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Jefferson man chases Chardon shooting suspect from building BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - A Jefferson resident helped capture a suspect in the shooting at Chardon High School on Monday, Feb. 27. Witnesses have reported that assistant football coach Frank Hall, a Jefferson resident, put his life on the line to save Chardon students. Hall confronted and chased the gunman out of the Chardon High School cafeteria after five students were shot, witnesses said. Hall is a 1992 graduate of Ashtabula Harbor, where he was a standout lineman whose team qualified for the state football playoffs, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Hall and his wife, Ashley, adopted four boys. The oldest, Quincy, lettered on the Jefferson football team last fall.


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Jefferson schools seek to renew two levies BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers


JEFFERSON - Jefferson Area The emergency workers from across the county create a human barrier since the lake is too warm to have a natural ice barrier. Local Schools is seeking the rethis year the emergency workers to Orwell came wearing their Special Olympics. newal of two permanent-improve- BY SADIE PORTMAN made a human barrier so no one high-tech gear that shields them The participants raised at ment levies on the ballot on Tues- Gazette Newspapers got swept into Lake Erie’s harsh from the elements. least $100 each and came preday, March 6. GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE - winter waters. The workers stayed in the wa- pared for the cold plunge wearSince both levies are renewals, “It’s a lot harder to do it this ter to make sure everyone who ing bathing suits, with some voters will not be asked to pay any The warmer weather of Saturday keeping a t-shirt on to brave the new taxes. Since they are perma- afternoon created a different kind way,” said Chandra Brode, orga- participated remained safe. The money raised through the cold waters. nent-improvement levies, no funds of Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva’s nizer of the Polar Bear Plunge. “With the open water it is so Polar Bear Plunge goes to Special The organizers also sold hats collected through the levies can be Breakwater Beach. Since usually the winter harsh.” Olympics each year. There are this year, creating more proceeds used for salaries or day-to-day opweather creates an ice barrier, Emergency workers from nine plunges scheduled across to go to the Olympics. erations. See LEVIES page 6A across the county from Conneaut Ohio this year, all benefiting the

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Field trip to Jefferson Kindness counts at Cork Elementary School Health Care Center Cork Kindness Tree Blossoms with good deeds BY JAN PERALA Geneva Area City Schools

did an act of kindness. By the end of the month we had so many hearts on the tree. It turned out AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP - great!” Student Council members at Connor Deak, a third grader, Cork Elementary School have said he noticed that many stucreated a pervasive culture of dents in his class were writing kindness that extends beyond the with pencil stubs, some with no classroom walls to the lunch- erasers. room, to the gym and the play“I thought a new pencil would ground and through the hallways make everyone happy, so I where random acts of kindness brought some in to my class,” said grow on trees. Deak. “We decided to celebrate kindFourth-grader Kaylee Duff noness at Cork Elementary this ticed that clutter was taking over month,” explained Student Coun- a classmate’s desk and she was cil President Natalie Frank. “We noticed helping him clean it out. created a ‘Kindness Tree’ that we Both students were presented put hearts on whenever someone with a personalized heart noting

their special random act of thoughtfulness to be added to the Cork “Kindness Tree.” “We have selected quotes about kindness that are meaningful to students and are reading them during morning announcements,” Cork Student Council Advisor Susan Giannell explained. “Maya Angelou wrote, ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ It’s so true and it is a lesson that Cork students are learning too, thanks to our Kindness

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Jefferson Area Junior High School students visited the Jefferson Health Care Center, where they called off Bingo numbers and enjoyed other activities. BY CAROLYN BEHR-JEROME Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - It doesn’t matter what decade, youth and adults have a difficult time relating. Jefferson Area Junior High/ High School teacher Sally Campbell and Ashtabula County Social Worker Sarah Drenik are trying to change that one student at a time. Drenik and Campbell, who teaches social and employability skills to at risk students, recently took 10 students to the Jefferson Health Care Center. Drenik said, “We really talked a lot about empathy versus sympathy before we left. We wanted the students to understand where the elderly at the center were coming from. At one point in their life

they were young just like the students.” Campbell’s focus was employability skills. “The kids were split into groups that worked with the laundry, in the kitchen, or maintenance,” she explained. This was the group’s second trip and the center’s director, George Dubick, said he’d love to have them back every month. Seventh-grader Josh Goff described the day. “We went to a nursing home,” he explained, “and helped people get their lunch orders and stuff. I learned skills about being a waiter and helped clean tables. I also learned about working hard.” Goff ’s favorite part was playing bingo with the residents. Both he and classmate John Carpenter got to read off the bingo numbers. Goff was especially taken with resident Donald Diehl.

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Cork Elementary students Kaylee Duff and Connor Deak were caught in random acts of kindness, and the school’s students council members recognized their thoughtfulness by adding a personalized heart to the “Cork Kindness Tree” detailing their good deeds. Cork Student Council’s “Kindness Counts” project extended through the month of February, but according to the organization’s president Natalie Frank and advisor Mrs. Susan Giannell (pictured far right/left), the culture of kindness created by the effort is just a way of life at the school.


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Amputee Kevin Malloy is making strides one step at a time BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers Kevin Malloy has become an inspiration to a community as he has faced the challenges of becoming an amputee. A diabetic patient, Malloy was diagnosed with charcot foot in 2008, which is the weakening of the bones in the foot due to diabetes. Malloy was unaware of the charcot and had symptoms-like pain in his foot and a sore on the bottom of his foot that would not heal, but Malloy said he didn’t think to have it checked. “In June 2011, I fell. I just heard something pop inside my leg,” Malloy said. The charcot had eaten away at Malloy’s bones to the point of only having bones in ankle and toes.


Kevin Malloy lost his foot due to charcot, a weakening of the bone caused by diabetes, but he is not letting any obstacle slow him down. In October 2011, an infection developed and that was when Malloy had to make the decision to am-

putate his right leg. “Kevin had a phenomenal attitude from the beginning,” Kim Reed, a representative for Hanger Prosthetics, said. “It was his disposition toward what happened to him that really made him a great prosthetic candidate.” Even though Malloy knew his decision to amputate was necessary, it was still a hard choice to make but he knew he had to do it for his wife, Carrie, and his five children Jacob, 5; Becca, 6; Nicholas, 7; Jonathan, 9; and Mason, 10. “I was 42 years old and

I couldn’t play with my children. I had been very active in Boy Scouts and I couldn’t go anywhere or participate in any of my c h i l d r e n ’s activities,” Malloy said. “I was going stir crazy. Being confined to that wheelchair was the hardest thing for me. I felt like I was letting everyone down.” Reed helped Malloy get properly fit for his prosthetic after his surgery. “He had his own goals and we helped him meet them,” Reed said. Only three months after his surgery, Malloy is now

walking almost entirely without the aid of others. “You should see me at home,” Malloy said. “I’m walking all over the place at home.” Malloy now needs a cane to help him with his balance but is well on his way to walking without the crutch of anyone or anything. “I’m walking around our upstairs with no help, and today we were using my walker in therapy and the girl said, ‘you could move better with a cane, get rid of that bulky walker,’” Malloy said. Malloy said even after surgery, the first thing he wanted to do was get up and learn to walk again. Malloy has kept to his therapy and is making big strides. Malloy said he is always practicing walking around at home and his physical therapist told him

he was moving forward at a fast pace. “I’ve got to do something,” Malloy said. “I’ve got to keep moving and that’s what I’m doing, I’m moving.” Malloy is keeping his positive attitude with every step he takes and looks forward to the day he can run after his children at the Greater Cleveland Greater Cleveland Aquarium, a trip he would like to take in the near future. “I feel great,” Malloy said with a smile. “It’s just terrific.” 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

Kozlowski visits seniors in Ashtabula


Ohio State Rep. Casey Kozlowski talks with Bill Lewis about the problems in education. Lewis would like to see more programs for students to succeed in such as internships and work fellowships. BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - State Representative Casey Kozlowski came to the Ashtabula Senior Center on Friday, answering ques-

tions and giving a review of his term in office. K o z lo w sk i has c onducted meetings throughout last year with constituents and has taken their concerns into action. “This past year I’ve intro-

duced three bills all driven by my constituency back home,” Kozlowski said. One of his bills will allow wineries to grow. The bill was signed into law at end of 2011 and goes into effect in March.

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“We have 15-plus wineries here in Ashtabula County, and it brings a tremendous amount of potential for the community,” Kozlowski said. Kozlowski has also passed legislation that will remove some of the mandates on school districts and will begin the stages of addressing the way Ohio funds schools. “Something that is very important is ensuring we have a quality education system in the State of Ohio,” Kozlowski said. One of the seniors’ main concern was rising taxes and the schools putting levies on the ballot. “We want to address some of the underlining issues that affect your taxes in the State of Ohio,” Kozlowski said. The Supreme Court ruled Ohio’s way of funding schools through property taxes as unconstitutional, and now the Ohio

legislature is putting ideas together to keep funding Ohio schools in a more fair and constitutional manner. “What we will be working on in the coming months is, we will be holding regional hearings throughout the state to gather input on what our public education funding should look like in Ohio,” Kozlowski said. Some seniors wondered where the lottery funds went to, and Kozlowski said he had just discussed the issue of the lottery and schools. “The lottery funds certainly go to support our schools, but other funds have gone elsewhere,” Kozlowski said. Another concern for local seniors was not being able to receive assistance because they are not considered to be under the poverty level. For some, they were not considered to be living in

poverty by a few hundred dollars. They spoke of having to pay for extra expenses that are not considered when applying for poverty programs. Kozlowski said the poverty programs are mostly federal, which he has no control over, but he said they can look into statefunded programs that could aid them in their financial difficulties. “There are different thresholds for different programs that exist,” Kozlowski said. Kozlowski said in the end, he has faith in the Ashtabula area and would like to continue to guide them into the future. “We have unlimited potential here in Ashtabula County,” Kozlowski said. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette

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JEFFERSON - Jefferson Village Council is considering purchasing new equipment that officials believe will make the process of maintaining roads easier and cheaper. During its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, council passed the first reading of an ordinance authorizing Jefferson Village Administrator Terry Finger to enter into a contract with Leader Machinery Company LTD for the purchase of a Duraco DuraPatcher, model 125DJT. Council would purchase the Duraco DuraPatcher pursuant to the Ohio Department of Administrative Services Cooperative Purchasing Program, at a cost not to exceed $62,000. The DuraPatcher is machinery used for road repair. Instead of men with shovels, tampers and hot mix, the DuraPatcher system cleans the area, applies a tack coat, sprays the emulsion/ aggregate mix into the pothole with sufficient force to compact the material as it is applied and then follows with dry aggregate to

prevent lifting. Councilor Frank Snyder asked some questions about the equipment, including how much the village would anticipate using it. “A lot,” Finger said. Finger said villages similar to Jefferson typically see the machine pay for itself in about a year. He said he has seen the machine demonstrated before and was impressed. “This model does a great job. We talked to a number of communities that have one. It makes a big difference,” Finger said. With this machine, the village would not have to pave a whole street just to fix five or six bad spots, Finger said. He said the equipment can be used for road repair, not just to fix pot holes. Council also considered the first reading of an ordinance authorizing Finger to enter into a contract with Tesco for the purchase of a light transit, wide-body vehicle. The van would be used for the Jefferson Community and Recreation Center, including the senior center. The cost would not exceed $48,000.

The senior center currently has one van, and this van is wheelchair accessible. This new vehicle would not be, although having two vehicles would give the centers more flexibility, as one could be used for children programs in the summer, Finger said. Several village councilors were concerned about what would happen if the first van eventually breaks down, leaving the senior center without a wheelchair-accessible van. Although Finger said the van without the accessibility was recommended by recreation center officials, who wanted the storage space and extra seats, he said he will look into the costs of a van that is wheelchair accessible. Only two seniors, who don’t go on trips, use the wheelchair lift now. Council passed the first reading of the ordinance, but it may be amended at the second reading to account for a van that does have the wheelchair lift. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

WEDNESDAY, February 29, 2012



The Trials of Robin Hood BY CAROLYN BEHR-JEROME Gazette Newspapers

plained the first version of the story. Accompanied by his merry men Will Scarlett JEFFERSON - The (Patrick Martin), Nathaniel Jefferson Area Local Schools Piper (Kyle Dunford), William auditorium was the site of Church (Aaron Painter), raucous laughter as the Daniel Boyle (Ben Sapatka), Jefferson Players performed Little John (Johnathan Richthe comedy The Trials of ter) and Much the Miller’s Son Robin Hood. The first direct- (Hanna Horn), Hubler took ing effort of husband/wife duo the audience through the more Seanna and Jim Butler familiar version of Robin proved to be quite a success Hood. The evil Prince John for the actors, tech crew and with an evil laugh, played brilliantly by Brad Weisbarth in audience. Fifty-three students came his eighth production, takes together in front of and be- over the kingdom as soon as hind the scenes to answer the his brother leaves. The Sheriff of Nottingham question, “Is Robin Hood a lusty hero, hopeless lover, or (Shelby Potter) helps Prince evil criminal?” John collect taxes and evenMaking his stage debut, tually outlaw Robin and his Josh Hollon was excellent in men. However, the outlaws his portrayal of King Richard have a plan of their own to who has just returned from “Rob from the Rich and give the Cursades. With the help to the poor” and pay the ranof the audience, he had to de- som for King Richard’s return cide what happened in his and rescue Maid Marian kingdom during his absence. (Paige Beach) from Guy of Joined by his hilarious court Gisborne (Michael Weldy). Maid Marian, however has attendants, Herald (Abby Kovacs) and Janice (Arian her own version of the story Barile), King Richard sat on where Robin is actually a his royal throne (a toilet) to hopeless love-sick young man, listen to three versions of the portrayed by Justin Brown. tail. Desperately wanting a love Jon Hubler, also in his first like is father (Logan Kincaid) production and also doing an and mother (Allyson Simon), excellent job, portrayed the Robin is heart-broken. With lusty hero Robin Hood and ex- the help of his Merry Men,

who are actually women named Billie (Rachel Francis), Nancy (Aubri Bowling), Danny (Aubrianna Knight) and Willa Scarlett (Rachel Edge). Hoping to help Alan A Dale (Connar Lesko) take back his true love from the evil Lord Duncan (Bobby Collins), save Marian from the clutches of Guy, and maybe even pay the ransomed for the King. Collins, who had never been on stage until last year, played his role to the hilt and even braved ridicule from his classmates as he wore his costume at Atech on Friday while his classmates wore theirs at JAHS. “They laughed at me, but I didn’t care,” Collins explained. Edge, in her eighth and final performance at JAHS showed why she has been part of eight shows: commitment, dedication, and strong stage presence. Edge even stepped in at the last minute to take over the part of Lady Ellen. In the program, Edge listed things she learned about herself over her career as a Jefferson Player. “1) I love anything and everything about costumes! Once I had 14 outfits in one show,” she wrote. “2) You’ve got to be proud of you are on stage. 3) Sometimes the shyest people make the best helpers and friends.” Finally, the Sheriff gets to tell her side of the story where she is avenging the death of the King’s Deer (Natasha LaGrange). Robin hood is no hero in her tale. Instead he is a silly boy (Corey Jones) and Maid Marian (Emily Baker) has no interest in him at all. Robin’s side kick was Scarlett Will (Brady Olsen). Both were as bright as a burnt out light bulb. This was most likely the funniest of all three tales as it was the farthest from the traditional tale of Robin Hood the author could take it. In the end, all cast members return to the stage for the audience to decide which tale is true. It turned out to be Maid Marian’s version, to the dismay of the two other Robin Hoods. All ends well, though, as each finds their true love and audience is left smiling. Some truly bright spots of the evening were the number of students who had never JAHS graduate Katie Schindler puts on makeup for been in a production before. freshman Dominic Prosser. Senior Natasha LaGrange played the King’s Deer, a small part, but one she embraced. “I don’t know why I didn’t USPS 273-820 do this before,” LaGrange said. “It was a lot of fun!” Office located at: Freshmen Natalina Musacchio (Tax Collector), 46 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, Ohio 44047 Alexa Lamber (Archery Butt), Address editorial correspondence to: Briyanna Funnel (Madge the P.O. Box 166, Jefferson, Ohio 44047 Miller’s Daughter), Britney Moyer (Evil Lord), and Tobias (440) 576-9125 Fax: (440) 576-2778 (Dominic Processer) all had fun with their parts. Email: Sophomores Cooper Cleveland (Finn Lucky), Mikayla Publisher Emeritus .................. John Lampson McMinn (Lady Lucy), Mikayla Lingo (Sister President/Publisher ................ William Creed Agatha) did a great job as well as juniors Audra Franely (SisSenior Editor ......................... Stefanie Wessell ter Elana), Cheyanne Spellman (Sister Stephanie) and Kayleen Altman (Honest Dana the Tinker). Reporter .................................... Sadie Portman


Seanna and Jim Butler give last minute instructions to the cast before Saturday’s show. tech crew behind the stage: DJ Armstrong, Rachel Clark, Hannah Frederick, Ean McNicholas, Jeffery Schindler, Katie Schindler, James Schmidt, Nicole Shadow, Brittney Teter, Jannet Harrington and Randall Harrington. In the program, the directors expressed their pleasure working with the Jefferson Players. “While we have had our share of ups and downs,” they explained, “the show you are about to see is phenomenal. It has been a great pleasure working with a great group of students for our first year with the Jefferson Players. While they have all become special to us, members of this Seniors Aaron Painter, Jon Hubler, and Kyle Dunford enjoy senior class have left quite a a moment before Saturday’s production. legacy, not only with us, but Senior Becca Pontoni, in Senior Trista Dodrill made on this school and commuher seventh production at her stage debut as the Clergy nity.” If the Trials of Robin Hood JAHS, played the very proper Man, one of the many robbed is any indication, the Butlers Abbess and Clayton Ketola, in by Robin during the show. his second production) was All the performances on have started a legacy of their the gluttonous Friar Tuck. stage were enhanced by the own with the Jefferson Players.


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Rock Creek Council wants to clean up BY SUE LUTZ Gazette Newspapers ROCK CREEK – During its February meeting, Rock Creek Council members said it’s about time for some serious spring cleaning in the village, and they weren’t referring to just closets. “A couple of weeks ago I was driving through town and I thought to myself ‘this town is disgusting,’” Council President Pam Forristal said. “I’d like us to think of what we can do to clean it up so we can drive through town and feel proud.” Beverly Martin, village mayor, agreed. “There are houses with junk in their yards, high grass, and crap piled up all around them,” Martin said. “We’ve been getting complaints about one house almost daily.” Forristal said there are three properties in particular that need to be addressed, and all could have potential health or zoning violations. Solicitor David McCombs drew the distinction that what happens outside of the home can be a public issue. “Inside of the home isn’t for zoning,” McCombs said. “You can be a hoarder if you want to.” But according to Martin, when garbage on the outside of a resident’s home could potentially create rodent problems,

intervention is necessary. Martin said one home in particular has been an ongoing problem. Previous letters to the offending occupants have been ignored, and so she spoke with council members about trying to get the Ashtabula County Health Department involved a second time. “We’re looking into the process of what we can do to have these properties cleaned up,” Martin said. “Previously the health department sent a letter to one resident and they did a little work, but it’s gotten so bad again that people are complaining and sending pictures in almost daily.” McCombs said it’s just a matter of issuing a citation and then following through. Forristal said the lack of attention to the downtown is partially the fault of Council. “We’ve used the excuse about the previous administration, but now it’s time for us to leave that behind us and move forward,” she said. Following the meeting, Forristal blamed “lax zoning code” enforcement, and said when she and other current board members were elected several years ago they were all “overwhelmed” and that the village was “in total chaos.” “The village was in a total financial mess – we were in dire, dire straits; it

was a nightmare,” she said. “Our financial status was our first order of concern, and now that we’re not headed to receivership anymore it’s time for us to look around us and say, ‘what can we do now?’” Forristal’s goal is to challenge Council to develop a plan to revitalize the Main Street area and bring back some of the town’s pride. In addition to a handful of homes, there are several buildings in town that have become “terrible eyesores.” In particular, Council discussed the former Rock Creek Hardware store and Phil’s Pub, located on Water and Main streets. Forristal said she would like to approach owners of the buildings downtown and try to work with them on making their properties more presentable. She said she would like to know what owners of vacant store fronts have, and if the buildings are useable. Ideas that Forristal is considering is the possibility of inviting the owners of run-down properties to a workshop to discuss a plan where they can somehow collaborate and “work together—feed of one another” to minimally begin improving the building facades. “We just want to see the village improve and see the eyesores cleaned up,” Martin said. “While we acknowledge the economy is bad, we’ve got to do something to make people want to come to Rock Creek again.”


WEDNESDAY, February 29, 2012

Geneva cops hand out food for Special Olympics BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

“The amount of money we raise here at the diner really depends on how busy it is,” GENEVA - Geneva-area Chandra Brode said. “But the police officers put down their lunch crowd was big today.” badge for a day and picked All the tips earned are tax up an apron, pen and paper deductible and go directly as they served local customtoward adult and children ers at Mary’s Diner on with disabilities who are Thursday for the Tip-A-Cop training to go to the annual affair. Special Olympics games. From eight in the mornThe Special Olympics is ing until 10 o’clock at night, now the world’s largest the officers served people sports organization. their coffee, tea, eggs and The Special Olympics has hamburgers in the name of been around since 1975 and charity. about 4,000 athletes particiThe annual fundraiser for pate in the games each year. the Special Olympics is the The athletes participate kick off for the Polar Bear in everything from basketPlunge, which was held Satball and swimming to baseurday. ball and track. The officers collect tips The Geneva-area police Joseph Carroll talks with a fellow officer as he takes a break which all go toward the benforces are more than happy from the kitchen. The officers served customers all day. efit of the Special Olympics. to support the local Ashtabula County chapter each year. Brode said they have earned about $2,000 each year in the past and hope this year their earnings would match their annual average. Also during the event, they showed off the Special Olympics’ Harley Davidson raffle with a special trailer which featured the motorcycle for those wanting a sneak peak. People from all around came to the diner, even local government officials got involved in the fun as Howard PHOTOS BY SADIE PORTMAN Anderson took his family and Mary’s Diner was filled with dinner patrons as police officers waited on tables for the friends to the diner for dinner. annual Tip-A-Cop event. Some came not even aware of their special waiters until after sitting down. “We didn’t really know about the event today, but I am really glad we got to be here for it,” Ann Macrum said. “It is fun to have a police officer refill your drink.” Brode said the officers enjoy themselves every year and it provides them a way to serve the community a meal as well as some heart. Police officer Matthew Lachey serves diners their supper during Thursday night’s dinner crowd at Mary’s Diner. All the money the officers received in tips was given to the Special Olympics.

Village administrator gives updates on village projects Village Administrator’s Report for the period ending Feb. 17, 2012. Projects update:

BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Jefferson Village Administrator Terry Finger gave his administrator’s report to Jefferson Village Council on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Over at the street department, Finger said village employees are working on cold patching pot holes,

berm reconditioning and other street repairs. Finger said Brobst Tree Service has removed 20 dead or damaged trees recently, although stump removal is not planned yet. “This will complete major tree removal until we have either frozen ground or dry hard ground,” Finger said. Finger said if anyone has any trees they want the vil-

lage to look at, now is the time to do so, as the village has taken care of all the ones it knows of. “Our Street Department employees will continue to trim young/new trees as weather permits,” Finger said. In other news, Finger said the village has received the tractor-mounted broom and rake that were approved

for purchase. “We were able to purchase a brand new rake on eBay for $4,000 less than the one through the dealer network,” Finger said. “Another good money-saving purchase!” In recreation department news, Finger said repairs to ceiling tiles and floor tiles are in progress as part of general maintenance at the center.

Fundraiser planned to benefit teenager hurt in car accident JEFFERSON - Family and friends of 2011 Jefferson Area High School graduate Jordan Trenn are banding together to raise money to help cover his medical expenses after a car crash in early January. On Thursday morning, Jan. 12, 18-year-old Trenn was involved in a car crash just minutes after dropping his younger brother Jeremy off at school. Trenn fell asleep at the wheel, and his vehicle hit a guardrail and flipped. The impact of the crash ejected Trenn from his

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car, and the car landed on his legs. Since the accident, Trenn has been fighting for his life, trying to reclaim it as he knew it while suffering from a ruptured aorta, eye damage and nearly losing a leg. To help fundraise for Trenn and his family, a rigatoni dinner in his honor will be held from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Ashtabula American Legion, located at 1804 West 19th St. in Ashtabula. The cost is $8 per person, or $15 per couple. The dinner will include a 50/50 raffle, basket raffles and a Chinese auction. Tickets will be sold at the door. An account for donations also has been set up in his name at any KeyBank. Donations also can be made in his honor at a fundraising page at

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Jefferson Council votes to purchase new fire truck BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

JEFFERSON Jefferson Village Council voted to purchase a new pumper truck for the fire department during its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Council unanimously voted to purchase the pumper truck for $468,199. Council opted to move forward with the ordinance on its second reading in order to have it in place by the April 1 deadline to keep a pre-pay discount savings of $11,206. The resolution authorizes Jefferson Village Administrator Terry Finger to secure and enter into a financing contract for the principal amount, not to exceed, of $468,199, and enter into a contract with Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. for one Arrow XT pumper fire truck, according to village specification and Pierce Manufacturing’s bid on Jan. 16. In his administrator ’s report, Finger noted that, as of Tuesday’s meeting, the village had not received a bid to purchase the surplus #402 fire truck. “If there are no bids meeting the minimum, the Stefanie Wessell, senior truck will be re-advertised and sold to the highest bid- editor for Gazette Newspader without a reserve,” pers, may be reached at Finger said.

Letter To The Editor Remember to vote March 6 Dear Editor, This past October I took a great leap of faith when I announced my candidacy for the Ohio House of Representatives. I did this because I too felt frustration and alienation as a result of the legislative agenda of Governor Kasich. You and I can continue down this path, or we can choose to do something about our situation. To be quite honest, I am asking you to vote on March 6 so that you can send a strong statement to Governor Kasich and the legislature that we, as a community, believe in a better way for all Ohioans. Kasich and the legislature have cut millions of dollars to Ashtabula County Schools, cut state funding to senior citizen programs (including Medicaid), and slashed millions of state dollars to township, municipal, and county governments. This course of action has created an intolerable situation for township trustees who must continue to maintain roads and bridges. In addition, other vital services such as police and fire protection that our local governments must provide have been negatively affected by deep spending cuts. In essence, our collective public safety has been compromised. Then under the premise of creating jobs, Kasich and the General Assembly have transferred profits from the State Liquor agency to fund the JobsOhio program—a private entity—without public oversight. It would also seem as though Ohio’s assets were for sale: the privatization of the Lake Erie Correctional facility; the proposed leasing of the Ohio Turnpike; and leasing the very ground beneath our feet to Pennsylvania drilling companies to store contaminated fracking water. In the March 6 Primary Election, we can send our state government a message that we expect better. We deserve more. But we—you and I— must do our part as well. We must get involved. I challenge you, dear citizen, to debate the issues, to vote— in short—to get involved in our government as much as possible. We may not always agree, but through mutual respect and consideration of all positions, we can create an environment which yields positive results. I urge you to vote as a proud, strong citizen of Ashtabula County at the Board of Elections until Friday, March 2, or at your polling place on March 6. Your vote will create a new vision for Ashtabula County and will ensure that vision becomes the new reality.

John Patterson Jefferson

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In other news relating to the fire department, council passed a motion to accept Mayor Judy Maloney’s recommendation to hire Timothy Hall to the Jefferson Fire Department, as of Feb. 21, 2012. In other actions, council passed the second reading of an ordinance setting forth the pay for salaried, hourly and part-time employees in the village. The village’s budget for 2012 includes a five-percent raise for all employees, who have not had a raise since 2008, according to minutes from a village finance committee meeting. Council also passed the second reading of an ordinance amending the codified ordinance to provide for a yearly salary for the position of clerk/treasurer, a position currently held by Patricia Fisher. Council intends to give the clerk-treasurer a seven-percent raise, then tie the clerk-treasurer to the raises given to the employees sometime after the wage ordinance goes into effect for 2012. Council will have one more reading of these ordinances.

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Dave’s Cosmic Subs offers subs and a trip back in time BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers GENEVA - Dave’s Comic Subs has opened in Geneva, and the business held its official Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday. Dave’s Cosmic Subs is a franchise restaurant started by Steppenwolf guitarist David R. Lombardy. “He came home and decided to do subs,” Bill Hancock, owner of the Geneva store, said. The store is decorated with rock and roll memorabilia with pictures of The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Doors placed throughout the restaurant. They also have painted multicolored Jerry Garcia bears dancing around the dining area. “The corporation has some decorators that come in, and then me and my wife and mom came in and painted a lot of the pictures,” Hancock said. Another tradition of the franchise is to provide markers for customers to sign the walls. “The autographs are from people who come in and print their name on the wall,” Hancock said. The idea of autographing the walls came from Lombardy when he opened up his first store

“I spend about two hours each morning slicing meats and cheeses,” Hancock said. The sub shop has quickly become popular in Geneva, especially among the youth. “It’s quickly become the after-school hangout,” Hancock said. “Quarter after two, we have a flood of customers.” Hancock said they even had out-of-town visitors eat at the shop. “The coaches from the Kentucky track team came in and said if the food is good, we’ll bring the team back here tomorrow and the following day we were full of Kentucky track players,” Hancock said. Hancock is proud to begin a new chapter in the Dave’s Cosmic Subs franchise, and the sub shop has a fun and exciting atmosphere he is happy to bring to Geneva. “A lot of people come in PHOTO BY SADIE PORTMAN here to eat, but then they stay 20 minutes longer just Owner Bill Hancock stands with the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce about to cut the ribbon to officially looking at everything,” open Dave’s Cosmic Subs in Geneva. Hancock said. ins and outs of the restau- franchise he wanted to open. come in here and it’s an exin Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Dave’s Cosmic Subs is “Once we ate at Dave’s perience. You have the music located on 771 South “According to Dave, he rant business. “My family owns a few Cosmic Subs, we knew this blaring and all the cool things Broadway. said, ‘everyone was asking me for my autograph, so I Dairy Queens, so I’ve was the restaurant we to look at on the walls.” All the meat is sliced wanted theirs,’” Hancock grown up around it,” wanted to run,” Hancock Sadie Portman, reporter said. fresh daily and the cheeses for the Gazette, may be Hancock said. said. Hancock said the sub used are all created by reached at sportman@gazette Hancock took a trip with Hancock said he and his wife have always wanted his wife and they ended up shop is different from so Lombardy himself. to own a restaurant. Grow- eating at a Dave’s Cosmic many others. “The whole atmosphere is ing up around the food in- Subs, and it was at that dustry, Hancock knew the point that he knew what unique,” Hancock said. “You


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Geneva Shores has new ownership but maintains five-star reputation

As the group of students came out of the cold, many BY SADIE PORTMAN huddled together and had Gazette Newspapers parents or friends prepared with a towel as they came GENEVA - What was up from the icy waters. once Geneva Pointe, a nursAlthough the water was ing home and rehabilitation not ice covered, it was still facility, is now under new cold. ownership and has been “It was really cold,” Jengiven a fresh name of nifer Bean, a senior at Geneva Shores. Geneva High School, said. “A lot of things have Bean said she enjoyed the changed, including the experience as this is her secname,” Jason Strong, ond year in row participating Geneva Shores’ new adminand she said she would think istrator, said. “Our focus is about plunging again. definitely quality.” Brode said the commuGeneva Shores has upnity supports the Polar Bear graded its services by offerPlunge every year with both ing more outpatient theralocal high school students, pies as well as the long-term who got the first plunge at nursing care. noon, and the adult crowd, “We want to upgrade the who plunged at 2 p.m. services or expand the ser“We have about 350 previces we provide,” Strong registered plungers for the said. big event and 100 pre-regMuch of the staff has reistered plungers for the high school plunge,” Brode Splashes are made as participants splash through the water during Saturday’s Polar mained the same, but their Bear Plunge at Breakwater Beach in Geneva. qualifications are expandsaid. ing. Those who did not have “We are going to do carthe ability to take the cold diac rehab. We’re going to do could still keep their heat telemetry,” Strong said. “We and support the cause have exceptional care here.” while cheering on those Geneva Shores can perwho took the plunge. form a variety of services The Special Olympics including digital x-rays, carcalls these bystanders “Too diac rehabilitation, respiraChicken to Plunge.” The tory rehabilitation and care chickens raise $30 and reand on-site anticoagulant ceive a t-shirt some wore to therapy monitoring. Breakwater Beach on Sat“We are making huge adurday. vancements in cardiac rehab The Polar Bear Plunge and in improving our cliniis expected to raise more cal skills so we can take care than $90,000 this year. of more acutely ill patients,” The Ashtabula Special Mary Don, the head nurse at Olympics team thanks all Geneva Shores, said. those who were involved in Geneva Shores sees by the Polar Bear Plunge this expanding its nursing seryear and looks forward to vices, it can better serve the another successful year of community and the resiathletics. dents from throughout the Geneva area can get theraSadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be Lakeside High School students almost fall into the cold water as they run back to pies without being far from home. reached at sportman@gazette shore. Over 100 high school students plunged on Saturday.

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“I am doing in-house labs here, I do specialized wound care. I do specialized IVs,” Don said. Don said Geneva Pointe was at one time primarily long-term care. but with the transition into Geneva Shores, they can now take more outpatients. “This building is now a clinical unit where I can take care of a variety of patients,” Don said. Geneva Shores officials are still in a transitional period as they are ensuring all their staff receives the proper training and their facilities are upgraded. “I am working on getting all the equipment I need, and each day it’s getting better and better,” Don said. “We are really very proud of our facilities.” Whether they are Geneva Pointe or Geneva Shores, the facility has received a fivestar rating on the state website, a position they wish to maintain. “We are dedicated to maintaining the five-star quality of care,” Don said. Don said the long-term patients have more options now, such as private rooms with flat screen televisions. “Our patients need to be a part of what happens in their life and they make choices and we work around that to make their lives more fulfilling,” Don said. Don said they want to enhance their long-term residents’ life and ensure they have a strong social life and medical support. “Nursing homes are no longer a place where you go to end your days. They are places where you live,” Don said.

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“Mr. Diehl was 99!” Goff exclaimed. “He could walk and hear better than many of the others.” “He was always smiling and had a great spirit about him,” Drenik added. “He helped show the kids that just because you’re in a home doesn’t mean you’re not able to do things anymore.” Campbell said the kids had to use patience while waiting for the residents. “I think we made the residents happy,” Carpenter smiled. In October, the students played Wii Bowling, carved pumpkins and frosted cookies with the residents. Some of the girls even painted residents’ nails. Freshman Kelsey Wheeler said she painted a few nails again on this trip, too, and helped with an activity about

Valentine’s Day. “We also sang a lot of songs like ‘You Are My Sunshine,” she said. “John (Carpenter) was even serenaded by one resident who sang him ‘Let Me Call You Sweetheart,’” Drenik explained. Both Campbell and Drenik credit Dubick with the success of the field trips. “George (Dubick) came to the school in October to talk to the kids and help them feel more comfortable around the residents,” Campbell explained. Wheeler said the trip also helped her and her classmates get to know each other. “It was another chance to Jefferson Area Junior High School students help residents form a bond between us, “ at Jefferson Health Care Center play bingo. she explained. Said the little boy, “Some- that too.” Shel Silverstein wrote a The little boy whispered, poem called “The Little Boy times I drop my spoon.” Said the old man, “I do “I wet my pants.” and the Old Man”: “I do that too,” laughed the little old man. Said the little boy, “I often cry.” The old man nodded, “So do I.” “But worst of all,” said the boy, “it seems Grown-ups don’t pay attention to me.” And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand. “I know what you mean,” said the little old man. Like the little boy in the poem, perhaps Campbell’s students have discovered they have something in common with the residents of the Jefferson Health Care CenTen students recently visited the Jefferson Health Care Center. ter.

Curves’ 14th Annual Food Drive begins March 1 ASHTABULA - Recognizing that the need for donations is greater than ever at local food banks across the nation, Curves International is kicking off the 2012 Curves Food Drive on March 1 with a challenge to all Curves Clubs to meet or exceed last year’s donations. Each club, including Curves of Ashtabula, is asking its members to donate bags of non-perishable food or cash throughout the month of March to support their local community food bank. In addition, Curves of Ashtabula will waive the joining fee for new members who bring in a bag of non-perishable food or donate $30 to their local food bank from March 12 - 25. “Curves of Ashtabula is committed to supporting the health and well-being of our members, so the food drive is a natural extension of that commitment to the whole community,” said a Curves of Ashtabula staff member. “Many families are struggling with basic expenses and need some help to make ends meet. Our food drive gives our members a way to reach out and support their neighbors.” With a theme of “Good for your body and your soul,” this year’s drive encourages Curves members

to feel doubly good about themselves as they make time to exercise for good health and take time to help others in the community with a donation of nutritious food. Local Curves clubs may also qualify to win cash prizes for their local food banks. Curves International will award cash prizes to the clubs that collect the most food, the clubs that show the greatest increase in donations over the 2011 food drive, and to two additional clubs randomly selected from all the clubs who enter the contest. “We would love to see all of our clubs top their donation levels from last year,” said Curves founder Diane Heavin. “But the main goal of our annual drive is to enlist the help of our members in restocking the shelves of local food pantries across the country. We also hope that new members will take this opportunity to give back to their local communities as they join our Curves community.” For more information about Curves of Ashtabula, located at 1239 W. Prospect Road, and the 2012 Curves Food Drive, contact a Curves of Ashtabula staff member at 440-993-4004 or ashtabulacurves@

JAHS Choir to sponsor Dinner Music Theatre BY CAROLYN BEHRJEROME Gazette Newspapers

and 7-8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for kids ages 4-16, $5 for senior citizens, $8 for adults and free for children JEFFERSON - The three years old and Jefferson Area High School younger. choir is sponsoring its first Tickets are being sold by annual dinner music theatre choir members. Tickets can at the Jefferson Nazarene also be purchased by conChurch, 55 East Satin Street tacting Kelli Olesky, the dion Friday, March 16. rector, at Jefferson Area Show times are 5-6 p.m. High School at 576-4731.

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Issue 9 on the ballot is a 1.0-mill levy first approved by voters 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,” Superintendent Doug Hladek said. Voting to renew the levies will not increase taxes and will extend the five-year term and stated purpose of the expiring levies, Hladek said. He said the renewal levies will collect the same revenue as when they were first approved by voters 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,” Hladek said. During the JALS Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, Hladek encouraged voters to support the levies on March 6. “The district appreciates the positive record of renewing the levies every five years and asks voters for continued support on these issues,” Hladek said. No other local levy issue will appear on the ballot for voters in the Jefferson area, although they will vote on the county-wide issue being sought by the Ashtabula County Children Services Board. The board is seeking renewal of a five-year, 1.75-mill levy. The renewal levy is solely for the operating ex-

penses of Children Services. The renewal levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home $50 a year. Since it’s a renewal levy, this is the same amount homeowners are paying now. Issues that will appear on the March primary ballot in the Geneva and Ashtabula area include: —Ashtabula Area City Schools is seeking a five-year, additional 6.8 mills levy for emergency requirements. —The Village of Geneva-on-the-Lake once again will seek to increase the income tax from 0.5 percent to 1.5 percent. —Harpersfield Township is seeking a 10year, $440,000 bond for a fire truck at .7 mills. —Rome Township, including Roaming Shores Village, is seeking a five-year, 2.5mill replacement levy for fire/EMS. —Ashtabula Township 3 has a liquor option for Sunday sales at Wal-Mart on the ballot. —Lastly, the City of Ashtabula has two charter changes on the ballot. One issue involves amending the ordinance language pertaining to removing elected officials from office, while the other deals with changes to how the city income tax is collected. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at


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Counts project” said Giannell. The “Cork Kindness Tree” is blossoming with hearts as students have assisted teachers, helped the custodian and lunch ladies, and helped classmates with homework. “I am proud of Cork Elementary for spreading kindness through the school this month. We like seeing all those hearts on the kindness tree, It’s great!” said Frank. And according to Frank, Cork students are spreading kindness beyong the school grounds and into the community as well with a food drive Geneva Food Pantry in partnership with Geneva Shores Nursing Home. “We also had a Valentine Fundraiser to raise money for Spirit Week and we hope to buy inspirational message pencils for everyone in the school and have some fun events to support positive testing practices and Geneva Community Spirit,” Frank said.

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What if there were no grace? For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God – Ephesians 2:8 Pastor Jerry Bentley Jefferson First Baptist Have you ever thought about what the world would be like if there were no grace? What would happen with a late homework assignment or major project at work? Would you pass into the next grade or could you be fired? What about late car and or mortgage payments, could you lose you car and house? When you incur your first moving violation and the perfect driving record is disrupted with the first at-fault fender bender, will your insurance coverage be dropped? If that were the case where would that leave you? No education, no work, no house and no vehicle! Pretty depressing isn’t it? Well there is great news! Grace exists and I am glad for it. I’ve heard grace defined this way, “unmerited favor.” In the Bible the Greek word for ‘grace’ is—charis— where we get the word ‘charity’. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much that He provides a way for sinful, messed up human beings to be in a relationship with Him. By His charity, by His grace He saves us. What does that mean? First of all our faith, our conversion, and our eternal salvation, are not the mere product of any natural abilities, nor of any merit of our own: Not of works, lest any man should boast, Eph 2:89. This is a gift. There are no strings attached nor is there any fine print that condition the gift. The gift does however have power. The power of the gift is life changing. Once you accept this gift the power of God comes into your life and begins to make all things new, 2 Cor. 5:17. It is like receiving grace when your car or mortgage payments are late but on of a magnitude that is immeasurable. The consequences of our sin will be removed never again to be an issue. The result of such a change brings a new outlook to life and how decisions are made so that the gift of grace will influence the lives of the people we interact with. Think about grace and how God’s free gift can change a human life for all eternity. Blessings to you.

Profiles of Ashtabula County to feature Ashtabula County Educational Service Center superintendent BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - The next featured speaker at the Profiles of Ashtabula County Breakfast Speaker series is John M. Rubesich, superintendent of the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center. Profiles of Ashtabula County, spearheaded by Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County, features speakers from various sectors of the community who share ideas and experiences on trying to make the county a better place to live, work and play. The series is held at 8 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at Kent State University at Ashtabula in the Blue/ Gold Room. The next session of the series will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, with Rubesich, whose topic is “The Evolving Role of the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center.” The purpose of the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center is to be a high-performing organization that enables districts to achieve excellence. The Ashtabula County Educational Service Center provides continuous improvement planning services to all school districts i n Ash tabu l a Co u n ty through the application of a “Performance Excellence” framework. These services include facilitating the preparation, analysis, decision making and implementation of a district and building’s Continuous Improvement Plan for the purpose of improving: teaching and learning, assessment, professional development, student services, facilities, and environment; organization, governance, and resource leveraging; and family, business, and community involvement. People can RSVP by emailing ashtabulaprofiles or calling Mary Collins at (440) 964-4312. Reservations will be accepted until noon on Monday, March 5. The cost is $8. The mission of the Profiles of Ashtabula County Breakfast Speaker series is to help raise awareness of projects that affect everyone and share strengths of the county, according to officials. The program starts with breakfast, a brief introduction of the speaker and then a 25-

Goddess Winery toasts to the first winery open in Ashtabula BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers ASHTABULA - The first winery in Ashtabula has opened. The Goddess Winery is now located at 3054 West Prospect Road at what was once the Buglers Inn. “We are off to a good start. We have four different types of wines right now,” Denise Cross, the owner of Goddess Winery, said. Cross purchases grape juice and ferments the juice into wine. “We actually purchase the juice from a farmer in Youngstown, and we have a small fermentation room in the back and that’s where we make the wine,” Cross said. Cross said they used to make wine on their own and her friends always complimented her on her wine, saying they would purchase it. “We were playing around with making wine for years and once we finally had a product worth selling, we decided to open up,” Cross said. Goddess Winery also offers food from hamburgers and hot dogs to cheesecake and cookies. Cross said they are still tailoring their menu and are trying out different foods, such as pasta, to see what is the best choice. “A lot of wineries are full-fledged restaurants and other aren’t, and we’re somewhere in between,” Cross said. Cross said Goddess Winery is still evolving, and they are working on new wines and menu items. “We’re still working on a few different wines, but we don’t want to sell them until they are absolutely

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Denise Cross stands behind the bar at Goddess Winery, the first winery in Ashtabula. Cross has been making wine for about three years but just opened her doors for business less than a month ago. ready for the customer,” Cross said. Cross said owning a winery has been her dream and she loves to interact with people. “This has been a yearlong project, getting the winery, but the wine making has been going on for at least three years,” Cross said. Cross said it was through the support of her family that Goddess Winery is a reality. “It’s a family effort. My twin is in the kitchen banging pots and pans and she’s here on a volunteer basis,” Cross said. Goddess Winery completes the winery experience by providing entertainment on the weekends. “We are starting to get some entertainment here on the weekends and one weekend a month we are shooting to have karaoke,” Cross said.

Goddess Winery keeps the theme of the supernatural, with wines such as the Medusa. Keeping with the theme, Cross is inviting a psychic to the winery once a month. “We are also going to start having a psychic here on Saturday afternoons to do readings for people and, you know, feature something different,” Cross said. Cross said the process of starting the winery had its up and downs, but she is so excited to see Goddess Winery finally opened. “I was terrified but at the same time I couldn’t wait to get the doors opened,” Cross said. Goddess Winery has dim lighting and a warm atmosphere. “It’s a nice laid back environment, which is what I like,” Cross said. “You get inside and you just feel immediately relaxed and

ready to sit down.” Cross said they are already starting to get regular customers. “Each and every weekend, we are showing some customer growth,” Cross said. Cross wants to ensure everyone who walks through the doors of Goddess Winery feels at home and sees the winery as a family environment. “It’s about time a winery opened in Ashtabula, and I want to show it can be done,” Cross said. Goddess Winery is opened Mondays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., Fridays from 5 p.m. until midnight and Saturdays from noon until midnight. They are closed on Sundays. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@

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are contingent upon proper certification and successful background checks, where JEFFERSON - The applicable. Jefferson Area Local Schools In one action, the board Board of Education passed a approved Andy Lipps and number of personnel items John Ashley as volunteers for during its meeting on Tues- the 2011/2012 sports season, day, Feb. 21. contingent upon meeting the All hires and volunteers Athletic Department Guide-

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lines for fielding a team. They will be volunteers for the baseball team. In other sports items, the board approved the following new / renewal supplemental contracts for the 2011/2012 school year, contingent upon meeting the Athletic Department guidelines for fielding a team: —Jim Henson, junior high track coach. —Stacey Dixon, junior high track coach. —Heather Holodniak, assistant varsity girls’ track. In other actions, the board approved the following pupil activity supervisor permit renewal contracts for licensed non-employee individuals for the 2011/2012 school year, contingent upon meeting the Athletic Department guidelines for fielding a team:

—Dik Pavolino, junior varsity baseball coach. —David Wright, assistant varsity boys’ track coach. —Rory Marshall, freshman baseball coach. The board also modified Alex Anderson’s contract, effective Jan. 23, 2012, to reflect an increase in education from Master’s to Master’s + 10. In classified personnel, the board approved Eric Farmer as a classified substitute and substitute bus driver for the 2011/2012 school year. The board also approved Katie Carter as a home tutor for the 2011/2012 school year and summer. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

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Rock Creek VFW Post seeking memorial garden brick donations By DORIS COOK Gazette Newspapers

Local online petition started to save Sears store slated for closing

obtained by the Rock Creek VFW was used and flown during the Vietnam War. They secured the paperwork when it was purchased as surplus equipment at Ft. Drum. A Vietnam War veteran, Dyrcz said a lot of volunteer hours and donations has gone into the project so far. The post members have also been busy over the last few years renovating the exterior and interior of their post home located downtown in the village. The VFW Post members are also soliciting donations for this year’s Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28. For the last two years, the veterans group has marshaled together local residents, youth groups, organizations in Rock Creek, Roaming Shores and Morgan Township to be participants for the holiday parade. The Jefferson Area High School band will be marching along with the other participants, Dyrcz said. “We start off early in Rock Creek with our parade at 8 a.m., then the post members go around to all the cemeteries for brief services,” he said. The post invites all area veterans from WWII to present day to join the Rock Creek VFW. To order a memorial garden brick, area residents may contact Dyrcz by calling (440) 563-3831.

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP - An Ashtabula County businesswoman ROCK CREEK - The aging has started a local petition U.S. military Cobra gunship campaign to reverse the copter sits atop a steel pipe at decision to close the Sears the Rock Creek VFW Post store at the Ashtabula 4953 headquarters. Soon as Town Center mall. time and funds permit the Last week, Media Magic VFW members will work on Creative Director Cheryl surrounding the surplus heliDickson-Walker created a copter base with creek stone petition on the website over concrete blocks, says post “,” calling for vice commander John Dyrcz. Sears Holding Company to The post members are curkeep the store open and rently seeking donations for save dozens of local jobs. memorial bricks to be placed “Ashtabula County has in a horseshoe-shape area few big name shopping outaround the copter, which the lets in the county,” said members purchased for $4,900 Dickson-Walker. “Sears is out of the U.S. Army base at one of the oldest and most Ft. Drum, New York. trusted names in retail The bricks cost $35 each and local residents have and can be engraved with the depended on shopping this name of a family’s military store for appliances, autoveteran, who is currently in motive and home improvethe armed forces or deceased ment tools and goods for or still living. The bricks can decades. The proposed also be in memory or just a closing of this retail store thank-you to a military service in Ashtabula Township person or just named for the will devastate our commudonor, Dyrcz said. nity.” “We have about 100 bricks After monitoring online already purchased and endiscussions about the closgraved, but we need more to ing, Dickson-Walker definish the memorial garden cided it was time to fight PHOTO BY DORIS COOK project. We began the Buy a back, initially, by starting Rock Creek VFW Post 4953 vice commander, John Dyrcz Brick project in 2005, then it an online petition cam(right) and quartermaster Doug Camp hold samples of got stalled. Now we want to paign. the memorial garden bricks local and area residents can finish the garden project,” said “It’s up to each of us to order for a family veteran member or other persons. The Doug Camp, post quartermasstand up and take action Vietnam War era helicopter behind the men is part of ter. and protest this action by the design plans for the garden in the village site. The men said the copter Sears Holding Corporation,” said Dickson-Walker. “Corporations, such as Sears, do not like negative publicity, and petition campaigns, such as this, BY STEFANIE WESSELL events, Follin said can and have had a draGazette Newspapers Henderson Library will be matic effect on events, in hosting a “Wake Up Your the past. Just look at what JEFFERSON Rose and Flower Beds” ProHenderson Memorial Public gram on Tuesday, March 20, Library officials continue to from 6-8 p.m. be pleased with the turn out “Our guest speaker that at their book club meetings. evening will be Mr. Ed The general-genre book Zasadzinski, past president club met Thursday, Feb. 23, of the Northeast Ohio Rose and picked out its next book. Society and past consulting “We had fun,” Library Rosarian and all around GENEVA—The AuxClerk Bev Follin said. “Our lover of roses,” Follin said. iliary at University ‘Night of Journeys’ at the sand Splendid Suns by The next general-genre “The program will cover Hospitals Geneva Henderson Library on Feb. Khaled Hosseini.” book club discussion night such topics as: soil, nutriMedical Center is 23 was fantastic. We shared Attending the Night of will be on 6-7 p.m. Wednes- ents, fertilizers, selecting pleased to announce an our open choice books, along Journeys were: Nancy day, March 28. roses, mulching, pruning, upcoming fundraising with fantastic comfort food Beisel, Karen Hillyer, A book discussion group and ideas for summer care.” event at 870 W Main and conversation. There Randee Becker, Amanda for those who love suspense, Follin said the commuStreet in Geneva. were various interpreta- Hammond, Sigrid Smith, mystery and mayhem will nity is welcome to come and Wednesday, March tions to our journeys theme, Linda Marshall, Debbie meet 5-6 p.m. Monday, listen to the resident rose 21, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 which we shared together Wittman, Jeff Kivela, M.J. March 5, at the Henderson expert. Guests are asked to p.m. in the Hospital before handing out our next Cresho, Lori Jaques, Megan Memorial Public Library. register for this free proLobby – Chocolate sale, month’s selection, A Thou- Jaques and Follin. In other upcoming gram at: (440) 576-3761. locally made by White House Chocolates in Middlefield. Available for same day purchase, select from variety of SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP - The 534 in the northbound lane. Terry and tenths of a mile east of the 7 milepost chocolates, fillings and Ohio State Highway Patrol is invest- Michael Austin were walking north- in Austinburg Township involving a spring shapes. ing two fatal crashes that occurred last bound in the northbound lane of St. Rt. single vehicle. Proceeds to benefit week. 534. Unit 1 struck both individuals and Unit 1 was a 2001 Dodge Neon UH Geneva Medical The OSHP is investigating a one-ve- then came to rest in the northbound lane. driven by Nickolas Cox, 21, of Center. hicle crash that resulted in one fatalTerry L. Austin was pronounced Austinburg. Mr. Cox was reported deThe Auxiliary at ity and one injury. At approximately dead at the scene by Ashtabula County ceased at the scene. University Hospitals 8:33 p.m. on Feb. 21, troopers re- Coroner Richard Mongel. Michael AusCurrent investigation shows that Geneva Medical Center sponded to a traffic crash involving one- tin was transported to Geauga Hospi- Unit 1 was traveling westbound on is a volunteer organizavehicle and two pedestrians on State tal with serious injuries. State Route 307 at the intersection of tion committed to raise Route 534 just north of milepost seven The crash is still under investiga- College Street. Unit 1 failed to negotimoney to support the in Hartsgrove Township. tion. ate a curve in the roadway, causing the hospital’s mission: To Unit 1 was a 1997 Chevrolet cavaThe OSHP also is investigating a right tires to go off the roadway. Unit 1 Heal. To Teach. To Dislier driven by Kenneth T. 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happened when people sent out petitions and protested with the Susan B Komen decision to eliminate Planned Parenthood funding. You can make change.” Sear’s decision to close the Ashtabula Township store will directly impact the lives of dozens of local people. “According to news reports, at least 40 people will lose their jobs, the township and the county stands to lose thousands of dollars in tax revenues,” said Dickson-Walker. “Our nearly deserted Mall may not survive the loss of another anchor store. This would be disastrous economically for our struggling community. We need our local elected officials to join us in working to get Sears back in discussions about closing this store and saving local jobs. We are not helpless- we can make things happen.” The “Save our Ashtabula Sears” petition can be signed by going to’s website: The petition is being circulated by email and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other local political forums and blogs. For more information on how you can sign the “Save our Ashtabula Sears” online petition at, contact Cheryl Dickson-Walker: cell, 440645-9472, studio line: 440294-2431, or e-mail: info@mediamagic

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SHOOTING Three victims have died after alleged shooter T.J. Lane opened fire in the Chardon High School cafeteria on Monday afternoon. Daniel Parmertor died from the wounds on Monday, hours after being shot. Russell King and Demetrius Hewlin, students wounded in Monday’s shooting, died Tuesday morning, officials said. With the school shooting happening so close to home, parents are seeking reassurances from the local schools and safety officials about procedures in place to deal with emergency instances. “We have a plan in place,” Jefferson Police Department Chief Steve Febel said. Febel said the police department, in conjunction with Jefferson Area Local Schools officials, have practiced a plan to deal with emergency situations like what happened in Chardon. Each fall, the buildings are required to practice at least one lock down, JALS Superintendent Doug Hladek said. He said the lock down is practiced much like the school practices fire or tornado drills. He said the schools have a good relationship with Febel and the Jefferson Police Department, and they work together to develop and practice the plan for the Jefferson Area High School and Jefferson Elementary School. Rock Creek Elementary School Principal Larry Meloro also sends his reports to the police department, which has visited that school as well. Hladek said there are different levels of situations, and responses can vary depending on the situation, whether it’s an intruder in the building, a bomb threat, a gas leak or a problem with the heating system. In the case of an evacuation, the Jefferson Area High School students would go to the elementary school


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gymnasium, and vice versa, Hladek said. Students at Rock Creek Elementary School would evacuate to the old elementary school. Hladek said the school district also has procedures in place for after an emergency, like grief counselors. He said the school would even bring in counselors if a student died in a situation outside of school, like in a car accident. Depending on where the emergency is, Jefferson also serves as a receiving school. For example, if something happens at the Perry Power Plant, students from Geneva schools would come to Jefferson, Hladek said. “We do have plans for these kinds of events,” Hladek said. Although the school district does have plans in place to deal with emergency situations, the emotional part will have to be dealt with in the aftermath, Hladek said. “It’s the worst nightmare you can think of,” Hladek said of the Chardon shootings. The Ashtabula County Sheriff ’s Department also has procedures in place to deal with school shootings, much like they handle other crimes in the county. “There is protocol that is in place for the schools,” Sheriff William Johnson said. Johnson said the sheriff ’s department already has an officer in place at some of the schools in the county, including at Lakeside and Pymatuning Valley. Schools in the county are prepared to go in immediate lock down and call the sheriff ’s department for assistance, he said. He said the schools also are in communication with the sheriff ’s department about their own plans. “Nobody knows the ins and outs of the schools more than the principals and the people who work there,” Johnson added.

A-Tech Electricity students take their skills on the road to get the lights on at Rock Creek VFW Post By Jan Perala A-Tech

ROCK CREEK - The historic building that members of Rock Creek Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4953 call home has been vacant since a fire rendered it unusable in 2004, but thanks to the efforts of a group of altruistic Ashtabula County Technical and Career Center (ATech) students who brought their knowledge and skills to the task, the building’s wiring will soon be completely up to code and ready for the next step in the restoration process. “This building is over one hundred years old and after the fire, everything needed fixing,” explained Post Commander Howard Kligge. “These A-Tech Electricity students volunteered their time to help us reopen the building. They rolled up their sleeves and went to work and have rewired almost the entire building. They will be back during March to finish the job.” According to A-Tech Electricity Instructor Greg Braden, the project was a great hands-on learning experience for his students. “Seven students spent hours tracing out branch circuits and labeled them, wired in electric heaters and controls, ran a branch feed to the kitchen load centers and tied in lighting and duplex receptacle circuits. The final step will be to finish the remaining circuit for the kitchen and dining room,” he said. “This was fun and interesting and a challenge to do a wiring job in an old work setting,” said A-Tech j u n i o r C u l l e n M c C o y. C l a s s m a t e Ti m Tu t t l e agreed. “It was good learning experience in tracing out wires in conduit and wiring them up.” A-Tech’s Electricity Program launches graduates to careers as licensed professionals in residential, commercial and industrial settings. The A-Tech ElecThe dinner on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, at the tricity curriculum adheres Rock Creek Community Center will be an Irish Din- to guidelines established ner. Irish favorites will be serve from 5 to 7:30 p.m. by the National Electrical Dinner includes dessert and a beverage for $7. The cen- Code (NEC) and by the National Center for Constructer is located at 2987 High Street.

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ity students we have a big head start. These are great kids who gave up their Saturdays to help our post and they did it with a smile. Greg Braden, their instructor, is very knowledgeable and they all did superior work. I know these students will go far in their careers.” A-Tech Electricity students who volunteered their time to rewire the Rock VFW Post are: • Cullen McCoy - a junior from Conneaut High School PHOTOS BY JAN PERALA FOR A-TECH

A-Tech Electricity students Tim Tuttle, Maranda Madison and Cullen McCoy volunteered their time to rewire the Rock Creek Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4953 building, unusable since 2004 due to fire damage. In this photo, the students install a new electrical panel bringing illumination to the building’s kitchen area. tion Education and Research. Students have the opportunity to secure multiple certifications including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour safety card leading to a General Industry Blue Card, National Core Curriculum Certification and Residential Electrical 1 Certification. Students

may also test to receive NEC Residential Electrical Licensing certification. ATech’s Electricity program provides a springboard to advanced education at the university level and in career technical programs such as lineman’s training. “It will take a lot more work to get the building up to code,” Kligge said. “But thanks to A-Tech’s electric-

• Justin Stowers - a junior from Jefferson High School. • Tim Tuttle - a junior from Conneaut High School. • Tim Vogel - a junior from Jefferson High School. • Robert Hawke - a senior from Edgewood High School. • Spencer Lee – a senior from Edgewood High School. • Maranda Madison a senior from Grand Valley High School.

A-Tech Electricity Students Robert Hawke, Spencer Lee, and Maranda Madison install the wiring for an illuminated EXIT sign at the Rock Creek VFW Post 4953 building. The students and their instructor Greg Braden (pictured second from right) spent several Saturdays volunteering their time to bring light and heat to the post, as well as providing safe egress for visitors to the building.

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Girls rule: Grand Valley Team wins County Scholastic Bowl BY WENDY GRUSKIEWICZ Gazette Newspapers

Ritter, Andrew Stanley, Alexandra Waitinas and Samantha White practiced twice a week for the last sevANDOVER - It was argueral months. Emily Nye said ably the most exciting reviewing the study packets Ashtabula County Scholastic really paid off, as some of the Bowl competition in several competition questions came years on Thursday as nine directly from the packets. teams faced each other on the The winning team of three stage of the Pymatuning Valgirls exhibited not only brains ley Veterans Memorial Perand fashion but also a strong forming Arts Center. Many of and daring ability to take the audience were sitting on chances. Many times during the edge of their seats, quietly the competition team captain mouthing expressions of asPHOTO BY WENDY GRUSKIEWICZ Nye punched the buzzer before tonishment as the final three Members of the Jefferson High School Falcons prepare the question was complete, contenders from the field of for their first round of competition during the Ashtabula taking a chance to get ahead nine pounded out answer afCounty Scholastic Bowl. From left: Andrew Picard, team of the competition. ter answer to some varied and captain Jen Hall and Adam Chase. “You miss 100 percent of tough questions. from Grand Valley also com- the shots you never take,” said In the end it was the all girl Katherine Carlson. Nye, daughter of David and mented that they were the Nye, who this past summer team of Grand Valley High School who prevailed over top Anna Nye of Hartsgrove, most fashionably attired. All was elected as governor at three rivals Edgewood High called Harrison a walking his- three wore stylish outfits, Ohio Girl’s State. Stimecz said the strategy School and Sts. John and Paul tory book and Carlson a math while team member Harrison High School. Edgewood would whiz. Carlson, daughter of GV chose to be bold with bright red he discussed with his team have to settle with second band director Tim Carlson and tights and a fascinator perched before the competition was to be “cautiously reckless.” place while Sts. John and Paul wife Beth, is a senior planning jauntily on her head. “Words cannot describe to attend engineering school John Rubesich, superintenranked third. “I’m just elated, it feels like this fall. Harrison, a junior, is how proud I am of them,” said dent of competition host Ashtabula County Education an underdog victory,” said GV also a popular GV thespian team advisor Mark Stimecz. He said the group of three Service Center, welcomed team captain Emily Nye, who who has earned star billing in along with alternates Brady guests to the 25th annual comwas quick to praise team mem- the Diary of Anne Frank. The smart all-girl team Nye, Holly Nye, Miranda petition and introduced modbers Frances Harrison and

News From Our Schools BY DOUG HLADEK Superintendent Jefferson Area Local Schools Today is an extra calendar day because of Leap Year and I hope everyone enjoys the additional day of mild February weather. I think we beat winter this season! The Jefferson Area School community extends our heartfelt sympathy to the students, staff, parents, and community of Chardon Local Schools for the terrible tragedy that occurred in their schools. They have endured senseless pain because of the shooting incident and deserve our thoughts and prayers. Chardon Schools have been commended by authorities for safety procedures that resulted in a safe, orderly reaction to the event. The school responded with a lockdown and followed other planned procedures for alerting law enforcement, evacuating students and informing parents.

Jefferson Area Local Schools have a district safety plan that addresses procedures such as lockdown, bomb threats, unwanted intruders, fire, tornado, and other crisis events. School safety drills are conducted each fall in conjunction with law enforcement officers to instruct students in procedures to remain secure in place. Fire drills are required nine times per year and tornado drills are conducted in the spring during tornado season. Our schools have an excellent rapport with police and safety forces. Their response

has been swift whenever the schools have requested service. Safety professionals have been very willing to conduct drills and presentations for students about emergency situations and personal safety. To ensure the safety of our students and staff, the district will continue to review our policies and procedures to address our emergency response, and to react to changing needs such as the use of electronic social media and technology. 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 1.5mill 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

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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. Congratulations and good luck to senior Alex Cash for qualifying to wrestle at the state tournament in Columbus after finishing fourth last weekend at the district meet. Six other Falcon wrestlers also competed at the district level. Check our district website for the latest copy of the Jefferson Area Senior High School “J-Hi-Life” located under the “SCHOOLS – Jefferson Area Senior High” tab. 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).


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Support the schools March 6 Dear Editor, I wish to give an insider’s perspective on the JALS renewal levy that passed last year and encourage support for the two renewal levies on the ballot for March 6. I served on the committee for several months leading up to the vote last August and I was surrounded by people with high integrity and a great passion for the students. We were very determined from the outset to make it known that there would be a vote regarding a renewal levy on Aug. 2 of 2011. I recently read a comment implying that people “didn’t know about it.” While I sympathize with those who missed it somehow, I want to assure you that strong efforts were made to publicize it. We purchased 200 signs and set them out all over the district. We wrote articles weekly for four to six weeks ahead of the election and we handed out flyers. We also invited hundreds of people to an appreciation dinner for businesses and volunteers who help the school. Our desire was to get the information out there to as many as we could. No way were we flying stealth! We wanted it to be like the Goodyear blimp that’s easy to see and hard to miss! Another issue I have heard bemoaned was the smaller voter turnout. Was that a factor? Considering that we did not have any big races to draw people in, we were very pleased when close to 1,200 people in the district voted. Granted, it’s not as big a turnout as what a November election would be or even a primary. The prior renewal levy was during a May primary in 2010 where roughly 2,200 people voted on the levy and there was also a renewal levy on the ballot in November of 2008 where 5,500 people voted. 2008 was when we were deciding who would be the next President of the United States so that’s a huge voter turnout day! With all things considered, 1,200 was a solid turn out and the populace was well represented. It should be pointed out that the renewal levies passed during those other elections just like it did in August. So whether 5,500 people turned out, 2,200, or 1,200, the end result was the same because our area has a long history of supporting our schools! We believe that our community cares for the young people and understands their role in supporting the students by voting for these renewal levies that fund a good education for our children. We are counting on that goodwill once again with two smaller levies that should be well supported this year as they have been since 1987 and 1992. I encourage you to come out and support our students on March 6 and let them know that they matter to us!

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$10 OFF Dave Katoch, Owner 147 W. Main St., Geneva, Ohio 44041 Maintenance on Domestic & Imported Cars and Light Trucks Next-Day Service on New Tires “Big or Small, We Do Them All!”

440-415-0694 •440-417-1944 COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR

We Accept Major Credit Cards

ECLECTIC INSPIRATIONS Handcrafted Crafts, Antiques, Collectibles, Inspirational Items, Art & More FEATURING KIDS CRAFT CORNER Arts & Crafts Club For Kids Ages 3-5, 5-7 & 8-10 Girls Only Club Ages 5-15

Any Tax Preparation That Is Brought To Us And Lef t At Our Office.

MVP Tax Service LLC

3034 W. Prospect St., Ashtabula, OH 44004




Oil Change & Tire Rotation 147 W. Main, Geneva • 415-0694 • 417-1944

Any Meal


with the purchase of a 2nd meal of equal or greater value, plus 2 beverages. Up to $4. Offer not valid with any other special offers, coupons or table specials.

I-90 & St. Rt. 534 Harpersfield 440-466-0041 Coupon Savings for Month of March

Space is limited, so please call and reserve a spot for your child. Call 440-992-0336 for more information. 4537 Main Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004

KIDS CRAFT CORNER Sign up for 1 month and receive a week free! $15.00 Value.


4537 Main Ave., Ashtabula, OH 44004


WEDNESDAY, February 29, 2012


P.O. Box 100 Jefferson, OH 44047-0100

------------2012 OFFICERS & BOARD OF CONTROL-------------

Real Estate Service Since 1908

President, Pat Bradek of Subway

Vice President, Janet Wolff, WEK Manufacturing

RecSecy, Mary Jo Braden of Lakeview

CorrSecy, Rayne Burr, Buckeye Title Corporation

Treas., Peggy Stadler of KeyBank

Patty Fisher, Clerk Treas., Village

JoAnn Whetsell, Ken Forging

Bill Creed, The Gazette

George Dubic, Jefferson Healthcare

Jerry March, CruiseOne/Village Rep.





Regular chamber meeting: Tues., March 6, 2012 at 7:30 am, sponsored by Jefferson Area Local Schools, held at The Jefferson Healthcare Center. There may still be a couple openings for sponsoring the Chamber Meeting refreshments. Please call Mary Jo Braden if you are interested in sponsoring one of the meetings, her #576-4382.


Miller Realty Co.


The Ashtabula Home Show is coming up!

of Jefferson, Ohio

Volunteer for a spot! There are still several spots available for helping out with the upcoming 2012 Ashtabula County Home Show which is being held March 2nd thru the 4th. You can contact Rich at Crystal Clear Water Inc. His number is 576-5421. Any help will be appreciated. As a reminder, the time you donate to this event helps The Jefferson Chamber get a cut of the Home Show Proceeds.




Have you renewed your membership? The renewal forms went out in the mail. In the event that you didn’t get your form in the mail please be sure to call and ask for another copy to be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to you. Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is happening on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 3-6:30 at the Jefferson Community Center. Reserve by March 9th to make sure you get you space. There will be door prizes and refreshments. There will be no cost to the public! Table cost for members is $45.00, for no members it’s $55.00. Contact Janet Wolff for details at 440-576-6940 x 5423, Rick Briggs at 576-9125 x 205 or Rich Machczynski @ 576-5421


Submit articles for the newsletter by the third Thursday of the month to

Open for Breakfast Every Day 135 N. Chestnut St. Jefferson, OH



Citizen of the Year Banquet: The annual affair will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the Jefferson Community Center. The Social Hours starts at 6:00 with Dinner following at 7:00. You can reserve a table for 8 for just $125.00 or you can get individual tickets for $20.00 each. Deadline for reserving your space is March 9, 2012. Reservations and Nominations for “Citizen of the Year” and “Youth of the Year” can be obtained by calling Mary Jo Braden, Lakeview Federal Credit Union. You can reach Mary Jo Braden by calling 440-576-4382. This is sure to be a great event for all.

GLAZIER INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. Serving Our Community Since 1936

Jefferson Community Center news: They are offering several programs from after school to the “Snowball Ball” scheduled 2/4/12. The programs started January 2 and run periodically. There are activities, games, arts, crafts, science programs and more for the children to get involved in! You can call 576-9052 for additional information!

PHONE (440) 576-2921 or 1 (800) 322-1661 41 WALL STREET JEFFERSON, OHIO 44047-1138 James A. Baker, Agent

Library news: Activities and classes are in session! The Children’s Librarian, Miss Dee, has several programs for children of all ages to participate in. The newest program is PJ Sleepy Time, held Thursdays from 7-7:45pm, kids can come in PJ’s and enjoy! Miss Dee is also reading at the Jefferson Community Center Monday mornings 10-10:30. Visit their website for additional information or you can call 576-3761 and ask for Miss Dee. Do you have an event or activity coming up? Let our members know by supplying the information to Rayne Burr, Correspondence Secretary. She will get the word out to everyone! You can reach her at 576-3916 or 319-0788. Her e-mail is

Petros Design

Free Anthem Health Insurance Quote:


Quality Laser Etching Endless Possibilities Pictures on Marble and Granite

Membership in the Jefferson Area Chamber includes membership in NOACC, Providing Superior Business Benefits to Chamber Members for over 10 Years, for details visit

Personalized Gifts Awards • Home Decor Kathy Housel, Owner 942 St. Rt. 46 North Jefferson, Ohio


Old Reserve Realty

Haines Memorials,



1 Lawyers Row Jefferson, Ohio Phone 576-6985 Carol Fulwiler, Owner/Broker

Lauri Haines Allen

We’re Proud To Be A Part Of Jefferson’s Past, Present And Future

Equal Housing Oppor tunity

1640 State Rt. 46 N. Jefferson, OH 44047

Bus: 440-576-2637 Fax: 440-576-2638

Crystal Clear Water



Buckeye Title Corporation Serving Ashtabula and Lake Counties Since 1946

28 West Jefferson Street Jefferson, Ohio 44047 440-576-3916 440-576-9366


YOUR AD HERE! Contact Rick Briggs at 576-9125 today!

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