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“This Couldn’t Be Better,” MS Riders Say by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers

At The Hop Chris Brisley of Rockland, Pa., won her second bubble-gum blowing contest at Saturday night’s Downtown Sock Hop and Car Cruise.

Eight-year-old Ellen Burdick of Conneaut won the Girls BestDressed competition at Saturday night’s Sock Hop. A story with more photos will appear in the next issue of The Courier

Noah Sigley, 4, and his three-year-old brother, Colin, of Conneaut, enjoyed lemonade from the perch of a classic car during Saturday night’s Sock Hop.

Eco-Eternity Forest Coming to Camp Luther Public Consecration 1 p.m. June 21 by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers NORTH KINGSVILLE - A public consecration ceremony will be held 1 p.m. June 21 for the “LakeSide EcoEternity Forest” at Camp Luther, 3901 Lake Road. The innovative 12-year-old concept, brought to this country from Europe by a retired military veteran, is catching on, according to Camp Luther director Corey Wagonfield, who upon hearing

about it at a recent camp directors’ conference became convinced the idea was a good one. “As a family camp, we like the idea of being a place where people’s spiritual needs are handled from birth to death,” he said. “It’s also a great resource for community. So we teamed up with them, got information, and are moving forward.” The area to be consecrated is on camp property south of Lake Road. It is rarely used for camp programming, Wagonfield said, because of the danger of campers’ crossing busy Lake Road.

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CONNEAUT - Almost to a tee, cyclists in the weekend’s “Bike-MS: Western Pennsylvania Escape,” said the two-day 150-mile ride needs to end in Conneaut. “This homecoming couldn’t be better,” said Meadville High School guidance counselor Barry Anderson. Riding for his seventh year, Anderson was the first of 650 riders to coast across Township Park’s finish line toward the lower pavilion shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday to be greeted by his wife and two sons. “This is a beautiful park . We always spend the rest of the day here. I can’t wait to get in the water,” he said. For the first time, cyclists in this year’s renamed “Bike MS: Western Pennsylvania Escape” could choose a loop route heading 75 miles north from Zelienople, Pa., on Saturday morning to the overnight stop in Meadville, Pa., then turn around and ride back to Zelienople on Sunday. Organizers of “Bike MS” said that about half of this year ’s 1,350 riders chose the new route. The others stuck to the traditional secondary route from Meadville to Conneaut, with transport home on air-condiPHOTO BY MARTHA SOROHAN tioned buses, their bikes and lugMS-150 cyclists Ben Ehrenberger and Billi Jo Koons, of Zelienople, gage stored underneath. Pa., who made front-page news after Ehrenberger proposed to Koons See MS-150 page 22A at the end of the 2011 ride, were greeted in Conneaut Sunday by their four-year-old Great Dane, Faith. Faith was brought to Conneaut by a family friend.

So You Think You Can Sing? by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - If you think you can sing, DQ Conneaut Idol 2012 wants to hear from you. The popular amateur singing competition for those 16 and older gets underway at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 5, as part of the opening night festivities at the Fourth of July Festival at Lakeview Park. Succeeding rounds will be held 9:30 p.m. July 5, 6 p.m. July 6 and 7 and 8 p.m. finals on July 8. One singer will be eliminated in each round. Singers must provide recorded music. Conneaut Idol 2012 will win cash prizes. For information, contact Marty Landon, organizer, at 593-4546. A small entry fee is required.

Conneaut Shores Rezoning Proposal Is Back by PATRICIA ROWBOTHAM Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - The former Conneaut Shores Golf Course is back in the news. At its 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday evening at City Hall, the Planning Commission heard a rezoning request by BuildWorks, Inc., for a residential development at the former golf course at Whitney and Lake Roads. Under the proposed plan, zoning would have to be changed from R-2, single-family residential, to R4, multi-family. The developer is proposing to build “cottage-type” homes along Lake Road. The cottages would be unattached, single-family dwellings marketed to “snowbirds.” A second residential development built off Whitney Road would have one entrance and a cul- de-

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sac and accommodate elderly people who no longer want to maintain their own property, and would be part of a homeowners’ association.. Buildings would not exceed two or three stories, and a club house would be built in the area. The residences would be surrounded by green space. The Planning Commission viewed a concrete proposal of the drawings by developer Vinnie Rose. The project would begin as soon as City Council approves the zoning. The company representative said that one person has wanted to put up a model cottage since last year, and about eight retirees have expressed interest in the homeowners’ association section of the project. The Planning Commission

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TOWN TALK An Antique Wedding Fashion Show is coming to the Ardis Rhinehart Kremer Home 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24. Susan Powers, of Ursuline College, is bringing her collection of gowns to be modeled. The event features high tea and a presentation by Willow Tea Room in Pierpont, along with live music and refreshments. Tickets $15. Reservation deadline is June 20. Call 593-6380.

Road. Actvities include archery, cooking, crafts, swimming, creeking, fire-building, fishing, hiking, tie-dye, nature and more. Cost $50 for the session or $10 per day. Call Bonnie Paradis at 593-5984 for information.

A workshop, “Understanding Your Mortgage Options,” will be presented 6:30 p.m. June 26 at St. Frances Cabrini Church Parish Office, 744 Mill St., by Catholic Charities of Kingsville Public Library, Ashtabula County. The free 6006 Academy Street, will workshop tackles topics such hold a Scholastic Book as loan modification prosale June 18-25, with a “buy grams, budgeting, and the one/get one free” sale or half foreclosure process. Call off. The sale will be held dur- 992-2121 for more information and other program ing regular library hours. dates and locations across “B Camp,” a camp for the county. girls ages 5 to 18 offering The family of siblings Christian values, will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 9 Nick Colby and his sister, to 13 at the Conneaut Fish Lena Antolik, had the most at & Game Club on Keefus representatives

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Saturday’s 90s luncheon at June 12-19, 2012 the Villa at the Lake, sponsored by the Conneaut Opti- 7.00 am AM Live mist Club. Photos and a 10.00 am Conneaut City story will appear in the June Council Mt 21 Courier. At Tuesday evening’s 90th anniversary dinner of the Conneaut Rotary Club, 91-year-old Chuck Marcy showed he can still lead a tune. Marcy led the guests in the singing of “God Bless America.” Marcy was just 2 years old when the local club was founded in 1922. The Conneaut Music Boosters is holding a Cleveland Indians ticket raffle with the winner receiving two tickets to the Indians game Aug. 24 at Progressive Field. The drawing will take place July 27 at the Marching Band Camp show. Contact Music Boosters for information.

Safety Town Opens for 45th Year

11.10 am Discover Conneaut 11.15 am Hometown Happenings/ Sports 11.50 am CHS Spring Concert 11.50 am City Council Mt. 1.15 pm CHS Graduation 4.05 pm Library Line 4.30 pm APL Adopt-A-Pet 5.20 pm Army Newswatch 5.50 pm Conneaut Board of Education 7.10 pm Conneaut City Council 8.25 pm Discover Conneaut 8.30 pm Hometown Happenings/ Sports 9.00 pm Library Line 9.20 pm MS150 Bike to Conneaut 10.00 pm Share The Road 10.05 pm 3rd Annual Field of Honor 11.30 pm Trout Derby 11.45 pm Conneaut harbor Scenics 12.15 am Conneaut City Council Mt. 1.30 am Discover Conneaut

Religious Services: St. Mary St. Frances Cabrini: Sun & Wed 3pm / Mon & Thurs 1am First United Church of Christ: Sun & Wed 4pm / Mon & Thurs 2am New Leaf United Methodist: Sun & Wed 5pm / Mon & Thurs 3am Good Shepherd Lutheran: Sun & Wed 6pm / Mon & Thurs 4am Family Fellowship: Mon. and Thurs. 2.25pm PHOTO BY MARTHA SOROHAN Conneaut Church of Members of the Conneaut Lions Club and the Conneaut High School football team God: Mon. and Thurs put up the Safety Town buildings in a record 35 minutes on June 7 in St. Frances Cabrini 3.15pm parking lot. The first session of Safety Town began Monday. by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers

Sponsored by the Conneaut Lions Club, Safety Town is celebrating its 45th CONNEAUT - Traffic year. jams — a rarity in Conneaut Lions Club member Lew — are a regular occurence Shiley remembers when the this week up on Mill Street, program first came to where the week-long Safety Conneaut, after other Lions Town program is underway. Club members saw it in anH e l m e t - w e a r i n g other city and thought it tricyclists are learning how would be a good addition. to safely share the street and The city eagerly climbed on a host of other safety lessons board. “We used to have three under the direction of Madeleine Plosila, sessions,” he said. Conneaut Fire Department Shiley said that and Conneaut Police Depart- Conneaut High School ment personnel, including woodshop built the miniaK9Ghost. ture buildings painted to “It’s a lot of fun,” said depict local buisnesses. “They have touched them Plosila, a retired Conneaut Area City Schools teacher up over the years, too, but I heading the program for the understand that program may be ending,” he said. 26th year.

“No Turn On Red” Restrictions Eased by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - Hours of “No Turn on Red” traffic restrictions are being reduced at four city intersections. Council Clerk Pam Harper at Monday night’s City Council meeting read the new traffic regulations, changed because the “no

turn on red” from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. school days was deemed to be “not conducive to a steady traffic flow.” New “no turn on red” hours of 7 to 8 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. school days only go into effect at these intersections: 1) Jackson and Mill Street; 2) Main and Mill Street; 3) State and Mill Street; and 4) Broad and Jackson Street.

The high school remains involved in a very significant way. Members of the Conneaut High School football team helped set up Safety Town last Thursday, and had it up in about 35 minutes. “If we hadn’t had them, it would have taken a few hours,” said Hattie GrubkeBarnard, Lions Club president. Lions Club Safety Town Chair Neil LaRusch said the program continues to thrive, with about 120 five- and sixyear olds enrolled this year. The kids are the same, Plosila said, but some program content has been updated. “We now have a segment on gun safety,” she said. Plosila said that adding the gun safety segment does not mean that other lessons are left out. She simply condenses the material on fire

safety, traffic safety, stranger danger, and more, into the 10.5-hour session. The final day of each session, June 15 and 22, students will climb aboard a yellow Conneaut Area City Schools bus and ride to Station 3, where they will have a close-up look at a fire station. Then, they will ride over to McDonald’s for ice cream. Each session culminates with graduation ceremonies on June 16 and 23, Students had the opportunity to sign up for Safety Town during kindergarten registration at the end of April, but Plosila said a few more always join on the first day. “One mother called and said she had missed kindergarten registration, and wanted to know if her child could sign up. I always take them,” said Plosila, “as long as there are enough tricycles and helmets to go around.”

Civic Meetings Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. June 14 Conneaut Public Library Board, 5 p.m. June 18 at 304 Buffalo Street Economic Development Committee, 6 p.m. June 21 Conneaut Port Authority, 7 p.m. June 21 at Port Authority Office, 929 Broad Street Buckeye Board of Education, 7 p.m. June 19 at Board Office, Braden Junior High, 3436 Edgewood Drive North Kingsville Village Council, 7 p.m. June 20 at Municipal Building, 3541 Center Road

Conneaut Area Historical Society Conneaut High School graduate Andy Pochatko will speak on “Times of Conneaut School Systems” at the June 26 meeting of the Conneaut Area Historical Society, 7 p.m. at Villa at the Lake, 48 Parrish Road. Pochatko will talk about the school district from its origins through 1964. A 50/50 raffle, refreshments and social time will follow. The public is invited.

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Agriculture OSU Extension to hold name that tree program


Long summer for battling pests

Is there a tree that you frequently see, that you really like but don’t have a clue how to identify it? If so than you will want to attend the “Tree Identification” class on Friday, July 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This class will also be held at the Big Creek Park in Chardon, Ohio. This workshop is designed to give participants in-depth training and practice on identifying trees. The class begins indoors with some samples and a guide of how to think through the process of tree identification. The afternoon portion is spent outside practicing the skills acquired in the morning session. Registration is $35 per person and is due by June 29. Online registrations for all three programs is available at Payment can also be sent to the Ohio State University, Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, 210 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey, Road, Columbus, Ohio. More details can be obtained by call 614-688-3421.

Financial & Tax Implications of Oil & Gas Leases/Royalties Workshops to be held across northeast Ohio OSU Extension in Northeast Ohio is pleased to be offering two workshops in July to help landowners understand the financial and tax implications of oil and gas leases/ royalties. This workshop titled “Financial & Tax Implications of Oil & Gas Leases/Royalties in Northeast Ohio” will feature David Marrison, OSU Extension Associate Professor, who will discuss the financial and tax implications of Marcellus Shale Leases. These meetings will help participants become more aware of the potential tax implications of leases and royalty payments. Don’t get caught blindsided by the taxes that will be due. Learn which payments are subject to ordinary income taxes versus capital gain; about the percentage depletion deduction; and how signing a lease may affect your CAUV status. Learn how the IRS handles oil and gas payments. Learn what questions to ask and receive financial planning tips for managing the potential income from these wells. The available meetings are on Wednesday, July 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and on July 24, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at the Geauga County Extension office. The registration fee for this program is $5 per person. Registration fee is to help defray the cost of program handouts. Pre-registration is require and space is limited. Complete registration details can be obtained by calling 440-576-9008 or at http://

Silver Stirrups 4-H Club Report The Silver Stirrups 4-H club met on June 6 at the County Extension Office. Cheyanne Spellman called the meeting to order and led the pledges. The news is as follows; the Silver Stirrups 4-H Club will be participating in the Food Collection Contest for Manna Cupboard. All food wished to be donated needs to be delivered to Amanda Santana or Desire Coron. The next fairgrounds clean-up started at 10 a.m. on July 7, with clean-up ending when all work was done. Two committees have been formed to decide on decorations for stalls and the booth at the Expo building during fair. There were no demos on account of the members who had ones prepared were not at the meeting. Work Meetings begin this Tuesday at the fairgrounds, 6-8 p.m.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ASHTABULA COUNTY TAXPAYERS PAYMENT OF REAL ESTATE TAXES Last Day for Payment of Second Half 2011 REAL ESTATE TAX IS JUNE 20, 2012 Notice is hereby given that Real Estate Taxes for the second half of 2011 are due and payable on or before Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Payments that are mailed must be postmarked by midnight of June 20, 2012 by the United States Postal Service. Postmarks from private mailing machines are not acceptable under Ohio law. After June 20, 2012 a penalty must be charged in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code. In addition, interest is charged July 1, 2012 and December 1, 2012 on certified unpaid balances. When your mortgage is paid off or if it is sold to another Mortgage Company, it is the property owner’s responsibility under the Ohio Revised Code to see that this office is advised to ensure that the tax bill is sent to the correct address. FAILURE TO RECEIVE A TAX BILL WILL NOT AVOID A PENALTY. Every effort is made to see that you receive your tax bills; however, Ohio Revised Code Section 323.13 provides the property owner is responsible for payments plus any penalties and interest even if you did not receive your bill. Please call us at once if you have not received a tax bill unless you have made previous arrangements with a financial institution to pay them. You can also access your taxes online using the Tax Search function at The Treasurer’s Office is accepting applications from taxpayers interested in the advanced payment plan program for the first half 2012 collection. Taxpayers are able to pay their semi-annual real estate taxes in installments before the taxes actually become due rather than in a lump sum. Call 440-576-1421 or go online to and select Payment Plans to apply.

DAWN M. CRAGON Ashtabula County Treasurer • Phone: 440-576-3727 25 West Jefferson Street, Jefferson, Ohio 44047 Office Hours: Mon. through Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Holidays Excluded)

Last week we learned about the great volunteers who helped clean the rabbit barn out for its move. This week the old rabbit barn was on the move to make room for the new Small Animal Barn which will be constructed in its place

AGRICULTURAL AGENT COMMENTS by David Marrison OSU Extension Agent Hello, Ashtabula County! If our first week of June is any indication, we will be in for a long summer of battling insect pests in our local crop fields, gardens, and landscapes. This is no surprise due to our mild winter which allowed many insects to successfully overwinter whereas in past winters they were killed off by our harsh winters. Today I would like to provide an update on armyworms eating in hay fields, our Western Bean Cutworm trapping program and tips for hay preservation. Last week, my colleague Les Ober was in a hay field with a farmer on the border of Ashtabula and Geauga counties which was being overrun by army worms. These critters were feeding in a hay field and were removing almost all of the leaf material in parts of the fields. These critters can be very destructive. Once the armyworms are done eating

pending on the crop’s growth stage, corn yield losses can be significant. In our monitoring for western bean cutworm adults, I have placed six traps in various locations across Ashtabula and Trumbull counties. I would like to thank Howard Seavey, Jim Comp, Tom Coltman, and Joel Baldwin for allowing me to place a trap on their property in Ashtabula County for this research. I will inspect these traps at least once per week. Last year we found 347 WBC moths in the four Ashtabula County traps with 3,751 trapped across Ohio. What do we expect to see this year? While Ohio has not yet seen economic damFor the third year, I am age in corn from Western trapping for western bean Bean Cutworm, Michigan cutworms (WBC) across and Ontario reported heavy Ashtabula County as a part damage last year. Our total of a state-wide monitoring counts increased last year, program. This corn pest has and our team has tracked not been a concern until re- egg deposition in northwest cently in Ohio so its biology Ohio for the past two years, and economic impact are so there is risk of damage something our farmers are from WBC. However, our just learning about. Adults good start to the planting will lay eggs on the upper season may limit some of the leaves of the corn plants, and potential damage. WBC preonce the eggs hatch, larvae fers to oviposit in corn that begin feeding on the tassels, has not tasseled. Despite the silks or ears of the corn. De- anticipated early emergence, if most of the corn has tasseled before peak flight, then feeding and damage will be minimal. Trapping and scouting remains our best option to determine the impact of WBC. More information about this new corn pest can be found at: and for more information see our WBC fact sheet http:// pdf/0040.pdf. in one field they will “march from the field” into adjacent areas or fields. If this type of activity is observed, growers should pay attention not only to the pastures and hay fields, but also to other adjacent crops areas with special emphasis on corn and wheat fields. The only crops they do not appear to feed on are soybeans, although they might appear to be feeding as they nibble to determine whether it is an acceptable host plant. I encourage producers, especially in the southwest portion of the county, to be scouting their crops for armyworms. More information about armyworms and their control can be found at: http://

tion which he shared last June. First make sure the hay has been properly dried to 15 to 20 percent moisture before storing in a barn. Exposure to the sun is the single most important weather factor to speed drying. The swath width should be at least 70 percent of the actual cut area. Another way to spread out and aerate the crop for faster drying is with a tedder, especially with grass crops. To encourage faster drying, at least 90 percent of the stems should be crimped. If you do happen to bale hay at higher moisture contents than desired, keep a close watch on it for two to three weeks. It is normal for hay to “sweat” in the first few days after baling with internal temperatures of 110 F being quite common. Hay bale temperatures of 120 to 130 F will likely result in mold growth. If the temperature in the hay continues to rise, reaching 160 to 170 F, there is cause for alarm. At those elevated temperatures, other chemical reactions begin to occur that elevate the temperature much higher, resulting in spontaneous combustion of the hay. If you are making hay, please take time to read Dr. Sulc’s complete article at: corn/newsletters/2011/corn2011-16/#6 I would like to close today’s column with a Latin Proverb which states, “Hay is more acceptable to a donkey than gold.” Have a good and safe day!

David Marrison is Associate Professor and Extension This past week, our farm- Educator, Agriculture & ers made good progress in Natural Resources, Ohio SUBMITTED PHOTOS the fields making first cut- State University Extension. Farmers should be on the look out for armyworms in their ting hay. Today, I would like Mr. Marrison can be reached 440-576-9008 or hay and corn fields. Heavy feeding in a local hay field to share some tips from Dr. at Mark Sulc on hay preserva- has already been cited.

Commissioners join new public warning system BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Ashtabula County commissioners passed a resolution to join the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) during their meeting on Tuesday, June 5. The commissioners will add IPAWS to the original CodeRED Service agreement. IPAWS is developed by FEMA and designed to provide integrated services and capabilities to local, state and federal authori-

ties for the purpose of enabling them to alert and warn their respective communities via multiple communication methods. IPAWS is billed as the nation’s next-generation infrastructure of alert and warning networks, expanding upon the traditional audio-only radio and television Emergency Alert System (EAS) by providing one message over multiple forms of media, such as cell phones, sirens and other electronic communication devices, to more people before, during and after a disaster.

The agreement became effective last Tuesday and will be effective for as long as CodeRED is active and maintained. The cost is $1,250 until Aug. 24, 2012, and then $2,500 annually. “I think it’ll make Ashtabula County a little safer,” Commissioner Peggy Carlo said. In other actions, the commissioners approved their annual agreement with the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League for the impounding of stray dogs. Under the agreement, the APL provides facilities to impound dogs seized by

the Ashtabula County dog warden. The agreement is for one year, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012. The cost is $17,500 per quarter, not to exceed $70,000. This is the standard agreement, Carlo said. “It’s probably a pretty good value for us,” Commissioner Joe Moroski said. “It’s a great way to keep costs down.” Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

County News


A time for healing BY WILLIAM A. WEST Gazette Newspapers

Bagpiper Gary Quine performs during the dedication ceremony for the Third Annual Healing Field of Honor Saturday, June 9, at Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Hugo Reyes walks to a designated spot to place the U.S. Coast Guard during the dedication ceremony for the Third Annual Healing Field of Honor Saturday, June 9, at Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.

American Legion North Kingsville Neal Post 743 members Kellis Holley, left, and John Pildner prepare to raise the U.S. flag during the dedication ceremony for the Third Annual Healing Field of Honor Saturday, June 9, at Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.

NORTH KINGSVILLE Picture-perfect weather, 400 U.S. flags and dramatic flyovers by three T-51 Mustangs greeted those attending the dedication ceremony for the 3rd Annual Healing Field of Honor at Greenlawn Memory Gardens Saturday in North Kingsville. American Legion North Kingsville Neal Post 743 Adjutant Dean Luce performed master of ceremony duties as fellow Neal Post 743 members posted the Colors. “It went well, but the turnout may have been less than last year,” Luce said. Gary Quine, Hector the Hero, Highland Cathedral, played the bagpipes and H.D. “Marty” Martinez was the bugler. Emily Kline sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Tom Lucas, Cub Scouts Pack 52 of Saybrook, recited the Pledge of Allegiance. “It was very touching,” Sara Rowe, of Ashtabula, said. “We should honor our veterans all the time and be thankful for their service.” The Remember When Band performed a number of Armed Forces signature songs during the placing of flags for them and first-responders. Retired U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Richard Arndt was the guest speaker and he discussed the nation’s responsibility to honor those who have sacrificed their lives serving our country. “We the living have a sacred obligation to honor the dead,” Arndt said. Members of the Ashtabula

County Young Marines read the names of veterans and first-responders honored by the flags placed in the field. “My wife Phyllis and I have volunteered for the past three years,” Jerry Miller, of Ashtabula, said. “It gives us a good feeling to be here.” “It is phenomenal,” Phyllis Miller said. Sponsors paid $25 per flag to honor beloved family members and friends. Proceeds from the annual event benefit local veterans’ programs. Taps performances are held 7 p.m. each evening. The flag retirement ceremony is 6 p.m. Thursday. The Healing Field of Honor will be on display until early Friday morning. A Joint Worship was held Sunday, June 10, at The Healing Field of Honor by East Side, of Ashtabula, North Kingsville and the Ashtabula First Presbyterian Churches. “It was very nice,” Roy Pattison, a WWII Army veteran, said. “I made a promise to a man 30 years ago that I would go to church every Sunday.” “The service was very well done,” Ella Pizor, of Ashtabula, said. “I feel sorry for the preachers sitting in the sun.” “It is a great opportunity to remember and share faith and patriotism,” the Rev. Shane Nanney said. “This is a way to deal with the healing process.” Nanney is the pastor at East Side Presbyterian. Rev. Stephen Long is the pastor for First Presbyterian and Rev. Kenneth Ayers is pastor at North Kingsville Presbyterian.


American Legion Neal Post 743 North Kingsville member John Pildner salutes the U.S. flag during the dedication ceremony for the Third Annual Healing Field of Honor Saturday, June 9, at Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.

Volunteer Jerry Miller, of Ashtabula, repositions a U.S. flag before the dedication ceremony for the Third Annual Field of Honor Saturday, June 9, at Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.

Ashtabula County to honor 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a military conflict that brought the JEFFERSON - battlefront to Ohio. The celAshtabula County will ebration will begin at 11:30 honor the 200th anniver- a.m. at the corner of sary of the beginning of the Jefferson and Chestnut War of 1812 on Monday, streets on the Old Courthouse lawn in Jefferson. (In June 18. Ashtabula County will case of inclement weather,

the ceremony will be held across the street at the Gazebo.) “The War of 1812 is an important era in history. On June 18, 1812, the United States of America declared war on Great Britain to end British violations of its sovereignty and protect the

“The flag-raising ceremony symbolizes the importance of freedom and democracy all Americans and was instrumental in securing the birthright of all Americans as free people,” Commissioner Joe Moroski said. The ceremony will include a reading of the declaration of war, a brief history of Ohio’s role in the war and the raising of the flag. ask permission before we at- It will conclude at noon with tempt to place a box at a busi- the ringing of bells. Light reness or in a community,” she freshments will be personally provided by Carlo, said. Van Allen said that un- Moroski and Commissioner like Planet Aid, whose pro- Dan Claypool. “The Ohio War of 1812 gram spending of $.34 on every dollar in Third World Bicentennial Commission countries was condemned by has donated a Star a CBS Los Angeles report in Spangled Banner Flag to December, according to every county to promote paCharity Watch, Goodwill Industries nationally uses $0.93 of every dollar to help disabled or disadvantaged people find work. In addition, all Goodwill donations stay in the local community. “When you donate to Goodwill, all of your donations and all of the money we make by selling your donations stays right here,” Van Allen said. If your business would like to “host” a Goodwill clothing donation box (large items are not accepted), or share suggestions for donation box placement in your community, contact Van Allen at Goodwill’s Ashtabula office at (440) 964-3565. honor of United States citizens. We hold this event to honor the military heroes who sacrificed so much to uphold our freedoms.” The program will kick-off with the raising of a 15-star flag, also known as the Star Spangled Flag. It will fly under the current U.S. flag.

Goodwill door-to-door drive returning to Conneaut BY MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula County Marketing Manager Alexandra VanAllen reports that Goodwill will hold another door-to-door collection drive in Conneaut in late July. And, in response to numerous requests, Goodwill is considering placing another collection box in a “more convenient place” in Conneaut, where donors may drop off used clothing and shoes. “We are looking to place new donations boxes all over the county as well,” Van Allen said. According to Van Allen, Goodwill Industries has been thrilled with the response since its March door-to-door donation drive in north Conneaut. “After holding the door-todoor drive in Conneaut, we received multiple calls from community members asking us to hold another one,” said VanAllen, “So, we are holding


Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula County Marketing Manager Alexandra VanAllen another door-to-door drive in Conneaut in late July or early August.” The location for the upcoming drive — in which Goodwill hangs plastic bags on doorknobs and returns several days later with a truck to pick up the filled bags — has not been determined. The demand has prompted Goodwill to look for another location for donation boxes in Conneaut to facilitate the do-

nation process. Donation box placement is not without challenges, however. Clothing collection donation boxes in a variety of colors and sizes, from numerous organizations, have become common of late, Van Allen says. “They are popping up everywhere in local communities. Some of the boxes directly profit charitable organizations like Goodwill Industries, the Special Olympics or Salvation Army, while others are under direct scrutiny,” she said. Of particular concern are the numerous yellow Planet Aid boxes, whose donations help Third World countries. VanAllen noted that the high number of Planet Aid boxes placed throughout local communities makes it difficult to find locations for blue Goodwill donation boxes. She is uncertain how Planet Aid seeks permission before placing its collection boxes. “At Goodwill, we always

triotism and honor. We hold this event to honor and remember those who served in the battle to protect our freedoms we cherish so much today,” Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution President Troy Bailey said. Added Claypool, “The War of 1812 allowed America to show they were a force to be reckoned with and ended an almost 60year struggle for the Great Lakes region. The winning of this battle was instrumental in protecting the rights of Americans for generations to come.” Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

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on sale at the Kingsville Public Library, 6006 Academy Street. No more than 75 tickets will be sold. The Summer Reading program, ‘Dream Big: READ” beThe educational program is presented by Mobile Ed Progins Friday, June 15, at the Conneaut Public Library, 304 Buffalo Street, for children grades kindergarten through ductions of Redford, Mich., which has been producing travfive. A “Polliwog Adventure” is offered for children birth eling children’s programs for 30 years. through pre-school, and students in grades six and up may volunteer as “Volunteens.” Summer reading is free and ends Kingsville Library KidsFest - June 22 with a family picnic in August. Kingsville Library’s popular KidsFest will be held outCall the library at 593-1608 to register. doors rain or shine 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 at Kingsville

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Township Park. Events include a Bounce House and other inflatables, a Volunteers are needed to assist with Summer Right rock-climbing wall, Flower Clown, and live performers. DifTrack, which will run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thurs- ferent booths will acquaint children with the Dewey Decidays noon to 2:45 p.m. June 19 to Aug. 9 at the Conneaut mal System. Goody bags will be handed out to the first 300 children. All will receive a bottle of water and a bag of popHuman Resources Center, 327 Mill Street. For children in second through fifth grades, Summer corn. At noon, free lunch will be served to all, regardless of Right Track is a free program offering physical activity, academic and craft time and cooperative games, along with age, courtesy of the Ashtabula County Children Services Summer Foods program. monthly field trips, Summer Olympics and Movie Day. Registration is not necessary. All are welcome. Guest speakers will discuss bullying, nutrition and exercise, water and boat safety. Volunteers of high school age and older are crucial to Conneaut Summer Rec Program - June 25 the program. Contact Right Track director Rick Whitney The City of Conneaut Rec Board Summer Recess Proat the CHRC, 593-5273, ext. 505. gram for youth in grades 3 to 8 will begin June 25 at

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Lakeshore Primary School, 755 Chestnut Street. The sessions will run 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday Kingsville Public Library, 6006 Academy Street, will of- through Thursday through July 26. fer a five-week Independent Summer Reading Program It will conclude July 26 with a picnic at Township Park. from June 25 to July 23. Camp is open at no cost to children residing in the For children of reading age up to age 12. Conneaut Area City Schools district. Participants will complete reading logs to note how much Participants must complete enrollment forms available time they have spent reading each week. They will bring at Lakeshore Primary School through June 18. Forms may in the reading logs and spin the “New Prize Wheel” for a also be completed on the first day of the program. Parental reward. permission is required for participants. Register at the library. Call the library at 224-0239. Participants should come prepared to play various games The library’s Summer Reading Camp June 18 to June and activities. 21 is full. Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at noon in conjunction with the Ashtabula County Children Services Kingsville Library Mobile Sky Dome - June 20 Summer Food Program. The Summer Rec program is run in conjunction with Celebrate Summer Solstice with a visit to the Mobile Conneaut Area City Schools and is directed by Jim Kennedy, SkyDome Planetarium 1 to 2 p.m. June 20 at Kingsville principal of Lakeshore Primary School. Elementary School, 5875 Route 193. For more information, contact Kennedy on the first day Tickets to visit the 30x17-foot planetarium are $3 and of camp.

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Ashtabula County Children Services Summer Food Program began Monday morning at the Conneaut Human Resources Center, 327 Mill Street. Picking up the first-day lunch of chicken nuggets, green beans, strawberry cup and milk from Renae Picard is Katherine Souza, 15, (left) of Conneaut. Pictured on the front of The Courier is Brandon Williams, 12, who said Monday’s lunch was “pretty good.” The Ashtabula County Children Services Summer Food program offers free breakfast 9 to 9:30 a.m. weekdays and free lunch noon to 12:30 p.m. for any county resident 18 and under through Aug. 10 at the Conneaut Human Resources Center, 327 Mill Street. Parents and guardians may accompany children to the program but may not eat. The free meals program will be offered on a weekly or daily basis at some of the free children’s programs offered this summer, as outlined at left. In addition, children 17 and younger may ride the Ashtabula County Transit System (ACTS) bus routes at no cost this summer. Those under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Luke Gallagher’s PA Appointment Delayed by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - It’s nothing personal, but Luke Gallagher may have to wait until June 25 before being appointed to fill a vacancy on the Conneaut Port Authority. When an ordinance approving Gallagher’s appointment to a seat formerly held by Denver Spieldenner came up for its first reading at Monday’s City Council meeting, Ward 3 Councilman Rich McBride raised his hand and questioned Council’s role in the appointment process. “The Charter says that City Council can’t take part in this,” he said. “It’s a violation. I know that Council has [taken part in this] in the past, but I want an interpretation.” McBride read from Article II, “Legislative Authority,” Sec. 12, “Council Not Administrative” which he believes prohibits Council from participating in the administrative function of board appointments. That section states that Council may not “initiate or request the appointment of any person to, or the removal from office by, the City Manager or by any of the City Manager’s subordinates, nor in any manner take part in the appointment or removal of employees under the department heads...The Council and its members shall deal with the administrative service solely through the City Manager.”

Finance Director John Williams scurried out of Council chambers and returned momentarily with a copy of a 1986 ordinance that outlined the current board appointment process that he said Council has followed for the past 26 years. “I know it’s unusual, but that’s how it’s written,” Williams said. City Manager Tim Eggleston said that the procedure used by the city follows an opinion by former Law Director Lori Lamer, who wrote that the city manager is to present his appointment selections to the Finance & Ordinance Committee, which would discuss them in executive session and come up with a recommendation. The F&O Committee followed that procedure at its June 4 meeting and recommended Gallagher. McBride pointed out, again, that the appointment is an administrative function. “I agree with the choice, but not that it’s an ordinance,” McBride said. City Council President Tom Udell said that the current procedure should be studied to ensure that Council is acting in accordance with the City Charter. In the absence of Law Director Dave Schroeder, Assistant Law Director Carly Prather said she would hand the matter over to Schroeder. Ward 2 Councilman Phil Garcia then moved the ordinance to a second reading.

Council approved an ordinance authorizing the City Manager to participate in the Moving Ohio Forward Grant Program to enable the city to receive funds to demolish homes, and approved the abatement of nuisances of several vacant homes in the city, a necessary step in their demolition. Council approved setting a public hearing for the 2013 Tax Budget, which must sent to county officials by July 20. It authorized the City Manager to advertise for bids for a Community Development Block Grant-funded storm and sanitary sewer project on W. Jackson Street, which must be complete by December. City Council also passed a motion to donate from the contingency fund $1,000 toward the Fourth of July fireworks. Ward 4 Councilman Tom Kozesky announced in Committee Reports that Monroe Township trustees told the Public Safety Committee at its May 31 meeting that they would review returning to Conneaut for EMS and dispatching services after their a three-month agreements for dispatch services with Ashtabula Township and EMS service with Kingsville Township expire. Kozesky said that a June 7 meeting with city full-time and volunteer firefighters went well and another meeting is planned for June 26 at Station 3. Morale and response times have been major concerns since the fire

houses were consolidated. A committee made up of Kozesky, firefighters from Stations 1 and 3, Fire Chief Steve Lee and City Manager Tim Eggleston will convene monthly to discuss fire department issues. Under Miscellaneous Business, Ward 1 Councilman and Economic Development Committee chair Doug Hedrick said that he had been in conversation with Primamerica, a Mentor financial consulting firm considering opening a branch in Conneaut. Ward 2 Councilman Phil Garcia asked Eggleston about rumors regarding the closing of the I-90 Travel Information Center. When Eggleston responded that he had not received a straight answer from State Rep. Casey Kozlowski (R-99), other than that it is “open for now,” Garcia suggested that Council draw up a resolution stating its opposition. “The state wants to spend money on tourism and they want to close it?” Garcia said. Eggleston said he had heard that the state was considering leasing it as a for-profit venture, and expressed displeasure that — as with Lake Erie Correctional Institution — the state makes decisions affecting the local area without seeking input from the city. Finance Director John Williams had good news, saying that income tax collections year-to-date are up 11.65 per cent, or $169,000,

over 2011. Payroll is up by about 3 per cent, he said, due to wage increases in union contracts. The Bureau of Workmen’s Compensation base rate adjustment has led to a 9 percent drop in costs over 2011. Ward 1 Councilman Doug Hedrick told Council that invitations have gone out to area businesses to an evening “meet and greet” to be held 7 p.m. June 28 at the Conneaut Human Resources Center, 327 Mill St., to give council and Economic Development Committee members an opportunity to begin dialogue with the business community. Members of boards and commissions are also welcome. Hedrick has been pleased with feedback generated by those invites. “If someone didn’t get an invitation, it’s because they weren’t on the list that we used,” he said. “Please call.” In the absence of At-large Councilman John Roach, chair of the Public Works Committee, Council President Tom Udell reviewed items discussed at the Public Works Committee’s June 4 meeting: the 2012 paving plan, shrinking Public Works Department staff, the proposed Tree Ordinance tabled by Council in the spring; street lights; and indigent burials. The committee will meet with funeral home directors to discuss indigent burials. Council Clerk Pam Harper read regulations regarding open burning in the city. Recreational fires are

permitted as long as they are at least 25 feet from a structure, away from combustible materials and are enclosed in a two-by-three-foot clean, dry fire ring. Other non-recreational burning may be done 15 feet away from the nearest structure, away from combustible materials; at least one on-site extinguisher must be on hand. Material must be confined to an outdoor fire pit. No trash burning permitted. At the outset of the meeting, a resident concerned about the quality of the city’s water said he had had to get from the Ohio EPA results of tests on man-made radiology counts in city water after being turned down for results from the Conneaut Water Department. The Ohio EPA, he said, provided him with results of every test over the past ten years. “Now I know why the city didn’t want to give the information,” he said. He said the city stopped testing in that category after earlier results showed parts considerably above state standards. “Why has the testing stopped?” he asked. “We should test for man-made radiology and other things. We have nuclear power plants all across Lake Erie. Something is wrong with the water supply.” Assuring Council it was not his goal to “raise a stink,” he left test results with Council members. Council will meet 7 p.m. June 25 in regular televised session.

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stopping or slowing down Keefus Road bank erosion.

Fire Department Meeting On June 7, the City Manager, Law Director, Ward 4 Councilman Tom. Kozesky, Fire Chief Steve Lee, and Assistant Chief Steve Sanford met with volunteer and full-time fire personnel to discuss staffing, response times, dispel misinformation, and other issues regarding the operation of the Fire Department. It was very productive and other issues became known that can be addressed during budget time. A committee will be formed to keep dialog forthcoming and address concerns before they become issues. I would like to thank everyone that showed up for the meeting and pledge my commitment to keep the department moving forward in a positive direction.

Tourism Board - Sign Committee Mr. Schroeder and I met with the Committee to discuss the locations for “Welcome To Conneaut” signs. Staff will take their selected locations and determine the amount of right-of-way available to install the right size sign once funding is in place. Signs installed become city property.

Lake Road Water Line CT Consultants met with the Army Corps of Engineers and will be working on a plan to remove the stumps and debris that was a result of the work done to install the water line. A permit will be applied for as the amount of land disturbed was more than allowed by the national permit of a half acre. The city will be allowed to make Burrington Heights the connections on Gore and Staff is gathering addi- Lake Road while the permit tional information to better process takes place. Long understand what is going on taps are still being comwith the water quality on pleted. Mr. Whiteford’s side of the water line. In the fall, the Water Department will be Dorman Road install a valve, which may Bids have come in better help in improving than expected. Mr. ExcavaWhiteford’s water quality tor was the low bid. A list of issues. CT consultants will contractors’ bids will be make contacts for an evalu- handed out at the meeting. ation and an estimate on

CONNEAUT REC BOARD NEWS Kids’ Tennis Camp July 9-13 The Conneaut Recreation Board 8th annual Tennis Camp will take place 9 a.m. to noon July 9-13 at the Liberty Street Tennis Courts for boys and girls entering grades 4-8 . The camp teaches the basics of playing tennis under Conneaut Area City Schools’ tennis coaches Doug Hedrick and Dave Simpson. Cost is $25. Bring a racquet, tennis shoes, and water. For further information and to register contact Hedrick at 593-1566 or Simpson at 599-7622. Double-Elimination Softball Tournament In conjunction with the Fourth of July Festival, the Conneaut Recreation Board will be hold a double elimination Co-ed Softball Tournament July 7 and 8 at Lakeview Park Ball Field. Participation fee is $150 per team. To sign up, contact Jason Picard at 440-969-4866.

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A few openings remain for the June 18 and June 25 sessions of Summer Arts Camp. The program for children in grades K to 5 runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with breakfast and lunch included. Children will explore visual and fine arts daily. Call 593-5888 to register.


Pharmacy & Health Treatments for Sickle Cell Anemia Sickle cell anemia is an inherited condition characterized by an abnormality of the shape and functioning of the body’s red blood cells (RBCs). While normal RBCs are round, sickle RBCs have an abnormal crescent shape. Sickle RBCs can block blood circulation through blood vessels. Consequently, the cells are not able to carry oxygen to the organs as usual. Signs and symptoms of the condition include bone pain throughout the body, along with fever, nausea, vomiting, or swelling. Stress, an infection, or dehydration can also lead to pain in persons with sickle cell anemia. Daily folic acid and a multivitamin without iron are recommended. A stem cell transplantation is the only cure currently available for persons under 16 years of age, due to increased serious risk in older years. Otherwise,

Kingsville Public Library will show “The Artist,” a silent movie that won a 2011 Oscar for “Best Picture,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the Simak Welcome Center, 3205 School Street. Admission and a bag of popcorn are free. Other concessions available.

by Kerry Gerdes Gerdes Pharmacy 245 Main St. 593-2578 persons with sickle cell anemia must manage the condition throughout their lifetime. Measures should be taken to prevent stress and dehydration. Vaccinations are critical for prevention of infections. Infants and young children are treated with penicillin for the prevention of infections. Hydoxyurea (Hydrea) is a medication that increases the production of hemoglobin F, which works to prevent the development of sickle cells. This medication reduces pain and may decrease the need for blood transfusions.


Family Movie Nights in the Park are 9 p.m. July 19 and 8:30 p.m. Aug. 16. The July film is “Night at the Museum,” and in August, “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.” Both PG-13 films feature Ben Stiller and Robin Williams and are billed as great kids’ summer movies. Bring a blanket and lawn chair. Free popcorn. Other concessions available.

Conneaut Public Library Events The Conneaut Public Library’s “Junk in the Trunk Sale” is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. You may also rent space to sell your own junk from your car for $5. Set up at 8 a.m. Call 593-1608. The event also features a book-signing by Crystal D. Budy of Ashtabula, author of “Echo of Silence.” The seven-week Summer Reading program, “Dream Big: Read,” begins June 18 for children grades K to 5, with a special birth-to-pre-school program and Volunteens program for grades 6 and up. Call 593-1608 to register. On display this month in the Conneaut Public Library’s “Gallery 304” are watercolor paintings by local artist Jeanne Maleckar.

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Each tree within the consecrated area can hold cremains of up to 15 people, making it ideal for family and other group burials. “People will have the option of leasing an entire tree,” he said. Prices for a small tree start at $4,500, with $300 for each additional cremain. A small round tag in front of each tree will contain a number for easy identification. A plaque containing the deceaseds’ names will be mounted on the back. “As ashes are interred, names will be inscribed,” Wagonfield said. The camp has obtained necessary state and local licenses to use the space as a cemetery. “North Kingsville was excited about the idea,” he

said. “It was a lot more work in the cleaning and selecting of trees.” Wagonfield as well as the Virginia-based EcoEternity Forest group that promotes such burial grounds believe this alternative burial conby Gitta Racinskas cept is the wave of the future. “I grew up coming to Conneaut Camp Luther, and it’s in my As I portray living will that I want my The pictures swirling in my head ashes spread here. Others On a canvas of thought feel the same way,” Devoid of emotion or imagination, Wagonfield said. “ For our Eyes close, yielding to hungered sleep. constituency, we’re excited, and we hope it is something exciting to the community because it’s a great opportunity for them as well.” The Rev. Elizabeth June 14, 21 - Conneaut Writers’ Group 5 to 6 p.m. Eaton, Bishop of the North- at Conneaut Public Library, 304 Buffalo St. east Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in June 14, 21, 28 - Cruise-In 6 to 9 p.m. at lower paAmerica, will participate in vilion of Township Park. Cruise-ins continue weekly the consecration ceremony. through September. Sponsored by Lighthouse Cruisers.

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CHRC Seniors Together Weekdays 11 a.m. at 327 Mill Street. Free. Special programs Tuesdays and Thursdays. After lunch, stay for conversation, friendship and music. Week of April 30: After-lunch social time with music of the Beatles

Last call to anyone in the community to participate in the “Exhibit of Glorious Florals” July 5 to 31 at the CCCA. Photography, paintings, collage, drawings are welcome. Entry date 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 2. Entry fee $5. Maximum three entries per person. Work must be framed and ready to hang with wire on the back. The sale of artwork is encouraged. People’s Choice Awards given. Call 5935888. Seats are available for the June 23 motorcoach tour of Cornerstone Brewery in Madison, Great Lakes Brewery in Cleveland and Willougby Brewery. Bus leaves 11 a.m. and returns 9 p.m. Five beers and appetizers will be tasted at Cornerstone and Willoughby Breweries at the start and finish of the tour; Great Lakes in Ohio City will offer a tour of the brewing process. Visitors have three hours to explore that area and enjoy dinner on your own. $55 CCCA members/$60 non members. Call 593-5888.

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SUNNY SUMMER PICNICS During the summer, people ages 50 and up are welcome to join Good Shepherd Lutheran Church S.E.N.I.O.R.S. the third Thursdays 11 a.m. at TownCCCA is offering “Juiced in July,” a day of “wining” in ship Park’s Upper Pavilion. the area on July 21. Coach leaves CCCA at noon and visits Laurello Vineyards and Springhill Winery for tastings and June 21 - 11 a.m. SumGrand River Cellars for dinner (not included). Return 8:30 mer picnic, with health p.m. Cost $60 members, $65 non-members. checks, lunch, Bingo, prizes provided. Dance classes and Zumba continue throughout the summer at the CCCA. Call for information.


Local Area Events

June 16 - Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby, starts 9 a.m. at Broad Street hill. Free. June 25 - Cleveland Food Bank Free Produce Distribution, 10 a.m. to noon at Conneaut Human Resources Center, 327 Mill Street. No income guidelines. Bring a bag. June 30 - Soup Kitchen, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mary Hall, State & Chestnut Streets. Free homemade soups, breads, desserts. Sponsored by St. Mary/St. Frances Cabrini Parish.

Daily walking 7:30 a.m. June 14 - Flag Day Facts, Fun and Trivia July 1 - Erie Street Dixieland, 7 p.m. at Newcomb June 15 - BINGO and Performing Arts Terrace at CCCA, 1025 Buffalo Street. something special Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Concessions availJune 19 - “Healthy Se- able. ries” with Nancy Hutchens, R.N. (Last session with Nancy due to her retirement.) 6 p.m. Prayer Shawl meeting St. John/Ss. John & Paul alumni are invited to a June 20 - Blood pressure Herald Milestone Reunion June 23 at the high school, checks, Binto 541 West 34th Street, Ashtabula. The day kicks off June 21 - “Let’s Chat” 5 with a Reunion Golf Outing 9 a.m. at Harbor Golf Club to 9 p.m. Picnic at Township on Lake Road. Cost $22 for 18 holes with cart. RegisPark lower pavilion. Bring a ter with Mark Timonere (440) 813-5877. Evening dish to share or small donaevents are 5:30 p.m. Mass in the cafeteria, followed tion to defray expenses. by festivities 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. Cost $25 Bring your own table serper person for appetizers, drinks, desserts. Reservavice. Coffee provided. No tions and payment due immediately to take-home containers, or (440) 997please. Sign up in Seniors 5531. Spouses, partners, guests welcome. room.

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9th Annual Traditional Powwow (Formerly called Native American Festival ~ Non-Competitive.)

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2:30pm ~ Candy Dance 2:45pm ~ Cherokee War Dance (Friday) Flute Playing (Sat. & Sun. – Daniel Bell) 3:00pm ~ Lenape History (Friday til 4pm – Cedar Heart) Auction (Sat. & Sun. – Billy Blue Feather) 3:30pm ~ History (Sat. & Sun.) 4:00pm ~ Calling Song 4:05pm ~ Couple’s Dance 4:15pm ~ Shawl Dance 4:45pm ~ Snake Dance 5:00pm ~ Men’s Sneak Up 5:15pm ~ Intertribal 5:30pm ~ Intertribal 5:45pm ~ Round Dance 6:00pm ~ Closing Ceremony 6:15-8:00pm ~ Dinner & Relaxation 8:00pm ~ Children’s Trade Blanket (Friday) Adult Trade Blanket (Saturday) 9:00pm ~ Starlight Dancing (Saturday)

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A Korean War veteran remembers The War Experience of Walter Bartlett, Conneaut BY BARBARA J. HAMILTON Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - The group of gray-haired men who gathered in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in May of this year for a reunion of Korean War veterans bore little physical resemblance to the youths who had enlisted years ago, but their minds and memories were still sharp. Many of them were still teenagers when they took that bold step that would change their lives forever. The friendships they developed rose from a bond strengthened out of hard and good times that have held them together 62 years after the Korean War began. It is only through the declassified secret war diaries of the 9th Field Artillery Battalion that one can learn of the danger and fight these men endured, often surrounded by the enemy and enduring a great loss of equipment and lives. Walter Bartlett, then of Palestine, Illinois, was 21 when he enlisted in the army in 1948. It was Christmas time so the men were sent home for three weeks and told to return in January when they would be sent to Ft. Benning, Georgia, for basic training. It was 30 days before Bartlett was given a pass. He developed a friendship right from the start with another soldier, Ralph Garrard, who remained his best friend all through his Army career. Bartlett was in radio communications known as the “wire section.” Bartlett and his friends used a 1940 gray Pontiac as a taxi, charging the other men money for gas which got them to town and helped earn money. The closest cab or bus service was in Columbus, Georgia, so the men were happy to take advantage of Bartlett’s “cab.” (Bartlett‘s Dad would eventually take the frame off the old car and turn it into a wagon for little kids.) In 1950, President Harry Truman extended the length of service for enlisted men when the Korean War began,

COLUMBUS - Ashtabula resident Katie Brown delivered the class speech for the largest graduating class of any school in the nation in a ceremony Sunday, June 3, at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. More than 2,000 Ohio graduates received diplomas from ECOT (Electronic Classroom SUBMITTED PHOTOS of Tomorrow), the nation’s largest Walter Bartlett enlisted in the K-12 online charter school. Animal expert Jungle Jack Army just before the outbreak of the Korean War. Hanna, Director Emeritus at the He was only 21 years of age. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, served as the commencement speaker. Ralph Garrard, left, and Walter Bartlett discuss the best ECOT students, who work Katie Brown of old times in 2009. online from their homes all over Ohio, have the flexibility to learn in non-traditional ways and and Bartlett went home for a Thanksgiving, they started often take advantage of their flexible schedules to pursue month before going overseas. back down. They went well hands-on learning adventures with their families. It was while at home that he below the 38th Parallel as the “What ECOT is doing is allowing students and families to met his future wife, Joyce troops withdrew and then learn from home and that allows them to use the world as a Ceeder, of West Springfield, back up again over and over living classroom,” Hanna said. Pennsylvania, but they would again. In ECOT’s first graduation ceremony in 2001, only 14 stuBartlett was finally renot marry until 1973. dents graduated. The school now has over 15,000 enrolled Bartlett’s ship arrived on placed after 13 months of serstudents and is the largest charter school in the nation. August 25, 1950 at the Pusan vice, having drawn his name About ECOT: The largest full-time K-12 online school in Harbor. Private Bartlett was out of a helmet. He still rethe nation with over 15,000 enrolled students, ECOT opened made a corporal right before members the buddy he lost he got on board the ship. His when the lock on the breech Early on, Walter Bartlett met its doors as the state’s first online school in the fall of 2000. troop went as a regimental handle was accidentally left Ralph Garrard and they For more information, visit combat team but soon became unlocked and when his friend became best friends, part of the heavy artillery gun- pulled it, the handle went thru remaining so throughout all ners because of the great need. his chest. their lives. It was one of his good budThree months later, the men became a part of the 3rd Divi- dies, Ralph Finley, who even- Joyce, went to Greenville, S.C. sion. Bartlett first served as a tually located Bartlett having to see him as well as others. The Ashtabula County ABLE Program is very pleased to gunner but quickly moved up seen his name on a list of those Ralph Garrard, Bartlett’s best announce the opening of its newest ABLE Adult Learning Cento Section Chief in charge of who had attended a Korean friend in the service, passed ter! Located at the Andover United Methodist Church, 181 four 155m Howitzers. The ar- War reunion. Finley received away in 2011,The men keep South Main Street in Andover, the classroom will be open on tillery supported the ROK (Re- a Purple Heart for getting hit their memories alive through Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mempublic of Korea) troops and the with debris from an exploding phone, mail and visits. They bers of the community are invited to join ABLE staff and adshell during a “fire mission.” were a brave, strong breed and ministration at an Open House to be held at the church on U.S. Army Divisions. Finley contacted Bartlett their numbers are dwindling. Tuesday, June 19, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The 10 man gunner crews would shove a 95 pound shell and put him in touch with The Korean Church of According to Jeff Seth, Supervisor of ABLE & Opportuniinto the WWII howitzer and other men in his unit. Al- Austinburg will be hosting the ties Programs, this is a welcome return after an absence in the pull the lanyard to release it. though the Battalion reunions Korean Consulate from Chi- community for over a decade. This process would be re- have taken place for some cago, as they present gold ap“We are so thankful to Rev. Palo and the church Trustees peated over and over again time, it was not until Finley preciation medallions and cer- for making it possible to return to Andover.” says Seth. “This with the men standing beside contacted Bartlett that they tificates to any Korean War truly means that ABLE’s footprint once again covers the entire the howitzer without any started the current reunions of veteran or family representa- county.” sound protection. The power the 9th Field Artillery Battal- tive who has not received one In addition to the new site in Andover, ABLE Adult Learnand accompanying blast was ion in conjunction with the 3rd at the 55th or 60th anniver- ing Centers are located in Ashtabula, Conneaut, Geneva, louder and the powder stron- Division Quartermaster Com- sary. So far, seventeen men or Jefferson and Orwell and offer both day and evening classes. ger because they were using pany in 1999. The group met family members have been lo- All ABLE services are free and open to adults in need of readwhite powder instead of gray this year May 14-17, 2012 for cated. ing, writing or math skills. because that is what they had their 8th reunion in Pigeon Walter Bartlett received his “Many come to us because they need a GED/high school Forge, Tennessee with about medallion in Pigeon Forge, equivalence diploma,” says Seth, “but others just want to brush to work with. “Today, ear plugs are stan- 30 men plus their wives Tennessee, from the Korean up on certain skills for their job, or to just get a job.” dard issue to the men, but we present. Several were present Seminary in Lexington, KenFor more information on the Andover ABLE Adult Learndid not have any protection who served with Bartlett in”A” tucky in 2010. If you would like ing Center or ABLE services in general, you can call the ABLE Company in Korea. back then,” said Bartlett. to make a reservation for the office located on the A-Tech Campus in Jefferson at 440-576Lives and circumstances free June 23rd program, 5588 or e-mail them at As a result, many of the men, including Bartlett, suffer change over time. Ralph awards and dinner night, or Finley, the man who found have not received a medallion, from hearing loss. The troops went all the way Bartlett’s name, has suffered please contact, Reverend Bob “We believe that pets enrich everyone’s up the Yalla River where the five strokes and is unable to Leonard, 997- 7171, or Barlives. Our purpose is to enrich theirs!” Chinese Communists were. At attend. Bartlett and his wife, bara Hamilton, 576-9691.

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Hundreds participate in Relay for Life BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Hundreds of people walked the grounds of the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds this past weekend for the annual Relay for Life. The event began at noon on Saturday, June 9, and lasted for nearly 24 hours, ending at 8 a.m. Sunday. Cancer survivors, the friends and families of survivors and victims and people who simply wanted to raise funds in the fight against cancer participated in the event, which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The event is an opportunity for people in the community to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. At Relay for Life, teams of people camp out at a local community space and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event.

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Hundreds walked laps at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds this past weekend in support of the Relay for Life. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length. One team participating in the Relay for Life this year was Team Fancy Nancy, who walked in honor of Nancy Boleratz of Andover. Boleratz is a breast cancer survivor, and after she was diagnosed, her friend, a cancer survivor, brought her to the Relay for Life event. Boleratz participated in the event the following year, and then in the third year, she formed her

own team. This year, her team was composed of 21 friends and family members, all supporting her and other cancer survivors and victims. On her team was Dr. William Seeds, who spoke at the Relay for Life event. “I love it. It’s great,” Boleratz said of seeing everyone come together in the fight against cancer. “It’s amazing that there’s so many of us that turn out.” As people walked their laps at the fairgrounds, they

passed a variety of booths set up by other Relay for Life teams who were trying to raise more funds through creative and fun ways, like face painting and selling a variety of foods. The event also included a survivor ’s lap, caretaker’s lap and luminaries in honor and memory of cancer patients. Seven Relay for Life events were held in northeast Ohio this past weekend, with the events expected to raise $600,000 total for the American Cancer Society.

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Conneaut High School Marching Band members painted the gazebo at the Conneaut Community Center for the Arts Monday morning. They are (from left, standing) Kim Krepps, Jacob Snyder, Ashley Kern, Tyler Bissett, Kala Duhamell, Alex French, Sean Smith, director, Brittney Millard, Taylor Daub, Matt Jury. Seated are Courney Ramey and Scott Gerdes. Missing, pictured on page 1, is Brooke Lahnan. by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - Eighteen leaders in the Conneaut High School band got a hands-on lesson in leadership Monday at the Conneaut Community Center for the Arts (CCCA). As rain clouds slowly gathered over Lake Erie, the students painted the entire outdoor concert gazebo, including the floor, in advance of the Sunday evening concerts that begin July 1. “Some of them have never painted before,” said CHS Band Director Sean Smith. But they worked quickly, the white posts and railings completed within two hours and the blue-gray floor well underway before noon. Smith said the group was painting in exchange for paying to rent the Annex for the one-day leadership session to be held Tuesday. Treasurer of the CCCA

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board, Smith said because the Center anticipates extensive capital improvements in the next months, he is willing to volunteer his group to help cut expenses. “This project cost $300 for the paint and nothing for labor,” he said. Band leadership is taken seriously. Each spring, band members interested in leadership positions must apply and write essays. This year, 40 band members applied for leadership positions and 18 were chosen. “Leadership is not a given from one year to the next,” Smith said. “Each year, the application process starts all over.” This year’s leaders include section leaders, two drum majors and drill team leaders. They are sophomores, juniors and seniors. “I select whoever I think will make the best leaders,” Smith said. Chosen in March for the next school year, leaders meet every Thursday with Smith until the end of the school year. Once Tuesday’s day-long session ended, Smith said the leaders were ready to assume their roles.

Leadership roles or not, all band members have little free time this summer. After playing in the Fourth of July parade on July 7, they will attend band camp July 23 to 28 at Conneaut High School. It includes an end-of-the-week public performance. On Aug. 5, they will perform at the Conneaut Community Center for the Arts as a lead-in to a concert of Beatles music. The week of Aug. 27, when school begins, they have two “Band-o-Ramas,” one at Grand Valley on a Wednesday night and Jefferson High School three days later. “We can’t have Band-ARama here until we have restrooms at the football field,” Smith explained. The Conneaut High School Marching Band will not be playing at the D-Day Event this year because an Army Band had requested the opportunity. Smith said that the band will miss it, but considering its busy summer schedule, it gives the students a weekend off in advance of a busy Friday night schedule once classes resume.

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GRADE 6 CITIZENSHIP AWARDS: (front, left) Kelsey Burdette, Carrie Bambarger, Kate Osborne, Casey Bambarger, McKenna Gebhardt; and (back, left) Nathan Pape, Killian Evans, Tully Taylor, Sydni Franklin, Sierra Taylor, Jill Patel, Jordan Minns.

GRADE 7 CITIZENSHIP AWARDS (front left)Rebecca Sackett, Alexis Nelson, Kayla Misic, Tehya Higley, Danielle Hall, Jennifer Gallagher; (back left) Ben Mittelstadt, Dennis Smith, Justin Franklin, Jacob Kehoe, Clay Fertig

Rowe High School ’53-54 Rowe High School Classes of 1953/1954 will meet for breakfast 9 a.m. June 19 at Perkins at Conneaut Plaza. Spouses, guests welcome. CHS ’87 25-Year Reunion Conneaut High School Class of 1987 will hold its 25year reunion 7 p.m. July 6. The class will gather informally at Ferrante Winery, 5585 N. River Road (Route 307) in Harpersfield Township (south of Geneva). Classmates are invited to reconnect with each other, faculty and staff to reminisce about their years in Conneaut. Contact Irene Johnson at or (703) 906-5361 with questions. CHS Class of 1958 Conneaut High School Class of 1958 annual picnic will be noon Aug. 11 at the upper pavilion of Township Park. Bring a covered dish and your own drink. CHS Class of 1964 Conneaut High School Class of 1964 will have a picnic 1 p.m. Sat., Aug. 11, at Township Park’s upper pavilion. Contact Connie Williams for more information.

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GloryWay Quartet Singing Saturday by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers KELLOGGSVILLE Kelloggsville Church of the Nazarene, 4841 Route 84, will host GloryWay Quartet in free concert 6 p.m. Saturday. Billed as a four-part quartet that has been spreading God’s word through four-part vocal harmonies for ten years, the men have appeared with top groups in the in-

dustry, including the Dove Brothers, Dixie Melody Boys, the Spencers, Danny Funderburk, and Chuck Wagon Gang. Lead singer and manager Justin Crank of Mansfield has been with the group since the start. Crank has also sung with the Fishermen Quartet and is a board member of Down Home Gospel. Bob Christy of Mogodore, a former member of the Gospel Echoes, became GloryWay’s bass singer in

2011. Also joining GloryWay last year is baritone Gary Lyons of Marion, who formerly sang with the Lyons Family. He is a Southern Gospel DJ for WXML radio in Upper Sandusky. Newest quartet member is tenor Jim Copenhaver of Wooster, who has sung with the Royal Heirs and the Copenhavers. A free-will offering will be taken for the group.

Evangelical Christian Association Forming by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - To bring “all those who love to serve Jesus Christ and His Word o f Tr u t h , ” P a s t o r B o b Tarasiak of Family Fellowship Foursquare Gospel Church is forming the Ashtabula County Evangelical Christian Association. The first meeting will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Family Fellowship, 641 Mill Street. Tarasiak says that just as the Lord told Joshua in the Old Testament to take

God’s love and truth to all who would listen and hear the Spirit, Jesus is leading him to unite by the Word “true” Christians to bring the Gospel and reformation to the county. “I’ve started the new ‘Evangelical Christian Association,’ or ACECA, to bring together born-again believers in Christ who stand on the Word of God alone,” Tarasiak says. Tarasiak sees a real need to bring “true Biblical Christianity” to Ashtabula County. “The true Church of Jesus needs to stand up

and impact our towns, cities, and county. We can make a difference through Christ and ‘can do all things in Christ’ who strengthens us,” he says. Tarasiak is an Air Force career veteran and former rock band member who credits Jesus with rescuing him from a life of drugs. Future ACECA meetings may be held at locations deemed more convenient, such as homes or restaurants. The meeting is open to all. Attendees are asked to bring Bibles.

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Religious Briefs On Father’s Day, June 17, at New Leaf United Methodist Church, 283 Buffalo St., United Methodist Women are leading 9 a.m. contemporary and 11 a.m. tradition worship. Lay pastor Samara Jenkins will preach on “My Two Dads.” Scripture is John 3:16. The Adult Choir, directed by Rebecca Levering, will sing “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.” Casual “Friday Night Live!” worship is 6 to 6:45 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Outdoor lakefront contemporary worship is 8:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Grove Street at Lake Road, Hospitality will offer Apple French toast following the service. A barbequed pulled pork lunch will be served after the traditional 11 a.m. sanctuary service. Preaching is Nancy Guthrie. At 11 a.m. Father’s Day worship June 17 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Main & Buffalo St., greeters are Dick and Phyllis Searles. Donald Horwood will speak on “The Making of a Father,” and the men of the congregation will

At Cabrini, potatoes, bacon, French toast, peaches and tea are included. Donation $6. Children under 6 free. At St. Andrew Church, Friday nights 6 p.m. are breakfast also includes ham Teen Youth Nights at Fam- and toast. Donation $6, seily Fellowship Foursquare niors (60+) $5, children 5-12 Gospel Church, 641 Mill St., $3, under 5 free. with free food, games. Sandwich-and-salad bar luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 Church Meals New Leaf United Method- p.m. June 20 at Amboy ist Church, 283 Buffalo United Methodist Church, Street, serves free Friday 554 W. Main Road. Donation. dinners 5 to 6 p.m. The June Family Fellowship Four15 menu is rigatoni with meat sauce, with rolls and dessert. square Gospel Church, 641 Free full brunch 8:45 to 10:55 Mill St., Conneaut, serves free supper 5 to 6:15 p.m. a.m. Sundays. Wednesdays. The June 20 All-you-can-eat break- menu is sandwich, potato fasts will be served 8:30 a.m. salad, dessert, soft drink. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at Cabrini Hall, 744 Mill State Line United MethodSt., as well as St. Andrew ist Church monthly chickenChurch, 3700 Route 193, and-biscuits dinner is 4 to Sheffield. Both menus include 6 p.m. June 21 at the State pancakes, scrambled eggs, Line Log Cabin, Route 84 and sausage, sausage gravy & bis- State Line Road. Donation. cuits, toast, coffee and juice. Carry-out available. be recognized. Musician is Jim Fuller. Worship leader is Pastor Joyce Shellhammer. A potluck family-style lunch will follow worship.

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REZONING unanimously recommended that consideration of the R4 rezoning of the property be passed on to City Council. Closed since 2004, the former golf course has been at the center of numerous lawsuits filed against the city by owner James Farmakis, whom courts ruled against in rulings that the city was within its constitutional rights not to rezone. But Council based its rejection of Farmakis’ repeated requests on the basis that selling the land to a developer would give the city no control over what might be built on the property. This time, the Planning Commission has seen the plans. In what may be a less controversial request, the Planning Commission also unanimously recommended passing on to City Council for approval rezoning 49.3 acres next to Evergreen Campground on Center Road from “Agricultural” to “Open Zoning” to accommodate campground expansion plans by Evergreen owner Dave LeVesque. “I think it’s a wonderful idea. I think it’s great that someone wants to expand his business,” said Planning Commissioner Judy Parlongo. The expansion would not change the campground’s current entrance. A smaller entrance from Parrish Road is used for mower access only. The Planning Commission also recommended studying a change in by-laws to allow the use of electronic media, such as Skype and teleconferencing, to conduct business. Finally, the Planning Commission responded to Council’s rejection by 6-to-1 a recommendation to rezone from R-2, urban residential, to B-2, Highway and Commercial Business Use, the southwest corner of W. Main

and Parrish Roads by calling it “a travesty.” “We are in agreement. It was a travesty that it was not accepted. Conneaut has not been business friendly,” said Planning Commissioner Ron Maki on the group’s behalf, adding a thank you to Ward 4 Councilman Tom Kozesky for casting the lone vote in favor of the rezoning at its May 29 meeting. “Look at all the businesses that have been hindered in this town,” said Planning Commissioner Paul Sedmak. Parlongo said she, too, was disappointed in Council’s decision. “Change happens,” she said. “If you do not instigate change, it will happen to you.” Maki said the Planning Commission had been “in agreement” over the west end rezoning, which was expected to lead to the construction of a new Dollar General store. He suggested that many people have no vision for Conneaut’s future. Sedmak added that too many have visions of Conneaut as a “retirement community.” “The average age is 37, and when you don’t have jobs, you don’t have prosperity,” he said. He pointed out that the Cleveland market is expected to be the #1 market in the next ten years. “Now is our time. We could see the 80s over again,” he said, referring to a more prosperous time in the city. Chair Frank Giganti, who declined to issue a statement on behalf of the Commission immediately after the rezoning was rejected, said he would let the group speak out at Tuesday’s meeting. Giganti said he also wanted the commission to respond as a group and dispel any notion that one individual runs the Planning Commission.

From page 1A “The Planning Commission is a very diverse group, but we have to put aside differences for the best of the community,” he said. Giganti fears the impact of the Dollar General decision, saying their real estate developers know business trends and discuss them with companies like McDonalds. “The city said no,” he said. “We as a community allowed some to speak for everybody.” Giganti also believes many people remained silent about the Dollar General situation. “We want to be pro-active for our community. We want prosperity,” he said. And, at the end of Monday night’s City Council meeting, Rudy Pryately ended his public silence over the failed rezoning of his property at W. Main and Parrish Roads. Pryately told Council that he is an 88-year Lake Road resident whose family has been in the area for 100 years, and was disappointed at a Council vote he said would not benefit the city. He also accused At-Large Councilman and former Public Works Director John Roach — who was absent from the meeting — for incorrectly stating during public meetings that the city sewers could not accommodate commercial development at site under discussion. Pryately said the sewers stretched all the way to Conneaut Plaza, where many stores are now closed. “This city is going backwards,” he said. “My family pays $100,000 plus in real estate taxes each year, much of it vacant land. It’s a shame. There was only one person on Council in favor — Tom Kozesky— just one saying ‘yes.’ It’s a shame for those who don’t want to see Conneaut go ahead.”


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Injury Accident on Route 20

Erratic Meth-Carrying Dirt Bike Driver Arrested

Conneaut police by MARTHA SOROHAN responding to a motor Gazette Newspapers vehicle accident with injuries in the 700 block of CONNEAUT - Driving Route 20 at 1:21 p.m. June erratically at a high rate of 6 arrived to find a speed led to the arrest of disabled vehicle in the Thomas A. Rosipko of roadway and another in Conneaut. the driveway of 706 Main According to police reSt. Both drivers were out ports, at 5:57 p.m. June 6, of their vehicles and police had observed a male walking around. subject driving a red and Woodrow Runyon, 21, the white dirt bike well over the driver of a 2003 Chrysler, speed limit on Mill Street told police that he was near the CSX railroad eastbound on Route 20, tracks. Before officers could near Rockwell Street, when the vehicle in front PHOTO BY JORDAN WISER stop him, he entered a wooded area near The of him suddenly stopped Arches on Hayward Avenue. and he could not avoid striking it. EMS began treating treated Runyon’s injuries, then transported him to UHOther officers went to the Conneaut Medical Center. The other driver, Richard Tanner, told police that he was slowed down or stopped in traffic, waiting to make a left turn into his driveway, with his left-turn signal activated, when he was struck Hayward/Harper Street area to cover the entrance from behind. Runyon was cited for assured clear distance. and exit to that area. After about five minutes, they heard the dirt bike and as-

ATV Rider Arrested for Ignoring Police

by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers

up and performed a “wheelie,” and turned west into the American Legion parking lot. Able to hear the ATV travCONNEAUT - At 8:50 p.m. June 5, Steven Lott was eling north toward the N & S arrested after driving his tracks, officers cleared from Cleveland Court in pursuit. ATV onto the road. The ATV and rider were According to police reports, officers on Cleveland Court now traveling westbound on observed a tall, thin male the south side of the tracks, wearing a black bandana and just opposite Nickle Plate. Accamouflage overalls push a tivated emergency lights and red-and-white three- wheeler siren, the officer met the driver ATV onto the road. Facing the on the N & S right- of-way just ATV to the south, he started it east of the Broad Street bridge.

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The driver waved and continued riding westbound. Other units were advised. Once the ATV cleared the bridge, it stopped and appeared to have stalled. Just as the officer began to run toward it over the bridge, it quickly started again and continued westbound, then northbound on Sandusky Street. Other units on patrol were unable to locate the vehicle and driver. After checking on a few leads, officers were advised the driver could have been Steven Lott, who may have ridden to his brother’s house on Daniels Avenue. At 123 Daniels, they met Scott Lott and asked if his brother, Steven, were present. Scott said he was, and indicated his brother had just gone around the side of the house. He escorted the officer to the west side of the house where he identified the subject wearing the same clothing without the bandana. Near him was a red-and-white ATV seat leaning against the house. The officer withdrew his

Taser and directed the man to stand up and place his hands behind him, as he was under arrest. The subject hesitated, but eventually complied. Steven Lott was patted down and his little property removed. When asked where the ATV was, Steven fabricated a story that he left the cycle near CLYO and the Conneaut Creek on Center Road. Another officer completed a Tow Sheet and awaited a tow service to remove the ATV to impound. At the station, Lott was cited for One-Way Streets and DUS-FRA. After being arrested, Lott was cooperative and admitted to not stopping for officers’ lights and siren in fear of receiving a citation. He also asked how the officer was sure it was he who was driving because he was no longer wearing the black bandana. When the officer told Lott that he had never said anything about the subject’s wearing a black bandana, Lott then realized his error.

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certained that it was traveling at a high rate of speed up the hill toward their location. Though the male driver attempted to exit, officers were able to grab him and order him to cut the bike’s engine. Identified as Rosipko, he was told to dismount the bike. Though Rosipko told officers that he had no drugs or narcotics on his person, upon complying with a request to empty his pockets, he produced a small plastic baggie containing a white powdery residue. For officer safety, Rosipko was handcuffed and placed in the police cruiser. A test of the residue confirmed that it was methamphetamine. The dirt bike was towed.

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For the Record Conneaut Police • At 3:48 p.m. June 1, a domestic disturbance was reported on Bliss Avenue. • At 4:43 p.m. June 1, a noninjury traffic accident was reported on Broad Street. • At 1:34 a.m. June 2, a hitskip motor vehicle accident was reported on West Main Road. • At 3:58 a.m. June 2, a disturbance was reported on Clark Street. • At 7:55 a.m. June 2, a Broad Street.resident reported that the tires on his sister’s vehicle had been slashed overnight. • At 11:10 p.m. June 2, a noninjury traffic accident was reported in the area of Main Street and Wrights Avenue. • At 11:54 p.m. June 2, a loud disturbance was reported on State Street • At 5:06 a.m. June 3, an abandoned dog complaint was reported on Maple Ave. A neighbor agreed to take and care for the animal. • At 12:10 a.m. June 4, a Broad Street resident reported harassment. • At 8:15 a.m. June 4, an air compressor was reported stolen from the construction site on I-90. • At 10:44 a.m. June 4, vandalism to a residence was reported on Poplar Street. • At 11:59 a.m. June 4, a domestic disturbance was reported on Harbor Street. • At 1:16 p.m. June 4, a Harbor Street resident reported a fraud. • At 5:20 p.m. June 4, a Chestnut Street resident reported a fraud. • At 6:20 p.m. June 4, a Depot Street resident reported threats. • At 7:58 p.m. June 4, a Harbor Street resident reported that his juvenile son was unruly. The juvenile was cited into Juvenile Court. • At 10:15 p.m. June 4, a pizza delivery person reported that his money bag was stolen from his vehicle as it was parked on Broad Street. • At 10:15 p.m. June 4, a Mill Street resident reported threats. • At 3:45 p.m. June 5, a Cummins Avenue. resident reported harassing phone calls. • At 12:45 p.m. June 5, an East Main Road resident reported a problem with a neighbor. • At 9:07 a.m. June 6, a Cleveland Court resident reported threats. • At 12:28 p.m. June 6, a noninjury traffic accident was reported on I-90 near the 242 mile post. • At 1:35 p.m. June 6, a Grandview Avenue resident reported identity theft. • At 8:12 p.m. June 6, Conneaut officers patrolling Park Avenue observed a Bottom Line Bar patron standing on the sidewalk holding a beer. He quickly placed the beer behind him when he spotted police. Police stopped and told the man, identified as William Seppi Jr., what they had observed. He was advised to return the beer to the establishment and was cited for open container. • At 9:10 p.m. June 6, an East Main Road resident reported vandalism to his vehicle the previous night. • At 9:30 p.m. June 6, police following up on a report that a female had stolen an alcoholic beverage from Clark’s Mini-Mart, then left the store, recognized her from surveillance video as a Clark Street juvenile. Police went to her home, where the juvenile denied the theft until being presented with the surveillance video. She was cited into Juvenile Court.

port taken June 7 12:51 am - Traffic complaint on S Maple Ave 6:51 pm - Traffic complaint on E Main St June 8 12:40 am - OVI arrest on N Maple Ave 4:55 pm - Disturbance on E Main St 7:23 pm - Domestic dispute on Grand Valley Ave West June 9 3:00 am - Assist ACSO on Fenton Rd

Geneva Police Monday, June 11 12:41 p.m. Found dog on North Forest 10:41 a.m. Property damage on 700 block of South Ridge East 10:20 a.m. Pole leaning into roadway on 700 block of North Ridge West 8:22 a.m. Found dog on Swan Street 7:50 a.m. Loose dog on Walnut and Grant Sunday, June 10 10:51 p.m. Tree fell on 500 block of Chestnut Street 9:34 p.m. Possible intoxicated driver on Route 84 8:41 p.m. Intoxicated female on South Broadway 4:41 p.m. Kids throwing rocks on 400 block of Third Street 1:06 p.m. Open 911 line on 400 block of Eastwood Street 12:45 p.m. Harassment on 100 block of Austin Road 2:14 a.m. Suspicious activity on First Street 2:14 a.m. Fictitious plates on Broadway and Depot Saturday, June 9 4:37 p.m. Unwanted person on 100 block of West Main Street 11:42 a.m. Wanted female on 100 block of Woodlawn Street 12:37 a.m. Possible intoxicated driver on Route 534 Friday, June 8 10:50 p.m. Noise disturbance on 400 block of Eastwood Street 9:37 p.m. Unwanted male on 200 block of Union Street 8:36 p.m. Theft on 700 block of South Broadway 7:53 p.m. Possible intoxicated female on curb of Circle K 4:15 p.m. Suicidal and homicidal comments made on Elizabeth Drive 2:13 p.m. Low hanging wire on corner of South Eagle and Ruth Streets 11:39 a.m. Crash without injury in front of First Merit Bank 11:11 a.m. Stabbing on 800 block of West Main Street 8:31 a.m. 911 hang up on 200 block of Morrison Thursday, June 7 8:04 p.m. Trespassing and possible theft on 4600 block of Route 307 7:25 p.m. Neighbor animal trouble on 400 block of Third Street 6:08 p.m. Suspicious male on Lockwood Street 5:13 p.m. Possible ID fraud on 300 block of North Broadway 5:20 p.m. Robbery on Chestnut Street 7:48 a.m. Unstable female on front of Key Bank


Ashtabula Police June 1 01:10 a.m. - block of 5100 Chestnut Ave. Subject reports menacing. 01:34 a.m. - block of 1700 Disturbance. 01:55 a.m. - block of 6200 Goodwill Dr. Suspicious vehicle. 11:22 a.m. - block of 1500 Lake Ave. A suspicious person was reported. As a result two arrests were made. 02:10 p.m. - block of 2300 Wade Ave. Theft. 02:43 p.m. - W. 58th St./ Knollwood Dr. A caller reports a fight on a bus. 02:45 p.m. - block of 5000 Front Ave. Caller reports vandalism. 03:38 p.m. - block of 1600 W. 4th St. Disturbance. 05:53 p.m. - block of 6100 W. 57th St. Disturbance. 06:31 p.m. - block of 2000 W. 16th St. A burglary was reported. 08:02 p.m. - block of 1900 Lambros Ln. Criminal mischief was reported. June 2 12:42 a.m. - block of 1100 Alfred Dr. A male was arrested for trespassing and a female was arrested on her misdemeanor warrants through our department. The female was also charged with possession of a food stamp card that was not hers. 03:18 a.m. - block of 3900 N. Ridge E. warrant arrest. 10:30 a.m. - block of 3500 Lake Ave. Unwanted person. 11:57 a.m. - block of 9200 W. 38th St. Caller reports a theft. 12:39 p.m. - block of 1400 W. 8th St. Caller reports threats. 12:48 p.m. - block of 5500 Washington Ave. Caller reports a disturbance. 03:02 p.m. - block of 1200 Norwood Dr. A domestic violence report was taken and criminal damaging occurred. 04:16 p.m. - block of 1600 Walnut Blvd. Caller reports ongoing threats. 04:26 p.m. - block of 1800 W. 11th St. A driver was cited for driving under suspension and arrested by APD for a warrant through ACSO. 07:55 p.m. - block of 4900 Osborn Ave. A theft as reported. 09:07 p.m. - block of 4100 Cleveland Ave. Disturbance. 09:40 p.m. - block of 5000 W. 38th St. Domestic violence. 10:23 p.m. - block of 5200 Main Ave. A report of an assault was received. 11:38 p.m. - block of 2200 West Ave. An assault was reported. 11:46 p.m. - block of 1900 Lambros Ln. A report of a disturbance was received.

Marriages Adam D. Ewing and Vanessa B. Bovee, both of Santa Cruz, CA Troy C. Holmes, of Rock Creek, and Andrea M. Thompson of Andover Randal D. Anslow and Samantha L. Beach, both of Jefferson Justin M. Woolard and Nicole L. Ryan, both of Conneaut Gregory P. Hamper and Nancy L. Champlin, both of Jefferson Daniel R. Hathy and Tami W. Holcomb, both of Geneva

Birth Announcement Maura Lucille McKenna Maura Lucille McKenna was born 1:19 a.m. on June 3, 2012. She is the first-born child of Kathryn (Donley) and Kevin McKenna of Overland Park, Kansas. Grandparents are Roger and Belinda Donley, formerly of Ashtabula County, and Lawrence and Debora McKenna of Maryland. Great-grandparents are Richard and Lucille Donley of New Lyme, Ruth and Albert Baker of Austinburg, and Ada Sheridan of Florida. Great-great-grandparents are Rhea (Donley) Papesh, and Gerry and Helen McKenna, all of Florida.

Summer Foods Program kicks off BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

JEFFERSON - The Summer Foods Program Thomas A. Rosipko and through Ashtabula County Kimberly R. Shepard, both Children Services kicked off of Conneaut Monday, June 11. The program traditionEric L. Felver and April D. ally has provided free lunch and, at some locations, Dervay, both of Paul breakfast, to children in Smiths, NY Ashtabula County. “We are expecting to Jason A. Munnings and serve more than 1,000 Anna R. Whiting, both of meals per day,” Ashtabula Rock Creek County Children Services Community Service CoordiChristopher L. Hayes and nator Cheryl Edwards said. Kerry Nietubicz, both of “After School Discovery, Geneva Conneaut Lakeshore Recess Program, Geneva Eagle Michael A. Bucci and Street Park, Jefferson ComMarilyn A. Todd, both of munity Center [and] G.O. Ministries, are just a few of Conneaut our sites and partners in the Donald R. Farmer III and community. We are excited Brandi M. Burchartte, both to be working with Americorps, RSVP and of Conneaut Youth Opportunities this also.” Ryan W. Montgomery and year Edwards said they cook Amy L. Gillispie, both of all meals in their kitchen at Baton Rouge, La the Children Services agency. Joseph A. Annandono and The Summer Foods ProMendi R. Harvey, both of gram, open to all children beMeadville Pa tween 1-18 years of age, will run from Monday through J C Lenk and Rebecca H. Friday, June 11 through Aug. 10. The sites are closed on Soeder, both of Rome the Fourth of July. “This program is here to Chad E. Hamilton and Kristina L. Reed, both of serve all the children of Ashtabula County,” Ashtabula Edwards said.

Arcaro convicted of methamphetimine production

On Friday, June 11, 2012, an Ashtabula County Common Pleas jury convicted 26-year-old Chester Arcaro III, of Conneaut, of one count of Illegal Manufacture of Methamphetamine, a felony of the second degree. The jury deliberated approximately 45 minutes before returning the verdict in Judge Ronald Vettel’s courtroom. The State of Ohio was represented by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Margaret A. Draper. Mr. Arcaro was repWednesday, June 6 11:37 p.m. Barking do on 400 resented by Attorney Christopher Boeman. The verdict generally carries a potential maximum senblock of Clay Street tence of eight years in prison with at least three years beJefferson Police ing mandatory. However, because Mr. Arcaro has a prior conviction in 2009 of Trafficking in Methamphetamines and June 12 1:57 a.m. Chief David Wassie Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manuwas dispatched to 126 Willis be- facture of Drugs, for which he was sentenced to one year in cause someone was knocking on prison, the potential sentence in this case is enhanced to a the caller’s front door. The resi- minimum prison sentence of five years. dent did not recognize the person Orwell Police Mr. Arcaro is also facing an additional charge of Burat the door and did not answer June 3 glary that is currently pending. the door. She called police 20 1:09 am - OVI arrest on E Prosecuting Attorney Tom Sartini stated, “I first would minutes later. No suspect could Main St like to commend Margaret Draper for the outstanding job be found. 11:38 am - Disturbance on E she did in gaining this conviction. This conviction sets the June 11 Main St 10:39 p.m. A noise complaint standard for the degree of felony my office is seeking all June 4 was given to two suspects for too cases of methamphetamine production and the possession 11:30 pm - Suspicious activmuch commotion coming out of of the chemicals for meth production. We will be seeking ity on Grand Valley Ave West their apartment. the maximum sentence in this case as we will in all other June 5 June 8 meth cases where a conviction is obtained. Methamphet12:40 pm - Criminal trespass 11:42 p.m. Police were discomplaint on E Main St amine is epidemic in this county and we will not negotiate patched to 333 South Market 9:16 pm - Drug abuse arrest Street because the suspect would anything less than the most serious charge that can be on E Main St not leave the complainant’s apart- proven. I am hoping our courts will recognize this also and June 6 ment. The situation cleared with- send a message to those involved in meth by imposing maxi5:15 pm - Found property remum sentences when appropriate.” out incident.

Locations and times include: Ashtabula • Ashtabula YMCA, 263 W. Prospect Rd., noon to 12:30 p.m.; • Bardmoor (Metro Housing), 6414 Bardmoor Rd., 9 to 9:30 a.m., noon to 12:30 p.m.; • Bethany Lutheran Church, 933 Michigan Ave., 12:30 to 1

p.m.; • Bonniewood (Metro Housing), 3208 Glover Dr., 9 to 9:30 a.m., noon to 12:30 p.m.; • Dream Center, 604 W. 57th St., noon to 12:30 p.m.; • Eastside Presbyterian Church, 3440 Edgewood Dr., 11:30 a.m. to noon.; • G.O. Ministries, 3703 Station Ave., 10-10:30 a.m., 12:30-1 p.m.; • Grace Christian Assembly Church, 906 Joseph Ave., 11:30 a.m. to noon; • Harbor Ridge Apartments, 1917 Lambros Ave., 9:30 to 10 a.m., 12:30 to 1 p.m.; • Peoples Missionary Baptist Church, 3837 West Ave., 10 to 10:30 a.m., 12:30 to 1 p.m.; • South Park/St. Peter Episcopal Church, 4901 S. Main Ave., 12:30 to 1 p.m.; • Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1342 W. Prospect Rd., 11:30 to noon; • Woodman (Metro Housing), 5717 Woodman Ave., 10 to 10:30 a.m., 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Conneaut • Conneaut Human Resource Center, 327 Mill St., 9 to 9:30 a.m., noon to 12:30 p.m.

Geneva • Geneva Eagle Street Park, North Eagle Street, 11:30 a.m. to noon.

Geneva-on-the-Lake • Geneva Township Park, 5045 Lake Road, 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Jefferson • Jefferson Community Center, 11 E. Jefferson St., 8 to 9 a.m., • Village Playground/Market Street, noon to 12:30 p.m.

Orwell • Country Neighbor, 39 S. Maple St., 9 to 9:30 a.m., noon to 12:30 p.m. Kids also can ride the City of Ashtabula bus routes on ACTS for free during the summer months. Children under five must be accompanied by an adult. For rides, call 992-4411 or 1-800-445-4140. For more information on any of these programs, call Children Services at 998-1811.

Local Government June 13 Jefferson: Fair Board The board of directors of the Ashtabula County Agricultural Society will meet at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, in the concession building at the fairgrounds in Jefferson.

June 13 Ashtabula: Architectural and Restoration Review Board The Architectural and Restoration Review Board will meet Wednesday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Harbor Topky Library

June 13 Jefferson: Board of Health The next regular meeting of the Ashtabula County Board of Health will be held on the second Wednesday of the month, June 13, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the basement of the Ashtabula County Health Department at 12 West Jefferson Street, Jefferson Ohio.

June 25 Ashtabula: Mental Health and Recovery Services Board The Monday, June 18, regularly scheduled meeting of the Ashtabula County Mental Health Recovery Services Board has been canceled and rescheduled for Monday, June 25. If you have any questions, please contact the MHRS Board office at 440-992-3121.

For the Record


Young driver miraculously uninjured

Tourist Information Centers open — for now BY MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - The Tourist Information Centers throughout the state are remaining open — at least for now. Michael J. Evans, legislative liaison for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), overseer of the state’s Tourist Information Centers, or “TICs,” said in a June 1 email to Ohio Sen. Capri Cafaro (D-32) that all TICs “remain open at this time.” That e-mail was forwarded from Cafaro staffer Annie Ryzner to former 99th District Ohio Reps. George Distel and Deborah Newcomb of Conneaut. The e-mail was a response to an announcement originating on Pat Williams on “AM

BY WILLIAM A. WEST Gazette Newspapers PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP - Phillip Scheanon, 17, lost control of his mother’s 1998 Buick Regal and then glanced off a large tree and rolled about 75 feet down a very steep embankment off of Hadlock Road in Plymouth Township about 4:30 p.m. Thursday before coming to a stop. Smoke was pouring from the car as Scheanon climbed out of the car and climbed back up the embankment and into the arms of Vickie Lee. Lee had called 911. The car burst into flames and was fully engulfed when firefighters from Plymouth and Sheffield fire departments arrived at the scene. PHOTO BY WILLIAM A. WEST

Sheffield and Plymouth firefighters make their way down a steep hill to a burning car about 5 p.m. Thursday off Hadlock Road in Plymouth Township. Phillip Scheanon, 17, miraculously escaped injury after he rolled down a very steep embankment in his mother’s 1998 Buick Regal about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Scheanon lost control of the car on a gravel section of Hadlock Road in Plymouth Township. The car traveled between a guard rail and a large tree; removing the bark from the tree before rolling about 75 feet down the hill where they came to a stop. Smoke was pouring from the car as Scheanon climbed out of the car and climbed back up the embankment and into the arms of Vickie Lee. Lee had called 911. The car burst into flames Robert Hathy - April 16: Indictments charging, one count of engaging in and was fully engulfed when firefighters from Plymouth a pattern of corrupt activity a felony of the first deand Sheffield fire departments arrived at the scene.

June 21, at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. County businesses are invited to attend this seminar to learn about opportunities to grow your business in the areas of government contracts and increased exporting. The agenda will highlight programs and assistance that are available to help expand your business into new markets internationally and compete for gov-

ernment contracts domestically. Speakers include Belinda Sheridan, director of Northeast Ohio PTAC Subcenter Lakeland Community College, and Susan Whitney, director of Cleveland U.S. Commercial Service U.S. Department of Commerce. Please RSVP for this free event by June 18 to (440) 576-9126 or by email to

Reminder: Ashtabula Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo is Thursday ASHTABULA - The Ashtabula Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its annual business expo on Thursday, June 14, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Chamber President Jessica Forsythe is excited for the expo, as it is in a new location this year. “We’re expecting to have a good turnout because it is at SPIRE, and many people haven’t seen the complex since it’s added on its new

Kozlowski did not return calls to The Courier on the matter. But other local inquiries to Ohio Sen. Capri Cafaro (D-32) found their way to Evans’ office. “I wanted to inform you and the Senator that all TICs throughout the state remain open at this time, and while discussions have occurred regarding the operation of these facilities, all of the approximately 35 employees of ODOT TICs remain employed and all 12 facilities remain in operation,” Evans’ e-mail said. When contacted June 5 for more details, ODOT press secretary Steve Faulkner said he was not aware of any changes at the Tourist Information Centers, but promised to look into it and have more information soon.

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Ashtabula County to host Exporting & Government Contracts Business Seminar G E N E VA - O N - T H E LAKE - The Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County, the Ashtabula County commissioners, the Ashtabula County Port Authority and the 503 Corporation have announced a new seminar for Ashtabula County businesses. The Exporting & Government Contracts Business Seminar, a free event, will be held 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday,

Live!” local cable TV show late last month that the TICs would be closing and that TIC employees had been given notice. If the report is true, the Conneaut TIC located just inside the Pennsylvania border at the westbound I-90 rest stop would be affected. Impending closings were disheartening news to Conneaut’s Board of Tourism, which hands out thousands of maps, brochures and other local information advertising Conneaut at the TIC each year. “At a time when Ohio is working to promote tourism, it certainly would be discouraging to close that location coming into Ohio,” Board of Tourism Chair Connie Naylor wrote in an e-mail to Ohio Rep. Casey Kozlowski (R-99).

addition,” Forsythe said. Forsythe hopes to draw the attention of people who might not normally attend the expo and said SPIRE is even giving tours of its facility to anyone interested. “Tours of SPIRE will be available every half hour,” Forsythe said. Forsythe sees the expo as a prime opportunity for local businesses to meet the public. “It gives our businesses

an opportunity to put their best foot forward to get more business,” Forsythe said. Forsythe said the expo will also provide a way for the community to get to know their local businesses as well. “You can open up a phone book, but it’s hard to put a name with a face. At the expo, people can meet with the business and talk face to face and really make a connection,” Forsythe said.

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gree, one count of conspiracy to trafficking in marijuana a felony of the third degree, one count of complicity to trafficking in marijuana a felony of the second degree, one count of receiving stolen property a felony of the fourth degree, one count of complicity to vandalism a felony of the fifth degree, one count of complicity to theft a felony of the fifth degree. The defendant was found to be indigent. Bond is set in the amount of $30,000.

Stewart E. Cramlet, Jr. - April 11: The defendant has previously pled guilty to one count of receiving stolen property a felony of the fifth degree. The defendant shall serve a stated term of twelve months for one count of receiving stolen property. The sentence shall be served concurrently with the sentence imposed and consecutively to the sentence imposes for a total of two years. Upon completion of the prison term the offender may be subject to a period of post release control for three years. No fine is imposed. The court costs are as-

sessed against the defendant. The bond is canceled. The defendant is given credit for 48 days because of time spent in custody.

Donny Smith - April 16: Defendants sentencing hearing was held. The defendant entered a plea of guilty and has been convicted of one count grand theft, a felony of the fourth degree. A fine of $150 was imposed. Intensive supervision for the first six months. Basic supervised time for the remainder of the two years of community controls. Supervised by adult probation up to six months, unannounced urinalysis. Defendant is ordered to pay all court costs. Bond is terminated.

Kayla Fiala - April 16: The defendant was issued on an indictment charging one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity a felony of the first degree, one count of complicity to trafficking in drugs a felony of the third degree, one count of conspiracy to trafficking in drugs a felony of the fourth degree. The defendant was found to be indigent. Bond is set in the amount of $15,000.

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June 20, 2012 • Car Cruise-In Day

Featuring The King Pins — 50s/60s Music & Car Show Sponsor: KeyBank • Featured Organization: St. Mary’s

June 27, 2012 • Spirit Day

Featuring The Great Geauga Co. Fair Band/Spirit Bound Patriotic Music, American Legion, Scouts, Armed Forces

July 11, 2012 • Ice Cream Social Featuring Chardon Polka Band • Health Fair

July 18, 2012 • Keeping the Faith Featuring Rein Forecast • Local Churches Featured Organization: GVIS

July 25, 2012 • Safety Day

Featuring Long Shotz • Law Enforcement, Fire, Rescue Dogs

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Elks Soccer Shoot Winners BY MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers CONNEAUT - The annual Conneaut Elks Club Soccer Shoot was held June 3 at Conneaut Township Park About 40 girls and boys up to age 13 participated. Winners announced by 2012 Chairman, Linda Polchosky will advance to the Elks Clubs’ District Soccer Shoot on June 16 at Parkview Fields in Mayfield Village. Names are listed in order of first, second and third places. In the Boys age 8 and 9 category, after Billy Schmaeman and Joey Merlene tied for first place, Schmaeman won the tiebreaking shoot-off. All participants received small soccer balls for entering the contest. Winners are: Girls 7 and Under: Mikayla Thompson, Kadence McBride, Meara McConnell Boys 7 and Under: Bradley Eaton, J.R.

Conneaut Co-Ed Softball begins BY ALLAN MONONEN Gazette Newspapers

Auto/Marcy funeral Home,Stanley Steemer, Eaton Waterhauling; OutCONNEAUT - The casts/Abba XPress and Conneaut softball league Bidwell’s trenching, last begins its annual campaign year’s champion. A Co-Ed team must have Friday. Jason Picard of the Conneaut Rec Board says four women on the field and the Co-Ed league has five games are played on Friday, teams. A Men’s league had 6:15, 7:15 and 8:15 at only three teams sign up, not Lakeview Park. Each team will play twelve games plus enough to form a league. The teams are: Deans tournament games.


John Michael Arcaro kicks the ball during the 8-and-9-year-old boys’ contest during the Conneaut Elks Club Soccer Shoot June 3 at Township Park. Immediately behind him is Billy Schmaeman. Hutchinson, Cavryan Boys 8 and 9: Billy Boys 10 and 11: Austin Schmaeman, Joey Merlene; Webb, Logan Mucci Richey Girls 8 and 9: Claire Camden Richey Boys 12 and 13: Erik Eaton, Rickie Stutzman, Girls 10 and 11: Kyra Heinonen, Clay Brown, Abby Falcone Ford (1st place) Jake Kehoe

Super Late Models Return to Raceway 7


Chad Campbell crosses home plate after hitting a home CONNEAUT - The long-awaited return of the Super Late All regular Raceway 7 divisions will be in action with run in Conneaut Co-Ed league action. Ryan Harco Models to Raceway 7 will happen this Friday with race the Evergreen Lake Park Campground FASTRAK Late awaits, both play for Marcy/Deans Auto time at 7:30. Owner Dan McDonald has announced that Models leading the way. The Zimmer Service Center Ethe ground-pounding Super Late Models will be the fea- Mods, Street Stocks, Economods, and the Specialty Prodtured class twice in 2012, each time for a $2000 to win ucts Mini Stocks will all have regular programs. purse. The first of the two appearances will be this Friday, Weather permitting, gates open every Friday at 5:30 PM June 15. The second appearance is set for August 17 and with pill draw cut off at 7 PM and racing at 7:30 PM. VIP also will pay $2000 to win. Expected entries will include suites are available for rental for $250 a night which informer champions Robbie Blair and Dick Barton, Mike cludes eight general admissions passes. Admission is set Knight, Chris Hackett, and Ron Davies, all winners when for $13 for adults for this special event, kids 5-14 are $5. 4 the cars ran every week at the northeast Ohio speedplant. and under free. Pit passes are $25. For more information Blair and Barton each have over 30 feature wins at the please visit or call the track on race sions in Soap Box Derby BY BYRON C. WESSELL track and 4 championships each. day after 12 noon at 440-594-2222. Racing: stock, super stock Gazette Newspapers and masters. In stock, the CONNEAUT – There racer can be between eight are 36 participants signed and 17 years of age. If the up for this year’s Soap Box driver wins in stock, he or she moves up to super Derby held in Conneaut. The Soap Box Derby stock. In the master’s divi25:Russ Dunn, Dan McDonald, Chuck Clay Ruffo, Rob Btaes, Chad Wright, will be held on Saturday, sion, the racer has to be at Street Stocks: June 16, on Broad Street least 10 years old. Steinle, Ken Zimmer, Shane Crotty, Chris Peterson (DNS) Heat 1: Tim Deutsch, Jimmy John Boardman, Rick Pratschler, This year there are six by the American Legion Econo Mods: Kennerknecht, Ed Bolyard, Rusty Brandon Porter, Gary Eicher, Bill TayHeat: Chuck Steinle Sr, Eric building. Route 20 is closed racers in the Masters diviWheeler, Dave Ferringer, Tommy Fox, lor, Gary Murphy, Josh McDonald, Paulus, Jeremy Double, Jodi to Jackson Street for the sion, 13 in Super Stock and Steve Horvath, Art Edwards Percy McDonald, Joel Watson, John Woodworth Sr, Jace Ferringer, Kevin event. The race starts at 9 17 in Stock. Heat 2: Joe Rohrer, Brent Coleman, Schenker, Wendell Pinckney, Rich Servacko, Steve Samuelson, Casey a.m. and the finals are esOn Friday the soap box Ryan Blood, Paul Schreckengost, Rush Michael (DNS) Jerry Kielar (DNS), Bowers, Alan Atkinson, Brandon timated to be held between derby course will be set-up Firestone, Dustin Eckman, Art Kyle Inman (DNS) around noon and practice 3-4 PM. Blackshear Gilchrist, Shawn Fawcett (DNS), Jeff There are three divi- will begin at 5 PM. Feature: Brandon Blackshear, Jodi Regularly Scheduled Feature: Russ Wick (DNS) Dunn, Rick Pratschler, Chuck Steinle Woodworth Sr, Jeremy Double, Chuck Make-up Feature from May 25: Jr, Ken Zimmer, Dan McDonald, John Steinle Sr, Casey Bowers, Alan Rush Firestone, Joe Rohrer, Paul Boardman, Bud Watson, Shane Crotty, Atkinson, Jace Ferringer, Steven Schreckengost, Tommy Fox, Ryan Mike Kinney, Brandon Porter, Joel Samuelson, Eric Paulus, Kevin Blood, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Ed Watson, Jack Young, Gary Murphy, Servacko Bolyard, Art Gilchrist, Art Edwards, John Schenker, Bill Taylor, Josh CONNEAUT - The Conneaut Recreation Board 8th Dave Ferringer, Shawn Fawcett, McDonald, Wendell Pinckney, Gary annual Tennis camp will take place July 9-13 at the Specialty Products MiniRusty Wheeler, Jeff Wick, Dillon Eicher, Percy McDonald (DNS), Chris Liberty Street Tennis Courts. The camp is for any child Kineston Stocks: Peterson (DNS) entering grades 4-8 interested in learning the basics of Regularly Scheduled Feature: Joe playing tennis. Cost is $25.00. Students should bring Heat 1: Jonny Boyd, Carlos Aponte, Rohrer, Paul Schreckengost, Jimmy a racquet, tennis shoes, and water. For further inforBud Sergeff, Joe Longenecker, Doug Evergreen Lake Park Kennerknecht, Tim Deutsch, Tommy mation and to register contact Coach Doug Hedrick at Smith, Joe Keney, Cale Sousa Fox. Ryan Blood, Ed Bolyard, Rusty Campground FASTRAK 593-1566 or Coach Dave Simpson at 599-7622. Heat 2: Tim Gillette, Brad Cole, Wheeler, Brent Coleman, Rush The Conneaut Recreation Board will be holding a John Boyd Sr, Mitch Stokes, Jason Firestone, Dave Ferringer, Arthur Late Models: double elimination Co-ed Softball Tournament July 7th Easler, Ed Huge Edwards, Dustin Eckman, Shawn Heat 1: Billy Henry, Dave Airgood, and 8th at Lakeview Park Ball Field. Participation fee Feature: Jonny Boyd Jr, Tim Fawcett, Steve Horvath, Art Gilchrist, Josh Holtgraver, Justin Kreider, Bruce is $150.00 per team. For additional information or to Gillette, Brad Cole, Mitch Stokes, Joe Jeff Wick (DNS) Hordusky Jr, Rob Bates, Breyton Longenecker, John Boyd Sr, Doug sign up contact Jason Picard at 440-969-4866. Santee, Chris Peterson Smith, Joe Keney, Bud Sergeff, Cale Heat 2: Bill Cunningham Sr, Billy Sousa, Ed Huge, Carlos Aponte Zimmer Service Center Cunningham Jr, Bryan Salisbury, Will E-Mods: Thomas, Clay Ruffo, Randy Wilson, Heat 1: Russ Dunn, Chuck Steinle Shane Bambarger Heat 3: Mike Mitchell, Matt Latta, Jr, Shane Crotty, Rick Pratschler, Mike Kinney, Gary Murphy, John Josh Double, Jamie Brown, Bob Craig, Schenker, Wendell Pinckney (DNS), Bob Pifer, Kyle Zimmerman Feature: Dave Airgood Jr, Bryan Bill Taylor (DNS), Joel Watson (DNS), Salisbury, Josh Double, Will Thomas, Rich Michael (DNS) Heat 2: Jack Young, Bud Watson, Mike Mitchell, Matt Latta, Billy June 19 Drive Safely! Call or stop in... Ken Zimmer, Gary Eicher, Dan Henry, Josh Holtgraver, Kyle Good Shepherd Lutheran vs. McDonald, Brandon Porter, Josh Zimmerman, Bill Cunningham Sr, W. 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Sports Spartan Athlete Geoffrey Ashtabula County Johnson Graduates Senior Baseball Classic


BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON – The Scrappers came back to defeat the Captains 12-7 in the Ashtabula County Senior Baseball Classic. Russ Bell, GV, and Steve Urchek, PV, coached for the Captains, while Bill Lipps, Edgewood, and Scott Barber, coached for the Scrappers. The Umpires in the game were Scott Baker, Sam Ford and Buddy French. The Captains took a commanding 6-0 lead, but the Scrappers fought their way back for the win. Brice Comp, Jefferson, started on the mound for the Scrappers, while Bobby Dragon, Edgewood, started for the Captains. Jeromy Rockafellow, GV, singled and stole second baser with one out in the first inning for the Captains. Frank Clayman, Lakeside, was hit by a pitch and Bobby Dragon walked to load the bases. Nick Stranman, Jefferson, reached on an error to bring in the first run of the game. Jeff Imbrogno, Edgewood, walked for the Scrappers in the first inning and stole a base. After a walk to Andy Santiago, Imbrogno found himself on third base and attempted to score on a passed ball. However, Stranman scooped up a ricochet which went right back to him and he threw it to Bobby Dragon for the tag out at home plate. Comp worked around a walk to Kevin Joslin, Edgewood, and a single to Joe Satterfield, GV, in the second inning. Dragon was able to work around a walk to Zach Popely, Edgewood, in the second and a walk to Derek Rose, Geneva, in the third inning. Mitchell Lake, GV, sparked the Captains with a walk and a stolen base in the third inning against new pitcher Zach Popely. Rockafellow followed with an RBI single to increase the lead to 2-0. Frank Clayman then hit the first of his two

BY ALLAN MONONEN Gazette Newspapers Newly minted Conneaut graduate Geoffrey Johnson was a successful three sport athlete for the Spartans. He participated in golf, basketball and track. Geoffrey earned three letters in golf, one in basketball and one in track. “I am a proud Conneaut Spartan. I played to the best of my ability. I had some downfalls, but worked through them and played as best as I could,” Johnson said. The highlight of his golf season was an eighth place finish in the Yankee Run tournament. He adds, “our team improved over the season. I enjoyed the season a lot, helped the underclassmen and improved my game.” In winter, he played basJustin Blood, of Conneaut, gets ready to bat for the ketball. A junior varsity Captains during a senior classic baseball game. player for two years, Geoffrey was a starting forward this season until he broke his wrist in an accident in gym class. He led the team in rebounds when he was sidelined. “I had two games with fifteen rebounds this year. The team members bonded very well, like brothers. It was sad to see


Geoffrey Johnson poses with his trophy from Yankee Run Golf tournament. Diane Johnson, he has an older sister, Nichelle who attends Youngstown State. Geoffrey’s sister, Brittany also graduates from Conneaut this spring. The Johnson family were faithful Spartan fans during their childrens’ careers. This summer, Geoffrey will continue to work at Marcy Funeral Home, “ I’ve been there for two years.” A fine student with a 3.4 GPA, Geoffrey will attend Erie Institute of Technology next fall. He plans to study computer networking and data basing.

the season over.” In the spring, Geoffrey ran track for the first time. He high jumped and long jumped and ran in various relays.Geoffrey qualified for the Regional meet in the high jump, clearing six feet in the District. “It was my first year, I wish I had started as a freshman. The team bonded together, I did real well for my first year.” Now as a new graduate, Geoffrey is poised for the next step. “I’m glad it’s over (school). I am ready to move on.” The son of John and

In Honor Of The Graduate! PHOTOS BY BYRON C. WESSELL

Derek Frazee, of Conneaut, plays third base for the Captains during the senior classic. extra base hits with an RBI triple. Andy Santiago, Jefferson, pitched for the Scrappers in the fourth inning and worked around singles to Kevin Joslin and Joe Satterfield. Nick Stranman pitched for the Captains in the fourth inning as he worked around a walk to Adam Moodt, GV. Lake would double off of Santiago in the fifth inning and went to third on an error. After a walk to Rockefellow, Lake was able to score on a throw down to second base. Frank Clayman drove in another run with an RBI double and Justin Blood scored on an overthrow, making it 6-0. The Scrappers would score three runs off of Captains pitcher Joe Satterfield in the ffith inning. A.J. Henson, GV, and Zach Popely drew walks to start the fifth inning for the Scrappers. Brice Comp followed with a two run double to cut the lead to 6-2.The Scrappers were able to score another run on an error as the cut the lead in half at 6-3. Brandon Gibson, of Lakeside, made it 7-3 in favor of the Captains with an

RBI single in the sixth inning off of his Dragons teammate Jereme Smith. The Scrappers had an outburst of runs in the sixth inning off of Captains pitcher Jeromy Rockafellow. Matt Burch, Edgewood, started the rally with a single. Matt Horgan, Geneva, reached on an error and Jeff Imbrogno was hit by a pitch. Adam Moodt followed with an RBI single making it 7-4. Andy Santiago was then hit by a pitch which brought in a run. A.J. Henson made it a one run game with a sac-fly. Brice Comp then came through again for the Scrappers with a two run single to give the Scrappers their first lead of the game at 8-7. Johnny Knight, Jefferson, added to the lead with an RBI double. Jereme Smith, made it 11-7 with a two run single. Dominic Saturday, Edgewood, capped the inning with an RBI ground out to go up 12-7. A.J. Henson closed out the game for the Scrappers as he worked around a single to Justin Blood and a walk to Bobby Dragon to end the game.

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Zach Popely, of Edgewood, gets ready to pitch during a recent senior baseball game.

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Tenkku running to raise money BY BILL LEVY Gazette Newspapers

tried to stretch it (the micro tears) out a little bit. I started training again only three weeks before the race.” Since he was told there was no risk of further injury, Tenkku ran as scheduled. “I was limping early on,” he said. “Something seemed off. I ran at a slow pace.I realized I may not make the cut on one of the points, so I had to drop out of the race.” Since then however Tenkku said “he feels fine” and is ready to continue with the series. Tenkku who just recently turned 50, said he has been running since he was 27. He recommends that aspiring endurance runners “start slowly.” “Run a marathon first, and then build up to a 50miler,” he said. “Be prepared as the races longer than a marathon involve a lot more trail running. It is a little different.” He said that his endurance runs are a natural tiein to what the Y is about. “They promote an active lifestyle,” he said. Tenkku seems like the perfect person to carry that message, as he is not about to let anything deter him from what he is trying to accomplish. “I feel good,” he said. People wishing to follow his progress and/or make a donation are urged to log on to www.runningtochange

PAINESVILLE - If you want to be an endurance runner, you don’t let minor setbacks get in your way. Just ask Kevin Tenkku. Tenkku, a Lake County YMCA board member, said he runs endurance races with the hope of raising funds to send 50 children to summer camp at various branches of the Y. These races are not just a couple of miles either. They are 100 mile endurance races. “Running those distances seem to get people’s attention,” Tenkku said. “I hope to use it to help to send kids to camp.” Last year, Tenkku competed in his first endurance race, the Burning River 100Mile Endurance Run. This year he set his sights on four 100-mile races: the Burning River, the Kettle Moraine, the Mohican Trail and the Hallucination. These races are known as “The Midwest Grand slam” and are held in Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. The first race of the series, the Kettle Moraine, took place on June 2nd where Tenkku said “something was off.” “I started to develop micro tears (broken scar tissue) which are common in endurance runners while training,” he said. “I had to miss seven weeks of training. We

Ashtabula Rod & Gun Club holds Annual Fishing Derby

Karlie Annick, age five, and PHOTOS BY BYRON C. WESSELL Johanna Annick, age six, Kian Watkins, age four, participated in the Rod and fishes during the Rod and Gun Club Fishing Derby. Gun Club Fishing Derby. BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - The Ashtabula Rod & Gun Club had great weather for their annual Fishing Derby as 81 anglers showed up and caught a record breaking number of 269 fish. A total of about 150 people attended and enjoyed the lunch of hamburgers and hotdogs which were provided by the club.

Prizes were donated by the Karen Shop, Outdoor Army Store, Boy Scout Troop 52, the Ashtabula Rod & Gun Club and many private donors. Every child was able to take home a prize weather they caught fish or not. “Many thanks to the Ashtabula Rod & Gun Club Youth Adventure Club for helping with the casting competition, fish ID and fish tattoos and to the club members for assisting the kids at the pond, measuring fish, and preparing lunch,” Organizer Brandy Hanusosky said.

Carr hits hole in one BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

hit a hole in one on hole number seven using a six iron. Duke’s hole in one was a 140 yard shot. Carr was playing with Bill Britton, Dennis Patterson and Jim Klemencic.

JEFFERSON - Duke Carr recently shot his first hole in one on May 19th at Hickory Grove Golf Course in Jefferson. Carr, age 72,

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Marshal Campbell, age 13, holds a fish he caught during the Rod and Gun Club Fishing Derby.

Jayvon Riddle and Arrion Riddle fishing during the annual Rod and Gun Club Fishing Derby.

Tiffany Straight, age 9, and Riley Straight, age seven, sit and fish during the Rod and Gun Club Fishing Derby.

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1st Haley McDonald, 14 with a 14” bass 2nd Dean Knisely, 4 with a 13.5” bass 3rd Aurora Kashalk, 12 with a 13” bass 3rd Marshal Campbell, 13 with a 13” bass 4th Garrett Knisely , 6 with a 12.5” bass 4th Ethan Platt, 10 with a 12.5” bass

Most Fish Caught: 1st Jacob Wise, 15 with 18 fish 2nd Aaron Wise, 11 with 16 fish 3rd Austin Bowers, 15 with 13 fish 4th Dean Knisely, 4 with 10 fish 4th Aaron Lillie, 9 with 10 fish 4th Aurora Kaschalk, 12 with 10 fish Kenny Weirich, age five, Kyle Weirich, age seven and Kelly Weirich, age 7, fish with their father Kevin Weirich during the Rod and Gun Club Fishing Derby.

Jackilyn Maunus, age five, fishes during the Rod and Gun Club Fishing Derby.

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Post 151 Holds off Post 152


Jefferson Post 152 American Legion baseball team. Front left: Daren Petrowski, Troy Bloom, Jordan Lopez and Steven Houser.Back row, left; Josh Filipowicz, Nate Wengerd, Tim Steed, Kyle Ashburn, Brett Powers, Ryan Zindash and Stanley Sirrine.

Conneaut American Legion Post 151, baseball team,in front, Zach Martin. Front row; left, CJ Rice,Austin Dibell, Danny Sackett, Joey Borgerding, Andrew Slapnicker, Mikey Teed.Back left: Jared Walker, Jereme Smith, Jake Simek,Cody Martin, Christian Williams, Ryan Oatman, Matt Flanigan, coach Jim Tupa, and Tyler Cox.

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sent home the final run, 55. But as coach Tupa said, “We’ve been coming back immediately.” Conneaut retaliated with a double by Ryan Oatman, Walker reached on an error, Simek walked and Williams singled for two runs. Borgerding singled home a run, Smith reached on an error which scored a run and another run crossed the plate on a third error, 11-5. Conneaut added three runs in the next inning. Williams walked and Borgerding doubled. Smith was safe on an error then Flanigan hit into a fielder’s choice, Austin Dibell walked to sent home a run and

the ball and the game comes back to us,” Coach Jim Tupa of Conneaut said. “We were down early on CONNEAUT -The summer baseball season has be- defensive mistakes but gun. American Legion teams battled back. We left the from Conneaut, Jefferson bases loaded twice but didn’t and other county areas have come through. We’re young.” Coach Kerry Freeman of begun play. Jefferson Post 152 visited Jefferson Post 152 said. Conneaut Post 151 Satur- Jefferson is 1-1. Conneaut jumped out day. The hosts took a quick early, taking a 4-0 advantage lead, Jefferson battled back in the first inning. Jared Walker beat out an to tie the game but Conneaut bounced back to take a 16-6 infield hit, Jake Simek reached on a fielder’s choice. victory. “We’ve come out hitting Christian Williams, Joey the ball well, we scored Borgerding and Jereme eleven runs against Smith all singled, Matt Kingsville, but we have one Flanigan was safe on an erbad inning that sets us back. ror and Austin Dibell drove But we settle down and hit in a run with a ground ball.

Smith then scored on a passed ball. The locals added another run in the second as Simek and Borgerding singled. Consecutive hit batters, Smith and Flanigan, sent home another run, 5-0. Jefferson certainly wasn’t done and battled back in their third. Thier inning began as Kyle Ashburn, Mike Steed and Nate Wengerd all walked to load the bases. Ryan Zindash singled and as the ball hopped past the left fielder, the bases cleared. Brett Powers continued the inning with a walk and stole second. Josh Filipowicz sent home a run with a ground ball and Steven Houser’s hit

Mikey Teed singled home two runs, 14-5. Jefferson put across a run when Zindash singled and Lopez singled, 14-6. Conneaut ended the game in their fifth as Walker doubled, Simek walked, Williams sent home a run with a grounder, Borgerding singled and Smith singled home the final run, 16-6. On the stat sheet, Jared Walker had a fine game with two hits and three runs scored. Jake Simek scored twice, Christian Williams has two hits and three runs, Joey Borgerding hammered out four hits, and scored three times. Jereme Smith had two hits and three runs. Ryan Oatman had two hits

and scored once. For Jefferson, Ryan Zindash and Steven Houser pounded out two hits each. Conneaut coach Jim Tupa says the team will play close to fifty games including tournaments. “We have fifteen kids and all can play. We have three kids from Ashtabula and the rest from Conneaut. We are very young, we will only lose three kids after this season.” Games are played at Skippon Field, on the high school diamond. This upcoming week, Conneaut Post 151 will travel to Strongsville, Tuessday and host Mentor, Thursday. Games begin at 6:00.

Post 152 rallies late Nate Wengerd bats for Jefferson Post 152 during a game against Kingsville Post 743. Wengerd picked up the game winning RBI.

Troy Bloom pitches for Jefferson Post 152 during a recent game.

BY BYRON C. WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON – Kingsville Post 743 looked to be in complete control during their game against Jefferson Post 152, but everything changed in the final inning. Troy Bloom was effective on the mound for Jefferson Post 152 as he worked around a lead off single to Dylan Morici. Bloom was able to get a double pay ball on the next batter. After a walk to Andrew Graeb, Bloom picked up a strike out to end the inning. Joey Zappitelli pitched a gem for Kingsville as he pitched six solid innings. Zappitelli pitched around a walk to Chase Stowe and an error to Kyle Ashburn in the first inning as he picked up his own double play to end the threat. Bloom worked around a single to Tyler Wawrowski in the second inning.


Tyler Wawrowski bats for Kingsville Post 743 during a game against Jefferson Post 152. Zappitelli worked around a double to Nate Wengerd in the second inning by striking out the side. Zappitelli picked up his second double play of the game in the third inning after giving up a walk to Daren Petrowski and a single to Brett Powers. Kingsville finally got to Bloom in the fourth inning as Lou Wisnyai singled with two outs. Post 743 scored the first run of the game on an RBI

Stanley Sirrine hit a game tying three-run double for Post 152 against Kingsvillle Post 743.

triple by Wawrowski. Kingsville added a run on a passed ball to go up 2-0. Jordan Lopez bunted for a hit to start the fifth inning for Post 152, but Zappitelli had little trouble getting out of the inning. Bloom pitched out of a jam in the fifth inning after backto-back singles by Victor Tuttle and Dylan Morici. Bloom recorded two strike outs and an infield pop-up.

Joey Zappitelli pitches for Kingsville Post 743 during a game against Jefferson Post 152.

Jefferson Post 152 pitched out of another jam in the sixth inning as Steven Perkio started things off with a single. Ryan Zindash relieved Bloom in the sixth inning with one runner on. Zindash walked the first batter he faced in Lou Wisnyai, making it first and second with no outs. Wawrowski followed with a single, but Brett Powers threw the runner out at home. Zindash got out of the inning

with a strike out and a fielders choice after a walk to Victor Tuttle. Post 152 threatened in the sixth as Ashburn reached on an error. Sirrine moved Ashburn over to third on a single. Nate Wengerd then picked up an RBI on a ground out to cut the lead to 2-1. Kingsville added three runs in the seventh inning to take a 5-1 lead. Connor McLaughlin and Joey Sines drew back-to-

back walks in the seventh. Nick Johnson gave Kingsville back a run with an RBI single. Steve Perkio made it 4-1 with a sac-fly and Lou Wisynai added another run with an RBI triple. Nick Johnson entered to pitch for Kingsville in the seventh inning as Jefferson started its rally. Steven Houser hit a one-out single to spark Post 152 in the final inning. Chase Stowe followed with a walk and Brett Powers singled to load the bases. Kyle Ashburn brought in a run with a walk, cutting the lead to 5-2. Stanley Sirrine cleared the bases and tied the game with a three-run double. Nate Wengerd capped the inning with a game winning RBI single as Kingsville’s lead quickly disappeared. Wengerd’s walk off single gave Post 152 a 6-5 win after trailing the entire game. Brice Comp picked up the win for Post 152 as he had relieved Zindash in the seventh inning.

Conneaut MS-150 “They like to come to the lake,” said Colleen DeLeo of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 26-county Western Pennsylvania chapter. But she said simply, “It looks like it could be,” when asked if the ride will return to Conneaut in the future. That the Conneaut route was in jeopardy came to light last year after MS ride organizers failed to reserve the 2012 weekend with Township Park officials. Bus rental costs and simplifying the ride for cyclists were the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s main concerns, but the Conneaut Board of Tourism was concerned about the loss of tourism should the ride not return. The route option this year was a compromise. DeLeo said that a postride survey of cyclists will help determine the 2013 route, but if cyclists arriving in Conneaut have their say, a Conneaut welcome-party finish to the 150-mile fundraiser is the only option. “I love the scenery and it’s neat to be at the water,” said 20-year MS rider Rick Kradel of Butler, Pa., who headed straight for Conneaut Dairy Queen’s Dilly bar give-away after hopping off his bike Sunday. “This is a tradition.” Kradel, who has ridden for ten years on behalf of two friends who have MS, rode from Meadville to Conneaut alone this year because his cycling partners opted to ride the Zelienople loop, he did not want to miss Lake Erie, and was planning his traditional jump in the lake even though Welcome Party emcee and DJ Marty Landon announced that the water was just 54 degrees Fahrenheit. “It’s cold, but boy, it feels good,” Kradel said, sweating after a ride in 88-degree temperatures. Mike Scott, of Pittsburgh, said the ride from Meadville to Conneaut is “nicer.” “It has rolling hills,” he said, emphasizing the “rolling.” “We like the ride into Conneaut and the lake.” John Piscitelli, of Millbury, Mass., riding in his first MS-150, said he had no choice in the route because


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Saddle Soars Cyclists Start MS-150 Alone by MARTHA SOROHAN Gazette Newspapers


No MS-150 welcome party would be complete without a welcome from the Pedal Pals, honorary members of the local Saddle Soars Cycling Team who have MS. They are (left) Pat Laughlin, Carol Ackroyd, Matt Crawford and Teri Kaczoroski. “They are doing this for us. We want to show our appreciation,” Laughlin said. riding partner, Brad Allshouse, of New Stanton, Pa., told him that they would be riding to Conneaut. “You’ve gotta come to the lake,” Allshouse said. Free massages by Massage Therapist Ginger Whitehead, Landon’s music, Imagination Creation’s balloon arch, free food and hospitality added up a party that matched the beauty of the Lake Erie vista at the finish line. Pulled pork, pasta salad, pretzels and hot dogs were provided by Parkhurst Dining Service, smiley-face cookies by Eatn-Park, and fresh fruit, cheese crackers and cheese popcorn by NMSS. “Such a reception!” said Bill Dorsch, of North East, Pa. “The people from the church, the police, the cowbells - everyone is courteous and friendly. From those mile markers, from 5, to 4.5, to 4 miles out. We rode 100 miles yesterday, and we were wiped out, especially those last five miles. But today? We hit the signs and I was riding 22 miles per hour when I came in. It gets a surge of energy going. The balloons are great. It’s not like this at all in Meadville. There are a few people who come out around the small [Allegheny College] campus, bujt it’s nothing like this.” Her and riding partner Tracy Riedel especially liked the cowbells, which Riedel said sometimes moved her to

tears. “It makes you feel so good,” she said. “I want Conneaut to lobby the MS people to keep this here,” Dorsch said. “With free Dilly bars, how can you go wrong?” Bob Martin, riding in his 18th MS-150, with first-time rider Brandon Martin, his 13-year-old grandson, said the signs placed by the Conneaut Board of Tourism along the route’s last five miles were helpful. “The last miles were the hardest,” he said. The ride was bittersweet for the family of the late sixyear MS-veteran Richard Ryan. They rode as a team wearing “Remembering Richard” T-shirts. Ryan died of a stroke last year. In his honor, Ryan’s friend of 39 years, Dave Schafer, 60, of S. Fayette, Pa., volunteered to ride Ryan’s bike for his very first first MS-150. “I’ve been training since February, but I’m not used to the hills,” he said. “After all, I’m 270 pounds on those hills. But Richard was my best friend, and he’d have yelled at me if I had quit, so I had to make it.” Dignitaries including City Council President Tom Udell, Ohio Rep. Casey Kozlowski (R-99) and Ashtabula County Commissioner Joe Moroski made brief appearances Sunday, while Ohio Sen. Capri

CONNEAUT - Another result of the route change in this year’s “Bike MS: Western PA Escape” was the decision by the local Saddle Soars Cycling Team to start the two-day ride from Conneaut. Saddle Soars Cycling Team chair Shane Brown said that Zelienople, Pa., was so remote, lacking motels, that team members would have had to arise at 3:30 a.m. Saturday to get to the starting line by 7 a.m. About half of the usual 26 team members participated this year. They included first-time rider Michelle Arcaro of Ashtabula. “There really wasn’t any place to stay there,” Brown said. Team members left from Conneaut Saturday morning and rode 63 miles east to Cochranton, Pa., then rode the final 13 miles to Meadville with the other 1,300 riders. Thankfully, Brown said, the team encountered no major problems, since their own route featured no MSsponsored rest areas or “SAG” wagons to pick up riders in trouble. “It was a perfect route until we got to the stop sign that said ‘detour,’” he said. A local driver assured the cyclists that the detour route would add just a few miles to their ride, though

Saddle Soars Cycling Team’s’ Ken Roberts was photographed Sunday as he headed north on Broad Street in the final mile of the Bike MS. At Township Park, Roberts’ wife, Jolene, greeted him with a tube of Ben Gay and reminded him that the family was waiting. They were to leave that afternoon on a 12-hour road trip to Myrtle Beach. it also included what appeared to be an insurmountable steep hill. “But we had a blast,” Brown said. “The ride, overall, was the most fun I’ve had because of our hard training. We’d never done that much training before. It didn’t kill us, but we had a good time because we were all in good shape.” Brown complimented his son, Clay’s, ride on the back

of his tandem on Sunday. “Clay had two soccer games on Saturday, so I don’t know how he did it, but some of the team members made it into a ‘race’ with Clay the one to beat,” Brown added. And the heat? “It was perfect. I love the heat,” Brown said, before hopping back on the tandem for the solo ride home.

Cafaro (D-32) and U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-14) sent proclamations. City Manager Tim Eggleston came to the pavilion after directing traffic at Harbor & State Streets for over four hours. “It means a lot that you all are here,” Naylor told the riders. “We hope you’ll come back.” “This community couldn’t be better,” Anderson said. “It’s terrific. Thank you all.”

Bill Dorsch and his girlfriend, Tracy Riedel, of North East, Pa., are entertained by Ashtabula magician Jim Hathy (right) as they relaxed at the MS-150 Welcome Party Sunday at Township Park. Cyclists enjoyed the party so much they seemed reluctant to board the buses to return to the ride’s starting point in Zelienople, Pa.

Five-year-old Joanna Adkins and sixyear-old Bevin White, plus Brenda Kraus (rear left) and White’s grandmother, Connie Smith, were part of the Church of Christ congregation that moved Sunday worship to the Harbor & Main Street corner in order to cheer on the riders. Once worship was over, they all enjoyed food and comraderie from the comfort of their lawn chairs until the last rider came by about 2:30 p.m. They also shared their food with City Manager Tim Eggleston (right) and Conneaut Police Chief Chuck Burlingham and ret. Police Sgt. Steve Gerics, also directing riders for hours in the hot sun.

(Above) Rick Kradel of Butler, Pa., riding in his 20th Bike-MS tour from Western Pennsylvania to Conneaut, was grateful for the free Dilly bars given to all riders courtesy of Conneaut Dairy Queen.

(Right) Licensed massage therapist Ginger Whitehead offered free five-minute massages to cyclists and MS staf f members on Sunday at Township Park’s lower pavilion.


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