important to Topalian because the issue of single-use plastic is entwined with so many other current environmental concerns, and she feels few people are aware of the true extent of this connection. “When it comes to the term ‘plastic pollution,’ many people may just picture a plastic

Maggie’s Simple Steps:

• Bring your own reusable water bottle and coffee mug when you go out; • Skip the straw: simply say “No straw, please” when ordering drinks at restaurants; • Keep reusable cutlery and Tupperware in your purse or car so you can avoid plastic utensils and take-out containers; • Use reusable bags when shopping and keep them in your car so you don’t forget them; • Buy unpackaged produce and skip the plastic produce bag (or use a reusable one); • Choose items with the least amount of plastic packaging possible; • Buy in bulk; • Avoid the most problematic types of plastic/those that cannot or are most difficult to be recycled: Styrofoam, #5 plastics, plastic bags, etc.; • Learn how to and properly recycle all plastic that you do use — recycle plastic bags and films at your local grocery store; • Educate yourself about the issue and share your knowledge with others — get involved with GPC to learn more. bottle floating in the ocean or a plastic bag tangled in a tree,” Topalian said. “The sad reality is that the problem is so much bigger than that. And it (my heart) breaks even further when I think of the countless animals dying from our superficial ‘convenience’ items that go unseen, since plastic never breaks down completely, even when it’s no longer visible to the naked eye, plastics continue to have lethal effects through the process of bioaccumulation.” She said with each step up the food chain, plastics and toxicity levels accumulate, leading to all sorts of health issues. “And of course, this applies to humans, too, so if you eat fish, you are ingesting plastic,” Topalian said.” According to Alliance for the Great Lakes, “14.3 tons of plastic debris was collected from the United States shores of Lake Erie in 2015.” “Here in Geauga County, I’d like to see change on both personal and community levels. I think the first step is increased public awareness about the issue. People need to understand why plastics are problematic in order to understand the importance of making the necessary changes in their everyday lives, as well as together as a community,” Topalian said. “I realize that like so many other environmental issues, the plastic prob

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Wolverines Kick Off Football Season


lright, alright, alright. It’s high school football season in Ohio and the hottest bed of all, the northeast, kicked off its big ole bright, Friday Night Lights in style. The leaves are turning and the weathers changing; hot and muggy be gone, it’s crisp and cools time to shine. Yes, the team of choice around these parts are the Wolverines of West Geauga. It’ll be seniors, juniors, some sophomores and maybe a freshman or two leading the way through this tenweek gauntlet of high school football. Donned in the traditional Blue & White with helmet to match, these Wolverines look to carve their legacy in this football rich western corner of Geauga county. WEEK ONE came and went quickly but unfortunately not at all quiet. A tough opener faced the young Wolverines as they started off their campaign traveling Northeast to Hilltopper country in Chardon. Met with stiff resistance from endzone to endzone the Wolverines dropped the opener 41-3 as the Hilltoppers avenged their tough loss from a year earlier at Howell Field. Sophomore Joey Dilalla’s field goal from 26-yards away was the only score of the night for West G. WEEK TWO would get no easier as Geauga County threw another one of their best at the Wolverines, this time in the form of the Lions of Notre Dame – Cathedral Latin. Looking to avenge their prior year’s loss a healthier more determined West G looked ready to battle as they took the field in their home opener. Swapping possessions after taking a two score lead the Lions faced a new set a down’s with roughly three minutes remaining in the first half. Instead of running the ball and forcing West G to use their timeouts, NDCL threw on three consecutive pass plays which all fell to the turf incomplete. Advantage

West Geauga as they’d get the ball back with short time on the clock. Searching for an offensive spark, QB Riley Huge gave it to Trae Zimmermann who, in typical style, patiently found a seam then took off for fifty yards landing somewhere inside the ten. Wolverines punched it in a couple plays later and suddenly we got a game again; 21-14 NDCL with under two minutes in the half. In what appeared to be another gift from the heavens NDCL dropped back and decided to try and chuck it down field; another miscue for sure. It only took one play for it to go from bad to worse for the Lion sideline as junior Luke Musser picked the pass causing immediate regret on the sidelines of NDCL. After he picked NDCL’s pocket, second of the game, Luke took the ball down inside the ten and now we really have a game, folks. QB Riley to sophomore Michael Cavasinni pulled the Wolverines within a point, and yes, Joey Dilalla made the PAT; 21-21 at the half. Re-energized by their late half push for points the boys in blue found themselves alive and in it as they battled back and forth the rest of the game. Unfortunately, NDCL was able to take the advantage and hold off the Wolverines 35-28 dropping the Wolverines to 0 - 2 on the season as they prepared for their game with the Bombers this past Friday. WEEK THREE and the returning DIII State Champion Kenston Bombers were ripe to be picked, and they knew it. The moment was tense as the time ticked tocked off the Kenston clock in the first half. Already down 20-10 and assuming any additional Kenston points would seemingly make it impossible to come back on the returning DIII state champions, West G dug a little deeper, and with their backs backed up

to their own endzone West Geauga’s Trae Zimmermann was about to try and flip the script. The snap was good the pass was good, but the defense was better. In an instant Trae looked to turn his pick into the pick six heard round Geauga County! As I watched this unfold, I thought to myself, self; no way he gets through the first line a Bombers, but he did. Then, just like the first line, the second line of defense for Kenston failed to trip up Trae and he was off and running with only a man or two to beat. Coaches everywhere preach to their players never give up on a play, well, one Bomber didn’t. Angles aside this kid got on his horse and rode that thing full speed in hot pursuit as Zimmermann weaved his way through the defense in what appeared to be a pick six. West G’s faithful’s hearts were racing, the atmosphere was about to change as energy pumped into the underdog Wolverines, but the player who wouldn’t quit found a way to trip up Trae just enough for him to lose his balance sending him stumbling to the turf. Momentum at this point? West Geauga’s! It’s amazing the roller coaster of emotion generated in a thirty second span of a, leave it all on the line, football game. As quick as the tide turned the Wolverines way it was just as quickly returned to its original state. Eight seconds remained in the half when Trae hit the turf, the opportunity to go into half time only down 20-17 and the football when you come back out turned into a 27-10 deficit as Joey Dilalla’s field goal attempt was blocked and, yes, returned for the nail in the coffin score of the night. Zimmerman had already weaved his way seventy-nine yards in and out of Kenston air space earlier in the

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by Anthony Trivisonno game avoiding every and all Bombers as he legit outran Kenston’s entire state championship defense to the endzone. The night got underway with heavy thunderstorms in the forecast that were clearly going to threaten the conclusion of the game. Every weather app in Bainbridge zeroed in on the ensuing storm, hoping to be spared but Mother Nature did as Mother Nature does; she caused chaos. Mother Nature aside the Wolverine defense created some of their own chaos as they forced two fumbles, one scooped up by senior Harrison Gruber that ended one of Kenton’s drives. In rivalry games, especially when you’re the underdog big, turnovers create excitement and have the innate ability to keep games close. They’re the great equalizer for sure, and the Bombers gave it up three times in the first half alone before the game would eventually be called for weather. Final score in a weathered shortened game; Kenston 27 - West Geauga 10. Three weeks in and the offense is starting to find themselves. Senior QB Riley Huge is starting to connect with senior Aidan Pitcock and sophomores Michael Cavasinni and Tory Stazzone as the young guns garner more and more touches from scrimmage. Defensively seniors Levi VeVerka, Dylan Baliker and Josh Moriarity lead an aggressive bunch of linebackers looking to regroup as they get ready for CVC play. Listen; you’re three weeks in and those three weeks probably felt like an eternity, but it’s not! It’s just part of the grind fellas! Your season starts Friday night against Lakeside! Kick off your league play in fashion and find a way to get the W! Good luck, gentlemen! Live 100%... Play 100%... Be 100%

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Chester Government Update The Chester Board of Trustees met on Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. In road department business, the board approved the purchase of a 2019 Super Duty F350 four-wheel drive XL pickup from Preston Ford for $31,979.50, and approved to advertise the old chassis of an International dump truck on GovDeals to be sold as is for $2,500. Funds of $3,000 were approved for the fabrication and purchase of a Western plow to Chardon Welding. A motion was passed to recognize the last

Friday in April as Arbor Day; the resolution is required for the township to be recognized on the USA National Tree Registry. The board also approved $13,117.50 for the purchase of a 1,750-gallon anti-ice tank from Keystone Springs and $15,645 for 7,000 gallons of gasoline from Chardon Oil. Funds of $5,000 were appropriated to Cleveland Plumbing for supplies. Also, the board approved to obtain quotes for tree trimming and removal for the OWPC Sherman Road project. In fire department business, a motion

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passed to approve up to $1,800 to Rice Oil Co. to pump out the fire station oil/water separator tanks. In police business, the board approved payment of annual MDT fees to Ohio LEADS in the amount of $1,200. Also approved was creation of a then and now purchase order for pre-employment drug screens and physicals for two officer candidates. In zoning, $450 was approved in registration fees for Cathy Cotman and Steve Averill to attend the American Planning Association Ohio Planning Conference on Oct. 4 in Cleveland. In new business, trustees moved to not to object to a liquor permit or hearing from the Ohio Department of Commerce/Division of Liquor Control for a license issued to Perky Kettle. Use of the town hall parking lot was approved for Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a West Geauga High School volleyball car wash fund-raiser. The board approved the resolution amounts and rates as determined by Geauga County, authorizing the necessary tax levies

for the 2019 tax year to be collected in 2020. Township business approved the use of the west pavilion at Parkside Park on Sept.15 from noon to 4 p.m. for a birthday party and the west pavilion and gazebo on Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a gathering of friends. The Chester Planning Committee is developing questions for use in a public survey. Trustees moved into an executive session to consider the compensation of a public employee. Upon returning to public session, they moved to amend prior motions to correct vacation time to accrue at 3.1 hours per pay period with no payout of unused vacation in the first two years of employment, sick time to accrue at 4.6 hours per pay period, normal government holidays and healthcare benefits that the township provides for employees Kathryn Kolk and Joe Fornaro. Finally, the Chester Zoning Commission would like to have a joint meeting with the board of trustees in the future to review farm markets. Submitted by Joseph C. Mazzurco, Chester Township Trustee

Thank You to First Responders


In honor of First Responders Week, Barb Luczkowski, of Luczkowski Agency Insurance and Financial Services, and Bob Piecenski, of Bada Bing Pizza, salute local first responders with breakfast pizza provided by Bada Bing.

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Leininger Taking Reins of GGP as Jemison Retires By Ann Wishart ann@geaugamapleleaf.com

When Kimm Leininger became executive director of United Way Services of Geauga County 16 years ago, she got out her shovel and started digging a foundation for a strategic plan for the nonprofit organization. Having worked before with Tracey Jemison, then the Geauga County auditor, she didn’t hesitate to approach him to sit on the board and lend his knowledge and experience to her undertaking. Although Jemison was reluctant, Leininger said she convinced him United Way was critical to county residents and, during his time on the board, he served four years as chairman. In November 2008, Jemison became one of three founding members of Geauga Growth Partnership Inc. and, after some time as county commissioner, chose to step out of the political limelight and transfer his energies to building the GGP six years ago. “I took over a great foundation from Frank Samuel,” said Jemison. Leininger, 49, was hired by the GGP board of directors April 2 to succeed Jemison, who is officially retired as of that date. She credited him with strengthening the GGP basis with a variety of programs to help workers find jobs, improve their job skills and deal with workplace issues through Bridges@ Work. Having collaborated with GGP in her position at United Way, Leininger said she was familiar with the various programs.


Kimm Leininger is the new executive director of Geauga Growth Partnerships Inc. headquartered in Newbury Business Park in Newbury Township. Tracey Jemison, a GGP founder, has retired from that role.

“I wasn’t knee-deep in the business community, but I was working closely with GGP,” she said during an interview Sept. 2. “There’s a lot of overlap with United Way.” United Way focuses on helping residents become self-sufficient and GGP works to keep local businesses strong by building a

pipeline to supply quality workers, she said. That includes updating the skills needed to fill those positions, such as improving communications through GGP’s business-writing course at Kent State University – Geauga, Jemison said. “The market does change,” Leininger

said, adding demand for new skills is constantly shifting. “There’s a lot to teach people,” she said. Defining and solving problems is not new to Leininger. Before she left United Way, she was bringing businesses to the table to discuss transportation problems for employees who work here and residents employed elsewhere. “Seventy percent of our workforce leave the county every day,” she said, adding while 68 percent of the people who work in Geauga County come in from outside. “When gas prices are high, people can’t afford gas,” she said. As GGP leader, Leininger said this kind of situation is leveraged differently than through United Way, but it needs to be addressed, so she still wants to pursue a pilot program under the auspices of GGP. “It’s incredibly energizing, stepping into an organization so strong. I’m learning about the opportunities out there,” she said. One GGP aspect Leininger experienced on a personal level was the summer internship program in which her son, Brendan, participated two years. He had planned to become a doctor, but, after spending a summer working at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, he decided he preferred building relationships with patients and is now in his third year of the nursing program at Ohio University, Leininger said. She also took her younger daughters to GGP’s Ignite Your Career program to expose them to the career opportunities available to young people. See GGP • Page 10

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you’re not in a good place right now as local board members, but the idea is about moving forward and doing it in a positive way,” Horton said. He compared the situation to people stuck on an escalator. “We know you’re in a difficult position, with the 3-2 vote. Every board member has the right to vote no, but it has created a hugely emotionally-charged situation,” Horton told the three board members present. Although board members might disagree on issues that come before them, they must show a united front to the community once a vote is taken and a decision is made because public boards are expected to work together, he explained. “It’s called boardmanship,” said Horton. “You have to be here for the kids, ultimately,” he added. “Your ability to work as a team is more important than any individual. The hardest part of being a board member is voting no and having to support the decision of the board.” Horton admonished, “You can’t continue to waste time on adult issues, because adult issues hurt children. Board members can’t publicly undermine other board members. You can’t treat other board members with disrespect and, from the video I’ve seen of your meetings, there is a lot of disrespect, which leads to ruined relationships.” Horton said social media can be deadly, because rumors, false information, negativity and accusations spread rapidly and unchecked. “If it’s out there, it becomes someone’s reality,” he said. “It’s terribly destructive. Freedom of speech is the right to state your mind, but is it the right thing to do? Words can be hurtful.” He told the board the territory transfer was a difficult decision, but once made, the board and the community need to move forward and work together to make the transition as smooth as possible for the students. If the referendum is successful, Horton said the board would have to decide how to deal with that, too, always keeping in mind what is best for the district’s students. Newbury resident Fran Dittrich asked Horton how transition could take place when there is so much animosity among board members as well as community members. “The board members call each other liars during the meetings and yell at the audience,” Dittrich said. Horton said the district is “a mire of inappropriate activity,” with disrespect and lack of civility at all levels. “There’s no other way to put it,” Horton said. “And you all are living it, unfortunately. It’s counterproductive and destructive.” When Dittrich asked whether it is unethical for a board member to have a pro-referendum sign in his yard, Horton replied, “Yes, it’s unethical and hurtful.”

“You can’t continue to waste time on adult issues, because adult issues hurt children.” – Steve Horton Two or three people in the audience loudly protested Horton’s remarks and continued to heckle him in the foyer outside the auditorium as he attempted to leave. In other business, board President Maggie Zock and district Treasurer Daniel Wilson told the audience rumors have been circulating on social media that the board furnished tax money to pay for a recent “It’s Time” committee mailing, urging people not to support the referendum petition drive. “We have appropriations procedures that must comply with Ohio law; we can’t use public funds to promote a ballot issue and we would never move forward to approve any such request for funds,” Wilson said. During the public comment portion near the end of the meeting, a Pekin Road resident said her brother-in-law was given incorrect information by referendum petition organizer Judy Cullen to convince him to sign the petition. He signed, changed his mind and asked Cullen to remove his signature from the petition, she said. Cullen admitted she inadvertently had given the man the wrong information, but said she did remove his signature at his request. Cullen said her group has collected “hundreds and hundreds of signatures,” with only one request from a signer to remove his name. “Many people are angry that the new board didn’t follow their campaign promises,” Cullen said. “You didn’t keep your word when you promised community input. You have no idea how many signatures we’ve collected. If we hit the goal, you’re gonna have a problem.” Several people commented about a sign that appeared recently in a yard near Pekin and Sperry roads in Newbury, allegedly from a West Geauga parent, urging Newbury people to sign the referendum petition because “we don’t want you.” Some said the origin of the handmade sign was suspicious and falsely meant to make Newbury students believe they were not welcome at West Geauga. Longtime Newbury Schools bus driver and school volunteer Becky Long drew applause and a standing ovation when she pleaded with everyone, “There are so many ways to do what’s best for everybody without the arguing and fighting. Don’t say bad things about each other. Please try to get along, all of you. Someday these little kids will all grow up and they’re learning from you. Please, for their sake, try to get along.” Zock said, as she declared the meeting adjourned, thanked Long for her comments. “That was a great way to end the evening,” Zock said.

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Chester Native Winemaker to Present at Colonial Beverage Submitted by Wes Cowie On Sept. 18, winemaker Tim English, a 1982 West Geauga Schools graduate, will be returning to Chester Township to showcase his lineup of exciting wines from California. After an illustrious academic career in Chester Township, where English graduated in the top 90 percent of his class at West Geauga High School, he went off to study culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. While there at school, English began to learn about wine service, history and pairing, and his love for wine began to blossom. With a decade of professional kitchen work under his belt, English moved back to Chester Township in 1995 and began working for Ohio’s largest wine distributor at the time as a trainee. He was twice promoted and ended his career there as the in-house fine wine specialist. His passion for small family wineries and independent restaurants led him to found Private Reserve Fine Wine Distributor with a fellow Chester Township

resident in 1999. English’s continual study of wine and home winemaking created a desire to make his own wine professionally in Napa Valley, Cali. The dream came true in 2007 when he made 150 cases of William Kavney Napa Cabernet Sauvignon — a wine that has now become a regular part of his business model. He uses three different custom crush facilities in California and has a winemaking philosophy he calls “the Hippocratic oath of winemaking.” Namely, to do no harm to the food on the table. English has branched out beyond Napa as a winemaker, working with fruit from throughout California and producing a variety of different styles. His company just celebrated their 20th anniversary in May. The Meet & Greet event at Colonial Wine & Beverage, 8389 Mayfield Road, will run 6-8pm Sept. 18 and cost $5 for a flight of English’s wines as well. For more information, visit colonialcle. com or call 440-729-7303.

Senior News & Events West Geauga Senior Center

12650 West Geauga Plaza, Unit 4, Chester Township, 440-279-2163. • Elderberries: Sept. 19, 7-9:30 p.m. Heavenly Bodies Astronomy Night will be held at Observatory Park. The program begins with planetarium presentations, and then progresses outside to peer deep into the night sky through the Oberle telescope for planets, nebula and other celestial features. Dessert and coffee will be served. Call to center to register. • Falling For Fall: Sept. 23, 10 a.m. Join Millissa Brosch, assistant site coordinator at WGSC, for a fall craft, games, lunch with apple cider and apple crisp for dessert. Registration is required.

Young of Heart

Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m. St. Anselm Young of Heart will meet at the parish center. Bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert and coffee will be provided. Entertainment will be provided by Tom Todd with his accordion and vocals. A trip is planned for Oct. 28-29 to Ohio Amish country. The group will stay at the Berlin Encore Hotel and attend a tribute show to Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash at the Amish Country Theater. Dinner will be at the Berlin Farmstead Restaurant. There will be a special mystery stop, as well as Guggisberg Cheese Factory, Hershberger’s Farm & Bakery and more. Cost is $205 per person, or $211 for nonmembers. Call Nancy at 440729-9684 for reservations.

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Youngstown Man Arrested For Selling Drugs at Fair By John Karlovec editor@geaugamapleleaf.com A Youngstown man is behind bars after allegedly trying to sell heroin and cocaine to fair workers at The Great Geauga County Fair. Geauga County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives arrested Andre O. Johnson, 30, of 30 Elva Ave., around 9 p.m. Sept. 4 in a business parking lot across the street from the county fairgrounds. He was charged with one count each of fifth-degree felony trafficking, fourth-degree Johnson felony assault, and first-degree misdemeanor resisting arrest. Chardon Municipal Court Judge Terri Stupica set bond at $75,000 cash or surety.

The adult parole also placed a hold on Johnson and his case was transferred to Geauga County Common Pleas Court for future proceedings. “We got information that there was a guy with an outstanding warrant who was at the fair. So, we found him and arrested him, and he had some heroin on him,” Geauga County Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand said, adding the suspect worked at one of the games on the midway. Narcotics detectives interviewed the man, who told them there was a guy — Johnson — posing as a taxi driver who would pick up fair workers, take them to a location outside the fairgrounds to complete a drug deal and then bring them back.

“They had the phone number so they set up a deal with this guy and wanted him to bring some heroin,” Hildenbrand said. “He (Johnson) said, ‘This is a hot batch,’ which generally means there is some fentanyl in it.” A previous customer helped detectives arrange the buy, which was set up to happen in a business parking lot across from the fairgrounds because the fair already was open at this point, the sheriff said. Prior to the fair opening, Johnson would drive onto the fairgrounds to pick up fair workers. “He was right on time and when he showed up the detectives approached him,” Hildenbrand said, adding detectives blocked Johnson’s vehicle to prevent him from fleeing. At first, Johnson refused to exit his vehicle. When he did, he resisted detectives’ ef-

forts to handcuff him. “It took five of them to take this guy down,” Hildenbrand said, noting Johnson was stocky and muscular. “And, he was on parole so he didn’t want to go back to jail.” One of the detectives sustained minor injuries in the scuffle and was treated at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Hildenbrand said Johnson was in possession of approximately 5 grams of heroin, 2 grams of crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana. Two years ago, the sheriff said one of the gate workers overdosed and several years ago, several fair-goers overdosed. “We are doing whatever we can to keep drugs out of the fair,” added Hildenbrand, noting deputies are regularly patrolling the fairgrounds.


from page 7 College is not for everyone. Leininger said more than 40 percent of teenagers don’t go to college or they start, but don’t finish. Some high school students don’t meet the requirements to go to a trade school such as Auburn Career Center. They fall through the cracks and GGP has programs to help them become quality employees, she said. “That is Geauga Growth Partnership’s strength — connecting people and resources,” Leininger said, adding she is glad to be able to draw on Jemison’s business connections and experience as she takes the GGP reins and adjusts how she deals with familiar issues from a different angle. Jemison, easing into retirement as he provides support when asked, is confident in Leininger’s abilities. “We had no idea what we’d build,” he said, recalling the early years with GGP. “I’ve had an amazing board and staff. It’s been an amazing run.”

Geauga Park District For more information on these programs, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit them online at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Campfire Songs & Stories

Sept. 27, 7:30-9 p.m. Celebrate the first week of autumn by gathering around Claridon Woodlands’ fire pit for s’mores, songs and stories from the past and present, a glowing lantern craft and games. In case of rain, the program will move to the fireplace inside Judge Lester Taylor Lodge. Registration is required for youth school age and up.

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Sixth-graders from West Geauga Middle School joined students from Kenston Middle, St. Anselm and St. Helen schools at the Great Geauga County Fair for the Geauga Learn Program. Students rotated through presentations by the Department of Natural Resources, The American Legion, The Farm Bureau and the Geauga Historical Society. They also toured the animal barns and watched the Chicken Flying Contest.


West Geauga High School students Luke Hanna and Sam Oliverio create a life-size graph in their studies of macroeconomics in Mr. Rogge’s class. It is one of the 21 Advanced Placement offerings at West G. Students will take the AP exam in the spring and be awarded college credit based on their performance.


West Geauga High School seniors Jake Carcelli and Harrison Gruber are learning many exciting skills using podcasting in their information literacy and modern communication class. The students were asked to pick issues that are current in the United States. They then conducted research on the topic and created a podcast to discuss.


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‘Purr-fect’ Autumn Afternoon Benefits Cat Sanctuary Staff Report Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary will celebrate 37 years of rescuing, nurturing and re-homing cats and kittens during its fundraiser Oct. 6 at Cana Winery, 10036 Wilson Mills Road in Munson Township. The event, from 1:30-4:30 p.m., will include a variety of food stations, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle to benefit the nonprofit organization. “Your support is very important to help us provide shelter, food, litter and medical care for our senior, disabled and other cats,” said volunteer Doreen Lazarus. The winery, which is open for private functions, provides a scenic venue. Culinary delights will include penne pasta Alfredo with broccoli, Stromboli, pecan salad, buffalo chicken dip with breads, pulled beef sliders, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables with dip, antipasto, cheese and crackers, chips, multiple salsas and cake. A cash bar will be open. Tickets are $45. Happy Tails, formerly in Chester Township, relocated one year ago to Newbury Township, Lazarus said. The sanctuary operates a mostly cageless, indoor, “no-kill” facility. A separate part of the building is totally fenced in, but gives the cats a safe, outdoor experience. The sanctuary can’t take in any additional cats at this time, Lazarus said.


Hilda, a beautiful black, longhaired female cat, is looking for a new home. She is currently residing at The Cat’s Inn in Newbury Township. For more information call Doreen Lazarus at 440-759-0076.

For reservations, due by Sept. 28, call or text Lazarus at 440-759-0076, send an email to HappyTailsCatSanctuary@gmail.com or send a check or money order to Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026. Tax-deductible donations to the sanctuary can also be mailed to the post office box address. Tickets will be held at the door.

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Piano Students Perform in Spring Recital


The students of Joanne Ruppe performed their spring recital May 13 at Mayfield United Methodist Church. Each student prepared two solo pieces, with the selections ranging from classical pieces to movie themes. Each student also performed in a duet. Approximately 50 guests were in attendance, celebrating the students for their accomplishments that take much discipline, concentration, perseverance and practice. From left are Serena Squires, Dane Schinness, Luke Tirabassi, Joanne Ruppe, Louka Babic, Roman Babic, Maya Hill, Anna Hill and Gianni Fleck.

Farm Bureau Sets Annual Meeting The Geauga County Farm Bureau will hold its annual meeting Sept. 26 at the banquet room at St. Mary’s, 401 North St., Chardon, beginning with a social reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Keynote speaker is Susan Crowell, retired editor for the Farm & Dairy. Join to reflect on 2019 accomplishments, establish policies that affect agriculture and communities, elect board trustees and delegates to the 2020 OFBF annual meeting, vote on a change in the code of regulations

pertaining to membership dues, recognize scholarship and special award recipients and celebrate the work of its members, volunteers and staff. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $20 per person. Mail check and attendee information to the Geauga County Farm Bureau, 28 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, OH 44047 or call 440-426-2195 to reserve and pay by credit card. Reservations with payment are due by Sept. 19.

Community Meetings Chester Township: Sept. 18, 7 p.m., Zoning Commission; Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m., Planning Committee, Chesterland Innovation Center, 12628 Chillicothe Road, Unit D; Sept. 26, 6 p.m., Board of Trustees; Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Board of Zoning Appeals; Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Zoning Commission. All meetings are held at the Township Hall, 12701 Chillicothe Road, unless otherwise noted.

Russell Township: Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m., Board of Trustees; Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Zoning Commission; Oct. 2, 1 p.m., Board of Trustees. Meetings are held at the Fire-Rescue Station, 14810 Chillicothe Road, unless otherwise noted. West Geauga BOE: Sept. 23, 7 p.m., regular meeting, BOE Community Room, 8615 Cedar Road.

Arts & Entertainment Curtain 440 Holds Auditions

Sept. 18 and 19, 6:30-9 p.m. Curtain 440 is holding auditions for its production of “The Star on My Heart,” the true story of Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher. Auditions will be held at the Chardon Chalet, 220 Basquin Drive. The company is seeking a cast of 12 to 15 dedicated adults and students. Show dates are Nov. 8 and 9 at Theatre 815 in Green, Nov. 15-16 at Lake Erie College and Dec. 6-7 at Berkshire High School. Additional show dates may be added. All rehearsals will take place at Celebration Lutheran Church and Cherry Knoll Farm in Chardon. For information, visit www.curtain440.com.

Local Artist’s Work on Display

Local artist Karen Hopwood, of Chester Township, will have artwork on display at the Geauga West Library in the Eykyn Room during the month of September. She will be showing work she recently completed in Florida.

Hopwood began painting in the 1960s, taking every class she could, while her husband was in the service in Monterey, Calif. The work on display will feature florals, reverse painting on acrylic and large canvas. Hopwood has previously won awards at Gates Mills, Fairmount Center and the Ohio Watercolor Society.

Burton Art Show

Oct. 1-13 The 36th annual Burton Art Show features the work of artists from Geauga, Lake and Portage counties. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite art piece for the Popular Choice Award. The free event is open to the public Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 13 only, 1-4:30 p.m. The show is not open Monday, Sept. 30 or Sunday, Oct. 6. The library is located at 14588 W. Park St. in Burton. For information, call the library at 440-834-4466 or visit burtonlibrary.org.

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Patterson is Chair of Farm Bureau Committee Submitted Bill Patterson, of Chester Township, has been named chairman of the 2019 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Policy Development Committee. The committee collects and organizes public policy recommendations from county farm bureaus and presents the final policy suggestions to be voted on by Ohio Farm Bureau’s delegates during the state annual meeting in December. In its initial session, the committee heard from government leaders, subject matter experts and farm bureau staff on topics such as climate change, mental health, water qual-

ity initiatives, farm leases, trade, risk management, foreign ownership in U.S. agriculture, education, school funding and rural broadband. The policy committee consists of 10 Patterson members from Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees and 10 representatives of county farm bureaus. Patterson serves as the first vice president on the board of trustees representing farmers from Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties.

Police Blotter The following is a sampling of the calls handled by the Chester Township Police Department Aug. 30 through Sept. 12, 2019. In total, the police department handled 243 calls during this period. ANIMAL PROBLEM Sept. 4 4:24 p.m., Chillicothe Road. Russell Township, pit bull is attacking her little sister. Back yard. Her sister is bleeding everywhere. Taser deployed on dog. Second probe deployed on dog. Dog is chained up. Chagrin Valley dispatch transferred the victim’s father to dispatch. Father advising this is his aunt’s residence and her dog. They are dog sitting for her. Father is en route. Dog warden on scene. Taser handed over. Sept. 6 9:45 a.m., Morning Glory Trail. There is a loose pit bull running around. Caller able to get one of their cats in. Would like an officer to check it out. Owner came and retrieved dog. FORGERY Aug. 31 1:04 p.m., West Geauga Plaza Drive. $100 counterfeit bill. Think they know who gave it to them. Officer advised. FRAUD Sept. 9 3:23 p.m., Blackberry Lane. Caller reports someone used her information to get a Citibank credit card. She was able to get it from the mailbox. There was a grey vehicle with temporary tags. Yesterday there was a red vehicle with temporary tags. Caller saw the same vehicle open the neighbor’s mailbox. Report to follow. HARASSMENT Sept. 5 8:27 a.m., Mayfield Road. Harassment at the doctor’s office by patient who wants a medication prescribed. Sept. 6 4:53 p.m., Sherman Road. Caller states her ex-boyfriend is posting pictures of her on Instagram. Caller made a harassment report back in May. Chester PD advised if ex-boyfriend attempts to make contact with her, uses friends to make contact with her or posts photos of her then she should report it. Caller will come to station to make a report within the next half hour. Advised officer.

JUVENILE PROBLEM Sept. 1 3:07 p.m., Cedar Road. Four juveniles are throwing rocks to the left of the school near the dumpster. Caller states the female was going back and forth in and out of the school. Officer located juveniles. No new damage and made them clean up the rocks in grass and on pavement. SUSPICIOUS Sept. 6 8:29 p.m., Mayfield Road. Two cats are missing, one goat was hanging on the fence. Checks OK. Report to follow. THEFT Sept. 12 7:37 a.m., Mayfield Road. KIA was repossessed and owner owes Mr. Tire $1,770.85. Officer advised. Report taken. •••• The following is a sampling of the calls handled by the Russell Township Police Department Aug. 28 through Sept. 11, 2019. In total, the police department handled 121 calls during this period. ANIMAL – MISCELLANEOUS Aug. 30 6:15 p.m., Chillicothe Road. Caller reports cows near roadway. Officers were able to resecure cows in the pasture without incident. Officer was able to contact owners of the cows and advise them of situation. ILLEGAL DUIMPING Sept. 7 10:04 a.m., Hunting Hills Drive. Officer was dispatched for a report of littering on the property. Large TV was illegally dumped off at the residence. Officer told complainant the road department would be in touch to remove TV. Complainant also requested extra patrol. SUSPICIOUS Aug. 31 10:52 p.m., Heath Road. Caller reported she believes someone sneezed outside her home. Area checked and no signs of anyone were found. Sept. 3 10:42 a.m., Hill Drive. Officer was dispatched for a report of a suspicious object found buried in the backyard while an excavator was digging. It was determined to be safe.

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Obituaries James C. Drockton

CHESTER TWP. – James C. Drockton, age 91, of Chester Township, passed away Sept. 6, 2019. Beloved husband of Dorothy (nee Smilnak) for 67 years; dear father of Dottie, Jim (Mary Beth), Kathy (Dan) Kimar, Tom (Libbey), Dave (Jackie), Mike (Barb), Don (Leslie) and Carolyn (David) Kennedy; loving and caring grandfather of 29 and great-grandfather of 12; brother of the late Paul (Cindy). He was a veteran of U.S. Army, serving in Korean Conflict. Jim was born on Feb. 3, 1928, in Cleveland, to the late Anthony and Helen Drockton. Over his lifetime, Jim was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, a parish council member, Holy Name Society president and on the education commission at St. Anselm. He was active in the Boy Scouts, loved gardening with his wife, and coaching his kids’ sports. Jim retired from Inland Steel and was founder of RCI Enterprises. He was a passionate advocate of many civic issues. Friends were received Sept. 9, 2019, at St. John Funeral Home, 16381 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge Township. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 10, at St. Helen Church, Newbury. Interment was at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Jim’s name to St. Helen Building Fund or EWTN.

Douglas L. Boss

Douglas L. Boss lost his valiant battle with prostate cancer and dementia on Sept. 14, 2019. Doug was born Oct. 19, 1936, to Howard and Viola (nee McGurer) Boss, both deceased. He was the oldest of the three children of Howard and Viola, Carol (Jim) Keightley, Linda (Frank – deceased) Morton. He married his high school sweetheart, Geraldine A. Boss (nee Sojka) on June 23, 1956. As the story goes, Howard told Doug, “If you don’t hurry up and ask her to marry you, I will!” Doug and Gerry tried for several years to have children until they became parents to two boys. The number #1 son, Denzil (Debbie) Boss, of Columbia Station, and their favorite, Darrin (Peggy) Boss, of Havre, Mont. Doug was a grandfather to four, Denzil Jr. (Heather) Boss, of Rochester, N.Y., Daniel (Jordyn) Boss, of Germantown, Md., Devin Boss and the Princess Deeanna Boss. He recently became a great-grandfather to Sebastian Boss. He was father, friend and hunting partner to another “adopted son,” James (Joyce) Yuko, with whom, among other things, he spent several years traveling the western landscapes chasing elk. Doug was a lifelong resident of Chester Township, growing up on the old Moss Farm Dairy. He was a servant to all, but always

had Gerry, his most faithful supporter, by his side. Howard and Viola set a strong example for him to follow. Doug was so proud that his mother served as a volunteer for Geauga Community Hospital longer than she was a kindergarten teacher, and his father was one of the charter members of the Chesterland Volunteer Fire Department. Doug also served the community as a second generation fireman on the department. He served in many capacities, but is mostly remembered as chief and, during his time, he helped to build the department from a smalltown district service toward the well-funded tax-supported department that it is today. The leadership team under his direction as chief was instrumental in first developing the ambulance service for Chesterland. Even on his wedding day, when the fire bell rang, Doug and his father Howard responded, that is until Gerry — for probably the first and last time — talked Doug into staying at the reception. The photo of the wedding was Howard standing on the roof of a house on fire, in his suit. Doug tried everything to keep busy and moving; sitting still was just not in him. Even in his last days walking around his care facility asking someone to point him in the direction to Montana, he could not stay still long. He loved catching, not fishing for, his limit of walleyes on Lake Erie. Hunting was a lifelong passion, often hunting the same hardwoods he did as a child for squirrels and deer, or pursuing elk in Montana and caribou in Canada. Pheasant hunting in Nebraska was in all reality a chance to spend time with the two exceptional Drahthaar dogs (Joss and Dan) he truly loved, and who he kept looking for up until his death. Doug’s life was characterized with a deep concern for family and helping others before himself. All of these activities provided the basis for what may have been Doug’s favorite pass time, one that he continued even when he couldn’t do the others — telling stories — usually with a great laugh at the end. Cremation has taken place and, as per Doug’s wishes, his ashes will be scattered across various favorite hunting and fishing destinations, but, of course, he will never be far from the corner of Chillicothe and Mayfield. Also at his wish, a public funeral ceremony will not be held for this humble servant, but in honor of Doug, his family requests that you participate in two of Doug’s favorite past times. Please tell us a story that you would like to share of Doug at www.gattozziandson.com. Last, but surely not least, please find someone to serve, even as Doug served his community to the very end as an organ donor. If you feel so inclined, in leu of flowers to the family, please send flowers to someone who has served like Doug or please make donations to the Chesterland Volunteer Fire Department or the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org). Historically, the toll of a bell summoned firemen to the station, signaled the beginning of a shift, notified departments of a call for help, and indicated a call was completed and the unit had returned to the station. Rest easy Chief, your shift is complete. Notices should be sent in writing to: Geauga County Maple Leaf, P.O. Box 1166, Chardon, OH, 44024-5166 or emailed to editor@geaugamapleleaf.com.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Geauga West Library 13455 Chillicothe Road, Chester Township, 440-729-4250.

Women and Wealth Sept. 18, 7 p.m. Learn how to stick to a professional investment plan and the actions necessary to implement and monitor an investment plan. Presented by Wells Fargo Advisors. Heavy appetizers provided.

Third-Grade Thursdays Sept. 19, 6 p.m. Join for lively book discussions, arts and crafts and activities.

Fall Solstice Party

Sept. 24, 3:30 p.m. Teens will celebrate the turning of the season with crafts and snacks.

Medicare Made Easy

Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Learn how to make wise decisions about coverage and avoid common mistakes. Topics include Medicare Parts A, B, C, D and Medicare supplementals.

Coffee Workshop

Sept. 26, 6 p.m. Learn about coffee from local Fig Leaf Coffee Co.

GCPL Partners with Early Intervention/Help Me Grow Geauga County Public Library is collaborating with Geauga County Early Intervention/Help Me Grow to present early childhood art programs and developmental screenings this fall. Help Me Grow is a voluntary program for families with infants and toddlers between the ages of birth and 3 years old. The goal of the program is to assure that newborns, infants and toddlers have the best possible start in life. The statewide program is administered locally by the Geauga Family First Council, which provides services to promote children’s growth and development and supports families during their children’s early years.

In order to continue providing families with valuable support and services during a child’s early years, Help Me Grow will be holding Help Me Grow: You and Me Art where children ages birth through 3 years old with a caregiver will enjoy a morning of sensory exploration. A session will be offered at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at Geauga West Library. If parents, a child’s physician, childcare provider or a family member are concerned about a child’s development, attend a developmental screening day hosted by the Geauga County Early Intervention Program. A Help Me Grow Screening will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Geauga West Library on Oct. 2.

Business Spotlight: MyoFit Clinic

Hip Pain: Seeing a Doctor of Physical Therapy is an effective option By Dr. Adam M. Cramer, PT, DPT A significant number of my patients come to see me because of severe hip pain that is making every step an ordeal. It makes its presence known when they are sitting down to rest and it interrupts their sleep. It is not surprising that our hips act up at different points in our lives. After all, the hip joint is one of the hardest-working parts of your body from the time you are born right into your senior years.

Tight muscles often behind hip pain


A common cause of chronic hip pain is sciatica, which can be the result of tight muscles in the back part of the hip that results in compression on the sciatic nerve located as it exits the hip. Sciatica is characterized by a severe pain that radiates right down the back of the leg only. Tight hip flexors are a problem, especially in people who are required to sit for most of the day at their jobs. The hip flexors, which are in the front of your leg, are kept in a prolonged shortened position and your glut muscles are inactive. When you suddenly need them to jump into action, they may resist. How your Doctor of Physical Therapy can help When your hip pain brings you to a Doctor of physical therapy, the first step is to determine the cause, and then quickly decrease or eliminate the pain. The second step, which

really happens simultaneously with the first, is to increase your hip’s range of motion and strength, and finally, to get it back to normal so you can move freely without pain. I often find that the patient sometimes isn’t even sure if the pain is emanating from their hip. They may feel pain in their low back, their groin, the side of their hip or in their buttocks. By putting our patients through a series of simple diagnostic tests, we are able to isolate the source of the pain and rule out a number of possibilities and provide immediate conservative effective treatment.

Potential treatment plans

In just about all cases, specially prescribed therapeutic mobility treatments and manual hands on therapy, which can include stretching the hip joint muscles and mobilizing the joint capsule can increase flexibility improving range of motion setting the stage for strengthening of the hip which is key to eliminate future pain. If your hip pain has been occurring for years it can still be managed easily and effectively through conservative physical therapy services with a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy. Dr. Adam M. Cramer, PT, DPT, is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of MyoFit Clinic in Middlefield and Chardon, Ohio. 440-632-1007 & 440-286-1007. MyoFitClinic.com

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Classifieds AUTOS & PARTS Lexus 2004 white sedan, ES330, 185K, new brakes, new alternator, well maintained, $3,200, call 216-408-3633. Cash for Junk Vehicles: running or not, classics/big trucks/etc., free removal, call/text Zac 440-679-7293.

FOR RENT Chesterland: apartment for rent County Line Rd., private family setting, No dogs, No Smoking. Call 440-423-4653.

FOR SALE Nursery glider/rockers, $69-$89. Kerosene heater, oil lamps, old humpback chests, $198, $99. Old clocks. 440-338-3563. 16x32 Drum sander w/stand, shop/vac and $200 worth of sandpaper.440-632-5954. Middlefield very good price. Wood Splitter 27 Ton Mint, $1200. (2) - Stihl Saws Both $300. Moving 440-729-0515.

BUYING AND SELLING! Peace & Morgan Dollars All Gold & Silver Coins 1-5-10-100 ounce Bars Antique U.S. Coins Coin Collections

Estate and Broken Jewelry New and Used Quality Sterling Silver Flatware Diamonds Tools

221 Cherry St. Chardon, OH • (440) 214-9600

Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Two medium-class, aluminum 225-lb. Werner ladders, 36 foot and 24 foot, in good condition. Best offer. Call Karl 440812-3392.

John’s Plumbing: Affordable and reliable. Water heaters, toilets, faucets, drain cleaning, gas lines, sump pumps, well tanks. 440-285-0800.

FREE World Book Encyclopedia, 3x5’ beige speckled granite countertop $150, parts cleaning tank with cleaner and cleaning solution $75. 440-548-5801.

Offering special discounts for interior and exterior painting and staining this season. 20 years experience. Professional and insured. Call Dan, 440-342-4552.



CHARDON-44024: 29th Annual Barn Sale, 23+ families. 9944 Mentor Rd, between Auburn and State Route 44. September 19-22, 10:00am-6:00pm. Half price Sunday.

Duplex, 4br/2bath up, townhouse style basement, garage, big yard, Parkman Village, currently rented. Home or investment. $143,000. Craigslist, Zillow, 440-548-8087.

CHARDON: Multi-family Sale, 9/19 – 9/21 from 9a-3p, furniture, collectibles, clothing, fabric, quilt frame, lamps, and more at 11705 Taylor Wells Rd, Chardon, north of Rt 322. CHESTERLAND: Estate sale including furniture, some antiques and a variety of nik naks, Saturday, September 21st from 9am to 3pm. 11798 Chillicothe Rd. CHESTERLAND: One Day Only Sat Sept 21 from 8a-4p, vintage, antique, and everyday items, furniture, pottery, glassware, Christmas, some women’s clothing, everything is priced to sell! great sale at 13035 Cherry Lane. No early birds. MAYFIELD VILLAGE: 6506 Foxboro Dr.,(behind Heinens on S.O.M). Fri-Sat. Sept. 20,21 9:30A-4:00P.Vintage costume jewelry, antique smoking stand, Lenox lamps, crystal, china, antique hardware, Linens, Longaberger baskets…. If you need to have a moving sale, estate sale or garage sale, call Kathy Willis at 440-840-3226 for assistance. Experienced. References available. We are now doing partial estate buyouts.

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. Rototilling, grading, brush hogging services. Reasonable rates. 440-596-1119 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.

CLASSIFIEDS 440-729-7667

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

WANTED TO BUY Vintage Stanley Bailey and other woodworking planes, also buying hand and machinist tools. Call Karl at 440-812-3392.

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Service Directory $ CASH $ $100 - $10,000 PAID

24/7 Service

Buying Cars, Trucks, Vans, Diesels, Old Cars and Junkers

Call or Text ZAC 440-679-7293


S E A L C O AT Asphalt Sealing Hot Crack Filling • Patching Call Nick • 440-786-1375


Family owned & operated since 1976


• Cedar Siding Stained • Vinyl Aluminum Refinishing • “Cool” Roof Coatings

“Do It Right The First Time” Call Eric 440-729-2646

www.masterpaintersinc.com ask@masterpaintersinc.com

handyman services kitchen & bath remodeling power washing siding roofing Free Estimates / Senior Discounts


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Help Wanted Yard work and general handyman work. $15/hr. Chesterland. 440-729-2377. RESTAURANT: Restaurant in Bainbridge looking for help. Pantry Cook, Part Time Dishwasher, Full Time Hostess and a Part Time Server. Call John 216-645-2946.


cmendolera@farmersagent.com 216-674-6772

FULL-TIME STREET COMMISSIONER The Village of South Russell is seeking professional, experienced, qualified applicants for the position of FULL-TIME STREET COMMISSIONER. The Street Commissioner is responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of crews and staffing, maintenance and repairs, project assignments; scheduling and coordination of projects; managing department personnel, recommending discipline, and evaluating performance. The Street Commissioner performs property maintenance; reviews and inspects work of employees assuring compliance with accepted standards and codes; schedules work with outside contractors and ensures maintenance of all equipment repairs. CDL is required. Administrative responsibilities include preparing the department’s annual budget request, making recommendations on staffing levels, purchasing materials and tracking expenses, maintaining adequate inventories and preparing purchase order requests. This position communicates and reports to the Mayor, Council and/or department heads. For consideration, qualified candidates can submit their resume to:

fiscalofficer@southrussell.com The Village of South Russell is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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