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Gore, Morscher Resign from Conneaut Salvation Army Board ISA Pro-Choice Statement Halts Local Assistance By MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers


Who says librarians don’t have fun? Six Ashtabula County librarians gathered for their monthly luncheon meeting Jan. 5 in Jefferson are (seated, left) Hannah Laing, Director-in-Traning, Rock Creek Public Library; Mariana Branch, Director, Kingsville Public Library; and Kathy Pape, Director, Conneaut Public Library; and (standing) Ed Worso, Director, Henderson Memorial Public Library, Jefferson; Susan Hill, Director, Andover Public Library; and Joe Zappitello, Director, HarborTopky Memorial Library, Ashtabula Harbor. The libraries are linked by “ican,” or “Independent Cooperating Ashtabula Network.” By MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspaper CONNEAUT – Library cardholders in Ashtabula County now have the option of downloading audios of their favorite books onto electronic devices at six county libraries linked by “ican,” or Independent Cooperating Ashtabula Network.

Directors of Henderson Memorial, Andover, Rock Creek, Conneaut, Kingsville, and Harbor Topky Public Libraries gathered last week to talk about the new offering, which has really taken off since Christmas. The libraries are partnering with “Recorded Books,” which

CONNEAUT – Board members of the Conneaut Salvation Army Service Unit reluctantly accepted the resignations of board president, the Rev. Frank Gore, and treasurer, Sr. Barbara Morscher, during the board’s monthly noon meeting Monday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The pair resigned in response to a “pro-choice” statement issued by the International Salvation Army’s Social Justice Commission regarding abortion, which they assert contradicts the pro-life position of the Salvation Army USA. Though the work of the Salvation Army focuses on helping the needy, and is unrelated to abortions or abortion services, Gore said that local churches work together in supporting its work and the resignations are a sign of soli-


New Conneaut Area City Schools Board of Education members Suzanne Bernardini (left), Cris Newcomb, and Joan Norton took the Oath of Office on Jan. 4.

OHP Back In At LaECI by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers

The Dec. 31 sale of the 1,500bed Lake Erie Correctional Institution from the State of Ohio to CONNEAUT - What a differ- Corrections Corporation of ence a day makes. America did not change that. About 24 hours after Conneaut The Attorney General’s position Law Director David Schroeder an- appeared to be an about-face, hownounced to Conneaut City Coun- ever. It was Schroeder who told cil, on Jan. 3, that Ohio Attorney City Council Jan. 3 that, accordGeneral Mike DeWine’s office had ing to his research of a Dec., 1997, on Dec. 27 declined to agree to a agreement between the City of Memorandum of Understanding to Conneaut and the state at the outkeep the Ohio Highway Patrol in set of the prison construction place as chief felony investigators project, the prison would always be at the Lake Erie Correctional In- part of the Ohio Correctional Sysstitution, DeWine’s office changed tem and the state would remain its mind. the sole owner. The Ohio Highway Patrol apThose remarks followed a 40pears to be at the prison to stay. minute executive session with City Schroeder delivered the good Council during which litigation news to City Council on Monday. against the state was believed to He had received a letter from the have been discussed. Attorney General’s office, dated Schroeder told Council on Jan. Jan. 4, saying that the Ohio High- 3 that the Attorney General had way Patrol would retain jurisdic- declined to sign a Memorandum of tion regarding felony investiga- Understanding to retain the OHP tions at the prison because the at the prison, until legislation was Ohio Revised Code states that pris- passed to that effect, for fear of leons are state property. gal conflict of state investigations on private property. In early December, Ohio Rep. Casey Kozlowski (R-99) had introduced legislation in the Ohio House to assign the Ohio Highway

See PRISON page 8A

Sr. Barbara Morscher

darity with pro-life denominations. “Someone else will step up as Gore emphasized that the res- president and treasurer,” he said. ignations, coming on the heels of “We have to figure where and how the local Service Unit’s raising to work through this.” $7,113 in 2011 Red Kettle CamThe International Salvation paign donations, do not mean the See SALVATION ARMY end of the Salvation Army in page 6A Conneaut.

Charles Michalos Still Banned From City Hall By MARTHA SOROHAN

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The Rev. Frank Gore

CONNEAUT - Life has not been easy for Charles Michalos the past three months, especially having to call the Conneaut Police Department for an escort to pay his water bill inside City Hall. Michalos was hoping that Conneaut Municipal Court Judge Thomas Harris at a court hearing on Monday might lift the order banning him from all city buildings and prohibiting contact with city employees, but it was not to be. “It’s ridiculous that I have to call the police department just to enter City Hall to pay my water bill,” Michalos said. But following Monday morning’s mayhem in City Hall’s second floor hallway outside Judge Thomas Harris’ courtroom, when Michalos was handcuffed following an altercation en route to a psychiatric evaluation in the Jury Room, Law Director David Schroeder told Harris that he felt that the episode was reason enough for the ban to remain in place. The judge agreed, turning down Michalos’ request to attend City Council meetings. No stranger to the courtroom,

Michalos was back in front of Harris Monday morning for the next step in determining appropriate sentencing in a contempt of court charge. Harris had ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Michalos during a contempt-of-court hearing Oct. 3. Michalos wound up in court after he began reading to City Council on Sept. 12 a letter complaining about a local restaurant operated by a city councilman. Cut off by City Council President Tom Udell, Michalos was summoned to court a week later on charges that his remarks violated probation. That probation stemmed from charges of disrupting a public meeting following an April, 2010, outburst at City Council against former City Manager Robert Schaumleffel. Michalos’ probation conditions stipulated that he abide by Council rules while attending meetings and that he pay court fines by Dec. 31, 2010. When Michalos was called into court Oct. 3, Harris told him it was the failure to pay the outstanding $120 court fines that had gotten him in trouble. Although Michalos had been given the money to pay the fines before the court hearing began

that day, he was still held in contempt of court. Before handing down a sentence in October, Harris ordered the psychiatric evaluation “so that we know what we are dealing with.” He banned Michalos from city property until the case had been resolved. Michalos claimed Monday morning before the court session that he had received a letter in mid-December accusing him of Contempt of Court, and summoning him to court Jan. 9, for failing to appear at a psychiatric evaluation. Michalos said he had never received the letter about the evaluation. The charge was not brought up in the courtroom Monday. When the proceedings began Monday, a court-ordered psychiatrist from Youngstown was seated in the courtroom. As Judge Thomas Harris began to explain that the psychiatrist would examine Michalos in the Jury Room, as a police officer waited in the hallway, Michalos became agitated because his glasses were in his black Wegman’s tote bag, which had been taken from him.

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Meet Your New City Council


Wanting to start off the year on the right foot, and not wait until the end of 2013 to pose for a formal picture, Conneaut’s 2012-2013 City Council lined up for picture-taking Monday evening following the City Council meeting. They are (front row, left) Ward 4 Councilman Tom Kozesky; Ward 2 Councilman Phil Garcia; Ward 3 Councilman Rich McBride; and (back, left) At-Large Councilman Neil LaRusch; Council President Tom Udell; Ward 1 Councilman Doug Hedrick; and At-large Councilman John Roach. This is not the official photo. That photo was taken by Lance Drew.



Community Events Senior Jan. 13 - Soup Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kingsville Presbyterian Church, 3049 W. Main Street. Vegetable beef or ham/bean. Dessert, beverage. Donation only. Jan. 13, 20 - Free Community Dinner 5 to 6 p.m. at New Leaf United Methodist Church, 283 Buffalo Street. Jan. 14 - A.U.C.E. Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m. to noon Conneaut Optimist Club, 514 Harbor Street. $6 donation. Jan. 14 - Spaghetti & Meatball dinner 4 to 7 p.m. at Kingsville Township Fire Dept., 3130 Main St. Jan. 14 - A.U.C.E. Pasta dinner 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Monroe United Methodist Church, 4302 Center Rd. Adults $6, students/seniors, $5. Children 3 & under free. Jan. 16 - Movie Matinee “Mister Popper’s Penquins” 2 p.m. at Kingsville Public Library’s Simak Welcome Center. Free popcorn with KPL Library card. Jan. 16 - Breast Cancer Support Group, 6 p.m. dinner at 6000 Furnace Road for all touched by breast cancer. Bring dessert. Reservations 594-1338. Jan. 18 - Chili and Chicken Rice Soup Lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Amboy United Methodist Church, 554 W. Main Road. Donation. Jan. 20 - Senior Forum

luncheon (55+) 11:30 a.m. at UH-CMC’s Community Room, 158 W. Main Road. Free. Reservations required. Speech therapist will discuss swallowing problems.


Jan. 21 - A.U.C.E. Pancake Breakfast 8 to 11 a.m. at American Legion, 272 Broad Street. $5 donation. Jan. 21 - Chicken & Biscuit dinner 4 to 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Grove Street at Lake Road. Adults $7, children $4. Carry-out available.

GSLC Community S.E.N.I.O.R.S

People ages 50 and up are welcome the first and third Thursdays of the month at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 876 Grove Street. Jan. 22 - Downtown Health checks 9:45 a.m., 10 Coaches Club Fund-Raiser, a.m. devotion, exercise and viewing of the NFL Cham- lunch the first and third pionship Game on wide- Thursdays. screen TV at the American Legion. Food, games, prizes. Jan. 19 - “It’s Sleepy $25. Call Jeff Colucci at 599- Time,” Wear-Your-PJs day, 8336. Expert on eye health and sleep apnea. Jan. 23 - Free produce distribution, 10 a.m. to noon CHRC Seniors Together at Conneaut Human ReWeekdays 11 a.m. at 327 sources Center, 327 Mill Mill Street. Free. Special Street. Bring a bag. No inprograms Tuesdays and come requirements. Thursdays. Jan. 28 - Reverse Raffle/ 50s&60s Sock Hop 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s CHurch, 3700 Route 193, Kingsville. Call 224-0964. Only 100 tickets sold. Dinner, drawings, dancing. Sponsored by church Driveway Fund. Feb. 4 - “Let’s Wine About Art” fund-raiser 7:30 p.m. at Conneaut Community Center for the Arts, 1025 Buffalo Street. Silent auction, wine, hors d’oeuvres. $10 advance, $12 at door. 593-5888.

Daily walking 7:30 a.m. Jan. 12 - Corn Hole Jan. 16 - CENTER CLOSED Jan. 17 - “Healthy Series” with Nancy Hutchens, R.N., UH-Conneaut Medical Center Jan. 17 - Prayer Shawl gathering - call 593-5273 for more information Jan. 19 - Trivia (No birthday dinner at Perkins this month.)

7th Annual

Heart to Heart

TOWN TALK Wendy DuBey, Executive Director of the Conneaut Area Chamber of Commerce, says the wooden snowmen waiting to be decorated for the Snowman Decorating Contest are “flying off the shelves” since the Chamber newsletter went out. She expects all 20 of them to be gone by the end of the week. The Chamber is collaborating with UH-Conneaut Medical Center on the project, which will beautify the city’s light poles in a few weeks. There is no charge to pick up and decorate a snowman. Deadline to register is Jan. 18. Winners will be announced in early February. Winners in three categories will take home gift cards. Richard and Beth Renn thank the community for its support in helping them raise over $2,500 for Operation Homefront Ohio via their exterior light-and-music Halloween and Christmas displays on Liberty and Monroe Streets, respectively. Without the help of Jim Kociemski and Wendy Zachowicz, hosts of the Liberty Street Halloween show, they would not have raised as much, they said. The Renns have purchased new items for the shows in 2012. Operation Homefront Ohio assists families of military members serving overseas.

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Bring your mom, sister, daughter or friend, and help us celebrate the special bond that women share – while learning how to stay heart healthy. And don’t forget to wear red!

Exhibitors include: Shopping, exhibits and mingling


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Speaker: Cleveland Clinic Cardiologist Perry Fleisher, MD

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Door prize drawings

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vations, call the AAC at (440) 964-3396 by Jan. 17. The next three-session class on Diabetes will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13, 15 and 16 at UH-Conneaut Medical Center, 158 W. Main Road. The free class will be led by Nancy Hutchens, R.N., and registered dietitian Danielle Nies. Registration is required. UH-CMC continues health screenings (blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol) in the lobby Tuesday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. Hutchens switched the screening time from 10 a.m. to noon to permit an earlier meal for those who adhere to the recommended eight-hour fast prior to the screenings. UH-Conneaut Medical Center and the Conneaut Area Ministerial Association will team up again this year to present a program on women’s health. It will not be a repeat of the popular February, 2011, Heart Luncheon at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Nancy Hutchens, R.N., said that since February is Heart Month, the luncheon will be held later in the year. New faces on the board of the Conneaut Community Center for the Arts include Tammy Hagstrom and Mary Zappitelli. Leaving the board after 15 years was Barb Simpson. Congratulations to Allan Mononen, Courier sports contributor, appointed by Conneaut City Council Monday night to a fill out the remaining year of a term on the Conneaut Cable Advisory Board. City Hall offices will be closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day on Monday. City Council will meet in work session 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Civic Meetings

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012

10:30 a.m.-Noon

Troop 80671Girl Scouts Crystal Stewart and Jennie Howell of Edgewood Senior High School are requesting donations for their Girl Scout Gold Award project of renovating the Children’s Room of Kingsville Public Library. Howell and her father have built and stained new shelves and are in the process of installing them. Stewart is painting the walls, including a mural, and making a tree bookshelf from recycled materials. Contact Kingsville Public Library for information at 224-0239.

Script writers are invited to submit one-act plays to the Ashtabula Arts Center for consideration in “An Evening of One Acts” April 13, 14, 15 at the AAC, 2928 W. 13th Street, directed by Aaron Drews. Scripts should be dropped off or mailed, c/o Kim Godfrey, by Jan. 31. Contact information must be attached to the scripts. For more information, call The Madrigal Feaste Godfrey at the AAC (440) will return to Conneaut High 964-3396. School at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 and Speaking of the 24. Guests will dine on cornish hen, soup, potatoes Ashtabula Arts Center, local chef Angie Gasch will be preparing another delicious dinner for the 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 Dinner Theater preceding the 8 p.m. performance of the musical, “Into the Woods.” The menu consists of Vegetable Soup, Garden Green Salad Honey-Mustard Chicken Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans Almondine, dinner rolls, Black Forest cake, plus wine and coffee. For information and reser-

ACMC’s Women’s Heart Health Awareness Luncheon & Fashion Show


and dessert, courtesy of Phil’s Catering. Dinner will be followed by a presentation of a light-hearted spoof, “The King of Hearts,” directed by Megan Kalosky, head of the Conneaut Area City Schools Vocal Music Department. Proceeds benefit the CHS Vocal Music Department. Tickets are $20 adults and $15 students.

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Conneaut Area City Schools Board of Education, 5:45 p.m. budgetary meeting, 6 p.m. work session, 7 p.m. meeting Jan. 12 at Southeast Building, 400 Mill Street Economic Development Committee of City Council, 6 p.m. Jan. 12 Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. Jan. 12 Conneaut City Council work session, 7 p.m. Jan. 17 Cable Advisory Board, 6 p.m. Jan. 18 Conneaut Port Authority, 7 p.m. Jan. 19 D-Day Committee, 10 a.m. Jan. 21 at American Legion, 272 Broad Street Conneaut Public Library Board of Trustees, 5 p.m. Jan. 23 at 304 Buffalo Street North Kingsville Village Council, 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at Municipal Building, 3541 Center Road Monroe Township Trustees, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at 5578 S. Monroe Center Road Kingsville Township Trustees, 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Fire Hall, 3130 Main Street

All Invited to Help With D-Day by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers

June 16, July 14 and Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Legion, 272 Broad Street. CONNEAUT - More volDue to the growth of the unteers are needed as the event, additional volunteers local D-Day Committee be- are needed. gins planning for the 2012 DCommittee members are Day Event at Township Park urged to recruit family and on Aug. 17-18. friends. Committee Chair Lori “I am confident we are goMcLaughlin will convene the ing to attract an even greater first planning meeting 10 audience this year and we a.m. Jan. 21 at the Ameri- want to be prepared to show can Legion. everyone how great it is to Subsequent meetings will visit Conneaut,” McLaughlin be held March 17, April 14, said in an e-mail.

Breast Cancer Support Group Meets Jan. 16 The local breast cancer support group, the “P-In-CWarriors,” will share a light dinner/post holiday party, with White Elephant Gift Exchange, at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the home of Tracy & Mike David, 6000. Please bring a dessert. Anyone touched by breast cancer welcome. RSVP 440-594-1338 or thepincwarriors

Thrift Shop Meets Jan. 17 Conneaut Hospital Thrift Shop volunteers will meet 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Perkins Restaurant, W. Main Rd., for a brief business meeting and lunch from the menu. (Tuesday is Senior Discount Day at Perkins.) Questions? Call Joan Barnett at 593-4686.

CAHS Will Meet Jan. 24 The Conneaut Area Historical Society will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Villa at the Lake, 48 Parrish Road. The program will feature a DVD of one of the Historical Society’s interviews with the late Robert Blickensderfer. A 50/50 raffle, auction, refreshments and social time will follow. The public is welcome.


City Manager’s Report Jan. 9, 2012 EAST SIDE INDUSTRIAL PARK The guard rails are expected to be installed this week. In addition, staff is working on the brochure as some of the utilities have not been installed yet. The site is listed on the Growth Partnership’s Web site. I have a map showing the buildable area. I will be meeting with the Erie Development Corporation to ask if they can will assist us in our development efforts.

CREEK ROAD WATER TANK REPLACEMENT Law Director David Schroeder has forwarded a revised agreement to all parties involved and hopefully they will agree and the project can move forward. The contract for this project has to be let by July 1 to keep the funding granted a year ago.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SITE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT The beautification project at the Public Works Department property on Broad and 16th has been started. It should be finished in the spring when slopes are finish graded.

PORATABLE SCALES GRANT The grant submitted was for the purchase of a vehicle, 18 portable scales, installing a concrete pad with lights for inspections, and other related equipment. Talking with Conneaut Police Chief Chuck Burlingham, there was no award date for this grant and to date, the city has not received a letter stating that the grant has not been approved.

COMPUTER GRANT The Conneaut Police Department has submitted a grant to purchase computers for the cruisers and the office.

CITY ENERGY CONSERVATION RFP Thursday, the city will hold a mandatory meeting for firms wishing to submit an Energy Conservation Plan to upgrade lighting, windows, as well as any other equipment in city facilities that will result in the city’s using less energy. The savings realized in electrical and gas usage will pay for improvements.

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New City Councilmen Settling In At the conclusion of their first City Council work session on Jan. 3, the city’s three new councilmen — Doug Hedrick (Ward 1), Phil Garcia (Ward 2) and Rich McBride (Ward 3) — stated how happy they were to be sitting on Council. “It’s an honor to be here and serve the community in this capacity. I think we can get a lot done,” Hedrick said. McBride thanked the voters for their support, while Garcia got right down to PHOTO BY MARTHA SOROHAN business. He reported that a constituent had alerted him to the need for a curve sign on Gateway Avenue east of Route 7.

City Enters Into Agreement with CT Consultants by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - Conneaut City Council at its first full meeting of 2012 approved an ordinance authorizing the City Manager to hire CT Consultants as its engineering firm. CT Consultants has served the city as its engineering firm for the 30th year in a row, pointed out Finance Director John Williams. The annual contract, with a $500 monthly retainer, excludes the cost of special projects. But Williams pointed out that CT’s monthly retainer fee has not increased over the past decade. Council also approved an ordinance appointing Allan Mononen to fill out the final year of a three-year term on the Cable Advisory Board, following the resignation of Bill Lundgren due to work commitments. Council approved an ordinance to appropriate some $1.4 million in 2011 grant and loan funds, including grants for the East Side Industrial Park, in emergency legislation. Finance Director John Williams said he would have 2011 year-end reports complete by the end of the week for Council’s review. Much of City Manager Tim Eggleston’s report focused on the progress at the East Side Industrial Park. Guard rails are going up, he said, and once electric and natural gas service are installed in the spring, and the property is graded, “We’ll be on our way.” Eggleston has invited companies interested in bidding on the energy

upgrade project for city buildings to a “walk-through” of the buildings on Thursday morning. Firms that want a break-down on the project are urged to attend for more details. The Council Committees appear to be gearing up for the new year. Ward 4 Councilman Tom Kozesky announced that he would call a meeting of the Public Safety Committee “soon,” while Ward 1 Councilman Doug Hedrick called a meeting of the Economic Development Committee for 6 p.m. Thursday. At-Large Councilman Neil LaRusch, liaison to the Conneaut Area City Schools Board of Education, described a joint CBOE/Council meeting on Jan. 4 as a “wonderful meeting.” “All there had a passion to move projects forward,” he said. City Council President Tom Udell also called it an “excellent” meeting. “With three new Board of Education members to work with us is an asset for the city,” he said. Under Old Business, LaRusch questioned Eggleston about the amount that Smolen Engineering had estimated for the Middle Road Bridge repairs, and suggested the city seek grants for the project. Eggleston suggested the matter go to committee to discuss engineering costs before it comes to Council for discussion. Ward 1 Councilman Doug Hedrick requested an update on the portable scales grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation, and Eggleston responded that the city has not heard whether the $288,000 grant request

has been approved or denied. The cost of the project is $343,785, with the city’s share $68,757. “We’ve heard nothing, but hopefully, we’ll get it,” Eggleston said. The grant would include the cost of 18 portable scales, a vehicle, and money to build a vehicle weighing pad. Udell asked about the status of the 2011 NOPEC grant from 2011, since it did not contract with Johnson Controls for an energy upgrade project last year, opting instead to hear from competitors. Eggleston said the $110,000 lighting upgrade grant from NOPEC is still there and will not be lost even though the city did not begin an energy project in 2011. Eggleston repeated that if the city signs on with an energy-savings project, it will fund the project from energy cost savings. LaRusch questioned what would happen if the city signed on for such a project, then vacated a building that was part of it. Under Miscellaneous Business, Hedrick announced that his home phone is 593-1566 and urged constituents to call him. Phone numbers of all councilmen will be posted on the city’s web site. LaRusch welcomed Mononen to the Cable Advisory Board and welcomed Corrections Corporation of America to the city as owners of Lake Erie Correctional Institution. “I look forward to working with them as good neighbors,” he said. Udell adjourned the meeting at 7:31 p.m. Council will meet in work session 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Liberty Street Park Belongs To The City by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - It was a long time in coming, but Liberty Street Park now belongs to the City of Conneaut in its entirety. Law Director David Schroeder delivered the news to Conneaut Area City Schools Superintendent Kent Houston after the start of the first joint meeting Jan. 4 between Conneaut City Council and administrators, and the Conneaut Area City Schools Board of Education. Discussions about the schools’ deeding to the city its small Liberty Street Park parcel began at the first joint school board/City Council meeting in Jan., 2009. The property was surveyed, and an agreement to accept the property was passed by City Council last August. When the discussion on the property transfer status began last week, Schroeder volunteered that Council Clerk Pam Harper had received the property survey — the cost was split between the schools and the city — and the deed was being recorded.


During the start of the Jan. 4 meeting between the Conneaut Area City Schools Board of Education and Conneaut City Council, new Board of Education members Joan Norton (middle), Cris Newcomb and Conneaut Area City Schools Treasurer Lindsey Cotton, listen as CBOE President Mike Kennedy (left) introduces himself. The two boards meet jointly three times a year. He then pulled out his tennis courts for use by go for it. cell phone, excused himself, Conneaut High School tenNext on the meeting and went into the hallway to nis matches until the agenda was a discussion of check with Harper. He schools’ athletic facility Shared Services. The schools brought back good news: the project on Maple Street is agreed in Aug., 2009, to sell deed had been recorded and complete. But the schools diesel fuel to city emergency a check received. also said if the city comes up vehicles from the Rowe “The matter is concluded, with a “better use” for the Street Bus Garage, and the and the property will go back park — two years ago the city to sell unleaded fuel to to the city,” he said. city had considered building See CBOE page 8A The city will maintain the a new fire station there — to

Crazy Dave’s Closes — Again

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The lack of recent activity at the Mill Street Cafe, formerly Crazy Dave’s, was a sure sign that the restaurant had breathed its last. Donna Jones, wife of “Crazy Dave” Jones, confirmed its closing in an e-mail. “After 50 years, the Sugar Bowl is no longer in Conneaut,” she confirmed. “Sad, but it had to be done.” Jones had announced the restaurant would close at the end of October as he took on the responsibility of cooking for The Child Care Center weekdays and for New Leaf United Methodist Church on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings. Though he reopened Crazy Dave’s for breakfast and dinner under the name “Mill Street Cafe,” it lasted just two months. Donna says Dave is still baking his cinnamon rolls on Saturday and delivering them Sunday and Monday. Contact him via New Leaf United Methodist Church at 593-2525.



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Parents of Gold Award recipients from Girl Scout Troop 80671 in Monroe Township will host a fund-raiser all-youcan-eat Rigatoni Dinner 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Monroe United Methodist Church, 4302 Center Road. Adults $6; Seniors (60+) and students 4 to 18, $5. Children 3 and under eat free. Gold Award recipients and their mothers are (from left) Kim Wisnyai and daughter, Karly; Destinie Vitamvas; Jenny Howell and her mother, Renee Howell; Crystal Stewart and her mother, Lori Stewart. Not pictured is Girl Scout Brandy Manfredonia and her mother, Diana Manfredonia. Troop co-leader Lori Stewart expressed appreciation to supporters/ contributors Conneaut Save-A-Lot and Subway in the Ashtabula Harbor.

Jay Boc, Carol Pennington To Highlight Valentine’s Day Evening by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - Comedians Jay Boc and Carol Pennington will highlight the “Live, Laugh, Love” Valentine’s Day-themed event coming 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Conneaut Human Resources Center. CHRC Executive Director Debbie Newcomb promised weeks ago that the comedians who will perform from 8:30 to 10 p.m. would be top talent from outside the local area, and, after releasing their names this week, she is right. Jay Boc, who now resides in Seville, is billed as a “clean, family-friendly stand-up comedian,” who has shared the stage with Bill Bellamy, Mark Curry, Chili Challis, Don Friesen, Tim Kid, John Rathbone, Jay Black and Mike Diesel. Boc grew up in Wilmington, Del., and after realizing that Mother Nature precluded his becoming a black soul singer, he realized he loved to make people laugh. Upon graduating from a Catholic high school, Boc moved to California, then Georgia and Wisconsin. Married to a Latina and the father of two, Boc draws on his work as a plumber, bartender, repo-man, stuntman, banker and appraiser for his humorous material. “It is rare to find a comic who can draw from his experiences in both the blue- and white-collar work environ-

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ments, day-to-day living in the Midwest and on both coasts, a family environment, and unique perspective of a white man in a Latino world,” says his Web site. Also a movie stunt extra, he has performed in Las Vegas, Lancaster, Pa., Camp Lejune, N.C., Fort Collins, Colo., and throughout Ohio. Pennington, who hails from Cleveland, is described on her Web site as a woman of contrasts as sharp as “cold icy glaciers of Alaska to the steamy hot beaches of Florida.” She is described as “untamed, unpredictable, clever and outrageously funny.” She offers biting viewpoints about men, relationships, sports and politics. She has appeared at Jokers in Dayton, Fun Seekers in Chicago, Joey’s Comedy Club in Dearborn, Mich.,

A free four-week adult course in Conversational German, taught by Bonnie Ahola, will be offered 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays starting Jan. 13. No prior experience with German is required.

“Mister Popper’s Penquins” Kingsville Public Library will show “Mister Popper’s Penquins” at its Movie Matinee 2 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Simak Welcome Center, 3205 School Street. Free popcorn for those with Kingsville Public Library cards. Friends of the Kingsville Public Library will sell other refreshments. (Buckeye Schools are not in session that day.)

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Cleveland Comedy Club and Hilarities in Cleveland, Funny Bone in Pittsburgh and INCON-NACS Convention Entertainment in Las Vegas. After the comedy routines, DJ Anthony Evans will present a “Virtual DJ” show for dancing until 1 a.m. “Live, Laugh, Love: A Valentine Celebration” will offer hot ox roast sandwiches, baked goods and soft drinks, and chances to win at the 50/ 50 Drawing and Chinese auction. “Even if you don’t dance or don’t want to stay out late, you will want to come hear the comedians,” said Newcomb, who said ticket sales are going well for the Valentine’s Daythemed event. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Call the CHRC, 327 Mill St., at (440) 593-5273 for reservations.

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New Story Time and Teddy Bear Time Sessions begin February 6 at the Kingsville Public Library, 6006 Academy Street. Classes will be held in the newly renovated Children’s Room. Teddy Bear Time is for children from birth to age 3, with a caregiver, featuring 30 minutes of stories, finger plays and activities. Story Time, for potty-trained children 3 to 6 years old, will include 45 minutes of stories, educational games, and crafts. A Family Class for all ages is available Tuesday evenings. Registration is required and will continue until classes are full. Call (440) 224-0239 or sign up at the front desk. Call the library or visit for a complete schedule of other winter events.

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UH-Geneva Medical Center will conduct free health screenings (blood pressure, blood sugar and random total cholesterol) from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Spire Institute, 1822 South Broadway, Eight-hour fasting is recommended. No reservations necessary. UH-Geneva Medical Center, 870 W. Main Street, offers a no-cost mammogram program, courtesy of the Susan G. Komen grant. To find out if you qualify for complimentary testing, call (440) 998-0695. For more information on all programs,, log on to

Ken Johnson To Emcee “Dare to Pair” CONNEAUT - Ken Johnson, General Manager of Conneaut Telephone, will emcee the “Iron Chef”/”Top Chef”style culinary challenge fund-raiser Feb. 2 at the SPIRE Institute, Geneva, featuring local chefs competing with local produce and local wine. Conneaut Telephone’s Suite 224 and CableSuite 541 are promotional sponsors of the fund-raiser to benefit Pairings, Ohio’s Wine & Culinary Experience expected to open in 2013. Five executive chefs have been invited to prepare two entrees each for celebrity judges. Judges include Geneva native and former Cleveland Indians pitcher Brian Anderson. Attendees will be treated to wine tastings from Ohio wineries and sample bite-sized servings of each entree. Conneaut Telephone video crews will provide video coverage in the kitchen throughout the evening to TVs in the dining room. To order tickets, call Geneva City Hall at (466-4675) or visit the Pairings website

NFL Game: Downtown Coaches Club The Downtown Coaches Club invites all football fans to join them Jan. 22 at the American Legion, 272 Broad Street, to watch the NFL Championship Game on the big Newspapers screen. Event includes food, Newsletters games and prizes. Root for your favorite team and see News Magazines who will get to the Super Bowl. Calendars Call Jeff Colucci 5998336 for tickets and informaCatalogs tion.



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As part of its Senior Health Forum held the third Friday of the month, University Hospitals-Conneaut Medical Center will offer a free luncheon for seniors 55 and older from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 in the Community Room of the hospital at UH-CMC,158 West Main Road. Speech Therapist Ken Kozlosky will present a talk on swallowing problems. Registration is required by calling 440593-0364. For more information, visit Community.


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Over in Geneva, the UH-Geneva Medical Center will offer its Senior Health Forum luncheon for seniors 55+ from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Geneva Community Center, 72 W. Main Street. Maureen Ordman-Fike from the Alzheimer Association will present a talk on partnering with your doctor. Call 440-415-0180 for reservations.

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Conneaut TOPS (Taking Of f Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 1919 donated 30 pounds of food to the Conneaut Food Pantry during the holidays. Presenting the box to Conneaut Food Pantry Director Renea Roach (center) are TOPS members Dolly Sherman (left) and Marg Kent.


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Treatment for Hives Hives, also known as urticaria, are itchy raised, patches of the skin that appear red around the edges and pale in the center. When hives occur, immune cells of the skin are reacting and they begin to release histamine. Histamine causes itching, swelling, and redness that is characteristic of hives. This condition may occur due to an allergy to a certain type of medication (such as antibiotics or aspirin), plant, animal, or insect bite. Allergies to foods such as eggs, nuts, or fish can also lead to hives. Hives can be prevented by avoidance of known triggers. Antihistamines can be taken for relief of itching. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and chlorpheniramine (Chlortrimeton) are antihistamines that are available over-the-counter while hydroxyzine (Atarax) and cyproheptadine (Periactin) can be prescribed by a doctor. These types of antihis-

by Kerry Gerdes Gerdes Pharmacy 245 Main St. 593-2578 tamines may cause drowsiness. Loratadine (Claritin) and cetirizine (Zyrtec) are newer types of antihistamines that do not cause drowsiness. Steroids, such as prednisone, may be prescribed if the hives are severe and do not respond to antihistamines. Doxepin (Sinequan) is a tricyclic antidepressant that increases serotonin and norepinephrine levels in the brain, and may also alleviate hives. This medication causes drowsiness and may be prescribed to persons affected by severe hives with sleeping problems at night.

Letters to the Editor Thank You, Salvation Army Dear Editor: On behalf of the staff and students at Gateway Elementary School, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Conneaut Salvation Army for the generous contribution of winter boots. It is with great trepidation that we watch winter arrive, for we know that many of our students do not have the appropriate attire for the severe weather of Northeast Ohio. It is a relief to know that at least seven of our students will now be guaranteed warm boots to get them through the sloppy months of winter. With the current economic hardships that are being felt throughout our community, it is clear that many people are in need. Thank you for thinking of our students! Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Liesl K. Blackwell, Principal Gateway Elementary School, Conneaut

To Whom It May Concern: On behalf of the students and staff at Kingsville Elementary School, we would like to thank you very much for the generous donation of winter boots. Unfortunately, with the economic times, the financial hardships are apparent in our area and by the generosity of the Conneaut Salvation Army, you made a difference in our students’ lives. Thank you again and may you have a wonderful holiday season.

Traci Morse, Principal Kingsville Elementary School, Kingsville

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A seven-week session of “PM Workout,” with Sally Mucci began this week of Jan. 9. Classes are held 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Join any time. Intermediate Quilting Class with Evelyn Boeson begins a five-week session 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, for quilters who have taken a beginning quilt class or for experienced quilters looking for a refresher class. Learn new patterns and techniques in this wintertime class offering. Call 593-5888 for registration information. “Let’s Wine About Art” will return at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4. This popular casual fund-raiser features Buzz Cronquist’s Jazz Trio, local wines, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction bid of local art, recreation packages and services. $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. Call 593-5888. Artwork by the Harbor Artists is on display all month. Several pieces are for sale.

At Home With.... Vickie Marcy Hi everyone! You’re probably getting tired of me saying time is flying by but, here we are into the second half of January already. Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it; actually, it’s less than four weeks away. Didn’t we just celebrate Thanksgiving? I can’t believe it’s been almost two months ago since we sat down to our Thanksgiving dinner. Where does the time go? A lot of folks will be looking forward to the coming spring and the warm weather to get outdoors and tend their yards and gardens and I’ll be looking forward to dry ground! During the “wet/ muddy/thaws” etc. of late winter and early spring (and sometimes during the wet season we have almost year round) it’s almost impossible to keep the floors clean. When you have a dog that thinks she has to go out every hour or so, cleaning up muddy wet paws/paw prints can get old real quick. I’m thinking of designing boots or plastic shoes for my dog that can be removed at the door and wiped off while the dog races through the house like a demented speed racer! Her favorite spot is the couch, next to my mom’s chair, so at least they will stay clean and dry. The only problem with that is: I don’t sew. Give me tape, (preferably duct tape, but any will do in a bind, and the double sided tape is a lifesaver also) staples, chewing gum, paper clips or anything else that will hold until I get the chance to change into something that’s not splitting out at the seams and I’m happy. Can you believe that there are people out there who don’t believe me when I mention that sewing is not my thing? I’ll sew buttons on or hem pants or something easy like that, but I have a serious phobia when it comes to SEWING MACHINES. I think it’s because of my younger years in high school

called it the “Cadillac” of the audio book industry. “They have very good readers, and some are actors and actresses,” he said. “You can even search by narrators because some people like to hear stories read by certain people.” RecordedBooks has exclusive rights to some authors, such as Jodi Picoult, Rita Mae Brown and Charlaine Harris. Pape, Worso and Library Directors Mariana Branch of Kingsville, Susan Hill of Andover, Joe Zappitello of Harbor-Topky in Ashtabula Harbor, and Director-inTraining Hannah Laing of Rock Creek agree that offering downloadable audio is a good use of public funds. It is not only a good investment, but adds another component to library services. “Books are very expensive – say $50 to $100 – and

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Vickie Marcy for a “comfort food” meal during this cold weather. I have modified them just a tad, you know how I like to play with my food.

Harris asked Conneaut police officer Brian Distelrath, holding the bag, to find the glasses. “I can hear better when I can see better,” Michalos told Harris. When Harris asked Michalos if he understood that the doctor would be evaluating him in the Jury Room, Michalos said he did. “But I disagree with it,” he said. Harris told Michalos that if he failed to cooperate, he could spend the next 30 days in jail, and 30 after that and 30 after that and so on, until he did cooperate. “You will be held in contempt of court if you refuse,” he said. “So if you want to go home today, I suggest you go down the hall and have the evaluation. When [the doctor] determines the evaluation, he will notify the court. You can go.” When Michaloes asked if he would receive a copy of the report, the psychiatrist said that his evaluations become court property. Harris assured Michalos that he would give him a copy. “On what basis do you feel I am incompetent?” Michalos then asked Harris. But Harris repeated that the court wants to know

at some point, you pass the threshold of how many copies are economical,” Worso said. Pape said that truck drivers, and spouses who ride with them, are heavy users of audio books as are others who do a lot of traveling on the road. “There is really a big demand,” said Branch. “But people have to remember that this is audio, not e-reading,” she said. Currently, only Henderson Memorial Public Library in Jefferson offers ereading, due to several recent bequests that have lightened the financial strain felt by most public libraries. “Under the prior director, Henderson had a sizable donation earmarked to use for technology, so that’s what we did,” Worso said. Other county libraries hope to have e-reading up

“what we are dealing with” before sentencing Michalos further. “But I don’t understand. Does every defendant take one?” Michalos pressed. “Some do, some don’t,” Harris said. “I speak two languages and attended Youngstown State...” he continued. Harris told him that some defendants with master’s degrees have been found not guilty by reason of insanity. “They could be alcohol or drug addicts,” Michalos said. “No, they weren’t,” Harris responded. “But it can lead to mental illness,” Michalos continued. “I deemed this was necessary based on my observations of you in this case. We aren’t going to get into that,” Harris said. Michalos told Harris that he had no problem with the exam. But he did have problems not taking immediate possession of his black bag, and became belligerent when Harris explained that Distelrath would be carrying the bag until it was inspected. “You mean I’m not allowed to carry my own bag? This is a little ‘crazy,’... said Michalos, adding arm ges-

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*The Cabbage Soup recipe above is one of my favorites and has a story behind it: I was talking to a couple of women recently In large bowl place biscuit and the subject of Cabbage mix and cold butter; cut in Soup came up. It seems the butter using pastry blender soup was and still is a popuor two knifes until mixture lar diet aid for those wishis crumbly. Stir in cheese. ing to lose a few pounds. One Stir together egg and half of the ladies turned to me and half. Gradually add wet and said, “This soup is really mixture to biscuit mixture, good and filling and does stirring very lightly with help you lose weight; you fork just until dry ingredi- should try it.” Not wanting ents are moistened. Turn to be rude, I smiled and dough out onto lightly thanked her for her kind floured surface and knead comments. A few days later five or six times. Gently roll I made the soup and she was into ball, pat into eight inch right, it’s very filling and circle. Carefully place on tasty especially when I baking sheet that has been topped off my meal with covered with parchment pa- double chocolate cake and per and cut into six wedges, chocolate chip ice cream. being careful not to cut all Delicious! That’s going to the way through. Bake at wrap it up for this week, so 400 degrees for 15 - 17 min- until next time, stay safe utes or until golden brown. and happy!

QUICK TIP OF THE WEEK: Many of us made New Year’s Resolutions and the number one resolution was to lose weight, right? If you’ve already broken your resolutions, don’t feel bad. Only 25 percent of all of the people who make resolutions actually keep them and succeed; I’m not in the minority.


AUDIO touts itself as a “one-click digital” service linking readers to thousands of books compatible to PCs, MP3 Players and iPods. Audio “borrowers” create accounts using their library cards. “Each library has a ‘one click’ system to Recorded Books on the web page,” said Kathy Pape, director of Conneaut Public Library, “On Conneaut Library’s web page, it’s in the upper righthand corner.” Once on the page, patrons have some 3,000 titles to choose from – fiction, non-fiction, children’s books. About 30 more titles are being added this month. “You can search by genre if you want,” Pape said. Recorded Books comes from Maryland, said Ed Worso, Director of Henderson Memorial Public Library in Jefferson. He

when I willingly took sewing/home economics. After the first week of trying to use an electric sewing machine with negative results coupled with a genuine lack of interest, I still think my teacher decided it was her duty to teach me at least the basics of how to use a sewing machine. After several lessons I still wasn’t making any headway, so the teacher decided that if I couldn’t sew with a machine, by golly I was going to learn to sew by hand! I took her literally and discovered that if I used a small needle, I could sew my fingers together by passing the threaded needle carefully through the pads of my finger tips. Hey! Look at my fingers, how funny is that?? Although the class was in hysterics, the teacher evidently was not amused and I had to sit out the sewing class for two weeks as punishment. Woohoo! Love that kind of “punishment”! Aside from that small incident, sewing class was boring except when I accidentally sewed an apron to my skirt, made a blouse that had one sleeve about eight inches longer than the other and the occasional lapses when I sewed my fingers together out of sheer boredom. I sound like I was a brat, but I was just being me; goofing off and being a clown. I did settle down when I went to cooking class the second half of the year, and after that I was a pretty good student. Cooking turned out to be one of the things I excelled in and is probably one of the reasons I love to cook now! What a difference a teacher makes! Speaking of cooking, I found another cookbook that’s loaded with delicious recipes that are my favorite kind: fast, easy and tasty! You all know one of my favorite foods is cheese, and one recipe just happens to have cheese as an ingredient. I hope you like these recipes; they’re just the thing

From page 1A tures with the word ‘crazy.’ “Why is he carrying my property? He already looked through it.” Harris replied that Michalos was not running his courtroom and to go on. “Now,” he insisted. “Now, Are you going to do what I say?” “Does he want to carry my shirt?” Michalos shot back. “You will allow someone else to carry my property.” Finally, Michalos followed the doctor and Distelrath into the hallway, as his Public Defender Rebecca Risley began stating a motion to withdraw herself from the case. But within seconds, the courtroom door opened and all three men reappeared. Michalos was handcuffed. Distelrath explained that Michalos had become uncooperative. “I just want to carry my bag. I’ve never stolen anything. If you had a million dollars on your table, I wouldn’t take any of it,” said Michalos. “This is the first time I’ve ever been handcuffed.” Finally, Harris ordered Distelrath to dump the contents of the black tote bag on the courtroom table. “This is the last time that

we will waste the doctor’s time,” Harris told Michalos. “We will uncuff you and look through the bag and coat. Then you will go to the Jury Room. If you waste my time any more, I will send you to jail.” Nothing objectionable was found amidst the personal items and medication, which Michalos said later was aspirin tablets. The trio then left the courtroom. Risley, meanwhile, began anew her request to remove herself from the case. Harris at first overruled her request, but changed his mind after Risley described Michalos’ verbal and physical intimidation. Not only did she report being fearful, but told Harris that Michalos had called her names too horrible to be repeated in a court of law. “I am disabled,” she said. “These threats are intimidating to me.” Risley said on one occasion, Michalos had called the Public Defender’s Office 50 times, screaming, swearing and demanding to speak to her. “The attorney/client relationship has eroded. Being his defense lawyer is impossible,” she said, Harris said he would check with the Public Defender’s Office to see if Marie Lane, or a male attorFrom page 1A ney, would take the case. “You don’t have to stay in and running sometime this not understand that not all the case,” he said. Michalos returned to the year. Until then, readers titles are available on court room at 1 p.m. Monday throughout the county may Kindle. visit Henderson Memorial “Kindle is exclusive to to sign a release form for the for e-books. Amazon,” she said. “Amazon evaluation. At that time, he Branch reminds the pub- just began offering its pro- asked Harris to lift the ban lic that e-readers are for e- gram to libraries a few barring him from city buildings so that he could return books and nothing more. months ago.” “ I’m excited about the Last week’s luncheon was to Council meetings. His request was denied. downloadable audio,” said the librarians’ January Once Harris receives the Hill. “I think it’s really go- meeting, where they collabopsychiatrist’s written evaluing to mature. We’re able to rated, shared ideas and disation of Michalos, he will deoffer unique authors. We like cussed issues. The group is to be in on the edge of tech- loosely organized, without termine an appropriate sentence. nology. Libraries are not all officers. about books.” Worso added that those Are you doing in the snow with a with questions about using the electronic gadgets reCar that will not go? ceived for Christmas – “our Even if it keeps on snowing, demand for e-books jumped the day after Christmas beWe will get you going! cause people got them as presents,” he said – should Drive Safely! Call or stop in... ask a librarian. “That’s what we’re here for,” he said. 346 Buffalo Street • Conneaut, OH 44030 As an aside, Pape warned that people who received 440.599.7662 Kindles for Christmas may

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From page 1A lieve in the mission of Salvation Army USA and I am confident that Salvation Army USA will bring about change so that we can move forward in our service to Christ.” Gore also noted, “It is disheartening to learn that Salvation Army International looks at this divisive issue so easily. I also recognize that their written statement in Dec., 2011, goes against the USA branch statements of pro-life.” Gore announced his resignation as Conneaut Salvation Army Service Unit President from the pulpit at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Sunday on Jan. 3 said that leaders of the American branch of the Salvation Army “have criticized the decision by the international branch of the church to condone abortion in some cases, saying that the new position does not reflect the beliefs of members in the United States.” According to WorldNetDaily, Chief Communications Officer for the Salvation Army USA Major George Hood said that the position statement had been developed through the London office and “does not reflect the position we’ve taken in the U.S. on abortion.” But Hood was quoted on the web site as saying that when he read of the international group’s position, “There was smoke coming out of both my ears.” Gore at Monday’s board meeting read a statement from the USA branch of the Salvation Army, quoting from Genesis 1:27 that “Human life is sacred because it is made in the image of God to be cherished, nurtured or redeemed. Human life is sacred because it is made in the image of God and has eternal destiny. Sacredness is not conferred, or can it be taken away by human agreement. The Salvation Army deplores society’s ready acceptance of abortion, which reflects insufficient concern for vulnerable persons, including the unborn (Psalms 82:3-4).” Gore said that until February’s Salvation Army International Conference, the matter is not likely to be resolved. He planned to take the issue to the monthly meeting of Conneaut Area Minis-

vation Army United States’ position.” Equally surprised to learn of the ISA’s Social Justice Commission’s abortion stance, Gore contacted Tony Houshour, the Salvation Army’s Regional Field Representative in Cleveland. “He knew nothing about it, but he said we are the first board members to resign,” Gore said. Houshour was to have been at Monday’s board meeting, but was absent due to illness. He plans to meet with Gore and Morscher in Conneaut later this month. Gore said an employee at the Cleveland Salvation Army Regional office expressed surprise at local reaction to the ISA statement, saying no other northeastern Ohio Service Units had responded in this way. In his resignation letter to Houshour, Gore wrote, “In my position as pastor of Good Shepherd, I feel it best to step down from my position with Salvation Army until clarity of international statement and actions are resolved or clarified….I be-

Army’s pro-choice statement issued in December came to Morscher’s attention via the Rev. Philip Miller, pastor since August of St. Mary/St. Frances Cabrini Parish, which she serves. The statement says that the ISA accepts termination of pregnancy in cases of rape, incest, life-threatening fetal deformity and where “in the judgment of competent medical and allied staff,” pregnancy threatens the life of, or could result in irreversible physical injury to, the mother. The Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant denominations teach that abortion under any circumstance is murder. After reading the statement on line, Morscher notified Gore, who is pastor of Good Shepherd. She had served as treasurer of the local Salvation Army since October. “I didn’t think about the International Salvation Army’s position on abortion when I took over as treasurer,” she said. “I saw no reason to because of the Sal-

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terial Association (CAMA) at on Thursday. Though CAMA members hold diverse theological opinions, Gore said they nonetheless stand together in collegial unity. The abortion issue is extremely divisive, he said. “The unity of churches is undermined by the International statement,” he said. “It could and possibly will affect the Salvation Army in the USA.” Until next month at the earliest, the local Salvation Army office will be closed and no vouchers for food or heating assistance will be written. “Everything right now is on hiatus,” Gore said. “Hopefully, the USA will have an influence on the international conference.” Gore’s decision does not sit well with Salvation Army Voucher Coordinator Kathy Paden, who sees no link between the Salvation Army’s mission in the community and a pro-choice stance taken in London. “I help those who need help, and this is going to hurt Conneaut,” she said. “There are people whose electricity is being shut off.” Paden said she never asks clients their views on politics, religion or other matters. She simply tries to help them. Salvation Army Board Member Candy Arcaro said that until she has more information, she is in no position to decide whether to remain on the board. Former treasurer and board member Penny Armeni said she feels strongly that Salvation Army does good things for people in need. “What are we saying?” asked Salvation Army Board Member Renea Roach, who also directs the Conneaut Food Pantry. Gore reiterated that the Conneaut Salvation Army is not disbanding, but is stepping back to look at the implications of the International Social Justice statement and measure the response of the Regional Headquarters in Cleveland.. “This has been hard because I’ve put in a lot of time and spent seven years building the board and public trust in the Salvation Army. Hopefully, the group will figure out a way to deal with all this,” he said.

The Best Christmas Present Ever Christmas came early for Robert and Christina Eaton, winners of the Dec.16 Lakeshore Primary School Parent-Teacher Council raffle of a 36inch flat-screen TV. The Parent-Teacher Council purchased the TV and will use the $325 fund-raising profits to finance the production of “Junie B. Jones” at 10 a.m. March 30. The professional production will be presented by Theatreworks USA from New York City. The Eatons have two children at Lakeshore. Ryan is in second grade and Makenzie is a first-grade student.


Religious Briefs At 8:30 a.m. contemporary and 11 a.m. traditional worship Jan. 15, the second Sunday after Epiphany at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Grove Street at Lake Road, readers are Susan Chapin (8:30 a.m.) and Al Gee (11 a.m.). “Some Assembly Required” is the sermon title by the Rev. Scott Walsh, pastor, at 9 a.m. worship (contemporary in the Worship Center) and 11 a.m. worship (traditional in the Sanctuary) Jan. 15 at New Leaf United Methodist Church, 283 Buffalo Street. Scripture is Philippians 2:12-13. The choir, directed by Rebecca Levering, will sing “River in Judea.” Free brunch 8:45 to 11 a.m. All welcome. Greeters for 11 a.m. worship Jan. 15 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Main and Buffalo Streets, are Sue and Julia Krieg. Liturgist is Shane Brown. Jim Fuller will be the pianist. The message by Joyce Shellhammer, pastor, is entitled, “A Man After God’s Own Heart,” based on Acts 13:22. A potluck luncheon will follow worship. Greeters for 11 a.m. worship Jan. 15 at First Baptist Church, 370 State St., are Dixie Onion and the McGhee, Reed/Porter families.


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Youth Group is taking orders this month for its Super Bowl Sunday Sub Sale. Call 599-8908.

Reverse Raffle/Sock Hop Jan. 28 at St. Andrew’s Church It will be back to the 50s and 60s when St. Andrew Church, 3700 Route 93, hosts a Reverse Raffle and 50s/60s Sock Hop 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the drawings will begin at 7 p.m. Dinner of pulled pork, chicken & dressing, meatballs/rigatoni, scalloped potatoes, green beans and dessert will be served.

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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Grove Street at Lake Road, will host a Chicken & Biscuit Dinner 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 21. Carry-out available. Adults $7, children 10 and under, $4. Menu includes mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, dessert, beverage.

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Community Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be held 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 14 at New Leaf United Methodist Church, 283 Buffalo Street. All men of the community are welcome.


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New Leaf United Methodist Church, 283 Buffalo Street, will serve its free Friday dinner, prepared by Dave Jones, 5 to 6 p.m. Jan. 13. This week’s menu includes Creamed Chicken & biscuits, real mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, desserts.

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Norris Kelly, Conneaut native and choir director at First Congregational United Church, will perform 2 p.m. Monday at Severance Hall, Cleveland, as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr ., Day Community Open House featuring a variety of musical performances. A tenor, Kelly will appear with the Oberlin Ebony Connection, comprised of Oberlin alumni, including Diana White Gould, pianist, and Lisa Whitfield on the viola. They will perform works by African-American composers who attended Oberlin College or lived in Cleveland. Severance Hall will open at 11:30 a.m. The open house will conclude with a 5 p.m. concert by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra under the direction of James Feddeck.

Soup lunch, featuring vegetable beef or ham-andbean soup, is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 13 at Kingsville Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, north side of Route 84 at 3056 W. Main Road. Eat in or carry out in your own container. Donation only.

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Norris Kelly Sings Monday at Severance Hall

Doors Open 7:30pm Stand-Up Comedy Show 8:30pm Anthony Evans Virtual DJ Show 10pm-1am

Tickets $10.00 Available at the CHRC, Burning Stone Café and Conneaut Chamber of Commerce

Mix will be provided at the BYOB affair. Contests, held after the drawings, will include Best Dressed Man and BestDressed Woman, plus Hula Hoop. Bids will be taken for Chinese Auction baskets and a 50/50 drawing will be held. Only 100 tickets are being sold. Call (440) 224-0964 for tickets. The event is sponsored by St. Andrew’s Driveway Fund.

Student Art Show Coming to CCCA by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - It’s time for area art teachers to begin thinking about the Conneaut Community Center’s 2012 Student Art Show. Open to students in grades K to 12 in northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania, the show opens in the CCCA Exhibit Hall March 2 to March 31. An opening reception

with award presentations will be held 6 to 8 p.m. March 2. Cash prizes will be awarded at the end of the show. Student artists may enter a maximum of three pieces (high school) and two pieces (elementary and middle school). All work entered by a student will be rejected if the limit is exceeded. Work must be appropriate for a family-oriented community facility.

All entries must be delivered to the CCCA, 1025 Buffalo St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 27. Pieces must be ready to hang in a sturdy mat. Each entry must have complete student information on the back. Teachers whose students plan to enter the show must notify the CCCA by Feb. 15. For more information, call the CCCA at (440) 5935888 or e-mail


Optimist Club Student of the Month Chris Bucci, son of Jeff and Kathi Bucci, is the November Optimist Club Student of the Month. A member of CHS’ football, wrestling, and track teams, Bucci was awarded MVP of the football team, and nominated as CHS’ Phillips Defensive Player of the Year. He was named to the AllCounty 2nd Team in football. In addition to serving as an office worker, Bucci is part of CHS’ media production class and helps broadcast daily announcements. Outside of school, Bucci Chris Bucci volunteers with the Summer Recess Program and Vacation Bible School. As a wrestling team member, he assists the Conneaut Rotary Club in putting up giant Christmas cards at Lakeview Park.

Five Star Student of the Month Megan Gilligan, daughter of Michael and Darla Gilligan, is the November Five Star Student of the Month. A three-year academic letter winner and CEA Top Scholar, Megan is a member of National Honor Society and marketing manager of the “Tattler” yearbook staff. A children’s volunteer at “Rock Out Hunger” and at summer reading and math camps, she also enjoys working at Special Olympics and at special needs camps. After graduation, Megan Gilligan Gilligan plans to study occupational therapy at Cleveland State University.


Junior Elks Club Student of the Month Brooke Sanford, daughter of Karen and Jon Arcaro, was selected Junior Elks Club Student of November. A two-year academic letter winner and member of National Honor Society, Sanford is on the tennis team and cheerleading squad, and a member of Ashtabula County YOUth LEADership. In 2010, she was awarded the Henry Clark Geometry Award. Sanford volunteers at Lions Club Safety Town and at art Brooke Sanford camps. After graduation, she plans to attend college to study nutrition and dietetics.

Optimist Club Band Student of the Month Megan Callahan, daughter of Tim and Cindy Callahan, was selected November Optimist Club Band Student. Callahan participates in band, marching and jazz bands and was awarded the Most Outstanding Senior. Also a member of the Lady Spartan tennis team, Callahan volunteers at the Conneaut Community Center for the Arts’ Summer Arts Camp and Lions Club Safety Town. Megan Callahan Callahan plans to doublemajor in biomedical engineering and music at Ohio University. Her goal is to become a dermatolgist.

Many Winners in K of C Hoop Shoot by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - About 36 boys and girls came out for the annual Knights of Columbus Hoop Shoot Saturday at St. Mary Hall. The free competition was open to any boy or girl aged 10 to 14, as of Jan. 1. Each contestant was given the opportunity to make 15 consecutive foul shots. Competitors drew numbers to determine the order. Winners, pictured, will advance to the District Level competition at St. John & Paul School on Station Avenue, Ashtabula, on Feb. 4. At the District Level, students will be offered 25 consecutive shots to advance to the Regional Level. The Knights of Columbus gave each participant a small basketball, and served hot dogs, chips and pop to make it a fun-filled day for contestants and observers.

My Day in Court by Rylie Pryately On Oct. 24, my class and I went to Conneaut Municipal Court. What I liked about “Day in Court” is learning about how the justice system works. I also liked how Judge Harris was very serious and didn’t take anything as a joke. He was very professional. The advantages of attending “Day in Court” is you learn about all the people in the courtroom and their duties. I also learned that making poor choices can get you into a lot of trouble. If you have to go Court for your bad decisions, you can get fined by paying money, community service hours, or even going to jail. I also learned Rylie Pryately how dangerous driving can be. You cannot be texting or talking on the phone while you are driving. You also need to be paying attention to the road and other drivers. The difference between a real court room and one on TV are very different. In a real courtroom, only the judge is speaking. The only time the defendant can speak in the courtroom is when the judge asks them to. He doesn’t yell at them, and he has everything under control, unlike a TV courtroom show. Everyone is yelling at each other, the defendant was very rude to the judge, and the judge didn’t care what you have to say. Some day, I would love to go back to “Day in Court.” I think it was a very good experience for my future. Thank you, Judge Harris, for allowing me to have such a nice experience. Prately’s is one of six winning essays written by Conneaut Middle School eighth-graders following the “My Day In Court” field trip to Conneaut Municipal Court.

Elks Hoop Shoot Is Saturday The Elks Annual Hoop Shoot gets underway at 1 p.m. Jan. 14 at Conneaut Middle School on Gateway Avenue for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 by April 1, 2012. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Trophies will go to first, second and third place in each gender and age group. District competition for first-place winners from Ashtabula County will be held 10 a.m. Jan. 21 at Ravenna High School, 6589 Chestnut St., Ravenna. State-level competition for district-level winners is Feb. 17 in Grove City, Ohio. For other information, call Linda Polshosky (440) 599-8741.

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Rowe High School Classes of 1953/1954 Rowe High School Classes of 1953 and 1954, their spouses and guests will meet for breakfast 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Perkins Restaurant, Conneaut.

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Winner in the 14-year-old boys’ division was Marcus Barrickman (center). Organizers include Grand Knight John Ericksen and his wife, Barb; Local Coordinator Linda Polchosky; the KofC for scorekeeping and rebounding, and the Rev. Philip Miller, pastor of St. Mary/St. Frances Cabrini, for the use of the

Rowe High School Class of 1958 will meet 12:30 p.m. gym. sion of the Hoop Shoot will Jan. 18 at Kay’s Place, I-90 and Route 193. Spouses and “A special thanks to Jon be pictured in next week’s guests are welcome. Lower for rebounding the Courier. balls, and to Chris Brown for printing and sending flyers to the schools to make this year ’s competition a success,” Polchosky said. Winners in the girls divi-

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Double-Duty Shoplifters Arrested By MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers

from the video as Joe Johnston and Donna Severe, They had entered the CONNEAUT – Trying to store at 11:19 a.m. Both left shoplift twice at the same the store at 11:22 a.m., At store on the same day 11:23 a.m., Johnston re-enproved unlucky for a Fur- tered and placed a package nace Road couple. of Russell Stover candies According to police re- underneath his jacket. ports, a manager at the DolAt 11:25 a.m., he placed lar General store on Main a pair of socks inside his Street told Conneaut police coat and left the store. 12:35 p.m. January 6 that a The clerk saw the pair clerk suspected that a pair leave in a red Dodge Ram. Police were able to locate of shoplifters had stolen the couple, and cited them. several items. At 3:42 p.m., police were A video surveillance camera had captured the two in- called back to the store. The dividuals stealing, verifying manager told police that the two people identified in the her account. Police identified the pair first shoplifting incident

had returned. An employee reported seeing Johnston try to put dog treats and book sticks in his coat. He was still in the store. Officers took Johnston outside and placed his hands on the outside of the Main Street building. When asked if he had taken any other items, he said, “Officer, I have other things that I had taken in my pockets.” Officers discovered in each coat pocket several packages of lunch meat and cheese. After arresting Johnston, and placing him

in the patrol car, the officer went back into the store and saw Johnson’s girlfriend, Severe, exit the store. When the officer told her of the complaint, she told him, :We have money on my food card. We can pay for it.” She was told she had been captured on camera earlier giving to Johnson items that he placed in his coat. Officers learned that Severe had two active arrest warrants. Severe was patted down and placed in the patrol car. Both subjects were transported to jail and booked in.

Local Man Cited for Disorderly Conduct by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers

Loomis continued to scream and yell despite being warned that he would be CONNEAUT - At 5:14 cited if he did not stop. Loomis was eventually p.m. Jan. 5, Conneaut police were notified that Scott placed into the rear seat of Loomis was loudly knocking the police cruiser. He told officers he was on the door of a Harbor Street apartment, scream- upset because he had given a man $15 to buy mariing and demanding entry. Officers arrived and ob- juana, and the man never served a subject who ap- gave him the “weed.” peared to be Loomis, standWhen told he would be ing on Hayward Avenue and cited for disorderly conduct, screaming into the face of Loomis agreed he had been disorderly. another male. After receiving and signThey approached Loomis, and advised him to ing his citation, Loomis was cease his behavior. He re- transported home by an officer. fused.

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the school district from the Public Works Garage on 16th Street. Both entities are billed a 1 percent CONNEAUT - It doesn’t monthly administrative fee. pay to weave while driving. Last week, the parties Kizzy Holley found this talked about seeking a state out after being stopped by grant to build a garage to Conneaut police at 1:57 a.m. house school buses, snow Jan. 6 on Lake Road. plows and Public Works Holley admitted to police equipment. that she did not have a valid Houston suggested such license. Officers soon an arrangement could make learned from Dispatch that it easier for entities to share she had an active warrant mechanics and suggested through Conneaut Municiadding a storage facility. pal Court for Failing to ApSchroeder said he saw no legal barrier in the proposal. From page 1A “I’m 100 per cent for it,” said At-Large Councilman Neil LaRusch. “It helps evPatrol to investigate felonies Koslowski’s proposed legat Ohio privately-owned islation had not gotten out eryone out.” Describing shared serprisons in Ohio, to keep the of committee before the sale burden from falling on local of Lake Erie Correctional vices between the city and police departments. Institution was finalized schools in Marshall, Mich., his former employer, The Conneaut Police De- Dec. 31. partment had neither the Kozlowsky said the legis- Conneaut City Manager Tim money nor the manpower to lation at this point is no Eggleston said he is availhandle them. longer necessary. Should the able to attend a meeting in On Jan. 9, Schroeder pre- state decide to sell other Cleveland Jan. 17 to learn sented to Council a brief prisons, all would remain more about the state grant chronology of events regard- property of the State of Ohio. program that rewards goving the matter, concluding “We wanted to find a reso- ernment entities working on with a letter from DeWine lution to this in the fastest mutual projects. LaRusch is also available. dated Jan. 4 that he is of the manner possible and it came Houston next updated opinion that Lake Erie Cor- from the Attorney General’s the group on the SPARC rectional Institution is a office,” he said. state institution under the City Council on Monday project by opening the disOhio Revised Code. night praised the administra- cussion with a video, then “No more agreements are tion for helping resolve the asked the city for assistance necessary,” Schroeder said. issue. “I want to thank the with water and sewer lines “[The OHP] will maintain City Manager, Dave so that restrooms could be in the status quo. The Ohio Schroeder and everyone for operation in time for the Highway Patrol has a fine the prison issue resolution,” 2012 football season. The project is funded mechanism and we will not said At-Large Councilman be burdened.” Neil LaRusch, who spear- through pledges and private Kozlowski said on Tues- headed initial efforts to draw donations, Houston said, day that he was surprised Kozlowski into the conversa- and as long as the pledges late last month to learn that tion at a Finance & Ordinance come through, progress will the Attorney General’s office meeting, and then organized continue. The immediate was reluctant to agree to a a trip to Columbus in October. concern is the infrastrucMemorandum of Under- Even after the letter denying ture, particularly running standing. the Memorandum of Under- water for the restrooms and “I was surprised because standing came from the Attor- the concession stand, in a I still considered it a work- ney General on Dec. 27, building on the northeast in-progress. The attorney LaRusch said he was optimis- corner of the property at Stageneral was looking into it,” tic that state-level officials dium and Maple Avenues. “Water and sewer are the he said. would not let the city down. Koslowski maintained “I was 100 percent opti- keys to getting rid of the that the Attorney General’s mistic and am 100 percent port-a-potties,” Houston office did not state opposi- thankful it worked out in our said. “We have no sewer there now.” tion to the OHP at the prison favor,” he said Houston would like a 6per se, but came to a differSchroeder, too, was reinch water line, an 8-inch ent conclusion after “con- lieved. sewer line and a fire hydrant tinuing to research the stat“A lot of people worked to utes” and determining that this resolution,” he said. installed. “We want the city to help the prison would remain a “They arranged meetings state institution after its with state government. It with a cooperative agreesale to a private company. was handled professionally ment. Two years ago, the city Kozlowski said that that and our elected representa- helped us reconnect taps, angle had been considered tives spoke with us daily to and it was tremendous,” throughout the three-month see it through. Thanks to all Houston said. Houston said if restrooms discussion, and that the Ohio who contributed to this fine Revised Code’s position of resolution. At the present are installed, commenceprison jurisdiction had come time, this matter has been ment could return to the stadium. up before. put to rest.” by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers

pear for Pre-Trial. Her front-seat passenger, Cheryce Kelley, told police that she and two men had been drinking, and that was why Holley was driving without a valid license. A back-seat passenger, Carlos McCullum, was also found to be wanted in Pennsylvania for Violation of Parole. Holley and McCullum were arrested, placed into separate cruisers, and transported to jail for booking.


“The city and the schools are one. I think people will be inclined to vote for a levy if they see us doing the best with what we have. It’s good to work together. Your smiling faces are motivators.” - New Conneaut Area City Schools Board of Education member Joan Norton told City Council at the end of the school board/City Council’s first joint meeting of 2012

At-large Councilman and former Public Works Director John Roach said that tying in restrooms at the stadium site would benefit the entire city and he favors the 8-inch sewer line. “It’s a good idea,” he said. LaRusch recommended that the proposal go to Council’s Public Utilities Committee. “It’s perfect for that, to move it along. Your ducks are in a row,” he said. On a final matter, the group agreed that ALICE training, a response to armed intruders in school buildings, would be beneficial, and Houston agreed to check into it. The schoolsponsored ALICE presentation the previous day at Conneaut High School was well accepted. “It shows us a new perspective on what can be done,” said Houston. Houston said Conneaut is the only high school in Ashtabula County without a “resource officer” from the local police department. “We take pride in that. We run a tight ship and have zero tolerance for violence and drugs,” he said. “When we need them, the police are there and are very cooperative.” Houston said the ALICE training, at a cost of $300 per person, would be a “proactive” approach and that dynamics for responding to armed intruders have changed over the last 15 years. “We work hard to maintain a safe environment,” said Ward 1 Councilman Doug Hedrick, a teacher at Conneaut High School. “Zero tolerance has to be in place because there is no resource officer. The resources we have we have to use well.”

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Houston and Hedrick agreed that the environment has changed at Conneaut High School since neighborhood schools were replaced with campus-style schools. “We used to have small elementary schools, and about 95 percent of the kids grew up and attended K through 12 together. Now, we’re down to about 60 percent of the students who have grown up together. We have 30 kids move in and move out each month. It’s more transient,” Houston said. Hedrick agreed that student body members are not as close as they once were. “People don’t build the same connections. There is more instability,” he said. Eggleston said the ALICE presentation had been “eye-opening” for everyone, and that as father of a daughter who teaches, he would rather have her jump out the window if an armed intruder were in the building than huddle in a locked classroom. When Houston said the high school has regular lock-down training with police dogs, Eggleston sug-

gested staging something more realistic with a SWAT team. Houston said administrators have volunteered to become trained in ALICE; police and fire personnel should be trained as well, he said. Houston agreed to get the community involved. At the outset of the meeting, members of both groups introduced themselves, since since three new councilmen and three new Board of Education members had been elected in November. “I’m not used to seeing this many of you show up. I’m glad you’re taking the time. We can share resources to help cut expenses,” said CBOE’s Mike Kennedy, elected 2012 Board of Education president at CBOE’s brief organizational meeting that preceded the joint meeting. “The city and the schools are one,” said new CBOE member Joan Norton, a former councilwoman. “I think people will be inclined to vote for a levy if they see us doing the best with what we have. It’s good to work together. Your smiling faces are motivators.” In wrapping up, Ward 4 Councilman Tom Kozesky said an elderly resident in the Dean/Harbor Avenue neighborhood complained of noisy children waiting for the bus each morning, and LaRusch asked that a “curve” sign go up on Gateway Avenue. Houston asked that the city’s Public Safety Committee look at traffic issues at Gateway Elementary to ease congestion at the end of the school day. The groups will meet in joint session at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Southeast Building.

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Courier Year in Review: April, May, June 2011 Clogged Intake Valve Wreaks Havoc

Remember that pesky intake valve problem, when the Underwater Services’ cleaning tool broke and became dislodged in the 24-inch intake pipe at the city’s water plant? Underwater Services’ Kevin Hogan (above, from April 7, 2011, Courier) assured City Council that he wanted to resolve the problem, and offered his firm’s strong sewer jet to Lake Erie Diving, ultimately hired to solve a problem that was costing the city $1,200 per week on a pump to bypass and supplement the intake pipe. Hogan said he had asked the city to inspect the line with a video camera prior to starting the work. Because the city refused, he said his firm was not solely responsible for the problem. City administrators denied having heard such a request. “We just wanted the line to be cleaned,” said Finance Director John Williams.

City Manager Hiring Process Seemed Endless Hiring a City Manager began as a calm, rational process, guided by City Council, with applicants having the full month of February to respond to advertisements that appeared in January. The city received 26 applications. Then the process went haywire. City Council reported narrowing to three finalists a field of six semifinalists interviewed on April 2. But a week later, after council dropped the idea of convening a three-member “citizens’ panel” to interview the finalists, Richard Showalter, who helped draft the city charter, filed an injunction against hiring any finalist, including Bill Kennedy and Terry Moisio of Conneaut and Lee Bodnar of Painesville Township. He claimed none met requirements for city manager as outlined in the charter. At the end of April, it was back to the drawing board as Council reviewed for a second time the City Manager applications.

Campbell, Lewis Fight Johnson Controls Contract Conneaut City Councilmen Dave Campbell and Charlie Lewis won their battle to defeat a $750,000 city energy overhaul project by Johnson Controls, saying they wanted to hear from Johnson competitors before signing on the dotted line. Johnson Controls had billed the city $23,000 for its energy audit of city buildings, per agreement by former City Manager Robert Schaumleffel, and said if the city accepted at least one part of the proposal, the $23,000 would be forgiven. Campbell researched Johnson Controls on the Internet and said the city had not done its due diligence. “Are we in a position to take the burden on when it could cost us more to arbitrate than the savings? I think we should wait until we have a new City Manager,” he said. The city eventually went after competitive bids, but decided nothing by the end of the year. Johnson’s project proposed the city take out a loan for the work and use its guaranteed energy savings ($60,000 the first year alone) to repay the loan.

Lindsey Cotton is New CBOE Treasurer As reported in the May 12, 2011, Cour i e r , Lindsey Cotton left her post as assistant treasurer with the Ashtabula Area City Schools to b e c o m e treasurer of t h e Conneaut Area City Schools, effective May 20. Cotton, a Kent State Univ e r s i t y graduate, is the daughter of Betty Brockway, treasurer of the Jefferson Area Local Schools and stepdaughter of Dr. Jerome Brockway, superintendent of A-Tech (formerly Ashtabula County Joint Vocational School). Conneaut Area City Schools Board of Education President Nick Iarocci said, “Lindsey brings a lot of experience and support. We look forward to having here here.” Cotton’s predecessor, Mary Gillespie, resigned to become treasurer of the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center.

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Meet CHS 2011 Prom Royalty

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Conneaut High School added 186 new alumni at the 122nd commencement exercises May 28 at Garcia Gymnasium. Class of 2011 member Rachel Geiser shakes hands Elected as royalty of Conneaut High School’s 2011 Prom with Conneaut Area City Schools Superintendent Kent Court in May were (front row, left) Taylor Wheeler, Brandy Houston (right) as Conneaut Area City Schools Board of Wheeler, Hillary Betts, Ashley Randolph, Roni Cottrell; and Education President Nick Iarocci (center) looks on. The (left, back) Chris Poore, Parris Fetterhoff, Billy Kirk, Rob picture appeared in the June 2, 2011, Courier. Malena, Michael Johnston The Junior-Senior Prom was held May 14 at DeRubertis Party Center in Madison, folGoodbye, Henry O. lowed by After-Prom at United Skates of America in Wickliffe. Conneaut’s “Mr. Video” Henry Ogrodnichek passed Rocco Dobran Hired as CHS Football Coach away peacefully at home on June 4 following an illness. The Conneaut High After retiring as a teacher at School football team was Rowe Junior High School, on hand when Conneaut Orgodnichek was instrumenArea City Schools introtal in developing the city’s duced new varsity footLocal Access Cable TV chanball coach Rocco Dobran nel, serving as coordinator on May 12. Dobran had and televising numerous impressed panelists durschool events, segments at the ing the interview process Animal Protective League, by saying that faith, famand ensuring that local ily and education were church services were taped priorities. Hired on a and aired weekly for the benone-year contract to efit of shut-ins. Ogrodnichek teach at Conneaut had been a Station 3 firefighter, former Citizen of the Year, Middle School, Dobran and a member emeritus of the Conneaut Cable Channel. had been defensive coordinator and assistant varsity football coach since 2005 at Marion Harding High School. A Safety Town 1996 graduate of Poland Seminary High School, and a 2000 graduate of Muskingum College, where he lettered in football all four years, Dobran compiled an 11-3 record as seventh- and eighth-grade coach in Massillon. At Massillon Washington High School, he was freshman coach (17-2), then assistant varsity coach in 2004 and 2005. He and his wife, Cindy, have three young children and bought a home in Conneaut.

Standing Ovation for Tree City U.S.A. Conneaut’s host committee for the Tree City USA Convention at the Conneaut Human Resources Center on May 9 received a standing ovation at the close of the four-hour meeting — a first, said Tree City USA Alan Siewert. About 150 representatives of 59 Northeast Ohio cities and villages attended the ceremony sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation, under the direction of the Conneaut Tree Commission and its president, Rod Raker. In addition to speakers and lunch, attendees received a tour of Conneaut’s unique Dorothy Shumake Arboretum at Malek Park. Conneaut was recognized as a “Tree City USA” for the 26th consecutive year. Pictured is Heather Smith of Kent State University, displaying KSU’s 2010 Tree Campus Award plaque awarded during the presentation section of the meeting.

Remember this one, when for two weeks in June, preschoolers attending Safety Town gathered eagerly at St. Frances Cabrini School to await Ronald McDonald, and Ronald got lost? On June 10, Ronald called Safety Town director Madelyn Plosila to say he was detained in traffic; the next week, he called to say he had arrived at her house, on Conneaut’s western edge rather than Cabrini. Plosila was good-natured about the mix-up but McDonald’s Corporate called her afterward to do damage control.

SOCK HOP What would June in downtown Conneaut be without the Sock Hop? These girls were preparing to enter the “Best Dressed” competition. The Sock Hop will return in June.

Another Successful MS-150

Billi Jo Koons of Fombell, Pa., arrived at Township Park Conneaut Cafe III: More Brainstorming with 1,300 other cyclists for the National Multiple Sclerosis’ 150-mile “Escape to the Lake” fundAbout 62 people spent the evening of May 24 discussing raiser on June 12, only to watch possible solutions to the city’s ragged appearance at the riding partner Ben Ehrenberger third “Conneaut Cafe III” roundtable discussion at the (left) drop his bike at the finish line, Conneaut Human Resources Center, chaired by the Ad Hoc get down on one knee, and propose. Housing Review Committee. Needing attention, they said, That caused less of a stir, however, were major roads, such as Routes 7 and 20; Center Road than MS-150 organizers, who, after south of town; 16th Street south to Route 20; Chestnut reviewing the ride’s route to Street from the Norfolk-Southern tracks to Route 20; the Conneaut from Western PennsylvaLake Road golf course property; vacant buildings, lots and nia suggested that a two-day “loop” storefronts; animals running loose, and litter. The Ad Hoc ride from the start-and-finish line Housing Review Committee presented recommendations would cut the cost of buses to take to City Council. No formal action was ever taken. cyclists back to Pennsylvania. In the end, the ride to Conneaut was reJeremy Sommers Found Guilty instated for 2012, along with a loop “option.” Numbers of riders coming into Township Park on of Aggravated Murder June 10, 2012, may be reduced. Jeremy Sommers of Conneaut was found guilty of aggravated murder following a six-day mid-May trial in Judge Albert Mackey’s Courtroom of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court. The trial came two years after Richard Hackathorn was found severely beaten in his Clay Street home. Sommers and several friends had gone to Hackathorn’s home in the early hours, presumably to get drug money, and beat the 65-year-old when he refused. Hackathorn’s family removed him from life support two days later. Sommers’ family said he was framed.

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A City Manager At Last On June 7, it became official. Timothy Eggleston would leave That State Up North to become Conneaut’s fifth city manager. The 53-year-old Deputy Director of Community Services of Marshall, Mich., had applied for the job last winter, and having heard nothing from the city, assumed it was not to be. Then, in early May, with Council confirming he had the requisite Master’s Degree in Public Administration, he was contacted. He was offered the position following two solid interviews later. His first day on the job was June 27, and he has earned high marks from Council and the public since Day 1.

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