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Campaign collecting donations for wounded veterans BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA COUNTY Just in time for Memorial Day, Shirley Corlett is once again starting a campaign in Ashtabula County in an effort to supply injured veterans with basic supplies. Last spring, Corlett headed up the effort to encourage Ashtabula County residents to donate personal care items for the hospitalized veterans and 65 boxes of supplies were collected. This past winter, she organized a different sort of campaign for the 600 hospitalized veterans. At the request of the Volunteer Organizing Committee of the VA Center, Corlett organized a campaign to to collect underwear, as federal funding to the VA hospital does not include these basic items. This time around, the campaign is to again collect personal care items for men and women. The collection will be shared between the Cleveland VA Hospital and the Erie Homeless Veterans program. “It is time once again to show our hospitalized and homeless veterans that we care. The spring 2012 campaign was phenomenal and I am sure that Ashtabula County can once again show our veterans our love, respect and thankfulness for the job they did while serving in the U.S. military,” Corlett said. The following items have been requested: women’s hair brushes, hair scrunchies, panty liners and shampoo/ conditioner. For both men and women there is a need for deodorant, body wash, body lotions, denture cleaner tablets, toothbrushes and tooth paste, name-brand disposable razors (such as Gillette) shaving cream and small bottles of hand sanitizer. Also requested are food items such as individual packs of crackers, cookies, popcorn, hard candy and chocolate, juice boxes, small bags of chips and Ho-Ho type desserts. Also requested are large print word search books, pens and craft kits. Corlett said the Veterans Homeless center in Erie has a great need for twin size air mattresses. “These could be purchased, perhaps, by church groups or civic organizations. The person I spoke with stated that they are able to get the homeless veterans inside and out of the cold /snow/rain/heat but they still have to sleep on the floor with blankets. This is unacceptable to me. So, please Ashtabula County, let’s do something about this,” Corlett said. The collection campaign will run from May 1-23. Corlett hopes to once again deliver the items by Memorial Day. The following places have agreed to be collection sites once again: Ducro Funeral Home on Elm Avenue in Ashtabula, The Conneaut Human Resource Center, Northwest Ambulance in Geneva, Country Neighbor in Orwell, The Andover Village Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center, The Jefferson Community Center and Gazette Newspapers in Jefferson. For more information, contact Shirley Corlett at 224-1173.


Membership of the Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus’ Chapter of National Honor Society. Seated from left: Newly inducted National Honor Society members Katie Bogdan, Haylee Catron, David Jacobs, Beatrice Kellerman, Kyle Lake, Harry Medina, Amanda Phillips, Alanna Polkow, Michael Strack and Mariah Walford. In back are second-year NHS members Kristy Anderson, Tiffany Busch, Annesha Willis, Pamela Brown, Kristaly Montalvo, Chapter President Alyssa Rhodes, Keynote Speaker State Representative Dr. John Patterson, Chapter Vice President Brandon Suchala and Bridget Suing. New members Lisa Kalas, Emily Lloyd, Kylie Macky, Marisa Nunley and Haley Weisgarber.

Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus’ Chapter of National Honor Society inducts new members BY JAN PERALA A-Tech JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP - When parents, grandparents, friends, teachers and school administrators paid tribute to Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus’ most accomplished students at a recent formal National Honor Society induction ceremony, the event was as much about looking to the future as accomplishments and accolades earned. Just as A-Tech’s forwardfocused curriculum encourages students to explore career possibilities through unique internship opportunities and inquiry based, laboratory style learning designed to foster critical and creative thinking skills, keynote speaker for the event State Representative Dr. John Patterson offered congratulations to the honorees while simultaneously challenging them to constantly consider “What Next.” “You will soon discover that life has more questions than answers… There are

Newly minted A-Tech National Honor Society member Lisa Kalas celebrates with family and friends at a reception catered by A-Tech Culinary Arts students following the recent formal induction ceremony. Pictured from left are Stanley Smolen, Kalas’ grandfather, her parents Janet and George Kalas, her grandmother Barbara Anderson and classmate Brad Stackhouse. Kalas is a junior in the Power Equipment Technology program. Her home school is Jefferson Area High School. no easy answers to be sure, but your education here [at A-Tech]will prepare you to recognize and ask the very difficult questions,” Dr. Patterson said. “As change

has occurred rapidly in your parents and grandparents lives, so to, will it happen in yours – and your education will help you to adjust, to adapt and to

A-Tech Public Safety Academy senior Michael Strack celebrates his induction into National Honor Society with his grandmother Nancy Rife, who was an NHS member in 1972. In this photo, Strack wears his grandmother’s NHS pin alongside his own. He is the son of Dawn and Eric Strack. bring fresh perspectives to old problems. Though, we, as teachers, cannot give you all of life’s answers, we certainly can offer you some of life’s most difficult ques-

tions and with that, the education you will need to map out your own destinies.”

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Economic Steering Committee celebrates successes BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Ashtabula County Economic Steering Committee is celebrating some recent successes. Fo l l o w i n g a m e e t i n g last Monday, the county’s economic steering committee has begun to enter into a new phase of existence, a rebirth, a metamorphosis and a celebration of goals accomplished, officials announced in a press release. In 2009, county commissioners contracted with Governing Dynamic to develop a unified economic development plan for the Ashtabula County community, officials said. In March of 2010, a strategic planning meeting was held, bringing together more than 200 community leaders to identify the most pressing issues facing

Ashtabula County following the country’s recession, and develop a roadmap of goals designed to set the county’s economic development efforts on the right path. “The goal of the strategic meeting, and the efforts that have come out of that meeting since, is to get everyone’s arrows pointed in the same direction,” said Robert Taylor, one of the founding members of the committee. “Once we are all working together, towards the same goals, we can truly be successful.” In August of 2010, following the presentation of results to commissioners from the strategic meeting, the commissioners formed the Ashtabula County Economic Steering Committee. “Building upon our considerable natural resources, strong agricultural heritage, and tireless

work ethic, Ashtabula County will build a thriving and diverse economy that generates the jobs and resources our citizens require to provide for their families and enjoy a quality of life that is the envy of our region,” the report from Governing Dynamics stated. “We will achieve this through collaboration, innovative thinking, and energetic leadership that unites our citizens, businesses, organizations, and governments, in a common efforts to make our county a preferred destination and a model of economic strength and vitality.” The committee was formed by the commissioners and assigned a list of goals to address, which would ultimately help to fan the flame of economic growth in Ashtabula County. The committee was

asked to help: • Organize an overall economic development team that encourages participation by all sectors of the county economy. • Develop a communication infrastructure that disseminates/provides a way to share information about economic opportunities. • Establish a central image (branding) for the county. Develop an aggressive marketing plan for competitive advantage businesses. • Create (or expand) an IBE (industry-BusinessEducation) Council. • Maintain regulations, taxes, mandates and policies that promote the jobs and businesses of the new economy and promote growth. • Streamline the process to reduce fragmentation to improve customer

service. • Have a centralized source for information on funding sources. • Create one unified web page for the county. Officials said that in the weeks, months and years since its creation in 2010, the Ashtabula County Economic Steering committee has met diligently, sometimes several times a month, to help address the issues deemed most pressing by community leaders. The committee focused on the positive aspects of Ashtabula County: the collaboration, lower property and income tax rates when compared to neighboring counties, the high quality of life, a quality educational system, access to quality of healthcare, and an Ashtabula County workforce that is eager



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The night the stars come out Lakeside Junior High hosts annual Red Carpet Dance SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP - The Lakeside Junior High Red Carpet Dance was held Friday night and students did not disappoint the awaiting “paparazzi.” As parents lined the sidewalk taking pictures of celebrities, sports icons and musicians, DJ Dana Pebbles waited to interview students asking questions such as “Who are you wearing,” “where will you be performing next” and “what was you favorite role?” “The dance is a tradition at the school. It’s the biggest dance of the year. The costumes never disappoint and the creativity never ceases to amaze me. The event takes a great deal of planning and preparation. There were parents at school all day decorating. The building is literally transformed into Hollywood,” said Principal Kathy Reichert. After feasting on a taco bar, pizza and desserts, students take to the dance floor. Throughout the night replica Academy Awards are given to different categories of costumes: Best look-a-like, most creative, most original and best group.

Nikki Kelley and Madalyn Peggs as Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Gianna DeGeorge as Tinker Bell.

Isaiah Williams as Steve Urkel.


Marissa Blizzard and Paige Burke as Laverne and Shirley.

Oscar Narvaez as George Lopez.

The Jabbawockeez Donnie Gaylord, Joey Bernardo, Logan Sullivan, Patton Sidbeck, Nick LeMay, Mark Knox and Sean Montgomery strike a pose. DJ Dana Pebbles interviews Alexis Bryan as Katy Perry and Ashley Platt as Shirley Temple.

For the Record Conneaut Police

Orwell Police

At 12:43 p.m. April 13, a April 14 non-injury traffic accident was 1:27 pm - Criminal misreported on West Main Road chief complaint S Maple Ave near the Conneaut Plaza. April 16 At 1:12 a.m. April 14, a 3:15 am - Criminal misfight was reported at the Days chief complaint N Maple Ave Inn parking lot. 1:16 pm - Breaking and entering report taken on W At 12:53 p.m. April 14, Main St spray-painted messages were located on the former Giant April 17 Eagle building in Gateway 12:22 am - Traffic comPlaza. plaint on S Maple Ave 6:50 pm - Alarm drop on S At 6:25 p.m. April 14, items Maple Ave were reported stolen from a 11:10 pm - OVI arrest on shed on Maple Avenue. E Main St At 8:49 p.m. April 14, a doApril 18 mestic altercation was re8:14 pm - Disorderly conported on East Main Road. duct arrest on E Main St At 7:32 a.m. April 15, April 19 Zachary T. Myers was arrested 12:43 pm - Alarm drop on at his Clark Street residence Chaffee Dr on a warrant through the 8:52 pm - OVI arrest on E Ashtabula County Sheriff ’s Main St Office and transported to a deputy’s custody. April 20 10:24 pm - Unwanted subAt 10:15 a.m. April 15, an ject on First St assault was reported on East Main Road. At 12:22 p.m. April 15, a theft of money was reported at K-Mart Store. At 1:28 p.m. April 15, a shoplifter was reported at Clark’s Mini-Mart. At 4:49 p.m. April 15, a Center Road resident reported money was stolen from her home. At 6:06 p.m. April 15, Dawn Biller was arrested and transported to jail after refusing to comply with officers who went to her Wrights Avenue residence with an emergency custody order from Ashtabula County Juvenile Court to turn over her children to their father. At 7:39 p.m. April 15, an East Main Road used car lot owner reported that a vehicle had been stolen from the business. The vehicle was later returned. At 9:31 p.m. April 15, a vehicle driven by Jeffrey Sprinkle was stopped on West Main Road for speeding. Sprinkle’s passenger, Carri Smock was arrested on an active warrant through the Ashtabula County Sheriff ’s Office and transferred to the custody of sheriff’s deputy. At 10:20 p.m. April 15, a domestic altercation was reported on Whitney Street. At 1:22 a.m. April 16, a domestic altercation was reported on Sherman Street. At 9:04 a.m. April 16, Vladimir Gidenko was arrested on Main Street on a warrant through the Conneaut Muni. Court. He was booked into the jail facility. At 4:39 p.m. April 16, a Grandview Avenue resident reported threats. At 8:23 a.m. April 17, a noninjury traffic accident was reported in the area of West Main Road and Industry Drive. At 1:15 p.m. April 17, an assault was reported on West Main Road. At 7:48 p.m. April 17, a domestic altercation was reported on Sandusky Street. At 8:06 p.m. April 17, an assault between juveniles was reported on West Main Road. At 8:40 p.m. April 17, a Fenton Avenue resident reported a problem with a neighbor’s dog.


Geneva Police Wednesday, April 17 1238 Juveniles reported by the West Liberty bridge with what appeared to be spray cans

Thursday, April 18 1345 Four or five people were reported to be wandering on the tracks between North Broadway and North Eagle 1505 Three parrots were found in an abandoned home on East Union Street 1558 Female resident of Walnut Street reported she was bit by a Pug dog

1907 A female reported her husband wanted to burn things with gas out in the yard 1921 A chimney fire was reported on South River Road, Harpersfield 1938 A female reported her purse and checkbook stolen from Commerce Place 2101 A homeowner on East Union Street reported an individual going through their garbage 2313 Open burn complaint on Austin Road, Geneva Township

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Friday, April 19

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Asht abula Ashtabula County Cour t News Ginelli A. Ernest Ernest pled guilty to having weapons while under disability on March 26. Counts two, three and four were dismissed. He was sentenced to nine months incarceration in prison, to run concurrently with sentences imposed by the Lake County Court of Common Pleas. He has 109 days of jail credit time.

Roy Hansen Hansen pled not guilty to three charges on March 26, including one count of aggravated burglary; one count of grand theft; one count of theft of dangerous drugs; and one count of having weapons while under disability. He has spent 25 days in jail related to the charges. Bond as previously posted in the amount of $75,000, 10-percent deposit, was continued, with the added condition that Hansen is to report to and be supervised by the Ashtabula County Adult Probation Department.

Wesley Stemple Stemple pled not guilty to one count of receiving stolen property on March 22. Bond was set at $10,000, personal recognizance. The case is assigned to Judge Alfred Mackey.

Joshua C. Heath

0644 Male was yelling ob- Status Transported Heath was sentenced on March 20 after pleading guilty to scenities on SR 20 across from 04/17 11:00 Public Assist Standby one count of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a felony of the fourth degree. He was sentenced to Assumption Only 1206 A male juvenile was 04/17 14:06 Burn (Major Injury) two years under intensive supervision of the Probation DeAshtabula Police partment of the Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court. He reported to be smashing things Transported April 17 04/17 17:57 Dizziness Trans- also shall serve 90 days in the county jail and complete the 0039 hours - 5000 block of in his home on Eastwood Ashtabula County Jail Treatment Program. He must pay a ported Madison Avenue. Speeding. A 1855 Two subjects were re- 04/18 10:53 Suicidal/Homicidal fine of $1,350. His driver’s license was suspended for three years, retroactive to June 15, 2012. He is granted credit for man was arrested for DUS, as ported to be taking too long in Transported well as for four misdemean- the bathroom at Hong Kong 04/18 15:05 Eye Problem (Non- 43 days in jail. Traumatic) Transported ors through the Ashtabula Buffet Police Department. 1001 - 400 block of West 54th Street. Theft, other. 1314 - 4000 block of Jefferson Avenue. Non-violent domestic. 1350 - 2000 block of Eagle Drive. Menacing. Caller reports threats. 1422 - 1000 block of West ORWELL – Two Prospect Road. Complaints. Ashtabula county residents 1500 - 400 block of West submitted evidence of a 48th Street. Drug abuse. crime that took place on a 1505 - 5000 block of Adams Farm Bureau member ’s Avenue. Complaints - juve- property in March 2011. The nile. evidence submitted led to a 1524 - 500 block of 46th conviction and those resiStreet. Caller reports a theft. dents were given a $1250 1540 - 2000 block of reward each for their efforts. Saybula Drive. Suspicion. The award was presented 1546 - 1000 block of West by Ohio Farm Bureau Fed4th Street. Telephone emer- eration East Region Supergency - 911 hang up. visor Danielle Dufour, Lieutenant William Niemi, April 18 Ashtabula County Farm Bu0039 hours - 400 block of reau President Nate East 5th Street. Menacing. A L’Amoreaux and Organizareport of threats was received. tion Director Ty Kellogg. The 0157 - 5000 block of Main recipients of the award reAvenue. Caller reports an in- quested to remain anonytoxicated driver. One juvenile mous. was arrested for OVI, another The Ohio Farm Bureau arrested for curfew. Federation’s $2,500 Reward program was estabApril 19 lished to encourage neighSUBMITTED PHOTO 0051 hours - 4000 block of bors to look out for each Pictured, from left, Ohio Farm Bureau Federatio East Regional Supervisor Danielle Dufour, Cleveland Avenue. Petty theft other’s property. The re- Lieutenant William Niemi, Ashtabula County Farm Bureau President Nate L’Amoreaux from building. ward is paid to anyone giv- and Organization Director Ty Kellogg. 0216 - 1000 block of Lake ing information that leads Avenue. Traffic offense. While to the arrest and conviction conviction of persons steal- member’s property or ve- Bureau or the Ohio Farm on patrol, the officer noticed for arson, malicious injury ing a car, truck, tractor or hicle at the time of the of- Bureau Federation, please an erratic driver. A traffic stop to property, burglary or self- propelled equipment fense and the membership of visit the website was initiated and two arrests other felonies committed on even if not on the member’s the property owner must be, call were made. a Farm Bureau members premises. in good standing to qualify the local county Farm Bu1244 - 100 block of West property. The reward will reau Office at 800-410-4613, At least one $2500 Re- for the service. 44th Street. Assault at Con- also be paid for information ward sign or sticker must be For more information on or e-mail at nefarmbu@ venient Food Mart. leading to the arrest and displayed prominently on a the Ashtabula County Farm 1302 - 5000 block of Poplar Avenue. Caller reports a private property hit-skip crash. 1815 - 1000 block of West Prospect Road. Theft, other. 1824 - 1000 block of West Nice weather makes us want to travel. The trees will Special event hours are from noon until 6 p.m. and visi48th Street. Firing/discharg- soon be bloom, the flowers popping and it is finally time for tors may explore the region on any or all of the four days ing. good friends and beautiful wineries tucked into the “Napa along the self-driving tour. 1839 - 3000 block of Lake Valley of Northeast Ohio.” With the maps in hand plus lists of hotel discounts, great Avenue. A report of a theft was What a great opportunity to get rid of ‘cabin fever’ May 3, 4, restaurants and other attractions along the way, the trail received. 10 and 11 (Fridays and Saturdays) and explore sixteen winer- offers the perfect framework for a springtime getaway weekies on the Wines and Vines Trail in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula end – or as a special gift for that special Mom on her ‘Day.’ April 20 counties for the special ‘Wine N Bloom’ weekend event. Participating wineries include: Bene Vino Urban Win0055 hours - Route 20/ Travelers will choose one of the wineries to begin their ery, Biscotti’s Family Winery, Buccia Vineyard, Debonne’ Gerald Road. OSP requests a journey and will pick up wine glasses and a basket to use Vineyards, Deer’s Leap Winery, Emerine Estates, Ferrante K-9 search at Route 20 just as they gather their ‘blooms.’ Then at each of the sixteen, Winery & Ristorante, Grand River Cellars, Laleure Vineeast of Gerald Road. they will receive two wine samples from an array of award yards, Maple Ridge Vineyard, Old Firehouse Winery, Old 1222 - 1000 block of West winning wines, an appetizer and a three-inch potted an- Mill Winery, St. Joseph Vineyard, Tarsitano Winery, The 8th Street. Domestic violence. nual to plant in their gardens or flower beds. Winery at Spring Hill, Virant Family Winery. Caller reports a man and As the plants bloom all summer long, those blossoms Tickets are $50 per couple or $40 for single travelers woman fighting in a vehicle. will serve as a nice reminder of the wine trail and the great and can be purchased by calling 800-227-6972 or online at fun the weekend provided to everyone who traveled it.

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Ashtabula County Weekly Traffic Advisory ***NEW*** Interstate 90 in the city of Conneaut (Until further notice) Beginning on Monday, April 22, South Ridge Rd. under I-90 will be closed through late August for bridge repairs. The detour will be Keefus Rd. to Under Ridge Rd. (Until further notice) • Furnace Rd. under I-90 is closed through late August for bridge repairs. The detour is Under Ridge Rd. to Middle Rd. to Bailey Rd. • Traffic traveling on I-90 eastbound between just east of the Conneaut River to the Pennsylvania State line has been crossed over onto the westbound lanes to create a bi-directional traffic pattern. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times in both directions separated by a barrier wall. This work is part of a $44.6 million project to replace the pavement on I-90 from just east of the Conneaut River Bridge to the Pennsylvania state line. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by late fall 2013. SR 193 in Sheffield and Kingsville Township (Until further notice) SR 193 is closed through mid-May between Sheffield-Monroe Rd. and Gageville-Monroe Rd. for a culvert replacement. The detour is SR 167 to SR 7 to SR 84. This work is part of a $1.2 million project to resurface SR 193 from Sheffield Monroe Rd. to just south of I-90. The project also includes minor bridge repairs and the replacement of the SR 193 bridge over the Ashtabula River. The entire project is scheduled to be complete by October 2013.


Wildfire Dance launches STARZ Team Presentation 7 p.m. April 26 in Conneaut BY MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - Wildfire Dance will present a STARZ presentation for students and parents at 7 p.m. April 26 at the Wildfire Dance Center, 480 State Street, Conneaut, to l a u n c h a n e w “ S TA R Z ” performance and competition team open to girls in second through sixth grades. “For more than 20 years, the junior and senior high members of Wildfire Dance have had the opportunity to dance at a higher level through their Competition Team program. Now, a STARZ team i s b e i ng o r g a n i z e d f or younger girls who love to dance,” said Wildfire Director Mary Murtha. Murtha says the only requirement is dedication and eagerness to excel in dance. No try-outs are required. “


Katherine Joslin (left), of Conneaut, works with Wildfire instructor Clover Robinson at the Wildfire Dance Center in Conneaut. Wildfire is launching a new STARZ performance team for dancers in second through sixth grade. Weekly sessions will take place in Ashtabula, Conneaut and Madison. Parents and students are invited to a STARZ presentation 7 p.m. April 26 at Wildfire Dance, 480 State St., Conneaut.

Interstate 90 in Austinburg, Plymouth and Saybrook Townships (Until further notice) The following lane restrictions and closures are now in place: • State Rd. over I-90 is closed through early October. The detour will be Seven Hills Rd. to Jefferson Rd. to SR 46. • The Western Reserve Greenway Trail is closed under I-90 through late April. The detour is SR 307 to Chapel Rd. to STARZ will hold one Austinburg Rd. weekly practice at • I-90 eastbound and westbound between SR 11 and SR 45 Wi l df i r e’s C onneau t, has various daily lane restrictions for roadway construction. • SR 11 northbound and southbound between SR 46 and Seven Hills Rd. has various daily lane restrictions for roadway construction. This work is part of a $68 million project to replace paveJEFFERSON - Glazier Insurance Agency Inc. in Jefferson ment along I-90 from just west of SR 45 to just east of SR 11. The project also includes modifications to the I-90/SR 11 inter- has been honored with two awards from the Central Insurance Companies: the Blue Streak Circle of Achievement Agency change and repairs to seven bridges along I-90. of the Year award and the Blue Streak Circle of Achievement “Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new Underwriting award. The Agency of the Year award, Blue Streak’s highest honor, jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transporta- recognizes an agency that achieves outstanding results in sevtion (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest eral categories, including underwriting, retention and productransportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical prin- tion. The Underwriting award recognizes the agency which exciples and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 cels in underwriting to obtain outstanding results. Blue Streak is Central’s premier personal insurance probillion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.” For more information contact: Justin Chesnic at (330) 7862209 or email

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2013 Ashtabula County Schools Mentorship Program concludes The 2013 Ashtabula County Schools Mentorship Program, coordinated by Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County and the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center, is pleased to announce the conclusion of the 2013 Mentorship Experience. This past fall juniors and seniors from Ashtabula County’s seven school districts, A-Tech and St. John High School were invited to participate in the mentorship program. Following the application process, students were placed with mentors in a range of careers they are considering following high school. Engineering, healthcare, veterinary medicine, law, science/math, architecture and journalism are just some of the areas of interest requested by the students. Approximately 60 students are expected to complete the program this school year. Each student is required to log 30+ hours with his/her mentor, maintain a journal, prepare an essay and project depicting their experience. Along the way, hands-on experience is recommended (where possible) and dialogue regarding college/career opportunities is encouraged. Thanks to our local support, students are made aware of professional careers available in their own communities. These are an impressive group of young citizens we hope will consider returning to Ashtabula County after pursuing higher education opportunities. All projects will be on display at the Edgewood Senior High School on Thursday, May 2. Parents and school officials are invited to view the projects from 4:30-5 p.m. At 5 p.m, community volunteers will judge the projects of those students competing for mentorship scholarships. This year they will be competing for ten scholarships that range in value from $500 to $2,000.Scholarship providers include Cristal, the Robert S. Morrison Foundation, Ashtabula Dental Associates, and Infinity Resources. Winners will be announced at the schools and to the press on Tuesday, May 7.

Chef Antonio Lunato brings new ideas to dining at The Lodge GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — The Lodge at Geneva-onthe-Lake is pleased to announce the addition of Executive Chef Antonio R Lunato III, who brings his creativity and love for cuisine to one of Ohio’s most popular resorts. “I’m really excited to be here,” said Lunato. “Although I’ve worked at restaurants in different parts of the country, I’m originally from the Eastlake area, so it is nice to be able to work close to my hometown.” Lunato is in the process of developing new menu items, though he plans to keep the most popular items in place. A fan of using locally grown ingredients, Lunato will continue The Lodge’s trend of using certified Ohio beef, Lake Erie walleye, Ohio cheeses and more. He is adding certified Berkshire Ohio Pork to the menu as well. Lunato plans to expand the luncheon offerings of the outdoor kiosk at the pool, which in the past has offered only snack items. He is adding Panini sandwiches and a variety of salads to the kiosk so visitors can enjoy a fresh lunch poolside. Lunato also plans to

take advantage of the extensive buffet area in Horizons Restaurant, which he feels should be utilized more frequently. “Chef Lunato is a great addition to The Lodge,” said Jeannette Petrolia, general manager for The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. “He has some wonderful ideas to bring to Horizons Restaurant and the Terrace Grille, and we are thrilled to have him on board.” Chef Lunato is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh. Following graduation, he worked at Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key, Fla. as a banquet sous chef. He later held positions at both the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point, Calif. and in downtown Cleveland. He then began work at the new SPIRE Institute in Geneva before becoming Chef for Delaware North Companies’ Terrace Club at Progressive Field. Recently, Lunato was designated a Certified Sous Chef by the American Culinary Federation. “I’ve worked in every aspect of the industry throughout the years and have learned how to run a restaurant most effectively,” Lunato said. “I’m really glad to have the opportunity to be at The Lodge.”

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National Honor Society President Alyssa Rhodes, a senior in the Computer Information Systems program, said her A-Tech teachers have constantly encouraged her to think ahead, to explore and to plan for her future career. “Dr. Patterson’s speech was really right to the point because our education at A-Tech is all about ‘what next?’” Rhodes said. Rhodes said she was fortunate to be one of only two Ashtabula County juniors chosen for the highly selective University Hospitals Summer Academy, a paid internship for students interested in exploring careers in health care. “I was interested in learning more about the electronic medical records system,” she said. She will further her education bolstered by significant scholarship dollars at Pittsburgh Technical Institute in the fall. “I’m so glad I decided to attend A-Tech. It has opened so many doors for me,” Rhodes said. The induction ceremony feted 23 students who earned the right to membership in National Honor Society (NHS), the nation’s most venerable recognition society for secondary school students, by personifying the four tenets of the organization: character, scholarship, leadership and service. A-Tech Principal Jon Whipple introduced second year National Honor Society members President Alyssa Rhodes, Vice President Brandon Suchala, Secretary Pamela Bown, Treasurer Bridget Suing, Historian Kristaly Montalvo, Sergeant at Arms Kristy Anderson and Service Project Coordinator Annesha Willis. Current members offered their comments about each of the four pillars of NHS as they conducted the formal induction process for the new members. As the inductees participated in the traditional candle lighting ceremony, A-Tech Instructional Coordinator Brian Kimmel and NHS Advisor Karen Uspenski introduced them as full-fledged members of the organization. Following the ceremony, the newly minted NHS members and their families mingled at a congratulatory reception catered by A-Tech culinary arts students.


‘Murder, Mystery, Whiskey’ a rousing success BY MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers

HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP - If anyone deserved a drink late Sunday afternoon at Red Eagle Distillery, it was Akron-area mystery author Les Roberts. Roberts, whose 29th book is due on the shelves soon, spoke for nearly three hours to three separate groups in a former equipment barnturned-distillery in Harpersfield Township for the “Murder, Mystery and Whiskey” event sponsored by the Ashtabula County public libraries. “I’ve given lots of talks before, but never in a distillery,” he said. “So I’m making the most of it.” Seated at small round tables in front of and a few steps above Roberts, the audience was thrilled to hear not only the condensed version of how Roberts set foot in Cleveland in the 1980s to create an Ohio Lottery game show and fell in love with the area, but that Ashtabula County will be the setting of his next mystery. The announcement was met with rousing applause. “I didn’t know Ashtabula County until just before the first of the year, when the library called, and I drove out,” Roberts said. “I already had a book in mind where the protagonist, Milan [Jacovich], winds up in a small town. I was thinking maybe Wayne or Holmes County, but on April Academy – Grand Valley 10, when I got up at 4 a.m. to Senior Inductees Katie Bogdan - Early High School be in Conneaut by 8 a.m. for Childhood Education – Kylie Mackey - Culinary Pat Williams [“AM Live!”] TV Arts – Conneaut High show, I had said I’d do it only Jefferson High School Haylee Catron - Early School if [Conneaut Public Library Childhood Education- Marissa Nunley - Early Director] Kathy Pape would Childhood Education – drive me around Ashtabula Conneaut High School David Jacobs – Design Jefferson High School County. Bless her heart, she Drafting - Conneaut High Haley Weisgarber – did. She drove and talked all Graphic Commnications – day. So much so that the next School Beatrice Kellerman – Cu- Howland High School Milan Jacovich book will be set linary Arts - Conneaut High in Ashtabula County.” School Second Year A-Tech Some in the 50-member Kyle Lake – Power Equip- NHS Members audience at each of 2, 3 and 4 ment Technology - Jefferson Kristy Anderson – Cosme- p.m. seatings were familiar High School tology – Conneaut High with Roberts’ mysteries featurHarry Medina - Design School ing “rough-and-tumble” priDrafting – Lakeside High Pamela Brown – Graphic vate detective Jacovich and his School Communications – police officer girlfriend. Amanda Phillips – Public Conneaut High School Roberts’ mysteries take Safety Academy - Grand Tiffany Busch – Cosmetol- place in Cleveland, he said, Valley High School ogy – Jefferson High School because his New York agent Alanna Polkow - Health Kristaly Montalvo – Early told him he could write murCare Academy – Geneva Childhood Education – der mysteries as long as they High School Lakeside High School did not take place in New York, Michael Strack - Public Alyssa Rhodes – Com- Chicago, Los Angeles, San Safety Academy - Lakeside puter Information Systems Francisco or Boston. High School – Lakeside High School “‘Now you’ve named the Mariah Walford - Health Brandon Suchala – Com- only places I’ve ever been,’” Care Academy - Conneaut puter Information Systems Roberts told him. High School – Lakeside High School But having worked four Bridget Suing – Computer months in Cleveland on “Cash Information Systems – Explosion” — still airing after Junior Inductees Lisa Kalas – Power Equip- Grand Valley High School 26 years — Roberts decided to ment Technology – Annesha Willis – Health give it a try, especially when Care Technologies – St. his agent said no crime series Jefferson High School Emily Lloyd - Health Care John School had been set in Cleveland in

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30 years. “Until I arrived, the only thing I knew about Cleveland was Jim Brown, Bob Feller, and the river burning,” he said. “And I didn’t bowl.” Never at a loss for words or ideas, Roberts said he has more story ideas in his notebook than he will use in his lifetime. “If I write two books a day until I’m 90, I won’t make a dent in the notebook,” he said. “I see a face, a tree, a building and they wind up in my books.” Roberts writes every day of the year, even Christmas and his birthday. “If I go more than two days without writing, stay away, or I’ll bite you,” he said. “But it’s easy to get up in the morning. I write at home — no traffic, no weather, no boss, no worries, no guff. Every few months, I sell a manuscript and my agent sends me a check. I’m the happiest man.” But Roberts says he is not an introvert. “Because I write by myself, I like to go out each evening because I love people. I love how they relate to one another. Everyone is interesting to me. Good writers write about people, so I warn you! Be careful when you talk to me,” he said. “I go out and I look and I listen. Everything fascinates me. Even the most boring person you know, the one you duck into a doorway to avoid if you see him coming down the street, I find fascinating. The person you find dull could end up in a book.” Roberts told the audience that because he views everything with a writer’s eye, each of them could end up in one of his books, too. “I look for interesting faces,” he said. “Not beautiful. Interesting. Already I’ve seen three interesting faces in this group. I never leave my house without my notebook.” Roberts admitted astonishment at having published 28 books. “I hope to write 28 more,” he said. “As long as I can sit in front of a computer. I can’t imagine not writing.” Roberts said he would choose the late Robert Mitchum to play Jacovich if his books ever made it to the big screen. “That’s the kind of guy I’d look for, one who fills the screen, someone you don’t want to mess with,” he said. But he doubts that will happen, since private detective movies are out of vogue. “The last decent one was ‘Chinatown’ in 1980,” he said. Roberts said he is sold on Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Akron author Les Roberts, who has published nearly 30 murder mysteries, addressed crowds at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Red Eagle Distillery. Here he chats with Conneaut residents as Conneaut Public Library staff member Vickie Barker (forefront) and Director Kathy Pape helped sell copies of his Roberts’ books. “Murder, Mystery and Whiskey” was sponsored by the public libraries of Ashtabula County.


Red Eagle Distillery owner Gene Sigel kept busy at the bar Sunday during three sessions of the Ashtabula County Public Libraries’ “Murder, Mystery and Whiskey” event. because of the people, cultural events, and the fact that it’s a 15-minute drive from Public Square to the country. “”Not the weather,” he said. “The people are terrific. It’s hard to earn smiles but once you do, people want you to come for dinner. You’re best friends forever.” Finally, he put in a plug for public libraries. “I couldn’t have made it through my life without libraries,” he said, pleasing the public library directors from Ashtabula County who put together the first free librarysponsored event of its kind. Henderson Memorial Public Library Director Ed Worso said it will not be the last. Worso had mentioned to Red Eagle Distillery owner

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Red Eagle Distillery, 6202 South River Road, opened for carry-out sales of its bourbon and rye whiskey on April 6. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Gene Sigel last winter that the libraries were looking for a unique event, and the two brainstormed to come up with “Murder, Mystery and Whiskey” event. Everyone came away happy. Roberts sold close to 70 books and Sigel stayed busy at the bar. “We actually opened for weekends last September, but we sold our first bourbon and rye whiskey on April 6,” Sigel said. “It’s really in its infancy because it takes it a long time to age. We sped up the first batch by making it in small barrels.” Also owner of South River Winery next door, Sigel will add outdoor tables to the 1880s barn as soon as the weather breaks. Sigel had described to the event audience architectural details of the barn, built by Daniel Bishop with handhewn beams that were out of character for the time. “The barn was full of leftover construction materials, tools, motorcycle, even a 1975 Cadillac,” Sigel said. A still, from Kentucky, along with a smokehouse, were out behind the barn, The still is now in the basement. “Walk downstairs and look around,” Sigel encouraged his guests, most of whom could not think of a better way to have spent a bright Sunday afternoon in mid-April. “This was a rousing success,” said Pape.

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Winter hibernation is over for A.C.A.E.C.

The grounds is home to two-railroad depots moved there from the town of Andover SUBMITTED PHOTOS several years ago, a 1930-era gas station, an Agricultural Heritage Museum, a general Volunteers have restored several engines, tractors, and other pieces of equipment store, and a one-room school house along with several other display buildings. which will be on display along with items from members. The Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club’s show grounds will awaken from its winter slumber on Saturday, May 11. This is the first event for their 2013 season. The Club was formed 32 years ago and holds several events throughout the summer. Club members open their beautiful grounds at 4026 St. Rt. 322 in Wayne Township, Ohio, on the 11th for members to display projects completed over the past winter and to bring out other items. The Agricultural Heritage Museum and the Railroad Museum both will be open as will their latest project – a one-room school house. The Club will be serving delicious

food so you can come and stay the whole day. In conjunction with the one day show there will also be a two-day Flea Market which will be held both Saturday and Sunday. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there is a small donation asked for admission on Saturday. The Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the purpose of the collection, preservation, restoration, and exhibition of engines, vehicles, machinery, and other items of historical value. The grounds is home to two-railroad depots moved there from the town of Andover several years ago, a 1930-era gas

station, an Agricultural Heritage Museum, a general store, and a one-room school house along with several other display buildings. Volunteers have restored several engines, tractors, and other pieces of equipment which will be on display along with items from members. Hope to see everyone at our Spring Gas-Up Show and we hope you will come back and visit us at our really big show scheduled for July 5th through the 7th which is always a very fun filled weekend for ACAEC and for all of Ashtabula County. For additional information, please visit the Club’s website at

COMMITTEE and willing to work. “The Economic Steering Committee was a unique opportunity to join with a varied cross-section of business and community leaders to review current economic development efforts and augment those efforts with additional energy and focus,” said committee member Ken Johnson. The steering committee worked in conjunction with the commissioners to help facilitate a county permitting process that is now streamlined with reduced fragmentation to improve customer service. The committee also worked with the commissioners as county officials established a Business Service Representative position that was deployed in an effort to communicate with businesses, and to help grow existing businesses within the county. And in the past six months the committee met to help facilitate the beginnings of a countywide brand that would embrace the future growth of all facets within Ashtabula County’s economy. “This committee and its goals were formed with the input of many diverse organizations throughout the county, which represented a significant shift toward county-wide collaboration and is key to our future economic success,” said steering committee chairman Brian Diehl. “We have worked to highlight the strengths of

From page 1B the county, collaborated with county leadership to identify opportunities and initiate improvements, and started the effort to brand and market these strengths to demonstrate that this county is a preferred location to reside and do business.” More than 20 goals were given to the original Ashtabula County Economic Steering Committee, and as of their meeting on Monday, each and every goal had been accomplished or addressed, officials said. With its original goals reached, the commissioners have begun to reshape the committee and its goals. “We have spent a large amount of effort during the first phase of the economic steering committee,” Commissioner Dan Claypool said. “The committee members have done a fantastic job of accomplishing the goals we set before them. I thank them for their dedication and commitment to supporting Ashtabula County’s positive future. As we look back on everything we have accomplished, we can surely say that this committee has had a positive effect on the history of Ashtabula County. So it is with great pleasure that we will begin to take the next step into the next phase of this committee by redefining new goals and tasks to accomplish, and ushering in a new chapter in Ashtabula County’s economic development.” “By working together, we believe that the best inter-


ests of our county economic development efforts will be well served,” said Commissioner Joe Moroski. Commissioners Peggy Carlo said, “This has been a great experience working with the Steering Committee. Its dedicated members have been instrumental in moving projects forward and laying the foundation for the future of our County. We know from experience, if we are all working together toward the same goal- we will be successful!”

Committee Membership List: Brian Diehl – Local Government Rick Miller – Small Business Robert Taylor – Education Ken Johnson – Media Laddie Marous – Agriculture Mark Winchell – Tourism Rachael McCartney – Eastgate Council of Government Randy Bates – Labor Union Bonnie Warren – Service Industry Phil Schmidt – Small Business David Fortney – Real Estate Brian Anderson – Manufacturing Sean Ratican – Ashtabula County Port Authority Dan Claypool – County Commissioner Peggy Carlo – County Commissioner


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had been exactly one year ago the school announced its intention to move to one campus on Depot Road. “What a year it has been. Inspiring is a word I keep hearing. The opening of this new space continues our inspiration and momentum. This is just the beginning,” Carlo said. “The ribbon was actually cut three times in order to honor our past, present and future,” Burke continued. “The first cut was by past cafeteria managers, the second was by our Board of Directors and the third was by elementary students.” View of the new cafeteria space at Saint John School.

Past cafeteria managers and family representatives cut the first ribbon at the dedication ceremony on March 24. Pictured from left are Margo Dille, JoAnn Severino, Rosemary Burr, Frank Nappoli, Jim Carney, Roseanne Jones and SJS President Sr. Maureen Burke.


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Computer Information Systems junior Ryan Davis is A-Tech Student of the Month Ryan Davis, a junior in the Computer Information Systems program, is ATech’s February Student of the Month. Davis was nominated for the honor by English teacher Liisa Hake after he read John Steinbeck’s classic novel Cannery Row aloud to his classmates from cover to cover. “ Ryan gave his class PHOTO BY JAN PERALA FOR A-TECH an enjoyable rendition that made it easy to listen to,” Hake said. Davis, who plans to attend Lakeland Community College to study game design, said he loves to read. “I read everything but I particularly enjoy historical fiction,” he said. “I just thought all of us would enjoy the novel more if I read it aloud.” Davis, whose home school is Jefferson High School, is the son of Amanda Kay Dibble and Jonathan Davis.

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The Lake Shore Artists are holding their annual May art exhibit at the Ashtabula Arts Center on May 3-29. A reception will be held May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. Music will be provided by Mr. Ron Bracale. Please come and enjoy the show. Pictured, front row: Dee Riley, Cindy Richards, Rosemary Bennett, Rose Ellen Czayka and Sue Gendrich; Harry Schwentker, Chuck Cornell, Pat Brunsman, Lucille Brenenstuhl, Doris Jones, Jennifer Brown and Bob King; and back row, Christine Vandervort, Renee Nash, Dawn Wyatt, Eva Barkman, Marie Kowalski, Marta Farmer, Bill Gentile and Ann Pauley.

Next Profiles of Ashtabula County Maternity Suite Tour is April 29 program of season to be held May 1 ASHTABULA – If you are expecting a May baby, visit Ashtabula County Medical Center ’s Maternity Suite. The next free tour is Monday, April 29. There will also be one tour next month, May 13. Tours start at 6 p.m. Please meet in the waiting area next to the outpatient lab, near the entrance to The Ashtabula Clinic. The tours are designed to give parents-to-be a chance to talk about the experience of labor, delivery and postpartum. Parents can learn the steps they’ll take at ACMC from registration to discharge after the baby is born. A talk about pain management will also be included, as well as newborn screenings. A discussion on how to handle the unexpected dur-

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BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - The next session of the 2012-2013 Profiles of Ashtabula County Breakfast Speaker series will be held Wednesday, May 1. The next session will have the topic of: “The Lakehouse Inn and Winery: 13 Years of growth, vision, and success in Geneva-onthe-Lake.” The speaker will be Andrea Bushweiler. Bushweiler will share the story of growth and vision for their thriving family business in Geneva-on-the-Lake. The Lakehouse Inn and Winery began as a scenic bed and breakfast right on Lake Erie, and was honored in 2012 as the winner of the Growth Partnership Best of the County Award’s George

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AGRICULTURAL AGENT COMMENTS by David Marrison OSU Extension Agent Hello, Ashtabula County! As always the Month of April has been a rollercoaster ride. Up, down and all-around. As we continue to ride our weather rollercoaster towards May, I would like to recap the Northern Classic Steer & Heifer Show, share information on an open house at 4H Camp Whitewood and provide details on how you can support 4-H by purchasing some yummy frozen food. I am pleased to report the 16th Annual Northern Classic Steer & Heifer Show held on Saturday, April 20 was a huge success despite

Bailee Mazarro’s steer was selected as the Ashtabula County Champion at the 2013 Northern Classic Steer Show last Saturday at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds. Bailee is the daughter of Tom & Charity Mazzaro of Williamsfield. the chilly weather. We were the champion animals for very pleased to have 47 ex- this event. I would be rehibitors from three states miss if I did not thank the County showing 72 animals at this Ashtabula show. This was an excellent Cattlemen’s Association Diopportunity for our local rectors for all their hard youth to practice their work on this event. It has showmanship skills and to been a great educational learn tips that will help event for our youth during them raise their 4-H and the past 16 years. FFA beef projects. We had Reservations are now beyouth from Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania showing ing taken for Ashtabula County’s 4-H Camp Week at this event. Congratulations to Bai- from June 23-29 for youth lee Mazzaro of ages 8-14 years of age. Our Williamsfield who won the 4-H Staff and 4-H Camp Ashtabula County Steer Counselors are already Class. A special thank you planning for a great week. to Universal Disposal, This year’s theme is “Wild, Countryside Vet Clinic, Wild West.” For those who Country Creek Cattle, wish to attend Ashtabula Country Cowboy Cafe’, County’s week, make sure to Ferguson Show Cattle and Creek Side for sponsoring See MARRISON page 11B

by JOHN PARKER Ashtabula Farm Bureau Agriculture accounts for just eight percent of the carbon emissions in this country, according to a recent report from the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (ERS). This is the lowest of all economic businesses or industries in this country and truly remarkable. ERS says farming is able to capture carbon emissions, especially carbon dioxide, and store it in crops and various forms of biomass as well as different soil types. Through farming practices such as notill cultivation and creating grasslands, farming captured four percent of the carbon emissions in 2010, ERS says. Many area farmers practice no-till cultivation and have been planting trees and managing woodlots for years because they know they are good

nomic practices that will improve their family income. But that is only part of the value of today’s family farms. Contrary to what some people say, almost all the farms in the United States-97.3 percentare family farms owned by the operator or family members related to the operator, ERS reported. Most family farms, like those in our area, are small when measured by both acres and sales of less than $250,000 a year. Those with sales of more than $250,000 a year are considered larger farms by the ERS. Small family farms are important to an area like ours because they are food producers and they contribute to our economy. It is difficult for them, because of their size, to have enough volume of business to provide a decent family income. So many of them have someone working off the farm to supplement their income or they find a way to go into an intensive kind of farming that brings in more income on the limited acres. That is where programs such as the grow local-buy local idea come into the picture. They are a more intensive kind of agriculture by growing higher value crops on the available land. At the same time, they can also require more hand labor or are less able to use mechanization to be more efficient. What is even more interesting is the fact that small family farms make up over 87 per-

according to ERS. But the value of what they produce is only about 15 percent of the total value of production in this country. Larger family farms, on the other hand, make up just over 10 percent of the farms but produce over 70 percent of the value of farm production. This fact illustrates the efficiency of the larger family farms and their ability to use to economics of scale to produce more crops, food and livestock using fewer farm resources to do the job, ERS said. Locally we have a good mix of both the smaller family farms as well as a number of the highly efficient larger farms. One other part of the picture is the food and beverage industry in this country. They employ 1.5 million people, about 15 percent of all manufacturing workers, in about 30,000 food plants across the country. They are the ones who take the raw agriculture products and process them into food for us to eat or into ingredients for other products. This is an essential part of the overall agricultural industry. All this information says that today’s agriculture plays an important part in preserving our environment as well as efficiently producing our food and contributing to our economy. Family farms, large and small, are part of that picture, along with the important food processing industry. (Parker is an independent agricultural writer.)



11AM-NOON REGISTRATION & LUNCH • NOON-3PM AFTERNOON SESSION • 3PM-4PM VENDOR ROOM OPEN As in the past, our conference is geared specifically for the senior citizens of Ashtabula County. This year, our focus is on community resources. Our goal is to inform area professionals, senior citizens and their adult children about the services available in Ashtabula County for our senior population. Listed below are the categories we will be focusing on at the conference:

Outreach Services • Recreation Nutrition • Health – Mental & Physical Transportation • Housing

Please complete the registration form below. The vendor room will be open from 11:00 to 12:00 and 3:00 to 4:00. For more information on how to become a vendor, please call: 440.994.2027. Mail to: 4332 Main Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 – Attention: Senior Conference Fee: No charge (includes lunch 11:00-12:00, choices below) Select Age: ❏ Under 60 ❏ 60-64 ❏ 65-75 ❏ 76-85 ❏ 86+ Name: Phone: Address: Email: Lunch Choices: ❏ Ham & Cheese Sandwich ❏ Turkey & Cheese Sandwich ❏ Egg Salad Sandwich If you require special accommodations, please call us in advance at 440.994.2027

SPECIAL APPRECIATION TO OUR CONFERENCE SPONSORS: Alzheimer’s Association • Ashtabula County Department of Job & Family Services • ACMC Wound Healing Center • Ashtabula County Senior Services Levy Country Club Retirement Campus at Ashtabula • Hospice of the Western Reserve • Iarocci Law Firm LLC • Jefferson Healthcare Center Kent State University at Ashtabula • Saybrook Landing Health and Rehabilitation • Senior Care Network • Tridia Hospice • Villa at the Lake

Registration Forms Are Due By Wednesday, May 1, 2013 Please drop off your registration form at the nearest Senior Center or send to Ashtabula County Department of Job & Family Services, Attention Senior Conference. If you have questions, please call 440.994.2027

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Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events April 25 Saybrook: Free community dinner A free community dinner will be held on Thursday, April 25, from 5-6 p.m. in the Church Social Hall. Come enjoy a free dinner, dessert and drink, served to you by members of Saybrook United Methodist Church, 7900 S. Depot Rd., Saybrook (across from St. John School). All are welcome!

April 28 Sheffield: Pancake Day On April 28, a Pancake Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sheffield Fire Department Hall on Sheffield Monroe Road off 193. All-you-can-eat plain and blueberry pancakes, ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. The event benefits the Sheffield Fire Department.

May 1 Sheffield: Creamed chicken and biscuit dinner St. Andrews Church, located at 3700 St. Rt. 193 in Sheffield, 3.5 miles south of I-90, will hold a

creamed chicken gravy over biscuits dinner with mashed potatoes, green beans, dessert and beverage on 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. Adults, $6; children, 6-10, $4; seniors 60 and over, $5; and children under five, free. Take outs available.

May 4 Saybrook Township: Salad luncheon The annual salad luncheon and Chinese auction will be held at the Saybrook Grange on Depot Road next to the school on May 4. Doors open at noon. Cost is $8.

May 10 Jefferson: Spaghetti and meatballs A spaghetti and meatballs dinner, plus salad, rolls, beverage and cake, will be served from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 10, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 89 E. Satin St., Jefferson. Adults, $6, children 12 and under, $3. Carry outs and baked good available. Proceeds to benefit world, national and lo-

cal needs.

May 13 North Kingsvile: UAW The Retirees’ Chapter of UAW Locals 274 and 1723 will meet for their annual dinner at Waters Catering on Route 20 in North Kingsville on May 13, 2013. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more information and for reservations, call Don Church, Bill Cole, or John Kozel.

May 18 Windsor: Windsor Alumni reunion The 83rd Windsor Alumni Reunion will be held Saturday, May 18, at the Windsor School. 5 p.m. Social Hour; 6 p.m. dinner. Cost is $13 per person, $25 per couple. Family-style Swiss steak dinner, beverage and dessert. If you ever attended Windsor School, you are invited. You did not have to graduate from Windsor or Grand Valley. The reunion is well attended and the food great. Door prizes. Mail reservations no later than May 11 to Robbi Zakowski, sec-

Ashtabula County Genealogical Society met April 17 The April 17, 2013 Ashtabula County Genealogical Society program was held in the meeting room of the Geneva Public Library. The near capacity group of ACGS members and guests began with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag followed by a presentation by Cynthia Turk of the Lake County Genealogical Society. Her topic was “Forensic Genealogy and Finding Your 21st Century Relatives.” The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy defines forensic genealogy as “Genealogical research, analysis, and reporting in cases with legal implications.” A few of the many types of cases include locating heirs to settle an estate, proving or disproving citizenship, and clear titles of property. Turk discussed the many learning opportunities available to all those interested in pursuing this work. There are many websites that are extremely helpful and expedite the process. Google continues to be extremely valuable and includes new and expanded material every day. A tip was given in using Google that was much appreciated by the group; when entering years for Google to search it was stated that the first year, followed by two dots, and then the possible


Cynthia Turk of the Lake County Genealogical Society was the speaker at the Ashtabula County Genealogical Society program. last date allows the search to included in family trees as a contain every year within result. Beginning researchthat range and does not re- ers should be aware that subquire the researcher to go stantiation of internet “facts” back and ask for a separate is necessary. Her presentation was search for each year. Social media—such as Facebook, easy to follow and included MySpace, Twitter, and much helpful information. The next ACGS program YouTube— can also be utilized to find living individu- will be the Annual Tea which als. Distant cousins may is a memorial dedication in have family stories to prove honor of deceased members or disprove ones you have and friends of ACGS. The heard; birth, marriage, and program will be the Geneva death certificates; and even Image choir, directed by pictures of family members. Michelle Mather. It will be The Board of Certified Ge- held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, nealogist “Standards May 19, at the Geneva PubManual” should be consulted lic Library. All ACGS proat the very beginning of re- grams are free and open to search and all work con- the public and they are inducted should follow these vited to attend this very spestandards. This is a rule that cial event. – Submitted by is not often followed and inJudy Wareham correct information is often

MARRISON register early as our 185 spots sell out quickly. We have sold for the past five years and this year’s camp already has 50 paid registrations. For those folks who never have been to Camp Whitewood, I am pleased to announce that camp will be hosting two open houses to allow parents and children to check it out before signing up for camp. The first will be on Saturday, May 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and the second will be on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 to 12:00 noon. This is the perfect opportunity for campers to come see the facilities, meet fellow campers, ask questions, talk with counselors and staff and get really excited for camp. In addition to our camp week, there are also additional 5

weeks of camp directed by other 4-H counties during the summer. More information can be found at: 4hcamp I would like to remind you that the 4-H Committee is conducting their annual frozen food sale. The proceeds from this sale help to fund some of our 4-H activities in the county. There is a whole host of bulk frozen food which can be purchased at discounted prices. You can order, fruits, vegetables, appetizers, samplers, breads, desserts, meats, and potatoes. Orders are being taken until Tuesday, April 30 and pick up will be Tuesday, May 14, from 4 - 6 p.m. at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds. Orders must be paid in full at the time of pick up by cash or check made payable to

From page 10B Ashtabula County 4-H Clubs. More information about this sale can be obtained by calling the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-5769008 or via the web at:http:// 2013-frozen-food-orders To close, I would like to leave you with a quote from Hellen Keller who stated, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched-they must be felt with the heart.” Have a good and safe day! David Marrison is Associate Professor and Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension. Mr. Marrison can be reached at 440-576-9008 or .

retary, 6608 St. Rt. 46, Rome, OH 44085. Checks payable to: Windso Alumni Assoc.

Main Ave., zip 44004.

May 19: Dr. Timothy Kalil to perform

The Jefferson Church of the Nazarene, located at 55 E. Satin St. in Jefferson, will hold a Blessing of the Bikes on Sunday, May 19. Church service begins at 10:45 a.m. There will be a free lunch that follows after the service, followed by a ride to Squires Castle in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. Any questions? Please call Jason Marshall at (440) 969-0129.

An Ensemble of Cleveland Orchestra members with guest pianist Dr. Timothy Kalil of Ashtabula will perform a concert featuring works by deFalla, Granados, Brahms, and Bolling’s “Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio” on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in downtown Ashtabula, OH. The concert is free and open to the public and a free and open ”Meet-theArtists” reception follows the recital. Sponsored by the Fine Arts Concert Committee of the Church. FMI phone 440-992-8100 or visit Address for GPS/MapQuest: 4901

May 19 Jefferson: Blessing of the Bikes

May 23 Austinburg Township: Free community dinner The Austinburg First United Church of Christ, located at 2870 Rt. 307, Austinburg, will hold a free community dinner on 4:306:30 p.m. May 23.

May 31 Geneva-onthe-Lake: Science of Optimism The Ashtabula County Medical Reserve Corp., with a grant from the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), welcomes Kim Langley, M.Ed., conference speaker and skills builder, presenting a life-changing guide on the Science of Optimism - 30-plus years of research on the science of optimism make a compelling case for why we should practice these skills for better physical and mental health. Geard to current volunteers and those considering volunteering and anyone desiring to acquire more optimism and boost their mood. CEU’s will be available, no charge. The event takes place from 1-4:30 p.m. May 31 at the Lodge and Conference Center at GOTL.



Warriors scores 13 in win Eagles edge South


Alyssa Donato plays third base for the Geneva Eagles during a game against South.

Amy Pitcher, of Geneva, pitches during a game against South.

BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

second inning. South would have one runner reach in the third and fourth inning, GENEVA – The Geneva but were unable to score. PHOTOS BY BYRON C. WESSELL Eagles hosted the South Bradshaw went on to pitch My Lynch bats for the Edgewood Warriors during a game Gabriella Patete, of Edgewood, pitches during a game Rebels in a recent PAC soft- another one-two-three inagainst Cardinal Mooney. against Cardinal Mooney. ball game. The Eagles were ning in the third. Sydney on the mound as she pitched able to get on the field for McCaleb singled for BY BYRON C. WESSELL the next two innings without only the fifth time all year Geneva in the fourth inGazette Newspapers giving up a hit. She then as they improved to 4-1 on ning, but Geneva was unworked around a one-out the year and 4-0 in the able to add a run. ASHTABULA – The Pitcher worked around a single to Angela Penza in the PAC. Edgewood Warriors softball Amy Pitcher started on two-out double in the fifth fourth inning. team hosted the Cardinal The Warriors added a run the mound for the Geneva inning by Kim Russ to keep Mooney Cardinals on in the third inning as Sam Eagles, while Jessica the lead at 2-0. The Eagles Wednesday, April 17. The Blashinsky walked and stole Bradshaw pitched for the threatened to add a run in Warriors were able to win the fifth inning as Pitcher second base. Taylor Diemer Rebels. handily thanks in large part and Sarah Depp both Lauren Blasinsky moved Blashinsky over to to a nine-run second inning. reached on bunt singles started the game with a third and Ashten Noce made Gabriella Patete started single for South and was again. Bradshaw was able it 10-0 with an RBI single. on the mound for the The Warriors added three moved over on a grounder to was able to pitch out of Edgewood Warriors and more runs in the fourth in- by Vic Scott. Blasinsky was the inning after a fielder’s worked around a one out ning as Patete reached on an later thrown out trying to choice and a line-out. walk to Tiffany Komara and South was finally able to error and went to second on take third base after a walk a single by Angela Penza. get on the scoreboard in the to Mackenzie Burk to end an overthrow. After a fieldTiffany Komara pitched a ers choice by Mo Lynch the inning. The Eagles sixth inning as Mo one-two-three inning for the Patete the Warriors added a started the second inning Stohlman singled and Tyler Cardinals. run on a passed ball. Kate with back-to-back bunt Schabroni walked. Marissa Patete was able to pitch Crooks came in to bat and singles by Amy Pitcher and Gallo followed with an RBI her own one-two-three inwas hit by a pitch. Mercedes Sarah Depp respectively. single to cut the lead to 2ning in the second inning. Sam Blashinsky plays second base for the Edgewood Burns reached on a walk and Bradshaw looked to pitch 1. Pitcher was able to get The Edgewood Warriors Warriors softball team. both runners were brought out of the inning with a out of the inning without were able to break out in the second inning with nine runs reached on an error and both had the big hit in the inning in an a two-run double by strike out and a fielders any more damage with a to take a commanding 9-0 runners scored on the over- with a bases clearing triple Blashinsky. Blashinsky fin- choice. Sydney McCaleb strikeout. Kylie Hansen picked up then loaded the bases with lead. throw. Mo Lynch followed to up the lead to 6-0. The ished the game with five a walk and the Eagles were a lone single for the Eagles Gia Saturday started the with a bunt single. Julie Warriors kept putting runs runs batted in. Julie Rich came in for re- able to score the first runs in the sixth inning as the inning with a single and Rich then reached on an er- on the board as Taylor stole second base. Courtney ror and the Warriors were Diemer and Gia Saturday lief for the final inning due of the games after Kyle game went into the top of DiDonato drew a walk to able to score their third run hit back-to-back RBI singles. to the mercy rule and she Hansen reached on error. the seventh with the Eagles make it first and third with of the game. Mercedes Burns Saturday also scored on a worked around a bunt single Both Pitcher and Depp up 2-1. Lauren Blasinsky no outs. The Warriors then loaded the bases with a walk passed ball to up the lead to to Nicolete Filo to end the would score to give the picked up her second hit of the game a two-out single game. The Warriors won the Eagles a 2-0 lead. scored the first runs of the as the Warriors still had no 9-0. in the seventh, but the Both Pitcher and game as Gabriella Patete outs. Sam Blashinsky then Patete was dominating contest 13-0. Bradshaw would pitch one- Rebels were unable to tie two-three innings in the the game as they fell 2-1.

Rep. Young Honors Local Wrestling Champs During Ohio House Session State Representative Ron Young (R-Leroy Twp.) today welcomed local athletes from the 61stOhio House District to a session of the Ohio House of Representatives, where they were presented with resolutions and honored before the chamber. Rep. Young presented House resolutions to two local wrestlers for their state championship victories. Anthony Tutolo of Lake Catholic High School took the 126-pound Division II title, while Perry High School heavyweight Billy Miller became his school’s first-ever wrestling champion. Commenting on Tutolo’s championship win, Rep. Young said, “Winning a state championship in wrestling requires great de-


Pictured from left to right: Billy Miller, of Perry, Anthony Tutolo, of Lake Catholic, and Rep. Young. termination, discipline and character. The fact that Anthony was able to bounce back from a loss in the state finals last year to win this

year demonstrates his indomitable spirit. His achievement and success has instilled pride in the whole Lake Catholic and

Lake County community. We will continue to expect great things from Anthony in the years to come.” Rep. Young also complimented Miller’s victory, calling his victory “truly impressive.” “Not only did Billy win the first ever wrestling state championship for the Perry Pirates, he also led the team to their highest ever showing in the state tournament, a 2nd place finish in the team competition,” he said. “I believe the attributes that allowed Billy to rise to the highest level of high school wrestling in the state of Ohio will serve him well throughout his life in whatever career he chooses. Lake County is proud to recognize this great Jamie Verno, of Geneva, plays second base during a achievement.” game against South.



Local Scoreboard Softball Jefferson 6, Champion 6 Riverside 2, Mentor 1 Riverside 10, Mentor 0 Poland 8, Jefferson 6 Jefferson 3, Lakeview 1 Riverside 10, Madison 4 Geneva 8, Chardon 1 North 10, Lakeside 3 Boardman 6, Edgewood 4 Jefferson 8, Lakeview 0 Grand Valley 12, Bloomfield 0 Pymatuning Valley 4, Southington 3 Riverside 10, Lakeside 0 Fitch 5, Jefferson 0 Perry 5, Kenston 1 Conneaut 29, Lincoln West 0 Edgewood 13, Mooney 0 Edgewood 2, Perry 1 Harvey 10, St. John 2 Riverside 12, Mayfield 1 Jefferson 10, Champion 2 Geneva 2, South 1 PV 17, Bloomfield 3 Ledgemont 4, GV 3 Conneaut 10, Boardman 0

Baseball Edgewood 9, Conneaut 1 Jefferson 6, Champion 3 GV 14, Ledgemont 1 PV 10, Bloomfield 0 North 11, Geneva 5 PV 7, Southington 5 Grand Valley 17, Bloomfield 0 Riverside 2, Lakeside 1 Geneva 2, University 1 Jefferson 3, Lakeview 2 South 8, Riverside 6 Lakeview 3, Jefferson 2 Grand Valley 3, Bristol 1 Chardon 2, Geneva 1 North 8, Lakeside 0 Riverside 14, Madison 3 Perry 10, Orange 0 Conneaut 2, Brookfield 0

Lake County Wood bat tournament Westlake 1, Riverside 0

Tennis St. John 4, Euclid 1 McDowell (Pa.) 3, Geneva 2 Canfield 5, Lakeside 0 Perry 4, Edgewood 1 Lakeside 5, Madison 0

Geneva 3, South 2 Conneaut 4, Harvey 1 Lakeside 3, Becksville 2 Jefferson 4, Niles 1 Kenston 3, Geneva 2 St. John 4, North 1 Grand River 3, Edgewood 2 Wickliffe 3, St. John 2 Beachwood 3, Geneva 2 Perry 4, Chardon 1 Harvey 3, Madison 2 Lakeview 3, Jefferson 2 Aurora 4, Perry 1 Geneva 3, Fairview Pa. 2

Boys Track PERRY RELAYS DIVISION A Geneva 100, Riverside 94, Madison 92, Mayfield 87, Warremsville Heights 70, Revere 57, Lakeside 57

PERRY RELAYS DIVISION B Edgewood 127, Jefferson 114, Kirtland 89, Western Reserve 86, Wickliffe 70, Perry 49, Grand Valley 18, Cuyahoga Heights 3 Riverside 74, Lakeside 63 Edgewood 114, Champion 85, PV 37, Conneaut 4 Jefferson 86, Champion 58, Girard 31 PV 132, Badger 64, Mathews 62, Bloomfield 2

Girls Track PERRY RELAYS DIVISION A Geneva 142, Stow-munroe Falls 137 Mayfield 62, Hudson 59, Riverside 52, Madison 50, Revere 39, Lakeside 17 Wickliffe 134, Western Reserve 97, Perry 95, Kirtland 84, Jefferson 52, Edgewood 47, Cuyahoga Heights 23, Grand Valley 13, Warrensville Heights 13 Edgewood 87, Champion 55 Geneva 96.5, Madison 40.5 Girard 111, Jefferson 45, Champion 15 Pymatuning Valley 108, Badger 101, Lordstown 84, Mathews 18, Bloomfield 17

Geneva picks up win BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers C H AR D O N – The Geneva Eagles softball team picked up a recent PAC win over Chardon Hilltoppers. The Eagles won the match-up 8-1 over Chardon to improve to 3-1 on the year and 2-0 in the PAC. The Eagles scored the first run of the game in the top of the third inning to lead 1-0. Geneva added a run in the top of the fourth inning and it would be all the runs they would need. Chardon cut the lead to 21 in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Amy Pitcher, of Geneva, shut down the Hilltoppers offense the rest of the game. Geneva added an insurance run in the fifth inning

Warriors slip past Pirates

before putting the game away with five runs in the sixth inning. Pitcher improved to 3-1 on the year and pitched a complete game, seven-hitter. Pitcher struck out 12 hitters, while only walking one in the win. Steph Hunter took the loss on the mound for Chardon as she too pitched all seven innings. Becky Depp led the Eagles offense with two hits, including a homerun. Kylie Hansen collected three hits for the Eagles, while Taylor Stolz picked up two hits. Alyssa Donato stretched out a triple for the Eagles. Sydney McCaleb and Nicole Grimmett each doubled for Geneva. Stacy Kovacic had the lone extra base hit for Chardon.

Lunar Bowling to benefit Falcons football team Jefferson Lanes and the Jefferson End Zone Club are hosting a lunar bowling night on Saturday, May 18 at Jefferson Lanes. The Lunar Bowling night will take place from 8pm to 11pm and the cost is $20. Prizes will be rewarded throughout the night and proceeds benefit the Jefferson Varsity Football Team.


Perry’s Emily Westfall pitches to Edgewood’s Gabrielle Petite. Perry catcher is Emily Clark. BY ALLAN MONONEN Gazette Newspapers

by Ashten Noce who stepped on third and fired to first for the double play. ASHTABULA TOWN- The next batter grounded SHIP -Resuming the sea- out and the threat was son after a cold week the ended. Perry was retired in orEdgewood Warriors hosted the Perry Pirates in an in- der in the seventh and the dependent softball contest. Warriors had the victory. “That was a big play in In a evenly matched, well played game the War- the top of the sixth, the riors eked out the win, 2-1. double play. If we catch the “The two p itchers ball we can play with anybattled real well, it was a one. I am happy with the good defensive game. kids they worked their Edgewood put themselves tails off,” Edgewood coach in position to win, they Steve Cunha said. Patete, 3-0 was the winmade the plays. We were one hit away from scoring ning pitcher. Emily Westfall, two or three runs. There 2-2 suffered the loss. Edgewood improves to was more positive than negative. It was a great 5-2, Perry is 5-4 2-1 in the Gia Saturday, of Edgewood, scores go-ahead run during game,” Perry Coach Frank CVC. a game against Perry. Rico said. T h e Wa r r i or s s c o r e d first as pitcher Gabriella Patete doubled and courtesy runner Kate Crooks took her base. Mo Lynch sacrificed and a Taylor Diemer double plated Crooks. Perry answered with a walk to Maddie Clark who scored on a double by Susie Metler. Then in the fifth, Gia Saturday singled, followed by another base hit by Courtney DiDonato. Patete singled Saturday home, 3-1. Pitcher Patete was assisted by the play of the game in the Perry sixth. With two Pirates on base, no outs, a hard grounder to third was fielded cleanly Perry’s Emily Clark bats as Mo Lynch catches for Edgewood.

Jefferson bulldogs Lakeview CORTLAND — Faced with their biggest challenge, to date, in terms of the opposition and down a run with but six outs to go on the road, the Jefferson Falcons were up against a wall in an early season All-American Conference test at Lakeview on Monday night. Consider that wall the Falcons were up against knocked down! The never-say-die Falcons rallied to tie the game and take the lead with a two-run sixth, added a run in the top of the seventh and rode the strong right arm of freshman fireballer Alyssa Irons to a 3-1 gutcheck victory over the Bulldogs. The win moves Jefferson to 9-1 overall, 2-1 in the AAC. Lakeview falls to 2-2, 1-1 in the

Irons & Co. make it 9 wins in 10 games AAC. “The girls did what we’ve stressed since Day 1, back on Feb. 25 — never change their approach, their focus, their effort, no matter the score or the environment,” first-year Jefferson coach Don McCormack said. “I give my kids all the credit in the world. “Having been shut out for five innings, down a run on the road with six outs to go against a quality opponent, we didn’t flinch.” In fact, the Falcons’ young eyes (7 of their 9 starters and 8 of the 10 who played are freshmen or sophomores) were wide open. Irons, who was not only the best pitcher on field, she was

also the best hitter, lined the second of her three hits on the night into left-center to lead off the pivotal sixth. Sophomore speedster Jessica Becker was inserted as a courtesy runner. Freshman Sam Hamski reached on an infield single, Becker galloping all the way to third when the throw wasn’t fielded cleanly. That brought sophomore McKenzie Wilber to the plate and Lakeview coach Vicki Lawrence called time to talk to Waid and her entire infield, sending Wilber, Becker and Hamski into a conference with McCormack. In a situation when many suspected a squeeze, Wilber squared around on the first

pitch from Lakeview’s Taylor Waid, but pulled her bat back as Hamski blazed her way to second for her first steal of the season, putting the tying run at third in the diminutive form of Becker and the go-ahead run at second in the form of Hamski. What was the discussion in the conference for the Falcons? “I told McKenzie, ‘Everyone in the ballpark is expecting us to try and squeeze the tying run home and get the goahead runner to third, but we’re not gonna do that. HIT the ball!’” McCormack said. Showing good patience, Wilber worked the count to 31. Then, on the next delivery, “Whack!”

See FALCONS page 14B


Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio to hold talk at Sand Barrens The Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio will hold a talk on 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the North Kingsville Sand Barrens, Ashtabula County. Jim Bissell, Curator of Botany at Cleveland Museum of Natural History, leads this joint trip with NEON as a follow-up to his talk on 30 years of change along the Lake Erie shoreline that was part of the NPSNEO 30th anniversary celebration. Boots and long pants are recommended. Call Diane to register at 216-6911929 (H) or 216-666-4870 (Cell).

Visit plantsocietyofnortheastohio/home.htm for more information. Native Plant Society of Northeast Ohio promotes the conservation of all native plants and native plant communities through habitat protection and other means; encourages public education and appreciation of native plants; supports proper ethics and methods of natural landscaping; encourages surveys and research of native plant species; and promotes cooperation with other programs and organizations concerned with the conservation of natural resources.

State Rep. John Patterson gets digital New Facebook page to provide Statehouse updates COLUMBUS - State Rep. John Patterson announced the creation of an official Facebook page today to more easily interact with constituents, and provide legislative updates on happenings at the Statehouse. “In a more focused effort to keep my constituents up

to date with what is happening in your Statehouse and your state government, today my office started a new Facebook Page,” said Rep. Patterson. “Please check it out and ‘like’ it today.” Rep. Patterson’s Facebook page will provide updates on important state issues, legislation and

Ohio Doctor to speak in Geauga County on health impacts from fracking Dr. Deborah Cowden, MD, will speak on the “Human Health Effects from Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing” on April 26, 2013, at 6:30pm at the Huntsburg Town Hall (16534 State Route 322, Huntsburg, OH). Dr. Cowden is a central Ohio physician and president of the Greene County Medical Society. The presentation will focus on what Dr. Cowden calls the “assault on our air quality” from unconventional oil and gas development. She will present a recent scientific study in which air near gas wells was measured and found to contain more than 50 chemicals, including benzene, xylene, ethylbenzene, and toluene. These volatile organic compounds are

known to have negative effects on human health; benzene in particular known to cause cancer in humans. Under 2012 Ohio law, physicians and first responders cannot quickly obtain the identity of the chemicals used in fracking that workers, neighbors, or first responders may be exposed to, because the chemicals used do not have to be disclosed until 60 days after drilling and fracking are completed. This particularly puts first responders at risk, because fires containing benzene or xylene must be fought from upwind. According to Dr. Cowden, last week the Ohio State Medical Association “overwhelmingly passed a resolution asking

events- both in Columbus and throughout the 99th Ohio House District. The site will also serve as a resource to constituents who are in need of timely help or assistance from the state. Join Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland You can access the new site at https://www.facebook. for the Swim for Diabetes Kick-off event at c o m / S t a t e R e p J o h n SPIRE Institute in Geneva on Friday, April 26, from 6– 9 p.m. Enjoy diet root beer Patterson. floats, and pool games for the kids followed by a Float-In Movie featuring Disney’s “Finding Nemo.” Bring your own floatation device and relax and float in the water, swim laps or stay dry on the pool deck or from the auditorium seats. Concessions for purchase will be open throughout the evening. The Swim for Diabetes will continue at SPIRE on Saturday, April 27 from 12pm – 4pm.

Finding Nemo is coming to SPIRE Institute to Kick-off Swim for Diabetes!

Business & Marketing Management

“The Business & Marketing Management program at A-Tech has given me the advantage to earn an income and obtain a business education.” ~Business & Marketing Management student, Cassandra Knapp

This senior only program prepares students for college course work. Students attend classes on specific days of the week while completing internships. See your school counselor or call Mrs. Amanda Schumann at 440-576-6015, Ext. 1115, and schedule your visit to the A-Tech Business & Marketing Management Program.

1565 State Route 167, Jefferson, Ohio 44047 . 440-576-6015 . The Ashtabula County Technical & Career Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disabilities, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

the legislature to pass laws giving doctors and first responders the exact identity of all the chemicals located on a hydraulic fracturing pad.” This event is free and open to the public. It is presented by Frack Free Geauga, with the sponsorship of Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake Counties Farmers Union, Lake Effect chapter of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, Faith Communities Together for Frac Awareness, Concerned Citizens of Portage County, Frack Free Lake County, NEOGAP, and Ashtabula County Water Watch. For more information, contact Jessica Schaner at FrackFreeGeauga@gmail .com or 440-749-4655.

The Swim for Diabetes is the major fundraiser for the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland who is here as your partner in managing diabetes throughout your life. Services include diabetes education and support programs and Camp Ho Mita Koda for children with diabetes. Every dollar raised from the Swim for Diabetes stays right here in Northeast Ohio so that those affected by diabetes receive the support they need from Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland to live well with the disease. Visit for more information or call 216-591-0800.

FALCONS Wilber sent a screamer to the right of the second baseman, who had no chance, as both Becker and Hamski scored to give Jefferson its first lead at 2-1. “McKenzie came through in the clutch, big-time,” McCormack said. “And it all started with Alyssa, who is really locked in, right now, then Jessica running for her and Sam finding a way to scratch out a hit and get JB to third in what most thought was a sacrifice situation. “That’s how a good team puts a quality inning together, piece by piece.” The Falcons played add-on in the top of the seventh when with Deanna Comp at second and none out, Bailey Beckwith laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt — Jefferson’s fourth successful sacrifice bunt of the contest — moving Comp to third with one out. After a comebacker resulted in the second out, with Comp having to hold, up strode Irons. Already with two hits — two bullets, in fact — many expected Irons would be pitched around, if not intentionally walked, with two outs and two bases empty. “They could have walked Alyssa, but Sammy had two hits batting behind Alyssa, so it’s pick your poison,” McCormack said. “I didn’t think they’d walk Alyssa and Sam to load the bases, especially with McKenzie following Sam and having hit that rope in the sixth.” Irons came through — again — getting on top of a 1-1 riseball from Waid and belting it into left-center, scoring Comp and giving Jefferson a 3-1 lead. “The way Alyssa was humming on the mound and the

From page 13B way we were playing defense, I getting that third run was just huge,” McCormack said. “At that point, I felt we were in a very, very good place.” Irons, who retired the final 10 Lakeview batters of the contest, concentrated on throwing strikes and trusting her defense in the seventh, retiring the side on a foul popout to Beckwith at first, a groundout to Comp at short and a comebacker and the deed was done. “Alyssa was in complete control, right out of the gate,” McCormack said. “She was in command, but she was relaxed. She had all her pitches working, she wasn’t just out there trying to throw gas by everyone, and she trusted her defense behind her. “The fact she also had three hits, well, that’s icing on our cake.” Irons (3-0) threw the complete-game 1-hitter, striking out 8 and walking 3. Two of her 3 walks were to Alyssa Nicholas, Lakeview’s stellar senior catcher, a University of Akron signee. Irons, who threw 104 pitches, 76 (73.1 percent) for strikes, fanned Nicholas in her final at-bat to begin the home half of the sixth, the Bulldogs’ first batter after the Falcons scored twice in the top of the frame to take the lead. Waid (2-1) took the tough loss on the mound for Lakeview, working 7 innings, allowing 9 hits, 3 runs, striking out 5 and walking 2. She threw 84 pitches, 61 (72.6 percent) for strikes. Hannah Petrovsky’s hard-hit RBI single past first in the bottom of the fourth accounted for Lakeview’s only hit of the ballgame. The Bulldogs’ rally in that inning was short-circuited on

a terrific play by Kaycee Fusco, the Falcons’ freshman third baseman. With runners on second and third with one out and the infield drawn in, Fusco fielded a hard-hit grounder off the bat of Lauren Casassa, looked the runner back then turned to fire to first...only she didn’t. Instead, she pump faked, catching the runner offguard, then threw a seed to catcher Ariann Barile to nail the runner at the plate. “The Fusco Fake!” McCormack said. “What a heads-up play, there, by Kaycee. That play saved us a run, right there. It was our defensive play of the game.” The win gives Jefferson 9 wins in its first 10 games, along with a 2-1 record in the AAC. The Falcons will host the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-1) in a rematch tonight at the storied JAGS Complex tonight at 5. “This is just a terrific way for us to begin our most challenging week of our regular season,” McCormack said. “We have 7 games in 6 days this week, all against terrific competition and only 1 is at home,” McCormack said. “I’m so proud of the girls. The AAC is going to be a real dogfight, without question. Before the season, no one was even thinking about us in terms of being part of that dogfight and, in full disclosure, I wasn’t sure where we fit.” And now, after 10 games, has his opinion changed? “Yes, it has,” the firstyear coach said. “I feel we can at least play with anyone in our league. If we play to our capabilities and respect and play the game the right way, we will live with the results.” Information submitted by Coach McCormack.


Hundreds of U.S. flags will fly at the 4th Annual North Kingsville Field of Honor Display The entire community is invited to share in this moving experience NORTH KINGSVILLE — Nothing breeds success like success, and last year’s Field of Honor® flag display in North Kingsville predicts an amazing event for 2013. Actually on its fourth successful year, the Field of Honor® flag displays has become an anticipated local tradition. Sponsored by individuals and businesses in honor and memory of military veterans and first responders, Hundreds of 3x5 American flags are posted by the North Kingsville volunteer organizing committee that turns vision into reality. Field of Honor® and Healing Field® events are

scheduled this year in dozens of communities around the country, originated to commemorate the terrorist attacks of 2001 which changed America and the world. The Healing Field® display brings the immensity of loss into dramatic focus while creating a positive and healing experience of remembrance, learning, optimism, and inspiration. Funds raised benefit local veterans’ programs. Other patriotic projects sponsored by Greenlawn and Ducro Funeral Services include the annual Echo Taps Worldwide and Veteran’s Day services as well as Cell Phones for Soldiers, Operation Valentine, and Sweaters for Veterans. Join our community as the Fourth Annual Field of Honor® rises in row upon row of flags at Greenlawn Memory Gardens. Every individual and business that sponsors a flag or volunteers to assemble and post them can make a difference. To learn how to help, email Jennifer Blanchette at or visit the Healing Field Website at the link: http:// w w w. h e a l i n g f i e l d . o r g /

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