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EXPERIENCE THE HOMESTEAD CAMPUS EXPLORE OUR SHOWROOM Browse three floors of hardwood and upholstered furniture. You’ll find thousands of standard pieces that represent just small sample of what we offer. Most of our hardwood furniture is either made by our own factory or within a 30-mile radius of us. We carry awesome upholstery

lines including Norwalk, Stanford, La-Z-Boy, Dutailer and Himolla. In addition, our nationally recognized mattress brands include BeautyRest, Tempurpedic and Stearns and Foster. To top it all off, our showroom is decorated with accessories to coincide with any style of décor.

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Our 40,000 sq ft. manufacturing facility is not your typical factory. Here you can take a tour and see our skilled craftsmen building your custom furniture right in front of you.

It’s a little chilly now, but come spring the Gardens at Homestead is where you can get some quality R&R by the waterfall, take stroll in the arboretum or around the pond.

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We’re opening up our warehouse for Homestead’s first ever rack sale for unbelievable savings on as-is furniture and accessories.

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Lifestyle Letter

Giving Thanks

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t's November, and Medina County is feeling as cozy as ever. The air is chilly, fireplaces are glowing with hot embers, and warm meals are tempting the taste buds. Now is the time to celebrate all that our community has to offer, from elegant furnishings to warm beverages and delightful cuisine. This is truly a great place to be, and for that, we're incredibly grateful. From cover to cover, you will experience the best that Northeast Ohio has to offer. There is no better place to be, and no better time to give thanks.

NOVEMBER 2017 PUBLISHER

Richard Mellert | Richard.Mellert@LifestylePubs.com Joe Violi | Joe.Violi@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Nikki Rhoades | Nikki.Rhoades@LifestylePubs.com SALES DIRECTOR

Martha Doyle | Martha.Doyle@LifestylePubs.com

As always, keep in touch. Follow us on Facebook for more to love.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

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November 2017

Departments

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Around Town

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City Scene

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Culinary Creations

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Driver’s Notebook

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

14 Holiday Wine Pairings

Thanksgiving classics combine elegantly with wine.

22 Strengthening Communities With Coffee

You’ll be surprised to learn about the impact coffee has on the

Medina County community.

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AROUND TOWN

FOR THE LOVE OF CHOCOLATE All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. On January 19, 2018, Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers proudly presents the 21st Annual For The Love of Chocolate Festival. The For

Ohio Association of Realtors® recognizes The KORE Team for their outstanding sales performance. The KORE Team has achieved a level of accomplishment that just over 10% of Ohio’s real estate professionals have attained.

the Love of Chocolate Festival will be held at the Medina County Fairgrounds Community Center, 735 Lafayette Road, Medina from 6 pm to 10 pm and is fun forall ages!If you love chocolate, you’ll love this year’s event.   All attendees age 5 and older must have a ticket to enter the event. With your $10 ticket, you will be awarded 8 two-bite samples of deca-

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dent chocolate delights! There will be many vendors to choose from. Tickets are available at the door or pre-sale tickets are available at all Medina County Buehler's Locations and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (Lodi Outlet Mall).Festivities Include, Chocolate Sampling, CandyLand for Kids, Live Music, Food Trucks, Beer and Wine, Fudge Sundaes, Unique Valentines Gifts. Would you like to add your name to the list and be a sponsor?

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City Scene

Readers' Choice ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY NIKKI RHOADES

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edina County is a truly remarkable place to call home. Its historic streets, friendly residents, and way of life are entrancing.

There is something here that caters to everyone, and we think that is something worth celebrating. Come January, Medina County Lifestyle will be celebrating its second anniversary. Over the past two years, the Lifestyle Team has had the pleasure of interacting with some of the county's most noteworthy residents. We have connected with artists, visionaries, designers, and everyday people, and we have seen their contributions to this incredible community. From mom and pop shops to high-end eateries, we've seen some of the most amazing places in Northeast Ohio. Through our pages, you have gotten to know the people behind those local gems at the heart of our economic community. And, through our communication with you, our readers, we have learned about amazing local events, businesses, and people.   Now, we want to provide you with an opportunity to celebrate the community with us. In October, we launched Readers' Choice 2017. During this month, readers that visited our website were greeted with the opportunity to submit their favorite businesses in 30 different categories. They nominated their favorite chiropractors, interior designers, hair salons, and many more. Now, the best community businesses have the opportunity to be recognized for their exceptional services.  But, they need your help.  This month, we are opening up the polls and letting you vote on your favorite businesses. Show your community pride by supporting your neighbors. It's easy! All you have to do is visit MedinaCountyLifestyle.com and click on the Readers' Choice banner. Then, vote for your favorite places in Northeast Ohio. In February, the winners will be honored in a celebratory ceremony, and we'll provide you an exclusive opportunity to get to know the winners in that month's issue. Our nominees are very excited to compete, but they can't emerge as the best of the best without your help! Voting ends on November 30 at 5 p.m.  Now's your chance to get involved to help celebrate a few of the amazing businesses that make Medina County so great. In the meantime, you may see a few Lifestyle Readers' Choice posters as you are traveling around town. If you spot one, congratulate the nominee! We can't wait to celebrate some of the most stand-out members of our community. 

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Vote in these categories: 1.  Best Cosmetic Surgeon 2. Best Dentist 3. Best Dermatologist 4. Best Optometrist  5. Best Orthodontist 6. Best Chiropractor 7.  Best Home Builder/Remodeler 8. Best Home Décor and Furnishings 9. Best Landscaper/Lawn Care 10. Best Realtor 11. Best Heating/Cooling/Plumbing 12. Best Interior Design 13. Best Architects  14. Best Maid Service  15. Best Home Maintenance  16. Best Luxury Automotive 17. Best Day Spa  18. Best Financial & Wealth Management  19. Best Fitness Center  20. Best Hair Salon 21. Best Jeweler 22. Best Private School  23. Best Insurance Agent 24. Best Retirement Community 25. Best Dessert/Bakery 26. Best Brewery  27. Best Fine Dining 28. Best Casual Dining 29. Best Veterinarian  30. Best Dog Care/Grooming 

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ARTICLE NIKKI RHOADES

HOMESTEAD FURNITURE N

ortheast Ohio is overflowing with remark-

Gardens at Homestead to host weddings

able attractions, but one would not typ-

and other intimate events.”

ically expect to find an Amish-owned furniture

No matter the type of furniture—bedroom,

store to be on that list. And yet, Homestead

office, living, or dining—Homestead offers

Furniture­tops it, as this one remarkable shop is

selections that will cater to your personal style.

redefining an industry.

There is truly nothing that rivals the durability of

“Amish built furniture is known to be traditional,

Amish craftsmanship, but when you introduce

typically made of blonde oak, and of durable, high

that quality to innovation and artistry, you cre-

quality,” says Codi Mast, who acts as a Marketing

ate something special that could easily become

and Event Coordinator for Homestead Furniture

an heirloom for this generation and the next.

& The Gardens at Homestead. “We are known for

Three floors of beautiful furniture collectively

our construction techniques, craftsmanship, and

create a 27,000 square-foot showroom that

attention to detail… but we’re not known to be

will bring out your passion for home design.

trendy or stylish. At Homestead Furniture, we’re

With furniture and décor to complement every

combating that myth.”

personality and style, you are sure to fall in love

Not only does Homestead offer Amish-

with the incredible collection at Homestead

made furniture that is trendy, stylish, refined,

Furniture. With an impressive selection of

and on scale, but they also treat customers

hardwoods, upholstery, outdoor furniture, mat-

to an incredible experience. Serving the com-

tresses, and accessories, it is safe to say that

munity as more than just a store, Homestead

you’ve found your home design headquarters.

offers visitors an experience that could easily

Combine all of this with regular events like

become an unforgettable day trip.

Food Truck Fridays, Hot Dog Topping Bars, and

“We have a goal to do a bit of everything,”

Strawberry Pie Socials, and you will find a store

says Mast. “If someone comes here, they

that is redefining the furniture industry. It is truly

can have a complete experience. Someone

no surprise that an innovative team like the one

can take a factory tour, learn our history, and

at Homestead is behind this masterpiece, as the

then they can witness their own furniture

brand itself has an unusual history.

being made. There is a catwalk that will bring

“It all started in a chicken coop,” explains Mast.

you right over the craftsman in our factory.

“That is where we first started selling furniture. It

After you have visited the shop, relax in the

was located behind the Lone Star Quilt Store

gardens. You can bring a picnic and watch

in Mount Hope, in the heart of Amish Country.

the waterfall cascade, or you can relax in the

Back then, most of the furniture was made in

shade of the pavilion. The grounds are beau-

the Carolinas, and custom pieces were ordered

tiful, and you will see why so many select The

through local cabinetry shops.”

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Arrive with an idea. Bring your best ideas, and the team at Homestead will give your piece the same attention whether it is a massive wardrobe or a small side table.

Sketch design. Once you've described your vision in detail, LaVern, a member of the Homestead team, will hand draw your piece in 3-D to your exact specifications.

Drafting. The next step is for Justin, a drafting specialist, to use a computer to digitally draw all the parts needed to craft your piece.

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The quaint business soon grew and flourished around its community. Now, the majority of the hardwood furniture is built on -location or within 30 miles of the factory. Within their impressive showroom, you will not only encounter locally hand-crafted furniture, but also some of America's most legendary furniture brands, including Stanford, a custom upholstery designer line. When it comes to building furniture, Homestead Furniture prides themselves on an advanced ability to bring your dreams to life. With a selection of over 1600 colors (and coupled with the constant development of new colors), creating custom hardwood pieces is a breeze. Since you will be selecting the species, size, color, style and hardware, designs are brought to life with incredible accuracy. “If you inherit a bedroom set, for example, we have an expert that will match its exact pigment,” explains Mast. “If you wish to create a new matching nightstand, we can easily do that. We work in a lot of styles, so go ahead and dream of custom pieces in the rustic, traditional, transitional, or modern styles.” Hardwoods effortlessly combine durability, craftsmanship, and cutting edge styles, but the possibilities don’t end there. Stanford can bring your custom upholstery to life as well, providing you the opportunity to bring your dream space to life. “I adore the simplistic pieces with hand-drawn relief carvings on the front,” confides Mast. “There is one piece in particular that I am in love with. Somewhere here, your perfect piece is also awaiting discovery or design.” Furniture shopping is no longer a chore, as Homestead Furniture is redefining the industry. The top-notch design team at the store is available to help answer any design or color questions that may come up. A visit provides not only an incredible experience, but an escape into the stunning Amish countryside. For 27 years, Homestead Furniture has served the Northeast Ohio community. Now, it’s your turn to experience all they have to offer. Homestead Furniture is located at 8233 SR 241, Mount Hope. Open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Homestead is ready to bring your dream designs to life. For more information, call  866.674.4902  or visit Homestead-Furniture.com.

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5. Construction. After the parts are in, one of the craftsman, Calvin, builds your piece using time-tested practices. He dates and initials each piece, taking ownership of the craft.

Once the piece is hand-sanded, LeRoy in the color lab applies your chosen finish.

Now Sharon seals in the color and applies a special Protekt™ Finish that's tested against battery acid and other substances.

Quality check. After each piece is sealed and has its final assembly, Matt gives it a quality check to ensure there are no flaws.

Take home! It's time to wrap up and ship your piece. Prepare your space and get excited to live with your new heirloom. November 2017 | Medina County Lifestyle

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A Year Of

SUCCULENT SEAFOOD has crossed the plates and palates of many Medina County Lifestyle readers, and Kingfish Seafood--the upscale  dining  destination  atop Restaurant   Hill  in   Montrose—opened   as   the   immediate, undeniable  local leader in coastal cuisine is just getting started. Locals have fallen in love with everything from fresh-caught blue point oysters to sweet-succulent Maine lobster, as well as the  nautical  feast for  the eyes.  Reminiscent  of  a  charming  coastal  New England  home, the exterior is as crystal blue as the waters your meal recently called home. A 20-foot swordfish statue majestically  beckons visitors  from  its perch above the building.  The  seaside  splendor continues inside  as  a seductive  mermaid  mural greets guests upon entering. An eclectic balance of reclaimed materials, original artwork and features like the sparkling white marble bar top lend to the comfortable décor.   “At  every  seat, at  every  angle, your eye will land on something special to see,” says George Schindler, president of Hospitality Restaurants, who designed the elegant space.

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The influence on the freshest catch available is clearly that of Corporate Executive

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ues to be evident with the Chef de Cuisine of Kingfish, Joe Staufer. Chef Staufer and his  team have added promotions including Alaskan favorites at peak of season such as wild salmon,

functions in the “Barracuda Room”. For the ultimate in private

king crab and fresh halibut. October

parties or corporate functions, the “Harbor Room” is highlighted

and November feature a contempo-

by a chandelier of crystal “bubbles” cascading downward over

rized “Lobster Bake,” which is wowing

the custom-built 14-seat table, which is carved in the shape of

guests. Featuring a pair of grilled Maine Lobster Tails and served

a ship’s hull. Circular mirrored wall art mimics the feel of port-

with drawn butter, roasted potatoes, local sweet corn and per-

holes and the custom bubble carpeting leaves the sound of

fectly poached clams. Each Sunday this elegant eatery welcomes

waves and aroma of sea air the only missing elements to a mar-

diners to enjoy the dish, usually $39, for only $29. 

itime adventure. Quickly becoming a must visit in the greater

“We have been so welcomed by the local community, we want to

Akron area, Kingfish has also built a reputation for hosting the

make sure we return the positivity with a great value,” states Chef

hottest weekday happy hour in town, with delicious appetizer

Standen. “There isn’t a better time of year to enjoy Lobster, and

features and $1 oysters. The bar opens at 3 and the cascading

Kingfish is all about the chance to feature top quality seafood at the

white marble bar is one of the most lovely spots to settle in and

peak of flavor and freshness.” 

enjoy the lux dining Kingfish thoughtfully provides.

LOCALS HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE

The additions to the menu since opening have rounded out the coastal influence and created more than a few favorites. “Shrimp and Grits is a classic low country cuisine staple. We took the grits as seriously as the succulent  gulf shrimp in this dish, sourcing the creamy southern staple from Geechie Boy Grain Mill in South Carolina,” Chef Standen says. “The time and effort to find top-quality ingredients is always worth it, food lovers appreciate the detail.” With top-notch steakhouses in Cleveland, such as Cabin Club and Delmonico’s, there is little surprise that  steaks and chops have been popular at Kingfish as well. A  full array of hand-cut steaks from Certified Angus Beef and  lushly decadent Duroc pork chops bring the steak and pork  lover more than their fair share of bliss. The house-smoked  lamb belly appetizer rewards

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has party needs covered with unique décor and state of the

Other Hospitality Restaurants locations include Blue Point Grille,

art AV capabilities. The 18-foot hammered metal fish sculpture

Salmon Dave’s, Delmonico’s Steakhouse, Cabin Club and three

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STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES

WITH COFFEE

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ARTICLE NIKKI RHOADES offee is a mundane thing. We consume it with such frequency that, oftentimes, it is easy to overlook its significance. We rarely consider what it takes to go from the farm to our cups, but the process is, in actu-

ality, remarkable. What is even more remarkable, perhaps, is the role it plays in our own local economy. Creative Living Coffee is a pro-

gram of Medina Creative Housing that offers vocational opportunities to students and other individuals with disabilities. When you enjoy a cup of Creative Living Coffee, you make an impact on the local community, an international community, and you leave an impression on people throughout many life stages. To find out how and why Creative Living Coffee makes a difference, I sat down with Tim Hagerty, who oversees business development of Creative Living Coffee.  22

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LIFESTYLE: COFFEE IS A PRETTY SPECIAL DRINK, AND IT HAS A PRETTY REMARKABLE IMPACT ON COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD. TELL ME ABOUT THE ROASTS OFFERED THROUGH MEDINA CREATIVE LIVING COFFEE. HAGERTY: Coffee is a food, and as such it reacts with people’s

chemistry and taste buds differently. We offer a number of roasts so that our customers may experience a great flavor while they continue to support the work we do in striving for employment for all. We have seven different roasts including a Premium Decaf. Five are single origin and two are blends. We buy quality beans, roast them so they never taste bitter or burnt, then encourage people to experiment with various brewing methods. In the near future we will be unveiling our Creative Café and Roastery on Grande Boulevard, and when it opens we hope that customers will join us for adventures in cupping and tastings so we can experience this wonderful journey of helping each other enjoy life to the full-all with a cup of coffee. LIFESTYLE: ARE THERE ANY BREWS IN PARTICULAR THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR?  HAGERTY: When I think about autumn, I think of warm and

rich. Our Meximala Blend, which is a 50/50 of Mexican and Guatemalan, is our lightest roast, but often I find hints of citrus and hints of chocolate depending on what I am eating. If you pair that blend with any foods containing lime, those sweet, rich notes seem to come out. Sometimes, after a meal, I will pair that blend with a chocolatey dessert. Our Java Jubilee is a single-source Nicaraguan roast, and it is interesting because it is very smooth but there is a hint of a berry characteristic. When I think about berry pies at Thanksgiving, I crave this delicious roast. The Brazilian Roast is a

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thing about what we do at Medina Creative Housing—in addition to seeing the development of individuals with disabilities and the joy it brings to them when they are roasting—is that we treat the flavors of coffee much like folks treat wine making. The taste of the wine is dependent on where the fruit is grown, what the climate is like, what is in the soil, and what things are growing around it. The same goes for coffee. LIFESTYLE: WOW! CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHERE COFFEE BEANS ARE GROWN?  HAGERTY: Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted cof-

fee beans, which are the seeds of berries from the Coffea plant. The genus Coffea is native to tropical Africa and Madagascar, the Comoros, Mauritius, and Réunion in the Indian Ocean. The plant was exported from Africa to countries around the world and coffee plants are now cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southeast Asia, India, and CONTINUED >

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STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES WITH COFFEE (CON TI N UED)

Africa. The two most commonly grown are the highly-regarded arabica and the less sophisticated but stronger and hardier robusta. We roast only the gourmet arabica beans. Once ripe, coffee berries are picked, processed, and dried. Dried coffee seeds are roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor. Roasted beans are ground and brewed with near-boiling water to produce coffee as a beverage. The Coffea plant likes the hotter temperatures found closer to the equator. Taste varies based on factors like climate, elevation, minerals in the soil and techniques of individual farmers. Remember the ultimate product that we drink is water—it extracts flavor from the coffee bean in quite a number of methods. LIFESTYLE: HOW DO YOU SELECT THE FARMS FROM WHICH YOU IMPORT COFFEE BEANS? HAGERTY:  The two primary ways for us to acquire beans

are through a coffee broker or with a direct relationship with a grower. We buy beans through brokers that acknowledge fair trade practices. In the cases that our brokers have direct relationships we can purchase those beans as well. We want high-quality arabica beans and we want to know that those working hard to produce, harvest and dry the coffee berries are being fairly compensated for their work. Currently we are exploring opportunities to develop relationships with growers so we can purchase directly. We believe this could give us the best quality products and help the producers receive the most net compensation for their efforts. This requires an additional amount of effort on our part due to currency issues as well as, shipping internationally and clearing customs. There is an efficiency to work with brokers that regularly process transactions when we can still meet the other requirements that are important to our organization’s goals.

LIFESTYLE: AND WHEN THE BEANS COME HERE TO MEDINA, WHAT HAPPENS THEN? HAGERTY: Currently we roast at our facility on State Road

in Medina. Our roasts vary between light, several mediums and dark roast. It is important to note that we have individuals with disabilities working on every facet of the process. Because we focus on abilities we have very capable individuals from beginning to end. They record materials and products in and out. The whole process is very exciting and leads to your enjoyment in every cup. We are especially excited to expand our operation in our new Creative Café and Roastery, which will be a working coffee house on Grande Boulevard just west of the Home Depot. We hope to be in the new facility before year end. To enjoy and purchase some gourmet coffee, stop by Books & Brew in the Brunswick Library, Creative Cafe at Lodi Hospital, or swing by Medina Creative Housing at 232 North Court Street. 24

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here are very few trucks that can claim that title of "beast" but this is definitely one of them. The 2017 Ford Raptor now offers a 3.5L twin turbo V-6 motor, putting out 450 HP and 510 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 time is estimated at the low 5 second range. For a truck weighing close to 6,000 pounds, that is a very impressive number. The 3.5L twin turbo is a very capable engine. The twin turbo set-up works really well, we found little to no turbo lag due to the new cooling technology. When you  mix it  with the smooth shifting 10-speed automatic transmission, the new Raptor gains  more numbers in the gas mileage market. The marketed range is 18 mpg on the freeway and 15 in the city. We averaged 15 mpg, and this was with driving it pretty hard. But you don’t buy a Ford Raptor for the gas mileage, you buy a Ford Raptor for it’s off-road capabilities. We did discover the 107 mph speed limitations, but how often do you really need to go over 100 mph? Most people have a hard time getting the uniqueness of a Raptor, but if you have ever driven one, you know exactly what we are talking about. The Ford Raptor is an offroad truck, and we don’t mean hopping a curb, we mean driving through desert sand dunes at 40 mph and still remain in one piece. This is one capable truck. With the 3” Fox racing shocks, it certainly pushes the truck's capabilities above and beyond. The ride quality was impressive and the interior cabin was equipped with very roomy and comfortable seats. The dash styling was very nice with the carbon fiber and leather detail mix. Inside the truck, features several car charging ports and an actual 110 volt outlet for additional devices. Some of the other notable features we quickly became fans of, were the side lights, which send a

light to the side of the truck, so if you are stopped you get a clear idea of what is next to you. The LED lights in the truck bed are a very nice touch as well. Thumbing through the vehicle's driving menus you also come across a number of presets for how the engine performs, depending on the terrain you face. It even has a Baja mode! Our model featured remote start capabilities and a remote let down tail gate which was pretty cool, (although you still have to close it manually). Yes, the new 2017 Ford Raptor is an awesome truck. The base models start at $49,520 with our review truck just tipping over the $70,000 mark, whew! Our’s featured four full doors, with seating for five. The rear seats fold upward to expose a fully usable ground area in case you need additional storage. Navigation included the new Sync system with Apple Play & Android Auto. The sound system was very pleasing as well, the music had enough bass that wasn't overpowering with the overall sound winning a thumbs up, especially for an off-road truck. Another cool new feature is the panoramic sunroof which is an awesome feature for those nights you want to chill in the truck cabin with the windows up and still get a nice sky view. Although the new V6 system doesn’t have the same growl as the previous V8 models, it makes up for it by acceleration and gas mileage. As you can tell, I was a big fan of the new Raptor, and I am not typically a truck guy. I will choose an SUV over a truck any day, it’s way more useful and usable to me, but the Raptor did make me a believer. If I was going to purchase a truck, it would definitely, hands down be a Raptor. There is no other truck that really compares to the abilities, features, and the aggressive, yet stylish look of a Raptor, and it’s fun to drive!

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NOVEMBER 11 SHARON FIRE FISH FRY 1274 SHARON COPLEY ROAD Sharon Township Fire Department will have their annual fall fish fry at the Sharon Town Hall (located on the Sharon Circle at Rt. 162 & Rt. 94) Includes fish, fries, coleslaw, applesauce, roll, beverage, and dessert.

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Parting Thoughts

The Buzz On Bees ARTICLE NIKKI RHOADES

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ove of honey is deeply-rooted in us humans.

"Bees

improve

quality

of

Between 8,000 to 10,000 years ago, humans

life. Plants, shrubs, and anything

began to collect and consume honey products.

that flowers needs to be polli-

By 2444 B.C.E., cultures like the Ancient Egyptians

nated, and few plants are wind,

began to perfect the art of beekeeping. Honey is a

rain, or self-pollinated. We would

commodity that has become something of a neces-

not have our beautiful parks, com-

sity, and its history may surprise you.

munity gardens, or small and large

What may also surprise you is that honey bees are

farms without our pollinators. Fall is when

not native to the Western Hemisphere. In fact, the first

honey is harvested, so around this time of year

honey bees were imported into the Colonies circa 1622.

it is available in great quantity. It is great to support

From its importation through the early 1800's, beekeep-

locally grown, but we must remember that that includes

ing seems to have largely been a local trade. Prior to the

honey as a local agricultural commodity.. Plus, some

invention of hives with movable frames, beekeeping was

believe that if you eat honey from local plants and local

a rather destructive process. Bees were often captured

pollen, it increases pollen immunity. Enjoy honey and

in the spring and killed in the fall so that beeswax and

the flavorful possibilities it creates, but also consider the

honey could be harvested. By the late 1800's, though,

importance of pollination that bees provide."

combs of honey could be removed without harming the

Honey bees and native bees (which encompass 4,000

bees, and commercial beekeeping became a financial

native species) pollinate local flowers and agricultural

possibility for hobbyists and local tradesmen.

goods. However, many veggies  on our Thanksgiving

One local beekeeping hobbyist was a man by the

table are New World crops--things Native Americans

name of Amos Ives Root. A.I. Root seemed to be fas-

cultivated and ate--and native bees are essential in the

cinated by a number of different fields, and he made

pollination of certain native plants that are not attractive

an effort to acquaint himself with knowledgeable indi-

to honey bees. Our pollinator population is extremely

viduals in those areas. Thus is how Root became the

valuable, so the maintenance of our existing honeybee

first man to publish an account of the Wright Brothers'

population is of great importance to our ecosystem.

flight, and also how he would come to strike up an

"The projected value of our bee industry doesn't

acquaintance with Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth, the inven-

include the value that pollination provides to our

tor of the modern beehive that keepers still use today.

crops. In Ohio, cucumbers, pumpkins, peppers,

By 1869, Root was making candles out of beeswax, and

peaches, cabbage, tomatoes, and apples need to

thanks to his innovation and influence, bees became a

be pollinated. That's roughly $75-100 million in val-

beloved symbol in Medina.

ued pollination. Corn is an example of a crop that is

"Beekeeping is absolutely a field to be proud of

wind-pollinated, so bees stay away from it. But, as

on Ohio," say Michele Colopy, Program Director of

you can see, these remarkable creatures provide an

Pollinator Strewardship Council.

incredible value to their communities."

Colopy goes on to explain the value of beekeeping

Are bees worthy to be a symbol of Medina pride? As an

in the state. Here, honey production is a $4.5 million

agricultural community and the historic home of A.I. Root,

industry. Our state is home to 10,000 registered bee-

the answer is as resounding yes. While the busy bees seem

keepers, and 191 of them call Medina County home.

to have fled for the winter, there are ways you can help them

In the state, 15,000 honey producing colonies flour-

maintain and grow their existing population.. Special seed

ish, producing 79 lbs of honey each.

blends designed to provide pollinator forage can be planted

Like many locals, Colopy has a deeply rooted

now so that they bloom in the spring and provide a food

passion for beekeeping. "I helped my father harvest

source to our pollinators. For more info on how you can

honey growing up. We didn't have motor oriented

support your local bee population, visit Bit.ly/2z1KNFd. 

extractors, and I had the right hand techniques. So,

I don't know about you, but I'm sure thankful for the

yes, I have a passion for the field, but it also provides

bees that bring beauty to our quaint community and local

tremendous value to the community.

crops to our Thanksgiving tables. Have a great holiday!

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