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Claypool, Graham face off in Ashtabula County commissioner race

Daniel Claypool BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Voters will have to decide whether they want Democrat incumbent Daniel Claypool or Republican challenger Steve Graham to represent them as Ashtabula County commissioner on Election Day, Nov. 6. Claypool is a lifelong resident of Ashtabula County who was raised in Geneva and graduated from Geneva High School. “I began my public career in Ashtabula County as a deputy sheriff, achieving the rank of captain. While working for the Sheriff ’s Office I spearheaded the effort to build the Enhanced 911 system in Ashtabula County. That experience taught me how important it is to work together for the wellbeing of Ashtabula County residents,” Claypool said. Claypool lives in Lenox Township with his wife, Sandra, of 34 years. They have two children, Nicholas and Sarah. He is a member of the Jefferson Rotary, having served as president, and a member of Elks Lodge #208 and the Tuscan Lodge #342. “I started my political career as a Lenox Township trustee (spending nine years as chairman) from 1996 until my appointment as a county commissioner, and earning the title of Ashtabula County Trustee of the Year for 2006. I served as president of the Ashtabula County Township Trustee Association for two terms and was chairman of the Board of Directors of the South Central Ambulance District. While Chairman we were able to build the current headquarters where South Central is now housed,” Claypool said. For a glimpse into his background, Graham said he was raised in a working-class home by his father, a volunteer firefighter and security guard, and his mother, the elementary school lunch lady. “I graduated from Jefferson Area High School in 1983 before attending Kent State University for a bachelor’s degree in accounting. I served eight years in the Ohio Army National Guard as a staff non-commissioned officer. I became a police officer after leaving college and retired as a chief of police,” Graham said. Graham has owned an accounting firm for over 25 years. He currently lives in Jefferson Township with his wife Heather and their three children. As an accountant,

Steve Graham he is licensed by the United States Treasury Department as an Enrolled Agent (EA) to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and a Forensic Accountant with over twenty-five years of experience in litigating financial disputes. He also serves on a Board of Directors, is the founder and executive director of Graham Mountain Foundation, a charity conserving areas in the Appalachian Region, and as a church trustee for the Jefferson United Methodist Church. He is currently the chairman of the insurance committee and sits on the parsonage and Spider-Web committees. He also is one of the Scout leaders of Jefferson Pack 41. Graham’s former job experience includes serving as the full-time police chief for Timberlake, Ohio, until retirement in 2002. During his tenure, he served on the FBI Terrorism Task Force and trained with the Secret Service, FAA, and the Ohio Attorney General’s office. He attended initial police school and certification at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus, Ohio. He also served on protection details for the royal families of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) during their visits to the United States and worked on the detail who protected the current prime minister of United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed during his stay in Cleveland, Ohio. Graham also served in the Ohio Army National Guard for eight years as a staff non-commissioned officer in the 107th Armored Calvary Regiment. He performed basic and armor training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He also served as the president of the largest police union in Lake County, Ohio and served on the board of directors for the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (OPBA). He was a delegate for the Lake County AFL-CIO sitting on their political action committee (PAC) which vetted candidates for political office. Both Claypool and Graham have their reasons for running for commissioner, or running for re-election, in Claypool’s case. “I care deeply about Ashtabula County residents, their families and communities. I have the experience, character and vision to move Ashtabula County forward,” Claypool said.

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Ashtabula County Drug Forum BY WENDY GRUSKIEWICZ Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - A public drug forum initiated by Coroner Pam Lancaster, DO, was recently held at Hickory Grove Golf Club in Jefferson. The forum was billed as the first to present facts about the illegal drug problem and its effects on the Ashtabula County Community. The forum was open to law enforcement personnel, city and township administrators, mayors, school district superintendents and the general public. About 50 people in attendance listened to presentations from Attorney David Schroeder, Republican candidate for Ashtabula County Prosecutor, Randy Gentry, Republican candidate for Sheriff, former coroner Robert Malinowski, DO, addiction specialist Wayne Kawalek, MD and Bruce Piszel, MD. Schroeder, who is currently employed as law director for the City of Conneaut, said he hoped for a larger turnout but suggested the forum was just the start of bringing awareness to the public of the growing illegal drug problem in Ashtabula County. Schroeder began the discussion by giving definitions of the terms drug addiction, drug abuse and drug diversion. Schroeder said illegal methamphetamine labs were actually somewhat down the ladder compared to the increase in use and abuse of prescriptions drugs for recreational purposes. Schroeder said the drug problem in Ashtabula County is two fold, suggesting that the actual drug problem is over-shadowed by the perception from outsiders that Ashtabula County is a haven for illegal drug activity. Schroeder said action needs to be taken to change the poor perception of Ashtabula County, including a proactive drug task force, enhanced electronic monitoring of pseudoephedrine purchases and stepped up enforcement measures. “The biggest law enforcement problem in this county


Coroner Pam Lancaster, DO, speaks during the recent Ashtabula County Drug forum held at Hickory Grove Golf Club. Seated from left are speakers Robert Malinowski, DO, Andover Village Police Chief Randy Gentry and Attorney David Schroeder. is the lack of jail space,” said Schroeder. “It’s a matter of money, it always is in Ashtabula County.” Schroeder also said, “I think we need to put people in jail and teach them a lesson.” Ashtabula County Prosecutor Thomas Sartini did not attend the forum but later said he was “very, very proud of the Ashtabula County drug court.” The special court, led primarily by Judge Alfred Mackey, meets each Tuesday morning and gives some first time drug offenders an opportunity to complete a 12-18 month treatment program. Sartini said these first-time offenders are given the tools to overcome their addiction and become productive members of society. Sartini said successful

completion of the program results in a case dismissal, leaving no felony record that could impact future employment opportunities. Sartini said he believes the program is a much better alternative to incarcerating first-time offenders for a week or more with other convicted felons. Sartini also said Ohio law prohibits sentencing felony 4 and felony 5 offenders to prison. “There isn’t a county in the United States that doesn’t have a drug problem, Ashtabula County is not unique,” Sartini said. Sartini said meth labs don’t get reported unless they get caught. “Meth cookers are not sitting around filling out surveys, Sartini said. “Our meth lab statistics are high because we catch and pros-

Attorney David Schroeder, a candidate for Ashtabula County Prosecutor, speaks to a crowd of about 50 during the recent Ashtabula County Drug Forum.

ecute them,” said Sartini. Andover Police Chief Randy Gentry said, “Our purpose here tonight is to raise awareness of the opiate epidemic.” Gentry screened a short film that highlighted the drug addiction problem with individuals who believed they were trying a drug “just one time.” Gentry said the drug problem in Ashtabula County was truly immeasurable because drug addiction problems often are contributing factors to burglaries, assaults and domestic abuse. Gentry said drug cases take a lot of time to investigate and that “pill seekers” who are cut off by their doctors often seek alternative and cheaper sources, such as heroin.

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Addiction specialist Wayne Kawalek, MD, tells those attending the Ashtabula County Drug Forum that more people in Ohio die from accidental drug over doses than die from car accidents.

Gentry challenges Johnson in sheriff race BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Voters will have the choice between two candidates for sheriff for the first time in years. Incumbent Ashtabula County Sheriff William Johnson, a Democrat, is being challenged by Andover Police Chief Randy Gentry, running under the Republican ticket. For some background of the candidates, Johnson is a lifelong resident of Ashtabula County. He resides in Ashtabula Township with his wife of 39 years, Connie (Jewell), and has two daughters, Nicole St. Angelo, 27, and Kelsey Johnson, age 22. Both Kelsey and Nicole are graduates of Kent State University with B.A. degrees in criminal justice. His parents are the late Melvin W.

Sheriff William Johnson

Chief Randy Gentry

and Rose (Tulino) Johnson. “I graduated from St. John’s High School in 1968 and attended Kent State University for three years, majoring in physical education and minoring in psychology. I became a dispatcher for the Ashtabula County Sheriff ’s Department in 1968 to 1970. I was

an Evacuation Medical Sergeant with the Ohio National Guard from 1970 to 1976, and I graduated from non-commissioned officer school in 1973,” Johnson said. Johnson graduated from the Ashtabula County Basic Police Academy in 1983 and was a full-time deputy sher-

iff from 1983 until his election as sheriff in 1993. “During my tenure as a deputy sheriff, I was assigned to the Road Patrol Division, and I was president of the Deputies Bargaining Unit (F.O.P.) for seven years. Additionally, I owned and operated my own business, River Marine, located in Ashtabula Harbor for twenty years,” Johnson said. Gentry also is a life-long resident of Ashtabula County, born and raised in Orwell. He attended and graduated from the Grand Valley School System. “I was a member of the Orwell Fire Department and held the rank of Captain. I was an Emergency Medical Technician and worked for the South Central Ambu-

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Coast Guard gives advice for incoming Hurricane Sandy BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - This week, Hurricane Sandy is suspected to bring in heavy rainfall, gusty winds and dangerous surf that will impact the eastern Great Lakes area. The Coast Guard is now giving advice to boaters on how to prepare for the storm as it is carefully monitoring the hurricane’s progress. The Coast Guard tells boaters to stay informed. “The public should monitor the progress and strength of Hurricane Sandy through local television, radio and internet,” the Coast Guard officials said. Boaters can get by the hour updates on the National Weather Services’ website at, “Boaters can monitor the storm’s progress on VHF-FM marine radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained through small craft advisories and warnings on channel 16,” the Coast Guard officials said. The Coast Guard also is telling mariners to secure their vessel in preparation of the oncoming weather. “Boat owners are urged to move their vessel to a protected mooring or haul-out location well in advance of

the storm,” Coast Guard officials stated. “Mariners are reminded that drawbridges along the coast may deviate from normal operating procedures prior to a storm.” The Coast Guard suggests taking all vessels out of the water but understand some may have to remain in the lake. “It’s important that, if you cannot remove your vessel from the area or get it out of the water, you take the necessary precautions to secure additional mooring lines and put out additional anchors. But if it’s too late to more or secure your vessel, leave it as it is,” Captain Andrew Sugimoto, chief of the 9th Coast Guard District Incident Management Branch said. “Don’t risk your safety.” Coast Guard officials advice all owners to stay off their vessels and to strip your boat of any loose items. “Your boat should be stripped of anything that can become loose during the storm,” officials said. “These items include life jackets, life rings and canopies. This also includes removing the mast in sailboats. Boat documents, radios and other valuables should be removed prior to the storm.” All hazardous materials are to be moved from the boat and officials say if any spill is to occur, the boat

owner is held responsible. Whether you are a boat owner or not, everyone should stay off the beaches. “Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by Hurricane Sandy,” officials said. “Surfers and paddle sport enthusiasts are urged to stay clear of beaches and other waterways until local officials say the water is safe.” Area residents are to stay up-to-date and listen to mandatory evacuations if directed by state or local officials. “Staying off of the water and moving your vessel out of harm’s way are the best defenses when a storm is approaching,” Sugimoto said. The Coast Guard recommends not going back out onto the water until authorities declare it safe to do so. For information on how to prepare your boat or trailer for a hurricane, please view the following site news/stormcenter/. For information on Hurricane Sandy’s progress and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center ’s web page at Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s site for tips to prepare, plan and stay informed at

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Peggy Carlo

Your County Commissioner Since 2008


Lakeshore Quilters raffling off Quilt to benefit HMPL

BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

JEFFERSON - Members of the Lakeshore Quilters are hoping to raise some funds for the Henderson Memorial Public Library. The group is holding a raffle of a seasonal quilt to benefit the library. This quilt is a queen sized piece (90 inches by 90 inches), with a holiday theme and color palate, Beth Baker said. “The Lakeshore Quilters are a group that was formed in the 1980s and they have been making quilts and making charitable donations to the Henderson Library for over 30 years,” Baker said. Members of the group range in age from the 40s through the 80s. The quilters are from Ashtabula, Geneva, Roaming Shores, Austinburg and Jefferson. The Winterberry Lane style quilt is on display at Henderson Memorial Public Library and those interested in joining the raffle can make a donation for a ticket for the price of $1 per ticket or six for $5. Tickets are available at Henderson Memorial Public Library, at Forever Quilting in Jefferson or from members of Lakeshore Quilters. The drawing for the SUBMITTED PHOTO Lakeshore Quilters are holding a raffle of a seasonal quilt to winning ticket will be held on Nov. 30. benefit Henderson Memorial Public Library


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Ashtabula County Prosecutor

“A Career Prosecutor NOT A Career Politician” Better Qualified ★ More Experienced ★ Harder Working

Committed to making a difference in Ashtabula County. • 25 years in health care management • Ashtabula County Commissioner since 2008 • Saybrook Township Trustee 16 years I am seeking your continued support and endorsement. I am committed to making Ashtabula County a community where people want to live, work and raise their children.

I will continue to listen to the concerns of the community to: • Secure and retain jobs • A smaller, efficient government • Improve the quality of life for every family • Work together with the cities, villages, townships and the county

“Hello everybody, I’m Steve LaTourette. Before going to Congress I was Prosecuting Attorney in next door Lake County and I know more than a little about what it takes to be a good prosecutor. That’s why I’m endorsing David A. Schroeder to be the next prosecuting attorney in Ashtabula County. Dave has a solid plan on how to deal with the rising crime problems that are occurring in Ashtabula County. I invite you to go to his website, SCHROEDER2012.COM to see how he will deal with this problem.” Paid for by the Committee to Elect David Schroeder: John Kusar Treasurer, 745 Forman Rd., Austinburg, OH 44010

Paid for by the CTE Peggy Carlo Commissioner, Jeannie English, Treasurer, 7122 North Depot Rd., Saybrook, Ohio 44004.

County News


ACHS officials hear developer plans near historic Giddings Law Office parcel BY DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Ashtabula County Historical Society trustees heard plans at their Oct. 26 annual dinner meeting for developing a restaurant chain business at the corner of North Chestnut and Walnut Street in the village. The property adjacent to the historic Joshua Giddings Law Office is being bought by Cedarwood Development Inc., an Akron-based site acquisition firm. CDI vice president Denis A. Ross spoke with about 30 ACHS members and trustees detailing plans for developing the corner parcel and how they can partner with the historical society without relocating the Giddings Law Office historic building. Ross said his firm, in business for 44 years, buys properties around the country in many states for large retail or restaurant developments. “We do a lot of work with [locating] big box stores and restaurants. I can say we are working with a large (national) restaurant client to build on that site,” Ross told the group. While not naming the client, Ross did hint that you can get “happy meals” there. It was pretty much obvious that a McDonald’s Restaurant could be coming to Jefferson. Ross and firm architect Ron Dinardo brought some sketches showing how the restaurant could be laid out on the corner parcel without

Covered Bridge Festival announces contest winners JEFFERSON - Winners in the different competitions held during the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival have been announced. They are listed below. Teen Idol 1st Place – Anna Minick – Geneva, Ohio 2nd Place – Breonna Owens – Austinburg, Ohio 3rd Place – Samantha Allega – Jefferson, Ohio


Ashtabula County Historical Society president, Cher Shepard addresses members during the Oct. 26 annual meeting relating to the development of property adjacent to the Giddings Law Office site in Jefferson Village.

Shepard said the society’s concern is protecting the Giddings Law Office site for its historic value to not only the village and county, but for future generations. Joshua Giddings Law Office is on the original site where the Civil War era lawyer conducted business and was a leader in the Abolition Movement. Shepard squashed rumors currently circulating in the Jefferson community that the historic building was being relocated at this time. She said the ACHS trustees will now work jointly with Cedarwood Development Inc. officials as their plans move along with the firm’s prospective restaurant client. The sketches CDI showed to the group were only tentative, Rossi said. ACHS will also use in an advisory role two local attorneys in negotiations with Cedarwood Development Inc. officials as they conclude negotiations for the client. ACHS trustees will hold a special meeting sometime in 2013, Shepard said after the joint discussions with Cedarwood Development Inc. plans are completed. Any options considered for the historic site will then be discussed and brought to the ACHS members, she said. Questions regarding the Denis Rossi, vice president of Cedarwood Development Inc., an Akron based firm, progress of the joint talks spoke with members of the Ashtabula County Historical Society on Oct. 26 on plans to can be directed to Shepard develop land parcel at the corner of N. Chestnut and Walnut Streets in Jefferson. The or Julie Miller, ACHS treasurer. parcel is eyed for a national restaurant client of CDI. affecting the historic site next door. The site for development was formerly a gas station back in the 1970s, a butcher shop and other retail uses. The parcel is to the north of the Giddings Law Office and has been baren for several decades. ACHS president Cher Shephard and trustees were given approval to negotiate with Cedarwood Development Inc. officials as to any partnering to enhance the historic building owned and maintained by the society. Rossi said his firm has not sealed any deal yet with the prospective client, but it’s 90 percent close. Asked if he had touched

base with Jefferson Village officials, Rossi replied, “That’s our next step. We wanted to discuss with your society trustees on our plans for the site. We want to be good neighbors and will work with you on several options.” “We buy the property, then our clients whoever they may be will own the building. It makes more sense to do something (constructive) together with you folks as adjoining property owners. This retailer we are dealing with has looked at this town for years. I can assure you we will work with you folks regarding the historic value of the law office,” Rossi said.

HMPL celebrates 40th anniversary Rededication ceremony to be held Nov. 5 BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Henderson Memorial Public Library in Jefferson has been celebrating its 40th anniversary this week, with the activities concluding on Monday, Nov. 5, with a rededication ceremony. The whole library has been updated to become more efficient - both with its energy use and its general usage by patrons and staff. “This renovation is funded with money bequeathed to the library by a former patron, John Buza. Upon his passing, the library received money from his estate and has chosen to follow Mr. Buza’s interest and make renovations with the emphasis on technol-

ogy,” Henderson Memorial Public Library Director Ed Worso has said. With the renovations now complete, the library has been holding a 40th Anniversary Rededication celebration from Oct. 29 through Monday, Nov. 5. During this week, any patron checking out material will be given a ticket to enter into a drawing for a variety of prizes. First prize is a Kindle Fire HD. There is a limit of one ticket per library card. A portion of the money from Buza was used to create a new computer area, to build a family restroom, add state-of-the-art technology to the Community Room and provide a muchneeded facelift in the form of carpet, paint and flooring, Worso said.

On Monday, Nov. 5, rededication ceremonies will be held. “The public is invited to visit the library and see the changes that have taken place,” Worso said. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony will occur at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. There will be a program to recognize significant community members. Refreshments will be available. The prize drawing will be held at 7:30 p.m. the same day. Winners need not be present to win. Smolen Engineering of Jefferson has served as the architect for the project and Jim Martin Construction of Painesville has been the contractor. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

Mini Bridge Contest Grand Prize Winner – Edward R. Keesler with Netcher Road Bridge 2nd Place Winner – Edward R. Keesler with Harpersfield Bridge 3rd Place Winner – Edward R. Keesler with Doyle Road Bridge

Junior Division 1st Place – Samantha Bouck –Brown Road 2nd Place – Samantha Bouck–Brown Road

Art Division 1st Place – Todd Murry–Brown Road 2nd Place – Samantha Bouck

Craft Division 1st Place – Tyler Bouck–Brown Road

Adult Non-scale 1st Place – Linda Bouck–Brown Road Scarecrow Contest Grand Prize – Mrs. Knapp’s Class – Austinburg Elementary

Adult 1st Place – Jo Buell – Jefferson, Ohio 2nd Place – Quinne Buzzard – Jefferson, Ohio 3rd Place – Jodi Bugansky – Ashtabula, Ohio

Youth 1st Place – Jamie Lynn Hutchinson – Rock Creek Elementary

Pumpkin Contest 1st Place – Julie Molenda – Rock Creek, Ohio

Geo-cache 1st Place – Bud Lancaster – Windsor, Ohio 2nd Place – Neil Peters Painesville

Parade Winners Novelty 1st Place - Grape Jamboree 2nd Place – County Days 3rd Place – Lisa Kalas

Twirlers 1st Place – Jefferson Excel 2nd Place – Emerald Twirlers 3rd Place – Twirling Stars

Band 1st Place – Jefferson

Cub Scouts 1st Place – Troup #155 2nd Place – Troup #41 3Rd Place – Troup #52

Commercial 1st Place – Andover Bank 2nd Place – Grand River Trail Riders 3rd Place – M & R Trailer Sales

Cars 1st Place – Model A Club 2nd Place – Jim Cook (Old Truck) #286 3rd Place – Jim Thompson 1934 Ford Original #254

County News Claypool and Graham discuss plans for county


BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers GENEVA - Dan Claypool and Steve Graham spoke of their reason for running for county commissioner this election at the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce’s Candidates’ Night. Claypool is the incumbent and running on the Democratic ticket. Budget, economy, jobs and senior citizens services are the focus of Claypool’s campaign. “The board has worked through one the greatest economic challenges since the Great Depression,” Claypool said. “We have a great team of county officials and we have a great team of county employees.” Claypool stated $4 million less has been spent since he took office. Claypool has developed an economic plan with an economic committee and study. “One thing I’ve always believed in is, if you want jobs and you want economic development in Ashtabula County, then you need a plan,” Claypool said. Claypool in office has applied for extra funds to bring in jobs. “We just received a grant for $740,000 to train work-

Incumbent and Democratic candidate for County Commissioner Dan Claypool talks about the economic development in Ashtabula County. ers and work with local businesses to create jobs,” Claypool said. Claypool sees the future of the county as positive as long as the county can work as whole. “The best way we can move our county forward is by working together,” Claypool said. Claypool has also focused on county senior services with in-home care, meals on wheels and transportation. “I personally have had the opportunity to see how important these services are to our senior citizens,” Claypool said. Claypool asked for the votes of the county and wants to continue working

for the people. “I continue to look forward to putting Ashtabula County first,” Claypool said. “I continue to look to balance the county budget, continue to make job creation and job training one of my focuses and I will always be there for our senior population.” Graham does not see the advantages the county has received since Claypool has been in office. “I am running for county commissioner because Dan Claypool and I disagree on how this county is operated,” Graham said. “He wants to continue down the same path.” Graham used the anal-

mented. “Now that that’s done, Mr. Claypool has moved on,” Graham said. Graham wants each municipality to be treated as an individual entity. “There is no cookie cutter approach to governing any community,” Graham said. Graham does not like the commissioners joining surrounding organizations and said they should be focused on Ashtabula. PHOTOS BY SADIE PORTMAN “We belong all these orRepublican candidate for County Commissioner Steve ganizations and they cost Graham talks about his vision for Ashtabula County’s future. the county money,” Graham said. Graham said change ogy of Claypool going down ing made. “Our elected officials needs to take place to bring the highway 10 miles below cringe like they’re going to Ashtabula to the future. the speed limit. “We’re not doing very “I think it’s time for Mr. the principal’s office every Claypool to speed up or time they have to go to a well right now,” Graham move over so everyone else budget hearing because said. “Our poverty level’s can move on with their they don’t hit their bud- high.” Graham wants to see gets,” Graham said. “They lives,” Graham said. Graham does not see the don’t know what they’re go- jobs not training. “We need jobs. Training current administration as ing to get slashed.” Graham said even the people is not going to create able to fix the county’s problems using old and drawn economic steering commit- jobs,” Graham said. “All tee cost the county money these plans don’t do anyout methods. “We have a real problem and he has not seen the thing but sit on the shelves.” Both candidates will conwhen our current leaders do county gain the funds back. “We’re supposed to tinue their campaign until not understand simple business transactions and we all implement all these plans Nov. 6 when polls will open suffer from these dreadful and they did a fine job all all ballots will be counted. mistakes,” Graham said. the people who were on it,” Sadie Portman, reporter Graham said. “We deserve better.” Graham said the prob- for the Gazette, may be Graham said the county continues to lose money and lem with the committee is reached at sportman@ too many cutbacks are be- the plan was not imple-

County commissioner race intensifies between Carlo, Bailey and Clay

PHOTOS BY SADIE PORTMAN Peggy Carlo, the incumbent and Democratic candidate Willis Clay, the independent candidate for county for county commissioner, spoke about the economic commissioner, speaks about his concern for the development she has implemented as commissioner. environment and economic development.

BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers GENEVA - The county commissioner race is in its last week, with incumbent and Democrat Peggy Carlo running against Republican candidate Ryan Bailey and independent candidate Willis Clay. A l l t h r e e ca n di d a t e s came to the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce’s Candidates’ Night last Wednesday. Bailey was the first to speak. “The reason I’m running is because I’ve always been very proud of where I’m from,” Bailey said. “I continue to be very proud of where I’m from.” Bailey is concerned about the lack of business and job opportunities in the county. “How many people I went to high school with are still here? I [can] count them on one hand,” Bailey said.

Bailey wants the commissioners to make smarter business choices. “For the last four years, this county’s government at every turn has made the wrong choice,” Bailey said. Bailey sees the problems as a cycle which has been apparent in the county for generations. “ Th e y ’ r e p a r t o f t h e same political machine that has been running this county for the last 40 years,” Bailey said. Bailey noted he will only make promises he can keep. “I am going to promise you that I have a proper understanding of governm e n t . I w i ll d e f i n i t e l y promise you that I will never threaten you to try and give me more money,” Bailey said. Clay’s concerns were with economy and environmental. “I want to go and think outside the box,” Clay said. Clay is running as inde-

pendent to get another perspective into the political arena. “We the people is now ‘we the party,’” Clay said. Clay is concerned with the money in politics and stated many times it is not the best candidate who wins but the one with the most funding. “The power is the m o n e y. M o n e y i s t h e power,” Clay said. Clay wants to bring more jobs to the county and create reasons for business to advance within the county. “I grew up in the land of opportunity. The opportunity today is outsourcing and downsizing,” Clay said. “We’ve lost opportunity.” Clay would like to see more restrictions made with fracking for oil. “I’ve been advocating that we protect ourselves e n v i r o n m e n t a l l y, ” C l a y said. Clay suggests all oil

wells be 500 feet from the road and 200 feet from houses. “It will be a buffer between any blowouts that could happen and they probably will happen,” Clay said. Clay wants to ensure if a leak occurs, it will take time to directly affect water, houses and road conditions. “We need our politicians to fight for these regulations,” Clay said. As for the economy, Clay wants to encourage new business development. “I suggest that we have a tax credit for opening doors,” Clay said. “These are job creators.” Carlo spoke of her record and what she has already brought to the county. “Money went to road, bridges, projects,” Carlo said. “Projects that bring jobs to Ashtabula County.” Carlo said the county will not change overnight.

Ryan Bailey, the Republican candidate for county commissioner, speaks about the lack of economic growth in the county at candidates’ night in Geneva Wednesday night. Carlo said she has seen a transformation in the county since her term began in 2008. “It takes time,” Carlo said. “Our whole country [was] in dire shape and we were all hurting, but it takes time to bring things down.” Carlo has begun to talk with officials from other counties such as Lake and Geauga to create an economic coalition. “We are not going to stand alone,” Carlo said. “We are not going to be able to survive alone.” Carlo would like to see things like the county’s Lake Erie coast line and the covered bridges used to the people’s advantage. “You have to look at the things that make sense for Ashtabula County,” Carlo said. Carlo wants to bring more jobs and training to the county. “There are jobs available,” Carlo said. “Training

is important because not everyone can apply for those jobs.” Carlo said the jobs available now are great for the county and the people. “These are good paying job with benefits,” Carlo said. Carlo said businesses are looking into the county. “There are companies that come outside and invest,” Carlo said. “Saybrook Investments has spent thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars in Ashtabula County.” Carlo said they have moved Ashtabula County by working with the 27 county municipalities. “We will continue to build that positive growth and trust with one another,” Carlo said. “We will work together and we will work through this.” Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette

County News Candidates try to influence voters for United States Congress


BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers GENEVA - The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual candidates night last Wednesday, inviting even the candidates for the 14th District of the United States House of Representatives. The candidates for that race all showed up, except for Republican candidate David Joyce. Green Party candidate Elaine Mastromatteo spoke of getting a third party involved in politics. “I’m tired of the stranglehold that super wealthy individuals and huge multinational corporations have over the Republican and Democrat parties,” Mastromatteo said. Mastromatteo is concerned with the political environment and the wariness of letting a third party candidate become elected into office. “Last week, the green party candidates were arrested trying to get into the presidential debate,” Mastromatteo said. “They weren’t invited even though they were on the ballot of 85 percent of voting districts nationwide.” Mastromatteo said it is about truly representing everyone, not a chosen few. “I want a government that brings everybody in,” Mastromatteo said. Mastromatteo is a supporter of anti-hydraulic fracturing, is prochoice and is in favor of the Freedom to Marry Act, as well as gun rights. “I want to stand up for our second amendment rights, as well as all of our constitutional rights, especially those that threatened by poor legislation like the Patriot Act,” Mastromatteo said.


Libertarian Candidate David Macko talks to the audience at the Geneva Community Center with Green Party Candidate Elaine Mastromatteo and Democratic Candidate Dale Viril Blanchard to the right. Dale Virgil Blanchard is five percent in 2013,” David Macko is another third party candidate, repre- the Democratic candidate Blanchard said. “This tax cut senting the Libertarian and wants to bring change will last for five years.” Blanchard said bringing to Washington, D.C. Party. “I will go to Washington consumers back to the mar“I will never vote to raise your taxes,” Macko said. “I to implement policies that ket will help bring the will never vote to impose will help grow the American economy back. “I want to put more new taxes or fees. I will al- economy at a faster rate,” money in your pockets so ways vote to restore liberty.” Blanchard said. Blachard said there is a that you’ll go out and spend Macko, too, talked against the Patriot Act and lack of economic activity be- it, and this will create strongovernment going too far cause consumers aren’t ger markets for American business owners,” into people’s personal lives. spending. “The problem with the Blanchard said. “We need to end the poBlanchard said he sees a lice state. We need to stop economy is not that the govWorld War III and we need ernment spends too much or need for tax cuts for busito start getting out of the de- that the government spends nesses. “For every increase by pression,” Macko said. “I fa- too little, and it’s not [that] vor the repeal of the Patriot the government taxes too one percent in employee Act, the most atrocious as- much or too little,” headcount that a company takes on, that company will sault on the Bill of Rights in Blanchard said. Blanchard sees people receive a one-percent emour history.” Macko wants to end war out of work, working part ployee credit for all its emin Afghanistan, bring troops time with not enough pay ployment costs up to 10 perhome and put them on the and those concerned with cent,” Blanchard said. Blanchard also wants to Mexican border and Macko keeping their jobs. “Millions of these people put a stop to the cutting of is in favor of the Freedom to are concerned that they will Medicare and Social SecuMarry Act. “I favor ending all govern- lose their jobs, and they’re rity benefits. All four candidates have ment controls, regulations not spending too much,” their own websites where and taxes on the discovery, Blanchard said. Blanchard also has seen voters can learn more about development, distribution and sale of all forms of en- people mourn the loss of their policies and supportergy and also an end to all their homes to foreclosures. ers. Blanchard supports tax business subsidies,” Macko Sadie Portman, reporter cuts for middle- and lowersaid. for the Gazette, may be Macko is concerned with income households. “I’m going to propose leg- reached at sportman@gazette the economy and wants to put a stop to corporate taxes. islation that will cut taxes by

BWC awards Ashtabula’s Iten Industries $40,000 to improve workplace safety Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer this week visited Ashtabula’s Iten Industries to recognize the company’s exceptional efforts to maintain a safe workplace. Buehrer presented CEO Pete Huggins and employees with a $40,000 check to purchase safety equipment through BWC’s Safety Intervention Grant Program. “I commend Iten for its ongoing commitment to making their workplace as safe as possible. The company has a great working relationship with BWC and has taken advantage of BWC programs and services available to help prevent injuries and the resulting workers’ compensation claims,” said Buehrer. “Management’s proactive approach toward safety and claims management is one we would like to see all Ohio companies emulate.” Iten Industries is a manufacturer of thermoplastic and thermoset stamped, molded and machined plastic parts. Iten officials recognized the process of repeatedly lifting laminated sheets weighing in excess of 500 pounds was placing employees at the risk of injury. Iten applied for and was awarded a $40,000 Safety Intervention Grant to purchase vacuum lifters to reduce the risk of injury. The lifters will allow workers to move the product with less physical effort whereby more time can be spent on improving the quality of the finished product. Buehrer visited Iten Industries following a presentation to the Ashtabula

Jefferson churches give thanks for over 200 years BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

to form, they were invited to the Thanksgiving celebration. “Not many villages have J E F F E R S O N - Th e Jefferson Area Ministry a community tradition that has bee n meeting for g o e s b a c k t h a t f a r,” Thanksgiving every year Bentley said. With the many churches for over 200 years, making the service one of the long- now involved, the service is to recognize est running traditions of time everyone’s similarities. the area. “ Th e J e f f e r s o n A r e a “We’ve been meeting and doing this for about 200 Ministry gets together years now,” Gerald Bentley, each year and offers an oppastor at Jefferson Baptist portunity for the local Church, said. “Since the churches to come together founding of the village, the and worship together and community churches have give thanks,” Bentley said. There has been one year gotten together for a on record where the Thanksgiving service.” When the Village of Thanksgiving service did Jefferson first formed, not occur. The story is there was there was only one church, which is how the Thanks- an issue with a particular pastor smoking and a giving service began. “Since the community former pastor becoming started with a single upset. “The result was that the church and Sunday School at the courthouse before annual Thanksgiving serlocal churches had been es- vice has been missed for at tablished, there seems to least a year,” Bentley said. The community was uphave been a community Thanksgiving event for a set over the missed year very, very, very long time,” and once Bentley took over, they asked him to continue Bentley said. As more churches began the tradition.

“So I was told that this ‘must’ be corrected and it was very important to resume this tradition and patch up any differences between the community churches,” Bentley said. The Thanksgiving service is more than a uniting of churches, it is also a uniting of family. “I think some of the second cousins in town thought of this as an annual family get together which they did not want to miss because the churches would host it,” Bentley said. The service is time to give thanks together as a community. “It places an emphasis on thanks and giving thanks and worshiping together,” Bentley said. “We’ve got different denominations. We’ve got different theological backgrounds, but we come together to say we’re going to give thanks.” Bentley said everyone who comes enjoys the experience and the service offers a chance for the

churches to worship as one. “We all serve the body of Christ, and this is kind of a way all the churches can come together and be a part of that,” Bentley said. Bentley said not much has changed since he has attended the Thanksgiving services. “I’ve been here four and a half years, this will be my fifth Thanksgiving service and we rotate the pastors who will be speaking each year,” Bentley said. “A lot of things stay the same, though.” One thing which has

changed is Bentley has seen more ministers coming from outside of Jefferson. “We have a pretty good radius of churches that we’re trying to reach out to,” Bentley said. This year the Thanksgiving service will held on N o v. 21 at Je ffe r s o n Nazarene Church at 7:30 p.m. and the tradition of Jefferson’s Thanksgiving will continue another year. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette

County Safety Council, comprised of 120 area businesses, organizations and professional safety forces. BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene sponsors 80 safety councils around the state organized by local safety-minded groups to inform participants of new safety techniques, products and services, and provide a thorough knowledge of topics, including occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation and risk management education. BWC’s Safety Intervention Grant Program assists Ohio employers in reducing illnesses and injuries and to create a partnership with them to establish best practices for accident and injury prevention. Ohio private and public employers are eligible for safety intervention grants, which include a 2-to-1 matching amount up to a maximum of $40,000 for a total of $60,000 — $20,000 from the employer and $40,000 from BWC. Quarterly data reports and follow-up case studies help BWC determine the effectiveness of employers’ safety interventions and establish best practices. Learn more about the Safety Intervention Grant Program and view the stories of previous grant recipients at or BWC’s YouTube channel.

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Still time to register for Profiles of Ashtabula County breakfast Next session is on agriculture in Ashtabula County BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - There is still time to register for the next session of the Profiles of Ashtabula County Breakfast Speaker series, which involves a session on agriculture in Ashtabula County on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Profiles of Ashtabula County features speakers from various sectors of the community who share ideas and experiences on trying to make the county a better place to live, work and play. The series is held at 8 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at Kent State University at Ashtabula. The mission of the series is to help raise awareness of projects that affect everyone and share strengths of the county, according to officials. The program starts with breakfast, a brief introduction of the speaker and then a 25-30 minute address by the speaker. Questions from the audience are welcome at the conclusion of the presentation. Kent State University Ashtabula, LEADERship Ashtabula County, The

temperate regions, including marginal land. Trials across the country have demonstrated miscanthus can yield more than two times more biomass than traditional switchgrass varieties. Another plus for Biofuel production in NE Ohio is the proximity to Lake Erie and the Plant C Power Plant (could be revamped to convert biofuels to energy). Farmers in the area also have been producing forages (hay and pasture acreage) which accounts for the largest percentage of farm acreage in Ashtabula County. Farmers also have some of the needed equipment for tillage, spraying and harvesting. For farmers which do not have the needed field work, there are private and commercial custom operators to complete the needed field activities. People can RSVP by e-mailing or calling Mary Collins at (440) 964-4312. Reservations will be accepted until noon on Monday, Nov. 5. The cost is $8.

Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County and Gazette Newspapers are sponsors of the 2012-2013 Profiles of Ashtabula County Breakfast Speaker series. The third session of the 2012-2013 season will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7, with the topic of: “From Miscanthus Grass to Dairy - Agriculture in Ashtabula County.” The speaker is David Marrison, OSU Extension County Director, Assistant Professor & Extension Educator for Agriculture & Natural Resources. The Profiles Presentation will review what Miscanthus grass production could mean for the county, and how dairy and Ashtabula County’s agribusiness continues to grow, adapt and evolve. Giant miscanthus (Miscanthus x giganteus) is a large warm-season grass, and a new leading biomass crop in the United States, according to information provided by Growth Partnership. Experience in Europe suggests giant miscanthus will be productive over a wide geographic range in


ASHTABULA COUNTY RECORDER • 12 years, Austinburg Township Fiscal Officer • Annual budget preparation • Maintenance of all Township records • Expenditure and revenue accounting, financial forecasting • Payroll duties • Accreditation from Center for Public Investment Management each year • Member Ohio Township Association • Member Ashtabula County Township Association

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JEFFERSON - For over 20 years, the Jefferson United Methodist Church has sponsored the Heifer Project/International Living Market and this Sunday, the church will once again be opening the market place to buy developing countries animals. “Heifer is an international organization that supplies people in developing countries [with] expertise and knowledge on how to raise animals and keep them healthy [so] they’ll be an income source,” Pat Cramer, the church’s administrative assistant, Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for said. The market will be held Gazette Newspapers, may be reached in We s le y H all at the at church and will be held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Eac h S unday s c ho o l class from preschool all the way up to the young adult classes will have a specific animal they will sponsor “It’s an exciting, noisy and wonderful [morning], a lot of good energy there,” Cramer said. “All of our Sunday school classes are involved.” From bees to rabbits and oxen, the children will be representing the animal they wish to donate. “Each class will have sponsored animals and sell an item which represents that animal,” Cramer said. “You can buy those items and give donations towards buying the animal.” Some smaller animals Dear Neighbo are bought in groups for rs, the family. My husband, Michael, and “A trio of rabbits cost I have lived in A ustinburg Tow $60, and that gives a famnship for 28 years. ily three rabbits and someWe raised our three children here one is there to help raise and own and them,” Cramer said. “It operate our family fa rm. We produ improve people’s lives.” ce maple syrup, Cramer said the chilraise beef catt le, vegetables and dren really get into the stra market and even dress up as the Austinbu wberries. I serve rg Township F like the animal they are iscal Officer. My p representing. rofessional du ties and communit “They’ll be dressed up y involvement like rabbits and have little have prepared me fo r the office of food things you can buy,”


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Cramer said. “The bees will have honey products for sale.” Cramer commented on a vibrant atmosphere which will fill Wesley Hall. “It’s kind of a carnival atmosphere so there are games to play and snacks to buy,” Cramer said. Those who attend will also have a chance to sponsor tools and material for the As htabula C o unty Habitat for Humanity. “We also sponsor doors and windows and roofs for H abitat in As htabula County,” Cramer said. If you buy an animal or Habitat for Humanity donation as a Christmas present, a tag will be available to give to the person receiving the gift with all the information on what was donated in their name. There will also be fair trade items such as ornaments and hats for sale at the market. The fair trade items are a way for people in developing countries to earn a fair living without harsh work environments or being underpaid. “As you buy a gift you’re helping someone to earn a living and it’s an alternative to a sweatshop,” Cramer said. For those who are unable to make it out on Sunday, the church can be contacted by phone at 440576-4561 for donations. “We’d love to have folks come out, but if you can’t come Sunday, you can fill out an order form just call the church,” Cramer said. Cramer said the Living Market Place offers a chance to understand the true meaning of Christmas and to give back to those who are less fortunate. “We’re giving people an opportunity that has significance and meaningful improvement in someone’s life,” Cramer said. “There are lots of ideas that are an alternative to Christmas gifts and have a lot of fun doing it.”

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The truth matters I’ve been a supporter of John Patterson, as some of you know from letters I’ve been writing, and, like John, I do not believe in using any sort of deceptive or questionable strategies in my personal endorsement of him. Unfortunately, in the latest TV ad, the claim that John Patterson “wants to stop new energy jobs from coming to Ohio” is simply not true. John Patterson has conducted himself and his campaign in a completely professional manner. He has, many times, asserted his desire to, when elected, promote his jobs agenda for ohio. He is, of course, as concerned, as we all are, about job creation in Ohio. He is in favor of all efforts to get Ohioans back to work, including jobs in the energy industry. But Dr. Patterson is a wise and prudent man and has repeatedly voiced his belief that the retrieval of Ohio’s natural gas must proceed in a totally safe manner, for the benefit of all Ohioans. James Collise Jefferson

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Three candidates run for Ashtabula County commissioner seat Carlo seeks re-election Ryan Bailey wants to be your County Commissioner BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

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JEFFERSON - Three candidates are vying for a seat on the Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners. These candidates include Democrat incumbent Peggy Carlo and challengers Republican Ryan Bailey and independent Willis Clay. Carlo has spent four years as county commissioner so far. Her other experience includes 25 years in Healthcare Management and 16 years as a trustee for Saybrook Township. She also is a graduate of LEADERship of Ashtabula County “As a trustee, I was a member of the Ashtabula County Trustees and Clerks Association,” Carlo said. “I served as secretary/treasurer and was also president of the Association.” Carlo said she also has always been involved in service organizations throughout her professional and political career. She is a graduate of Chardon High School and attended Kent State University at Ashtabula. “It has been an honor to serve the residents of Ashtabula County. On Nov. 6, 2012, I am asking the citizens to re-elect me for another term as their county commissioner because I believe that Ashtabula County has many opportunities to grow and become an even better place to live, work and raise our families,” Carlo said. Carlo said she is a dedicated and motivated leader and has always worked to serve and improve her community. “My record shows my success in working together to solve problems in an ethical and professional manner,” Carlo said. Carlo also spoke about things the county has been doing to increase economic development in the area. “As a Board of Commissioners, we have collaborated on many projects with our stakeholders, townships, villages and cities. We have worked and supported agriculture/business/industry, healthcare systems and our school systems. We work with our Northeastern Ohio boards, the county and city port authorities and Growth Partnership of Ashtabula County to retain our business and industry base, which promotes employment opportunities within our county,” Carlo said. She said we must never forget that agriculture is the largest economy in Ashtabula County. Carlo also talked about how the county has invested grant funds for quality of life projects such as bike and walking paths and the Lampson Reservoir Preservation project, working with communities to improve and preserve their parks. “Our goals are to invest back into our environment to ensure quality of life is pre-

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP - Buoyed by 2012 statistics showing that for the first time in 40 years, Ashtabula County has more registered Republicans and independents than Democrats, Ryan Bailey is optimistic that he can win a seat on the Ashtabula County Board of Commissions. “I’m really disgusted about what’s going on,” he said. “And I don’t want the young people to have to move away for a good job.” The 25-year-old son of Troy and Christina Candela Bailey, Bailey is the Republican challenger to Willis Clay, Trumbull Township trustee, and incumbent commissioner Peggy Carlo. Bouncing back from a 2010 primary election loss in the 99th District Republican state representative race, Bailey has taken on what he perceives to be a greater challenge, entering the race with three strong suits: military experience, including a Middle East deployment; a political science degree; and a youthful, competitive spirit. Politics is in Bailey’s blood. “It was major in political science or business,” he said, discussing his college studies. “Everything I studied in business was drawn to economics. You can’t separate politics from economics. So political science was the best fit.” Bailey enlisted in the Army National Guard five days after his 2005 high school graduation. “Why the Army? I had decided on tanks. Tanks were so cool,” he said. “I think the recruiter, after giving me a test, wanted to give me another job, but I told him I wanted to be a tanker, and he said, ‘Whatever, kid.’” Knowing he would deploy in 2008, Bailey left Ashland University after two years and took classes at Kent State Ashtabula campus until he was sent to Egypt and Israel as part of the U.S. “Observer Mission” that dated to the Egypt/Israeli peace agreement from the Camp David Accords. “Now, it’s kind of morphed into anti-terrorism to help out Egypt,” he said. “And there were no tanks.” Stationed in Sharm elSheikh at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Bailey had a first-

hand look at the region’s politics and poverty. “It’s a misconception that the uprising in Egypt happened all at once,” he said. “Cairo has a lot of poverty and a lot of police presence. But I was not surprised about the uprising because of all the unrest.” In late 2009, Bailey returned to Fort Lewis, Washington. He spent five months on active duty in Ft. Benning, Ga., and, in early 2011, two months at the Alabama Military Academy (AMA). The second lieutenant completed his college degree last December. “I plan to stay with the reserves,” he said. “I’m half-way to retirement.” In early 2010, Bailey threw his hat in the ring in the Republican state representative race, facing his friend Casey Kozlowski and three others. Bailey came in second. Though happy that Kozlowski had defeated Democratic incumbent Debbie Newcomb, Bailey said the was defeat “soul crushing” until his father told him to get ready for the next election. “Then I was able to laugh and go home,” he said. This time around, he says, he is running a different campaign. “I’d been advised by an Ashland professor not to spend more than $4,000 in primary, but I learned that you have to,” he said. “Casey spent about $10,000 in that primary, and that’s unheard of. But I know it made a difference. I learned in the Army that if you’re going to do something, you have to go all in and not hold back. You have to get your name out. First-time candidates don’t realize it’s important to advertise, and I think Casey did twice as much as I did. If you try to save money, you’ll lose.”

served for future generations,” Carlo said. Carlo said the county will continue to move forward with its economic plan, which will support tourism, the expansion of existing business and industry, and promote Ashtabula County to create a successful environment for future growth opportunities. “Infrastructure is critical in our county. Basic utilities must be available, including water and sewer. This is a big consideration for new companies who are looking to build, expand or relocate to Ashtabula County,” Carlo said. “All of these things I have stated are the core ingredients necessary to attract new business and entrepreneurs.” Carlo said her vision for Ashtabula County is to continue to work with our legislatures to resolve educational funding issues. “Education is very important for all, but especially for our younger generation,” Carlo said. “Technology is changing daily and we need to provide the tools to move forward. We will continue to support education opportunities for all of our citizens.” Carlo said some of the major issues facing the county are infrastructure (water and sewer), technology and communication systems. “The county is working on upgrading communication systems. We are looking at areas to invest in our communities for water and sewer projects,” Carlo said. Carlo said there are many important projects that are currently in progress. “We are looking at how we can and will continue to improve our services to our residents and to work and communicate with each other as elected officials,” Carlo said. “We need to continue to be positive and keep the lines of communication open to move Ashtabula County forward.” Carlo said she looks forward to working and serving the residents of Ashtabula BY BYRON WESSELL County. “I have always and will Gazette Newspapers appreciate your support,” ASHTABULA - Registration has Carlo said, addressing voters. begun for our Youth Basketball League Note: Candidate Willis at the Ashtabula County Family Clay declined to participate in YMCA. Games will be played starting this coverage. For his answers at 9am on Saturdays beginning Decemfrom a recent candidates’ night ber 1, 2012 and will run for six weeks. Your child will learn the fundamenin Geneva, see elsewhere in tals of basketball from our group of this edition. volunteer coaches and all participants

A few months later, back in college, he asked Republican County Commissioner Joe Moroski where he could do the most good if Kozlowski won the state representative’s race. “I began to think about county commissioner because we need to change the makeup of the board,” Bailey said. Though both Democratic commissioners are up for reelection this year, Bailey decided to challenge Carlo because he thinks she is more vulnerable. “I think both Claypool and Carlo are vulnerable because of their position on the sales tax,” Bailey said, referring to their 2011 budget-balancing vote to raise the county sales tax by a half-percent. Only Moroski’s insistence that the issue be put to the public landed it on the May, 2010, primary ballot, by referendum, and its 2:1 defeat. Bailey said Carlo and Claypool later lied by acting as if the vote was their idea. “Only Joe’s vote against the tax increase allowed the referendum,” Bailey said. “Peggy had told him when he voted against it that she was disappointed. And if people are going to betray their oath of office, I will be their personal boogeyman.” Bailey says the commissioners were likewise reckless in sheriff ’s department layoffs subsequent to the sales tax defeat. “It left the townships totally defenseless,” he said. “Even if Carlo didn’t initiate it, there’s no excuse. As a leader, you stand up for what’s right.” The former high school football player, track and cross country runner and Model UN president, admits being competitive. “The story of anyone who is a challenger is that you have to. If you believe in yourself, you have to commit,” Bailey said. He loves campaigning. “I love talking to people and shaking hands, knocking on doors, especially in sections of Ashtabula where people change their minds after I tell them that they wouldn’t want to shut their doors in the face of Angie Candela’s grandson,” Bailey said. “Knocking on doors is the most effective means of campaigning. It shows people that you care, and people don’t care what you know until they know you

care.” If elected, Bailey says his first short-term goal is to get along with fellow office-holders. “It’s ridiculous that public officials spend over $200,000 of taxpayers’ money to sue each other because they can’t sit in a room like adults,” he said. Second, he plans to study every Ashtabula County business and construction regulation to ensure each protects business rather than merely raises revenue. “I don’t think Peggy Carlo and Dan Claypool know what ‘business-friendly’ is,” Bailey said. “The $25,000 sewer tapin fees for quarter-century-old building is extortion. No one is going to invest if he has to take a risk by expending that much money.” Long-term, Bailey wants to privatize the Ashtabula County Rehabilitation & Nursing Center and the Lodge & Conference Center at Geneva-On-the-Lake. “Is hiring a manager easier? Yes. But is it the right thing? No,” Bailey said. “The quality of service would go up if someone put his name on it instead of just running it.” Bailey proposes the county retain ownership and charge rent at both facilities to help reach another goal, eliminating the county’s $46 million debt. He envisions a deal similar to that between the State of Ohio and its only private prison, Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut. “It’s not the role of government to own a business at any level,” he says. “Investing tax money is not a good idea. And we won’t be punishing the taxpayers any more. ” Is the fight to become county commissioner tougher than that of the state rep? “I’m not sure,” Bailey said. “But I’d rather fight a larger one you can see than a smaller one in the dark. I have more experience running a campaign. I guessed in 2010. Now I have it down to a science.” Bailey’s bottom line is that the time has come for Ashtabula County to replace its Democratic political machine with fresh ideas, youthful enthusiasm and solid leadership. “Ashtabula County is worse off now than at any time in the past 50 years. There is no one to blame but them,” he said.

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lance District. I was hired by retired Ashtabula County Sheriff William K. Johnston in 1988 and attended the Police Academy. I worked for the Ashtabula County Sheriff ’s Office until 1990 when I then took a position as a patrolman for the Village of North Kingsville. In 1996 I joined the Andover Police Department and in 2005 was appointed as the Chief of Police for the department, a position that I currently hold,” Gentry said. In 1996, Gentry also accepted a position as Chief of Security for Holiday Camplands Association in Andover Township, a position he also currently holds. Holiday Camplands is one of the largest campgrounds in the country, covering over 800 acres with 3,500 individual lots and a summertime population of 20,000 people. “In 2010, I was hired as an Auxiliary Sergeant for the Ashtabula City Police Department. I am an active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 4035. I am an active member of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police. I am a member of the Pymatuning Valley Schools Crisis Response Team,” Gentry said. Gentry said that, with over 20 years of law enforcement experience and leadership, he has dealt with and maintained a law enforcement budget in these tough economic times. “I have learned to do ‘more with less’ and still provided protection and service to the residents, without seeking additional tax dollars,” Gentry said. Johnson said he is running for re-election because of his deep desire to help and maintain the safety of the citizens of Ashtabula County and maintain the many programs that he initiated that have saved taxpayer dollars to offset the cost of operating the Sheriff ’s Department. “I made promises to do this prior to being elected sheriff, and I have kept those promises and will continue to do so in the future. I have been [the county’s] sheriff for 20 years, and have built a trustworthy, professional and wellrespected department throughout the State of Ohio, and I want to continue to maintain that reputation and trust and assisting local departments, as my department has done in the past when serious crimes arise, with trustworthy and professional expertise,” Johnson said. Johnson said he has built a strong department by recruiting the most experienced and qualified people. “The personnel who comprise my Senior Staff have close to 100 years of combined law enforcement experience, which benefits the citizens of Ashtabula County. I believe I am the most qualified person to be your sheriff and meet the challenges facing law enforcement today, especially in these challenging economic times,” Johnson said. Gentry also has his reasons for running for sheriff. “I am running for the office of sheriff because I feel the current leader has become a ‘politician’ and has put the interests of the people of this county secondary, something I intend to change,” Gentry said. Johnson and Gentry also spoke about the challenges they have faced in their roles of sheriff and police chief, respectively, and how they dealt with them. Johnson said without a doubt, the biggest challenges in recent years have been balancing leaner budgets and performing the many state-mandated duties of sheriff while providing the best services possible with the dollars allocated to his department. “The Sheriff has many state-mandated duties by Ohio law, such as operation of the county jail, preserving the public peace, serve civil process, provide security and services for the courts, prisoner transportation to courts and state penal institutions, conduct extraditions and register sex offenders,” Johnson said. “When I took office in 1993 there were 112 employees to perform these functions. Now today I have 68 employees who are dedicated to the citizens of Ashtabula County. In order to meet these challenges, I worked closely with the three major labor unions in the Sheriff ’s Office, negotiating contracts where employees have agreed to pay freezes, and furlough days, tightening contract language to reduce costs to the department and living within in the allotted funding provided to me by the County Commissioners.” Johnson said he continues to generate revenue for the county general fund of over $5,321,672 since 1995, which off sets costs to operate the department without affecting taxpayer pocketbooks. “I am anticipating generating over $541,000 in 2012 to

erations. My department was the only Sheriff ’s Department in 2011 to be awarded a COPS Hiring Grant (received $420,000) to hire two deputies for three years with no cost to the taxpayers. I have obtained a Meth Enforcement Grant in 2007 (received $449,641) for Meth Enforcement and overtime for enforcement that resulted in many meth related arrests, convictions, and mediation of numerous clandestine meth labs. I have also obtained grants for traffic enforcement, OVI enforcement, and equipment totaling over $949,000,” Johnson said. In the jail, Johnson said he has established an in-house medical program hiring a full-time physician and nurse for the county jail, saving inmate medical care costs to taxpayers, contracting food costs and constantly negotiating with vendors for the lowest costs for food, milk, bread, cleaning supplies, etc. for jail operations. He said he also established Inmate Commissary with no costs to taxpayers for inmates’ needs for toiletry items, envelopes, paper, etc. He also established an Inmate Telephone System and sale of pre-paid calling cards, generating $5,000 plus per month, which is placed back in the jail operations, off setting costs to the taxpayer. Gentry said also has faced challenges as police chief, as for each and every business and citizen, budgeting has been challenging at times. “Through innovative ways and thinking outside the box, I’ve been able to maintain a balanced budget and still provide the necessary services to the people I serve,” Gentry said. Gentry said when he took over as police chief, the department was operating a 24-hour a day operation with two aging patrol cars that were minimally equipped. “I have increased the department’s fleet to four patrol cars and implemented a vehicle maintenance program. These moves have reduced the cost of maintenance on the vehicles drastically,” Gentry said. Gentry said he has also equipped each vehicle with Digital Camera Systems, Stop Sticks, Fingerprint Kits, Narcotics Identification Kits, shotguns and patrol rifles, MARCS radios and in-car Mobile Data Terminals. “Through grants, I have also acquired state of the art night vision, portable breath testers and a tactical infrared monitoring system,” Gentry said. In advancements at the sheriff ’s department, Johnson said he began the county’s involvement in the state-purchase plan that continues to save thousands of dollars on the purchase of new patrol vehicles and equipment. “I initiated and joined the Ohio MARCS Statewide Radio Systems, which established statewide interoperability and improved Sheriff ’s dispatch, mobile and portable radios and communication for road deputies, thus providing a cost savings to the taxpayers because the old radio system was becoming too costly in maintenance and repairs,” Johnson said. “I initiated a K-9 Program having highly trained and certified K-9 Teams that is self funded. I authorized in joining with a Tri-County Swat Team, partnering with Lake and Geauga counties. [I] obtained with grant funds, new and updated computer software for dispatch, records and jail operations, including GPS tracking, new jail photo imaging, and partnering with BCI for Live-Scan electronic fingerprinting and identification of inmates. [I] established video arraignment with local and Common Pleas Court to facilitate prisoner arraignments and reducing the costs of manpower and travel time to the courts.” Johnson said he also maintained and funded membership with the Trumbull-Ashtabula Drug Task Force (TAG) by proving funding for a deputy assigned to this unit; obtained over $1,500,000 in non-matching fund grants for department operations; and established a WEB-Check background station for local employers to conduct criminal background checks, which generates over $42,000 per year for the general fund.” “In October 2012, the jail received a substance abuse treatment grant, which will provide substance abuse treatment for those inmates sentenced to jail on drug related crimes with follow up care after release with the overall goal to reduce recidivism for these types of offenders,” Johnson said. Gentry and Johnson also shared their vision of an ideal sheriff ’s department. “My vision of an ideal Sheriff ’s Department is one where manpower is efficiently utilized to best serve the citizens of our county. A department that is effectively trained in drugs, to include pharmaceutical diversion, drugs in all aspects. An agency that will actively and effectively support a meaningful drug task force, to fight the war on drugs. An agency that truly cares about the rights of the citizens they serve,” Gentry said. Gentry said the agency needs to be brought back to the understanding that they work for the people; the people do not work for them. “Changing the mindset of the department starting at the top can accomplish this by implementing performance standards that will require stringent levels of accountability,” Gentry said. As for Johnson, he said money equals people equal services. “In order to provide the best law enforcement service, increase patrols that increase deterrence is all about funding. With enough funding any department could be more proactive in enforcement and investigations and would not have to make tough budget decisions between mandated services and those that are not, but the reality is funding is stagnate or may decrease in the future due to cuts to local government funding,” Johnson said. Johnson said that in order to provide the best service with the dollars allocated, it takes talented, experienced

“The answer is to recruit and maintain educated experienced law enforcement officers and management staff, which reduces training time and overall operational costs. Being grant aggressive, but only applying for grants with non-matching funds so no local tax dollars are involved and continue to ‘think outside of the box’ with staffing, training, and programs that provides the best benefits to the citizens we serve. As your Sheriff, I have done these things and will continue to do so,” Johnson said. Johnson and Gentry also talked about their favorite thing about their job, which is part of their motivation for running for office. “I’ve had people that have come up and told me that I’ve changed their life,” Johnson said. “I’ve helped them get through some tough times.” Johnson said it’s a good feeling to know you’ve been responsible for helping someone turn their life around. “Our job is to help people, not just put people behind bars,” Johnson said. For Gentry, part of his favorite thing about the job also involves the people. “It’s just being with people. Just talking with people. Being out there every day with people,” Gentry said. Gentry talked about when he served on the fire department, which is when he developed his love of working with the public. “I love it. And I love doing it. I love getting up and going to work,” Gentry said. “My wife and everybody says I have an outgoing personality.” With a position as sheriff, especially during a campaign, there can be some misconceptions in the public about the candidates and what they do. Both Johnson and Gentry shared what they see as some of the biggest misconceptions. For Johnson, he said one of the biggest misconceptions is the sheriff department’s responsibility outside of handling complains and calls. If you ask the public what they feel is the most important thing, they will say safety, Johnson said. He agrees with them, but said there are also more responsibilities than that. Beyond that responsibility, Johnson said the sheriff ’s department also does much more - including maintaing the jail, being responsible for transferring people to nine different courts, dispatching and more. Considering the department has all the duties and is doing it with a lot less people than it used to have, it’s doing a great job, Johnson said. He said the department handles some 24,000 calls per year, as well as its other duties. Gentry said one of the biggest misconceptions about him has been that he doesn’t have the experience to be sheriff. He believes that he has more supervisory experience than Johnson had when he was elected. “I’ve been the chief of police since 2005,” Gentry said. He said he would be going into the job of sheriff with the knowledge of budgets, as he has balanced and dealt with budget issues in his role of chief. Gentry said the people around you are also important and necessary to doing the job. “It’s the people you have around you,” Gentry said. “That’s what makes the sheriff ’s department work.” As for why he is the best person for the job, Johnson talked about his experience and his proven, efficient, professional leadership. “I have been your Sheriff for 20 years. The promises I made to the citizens of Ashtabula County I have kept and will continue to do so. Experience is not something that is dictated because of time only. Experience is gained through trial and error, working with people, making mistakes, improving on those mistakes and constantly improving oneself for the benefit of others. Experience is time performing a job and becoming the best at that job,” Johnson said. “As your sheriff, I am the best candidate for the job. I will not promise you something that I cannot deliver. Everything I have done as your sheriff has been for the good of the department and citizens of Ashtabula County, this I promise you will continue.” Johnson said that every promise he has made, he has fulfilled. He said he has been creative at creating solutions to challenges in the department, as the department has gone through changes since he first took office. Gentry said he is the best candidate because he will remove politics from the position. “Decisions are being made based on political agendas,” Gentry said. “We need to start making decisions to move this county forward.” Today, the sheriff ’s department has too much politics in it, Gentry said. He said that Johnson did some good things when he first took office, but now he believes he has gotten too political, and he believes the issue over the sales tax with the commissioners in 2004 is what started it. “That’s when it all became about money,” Gentry said. Gentry said he understands that money can be tight, but, like in households, people need to work with the budget. “You have to make it work,” Gentry said. “You have to prioritize things.” Gentry said law enforcement in this county needs to start working together, as a team, to combat the drugs and crime that have overwhelmed our county. “The Sheriff ’s Office needs to have the trust and respect of its citizens, no more operating in the shadows, we need to be transparent. The Sheriff ’s Office needs to start being a part of the communities again and not an outsider. We, along with the citizens, can make Ashtabula a great place to raise a family and make a future,” Gentry said. Voters can make their choice on Tuesday, Nov. 6, or through early voting.



Sloshing through Halloween

AGRICULTURAL AGENT COMMENTS by David Marrison OSU Extension Agent Happy Halloween, Ashtabula County! This past weekend’s rain put a damper on one of the nicest harvest weeks we have experienced in quite some time. Even with our drought this summer, all of our fall rains have pushed us to the saturation point. We need some drier weather to help our farmers out. As we slosh through Halloween, I would provide details on a great Marcellus Shale Regional Workshop and to recap our western bean cutworm research trapping from this summer. OSU Extension is offering a great regional conference on Shale Gas on Saturday, November 10, 2012 in Cambridge, Ohio. This conference will be well worth the drive for landowners and community leaders looking to learn more about the Marcellus Shale drilling activities in Northeast, Ohio This conference titled, “Shale and You: A Workshop for Landowners and Communities” will be held at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Highway,

These Western Bean Cutworm egg masses were discovered in Ashtabula County this summer. This is only 2nd confirmed sighting in Ohio for this corn pest. Cambridge from 1-6 p.m. on November 10. This workshop is designed to help landowners and community leaders make the best decisions possible. As an educational institution, OSU Extension aims to provide relevant information to help inform those who are dealing with shale energy development. The workshop includes the following presentations: Update on Ohio Shale Development and Activity; Community and Strategic Planning; Tax Issues for Communities and Landowners; What to Do When “Sudden Wealth Happens”; Leasing Issues for Farms and Rural Land; Pumping the Product- Pipeline Easements and Construction; Where to Find Helpful Resources; and A Landowner’s Point of View. The workshop will also feature a panel discussion answering the question “What If Problems Arise?” In addition, tables with in-

formation in the lobby of the auditorium will be staffed throughout the afternoon to allow participants to get more information on issues they are specifically concerned about. Registration for this workshop is $10 and must be received by Monday, November 5. Registrations should be mailed to the Guernsey County office of OSU Extension. Registration forms and other details can be downloaded at http:// or contacting the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008 or the Guernsey County Extension office at (740) 489-5300. For the third, we were part of a state-wide monitoring program for the Western Bean Cutworm. This corn pest has not been a concern in northeast Ohio so its biology and economic impact are something our farmers are just learning about. Adults will lay eggs on the upper leaves of the corn plants, and once the eggs

hatch, larvae begin feeding on the tassels, silks or ears of the corn. Depending on the crop’s growth stage, yield losses can be significant. In our monitoring for western bean cutworm adults, I placed 6 traps in various locations across Ashtabula and Trumbull Counties. I would like to thank Howard Seavey, Joel Baldwin, Jim Comp and Tom Coltman for allowing us to place a trap on their property in Ashtabula County for this research. These traps were inspected once per week. This year we found 413 WBC moths in the 4 Ashtabula County traps and 115 in the 2 Trumbull County traps. However, the biggest news is that on July 18 I found the first Western Bean Cutworm egg mass ever to be recorded in eastern Ohio. I compare this with finding a needle in a haystack. Even though the adult moths are flying into our corn fields, we have never had evi-

Ashtabula County Master Gardener volunteers sought If you have a strong interest in gardening and enjoy helping others, you are invited to apply to become an Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener volunteer for Ashtabula County. The main purpose of the Master Gardener Program is to help meet the horticultural needs of Ashtabula County. To become an OSU Extension Master Garden volunteer, you must attend eleven training sessions held from March to May in 2013 and volunteer 50 hours of horticultural service to the community through Extension educational programming. Such service could include teaching 4-H youth gardening, planting and maintaining Extension demonstration

gardens, answering gardening questions from the public, judging flower and vegetable projects at local fairs, and assisting community garden participants. As a benefit of becoming a Master Gardener, you will increase your knowledge and understanding of such varied horticultural topics as best cultural practices for growing flowers and vegetables, house plant care, plant disease, and insect pest identification and control and much, much more. Course topics include: history of OSU Extension, plant physiology, soils, composting, fertilizers, herbs, houseplants, plant propagation, plant pathology, diagnostics, entomology, inte-

grated pest management, vegetables, lawns, woody ornamentals, fruits, landscape maintenance, and making effective presentations. An informational meeting will be held for those interested in being selected for the 2013 training program on Thursday, November 8 from 6:15-7:00 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the OSU Extension office at 39 Wall Street in Jefferson. Specifics with regards to the application process, training schedule, course fee, and fingerprinting requirements will be shared at this meeting. It is recommended that applicants attend this orientation meeting. The dates for this year’s training program are: March

7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9, 16. This program is taught in conjunction with the Lake County Master Gardener program. Five of the sessions will be taught at the Ashtabula County Extension Office in Jefferson and five will be taught at the Holden Aboretum in Kirtland, Ohio. All courses are mandatory and will be taught from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There is a $175 course fee that covers course materials, refreshments, and speaker travel costs. Registration is limited an all applications are due by December 21. Please call the Ashtabula County Extension Office at 440-576-9008 for more information or for a complete application packet.

Financial & Tax Implications of Oil & Gas Leases/Royalties Workshops to be held OSU Extension in Ashtabula County is pleased to be offering a workshop to help landowners understand the financial and tax implications of oil & gas leases/royalties. This workshop titled “Financial & Tax Implications of Oil & Gas Leases/Royalties in Northeast Ohio” will feature David Marrison, OSU Extension Associate Professor, who will discuss the financial and tax implications of Marcellus Shale Leases. This meeting will help participants become more aware of the potential tax implications of leases and royalty payments. Don’t get caught blindsided by the taxes which will be due. Learn which payments are subject to ordinary income taxes

versus capital gain; about the percentage depletion deduction; and how signing a lease may affect your CAUV status. Learn how the IRS handles oil & gas payments. Learn what questions to ask and receive financial planning tips for managing the potential income from these wells. This meeting will be held at the Ashtabula County Extension office on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The registration fee for this program is $5.00 per person. Registration fee is to help defray the cost of program handouts. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Complete registration details can be obtained by calling 440-576-9008 or at


These green pheromone traps have been used to track Western Bean Cutworm Moths in Ashtabula County the past three summers. dence of any laying eggs. This was a huge find. The good news is that we only found one mass of eggs, so the farmer did not need to worry about any damage to the corn. What does this indicate for 2012? If the trend continues, we will again see an increase next year, and growers will have to keep western bean cutworm on their list of insects to consider. But remember, to date, we have still not seen or detected any field over economic threshold, which is 5% of 100 plants sampled (20 plants in 5 random locations) with egg masses. There are several transgenic options available, although, due to light infestation, scouting remains your best management

tactic rather than preventative control. More information about this new corn pest can be found at: and for more information see our WBC fact sheet ent-fact/pdf/0040.pdf. To end today’s column, I would like to share a quote from Mark Twain who stated, “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” Have a good and safe day! David Marrison is Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension. Mr. Marrison can be reached at 440-576-9008 or

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Graham said he is running for commissioner because he believes his opponent is not an effective leader. “Our county should be leading the state in economic development and population growth, as we have all the valuable assets. These include two deep-water ports, an interstate highway system, one of [the] largest fresh water supplies in the world,” Graham said. “We have not utilized these assets to their full potential.” Claypool and Graham also spoke about things the county has been doing to increase economic development in the area - or some things it should be doing, if they felt the county should be doing more. “I have focused on jobs and job training. I have always believed if Ashtabula County wants jobs and economic development, you gotta have a plan,” Claypool said. Claypool said that in his first term, they created a strategic economic development plan in which they identified 20 goals. “We are still in the process of completing some of those goals. Some are costly and take more time to see to fruition. Jobs and job training is the single most important issue that I feel the county can provide to the citizens. There are jobs available in our county,” Claypool said. Claypool said that during the survey of the economic development plan, the group identified that about 80 per-

cent of the county’s employers are hiring. “The challenge is finding the skilled workforce that would be able to fill those jobs. I am the Chief Elected Official for the GeaugaAshtabula-Portage Workforce Development Board. We received a $700,000 grant to move our efforts ahead. Our board of commissioners has created a position that we contracted with Growth Partnership to perform called the Business Service Representative. The goal of that job is to meet with small business owners in our county, identify those jobs that may be available and identify the skills that are needed to perform those jobs. We can then fill those jobs, through the Job Source, with local people and train them with the required skills,” Claypool said. Claypool said there is money available for workforce training. “We don’t want to forget the small businesses that have been in our county for many years and made our county strong, by constantly overshadowing them with new businesses. The business service representative is there to make sure that current businesses in our county are not under appreciated,” Claypool said. On the other side, Graham believes the county has been absent in economic development. “The county’s job is to provide the infrastructure for

sewer lines without excessive tap-in fees to prevent this expansion. Third-World countries expand water lines faster than our county,” Graham said. He said there is no economic development when “you divert Block Grant money for bus service at $400 a ride.” “My opponent claims he spearheaded the economic steering committee. This book report of 35-pages cost the county $70,000 with no results,” Graham said, “The county website has an economic development link with no data - says to ‘check back soon.’ This committee sanctioned a new website in 2010.” Claypool and Graham also have their own visions for the county, both in the short term and long term. “A short-term goal is to continue to improve the economy of our county. Some of the things I am working on is our retail business base, [continuing] to work with our downtown business groups to improve our city and village economy’s and complete the rebuilding of the water pumping facility at Plant ‘C,’” Claypool said. “This project alone will retain over 800 jobs and lead to the expansion of a large manufacturing sector. I want to see our county to continue to be an active part of the current planning efforts going on inside our cities and villages to update their downtowns.” Claypool said a long-term goal that he has been working on that he would like to

LEEDCO, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation. He sits on the board of directors. “It is a coalition of Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake and Ashtabula County. It has a big goal to build a gigawatt of power through wind energy on Lake Erie. We have to always look forward. Our coal fire plant in Ashtabula almost closed and will be closed eventually. The plant and its technology are old. I think this wind power will be, not everything necessarily, but part of what is next. This would be a real step forward to work with these three other counties to put this type of collaboration together. The real emphasis is on the wind power, but it is also in developing a wind industry in northeast Ohio,” Claypool said. He said this would entail both installing these towers and also the manufacturing of the units to export them. “In our county we already have one of the leading blade manufacturers in the United States, Molded Fiberglass. A blade for a wind turbine on the lake (about a two and a half megawatt size) is too large to transport on land, leaving the only option over water. If there were enough orders, we could develop our own manufacturing plant here in our own county and ship right out of the Ashtabula port. The estimated 6,000 that would be created from this industry would be a great boost to our regional economy. This has been happening for years all over the world, but we would be the first in the United States. Wind energy is a proven technology. [The] United States hasn’t taken advantage of it because of our fossil fuel availability. Wind energy is not a complete solution but should be part of a total over all energy plan,” Claypool said.

ship’ by funding core services to all elected officials and bring back confidence in the employees. “They have been yo-yo’s during these layoffs and furlough days. The county is the largest employer, so our current leadership added to the unemployment rate by cutting the budget when county funds were available for these jobs,” Graham said. “We paid their unemployment benefits to sit at home, since we are self-insured.” Graham said in the longterm, the county needs to attract investors to the area, but the county must first correct its past. “The Interstate-90 corridor should be developed to catch interstate travelers with retail, lodging and restaurants,” Graham said. “This preserves our country charm and allows us to have a business sector to reach the populous outside of our county. It works in Erie, and we have more to offer with wineries, lakefront activities, covered bridges and the SPIRE complex, which will have a large impact on the area.” When it comes to the issues facing the county, Claypool said the economy is a major issue the county needs to focus on. “To build a strong economy we need to find a solution to the financial crisis our schools are facing. We need to give our children the best education possible to give them a fair chance to compete in today’s market. We update the skills of our workforce to do the jobs that are available today and continue to focus on job training. We need to make sure our seniors are taken care and give them the care necessary to keep them in their home as long as possible. Our seniors deserve the best quality of life possible,” Claypool said. Graham sees jobs as a major issue.

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of the county and perhaps state boundaries to bring living wage jobs to our county,” Graham said. “A large part of our workforce drives daily out of the county to make a living wage; attracting jobs here would bring up the standard of living of all residents, if they did not have to spend a large portion of their wages on car expenses (fuel, replacing cars more frequently, and repairs) due to high mileage drives to work.” Graham said the commissioners claim jobs training is the solution. “You must have jobs. Training does not create jobs. People will relocate to the jobs as in the North Dakota oil boom. They have three-percent unemployment and all rooms and restaurants are at capacity,” Graham said. In a final statement to voters, Claypool said he has been honored and humbled to serve as county commissioner. “When elected, I was very humbled to be chosen by the people. I have tried hard and given my best effort because I don’t want to disappoint the people of this county. In my next term I will give that same effort. I ask the people for their support and vote for my second term,” Claypool said. Graham said, if elected, he would work to repair the confidence of the county employees, the trust of the residents and work to implement plans to completion and “not just look at reports created for large sums of money on the bookshelf.” “I will use my vast level of experience to make common sense decisions about our tax dollars. I will be an independent voice, leaving behind political agendas for the betterment of our community,” Graham said. “I believe the current commissioners were not honest about the sales-tax increase and budget cuts; the trust of our leaders must be restored by holding the current officials accountable on Nov. 6.”



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Dr. Bruce Piszel of Cleveland Heights explained House Bill 93, which initiated a research tool for physicians to use that allows cross checking of patient prescriptions with other doctors, emergency rooms and pharmacies. Dr. Piszel also spoke about the collateral damage resulting from drug addiction. He said drug abuse often results in parents abandoning their children and adding to the growing statistics of grandparents raising their grandchildren. “This type of thing destroys families,” Piszel said. “If we work together, doctors, pharmacists, police, hospitals - this problem will certainly decrease,” said Piszel. Dr. Wayne Kawalek, an addiction specialist with a practice in Cleveland, said, “Since 2007 more people are dying from accidental prescription drug overdose than from car accidents.” Both current coroner Pam Lancaster and former coroner Robert Malinowski agreed that by the time the problem reaches the coroner, it’s too late.



Saint John School wins the Voice of Hope award SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP - Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown, awarded Saint John School the 2012 Voice of Hope Institution Award for its dedication to its students, the community and Catholic Charities. The 15th Annual Voice of Hope Dinner was held on Sept. 14 at the Maronite Center in Youngstown. Saint John School maintains a strong relationship with Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County. Staff and students collect items for Thanksgiving food baskets, adopt families at Christmas and help with distribution for the HALO (Christmas) program. The school provides student volunteers for the Catholic Charities’ Men Who Cook fundraiser, and contributes to the agency’s First Step Program by hosting a “Baby Jesus Birthday Party.” The school also invites staff from Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County to speak to students about homelessness, poverty, and financial literacy. Sister Maureen Burke, SND, Presi-

Jefferson Historical Society plans events • Nov. 12 and 13 Veterans’ Day at the Jefferson Historical Society, 42 East Jefferson Street. The observation of all conflicts will be recognized. First there will be a ceremony at the flagpole at the Society on Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. Then there will be displays of items from all wars in the former sanctuary of Trinity Church which is now the headquarters of the Historical Society. The artifacts will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Food will be available free to veterans and by donation to visitors. Free parking and free admission. • Nov. 17 - Holiday Craft auction. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with auction at 9 a.m. at the Jefferson Historical Society, 42 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson. Free continental breakfast and free admission. Gift baskets, crafts, baked goods, unique handmade items will be on the auction block. • Nov. 30 and each Friday and Saturday of De c e m b e r The Jefferson Historical Society will host a Christmas display of model trains. Included in the display will be items from Gary Tabor’s massive toy collection and the G-scale model train used in the PBS documentary about the 1876 Ashtabula bridge/train disaster. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open to the public with free admission. Food will be available by donation.

dent of Saint John School, states “As members of the Saint John School community we are called to be messengers of good news.” Catholic Charities of Asht abula C o u n t y ’s E x e c u t i v e D i r e c t o r, Ly n n Zalewski, agrees that the school community brings good news, excellent education and faith based values to the community. “Saint John School is always available to help us,” Zalewski said. “They never say no.” Sister Maureen is inspired by her school community on a daily basis. “All of the students are blessed with gifts, talents and treasures and know that it is important to share those gifts with others. Saint John supports Catholic Charities’ vision of providing help...creating hope,” she said. She feels that Catholic Education is a “Voice of Hope” for the future of the Catholic Church, including ministries PHOTO COURTESY OF RICK WALKER, CATHOLIC EXPONENT like Catholic Charities. Sr. Maureen Burke (Center), President, St. John School, accepts the 2012 Voice of Hope Institution Award presented by Brian Corbin (left), Executive Director, Catholic Charities, Youngstown Diocese and Monsignor Siffrin (right), Vicar General.

County News ACMC controls fragrances to help patients heal Remember that churn in your stomach the last time you were sick and caught a whiff of strong perfume or potpourri? Ashtabula County Medical Center Caregivers know that scents can have a great affect on our well-being when we are sick. Beginning Nov. 1, ACMC’s campus will have new fragrance-control rules. ACMC Healthcare Systems President and CEO Michael Habowski said, “While not all fragrances can be eliminated (such as cleaning supplies or deodorant), we will strive to limit fragrances in the hospital so our patients have an environment more conducive to healing. This means our Caregivers will avoid using perfume, cologne, scented powders, lotions, strongly-scented hair care products, and other scented personal-care items.” The removal of scented products will also extend to any scented oils, potpourri, sprays or other room fragrances. Habowski said the change comes from comments made by patients who are sensitive to strong odors. This can be due to allergies or migraine headaches. In addition, patients undergoing medical therapies, such as chemotherapy, can also suffer from nausea and vomiting – which can be made worse by strong odors. To ensure patients aren’t affected by such fragrances, Habowski said visitors to the hospital should also be mindful of what scents they are wearing. When possible, avoid applying perfume, cologne or lotion prior to arriving at the hospital. Gifts for patients should be fragrance-free as well. For more information, visit and click on the Patients and Visitors tab, where you can review visitors’ guidelines and more.

Nov. 3 Windsor: Mary Blaha Memorial Benefit The Mary Blaha Memorial Benefit will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Windsor Community Center, 5430 State Route 322. The event is a Harvest Dinner Dancer. 5:30 p.m. Doors Open; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner; and 7:30 - 11:00 p.m. Music. Beer & Mix provided. 50/50 Raffle. Chinese Auction. Music by Long Shotz Band. $20 per person. Proceeds Benefit: Mary E. Blaha Memorial Fund, Seidman Cancer Center, UHHS Geauga Medical Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Diane Giel at cell: (440) 6680708 or Orwell Key Bank: (440) 437-5142.


Marriages Alan S. Kohl and Tiffany R. Walkup, both of Ashtabula Rick L. Podgorny and Debbie S. Bowling, both of Ashtabula Shawn E. Frazier and Kelly L. Klotzbach, both of Roaming Shores Robert E. Wollschleger, Sr. and Eileen J. Wollschleger, both of Jefferson Nathan Wesley Huey, of Kingsville, and Andrea D. Belcher, of Conneaut Darren S. Ude and Sherri A. Slusher, both of Andover Edward W. Ursic and Kathleen A. Norris, both of Windsor Charles M. Callaghan, Jr. and Amanda S. Vorse, both of Ashtabula Donald C. Guesman, of N. Kingsville, and Theresa M. Kozarich, of Masury Kenneth D. Riley, of Jefferson, and Angela R. Rudolph, of Bedford Charles H. Simms, Jr. and Nichole A. Au, both of Ashtabula Balin T. Klingemier and Jami L. Johnson, both of Rome

Neal E. Stewart and Kathleen S. Melaragno, both of Conneaut Gregory A. Goelz and Stephanie A. Socko, both of Conneaut

Barb and Rick Brook celebrate 50th anniversary

Travis C. Boggess, of Dorset, and Laura J. Hubaker, of Painesville Michael E. Andrus, of Geneva, and Darlene R. Schmidt, of Ashtabula Jesse A. Shatto and Casey A. Greene, both of Rock Creek Joseph L. Fields and Randi L. Conley, both of Springboro, PA Donald E. Pfouts and Jackie L. Baker, both of Ashtabula Benjamin A. Johnston and Jodee M. Wisnyai, both of Kingsville Brian M. Adkins, of Orwell, and Erica L. Becker, of Roaming Shores Zachary R. Kister and Marguerite E. Berrier, both of Conneaut Tracy R. Cramer, of W. Farmington, and Julie M. Thompson, of Orwell Michael M. Rhodes and Angela R. Anthony, both of Ashtabula William C. Schaefer and Christina K. Reed, both of Geneva

The sons of Barb and Rick Brook would to announce that their parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 11, 2012. They were married by the Rev. Tom Hammerton at the Centenary United Methodist Church in East Palestine, Ohio on Aug. 11, 1962. After residing in Sebring, Ohio, for 37 years, they moved to Jefferson, Ohio, where they currently reside. Barb and Rick are members of the Jefferson United Methodist Church and spend their time traveling, bicycling and enjoying their grandchildren. Their oldest son, Jay, and his wife Diana, of Jefferson, Ohio have two daughters – Megan and Sarah. Dan and his wife Amy of Boston Heights, Ohio, have two sons – Elijah and Noah. Rick spent 32 years as the head boys basketball coach of the Sebring Trojans. Coach Brook retired in 1999 with 571 career victories, placing him ninth on the all-time win list in Ohio. In 2001, he was inducted into the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Barb is retired from her position as the secretary at FA Sebring Elementary School.


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Ashtabula County Court News cally includes any extension of the stated prison term by the parole board. The offender may be subject to a period Sept. 21: The defendant’s sentencing hearing was held. of three years of post release control. The defendant is orThe court finds that the defendant entered a plea of guilty dered not to ingest or be injected with a drug of abuse and to and has been convicted of the offense as charged under submit to random drug testing. Jail credit of 146 days is count two of the indictment, aggravated trafficking in drugs, granted. a felony of the fourth degree, and of the offense as charge under count four of the indictment, aggravated possession in drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. It is ordered that the Benjamin L. Beckwith defendant be sentenced to two years community control, a Oct 3: The court finds that the defendant has entered a fine of $200.00, intensive supervision for the first year and plea of guilty to and has been convicted of the offense as basic supervised time of the remainder of the two years of charged under count one of the indictment: illegal manucommunity control and unannounced urinalysis. The facture of drugs, a felony of the second degree. It is ordered defendant’s motor operating privileges are suspended for that the defendant serve a term of three years at the Lorain six months. Correctional Institution in Grafton. The defendant will be subject to a period of three years post release control after the defendant is released from prison. The defendant is Aaron R. Jameson ordered not to ingest or be injected with a drug of abuse Sept. 21: The defendant entered a plea of guilty to count and submit to random drug testing. The defendant is ortwo of the indictment, possessing criminal tools, a felony dered to pay all court costs. No mandatory or discretionary of the fifth degree. The court accepted the defendant’s plea fines are imposed for the reason that the defendant is indiand found him guilty. Order: For the conviction of count gent and no restitution is ordered pursuant to this offense. two, two years community control, basic supervision. The The court further orders that the defendant’s motor vehicle defendant shall not leave the State of Ohio without per- operating privileges be suspended for five years. The demission of the court. The defendant shall not possess nor fendant is granted credit for 146 days. Bond is terminated. consume any alcohol or drugs unless prescribed by an M.D., After prison term, the defendant will serve three years post D.O., or dentist. The defendant shall not enter bars, tav- release control. erns or establishments where alcohol is served as a primary source of income. The defendant shall remain gainBenjamin L. Beckwith fully employed. The defendant has four days jail credit. Oct. 2: On January 12, 2012, the defendant entered a plea of guilty before the court to count one of the indictJames M. Boucher ment, possession of cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree, Sept. 20: The court finds that the defendant has entered and count two of the indictment, aggravated possession of a plea of guilty to and has been convicted of the offense as drugs, a felony of the fifth degree, and the court withheld charged under count one of the indictment, duty to regis- adjudication of guilt and referred the defendant’s case to ter, a felony of the fourth degree. Order: The defendant is the drug court. The court finds that the defendant has vioordered to pay a fine of $100.00, basic supervised time for lated the conditions of the drug court participation agreeone year and unannounced urinalysis. ment and therefore finds the defendant guilty of count one possession of cocaine and count two of the indictment. Michael A. Pudder Order: Count one for the conviction of possession of cocaine, Sept. 20: The defendant withdrew his former plea of not one year incarceration in prison, and count two for the conguilty and entered a plea of guilty to count one of felonious viction of aggravated possession of drugs, one year incarassault, a felony of the second degree. Order: The plea ne- ceration. The sentences will concurrently. The defendant’s gotiation is approved and accepted by the court. The State driver’s license will be suspended for six months for each of Ohio’s motion to dismiss the specification of count one is count with said suspensions to run concurrently with one granted. The defendant shall serve a stated term of three another and to take effect immediately. The defendant, upon years for one count of felonious assault. Upon completion release from prison, will be subject to post release control of the prison term, the offender is subject to a post release for a period of up to three years. No fine was assessed. control for three years. Credit is granted for 125 days for Bond is canceled. Payment of court costs for which judgment is rendered and execution may issue. The defendant time spent in custody. has 243 days jail credit.

Justin C. Rossi

Cassandra M. Lovin Sept. 19: The defendant’s sentencing hearing was held. The court finds that the defendant has entered a plea of guilty to and has been convicted of the lesser included offense as charged under count one of the indictment, attempted felonious assault, a felony of the third degree. Order: The defendant is sentenced to three years of community control. Restitution in the amount of $3,079.00 be paid to the victim. Basic supervised time for three years. Unannounced urinalysis: defendant is further ordered to continue counseling with the Community Counseling Center. The defendant has a jail credit of three days.

John M. Sanders Oct. 4: The defendant withdrew his former plea of not guilty and entered a plea of guilty to one count of receiving stolen property, a felony of the fifth degree, and one count of forgery, a felony of the fifth degree. Order: The plea negotiation is approved and accepted by the court. The defendant shall serve a stated term of 12 months for receiving stolen property and 12 months for forgery. The sentences on each count will be served concurrently with each other. Upon completion of the prison term, the offender may be subject to three years post release control. The defendant will pay restitution on the amount of $356.56. No fine is imposed. Credit is granted for one day because of time spent in custody.

Stacy Michael

Oct. 3: The court finds the defendant entered a plea of guilty to and has been convicted of the offense as charged under count one of the indictment: grand theft of a motor vehicle, a felony of the fourth degree. It is ordered that the defendant serve a term of one year in prison. The court notified the defendant that the sentence imposed automati-

Sept. 17: The defendant is charged with two counts of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree, and one count of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set in the amount of $25,000.00.

David E. Hopkins II Sept. 17: The defendant is charged with one count of illegal manufacture of drugs a felony of the second degree and one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs a felony of the third degree. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set in the amount of $25,000.00.

Robert A. Mullen Sept. 17: The defendant is charged with one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree, and one count of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. No bond is set.

Donald L. Tingley Sept. 17: The defendant is charged with one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree, and one count of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. No bond is set.

Robert A. Mullen Sept. 17: The defendant is charged with one count of complicity to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree, one count of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree, one count of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree, one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree, and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. No bond is set.

Heather N. Shellenberger

Sept. 17: The defendant is charged with two counts of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, felonies of the third degree, and one count of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree. The defendant entered a plea of not Jose Gonzalez Sept. 20: The defendant is charged with one count of guilty. Bond is set in the amount of $10,000. duty to register a felony of the fourth degree. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set in the amount Robert L. Kelly, aka Robert L. Kelley of $5,000. Sept. 14: The defendant is charged with one count of improper handling of a firearm in motor vehicle, a felony of the fourth degree, and one count of complicity to impropCameron D. Mann Sept. 19: The defendant is charged with one count of erly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation, a felony receiving stolen property, a felony of the fourth degree, one of the second degree. The defendant entered a plea of not count of grand theft of motor vehicle, a felony of the fourth guilty. Bond is set in the amount of $50,000. degree and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a felony of the first degree. The defendant entered a Leslie Keesler plea of not guilty. Bond is set in the amount of $3,500.00. Sept. 14: The defendant is charged with one count of domestic violence a felony of the third degree. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set in the amount Dustin S. Plottke Sept. 20: The defendant is charged with one count ille- of $2,500. gal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree, one count of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs, a Aaron A. Burnett felony of the second degree, one count of illegal assembly Sept. 14: The defendant is charged with one count of or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a aggravated robbery, a felony of the first degree, and one felony of the third degree, one count of complicity to illegal count of petty theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree. The assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set in the of drugs, a felony of the third degree, and one count of pos- amount of $25,000. sessing criminal tools, a felony of the fifth degree. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set in the Christopher M. Stevens amount of $15,000. Sept. 14: The defendant is charged with one count of burglary, a felony of the second degree, and three counts of Kimberly Wallar grand theft, felonies of the third degree. The defendant Sept. 28: The defendant is charged with one count of entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set in the amount of aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth de- $20,000. gree. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set in the amount of $5,000.

Oct. 9: The defendant has previously entered a plea of guilty to one count of vehicular assault as charged in count two of the indictment, a felony of the fourth degree. Order: The defendant will serve two years basic supervision of the probation department. The defendant shall submit to testing for drug/alcohol use as determined by the supervising probation officer. The defendant will comply with all Justin J. Landon other terms of supervision set forth. The defendant’s right Sept. 18: The defendant is charged with one count of to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Ohio is suspended receiving stolen property, a felony of the fifth degree, and for one year. No fine is imposed. The defendant is granted one count of theft, a felony of the fifth degree. The defencredit for three days because of time spent in custody. dant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set in the amount of $5,000.

Benjamin L. Beckwith

Jonathan Guinn

Billy Shoenberger

Sept. 14: The defendant is charged with one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree, one count of complicity to for the illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree, and one count of possessing of drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor of the second degree. The defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Bond is set in the amount of $20,000.

Amy A. Thomas Sept. 18: The defendant is charged with one count of John R. Brown III complicity to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a felony Sept. 14: The defendant is charged with one count of of the third degree, and one count of endangering children, improper handling of firearm in a motor vehicle, a felony a felony of the third degree. The defendant entered a plea of the fifth degree. The defendant entered a plea of not of not guilty. Bond is set in the amount of $20,000. guilty. Bond is set in the amount of $5,000.

For the Record Conneaut Police At 1:40 a.m. Oct. 17, shoplifting was reported at Circle K Store on Mill Street. At 10:10 a.m. Oct. 17, juice was reported stolen off a porch on Center Street. At 11:09 a.m. Oct. 17, Nychole A. Rose was arrested at the Dollar General store on Main Street after stealing a package of T-shirts and transported to the jail facility and booked in. At 11:53 a.m. Oct. 17, a door handle was reportedly broken off a vehicle on Harbor Street. At 12:05 p.m. Oct. 17, a custody dispute was reported on Harbor Street. At 4 p.m. Oct. 17, Chris Wintringham, Christina Miller, and Josh Zeigler were cited into Conneaut Municipal Court for disorderly conduct after an altercation among them on Harbor Street. At 6:34 p.m. Oct. 17, a non-injury traffic accident was reported in the area of State and Chestnut Streets.


employee at Dollar General from a Madison Street resiStore reported that her bi- dence. At 12:29 a.m. Oct. 18, a cycle had been stolen while Stopped for speeding on hit-skip motor vehicle acci- she was at work. East Main Road at 9:50 p.m. dent was reported on MadiAt 8:22 a.m. Oct. 20, an Oct. 22, Kristiana Balliet told son Street. assault was reported on officers that she was running late for work. She advised At 7:30 a.m. Oct. 18, a Clark Street. that she had left her license Clark Street resident reAt 6:12 p.m. Oct. 20, a at home, but Dispatch adported that her vehicle had non-injury traffic accident vised that her Ohio license been vandalized. was reported at Route 20 and had expired, and her Pennsylvania license was susAt 1:08 p.m. Oct. 18, a fe- Parrish Road. pended. Balliet was cited. male reported that her walAt 8:16 p.m. Oct. 20, a let had been stolen from out At 6:33 a.m. Oct. 23, a of her shopping cart at the Marshall Street resident renon-injury traffic accident Golden Dawn Store on Main ported harassment. was reported in the area of IStreet. At 9:30 p.m. Oct. 20, a do- 90 and Route 7. At 1:13 p.m. Oct. 18, coins mestic altercation was reAt 10:11 a.m. Oct. 23, a were reported stolen from a ported on Sandusky Street. Main Street resident reWest Main Road residence. At 11:03 p.m. Oct. 20, elec- ported threats. At 5:25 p.m. Oct. 18, dam- tronics and a piggy bank At 12:09 p.m. Oct 23, age was reported at the bird were reported stolen from a Hosea Robinson was arrested watching deck at Malek Harbor Street residence. on Maple Avenue for a warPark. At 10:21 a.m. Oct. 21, a rant through the Ashtabula At 6:28 p.m. Oct. 18, a Lib- female patron at the County Sheriff ’s Office and erty Street resident reported Sportsline Bar reported be- was turned over to their cusing threatened by her boy- tody. harassment. friend. At 12:41 p.m. Oct. 23, a At 12:54 a.m. Oct. 19, a At 1:36 a.m. Oct. 21, offic- non-injury traffic accident domestic altercation was reported on West Main Road. ers cited Cassandra Lovin, was reported in the area of Ifollowing a traffic stop on 90 and Route 7. At 5:26 a.m. Oct. 19, a Route 7 between Gateway At 2:21 p.,m. Oct. 23, a non-injury traffic accident Avenue and Welton Road, for was reported on Naylor Bou- driving under an FRA sus- domestic altercation was reported on Main Street. pension. levard. ported on West Main Road.

At 12:29 a.m. Oct. 18, a At 8:52 a.m. Oct. 21, a At 12:07 p.m. Oct. 19, elechit-skip motor vehicle acci- tronics were reported stolen Broad Street resident redent was reported on Madi- from a Broad Street resi- ported her juvenile daughter son Street. was unruly, and left home dence. without permission. The At 7:30 a.m. Oct. 18, a At 1:38 p.m. Oct. 19, cop- daughter was located later in Clark Street resident re- per was reported stolen from the day and cited into Juveported that her vehicle had a South Parrish Road resi- nile Court. been vandalized. dence. At 10:02 a.m. Oct. 21, a At 1:08 p.m. Oct. 18, a feAt 3:42 p.m. Oct. 19, a Sandusky Street resident remale reported that her wal- Hayward Avenue resident ported the theft of a mailbox. let had been stolen from out reported harassment that of her shopping cart at the was occurring on the school At 3:17 p.m. Oct. 21, a Golden Dawn Store on Main bus. West Main Road resident reStreet. ported the theft of lawn orAt 4:02 p.m. Oct. 19, a ju- naments. At 1:13 p.m. Oct. 18, coins venile male was arrested on were reported stolen from a Park Place for allegedly At 7;47 p.m. Oct. 21, a doWest Main Road residence. striking his mother and a mestic altercation was reneighbor during a domestic ported on Blair Street. At 5:25 p.m. Oct. 18, dam- altercation. The male was age was reported at the bird transported to Youth DetenAt 7:23 a.m. Oct. 22, a watching deck at Malek tion Center and turned over Buffalo Street resident rePark. ported the theft of an outto their custody. board boat motor. At 6:28 p.m. Oct. 18, a LibAt 7 p.m. Oct. 19, a nonerty Street resident reported injury traffic accident involvAt 4:14 p.m. Oct. 22, a doharassment. ing three vehicles was re- mestic altercation was reported on West Main Road. ported on Center Road. At 12:54 a.m. Oct. 19, a domestic altercation was reAt 4:27 p.m. Oct. 22, a biAt 10:13 p.m. Oct. 19, an

At 3:51 p.m. Oct. 23, a juvenile female was arrested on Poplar Street after striking her younger brother in a domestic altercation and was transported to the Youth Detention Center. At 7 p.m. Oct. 23, Lisa Ranson, Kevin McCumber, Jaime Roskelly, and a juvenile male were cited into Conneaut Municipal Court for disorderly conduct after an altercation among them on Cleveland Court. At 7:38 p.m. Oct. 23, a vehicle struck a deer on Center Road, near Spring Street. No one was injured.

Ashtabula Police October 17 06:47 a.m. - block of 1200 Perryville Pl. A report of a burglary was received. 08:18 a.m. - block of 4200 State Rd. An unruly juvenile was reported. 09:14 a.m. - block of 8100 E. 15th St. A witness of a

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October 19 12:07 a.m. - block of 4300 Wet Ave. A domestic assault was reported. 04:44 a.m. - block of 5700 Main Ave. Caller reports domestic violence. One arrest was made. 09:56 a.m. - block of 5400 Madison Ave. Caller reports an alarm. 11:37 a.m. - block of 3200 Glover Dr. AMHA reporting that they found a marijuana plant. 11:55 a.m. - block of 1700 E. 45th St. Report of multiple animals. 12:58 p.m. - W 40th St./ October 18 12:55 a.m. - block of 7600 Station Ave. Suspicious veCenter St. Caller reports go hicle. 02:32 p.m. - block of 4100 carts on roadway. 04:26 a.m. - block of 8300 W. Prospect Rd. A burglary Lake Ave. Caller reports a was reported. 02:37 p.m. - block of robbery. 08:09 a.m. - block of 8300 Woodman Ave. Credit card Lake Ave. Caller reported a theft/fraud was reported. 05:44 p.m. - block of 1100 subject attempted to steal W. 41st St. A fraudulent beer from the store. 08:35 a.m. - block of 3200 check was received. 06:03 p.m. - block of 1700 W. 48th St. Caller reported W. Prospect Rd. A theft was a barking dog complaint. 12:04 p.m. - block of 1600 reported. 06:16 p.m. - block of 2200 W. 6th St. Caller reported a disturbance at the listed ad- W. 50th St. An assault was reported. dress. 12:05 p.m. - block of 3300 See POLICE page 17B



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Station Ave. Caller reported a problem with a neighbor speeding. 12:07 p.m. - block of 2400 Deerfield Dr. Caller reported vandalism. 12:31 p.m. - block of 5500 Madison Ave. A burglary was reported. 12:35 p.m. - block of 1300 Stewart Ave. Caller reports a vicious dog. 02:10 p.m. - block of 3200 Altman Ct. Caller reports a disturbance. 04:43 p.m. - block of 1000 Treelane Dr. Caller reported a side door alarm. 06:21 p.m. - block of 1700 E. 48th St. A burglary was reported. 06:30 p.m. - Glover Dr./ Altman Ct. Information about a meth lab was received. 08:35 p.m. - block of 1700 Robin Cir. Departmental information. 09:20 p.m. - block of 5300 Woodman Ave. A report of a burglary was received. 11:21 p.m. - Lake Ave./ Main Ave. A traffic stop was conducted. One arrest for paraphernalia.

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crime reported being threatened by the suspect. 09:36 a.m. - block of 2900 Carso Ave. A juvenile complaint came into the station. 11:07 a.m. - block of 3700 Lake Ave. Threats were reported. 11:13 a.m. - block of 5500 Adams Ave. A burglary was reported. 11:32 a.m. - block of 1100 W. 38th St. CSB asking for stand by. 12:31 p.m. - block of 8400 W. 41st St. Subject in the lobby to report harassment. 12:42 p.m. - block of 5100 Hope Ave. A domestic was reported. 12:50 p.m. - block of 5400 Jefferson Ave. A burglary in progress was reported. 01:31 p.m. - block of 8000 W. Prospect Rd. A report of threats was received. 03:24 p.m. - block of 1700 E. 45th St. A burglary was reported. 04:32 p.m. - block of 8600 W. Prospect Rd. Report of threats. 04:38 p.m. - block of 1300 Perryville Pl. A burglary was reported. 04:56 p.m. - block of 3700 Lake Ave. A disturbance was reported. 05:01 p.m. - block of 2400 Lake Ave. Prisoner care. 05:25 p.m. - block of 5100 Lake Ave. A robbery was reported. 06:13 p.m. - block of 5000 W. 41st St. A landlord tenant dispute. 07:21 p.m. - block of 2400 Lake Ave. An intoxicated female was taken to the ER. 10:48 p.m. - West Ave./W. Prospect Rd. Two subjects on bikes were stopped and arrested.

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For the Record POLICE From page 16B 08:03 P.M. - block of W. 38th St. Personal welfare. 09:18 p.m. - block of 1300 W. Prospect Rd. A report of a disturbance was received. 10:14 p.m. - block of 8300 W. Prospect Rd. A report of a disturbance was received. 10:23 p.m. - block of 6000 W. 28th St. A report of a male trespassing was received. 11:21 p.m. - block of 1000 Seymour Dr. A report of an assault was received. 11:55 p.m. - block of 1200 W. 38th St. A report of an assault was received at the station. October 20 12:41 a.m. - block of 1000 W. 34th St. A report of an assault was reported. 01:22 a.m. - block of 9400 W. 44th St. Caller reports a theft. 01:47 a.m. - block of 2300 West Ave. A report of a disturbance involving a private property hit skip was received. 07:59 a.m. - block of 3300 W. 13th St. A report of an injured deer was received. 11:33 a.m. - block of 5700 Woodman Ave. A report of an assault that occurred on 1015-12 was received. 03:01 p.m. - block of 2200 W. 50th St. A report of a fight was received. 04:52 p.m. - block of 5100 Reed Ave. A juvenile was arrested for threatening another juvenile with a gun. 05:53 p.m. - block of 5100 Reed Ave. A request for a threat report was received. 08:22 p.m. - W. 48th St./ Jefferson Ave. A traffic stop resulted in a drug test. 09:16 p.m. - block of 5000 West Ave. A report of a burglary was received. 09:18 p.m. - block of 8200 E. 16th St. A burglary was reported. 10:35 p.m. - block of 2200 West Ave. A report of a fight was received. 11:08 p.m. - block of 5300 Jefferson Ave. A burglary was reported. 11:54 p.m. - block of 1000 Seymour Dr. Disturbance.

Jefferson Ave. A burglary was reported. 01:22 a.m. - block of 1800 W. 4th St. A report of domestic violence was received. 01:44 a.m. - Collins Blvd./ W. 46th St. A juvenile was arrested for curfew and falsification. 11:41 a.m. - block of 1200 Hamlin Dr. A suicide attempt was reported. 12:22 p.m. - block of 5200 Summer Ave. Non violent domestics. 03:48 p.m. - Jefferson Ave./W. 52nd St. Disturbance. 04:48 p.m. - block of 3600 Station Ave. A found property report was filed. 05:42 p.m. - block of 1600 E. 47th St. An assault was reported. 10:18 p.m. - block of 5600 Jefferson Ave. Caller reports disturbance in the road.

October 22 05:59 a.m. - block of 5100 Nathan Ave. Caller reports a burglary. 08:09 a.m. - block of 1700 W. Prospect Rd. Caller reporting unwanted persons. 08:35 a.m. - block of 1000 Seymour Dr. An investigation into the manufacture of methamphetamine’s began. 10:12 a.m. - block of 1200 W. 58th St. Caller reported a child custody matter. 10:44 a.m. - W. 43rd St./ West Ave. Suspicious person. 12:48 p.m. - block of 4900 Main Ave. Caller reported suspicious activity going on in the park. 01:47 p.m. - block of 1100 W. 8th St. A theft was reported. 04:18 p.m. - block of 1000 W. 39th St. A domestic was reported. 05:29 p.m. - block of 5500 Adams Ave. A disturbance was reported. 06:19 p.m. - block of 5800 Washington Ave. An assault was reported. 06:22 p.m. - block of 4300 West Ave. A theft was reported. 07:13 p.m. - block of 1000 Riverside Dr. Caller reports a burglary. 07:28 p.m. - block of 1000 Seymour Dr. Caller reports domestic threats. 08:04 p.m. - block of 5700 Madison Ave. Caller reports a burglary. October 21 08:07 p.m. - block of 1000 12:45 a.m. - block of 5600


Lake Ave. A controlled buy of narcotics was completed. 02:26 p.m. - block of 8000 Columbus Ave. A theft was reported. 02:48 p.m. - block of 5600 Adams Ave. A controlled buy of narcotics was conducted. 04:18 p.m. - block of 5700 Madison Ave. A controlled buy of narcotics was conducted. 05:30 p.m. - block of 5700 Main Ave. A controlled buy of narcotics was conducted. 05:37 p.m. - block of 2200 Lake Ave. An unwanted person was reported. 09:18 p.m. - block of 5500 Washington Ave. A male was arrested for domestic vioOctober 23 01:49 a.m. - block of 4500 lence. 11:07 p.m. - block of 4600 West Ave. A domestic violence complaint was made. Topper Rd. A report of loud music was received. One arrest. 08:19 a.m. - block of 4200 October 25 W. 57th St. Report of a sui12:52 a.m. - block of 9000 cidal person. 08:46 a.m. - block of 2300 E. 16th St. Disturbance. 05:05 a.m. - block of 7400 Wade Ave. Report of an asE. 16th St. Disturbance. sault. 11:22 a.m. - block of 2200 West Ave. Report of private Orwell Police property accident. Oct 14 12:31 p.m. - block of 5700 11:25 am - Warrant arrest Woodman Ave. caller reon E Main St ported a domestic. 2:32 pm - Suspicious ac01:09 p.m. - block of 1200 W. Prospect Rd. Report of a tivity E Main St 3:28 pm - Domestic disdomestic. 01:11 p.m. - block of 1300 pute on E Main St Oct 15 Hamlin Dr. Report of suspi3:26 pm - Traffic comcious activity. 01:51 p.m. - block of 1700 plaint on E Main St Oct 16 Blue Jay Cr. Report of a bur7:11 am - Suspicious acglary. 02:27 p.m. - block of 6400 tivity on N Maple Ave 3:30 am - Traffic comHiram Ave. Civil matter replaint on E Main St ported. Oct 17 02:31 p.m. - block of 3200 6:30 pm - Custody dispute W. 41st St. Report of a fight. 03:44 p.m. - block of 3000 on E Main St 6:30 pm - Menacing comLarson Ln. Report of theft. 06:38 p.m. - block of 2100 plaint on Janate Ave Oct 18 Lake Ave. Report of private 10:29 pm - Underage conproperty. sumption arrest on W Main St October 24 Oct 19 09:25 a.m. - block of 4200 4:25 pm - Traffic comState Rd. Domestic violence. 10:29 a.m. - block of 2300 plaint on W Main St 11:55 pm - Driving under Wade Ave. Complaints juvesuspension arrest on N nile. 11:44 a.m. - block of 1300 Maple Ave Oct 20 Allen Ave. Threats were re11:41 am - Disturbance ported. 12:02 p.m. - State Rd. A on Janate Ave 2:15 pm - OVI arrest on controlled buy of narcotics N Maple Ave was conducted. 10:40 pm - Noise com12:59 p.m. - block of 4100 W. 29th St. A burglary was plaint on S Maple Ave 11:16 pm - Suspicious acreported. 01:23 p.m. - block of 8300 tivity on E Main St Riverside Dr. Caller reports a theft. 09:13 p.m. - E. 23rd St./ Mckelvey Ave. A traffic stop was conducted. One arrest was served. 09:43 p.m. - Adams Ave./ W. 54th St. A traffic stop was conducted and the passenger was arrested. 09:55 p.m. - block of 1600 W. 19th St. Caller reports a disturbance. 11:01 p.m. - block of 1000 W. 51st St. Caller reports a burglary. 11:29 p.m. - block of 8100 W. 54th St. Caller reports a burglary.

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In The Military Whitfield returns from serving overseas Army National Guard Sgt. Kim A. Whitfield has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe. Whitfield is a logistical specialist assigned to the 1484th Transportation Company in North Canton, Ohio. She has served in the military for 13 years. Her husband, Lawsin, is the son of Virginia L. Whitfield of Geneva, Ohio. She is a 1988 graduate of John Adams High School, Ozone Park, N.Y.

Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department Oct. 22 1:22 p.m. - 2000 block of Creamer Road in Kingsville Township. Report of larceny/theft. The complainant believes that renters who he evicted committed the theft.

Oct. 25 10:59 a.m. - 6000 block of Sanborn Road in Saybrook Township. Report of larceny/theft. Two female students stole items from the men’s locker room. Theft and criminal trespassing charges are requested.

Oct. 26 9:51 a.m. - 1000 block of State Route 534 North in Harpersfield Township. Report of larceny/theft. The suspect stole over $20,000 in timing equipment from the business. He has since fled the state. Request for warrant for felony theft. 4:30 p.m. - 200 block of State Road in Ashtabula. Report of larceny/theft. Report of a theft of truck batteries over the weekend.

Oct. 28 4:45 p.m. - 3000 block of North Ridge Road East in Ashtabula Township. Report of larceny/theft. Three suspects are accused of stealing video games. 5:18 p.m. - 7000 block of Pymatuning Lake Road in Williamsfield Township. Report of a burglary. There is a stolen ATV.

Oct. 29 4:26 p.m. - 5000 block of Schrambling Road in Pierpont Township. The complainant filed a report about threats.

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County affected by Hurricane Sandy Ashtabula Coast Guard was on high alert earlier this week, as officials watched the weather take its course, with ASHTABULA - The effects of Hurricane Sandy, waves up to 24 feet and winds which has now been downgraded to a tropical rainup to 45 knots possible. storm, have been felt in northeast Ohio. “We are closely monitoring The high winds of Monday saw around 180,000 the weather,” Adam Lutz, power outages in the Northeast Ohio region, acCoast Guard Executive Petty cording to First Energy officials. Schools throughout Ashtabula County were closed Officer in Ashtabula, said. Boat owners across the on Tuesday, with school officials citing the dangerous shoreline could be seen reweather conditions for the closings. Trees were down throughout the county, with some knocking down moving their boats from the waters, as Lake Erie power lines. Winds also whipped through the county. In the Village of Jefferson, Village Administra- showed signs of the turbulent waters. Conneaut Port tor Terry Finger checked for downed trees TuesAuthority and Coast Guard day morning. On East Satin Street, a downed tree officials saw white caps and falling over the power lines caused a portion of waves in the harbors. the street to be closed. Denver Spieldenner, With the county’s proximity to Lake Erie, the harbormaster for the Conneaut Port Authority, said if any boats break free of their moorings, dock workers won’t be going to their rescue because they don’t want to endanger the crew. On Monday, the Port Authority’s workers pulled the harbor’s summer channel markers and buoys and replaced them with smaller markers in preparation. Even the area’s highways braced for the storm, as crews prepare for road damage, high water in ditches and under bridges and fallen trees and limbs. George Sabo, Ashtabula

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Many received splashes of Lake Erie as they climbed the rock wall at Walnut Beach.

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County’s Emergency Management Agency’s director, said they are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. Sabo said if any power outages occur, they need to be reported to First Energy by calling (888) 544-4877. Sabo also said to make sure to check on any one who is elderly that you might know. The National Weather Service Agency has already informed Ashtabula County to clear out all gutters of leaves and other debris to prevent further flooding issues. The National Weather Service Agency officials said winds were expected to gust up to 60 to 75 mph late Monday, but on Tuesday the winds slowed down and were projected to gust as high as 21 mph. Rainfall was forecasted at two to three inches by 8 a.m. Wednesday, with new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible on Tuesday. The NWSA predicts occasional rain on Wednesday, with a light west wind becoming northwest 6 to 11 mph in the morning. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are possible.


The Grand State Scenic River on Montgomery Road in Windsor Township overflows its banks in the storm aftermath on Tuesday. Back roads in west parts of southern Ashtabula County were temporarily closed.


Rock Creek has begun to overflow in the park, passing the fence which was once dry.

Casey Kozlowski went to Columbus to cut through the political bickering, and did just that. His fight for Ohio’s workers has shown the kind of leadership Ashtabula County needs to get back to prosperity. He stood up to tax hikes that would have taken more money out of your pocket, and protected Ohio’s consumers by voting against electricity and water rate increases.


This tree came down on Monroe Street in downtown Conneaut. Power outages were caused by downed trees, which took down power lines.

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The waters have risen around the Harpersfield Covered Bridge and the surrounding park.

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Grand Valley Soaps strives to offer affordable beauty products Meet Your Neighbor BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

products a week,” Pearlman said. So Pearlman started makGENEVA - Wanting to ing her own soap, and she find an affordable way to of- couldn’t believe how easy it fer natural beauty products was. Pearlman wants to do to the community, Lillie more than just give away the Pearlman opened up Grand soap as gifts to her family, Valley Soaps, located at 39 E. though, which is why she opened up the store in Main St. in Geneva. Pearlman especially was Geneva. With her new store, she is inspired by her children, as she wanted to give them now giving an option for more options to use natural products using natural, and often times local, materials. products on their skin. Everything is so commer- She said most of her supplies cialized, especially for kids, come from within a 50-mile radius. The other supplies Pearlman said. “It’s about cartoon charac- come from farms using susters, and how pretty it is, and tainable growing and harthey’re putting no thought vesting practices or fair trade into what they are putting on entities. Pearlman even uses some their body,” Pearlman said. And when you do find a of her own homegrown herbs natural product, the prices for the scents. The soaps are are high, as manufacturers homemade by her, and immediately raise the price, they’re all natural, biodegradable and vegetable Pearlman said. “You can’t afford to go based. She also uses some through $85 worth of hygiene organic ingredients.

Lillie Pearlman has opened up Grand Valley Soaps at 39 E. Main St. in Geneva. Besides the bars of soap, into living a more healthy, soap for women in her store. “From a creamy vegan she has even gotten creative, natural life, the happier I soap bar to a beautifully lavmaking cupcake-shaped am,” Pearlman said. But she said this lifestyle ish, customized artisan soap soaps and soon ice-cream starts with mom, so there are cake, we’re changing the face shaped soaps. “They more I can get kids plenty of upscale options of of natural soap making,”

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Robert S.

WYNN Eastern County Court

LOCAL Graduate of Harbor High School and Kent State University Ashtabula; 37-year Ashtabula County resident. EDUCATED Master of Business (Management), Bachelor of Business (Management, Accounting).

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EXPERIENCED Spent the last 20 years in relevant and consistent Business Management positions focusing on Investments, Collections, Budget Preparation, Fund and Bank Accounting and Human Resources.

PROVEN RESULTS Increased collection of delinquent taxes every year through aggressive phone campaign, expanded payment plan program and innovative collection techniques while spending less of your tax dollars on office expenses and payroll.

Dawn Cragon Cragon,, MBA

Ashtabula County Treasurer Paid for by Committee to Elect Dawn Cragon—Christina Mahoney Treasurer—2127 Austinburg Road, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004

I will continue the sound practices and tradition of fair decision making I have established in my 20 years as judge (at the court).

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Serving Justice & the Community with Honor and Respect for Your Rights • Good working relationship with law enforcement • Court has undergone computerization, implementation of a probation staff and document imaging • Endorsed by Ashtabula County AFL-CIO EDUCATION: • Graduate of Grand Valley High School • The Ohio State University (Phi Betta Kappa) • University of Akron School of Law COMMITTED TO ASHTABULA COUNTY: A lifelong resident of Ashtabula County, Judge Wynn and his wife, Cynthia, have been married for 29 years and are the parents of four sons. Paid for by Committee to Re-Elect Judge Robert S. Wynn Cynthia A. Wynn, Treasurer, 350 Beverly Drive, Jefferson, OH 44047.



Falcons win 8th grade game Finish undefeated

BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON – The Jefferson Falcons 8th grade football team finished out their season with a perfect record. The Falcons put their undefeated season on the line against a tough Braden Bulldogs team. Jefferson trailed early on and Braden continued to put pressure on the Falcons all night long. Jefferson went onto win the game 2014 to stay undefeated. Jefferson tried to get going on a trick play to start the game as Jeremiah Knight picked up ten yards on a reverse. The Falcons would hand the ball of numerous times to Knight who can score from anywhere on the field. However, Braden’s defense came to play with a game plan of stopping Knight as he picked up three yards on his next carry. Tyler Pocatko and Alex S t u r g i l l c o m bi ne d f o r a s a ck on Jefferson quarterback Sam Hitchcock. After an incomplete pass the Falcons were facing a fourth down. Jefferson elected to punt and a high snap forced Falcons punter Same Cheney to throw an incomplete pass as Braden took over at the 42. Jimmy Fogherty came up with a big tackle for a loss for the Falcons as Braden was facing a second and long. Sturgill got back six of the yards needed before Marcus Ernst hooked up with Quintin Blair for a 43-yard passing touchdown. Jefferson tried to respond as Knight picked up a 27-yard gain. After another short gain by Knight, Sturgill picked up a tackle for a loss for the Bulldogs. Jefferson tried to get the yardage back on a ten yard pass from Hitchcock to Jon Jackson, but the Falcons eventually turned the ball over on downs. The Falcons defense got a tackle for loss by Jared Hill and Brandon Hamper to set up a fourth and sixth. However, on fourth down the Falcons had too many players on the field and Braden picked up a first down on a fourth and one. Jimmy Fogherty had back-to-back short yardage tackles for the Falcons to set up a third down. Sam C h en e y fo l l o w e d w i t h a sa c k a n d Braden was forced to punt. Braden got the ball right back as Sturgill tackled Knight in the backfield for a loss of eleven yards. One play later and Josh Offenberg recovered a fumble for Braden setting up excellent field po-

sition. Quintin Blair and Sturgill carried the ball for Braden near the endzone as Fogherty came up with another short yardage tackle to force a fourth and one. Braden picked up the first down on a carry by Sturgill. The Falcons then created their own turnover as Jesse Williams came away with the loose ball on a fumble to give the ball back to Jefferson. Jefferson made the most of it as Knight carried the ball for 13 yards and Hitchcock kept the ball for three more yards. Hitchcock then connected for a 62-yard touchdown to Knight to tie the game at 6-6. Jefferson picked up the important two point conversion that Braden failed on earlier as Hitchcock threw it in the endzone to Cheney, making it 8-6 in favor of the Falcons. Jon Jackson picked off a Marcus Ernst pass to give the Falcons the ball with 49 seconds left. Hitchcock hit Cheney for back-toback completions of 22-yards and 21yards, but the offense would eventually stall going into halftime. The Falcons picked up a key turnover on downs to start halftime as Knight The Braden Bulldogs line up on defense during a game against Jefferson. and Jared Hill combined to tackle Ian Katon on fourth and four. Jeremiah Knight and the Falcons wasted no time as Knight scored on a 92-yard run to give the Falcons the lead at 14-6. The Bulldogs then handed the ball off five straight times to Sturgill who picked up a pair of first downs. Ernst then kept the ball for seven yards and later found Katon for an eight-yard pick up on third and 12 after a holding. Sturgill picked up three straight first downs as the Bulldogs had the ball first and goal. Sturgill eventually plowed in from a yard out and also converted the two point conversion to tie the game at PHOTOS BY BYRON C. WESSELL 14-14. The Falcons turned to their work- The Braden Bulldogs run a play during an 8th grade football game against Jefferson. horse Jeremiah Knight who picked up three first downs of his own before scoring on a 19-yard run to give Jefferson a 20-14 lead. Jefferson’s defense did their job as Hitchcock had tackle for a loss of four setting up a second and 13. The Falcons forced an incomplete a pass and Tony Gaterallo picked up a sack making it fourth and 24. Jefferson forced another incomplete pass on fourth down and the 7th grade team was able to close out the game in the victory formation.

The Jefferson Falcons 8th grade football team runs a play against the Braden Bulldogs.

The Jefferson Falcons hosted the Braden Bulldogs in a recent 8th grade football game.

Jeremiah Knight, of Jefferson, stretches forward during an 8th grade football game.



Geneva 8th Grade Football 2012: 8-0 Record, Lake-Geauga Middle School Football Champions The Eighth Grade Football team from Geneva Middle School just wrapped up a perfect 8-0 season putting them on top of the league standings followed by Chardon with a 7-1 record, and then Madison at 6-2. This is the second time in three years that the 8th grade team has claimed and or shared the LGMCA Championship (2010, 2012) and holds a 19-5 overall record. This year’s team despite being the smallest school on the schedule was able to complete the perfect season while facing rugged competition. The team started off fast with big victories over Mentor Memorial 30-8, University 38-16 and Eastlake 40-12. But in game four against Chardon the game would not be decided until Geneva was able to deny Chardon on a first and goal from the 4 yard line with 1:43 left in the game winning 12-6. It was huge statement and proved that the team would not quit and had the toughness to do

something very special. From there Geneva defeated Lakeside 30-8 to set up a game 6 showdown with undefeated Madison which had beat Geneva the year before 28-0. Geneva eventually took control of the game winning 30-12 in strong fashion. In the remaining two games Geneva would really begin to gel as they defeated Mentor Shore 40-6. The battle for the best record in the league would not be decided until the final week of the season with Geneva (7-0), Chardon (6-1) and Madison (6-1) all playing against very good football teams. As it played out Geneva would defeat a very good Willoughby team 32-0 leaving no doubt that the young Eagles were the best team this year. The season was built on the idea of playing with one heartbeat and never quitting, and fighting through any and all adversity. They also bought in to The Ohio State and Urban Meyer’s concept of plus two. Doing more than


The Geneva Eagles 8th grade football team consists of: Row2(L-R) Kylie Clint, Coach Sorber, Kody Brown, Thomas Higgins, Rahi Patel, Josh Way, David Daughters, Jimmy Holcknecht, Grant Duraine, Juan Rodriguez, Jalique White, Brian Seeds, Max Sanzo, Chase Livingston, Jon Gildersleeve, Ryan Wright, Coach Carraher, Ally Shaefer, and Callie Kersey. Row 1 (L-R) Matt Sovka, Jerome Santiago, Collin Deering, Patrick Howard, Derek Cowles, Tommy Cunningham, Daniel Verdi, Teagen Shaugnessy, Anthony Anastasia, Logan Hurst, Ryan Riviera, Matt Griswald, Clayton Lundy, Cody Ulrich, and Mason Fortney. what was required and believing in it pushed them to a new level of play in practice and in games. Geneva peaked at just the right time and continued to improve as the season went on. They were able to beat three teams that had beaten them the year before. These are the kind of seasons that

The Geneva Eagles 8th grade football team celebrate their perfect season.

you just want to go on and on because there is no limit to how great this team could become. Only the future will tell. The 8th Grade football team consists of: Kody Brown, Thomas Higgins, Rahi Patel, Josh Way, David

Daughters, Jimmy Holcknecht, Grant Duraine, Juan Rodriguez, Jalique White, Brian Seeds, Max Sanzo, Chase Livingston, Jon Gildersleeve, Ryan Wright, Matt Sovka, Jerome Santiago, Collin Deering, Patrick Howard, Derek

Cowles, Tommy Cunningham, Daniel Verdi, Teagen Shaugnessy, Anthony Anastasia, Logan Hurst, Ryan Riviera, Matt Griswald, Clayton Lundy, Cody Ulrich, and Mason Fortney. – Submitted By Gerald Sorber.

The Geneva Eagles 8th grade football team finished a perfect 8-0.

Perry sweeps Super Bowls BY ALLAN MONONEN Gazette Newspapers

only 12 points all season.” “We were 10-0. I am proud of the kids, it is very hard to CONNEAUT - It became go undefeated and run the a sweep for Perry in the Free- table,” Perry Coach Matt way Youth Football League as Sullivan said. Perry started out quickly. Perry won both the Lower Division and Upper Division Su- After a Madison drive failed per Bowl. The Upper Perrry and their punt backed up the Whites, NFC Champs, de- Pirates to their own twelve, feated the Madison Upper Sil- Jacob Allen went around left end and sprinted down the ver, AFC Champs, 20-0. “It was a very successful sideline for 88 yards and the year. We were the only team TD, 6-0. Madison’s ground game to go undefeated, and gave up

with Nolan Landis and Shane Magda moved the football but the Pirate defense was up to stopping the Streaks from crossing the goal line. In the third period, Perry took possession at midfield. Moving on the running of Allen and Jake Reid, the Pirates drove down the gridiron. Jake Reid scored the TD with a one yard dive. Jacob Allen added the point, 13-0. Beginning the final quarter, Madison had a nice drive


The Upper Perry team and parents celebrate their Super Bowl win.Perry team members are: 2 Jake Reid; 3 Gavin Jean; 7 Anthony Rosati; 8 Kyle Davanaugh;12 Drew Schiano; 13 David Vesey; 14 Dylan Oberlin; 16 Jacob Allen; 18 Josh Adams; 19 Ben Patrizi; 21 Justin Clark; 22 Rocky Watters; 28 Owen Reese; 30 Matthew Sullivan; 32 Jacob Holroyd: 34 Matthew Cool;42 Anthony Gedeon; 54 Tommy Jackson; 55 Stephen Connor; 56 Jack Blaurock; 59 Shane Pepp; 80 Bryce Cooper; 87 Mike Scarano; 88 Tyler Morgan; and 98 Noah Stevenson.

into Perry territory. Then a pass went awry, into the hands of a Pirate at the Perry 40. Jacob Allen sped around right end and reached the end zone for the score. Jake Reid added the point and it was 20-0. The Pirates stopped the final Madison possessions and held on for the shutout. “We were the AFC Champs Madison team members are: 12 Paxton Wilkerson; 16 Logan Pierce; 18 Ricky Lindoerfer; and made the Super Bowl. I 21,Declan Wilkerson; 25 Colton Skoch; 29 Nate Gortz; 32 Max Starke; 33 Ryan Bowers; am proud of the kids, they 43 Shane Magda; 36 Zach Darrows; 42 Thomas Jones; 44 Noland Landis; 52 Eddie have a bright future ahead of Rodriguez; 56 Dylan Ingle; 62 Junior Ochoa; 66 Noah Odorcic; 67 Lucas Welch; 68 them,” Madison coach David Wilkinson commented. Aidan Thompson; 71 Ethan Scott; 82 Ryan Lyerly; and 88 Nathan Fuller.

Perry Upper White team members are: 2 Jake Reid; 3 Gavin Jean; 7 Anthony Rosati; 8 Kyle Davanaugh;12 Drew Schiano; 13 David Vesey; 14 Dylan Oberlin; 16 Jacob Allen; 18 Josh Adams; 19 Ben Patrizi; 21 Justin Clark; 22 Rocky Watters; 28 Owen Reese; 30 Matthew Sullivan; 32 Jacob Holroyd: 34 Matthew Cool;42 Anthony Gedeon; 54 Tommy Jackson; 55 Stephen Connor; 56 Jack Blaurock; 59 Shane Pepp; 80 Bryce Cooper; 87 Mike Scarano; 88 Tyler Morgan;

and 98 Noah Stevenson. Madison Upper Silver team members are: 12 Paxton Wilkerson; 16 Logan Pierce; 18 Ricky Lindoerfer; 21,Declan Wilkerson; 25 Colton Skoch; 29 Nate Gortz; 32 Max Starke; 33 Ryan Bowers; 43 Shane Magda; 36 Zach Darrows; 42 Thomas Jones; 44 Noland Landis; 52 Eddie Rodriguez; 56 Dylan Ingle; 62 Junior Ochoa; 66 Noah Odorcic; 67 Lucas Welch; 68 Aidan Thompson; 71 Ethan Scott; 82 Ryan Lyerly; and 88 Nathan Fuller.



JV Falcons finish undefeated BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON – The Jefferson Falcons junior varsity football team ended their season with a perfect 9-0 record. The Falcons had one game remaining against Conneaut this past Saturday, but the game was canceled. Jefferson was coached junior PHOTO BY BYRON C. WESSELL varsity coaches Dave Wright The Jefferson Falcons junior varsity team pose for a picture after finishing the season 9-0. The team is coached by and Scott Collins. Seeing junior varsity time Dave Wright and Scott Collins. for the Falcons this year were: Lucas Hitchcock, Derek Parker, Zach Collins, Hunter Pridemore, Cody Leonardson, Thomas Bevins, Matt Posidala, Frankie Fiorrito, Will Gratn, Chris Saunders, Sam Hartman, Jonah Ashley, Jared Dean, Josh Hall, Josh Kearney, Daniel Gillespie, Kyle Nelson, Steven Brown, Hunter Bean, Brandon Hagerdon, James Schmidt, Matt Meyers, Jarrod Burns, Travis Bradley, Cody Campbell, Austin Patton, Victor Toth, Logan Byler, Daniel Noscal, Cory Rought, Brent Morris and Joey Baitt. The Junior Varsity team outscored their opponents 338-92 in their 9-0 season. The coaches contribute a lot of their success to the amount of repetitions the players get. Some of the players who are capable get in some practice time with the varsity squad. The Falcons didn’t have a freshmen team this year so all of the freshmen class was part of the junior varsity squad. The coaches decided to split the locker room into two groups to get in as many reps as possible. “Looking at other teams they don’t get the amount of reps that our players get,” Wright and Collins echoed. Although Jefferson is still new to a lot of the AAC teams they face the coaches felt that didn’t play an important role either way in the undefeated season. “We get a lot of game film on the varsity level and what we see there nine out of ten times that’s what the junior varsity team is running,”

Coach Wright said. The Falcons also use a watered down version of their own varsity offense. “There’s some other things we do too based on the strengths of the team. We also try to get as many guys touching the ball as we can,” Coach Collins said. The junior varsity team tried to work in a two-quarter back system and also used a red and a black defense for different occasions. Jefferson started the season with three straight shutouts of their opponents. In the first week of the season Jefferson defeated LaBrae 46-0 and proceeded to beat Edgewood 38-0. Jefferson’s third shut out of the season came in a 42-0 win over Fairport. Campbell Memorial was the first team to put points on the board against the Falcons, but Jefferson won the contest 28-12. Jefferson also defeated Liberty the next week with the same score of 28-12. The Falcons kept on rolling heading into the sixth week of the season with a 366 win over Newton Falls and then in week seven a 32-14 win over Lakeview. The Junior Varsity team was now riding high with a 7-0 record heading into maybe the strongest part of their season. The Falcons took on the Pymatuning Valley Lakers in week eight and defeated them 44-20. The Lakers three touchdowns were the most scored against the Falcons defense to date. The team was excited heading into what they figured was their last game of the season against Girard. “There were a lot of heavy hits on the field that day,” Coach Wright said. “They were the toughest team we played,” Coach Collins added. The Falcons prevailed in the game with a 44-28 win to stay perfect. Girard battled with four touchdowns, but Jefferson just had too much firepower and the defense played tough when they had to.

Local Scoreboard Football University School 27, Geneva 12 Grand Valley 21, Ledgemont 6 Pymatuning Valley 6, Lutheran East 0 Jefferson 32, Conneaut 14 Edgewood 39, Cleveland JFK 0 Riverside 21, Madison 20 OT Chardon 35, Lakeside 0 Chagrin Falls 56, Perry 16

Volleyball Division I District Championship South 25, 25, 25 Riverside 22, 23, 22

Andrews Osborne Academy Middle School Soccer Tournament Ratner School 1, AOA 0 AOA 4, Ratner 0 Old Trail School 5, Canton Country Day 0 Championship game Old Trail School 1, AOA 0 Consolation Game Canton Country Day 7, Ratner 4

Freeway Youth Football League Scores Consolation game Paid for by the Committee to Elect G. Randy Gentry for Sheriff Alison Harvey, Treasurer, 5021 Owen Hill Rd., Andover, OH 44003

Lower Buckeye Grey 21, Conneaut Lower Blue 14 Super Bowl Lower Perry White 19, Lower Geneva Red 13 Upper Perry White 20, Upper Madison Silver 0




Responds to the LIES and BLATANT MISREPRESENTATION OF THE TRUTH being sent to the voters of Ashtabula County. While I have always made it my policy to not respond to campaign comments, I feel compelled to respond to the recent assertions made by my opponent and the Ohio Republican Party in a recent mailing. MY OPPONENT STATED... “He (Sheriff Johnson) hired an admitted drug addict as a deputy and placed him in a school to watch our kids”

MY RESPONSE: With the recent assertions made by my opponent and the Ohio Republican Party in recent mailings, I feel a need to respond to these “lies” and explain that at no time was a “drug addict” employed by me or employed by a local school district, putting schoolchildren at risk. There is a difference perceived between someone who is labeled an “addict” and someone who becomes dependent on a prescribed drug issued by a physician due to a medical condition, then inadvertently becomes dependent on that drug, receives treatment, then overcomes his or her dependency. For anyone to insinuate that I would commission or hire anyone without a background check, pre-employment testing, including a drug screen is inaccurate and not true. The County of Ashtabula is a Drug-Free Workplace.

MY OPPONENT STATED... “He (Sheriff Johnson) was found guilty by the Ohio Elections Commission for accepting thousands of dollars of illegal money for his political campaign”

MY RESPONSE: The issue with my campaign receiving contributions was resolved with the Ohio Elections Commission made up of Republicans, Democrats and Independents. The board’s inquiry had found that the campaign committee’s method in accepting donations from individuals who played golf in my annual outing was the issue. Contributions made to my campaign were not illegal, but it was the method in which the committee accepted payment. Employers who sent employees to play golf paid with a corporate check instead of a personal check, and that was found to be the infraction. When it was brought to my attention, I immediately paid back the money that was never spent prior to the board meeting. The board found that the infractions were contained in my filing and there was no FRAUD, DECEIT OR CONCEALMENT, and the issue was resolved on that day with a one-thousand dollar fine to my campaign committee. The board stated that the money could be paid out of my campaign funds, but I decided to take full responsibility for the mistake, and I paid for it personally. I was never in court over this issue or FOUND GUILTY of any wrongdoing as asserted by my opponent. You can find the entire transcript of that hearing in the Ohio Ethics Commission Report to verify this information.

MY OPPONENT STATED: “He (Sheriff Johnson) houses federal prisoners in OUR county jail while local criminals walk OUR streets”

MY RESPONSE: Additionally, there are not “criminals walking the streets,” as asserted by my opponent because of the Federal Inmate Program. Isn’t it ironic that this program has been in existence for 17 years, which has generated millions of dollars in revenue into the county general fund to offset the cost of running my department for the taxpayers, and now it is an issue because of this election? My opponent can’t answer this question: If he were elected Sheriff and lost this revenue source, how would he address this loss in his budget? Why? Because of his lack of budget experience and knowledge of running a large law enforcement agency. For the record, Lake County, Geauga County, Cuyahoga County and others house federal inmates to offset costs, and all Sheriffs are looking for revenue streams due to the leaner budgets and being responsible with tax dollars. COULD THEY ALL BE WRONG?!

Lastly, my opponent made me aware of this mailing at the last candidates night in Geneva and stated to me he felt this mailing was malicious and characterized it as a political attack by the Republican Party... not him. I myself am tired of these political attacks and chose not to attack my opponent. The only issue I raised is my opponent’s BANKRUPTCY. This is a factually relevant issue concerning my opponent’s ability to potentially manage a multi-million dollar budget. Do you want experience and leadership you can trust, or do you want to elect someone that thinks he can win an election over negative ads and false accusations to further his agenda? Base your choice on who is the most capable and experienced to lead the Sheriff’s Department. THE CHOICE IS CLEAR!



The Choice is Clear!




Paid for by the Committee to Elect Billy R. Johnson Sheriff, Melvena Beebe, Treasurer, Jefferson-Eagleville Rd., Jefferson, Ohio 44047


Dear Ashtabula County Voter, As Clerk of Courts of the Common Pleas Court and Auto Title Division, it has been an honor and privilege to serve Ashtabula County. Thank you for your continued confidence to allow the staff and me to work hand in hand to build an efficient and professional Clerk of Courts office. As you know, I am retiring at the end of this year and on November 6, 2012 you will have the opportunity to elect TAMI PENTEK to the Office of Clerk of Courts.





CHIEF DEPUTY CLERK OF COURTS Candidate for Clerk of Courts


As the only candidate with 17 years experience working in the office, TAMI PENTEK currently serves as my Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts and has previously served as Deputy Clerk, Assistant Bookkeeper and Bookkeeper. Pentek’s unmatched knowledge of the Legal and the Auto Title departments will create a seamless transition of service as I leave Office. The Clerk of Courts office works directly with the Common Pleas and Court of Appeals Judges adhering to strict and complicated procedures in divorce cases, child custody, criminal, and civil cases. TAMI PENTEK is the most qualified and ONLY candidate working for you every day in the Clerk of Courts office and she wholeheartedly has my endorsement for this vital position - the “HUB of the Justice System.” Along with my endorsement, TAMI PENTEK has earned the endorsement of Retired Federal Court Judge Thomas D. Lambros and Retired 11th District Court of Appeals Judge Donald R. Ford. Please join us in supporting the Democratic candidate for Clerk of Courts, TAMI PENTEK - Experience Does Matter!

Thank You, CAROL A. MEAD Ashtabula County Clerk of Courts

ON NOVEMBER 6, 2012, ELECT TAMI PENTEK CLERK OF COURTS Paid for by CTE Tami Pentek Clerk of Courts, Carol A. Mead Treasurer, 8021 Sanborn Road, Ashtabula, OH 44004.

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