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Power Financial opens in Jefferson — See page 7A

Trials of Robin Hood comes to JAHS — See page 4A

Meet Your Neighbor — See page 2A


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APD implements Broken Crowd turns out for 16th annual Business Expo Windows program Gazette Newspapers BY SADIE PORTMAN

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edition of The Atlantic Monthly. “Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows ASHTABULA - The Ashtabula are not repaired, the tendency is City Police Department is imple- for vandals to break a few more menting a new crime fighting pro- windows. Eventually, they may gram called Broken Windows, even break into the building, and which is based off the theory of if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become fighting smaller crimes first in or- squatters or light fires inside,” Wilson and Kelling wrote in their der to clean up the city. “The Ashtabula City Police De- article. Wilson and Kelling write if the partment, in concert with representatives from the Ashtabula windows are repaired, there is a Metropolitan Housing Authority smaller probability of people and other city departments, are breaking more. The theory says by cracking implementing a bold new approach of community interaction,” Chief of down on smaller crimes such as vandalism, further vandalism will Police Robert Stell said. The Broken Windows theory cease and stop escalation into more was introduced in 1982 by two so- serious crimes. “This interaction depends upon cial scientists, James Wilson and its citizenry and employees to beGoerge Kelling. Wilson and Kelling use broken come actively involved in drastically windows as an example of how to reducing crime, thereby improving restore communities in their ar- their quality of life,” Stell said. ticle entitled Broken Windows, See WINDOWS page 4A which appeared in the March 1982

GENEVA - The Geneva Business Expo, held last Thursday, was a success with a large crowd and plenty of vendors for visitors to visit. The expo is sponsored by the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, with this being the 16th year of the event. With 55 businesses set up at the expo, those in attendance got free samples of food from local restaurants, candy from some of the local banks and information packets from other businesses. Some businesses were experiencing the expo for the first time. “We’re a new corporation,” Rebecca Kahnell of Geneva Shores said. “We are now Geneva Shores and we used to be Geneva Pointe, so we’re trying to get the new name out there.”

See EXPO page 5A


Carmen Kuula talks with a Geneva resident about Community Action, a local organization that provides a variety of programs for the community, including Head Start.

Jefferson Area Chamber plans events BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce is planning two events in March. Coming up first is the Business Expo, to be held this year on Tuesday, March 20, from 3:6:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Community Center, located at 11 E. Jefferson St. During this event, guests will be able to visit with participating businesses and learn about the services they have to offer. The Business Expo is free to attend, and door prizes and refreshments will be given away. Since space is limited, businesses wanting to participate are encouraged to reserve their spot now. The cost to participate is $35 for Chamber members and $45 for non-members. Proof of liability insurance must be provided. Business owners and staff also will have an opportunity to

network during the event, as a special business-to-business networking portion of the event will be held from 2-3 p.m. To sign up for a table, or to learn how to donate door prizes and refreshments, contact Janet Wolff at (440) 576-6950. The other upcoming event is the 59th annual Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet. This year, the Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet will be held Tuesday, March 27, at the Jefferson Community Center, located at 11 E. Jefferson St. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner being served at 7 p.m. During the dinner, several awards will be given out, including two that residents can submit nominations for. The Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Citizen of the Year and the Youth of the Year.

See CHAMBER page 5A

JAHS tenth grader designs brochure cover

Walker Funeral Home was ready to answer questions from the many who walked through Geneva High School’s cafeteria where the expo was set in place.

AACS officials countdown to election BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP - March 6 will mark the day voters will decide whether to pass the Ashtabula Area City Schools’ levy, and the AACS levy committee is spreading the word for voters to vote yes on the levy. “Each school will prepare their own information for their students to take home with them, along with other information packets,” Christine Seuffert, president of the board of education, said. The committee has even begun to send out information to those overseas, in colleges and all others who may not vote in person. “When people register for an absentee ballot, it comes up on the board of election and then we are able to send them a postcard,” Seuffert said.

They will also be conducting door-to-door campaigning in the community where they will have a chance to talk to people face to face about the levy. “We have a door hanger which will be a part of the door-to-door campaign,” Seuffert said. “There are dates and times on it where we could use help.” The committee members are also still looking for volunteers to help with a variety of programs they have planned. “There are many things for people who want to find an outlet to help the levy campaign,” Seuffert said. Those who would like direct contact with the voters are encouraged to help with the distribution of prepared literature. “They can hand out our literature or hand out small cards reminding people to keep us in mind when they go to vote,” Seuffert said.

See AACS page 8A

Geneva Platt R. Spencer Student Council members lead the way BY JAN PERALA Geneva Area City Schools

Health Needs Assessment” in April 2012. “We did a community healthneeds assessment,” Ashtabula County Health Department Director of Nursing Chris Kettunen said. Working with the Northwest Hospital Association, the committee surveyed the community about a variety of health topics. The committee also went into the schools and surveyed students, which is what led committee members to Zoey and her Digital Imaging class at Jefferson Area High School. The survey will be put in booklet form, and different volunteers are responsible for different parts of putting it together, Kettunen said. She said JAHS offered to design the cover.

GENEVA - During the last two weeks, student council members at Geneva Platt R. Spencer Elementary have been engaged in a flurry of activity to ensure that their furry friends at the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League have their creature comforts as they wait for a loving family to bring them home. The group organized a school-wide “Presents for Pets” donation drive to provide the APL with pet food, treats, toys and needed supplies that generated a large cache of needed items to be delivered to the APL. “We know that the Animal Protective League has so many dogs and cats that might be hungry without people donating and we wanted to help,” said student council member Hannah Hudson.

See GILL page 6A

See PETS page 4A


Jefferson Area High School tenth-grader Zoey Gill designed the cover of the “2011 Ashtabula County Health Needs Assessment” study. BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The graphic design work of a 10th-grade student at Jefferson Area High School will grace the cover of a county-wide publication. A cover designed by Zoey Gill will grace the front page of a study commissioned by the Ashtabula County Health Needs Assessment Committee. Zoey is the daughter of Jeannette and Scott Gill of Jefferson. The committee plans to publish the “2011 Ashtabula County


Geneva Platt R. Spencer Student Council members are helping to keep all the pets in temporary residence at the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League well fed and happy. The group organized the “Presents for Pets” donation drive to provide creature comforts for their furry friends at the APL. Pictured are (back from left) Student Council Advisor Amy Kennerknecht, Angela Cutchall, Hannah Hudson, Brittany Pudluzna, Makaila Currence and Geneva Platt R. Spencer Principal Michael Penzenik. Middle Row: Skylar Granchi, Kylie Frye and Kaitlyn Gibson. Front: Victoria Cutchall and Alyssa Green. Also helping with the project but missing from the photo was Breanna Burton.


WEDNESDAY, February 22, 2012

Signs show key to downtown Ashtabula’s history Meet Your Neighbor Ralph Bacon shows a picture he took of the ghost signs still visible on the Kork and Kettle Restaurant and Lounge Building located in downtown Ashtabula. Bacon is hoping to revitalize these signs back to their original condition when they were painted during the turn of the century.

BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - Downtown Ashtabula is full of history, and people like Ralph Bacon, a member of the Ashtabula Downtown Development Association, are playing a role in revitalizing the history in an effort to make downtown Ashtabula a tourist destination. “I’ve been involved with the ADDA now for a couple of years heading the design committee,” Bacon said. Bacon has been focusing on two, what he calls, ghost signs on the Kork and Kettle Restaurant and Lounge Building. These signs are slowly fading into the red brick but are still visible by the naked eye. The bigger of the two signs, Bacon discovered, is two advertisements, one painted over the other. “I’ve done little a bit of research and it’s actually two signs, one layered over the other,” Bacon said. Bacon said the only reason why these have not eroded away is due to a building that used to protect the signs. “The reason it still exists today is, for decades there was a three-story building

slapped up against this so this wall was not exposed to the elements,” Bacon said. Somewhere between the 1970s and 1980s, the building protecting the signs came down, either due to fire or by choice, revealing the ghost signs. Arbuckle’s Coffee is the top layer of the sign. The coffee was the first in the nation to be sold already roasted and became widely popular out west. “I guess cowboys out west never knew there was any other type of coffee,” Bacon said. The advertisement below Arbuckle’s took Bacon some studying to finally see the company name. “It took me a long time to figure out the second sign, but the word Castoria in big yellow letters is there,” Bacon said. “So that’s an old Fletcher’s Castoria sign.” Bacon said he would like to see the Arbuckle sign refurbished. In the third sign, a “Z” is still visible, and Bacon had a hard time figuring out what it was saying. Bacon even looked in old phone books to see what stores the building held. “The owner of Kork and Kettle said there was a Zelle’s Saloon,” Bacon said.


“So that must be what that was, and that’s properly turn of the century, 1880s-1890s.” Bacon would like to see the signs return back to their original looks and colors. “For my committee, the next step is to come up with some more measurements and send that info to some local sign companies and get some quotes on what it would take to fix,” Bacon

said. Bacon said Arbuckle’s Coffee is still in business and operated in Tuscan, Arizona. “Maybe we fix the sign and they can start selling their coffee there,” Bacon said. Bacon has contacted Arbuckle’s to see if it is interested in aiding Ashtabula in revitalizing the sign. “I sent them an email ex-

plaining our goal, and I haven’t heard back,” Bacon said. “So I don’t know if they will be willing or up to helping us fix the sign, but it would be cool to have their help.” Bacon looks forward to the rejuvenation of downtown Ashtabula and sees these projects as a way to bring back its small town charm. “The design committee is also working on a mural

project, but we don’t have the details just yet so stay tuned,” Bacon said. Know any clubs, organizations or people who should be featured in the Gazette’s new “Meet Your Neighbor” weekly feature? E-mail suggestions of those in the Ashtabula-, Geneva- and Jefferson-area communities to

Nationwide Agency achieves on Your Side certification Geneva circus to donate GENEVA - Nationwide extra mile in helping meet tionwide customer, these re- also make sure that you’re proceeds to Pairings Mutual Insurance Com- each customer’s insurance views involve looking at the not paying more than you pany is pleased to announce that David W. Foote., Jr., principal agent of the Foote Insurance Agencies in. Geneva and Madison, has recently achieved On Your Side Certification in accordance with the company’s rigorous program standards. “We’re pleased that the Foote Insurance Agencies has achieved On Your Side Certification,” said Eric Smith, regional vice president for Nationwide. “By becoming certified, David Foote has demonstrated his commitment to going the

and financial needs.” To be considered On Your Side Certified, agents must commit to stringent customer service training and standards and be open extended hours. This makes the agent a valuable resource for consumers who want to know what coverage is available to them without spending extra on coverages they don’t need. To help consumers get the most value for their insurance dollar, Nationwide offers On Your Side Reviews. Available to anyone, whether or not they’re a Na-

consumer’s current situation, any recent or expected life changes, and their current insurance coverages to make sure they are properly protected and to identify whether there might be ways they can save. “In today’s economy, it’s more important than ever to take time and review your current insurance needs,” said Foote. “By getting to know you and your situation, a good insurance agent can not only make sure that you are properly protected should something bad happen, but they can

need to be.” Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the world. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, life, farm, commercial insurance, administrative services, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions, long-term savings plans and health. and productivity services. For more information, visit

BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers GENEVA - The City of Geneva will be working with the downtown merchants to get the circus to come to town for a Thursday and Friday show in the middle of July. “I have been approached by Debbie Sistek and Victoria D’Orazio about having the circus located in the town this year, specifically at the Pairings site,” Pearson said. Pairings is the new wine and culinary center the Geneva area is planning to

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build. The center will feature area wines and everything Ohio. Pairings has been a work in progress for three years, and the committee is raising funds for the culinary center with the hope of breaking ground by 2013. In the past, Sistek and D’Orazio, with their D & V Promotions, have brought the Carson and Barnes Circus to the Geneva area. A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of pre-sale tickets went toward several charity organizations Pearson said he thinks placing the circus on the Pairings site will be a great way to not only hold the annual circus but to also feature Pairings itself. “We would put it right on the Pairings site,” Pearson said. “We would still have to make a few modifications, but we could do it.” The circus has also agreed to help with the funding of the Pairings project by donating the proceeds to Pairings. “One of the nice things that this group said that they would do would be to donate the proceeds to Pairings and with a little work they felt that they could earn around $10,000,” Pearson said. Pairings is holding events throughout the year to help support the center with the first event, Dare to Pair, being held a few weeks ago to kick off the unveiling of the center’s architectural plans. With a possible $10,000 to be earned through the circus, Pairings’ funds would see a welcomed boost in its revenue. Pearson is excited to see the circus support the Geneva community and its future goals. “I believe this will be a great match this year,” Pearson said. The City of Geneva sees the circus as a nice family event people from across the community can look forward to. Geneva also has a strong history with the circus as the Walter Main Circus bandwagoned through Ashtabula County and settled in Geneva for several years, even bringing in the first elephant to the area. Pearson likes the idea of keeping the circus history alive with the annual circus event and to see multiple generations enjoy the event. “With the long standing history and heritage of the Walter Main Circus being located in Geneva, I think this will be a welcomed event by the community,” Pearson said. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at

WEDNESDAY, February 22, 2012



King Luminaire peddles forward in employee appreciation BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Kerri Jahn, account manager at King Luminaire, helped organize a team-building event last Thursday afternoon, starting with a company-provided luncheon for the employees and a surprise tricycle race. “This is the first time we’ve had tricycle races, and we just have a good time and it is great team building,” Jahn said. The employees were unaware of what they were signing up for before the races began, as they were only told they would have a chance to win $250 for a first-place prize, $100 for second place and $50 for third. Once the race began, the warehouse was full of screams, jeers and cheers from fellow employees. Some fell off their tricycles while others had unloosened the tike-sized bikes’ handlebars. In the end, the tricycles will be given to local children in need. “After we’re done and if the tricycles and helmets are still usable, we will donate them to a local children’s charity and they are brand new,” Jahn said. Jahn said King Luminaire is always ensuring employees are rewarded for their hard work. “We also do a bowling tournament, a dart tournament, we have a company picnic and we have a huge Christmas party and we get


King Luminaire employees had a chance to receive $250 for the grand prize by competing in a tricycle race held in the Jefferson plant. two parties,” Jahn said. The vice president of King Luminaire, Pete Gorman, said they have implemented similar programs for several years now. “Setting up a short course at our facility, we purchased tricycles and helmets for a fun race between employees,” Gorman said. “With almost 100-percent participation, it’s a great way for all of us here at King Luminaire to cheer on our fellow employees.” Gorman said by donating the helmets and tricycles, they can display their appreciation and pride in the Jefferson community. “King Luminaire looks forward to the future and plans to continue to grow in Jefferson,” Gorman said. King Luminaire officials

see the happiness of their employees as a positive reflection of how they view their workers and the jobs they do.

Jahn said she is happy to be employed by King Luminaire and rarely has a bad day on the job. “There are some jobs that

gives you stomach aches when you have to go, but not here. It’s a really great place to work. I love the people I work with and I’m always

happy to be here,” Jahn said. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@

Many different kinds of strategies were tried in order to win the top prize, including using hands instead of feet.

Larry Detweiler was in the lead throughout the race but lost by a hair in the final seconds.

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Employees rally for their fellow employees as the tricycle races begin. All the tricycles and helmets used will be donated to charity.

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– Vice president of King Luminaire, Pete Gorman Rob Wardner coasts past the cones at the end of the aisle to come full circle and win the race.

NHS raises funds for alumni PHOTO BY CAROLYN BEHR-JEROME

Jefferson Area High School National Honor Society members Jacob Dengg, Kevin Ford, and Brad Weisbarth took tickets for a Chinese Pie Auction. NHS raised $257. The money will be given to Jordan Trenn’s family and Kurtis Taggart’s family. Trenn, a JAHS graduate, was injured in a serious automobile accident. Taggart, a junior, lost everything in a fire.


WEDNESDAY, February 22, 2012

Chili Cook-off results announced

A young Robin Hood (Justin Brown) pleads with Maid Marian (Paige Beach) as the Sheriff takes up arms against him (Shelby Potter).

Trials of Robin Hood comes to JAHS

BY CAROLYN BEHRJEROME Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Robin Hood and his merry men are coming to Jefferson Area High School Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, as the PHOTO BY CAROLYN BEHR-JEROME Jefferson Players present Jennifer Hall won $20 in a chili cook-off at Jefferson Area High School. the comedy The Trials of Robin Hood. BY CAROLYN BEHRent and flavorful. This full-length play, writJEROME “I don’t care for traditen by Will Averill, explores Gazette Newspapers tional chili that is thick and the question, “Is Robin Hood dark. I wanted something a lusty hero, hopeless lover, JEFFERSON - When lighter but still spicy, so I or evil criminal?” Jennifer Hall got home from used red and yellow bell pepUpon his return from the school last Thursday, she pers, jalapeno peppers, black Crusades, King Richard (Josh hadn’t planned on making beans, navy beans and Hollon) is forced to try and figaward-winning chili, but mushrooms,” Hall said. ure out what happened in his that’s what she did. Hall also included lots of kingdom during his absence. The Jefferson Area High ground beef and cans of Told from the perspecstewed tomatoes instead of School senior spent the tives of Robin himself (Jon evening creating “The tomato sauce or juice. Hubler, Justin Brown, and To tell if her chili was Artist’s Collage” and then Corey Jones), Maid Marian PHOTOS BY CAROLYN BEHR-JEROME entered a chili-cook off done, Hall used her sense of (Paige Beach and Emily King Richard (Josh Hollon) fights with Robin Hood (Jon Hubler) while merry men Kyle sponsored by the freshman smell. Baker), and Prince John Dunford and Patrick Martin look on helplessly. “When the aroma that class. Hall’s reward was (Brad Weisbarth), this hilarious tale combines three different stories into one—with three different endings, leaving it up to the audience to $20 and a new chili creation. filled the kitchen smelled “This was my first at- right, I knew it was done,” decide which one is true. Curtain time is 7 p.m. both evenings and tickets are available at the door: $6 for adults and $4 for students and tempt at making chili,” Hall she said. Hall does plan on making explained. “I didn’t use a senior citizens. the chili again and was sure recipe.” She simply pulled spices to write down all the ingreoff the cupboard shelf and dients she used. Besides crowing Hall a whatever smelled good went winner, the chili cook off into the chili. BY JAN PERALA That creativity resonated raised $600 for the freshman Geneva Area City Schools with the judges who said class, according to class adHall’s chili was very differ- visor Mary Hofstetter. GENEVA - Hard work and academic excellence earned nearly a 100 highFrom page 1A achieving Geneva Middle School sixth, seventh and Many of the city’s leaders able goals are to reduce opeighth graders a super Subhave already placed their portunities to commit nuiway luncheon hosted by Prinsupport behind the program. sance crimes through envicipal Steve Candela and As“This new program called ronmental changes and sistant Principal Richard the ‘Nuisance Crime Reduc- beautifying the city through Belconis, last Friday. Each tion Program,’ also known as continuous and sustained student in the brainy lunch ‘Broken Windows,’ is a spear- efforts,” Stell said. bunch earned straight A’s for Stell and the police dehead movement championed the second nine week grading by City Manager Jim partment see the initiative period. Timonere, City Solicitor as a way to create long-term Straight A students honMike Franklin, Police Chief effects on the City of ored at the luncheon are: Robert Stell and Detective Ashtabula. Sixth graders: Julia Ball, “Long-term goals include William Felt Junior,” the Randal Berg, Adam Biery, City of Ashtabula’s Police increasing tourism, attractEmily Blake, Jamie ing additional businesses Department officials said. Bradbury, Erin Brennan, This program has been and the addition of unique PHOTO BY JAN PERALA FOR GENEVA SCHOOLS Tyler Cerjan, Edison Cigany, fine-dining establishments,” implemented in municipaliDylan Coomer, Andrea Geneva Middle School’s Paul Hitchcock, Angelo Cordova (and in back) Nate Reed, Cordova, Taylor Courtney, Brittani Kurt, Shayla Cross and Noel Armstrong enjoy lunch with the Principal Steve ties across the United States Stell said. The police department Abigail Cramer, Brandon Candela at the school’s traditional luncheon honoring straight A students. All are eighth with results. “It incorporates strate- would like the community to Delia, Hailey Doherty, graders at GMS. Meghan Dombrowski, Abby Pirozzoli, Brock Reese, Christiana Crites, Rebeca Amy Varckette, Ryan Watts, gies used by law enforce- become involved as well and ment communities across encourages citizens to beDragon, Haley Dye, Rena Madeline Rodriguez, Kevin Cybulski, Natalie Deak, Asia Linsey Zell. the U.S. which have come an active part the Fennell, Kennedy Figueroa, Root, Kyle Schindler, Seth Dudik, Holly Engel, Vanessa Eighth graders: Noel achieved high success rates,” program’s success. Nicholas Gala, Isabella Scoville, Megan Smith, Kaleb Frank, Kallee Gersin, Armstrong, Rachel Brennan, “The City Police DepartGeorge, Marley Goff, Alexis Smothers, Danielle Studer, Dareion Marrison, Dustin Angelo Cordova, Shayla Stell said. The city hopes the pro- ment has established a tip Hraga, Raenelle Kathlia Sarah Thompson, Antonio Massena, Olivia Pascoe, Rahi Cross, David DeLaat, Tyler Irons, Hayden Long, Deidra Varckette, Taylor Wilms, Patel, Kyle Peck, Jennifer Hall, Paul Hitchcock, Laura gram will instill pride back line (992-7126) for concerned Marrison, Chelsea McMullen, Nicholas Wilms, Lexis Zapp. Pruden, Brittany Rogers, Jackam, Brittani Kurt, into the community by mak- citizens to call and report ing the city a safer and more criminal activity in their Travon Miller, Alyssa Seventh graders: Anthony Isabella Rossi, Brian Seeds, Makayla Novak, Erika Perko, visually pleasing to resi- communities,” Stell said. 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PETS From page 1xA “This is just a great group of kids with lots of great ideas!” student Council advisor Amy Kennerknecht said. “In November, they held the We Care - We Share Food Drive to help Geneva Food Pantry. In December, they had the entire building make holiday cards for local nursing homes and assisted living facilities and they organized a school wide coloring contest. In January, they held a mix match theme day and designed a snowman for the snowman contest during Winterfest. They are planning to donate their snowman to the PTO for Santa Shop. In February, they decided to have the entire building make Valentine’s Day cards for the local nursing homes and assisted living facilities again. And this is just the beginning. They have many more ideas for events this spring.”

WEDNESDAY, February 22, 2012


EXPO Geneva Shores added an extra bonus for those who stopped by with homemade cookies to sample. Kahnell said they were pleased with the expo and have seen a number of people stop by their booth with questions. “The crowd has been a really nice flow, and we are definitely considering coming back next year,” Kahnell said. Others such as Geneva Village Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center have been to the event many times before. Geneva Village was offering community members a chance to buy the cookbook, which would go back to the residents to fund its activiNorthwest Ambulance District members straighten out their booth as they were handing ties. Community First Credit out yardsticks and other items for community members. Union is another alumni of the event. “This is our third year we’ve done it,” Patty Fassett of Community First Credit Union said. “We just enjoy talking to people.” The credit union staff members were offering advice and said they were enjoying themselves. “We’ve had good group of people come through, and we’re giving out candy and some goodie bags,” Fassett said. Fassett said the expo is a unique opportunity for all the businesses involved. “We love to be able to talk about the credit union and what we can do to help

From page 1A them,” Fassett said. The Chamber received plenty of help with donations of food and door prizes. “We have a lot of donations,” Geneva Chamber Executive Director Sue Ellen Foote said. “Waste Management alone gave me 24 door prizes.” Foote was happy to see the crowd and said people

seemed to be pleased with the event. “Hopefully people are enjoying themselves and getting a taste of what businesses Geneva has to offer,” Foote said. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@

Tony Long of the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce read off names of winners of the many door prizes.

Dave’s Cosmic Subs, a new business in Geneva, gave samples of its sandwiches, along with dabs of special sauces.

City of Geneva Assistant Manager Jennifer Brown was a representative for Pairings, Food was also donated to the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce for everyone in the new wine and culinary center set to begin construction soon. attendance to enjoy.

CHAMBER The intent of the Citizen of the Year award is to recognize a resident of the Jefferson Area School District communities (or nonresident who works in Jefferson or has a significant presence in Jefferson) for his or her significant efforts and/or service in 2011 and/or recent years, which advances the best interests of the Jefferson area as stated in the Chamber ’s Mission Statement. Since the Chamber can only pick one person a year, Chamber officials encourage people who have nominated someone in the past who has not yet been honored to nominate that person again. With the Youth of the Year award, the Chamber recognizes a student or former student (between the ages of 15 and 21) of the Jefferson Area School District for his/her significant efforts and/or service in his/her community and/ or the great school district communities. Nomination forms can be found by contacting the Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce or Jefferson Village Hall. They should be mailed no later than Friday, March 9, 2012, to the Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 100, Jefferson, OH 44047. People interested in at-

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tending the Chamber dinner also have until Friday, March 9, to reserve a spot at the dinner, as seating is limited. The cost for the dinner is $125 for a table of eight, or $20 for individual tickets. Reservations can be made by calling Mary Jo Braden of the Lakeview Federal Credit Union at (440) 576-4382.

Council passes ordinances dealing with multiple-family dwellings BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

JEFFERSON - Jefferson Village Council passed an ordinance dealing with multiplefamily dwellings in the village during its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Council held a hearing about the change in mid-January, giving people a chance to comment if they so desired. The ordinance approves Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspa- the Planning Commission’s pers, may be reached at proposal to modify an nance to allow multiple-family dwellings within planned

unit developments in the village. The village had not previously permitted these multiple-family dwellings to be constructed within planned unit developments, something council wanted to change. The change modifies the ordinance in a few ways, namely by specifying that the planned unit developments may contain both single-family detached dwellings and multiple -family dwellings, provided that no single building contains more than three dwelling units, instead of just the single family dwellings.

The changes also involve specifying that the district cannot exceed a gross density of five dwelling units per acre, instead of just four. Language about the design of the multiple-family dwellings was added as well, specifically that the massing, materials, shape and scale of multiple family dwellings shall create a unified and visually compatible design. “Blank building walls in public view are prohibited,” the change reads. “Roofline changes, material or color changes, horizontal and verti-

cal wall offsets, projections, recesses, true or faux windows and other similar features are examples of elements that may be utilized to break up the horizontal emphasis of the elevation.” At a previous meeting, Village Administrator Terry Finger had said that even with the changes to the ordinances, a developer would still have to present new plans to the Planning Commission for approval, and another ordinance would have to come from the Planning Commission with the developer’s paperwork.

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WEDNESDAY, February 22, 2012


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Zoey Gill’s design of the cover for the “2011 Ashtabula County Health Needs Assessment” study.

Students submitted their designs, and the committee members voted on their favorite. Kettunen said Zoey’s cover was chosen because they liked the way she showed the different features of the county. “She did a very nice job,” Kettunen said. Zoey’s cover features different landmarks in the county, like Lakeshore Park, the lighthouse in Conneaut and covered bridges. She designed the cover using a program called Paint.NET, a free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. She was one of several students who volunteered to design a cover for consideration in Michael Barney’s Digital Imaging class. “I like to do stuff on computers,” Zoey said. Barney said he liked all of the designs created by the eight participating students, and he would have been unable to choose a winner. He turned all of the designs over to the committee.

Ashtabula County Health Department Secretary Carol Koivisto, left, and Director of Nursing Chris Kettunen present Zoey Gill with a certificate. When telling the students about the contest, he told them to think of a cover that they thought would represent Ashtabula County. “I like how she incorpo-



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rated the lighthouses and the covered bridges,” Barney said. “I like it.” For her winning design, Zoey received a $50 VISA gift card from the committee, as well as a certificate. Kettunen said the study will be presented during a forum at Lakeside High School in April. From this study, the health department will pick

out three to four concerns discussed by the respondents and try to impact them. Of the 800 adults polled in the survey, 309 responded. Of the youth surveyed, 483 responded. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

Ashtabula Schools hear reasons to keep the preschool program BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

early childhood education produces a 10-percent return on your investment, far exceeding returns on later interventions, ” Haystings said. Haystings cited interventions such as reduced pupil to teacher ratios, job training, conviction rehabilitation programs and literacy programs. “Children who participated in preschool programs have a higher passing rate of 20 to 30 percent higher than their counterparts who did not participate in preschool programs,” Haystings said. Higher tests scores and grades, according to Haystings, have been seen in children who participated in early education programs and students enrolled in special education. “Multiple research studies show a link between early intervention and the reduction of students identified by the special education services,” Haystings said. Social skills were another value Haystings saw the children gain in preschool programs. “By third grade, programs for children with antisocial behavior are most likely ineffective,” Haystings said. Haystings said many of the board members spoke of their support of the preschool program during their campaign, and he would like to see them stand behind the program once more. “This preschool has the possibility of becoming this school district’s best asset,” Haystings said. The board asked to see Haystings’ research. “I would really appreciate having time to digest your findings,” Christine Seuffert, president of the board of education, said.

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP - The Ashtabula Area City Schools officials have announced plans to cut costs next year if the levy does not pass. One of these recommendations is to make cut the preschool. Jerad Haystings had concerns about the cuts, as he sees the program as vital to student development in later years. “Next year I understand there will be a limited number of openings for typically developing, non-disabled children,” Haystings said. “I am concerned because this district is making these cuts to the programs.” Haystings sees the program as helping children no matter their family’s income or background. “The early childhood education program is a regular education preschool program that has two very important eligibility criteria,” Haystings said. “The child must be three or four years old and the family must be income eligible.” Haystings said the program is a great program for the community and teaches children the fun of learning at an early age. “Early childhood education should be the emphasis of the district because it builds the foundation for the skills necessary for the success,” Haystings said. Haystings said he conducted his own research to understand for himself the value of preschool, and his findings were of concern to him. “It helps reduce the achievement gap, reduces the need for special education, increases the likelihood of better lifestyles, lowers the crime rate, reduces overall social cusps,” Haystings said. Haystings said having a Sadie Portman, reporter preschool program will also bring funds back into the for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette district. “Every dollar invested in

Rep. Kozlowski to host Ashtabula County event for seniors ASHTABULA, Ohio — State Representative Casey Kozlowski (R-Pierpont) will be hosting a meeting at the Ashtabula Senior Center in an effort to speak with local seniors about their views on state issues. The event will be held on Friday, Feb. 24, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the front room of the Ashtabula Senior Center (4632 Main Ave.). “I look forward to the opportunity to speak with our community’s seniors about the issues that are important to them, including winter heating assistance and consumer fraud,” said Representative Kozlowski. “I will also provide materials from the Department of Aging, Department of Development, and Department of Job and Family Services to distribute to interested individuals. This will be a good chance for Ashtabula County seniors to discuss their ideas and concerns with me in a relaxed, intimate setting.” Rep. Kozlowski will provide a continental-style breakfast (bagels, donuts, coffee/juice) for all attendees.

WEDNESDAY, February 22, 2012


Power Financial brings new financial options to Jefferson area BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

portunities, and those opportunities into successes. “We’re focused on personal as well as business financial service,” Pawlowski said.

what options are available to them, Pawlowski said. “I think there’s opportuniJEFFERSON - Two ties for small businesses,” Jefferson Area High School Pawlowski said. Pawlowski and Richgraduates have opened up a mond also new business can help in their homepeople who town. are worried In January, about retireP h i l i p ment planPawlowski, ning. CPA, and Jeff “We offer Richmond free initial opened up consultaPower Finant i o n s , ” cial, located in Pawlowski Suite 600 of 34 said. S. Chestnut St. With these in the Village of free consultaJefferson. tions, people With this can learn new venture, about their the business options before partners are talking about hoping, as their pricing. motto goes, “We think that their there’s a lot of knowledge is people who their customneed help,” ers’ power. Pawlowski Power Fisaid. “There’s nancial, as its definite name implies, PHOTO BY STEFANIE WESSELL a specializes in fi- Jeff Richmond and Philip Pawlowski, CPA, recently need for it in nancial ser- opened up Power Financial, located in Suite 600 of 34 S. the area.” Although vices for indi- Chestnut St. in the Village of Jefferson. Power Finanviduals and businesses. Services offered As for their qualifications, cial does not offer insurance range anywhere from per- Pawlowski received his Bach- (like health, auto and life) sonal and corporate tax re- elor of Science in Business and investment services yet, turns, tax planning, financial Administration in Honors ac- those services are planned to planning and budgeting, re- counting from The Ohio State be added later in the year. Pawlowski said they want tirement planning, financial University. As an auditor at counseling, corporate book a Big Four accounting firm, to be a one-stop shop for keeping, business succession he performed services for a people, where they can come planning and more. variety of companies. He also in and take care of a lot of Pawlowski, a 1993 gradu- has finance and operations their financial needs at one ate and valedictorian from experience at all levels, in- place. Pawlowski and Richmond JAHS, and Richmond, a 1995 cluding serving as the CFO JAHS graduate, opted to for a $100 million-plus orga- also will have a flexible schedule to meet with open Power Financial in nization. Jefferson for a variety of reaRichmond received his people. “We deal with people day sons, including having fam- Bachelor of Arts degree in ily in Jefferson and because economics from The Ohio and night,” Pawlowski said. If a couple can only meet of Jefferson’s location as State University. For the past county seat, giving people 12 years, he has been in the together at 10 p.m., then throughout the county easy private sector serving as the that’s when we can meet, access to it. general manager of a re- Pawlowski said. “We’re really here to work “It just makes sense,” gional company with finance, Pawlowski said. “It was a operations, sales and mar- when the client needs help,” Pawlowski said. good fit.” keting experience. At Power Financial, it’s Pawlowski said he and With this experience, Richmond always had a Pawlowski and Richmond really about getting the dream of owning their own hope to serve new customers power back to the individual, Pawlowski said. business. Most recently, from their Jefferson office. Power Financial is loPawlowski worked as a chief Some areas they can help financial officer for the with include helping people cated at 34 S. Chestnut St., Ashtabula County Medical who have a particular trade Suite 600. For more informaCenter. In November of last or skill and want to turn that tion, call (440) 994-9251 or eyear, he left the position so into a business. They can mail phil@mypower financial he could work at a private help these people set up a .com or jeff@ mypower practice. business, get a tax ID and In this private practice, learn about financial planStefanie Wessell, senior Pawlowski and Richmond ning for the business. can work directly with indiA lot of times, people don’t editor for Gazette Newspaviduals and organizations to pursue these opportunities pers, may be reached at turn their challenges into op- because they don’t know

ADDA looaks back at 2011 and forward to 2012

Lynda Annick shows why she is involved with the ADDA, her family. Annick has many goals for the ADDA this year and would like to continue to see growth in the City of Ashtabula. PHOTO BY SADIE PORTMAN

BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - The Ashtabula Downtown Development Association (ADDA) had its annual meeting last week where members discussed their accomplishments from last year and their plans for 2012. “We did increase our fundraisers, and we did expand our regional partnerships last year. The City of Ashtabula has been a major partner of us and the police department is a new partnership,” Lynda Annick, president of the ADDA, said. Some other major partnerships of the ADDA include Ashtabula Area City Schools, Community Action, Catholic Charities and the Lift Bridge Community Association. “The Lift Bridge Community and the ADDA have been in contact with each other and we’re going to continue to be in contact with each other for Ashtabula,” Annick said. Annick said they want to continuing growing their partnerships in 2012. “We have really just been trying to go outside of our organization and partner with just as many people as we can so that we can make some accomplishments,” Annick said. Last year also marked the beginning of their capitol im-

provements, which got a big boost from the city and the Reader’s Digest’s “We Hear You, America” sweepstakes. The city donated the money it won from the contest and the matching donations were made by two Ashtabula businesses. “We also have a few people contributing to that capitol improvement fund, putting in $10 or $5 or whatever they can so that it’s growing all the time,” Annick said. Annick said the ADDA still has yet to decide where the money will be allocated. “We haven’t decided exactly where that money is going at this time, but when it goes into something, it’s going to go big,” Annick said. “We really want to make a difference with that capitol improvement fund.” For 2012, the ADDA would like to continue to increase fundraisers so members can put on events such as the Easter egg hunt and the Christmas parade. “For each event we have, for each activity we have, we want to at least break even on it,” Annick said. “It’d be great to make some money out of them, but we want at least break even.” Annick said in the past, many events cost the ADDA, but this year the organization would like to ask for sponsors. “There are some events

such as the Easter egg hunt and the trick or treat on Main Avenue that in the past have always cost us money, and we find it a service to the community, but we would also like to find a way to at least get a sponsor for them,” Annick said. The flower pot project was another accomplishment from last year as they beautified the city with hanging pots, but it was another project that cost the ADDA money. “Last year it cost us approximately $4,000 for flowers and the watering and they were beautiful and we need them,” Annick said. Annick is hoping people will help with the cost of the flowers to help keep the city looking vibrant and colorful during the summer months. The organization’s final goal is to hire a paid director. “Our group has grown so much over the past few years that we are getting too big to do volunteers we need somebody to coordinate all of that,” Annick said. The ADDA is always open to suggestions and is continuing to recruit new members. Anyone interested in joining the ADDA can go to the website at www.down Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette

Girl Scouts offer Cookie Challenge NOW IS THE TIME FOR CHANGE


Would you like to win 100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies? Girl Scout cookie lovers who purchase a minimum of six boxes of cookies at Troop 80671’s drive-up or walk-up Girl Scout Cookie booths Saturday may sign up for a drawing to win 100 boxes of cookies. Booths will be open noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 25. Persons wishing to enter the drawing will fill out a form at the booths. Walk-up booths will be

located at TA Kingsville Travel Center, Route 193 south of I-90; Ashtabula Giant Eagle, 2390 W. Prospect; and Ashtabula Discount Drug Mart, 3032 N. Ridge Road. Cash only will be accepted. Drive-up booth locations are Conneaut Save-A-Lot in the Conneaut Plaza on W. Main Road, and Walgreen’s, 318 W. Prospect, Ashtabula. Cash or credit cards will be accepted at the drive-up booths.

Troop 80671 will also accept donations to order Girl Scout cookies for U.S. troops serving overseas. These sales will also count toward the six-box minimum. Giant Eagle walk-up Girl Scout cookie booth will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Troop 80671’s goal is to sell more than 1,000 boxes of cookies on Saturday.


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Rock Creek’s Roadrunner Award given to student who assists in the cafeteria BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ROCK CREEK - Katie Cumberledge was honored with Rock Creek Elementary School’s Roadrunner Award last Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Roadrunner Award is given to students who go above and beyond their basic classroom duties and is named after the elementary school’s personal mascot. Katie is in Terry Moody’s fourth-grade class but was nominated for her work outside her class. Katie is known for the help she gives in the cafeteria. The cafeteria monitor, Jodie Schmidt, nominated Katie. Katie counts out the kindergarteners’ money and makes sure they have the correct change as sometimes it is hard for them to grasp the concept of money. “Katie helps her with kindergarten snacks everyday at lunch,” school officials said. Katie has gotten to know the kindergarteners on a per-


Katie Cumberledge stands next to Jodie Schmidt. Schmidt nominated Cumberledge for her work in the cafeteria. sonal level and is happy to school officials said. “This kitchen staff said she is a helps the kitchen to run model student. assist them. Each student who wins The kindergarteners have smooth and quickly.” Those who work in the the award is given a prize for grown to trust Katie and are kitchen say it is good to know his or her achievements. always happy to see her. Katie received a Roadru“She has gotten to know they have a reliable students their names and helps them who can help them with their nner T-shirt and “Founding decide what they want,” day-to-day activities. The of the United States” book.

‘Freezin’ for a reason’ Polar Bear Plunge scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25 BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers G E N E VA - O N - T H E LAKE - Participants in the 16th Annual Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge will be “freezin’ for a reason” when they take the plunge into Lake Erie this Saturday, Feb. 25. The plunge itself will take place on Saturday at the Geneva State Park, but the festivities will kick off on Thursday, Feb. 23. Once again a Tip-a-Cop event will be held at Mary’s Diner, organizers said. During the Tip-a-Cop event, law enforcement officials will wait tables and collect tips for the Ohio Special Olympics. Various law-enforcement organizations participate. Tip-a-Cop will begin at Mary’s Diner, located at 666 E. Main St. in Geneva, at 8 a.m. Thursday and last all day. The mission of Special Olympics Ohio is to provide year-round sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


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Nancy Hutchens, RN, CDE Danielle Nies, LD, RD Wednesday, March 21 Thursday, March 22 Friday, March 23 1 – 3 p.m. Ashtabula Medical Arts Center 2131 Lake Avenue, Ashtabula RSVP: 440-593-0364

Health Lifestyle Choices to Improve Your BMI Rebecca Robinson, RN, Health Education Ashtabula County Health Department Wednesday, March 7 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Geneva Community Center 72 West Main Street, Geneva RSVP: 440-415-0180 Reservations required

Cardiac Risk Assessment Program Blood Pressure, Lipid profile, EKG and 10-Year Risk Assessment for Heart Disease Wednesday, March 28 Appointment required Ashtabula Medical Arts Center 2131 Lake Avenue, Suite #4, Ashtabula To qualify for complimentary screening, call 440-415-0180 or 440-998-5763.

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The Plunge, which benefits the Special Olympics, is open to anyone who wants to sign up. Just go to the website at for the registration and sponsor forms. The good news is that Lake Erie isn’t frozen over, so no ice, organizers said. The bad news is that Lake Erie’s temperature is 34 degrees. The Lodge at Geneva-onthe-Lake at Geneva State Park is the headquarters for the Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge. There will be a winter celebration on Friday, Feb. 24, in the Ballroom at the Lodge. There will be a D.J. and food for plungers and guests. No awards banquet will be held on Saturday. The Polar Bear Plunge itself will be held on Saturday at Breakwater Beach in the Geneva State Park. The adult plunge will take place at 2 p.m. Adult plungers are asked to raise a minimum of $100 in order to take the plunge. A special plunge for high school students will take place at noon. The high school students compete against each other for the honor of a traveling trophy. Although the regular plungers only take a trip into the cold waters of Lake Erie once, special participants called “super plungers” jump in the lake once an hour for eight hours straight, starting at 8 a.m. The super plungers had to raise $888 to participate. Other activities will be going on throughout the day of the Polar Bear Plunge as well, including the annual costume contest. If people do want to plunge into the lake, registration is open until the day of the event. To register for the plunge, visit or call 969-8907. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

College News Randolph named to Dean’s List Crystal-Ann M. Randolph of Ashtabula has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at John Carroll University. She is a senior majoring in communications with a minor in psychology. Crystal-Ann is the daughter of Tami Michalski of Ashtabula and the granddaughter of Lee and Sandy Randolph of Ashtabula.

AACS From page 1A Seuffert also has spots available for those who would like to help in their phone center. “People can also sit and make telephone calls probably beginning around 3:30 [p.m.] on March 6 to encourage people who have not gone out to vote to go and vote at that time,” Seuffert said. AACS recognizes they need the support of many to help get the message of the importance of passing the levy. “This levy is an emergency and we need your help to get this levy passed,” Joseph Donatone, superintendent of AACS, said. AACS officials said they have already cut programs such as the preschool and the elimination of foreign language beginning next year at the high school. Donatone said if the levy passes, there is a possibility of some programs returning, but without the passing of the levy, they will be forced to continue making hard choices on what to cut next. “There is a lot of activity going on right now, and we are in a dire, dire situation, so anything that you can do is so very much appreciated,” Seuffert said. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette

WEDNESDAY, February 22, 2012


KSU at Ashtabula announces president’s, dean’s lists ASHTABULA - The following Kent State University at Ashtabula students from Ashtabula County have been recognized for inclusion on the President’s and Dean’s lists for the fall 2011 semester.

President’s List To qualify for the President’s List, a student must have a semester grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 and must have completed 15 or more credit hours. Ashtabula Aaron W. Crowell Amanda J. Whitlock Conneaut Rachel K. Lebzelter Dorset Codi A. Pilkington Geneva Jennifer K. Capo Randi M. Williams Jefferson William H. Felt Orwell Christen N. Mullett Pierpont Brianne A. Roebuck

Dean’s List To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must have a semester GPA of 3.4 or better and must have completed at least 12 credit hours. Ashtabula Mike J. Acord Angela R. Anthony Devan J. Bassin Octavia L. Benedict Lori A. Benn Benjamin M. Blum Melissa M. Brodhead Tammy L. Brown Crystal D. Budy Kelly J. Cartner Erika E. Cassady Alicia M. Colicchio Danielle M. Cook Lisa J. Cook Robert H. Dannels Krista Derylak Dessaree N. Dillon Jenna M. Downs Danielle R. Dreier Jeremy Dunn Sarah A. Durkin Cory C. Fogle Clifton Frasure Mary Jo Geissler Steven J. Golenberke Kimberly Guile Julie A. Hall Alexandre S. Harris Heidi K. Harrison Ashley L. Harvey Nicole M. Hazeltine Rita M. Hennigan Karon M. Jewell Kelsey Johnson Krysti L. Johnson Rebecca A. Kendzerski Vera M. Kitchen Emiliano E. Lebron Angela L. Lochmueller Daniel R. Losey Andrew G. Luoma Kayla R. Mariotti Rebecca A. Mason Kimberly D. McCraine Anthony D. Meola Cassandra Pelton Deepa K. Raghupathy Kenneth S. Reed Kristina M. Salrin Benjamin W. Schanfish Lindsay K. Schmid Courtney N. Shaw Kevin M. Sheldon Kayla M. Siekkinen Sheryl M. Staley Lisa A. Starr Justin S. Stevenson Marc P. Strong Megan M. Strong Andrea Sullivan Jennifer L. Swickard Jennifer L. Tresatti Kendre D. Tucker Michael J. Valentic Carrie E. Varner Jami L. Vegh Allison M. Venditti Kylee C. Weger Abigail O. White Carrie A. Wimer Michael R. Winchell Ryan A. Zalimeni Daniel J. Zetlaw Austinburg

Jessica S. Bowser Natasha K. Loveridge Arla J. Olsen Conneaut Alexis C. Webster David A. Black Audra L. Blood Garrett J. Brunecz Sarah L. Chapman Mary L. Distelrath Serrol J. Dubin Karli R. Eaton Jennifer R. Eubank Hannah R. Fertig Adrielle H. Gerics Lorraine A. Gurto Tyler S. Howard Kristofer N. Kulyk Maria R. Macek Dylan E. Masters James D. Matney Kayla M. Matta Melinda B. McNutt Shannen K. McRoberts Rachel E. Meaney Jessica L. Miles Darrel S. Mobley Katrina S. Montgomery Apprel D. Newman Stephanie L. Ogrodnichek Dana R. Oster Stacey M. Parker Christy L. Smock Shane D. Styzej William G. Taylor Jennifer L. Thomas Crystal G. Watson Katelyn M. Williams Dorset Erin N. Selzer Geneva Katelyn M. Bittner Benjamin J. Burkholder Marlee E. Cooke Lindsey A. Dotson Heather J. Downey Dara M. Frango Samantha M. Grimmett Cassandra M. Gruber Shawver Staci Hall Sarah R. Hummer Thomas J. Jessup Heather G. Johnson Zach J. Kubec Jennifer L. Leonard Heather S. Martin Andrew R. Neubecker Alyssa L. Novak Dennis Sharpe Amber N. Shook Kayla N. Tersigni Loretta M. Todd Jordan A. Vaughan Heidi A. Wilson Jefferson Chelsea R. Ashley Rebecca C. Cortright Kelsey L. Febel Nicole C. Guerini Elizabeth M. Hubler Lisa E. Jones Loretta L. Justice Chad M. Millard Christine J. Mramor Chasity A. Neave Tara L. Neely Charity E. Riffle Jonathan P. Rohm Michelle L. Tisdale Mandy K. VanWinkle Stacy R. Wayman Patricia L. Workman Kingsville Megan N. Brennan Marissa L. Shaffer Melissa M. Zuccaro North Kingsville Robert H. Kosik Orwell Jessica L. Belt Hannah E. Candow Pierpont Amber N. Ketchum Roaming Shores Natasha M. Dillon Calynn R. Smith Rock Creek Sheri N. Beeman John S. Crenshaw Shannon N. Cummings Lynn M. Ellefsen Jaymie L. Holtwick Melissa J. Lamar James S. Takacs

Two local women receive $1,000 reward


Detective Lieutenant Van Robison, David Johnson, Rachael Rohm, Kori Stacy and Detective Brian Cumberledge. American Alert, the region’s leading burglar, fire, and medical alarm specialist, recently awarded two local women a $1,000 check for information that led to the arrest and conviction of suspects in the robbery at Jamboree Foods, Pierpont, according to David Johnson, president of American Alert. According to David Johnson, President of American Alert, the monitored alarm system at Jamboree Foods was activated on May 18th. The owner, Dan Swift, found suspects had entered the store and stolen cartons of cigarettes. Quick thinking on the part of Kori Stacy and Rachael Rohm led to the apprehension of the suspects.

Neighborhood Watch program, a $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons involved in robberies of homes or businesses protected by American Alert. Stacy and Rohm were each awarded $500 checks. Greg White, vice president of American Alert, stated, “Our Neighborhood Watch Program began 18 years ago to protect our residential and commercial clients. We realized then and it still applies today that law enforcement can’t be everywhere at once. Solving crime is a team effort and requires vigilance from the public.” Detective Lieutenant Van Robison of the

Ashtabula County Sheriff ’s Department added, “We need the public’s assistance. Crimes are often solved by informants. What was unique in this case is that the girls took it upon themselves and did the undercover work.” American Alert and law enforcement officials do not recommend that individuals pursue those involved in criminal activities. If you hear an alarm or observe suspicious activity, focus on being a good witness. Get a description of any person or vehicle fleeing the scene, take note of details and other relevant information that might help identify the suspects, and contact your local law enforcement agency.

Ashtabula resident named to Thiel College Board of Trustees GREENVILLE, PA — Seven new members were appointed to Thiel College’s Board of Trustees during the November board meeting. The new board members include one individual from Ashtabula County: Dr. Frank Maenpa ’69, of Ashtabula, Ohio, retired vice president of operations at Affymetrix in Cleveland, Ohio. Maenpa was nominated to the board by the Northeast Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of the college, adopting rules, regulations and policies gov-

Vegetable Gardening Program

The Ashtabula County Master Gardeners, trained by the Ohio State Extension in Jefferson, will be presenting their second annual Vegetable Gardening program during the month of March. This year ’s event will include information on succession and companion planting, square foot gardening, garden-to-table food safety, Rome and how to make sprays to Julie A. Johnson control pests and fungicides Williamsfield from ingredients found in Kaitlyn M. Hootman your home. Alicia J. Parker A minimum of five people at each library are required for the program to be presented, so please pre-register by calling your local library. Vegetable Gardening GENEVA—University Hos- ence in a dynamic environment pitals Conneaut Medical Cen- at UH Conneaut Medical Cen- 2012 will be held at local liter and University Hospitals ter and UH Geneva Medical braries on the following dates and times: Geneva Medical Center are Center. pleased to announce the 2012 A past student participant Ashtabula County DisUniversity Hospitals Summer said, “We shadowed every detrict Library - March 17, Academy, commencing Mon- partment throughout UH 2012, from 1-3 p.m. day, June 11 through Friday, Conneaut Medical Center and Harbor Topky MemoAug. 3. UH Geneva Medical Center, Applications are available to and this really expanded my rial Library - March 19, current high school Juniors (Se- point of view on how important 2012, from 2-4 p.m. nior status in the 2012-13 the roles of each occupation are Conneaut Public Lischool year), who are interested throughout the hospital. This brary - March 21, 2012, in pursing a health care career. is a great program, and I would from 4-6 p.m. The UH Summer Academy is highly recommend it to anyone Geneva Public Library open to any student who at- interested in the medical field.” tends any of the nine high Communities throughout - March 24, 2012, from 1-3 schools in Ashtabula County. Ashtabula County and eastern p.m. Students may pick up an ap- Lake County rely on expert Grand River Public Liplication at their counselor’s medical care from University brary in Orwell - March office. The deadline to submit Hospitals Conneaut Medical 31, 2012, from 10 a.m. - noon applications is Friday, March Center and University HospiRock Creek Library 30. tals Geneva Medical Center, Now in its third year and federally-designated Critical March 23, 2012, from 2-4 garnering a great response Access facilities, signifying the p.m. from the community, the UH vital importance to providing Henderson Memorial Summer Academy was devel- emergency medical care, as Public Library - March 17, oped to reach out to local high well as routine medical and sur2012, from 2-4 p.m. school incoming seniors who gical care, to families and busiAndover Public Liare interested in pursuing ca- nesses in the region. UH reers in health care. Conneaut Medical Center and brary - March 17, 2012, Championed by hospital UH Geneva Medical Center is from 10 a.m. - noon president Rob David, the acad- accredited by The Joint ComKingsville Public Liemy is a paid, eight-week in- mission, and has achieved the brary - March 24, 2012, ternship during which two stu- Quality Award for both pneufrom 10 a.m. - noon dents receive hands-on experi- monia and surgical care.

University Hospitals 2012 Summer Academy

Kori Stacy, an employee at Jamboree Foods, learned of a possible suspect following the burglary. Stacy contacted the suspect on the pretense of purchasing cigarettes. Upon arranging a meeting, Stacy enlisted the assistance of her roommate, Rachael Rohm, to covertly video the transaction. During the meeting, the suspect and two male accomplices spoke of how they had stolen the cigarettes. Stacy was able to purchase a carton and that was also videotaped. The video and carton of cigarettes were then turned over to the Ashtabula Sheriff ’s Department and the suspects were later apprehended and taken into custody. Under American Alert’s

erning Thiel and exercising authority over curricular development, use of property, development of facilities and fiscal and human resources management. The Thiel College Board of Trustees meets formally three times a year on campus. Thiel College is a private liberal arts, sciences and professional studies institution that provides a great balance of academic challenge, personal and social involvement, and exceptional value to its 1,100 students. For more information about Thiel College, visit or call 800-24-THIEL.

High Skills for Professional Machining Careers! “The A-Tech Precision Machining Program changed my outlook on life. It has given me guidance in the career that I want.”

~A-Tech Precision Machining student Kayla Cartner

The Precision Machining Program prepares student for entry into occupations in business and industry that require machine tool knowledge and experience. See your school counselor or call Miss Amanda Wight at 440-576-6015, Ext. 1115, and schedule your visit to the A-Tech Precision Machining Program.

1565 State Route 167, Jefferson, Ohio 44047 . 440-576-6015 . The Ashtabula County Technical & Career Center Board of Education and its staff are dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal employment opportunities without regard to sex, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, pregnancy, handicap or disability.


WEDNESDAY, February 22, 2012

News From Our Schools ing, Math, Social Studies, and Science. Students in grades 3-8 will take the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) beginning April 23 to measure proficiency in Reading, Math, and Science. The tests provide scores for individual students and rate individual schools and districts. On Feb. 23, our Scholastic Bowl Team from Jefferson Area High School will compete against other county high schools at Pymatuning Valley High School. Our team has proudly won the past three competitions and looks to make it four wins in a row. On Friday, Feb. 24, Jefferson Area High School will have a Science Fair sponsored by our science department. The event will offer projects by our students and be judged by members of our staff. Students at Jefferson Junior High and both Rock Creek and Jefferson Elementary

BY DOUG HLADEK Superintendent Jefferson Area Local Schools On March 6, voters will be asked to renew two Permanent Improvement Levies for the school district. Issue 9 is a 1.0-mill levy first approved in 1987 and Issue 10 is a 1.5-mill levy first approved in 1992. The levies are used for buses, textbooks, technology, computers, facility maintenance, and equipment. Voting to renew the levies will not increase taxes and will extend the five-year term and stated purpose of the expiring levies. The renewal levies will collect the same revenue as when first approved in 1987 and 1992. The dollar amount generated is approximately $125,000 for the 1.0-mill levy and $175, 000 for the 1.5-mill levy. Permanent Improvement Levies cannot be used for salaries or day-to-day operations. The district appreciates the positive record of renewing the levies every five years and asks voters for continued support on these issues. Please vote “FOR” Issue 9 and Issue 10 on March 6. A reminder that our high school thespians are hard at

Schools continue to be active in their efforts to help others with events like “Pennies for Patients,” “Jump Rope for Your Heart” and “Box Tops for Education.” It helps students learn about the needs of others and develop thoughtfulness. Winter sports are coming to an end. The wrestling team qualified seven wrestlers for the district meet this weekend. The girl’s basketball team finished their season at the sectional tournament earlier this week while the boy’s basketball team will begin sectional tournament play on Feb. 27 at Lakeside High School. Thank you for supporting our schools. Check the district website calendar or watch for announcements about our activities at, or visit your schools. For more information about your schools contact me at the Board of Education office (576-9180).

Pennies for Patients raises nearly $1,000 BY CAROLYN BEHR-JEROME Gazette Newspapers

JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Area High School Junior/Senior High Student Councils are giving nearly $1,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myelomoa. work learning their lines for Council member Jackie the presentation of “The Trails Piscalko said the amount is of Robin Hood” to be perbelow their goal, but a little formed at our beautiful audimoney is better than none. torium on Feb. 24 and 25. Piscsalko also said the Show times are at 7 p.m. each money raised will go to panight and the public is invited tients in Ashtabula County. to come and enjoy the event. “That’s different from Parent Teacher Conferwhen we raised money for ences were held last week in them last year,” she exthe district and all schools replained. port a good showing. Parents The fundraiser, called can schedule individual confer“Pennies for Patients,” began ences with teachers by calling Feb. 1 and ran through the the school office. 14th. Each ninth-period class Our students and staff are was given a special donation working hard to prepare for box. Upcoming Jefferson Area Local Schools events state testing based on current In the high school, Nancy Feb. 24-25 – JAHS Spring Play – 7 p.m. academic standards estabChamplain’s class collected March 12, Monday – High School Band and Choir Con- the most with $178.50. lished by the Ohio Department of Education. The Ohio Gradu- cert. Michael Barney’s class colMarch 12 – 16 - OGT Test Week. ation Test (OGT) will be adlected $79.47 to finish second. March 13, Tuesday – Winter Sports Banquet, 7 p.m. ministered the week of March Junior high council advisor March 17, Saturday – Band/Choir Adjudicated Contest. Stacey Dixon said, “We have 12 for all 10th graders and any March 23-25 – Falcon Follies. older students who still need a seventh-grade winner and April 2-9 – Easter Break – No School. to pass one or more of the five an eighth-grade winner beApril 10, Tuesday – Classes resume. test sections of Reading, Writcause they were so close. My


Student Council member Jackie Piscalko holds one of the Pennies for Patients collection boxes. class won seventh grade ($125.85) and Mrs. (Jennifer) Square’s class won eighth grade ($126.72). We raised over $500 in the junior high!” Winning classes receive a rewards party later this month.

JAHS band, choir members compete at Solo and Ensemble event BY CAROLYN BEHRJEROME Gazette Newspapers

Burazer went on to say that he hopes to encourage more kids to attend the event in the future. JEFFERSON - Several Choir director Kelli Jefferson Area High School Olesky was equally pleased band and choir members with the results. traveled to Lakeside High “All of the students School last weekend to at- worked extremely hard and tend the Ohio Music Educa- it shows in the ratings. All tion Association (OMEA) soloists had weekly lessons District 5 Solo and Ensemble with me for two-and-a-half Adjudicated Event. All en- months prior to the event,” tries received ratings of I or Olesky explained. II (superior and excellent). Vocal soloists receiving a Band director Fred I (one) were Liz Hawkins, Burazer said, “I think our Justin Brown, Nick kids did very well and the LaGrange, Shelby Potter scores they received reflect and Bree Bodisch. Rebecca their hard work and won- Banks took two solos and derful musicianship. I received both a I and II. couldn’t be prouder of our Instrumental soloists reFalcon musicians.” ceiving a I (one) were Shelby

Potter, trombone; Andy Picard, euphonium; and Mark Reinke, Alto saxophone. Also earning I’s were Andrew Fisher and Sammy Burnett on their snare drum and xylophone solos respectively. Both students had help from Dennis Lawrence, former JAHS band director. “I couldn’t have done it without Mr. Lawrence,” Fisher said. “I took a class A solo and he worked with me to get me ready. I am very grateful to him.” Burnett also praised Lawrence for the time he put in helping her. Tyler Gancos earned a II on his trumpet solo while


In the JAHS Band are, front, Mark Reinke, Mason Taylor, Richie Blough, Shelby Potter and Andy Picard; and, back, Kevin Ford, Ben Pickard, Andrew Fisher and Tyler Gancos. Rachel Edge, Abby Kovacs, Nicole MacKellar, Melanie Candela and Audra Franley all received II’s on their vocal solos. The saxophone trio of Mark Reinke, Richie Blough, and Mason Taylor earned a I and the trumpet quartet of Tayler Johnston, Kevin Ford, Ben Pickard, and Tyler Gancos earned a II. Derek Deyermand was part of one of the vocal ensembles. “We sang ‘Workin’ on the Railroad.’ Clayton (Ketola) learned it in just four days because two of our guys had In the JAHS Choir are, front, Justin Brown, Clayton Ketola, Bree Bodisch, Melanie to drop out, and we still got Candella, Whilla Leslie, Natasha LaGrange, Derek Deyermand, Abby Kovacs, Brittney a II! It was great,” Tetter, Becca Banks, Rachel Edge, Tiffany Strope, Audra Fanley and Shelby Potter. Deyermand explained. Missing are Nick LeGrange, Nicole MacKeller, Zack Miller and Logan Kincaid.


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Also in the ensemble with Deyermand and Ketola were Brown, Zack Miller, Logan Kincaid and Nick LeGrange. June Cooper, Brittney Teter, Whilla Leslie, Banks and MacKeller were in the female vocal ensemble that earned a II for “Kookaburra.” Edge, Bodisch, Kovacs, Jessical Luke, Netasha LaGrange, Tiffany Strope, Potter and Franley received a II for “He’s Gone Away.” “I thought it was really fun,” Deyermand said in regards to his first trip to solo and ensemble contest. “I learned a lot by listening to other groups and from the

judges’ comments.” This was the first year for the high school contest to be in Ashtabula County, although the junior high Solo and Ensemble Contest has been at Lakeside the last few years. “It was nice not to have to travel so far this year because the weather was so bad on Saturday and I’m very glad all the parents and students made it there and back safely,” Burazer. Other schools that attended were Lakeside, Geneva, Grand Valley, Edgewood, Howland, Lakeview, Warren, Champion, Niles, Maplewood and Bristol.

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WEDNESDAY, February 22, 2012

Compassionate Friends to host fundraiser ASHTABULA - The Compassionate Friends, the largest, self-help grief support group for parents who have lost a child, grandparents who have lost a grandchild and for anyone who has lost a sibling, is organizing a fundraiser for Saturday, March 10. This group operates strictly on donations and proceeds from fund raisers. Right now the Ashtabula chapter is very, very low on funds. The rigatoni dinner fundraiser will be held from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Bethany Lutheran Church, located at 933 Michigan Ave., Ashtabula. Cost is $6 adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Advance tickets appreciated. Take-out available The event will feature a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing and Lottery Tree. Winners need not be present. If you have any questions or would like to purchase advance tickets, contact Cheryl Imrie at (440) 536-5400 or Herb Saari at (440) 992-1180.

Religious Briefs Bethany Lutheran Church announces worship services ASHTABULA - Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 933 Michigan Ave., announces the special worship services: —Feb. 22, Ash Wednesday, 7 p.m. Worship service —Feb. 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4, noon Bible study in the Fellowship Hall. Soup and bread will be served for lunch. Bring your own sandwich, if you prefer. —April 1, 10:30 a.m., Palm Sunday worship service. —April 5, 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday worship service. —April 6, 7 p.m., Good Friday Tenebrae service. —April 8, 9 a.m., Strata Breakfast. —April 8, 10:30 a.m., Easter worship service. Regular Worship Services are 10:30 a.m. each Sunday, with Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. All are welcome!

Feb. 23 Saybrook Township: Free community dinner


Geneva Middle School names January 2012 Students of the Month BY JAN PERALA Geneva Area City Schools G E N E VA The Geneva Middle School teaching and administrative staff has selected four accomplished students to represent their grade levels as the January 2012 Students of the Month. Paul Hitchcock is January’s Eighth-Grade Student of the Month. His teachers praised his accomplishments, writing, “Paul is an outstanding citizen of Geneva Middle School. He works hard and earns all A’s. He was a good teammate on the basketball team. Paul is respectful and courteous and displays the best qualities of a student of the month recipient.� The seventh-grade staff has named Holly Engel as the January Student of the Month. Her teachers nominated Holly, writing, “Holly is an outstanding academic student


Geneva Middle School’s January 2012 Students of the Month are Holly Engel (second from left), Maddy Rodriguez and Paul Hitchcock. They are pictured with GMS teacher Pam Justice. who is always willing to help others in class. She is well liked by both teachers and her peers. She exemplifies what teachers look for in choosing a student of the month.�

Maddy Rodriguez is J a n u a r y ’s S i x t h - G r a d e Student of the Month. Te a c h e r s wrote, “Maddy is very deserving of this award because she always puts forth her best

effort toward her assignments. Also, she is always willing to help her teachers and fellow classmates.� Congratulations Maddy, Holly and Paul!

Henderson Memorial Public Library plans events

Our free community dinner will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5-6 p.m. in our Church Social Hall. Come BY STEFANIE WESSELL enjoy a free dinner, dessert and drink, served to you by Gazette Newspapers members of Saybrook United Methodist Church, 7900 S. Depot Rd, Saybrook (across from Saybrook Elementary JEFFERSON - Henderson MemoSchool). All are welcome! rial Public Library officials have announced events throughout the winFeb. 24 Geneva: Wild Game Dinner ter and into spring. Men, are you hungry for some wild game? The Peoples HMPL Children’s Librarian Church of Geneva invites all men to participate in the DeeAnna Culbertson invites famiWild Game Dinner on Feb. 24. Tickets are $15 and will lies to attend the library’s storytime not be sold at the door. Call the church office (440-466- dates and times for the winter/ 2020) to buy your tickets. Everyone is invited to come and spring session. Parents are asked to be fed by God’s Word on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. We are call (440) 576-3761 or visit the lilocated at 300 South Ridge Rd. East, Geneva. The dinner brary for more details and to sign begins at 5:30 p.m. Author and Hunter Gary Miller will up their child. They also can email be the speaker. The last day to buy the tickets is Feb. 21. Miss Dee at Children’s programming include Feb. 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Rock Toddler and Mother Goose times, which run from Feb. 29 to May 2; Creek: Fish/Shrimp Dinner After School Fun Stuff, which runs The Sacred Heart Church located on Route 45, just from March 5 to May 14; and PJ north of Rock Creek, will hold its annual fish/shrimp din- Sleepy Storytime, which runs from ners. Adults are $8, children ages 4-10 are $4, and chil- March 1-29. dren under three are free. Carryouts available. Call for phone orders at 563-5255. Proceeds benefit our Adult Support Group.

Times and activities include: • After school Fun Stuff, for ages kindergarten through sixth grade. Mondays, 4-5 p.m. Join Miss Dee for stories, games, activities, homework help and crafts. • Mother Goose Time, for ages 2-24 months. Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Enjoy nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and music for baby and care-giver. • Toddler Storytime, for ages two to four. Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Enjoy short stories, music, fingerplays, and easy crafts or activities.

• PJ Sleepy Storytime, for all ages. Thursdays, 7-7:30 p.m. Get ready for bed with stories and soft music; wear your PJ’s. • Other upcoming activities at the Henderson Memorial Public Library include meetings of two book clubs. A book discussion group for those who love suspense, mystery and mayhem will meet 5-6 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the Henderson Memorial Public Library. The General Genre Group will be meeting 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. Call the library for more info at (440) 576-3761 or email Bev Follin at Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

March 3 Jefferson: Praise O Rama The Pentecostal Community Church, located at 5348 Peck Road in Jefferson, will host a Praise O Rama on 6 p.m. March 3. The event will feature Long Way Home, Robert Crockett, Cop Youth Choir and Julia Ciferno, as well as keynote speakers Adam Rios and Cody Updgrave. Tickets are $3, and 250 tickets are available. Call (440) 813-6416 to reserve your tickets now. Event will feature choir, praise band and singles contest, as well as powerful worship and a powerful message. There will be trophies for the winners. Sponsored by the PCC Youth Ministry.

March 6 Harpersfield Township: Election Day luncheon An Election Day Luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 6 at the South Harpersfield United Methodist Church, located at 5524 Cork Cold Springs Road (corner of SRt534 and Cold Springs Road) in Harpersfield. Menu of soup, sandwich, beverage and dessert. Take-outs available. Contact 1-440-466-4778 on March 6. With questions, contact Valerie Virant at 1-440-466-6993

March 21 Ashtabula: Omer String Quartet

Quality Heart Care. Right in your backyard.

The Omer String Quartet, a student ensemble from the Cleveland Institute of Music, will perform a recital of classical music and popular songs at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in downtown Ashtabula, 4901 Main Ave., on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public and will be followed by a free and open punch and cookie reception. Sponsored by the Fine Arts Concert Committee of the Church. FMI, phone the Church at 440992-8100.

The Cleveland Clinic Catheterization Lab at ACMC has been providing exceptional diagnostic catheterization services in Ashtabula County for three years – and is growing to serve you better.


ACMC proudly announces the addition of Cleveland Clinic cardiologist John Stephens, MD, to the full-time medical staff at Ashtabula County Medical Center.


Notice is hereby given that Real Estate Taxes for the first half of 2011 are due and payable on or before Wednesday, February 29, 2012. Payments that are mailed must be postmarked by midnight of February 29, 2012 by the United States Postal Service. Postmarks from private mailing machines are no longer acceptable under Ohio law. After February 29, 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, Section 323.13 of the Ohio Revised Code provides the property owner is responsible for payments (plus any penalties or 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.

John Stephens, MD

Dr. Stephens earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo,   



 medicine. He completed his training at University of Michigan Medical Center and at William Beaumont Hospital. His clinical interests include acute coronary syndromes, structural heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, congestive heart failure, and preventive cardiology. Dr. Stephens joins Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Perry Fleisher, MD, and ACMC cardiologist James Cho, MD, in providing patients in Ashtabula County with additional access to the latest technologies in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease used by Cleveland Clinic, home to the nation’s #1 heart program as reported by U.S.News & World Report. So when it comes to cardiac catheterization, and care for your heart, the best care in the nation is also the closest. To arrange a patient referral or consult with Dr. Stephens, please call 440.994.7622.


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