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JAHS students compete Voters approve Jefferson schools levies at Science Fair BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

JEFFERSON - Voters in the Jefferson Area Local Schools District approved the renewal of two permanent-improvement levies on the ballot on Tuesday, March 6. Issue 9 on the ballot was a 1.0mill levy first approved by voters in 1987, and Issue 10 was 1.5-mill levy first approved in 1992. Voters approved Issue 9 by a vote

of 1,210 in favor to 999 against, according to unofficial results from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections. Voters approved Issue 10 by a vote of 1,133 in favor to 1,074 against. Provisional ballots are not included in the results, although absentee ballots are. “The Board of Education and the district are again grateful for the support from our voters and the confidence that they have shown in the school district,” Superintendent

Doug Hladek said. Hladek said the levies are used for buses, textbooks, technology, computers, facility maintenance and equipment in the district. 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

See LEVIES page 7A

Unofficial results show Ashtabula school levy failing Issue 2 passes BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

for the levy and 2,786 voting against. These results do not include provisional ballots, although absentee ballots are included. AACS held an active campaign, going door to door and leaving informational pamphlets as well as sending postcards asking voters to vote for the levy. “This levy does not just affect the school but the entire area,” AACS Superintendent Joseph Donatone has said. With the levy’s failure to pass, school officials said they will have to cut programming. Some programs cuts already in discussion for the next school year include the

cancellation of foreign language courses at the high school and cutting down the allotted preschool enrollment. AACS officials said they will have to make more cuts to their staff as well. “Our school district is facing a financial crisis due to the annual loss of state and local funding, and we will continue to experience these kinds of losses if we don’t step up to the plate to support our schools,” the AACS levy committee said. Elsewhere in Ashtabula, voters passed Issue 2, which was an in-

ASHTABULA - The Ashtabula Area School District voted on Issue 7 during yesterday’s election Jessica Woodin and Bernie Gerahty are pictured with their Science and did not pass the levy. Fair project “Pump Up the Rate.” Issue 7 was for an additional BY CAROLYN BEHR-JEROME game, the girls explained, so they 6.8-mill levy for the Ashtabula wanted to see if it really made a Area City Schools. If passed, the Gazette Newspapers difference. Although the majority levy would have minimized cuts to JEFFERSON - Jefferson Area of heart rates were increased, not AACS. High School Honors Biology I stu- all the volunteers liked the choice According to unofficial results, dents competed in a Science Fair of music. 55.15 percent of the voters voted “If we had to do it over again, against the levy, with 2,266 voting last week. The 37 projects were See RESULTS page 7A judged and three qualified for the we’d probably try a different song,” Ohio Academy of Sciences District Woodin said. Abby Raikes wanted to find out 15 Lake-to-River Science Day at what effect hand sanitizer has on Youngstown State University. “Participation in Science Day is a plant’s life. She filled two pots a rewarding and enjoyable with soil and put hand sanitizer in BY SADIE PORTMAN experience. Through participation one. Then she added the plants Gazette Newspapers in Science Day, students compete and measured their height every not only for a wide variety of prizes 12 hours. She discovered that the ASHTABULA - The Park Haven and recognition of accomplish- plants that were given the sani- Nursing Home experienced a fatal ment, but most importantly, they tizer actually lived longer. blaze Sunday evening that was “I only did the experiment for started from a methamphetamine get to experience science and discovery first hand,” said Dr. 30 days,” Raikes explained. “Next laboratory in Room 18 on the secStephen Rodabaugh, associate time I’d try to do it for 60 days.” ond floor of 5433 Park Ave., accordRenewable energy was the sub- ing to investigators. dean for the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and ject for Casey Hall and Ben Fire investigators in Ashtabula Pickard. Mathematics at YSU. say that a fatal fire at a nursing “Batteries are harmful for our home late Sunday night was Amy Gasser, biology teacher, organized the event for her ninth- environment and we were looking caused by an exploding meth lab. and 10th-grade students and hopes for an alternative source and tried The fire, according to authorimud,” Hall explained. “We figured ties, was caused by visitors, not to continue it every year. “I thought it would be a great out that 1/10 of a volt of energy permanent residents of the facility. experience for the students and came from our mud. Unfortu“I was taking a break and I many schools participate,” she ex- nately, you couldn’t use it to power looked through the window and I anything.” plained. saw an explosion of fire,” Deanna Pickard explained that the Bigley, a nurse at the facility, said. Jessica Woodin and Bernie Gerahty called their project “Pump ground was cold and hard. “There was this guy and he was “Next time we’d use more mud engulfed in flames. One of our resiUp the Rate” and investigated the PHOTO COURTESY OF WILLIAM WEST effects of music on the heart rate or try a different time of the year,” dents put him out, but then the fire The Park Haven Nursing Home experienced a fatal blaze Sunday of athletes. Athletes use music to he said. started up and he had to be put out evening that was started from a methamphetamine laboratory in pump themselves up before a See SCIENCE page 6A again.” Room 18 on the second floor of 5433 Park Ave., according to See FIRE page 13A investigators. PHOTOS BY CAROLYN BEHR-JEROME

Park Haven fire caused by meth lab

Chocolate Fest set to Geneva students support Chardon satisfy your sweet tooth BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

year. “There are a lot of cupcake vendors this year. We probably have GENEVA - It’s the time of year between four and five vendors who between Valentine’s Day and Eas- specialize in cupcakes,” Vincent said. ter when the Geneva Rotary Club The Rotary is particularly exholds its Chocolate Fest. cited about having a cupcake shop This year the festival will be that will be featured on a national held on Tuesday, March 13, from cable syndicated show. 5:30-8 p.m. at Geneva High School. “We even have K’s Cupcakes The festival features local busi- from Jefferson coming, and the nesses and many restaurants and owner is going to be on the Food bakeries, along with other vendors Network show, Cupcake Wars,” such as Mary Kay and local stores Vincent said. “So we’re really exand nursing homes, all of which cited to have her.” feature a chocolate dish to share. All the proceeds raised each This will the Rotary’s sixth year year go toward a local cause. Last of having the festival. year it was the Geneva-on-the“In one way it seems like we’ve Lake Walking Trail, and this year been holding the Chocolate Fest the money will be sent to the longer, and in others it seems as if Geneva Community Pavilion the time has gone by really fast,” Project. Terri Vincent, organizer of the “We decided to donate the event, said. money raised this year to the Vincent said the event is popu- Geneva Community Pavilion lar in the community since most Project,” Vincent said. “It’s a great people like chocolate and an added cause which will benefit the whole bonus to the event is getting to community.” know your local businesses. The project is to create a a small “It’s grown so much since we’ve park next to the City of Geneva’s started,” Vincent said. “Each year community center that will feature we get more and more vendors. It’s a gazebo at its center. a really great time.” “Each year we raise about This year the Rotary has once $6,000, so we hope we can make again topped its previous number as much this year for the park,” of booked vendors. Vincent said. “We have 44 vendors this year, Vincent said the Chocolate Fest which is the most we’ve ever had,” is a great way to support the comVincent said. munity and they look forward to Vincent said many bakeries are the event every year. bringing their chocolate treats this “I think people love the Chocolate Fest and look forward to it every year,” Vincent said. “People are used to going every year and it has become a tradition.”

See CHOCOLATE page 10A

BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

GENEVA - The Geneva Area City Schools took time out to commemorate those affected by the Chardon High School shooting last week by posing for a picture with all students dressed in red and black, Chardon’s school colors. Three students from Chardon High School were killed in the shooting and two more injured. “I’ve been sitting here at my desk thinking about the events of this week, and I thought it might be a good time to share with you a bit of what the Geneva Schools have done to reach out to our friends in Chardon,” GACS Superintendent Mary Zappitelli said.

Zappitelli said the district did not hesitate in offering its support after the incident occurred last Monday. “Immediately upon hearing of what had happened, we offered to send personnel to help if needed,” Zappitelli said. During this emotional and difficult time for the Chardon community, GACS officials wanted them to know, they are not alone. “Our high school students and staff wore black and red (Chardon’s school colors) and a photo was scheduled to be taken,” Zappitelli said. “Posters were made and a banner signed by high school students was delivered to Chardon High School.” GACS officials know the aftershocks of the shooting will not be

healed overnight, so students are also collecting funds to be donated to the school as counselors and other healing aids will be needed. “Our high school students and staff took up a collection to be donated to the fund that has been established in Chardon to help with the healing process,” Zappitelli said. “Our athletic department sent a planter to the high school.” The students took an active stand against bullying and violence in school. “In addition, it is my understanding that a T-shirt is being designed for sale and that the proceeds will also be donated to the fund,” Zappitelli said.

See GENEVA page 10A


Nearly a thousand Geneva High School students and staff dressed in red and black, Chardon’s school colors, and gathered for this photo in a heartfelt expression of support in the wake of last week’s tragic events. Visit this link to view a YouTube video recorded at Geneva High School in solace and solidarity:


WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2012

ADDA to serve up a belly full of laughs for annual fundraiser

Bricks come tumbling down

BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

Rhonda Blades, a realtor with Howard Hanna Tucker Select Properties on Main Avenue in Ashtabula, sent in a video, where this screen grab was taken from, of the fallen bricks at Furniture Towne. Main Avenue was temporarily closed Friday, Feb. 24, after a portion of the brick facade above Furniture Towne came crashing to the ground. No one was injured by the falling bricks.

ASHTABULA - The Ashtabula Downtown Development Association (ADDA) is once again holding its annual Downtown Laughs on March 16-17 at Casa Capelli Restaurant. The event is a fundraiser for the ADDA. “Downtown Laughs tickets are available now,” ADDA member Rick Coblitz said. “It is one of our major fundraisers for the year.” The tickets are $25 a person and include a meal along with a night full of laughs. There will also be a cash bar available throughout the night. The doors will open at 6 p.m. with a buffet style dinner being served at 6:45 p.m. The ADDA expects the first comedian to start his stand-up around 8 p.m. “We are having one of our Downtown Laughs nights on Saint Patrick’s Day this year, so we are looking forward to see how it all turns out,” Colbitz said. Last year, the ADDA added a second night due to the high demand for tickets and the success from previous years. The ADDA has decided to keep the second night for its second year in a row. This year the featured comedians are Mousy Benedict, Jeff Brodsky, Albert Camplese, Bill Herzog, Bill Hyland and Phil Pawlowski. Tony Orlando will once again perform as the Master of Ceremonies.


“All local comedies will be featured, and most of the comedies will be different than the ones we’ve had for the past two year,” Colblitz said. Mousy Benedict is one of the returning acts as the ADDA has enjoyed his standup for the past few years and members are pleased to hear his fresh new act this year. The ADDA enjoys putting on the Downtown Laughs each year and sees the night as a chance to enjoy downtown Ashtabula as well as a few laughs. “We would encourage you to come out and have a good time and a good meal and support the ADDA,” Colbitz said. The ADDA warns the night is for adults only and no one under 21 will be permitted as there may be content not suitable for children. Last year, the ADDA reported both nights being near sellouts, so members urge those wanting tickets to call soon. For reservations, call Oscar Tomasio at (440) 992-3700. Be sure to know which night you would like to attend before calling. All tickets must be bought in advance and once a purchase is made, the ADDA Downtown Laughs committee will organize the delivery of the tickets. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@ ADDA to serve up a belly full of laughs for annual fundraiser

AACS Board of Education makes decision on McKinsey Elementary ASHTABULA - At a special board meeting on Feb. 28, 2012, the Board of Education of the Ashtabula Area City Schools unanimously approved a resolution to remove the former McKinsey Elementary School Building and property from a public auction scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2012. The Board has decided to complete the demolition of the building which had begun in September of 2011. Following demolition, the property, located at 1113 Bunker Hill Road, will be put up for public auction. The Board of Education believes this action is in the best interest of the neighborhood in which the property is located and the City of Ashtabula. The remaining properties scheduled to be auctioned on March 9, Lakeside Intermediate School (formerly Ashtabula High School) and Saybrook Elementary School, were not affected by this action and will remain in the auction.


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Jefferson Elementary students ‘nibble their way through reading’ BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Jefferson Elementary School students enjoyed their second Book Fair of the year on Feb. 1317. The students had a special visitor during the Book Fair, as Geronimo Stilton, a mouse character from a comedy-adventure series, was there to pass out valentines to students during their lunch periods. The popular book series follows the adventures of the famous mouse, Geronimo Stilton, Editor-In-Chief of the Rodent’s Gazette and a multimillionaire media magnate. Geronimo’s into the news 24/ 7, and with his nephew Benjamin, adventure always comes knocking on their door...launching them into a caper in New Mouse City or taking them around the world, JES Library Aide Kathy Dalsky said. The students enjoyed vis-

iting with Geronimo during lunch periods on Wednesday and then again on Thursday at Family Night, when he passed out cheese and Pokemon cards, Dalsky said. The theme this year was “Nibble Your Way Through Reading.” The school enjoyed a very well-attended book fair this year, with our highest sales, Dalsky said. Older students helped with the fair. Jefferson Area High School senior Nick Kobernik dressed up as Geronimo and did a wonderful job with the elementary students, Dalsky said. JAHS teacher and Senior Kindergartner Annika Cowger is a Big Cheese Reader. Advisor Michael Barney sent Senior Leadership students over all week to help with the Book Fair after school hours. Additionally, some elementary students donated $1 to “Pennies for the Planet” and got their picture taken as a “Big Cheese Reader,” Dalsky said.

First-grader Evan Valtman is a Big Cheese Reader.

Jef ferson Elementary School decorated for the Jefferson Elementary School students enjoyed their second Book Fair of the year on theme of “Nibble Your Way Through Reading.” Feb. 13-17.


Attending the book fair at Jefferson Elementary School were fifth-grader Reese Laufenburger, Geronimo Stilton, Library Aide Kathy Dalsky and fifth-grader Samantha Shreve.

Attending the book fair were Miranda Dickens, Celeste The Christo family attended Family Night at the Book Fair. Hamper, Max Mathews and sixth-grader Samuel Toth.

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day, April 25, at the Jefferson Community Center, located at 11 E. Jefferson St. The luncheon will last approximately an hour and a half, running from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and reservations must be made by Friday, April 15. Employers and their administrative staff are invited to come enjoy a fun afternoon at the center, Brown said. “What a great way to tell your staff how much you appreciate their dedi-

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JAHS Choir to perform at dinner music theatre BY CAROLYN BEHRJEROME Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Area High School choir is sponsoring its first annual dinner music theatre at the Jefferson Nazarene Church, 55 East Satin Street on Friday, March 16. Show times are 5-6 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. “We are putting this on as a fundraiser for our program. I am hoping to make it an annual event, but it is going to depend on how things go this year. The students will be performing during the dinner: 20 minutes of choral stuff and 20 minutes of contemporary stuff. There will also be a Chinese auction,” Musical Director Kelli Olesky explained. Olesky also said the food is being donated and that she and some of the students will be cooking the pasta and sauce for the dinner. Senior Bree Bodish, a member of the choir, is the head of the Dinner Committee. “Who doesn’t like spaghetti?” Bodish laughed. “Besides, it’s easy to make.” Junior Audra Franley is head of the Dessert Committee and is looking for donations of cookies, pies, and brownies. “We’ll take just about anything,” she said. Brodish went on to say the entertainment will span


Justin Brown, Clayton Ketola, Abby Kovacs, Audra Franley, and Bree Brodish practice for their choir fundraiser. decades of music. “Everyone who went to Solo and Ensemble will be performing, too,” she said. Junior Justin Brown said the Jefferson Nazarene church is donating its space. “Logan Kincaid is in choir and his dad is the pastor, so that’s why we’re having the dinner there,” Brown said. Senior Clayton Ketola, probably feeling a little left out, said he was the head of

the Good Looks Committee. “Abby Kovacs (a junior) is my assistant in charge of good looks,” he explained. According to Olesky, all choir members will be required to help in some way, whether it be performing, cooking, cleaning up, serving, or set up/tear down. Tickets for the dinner music theatre are $5 for kids ages 4-11, $5 for senior citizens, $8 for adults, and free

for children three years old and younger. Tickets are being sold by choir members. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting Olesky, the director, at Jefferson Area High School, 576-4731. “The room only holds so many people, so we’re trying to sell all the tickets in advance,” Olesky said. “We will have tickets available the night of the event as long as the room isn’t full.”


WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2012

Jefferson residents gather in support of CHS

About 40 residents gathered at the gazebo in Jefferson for a prayer vigil for Chardon High School last Tuesday. BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

ria on Monday afternoon, Feb. 27. Daniel Parmertor died JEFFERSON - Residents from the wounds on Monday, in the Village of Jefferson hours after being shot. gathered for a prayer vigil Russell King and Demetrius Tuesday evening, Feb. 28, at Hewlin, students wounded in the gazebo in support of the Monday’s shooting, died that family, friends and staff at Tuesday morning, officials said. Chardon High School. A Jefferson resident is beFirst Congregational United Church of Christ Se- ing called a hero for his acnior Pastor Jim Brehler or- tions during the shooting. ganized the impromptu gath- Witnesses have reported asering, which saw an atten- sistant football coach Frank dance of about 40 people even Hall putting his life on the though it had only been or- line to save Chardon stuganized a few hours earlier. dents. Hall confronted and The prayer vigil began at chased the gunman out of the 7 p.m. last Tuesday - the Chardon High School cafetesame time Chardon was ria after five students were shot, witnesses said. holding its own vigil. During the vigil, guests “It’s fitting that we are gathering at the same time held lighted candles while and our prayers will be with Ron Cramer played a song on his guitar. them,” Brehler said. “There is a light that The crowd gathered in support of Chardon High shines in the darkness,” School, where three students Brehler said. Brehler read two scripdied after alleged shooter T.J. Lane opened fire in the tures from the Bible, and Chardon High School cafete- then the crowd joined him in

a litany of prayers. Other organizations have organized events in support of Chardon, and students at Jefferson Area Local Schools held fundraisers and wore black-and-red clothing in support of Chardon last week. During the Jefferson Village Council meeting on Monday, March 5, Councilor Rick Hoyson, who also is the principal at Jefferson Area Junior High School, discussed the safety plans the school district has in place to deal with emergency situations. If the school ever has a problem, the Jefferson Police Department and Chief Steve Febel are there in minutes, Hoyson added. “It’s very reassuring to know we have someone as close as we do when there are emergencies,” Hoyson said. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at


Pat and Ron Cramer, far left, helped lead a song at the prayer vigil for Chardon organized at the Jefferson gazebo by First Congregational United Church of Christ Senior Pastor Jim Brehler.

Residents in the Village of Jefferson gathered for a prayer vigil Tuesday evening, Feb. 28, at the gazebo in support of the family, friends and staff at Chardon High School.

Meeting held to discuss Village Day JEFFERSON - A meeting to organize the annual Jefferson Village Day will be held this Wednesday, March 7, in the meeting room of the Henderson Memorial Public Library, 54 E. Jefferson St.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Representatives of interested civic and non-profit groups are encouraged to attend. For further information, call Susan Masirovits at 576-7112.

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(Dem) Sherrod Brown ....................... 5,252 (Green) Write-In ....................................... 4 (Lib) Write-In - John Fockler .................... 5 (Rep) David W Dodt ............................. 324 (Rep) Donna K Glisman .................... 1,037 (Rep) Eric Lamont Gregory .................. 462 (Rep) Josh Mandel ........................... 4,845 (Rep) Michael L Pryce ......................... 796 (Rep) Write-In - Russell P Bliss Jr .... 7,513

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14th Congressional District - State Central Committee (Lake - Lib Only) Vote For 2 (Lib) David Macko .................................. 24

7th Bd Of Ed State Central Committee (Summit - Con + Green) Green Vote For 4, Con Vote For 1 (Green) Elaine R Mastromatteo ............... 5

32nd Ohio Senate (Trumbull) (Dem) Capri S Cafaro ....................... 5,216 (Rep) Nancy McArthur ...................... 6,591

99th Ohio Representative (Ashtabula)

(Full Term 1-1-13) (Dem) Robert W Price ....................... 4,608 (Rep) Terrence O’Donnell ................. 6,985

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(Full Term 1-2-13) (Dem) Fanon A Rucker ........................ 815 (Dem) William M O’Neill .................... 4,602 (Rep) Robert R Cupp ........................ 6,760

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11th Court Of Appeals (Lake - Full Term 2/9/2013) (Dem) Mary Jane Trapp .................... 5,023 (Rep) Colleen Mary O’Toole ............. 6,891

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County Coroner (Rep) Pamela Lancaster ................... 6,971

Central Committeemen (Dem) Austinburg Twp 2: Timothy E Hunt Sr .................................. 37 Michael P Schaab .................................. 20

Central Committeemen (Rep) Austinburg Twp 1: Fran Ontko ............................................. 43 Janie L Spade ........................................ 94

Conneaut 2d: Clarence P Baugher ............................... 36 Joe Moroski ............................................ 67

Trumbull Twp 1: J William Pikor ....................................... 54 Kenneth L Piper ..................................... 28

Williamsfield Twp 2: Connie L Martin ...................................... 49 Margaret Slingluff ................................... 24

Windsor Twp 1: Edward J Heinz ...................................... 36 Carla Slusher ......................................... 65

LEVY RESULTS Ashtabula Area City Schools

Jefferson Area Local Schools

Jefferson Area Local Schools

A yes vote indicates favor for an additional 6.8 mills for Emergency Requirements - 5 years. Yes No

A yes vote indicates favor for a renewal 1 mill for buses and improvements - 5 years.

A yes vote indicates favor for a renewal 1.5 mills for improvements - 5 years.

Ashtabula City 1-A Ashtabula City 1-B Ashtabula City 1-C Ashtabula City 1-D Ashtabula City 1-E Ashtabula City 1-F Ashtabula City 1-G Ashtabula City 2-A Ashtabula City 2-B Ashtabula City 2-C Ashtabula City 2-D Ashtabula City 2-E Ashtabula City 2-F Ashtabula City 3-A Ashtabula City 3-B Ashtabula City 3-C Ashtabula City 3-D Ashtabula City 4-A Ashtabula City 4-B Ashtabula City 4-C Ashtabula City 4-D Ashtabula City 4-E Ashtabula City 5-A Ashtabula City 5-B Ashtabula City 5-C Ashtabula City 5-D Ashtabula City 5-E Ashtabula Twp 2 Ashtabula Twp 7 Kingsville Twp 1 Plymouth Twp 1 Plymouth Twp 2 Plymouth Twp 3 Saybrook Twp 1 Saybrook Twp 2 Saybrook Twp 3 Saybrook Twp 4 Saybrook Twp 5 Saybrook Twp 6 Saybrook Twp 7 Saybrook Twp 8 Saybrook Twp 9 Sheffield Twp 1 TOTAL

87 109 68 64 44 48 68 72 88 85 83 86 76 57 36 39 36 78 60 60 44 66 53 50 50 51 21 19 32 33 25 41 33 25 30 15 41 32 72 65 40 55 37 53 31 38 32 37 35 35 63 47 40 47 67 117 65 66 0 2 75 124 35 113 49 85 42 111 62 69 95 102 68 131 84 125 82 57 106 99 39 92 72 86 0 0 2,266 2,786

Grand Valley School District A yes vote indicates favor for an additional 4.9 mills for emergency requirements - 5 years. Yes No Colebrook Twp 118 134 Hartsgrove Twp 1 60 113 Hartsgrove Twp 2 62 101 New Lyme Twp 6 2 Orwell Village 176 138 Orwell Twp 139 187 Roaming Shores 119 55 Rome Twp 87 144 Windsor Twp 1 90 126 Windsor Twp 2 43 75 TOTAL 900 1,075

Austinburg Twp 2 Denmark Twp Dorset Twp Jefferson Vill 1 Jefferson Vill 2 Jefferson Vill 3 Jefferson Vill 4 Jefferson Twp 1 Jefferson Twp 2 Jefferson Twp 3 Lenox Twp 1 Lenox Twp 2 Rock Creek Vill Morgan Twp New Lyme Twp Plymouth Twp 2 Plymouth Twp 3 Roaming Shores Rome Twp Sheffield Twp 1 Sheffield Twp 2 Trumbull Twp 2 TOTAL

Yes 33 49 62 82 69 129 155 79 50 97 64 71 34 71 2 5 1 98 0 29 4 26 1,210

No 25 41 103 66 41 44 69 65 63 72 96 70 36 78 0 13 0 58 2 22 7 28 999

A yes vote indicates favor for Ordinance 2011199: Amending Section 47.1 - Removal from Office. Yes No Ashtabula City 1-A 156 34 Ashtabula City 1-B 100 30 Ashtabula City 1-C 69 19 Ashtabula City 1-D 101 34 Ashtabula City 1-E 125 45 Ashtabula City 1-F 133 28 Ashtabula City 1-G 100 27 Ashtabula City 2-A 57 16 Ashtabula City 2-B 79 34 Ashtabula City 2-C 96 21 Ashtabula City 2-D 90 15 Ashtabula City 2-E 82 16 Ashtabula City 2-F 74 24 Ashtabula City 3-A 28 7 Ashtabula City 3-B 47 16 Ashtabula City 3-C 48 18 Ashtabula City 3-D 39 15 Ashtabula City 4-A 36 8 Ashtabula City 4-B 56 15 Ashtabula City 4-C 109 22 Ashtabula City 4-D 83 22 Ashtabula City 4-E 71 17 Ashtabula City 5-A 60 9 Ashtabula City 5-B 56 12 Ashtabula City 5-C 45 21 Ashtabula City 5-D 84 21 Ashtabula City 5-E 68 17 TOTAL 2,092 563

Harpersfield Township A yes vote indicates favor for a $444,000 bond, 0.7 mill, for a fire truck - 10 years.

Rome Township A yes vote indicates favor for a replacement 2.5 mills for fire/EMS - 5 years. Yes No Roaming Shores 134 73 Rome Twp 128 104 TOTAL 262 177

Harpersfield Twp 1 Harpersfield Twp 2 Harpersfield Twp 3 TOTAL

Yes 115 131 93 339

Austinburg Twp 2 Denmark Twp Dorset Twp Jefferson Vill 1 Jefferson Vill 2 Jefferson Vill 3 Jefferson Vill 4 Jefferson Twp 1 Jefferson Twp 2 Jefferson Twp 3 Lenox Twp 1 Lenox Twp 2 Rock Creek Vill Morgan Twp New Lyme Twp Plymouth Twp 2 Plymouth Twp 3 Roaming Shores Rome Twp Sheffield Twp 1 Sheffield Twp 2 Trumbull Twp 2 TOTAL

Yes No 31 27 29 41 62 103 72 75 69 42 123 49 143 82 76 66 49 64 89 80 58 102 71 70 30 40 64 84 1 1 4 14 1 0 92 64 1 1 26 25 2 9 20 35 1,133 1,074

Ashtabula City

Ashtabula City

No 48 72 51 171

Children’s Serv. 1.75 m

(Dem-Man) Tom Letson .................... 4,545 (Dem-Woman) Margaret M Scott ...... 4,712 (Rep-Man) Albert J Haberstroh Jr. ....... 343 (Rep-Man) Randy Law ......................... 763 (Rep-Man) Casey O’Brien ................ 4,868 (Rep-Man) J William Pikor ................ 1,634 (Rep-Woman) Kathi Creed ............... 3,024 (Rep-Woman) Melissa Pope ............. 4,282

County Prosecuter (Dem) Thomas L Sartini .................... 4,988 (Rep) David Schroeder ..................... 6,697

A yes vote indicates favor for Ordinance 2011197: Amending Section 189.08 - City Income Tax. Yes No Ashtabula City 1-A 96 91 Ashtabula City 1-B 66 63 Ashtabula City 1-C 41 47 Ashtabula City 1-D 66 70 Ashtabula City 1-E 90 80 Ashtabula City 1-F 84 80 Ashtabula City 1-G 79 49 Ashtabula City 2-A 36 37 Ashtabula City 2-B 58 55 Ashtabula City 2-C 55 58 Ashtabula City 2-D 59 45 Ashtabula City 2-E 48 51 Ashtabula City 2-F 45 53 Ashtabula City 3-A 20 14 Ashtabula City 3-B 38 27 Ashtabula City 3-C 33 30 Ashtabula City 3-D 30 24 Ashtabula City 4-A 27 16 Ashtabula City 4-B 41 29 Ashtabula City 4-C 72 58 Ashtabula City 4-D 46 57 Ashtabula City 4-E 45 43 Ashtabula City 5-A 19 50 Ashtabula City 5-B 28 41 Ashtabula City 5-C 27 39 Ashtabula City 5-D 58 49 Ashtabula City 5-E 38 45 TOTAL 1,345 1,301

Geneva-on-the-Lake A yes vote indicates favor for an income tax increase of 0.5% (from 1.0% to 1.5%). Yes No GOTL 31 26 GOTL 36 87 TOTAL 67 113

Ashtabula Township 3 A yes vote indicates favor for a Liquor Option at the Wal Mart Supercenter No. 2359 Yes No Ashtabula Twp 3 45 40 TOTAL 45 40

Precincts Ashtabula 1-A Ashtabula 1-B Ashtabula 1-C Ashtabula 1-D Ashtabula 1-E Ashtabula 1-F Ashtabula 1-G Ashtabula 2-A Ashtabula 2-B Ashtabula 2-C Ashtabula 2-D Ashtabula 2-E Ashtabula 2-F Ashtabula 3-A Ashtabula 3-B Ashtabula 3-C Ashtabula 3-D Ashtabula 4-A Ashtabula 4-B Ashtabula 4-C Ashtabula 4-D Ashtabula 4-E Ashtabula 5-A Ashtabula 5-B Ashtabula 5-C Ashtabula 5-D Ashtabula 5-E Conneaut 1-A Conneaut 1-B Conneaut 1-C Conneaut 1-D Conneaut 2-A Conneaut 2-B Conneaut 2-C Conneaut 2-D Conneaut 3-A Conneaut 3-B Conneaut 3-C Conneaut 3-D Conneaut 4-A Conneaut 4-B Conneaut 4-C Conneaut 4-D Geneva City 1 Geneva City 2 Geneva City 3 Geneva City 4 Geneva City 5 Geneva City 6 Geneva City 7 Geneva City 8 Andover Village 1 Andover Village 2 Andover Twp 1 Andover Twp 2 Ashtabula Twp 1 Ashtabula Twp 2 Ashtabula Twp 3 Ashtabula Twp 4 Ashtabula Twp 5 Ashtabula Twp 6 Ashtabula Twp 7 Ashtabula Twp 8 Austinburg Twp 1 Austinburg Twp 2 Cherry Valley Twp Colebrook Twp Denmark Twp Dorset Twp GOTL 1 GOTL 2 Geneva Twp 1 Geneva Twp 2 Geneva Twp 3 Geneva Twp 4 Harpersfield Twp 1 Harpersfield Twp 2 Harpersfield Twp 3 Hartsgrove Twp 1 Hartsgrove Twp 2 Jefferson Vil 1 Jefferson Vil 2 Jefferson Vil 3 Jefferson Vil 4 Jefferson Twp 1 Jefferson Twp 2 Jefferson Twp 3 Kingsville Twp 1 Kingsville Twp 2 Lenox Twp 1 Lenox Twp 2 Monroe Twp 1 Monroe Twp 2 Rock Creek Village Morgan Twp New Lyme Twp N. Kingsville Vill 1 N. Kingsville Vill 2 N. Kingsville Vill 3 N. Kingsville Vill 4 Orwell Village Orwell Twp Pierpont Twp Plymouth Twp 1 Plymouth Twp 2 Plymouth Twp 3 Richmond Twp. Roaming Shores Rome Twp Saybrook Twp 1 Saybrook Twp 2 Saybrook Twp 3 Saybrook Twp 4 Saybrook Twp 5 Saybrook Twp 6 Saybrook Twp 7 Saybrook Twp 8 Saybrook Twp 9 Sheffield Twp 1 Sheffield Twp 2 Trumbull Twp 1 Trumbull Twp 2 Wayne Twp Williamsfield Twp 1 Williamsfield Twp 2 Windsor Twp 1 Windsor Twp 2

No 6,953

US Senator

32nd State Central Committee (Trumbull)

Yes 9,247

United States President (Dem) Barack Obama ....................... 5,262 (Rep) Newt Gingrich ......................... 1,264 (Rep) Jon Huntsman .............................. 48 (Rep) Ron Paul ................................. 1,230 (Rep) Rick Perry .................................... 54 (Rep) Mitt Romney ............................. 3,115 (Rep) Rick Santorum ........................ 3,227



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Sylina Blaney and Kasey Rollman are pictured with their Science Fair project “Boys and Girls Around Town.”

Abby Raikes is pictured with her Science Fair project 1213 Casey Hall and Ben Pickard are pictured with their “Hand Sanitizer and Plant Life.” Science Fair project “A Battery That Runs on Mud.”

“Fish Fry” was the title of Hayley Allen’s and Delaney Giantonio’s science fair project. They weren’t looking for ways to cook up Friday’s meal during Lent, however. The girls investigated global warming on a small scale. Two gold fish were kept in bowls and the water of one was kept at room temperature. The other was kept at a temperature near 80 degrees. The girls hypothesized that the warm water would have a negative effect on the fish. “Our hypothesis was correct. The room temperature fish lived longer,” said Giantonio.

have on acid rain. They compared “Sevin” and “Orthomax” by spraying them on plans and checking the run off. Both were acidic, but “Sevin” was more. “We didn’t have too many products to choose from,” Saner explained. An Aloe Vera plant was the subject for Carmen Peligrino and Brendan Haines. These boys clipped off an aloe plant at different lengths to see which one grew faster over a two-month time period. Peligrino said they thought the big one would grow faster. “We were surprised to

Emily Allen and Jessica Becker investigated something called the “Stroop Effect.” They wanted to see if kids could name the colors of the words but not the words. Becker explained that the word “GREEN” is printed in a red color so the correct answer is “RED.” Allen and Becker were surprised to find that older kids were faster at reading. “We tried to find young kids who knew their colors but couldn’t read. We thought they would do better,” they said. Lilly Battita and Morgan Saner wanted to know what effect insecticides

Nick LaGrange and Krista Beddor are pictured with their Science Fair project “ODOR.”

find out it didn’t really matter because the small on caught up,” Haines said. Deanna Comp’s grandfather is a dairy farmer, so she and Jessica Stranman decided to use that as part of their project: What month do cows produce the most milk? Comp explained that everybody thinks cows produce more when it’s warm, but it’s actually better at a temperature of 35 degrees. Over the course of the year, the girls kept track of how much milk the cows produced. “February was too cold and August was too hot. December turned out to be

the best for milking this year,” Stranman said. Nick LaGrange and Krista Beddor wanted to find out if odors could be removed from shoes. Beddor said, “No one likes a smelly shoe!” However, their method didn’t seem to work very well. They put a squeaky toy filled with odor removing products in LaGrange’s shoe. For a week he “stunk it up,” they explained. The noise from the toy mostly got on LaGrange’s (and everyone else’s) nerves. Sylina Blaney and Kasey Rollman investigated “Boys and Girls Around Town.” To find out what gender appeared the most at various stores in Jefferson, the girls went out once a week for two months and watched people. “We went to different stores in Jefferson and kept track of how many men and women entered,” they said Blaney explained. “The number was about the same, but we did notice that Rite Aide is a very

busy store,” Rollman said. A white smile was the topic of Bailey Beckwith’s a nd Ka itlin Guerini’s project. The girls soaked tiles in various stain producing liquids, like coffee and then brushed them for several days with whitening toothpaste. “Colgate Total was the best,” they said. “We were surprised.” Students were judged on the experimental design process, data collection and conclusions, and presentation/interview. L e s i L a m b e r t , Zoe Contenza, and Steven Houser with Caitlyn Stimson will be competing against students from all over Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana Counties at the YSU Lake-to-River Science Day on March 31. Those rated “superior” at YSU will advance to the State Science Fair in May at Ohio State University. Lake-to-River Science Day is one of 16 regional science fairs in Ohio that are sanctioned by the Ohio Academy of Science.

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Deanna Comp and Jessica Stanman are pictured with their Science Fair project “What Temperatures Work Best Down on the Farm?”

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2012


Council hires two Carlo, Bailey win commissioner primaries Children Services new part-time levy passes police officers BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers

BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Jefferson Village Council dealt with several personnel actions during its meeting on Monday, March 5. In one action, council approved Mayor Judy Maloney’s recommendation to hire Eloy Salinas and Jennifer Howell to the Jefferson Police Department as occasional, parttime police officers. Jefferson Police Department Chief Steve Febel was at the meeting and talked about their qualifications, including how Salinas served in the military with a significant security clearance. Howell may be used in child-care cases, as well as cases where a female victim may be more comfortable talking to a female officer. In other actions, council passed the third and final 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.

The village employees also have saved thousands of dollars by doing in-kind work instead of having work contracted out. Some of the employees included in the ordinance include: administrator, $58,378.32 per year; police chief, $46,108.24 per year; deputy chief, $41,779.92 per year; recreation/parks supervisor, $29,972.04 per year; and fire chief, $7,226.30 per year. Council also passed the third and final 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 gave the clerktreasurer position a sevenpercent raise, then tied the clerk-treasurer to any future raises given to the employees. The ordinance sets the salary of the clerk-treasurer at $42,152.65. In other actions, council appointed Tim Leehan as a member of the Historic Review Board. He will replace Norma Waters’ term through Dec. 31, 2013. Stefanie Wessell, senior editor for Gazette Newspapers, may be reached at

JEFFERSON - Only three county-wide contested races were on the primary ballot for Tuesday, March 6, but the results could shape the county after the general election in November. Incumbent Ashtabula County Commissioner Peggy Carlo faced a challenger in the Democratic party for the party’s nomination for the commissioner seat commencing Jan. 3, 2013. Carlo was challenged by Conneaut politician Jacob Chicatelli. Democratic voters decided to support Carlo once again, choosing her by a vote of 4,258 to 1,534 votes for Chicatelli, according to unofficial results from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections. (Provisional ballots are not included in these results, although absentee ballots are.) Carlo, who could not be reached on election night for comment, will go on to face the winner in the Republican

primary between Ryan Bailey and Roy Brommer in November. In the Republican primary for this seat, Bailey emerged victorious. Bailey received 5,371 votes, compared to 2,096 votes for Brommer, according to unofficial results. An excited Bailey thanked the voters for their support during the election. “The biggest thing is I’m honored that the voters trust me, and I won’t let them down,” Bailey said. “I cannot let them down.” Bailey is a graduate of Geneva High School, a graduate of Kent State University and a graduate of Alabama Military Academy. He has served seven years in the U.S. Army, ranking as a Second Lieutenant. Because of his military obligations, Bailey said he couldn’t campaign as hard as he wanted. Instead, he relied heavily on support from his campaign team. He thanked these volunteers on election night. “The volunteers in my campaign staff really were the deciding factor here,” Bailey said. Bailey said he’s confident

going into the general election in November, citing the enthusiasm seen in the voters who came out to support him. “I really think this could be a turning point for Ashtabula County,” Bailey said. “I’m going to do everything I possibly can to get us on the right track.” Incumbent Commissioner Daniel Claypool (D) of Lenox Township faced no challengers in his primary election for the term commencing Jan. 2, 1013. He will go on to face Steve Graham (R) of Jefferson, who also faced no challengers in his primary, in November. The third county-wide contested race was for the Republican nominee for the Ashtabula County recorder position. Corrie Leehan and James Nizen each hoped to face Democrat Barbara Schaab, of Austinburg Township, in November by winning the Republican primary. The candidates are hoping to replace current Ashtabula County Recorder Judith A. Barta, who is not running for reelection. Schaab ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

In the election on Tuesday, Leehan received the most votes. Leehan received 4,410 votes compared to 3,264 votes for Nizen, according to unofficial results from the elections board. Leehan also could not be reached for comment on election night. Lastly in the county, voters decided to renew the fiveyear, 1.75-mill levy sought by the Ashtabula County Children Services Board. Voters cast 9,247 votes in support of the levy, compared to 6,953 votes against it. “The renewal levy is solely for the operating expenses of Children Services,” Children Services Executive Director Tania Burnett has said. “It provides 43 percent of our budget and also enables us to seek matching funds from the state and federal governments when applying for grants. It also enables us to offer many of the supportive services we provide to families as well as our prevention programs.” 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.

Harpersfield passes levy for new fire truck BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP - Harpersfield Township passed the fire truck levy by 66.47 percent, according to the unofficial election results. The issue’s passage will enable the fire department to purchase a new fire truck with the $440,000 bond levy. The levy will be in effect BY SADIE PORTMAN that we all need in our comfor 10 years, starting in 2012 munity. It’s not about who Gazette Newspapers and ending in 2021. The levy donates what or who is helpis also nonrenewable. ASHTABULA - The ing get this created.” “We have a lot of support Ashtabula Free Health Leatherman said they in our community,” Jim Clinic (AFHC) is starting to have already seen an outorganize and is beginning to reach for the hospital, and raise money to make the whether it is a small monclinic a reality. etary donation or a donation “This is a 100-percent of supplies, every little bit come-tax initiative, by 44 free clinic, no one gets paid helps. votes, according to the unofor gets a job,” Mark “We have to work toficial results, with a passage Leatherman, president of gether and do our parts, sacby 50.83 percent of the vote. AFHC, said. “[AFHC is] 100 rifice to make things better Issue 2 only affects those percent run from donations, for all,” Leatherman said. who work outside of the city grants and people who doLeatherman said it is so who will now be responsible nate their time.” easy to criticize everything The Ashtabula Free that is not being done, but Health Clinic will be hold- he believes you are either ing a fundraiser on April 14 part of the problem or the at G.O. Ministries starting solution. at 4 p.m. and ending at 8 The free clinic is not in 1987 and 1992. “The dollar amount generp.m. something that has develThe AFHC is also looking oped overnight, as the pro- ated is approximately for more members to join its gram has been in the works $125,000 for the 1.0-mill levy steering committee. for two years. The AFHC is and $175,000 for the 1.5-mill “A steering committee seeing other organizations levy,” Hladek said. Since they are permahas nothing to do with be- also becoming involved in nent-improvement levies, no ing a doctor. They help raise the clinic. funds collected through the funds and set up a medical “No one organization can board for the medical side,” do this alone. We are work- levies can be used for salaries Leatherman said. ing with ACMC, Salvation or day-to-day operations. Leatherman said he has Army, our sister free health been a part of projects with clinic in Meadville, Pa., the a focus on making United Way, G.O. MinisAshtabula better place to tries, local and state level live and would like to see politicians, local churches, BY STEFANIE WESSELL the AFHC come to life. local businesses and people Gazette Newspapers “Donating time and willing to donate time and ASHTABULA TOWNworking hard to make some- services to making this a rething positive happen for ality. We all have to work to- SHIP - On Saturday, March the community as a whole gether to make this hap- 10, the Ashtabula County Literacy Coalition will suphas nothing to do with agen- pen,” Leatherman said. das or trying to get personal At the April 14 event, port the National Education gain,” Leatherman said. “It guests will be able to enjoy Association’s Read Across costs great time and money live music and dancing, America Project with a to try to create something along with refreshments countywide literacy event at from nothing.” and food for only $10 a per- the Ashtabula Towne Square The AFHC needs dona- son. There will also be se- Center Stage from 12-2 p.m. As a way to celebrate Dr. tions from supplies to those curity available in the parkSeuss’ birthday, library readwho can donate time. ing lot during the event. “With managing many The AFHC is also looking ers will read the works of Dr. grocery stores and clubs, for further donations for the Seuss, and children in preworking with many social fundraiser such as food and kindergarten through fourth grade will receive free books and political clubs, I have other types of supplies. and door prizes. The Cat in a drive that most people can’t keep up with. So beSadie Portman, reporter the Hat will make an appearing a president of the steer- for the Gazette, may be ance. Families are asked to ing committee to help get reached at sportman@gazette gather at the square’s center this started is 100 percent up my alley,” Leatherman said. Leatherman said he has LIVE PIANO donated much of his time toMUSIC ward the AFHC but needs Every Friday & more people to volunteer or contribute to the cause. Saturday Night “This isn’t about me. It is 4pm ‘til 10pm about showing there is true desire and showing that it Lenten Specials can and will become a reality,” Leatherman said. “This 2610 West Prospect • Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 is about helping your fellow 440.992.0902 • man and seeing something

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Pristov said. “People understand the need for our fire department.” Pristov said the fire department has already looked at a few engines they are considering for purchase. “They have an idea which fire engine they would like, but they have yet to announce where the truck will be coming from,” Pristov said. Pristov said many times the Harpersfield Fire Department is the first on the scene during emergencies and places such as Austinburg Township, which

is short on a fire truck, come to rely on Harpersfield to assist when an incident arises. “We don’t just respond to calls in Harpersfield. We go throughout the Geneva area and we are proud of our department,” Pristov said. The Harpersfield Fire Department is volunteer based, but Pristov said each fire volunteer is highly trained and dedicated to the cause. “We have a great group of guys working with the fire department,” Pristov said. With the new truck,

Pristov said their fire department will be able to have quicker response times and work more efficiently as the new truck will replace a truck that has been with the department for over 15 years. “It was time to replace the truck, and we have a great show of community support in Harpersfield,” Pristov said. The Harpersfield community showed their support for the levy with 339 votes going for the levy and 171 votes against, according to the unofficial results.



From page 1A the city and pay income taxes to the place of which they work,” Council President J.P. Ducro said. The city sees the issue as a way to increase revenue for the city. “On its passage, the income-tax credit for residents From page 1A who live in the city but work outside the city will be reduced from 100 percent, or 1.8 With the passage of these percent, to 50 percent, or .9 two levies, Hladek said the percent, and will go to help board of education continues the community in which the to look at different ways to citizens live,” Ducro said. “The meet the challenging finanreduction is estimated to ancial picture that is facing the nually generate about district and other districts in $200,000 in additional income the county. tax revenue for the city.” “We certainly are grateful Ducro said the tax does for the support on these two not affect a majority of the levies,” Hladek said.

for 50 percent of their income tax going back to the City of Ashtabula. “Currently the City of Ashtabula offers a 100-percent income tax credit to residents who work outside

city’s residents. “Issue 2 is not a tax increase. It will affect an estimated 10 percent of income tax payers,” Ducro said. Issue 2 will take effect for the taxes filed in 2013. Geneva-on-the-Lake had a similar initiative under Issue 4, which would increase their income taxes by 50 percent. Issue 4 was voted down by 62.78 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial results. The City of Ashtabula also passed Issue 3. Issue 3 passed by 78.79 of the vote, according to the unofficial results. The issue now gives the residents of Ashtabula the right to recall an elected official.

ACLC celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday this Saturday

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stage, where community readers will be sharing their favorite Dr. Seuss books. Members of the coalition will distribute free books, door prizes and information about family literacy programs and special events being conducted throughout Ashtabula County. The schedule of events includes: —12 p.m. - Cat in the Hat. —12:30 p.m. - There’s a Wocket in my Pocket —1 p.m. - Puppet Show Cat in the Hat Travel Agency.

—1:30 p.m. - Story time. —2 p.m. - Great Day for Up. The event is sponsored by the Ashtabula County Literacy Coalition in cooperation with the following organizations: The Ashtabula County Technical and Career Center; Adult Basic and Literacy Education/ABLE Program; After School Discovery; Andover Public Library; Ashtabula Area City Schools/ ESOL Program; Ashtabula County District Library; Ashtabula County Educa-

tional Service Center; Ashtabula County Head Start; Ashtabula Towne Square; Conneaut Public Library; Gazette Newspapers; Harbor-Topky Memorial Library; Henderson Public Library; Kent State University – Ashtabula; Kingsville Public Library; Media One; and the Star Beacon/Newspapers in Education Program. For more information, contact Becky WaymanHarvey, ABLE program coordinator/recruiter, at (440) 576-5599.

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There will be tables with local businesses’ products and services on display. Vendor space is still available. FOR INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Janet Wolff ~ 576-6940 ext. 5423, Rick Briggs ~ 344-1749 or Rich Machczynsk 576-5421


WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2012

Geneva High School Thespians are making magic Come meet Christ in the Passover


The cast of Geneva High School’s spring musical production Once on this Island includes Megan Kern in the leading role of Ti Moune, Brittany Nevison as Young Ti Moune, Emily Orris as Mama Euralie, Joshua Lillie as Tonton Julian, Kayleena Brashear as Andrea, Jacob Avsec as Daniel Beauxhomme, Paul Alley as Armand, Justin Ortiz as Papa Ge, Abby Williams as Asaka, Sterling Peoples as Agwe and Jolie Milliken portraying Erzulie. The Storytellers are Shaela Phillips, Brandon Russell, Cyndi Kelner, Zach Rohrbaugh, Abbie Brady, Donovan Sharpe, Amie Brookes, Brandon Lopez, Rikki Metzler, Ian Pack, Veronica Clutter, Tyree Santiago, Hannah Webster, Cayla Conrad and Alyx Lynham.

BY ALISSA CARDAMAN Publicity Manager

Geneva High School Thespians When I was nine, my older cousin was involved in the production of Annie, put on by the Geneva High School Thespians. I remember sitting in the audience, enthralled by every aspect of the performance - the costumes, the singing and dancing, even how quickly the scenery changed. It was enchanting. I went home the night of the performance and pretended that I was up on that stage, dancing and singing. That was one of my first experiences with the magic of the stage. Now that I am a Geneva High School Thespian myself, I know how that magic happens. I realize that there are countless crews and teams that keep the show running, with the lights, the costumes, and even the scenery changes. But the magic is still there. And the musical GHS is performing this weekend, Once On This Island, captures that magic in an even more exciting and beautiful way than ever before. The musical follows the life of an orphaned young woman named Ti Moune, who is an island peasant. She wants the exciting life, as we all do from time to time. The gods of the island decide to give her what she wants in the form of a young man named Daniel Beauxhomme, who also inhabits the island, but is very rich, and worlds apart from Ti Moune. Despite their differences, they fall in love, but Daniel’s family, and fiancé, want him back. Ti Moune is heartbroken, but the worst is yet to come. She has to make a decision to save her life, or the life of the man that can never be with

Come meet Christ in the Passover on Thursday, March 22, at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson United Methodist Church, 125 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson. More than 3,000 years ago, God commanded the Jewish people to celebrate the Passover. Jesus Himself celebrated this holiday every year. Today, millions of Jewish people around the world gather each spring for a Passover meal. Stewart Weinisch, from Jews for Jesus, will be leading us through a Model Seder Meal. Jews for Jesus uses creative methods and contemporary issues to present the message that Jesus is the Messiah to Jewish people around the world. A Model Seder meal (the Passover) will be served. The symbolic meaning of each of the foods served will be explained by Mr. Weinisch. (The food served will be in small portions, not a filling “meal.” Its purpose is to each us about a Jewish Seder meal.) Through this experience you’ll relive the drama of the Last Supper, discover the origin of Communion, experience the rich heritage of our Christian faith and gain a fuller understanding of Jewish evangelism. Please make your reservation for the meal by calling the church office at 576-4561.

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In this scene from Once on this Island, Ti Moune (Megan Kern), in front, awaits the answer of the Gods: Papa Ge (Justin Ortiz), Erzulie, (Jolie Milliken) Agwe (Sterling Peoples) and Asaka (Abby Williams). In back are Mama Euralie (Emily Orris) and Tonton Julian (Josh Lillie). her. In essence, it is a decision of life or love. The musical brings a whole new meaning of magic to the stage. The music is upbeat and fun to sing along to. The dances are extravagant and energetic. But the message that the musical conveys is what really makes it magical. It demonstrates the timeless story of how love can swim the deepest oceans, and climb the tallest mountains, and en-

dure even in the face of death. It inspires us to hope for the future, and forgive those around us. In the troubled times in which we live, that is a message that needs to be shared When I was nine, I was introduced to the magic of the stage. I hope that you will bring your family to Geneva High School’s production of Once On This Island, and introduce them to that magic. After all, they are our future,

and they will be the next generation of thespians, making magic for hopeful, brighteyed children just like I was so many years ago. Show Dates and Times: Friday, March 9, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 7 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, and $7 for adults. Tickets at the door will be sold one hour prior to the start of the show.

Young grapplers qualify for state competition BY JAN PERALA For Gazette Newspapers GENEVA - Six middle school athletes wrestled their way to qualification for the state finals in the Ohio Athletic Committee’s Junior High State Wresting Championships to be held at Covelli Center in Youngstown on March 10. Nine wrestlers competed at district level in Steubenville on Feb. 19, accompanied by volunteer Coach Russell Brown: Kody Brown, Dylan Hurst, Logan Hurst, Dylan Rhodes, Teagan Shaughnessy, Juan Rodriquez, Broday Wigren Connor Requa and John Gildersleeve. All are Geneva Middle School students. “I am so proud of all the boys,” Coach Russell Brown said. “They have put in many hours of hard work, and they are an amazing group of kids!” Bound for state-level competition in Youngstown the Saturday, March 10, in Youngstown are eighth-graders Dylan Hurst and Dylan Rhodes and seventhgraders Kody Brown, Juan Rodriquez and Brody Wigren. Connor Requa earned alternate status as a state qualifier.

Like many, I am deeply saddened and angered by the events that took place at Chardon High School on Feb. 27. So many things roiled through my mind, churning over and over. I wondered “Why?” Why did this child feel so tortured that he felt compelled to bring a handgun and a knife to school to kill and maim other human beings? I wondered “How?” How could a child of 17 have unrestricted access to a gun and ammunition? I wondered “Where?” Where in our society have we gone so wrong that someone can become so sick without anyone noticing? I wondered “Who?” Who is responsible for this senseless act of violence? Are we all somehow responsible? We search and wonder, at points convincing ourselves that we are not complicit but often with nagging doubt in the back of our minds. Those are questions we all may have, questions for which we may never find adequate answers. We are all victims when an incident such as this occurs. It makes us feel vulnerable and afraid. We know of or have children in school. We know families in turmoil. We may even be suffering in our own way, unable to or unwilling to reach out for help, to admit that we are not in control. Perhaps that is where our answer lies: to admit our dependence, our dependence upon each other and our utter dependence upon God. We were not created in isolation and it is not in isolation that God wishes us to live. God created us to be in relationship with each other and with God. When we aren’t in relationship, our lives have less meaning. Some can sense this more than others. Some are impacted more than others, perhaps to the point in which their lives seem meaningless to them. But we will never know how someone feels unless we take the time to reach out, to listen and to be there for one another. We have the power to make a difference, to bring hope into the world, to be the presence of God for each other, “for wherever two or more are gathered in my name, I am there among them” Matthew 18:20. As the Chardon Schools superintendent said in an interview on WKYC out of Cleveland, “Talk to you kids. Don’t text them. Don’t Facebook them. Talk to them.” Be present for them. Tell them you love them and hug them. Open up opportunities for them to talk to you without your judging them. Let your light shine upon others. Take the time to be a light in the darkness for your kids, for your family, for your neighbors, for people who simply cross your path. “For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies” 2 Corinthians 4:6-10. May God bless you and keep you and give you peace.

YMCA Learning Center to offer Kindergarten Extension Program Some schools will downsize for kindergarten in 2012 due to budget cuts


Pictured, left to right, Coach Josh Bukky, Dylan Hurst, Coach Russell Brown, Dylan Rhodes, Kody Brown, John Gildersleeve and Coach J.R. Hurst. Kneeling, left to right: Juan Rodriquez, Logan Hurst and Teagen Shaughnessy.

Annual County-Wide Student Art Contest Ashtabula County Students in grades K - 12, you are invited to submit one of your best paintings, drawings, or multi-media pieces to Henderson Memorial Public Library’s annual art show and contest. The contest will be judged for “Best of Show” by a panel of art critics. The public will judge “People’s Choice” by a popular vote during a special one-night open house. Prizes are awarded for the best pieces in seven age groups. Teach-

ers are encouraged to submit students art work. For more information stop by the library or call 576-3761 and ask for Dee Culbertson. Entries Due: March 20, 2012 by 5 p.m. Art Critics Judging: March 26, 2012 Open House and Thursday, March 29, 2012 Public Judging: 5-7:30 p.m.

ASHTABULA – Due to a loss of state and local funding, some local schools will only offer half day kindergarten classes. The Ashtabula Family YMCA is pleased to offer the YMCA Learning Center Kindergarten Extension Program for morning and afternoon sessions. The fee for this program is $40 per week for members and $60 per week for nonmembers. There is also a $25 registration fee per family. In collaboration with all local elementary teachers, the Ashtabula County Family YMCA is proud to offer support to the community in an effort to minimize the affects of the recent budget cuts. Annette Griffin, Childcare Administrator, for the Ashtabula YMCA says, “The YMCA’s Four Core Values - CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY - are the foundation of our state-licensed childcare progra, which serves preschoolers through sixth-grade. Our caring, well-trained staff provides a safe, enriching and supportive atmosphere for the children building a strong foundation for their future. We are currently enrolled in the Step Up to Quality Program. The weekly schedule for preschoolers and school age children includes swimming, outdoor playing, themed activities, arts and crafts and motor skills.” Busing is offered to the YMCA from all AACS elementary schools and local parochial schools. Please contact Annette Griffin with any questions regarding this new program offering at 440-997-5321 or

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WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2012

Jefferson Area Chamber accepting nominations for Citizen of the Year

Rock Creek Area Community Center to hold dinner

The dinner on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, at the Rock Creek Community Center will be an Irish Dinner. Irish favorites will be serve from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dinner includes to serve fellow citizens dessert and a beverage for $7. The center is located at 2987 residents can submit person again. With the Youth of the taught directly or indi- High Street. n o m i n a t i o n s f o r. T h e Jefferson Area Chamber of Year award, the Chamber r e c t l y i n s o m e s c h o o l Commerce is accepting recognizes a student or courses. nominations for the Citi- former student (between Nominations need to be zen of the Year and the the ages of 15 and 21) of detailed and elaborated to the Jefferson Area School include offices or positions Youth of the Year. The intent of the Citi- District for his/her signifi- held. Nomination forms zen of the Year award is to cant efforts and/or service can be found in this week’s BY STEFANIE WESSELL recognize a resident of the in his/her community and/ Gazette and should be Gazette Newspapers GENEVA - On Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 a.m., RaeJefferson Area School Dis- or the great school district mailed no later than Friday, March 9, 2012, to the Ann Geneva Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center will JEFFERSON - This trict communities (or non- communities. The nomination may be Jefferson Area Chamber of be hosting a memorial in remembrance of the Chardon High week is the final week to r e s i d e n t w h o w o r k s i n School tragedy. This service will be open to all. submit nominations for Jefferson or has a signifi- based upon a major service Commerce, P.O. Box 100, In an effort to contribute to the Chardon Angels of Hope the Jefferson Area Cham- cant presence in Jefferson) project in 2011 or accumu- Jefferson, OH 44047. People interested in at- Memorial Fund, please join us in taking advance orders ber of Commerce’s Citizen for his or her significant lation of service over the for memorial T-shirts at $15 each to be worn at the memoof the Year Awards Ban- efforts and/or service in past few years that ad- tending the Chamber din- rial service. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will be 2011 and/or recent years, vances the best interests of ner also have until Friday, quet. donated to the fund. This year, the Citizen of which advances the best t h e J e f f e r s o n a r e a a s March 9, to reserve a spot Our goal is to involve the entire Geneva community in the Year Awards Banquet interests of the Jefferson stated in the Chamber ’s at the dinner, as seating is this event. We will be inviting the media and other distinlimited. will be held Tuesday, area as stated in the Mission Statement. guished guests. Our time to sell the T-shirts is short so we The cost for the dinner Since the intent of this March 27, at the Jefferson Chamber’s Mission Statewill need to act quickly. Advance orders with payment must is $125 for a table of eight, honor is to nurture, as well ment. Community Center, loSince the Chamber can as award, the spirit of com- or $20 for individual tick- be placed no later than noon, Friday, March 9, so that, hopecated at 11 E. Jefferson St. fully, they will be available to wear at the memorial serSocial hour will begin at 6 only pick one person a munity service, it is not ets. Reservations can be vice. Please help us make this event successful by encourp.m., with dinner being year, Chamber officials en- based upon scholastic made by calling Mary Jo aging all to purchase a T-shirt and attend! courage people who have achievement, although the Braden of the Lakeview served at 7 p.m. Rae-Ann Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center will During the dinner, sev- nominated someone in the nominee may be a good Federal Credit Union at be providing refreshments at this event. Please contact eral awards will be given past who has not yet been student who participated (440) 576-4382. Beth Cheney at or 440-466-5733 or out, including two that honored to nominate that in many school activities. Stefanie Wessell, senior 440-249-5354 This award is an acknowledgment of service outside editor for Gazette Newspathe classroom, while fos- pers, may be reached at tering the encouragement

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Sponsored by the JEFFERSON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, the intent of this nomination is to recognize a student or former student (between the ages of 15 and 21) of the Jefferson Area School District for his/her significant efforts and/or service in his/her community and/or the great school district communities. The nomination may be based upon a major service project in 2011 or accumulation of service over the past few years, which advances the best interests of the Jefferson area as stated in the Chamber’s Mission Statement. The intent of this honor is to nurture, as well as award, the spirit of community service. It is not based upon scholastic achievement, although the nominee may be a good student who participated in many school activities. This award is an acknowledgement of service outside the classroom, while fostering the encouragement to serve fellow citizens taught directly or indirectly in some school courses. Nominations need to be detailed and elaborated to include offices or positions held, using the categories below. Should additional space be needed, please feel free to use a separate piece of paper.

The intent of this nomination is to recognize a resident of the Jefferson Area School District communities (or non-resident who works in Jefferson or has a significant presence in Jefferson) for their significant efforts and/or service in 2011 and/or recent years, which advances the best interests of the Jefferson area as stated in the Chamber’s Mission Statement. Each year we have many excellent nominations for consideration, and we can only choose one. So, if you have nominated someone in the past who has not yet been honored - we encourage you to please nominate that person again. Nominations need to be detailed and elaborated to include offices or positions held, using the categories below. Should additional space be needed, please feel free to use a separate piece of paper.







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Zappitelli said the high school students were extremely supportive of Chardon, and the middle and elementary students dealt with the situation on a more personal level. “The middle school and the elementary schools did not have any organized events planned but did do some individual things,” Zappitelli said. Zappitelli said those interested in what plans the school has set up with local law enforcement regarding school shootings and emergencies can contact her office at (440) 466-4831 ext. 1175. “This has been a terrible tragedy, and I thank those of you who have been in touch with us to share your concerns and to voice your support of our safety plans,” Zappitelli said. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at

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The Rotary many times has people anxiously waiting to know when the next Chocolate Fest will take place. “In January we have people starting to call and ask us when the Chocolate Fest is this year, and that’s both vendors and members of the community,” Vincent said. Vincent said they like to hold the festival before Easter since the holiday is traditionally based around the giving of chocolate. “Many people buy Easter candy. People say it’s the perfect time to stock up before the holiday,” Vincent said. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, a Chinese auction and a silent auction held throughout the night. This year such prizes as gold packages, gift baskets and overnight stays at local bed and breakfasts are featured. “A lot of our Chinese and silent auction items are donated by the vendors and we have really nice items this year,” Vincent said. The Rotary invites all who are interested in learning about their community and satisfying their sweet tooth to come to the Chocolate Fest on March 13. “Many times people will come early and stay the whole evening,” Vincent said. “It’s a very fun event.”


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Woman’s Club will continue its 92-year-old legacy on March 13 with Renee Palagyi, executive director of Ashtabula County, discussing “Disaster Preparedness.” Other upcoming meetings include: —April 3, Stacy Weaver, “You only get old once.” —May 8, Oleg Kruglyakov, from Siberia, Russia. Entertainment with folk songs and as Balalaika soloist. Meetings are at Kent State Ashtabula in the Blue and Gold Room and are from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tea, coffee and a seasonal dessert are included. Woman’s Club of Ashtabula is having a membership drive; any woman over the age 18 residing or working in Ashtabula County may become a member. Woman’s Club’s goal is to promote an atmosphere of fellowship and goodwill by providing programs which will entertain, inform and educate. If interested in becoming a member, please contact membership coordinator Linda Callahan or any member of Woman’s Club.



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WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2012


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A-Tech Auto Collision Repair students (from left) Joe Long, Zack Posey and Dale Howell will be ahead of the curve when they seek employment thanks to the foresight of curriculum planners at the school. The students learned that it’s easy going green when they when they perfected the technique of spraying a car door panel using waterborne paints. The use of environmentally safe waterborne finishes instead of solvent based paint, is an emergent trend in automotive finishing and the green revolution. They are pictured with instructor Brian Kelley who brought the interactive lesson by PPG Industries factory representative Rick Fischer (right) to their laboratory style classroom. BY JAN PERALA A-Tech

sought after by employers.” A-Tech’s highly effective approach to instruction utiJEFFERSON TOWN- lizes traditional classroom SHIP - Ashtabula County time in combination with Technical and Career Cam- laboratory style, inquiry pus (A-Tech) has established based instruction which tests a strong tradition of develop- theory with practice and ing programs which launch forces students to think outgraduates to careers meticu- side the box. The school also lously prepared to meet em- makes use of advisory comployers’ immediate needs and mittees comprised of highly equipped with adaptive qualified individuals, includthinking skills which allow ing successful alumni, who them to flourish in a rapidly provide insight into current evolving, idea driven market- and emerging trends in business. place. “I have served on A-Tech’s A-Tech instructors keep students abreast of new Auto Collision Advisory Comtrends and technologies us- mittee since its inception and ing a comprehensive ap- know the importance of keepproach which taps into the ing instruction up to date knowledge and skills of in- with new techniques and dustry experts as well as the trends,” Jon Stoltz, an A-Tech insight of local business own- graduate and co-owner of ers and alumni who give Painesville’s K&S Auto Body their time to serve on curricu- said. “Green technologies are the way of the future and exlum advisory committees. When A-Tech Auto Colli- ploring the use of environsion Instructor Brian Kelley mentally friendly waterborne invited factory representa- paints is just an example of tive Rick Fischer from auto- the way A-Tech prepares stumotive finishing leader PPG dent for careers today and toIndustries to conduct a hands morrow. A-Tech is always on, interactive demonstra- looking to the future in terms tion in the use of waterborne of preparing graduates for paints in his classes, he employment in the 21st cenopened the doors to the fu- tury.” “Today’s graduates must ture for his students, keeping them ahead of the curve in be trained to grasp new techterms of cutting edge skills nologies and to adapt their and employability. Fischer skills and knowledge to a rapvisited Kelley’s classes bring- idly evolving market. Aing with him state of the art Tech’s laboratory based car finishing equipment and teaching methods prepare cutting edge materials and grads to hit the ground runwalked students through the ning when they enter the process of spraying a car door workforce. My brother Al panel with waterborne paint. also an A-Tech graduate “The state and the Envi- and I currently employ two ronmental Protective Agency highly trained A-Tech Auto have set 2015 as the target Collision program grads. Phil date for all collision repair Molson, class of ’82 and Vince shops to be using waterborne Dean ’83 have been with us finishes,” explained Kelley. for 30 years and 20 years re“Students who know the spectively and have contribtechnique of spraying with uted greatly to the success of waterborne paints will be our business,” he said.


Employers regularly emphasize good attendance at work, being on time, and having a willingness to learn. Forty-three students at A-Tech have taken that advice to heart, achieving perfect attendance for the fall 2011 semester at A-Tech. February 12, these students were treated to sundaes and received certificates recognizing them for their dedication. Leanne Newhouse, a senior in the Health Care Academy said, “It is easy to be here every day when you enjoy coming to school and know that what we learn here will help us be successful after we graduate.” The following students attained a perfect attendance record: Juniors Toby Almy, Jonathon Anderson, Sara Anderson, Tiffany

Ayres, Katie Bogdan, Brandon Boomhower, Craig Buttler, Andrew Buydos, Michelle Chambers, Mackenzie Compton, Bryant Crabtree, Jonathon Farrell, Luis Gonzalez, Stacy Learn, Jonathon Lupold, Kristaly Montalvo, Lloyd Morris IV, Ryan Myers, Joshua Neal, Macauley O’Grady, Mackenzie O’Grady, Amanda Phillips, Joseph Robinson, Bradley Stackhouse, Brian Stackhouse, Melissa Stasny, Justin Stowers, Brandon Suchala, Veronica Tackett and Ronald Vanek. Seniors Nicholas Ball, Kastriot Duriqi, Timothy Janczylik, Nicholas Leavitt, Leanne Newhouse, Gary Nichols, Jr., Christopher Paine, Michael Palo, Brian Parnaby, Lauren Russell, Zachary Wassie, and Marissa Woolensack.

Celebrate Scouting at special luncheon GENEVA - We all know a little something about the Boy Scouts. Now, the Greater Western Reserve Council of the Boy Scouts of America has a special opportunity for people to learn more about how active local Boy Scouts really are.

The Third Annual Grand River District Luncheon will be March 15 starting at noon at SPIRE Institute in Geneva. Guests at the Friends of Scouting Community Luncheon will hear testimonies from leaders and youth

about how Scouting continues to make a difference in Ashtabula County and eastern Lake County. The special guest speaker will be 19 Action News Sports Director/ Anchor Tony Zarrella. The Greater Western Reserve Council serves about 9,000 youth in Northeast Ohio. Nearly 85 percent of the funding to host events, camps and other public service opportunities comes from donations, grants fees and Scouting’s annual popcorn sale. Another 15 perThe 4th Annual Ed Tay- one. The Ed Taylor Memorial cent comes from federated lor Memorial 5K Charity Race/Walk and Kids Run has quickly become the larg- funding groups such as will take place Saturday, est 5K event on the North United Way. Within the past year, the April 28, 2012 at Kent State Coast Grand Prix Series University at Ashtabula. sponsored by the Ashtabula Council has had good community support through The starting line is in the County Medical Center. Registration and packet friends of Scouting. Thanks Robert S. Morrison Health and Science Building park- pick up begins at 7:00 a.m. to that support, the Greater at the Health and Science Western Reserve Council ing Lot The 5K Race/Walk begins Building on the west side of has provided scholarships and camperships; mainat 8:00 a.m. and the Kids 1/ the Ashtabula Campus. For more information, tained two camps and kept 2 Mile Race at 8:10 a.m. The event is sponsored by please visit ashtabula. prices affordable, continued affordable Council and Disthe Kent State Ashtabula Physical Therapist Assistant Technology program. Proceeds from the event will benefit pancreatic cancer research in memory of Ed Taylor, PTA. The adult entry fee is $20 for early registration with online payment up to April 18. The fee goes up to $25 after April 18 or on day of race. A T-shirt is guaranteed for the first 200 entries. The kids’ entry fee is $15 with a T-shirt or $5 without

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trict activities, provided leadership training at little or no cost to volunteer leaders, and more. Learning more information about Scouting can provide you with the resources and personal contacts you need to make a decision about offering your time to help local Scouts. Scouting is a fun and exciting way to teach today’s youth the values they need to succeed, both personally and professionally. The Greater Western Reserve Council offers many opportunities to volunteer time and resources. RSVP’s for the March 15 Third Annual Grand River District Luncheon are due by March 8. For more information, contact Bob Sincich at 4 4 0 - 9 9 7 - 6 2 0 9 , C u b m a s t e r 1 2 2 @; or Melody Platt at 800-234-7268, ext. 19, Melody.Platt@Scouting .org.

Morgan Hose Fire Department heats up with pancake breakfast


Morgan Hose firefighters and other volunteers served 459 people — a near recordbreaking crowd — during its annual pancake breakfast fund-raiser Sunday. Those who missed the event still have plenty of time to show their support, with breakfasts served from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday through April 7.

BY SUE LUTZ Gazette Newspapers MORGAN TOWNSHIP - Blinding snow and cold temperatures didn’t deter area residents from making their annual pancake pilgrimage to Rock Creek on Sunday. As a matter of fact, at times it was hard for firefighters to stay ahead of requests for seconds. “It’s the quality food, community fellowship and service with a smile that keeps people coming back year after year,” Assistant Fire Chief Steven Passerell said. Preparation for the five-Sunday event began in December, with Morgan Hose Volunteer Firefighter Association members meeting to consider ways of improving the tradition. As with previous years, members built a menu with nearly all ingredients purchased from Ashtabula County farmers and businesses.

While providing a little shot in the arm for the local economy, Passerell said each year firefighters’ breakfasts serve enough pancakes and sausage to stuff every man, woman and child in Rock Creek village many times over. During the fund-raising event, the fire department also revealed its top raffle prize for its annual beef roast in June: a 2012 Polaris 500 cc HO 4x4 ATV or $3,500 cash. With approximately 400 $20 tickets expected to be sold, Passerell said, “You just can’t beat the odds!” All proceeds from the annual pancake breakfast in the spring and the beef roast in June help fund the lion’s share of the funds needed for essential training and equipment needed to save live and property throughout Morgan Township and beyond. For additional information on tickets to the pancake breakfast or the Polaris ATV, call 440-563-3000 or email MorganHose

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JAHS students raise funds for Chardon High School BY CAROLYN BEHRJEROME Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Students at Jefferson Area Junior/Senior High Schools helped make a difference Friday by raising over $1,000 for Chardon High School. The National Honor Society collected $2 donations from high school students for the privilege of wearing a hat, while the Junior High Student Council collected $3 donations for pajama pants and/or hats. “I am so proud of our students,” junior high student council advisor Stacey Dixon said. “Jefferson students really care, and that’s one of the best parts about working here,” NHS advisor Alex Anderson said. Senior Brittany Gatterello approached Anderson on Tuesday about doing some sort of fundraiser for Chardon. “It was a group effort, but Brittany really spearheaded the whole thing,” Anderson explained. “Mr. (Michael) Barney made the stickers for

One-hundred percent of Jefferson Area High School’s AP Calculus class wore red, black and/or hats to show support for the students at Chardon. In row one, Derek Deyermand, Jeff Schindler, Kevin Ford; row two, Johnny Knight, Jacob Dengg and Andrew Fisher; row three, Rachel Edge, Brad Weisbart, Logan Derbin and Adam Chase; and row four, Aubry Bowling, Nick Kobernik, Daran Woodin. Absent from class were Jennifer Hall, Rachel Francis and Megan Brook, but all students agreed they would’ve worn red and black, too. the kids, Mrs. (Stacey) Dixon got the Junior High involved, and Mrs. (Barb) Popelka took the money to the bank.”

High School teachers also donated $2 to wear jeans. Money will be given PNC bank for “The Chardon Healing Fund.”

Jefferson Area High School students sign a poster for Chardon High School students. PHOTOS BY CAROLYN BEHR-JEROME Shannen Bartone, Mia Coladangelo, Cassie Erb, Shannon Perkins, Hannah Cole Jackie Piscalko, Brittany Gatterello and Paige Neely collected donations for the McKenzie Wilber, Raquel Fularz, Caitlin Sukalac and Danielle Locy sign the poster at Chardon Healing Fund. lunch while Zack Miller looks on.

News From Our Schools Author to speak at JCRC

BY DOUG HLADEK Superintendent

Jefferson Area Local Schools Next week our sophomore students will take the Ohio Graduation Test for the first time. In order to graduate, students are required to achieve passing scores in the five sections of Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, and Science. Juniors and seniors who have not passed a section will also be tested. After taking the initial OGT, students still needing to pass any section are provided additional testing opportunities in the fall, spring, and summer. Intervention and tutoring are available by teachers and from an online computer software program called Study Island. Jefferson High School students have proved to be very successful in passing the OGT over the years. Our students have earned Excel-

lent ratings on the Ohio Department of Education state report card for achieving the prescribed OGT scores. Teachers, staff, and administrators are commended for their dedicated instruction that trains our students in the core curriculum subjects. Our students are serious about learning and achieving to prepare for future challenges in college and careers. Our schools have been attentive to established safety plans and practice fire drills, tornado drills, and other procedures. Entrance doors are locked during the

school day and visitors must report to the main office. Discussions have been held with students by school personnel to help address safety issues and concerns in the aftermath of the horrible Chardon High School incident from last week. Our schools have an excellent rapport with police and safety forces. Their response has been swift whenever the schools have requested service. They are very willing to conduct drills and presentations for students about safety. With milder weather, students can be seen outside preparing for spring sports competition that begins this month. Softball and baseball players are able to use the dry stadium field for practice. Track and field athletes are conditioning on the track and tennis players are hitting balls on our six courts to get ready for their first match.

The auditorium and elementary school are being used by the Falcon Follies to practice for their annual presentation. It will be another outstanding event that everyone should see. Plan to attend a show in the school auditorium on March 22, 23, or 24. Registered voters had the privilege to exercise their choice in the primary election yesterday. Our democratic process is a wonderful freedom that we can all appreciate. It is a right we are proud to teach our students in the Jefferson Area Local Schools. 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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Home Show vendors see growth in business at mall event BY SADIE PORTMAN Gazette Newspapers

and learning about what is available to them in their own community. “We like this mall so ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP - The Ashtabula much better than the Erie County Home Show was mall,” Virginia Burkett of featured at the Ashtabula East Springfield said. “We Mall this past weekend come here because we don’t with vendors showing prod- have to worry about fightucts ranging from windows, ing large crowds. It was undoors and gardening to the expected but nice to see the local Chambers of Com- home show here this weekend.” merce. Many of the exhibitors The Ashtabula County Chambers of Commerce or- were happy to see people ganized the event. Some of stop by their booths. “The crowds are so dithe crowd that showed up knew of the show and were verse,” Nancy Hocking of excited to have the oppor- USA Waterproofing said. tunity to browse for garden “This is definitely one of the and home needs all in one better shows for us. People are more inclined to set applace. “We decided to take a pointments for free consulwalk through the home tations at this show than at show and see what was other home shows we athere,” Jessica Barnum, tend.” The vendors had ample from Conneaut, said. Others came to shop at time to communicate with the mall and found them- the local community and selves stopping at booths answer questions they


C.B.C. Construction featured a booth at the Ashtabula County Home Show. The vendors felt they had a good chance to talk with many people this past weekend.

might have about their homes and gardens but never think to stop and ask. “This took the effort of all of us to make work and make this show a success. I’ve only heard very nice comments about the show,” Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sue Ellen Foote said. There was also a drawing held at the Home Show for a $500 gift certificate to the mall. Larry Clark of Conneaut won the certificate. Ten other winners received $50 gift certificates to the mall. Those winners were: Ralph Pankowski, Ashtabula; Adam Jamicon, Jefferson; Jill Spellman; Ann Josliln, Ashtabula; Cindy Burgard, Ashtabula; Pat Cheeks, Geneva; Virgil Hammonds, Geneva; David Rob Schneider of County-Wide Windows talks with a Cancell, Geneva; Sherry couple about replacement windows and what choice Clark, Conneaut; and Vicky might be their best option. Herpy, Ashtabula.

A $500 gift certificate good for any vendor at the Home Show also was awarded. Oliver Scott of Ashtabula won that. With the economy still not strong in the area, Foote said the Home Show provides a way for local businesses to see their target audience and find out what their wants and needs are. The vendors left Sunday afternoon knowing they had created a bridge with the residents of Ashtabula County. Although this year the Home Show booked fewer vendors, Foote said the show was a success and they are looking forward to next year. “So far we have back 17 evaluations from the show, they all look favorable. We may have had fewer vendors this year but without a doubt this was a successful show!” said Foote.

FIRE Nurses reported removing all 38 residents from their rooms and onto the front porch. Luckily no one on the second floor was on oxygen, as the use of oxygen could have created a bigger fire. The activated sprinklers helped contain the fire to Room 18. According to Ashtabula Fire Chief Ron Pristera, fire fighters responded to a call at Park Haven Nursing Home at approximately 8:37 p.m. Bigley said the staff was only concerned for the safety of patients and reported that a pregnant nurse was transported to

From page 1A the Ashtabula County Medical Center after she had removed several residents from the facility. “Everything happened so fast,” Bigley said. “Our main concern was getting all the upstairs residents accounted for. I mean, we were literally dragging residents down the steps, trying to get them to safety.” Fire crews came upon the scene with many residents and patients in fear. “When fire crews arrived, residents were being evacuated from the facility. The origin of the fire was discovered on the second floor of the building and

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extinguished,” fire department officials stated. “Fire investigators have determined the blaze was caused by a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory in the room.” According to Pristera, several victims required medical treatment. Five victims were transported to the Ashtabula County Medical Center by emergency responders. Two victims were treated and released. Shaun Warren, 31, of Ashtabula, is now being reported as deceased after being fatally burned in the fire. Warren was pronounced dead on Monday

morning after being taken to the MetroHealth Medical Center ’s Burn Unit. Pristera is reporting an investigation is still ongoing by the Ashtabula Police Department and the Fire Prevention Bureau. Police are not releasing names of the two other men who were burned in the fire, as they are pending drug charges against them and are waiting for the investigation to be complete before reporting further on the incident. Sadie Portman, reporter for the Gazette, may be reached at sportman@gazette


Freshman math students Alex Sarna and Valarie Burlingame are helping to collect Coca-Cola bottle caps. BY CAROLYN BEHRJEROME Gazette Newspapers JEFFERSON - Some Jefferson Area High School math students are collecting Coca-Cola codes to earn great rewards. However, they aren’t trying to win something for themselves. Instead, the students in Mrs. Carolyn Behr-Jerome’s math classes are trying to earn enough points to purchase some things for the Children’s Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic. “My daughters spent four months in the NICU and the nurses became a big part of our family,” BehrJerome explained. “That was five years ago and I am always looking for ways to give back.” Recently Behr-Jerome heard a story about children’s hospitals needing games and supplies for the older children. “I was already collecting caps for points to earn free stuff for the school, but then I decided to redeem the points for a pack of games and donate those to the hospital,” she explained. The pack of games includes two Chess/Checkers/ Backgammon, two Connect Four, one Monopoly, one Sorry, one Trouble, one Yahtzee, one UNO Card Game, and one Jenga. The 10 classic games require 9,000 points. Students and staff are asked to bring in caps and box tops from Coca-Cola products. Behr-Jerome and her student aide Zach

Robbins then enter the codes online through the school’s registration. “People can also donate by entering the points at Once registered they can donate points to JAHS via the internet,” explained BehrJerome. So far the classes have collected over 600 points with several bottle caps not registered. “We have Coke products in all the machines at school and at the sporting events. I’m hoping to capitalize on those, too, because we need so many points,” she said. Tyler Johnson, Valarie Burlingame, Zane Cross and Dominic Prosser have been major contributors, as well as Behr-Jerome herself. “I drink a lot of diet coke, so many of the caps are mine,” she said. The products eligible are Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dasani, Powerade, Minute Maid, Fanta, Vault, Barq’s Rootbeer, Fresco, Mr. Pibb, Mello Yello, Nestea, and Segram’s Ginger Alle. Anyone wishing to donate may log on to, register, and enter a code. Once the code has been verified, the points can be donated to Jefferson Area High School. Behr-Jerome hopes to earn enough points through the school to purchase a game package for the Ashtabula County Medical Center and Rainbow’s Babies and Children’s Hospital, too.

MILITARY NEWS Zuchowski graduates Basic Army Pvt. Ronald F. Zuchowski has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman. Zuchowski is the son of Lisa Whitman of Ashtabula. He is a 2010 graduate of Conneaut High School.

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Maple Madness Driving Tour kicks off this Saturday Learn about the transformation from sap to syrup

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ACMC HEALTHCARE SYSTEM COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARDS 2012 This is for the modest ones. The selfless. Those who are committed to making a difference in Ashtabula County—every single day. They don’t want a pat on the back. They just do what they do for the love of our community. And that’s exactly who we want to recognize at the Third Annual ACMC Healthcare System Community Impact Awards. Simply complete the form below or at Select the category that best describes the outstanding contributions of your nominee. A panel of community representatives will then choose our 2012 award winners. Let’s make a difference in the lives of our community’s true difference makers.

ACMC Healthcare System Community Impact Awards Nomination Form Please submit by March 19, 2012 Award Categories (Select one per nominee): Cornerstone Award Demonstration of the four “Cornerstones” of ACMC and Cleveland Clinic: Quality, Innovation, Teamwork and Service. Living Legacy Ongoing contributions that make Ashtabula County a better place to live, work and play. Breaking the Barrier Award Excellence in a position, program or task that had not previously been accessible due to gender, race, nationality, physical ability or other challenges.

Citizen of the Year Generous contributions of time and talent to promote quality of life in Ashtabula County. Youth Citizen of the Year Demonstrated leadership by those 18 or younger who make Ashtabula County better. Spirit of ACMC Association with ACMC Healthcare System and demonstration of the Cornerstone tenets of Quality, Innovation, Teamwork and Service.



On a separate page, up to 400 words, describe the nominee’s community contributions as well as any other major accomplishments or volunteer activities that should be considered.

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One of the maple syrup farms participating in Ashtabula County this year is the Bissell Maple Farm, known for its Sugar Chalet maple syrup products. Pictured are Nate Bissell and father David Bissell. BY STEFANIE WESSELL Gazette Newspapers TRUMBULL TOWNSHIP - Ever wondered how sap from maple trees gets transformed into delicious treats like maple syrup, candies, mustard and more? The next two weekends are your chance to find out, as several maple syrup farms in Ashtabula County are participating in the state-wide March Maple Madness Driving Tour. The Ohio Maple Producers Association and maple producers across Ohio are sponsoring the tour, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10-11 and March 17-18 (some farms are only participating on Saturdays, so check the calendar). This year, there are 32 stops in 14 counties across Ohio that will be open for the free, drive-it-yourself tour. Experienced sugar makers will be on hand to answer questions and conduct the tours. Guests are asked to dress for the weather with coats and boots. One of the maple syrup farms participating in Ashtabula County this year is the Bissell Maple Farm, known for its Sugar Chalet maple syrup products. Located at 3741 Higley Rd. in Trumbull Township/ Rock Creek, the Bissell Maple Farm is a modern sugarhouse with 100 years of history. The Bissell family has been making maple syrup in northeast Ohio since the late 1800s. The original Bissell farm was well known for its apple orchard on Route 45 in Austinburg Township and later on Route 84 in Saybrook Township. From 1978 to 1998, David Bissell continued the Bissell tradition at his Route 46 farm in Jefferson until moving the family to the current farm. Today, the sugarhouse is located west of Rock Creek at the family’s farm on Higley Road. Over the last 10 years, the farm has expanded its capabilities and capacity to meet the demand of its customers. The farm now has a modern sugarhouse and utilizes the latest technology and conveniences for efficient syrup making. Bissell Maple Farm Vice President Nate Bissell helps

run the farm with his father, David, and the farm is in its sixth generation of family farmers and counting. “We have a lot of heritage,” Bissell said. Spread over nearly 300 acres, Bissell said 1,500 maple trees are “tapped” every season at the farm, either through the traditional buckets or a modern tubing system. Bissell explained that sap is collected from maple trees in the spring. When the temperature rises above freezing, the sap runs up into the tree from the root system. At that time, the sap will run into the taps and be collected. The sap is then boiled down to the proper density of maple syrup. “It needs to get above freezing for the sap to flow,” Bissell said. “The trees know.” Bissell Maple Farm utilizes two methods to collect sap: the “old-fashioned” buckets hanging on the tree and a modern tubing system. The galvanized buckets require manual collection of the sap into gathering tanks when they begin to fill. When the gathering tanks are full, the Bissells pump the sap into holding tanks in the sugarhouse. The tubing system utilizes a vacuum pump and gravity to draw the sap to a central “pump house” storage tank. It is then pumped 850 feet underground to the sugarhouse into a second storage tank waiting to be processed. After sap is collected, it is processed through a reverse osmosis machine to extract 75 percent of the water out of the sap. Raw sap contains around twopercent sugar, and the reverse osmosis concentrates the sap to eight-percent sugar, allowing for time and fuel savings. The next step is evaporation in the farm’s Dominion & Grimm evaporator. The farm currently utilizes stainless steel pans that evaporate about 35 gallons of water per hour. Keeping to tradition, Bissell Maple Farm still uses wood to fuel the evaporator. After the syrup is brought to the correct density in the syrup pan, it is filtered and stored for further packaging. Guests will be able to learn more about the process and tour these facilities

during the driving tour. To prepare for the crowd, nearly 50 volunteers have been getting ready for the event at the Bissell Maple Farm. Guests will be able to sample some of the maple syrup products at Bissell Maple Farm during the tour, including pancakes, maple sugar candies, maple syrup cream, maple syrup mustard and even maple syrup barbecue sauce. When guests arrive, they will be greeted by a horsedrawn wagon, which will take them to the facilities to begin their tour. Guests also will be able to enjoy a warm fireplace and listen to music during their visit. “It’s very family friendly,” Bissell said. The complete list of participating Ashtabula County farms includes: • Deer Run Sugarbush, 1537 Easton Rd, Colebrook, 1.5 miles east of Route 46, south of Route 322. Heated sugarhouse set back in the woods. Amish, Saturdays March 10 and 17 only. • May Hill Maple, 10238 Dennison Ashtabula Rd., Colebrook, east of Route 46 and north of Route 87. New sugarhouse with modern equipment. Syrup made on farm for over 75 years. Easy access. Saturdays March 10 and 17 only. • Bissell Maple Farm, 3741 Higley Road, Trumbull Township. Modern sugarhouse with 100 years of history. Food, snacks and fun. Enjoy a warm fireplace, music and scenic location. Saturdays March 10 and 17 only. • Cline Family Sugarhouse 5069 S. Wright Street, Kingsville. Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sundays, 12:30 - 5 p.m. Making syrup for over 25 years with 550 buckets. Easy access. • Camp White Wood, 7983 S. Wiswell Road, Windsor, south of Mayfield Road (Route 322). Maple camp with tours, tasting, activities. Fee for pancake breakfast. Saturdays March 10 and 17 only. A complete tour stop list, including farms outside of the county, will be available at each stop or can be printed off at www.

Guests will be able to sample some of the maple syrup products at Bissell Maple Farm during the tour. Pictured, from left, are volunteers Brenda Caruso, Sue Richards and Sue Haehn.

Gazette 03-07-12